Article by Travis Cesarone, Cannabis Life Network
Living a pure vegan life can be tough. Avoiding the meat and dairy industry is a lot harder than it should be. Animal parts sneak their way into our food in peculiar ways, and that shouldn’t even be a thought when smoking something as green as weed, right?
Well, just like your veggies, you have a few things to consider.
“How green are the pesticides that might be sprayed onto your cannabis flowers?”
I couldn’t possibly be about to tell you a product that was forced out of an animal can be applied directly onto your herbs – could I?
Lacto-San and Cyclone
These food-safe acids help prevent powdery mildew and are approved for legal crops in Canada. Despite their name, they are more gentle than you might expect. Not all acids will destroy the delicate aromatics that are found in plants.
But be warned. In theory, when either spray is lit on fire in an open environment, it should degrade into water and carbon dioxide. In reality, it is hard to predict what substances will be formed and how they will affect you.
From the Udder
Are they really squeezed out of an animal, though?
Does lactic acid come from milk? Not necessarily. You can produce lactic acid by fermenting a bacteria called lactobacillus that can be produced without being inside a cow or goat. This can, however, be isolated from animal products. In the case of the approved pesticides Cyclone and LactoSan, they indeed can acquire their lactic acid by fermenting whey – a milk protein.
This is why the label’s allergy information even claim the pesticides “may contain milk.”
Your cannabis may be an innocent plant, but if you legally purchased it from a store in Canada, it is not vegan-friendly. This fact may not surprise anyone who is familiar with how a plant is grown because fertilizing plants with fish, or the bones and blood of animals, is a common method of organic farming.
These meat-industry byproducts can be added to the soil as plant-food in legal crops.