Cannabis growers are discovering a secret weapon of skilled gardeners – and Mother Nature herself – within the type of insect poop.
Also generally known as frass, this pure soil enhancer is claimed to set off crops’ autoimmune response by exposing them to chitin. The outcomes of this self-defense mechanism is an general more healthy plant, together with resistance to illness and pests, in response to frass sellers.
“I love frass and would not grow without it,” stated Danny Sloat, a grower with AlpinStash in Colorado, who has been rising hashish since 2009 and utilizing frass for 2 years. “It helps stimulate the plants’ version of an immune response, which naturally increases plant health and vigor. In cannabis, this increases cannabinoid and terpene content. The consumer would notice a better overall product. One that smells and tastes better with a strong but well-balanced high.”
For the previous six months, Sloat has been utilizing OrganaFrass, a Canada-based firm geared to creating frass particularly for the hashish business. Russell Cole, OrganaFrass’ CEO, stated that along with the fecal materials of bugs, his firm’s merchandise additionally embrace insect exoskeletons, larvae castings and a well-balanced macro- and micro-nutrient profile for hashish crops to thrive.
“The addition of the exoskeletons and larvae [castings]help to increase levels of chitin, which trick plants to thinking they are being attacked by predators, triggering the plants’ autoimmune system,” stated Cole. “This bodes well for cannabis producers as the result of this trigger leads to a magnification of terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, trichomes, oil production, stronger cell walls and greater plant chute biomass.”
OrganaFrass’s bugs are fed an all-vegan, natural weight-reduction plan, together with greens, cactus and wheat bran. Their bugs embrace a few species of crickets, a number of forms of worms and quite a lot of fly larvae.
“We are researching and developing the best feeds to promote the best benefits for cannabis,” stated Cole. “We focus on feed that is 100 percent organic and from vegan sources as this keeps heavy metals, hydrocarbons and other pathogens in check.”
Though OrganaFrass isn’t technically a pesticide or fungicide, Cole stated the outcomes of the chitin embrace serving to forestall insect predators and pests from harming hashish crops whereas serving to promote the expansion of useful bugs and microbial matter so as to keep a wholesome soil meals net.
“Frass has been a part of Mother Nature for ages, but when looking at the history of its more commercialized form, it was the farmers surrounding the reptile insect feeder producers … that helped to build the wave of excitement behind this niche product,” Cole stated. “These farmers have been offered the product for free of charge, because it was a nuisance and an added value for the insect producers to need to eliminate.
“Now that cannabis cultivation has taken shape with heavily audited [quality control]processes in place, frass has been [more scrutinized than ever before]by regulatory bodies and quality teams at the top licensed producers.”
Sloat stated that whereas he hasn’t observed many growers utilizing frass, that is perhaps altering.
“I’d say that it’s uncommon at best. More folks are learning about the benefits though and so its [use]is growing,” he stated. “There are a number of products out in the market these days, which claim to do things like increase terpene content. However, many of these products do so with hormones or other plant growth regulators. Frass does this in a natural way and sustainable way, so for me it’s a no-brainer.”