How Organic Growing Practices Benefit the Cannabis Industry

Though cannabis products cannot be certified organic, they can absolutely be cultivated organically, thus removing concern regarding contaminants like pesticides or heavy metals. According to a Steep Hill report, 84 percent of California cannabis contains pesticides, the bulk of which being Myclobutanil, a fungicide primarily used on grapes.

Though the product has been deemed safe for use on grapes that can be washed clean, the same cannot be said for cannabis. To make matters worse, smoking pesticides can release dangerous toxins like hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen chloride and more. If smoking pesticides off of cannabis flower is this bad, imagine how dangerous non-organic cannabis concentrates can be.

Another dangerous consequence of growing cannabis non-organically is the limitations researchers will have when studying it. Unless the cannabis that is studied is guaranteed to be safe for human consumption, we will always have some serious variables to consider and will have a much more difficult time coming to conclusions.

The legal weed industry has developed quite the demand for cannabis products. With the popularity of edibles and concentrates rising, as well, larger amounts of cannabis are needing to be cultivated to keep up with demand (which is why Nevada ran out of weed only two weeks into legal rec sales).

Though some may think this suggests the need for mass cannabis production, the opposite is more likely true. In fact, the cannabis with the most earning – and healing – potential is that that has been organically-grown and processed. But because the federal government cannot oversee a federally-illegal product, the certification process must be performed by third parties.