September 7, 2021 Blogs

The basics of growing marijuana

At the end of the day, you want to grow a strain you like. A single plant can yield between a half-pound and a full pound of dried buds, depending on how big your plants get, so you’ll have a lot of it come harvest time.

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The last thing you want is to put a ton of time and effort into growing weed and end up with a strain that you don’t like. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, and strains affect people differently.

Growing strong and healthy plants is the best way to get quality buds. Here’s a quick rundown of the most important things you need to know about growing weed:

  • Hemp is a warm-season annual—it thrives in temperate climates, such as Northern California’s famed Emerald Triangle, and it grows and dies each year, having to get planted again the following year.
  • It will take about 10-32 weeks to grow a weed plant, depending on the method you choose and how big you want plants to get.
  • Before you start growing, you’ll have to determine whether you want to grow indoors or outdoors. You can grow weed pretty much anywhere—it just depends what space, equipment, and resources you have available.
  • Marijuana plants start out as either a seed or a clone. Seeds will need to germinate to grow into a seedling. A clone is a cutting taken off a weed plant that you can then grow into another plant, and it will have the same genetic makeup.
  • After the seedling stage, a weed plant enters the vegetative stage, which is generally the longest stage of its life. Here the plant will be a main stalk, branches, and fan leaves—no buds yet.
  • The magic happens during the flowering stage, when weed plants start to grow buds. Plants enter this stage about two months before harvesting.
  • At harvest, you’ll cut down your plants, trim, dry, and cure them, and then your homegrown buds will finally be ready to smoke.

Understand the effects of CBD and THC content in edibles

Adding CBD to THC can enhance the medical benefits of marijuana edibles, such as ache or restlessness relief, while decreasing the adverse effects, such as impairment and elevated heart rate.

CBD partially blocks the intoxicating effects of THC, so consumers who wish to experience the medical benefits of hemp without as much impairment can best achieve this with products that contain both CBD and THC. It’s important for consumers to know the contents of each of these components and the ratio of CBD to THC.

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