Did you know that Colorado was one of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis? Along with Washington, Colorado led the way for cannabis legalization in the United States. It comes as no surprise, then, that the vast majority of Coloradans love growing and consuming the plant.
Thinking of growing your own cannabis at home? All you need to get started is a premium batch of seeds, which can be purchased directly from our website. Keep reading to learn more about cannabis in Colorado.
How to Grow Cannabis in Colorado
Cannabis has been recreationally legalized in Colorado since 2012. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, has been a Colorado staple since the early 2000s. Needless to say, cannabis culture is deeply ingrained in the local lifestyle. Due to the prominence of the cannabis lifestyle, cannabis growers in Colorado and the surrounding area have been lucky enough to buy reputable seeds from seed banks or local dispensaries for over ten years!
The one downside when it comes to Colorado cannabis is the tricky, finicky growing season. Due to Colorado’s long, cold winters, usually equipped with heavy snow and below-freezing temperatures, growing cannabis outdoors for a quarter (if not more) of the year is pretty much impossible. During the winter season, you’re much better off growing cannabis indoors in a more controlled environment.
But wait—there’s good news coming, we promise! The springs and summers in Colorado are absolutely breathtaking and ideal for growing cannabis outdoors. Colorado has year-round sunshine and a rainy season for the months of July and August, also known as monsoon season. The combination of sunshine and bountiful rain makes for a great growing season.
That said, Colorado’s elevation can make humidity quite tricky. If drought conditions persist in Colorado, chances are your soil will be incredibly dry and arid. Colorado has an arid climate, which means the air lacks moisture. This makes it all the more crucial to water your cannabis plants daily and consistently. Check on your plant’s soil every morning.
Cannabis Laws in Colorado
Even though the general perception around cannabis is positive in Colorado, there are a few ground rules to abide by. Firstly, it is illegal to sell cannabis out of your home, so if you were thinking of starting up a side gig out of your backyard, just don’t. It’s not worth it.
Secondly, there are two sets of laws depending on whether you’re a medical marijuana patient or a recreational cannabis user. Medical marijuana growers can harvest up to six plants per household (no more than three of these mature flowering plants at a time). Remember that not everyone may qualify for medical marijuana. These are the qualifying conditions
- Chronic pain
- Chronic nervous system disorders
Recreational cannabis users may also grow up to six plants per household with no more than three mature at a time. Recreational users may travel with cannabis as long as it’s up to one ounce and no more. As for gifting cannabis, it must be up to one ounce and given to a person 21 or older.
Note that the six-plant rule only applies to homeowners with their own property. Renters are not permitted to grow or consume cannabis on their complex’s property, whether it’s indoors or outdoors on your balcony, for example. Renters must follow the rules of their building, which override the state’s generalized growing laws.
Best Practices for Growing Colorado Cannabis
Due to Colorado’s prolonged winters and high elevation, there is an optimal growing window for outdoor cannabis. Indoor cannabis, on the other hand, is suitable year-round as you have full control over your room’s temperature, humidity, and airflow.
The growing season in Colorado depends on the first and last frost. The average killing frost in the spring can range from May 15 to as late as July, and the average first killing frost in the fall can be as early as August into October. Growing seasons can therefore range from 30-150 days.
Warm weather seeds, which include cannabis seeds, should be started by mid-March—that is, if you plan on growing outdoors. Seeds cannot be expected to grow or survive past the late-May window because they will not have time to mature and produce buds.
3 Most Popular Strains in Colorado
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This popular combo of OG Kush and Durban Poison is a stress-relieving, anxiety-fighting powerhouse that boasts high levels of THC and a sweet, pungent scent. Try Girl Scout Cookies cannabis seeds to treat insomnia or the side effects of chemotherapy.
Mostly indica and completely awesome, Northern Lights cannabis seeds grow into well-frosted plants that taste spicy and sweet and can tackle migraines and chronic pain. Turn to this strain to keep from tossing and turning in bed, and expect some impressive stress and anxiety relief, as well.