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growing weed with fruit

Growing weed with fruit

A vegetable is defined as any edible part of a plant other than the fruit. So, in theory, cannabis could be used as a vegetable. If you decided to chop up a bunch of marijuana leaves and make them into a salad, this would undoubtedly be the case, but would you really want to?

To make things even more perplexing, there are the berries, which include blackcurrants and gooseberries, but not strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Then you have bananas, which are sometimes classed as a fruit and sometimes as an herb, and corn which is technically a type of grain.

The leaves contain the green pigment known as chlorophyll which helps the plant to produce energy from sunlight through the process of photosynthesis . Plants also respire, much as we do, and the leaves allow for this exchange of gases via tiny holes called stomata.

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Marijuana also fulfills the other requirements for classification as an herb. It has been utilized as a medicine for thousands of years, with its earliest uses being traceable back to ancient China. Despite falling out of favor during the 20th century, we are once again beginning to recognize the various medicinal uses of weed, and a wealth of research into its benefits is now emerging.

Whether cannabis is a vegetable, a fruit, both, or neither, depends a lot on context and who you are asking. You could class its seeds as a fruit, albeit not in the traditional sense of the word. You could also use marijuana leaves as a vegetable, but due to their pungent taste, they may be more useful as a garnish than a main meal.

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However, in nature, the whole point of cannabis flowers is to create seeds, allowing the plant to reproduce and ensure that its genetic line is continued. So why is marijuana not classed as a fruit?

To understand why not, let’s take a quick look at the anatomy of a cannabis plant.

Growing weed with fruit

For almost as long as I’ve known about the cannabis plant, I’ve wanted to grow my own weed. This is partly because I like everything about it; not just the psychoactive effect of combusting and inhaling it, but also the way it looks, from the slender serrated fan leaves to the densely packed flowers shimmering with a crystal-like dusting (called trichomes, these tiny, hair-like structures are home to the high-producing compound THC). I like the skunky smell of a live plant, and I appreciate the fact that it’s only the female of the genus that will get you high.

Then it hit me: In my haste to marry the nostalgic farm-to-table experiences of my Vermont childhood to my love of weed, I’d forgotten the part about not forming an emotional bond and had done exactly that. Even worse, I’d given her a name and imagined a personality for her. By naming her Diana Prince, I’d become less of an urban herb farmer about to get his buzz on and more like the Titan Kronos of Greek mythology about to swallow his offspring.

Taken altogether that means your ability to become a legal pot-plant parent in L.A. — despite what your biological (or botanical) clock is telling you — hinges on who owns your house, how big your yard is and how much money you’re willing to spend on grow kits (like the 5-gallon, $99.95 one I was using), LED lights ($169.95) and feminized cannabis seeds ($89 for five Lowryder Autoflower seeds).