Are you considering using cannabis or medical marijuana as a natural therapy for a chronic condition? If so, have you considered whether you are going to ensure that the cannabis you by is only organic? Or, doesn’t it make a difference either way?
It does make a difference as this article will demonstrate. Therefore, let’s look at the impact veganic gardening has on the cannabis industry by first considering definitions of organic cannabis and veganic gardening.
What is Veganic or Vegan Organic Gardening?
Wikipedia.com describes vegan organic gardening and farming as “the organic cultivation and production of food crops and other crops with a minimal amount of exploitation or harm to any animal.” This is in line with the basic ethos or principles of veganism.
As a reminder, the vegan society defines veganism as a “way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
The veganic gardening system was developed as a distinct gardening or farming method that does not use any animal products or animal by-products such as fishmeal, bone meal, blood meal, animal manure, or any other animal-origin matter.
Purveyors of this system believe that using products, that have either harmed animals or are associated with the exploitation and suffering of animals, are against veganism and all it stands for. In other words, these animal products support the animal husbandry industry, and vegans are against animal husbandry in principle.
Some proponents of veganic gardening believe that animal manures are harmful to soil health. And, they use straw and other vegetable wastes in a specific manner to improve and maintain soil fertility.
This mandatory technique is described by Kenneth Dalziel O’Brien in his book titled, “Veganic Gardening, the Alternative System for Healthier Crops”
“The veganic method of clearing heavily infested land is to take advantage of a plant’s tendencies to move its roots nearer to the soil’s surface when it is deprived of light. To make use of this principle, aided by a decaying process of the top growth of weeds, etc., it is necessary to subject such growth to heat and moisture to speed up the decay, and this is done by applying lime, then a heavy straw cover, and then the herbal compost activator.”
At this juncture, the inferred question that is probably being considered is why is it necessary to provide such a detailed description of veganic gardening?
The succinct answer to this question is that vegan organic gardening is not just about adding vegetable compost to the soil instead of using animal products. It is about an ethos, way of life as well as a specific gardening and farming technique that is aimed at producing a specific end result.
What is Organic Cannabis?
Succinctly stated, organic cannabis is marijuana that is grown based on organic gardening or farming principles. These include, the refusal to use chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
When the first synthetic fertilizers and pesticides were introduced, they made a huge impact on the global agricultural industry. Yields per hectare were drastically increased, and the long-term damage to the soil was not yet noticeable. However, fast forward to today. Modern conventional farming methods have proven to cause health-related conditions like cancer, pollution, soil degradation, and a negative impact on domestic animals.
Consequently, there has been a move to organic farming which espouses the cultivation of plants in natural ways without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. And, equally importantly, no genetically modified organisms are allowed.
Cannabis farmed this way might take longer to grow; however, its benefits far outweigh the slower growing cycle. Some of these benefits include aspects such as a better-quality product without the risk of chemical pollutants remaining in the final product. And, the impact on the environment is less that it would be if farmers used chemical products to speed up the plant’s growing cycle.
Final Thoughts: Veganic Farming and Organic Cannabis
Based on the definitions of veganic gardening and organic cannabis, it makes sense that the quality cannabis produced is far superior to the marijuana grown using conventional, chemical-based farming methods. And, it stands to reason that, because medical marijuana is used as a natural remedy for many health-related conditions, it is an imperative to use organic cannabis as a base for all tinctures, oils, and edibles.