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Cannabis Seeds: A Guide for Wheeling

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Cannabis in Wheeling: A legal and cultural snapshot 

Part of Chicago’s northern suburbs, Wheeling is a diverse community of approximately 40,000 people. The village has a longstanding reputation as a culinary hotspot and is perhaps most famous for  “Restaurant Row”—a riverfront stretch of over twenty highly-rated eateries.

Wheeling is also well known for its proximity to nature; it is a natural draw for outdoorsy types thanks to its more scenic attractions such as the Des Plaines River Trailer and sprawling, 100-acre Heritage Park. Its climate is typically temperate, with frigid, snowy winters and hot, humid summers. 

When it comes to cannabis laws, Wheeling locals are in luck. Recreational consumption of the plant has been legal since 2020 for adults 21 and above. Specifically, each individual may possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower or 5 grams of cannabis concentrate products that contain fewer than 500 milligrams of THC. If you’d like to learn more about local cannabis laws, you can do so here.

Is Home Growing an Option? 

The answer is—it depends. By default, aspiring cannabis horticulturists in Wheeling (or Illinois as a whole) are not permitted to cultivate plants. However, Illinois is one of the eighteen states in the nation that permits medical cannabis home growing—so long as certain requirements are met. 

Those with specific health conditions may be qualified to register as a medical marijuana patient through The Medical Cannabis Patient Program. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act permits qualified registrants to grow five plants (or fewer) within their residences. As of December 2023, the program has over 140,000 active participants. 

Can’t grow cannabis? Recommendations for the meantime

While green-thumbed cannabis fans may be disappointed that home growing is not legal for everyone in Illinois, that does not mean you won’t have the opportunity in the future.

In the meantime, why not learn about the process? In general, a reputable seed bank should help both inspire and educate the public. At Growers Choice, we want our customers to have a genuinely enriching cultivation experience—from purchasing their seeds to curing their plants—and everything in between. We believe that providing an impressive selection of premium quality marijuana seeds is a vital part of the equation—but it is still only one factor. 

In addition to excellent ungerminated cannabis seeds, a gardener’s knowledge also contributes to the growing process. Even complete newbies can embark on their gardening journey with more ease, efficiency, and general expertise if they’ve researched some basic topics beforehand. Below, we provide a glimpse into some of the most important aspects of cannabis cultivation.

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Discover which strains reach the flowering stage more quickly.
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Fast-Flowering Cannabis Strains 

Thanks to the trend of gradually shifting perceptions towards marijuana plants, pot has enjoyed increased social acceptability—particularly in the past decade. These evolving attitudes are part of a positive feedback loop that has helped encourage the creation of more resources and strains than ever before.

Just like foodies who flock to  Restaurant Row, cannabis cognoscenti, and newbies alike each have their own individual tastes regarding medical and recreational marijuana strains. In addition to a strain’s effects, aroma, cannabinoid profile, and more, many growers consider the average flowering period for a particular strain. In simpler terms, the flowering period refers to the timeframe in which a cannabis plant sprouts buds. 

If you’re permitted to grow but would like to receive the benefits of cannabis sooner rather than later, we recommend taking a peek at fast-flowering strains. Typically, a strain will average about ten weeks to flower, but fast-flowering strains will sprout buds in as little as six weeks. 

Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Premium Seeds: Fast-flowering varieties

Whether you’re on a tight timeline or would simply like to enjoy your homegrown cannabis sooner rather than later, fast-flowering strains are one useful subcategory to research. 

OG Kush Feminized Cannabis Seeds is a strain that has both an efficient flowering period and happens to contain well-balanced levels of sativa and indica genetics. Strains that contain equal (or close to equal) amounts of these two cannabis species are labeled as “hybrid strains.”

If you prefer stronger relaxing effects, we recommend researching indica-dominant hybrids. Northern Lights Auto-flowering Feminized Seeds provide a similarly efficient flowering time to OG Kush, but have a much stronger indica component. Conversely, if you would like a strain that both flowers quickly and also provides a sense of cerebral clarity, Euforia Feminized Auto-flowering seeds may be especially helpful. 

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Discover which of our premium cannabis strains are best-suited to indoor growing.
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Easiest Strains to Grow Indoors

If you’re a medical cannabis patient in Wheeling, you may want to consider growing indoors due to the region’s harsh weather conditions. Any small, well-ventilated area (ideally near a window) will do. The key things to keep in mind when creating a growing space are achieving the appropriate temperature and humidity. Purchasing a growing tent can help quite a bit in controlling these factors. Harlequin Feminized Cannabis Seeds and Amnesia Feminized Seeds are excellent strains to grow indoors, although most strains can successfully be cultivated indoors as long as you provide optimal environmental conditions. 

How to dry and cure your flowers

Drying and curing cannabis buds is a key step in producing smokeable flowers. Below are some recommendations for how to navigate the process. 

Drying the Flowers

It is best to begin the drying process within hours of harvesting your plants. One of the most effective ways to dry your plants is to hang them upside-down. It is generally easier to leave the buds attached to the plant; however, this can result in uneven drying and airflow.

If you choose to remove the buds, they can be placed on drying racks. We recommend the buds are evenly spaced out. Removing the buds is overall a more efficient way to dry the buds, as they do not absorb additional moisture from the stems.

Curing the Buds

While drying entails removing moisture from your plants immediately after trimming, curing involves placing your buds into sealable containers—typically after drying. This practice is important because it reduces the chance of your cannabis buds growing mold. Additionally, the removal of moisture creates the proper texture for smoking. Many gardeners also find that curing increases both the potency, flavor, and taste of their buds.

One method for curing involves removing the buds from their branches and stems, and placing them in jars. Make sure the buds are not compressed or packed together. Placing them loosely together allows air to flow evenly.

After curing: What happens next?

We suggest letting your buds cure for at least 90 days and checking them periodically. As long as they do not develop mold, they will most likely not deteriorate or degrade in the future. After the three-month window, your buds can remain in their jars if you choose but should be kept in a cool, dark location. Any buds stored longer than three months should also be vacuum-sealed in their jars. In-depth information on the drying and curing processes can be found here.

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Endocannabinoids: What they are and how they work
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The role of the endocannabinoid system

Did you know humans have a biological system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS)? This system contains neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids. While research is still being conducted, it is believed that this system’s purpose is to help regulate physiological and cognitive processes such as mood, appetite, and memory. More information on this topic is available here and here.

But, what does ECS have to do with marijuana? When the cannabinoids present in pot are consumed, they bind with receptors in the endocannabinoid system. The process of cannabinoids binding with these receptors is what produces the effects associated with natural plant cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. Currently, two receptors have been identified within the human body: 

  • CB1 receptors, which are located in the nervous system, brain, and peripheral organs and tissues
  • CB2 receptors, found in certain immune cells and neurons.

A final note for Wheeling locals 

The growing experience is a highly personalized and nuanced process. However, it can also be quite rewarding. Whether you’re a qualified medical patient who has the green light to grow or simply want to develop and refine your growing skills should cultivation become legal, developing a keen understanding of home growing can be quite a superb experience. We recommend researching our library of varied, high-quality strains as well as our educational articles. Good luck on your cannabis journey!  

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