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What is Neem Oil?

What is Neem Oil?

            If you hang around with cannabis enthusiasts long enough, you are bound to hear about something called neem oil. That is doubly true if you are hanging around people who are conscious of what goes into their bodies and on their cannabis. So what is it and what does it have to do with cannabis?

Neem oil is an oil derived from the seeds of the Azadirachta indica[1] tree that is native to Southeast Asia. The oil contains a natural insecticide agent. When used, neem oil prevents a whole host of insects from feeding on a treated plant. It also operates as a fungicide, preventing fungi, mold, and mildew from living on a treated plant. There also seems to be some evidence that the oil works to strengthens plant’s natural defenses. Neem oil is like the bouncer and neither fungus nor bugs are allowed in the club when ole’ neemy is at the door!

Now the best thing about neem oil is that it’s 100% safe and non-toxic. While it repels pests, it does not harm birds, bees, plants, or mammals. Given its effectiveness as a fungicide and insecticide, neem oil is used frequently in organic farming. And, of course, because we are talking about it here it is commonly used to treat cannabis plants. It is mostly used as a foliar spray, mixed with water and sprayed directly onto the leaves of the plant. Plants that are treated with neem oil do not taste differently or have their potency affected. There is also no health concerns as neem oil is itself non-toxic. Neem oil poses no risks and protects our cannabis friends. Therefore, neem oil is our friend! You should be on team neem!

Well, dreamers, we hope this little explanation of neem oil was helpful. If you ever have any cannabis-related questions, let us know on Facebook. Until then… toke on dreamers!

[1] Is it a rule that you should always italize fancy latin words? Maybe. I’d rather hit Ctrl I than end up in latin jail! Ad vincula!

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