You Are What You Smoke

By Ms Ada Blossom

For the most part people try to stay generally informed about the quality of any item they are about to ingest such as the food they buy at the supermarket. Checking to see if the avocados they just bought are organic, making sure the coffee is “fair trade” and even buying products with real sugar instead of corn syrup all in an effort to be known as “one who knows and cares”. However, this overly protective attitude towards what one is eating seems to “fly out the window” while at the grow shop. With no regard for where the nutrient line gets their ingredients, how purified they are or how they are obtained for that matter; one simply throws the most popular or brightly  packaged, well gimmicked nutrient line into the cart. Hmmm??? Aren’t you eventually ingesting that???

So everyone knows the basic elements in nutrients, NPK, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium right? OK well do you know where your NPK comes from? How it gets there? What it does to the envi- ronment? What the elemental deposits are found next to? You might “make sure” there are no pes- ticides on your apples…but do you “make sure” that there is no Cadmium or Lead residues in your fertilizer?

Just like oil these essential elements to proper pho- tosynthesis and plant growth are a finite resource, meaning that they will eventually be depleted if mining continues at the current rate. NPK all have  a cycle that accumulates more of the elements over time, but the rate of consumption has far surpassed the rate of deposition. Especially with increased need since the “Green Revolution” of the agricul- tural industry after World  War Two.  This was when farmers started to abandon organic farming and switched over to mass production methods via heavy fertilizer application. The most “hard hit” element in this new frontier of stimulating plant

YOU ARE WHAT YOU SMOKE

growth is Phosphorus, figures show that we have reached peak production of Phosphorus and just like Peak  Oil there is no where to go but down. The peak of oil has  been highly publicized in recent years and has overshad- owed the fact that many other finite resources necessary for life as we know it are reaching their peak as well.

Phosphorus takes an estimated 10 -15 million years to be uplifted to the surface and become minable, current known reserves are thought to run out within the next fifty to a hundred years. There are only a few places on  the planet where rock has a high enough concentration to be worth extracting, China having the largest reserves fol- lowed by the Western Sahara reserves controlled by Morocco and here in the United States (Florida). The United States has only 25 years left of phosphate rock reserves (a number that could easily decrease with the increase in bio fuel crop production) and China has taken full advantage of holding the world’s largest reserves and imposed a 135 % trade tariff on all phosphorus exports. Phosphorus prices rose drastically in a fourteen month period, 700 %, from 50 $ a ton to 350 $ a ton, prices will undoubtedly continue to rise as demand rises and supplies diminish. The USGS estimates that there are only approx- imately 2,358 megatons of phosphorus containing rocks remaining. However, much of those reserves are rocks of poor phosphorus quality and become energy intensive to extract a pure product. It is difficult to remove all of the heavy metals from the source rock and you could be put- ting dangerous levels of these on your garden every day unknowingly.

Much of the rock being mined currently has decreasing concentrations of P2O5 and the concentrations of more heavy metal elements in the source rock are increasing, heavy metals such as cadmium are often found in phos- phorus deposits. At times the amount of cadmium is very high and becomes expensive and timely to remove enough

of the toxic metal to create a safe product for agricultural purposes. Removing the phosphorus from  the  source rock also creates a large amount of toxic by-products. For every ton of phosphoric acid produced five tons of phos- phogypsum are produced, radium levels are high in this by-product and must be treated as a hazardous  waste. You might recycle every other Tuesday, but did you know that bloom booster you use religiously has the ability to create a by-product waste as dangerous as the nuclear facility you protested last week?

So with phosphorus source rocks running out what will the alternative to this finite resource be? Some say Phosphorus can be extracted from wastewater, as it is excreted in human urine (that “crazy” guy that said pee- ing on your plants was good for them…he could  have  been right…), however, that is an energy intensive process and not efficient enough to be a viable option everywhere.

So next time you are at your favorite indoor gardening store do not simply fall for brightly colored advertising gimmicks put forth by fertilizer companies. The most important thing about the fertilizer brand you choose is the quality of the NPK, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, in your supplement, it would be safer to your- self and the environment to grow organic if you can and just remember to be wise about everything you are putting into your body.

*Here’s a chart I did with the remaining estimated reserves to put into perspective who “owns” us in the fertilizer markets and who will have to pay to continue to grow food or anything else in the quantity we do currently…

Numbers for these charts were obtained from a USGS mineral survey of world phosphorus reserves http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/2001/mcsapp2 009.pdf

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Posts

This menu shows the most recently posted content for a quick update since you last checked-in.

News Distribution Partnership with CannabisNewsWire (CNW)

Treating Yourself is a news distribution partner of CNW. Would you like your story headlines published on this website? Are you...

CBC Family Feud’s Gerry Dee to Host Cannabis Industry Awards Gala

ANNOUNCING THE 2020 O’CANNABIZ INDUSTRY AWARDS GALA – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS EVENT DATE: THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2020 TORONTO AIRPORT...

From the Family Vault of Shanti-Baba

"Seems more than strange to grow up as a child and see how important my parents and their peers viewed...

Why Get Pines Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass might just be a typical plant growing in your backyard, but few people know that it has a lot...

How to Make Your Own Canna-Caps

by Old Hippie BeyondChronic.com What do you do when you need cannabis medicine and you can’t or don’t want to...

Database Search

Are you researching marijuana as medicine? Use the simple form below to search any condition. Read personal stories from patients just...

Cannabinoid Receptors in the Body and Their Importance

David B. Allen M.D. By legal Democratic Vote; Cannabis Is Medicine To get CBD from top verified sources, click here....

The True Origins of Haze

By Big Herb It all began in 1969, In Santa Cruz, California. At the time, there was Thai Oaxacan and...

Top 5 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are those seeds that are formed from Cannabis Sativa, a hemp plant. They are different from marijuana but...

Cannabis and Working Out

If you're wondering how cannabis can help you with your workout regime, then you probably need to read this article....

How Companies Are Creating Innovative New CBD Products

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis and hemp that may deliver unique health benefits. CBD is just...

5 Marijuana Compounds That Could Help Combat Cancer, Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s

by Paul Armentano Deputy Director of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) This commentary was initially...

Living with Osteogenesis Imperfecta

By Michael Morrow My name is Michael Morrow, I'm 37  years  old and I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta. OI is a...

Gifts from Mother Nature

By Dianna Donnelly - "The couch activist” Aspirin, otherwise known as Acetylsalicylic Acid, is one of the most commonly ingested preventative medicines...

Paradise Seeds Allkush; More Than Just Kush

One of the new feminised strains from Paradise Seeds is named “Allkush”. So nothing but Kush? Taken genetically literally, no...

28ft… The John Berfelo Story

By John Berfelo "Medical marijuana saved me from a life on pharmaceutical drugs..." My name is John Berfelo and this...

My Grinspoon Moment

By Carl Hedberg Sometimes a single meeting can change your life. Such was the case for me when, in the...

The Science Behind Cannabis Safety

David B. Allen M.D. By legal Democratic Vote; Cannabis Is Medicine. Drug safety is on the minds of most all...

Heavenly Hash: The Art, Science and Industry of Cooking with Cannabis Extracts

by Samuel Wells Samuel Wells is an Assistant Professor of English in Denver, CO An Edible Enigma As scientific and...

Living High with HIV

How Medical Marijuana Rivals Mainstream HIV Medicine By BenBot In 2011, I was diagnosed with HIV. An unmarked van was...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

With Veterans at Risk, Change is Necessary, but Progress is Slow By Mary Lou Smart In 1933, the repeal of...

Milagro Oil for Lung Cancer

By Mary Lou Smart www.medicalcannabisart.com Compassionate care advocates Michelle and Michael Aldrich at Patients Out of Time’s Seventh National Clinical...

Living and Dealing with ADHD

by Patricia Allen It was back in 1974 that I first became familiar with the term Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder...

Inflammatory Comments

by Bill Drake As a long-time TY reader I’ve noticed what seems to me to be a rather over- whelming...

How Cannabis Might Keep Coronary Stents Open Longer

By David B. Allen M.D.Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Member ICRS. And Prisoner of the Drug War Cali215doc@gmail.com First the set...

Unlocking the Secrets, Advanced Tissue Culture

Tissue Culture is a process of isolating cells from plant tissue (explants) which are cultured (grown artificially), in a nutrient...

Anxiety Panic Disorder and Cannabis

By Hal Lubinsky My name is Hal Lubinsky. I'm in my forties, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a U.S....

Can Cannabis Cure Schizophrenia?

By Richard Shrubb, Freelance sailing, health and social affairs journalist ould cannabis treat or even cure schizophrenia? Things look promising...

Multiple Sclerosis: Regaining the Good Life with Whole Plant Therapy

By Mary Lou Smart© 2012 www.medicalcannabisart.com A trial attorney, Jim Dyer practiced law in Tucson, Arizona for 34 years before...

The Science of Cannabis Leads in Many Directions

The Evolution of a Sense of Well-Being By Mary Lou Smart www.medicalcannabisart.com While speaking at Patients Out of Time’s Seventh...

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

By Shantibaba It is evident for all people who wish to listen that doing all things within moderation is better...

Post Traumatic Stress

Psychology and Medication at its Best By Jeff Kundert OTR Jeff works as a Wellness and Fitness Educator. He has...

The Ripper Effect

By Subcool Some really interesting information has come to my attention, and I am very excited to tell everyone in...

Auto-flowering Plants

By Shantibaba The discreet evolution of Auto-flowering cannabis plants is a recent occurrence, one that is in mode at present...

Uncovering the Original Sacrament: Chris Bennett’s Cannabis and the Soma Solution

Review by Samuel Wells When asked to name an author crucial to the growing mainstream understanding of the uses of...

Cornerstone of Individualized Phytogenetics ACDC 22:1 @ CB3

Alternative Cannabinoid Dietary Cannabis 22%CBDA:1%THCA acting at GPR55 Alias CB3 by William L. Courtney, MD, AACM American Academy of Cannabinoid...

Mr. Magoo

By Ron Hudson My birthdays: I woke that birthday morning, in October of 1966, knowing it would begin like the...

Medical Cannabis University

By Reverend Philip H Hoff - Chancellor, MedicalCannabisUniversity.org ( MCU, Inc. ), a 501 c(3) nonprofit school. The school focused...

Storm’s Story

By Georgia Peschel WHEW! Delivering this kid was like delivering a hurricane!” When our son was born, those were our...

Soil Pests & Diseases

By Lazystrain Soil is a living organism made up of billions of microbes and bacteria. The cosmology of soil life...

A Tragedy Felt Around the World

by Jonny Appleweed On Oct. 27, 1970, President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and...

Autism & Cannabis

Prohibition Makes it Tough on Parents by Mary Lou Smart Jeremy Patrone (not his real name) has a goal. He...

Vaporization of Cannabis: Are there benefits over combustion?

By William Eckhardt Although vaporization is a relatively recent development for the delivery of cannabinoids the proliferation of vast numbers...

Bedrocan

By Harry Resin Generally when you think of Amsterdam, you think of the coffee shops, but that’s not all that’s...

How To Successfully Detox From Marijuana

Whether you have a drug test to pass, or you simply want to cleanse your body from marijuana, you definitely...

How Much THC Is Ideal for Optimal Creativity

Many cannabis users will vouch that marijuana can cause them to tap into their creative side. While the psychoactive effects...

How to Choose the Right CBD Products for Pets

Over the years, lots of states in the US have seen the benefits of medical marijuana. There are pills made...

Bulking Up Tips – Muscle Building Steroids

Bulking up is a long, long process. Daily, intense workouts, a strict diet and much more… God only knows how...

Using CBD Oil For A More Relaxing Massage

I usually get a massage at least twice a month. It helps get me relief after a very stressful week...