Introduction to "veganic" or "vegan" culture
Vegan culture is changing from being a trend to a way of life for more and more people around the world. It is not uncommon to find in dispensaries, “vegan” herb, or more precisely “veganic marijuana”… A strange name for a plant which in principle is already a vegetable… So what is it? makes weed vegan?
The pot you are smoking now is a plant, ok… But to get to you, cannabis matures using mostly organic products like blood meal, bone meal, and fish hydrolase. All of these commercial nutrients contain animal parts ...
But, the vegan culture aims to make the nutrients 100% bio-available at any time. This means that soil microbes (mainly bacteria and fungi) must be abundant and healthy.
Definition of vegan herb
“Veganic” is a combination of “vegan” and “organic” that does not use animal materials to grow marijuana. Because it's organic, it also means that no synthetic or chemical fertilizers were also used. Plant-based marijuana plants are grown on a purely plant basis. They get their nutrients from plant-based meals. Obviously, if you've grown marijuana in the past, and this is the first time you've heard of vegan weed, it might surprise you - but the truth is that marijuana plants grow well with these nutrients. !
Aside from the fact that the herb is healthier to consume, the veganic herb is also great for the environment and the plants are more profitable for sustainable development. Indoor cultivation has become notorious for its high energy consumption, forcing growers and users to find another alternative. Getting rid of animal products is a simple but significant way to reduce the impact of growing marijuana on the planet.
Benefits of vegan herb
Just because marijuana has been cultivated using vegan methods doesn't mean it's less potent than your traditional herb. Lots of vegan strains are actually very potent, it's no surprise that some strains have over 20% THC or over 10% CBD.
Producers get the most benefit from using vegan methods because it gives a high yield with the fewest inputs. The goal of vegan growth is to mimic the natural environment for growing marijuana in nature. In a normal environment in nature, marijuana plants are exposed to a minimal amount of animal material. They get their nutrients from the decay of insects as well as the occasional decomposition of animals. This is why marijuana plants respond so well to vegan techniques.
When using vegan growing methods, the soil is pretty much supercharged with as many nutritious fungi and microbes. Plant growing makes nutrients bioavailable at all times, so fungi and microbes in the soil should be present at all times, which allows the plant to get as many nutrients out of it as possible.
Principles of vegan gardening
The concept of vegan gardening was first developed by a group of horticulturalists named Kenneth Dalziel O'Brien, Rosa Dalziel O'Brien and Maye E. Bruce in the 1940s. They wanted to prove that it was possible to grow healthy crops without having to rely on waste from animals. To prove that their method does not contribute to the overall health of the soil.
To ensure that the soil is healthy, plant waste should be used in the form of microbe potash and mulch. Only certified organic nutrients should be used on the soil. Successful vegan cultivation relies on the balance of substrate and soil microbes. Microbes are responsible for breaking down nutrients in the soil. So that it is easier for the marijuana roots to absorb it. If vegan products are used correctly, you can expect nutrient absorption to be 100%.
When synthetic nutrients are used, absorption rates are only around 25%… What's even worse is that using synthetic fertilizers actually damages microbes in the soil. And this while contributing to soil acidification ...
On the other hand, the use of natural microbes helps to break down plant matter. And while getting rid of nutrients in an already broken down form. Nitrogen-rich plant material should be used to vegetate plants. While phosphorus and potassium should be used for flowering plants.
Originally, vegan gardening was developed for outdoor cultivation, although some may have used these same methods successfully indoors, which is the case with Kyle Kushman.
Kyle Kushman is one of the most notable proponents of vegan culture. He published from many informations on the best products to use, based on own use, and over several years. No doubt, some research will be needed to determine the perfect mix for your plants, but in the end your efforts will be well rewarded!