If you’re like me, your first thought was, cannabis isn’t vegan? But, then I thought about it deeper for a moment and my mind drifted off into deep thought about veganic cannabis. If someone who is vegan can’t consume regular cannabis, that means that the herb must contain animal products. Then it dawned on me. Farmers spray manure over fields to fertilize crops like corn and grain. This is a common practice in growing pot too. Many people use cow, bat and/or rabbit manure to fertilize cannabis plants.
This means even though many of us see our fruits, vegetables, and grains as a vegan plant, someone who is Vegan doesn’t see it that way. The manure being animal based puts animal based nutrients into the plant. What exactly goes into veganic cannabis? What makes it different? Is there an enhanced flavor profile, a better high, or more medicinal attributes?
Most plants that grow in the wild aren’t exposed to animal-based fertilizers. A few insects may die and the occasional animal but for the most part when it comes to animal based fertilizer this is it. When you think about it this way, it makes it easy to see how plants would respond so well to plant-based nutrients. This also tends to be a more cost-effective way to grow.
If It Taste Like Crap It May Be Crap
If you’ve ever smoked some bud and tasted a very earthy flavor as it’s often described, chances are you were smoking shit. Now that may sound a bit funny or even nasty. There is someone out there who will tell you, it’s no shit, their cannabis is grown shit free. Not only is this person a leader in the subject of veganic cannabis, but this person is one of the few who’s working to teach others about veganic cannabis and help bring it mainstream.
I’m thrilled to have you along with me as I journey into the world of learning about veganic cannabis. My quest for knowledge first leads me to an industry leader in the subject by the name of Kyle Kushman. Veganic cannabis is organic cannabis and vegan cannabis combined. This process starts with the soil that is used. It must be organic soil.
The Makings of Organic Vegan Certified Soil
The soil must be organic and not comprised of animal waste or bi-products. When it comes to this type of herb, Kushman Veganics is where it’s at. This is a process that almost entirely involves a plant-based nutrient system. The only exception to this would be some micronutrients, phosphorus, and beneficial organisms are not plant based. I checked out this video of a first-time grower using the veganic cannabis technique and was blown away by what I saw.
Let’s look at the starting source of veganic cannabis, the soil. Organic soil is a must. By the term organic soil, I mean a soil that is built from an all-natural process. When this soil is grown to perfection it’s packed full of fungi and beneficial microbes. Just what goes into the process of making organic soil? How’s it made? Organic soil is healthy soil free from pesticides or chemical interaction. Most often the soil is in a forest away from populated areas.
A process of composting can be used to increase the organic structure of the soil over time. Adding a combination of organic yard waste such as leaves and gardening waste will help to strengthen the soil. Good soil should break apart when clumped together in your hand. If the soil sticks into a ball, it’s not a healthy organic soil and has too much clay in it. You can treat the soil with sterilized sand and a combination of other organic compounds.
- All natural
- Chemical free
- Should crumble not clump in the hand
Vegan certification is the next phase that takes Kushman Veganics up a notch compared to many others. This means, not only must everything used be organic certified, it must also be vegan certified. When it comes to buying a premade soil it’s possible to find a good one but many chose to make their own vegan soil. This means you can do this at home too and it’s easier than you might think. Keep in mind the more of these items you can source yourself the better off you are.
(This list is intended as a guideline based on general research on how to make your own vegan soil.)
- Compost is the start. Your compost must be made from good organic soil and a mixture of plant waste. Adding food from the grocery store will many times contain a manure based fertilizer which should be avoided. An aged compost of organic soil, leaves, and branches that you or someone you trust will have you off to a strong start.
- Worm castings can be added, but you need to know what the worms were fed. Raising your own worms is the way to go. This assures you know what their diets consisted of. Yes, when raised properly worm castings are a vegan product. (This topic has a world of conflicting views)
- Coconut Coir can be found online or at your local organic gardening store. Be sure that your coconut coir has an organic certification. This adds bulk to your soil while also allowing for oxygen to reach the roots of your plants.
- Kelp meal and/or green sand used in small amounts will add a solid source of trace minerals and nitrogen. Be sure to only use a very small amount though as too much can cause burned plants.
- Pine bark makes for a great filler if you’re planting in larger containers. Some prefer composted pine bark as to avoid a potential carbon-nitrogen imbalance.
- Sand can also be used but should be sterilized. A poor choice in sand could result with root knot nematodes. These nasty little buggers are responsible for around 5% of crop loss globally. Typically root knot nematodes are found in regions with short winters and/or hot climates.
- Rock dust can be used in small amounts acting as a mineral enhancer for your vegan soil.
- Perlite works in situations where your vegan soil needs to display the characteristic of exceptional drainage
Kushman Veganic Cannabis Buds Are Bodaciously Big and Beautiful
After watching the video on a first time grow using Kyle Kushman as a consultant, veganic cannabis has my full attention. The buds were so big and bodaciously beautiful. Learning that I can do this at home was something that sparked my interest even more. Kushman Veganics uses liquid plant-based compost and a combination of growing techniques like pruning and super cropping.
If you want to try this method yourself a great line of plant-based products is offered by a company in the Netherlands called Canna Company. The taste profile and ceiling to the high or buzz of veganic cannabis is said to be superior to traditionally grown cannabis. Perhaps, this is why veganic cannabis is so popular with cannabis edibles.
Veganic Cannabis Edibles are becoming increasingly popular as consumers become more aware of what they’re putting into their bodies. The standard of growing veganic cannabis produces results that in return produce great edibles. High resin production, massive amounts of trichomes and an incredibly clean flavor profile are said to be what makes veganic cannabis edibles that much better.
Veganic cannabis is a subject opening the eyes and ears of cannabis connoisseurs worldwide. You don’t have to be a vegan to give veganic cannabis or veganic cannabis edibles a try. Just like Toby Keith said about smoking weed with Willie Nelson “don’t knock it till you try it my friend.” Consumers who review veganic cannabis have nothing but good things to say about it.
Is it truly that much better? Could growing cannabis using only liquid plant-based compost produce that much higher of a quality of cannabis plant? Are veganic cannabis edibles better than traditional cannabis edibles? The only way to find out is to try veganic cannabis yourself.
Where Can Veganic Cannabis Be Found
Finding veganic cannabis may be harder than you think. Chances are you have to know somebody who grows it themselves if you’re looking to try it. In Canada, you can find veganic cannabis edibles online. Elsewhere your best bet if you don’t know somebody who grows it themselves is to check apps like Leafly, Weedmaps, and MERRY JANE to see if veganic cannabis or veganic cannabis edibles are available near you.
I’m still on the search for veganic cannabis myself. I’ve looked around Colorado with none to be found. Hopefully, while on the west coast of Oregon, Washington, and California, I’ll get the chance to try some real veganic cannabis. Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get the chance to meet Kyle Kushman. If you love cannabis be sure to teach others about all this incredible plant has to offer. Stay open to all the things that help to make up our beautiful green culture. It will help to preserve the future of the herb. Remember, all cannabis, isn’t vegan.