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Grow-Lamp-Loving, Water-Sucking Marijuana Plants Aren’t So Green

Cannabis plants suck up around twice as much water as maize, soybeans, wheat and wine grapes, according to a 2021 study in the Journal of Cannabis Research.

Cannabis plants suck up around twice as much water as maize, soybeans, wheat and wine grapes, according to a 2021 study in the Journal of Cannabis Research.

Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

Welcome to this week’s Dose. Cannabis may be federally illegal, but that doesn’t get companies out of dealing with environmental issues.

Marijuana’s reputation is about as green as they come. Not only is it an oxygen-producing and carbon-dioxide-absorbing plant, its alternative-medicine bona fides and hippie ethos are often associated with the environmental movement.