Here is a list of all my blog posts to date. Just click on a title that interests you, and enjoy.
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Here is a list of all my blog posts to date. Just click on a title that interests you, and enjoy.
Would you like more info on some aspects of our favorite plant?
Don’t hesitate to ask, just use the ask a question link.
I have always used the paper towel method. I prefer a moistened paper towel that I place my seeds in. I then put it in a plastic bag and let it sit over night in a dark closet. I also put a heating pad on low under the tray. This method has always worked extremely well for me. I live in a humid coastal region. Which can be a good and a bad thing…
I just wanted everyone to know that I have noticed a huge difference in the way this site works. Its not just me either. We have had more new members join our forums/blog in a short span of time than ever before. That is something to be proud of for sure. If your anything like me, I am trying to help Mother Nature a bit. I think we have messed her up enough. So let’s try and bring her back to where she was 100 years ago. Cleaner, fresher, not so pissed off…
So that is why I wanted to say thank you Jerry ! I truly appreciate the fact that your are putting out such a good fresh viable product. I literally dropped 12 and they had all popped in less than 24 hours. I have never had such beautiful things morph out of this little tiny thing. You are so prompt on getting our packages out. If you pay cash it seems to be there in two days. I am very happy to be part of this movement. You are putting genetics back where they need to be and doing a kick ass job while doing it. The Mandela effect works ! – Your a plethora of knowledge and I am a sponge ready to absorb it all…
Thank you Ashley,
These are the some pictures of our free seed grow….
Am growing more great seed for you guys. The plants are doing well under the 4000 watts (if you can believe them) of LED lighting. These kinds of posts will always be ongoing as the grow develops. I love growing this plant, it is so easy and forgiving to grow. One can make mistakes and still these plants will flourish!
Here are some images of the plants….
I am excited to be growing out a new strain to my offerings….Big Bud…. I grew Big Bud about 20-30 years ago indoors hydroponically. I loved the strain, and loved the size of the enormous buds produced.
This strain grew big strong and fast. It responded well to hydroponics.
I traded for the seeds, and they looked weak and subpar, but you can grow the biggest, healthiest plants from tiny immature looking seed. The plants are turning out great, and I was very happy to find a male in the amongst them.
I will see if I have a few more images of the Bid Bud seedlings….
Well it is getting to be the time of year when I will simply not have the time to do much writing. I wanted to give an update on my grow, as the seeds are approaching maturity. I am growing out 5 different strains, and that isn’t easy when you are only allowed 15b plants total.
3 of the strains will be new to my site….Hawaiian, (got the seeds in a trade, slow to flower, looks like the real deal), Gorilla Glue Auto-Flower, and one I grew extensively back in the early ’80’s…the now fairly famous Big Bud. I actually got all these seeds in trade, they all look good. Big Bud looks to have the characteristics I remember….BIG buds, and heavy crystallization.
And 2 of the strains I am simply adding to my depleted stock. (thanks to you guys!!) These are Sour Patch CBD, and Sugar Haze.
Next up will be the Santa Marta Colombian Gold strain as I am now running low of those.
Here are some images of one of the new strains Hawaiian
The male is very venereal, and growing strong and tall. One female is small, but again I flower young so that is not much of an indicator of plants that can be grown from her seed. The other female is simply a beast, and will def produce plants that could be huge, and will surely impress. As I said these plant were very slow to flower, indicating a tropical pheno type. My other plants I am growing are about done maturing their seed, you can see how slow this one is. It has been my experience, that the slow maturing cannabis tends to be very potent as well. I think these seeds will produce awesome results!
And now here are the others….
You can see the the unusual pheno type of the Gorilla Glue Auto-Flower has been super cropped, this is my favorite way of controlling the height of plants, especially an inside grow….I need to do a post on super-cropping. This is a very Sativa like pheno type, that would likely get 4 or 5 feet tall….big for an auto-flower.
The next is the more common pheno type of Gorilla Glue Auto-Flower, and in an auto flower is basically one big bud.
The Sour Patch CBD plant grew strong and big in it’s short life. Well crystallized, and seemed very robust.
Then the one I am def excited to add to the line up….Big Bud. I found it to be aptly named, as the buds can get HUGE! You can see the extensive crystallization, and the size of the bud on a plant that was flowered when it was only on it’s 3rd node. If I was a market grower this plant would be one of my choices. I grew this strain back in the 80’s hydroponically, it never failed to impress!
And last, but not least is the very popular strain of cannabis called Sugar Haze. This is a Sativa dom plant that under the right conditions could grow one of those 10 lbs plants. This plant grew exhibiting excellent vigor, and also grew tall in it’s short life.
Well that about sums up this grow, I will be wacking them soon, and they will be available onsite. If you want 100% germination, and to grow some great plants….these seeds will be as fresh as they come!
My first encounter with Cannabis was through a story I was told by my father who grew up in Fez, Morocco.
The story, which dates back to 1942, is a tale of young boys ? my father and his brothers – who decided to horse around with their mother. Somehow, the three oldest brothers managed to buy Hashish and on Friday night dinner they put the hashish on their mother?s plate. She ate it with her dinner without noticing anything at all.
The food she had prepared for the family was enough for both Friday and Saturday for 9 people (parents and 7 children) since cooking on Saturday ?the Sabbath- is prohibited in the Jewish religion.
The family woke up on Saturday only to discover that both the entire prepared and raw food had disappeared from the house. All the pots and pans were empty.
It turned out that the mother of the family, under the influence of the Hashish she had eaten at dinner, woke up in the middle of the night and ate everything in sight ? without knowing it.
For a long time I was against marijuana under the influence of all who opposed it without offering any good reasons why. I have since changed my mind.
Last summer my wife went to Europe and I asked her to buy a few cannabis seeds. She bought three and brought them back on August 4th.
On August 5, 2019, I planted one seed in my garden. It grew into a beautiful plant. I showed it to a few people who commented that it was a model plant that could be on a poster.
Unfortunately, frost came very early in 2019 and before the frost I dug out the plant (very carefully) and put it in a huge planter. It continued to do beautifully indoors but I noticed that its growth had slowed.
I did not provide special lighting to the plant.
It also did not help that my little 12Lb dog started feasting on the bottom leaves and behaving very strangely! Eventually I did put a fence around the plant to protect it from the dog.
The winter in New York is very long and although the plant survived for another 3 months indoors it stopped growing and eventually died.
I did realize I needed 2 more months for the plant to mature but I did not have that time. Now some of my seeds are in the ground, two full months earlier than last year?s experiment.
I truly hope to succeed this year!
As some of us have experimented with marijuana in our younger years, my generation always split the gap between pro and anti marijuana legislation.
There was always a debate in social gatherings and political platforms alike. Sometimes leading to unfair stigma and judgement.
Naturally I was elated when my state legalized the herb for medicinal use and small grows. About a year ago I was approved and started using cannabis to treat PTSD, severe depression and anxiety.
The results were amazing compared to the pharmaceuticals that were being pushed to me and changed almost like the weather.
Using the right combination of relaxing and focusing strains for day/night use has cut my prescription drug usage down to half and still dropping with every checkup.
Most people can’t afford to pay outrageous prices for designer flower in pretty packages and growing your own medicine keeps the impact off your wallet while providing a fulfilling hobby for a great payout.
I’ve started growing in a small grow tent and have found the whole endeavor to be pretty fun and fulfilling.
Though it took some research and beginners mistakes to get the ball rolling, I’m able to produce my own medicine without hassles of lines and prices.
Keep at it and it will become like second nature.
Providing things keep improving at their current level I hope to be pharmaceutical free by the end of the year. Thanks to this gift of a plant my life has changed for the better on all fronts.
I feel the best I’ve felt in years and have more focus and energy than I could hope for with the most refreshing rest to recharge the old battery.
So I guess the point to all this rambling is to keep an open mind and remember that what works for you may be different from the next person. Give yourself the chance to improve by means that others may find controversial.
Our dependency on pills to make everything better that give you worse side effects than the conditions they treat sometimes holds back the progress of refining the natural gifts we have used for millennia.
With daily life comes incredible stress and it is more important than ever to be able to make an effort to improve our quality of life.
If marijuana can give you that relief and let you relax and enjoy your life, I’d say you deserve it. Times are crazy enough and people need to keep in mind that mental health is just as important as physical health.
Just a little time to kick back and listen to music or listen to a book, maybe take a hike and enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine can change your perspective completely.
I honestly have to thank the people that are trying to make this treatment more mainstream and cutting the stigma away. They put in amazing work and provide us with a resource far better than years ago.
In short, my life is much more enjoyable because of medical cannabis.
I’m happier, healthier and more fun to be around.
I’m able to enjoy more social interaction and be around people for the first time in what seems like forever.
Thanks for listening to my success story and opinions.
How to Grow Great Cannabis Indoors
Cannabis is a plant, that is easy to grow, however it naturally thrives outdoors. But, under the right conditions there are many benefits and advantages of growing indoors.
No 1. The first advantage to growing indoors is that you completely have the ability control your end results.
You will be building the environment from ground up, this environment will become your personal grow space. You are mother nature and control everything, from lighting, to the choice of pots, the growing medium, nutrients, air flow, temperature, humidity, ect….YOU will be responsible for the success of your girls.
No 2. Outdoor growing is cool and all but dealing with the seasons most definitely is not.
When you depend on Mother Nature to provide for your plants, you will be locked into only one harvest per year, (if growing photo plants) especially the farther you live from the equator. Cannabis is an annual plant and naturally flowers but once a year.
That being said it is safe to say that the number of harvests is not so much about the plant itself but more about the environment that you will learn to create.
When you grow indoors, you can create the right conditions for your cannabis plants to produce more than one harvest in a year!
Harvesting 5 to 8 times a year is possible!
Especially if you are growing autos.
And it could even be done with photos If you have to rooms, because it takes a plant two months to mature and flower. That means you could grow cannabis year-round when done indoors.
One for the vegetation phase (where you give it 16 to 20 hours of light) and one for the flowering phase (where you give it 6 to12 hours of light). This simple method enables you to grow up to 8 harvests annually.
NO 3. You will gain a personal relationship with each and every plant you will came to know them as you watch
them grow develop and mature, as you are going to provide everything that nature does, and
believe me it?s going to take some work because growing indoor is more so about focusing on the quality of each
NO 4. Some would say that the biggest advantage to growing cannabis indoors is that you will have full control
over your personal growing experience (environment.)
I have used the term experience because that is specifically what it is, and you’ll find a love for it!!!
You can control your grow medium (look forward to a future post on building the best growing medium), lighting, temperature, water, humidity and CO2 levels with relative ease. It is also much easier to keep your grow environment free of pests and disease of which we will fully discuss fin the near future (pests and disease).
NO 5. There is also a difference when it comes to the THC, CBD & Other canabanoids that is provided from
indoor cannabis when compared with outdoor cannabis.
Indoor cannabis tends to result in substantial higher trichome counts, denser flowers, and a more potent high. Outdoor weed creates a weaker high, with fewer trichomes and less dense flowers.
One reason why indoor-grown cannabis is deemed more potent is because of the controlled environment it is grown in.
Not only this, but the introduction of high CO2 levels when compared with the natural environment has also heightened bud growth and produce THC levels that are challenging to obtain outdoors. When you consider everything that cannabis that is grown outdoors has to go through, it is probably of no surprise that it will be considered much less potent.
Please take note that the content within this post are solely intended for educational and informational
purposes only. Please be aware of your local laws within the state you reside in.
I bet you cats did not know that Cannabis roots are ancient form of medicine and may have a major place in modern medicine.
So how does one prepare, and use cannabis roots medically? Well first you must grow them, then….
Proper Cleaning of the Cannabis Roots
The best method for decoction in today?s world a bit of elbow grease. First of all you must know that it?s best to use fresh roots the ones that are still full of nutrients.
This means roots from plants that have been grown in clean soil.
Remember that Cannabis is a powerful soil cleaner, which is great for crops, but terrible for folks who want to ingest roots free of heavy metals!!!
To properly decoct and clean your roots, gently pull them from the ground, taking care to break as few strands as possible in the process.
When the roots are free, separate them from the stalk and leaves with a sharp knife. Then the cleaning starts. Lukewarm water is all you need to clean the roots.
In fact, keep in mind that some soap may cause damage.
Take your time cannabis roots are notorious difficult to clean. I highly recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush
to help separate the dirt from the roots. It?s an arduous process, but it?s worthwhile to get a clean and safe product.
Preparing the Root for Consumption……
Once the roots are clean, dry them off and store them in a dark, cool place for 48 hours to fully dry them out.
Once dry, you have two choices:
You can choose to boil the roots in water or grind them into a powder. Both methods work, but mashing the roots into a powder allows you to use them in other ways.
The standard unit for any decoction is 1 ounce of dried herb to two cups of boiling water. If you find your final product is too weak or strong, you can adjust the amounts on the next try. (If you can?t wait two days for the roots to dry out, double the amount used.)
Once you?ve decided on the amount to use, add your roots to the appropriate amount water and put it on the stove over medium heat. Let the concoction simmer until about one-quarter of the water has evaporated.
Creating Balms with Cannabis Root
Cannabis roots for balms also have a long history of use. To make your own, you?ll follow the steps above to extract, clean, and dry the roots of your cannabis plant.
Once you have dry roots, you?ll grind them into a fine powder.
Once you have a powder, you can mix this with any kind of oil or fat.
Then place it in a slow cooker for 12-18 hours.
Use the powder from 1 to 2 root balls, 4cups of fat (like coconut oil), and 2 cups of water. you can also add beeswax to harden the balm until it is ready for use. This just makes it easier to transport and store.
Once that?s done, you?ll have a root salve that can treat skin disorders like acne and blisters. You can also rub it on your temples for headaches or your chest to soothe congestion. It even works on achy joints.
How About, Cannabis Root Tea???
Yes you can make Canaroot Tea I don’t think I have to tell you how to make tea, it is as simple as this… don’t boil it steep it!!!
Once the water evaporates, strain the mixture and serve. You can save your decoction for up to 72 hours in the fridge.
In my findings I understand that cannabis roots have a reputation as being able to help with the symptoms of stiff joints, minor infections, and skin inflammation and high blood pressure.
There are trace amounts of cannabinoids within the roots, but this is not what people are after when preparing cannabis roots for consumption.
How To Make Your Own Cannaroot Tea
Now another way calls for placing powdered cannabis root into a slow cooker for 12 hours, with the option of adding other herbs like anise and cinnamon to the mix.
The resulting concoction can be strained and used like regular, but with the medicinal benefits of cannabis roots.
Make Sure Your Root Tea is not Toxic!
Alkaloid (pyrrolidine and piperidine) are compounds within the root that are toxic in high levels.
These can irritate the lining of your stomach and even be damaging to your liver. For this reason, we do not recommend long term use of cannabis root medicines.
Every part of the cannabis plant can used for nutritional or medicinal benefit.
When you take down your plant, consider using all of the parts, even the cannabis roots.
Medicinal Compounds in Cannabis Roots…..
These important terpenes:: friedelin, pentacyclic, triterpene ketones, and epifriedelanol have significant health benefits.
Friedlein is an antioxidant that protects the liver; Epifriedelanol has anti-tumor benefits; the other two have been shown to kill cancer cells, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.
Let it be known and understood that for centuries Chinese medicine incorporated every part of the cannabis plant in traditional remedies. While the leaves, stalk and seeds all had their reported therapeutic purposes (from loosening up the bowels to curing postpartum depression), the ancient medicine men of the east used the roots of Cannabis sativa during labor and delivery and as a way to help painful blockage of the bladder.
For these practices, the Chinese had two ways of preparing the root.
The first, and more straight-forward method, was to pummel fresh roots with a mortar and pestle to extract juices that could then be taken orally.
The second way was to boil the root so that the essential elements could seep out into a tea-like broth through a process called decoction. It?s the same method that the Greeks would later popularize.
Remember to always consult your physician before adding anything to your daily regimen, and please avoid long-term ingestion of cannabis roots, this content is for educational purposes only.
The information provided is derived from experience, research gathered from personal and external sources.
From your bro V.R.W.
Monster Cropping is the lengthy process of taking a cutting from a plant that is already 2 or more weeks into its flowering stage, then you must put it back in to vegetative state in order to tweak a strange genetic growth pattern.
First the flowering clone will need to be rooted. Be patient because it will take longer than usual, and these flowering clones have about a 50/50 success rate, so take a few extras.
If your cuttings have any buds or signs of bud, you should remove it now. The buds will wilt and dry anyways, making the cuttings take longer.
After the cuttings take root, re-veg them for 2-3 weeks on 16/8 photo period. You will know it is in RE-VEG state when it starts to display strange looking round leaves. After the leaves start to look normal again, you will know it has gone back to VEG state.
So, the cool part about this next growth is why it is called monster cropping. The new plant will start to shoot long branches pretty much all from the same spot and these will be your top colas.
With LST (low stress training) you will quickly fill up your canopy with many equal sized top colas.
Another way you can do this monster cropping technique is by re-vegging a full plant after you have harvested.
When you cut you plants down for harvest, leave a ?mainframe? of branches with a few healthy fan leaves and put it back under 16/8 photo period, then use LST and super cropping to get a MONSTER of a second harvest!
Pros of Monster-Cropping
You can keep certain genetic strains alive while using less space, power and time.
Your monster crop will produce lots of natural colas from the main trunk.
This is an awesome technique if you are limited to the number of plants you can grow, or you have got a small grow space.
This works awesome With SCROG and will maximize the light dispersion on to the plant canopy, which will in turn increase yield!
Cons of Monster Cropping
There are not very many cons I can think of. One major drawback is that if you take a clone from a re-vegged plant, the plant will not produce as well as the first monster cropping.
This process adds at least 3 weeks on to your grow schedule because of the time it takes to convert the cutting from a flower back into vegetative state.
My conclusion is that if I can get a substantial increase in yield without sacrificing extra vertical space, then I say its worth the 3 weeks to see a tree full of top colas all the same size.
This summer I will experiment by taking my plants from my bloom room after I harvest and re-veg them to be moved outdoors for the summer.
You bite the bullet, and send all that hard earned money for those expensive cannabis seeds.
NOW it is time for you to turn those minuscule little seeds into awesome cannabis plants.
But, this very first step in this process can be one of the most troublesome.
Getting those little suckers to sprout!
There are many reasons for cannabis seed germination problems, some on my end, and some on yours.
Lets start with cannabis seed germination problems that could be my fault.
Now for cannabis seed germination troubles that could be your fault.
Cannabis seeds need just a few things in order to make the leap from a single simple little seed to a beautiful cannabis plant. Lets take a look…
I wanted to cover just some of the basics here in this post. There are lots of ways to accomplish getting a cannabis seed to pop, but there are a few basics covered above that can be deal breakers.
I have written a few other posts about the other methods of cannabis seed germination, and about cannabis seeds in general….
Guest post by Se?or Wavy
Cannabis is a very versatile plant that can be grown in a number of places.
Especially with new advancements, such as auto-flower seeds which don’t require any specific amount of light to flower and tend to be vigorous, strong cannabis plants. (JustCannabisSeed.com has quite a few great auto seeds, I personally have tried the Sour 60 Autos and loved them)
In my personal opinion, growing cannabis outdoors is obviously the most ideal situation, however, there are many climates and situations where some folks are unable to do this all year, or at all. In these places especially it is very useful to be able to grow indoors.
There are other benefits to growing cannabis as well, such as being able to utilize hydroponic systems, protection from environmental changes and people (thieves), and perhaps most notably, being able to fully control the flowering schedule, and grow any time of the year.
So, in this article, we will be going over some of the basics to consider when growing indoors.
First things first…
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and in this case a single seed.
The seeds you choose to grow will determine the genetics of the plant. Plant genetics determines many things, including what environment it prefers, unique aspects of caring for it, size and shape of the leaves and the cannabis plant itself, as well as effects of the final product…..the flowers.
Historically, Indica strains have most popularly been grown indoors due to their shorter stature and quicker flowering time than Sativas.
This is no longer always the case though, as years of breeding and crossing strains has led to countless hybrids, many of which can display either Indica, Sativa or mixed characteristics with varying heights and flowering times.
Strains that are genetically pure from their origin are known as landrace strains. There are quite a few really great offers for landrace seeds here on JustCannabisSeed.com as well if you are interested in them.
When growing indoors I would stick to Indica landrace strains or hybrid cannabis strains which allows you to let the plant express its full potential.
Some Sativas may run out of room without some training.
Other factors you will want to consider are potential yield, resistance to cold, heat, pests and diseases, and effect.
Growing indoors gives you the big advantage of being able to keep many common pests out of the grow room.
Growing indoors also means YOU are Mother Nature and have control of humidity, heat, temperature, light, ect. This allows you to choose certain genetics that may not thrive particularly well outdoors.
Depending on the size of your indoor grow space, the main things I would look out for in choosing genetics are:
Size of the finished cannabis plant (Choosing shorter plants if you have limited space)
Flowering time if purchasing photo strains, (If you choose regular (not autos) seeds you will want to keep them in a vegetative growth stage for at least two to four weeks before you initiate flowering.
Finishing times if starting auto-flowering cannabis plants. (There are also auto-flowering cannabis seeds available on this site which will be ready to harvest in about 2 to 3 months regardless of any particular light schedule.)
Smell (This one is more about personal preference. If you have a space where you are comfortable with the smell of your plants drifting out and prefer strong-smelling flowers, then anything you choose will be fine. However, if you are not a fan of very pungent medicine or are around others who are not, then you may wish to choose a strain known for its more mellow aroma, or at least not anything like a skunk or cheese. Carbon air filters can drastically reduce the smell coming out of a grow room or tent, and are used by many growers)
And obviously, Effect (Indicas tend to be more bodily relaxing (hence the term…couch lock, and Sativa’s more cerebrally stimulating, although as mentioned before many hybrid genetics are cultivars of both)
This is probably where growing indoors gives you the most options, when indoors you can choose from any growing medium such as soil, coco coir or rockwool as well as other hydroponic and organic mediums.
There are many subtleties as well as advantages and drawbacks to each one, so I would highly recommend researching further on your own before you decide.
However, as a basic rundown, soil is known to be the most forgiving as the pH does not fluctuate as drastically compared to growing hydroponically, and the soil provides somewhat of a buffer to stresses like nutrient deficiencies or overages. You can buy bagged soil specifically made for cannabis online or in hydroponic or garden stores.
Alternatively, you can look up recipes of how to make your own. This makes the soil a reliable choice, especially if you don’t have access to anything else.
Another very popular option is coco which is shredded coconut husks. This is a hydroponic medium, even though it is sourced organically. Many growers prefer coco coir, especially indoors as it has excellent drainage and aeration for roots, although this ties into it drying out faster than soil as well. There are no nutrients in coco, so you will need to supplement for everything the plant needs.
Another popular choice is DWC (Deep Water Culture) which is when the plants’ roots are entirely suspended in a water and nutrient solution. This method especially deserves an article of its own, so if you are going for this one I would definitely recommend researching it before you begin.
If you go with a medium such as soil or coco you will next need to choose a container.
Many people including myself prefer and have had great experiences with fabric pots, which are essentially cloth or fabric bags designed to keep light out, yet allow maximum airflow to the roots. This helps ensure your plants do do not get overwatered, as well as improves root health by increasing circulation of air, and prunes the roots when they touch the sides, preventing your plant from becoming root-bound.
Aside from these, any normal plant container will work, and if going for bigger plant size and yield, it is recommended to use at least a five or ten-gallon pot. 5-gallon paint buckets are a popular option that you may have laying around.
After deciding on a growing medium and genetics, the next consideration will be nutrients.
Cannabis, like all plants, needs at least nitrogen phosphorus and potassium (NPK) in sufficient and balanced amounts.
Beyond these base nutrients, your cannabis plants will also require calcium, magnesium and sulfur, and a list of micronutrients that includes: Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Chlorine, Cobalt, Silicon, Boron, and Copper.
If you are choosing to go with bottled or pre-made nutrients then simply follow the directions from the manufacturer.
However many nutrient companies suggest and it is a good idea to start at half, or even 25% strength and see how the plants react. This is because overfeeding your plant can seriously stress it,and it is better to work your way up than need to flush after over-applying.
The other option would be sourcing your nutrients from more organic means such as bat guano, dolomite lime, and making compost teas. This is my personal favorite choice due to the fact that it reduces the risk of nutrient buildup, requires less flushing before harvest, and creates a healthy soil that feeds the plant for you.
It is a common saying and sentiment that you are not feeding the plant, you are feeding the soil/growing medium, and that feeds the plant. For this reason, I and many other growers prefer using super soil or “living soil”. This is simply soil that contains an active number of beneficial bacteria and microbes to produce and break down nutrients and sugars for the plant.
This is quite possibly one of, if not the most important areas to be aware of, and I highly recommend researching this subject in particular further if you are interested in growing cannabis plants.
Because this article focuses on growing indoors specifically, you essentially have a few options.
Depending on your situation you may choose to grow simply, in a window with a lot of light, or ramp it up a bit to a closet, a small room or one of the very popular grow tents, or go for it and fill an entire room.
If you are going to prepare a room or closet to grow in, the best reflective material is either mylar or something of that nature, or just plain bright white painted walls.
If you are using a grow tent this will already be taken care of for you, as well as light proofing, which is ensuring no light can enter the growing space during the dark cycle. This is very important as any light leakage or interruptions can potentially stress plants, causing hermaphrodites or abnormal growth.
It is wise to choose a grow room in which you can maintain a steady temperature ideal for growing cannabis, which is around 75 degrees.
Grow tents may be placed in closets or simply wherever in the room you like. Make sure to choose a proper size so that you have enough light for all your plants and enough room for them to reach their fullest potential.
When it comes to choosing a light, it can be difficult to know where to start.
There are so many options available on the market today including LED’s, HID (High Intensity Discharge) systems and many more. Although HPS lights had been the standard for cannabis growing for years, many new advancements in LED technology has made them high quality, and cost-effective, some comparing to or exceeding HPS (High Pressure Sodium) lights in effect.
With this there is a huge influx of brands and models to choose from. A simple rule of thumb is that you want a minimum of 50 watts per one square foot when using a HID light. Although LEDs may be advertised at a certain wattage, this is actually not the wattage they consume or always put out in regards to how plants use it.
Given this a more effective and realistic way of measuring light energy for plants is known as PAR (Photosynthetic Available Radiation). This is basically the energy that a plant can absorb from a light, and much more accurate and determining if you have enough light for your plants. It is best to look into the particular light you will be using and see what they manufacturer says about the strength, as well as others who have used it.
A good start to finding a light would be to ask any growers you know, or search and ask in forums for any recommendations based off of experience.
Some well known brands include Mars, Spider Farmer, Son T Agro, ViparSpectra, Maxisun, and many, many more.
The next thing to think about is a fan. You will likely need both an exhaust fan for controlling heat, and moisture in your grow space, and a fan for circulating the air within the grow space.
If you are using any type of light that gets significantly hot, such as an HPS (High-Pressure Sodium), you will want to have an exhaust fan venting hot air away from the plants and cold air to cool down the light.
However, if you are using a newer LED or anything of that nature, it is less necessary to focus on cooling down the lights as temperatures usually do not get as extreme.
Common placement for fans includes one blowing near the base of the plants which helps with airflow, as well as discouraging pests or airborne diseases from getting too comfortable. Depending on the size of your space you will probably want at least 2-3 smaller fans for optimum airflow, with one on the floor, one pointing at the plants and one near the ceiling or light.
It is very useful to note that, in general, multiple smaller lights or fans will be more effective than one big light or fan. This is because you can position them more effectively and get maximum light coverage or airflow.
One of the last considerations for growing cannabis indoors is an air filter. This is especially important when growing in enclosed spaces. Most commonly a carbon exhaust is used to vent fumes out of the space and through the carbon thereby neutralizing the smell.
You can research how to set up rooms with air filtration systems, and many grow tents have simple openings you install them in.
At this point, you are ready to grow!
If you follow all of the steps above and properly prepare your space, you should be looking at relatively smooth sailing, and begin to enjoy the wonderful art of growing cannabis. (it really should be considered an art!)
Online forums are a very helpful place to go for advice in general, as well as if you have any specific questions or problems.
As always, have fun enjoying this magical plant, and happy growing!
Phytocannabinoids accumulating in the resin of cannabis plants are made naturally in the human body.
That’s actually the reason why humans have such strong interactions with cannabinoids. There is a network of receptors in our body that cause all of the different things that you experience.
The two most common and researched chemicals are THC and CBD.
Anecdotal evidence shows that THC is the most psychoactive of the two, while CBD is more relaxing and homeopathic.
Today?s genetics provide THC content levels hovering around 30%. New users that aren?t used to the intoxicating effects of THC may want to start with lower levels and or a higher mix of CBD.
CBD seems to have a leveling out effect on THC intoxication. Studies have shown remarkable positive effects for people who ingest the acid form of THC and CBD.
These effects typically take 3 to 4 weeks which is typical of your current SSRI?s. Consuming this raw form from juicing or capsule form has even show positive impacts on the behavior of ?rowdy? children.
However, smoking or decarboxylation of cannabis is the traditional form of ingestion and produces a unique high dependent on the levels of THC. THC acid preparations tinctures are a great way for people to try cannabis for the first time. THC acid has some pretty substantial anti-inflammatory properties and may have some antispastic properties as well.
If you’re juicing flowers you do need to add a little bit of water into your blender as well or some juicers can actually get hot and activate the THC acid.
THC as a therapy, you have to try it for a while to make sure you’re actually experiencing a benefit. For many patients is actually up to three to four weeks after daily use that they truly start to experience the benefits.
Daily use of THC acid and CBD (acid or decarboxylated) and then decarboxylated THC for flare-ups, usually works best for most patients regardless of the chronic condition.
Using opioids for the least amount of time necessary to treat pain and then switching to THC is changing the landscape of opioid addiction.
If you are in the bipolar Spectrum, you will definitely need to discuss THC use with your doctor beforehand as it can make anxiety worse. However, there is anecdotal evidence that CBD is very helpful for anxiety.
Since we still know so little about brain chemistry, you may need some guidance and experimentation to find what ratios of THC and CBD work for you.
The culmination of these symptoms and the use of chemical extraction techniques has made high CBD strains a hot commodity.