Sungrown cannabis, like wine grapes, has a flavor and taste that reflects the “terroir” where it was grown—the natural elements, like weather, soil conditions, and temperature. It’s an artisanal concept that’s brand-new to cannabis but catching on fast. Our sungrown cannabis farmers combine light-deprivation greenhouses with natural, organic growing principles to produce better plants—and a healthier, high quality product for our patients.
Sungrown vs. Indoor Cannabis
Growing crops in natural sun produces premium cannabis that’s just as potent as indoor. That’s why “Sungrown” is not just a gimmick or a buzzword—it’s the future of cannabis farming.
Our cannabis is grown without pesticides or fungicides. Natural pest management includes using ladybugs to control aphids. Our farmers fertilize with chicken manure, bat guano, oyster shell, glacial rock dust, cocoa bean shell, worm casting, and molasses.
Our farmers employ ecological soil building techniques like nitrogen-fixing cover crops, so the nutrient-rich soil can be restored and renewed, instead of depleted permanently.
Indoor grow rooms are a convenience that only benefits the grower. They’re good for discreet growing, and growing in any weather, in any location. There’s a short learning curve—anyone can learn the techniques. But large indoor growing facilities produce massive amount of toxic runoff and consume enormous energy.
Benefits of Sungrown Cannabis
- Complements the plant’s natural life cycle. For millions of years, plants that undergo photosynthesis have evolved and flourished under the rays of the sun. Scientists report that cannabinoid and terpene production is greatest in ambient light. Natural light is much more complex than what even the best grow lights can mimic. Unlike indoor plants, outdoor cannabis is exposed to a full spectrum of light from the sun, moon, and stars. Outdoor cultivation also enables natural airflow and ventilation; no electric fans are necessary. It’s impossible to duplicate nature’s supreme design when growing cannabis indoors.
- Ecology and resiliency. Acclimated to local conditions, unique landrace varietals native to specific bioregions (Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, etc.) have adapted to deal with local pests and other threats. Because outdoor crops are part of the ecosystem, the plant interacts with the elements and this helps to build flexibility and resistance to temperature fluctuations and potential attacks. Healthy plants are less susceptible to the invasion of mold, mildew, and predators in general. Organic farming methods can preserve and enhance the complex biota of the earth’s soil in a way that retains carbon and helps to offset global warming. When growing outdoors, a farmer has more liberties to implement sustainable methods of cultivation, such as the permacultural techniques of companion planting. These methods utilize various natural techniques to sustain a thriving ecosystem: intercropping (with plants that compliment cannabis), planting ground cover (which keeps in water and nutrients), and introducing beneficial bugs. Companion planting avoids growing in a monoculture and brings in a variety of plant species to implement complementary natural pest management which contributes to a diverse, healthy ecosystem. This is possible to some degree with indoor growing, but the opportunities for permaculture techniques are limited indoors.
- Therapeutic horticulture. Cultivators who work with sungrown plants get a good dose of nature therapy just by being outdoors. That’s especially important in a society where people are generally disconnected from their natural environment; getting outside can help to balance this deficit. An essential source of Vitamin D and much more, sunlight is intrinsically therapeutic. According to an October 2016 study in the Journal of Internal Medicine, sunlight deficiency can be as harmful to human health as cigarette smoking. Outdoor cannabis farmers also benefit from bathing in the symphony of smells and organic aromas indigenous to the local terroir. Plants communicate with each other and their cohabitants, especially insects, by releasing odiferous compounds known as terpenes in response to environmental stressors. Some plant smells attract beneficial bugs; others repel predators. It’s our good fortune that many of the same compounds plants generate under stress have medicinal properties that help human beings cope with stress.
Source: “Sarah Russel – Project CBD”