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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Cannabigerol (CBG): Another Miracle Cannabinoid

There’s a new marshal in town and its name is CBG, otherwise known as cannabigerol. We’ve heard a lot about several of the more famous of the 80 or so other cannabinoids found in marijuana, but we seldom, if ever hear about CBG. That’s because THC and CBD have taken and maintained their positioning in the spotlight of the pantheon of healing cannabinoids found naturally in the cannabis plant.

THC, (tetrahydrocannabinol) of course, is the main psychoactive element in the pot plant and it has some enormous medical benefits, including pain relief, relieving PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks, emotional turmoil and nightmares. CBD, (cannabidiol), the most widely studied and reviewed cannabinoid, has surprised the world with its fantastic and almost unbelievable effects on epileptic patients and the amazing reduction of seizures in those sufferers. CBD also has been shown to have great anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety properties along with being quite useful in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and the lessening of cancer pain.

CBG, although it is found in lower concentrations in the marijuana plant than its cousins THC and CBD, it is much more plentiful in the hemp plant. Growers have  discovered, however, that if they harvest the marijuana buds earlier than usual the THC and CBD concentrations will be lower and the CBG extracts will be much greater. Don’t you just love those marijuana growers and their inquisitive minds and sense of experimentation?

CBG has been studied by a number of researchers including an Italian team in 2013 that identified several ways this cannabinoid can be helpful in the medical world. One major discovery was its anti-inflammatory effects, especially on patients afflicted with inflammatory bowel syndrome. They found that CBG markedly reduced the inflammation of the intestine and thus reduced the discomfort and pain of the person who was distressed by the malady. Another research project involving CBG was published in the Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics journal demonstrated stunning benefits for glaucoma sufferers. The CBG reduced internal pressure on the eye and allowed increased eye fluid drainage, which eased the symptoms and the pain of glaucoma.

CBG has also been found to reduce nausea and have anti-emetic effects, that is, it stops a person from vomiting. Research has also demonstrated that CBG can actually slow the growth and spread of skin tumor cells and the Italian researchers have seen indications that CBG could suppress the progression of colon cancer. Other studies on CBG reveal that it is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, pain reliever, stimulates the growth of brain cells and promotes bone growth.

CBG will soon have the ability and the clout to take center stage as far as medical applications go in the cannabis plant. It has been ignored long enough and is on its way to being on an equal footing with THC and CBD. Its reputation as one of the most important curative ingredients in this most wonderful of all natural herbs is growing rapidly, to say the least. Keep your eyes peeled for more information and new findings on this awesome cannabinoid, CBG

Cannabinoids Explained (Part 3): Cannabigerol (CBG)

Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis seems to be the plant with the most innovative potential these days. Ever since the states began to decriminalize it, entrepreneurs have been coming up with new ways to market and use its healing properties. Smoking the medicinal herb has always been an option and adding it to your mom’s old-fashioned brownie recipe has been a staple for decades. But then there are those really creative cannabis connoisseurs cum impresarios who have concocted edible pieces of art that resemble the finest chocolates and sweets available at only the finest confectioners’ shops. Artistry at its finest. Just look around at your dispensary’s display shelves and you’ll usually see all types of food products with interesting names and colorful packing, all with some amount of marijuana in their list of ingredients.

Lately, besides all the yummy cannabis edibles that are at hand, a new way to benefit your body from this most wonderful herb has been storming the country: cannabis topicals.

As we’ve mentioned in other blogs, the cannabis plant contains more than 80 known cannabinoids, which are the chemical compounds in marijuana like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) that make medical marijuana such a healing plant. Research is ongoing for many of the cannabinoids and the two superstars just mentioned have been in the spotlight for the last few years because more research has been done on them than any other cannabinoid. THC is a proven pain remedy along with relieving pressure in glaucoma patients. It also makes breathing easier for asthma sufferers and stimulates the appetite in those that have HIV/AIDS and are undergoing chemotherapy. CBD is used for preventing seizures in epileptic patients, decreasing anxiety and reducing cancer pain.

CBD is now being used extensively in body-care products because of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and cell-regenerative properties. According to Vogue Magazine, CBD in lotions and body creams “can bring localized benefits without detectable brain buzz,” brought on by the use of THC, which is the psychoactive element in cannabis. Many of those lotions and creams soothe painful spots on the body and fight eczema, aging skin and acne.

Another cannabinoid that manufacturers are infusing their body creams and salves with is CBG (Cannabigerol). This cannabinoid is non-psychoactive and is a great anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory that is used as a preventative and healing mouthwash.

One entrepreneur who has an Oregon-based body care company says that although she ships CBD-only products throughout the country, formulas that also contain THC are much more effective because of the entourage effect. That is, a synergistic effect occurs where the overall effect is greater that the sum of its parts. She can ship her products because the CBD comes from hemp, which is legal; it’s a federal offense to ship a schedule 1 drug, which is what marijuana is still classified.

Now that innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs are pushing the envelope a little more each day, who knows what the next cannabis-based products will be. Do you have any ideas?


When I first started looking into the comparisons of indoor grows vs. outdoor and greenhouse grows I was surprised at all the differing opinions that were out there. Many of them felt one type of growth was better than the other because of the quality of the end product and others were convinced that the most natural way was the only method for a self-sustaining industry to continue in a sane business manner. Once I started digging into the subject (no pun intended) I began discovering some interesting information. By the way, we are not talking about or including in this conversation the destructiveness of illegal outdoor grows on public lands. In order to keep those illegal grows hidden from the view of sheriff deputies in helicopters and Fish and Game officers, along with the DEA, the uncaring and greedy growers destroy water resources, local creeks and the toxic fertilizers and pesticides they use completely destroy the environment. We are concerned with legal grows and in seeing which is ecologically better: greenhouses and outdoor grows or indoor cultivation.

If you drive on certain little-used roads in several counties in Northern California, Oregon and Washington State you will see more than a fair share of legal grows standing right out in the open air for everyone to notice. The first two or three grows you glance at will leave your mouth open with surprise because there are so many healthy cannabis plants concentrated in one area. But then as you cruise along and see even more of those beautiful green trees, the novelty will soon wear off. You’ll also notice greenhouses all along those back streets that are made of PVC plastic pipe covered with plastic and shaped like Quonset huts.

These growers, if they have all the required paperwork that allows them to be legal state marijuana growers don’t really have to worry about helicopters spying on them. Once they show their documents to the officials who ask for them they can go back to being cannabis farmers again. The DEA will generally only bother growers if they have more than several hundred plants on their site because they just don’t want to be bothered with small busts anymore – they don’t have the time or the manpower. The local cops are only concerned if you have more plants than your paperwork says you should have – otherwise, they will pretty much leave you alone.

What I learned about indoor grows, and you won’t see any of those while you’re driving on any road or in any state, is that they leave an enormous carbon footprint. Cultivating marijuana indoors takes a lot of energy; high voltage lights, large fans, which control air regulation, and temperature and humidity monitors all use up monstrous energy loads. Legal outdoor grows, on the other hand, don’t use any electricity because they don’t need heavy-duty lighting equipment – they use free energy from the sun. They also depend on the natural air circulation that nature provides and once the shoots are planted (with natural, organic and safe fertilizer and pesticides) little care is needed except for regular watering.

It has been said recently that as much as 10% of Denver’s electricity is going toward indoor grow operations, which continues to increase yearly. Ten percent may or may not sound like a lot for a population of over 700,000, but that means that electricity normally used by 70,000 people goes directly into producing indoor marijuana. To make this concept more understandable, some experts put the cost of electricity for large indoor grows at around $750 per pound of cannabis produced, which, when extended out to a minimum of 100 pounds per growing season, and indoor grows can have several harvests each year, comes to $75,000 spent just on electricity for each harvest. That represents a colossal expenditure of natural resources such as coal and natural gas, which when burned, produces tons of carbon dioxide, which then creates greenhouse gasses and a large carbon footprint, which moves us closer toward global warming.

Carbon footprint: The total amount of greenhouse gasses caused by an individual, organization or event.

Greenhouse cultivators can cut that cost down by 50 to 75% depending on the size of the greenhouse and yet their strains are every bit as good if not better than the indoor brands. They can produce great cannabis at a fraction of the cost of production of the indoor process and create a much smaller carbon footprint, which is better for the environment. Outdoor grows cut the electricity costs by 100% and if done conscientiously, they leave little to no carbon footprint behind. And the quality of legal outdoor grows has never been challenged because the end product is so organically satisfying. Plus, as an incidental bonus, outdoor and greenhouse cultivators’ profit margins shoot way up in comparison to indoor productions cannabis because of their negligible electricity consumption.

Caveat emptor = buyer beware. Since it’s not practical for each end user of cannabis to witness the process of their marijuana supplier, he or she should at least ask basic questions about their product. “How was this grown? Is this product from an indoor grow or was it grown outdoors or in a greenhouse?” This should be standard procedure when purchasing marijuana if you care about the environment. Dispensaries with integrity will welcome these questions because they have nothing to hide and their outdoor and greenhouse grows are not hurting their environment – or yours.