The Connection Between Wildfires and Cannabis

man lighting a joint with big fire, a possible risk for wildfire and cannabis

The idea that there may be a connection between wildfires and cannabis is unpleasant but, unfortunately, holds some truth. After all, cannabis cultivation and consumption have both been the cause of fires in the past and will most likely continue to cause fires in the future as well. The same can be said for children with magnifying glasses and drunk people on the 4th of July. Just because cannabis-related fires occasionally occur doesn't mean we need to get our pitchforks and torches out (unless it's to torch a fat bowl of weed)! The good news is that it's relatively easy to prevent wildfires as a stoner. All you have to do is get high on some quality weed and get yourself educated on the subject of wildfires and cannabis.

So, how do we connect wildfires to cannabis and, more importantly, what can a single stoner do to put a stop to it? Leafbuyer is here to answer all your questions about the connection between wildfires and cannabis as well as your role in preventing these particular fiery natural disasters to the best of your ability. It's always better to stay informed and up-to-date on all the latest news, especially when there's live flames involved.

What Connects Wildfires and Cannabis

wildfire in the trees, showing a possible connection between wildfire and cannabis

Wildfires and cannabis may not seem as though they have a direct connection, and in some ways that may be true. Fire, however, does play a huge role in most cannabis stages and all wildfire stages. When you smoke a bowl you light it with fire. When you drag a joint you have to deal with flammable embers. Heck, even cartridges can combust and cause a spark big enough to catch some grass on fire if the timing is just right (or wrong, as it were)! Wildfires and cannabis are connected by fire, specifically the possibility of a small, controllable amount of fire leading up to a big and uncontrollable amount of fire.

There's also the matter of cannabis cultivation, which is another important aspect of the connection between cannabis and wildfires. Since the legalization of cannabis on a larger scale, local governing officials have struggled to make laws and guidelines for this booming new industry. Without airtight regulation, maintaining safety and regulations on cannabis grows is, more likely than not, proving difficult. While the weed industry continues to grow, the laws will just have to catch up, especially when it comes to preventing cannabis-related wildfire. Until then, be safe and grow weed with care (especially in places prone to wildfires)!

Cannabis Agriculture and Wildfires

Cannabis agriculture is quickly becoming a huge part of the agriculture community — and it has to develop fast to keep up with the increasing demand for cannabis, cannabis products, and CBD products. Since cannabis legalization began sweeping the nation, the weed market is booming so much that dispensaries occasionally struggle to meet the public's demand. Decriminalization then legalization and finally public acceptance of cannabis as a whole has changed the industry for the better and certainly the bigger. And with the demand for more cannabis came a demand for more cannabis agricultural pursuits, which makes complete sense considering weed is, in fact, a plant. As with any crop, cannabis needs its agricultural roots to become the standard dispensary-shelf product we know and love. But what does growing weed have to do with wildfires?

Well, while you can grow cannabis with just some earth, water, pots, seeds, and sun, that's not always enough to make your grow as profitable as it could be. Grow more weed and you make more money and more people are happy — it seems like a complete win-win scenario. But if you add some electronic or machine gadgets (even an electric well pump) and you have the scary possibility of a cannabis farming wildfire on your hands. This is especially true to outdoor cannabis grows taking place in summertime. When you combine dry air with low humidity, just a tiny flame can grow into something much worse. But again, it's important to keep in mind that fires have also been started by non-cannabis related farming, by faulty telephone poles, by cooking accidents, and many other nearly infinite wildfire sources. Ideally, however, the agricultural communities of cannabis will band together to make sure weed and wildfires are never interrelated.

Cannabis Consumption and Wildfires

marijuana grow workers

Cannabis consumers have a stereotype of being super eco-friendly, which usually stands true when it comes to recycling and watching out for their individual carbon footprint! But that doesn't mean all weed-lovers are above being a little bit careless with their consumption. It's easy to forget how quickly an ember from that cherrying bong bowl can become a raging inferno. Of course, don't let this stop you from enjoying a nice bowl of flower in the summertime — just make sure you're keeping an eye on the heat. Knowing a wildfire came from your cannabis consumption is enough to kill the buzz of any weed high! And since it doesn't take all that much effort to not start a huge wildfire, any stoner (even one baked beyond belief) can follow through with a few simple preventative measures to ensure their weedy ways don't contribute to wildfires.

Preventing Wildfires from Cannabis

Now we get to the (arguably) most important part of exploring the connection between wildfires and cannabis. Particularly, what can we stoners do to prevent wildfires from cannabis? Just being aware of the potential danger of cannabis and wildfires going hand-in-hand is incredibly helpful! Once you know to be a little careful and be extra-vigilant when smoking, you've already done half of what's requires of you. After that, it's all about spreading the word and making sure all your stoner friends and family are equally aware of the connection.

Otherwise, practical tips for preventing wildfires from cannabis are pretty similar to preventing wildfires from anything else. First, make sure the area you're smoking in has been cleared of more flammable objects such as dry grass and twigs and the like. Next, keep an active eye on any fire or objects that have touched fire (like ashy bowls). You'd be surprised how long a spark can live, so if you do empty your bowl or knock a bit of ash off the end of your joint, make sure to step on the place where it fell to squash any potential wildfire before it has a chance to happen! For growing cannabis, the suggestions for avoiding fire damage are even more simple: use the equipment correctly and inspect often for damage.

It's important to keep the good name of cannabis in the clear, which includes making sure wildfire and cannabis don't develop a more defined connection than both using fire. Let cannabis-lovers be always known as the tree-hugging environmentalists who spread the word of weed. So, just practice these preventative tips and you can sit back, relax with some quality cannabis, and enjoy your high knowing you've done your part to keep wildfires in check.