This last week I made my first ever batch of ‘super soil.’ As far as I know, the term super soil originated with a cannabis cultivator named Subcool, and is a special blend of organic inputs that creates a very nutrient rich soil. I know a lot of people that have used (or slightly modified) Subcool’s super soil recipe and produced some amazing results.
I have grown cannabis in the past, but it was always either deep water culture, or non-organic soil methods. I had to go to a couple of places to get everything in the recipe, but I’m confident that it will be worth it. Blending it all up exposed me (and my helpers!) to some pretty awful smells, but it was still very fun.
More and more people are going organic
I have not frequented a garden supply story since 2011. Prior to that, I was hitting the grow store on a weekly basis. I became very familiar with the guys there, and so coming into the store and seeing them was a real pleasure.
After exchanging life updates, I told them what I was after. With every input I rattled off, their smiles became larger and larger. ‘Another super soil guy!’ one of the employees exclaimed. I could tell that I was not the only one that was pursuing the same adventure.
The employees helped me gather up all of the things I was after (a lot of meals, organic soil, etc., click the link above for the full list), and explained to me how much things had changed since 2011. People are moving away from cultivation methods that involve heavy metal fertilizers, and moving towards organic cultivation methods.
There are obviously a multitude of reasons involved. But the biggest contributing factors in my opinion are that people are more concerned with what they are putting into their bodies, no different than food, and that cannabis testing is raising the bar as to what is acceptable to consume, and what is not.
Cannabis testing isn’t perfect
I had the pleasure of hanging out with legendary cultivation guru Jorge Cervantes recently, and we discussed cannabis testing. As Jorge pointed out, most testing labs are not looking for all the contaminants that are out there. And even the ones that do are only required to report a handful of them.
My friend Jason from Udoxi Scientific always points out that cannabis testing only looks for some contaminants and potency, but doesn’t look for heavy metals at all. Cannabis pulls heavy metals from soil in a very efficient way. The same trait that makes cannabis great for cleaning up contaminated areas is the same trait that creates high levels in cannabis that people smoke all over the world, every day.
As far as I know, there are no studies in regards to cannabis consumption and heavy metals. I have to assume it is not good, which is why I try very hard to know where the cannabis that I’m consuming comes from, and what inputs went into the plant. That’s not to say that I refrain from consuming non-organic cannabis, but it’s something I’m moving more towards every day.
“No Consideration Farms”
I am in the starting phases of constructing my own indoor garden. I wish I could cultivate outdoors, but unfortunately I’m not in a suitable location for that, and haven’t been able to find a good location outside of the town I live in.
But I know people that need cannabis, and I have the knowledge and means to knock out some decent cannabis, so I’m taking the plunge and getting back into cultivation. I’m calling my garden ‘No Consideration Farms’ because I plan to just give all of the cannabis away, minus some for myself. You know, for informal testing purposes!
I consume a lot of concentrates, and plan on getting some of my harvest converted to concentrates. Having organic plant matter to convert is important, because just as the concentration process concentrates cannabinoids, so too does it concentrate heavy metals and other contaminants. I don’t want any part of that, for reasons that should be obvious.
Growing your own cannabis, the organic way
Growing cannabis is one of the funnest things that a person could ever do. Cultivating your own flower, harvesting it, and consuming it – there’s no feeling quite like it. I have grown my own vegetables, and even have a couple of fruit trees at my house, but consuming out of my vegetable garden doesn’t compare to consuming homegrown, even if it’s not as good as what is on local dispensary shelves.
There’s a certain feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that is unique to consuming your own cannabis. I am already learning that cultivating organic cannabis is particularly rewarding, as every step of the way has it’s own sense of creation.
When you grow organically, ‘cooking’ soils and brewing compost tea, you are creating more than just a grow medium – you are creating a thriving root ecosystem. And with the compost tea, you can also use it as a foliar spray to fend off pests and disease.
Do you grow cannabis? If so, do you grow organically, or do you stick to non-organic methods? If you haven’t made the leap to organic, why not? Also, for those green thumbs out there, please post tips on organic cultivation so that others can learn from your knowledge and experience.
For a great course on organic indoor cannabis cultivation, check out ‘How to Grow Your Own Indoor Organic Cannabis At Home’ hosted by “CannaGirl” Ariana Tibbets.