The Benefits Of Growing Hemp Buds In Living Soil
What Is Living Soil and Why It Grows Better Hemp Buds
So what is living soil? Well, simple answer, it's soil that is alive, obviously. "But aren't all soils "alive", you ask? No, some soils are not alive actually. Let me explain why we use living soil for our hemp buds, here at Dreamland Organics hemp flower farms and why it matters.
In nature, most soils would be considered "alive", meaning they have microbial life. When growers or farmers use synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, they actually kill off the life in the soil and the soil itself essentially becomes an inert growing medium. From this point liquid nutrients would need to be added, or the plant would die. This is kind of like putting someone on steroids after their natural immune system has been depleted. Basically, hemp and cannabis plants that do not live in organic living soil are weak and depleted. They must be pumped up with either synthetic or organic bottled nutrients. It's like being hooked up to a nutrient I.V. when sick in the hospital. These sickly hemp buds cannot compete with craft, organic hemp flower grown in living soil.
At DLO, we use a more simplistic method of feeding the soil, not our hemp plants per se. This creates a healthy ecosystem underground, allowing microbes to break down organic matter in the soil and allowing the plants to feed freely as they wish. In a living soil, the plant gains nutrition as it needs it, whereas when the microbes are killed off, the grower force feeds the plant nutrients with liquid fertilizer.
The reason why we prefer the living soil method, as it is easier, more cost effective and produces better hemp flower. The plants are better able to express themselves and terpene production is ramped up, along with other cannabinoids. Rather than deal with PH issues and worrying about burning our hemp plants with synthetic fertilizers, we prefer to give our plants compost teas which inoculate the soil with microbial life and provide a full spectrum of nutrients. These nutrients, which are broken down by the microbes are bioavailable to the plants whenever they need them.
As a result the plants are healthy and happy and produce a more flavorful hemp bud. Most people who try our flower, remark at how it has way more terpenes than they are used to with industrial hemp.
Why Strictly Organic Hemp Buds?
In the end, we spend less on fertilizer, get more terpene rich hemp buds and don't have to worry about flushing our soil prior to harvest. Our craft hemp flower is not full of chemicals or excessive amounts of nutrients and minerals, which could alter the taste. There is simply nothing to flush out, since we only added living organic matter!
Now you have one of the secrets as to why Dreamland Organics has some of the best CBD Hemp Flower on the planet. It's all in the microbes baby! We just give our craft hemp plants a happy, healthy environment and let nature do what it does best, amaze us!
We dare you to take the "DLO Challenge" and compare our organic, living soil grown hemp buds, with your current hemp flower vendor.
It's key to note that most of these CBD flower vendors do not even grow their our bud. They buy they buy their hemp buds from hemp wholesalers, who buy from hemp farms. They then turn around, slap a label on this mystery hemp flower and call them premium hemp buds. Huh? How do you know it's organic if you don't even know who grew it? Most of these CBD retailers look for thew cheapest hemp buds that look good, to ensure the greatest profits margins. They could care less if you get the best hemp buds available on the market. They use marketing tactics to fool and pursued you into believing their bud it tip shelf, when it may be "mids" at best or low grade at worst. Just because it comes in a jar and they say it's organic, does not mean it is.
We have seen so called organic hemp flower vendors also sell delta 8 vape carts and gummies. They claim they have "organic delta 8", but there is one problem. Delta 8 products are not the naturally extracted delta 8 cannabinoid. They are actually a synthetic d8, created, not extracted, converting CBD in carcinogenic acid. Yes, you read that right Delta 8 lovers. Sorry to be a buzzkill, but the truth sometimes hurts. The good news is, smoking our premium hemp buds won't.
Does The Size Of My Hemp Buds Matter?
Well yes and no. Let me explain. Many people who order hemp flower online are used to two types of hemp flower offered, big buds and smalls. The "big buds" are the top colas and with industrial hemp farms, who pump these buds with synthetic chemical fertilizers, they tend to be huge! The "smalls" as they are called in the hemp flower industry, are smaller buds, from lower on the plant, or pieces of the bigger buds that fall off during trimming.
It's worthwhile to note, that if you go to a cannabis dispensary, there is no separation between big buds and smalls. They are all in the same jar, big buds, medium buds and smaller buds. The truth is they contain the same amount of cannabinoids and there is no difference in quality. In fact, the smaller buds have less stem material, so there is a better bud to stem ratio.
With that said, as a craft hemp flower brand, who grows in living soil, our hemp buds tend to be much smaller, as they are organic and not artificially pumped up. Another reason our hemp buds are smaller is because we "top" our plants to increase the number of budding sites. Basically we cut the top off of the plant during the vegetive cycle and this produces 2 tops. We may do this several times, depending in the natural structure of the plant to ensure a "sea of green", where there are several flowering tops.
Industrial hemp farms do not top their plants, in fact they do not do much of anything after they plant them. They just set up drip irrigation lines to pump water mixed with fertilizer in to them and harvest at the end of the season. Since there is only one flowering top, it tends to get huge. Most of these hemp farmers are actually biomass growers (hemp grown for extraction) and not hemp flower specialists like the craft cannabis growers at Dreamland Organics. So before selling their hemp biomass for extraction, they cut off these huge top colas and sell them as "premium hemp flower", when in fact it is trimmed biomass. If you are used to huge buds, you have likely been buying industrial hemp, repackaged as top shelf smokable hemp flower. Sad but true.
Remember that it is not the size of the bud that matters, but how well it smokes and the effects it produces. Everyone loves "bag appeal", but at the end of the day the flower must be consumed, it's not just for show.
Do Other CBD Brands Grow Hemp Buds In Living Soil?
Short answer. Not many. At least 99% of the hemp buds on the market come from industrial hemp farms. These buds are not craft, not organic and not premium. It's hard to grow in living soil at scale, so these huge mega hemp farms grow with synthetic fertilizers, not organic compost teas like we use at Dreamland Organics.
There is a reason why many of our reviews mention how flavorful our terpenes are and how smooth our hemp buds smoke. This is the whole reason why we go through all the trouble to brew organic compost teas and feed our hemp buds by hand.
In the end our CBD hemp buds end up with way more terpenes than non organic flower and the proof is in the puff!
The video above shows how we add organic compost to our hemp flower beds to break down and eventually feed our hemp buds. We are extremely focused on terpene production and growing in living soil is the only way to achieve maximum terpene levels. Once you smoke one of our hemp buds, it will become clear that we are producing a different level of hemp flower. It's not all about looks and bag appeal for us, it's all about flavor and smokability!