For those who are vegan, this information might shock you…
Veganism has become a rather common dietary and health practice, but for some it goes far beyond dietary choices and health benefits. For some, veganism has become a way of life, being the way that certain individuals choose to go about each day, being conscious of their moment to moment choices.
Whether you are a vegan for health reasons, ethical reasons or simply just because, or if you are not a vegan at all but this headline has you curious, you may be surprised to learn the information that is about to be presented. The question still remains the same, what is vegan weed and is it even real?
Keep reading to discover what vegan weed is, and how this information could change your life, especially if you are living a vegan lifestyle…
What Is Veganism?:
Maybe it is best to begin with a very brief description of what veganism is for those who are not familiar with this dietary choice/lifestyle. Being vegan means avoiding products from animal sources. Some vegans define themselves as a term known as “honey vegan”, meaning they still consume honey (which comes from bees), even if they stay away from most other products. For some vegans, it involves simply boycotting edible or consumable items that are animal derived, while for others it also includes the exclusion of all animal derived merchandise.
Dietary wise, animal elements can be found in dairy, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, honey, seafood, wine and more. While other products include leather clothing/accessories, fur garments, wool/fleece garments, items constructed out of bone/ivory/skin, cosmetics with animal origins or testing on animals and more.
Each vegan, of course, has their own regulations and limits, but it seems the overall general consensus is an avoidance of both animal derived consumables in addition to other non-edible products. Sometimes animal products can sneak up on you. In this case, weed is a good example of an item that may seem 100% vegan friendly, but in reality it is not.
That’s right, vegan weed. Sounds silly right? Cannabis is a plant, so it must, indeed, be vegan. Well, this depends what you classify personally as vegan. The marijuana plant itself is not derived from an animal. It is a flowering crop that produces delicious buds that are then broken down and packed into bowls, rolled into joints or condensed into an oil or extract. Sounds innocent and cruelty-free right? And organic weed sounds even better, doesn’t it? Less pollution for the environment and for the body with less spraying of chemicals certainly seems beneficial and pleasant, so, then you’re probably wondering, what’s the catch?
It turns out, the most highly recommended fertilizers for marijuana plants during the cultivation process, are nutrients that are derived from animal origins…
Animal Derived Fertilization Practices:
Numerous growers guides for marijuana recommend certain fertilizers that are not vegan-friendly, and these options seem to be a commonplace for many cannabis cultivators. These choices are widely discussed about in growers’ communities, and not much thought is placed into their non cruelty-free sources. For those who are not against consuming animal derived products, this certainly does not matter, but there are not many final options for vegans who’d like to also cut the animal-derived weed out of their lives.
Using some of these sources of nutrients, however, is not solely limited to cannabis cultivators. Numerous other crops are likely also grown with animal fertilizers, especially the organic ones because animal derived nutrients seem to supplement chemical/synthetic nutrients adequately and are typically relatively inexpensive.
Some commonly applied nutrients and fertilizers from animal sources, includes bat guano, pig or chicken blood, fish guts, worm castings, manures from various animals, bone meal and others, and the cannabis industry heavily relies upon these organic nutrients for successful, healthy crop yields. Although in many ways these organic fertilizers are much better for the health and environment than synthetic alternative options, they are not suitable for vegans. As agricultural technologies continue to expand, a multitude of organic alternatives to these animal derived choices have come to light, which will be further discussed in the next section.
Alternative, Vegan-Friendly Fertilizers for Those Who Desire Them:
Fortunately for cannabis cultivators who have a say in how their lovely green stuff is grown, there are numerous vegan friendly fertilizers on the market, both in pre-made and homemade form.
One of the simplest methods, is by producing homemade compost teas or simple compost mixes. Because you are the one adding food scraps into your compost pile, you can closely monitor what types of leftovers are being added. If you are a vegan, there’s a fair chance that your compost bin will also be full of vegan scraps, such as plant pits, seeds, vegetable and fruit skins and grains that did not get eaten. Since this is the same compost that is going to be used to make the compost tea, this option can be vegan and it is solely up to you. Mulches hay mulches, lime, gypsum, dolomite, rock potash, rock dusts, green sand and wood ash are also all homemade or less expensive options, which can make brilliant fertilizers and nutrient sources for cannabis crops.
In addition, a multitude of store-bought selections and ready made vegan fertilizers do exist. These options are maybe a bit more expensive, but could be convenient for some marijuana cultivators. These include Grow Veganic, Growmore Vegetarian, FloraBlend Vegan Compost Tea, Yum Yum Mix 2-1-1, Down to Earth Vegan Mix and VeganMator, just to name a very small portion of possible purchasable options.
There are not really many solutions for this issue, except of course only buying products that are vegan-friendly and grown in a vegan manner. For organic produce, including cannabis, this does not seem to be such a common practice to label the products that are grown without parts of animals. Acceptance, for the time being, is maybe the best option. Most vegans are not pretending to be 100% perfect, no one is completely flawless. In essence, vegans are mostly just trying to reduce their utilization and consumption of the animal products that can be easily tracked and are clearly from creature origins.
The hope is, as the number of vegans continues to increase, which they have immensely in the past 10 years especially, then greater amounts of produce manufacturers, including marijuana, will begin labeling their consumables as either vegan-friendly or not. For the time being, since perfection cannot be obtained, for those who are choosing to be vegan, it is important to just do your best, because all anyone can do in life is their best, and no one should beat themselves up about the mistakes and imperfections- they are a beautiful part about being human.
Vegan marijuana does exist, but it might not be the easiest to track. Some producers and cannabis vendors have made it mandatory to check their sources and label their herb according to whether or not animal-friendly, vegan practices were used, but unfortunately this is not the case for many companies. Until veganism expands further into the marijuana world, those avoiding animal derived products should simply do the best they can, or not worry about this aspect at all. Ultimately, the choice of whether or not you buy vegan-friendly weed is up to you, and it is a personal decision to make and should not be judged or criticized.
Final Thoughts About Vegan Weed:
If you are a vegan or are simply curious about what in the world vegan weed is and if it is even real, then this article is for you. Hopefully, this has cleared up some of the facts about vegan weed, and what solutions exist in case you would like to keep animal-derived versions of this product out of your life.
We hope you found this article to not only be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user and discretion should always be taken.