In the last decade or so, the term hydroponic gardening has become ubiquitous. As governments and institutions find more viable and sustainable methods of farming not only in light of climate change, but also a Covid-19 pandemic.
If you’re just tuning in, hydroponic gardening is the process of growing plants without soil specifically in nutrient packed water systems.
Almost all plants have the capability of growing hidroponically. However, for the purpose of this article, when we speak of hydroponic gardening we are speaking specifically about the growing of cannabis, hydroponically.
For decades, there was a myth that cannabis caused the mind to go numb. Since then we have learned differently.
In fact, researchers have discovered so many health benefits of cannabis that governments all over the world have started legalising the substance, most notably for medical use. So it is with this in mind, that we present these mind numbing facts about hydroponic gardening:
1. Cannabis is one of the oldest forms of sedatives
The cannabis plant is not new to the world and its origin roots centuries back. Surprisingly, cannabis was one of the first anesthetics to be used by physicians and surgeons. Considering its mind-altering abilities, a Chinese surgeon used a mixture of cannabis as a sedative.
The Tang Dynasty physician Sun Simiao (581–683 AD) recorded that the leaves of cannabis could be crushed to extract its juice, which was used to treat unbearable pain due to fractured bones (Chen and Huang, 2005).
The first well-documented application of cannabis in an anesthetic formula in China appeared in the text Heart Text of Bian Que (Bian Que Xin Shu, 1127–1270 AD).
The flower of a cannabis plant (under the name mahua) was used internally in combination with the datura flower (Datura spp.) as an anesthetic to decrease the sensation of pain when moxa cones were applied (Dou, 1992).
This remedy was known as “sagacious sleep powder” (shui sheng san). The source text notes that “mahua” induced a stupor-slumber in which the person safely experiences relieve, no pain.
2. Cannabis has been continually documented in Chinese medicine for approximately 1800 years
The earliest historical references to cannabis in Chinese medicine are found in the Divine Farmer’s Classic of Materia Medica (Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing) from the first to second century AD.
This text, along with the added notes referenced as the Additional Records of Famous Physicians (Ming Yi Bie Lu), contains many important statements that were later repeated about cannabis use in later centuries.
3. Deep Water Culture is one of most popular methods of growing cannabis
Deep Water Culture is the preferred hydroponic system for growing cannabis due to its effectiveness. It is similar to the aeroponic system in some ways. However, unlike the aeroponic system, nutrient solutions completely soaks the roots. Of course, without oxygen your plants will die.
So to solve this problem, the reservoir counts with an air rock for fish tanks. This will provide all the oxygen your plant will need via its roots.
This system is ideal for beginners because it is extremely easy to build, and you can practically find all the items needed at home. It is one of the cheapest systems and guarantees fast growth.
A hydroponic garden may exhibit a faster growth rate – between 30% and 50% faster than that of a soil plant. The combination of nutrients, water, and oxygen in the roots are responsible for it.
4. Cannabis strains can reduce seizures
Isn’t it mind numbing to know that cannabis can curb seizures in patients of epilepsy? Experts are still trying to understand how exactly cannabis helps in reducing them. But a number of patients trust in have sworn by its healing power.
The most prominent example of all time is Charlotte’s Web, a low-THC and high-CBD containing cannabis strain, named after the girl who inspired its creation. As the story goes, Charlotte Figi -a 13-year-o ld severe epileptic patient- used to experience a horrifying number of seizures – approximately 300 in one week.
However, her symptoms largely disappeared after she began taking an oil containing a strain of cannabis with low THC.
As you can see there are many mind numbing facts about hydroponic gardening that you probably weren’t thinking of.
We’re sure there are more, but we’ve only given you four(4):
- Cannabis is one of the oldest forms of sedatives
- Cannabis has been continually documented in Chinese medicine for approximately 1800 years.
- Deep Water Culture is one of most popular methods of growing cannabis and,
- Cannabis strains can reduce seizures.
In fact, researchers have discovered so many health benefits of cannabis that governments all over the world have started legalising the substance, most notably for medical use. So can you thin of a mind numbing facts about hydroponic gardening, specifically as it relates to cannabis? If so, let us know in the comments below.