Our Best Management Practices (BMP’s) can be summarized in two simple statements:
- To provide all things the plant needs to flourish by working with nature.
- To ensure that the plants are cultivated and processed in such a way that there is no chance that the end users could be adversely effected.
The list of things the plants need to flourish is pretty short. In no particular order they are: light, soil, sanctuary and water.
Sunlight is the light that cannabis evolved to grow in. Therefore it is simple enough to have optimal light outdoors, the challenges come when one wishes to grow indoors. We humans have tried to create lighting to duplicate the sun’s spectrum and intensity. All of these are pale and expensive compared to free, correct spectrum sunlight.
Fully alive vital soil, of the correct ph with sufficient moisture and oxygen will give cannabis every macro and micro nutrient it needs in exactly the right amounts at the correct concentrations and the optimal timing the plant needs. If you can grow corn or tomatoes or squashes then you can grow nice cannabis in that same garden. When we try to duplicate that kind of soil and ‘dosing’ of nutrients during the life cycle of the plant there are so many opportunities to compromise the plants.
This need has to do with the environment that the plants will be living in. The ideal space for cannabis has temperatures in the mid 60’s at night and mid 70’s during the day light. The humidity will be in the 40 to 60 percent range. Six to eight hours of direct sun. There should be some shelter from strong direct winds but lively air flow helps to strengthen the plants. There should be other plants to provide habitat for the diverse biology that supports vibrant growth. Monoculture is the opposite of working with nature. (More on this will be discussed in future blog posts).
An essential part of ‘sanctuary’ is the attitude and mindset of the humans who interact with the plants. We find that openness to the healing energies of these plants can have dramatic effects.
The ideal water for cannabis is ‘live’ water with a ph around 6. Water that is ‘treated’ with chemicals to make it sanitary or potable will kill off the beneficial micro-organisms that actually feed the roots of the plants.
We will be digging in to the details of each of these needs. Cannabis, is in fact, a very durable survivor that will grow and do okay in an incredible range of conditions. We have researched the details of what allows for the fullest expression of each plants genetic potential.
Our other concern is to ensure that the end product is completely free of any contaminant that could in any way endanger the wellbeing of the end user. In choosing to cultivate for medicinal cannabis use, one must own that any one of your end users could have a condition such that the presence of a foliar spray residue could be problematic. Even ‘organic’ pesticide and fungicide residue can be problematic when inhaled, or worse yet, concentrated so that large doses can be used for conditions like epilepsy. We must ensure that no molds can form when drying and curing plant material. We trust what nature can provide.