Is Growing Marijuana Really That Bad For The Environment?

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

As we harness the plant’s benefits, it’s highly important we don’t lose track of its effect on the environment, and continue working to prevent any negative impact.

This article originally appeared on and has been reposted with permission.

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug extracted from the cannabis plant. It has been used over the centuries for medicinal and recreational purposes especially in the Central Asian region of the planet.

As more countries adopt the use and cultivation of the plant, concerns have arisen about its impact on the environment. Extreme energy and water usage, its method of disposal, and also its extraction process, seem to leave a footprint on the environment.

Should we be worried? Is our growing marijuana market going to pose a problem to our planet? How Marijuana Is Cultivated In a nutshell, marijuana cultivation is the process of growing cannabis plants. The plants start as seeds and can be grown through outdoor or indoor farming, with light from the sun or artificial ones.

The following resources are required in the cultivation of marijuana:


SOIL: Except you are practicing aeroponics or hydroponics, the soil is vital to the cultivation of marijuana; and not just any soil, the ideal soil must have nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. These nutrients can be added to the soil through fertilization. The soil’s pH should fall between 5.8 and 6.5.

WARMTH: Ideal temperature for marijuana cultivation falls between 24 – 30 °C (75 – 86 °F). Any temperature above 31 °C or 88 °F and less than 15.5 °C or 60 °F can inhibit growth and reduce THC potency.

LIGHT: You can use either natural light or artificial light. When using artificial light, the plant is exposed to 16–24 hours of constant light and 0–8 hours of darkness.

WATER: Watering frequency depends on the age, size, temperature, light, and plant’s stage of growth. Wilting of leaves is a sign of an under-watered plant.


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