DEM Pure Certified: Dragonfly Earth Medicine

“Gardening is one of the single biggest acts of protest for consumerism.” – Dragonfly Earth Medicine

As the marijuana movement gains momentum nationwide, more stories in the media are drawing attention to the fact that our precious greens are in reality, not so green.

Dragonfly Earth Medicine (DEM) is here to set the standard for sustainability with their Pure Certification, and the standard is being set sky-high.

DEM is defining what it means to be a organic cannabis farmer, actually, they’re defining what it means to be a regenerative cannabis farmer. The difference is significant. They are not only educating farmers on how to grow exquisite organic cannabis and sustain their land, but how to actually improve, or regenerate, their land and their community.

Give a man bottled nutrients and he will come back the next week needing more, teach a man to grow his nutrients and he’ll replenish the earth. This is essentially DEM’s philosophy, teaching organic farmers to grow nutrients for your garden, from your garden. It is clear through their actions that their passion lies in spreading the movement of pure medicine, regenerating the land and teaching others their beyond organic methods. DEM Pure is a way of gardening free of chemicals and bottled nutrients and without overuse of animal products and earth-mined minerals. The family-trio is passionate about spreading their ways of sustainability and self-sufficiency.

You may be asking yourself, what exactly does beyond organic mean?

  • No synthetics, no chemicals – Earth-based nutrients only (DEM practices teach you to grow your own nutrients!)
  • No hydroponic growing – This is a soil-only certificate.
  • All inputs need to be organic and healthy for the plants, earth and patients. Time needs to be taken to look up the origin of all inputs and what impact each one will have on the Earth and humans.
  • A continuous effort to make the farm more sustainable and ecologically sound.
  • Re-using “waste” material in your gardens. Fan leaves and stalks are healthy organic materials to use in teas and for mulch.
  • Implementing an integrated pest program that is diverse and uses only natural cures. When the going gets tough with unbeneficial pests or microbes, never divert from what is right, over what is right now. This philosophy requires continuous education to address each new problem or issue that comes up. Beyond organic pest management is preventative, it is not symptomatic or full of easy cures.
  • See your gardening as a service (dharma) to humanity and the earth.
  • Treating workers and patients with respect and kindness. Educate everyone around you on cannabis and beyond organic gardening practices.
  • Employ at least six closed-loop practices (we’ll go into more detail below on closed loop systems)
  • No hydrocarbon solvent extractions (no BHO)

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Organic cannabis farmers have repeatedly faced conflict in labeling their products “organic” because, in order to be certified organic, one needs to go through the Federal Department of Agriculture (emphasis on the federal, you know, those guys who still consider cannabis a Schedule 1 drug).

As farmers who are passionate about creating a clean product know, it takes hard work and dedication to grow organic cannabis. Particularly when growing indoors where you have to be one step ahead in your preventative pest management.

When you spend that much energy caring for and creating organic, clean cannabis, you want to be able to market that purity to your consumers. With the word “organic” off-limits, how are you supposed to assure your customers that what they’re ingesting is free of pesticides and chemicals?

This is where DEM steps in. The Pure Certification “redefines what the cannabis industry sees as pure, clean medicine.” It shows patients that what they’re ingesting is not only organic but sustainable, fair trade and regenerative.

Kelly, Josh, and their son, Sky, have dedicated themselves to spreading the valuable expertise needed to execute an entirely closed-loop cannabis farm. This passion for ganja, permaculture, and organic gardening inspired them to create the DEM Pure Certification. Now that momentum for the cannabis movement is gaining traction nationwide, there is a wide-open stage to set the standards for how cannabis should be growing.

When Josh and Kelly first moved to their farm in British Columbia they dreamed of building a food forest oasis, filled with biodiversity and a thriving ecosystem. They quickly realized their dreams were going to take longer than expected and a lot of hard work because their ground was riddled with rocks and infertile soil. Living two hours away from the closest grow store forced them to learn and create closed-loop gardening systems. They began experimenting, making teas from plants they found wildly growing around the property such as stinging nettle, which they now consistently incorporate into their gardens. They collected various bacterias and fungi from around the property and created their own microorganism brews. They fermented just about anything they could get their hands on, including fish heads from the lake down the road. All this trial and error led them to create a farm that is now, 20 years later, bursting with life and knowledge of the land.

Now let’s talk about just a couple of the many systems that DEM considers closed-loop…

  • Growing Your Own Nutrients can be easily accomplished by dedicating a small plot to perennial producers. These plants can be used in tea brews, soil layering, and soil ingredients.
  • Chipping/Shredding stalks and roots of your cannabis plants for use as a beneficial and nutritional soil ingredient. DEM teaches that, “Plants benefit greatly from decomposing their own matter, feeding the soil food web moro-organism colonies.”
  • Live Raw Tea Brews are made by fermenting cannabis leaves, weeds, or any of the plants you’re cultivating on your property. DEM recommends, “Following strict fermentation practices and the addition of beneficial inoculants to help break down the plants to make nutrients readily available to your next crop.”
  • Soil Building / Re-Using Soils is the foundation of healthy, organic garden. If you care for your soil properly and keep feeding it organic inputs then it will only get better and better over time. Check out our how to grow guide for Building Your Own Organic Soil for a kickstart.
  • Agri-Cultures Inoculants are beneficial cultures made by fermentation that help your plant and soil thrive. You can make your own inoculants to use in tea brews and soil building. Some examples are fermenting soil and bokashi, activated EM (effective microorganisms) and calcium extractions.
  • Mycoremediation is the process of using fungi to condition soil back to health. DEM recommends using Garden Giants (King Stropharia) because they quickly decompose plant material while simultaneously cleaning toxic or compacted soils. With this closed-loop practice, you can remediate your soil and eat amazingly tasty mushrooms at the same time!
  • Cover Crops are an easy way to bring a beyond organic practice into your grow room, indoors or out! Cover crops such as buckwheat, rye, barley and oats are fast-growing grains that add easy-to-access nutrients into your soil. Planting these seeds directly into your beds immediately releases nutrients to the top layer of your soil, which DEM explains is the most biologically diverse layer of the soil. Cover crops also protect your precious soil from wind and water erosion.
  • Water Recycling can be used to minimize water run-off and to ensure no water is wasted. Which is essential for those who experience a drought season. There are other water-saving techniques you can implement such as mulches and cover crops, but it is also simple to build a rain catchment system. Another fun fact – DEM recommends re-using your ice extract water to feed your cannabis! “It not only is immediately available, it also contains valuable nutrients, trichomes and terpenes that are a great food for your gardens.”
  • Geothermal systems allow you to naturally harness the Earth’s constant 52 degree temperature in order to cool down your grow in the summer or heat it up in the winter. A simple geothermal system can be created by digging a tunnel, at least 5 feet underground, that begins outside of the greenhouse and ends inside of the greenhouse. By placing a fan and filter in the tunnel you can have a constant stream of 52 degree air blowing into your greenhouse.

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One of the requirements for the DEM Pure Certification is that you have implemented at least six of these closed-loop practices. They are not limited to this list either, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a closed loop, it just takes some brainpower followed by action. Kelly further explains, “Closed loops are a very effective way to keep pathogens out of your gardens because everything that you need is available right there and was manufactured right there.”

One of the primary philosophies behind DEM is feeding plants with plants. Josh, Kelly and Sky educate farmers on how to grow their own nutrients and supplements, rather than buy bottles of who-knows-what. They will enlighten you to see nutrients everywhere you go.

Kelly explains, “This commitment is sought after and given to gardeners that are already on the path of ecological regeneration, growing of high-quality health medicine and food, and educating the next generation of healthy cannabis growers.”

If you’re interested in learning more, the Dragonfly Earth Medicine team is available for consultations which you can find more about on their website. Also, their Instagram is filled with a wealth of beyond organic knowledge.


Be sure to check out Josh, co-founder of Dragonfly Earth Medicine, in this awesome segment on WeedmapsTV. “The Real Cannabis Culture”  (at 2:19)



Keep your eyes out for Pure Certified Cannabis in your state! Here are all of the cannabis farms that are DEM Pure Certified…

California: Boomspharm, Grownwell Farms, Black Sheep Organics, Biovortex, Coastal Seeds, CannaCruz, Dos Perros, Farmer Mary Jane, Jasmine Farms, Sudarshan Botanicals, Nomads Landing, Sungrown Medicinals, Yokayo Greens Farm, Emerald Triangle Genetics, Ogre Farms, Chalawa Farms, California Mountain.

Nevada: Greenlife Productions

Washington: Good Good Garden

Colorado: Anbessa Organics, Jah Gardens, Dr. Dankman, Nikka T & Abba Zabba, Rocky Mountain Natural Farming.

Michigan: Gage Green Gardens

Oregon: Gnomegrown Organics, Black Ram Organics, Kush Syndicate, Eugene Health Center, Emerald Valley Organics, Happy Plants, White Rose Gardens, Knotty Pine Organics, TKO Reserve.


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The Top Seven Cannabinoids and Their Health Benefits

Cannabinoids, as we’ve discussed in some of our previous blogs, are chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. They are not just ordinary chemical compounds, (there are over 400 chemical compounds in the marijuana plant) but ones that interact with receptors in the body to produce specific effects in your physical, mental and emotional being. How many cannabinoids are there in marijuana? Well, the numbers vary from 80 to over a hundred, depending on which article you read and who is doing the counting.

Since legal medical and scientific research is limited because marijuana is still listed on the dangerous drug schedule of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) not all of the identified cannabinoids, whether the number is 80 or 110, have been thoroughly analyzed for the health benefits they may provide. Some cannabinoids, however, have been researched much more than others and have been found to contain very practical and remarkable healing properties. We have listed the top seven cannabinoids below, along with their medicinal characteristics in no particular order. We’ve left it for you to decide what order of importance they should be in.

THC Delta 9


This is the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana and it is the element that gets people high. Amazingly, this fundamental component of cannabis is also a real medicinal miracle worker. Some of the benefits and maladies this cannabinoid has been useful for over the last few decades are:

• Pain reliever

• Crohn’s Disease


• Multiple Sclerosis

• Parkinson’s Disease

• Neuropathic pain

• Cancer

• Alzheimer’s Disease

• Appetite stimulator

• Anti-nausea



This cannabinoid is definitely not psychoactive and won’t get anyone high. It is a common element in cannabis and besides showing signs that it can help brain cells grow it has also been shown to be:

• Anti-depressant

• Anti-tumor

• Anti-inflammatory

• Anti-fungal



Even though this non-psychoactive element in marijuana is found in small quantities it is becoming more and more popular with research scientists for its potential medicinal abilities. It has many great qualities and some of them are:

• Anti-fungal

• Anti-microbial

• Pain reliever

• Anti-tumor

• Anti-psoriasis

• Anti-depressant

• Mood stabilizer

THC Delta 8

This cannabinoid is similar to THC Delta (9) but is less psychoactive. Its healing properties include:

• Anti-anxiety

• Neuroprotective abilities

• Appetite stimulant

• Anti-nausea



This cannabinoid is the one that has changed the most minds about marijuana being legalized for medical purposes. It is not psychoactive and can be isolated and refined from the marijuana or the hemp plant and its most famous use is that of stopping and/or greatly reducing epileptic seizures. This is the element in cannabis that influenced Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of CNN News to change his mind about the legalization of medical marijuana. Before he saw clear proof that CBD reduced Gran Mal seizures in a six-year old girl from 300 per week to 3 to 4 a month, Dr. Gupta was absolutely against any kind of marijuana legalization. CBD was hailed as a medical break through by many and now several companies have isolated this cannabinoid and are marketing it as an anti-seizure drug.

Other wonderful medicinal benefits from CBD are:

• Anti-emetic and anti nausea

• Anti-psychotic

• Anti-inflammatory

• Anti-oxidant

• Anti-cancer

• Anti-depressant

• Reduces the effects of the THC high



When the marijuana’s dried buds or flowers sit out in the air for a period of time, the THCa breaks down and becomes another cannabinoid altogether: CBN.

This newly transformed cannabinoid has the following medicinal properties:

• Antibiotic

• Appetite stimulant

• Pain reliever

• Anti-asthmatic

• Sedative

• Anti-glaucoma



This is another cannabinoid that is similar to THC Delta (9) but it is about 1/5 a psychoactive as its counterpart and namesake THC. It is one of the many cannabinoids that work best when they are paired with other cannabinoids, creating an entourage or synergistic effect. THCv also mitigates some of the more negative effects of THC, which, many times is very useful to the user. This cannabinoid has many healing properties, some of which are:

• Anti-convulsive

• Neuroprotective

• Helps with weight loss

• Promotes Bone Growth

• Reduces symptoms of PTSD

The cannabinoids are obviously very important elements in the medicinal world. More research is opening up even though cannabis is still listed a schedule one drug, and as more research is done on marijuana the more positive benefits will be discovered, which will ultimately be good for all of us.

Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

Cannabinoids Prove Themselves Yet Again…

If you keep up with marijuana news or if you’re just around people who are always up to speed about what’s happening in the world of cannabis, then you know that many of the cannabinoids in marijuana are extremely beneficial on a medicinal level. Well, now one of the nation’s leading and most highly respected mainstream magazines has recently published a story touting the scientific effectiveness of marijuana and its potential role in preventing and slowing Alzheimer’s disease.

We’ve talked about Alzheimer’s previously and we are always thrilled when a cure or a preventive measure is tied to cannabis. This time, however, we are totally thrilled by the source of the news: Forbes Magazine. Yes, this magazine that reports on who the richest people on the planet are and what your portfolio should really look like is sharing the story of scientific researchers who have made major breakthroughs using marijuana as their focus.

The venerable Salk Institute in San Diego, California, has been seriously looking into THC (terahydrocannabinol) and other marijuana constituents, and how they can remove the amyloid beta proteins from their lab-grown neurons. Now, that didn’t make any sense to me either – at first, because I’m not a scientist. However, I am a human being and the further I read, the more I understood that what that meant was Alzheimer’s patients accumulate the toxic protein named amyloid in their brain. And they’ve been doing it for decades. THC was shown to remove amyloid along with decreasing cellular inflammation, both of which contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s.

Professor David Schubert, senior author of the study, said, “We believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.” This study is an important step forward in understanding some of the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s and perhaps some of the ways to prevent the disease also.

Taking precautionary steps when one is young in order to remove amyloid beta and protecting the nerve cells from inflammation is one key thing to do. Although the study points to THC and other active compounds in cannabis that might be able to assist in removing amyloid beta from nerve cells, the researchers stop short of recommending the use of marijuana to Alzheimer’s prone people. Their next step is going to be clinical trials and they want everyone to know that this marijuana study was “promising but not actionable.” That, of course, is shorthand for “Go to you dispensary now! Do not stop at GO, do not collect $200. We think that’s a grand idea – thanks to Forbes Magazine.