Growing Medical Grade Marijuana for Personal Use

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( — December 1, 2016) — Many countries are now sanctioning the use of medical marijuana to treat nerve pain, nausea from cancer-treating drugs, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. Even though you have been prescribed medical marijuana by a medical specialist, you might still have a problem finding a source to fill your script. The good news is that you can grow you own medical grade marijuana at home.

What is medical marijuana?

Before we look at how to grow your own cannabis from seed, let’s look at the definition of medical grade marijuana.

According to WebMD, “medical marijuana is any part of the marijuana plant that you use to treat health problems. People use it to get relief from their symptoms, not to try to get high. Most marijuana that’s sold legally as medicine has the same ingredients as the kind that people use for pleasure. But some medical marijuana is specially grown to have less of the chemicals that cause feelings of euphoria.”

How do you grow cannabis?

It is vitally important to start off with the right cannabis seeds as it is nearly impossible to grow a quality product if you do not get the basics right. The first thing to do is to find out what strain you need to purchase. Indica and Sativa are the best strains to use under these circumstances. It is also a good idea to consider buying auto-flowering seeds. They are much easier to grow than normal cannabis seeds. A third factor to take into account when choosing the correct cannabis seeds is to try and purchase feminized seeds.

The next step to follow is to provide a stress-free environment in which to germinate the seeds otherwise, the feminized seeds will start producing male flowers. The way to provide a stress-free environment is to set up a grow box or grow tent that will keep the light out, provide hooks to install your grow lights, includes a hydroponic system, is waterproof, and provides an exhaust point.  

Marijuana plants need a warm, humid environment that is free of all molds and pests. They grow best at a consistent temperature of around 74 degrees Fahrenheit. They need total darkness during a stage of their growth. If you do not get the growing conditions 100% correct, the plants will become stressed and start producing male flowers.

Germinating the seeds and looking after the plants

There are a couple of ways in which you can start your seeds sprouting, but the easiest way is probably to plant the seeds in soil. Once the cannabis seeds have been planted, you need to keep the soil moist and warm.

Once the seedlings have germinated, plant them out in potting soil. You do not need to plant them in overly-rich potting soil because the seedlings have their own nutrients. After 2-4 weeks, you can transfer them to a larger pot and then begin adding nutrients.

The plants now need to grow for 4-5 weeks before they start flowering. Your primary role during the vegetative stage is to ensure that their growing environment is perfect.

Inducing flowering and harvesting

Because your growing environment is correctly set up, and you are using feminized seeds, you shouldn’t have to do much during this stage. You just need to ensure that the growing environment stays stress-free so that the cannabis plants start flowering. They need to produce female flowers as these flowers contain the THC.

Your plants will be ready for harvesting in 2-4 months after the flowering stage. You can harvest the branches, hang them up to dry and then prepare them for curing. Marijuana needs to be cured for up to 6 months.

Final words

The above content makes it sound easy to grow medical grade marijuana; however, you have to be very careful to keep the growing environment stress-free and stick to the correct moisture and lighting regime. If you pay close attention to the details, you will be able to harvest high-quality medical grade marijuana.