1. It saves you money
Let's face it, marijuana can be expensive. Especially if you start getting into higher THC strains. If you are supporting a heavy habit, that will cost you a substantial amount of money. One of the best ways to cut the cost of your cannabis is to grow your own. There is an up-front cost to growing your cannabis. Soil, containers, seeds, fertilizers, and pest control management solutions are not free.
Once you get over this cost, the cost goes down exponentially. Not only that, but you can get a huge return on your initial cost. So maybe start with one or two plants and work your way up. This will spread the initial cost out over time.
2. It’s easier than you think
You can’t wake up one day and have a full plant in your backyard. Just because some work is involved doesn’t mean that it is impossible either. Growing your marijuana is easier than you might think. There are so many ways to grow marijuana these days that you can tailor a grow plan to your environment. Couple that with the amount of information available, and growing your cannabis should be relatively easy. Some strains require more work, as do some processes, so some research and work are involved.
We all desire to have enough of something, if not more than enough. In the case of weed, you don’t want to run out. It just makes sense to grow your own. If you grow cannabis, you will have a large supply when you harvest. If you grow year-round, you will always have marijuana at hand. You shouldn’t run out unless you go around handing it out to everyone you meet.
Having an abundance of weed on hand means you don’t have to worry about running out. You don’t have to plan your time around making a run to the dispensary. You can rest assured that you will have some in your stash. Having what you want available can lend to giving you peace of mind.
4. It’s fun
When you really enjoy something, it doesn’t really feel like work, is it? If you enjoy cultivating weed, growing it becomes an enjoyable pastime. Growing any plant can be a learning experience that enriches your life. Growing cannabis happens to enrich your life twice. You get to learn a new skill, and you get to have your weed. You may not be an expert immediately, but there are plenty of easy strains to start with. There are a lot of resources available for the new grower. You can check out our blog guide for growing your first plant.
5. You control what your cannabis is exposed to
Your local dispensary is probably a great place. You have probably gotten some of the best weed you have ever had there. But do you know where they got that weed from? Are they aware of all of the growing techniques used by the grower? Do they know if there was an infestation on the plants and if pesticides were used?
I am not saying that the grower or the people at your dispensary aren’t good people. Most people in the industry are probably amazing people. They most likely have the absolute best intentions. I am saying that you just don’t know how that weed was grown. You do not know what is in the soil it was grown in. Many factors can come into play when you grow any plants, and having control over those factors can bring you peace of mind. Growing your marijuana gives you as much control as possible over your plants' exposure to.
6. You choose what you grow
Have you ever gone to your dispensary to find out your favorite strain is sold out? Maybe they didn’t have the edibles you were looking for. It&rsquo's happened to all of us - and it’s kind of a bummer. You can make the trek to another dispensary to see what they have. If you are lucky, you can order your favorite online; it will be here in a day or two. But didn’t you want it right now?
When you grow your own, you get to choose what strain of weed is available because you grew it. Yes, it takes a while to grow, but you can have plenty of weed once you harvest. Under ideal conditions, you can get up to 500 grams from an outdoor plant and an ounce per foot for an indoor plant.
Pro-tip: Order more seeds near harvest time so you can start a new growth once you can do so. Just remember to store your seeds properly.
7. Connect with nature
We live in a world which increasingly takes up more and more of our time. Many people spend most of their lives in front of computer screens. So how do we alleviate this? Studies have shown that just being around plants can help alleviate anxiety and improve other conditions.
Imagine the benefits of growing your marijuana. You will be around green plants every day. You will be nurturing them from seed to maturity. By growing your cannabis plants, you will be an integral part of the life of a piece of nature. Imagine the benefits of being involved with your plants as they grow. Imagine the benefits of your yield during harvest. It seems like a win-win situation to me.
8. Develop a skill
Growing anything is a skill. I know it seems like you put a seed in some soil, and then a plant grows, but there is more to it than that. When you grow your cannabis, you learn skills that can be transferred to other types of gardening. You can learn to grow food or flowers.
Growing cannabis will teach you some of the following skills:
- Seed Germination
- Pest Control
- Sun Exposure
- Proper Hydration
- Disease prevention
You will learn these skills and others. All of these skills can be used in other gardening techniques. Learning new skills can improve you as a person. You will also truly appreciate the end product. Not only as something you can get high from but as something you grew with your own hands.
As you learn to grow your cannabis, you can begin to experiment. Growing your cannabis creates a strain with the qualities you want. You can begin to crossbreed strains to try to focus on certain qualities. Maybe you like the cerebral high from a certain strain of Sativa, but you also want the mellow of a strain of India. With research and experimentation, you can try to bring those two qualities together in one strain.
Feminized cannabis, as the name suggests, refers to cannabis plants that are genetically engineered to produce only female plants. The advantage of using feminized cannabis seeds is that they yield female plants almost exclusively, eliminating the need to identify and remove male plants. This efficiency can significantly increase your yield, as every plant you're nurturing is bud-producing. However, feminized seeds can be more expensive and may not be as resilient to environmental stress as regular seeds. They also limit natural genetic variation, which could be a downside if you enjoy experimenting with your crop.
Imagine creating an entirely new strain of marijuana for you and your friends to enjoy. You can create a strain that will produce the effects that you want. Maybe you want a strain with higher THC. Maybe you want a strain with lower THC and higher CBD. Just remember to research what you want to do. It can make the whole process a lot easier.
10. It could lead to a rewarding career
If you have spent time partaking in cannabis and learning the growing skills, you may be the perfect candidate to start cultivating it commercially. You can turn growing marijuana into a profitable, full-time career.
The cannabis industry is just starting to get going. As cannabis becomes legal in more and more places, the need for it is growing exponentially. With the need for cannabis comes the need for people who can grow it. You can use your skills to get in at a grow house or start your own business. Just make sure to look up the local laws and make sure you do it right.
Even if you don’t decide to turn it into a career, you can still grow to have fun. There are plenty of resources available online. Maybe you can join an online community and share what you know. You may influence the next generation of professional growers.
Growing your cannabis has many favorable skills and conditions that go along with it. It can save you money and teach you a new set of skills. It may even be a way for you to become gainfully employed. If you do it correctly and take the time to research, growing cannabis can be an enriching activity.