and speaking of, the price of bud has plummeted because the market is flooded with mass produced, machine trimmed, non-cured, so-so bud that can still be profitable in such a flooded market because most folks don't care if it's the highest quality. I remember my last few trips to Colorado having to smoke a joint with a bottle of ice cold water in the other hand because it was SO HARSH on the throat. The nugs were so dry you didn't even need a grinder, just one pinch and the whole thing crumbled. So these commercial guys are cranking out nasty, harsh, dry bud by the tonne because people are buying it SMHTo each their own opinion.
Personally I think people go to far with the whole the plant is a living aware being thing.
Some of the best results I've seen in growing have been using airoponics using a mist system. This is vastly different to anything nature could ever provide and yet using this method gives scientifically identical results in laboratory situations. Obviously harder to move to the home grow, but it's hardly the singing soothing songs to the plant method either and gives as good if not alot better results.
Really when it comes down to it the medium and delivery method are all 2nd to the plants needs. Regardless of how those needs are fulfilled.
The argument between synthetic and organic has raged on for years but if all aspects are controlled it doesn't matter how it's done.
Companies and people who use synthetic feeds aren't trying to make bad tasting bud. We also don't try to my mistreat the bud at all. Personally I don't care if I'm pulling 10 ounce or 100 it all gets trimmed by hand wearing gloves. It gets hang dryed and then cured. I don't do this because I aspire to be a "organic purist" I do this because it's the correct practices for the bud. It doesn't matter that I'm using Coco/perlite and it doesn't matter I'm using non organic fertilizer.
If you associate bad weed with non organic growers I'm afraid that's on you not on the medium.
In the same way I wouldn't buy my meat off a terrible butcher I don't buy my bud off a terrible grower and I only produce bud to sell if it would be something I'd want to buy.