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Organic vs Pharmaceutical Weed

While the legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana is good news for smokers and consumers of edibles and other cannabis by-products, it spells bad news for the pharmaceutical companies. This is because while patients that once turned to pharmaceuticals to deal with conditions such as chronic pain and insomnia (to name just a couple,) they can now turn to a more natural and often cheaper form of medicine – medical marijuana. And while that may provide the relief needed for the patient, it leaves the pharmaceutical companies in the dust.

What is the difference between organic and pharmaceutical weed?

Pharmaceutical weed is not, as the name might imply, marijuana that’s been grown and processed by the pharmaceutical companies. This isn’t legal in many places and even in areas that have legalized cannabis, it’s typically the dispensaries that create medical marijuana.

Instead, pharmaceutical cannabis is a number of fomedical-marijuana-pharmaceutical-weed-rms of synthetic drugs that contain cannabis extracts. And in many cases, these extracts don’t actually come from the plant itself but are created in a lab. So while consumers may think they’re getting some form of the cannabis plant, they’re actually getting the derivatives that have been synthetically, or artificially, made in a pharmaceutical lab.

The pharmaceutical companies are creating these drugs in an effort to provide consumers with the same benefits they would get from the THC they can find in the marijuana plant, without using the actual plant. So far, this is the only answer they have in order to maintain the market share and profits they once did.

What weed-based drugs do pharmaceuticals use?

The pharmaceutical companies have already created many weed-based drugs, and the trend is not likely to slow down any time soon. The biggest pharmaceutical drugs containing medical marijuana are:

  • Sativex. This is an oral spray that contains synthetic THC and CBD extracts. It’s said to be effective for treating neuropathic pain and MS patients that are coping with muscles that spontaneously contract.
  • Another pharmaceutical drug that contains synthetic THC, this time in capsule form. It’s made by the big pharma company Unimed Pharmaceuticals and is said to prevent nausea and vomiting in cancer patients, and can also be used to increase the appetite of AIDS patients.
  • This is also a capsule that’s been created by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. While it doesn’t contain actual THC, it does contain cannabinoids that are similar to the chemical found in weed. It’s also used to help cancer patients deal with nausea and vomiting, as well as increasing the appetite of AIDS patients.
  • Created by Pharmos this is a capsule form of drug that contains the cannabinoid receptor CB2. While it hasn’t yet been approved for use, it’s said to help reduce inflammation and helps with hypertension.
  • HU 308. This is a drug that Professor Mechoulam at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been working on since the late 1990s, and it’s still in the pre-clinical lab study phase, meaning it’s also not been approved for use. If it ever gets approval, the synthetic cannabis within it will bind to the CB2 receptor in the brain so that it can eventually help patients with hypertension and reduce inflammation.

sativex-medical-marijuana-pharmaceutical-weedIn the end, there’s a reason many of these products – and even more pharmaceutical products that are trying to recreate the benefits of medical marijuana in a lab setting – haven’t yet been approved. Even at a time when medical marijuana, as well as recreational marijuana is becoming legalized in more places every day. They are simply not as safe as consuming bud from an actual cannabis plant, and their effects are unknown. In the end, natural products always beat synthetic.

The benefits of organic weed

While weed that has been grown into an actual plant and consumed with very little done to it will always beat synthetic pharmaceutical products, it doesn’t mean that all marijuana is organic either. And if the weed you’re smoking or consuming isn’t organic, you may be missing out on the many benefits organic weed has to offer.

Non-organic weed has often been grown with chemicals that are not only harsh, but that can also be toxic when ingested. These come from the fertilizers and pesticides that are often applied to the plant to promote larger growth, and therefore larger yields, and to keep pests that can munch on the buds at bay. Using organic weed will prevent any health problems that could come from smoking these chemicals while enjoying a bowl or joint.

But there are more benefits to organic weed than just that.

One of the biggest benefits one can find in organic marijuana is that it’s more potent than non-organic weed. While all fertilizers will contain vital nutrients such as nitrogen, sulphur, calcium and potassium, organic fertilizers will also contain other beneficial nutrients. These include ingredients such as cobalt, sodium and nickel, and they’re ingredients that can’t be found in commercial fertilizers. And they can not only help the plant thrive, but can also make the cannabis more potent.

These ingredients can also help improve the taste and aroma of any cannabis. This is because growing organic marijuana will help the plant create the exact right balance of cannabinoids, terpenoids, and terpenes. These are all the things that give marijuana that unmistakable smell that users enjoy so much; and you won’t be able to get that perfect mix with non-organic weed.

Some growers are hesitant to grow organic marijuana because they don’t think their yield will be as big. But this is just not true. Because organic fertilizers give cannabis plants all the vital nutrients they need, as well as a few others, the yield is often much bigger than what you’ll get with commercial feeds. Plus there are organic growing mediums that use ‘super soil’ that can also improve yield. Super soil can be purchased, or it can be made at home.

Of course, perhaps the best reason to grow organic weed is because it’s not only healthier for you, but also for the environment. It’s been proven that the runoff of commercial fertilizers and pesticides is harming our rivers, lakes and other waterways. When this happens, it doesn’t only pollute the waterways, making them an unsafe home for the aquatic life that inhabits it, but that pollution can lead to algae blooms forming. Those blooms can choke out the homes and life of the wildlife, making it even more unsafe.

Too often, users and smokers don’t know where their weed comes from. And those who are purchasing pharmaceutical products from the big pharma companies certainly don’t know what’s in their weed products, or where they actually came from.

The best solution is to grow your own marijuana, and when you do, to make sure you’re only using organic products on them. This is the only way to ensure the marijuana you’re smoking is as safe as possible, and that you’re not ingesting anything you shouldn’t be.

MSNL Team MSNL Team / 3rd August 2017

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One thought on “Organic vs Pharmaceutical Weed”

  • Thomas L. Braesch
    Thomas L. Braesch 27th July 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I am now on probation for growing cannabis to treat chronic pain as well as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. I live in Nebraska. Steroid and anti inflammatory medication have caused garrets ulcers. But our state keeps it from us.

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