Some farmers have a very interesting take on the progression of growing cannabis and the growing legalization of marijuana around the United States. Many believe it is the perfect crop to be commercialized and used in their animal feed – too keep them happy and relaxed!
And well if you do love eating bacon and chowing down on some lovely pork, then you might be interested to learn that marijuana feeding pigs apparently do taste better. Farmers in Washington are making bold claims that their marijuana pig feeds are helping their pigs grow bigger and even taste more savory. While the state has legalized cannabis for recreational use, the farmers are now exploring what to do with the excess of stems, roots, and leaves left behind from growing cannabis on a large scale.
One farmer who owned a large five-acre farm north of Seattle decided the answer was to join an experimental group of farmers feeding the plant leftovers to their pigs. The potent plants seemed to have boosted pigs appetites just like the munchies happen to its recreational users. After just four months, the pigs were 20 to 30 pounds heavier.
And the medical cannabis growers are very happy to find new solutions and uses for the leftovers and leaving, they are hoping to find many alternatives for what to do with pot leftovers in the future.
There are even other ideas coming into the mix with the possibility of adding it to chicken feed or grass-fed cow herds. And the butchers who have been buying up the product, the weed-fed meat, as it is known to have reported that the buyers seemed rather drawn to the final product. The weed-fed meat was quickly sold out with people reporting that it seemed to taste a little more savory than usual – a welcome flavor.
You may ask why doesn’t the industry make use of the stems and leaves for creating other types of cannabis-related products, like creams or drinks. While it is true that Washington legalized production in 2015, the law states that the only part of the plant that can be consumed is the cannabis buds. This has led to pot growers looking for creative solutions for using up the leftovers of their plants, given that the cannabis culture does have a strong sense of not wasting anything and championing recycling.