New Paradigm of Cannabis Pest Management

CANNABIS CULTURE – Pests like insects, diseases, and weeds have always affected human and animal health, protection of structures and stored food, and agriculture; and cannabis is certainly no exception to this.

During the chemical revolution that followed World War II, pesticides of all kinds flooded the agricultural market as “silver bullet” cures for all of these pest woes. At the same time, many traditional practices were abandoned because synthetic pesticides were cheaper and easier. Pesticides were sprayed on an indiscriminate calendar basis to protect yields without knowing what pests or beneficial organisms may actually be present at any given time. But, as we quickly learned, better farming through chemistry was not a reality. In fact new issues arose from the increase in pesticide use, including negative environmental impacts, pesticide resistance, and detrimental human health effects.

In response to the increase in synthetic pesticide use and the resulting new threats, the concept of integrated control of pests was introduced, or, more accurately, reintroduced. The fundamentals of integrated control had been practiced before the rise of synthetic chemistries and regained attention in a formalized manner after. Integrated control centered around the following steps:

Pest identification – know what you

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