The Environmental Impact Of Cannabis Cultivation… And How To Grow Greener Weed

The Environmental Impact Of Cannabis Cultivation… And How To Grow Greener Weed

It might be uncomfortable to think about, but it’s important not to turn a blind eye to the fact that everything we consume has an environmental impact – including cannabis. Growers of all sizes therefore have a role to play in reducing the footprint of the marijuana industry, although as a new report in the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal[i] points out, a little help from policymakers would go a long way towards making green weed more feasible. The study looks at the environmental issues surrounding cannabis cultivation and maps out a path towards cleaning up the marijuana landscape, yet insists that this can only be achieved by legalising cannabis worldwide. Of course, growing cannabis can be as rustic or as high-tech as you like, although most commercial cultivators choose to grow their produce indoors, where they can delicately control the environment in order to maximise their yield. Depending on the size of the operation, these grow houses can use anything from 50 to 200 times the amount of energy consumed by a typical office building[ii], with energy costs accounting for between 20 and 50 percent of the total cultivation cost[iii]. Lighting, cooling and dehumidification make up the bulk of this energy use, though things like heating, water pumping and carbon dioxide injection also play a role. In terms of lighting, the kind of energy-saving lightbulb that takes ten minutes to fully brighten your downstairs loo obviously isn’t going to cut the mustard. Instead, growers tend to…

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