It’s no secret that the cultivation of cannabis has the ability to positively affect the way we live. From the use of hemp fiber in the creation of our clothes, to the use of cannabis in the creation of therapeutic oils and tinctures, the various uses of cannabis number in the thousands. Now, you can add carbon sequestration to the list.
Whether a particular strain of cannabis is CBD dominant or THC dominant, it has the potential to be the hero of the climate crisis. This potential is multiplied when the plant is grown using regenerative agriculture techniques.
So What Is Regenerative Agriculture, Exactly?
If you haven’t heard of this term before, you’re not alone. While the principles of regenerative ag have been around for millennia, regenerative agriculture has only recently re-entered the spotlight.
In sum, regenerative agriculture is an approach to agriculture that focuses on improving and revitalizing soil health. When the soil is able to regenerate it’s own natural compounds and nutrients, there is no need to add toxic fertilizers or chemicals. According to certain reports, if we continue with the status quo of industrialized farming practices, the earth will be out of top soil in the next 60 years. This is an alarming statistic as healthy top soil is the critical element in growing healthy food. Not to mention maintaining healthy grasslands for animals to graze on.
Aside from regenerating the earth’s top soil, regenerative techniques in the context of cannabis farming can help to increase a region’s biodiversity, help land become more drought resistant, and capture carbon from the atmosphere.
Regenerative Agriculture Is Truly Sustainable
Regeneration is defined as: ‘renewal, restoration, and growth of cells, organisms, and ecosystems’. Thus, regenerative agriculture sets out to create self-sufficient farms that don’t rely on continuous inputs from external sources. I.e., farms that don’t have to constantly supplement the land with imported soil and chemical fertilizers.
Regenerative Agriculture & Climate Resiliency
The adoption of regenerative agriculture principles can help cannabis farmers deal with current climate crisis by making their farms more resilient and adaptive. But perhaps most importantly, it allows cannabis farmers to be part of a larger solution to the crisis, through carbon sequestration.
Cannabis & Carbon Capture
Scientists estimate that for every ton of hemp grown, 1.63 tons of carbon dioxide is captured from the atmosphere. This is a much larger amount than other trees and plants of a similar size.
But besides it’s ability to capture carbon from the atmosphere, the mindful cultivation of cannabis has the following agricultural benefits:
- Deep root system (prevents erosion and loosens soil)
- Production of biomass (delivers nutrients into soil)
- Requires less water than other industrial crops
- Grows quicker (than other sources of paper)
The Future of Cannabis is Regenerative
While Regenerative techniques are not the current standard of the cannabis industry, they are its future. Companies on the forefront of the industry understand this. Thus, they are some of the most vocal advocates for the responsible cultivation of the plant.
One of these companies is Mineral Health. Mineral is one of the few CBD companies currently using regenerative agriculture techniques to grow their hemp – which they harvest by hand. Mineral’s tinctures are therefore one of the most photochemically dense and sustainable cannabis products on the market.