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How to Grow Your Own Medicine (Cannabis) At Home

Being able to grow your own medicine, particularly cannabis, gives you a constant supply when you need relief. If you or a loved one suffer from ailments, such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, or even cancer, being able to grow your cannabis means being able to respond quickly to sudden pains one might go through.

Why Should You Grow Cannabis At Home?  

There are plenty of reasons why you should try growing cannabis at home. But here are the top reasons why you should consider it.

It provides gratification  

Growing cannabis in your home is just like growing vegetables. You know that it tastes better because you worked for it. And on top of that, you know what goes into it, so you know what also goes inside your body when you consume it.

It has a good return on investment. 

While you may need to buy seeds at first and spend a little more on electricity and water to grow cannabis, in the long run, growing cannabis will pay for itself. The end product you harvest will be cheaper than what you pay for in a dispensary. 

When you accumulate all that you save from buying in a dispensary, you will realize that you’ve gotten back all that you spent on setting up your cannabis garden. And while seeds, nutrients, electricity, and water may remain consistent expenses after breaking even, the amount you’ll spend will still come out cheaper than buying at the dispensary.

You get a constant supply of your favorite strains 

Don’t you just hate not having your favorite strain at the dispensary? Especially if you rely on cannabis for medicinal purposes, you can’t afford to run out of supplies. Being able to plant on your own allows you to have a supply at hand and project when you need to start growing again. Never will you have to worry about dispensaries running out of stock because you have total control over your supply.

How To Get Started Growing Cannabis At Home 

Growing cannabis at home also means following state regulations.  Some states set a limit on how many plants can be grown inside a house to be considered for personal consumption or use. That’s why you need to know first how many you should plant.

If you’re just starting, it’s best to start with one plant. In case you don’t succeed, at least you only ruin one plant. And it would be a good starting point to understand how cannabis grows. But don’t underestimate how much you can get from one plant. A single plant can be good enough to yield up to 500 grams in one harvest.

Once you’ve established the number of plants, the next thing to look at is whether you’ll grow indoors or outdoors. Both have advantages and disadvantages, but with proper attention to detail, they will be just as potent as each other.

Growing outdoors lets you harness the power of natural sunlight, which helps many strains. On the other hand, outdoor growing has risks, including pests and theft. Indoor growing, meanwhile, gives you a more controlled environment but entails more costs.  In some cases, certain strains don’t react that well with artificial light from grow lights, so that should be a consideration when choosing your seeds. 

Growing indoors requires you to have a dedicated room or area inside your house, and would need to have grow lights. If you don’t have a spare room, you can opt to use grow tents

But with the proper techniques and interventions, you can produce high-quality yields, regardless of which environment you choose. You can also control the growth cycle so that you can harvest, dry, and cure the buds on schedule.

Then, you also have to choose your growing medium. Are you going for soil or hydroponics?

To give you an idea of how they differ:

  • Soil is best to maintain the natural flavors of the plant, but you can get the best results if the soil is high quality.
  • Hydroponics is a better option if you want a highly potent plant. It might look a little complicated, but with sufficient research, you won’t have any problems.

Many suggest hydroponics for those who want to grow indoors. There are dedicated hydroponic kits that can help you get started. These kits have all the tools you need to propagate

For some people, hydroponics might be technical, but a win-win solution here would be to use a Grow Box. Grow Boxes are the closest thing you can get to a plug-and-play system for growing plants, such as cannabis.

Grow boxes have everything you need, such as lighting, ventilation, and a ready-to-mix hydroponics solution. You don’t have to do much monitoring on your end, as the Grow Box does most of the work for you.

What is even good about Grow Boxes is that it already serves as a controlled environment. You don’t need to control humidity and temperatures inside the box, unlike dedicated rooms and grow tents. On the other hand, Grow Boxes don’t offer much space inside. But if you’re starting with one plant, that should not be a problem. Should you decide on this route, you can try brands like Grobo or the Stealth Box.

Conclusion 

Don’t get intimidated by the idea of growing cannabis in your home. It might look complicated and you might not be successful at first. But that’s all part of the learning process. With some reading and the Internet, you will get a good understanding of how cannabis grows and what can help you get the best results.

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