Is Organic Cannabis Worth The Fuss?
Slim pickings- that’s what you had before cannabis, and organic cannabis, legalization. Back in the good old days, you had two choices: a shitty sack of stems and seeds that barely counted as cannabis, sold by your sketchy long-term dealer, or his other, slightly shittier sack.
Nowadays, you have far more options. From funky names like Purple Urkle to Alaskan Thunderfuck, there’s a strain to appease all of your needs.
So, where does this leave us with organic cannabis? Is purchasing expensive, organic cannabis products actually beneficial, or could this turn into another fad amplified by a capitalistic market?
Health Benefits Of Organic Cannabis
Firstly, there is no such thing as FDA-certified organic cannabis because the federal government still considers it a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
So, organic cannabis growers and dispensaries began implementing their own set of rules. Some of the principles that growers must follow to get organically certified from third party agencies, such as Pro-Cert, include:
- They must use pure ingredients and prove that at least 95% of their product is organic.
- They can’t use prohibited ingredients that can harm human or environmental health.
- Must be produced without using artificial pesticides and fertilizers.
- They must meet certain packaging requirements to avoid causing damage to the environment.
Some of you may still be wary of growers cutting corners to gain a higher profit by falsely labeling their cannabis as ‘organic’. Well, as growers continue to create and build their reputations, the more likely that they’ll need to provide proof for their product.
So, if you want to focus on a healthy way to consume cannabis, it’s better to buy organic. If you wouldn’t eat an apple grown and coated in harmful chemicals, then why wouldn’t you smoke organic cannabis?
Apparently, organic cannabis tastes better than their traditional counterparts. The holistic approach to growing helps enhance terpene and flavonoid production, which affect the aroma, color and flavors of the cannabis flower. So, when you smoke it, you’ll only taste the pure, wonderful bud.
Additionally, this product is better for the environment. Organic cannabis utilizes safe growing practices such as integrated pest management and natural soil amendments, and this helps minimize negative environmental impacts. Now you can have peace of mind knowing that your personal vices aren’t destroying our planet.
So, if you don’t want your flower to taste like pesticides and fake crap, you should consider pursuing organic cannabis. You’ll be able to enjoy the earthy and fruity flavors of your plant without that hint of chemical tang. Also, you won’t be jeopardizing nature’s soil integrity or natural animal and insect habitats.
Are there any negatives to organic cannabis?
Sadly, It’s A Little Pricy
A major issue that consumers are having with organic cannabis is its price. While low-grade cannabis can sell for around $300 per pound, higher-end cannabis usually wholesales for roughly $1800 per pound.
So, many growers and dispensaries are having trouble getting people to cough up the extra dough to get organic cannabis. While the prices seem high, it’s the cost of growing, taking care of and packaging these unique plants.
However, some growers and dispensaries, such as Denver’s L’Eagle cannabis dispensary, are forced to cover the difference in price, and therefore, don’t make much of a profit. Sadly, this eventually forces a decline in the plant’s availability.
While it’s unsure whether the masses will jump on the organic cannabis bandwagon, it’s apparent that this product is quite the investment for the everyday stoner.
Organic cannabis is slowly gaining popularity amongst stoners, but its price is holding back many prospective customers. While its health and environmental benefits are apparent, this may not be enough to push its popularity in the marketplace. The current demand for this product is not enough, and many dispensaries and growers are forced to pay the difference.
So, until organic cannabis can somehow decrease in price, I don’t see many casual, moderate or avid stoners jumping on this bandwagon. While it would be nice to see more organic options hit the shelves in dispensaries, this dream may still be years away.