WHY GROW MARIJUANA?
The reasons can be many, and varied. Perhaps you have never considered growing marijuana. Or, perhaps, you never tried because it felt like a difficult, risky undertaking. You may have even tried your hand at raising a young plant or two but abandoned the project when the plants failed to thrive or were overcome with mold or pests. Despite any potential pitfalls, there are many compelling reasons to embark on this journey.
HERE ARE THREE INSPIRING REASONS TO GROW YOUR OWN
First, there are practical benefits from being able to choose which strains to cultivate—selecting for height, grow time, aroma, taste, and the wide spectrum of the mental and bodily effects varieties offer. Medical cannabis patients understandably prefer to have the control over their medicine that a personal garden allows, with the knowledge that it is grown safely and organically.
It is generally much less expensive to grow one’s own than to pay for someone else’s packaged product, and less risky than buying a bag from some unknown source.
As a plant, cannabis is similar to any other plant—it likes light, water, nutrients, and human attention. Yet it has some unique characteristics and a long history of interaction with the human species. Time, observation, and research have taught us the best ways to care for marijuana to achieve big, beautiful buds and amazing harvests. Any effort you make to learn how to cultivate this fascinating plant will be well rewarded.
The most powerful reason to grow marijuana, in my experience, is the enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from forming a personal relationship with this fascinating plant. As I can attest, this is the only truly addicting aspect of marijuana.
Most gardeners, myself included, have an anthropomorphic attachment to marijuana. They name their plants, develop a fondness for one or the other. There are some good reasons for this: unlike other annuals, marijuana has separate male and female plants. It has distinct life stages including growth and reproductive, and it takes be-tween 50 and 80 days of “flowering” to ripen, each day of flowering comparable to a year in the life of a human.
The best part of gardening is that at the end of the journey you will harvest some of the best buds you have ever smoked, all ripened to perfection.
NOTE OF PRECAUTION:
The legality of marijuana depends on who you are and where you are located. If you are living in a state where it is legal for medical marijuana patients or suppliers to grow, then you will have a different attitude about growing than someone who lives in the majority of states and countries where marijuana is illegal to use or grow.
Before you start to plan a garden you should have a clear understanding of the laws regarding cultivation of marijuana. With this information you can make a realistic assessment of the situation and decide whether gardening is for you. You should also begin to make contingency plans based on worst-case scenarios.
In states where medical patients are allowed to grow marijuana there are often strict limits on the number of plants or the amount of space that can be devoted to the garden. Marijuana cultivation is often considered a serious offense so it is imperative to take precautions to keep yourself free.
SOME QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU COMMENCE THIS VENTURE ARE:
- Am I willing to take on the responsibilities and risks?
- Can I afford a legal quagmire?
- How do my roommates feel about it?
- Do I really have a secure area?
Most marijuana arrests are the result of “accidents,” lovers’ spats, nosy neighbors or jealous friends. People who snitch to get out of trouble also appears in the statistics. It pays then, for marijuana growers to become nicer people than they might otherwise be. Don’t alienate others. Treat your friends better. Be nice and helpful to your neighbors. Let the harried driver cut in. Develop a broader perspective on life.
ABOUT ED ROSENTHAL “THE GURU OF GANJA”
Ed Rosenthal is a leading cannabis horticulture authority, author, educator, social activist and legalization pioneer. He writes the much loved and long-running cannabis column, ‘Ask Ed’, and his seminal cannabis growers guide, ‘Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook’ has become the definitive marijuana cultivation resource, inspiring millions to learn the best marijuana cultivation techniques. His upcoming book, Beyond Buds, Next Generation, is the indispensable guide for anyone looking for perspective on the next generation of cannabis innovation.
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