“Maybe it’s because of their wine-making heritage, but the French are obsessed with fermenting various plants into special insecticidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal brews to use on…other plants.”
In a world gone mad with pesticides and fungicides, it’s time we take a step backwards and analyze what our ancestors have accomplished without the use of synthetically created chemicals. This synopsis from frenchgardening.com provides a clear example of different varieties of herbs and their unique control properties on pests or pathogens.
Horseradish is high in sulfur, sage and lavender are deterrents against pests. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. It is our personal feeling that there is a powerhouse of various herbs that can be substituted for today’s chemicals. And it is with our great pleasure, that over the coming years, we will be conducting in depth experiments to determine what combinations of herbs are best suited as controls for cannabis. Our current model suggests that herbs such as thyme, oregano, rosemary and sage are probably some of the most potent, but time will tell. There is an entire additional group of plants such as nettle, comfrey, calendula, chamomile etc. that provide nutritive properties. The CHA is here to promulgate the spread of herbal knowledge within the cannabis community and to conduct and promote research that moves us towards a holistic management plan for this plant and our planet.
We will be publishing much more on these topics in the coming months and years.