Now that marijuana has been legalized in most states either for medicinal, recreational or both. There are still some states that are illegal for both in some states. Marijuana has some nice health benefits. In this post I will discuss how to grow your own marijuana garden, the difference between THC and CBD, how to grow plants indoors and outdoors, which states have legalized marijuana.
Disclaimer – if you are under the age of 21, this website does not recommend growing marijuana in any form, in any state.
How to Grow your own Marijuana Garden
To get started, you either need to start the plants from seed or purchase some clones from a dispensary or someone you know who grows clones. If you are starting from seed, you can do the wet paper towel method. This is done by placing your seed(s) in a wet paper towel, then put it in a plastic bag in a warm, dark spot. Once you see the seed starting to germinate, using tweezers, place the seed in a good organic soil.
Don’t let it sprout too long in the paper towel because the tap root may get stuck on the paper towel and detach from the seed, then it won’t work. You can also soak the seeds in water for a bit to soften them up then place in the soil. The seed will usually germinate 24 hours to 2 weeks.
Marijuana is an annual plant. When growing marijuana you want to make sure you are using feminized seeds. The female plants grow the buds. There are also 2 types of plants, photo-period and auto-flower. These plants have a different grow length.
The photo-period is usually about 6 months or harvest in fall and auto-flower takes about 3 months. Don’t over water the plants. Error on the side of caution, water when the top soil is dry or when you lift the plant it feels light.
It is recommended to use organic nutrients and to stop nutrients 2 weeks before harvest. Some people also recommend flushing the plants those 2 weeks before harvest. Flushing is giving the plant water until the container can’t hold anymore. Then let the water drain.
This removes any chemical taste to the bud. There are 7 stages for a photo-period plant. Read the directions for dosages and water mix. There is 3 different kind to use for during vegetative stage, flower stage and bud stage. Auto-flower has the same stages, just a shorter time period. These are good for when you have a shorter growing season.
- Germination – 24 Hours to 2 weeks
- Seedling Stage – 2 to 3 weeks
- Vegetative Stage – 3 to 8 weeks
- Flower Stage – 6 to 8 weeks – most important stage
- When to Harvest
- Prepare for next cycle’s season
What’s the Difference between Marijuana and CBD
You are able to grow plants that are more CBD then THC, a combination of both or just THC. It depends on what you want to use this product for. Growing your own plants could save money versus going to a dispensary to purchase the CBD oil or THC products. THC and CBD are chemically similar which interact with your neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters are the chemicals responsible for sending messages within your brain between cells and play roles in stress, immune function, pain and sleep.
CBD is the non-psycho active where THC is the psycho active part of the bud. Depending on what you are looking for, research the plant that either have more CBD or THC, if you want more non-psycho brain activity or if you want a high sense of euphoria.
There are some amazing health benefits, pain management, which includes arthritis, fibromyalgia, migrains and endometriosis. It is also know to help minimize reactions from chemo therapy, like loss of appetite. It has also been know to reduce inflamation and neurological and mental disorders.
How to Grow Marijuana Indoors
It is possible to grow marijuana indoors. If you need to grow discrete or if you just don’t have a place outdoors to grow. When growing indoors, there should be a dedicated grow room or you can use a grow tent. Having a grow room or tent, you will need a fan(s) and a ventilation system to keep the smell out of the house, condo or apartment. You might also want a small thermostat to show what the temperature and humidity is in the grow area.
Growing indoors helps with bug infestation and other unfavorable outdoor conditions. Having a grow room or grow tent, you can control the temperature and environment for better growth production. When growing indoors, you will want to keep the temperature in the 70s and low humidity, during bud season, keeps the mold chances low.
Once the seeds have sprouted and the small container you stared them in are getting root bound, transplant them in their final pot. If growing photo-period plants, I recommend using 3 to 5 gallon fabric pots with handles and for auto-flower use 1 to 2 gallon fabric pots. These fabric pots allow the roots to breath and more resistant to disease.
How to Grow Marijuana Outdoors
Growing marijuana outside is almost just like growing any other plant. You need to have a place where they plant can get full sun for the majority of the day. Starting the plants indoors, especially if you live in a northern climate, would be best to start them indoors.
When it gets close to planting the plants outside, you will want to gradually place them outside to start getting used to the outdoors. Again, check your state laws before planting. Some states have strict growing rule.
The plants outside in the northern climate planting season is usually end of May to beginning to mid October. Make sure you plant them where they will get the most sun.
Which States is Marijuana legal – Updated 03/06/21
Here is the list of all US states and where they stand with the legalization of marijuana. These can change, so you will want to make sure the laws in your state before starting. If your state is only legal for medicinal marijuana, there are also different laws to follow by, when growing, indoors and outdoors.
The states that are still fully illegal
Recommend not growing in these states
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
States that are Medical Decriminalized, Decriminalized or Medical
If you decide to grow, please check your state laws first.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
States that are Fully Legal
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
Whether you plan on growing indoors or outdoor, please review your state laws before planting. More and more states are starting to lift restrictions but again, check your state laws first. For the people who live in states that are completely legal, I hope you find this post helpful.
Looking for Indoor Grow Tent Kits? Check out my Review – Indoor Grow Tent Kits – By Clicking This Link Now!.
Please leave a comment!