Are you curious about the world of craft cannabis? From the unique growing techniques and small batch production to the emphasis on sustainability and quality, craft cannabis offers a truly unparalleled experience for cannabis connoisseurs.
What Is Craft Cannabis?
Craft cannabis is a term used to describe cannabis that is produced in a small batch production method by independent and often locally-based growers.
These growers are focused on producing high-quality, unique strains of cannabis using traditional cultivation methods and paying close attention to every step of the process, from seed to sale.
Craft cannabis is often grown using organic practices and without the use of pesticides, making it a more natural and potentially healthier choice for consumers.
Craft cannabis growers often have a strong connection to their local communities and are actively involved in advocacy efforts to promote the responsible use and legalization of cannabis.
In our latest video, the Garden Sage shared his thoughts about what defines artisanal cannabis.
“If we look at the wine and beer industry, it’s 2-3% of the overall material produced, so a craft cannabis producer, based on these standards, could be maintaining their status if they’re producing 20-30,000 kilos of cannabis per year,” he said.
What makes a craft producer “craft” is not yet standardized in the industry. It could be the size of the facility or the method of production.
The Garden Sage knows the importance of celebrating small-batch producers. As the cannabis industry grows, “the main thing is setting up an inclusive marketplace, that includes all the pioneers, the small and medium sized producers that built this emerging, global, economic force,” he said.
In an effort to highlight artisanal cannabis, he “formed the Craft Cannabis Association of British Columbia to stand up for the rights of small-to-medium-sized producers and the rights of the public to choose where they get their cannabis from.”
Craft Cannabis vs. Commercial Cannabis
Craft cannabis refers to marijuana that is produced by small, independent growers who prioritize quality and sustainability over mass production and profit. These growers often have a deep knowledge and appreciation for the plant and take great care in cultivating it using natural methods and organic inputs.
In contrast, commercial cannabis is produced by large corporations that prioritize efficiency and profit over quality and sustainability. They often use harsh chemicals and pesticides in the growing process and prioritize quantity over quality.
While craft cannabis may be more expensive due to the attention and care put into its production, many consumers believe that it is worth the extra cost due to the superior taste, potency, and overall experience it provides.
Overall, the choice between craft and commercial cannabis ultimately comes down to personal preference and values.
Benefits of Craft Cannabis
There are many benefits to choosing craft cannabis over mass-produced, commercial options. For starters, craft cannabis is often grown using sustainable and organic methods, without harsh chemicals, which can result in a cleaner and more natural final product.
Consuming a clean and pure flower or infused product is ideal for medical cannabis patients. Sustainable practices that don’t use harmful chemicals produce the best cannabis products to be used as medicine and reduce the health risks associated with consuming cannabis.
Additionally, craft cannabis producers often have a deep knowledge and appreciation for their product, and take the time to carefully curate their strains and cultivate their plants with care. This can result in a higher quality and more enjoyable experience for the consumer.
Craft cannabis producers often have a strong connection to their local communities and may source their materials locally, supporting the local economy, and provide a superior level of customer service.
Craft cannabis producers also make a broad range of featured products, including pre-rolls, edibles, vape cartridges, and more. No matter what delivery method you prefer, there’s bound to be a craft cannabis product for you.
Finally, supporting craft cannabis can help to promote diversity and sustainability in the cannabis industry, and can provide a valuable source of income for small, independent producers.
Drawbacks of Craft Cannabis
One major drawback of craft cannabis is the higher cost compared to non-craft cannabis. Because craft cannabis is often produced in smaller batches in a more sustainable manner, it can be more expensive than mass-produced cannabis.
Another potential drawback is the limited availability and distribution of craft cannabis products. Because they are produced in small batches, they may not be widely available or easily accessible to customers, particularly in areas where cannabis is not yet legal or where there are strict regulations on its sale and distribution.
Finally, there may be a lack of standardization in the craft cannabis industry, as there are no official regulations or certifications for craft cannabis. This can make it challenging for consumers to know what to expect when purchasing craft cannabis products.
While craft cannabis can offer a unique and enjoyable experience for cannabis consumers, it is important to be aware of these potential drawbacks.
Why Appellations Matter
Appellations, or designated growing regions, are an important aspect of craft cannabis as they reflect the unique terroir, or natural environment, of the region in which the cannabis is grown.
Just like wine, the climate, soil, and other environmental factors can have a significant impact on the flavor, aroma, and overall quality of the cannabis. For example, the only place that you will find Champagne growing is 100 miles of France’s Champagne region.
By designating specific growing regions and adhering to strict standards, craft cannabis producers are able to showcase the distinct characteristics of their region and provide consumers with a truly unique and high-quality product.
Additionally, appellations help to support local farmers and preserve the history and traditions of the region.
In short, appellations are a way for craft cannabis producers to differentiate their products and ensure that they are of the highest quality and truly reflect the place in which they were grown.
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