The past few decades have mainly witnessed the cannabis industry under the negative light; from being accused as the primary reason behind marijuana abuse to being held responsible for causing mental disorientation as a result of its overuse, its evolution has been a bumpy road. However, today the picture has reversed; the number of health benefits associated with cannabis has granted it the position of one of the best natural alternatives for treating a range of physical and mental abnormalities. This has led to the legalization of cannabis in most of the states across the USA and in order to meet the demands of the market, the rate of cultivation to has increased.
Nevertheless, the amount of energy consumed in producing cannabis through traditional methods is way too high and poses harmful effects on the environment. Therefore, the industry is constantly attempting to reduce environmental footprints by cutting down the use of energy and pesticides. Cannabis has been legalized in the USA for both medical and recreational uses alike. But, unfortunately, the proper lack of scientific experimentation in this field have directly affected the quality and methods used in the production of cannabis.
Growers can take resort to organic recourses for cultivating cannabis, but the cost and equipment indispensable for bringing about the modifications is a matter of pressing concern. The crop is not federally legal and thereby cannot attain organic certifications from USDA like in the cases of corn and poultry. Cannabis growers have recently displayed their interest in seeking organic certification on the national level, this is because even if the crop is being grown and sold abiding by all the means of organic cultivation, the buyers will not be able to differentiate amongst the types.
In the initial days of June this year, the Organic Cannabis Association collaborated with the Ethical Cannabis Alliance, and this marriage resulted in the initiation of the Cannabis Certification Council (CCC) which in the future will independently provide the cannabis producers with labels such as “Fairly Produced” and “Organically Grown”. To receive this certification, the manufacturers must fulfill a set of criteria; firstly, all the steps employed must be ethical in means and secondly, all the products supplied to the customers must be of superior quality, fresh and safe for use.
Owing to the amount of damage that we have already caused to the environment and the drop in the quality of crops as its direct consequence, consumers are looking to improve their approach by opting for crops that bring in new methods of cultivation which doesn’t include the usage of harmful chemicals and wastage of water. A study conducted in 2012 claimed that the indoor cultivation of cannabis to fulfill medical purposes produced around 3% of the total amount of energy consumed in California and the levels of concern regarding its production has grown since then. Assessing the future of cannabis in the organic industry, we can safely conclude that the revolution that it has been through since 2009, a time when cultivators had to hide their production from the world, there is a long road lies ahead of it ready to change the face of marijuana.