How to Grow Marijuana for Medical Purpose at Home
Growing weed is quite easy process, so why would you pay anywhere else for your medicine, when you can grow it at home?
Whether you call it weed, cannabis, sinsemilla, skunk, pot, marijuana, or something else, the plant known as Cannabis Sativa is a hardy weed in the wild and can actually be easy to grow indoors at home when you know what to do.
More states are making allowances for the cultivation and use of medical marijuana that is grown inside the home. Although medical marijuana is illegal on a Federal level, there are 18 states that permit a pre-set amount for personal possession. For example, California allows residents to possess 8 ounces an cultivate 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants, but those limits can be extended by Doctor’s recommendation for specific health situation treatments. Every state is different, so it is essential that you check with your specific state. There are growing limitation exemptions available.
Medical marijuana is often recommended by a doctor for a life-threatening or debilitating medical condition. If your doctor has given you a medical marijuana prescription, then growing your own medical marijuana at home may be the solution if you don’t have a local legal source for it. Growing it at home will ensure the quality of the marijuana while saving you money.
Here are 12 simple steps of how to grow marijuana at home:
- Make sure you have a doctor’s recommendation. You won’t get very far legally without one.
- Find seeds that address your medical needs. Sativa strain is used as a stimulant and an Indica strain is used more for pain management and to relieve mobility issues.
- Germinate the seeds in a cup of warm water or a damp paper towel. Place them in the dark until you see a white root coming out of the seed. This means it is ready to be planted in soil.
- Find a location with plenty of light. The plants will need at least six hours of sunlight if they are in a greenhouse or outdoor field. You will need a high-pressure sodium bulb for the beginning growth period if you plan on keeping them indoors.
- Make sure the temperature in the space you choose is usually between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Plant the seed in unfertilized soil with the roots facing down inside a small pot. The seed will have enough nutrients internally for the initial stages, so the only things you will need to add are water and light.
- After a few weeks, move the plant into a larger pot and add organic fertilizer to the soil to ensure that it is receiving adequate nutrients.
- Make sure to water the plant whenever it feels dry.
- Dispose of any male plants (don’t produce a bud).
- Examine the trichomes with a magnifying glass or loop to determine if they are amber and milky. This is a sign that they are ready to harvest. It usually takes 8 to 16 weeks before they can be harvested.
- Cut the mature plants at the center stem just above the soil. Remove any leaves that are not flowering and hang it upside down for approximately a week.
- Once the stem has dried out, simply trim the buds to finish the drying process.