We’ve all talked about vaporizing cannabis and choosing the right vaporizers for your favorite botanicals. And now, we get back to the basics and show you how to grow your own supply of cannabis for that ultimate, unlimited high any time of the day.
How to Grow Medical Marijuana
First Things First: A Word of Legal Caution
Colorado state laws limit the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants by individuals 21 years or older. In other states, however, possession and growing cannabis is still a criminal offense. So please be guided and understand that this article may not be applicable to everyone. But if you happen to be in the states where growing cannabis is already legal, then you might find these tips helpful.
Choosing the Right Strain
Getting the perfect variety of marijuana for you to grow actually depends on your purpose. Do you intend to grow one for medical reasons? Or, would you rather plant them for recreational use? If you want to reap the full advantage of the medical benefits of cannabis, then choose the Indica strain, which contains lower THC but higher amount of the beneficial cannabinoids. These varieties are widely used as a relaxant and can typically relieve the symptoms of physical pain, muscle spasms, tremors and even multiple sclerosis. Indica trains are very popular among patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy.
Other hand, the Sativa strains contain higher amount of THC as compared with the other cannabinoids. This is especially important to those who prefer to use marijuana for recreational purposes. The varieties are very well used as a stimulant because they give you a more potent high then the Indica strains.
Then, there are the hybrids, which can give you the best of the two strains — all in one plant. These varieties produce relatively equal effects from both the Sativa and the Indica strain.
Choosing the Location
The next step after zeroing in on the right seed strain is choosing the best location to grow your marijuana plant. The perfect place must have enough light, particularly natural sunlight from the outside. If you wish to plant marijuana outdoors or in a greenhouse, it must be exposed to direct sunlight for at least 5 to 6 hours.
But when planting indoors, you might need a high-pressure sodium bulb to mimic the natural light the plant is a custom to. Expose the cannabis plant to the artificial light for at least 18 hours per day during the vegetative stage and at least 12 hours per day during the flowering stage. Also, make sure that the indoor location receives enough ventilation.
Germinating and Planting the Seeds
To increase the chances of sprouting the seeds, germinate them first by dropping them into a cup of warm water and waiting for the white root to pop out after one to three days. The other option is to wet a paper towel and place the seeds in between the folds, then storing it in a dark place for about the same period of one to three days.
After germination, plant the seed in a starter soil and the pot. Now, starter soil is usually unfertilized because some fertilizers may actually damage the sensitive seedling instead of helping it grow. After all, the newly sprouted seeds already have stored nutrients waiting to be consumed by the growing plant.
The next step after embedding the seeds into the pot, cover them with moist soil. To help them grow much faster, expose the seedlings to about 18 hours of light every day. Use a fluorescent light instead of incandescent or other light sources that emit more intense heat.
After a few weeks, you may now transfer the seedlings to a larger pot filled with organic fertilizer, particularly those with higher nitrogen content to promote more rapid growth during the vegetative state. From then on, it would be better if you use organic fertilizer over the chemical-based ones because you will be using the leaves for vaporizing, or you might include them in your food recipes. You would not want to be inhaling and eating those chemicals in the first place.
After settling the plant in the right location and pot of soil, its time to take care of it during its vegetative stage, watching it grow and advance to the flowering stage. When using artificial light, exposure of about 18 to 20 hours of light per day would be the best lighting option to maximize the plant’s growth potential. However, if you wish to advance the plant to the flowering stage, reduce the duration of light exposure to about 12 hours per day. But all these shouldn’t be a problem if you grow your cannabis outdoors.
After about 10 weeks, you may start harvesting the leaves for you to use for your vaporizer. And you can continue to do so as the plant grows in about three to seven months. If desired, you may pair the female and male plant if you wish to reproduce cannabis for the next planting season.