Buy Only Sustainably Grown Marijuana and Reduce America's Dependence on Foreign Oil

A new report by Dr. Evan Mills, an energy analyst and a staff scientist for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the  University of California, states that marijuana growing uses 1% of the energy usage of the United States per year. The study says,

“[A] single Cannabis cigarette represents 2 pounds of CO2 emissions, an amount equal to running a 100-watt light bulb for 17 hours with average U.S. electricity (or 30 hours on California’s cleaner grid).”

The study also asserts,

…indoor Cannabis production results in energy expenditures of $5 billion each year, with electricity use equivalent to that of 2 million average U.S. homes. This corresponds to 1% of national electricity consumption or 2% of that in households. The yearly greenhouse-gas pollution (carbon dioxide, CO2 ) from the electricity plus associated transportation fuels equals that of 3 million cars.

According to the piece, growing outdoors, on the other hand has almost none of the excessive energy costs of indoor grows–only transportation creates a major energy draw. Treehugger.com, an environmental site, asks if

it wouldn’t be surprising if one day soon we’re hearing about buying only sustainably grown marijuana in the same way we should only buy sustainably grown coffee or beef.

Hey, Treehugger, you should introduce your cannabis smoking friends to Humboldt’s own THC–it already markets to the environmentally savvy marijuana smoker. As the Tea House  Collective says,

Our cannabis is grown naturally and slowly in the sun, with a loving, conscious attention to our environment. It is never artificially manufactured in warehouses….

Sustainable cannabis is grown outdoors, strictly avoiding energy intensive, high carbon footprint methods. We care about the health of Humboldt’s precious watersheds, and avoid fertilization techniques that affect ground and stream water, and conserve every drop we can for salmon and wildlife.

Humboldt is internationally famous for breeding and cultivating the finest herbal medicine in the world. Expert growers in our unique micro climate have created heirloom seed strains and innovative cross breeds, bred for potency and efficacy. As medical cannabis ‘comes out of the closet’, we are proud to say our growers represent the best of Humboldt’s long history of both cannabis and environmental activism.

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13 comments

  • Well said.
    There needs to be more awareness of how good outdoor marijuana is for everyone concerned.

    Wow! Gotta get use to your new web design.

    I admit I liked the old one a lot. This is a fancy setup however, and It’ll probably grow on me.

  • I’m a patriotic outdoor smoker. Because I love my country. Oh yeah, and the world.

  • I’m a patriotic outdoor smoker. Because I love my country. Oh yeah, and the world.

  • Do you remember the TV commercials that stated buying marijuana supports terrorism?
    Indoor herb using 1% of ALL of the USA’s electric power seems like a heck of a stretch.

  • Do you remember the TV commercials that stated buying marijuana supports terrorism?
    Indoor herb using 1% of ALL of the USA’s electric power seems like a heck of a stretch.

  • Not to mention dependence on Gulf Oil, nuclear energy, coal, and ‘fracking’ for natural gas.

  • Not to mention dependence on Gulf Oil, nuclear energy, coal, and ‘fracking’ for natural gas.

  • Hey Kym, how does one go about getting in touch with you? Couldn’t find an email on the site but I’m looking at it on my mobile right now.

  • Hey Kym, how does one go about getting in touch with you? Couldn’t find an email on the site but I’m looking at it on my mobile right now.

  • Does anyone seriously believe that people would be growing lots of pot indoors if not for cannabis prohibition?

    O.K., I could see how some city-dwellers might do a personal-use grow in their house or apartment, if they don’t have room outdoors. But beyond that, don’t kid yourself, it’s really all about the helicopters.

    Mind you, we’ve now had decades of indoor growing, and High Times / Cannabis Culture fetishization of indoor “nuggets.” But times are a-changin,’ both in terms of legal and economic factors, and consumer preferences.

    I doubt that significant commercial indoor growing of pot will outlive the end of prohibition by more than a few years, if that. Our ancient allies the sun and soil beckon, hopefuly it’s only a matter of time before we heed the call.

    And, yes, I’d much rather eat “tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers,” that is grown outdoors and in sun and soil than indoors in artificial growing medium, under artificial light. Of course others are welcome to choose differently, but do the rest of us a favor and bring something other than salad to the potluck.

  • Does anyone seriously believe that people would be growing lots of pot indoors if not for cannabis prohibition?

    O.K., I could see how some city-dwellers might do a personal-use grow in their house or apartment, if they don’t have room outdoors. But beyond that, don’t kid yourself, it’s really all about the helicopters.

    Mind you, we’ve now had decades of indoor growing, and High Times / Cannabis Culture fetishization of indoor “nuggets.” But times are a-changin,’ both in terms of legal and economic factors, and consumer preferences.

    I doubt that significant commercial indoor growing of pot will outlive the end of prohibition by more than a few years, if that. Our ancient allies the sun and soil beckon, hopefuly it’s only a matter of time before we heed the call.

    And, yes, I’d much rather eat “tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers,” that is grown outdoors and in sun and soil than indoors in artificial growing medium, under artificial light. Of course others are welcome to choose differently, but do the rest of us a favor and bring something other than salad to the potluck.

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