Will we see medical cannabis grown in space? Clapway.com published an article on the feasibility of growing medical marijuana on Mars.
NASA is focusing on growing vegetables on Mars, and the soil is considered good for certain crops. Tests were done on similar soils such as those found in a desert in Peru – sounds familiar after Mark Watney did just that in the movie “Martian”; life is stranger than fiction!
The colony, which is planned for establishment on Mars, will need to grow crops, as it takes more than eight months to reach Mars. The community will have to fend for themselves, and they might as well grow marijuana to be used for medical purposes if need be. The question, Clapway says, is whether astronauts will need a medical marijuana card on Mars!
Self-sustainability of the first community on the Red Planet is vital in every sense, mainly with long-term colonization in mind. The pioneer group of humans will have to stay long enough to ensure quality of life is possible on Mars. Clapway says that marijuana would certainly add to quality of life, presumably alluding to the “high”, but in all seriousness, medical cannabis may well prove more useful than that.
Mars soil may have potential for growing marijuana.
The 10 Red Planet foods including tomatoes, radishes, spinach, peas, chives, and quinoa have already been grown in similar soil with success. The space soil might need fertilizer, and water and soil separation methods are important. A crop like marijuana is most definitely a good candidate to grow on Mars, Mars marijuana might turn out to become the next big trend, says Clapaway, provided NASA has green fingers.
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Astronauts will figure it out
The tongue in cheek Clapway article says astronauts will figure it all out, growing large fields of medical cannabis, but the idea is not as strange as it may sound. After all, if cannabis can be proved to heal even half the disorders many believe it can, cannabis will indeed be one of the most useful crops known to man.
Hemp seed would boost colonists’ nutrition, the strong fibers could be used to make a multitude of useful items, and the fast-growing plants would produce oxygen for habitats. All this, and medicine too – what could be better?
It may not even be necessary to grow psychoactive varieties of cannabis, but it would make excellent sense to use hemp as a pioneering crop. After all, it is among the first plants to be domesticated by mankind, and the reason for that is its sheer usefulness. Could hemp become the most useful plant in space too?