Cannabis Cultivation: Ways and Environmental Impacts

Cannabis Cultivation

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is just two of the over 400 therapeutic components that can be found in the cannabis plant. According to, this plant may seem really controversial, it is undeniable that its healing properties and contribution to the medical field is essential and is nearly the key to treating incurable diseases.

This plant is legally banned in different regions, particularly in some parts of Asia and Europe. Before being brought to the production process, the cannabis plant started with cultivation. There are two main ways being used to cultivate cannabis: the sungrown method and the indoor method.

Sungrown Method

This method is the more traditional way of cultivating plants and medical herbs. Mostly, farm owners and garden cultivators are the ones promoting this method. For this method, the plant is naturally grown which helps save lighting energy and artificial fertilizer expenses.

Growing the cannabis plant through this method lowers costs and carbon footprints as well. It also complements the whole life cycle of a plant since outdoor-grown cannabis is more exposed than the indoor-grown ones.

A cannabis plant has this unusual plant ability to adapt to its environment and be immune to local pests. When cannabis gets too exposed on the outside, its THC component increases, thus making it more valuable and of a higher quality. More than that, the sungrown method also promotes fighting the effects of global warming.

This method is also known as the “therapeutic horticulture” as it increases a plant’s level of Vitamin D and E due to its exposure to natural sunlight.

Indoor Method

Indoor grown cannabis plants are most likely those that are being produced as capsules, supplements, soaps, CBD oil, and other preserved and processed CBD-infused goods. Indoor growers benefit from this method primarily because they can control the growing conditions of the plant and manipulate their THC levels and other nutrients.

Manipulating a cannabis plant’s components is helpful to ensure its safety for human consumption.  This plant manipulation can also be called as product standardization. It is where all the products are made of a manipulated specimen which gives them exact dosage of nutrients they will need for producing each product.

Indoor growers also have the benefit of year-round cultivation. This means that they get to plant and grow cannabis on a year-round schedule and are the ones who determine their supply level.

Indoor growers have superior control over the external and internal factors that may affect the growth of cannabis. As such, plants being grown indoor are actually more attractive to consumers due to their “bag appeal”.


Cultivating cannabis through either of the two methods will lead to agricultural and economical advancement. Sungrown planting, however, is much more helpful to the environment since it helps lessen the effects of global warming and has lower carbon footprints. Moreover, sungrown plants are more naturally made and can contain more nutrients than those of the indoor-grown ones.

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