Author: Alex Koyfman Published: June 6, 2019
These days, it seems you can’t go very far without getting bombarded with optimistic statements and claims about cannabis.
It’s a miracle plant, with the potential to cure everything from Alzheimer’s to insomnia.
It’s the greatest investment of all time, with years of double-digit growth ahead of it.
It’s a social movement that’s undoing decades of prejudicial prosecution and bringing together members of three generations.
While all of this may be true to a certain extent, at the end of the day, cannabis is still nothing more than a plant with both beneficial and harmful properties that will take years of research to fully understand.
One of the unfortunate sides to this supposed scientific, industrial, and cultural revolution is that it also tends to overshadow some potentially truly world-changing innovations that are taking place at the same time.
Don’t Fall for the Fads
Maybe the most important such innovation, which I learned about just a few weeks ago, is so groundbreaking that it might forever change the way humanity produces some of its most important agricultural staples.
Ironically, these changes might begin with cannabis itself.
The technology I’m talking about is a foliar spray — a liquid that’s applied directly to the leaves of a plant as opposed to the soil from which it grows.
The concept is pretty simple, really. Every plant in existence needs CO2 to grow and thrive, but since that CO2 comes primarily from the air, there are limitations to how much of it a plant can absorb in any given environment.
One Canadian company recently perfected a method for delivering CO2 that’s dissolved in a liquid and then applied directly to the plant’s leaves to optimize absorption.
The results have been nothing short of astounding.
The spray has proven to increase plant mass and leaf size, while decreasing the vegetation time in a number of plants, including cannabis itself.
It Makes Things Grow Faster, Bigger, and Stronger
It also increases bud size and THC content (potency), while miraculously decreasing the incidence rate of certain plant-borne diseases and parasites.
And it does all of this with zero environmental impact.
So basic. So simple. Yet so transformative. And it goes far beyond cannabis itself.
This spray has proven effective on a number of staple crops, including lettuce, peppers, and a variety of microgreens.
And testing is still far from over, with more benefits discovered through new case studies on a regular basis.
What we’re looking at here today isn’t just a step forward but a true technological leap in one of humanity’s most important endeavors: food production.
At a time of swelling population and shrinking available farmland, something so simple and so versatile is precisely what is needed to allow us to take the next step.