Organic Marijuana vs. Non-Organic Marijuana: What’s the difference?
On Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation that created the first in the nation state-run organic marijuana certification program. In about a year and a half, the Washington Agriculture board will be certifying and regulating the organic cannabis market in Washington. Exciting!
But didn’t organic cannabis already exist?
While it has always been possible to grown cannabis using organic methods in Washington prior to this bill being passed, you could not label itas such as it was against the law. Furthermore, there was no regulatory agency to ensure that organic methods were being used. Thus, organic cannabis (for all intents and purposes) did not exist. Soon, Washington State cannabis growers will have the ability to legally claim (and prove) that they do in fact grow organic pot!
So is non-organic weed bad?
Just like any other plant, cannabis plants need nutrients. You can provide those nutrients via fertilizers that are organic or non-organic. Organic fertilizers come from natural sources like animal or plant waste. Non-organic fertilizers are chemically derived. Non-organic fertilizers tend to be cheaper, more widely available, and are usually better at warding off pests. Organic fertilizers tend to be made from more renewable resources and are often more environmentally friendly, but not always. Also, when it comes to what is considered organic and non-organic it may surprise you. Hydroponic growers using extracted nutrient solutions, no pesticides, and otherwise organic material would not be considered organic, whereas an organic farmer may be able to absolutely cover his plant with pesticides and as long as they were organic pesticides they’d be labeled as organic. This is the current state of the agriculture industry in the United States.
Is there any proof that organic weed tastes better or is better for you?
Proof? No... Of course, you can find many people out there who will tell you that organic cannabis is better for you for a myriad of reasons. You will also find people who are telling those people that they don’t know what they are talking about. Just like with organic food, it is difficult to find definitive proof either way regarding organic farming. At the end of the day, the organic question is one of personal preference. Anyone who tells you different is likely speculating or basing their answer on opinion. Smoke what you want to smoke or (as we always say) toke on Dreamers!