Hydroponic vs organic weed, which is better?

Published Feb 4, 2019 11:07 a.m. ET

Organic cannabis is all the buzz these days and with weed being on everyone's minds. One hot topic we keep hearing is whether the same rules should apply to cannabis products. There is also the question of which one is better regarding the effects when ingested and the yields that can be produced by plants grown under either condition. The biggest differences between the two are the chemicals that are used and the material that is used as a base for the plants to grow from. We’ll answer the ultimate question is, “Is hydroponic weed better?”. We will need to tell you how each process works, what the effects of each are, and what additives are required for each one.

Hydro weed

Hydro weed is a product harvested from a marijuana plant that has been grown using a hydroponic system. Hydroponics use a water base with some methods requiring various organic materials that are different than soil. This way always requires various liquid nutrients and fertilizers that are entirely safe for the average user as long as the plants are put through a cleansing, which is essentially one to two weeks that nutrients are not added right before harvest. Hydro grow operations have much higher production rates that average, almost double that of their organically grown counterparts. They are much more demanding and allow for the ideal environment to be created which results in a large often more potent bud.

Hydroponic weed effects

Hydroponic weed effects can vary quite a bit. The main contributor to the levels of THC produced by a plant is the original seeds DNA. However, since hydroponics creates the best environment for a plant to thrive the results are typically stronger and higher quality product with plants producing more substantial yields. Hydro tends to be known for its intense feel and ability to put you to sleep. While in general hydro does provide higher levels of THC, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the bud from a hydroponically grown plant will be intense simply because of the way it is developed. It is just as likely to have a mild energetic high if the strain grown produces those effects.  

Is hydroponic weed bad for you?

The short answer is in general, no it isn’t. However just like plants grown using any other method, if plants are not given the property time to flush any fertilizers from their system before being harvested there is a potential for the product to be slightly tainted. This can produce headaches, nausea, and ruin the taste of the weed.

Organic weed

Organically grown cannabis plants are grown in soil indoors or outdoors. They are not fed any fertilizers beyond natural sources and are generally not provided the ideal conditions to allow them to reach their fullest potential. Those who choose this method prefer it for its more natural approach enabling the plant to yield most of its nutrients through the sun and basic watering. No chemicals or pesticides of any kind are used at any point during the growing process.

Organic weed effects

Organic pot grows slower but more consistently. Because of this, the plant does maintain more of its natural tastes and flavors. The effects of organic weed are often thought to be milder, perhaps even more uplifting. While it is true that the impact felt when using organic marijuana tends to be lighter because of their reduced THC content, the true effect of the end product is mainly determined by its ability to access nutrients and the strain chosen.

Is organic weed bad for you?

Because organic weed grows natural, with no human interference and with no chemicals, it is completely safe to ingest with absolutely no concern for chemicals or additives that could potentially harm your health.

Hydro vs organic

The only real difference between the two is the method grown which can slightly affect the overall product of the plant. A high THC producing strain will likely still have a high THC content when grown either way. The total yield from a hydro grown plant is mind-blowing when compared to an organically grown plant. They produce 2-3 times more but also require additional expense and diligent work with light and nutrient schedules. Whereas naturally produced pot takes the least toll on the environment, doesn't need any cost outside of the seeds and is the safest to ingest without having to go through a well-timed cleansing period. In the end, the most significant contributor to which you feel is better is personal preference.

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