The Need For Craft Cannabis
We want craft cannabis! Not Reggie.
The emerging industry of cannabis and all its components have been built on the backs of small-scale farmers producing unique genetics through pure passion and in a lot of cases, the selfless urge to help people where pharmaceuticals can't. Smaller operations are finding it more than difficult to acquire licences for what they have done for generations, whilst corporations buy their way into the industry.
These pioneers deserve credit, which historically hasn’t been given to them.
The phrase cannabis legalisation produces a buzz like no other, but what happens when legalisation doesn’t mean what it sounds like.
Enter: Corporations. These guys are driven by figures, low costs and high production rates.
By definition; Craft growers are small-scale and want to produce only the best. They don’t want to taint the quality of their product by cutting costs when it comes to their grow. Craft growers base their choices of, fertiliser, pesticide, growing medium and more, on what is best for the plant and in turn best for safe and effective consumption.
Many craft growers insist the best cannabis is produced when the inputs are completely natural, sustainable and free of chemicals and artificial substances; opting for sun grown, natural soils, fertilisers and pest controls. This ensures the effect, taste and overall experience are not tainted by the harsh chemical inputs used by many large-scale operations.
Some of the most beneficial strains are a product of craft cannabis; Charlotte’s Web, for example, is a low THC high CBD strain was developed by the Stanley Brothers through collaboration with a family in need. (Definitely worth a Google.)
That is what craft cannabis is all about. Being driven by values.
Unfortunately, the current state of the industry is one of corporate takeovers and monopolisation; just look at what’s happening in Canada. As a result of being production driven, large-scale operations inevitably produce a standardised product, which lacks the noticeable quality and variety of craft. Not to mention, a carbon footprint to be ashamed of for those operating indoors with only artificial light. But at least it means the big boys can produce tons of it.
Just what you need eh, tons of the same mediocre product.
If you care about keeping the art of craft cannabis alive but don’t know what you can do to have your say on how the cannabis industry should look, here it is: Seek small scale farms who produce quality products, made using natural inputs and sustainable methods.
As the industry evolves so should the cultivation methodologies used by the entrepreneurs who are passionate about the plant. It's about supplying consumers with quality product rather than the average mass-produced cannabis many large-scale producers are churning out in the legal markets of the world. Balancing modern technology with natural inputs and organic techniques through the use of industrial greenhouses lowers costs whilst actually promoting better plant health with a fraction of the environmental footprint.
"If we care about a sustainable future, the companies that we support will care too," Dan SUtton, Tantalus Labs