The assumption that the CBD and cannabis industry has always been green is completely wrong. You see, the field has never been sustainable.
What is worse is that with the growing commercialization of the plant, people have been using harmful growing practices and artificial pesticides to improve yield and sales. These are practices that contribute to pollution and waste.
Below are several sustainable practices in the industry that we hope will become widespread:
Plastic packaging, which is commonly used for delta-8 THC vape cartridges, is known to create a huge impact on both human and environmental health. Single-use plastic is not recycled or repurposed enough, heading straight to landfills. Avoid plastic and opt for reusable materials instead.
Many marijuana businesses are making serious investments in the future of biodegradable packaging. Glass marijuana tubes, recyclable tin packaging, and biodegradable joint wraps are some solutions.
Sadly, commercial agriculture and farming practices can be bad for the environment. They typically strip the natural nutrients from the soil, reduce water retention, destroy symbiotic ecosystems, and inhibit plant growth.
This can be countered with regenerative farming that focuses on the maintenance and improvement of soil quality, crop yields, and biodiversity with sustainable harvesting and planting methods.
After harvesting, commercial farmers need to repair and replenish the soil to avoid nutrient loss and strengthen the soil web.
There are cannabis growers, manufacturers, and dispensaries that have started to use solar power to generate electricity. This is great for the reduction of both carbon emissions and operating costs.
Because cannabis-growing facilities demand a lot of power, solar radiation can help you save a lot of money on electricity. Solar panels can power irrigation pumps and greenhouses.
Solar-powered growing lights also aid in the management and optimization of cannabis strain efficacy. Furthermore, if a cannabis business generates extra renewable energy, it can offer it to a utility company and receive credits on its energy bill.
Growing cannabis outdoors lets farmers harness the natural power of the sun. This means a lot of savings on power bills and improving energy efficiency. By pairing this with regenerative farming practices, the impact on sustainability can be compounded!
Support Sustainable Organizations and Businesses
There are plenty of people in the industry who want to reduce waste and improve sustainability. It is important to support them on this mission. Patronize plastic-negative companies in the industry and follow their lead. When enough people do this, it will push the industry towards greener alternatives and practices.
Without a doubt, the cannabis and CBD industry still has a long way to go in terms of its practices. This might be the case, but it is not a lost cause.
We are thankful for all the companies that lead by example despite the norms within the industry. Luckily for all of us, more and more cannabis manufacturers and growers have started to transition to practices that are more sustainable for the planet.