Thursday, October 19, 2017

5 Things We bet You Didn’t Know About Cannabis (Guest Post)

By: Doug Mairs
(Owner of Circle M Farms Worm Castings)

Cannabis is a confusing topic. And it’s no wonder why.  Growing up, we were told contrasting info about the sticky substance. Credible sources like our teachers and DARE police officers told it is a dangerous gateway drug; that smoking one joint causes more bodily harm than smoking 10 cigarettes.  But on the other side, pop culture told us it was no big deal.  Movies and like Half Baked, Super Troopers, and rappers like Snoop Dog made it seem like hitting a bowl was a normal rite of passage for high schoolers.  

Whichever side of the cannabis debate you are on, here are 5 things we bet you didn’t know about the sticky icky:

  1. Marijuana has been around for a LONG time. Humans have been cultivating the crop for at least 6,000 years (possibly twice that long.)  That means people were working with marijuana before the great pyramids were built, long before gladiators fought at the colosseum in Rome, even before Stonehenge!
  1. Using marijuana for medical purposes isn’t new.  Ancient texts show that cannabis was used to relieve conditions ranging from constipation to malaria. 
  1. Getting the munchies after smoking is a myth…at least according to a 2014 study.  This study showed that after long-term ingestion of marijuana, mice ate less and lost weight — but remember, that was in lab setting, and the mice didn’t have access to Taco Bell. 
  1. Smoking isn’t the only way the marijuana plant is used. Its fibers can also be spun into rope or woven into fabric. One of the strangest uses of marijuana recorded is using hemp rope as a method for transporting giant stone statues.
  1. Marijuana plants grow best in worm poop.  Yes…you read that correctly. Plants that grow in worm poop (or worm castings) benefit from faster seed germination and plant emergence. With all the new marijuana regulations regarding the use of pesticides, growing marijuana in worm poop is going to become the norm as it is the only way to ensure crops are strong and also chemical free. 

Doug Mairs is an organic farming expert and the Operations Supervisor and Sales Manager for Circle M Farms Worm Castings. Doug has lived in the Ontario, Oregon area for the past 20 years and is the heart and soul of the family farm. Dedicating his life to its success and growth, he is focused exclusively on the worm operation. His daily tasks include tracking production supplies, product quality, vendor satisfaction, deliveries, personnel, and contract/wholesale sales. He enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with family. 


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