Many consumers think that buying anything organic, whether it’s clothing or vegetables, is a waste of cash. Studies have shown that some fruits and vegetables are healthier when purchased organic while others do not show any marked difference. Since undisclosed pesticides remain a problem for many growers, pot buyers are seeking out organic pot sources for their ganja. The issue that they have routinely been running into is the fact that marijuana cannot legally be called organic. The USDA prohibits labeling pot as an organic substance since it remains a Schedule 1 Drug.
To rectify this problem, growers are setting their own standards, many of which far surpass the qualifications of meeting the USDA’s organic benchmarks. Clean Green and Certified Kind are the two cannabis certification programs in Washington State. The Organic Cannabis Growers Society is working to implement these programs in a wider capacity. According to the Society, “The Organic Cannabis Growers Society is dedicated to connecting, educating, and assisting the community of naturally-minded people and businesses in the ‘organic’ cannabis industry. We provide education and resources regarding natural ‘organic’ cannabis growing processes and ingredients, as well as certification choices of natural ‘organic’ cannabis, marijuana and related products. We look forward to representing our members in State and Federal and International concerning Organic production and laws.”
Is organic pot really all that it is cracked up to be? Sources claim that organically grown cannabis yields many benefits that make it well worth the effort. There are arguments made that not only does organic pot have an increased potency when compared to non-organically grown cannabis, but its flavor and aroma are also said to be better overall as well. Cannabis requires six micronutrients and six macronutrients to optimally thrive and develop its full flavor profile and potency. When the right balance of these nutrients is present within the soil, the result is naturally superior cannabis.
The development of “super soil” is one of the major advances of organic pot growing. “Super soil” may be purchased, but many growers develop their own by combining guano, worm castings, blood and bone meals and other ingredients that help crops thrive naturally. Micronutrients that should be present in the soil include iron, manganese, zinc, boron, copper, and molybdenum. Essential macronutrients that are needed for the best crop include magnesium, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and sulphur. Makers of super soil also often include other substances that can help provide a more nutrient-dense formula, such as chlorine, nickel, sodium, and cobalt.
In addition to the richer flavors and more potent effects of marijuana yielded by crops grown in this “super soil,” many farmers have also noticed an increase in crop yield. While this is not a direct benefit to the buyer per se, it does allow the farmer to sell more of his or her weed and not jack up the price to compensate for a failed crop. Organic pot is also lighter on the environment, an effect that many smokers are keen about. Unlike the users of many drugs, marijuana smokers have a reputation for desiring a cleaner, greener planet, opting for sustainable practices whenever possible. While this is not the case for every smoker, it is enough of a positive benefit of organic weed that people use it as the basis for purchase.
Customers and sellers who wish to locate organic growers in their areas can use the online databases, such as the one at Clean Green, to find the nearest farm that meets the criteria. They may also simply call and ask their local companies whether they meet certification credentials or not.