We love seeing “organic” on a label, even when it challenges us to play the game of values, weighing up the price next to the “normie” stuff.
And since we’re getting a sneak peek into the recreational products being rolled out by the ACMPR royalty, it’s looking like brands will be punting some “organic” buds our way to see who goes for it. Talking to some brand reps, they expect women over 30 years old to lead the pack.
No one wants to be knowingly poisoning themselves, but is the organic weed as organic as we think and is it a healthier choice than non-organic flower?
When it comes to food, organic means free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers and dyes, and processing using industrial solvents, irradiation or genetic engineering.
The Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation (WMMC+) in Whistler, BC, is Canada’s only certified organic producer in the country but their certification doesn’t come from Health Canada. Instead, it comes from the Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association (FVOPA).
The FVOPA goes by the OMRI Canada Products List, which is updated every two weeks with the most current information about products and materials allowed for organic use.
For their dried cannabis flower and organic oils, WMMC+ uses e-beam treatment which passes an electrical current through the cannabis to kill and reduce microbes. They also use a “secret,” integrated pest management system developed by organic consultant and biochemist, Peter Doig. If you buy your cannabis in Canada, legally or illegally, you can always question what “organic” means if the producer uses the term in their marketing.
In the US, cannabis cannot be labeled organic because the term is federally regulated and the USDA doesn’t recognize marijuana as a legitimate agricultural crop due to the schedule 1 narcotic classification, essentially blocking it from participating in USDA programs, services, and certifications.