Are you curious about cannabis? Have you been hearing about it everywhere, but you're not sure if it's right for you? You've heard it can be good for your health, but do you wonder how it affects the environment?
If this describes you then you're in the right place. Keep reading to learn all about the environmental benefits of cannabis and how its legalization is actually great for Mother Earth.
If you're interested, we'll show you how easy it is to grow cannabis yourself so you can continue to ensure the planet is being taken care of.
Environmental Benefits of Cannabis
You might have visions of hippies growing marijuana in the basement. But today's cannabis industry has taken the old stereotypes and turned them upside down. Nowadays you can get cannabis legally anywhere in Canada, and in most US. states.
With this new legal industry, many are taking note of more than just the medicinal benefits. Thanks to improvements in growing and harvesting this medicinal plant, cannabis is better than ever for both you and the planet.
We've put together a list of the top 6 benefits on the environment thanks to the newly legalized plant. As you'll see, sometimes the benefit comes from the fact that we can now move away from the extreme disadvantages that came from illegal growth and processing factors.
1. Hemp Is a Better Alternative to Paper and Cotton
Many people forget about the eco-friendly products that come from the hemp plant. Yes, it's cousin cannabis gets all the attention. However, hemp has quietly made a come back since its legalization in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Hemp products range from clothing to paper to lotions and much more. These products are not only superior in quality but require much less from the environment to produce over their counterparts cotton and timber.
Unfortunately, we lost decades of time to research these benefits thanks to lawmakers in Washington lumping hemp in with its cousin cannabis and making it a controlled substance in the 1930s. After the Farm Bill in 2018, many are hoping that the much more sustainable and superior products from hemp will increase their niche in the marketplace.
2. Legal Growth Doesn't Jeopardize Precious Forests
Unfortunately, our national parks and pristine forests have become collateral damage in the illegal drug growth industry. Illegal growers find remote spots to grow their products, and in doing so ruin some of our most precious natural resources, old-growth forests.
By legalizing cannabis and hemp growth, we can bring these farmers out into the light and allow them to run their business on private land. Additionally, we won't have enforcement agencies being forced to burn illegal pot farms which end up also harming our forests.
Today's legal cannabis farmers are taking their job very seriously. They're making sure to document their farming practices and working hard to show their clients that they can deliver a superior product while also protecting the planet.
3. Cannabis Is a Natural Pesticide
The cannabis plant naturally grows very well and has few natural enemies. There is a reason why it's called weed, because it grows everywhere, and proliferates quickly, removing other unwanted weeds.
In fact, the problem most farmers have isn't needing pesticides to kill weeds but keeping their farms under control and not growing everywhere. This is in stark contrast to the amount of fertilizer and pesticides needed to grow cotton each year.
Additionally, because hemp grows so quickly and naturally it has a distinct advantage over the timber industry. Paper products can be manufactured twice as quickly and require a fraction of the natural resources required to make the same product from trees.
4. Naturally Absorbs Everything Around It and in the Soil
This last benefit can be considered negative if you're unsure of the farming practices of the company you purchase your cannabis from. The cannabis plant naturally cleans the soil around it by absorbing everything into its stalk. In fact, farmers from around the world have used it to clean their soil.
This is also why it's so incredibly important that you purchase your product from organic farmers. It absorbs everything around it, so if you don't take the time to vet where your pot is grown you could be inhaling much more than THC. We will also show you how easily you can grow your own plant so you know there isn't any chance of accidentally inhaling more than you want to.
5. New Legal Extraction Means Better Equipment
Historically, many amateur growers trying to extract the THC compound from the cannabis plant used cheap and easy methods. One common method is to soak the plant in alcohol, or ethanol, to separate the plant from the oil. Unfortunately, this can leave a dangerous toxic residue on the final product which you will then light up and inhale.
Today, professional laboratories run by experts can use better equipment to separate the plant from the oil. These new extraction processes, including CO2 extraction, are much safer and won't leave a toxic residue on the final product.
The Upside of Growing Cannabis Plants Above Board
As you can see, now that the government has made hemp legal in all 50 states and most states have made some form of medicinal or recreational cannabis legal as well, we can enjoy this beneficial plant without harming the environment.
Thanks to bringing the previously underground industry into a new legal light, we can take advantage of these many benefits. After years of needing to stay hidden and away from the prying eyes of the law, your cannabis can be much better for you. And these new legal farmers are taking their part in ensuring sustainable farming practices very seriously.
In the end, the cannabis plant, especially hemp, is an incredibly sustainable and profitable plant. Now that it's legal to grow, we can start to reap the benefits that will naturally come from growing this remarkable resource.
Advantages of Growing Cannabis at Home
The medical benefits of cannabis are only in the infant stage of research. Scientists are discovering more and more health benefits of the Cannabis Sativa plant every day. Unfortunately, thanks to decades of prohibition and negative connotations towards the healthy plant, researchers are only now able to legally learn everything that this amazing plant has to offer.
If you're ready to benefit from this natural and healthy alternative to big pharma, then consider growing your own plants at home. As we've seen, this plant can be very good for the environment. And you can easily grow your own marijuana plant in your own home without any necessary agricultural degrees.
With Grobo you can grow your own plants in an automated grow box. We use deep water culture, a hydroponic technique to grow the plants. All you need to do is pick a grow recipe from the hundreds of strains available on our app, then add your plant to your grow box and let the system do the rest of the work.
You can expect to grow about two to three ounces every 3 to 4 months with our patented box system. You will appreciate knowing that your product came from your own back yard and is free from pesticides. Additionally, you'll rest well knowing you can enjoy it without leaving unnecessary marks on the environment due to illegal and alarming farming practices.
Yes, Your Pot Can Be Good for the Planet
The benefits of cannabis go far beyond its many health benefits. Thanks to lawmakers finally making its medicinal use legal in most states, everyone can benefit from its many uses.
For more information on our product and how you can use it to grow your own cannabis, check out our YouTube channel. We have tons of educational videos for you to check out on everything from growing cannabis to other plants as well.