1. You Know What Is In It
When you grow your own cannabis you never have to worry about what might be in it. When it comes to pesticides, it doesn’t really matter if the cannabis that you buy was grown legally or illegally. You won’t know just by looking, smelling or smoking tainted cannabis that is steeped in dangerous chemical pesticides. It can be even worse if you are consuming concentrates cannabis products like shatter, wax, budder, etc. If you are smoking concentrates, you could be smoking up to 10x the pesticides you might find on cannabis flowers.
In order to make sure you have clean weed you would need to send it to a lab for testing, which isn’t practical for the individual user (you). If you can purchase marijuana from a dispensary there is often testing done on that product. But not on every batch, so you are definitely running a risk when you smoke weed a stranger has grown – every time.
What you don’t know CAN hurt you. Although there hasn’t been a rash of deaths attributed to it, the jury is still out on the long-term health effects of inhaling combusted pesticides. There simply hasn’t been enough research done because until recreational legalization, no one was really super concerned about it. Which is weird, right? Medical marijuana may have had pesticides on it for decades, and sick people are surely the group most susceptible to the consequences.
If you grow your own (or know and fully trust your grower) you never have to worry about what might be in your plants. Easy as that.
2. Grow, It Will Save You Money
This logic works whether you smoke one bowl or one eighth a day. If you do smoke an eighth a day, you likely won’t grow enough to totally supply yourself, but the math still works. If you are growing even a little of what you end up smoking in total, you save money by not buying what you’ve already grown. You may only save yourself a small dollar amount, but for some people, every little bit counts.
3. Digging in Dirt is Good For You
Hear me out on this one. There is actually scientific evidence that supports the notion that gardening promotes a good mood and helps to lower a person’s anxiety. It was an oncologist in London, Dr. Mary O’Brien, that initially discovered the correlation. Dr. O’Brien inoculated patients suffering from lung cancer with Mycobacterium vaccae (or M. vaccae) which is a strain of bacteria found in soil. She just wanted to see if the symptoms of their affliction would ease up – and they did. It also improved their emotional and cognitive functions overall.
In another study, researchers Susan Jenks and Dorothy Matthews fed mice the M. vaccae bacteria and had them run a maze. They performed these trials for four weeks and ran the mice 12 times in that period. The results were consistent each run. The mice who were fed the M. vaccae before, during and after the task ran the maze twice as fast as the control group that did not consume the M. vaccae and also exhibited a reduction in “anxiety-related behaviors.”
So dig in the dirt, or eat it I guess, because the M. vaccae bacteria hanging out there could make you feel a lot better in mind, body AND soul.