celebrating earth day all month long
this April, learn about the cannabis brands working to minimize their environmental footprints and ways to support sustainability efforts in the cannabis industry.
Sustainability Challenges Facing the Cannabis Industry (and What You Can Do to Help)
For decades, movements around cannabis legalization and environmentalism have gone together like Cheech and Chong. All of this started with the countercultural revolution of the 1960s and 70s, when everything from our views on drugs to our relationship with the natural world were challenged by free-thinking hippies and beatniks. In the heartland of this progressive movement—in and around the Bay Area—disillusioned youths shunned the consumerist societies in which they lived and worked and moved en masse to secluded communes in the forests of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties, the Emerald Triangle.
Here, these back-to-the-landers embraced sustainable, self-sufficient ways of living. They grew cannabis for spiritual and physical nourishment and for funds to support their ways of life. Extra profits were donated towards ecological restoration projects and innovations in green technology. Historian Ray Raphael noted that cannabis farming “fit in with the tradition of rural anarchy [in] the coastal hills of California.” It was the “perfect embodiment of a people’s capitalism.” Nowadays, the region is widely accepted as the cannabis capital of the world.
Fast forward 50 years and cannabis prohibition is falling like dominoes around the U.S. and the globe. As the plant continues to gain widespread acceptance, cannabis is no longer reserved just for rebellious, free-spirited types. People from all walks of life—young, old, men, women, liberal, conservative—welcome cannabis into their lives.
While the growing acceptance of cannabis is undoubtedly a boon for our society, it is critical that issues surrounding sustainability not be left to the wayside as legal markets blossom. Cannabis can have tremendous benefits for the environment, but it can also come with major detriments if care is not taken to adopt sustainable practices. Read more…
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The Sungrown Difference
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Higher Edibles: Raising the Bar for Sustainability in Cannabis
By Guest Contributor Kirstie P.
Environmentally-Conscious Cannabis Brands
Sungrown, Sun+Earth Certified cannabis sourced from small-scale family farms practicing regenerative organic agriculture.
Turkish Delight-style edibles in seasonal flavors, infused with single strain rosin and fresh fruit.
Sourced from small, sungrown farms. Never cut with glycols or other additives.
Fast-acting relief with easy-to-take drops. Now packaged with less paper and plastic.
Cosmic View Sweets
Made with wildflower honey, complementary herbs, strain specific flower rosin and flavored with pure plant essential oils and fresh ingredients.
Care By Design
CBD oil extracted from sustainably grown CBD-rich cannabis in Northern California’s Emerald Triangle.
Flow Kana partners with independent multi-generational farmers who cultivate under full sun, sustainably, and in small batches.
Higher Edibles Canna Corn
With approximately 28 kernels per package, Higher Edibles’ Canna Corn Kernels are a great micro-dosing option for low dose consumers.
Canndescent’s solar-powered growing facility creates a more sustainable growing model and unites water efficiency, energy efficiency, and pesticide-free growing.
CANN Social Tonics
Low-dose sparkling cannabis beverages made from locally-sourced ingredients.
Strain-specific, high-THC vapes made with 100% pure cannabis oil. Sun-grown in California and cleanly extracted using a supercritical CO2 method.
Farmer and the Felon
Farmer and the Felon is proud to support and source from Sun+Earth certified cultivators.
Because many sustainably-grown cannabis brands source their flower from small, outdoor farms, sometimes their products may be temporarily out of stock. Be sure to check back regularly if you don’t see one of the brands above on our menu.
Look for the Sun+Earth Seal
Sun+Earth Certified is dedicated to shifting the cannabis cultivation industry toward a cleaner, healthier, and more ethical future. A first-of-its-kind nonprofit certification for regenerative organic cannabis, the Sun+Earth seal is based on a rigorous set of standards for cannabis grown in the soil of mother earth, under the sun, by fairly paid farmers and farm workers.
that the flower they use is grown under the sun, in the soil of Mother Earth, without chemicals, by fairly-paid family farmers.
We believe that everyone should know who grows their cannabis, including where and how it is grown. Flow Kana partners with independent multi-generational farmers who cultivate under full sun, sustainably, and in small batches. Using only organic methods, these stewards of the land have spent their lives balancing a unique and
harmonious relationship between the farm, the genetics and the terroir. The result is an unparalleled product that simply cannot be found anywhere else.
wellness, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage, we have introduced one of-a-kind products and manufacturing methods into the cannabis space.” Said Dennis Hunter, CannaCraft Co-founder, adding “As we evolve our products, we remain equally committed to evolving our production standards. This includes improving sustainability and decreasing our carbon footprint.”
Canndescent was the first cannabis brand in California to initiate a commercial-scale indoor production facility powered with renewable solar energy. Their 282.6 kilowatt system uses 734 solar modules on seven different carport structures to energize operations such as irrigation, security, artificial lighting, air conditioning,
ventilation, and dehumidification. Canndescent’s solar project reduces annual atmospheric carbon emissions by 365 metric tons (per NREL and EPA estimates) and currently produces enough power to charge an estimated 20% of US smartphones for a day.
At Cann, we believe that cannabis companies have a duty to safeguard the planet that nourishes the plant, and to continuously find ways to have a more sustainable footprint. Broadly speaking, our product uses all-natural, non-GMO ingredients. Our cans are also fully recyclable. Both of these factors lead to
dramatically lower carbon emissions than glass containers or processed ingredients.
Higher Edibles is a small (today, at least!) women and family-owned and operated edible company based in the sunny Santa Cruz, CA. They are focused on bringing delicious gluten-free edibles to the cannabis space free from overly processed sugars and flours. All of Higher Edible’s ingredients are sustainably sourced right here in California.
By keeping it local, Higher ensures their ingredients are always fresh, far less packaging and transportation is involved, money is poured back into our local economy, we can see where our ingredients come from, and we get to help and get to know our neighbors in the process! Higher is passionate about keeping it real (the ingredients of course!) and keeping it local.
Jetty is dedicated to being as good to mother earth as possible throughout every phase of production. We only utilize organic farming practices, feeding our plants tea that we’ve brewed and all natural compost. Once the material has gone through extraction, that biomass goes right back to soil as compost. Our Solventless biomass
even goes to feed a worm farm! Jetty also has utilized some of the fats and waxes that we extract from the plant to make candles and chapsticks! We’ve even made hand sanitizer from recycled ethanol and added our house derived cannabis terpenes.
Caring for mother earth doesn’t stop with our cultivation and processing! All of Jetty’s packaging is 100% recyclable, and we have a short term goal to eliminate all plastic. We even took the planet into consideration with our energy efficient HVAC system that’s never too hot or never too cold! We’re not perfect, but we’re always trying to be better and work towards a cleaner, greener future!
Founded by a mother scientist and a daughter cancer survivor, Cosmic View is a line of the purest organic cannabis products formulated with science and traditional herbal wisdom. We are a small company devoted to making products that we care about. As such, our cannabis is grown with the utmost love and respect for the earth by small,
craft farmers from the pristine Emerald Triangle. All of our handmade formulations contain holistic, pesticide and solvent free ingredients many of which are grown on our family farm.