BRINGING SUSTAINABILITY TO YOUR STASH: Understanding How to Keep Cannabis Cultivation Green

Contrary to popular belief, cannabis culture isn’t just about the consumption and effects of marijuana and its byproducts, but rather about the cultivation, science and environment of the industry. However, many inside the cannabis world still do not realize the environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation and how to bring sustainability into their own stash. Hakuna Supply, in conjunction with DOPE Magazine, researched this subject to bring our readers information on the environmental impacts of cannabis, as well as ways for growers, consumers and advocates to help reduce them.

Let’s bring it back to November 8, 2016, when 4 states passed the recreational use of cannabis, raising the total number of rec states to 8, meaning “20% of the U.S. population lives in a state where it is legal for people aged 21 and over to buy marijuana for recreational use” (Trends eMagazine Feb 2017). This effectively created a new industry in the United States that rivals some of the largest corporations. For example, revenue sales in Colorado have reached almost $1 billion, which is equal to some of the largest farming commodities in the state. As the cannabis industry continues to grow and amass profits, the amount of cannabis grown will increase, as well.

So, what does this have to do with the environment? Let’s first look at cannabis cultivation  in general. To create a potent, high-demand product, a grower will require “hot temperatures, intense light, highly fertile soil, and large volumes of water” (Ashworth 2017). These factors can produce excessive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. It has even been estimated by the Marijuana Policy Group that legal & illegal indoor grow operations account for 1% of the average energy usage in the U.S. Additionally, illegal grow operations often generate their power off the grid to avoid raising red flags. To create enough energy to power their lights, these illegal growers rely on generators, which often “produce more than three times the CO2 of facilities powered by the grid” (Ashworth 2017). The potential impacts on air quality is another rising concern. As reported by J. W. Martyny in the “Potential Exposures Associated with Indoor Marijuana Growing Operations,” a sampling carried out in conjunction with law enforcement raids on illicit grow operations have measured concentrations of highly reactive organic compounds. These findings present a pressing issue, as experts predict the consumption and cultivation of cannabis to steadily increase until 2050.

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High Buy: Saavy Naturals—Food for Your Skin

This post is sponsored by Saavy Naturals.

Saavy Naturals Inc. (TMXN) offers a complete artisanal skincare line of handcrafted soaps, shampoos, conditioners and body scrubs that are literally good enough to eat. Formulated with the finest available food-grade ingredients, this vegan-, gluten-, soy-, GMO- and cruelty-free product line was inspired by a lifetime of California culinary experience, from husband and wife co-founders Hugo and Debra Saavedra.

Born from their mission to nourish abundant healthy lifestyles, Saavy’s luxurious products contain none of the common chemicals found in most soaps and shampoos, but all of the attention to detail expected from handcrafted small-batch production. From the artist-inspired individually hand wrapped soaps, to the intoxicating scents of Tahitian Vanilla and Bulgarian Rose oils, the quality of craftsmanship and consideration is deserving of the brand’s name.

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High Buy: Rokin Nitro Pen

This post is sponsored by Rokin Vapes.

The sleek new Rokin Nitro is a quality vape pen for concentrates. With three temperature settings and a dual quartz rod atomizer, the Nitro delivers smooth, clean hits. The pen contains no plastics, fibers or glue—so pure concentrate vapor is the only thing you’re inhaling.

The all-metal Nitro has a 10-second auto shut-off feature, preventing overheating and making it super-efficient. The pen’s deep glass chamber is easy to load (the kit comes with a handy dab tool) and can hold a large amount of concentrate, making for consistently satisfying pulls. And a smart, one-button design makes it easy to use—just click it five times to turn on or off, and three times to toggle between temperature settings: green (low), blue (medium) or red (high).

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High Buy: Easy Grinder

This post is sponsored by Easy Grinder.

Attention fellow herb aficionados: Manual labor is no longer required for weed grinding. Imagine being able to effortlessly grind and dispense your herbs without the typical mess and stress associated with passé manual grinding.

Manual grinders, take a seat—while we present the latest and most innovative accessory in the industry—the world’s first automatic herbal grinder and dispenser, the Easy Grinder.

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High Buy: The Linx Gaia

Fresh off the smashing success of the award-winning Linx Hypnos Zero, the world’s first four temperature coil-less vaporizer last March, Linx Vapor is at it again with the new, innovative and awe-inspiring dry herb vaporizer, The Linx Gaia.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs

With its innovative quartz heating chamber, clean vapor path design, unique air insulation, ultra-compact size, complete temperature variability and signature glass mouthpiece, the Linx Gaia is truly a vaping innovation for a new generation.

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POTN Stock—Is Now the Time to Invest in Cannabis Shares?

This post is sponsored by Chronic Journal.

Being successful in the stock market is all about watching market trends and jumping on new opportunities as soon as they arise. With that in mind, this may be the best time to consider investing in marijuana.

After all, marijuana has recently become legal in even more states throughout the United States, and thus it is highly likely that it will quickly become a big market in California and elsewhere around the country. In short, when Los Angeles voters approved Measure M and created regulations for adult-use marijuana, the City of Angels was quickly positioned to steal the title of “Marijuana Capital” from Denver.

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Canada’s Top Online Dispensary Is Still Cannabiscare.ca

This post is sponsored by Cannabiscare.ca.

Canada’s top online cannabis dispensary in 2017 is Cannabiscare.ca—and the company says they have the lab reports to prove it.

“Nobody has as many verified lab tests published online as Cannabiscare.ca,” a Cannabiscare.ca representative explained. “We’ve tested dozens of buds, and we’ve tested edibles, concentrates, candies, you name it. Of all the places that claim to sell lab-tested cannabis products, we’re the ones who stand by it the most.”

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An Elevated Edible for Conscious Connoisseurs

This post is sponsored by Binske.

Think about the best piece of chocolate you’ve ever eaten. Was it handmade, organic and sourced from rare Peruvian cocoa? Imagine that bar of chocolate in Colorado, infused with top shelf cannabis. Now we’re talking Binske.

Binske is the first truly gourmet cannabis brand in Colorado. Creator, Jacob Pasternack, looked at the cannabis industry and asked, “What’s the marketplace? What gap can we fill?”

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