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Outdoor Grown Hemp vs Indoor Grown Hemp

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As you all may know, there are multiple ways to grow things. Plants in particular can be grown inside or outside. There are benefits to both ways of doing things, however when you grow cannabis inside, it has many negative impacts on the community and the environment. So let’s take a look at the differences. At the end of this article, I’ll let you decide what’s best for you and your environment and loved ones.

Indoor grown cannabis has a very large negative impact on the environment. In order to grow cannabis or hemp inside, especially on a large enough scale to support the enormous industries surrounding hemp, many many special lights are required which consume a lot of electricity. This electricity consumption is not only expensive, it’s also damaging the environment by harnessing the industries that create electricity. In many cases, electricity doesn’t come from a sustainable source - often times the electricity to power inside cannabis growing operations come from coal or oil. We all know how bad these things are for the environment.

This brings me to my next point. Outdoor hemp is grown naturally using the sunlight. Sunlight works very well for growing industrial hemp, which is where CBD is most concentrated and prominent. Sunlight just so happens to be a sustainable source of energy, which means it’s easy to get energy from and it’s not damaging to the environment. Hemp grown inside has a huge carbon footprint if you trace it. Outside hemp actually has a negative carbon footprint, which means it contributes to the environment in positive ways. Such as scrubbing the air of harmful chemicals such as CO2.

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Another reason indoor grown cannabis is bad for the environment is because of the sheer volume of water needed to grow a plant inside. Indoor grown hemp requires 80% more water to grow into a plant that is large enough to be useful. Outdoor grown cannabis requires much less water to grow. Not only that, it’s easier to provide water to the crops using rain or natural sources. That’s also sustainable. Indoor grown cannabis just isn’t sustainable in the long term.

Apart from what is obvious like sunlight and water, plants also need nutrients from the ground to grow. When you grow cannabis inside, the soil is not recycled and that leads to soil with little nutritional value which doesn’t do much for something you’re trying to grow. Subsequently, indoor grown cannabis requires the use of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers to grow in a healthy state. Cannabis grown outside actually leaves the soil in a better state than before it was grown so doesn’t usually need harsh chemicals. Cannabis supports a natural soil ecosystem by contributing naturally occurring minerals to the soil over and over. That’s sustainable, and much more beneficial than using cannabis grown inside.

The next time you purchase a hemp product, ask where the hemp comes from. Using hemp grown indoors contributes to global warming and straining the power grid and is overall harmful for the environment. Be sure that the hemp products you’re purchasing are produced using sustainable methods. Our hemp products are produced from hemp sustainably and responsibly grown outside. If you’d like to learn more about what we offer, feel free to click here and see our CBD Oil tincture.