Many refer to cannabis as their “medicine.” Do you? If so, it’s important to assess the quality of cannabis you use for medicinal purposes. The same people who have health conditions that benefit from medical cannabis are also the people who have a need for clean medicine–medicine that is free of environmental toxins like solvents, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers.
Of course, it’s cheaper and easier to cultivate cannabis using synthetic chemicals. Better profit margins and less expensive for consumers. In a recreational market, that’s a choice people can assess for themselves. In a medical cannabis world, however, the trade-off to go cheaper is a much higher cost to the (already compromised) health of the user. And that’s why it matters. If you, like me, are among the group of people who call cannabis our medicine, it’s relevant that the medicine we put into our bodies–and the bodies of people and animals we love–fully support healing and health. Right?
So, what is conscious cannabis cultivation? Conscious cannabis cultivation starts from a foundation of clean medicine that requires the plants be given the highest standard of support to provide the quality of cannabinoids and terpenes necessary for medicine. In a nutshell, it is the willingness to engage with the plant like the sentient beings they are. Give them a healthy microbiome in which to grow and develop. Talk to them. Sing to them, touch them with love. Ask them what they need, and provide it. Request of them what you want with respect and appreciation. It’s not rocket science, but it does require shifting paradigms to let the plants participate in the process. And then–somewhere between science and art and shamanism–something magical happens, and cannabis becomes medicine.
When you are shopping for medical cannabis, here are the questions to ask:
- Was the cannabis grown using compost teas and organic nutrient methods?
- Is the cannabis grown using organic pesticide management?
- If you are using some type of tincture or edible, is the extraction process solvent-free?
The answer needs to be yes to all three questions for the product to be considered medical cannabis. AND, if you can find a product that sources consciously cultivated cannabis, you are on the motherlode. Count your blessings, thank the people who put your health over their profits, and spread the word 😀
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