Grow Cannabis Legally

By Ed Rosenthal

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When it comes to cultivating cannabis, there are certain important lessons to learn as you go along. Even when you think you’ve got it cracked on paper, actually getting into business with the stuff in real life is an entirely different matter. Which is precisely why it is not uncommon to fall foul of any number of common mistakes, when looking to produce your own first time cannabis harvest.

Every cannabis grower will tell you that if they could go back in time, they would remind themselves of a few important things in advance that they later had to learn through experience. Some in relation to getting the most out of your endeavor and others that could determine whether you succeed or fail. In all instances, precisely the kinds of insights you could do with sooner, rather than later.

In the following overview are a few facts that anyone who is planning to grow cannabis legally (or not legally)  would be wise to take into account. After all, there’s no sense in adopting a trial-and-error approach when it is perfectly possible to learn from the trials and errors of others!

You Need to Know Where You Stand

First of all, don’t make the mistake of simply assuming that you fully understand applicable home growing legislation where you live. Not only is it probably a lot more complicated than you think, but it also differs significantly from one state/region to the next. Said differences affect things like how many plants you can grow depending on how many people live in the property; where you can grow cannabis plants; what constitutes a ‘mature’ cannabis plant; how much harvested cannabis you can hold; whom you can and cannot give your cannabis to; and so on and so forth. Suffice to say, it is not what you could rightly call an easy subject to grasp and is one you definitely don’t want to find yourself underestimating.

You Need to Start Out Right

When the time comes to grow cannabis legally, you need to make sure you start out right.  In the context of growing cannabis it is important to remember that absolutely everything you purchase and use will have a huge difference on what happens next. In no instance more so than the quality of the cannabis seeds or clones you use. Rest assured that while it may be tempting to pick up a cheap 99-cemt seed instead of a $9.99 seed, you really cannot put a price on quality genetics. The same also goes for the quality of the equipment, accessories, nutrients and so on that you use along the way. If you are not willing to work with the best, you can’t expect the best possible results in return.

To Grow Cannabis Legally Isn’t Difficult

You’ve probably heard that cannabis has much in common with any other kind of weed and growing the stuff is comparatively easy. It is – simply scatter a bunch of cannabis seeds in some soil and with relatively stable growing conditions, plants will grow as a result.  As such, technically anything you do in terms of your own personal input and efforts represent something of a bonus – efforts that contribute towards superior results. But from a strictly factual standpoint, actually getting cannabis plants to grow is indeed a doddle.

Growing Epic Cannabis Is Trickier

That being said, if you want to produce the kinds of results that constitute anything but a disastrous failure, you are going to need to put in a good amount of time and effort. Growing cannabis is easy, but growing professional quality cannabis of epic proportions is far more difficult. There’s a direct correlation between the quality of equipment you use, the efforts you’re willing to put in and the kinds of results you can expect in return. It all comes down to your own expectations and commitment.

You’d Be Wise to Consider Hydroponics

There are certain authorities on the subject that believe hydroponics will sooner or later make soil growing entirely redundant for most growers, including Hydrosys in the UK.  While this might be a little on the presumptuous side for the time being, it’s not to say that cultivating cannabis using hydroponics doesn’t represent a very good, potentially superior idea. Working with hydroponics, it’s perfectly possible to produce results that are not only bigger, stronger and more consistent, but also at a much faster speed than conventional soil growing. What’s more, the fact that you can largely automate pretty much everything about the cultivation process means it’s also a method that is superbly simple and predominantly fool-proof.

More Nutrients Does Not Mean More/Better Buds

Contrary to popular belief, overloading cannabis plants with all manner of nutrients in extremely generous quantities will not necessarily result in better buds. In fact, it’s more likely to have the exact opposite effect…laying waste to your entire crop. This is the kind of instance where there can definitely be too much of a good thing. When it comes to providing cannabis plants with nutrients, you need to remember that they require a very carefully balanced diet to reach their full potential, just like you yourself do. They need to be provided with exactly what they need at exactly the right time in exactly the right quantities. If you think adding the odd cap-full here and there will give things a welcome boost, you are sorely mistaken.

Light Is the Biggest of Big Deals

While there are many important elements to balance when it comes to growing quality cannabis, there are none that matter more than lighting. A multi-faceted priority for any cannabis grower, you need to be well aware of the importance of not only the type of lighting you provide, but also its quality, strength, reliability, production of heat and day/night scheduling. The reason being that even if you well and truly nail it with everything else, you are guaranteed disappointing results if you do not get things right with lighting. This is one instance where being frugal when picking up the required equipment probably isn’t a good idea.

But it’s Not the Be All, End All

It’s also the same in reverse. You can spend all the money in the world on the provision of outstanding quality lighting for your plants and it will all come to nothing if you do not focus sufficient attention on all other areas. These include ambient temperatures, humidity, air quality, nutrient quality, pest control and absolutely everything else that goes into the production of your cannabis plants.  It’s a careful balancing act m the earliest stages and one that demands plenty of attention in a variety of different areas.

The Strain You Choose Will Make a Big Difference

While selecting seeds of the highest possible quality is of real importance, so too is the strain you choose to grow. Make no mistake about it – your choice in terms of strains can and will have the biggest impact on everything that happens from thereon in. Try not to select a particular cannabis strain just because you like the way it looks, love the idea of extremely high THC content or simply because it is your favorite strain in the world. Even if it ticks all of these boxes, there’s still every chance it could be spectacularly difficult to succeed with. Of course, this all comes down to your own skill level, experience with growing and the quality of the growing environment you set up.  Nonetheless, just as there are certain strains of cannabis that are almost impossible to go wrong with, there are others that will punish you severely for even the simplest mistakes. If you are looking to get started for the first time with something simple, make sure you choose a cannabis strain that offers a helping hand.

You Won’t Nail It First Time

Last but not least, while there’s every chance your first attempt to grow cannabis will yield positive results, it is highly unlikely that you will come out with the kinds of results expected from a seasoned professional. No matter how much homework you do, there is so much to learn along the way. You are guaranteed to make at least a few mistakes here and there. On the plus side, these are all the kinds of mistakes you are guaranteed to learn from and thus be able to improve on the next grow. It’s simply a case of tailoring your expectations realistically in order to ensure that you do not set yourself up for disappointment.