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Table of Contents
- Growing Marijuana at Home
- Is it Legal to Grow Marijuana at Home?
- The Benefits of Home-Grown Cannabis
- Get Started Growing Cannabis at Home
- Harvest Your Home-Grown Marijuana
- What Can I Do With My Marijuana Plants?
- Buy Cannabis Seeds to Grow at Home
Growing Marijuana at Home
Have you ever thought about growing your own marijuana, right in the comfort of your home? You’ve probably been to dispensaries, browsed the strains behind the glass, maybe sampled some of the products that go beyond bud. No doubt, you were impressed by their selection and the types of products they supplied, but maybe you thought to yourself … I could do this! Maybe you’ve wondered if it would be cheaper to grow your own cannabis, or if it’s difficult, or if it’s legal. Well, this blog post will answer a lot of these questions for you!
At Growers Choice, homegrown marijuana is our bag. Not only do we sell an excellent selection of premium cannabis seed strains, but we pride ourselves on delivering more than just a product. You may have noticed our website is packed with tips and tricks – articles designed to inform you as you contemplate or embark on your cannabis gardening journey. And while we know it can seem a bit daunting to start any new project, we’re here to tell you: Yes, you can grow marijuana at home!
Is It Legal to Grow Marijuana at Home?
The first question you’ll want to ask yourself is whether or not you’re actually allowed to grow marijuana in your home – is it legal? (Or, maybe, you won’t ask – we won’t judge.) There’s some good news and some bad news on this front.
The good news is – yes, it is legal to grow marijuana at home…just not at every home (that’s the bad news). As of early 2018, 17 states in the US have laws that allow home cultivation, and the practice is legal throughout Canada as well.
There’s a caveat to this, too. Some of the states allow cannabis gardening by anyone over the age of majority, but many (including Canada) only allow people registered as medical marijuana patients to grow their own. Some of these states may require you to get your seeds from a specific producer – that’s something you’ll want to look into.
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
To find out the specifics of quantity and location, check out our blog post on precisely this topic: How Many States Let You Grow Your Own Marijuana?
Once you’ve determined that it’s legal to grow marijuana in your region, you can move on to other more important matters, like why you should grow marijuana at home!
The Benefits of Home-Grown Cannabis
There are so many benefits to growing your own cannabis – you can ask anyone who’s done it. There are hundreds of Instagram accounts out there showcasing the journey upon which these gardeners have embarked, from their new seeds to their week-old seedlings, to their resin- and bud-laden harvest-ready plants. Here are just a few reasons people who start growing their own weed often don’t go back:
- It’s cheaper. Ok, this one might seem obvious – it’s usually cheaper to grow or make your own things than to buy them – but like any other DIY, the start-up costs can lead you to think perhaps you had it all wrong. We’ll be honest: there are costs to growing your own pot, but just like taking up cycling or jogging, you could spend thousands of dollars on equipment, or you could spend tens of dollars. We’ll get into what you need to get started in the next section. Obviously, you need to buy seeds, and you may have noticed that our cannabis seeds cost a bit more than a pack of lettuce seeds from your local greenhouse. True, you’re getting just 3-25 seeds in that pack, but hear us out.You get a lot of marijuana from a single plant. Where a single gram of prepared marijuana costs an average of $10 at a local dispensary, one plant can offer you up an average of 125 grams of dried flower. (The weights listed in our product descriptions are for fresh flower, which has a lot of water you need to remove, so you’ll want to divide by 75% to find the finished weight. 125 grams of dry = ~500 grams of fresh.)That means you’re getting about $1,250 worth of pot (often more, since we sell good strains that will usually cost you more than $10/gram) from a seed that cost about $10. Even when you subtract the cost of equipment, you can see how you’ll save a bundle in the end.
- You know where it came from. Have you ever found yourself surveying the produce at the grocery store and wondering what it’s backstory is? Did it come all the way from Mexico? Was it organically or sustainably cultivated? Did that worker forget to wash his hands before he put it on the shelf? When you grow your own marijuana, you don’t have to worry about these things. Yes, some of our seeds come from Europe, but think how many seeds you can ship on a plane, vs pineapples. If you want to grow your seeds organically, you can! And we know you’ll take care to wash your hands before you handle your plants or buds.
- You know it’s pure. If you buy whole buds you crumble yourself, this isn’t as much of an issue, but if you choose pre-rolled joints or any other kind of extract or concentrate, you might have wondered what else went into your product – there could be green tea leaves in there for all you know – or something more dangerous. If you grow your own cannabis, you can prepare your edibles and other post-flower products however you like.
- You’ll feel one with the land. Ok, we’re being a bit melodramatic here, but it’s true. There’s nothing quite like cultivating your own food, and when you add in the fact that in this case you’re actually growing your own medicine – well, you can see why people get so passionate.
Get Started Growing Cannabis at Home
Since you’re still here, we’ll assume we’ve convinced you to buy cannabis seeds and grow your own cannabis at home. So, what do you need to do that? We have articles on all these topics, so here’s a quick summary with some links:
- You’ll need a grow “room” (unless you’re growing cannabis outdoors). It can be anything from a cupboard to an entire room, but it generally needs to be light-tight and maybe airtight too, if you’re worried about scents. Check out our article on building a great grow room.
- You need lights! Different grow lights get you different results, and the web is simply overflowing with tips and individual opinions on this topic. Generally, people choose between LEDs, High-Intensity Discharge (HIDs), and fluorescents.
- You need good soil or a hydroponic set-up. Unless you choose a fairly equipment-light method like Deep Water Culture (briefly outlined in this article), hydroponic gardening gets costly and likely isn’t ideal for just growing a few plants. Soil is always a classic option. For more details, see our Growing Cannabis Indoors article.
- You’ll need seeds (duh). Lucky for you, Growers Choice carries more than 25 unique cannabis seed strains, and we’re adding more every week. They’re all feminized (learn more here), and you can choose from regular, autoflowering, or high-CBD options.
Harvesting Your Home-Grown Marijuana
Once you’ve chosen your strain, set up your grow room, germinated your seeds, planted them in soil or hydroponically, and tended them to adulthood (you know, simple stuff), it will be time to harvest your plants.
It can definitely be tempting to harvest early, or harvest quickly. After all, you’ve waited months for your plants to be ready, and they look and smell so darn good. But there’s an important process involved in preparing your plants for use. It involves flushing them of the chemicals found in your fertilizer, cutting them gently, hanging them to dry without disturbing the resin, and then curing them for a few weeks for the best results.
We know – it’s a daunting process. But don’t worry – we’ve pared it all down in our When and How To Harvest Cannabis article.
What Can I Do With My Marijuana Plants?
All harvested and ready to go? That’s awesome! Now that your bud has been dried and cured and looks perfectly plump and resinous, you can roll yourself a joint and relax!
Of course, that’s hardly all you can do with your prepared marijuana. With the buds, you can make your own cannabis-infused butter, which is a really excellent place to start for edibles – much better than just crumbling dry flower into your brownie batter. Leafly has a good cannabutter recipe on their site.
And hey – there’s even more you can do with your plants beyond the flower.
Don’t Leave the Leaves: Using More of Your Cannabis Plant
Did you know there’s a fair bit of resin left over on the leaves of the plant that you might be tempted to just cut off and throw away? These leaves can be used to make a wonderful raw cannabis smoothie (unheated, the THCA never becomes THC, and therefore offers unique benefits including anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
The resin itself can come in handy, too. You can use the little “sugar leaves” you trim off, or bud that is for some reason lower quality (due to a mistake or glitch during growing) to make hashish! Read How to Make Hash to learn more.
We have no doubt you’ll discover all kinds of creative ways to make use of your cannabis plants, once you get going.
Buy Cannabis Seeds to Grow at Home
Well, there you go! I’d say we’ve proven rather without a doubt that yes – you can grow marijuana at home! That’s great news, and we’re sure you’re dying to get started. It’s a good thing you’re here, then, because we have an outstanding selection of really premium cannabis seed strains for you to choose from.
As you strike off on your marijuana gardening journey, we’d strongly encourage you to reach out to your fellow gardeners, through forums, social media, or blogs. If you’d like to see the success other growers have had with Growers Choice cannabis seeds, definitely follow our Instagram page where we’re always sharing fantastic photos. Follow some of those talented greenthumbs for inspiration and even helpful tips.
We’d love to know what made you decide to grow marijuana at home, and which strains you’ve decided to cultivate. Take a look through our selection of cannabis seeds, and leave a comment on this post, or share your upcoming adventure with us on social media.
Now, get out there, and Get Growing!