More and more states in the United States are now allowing for the cultivation and use, for growing medical cannabis. Pro medical marijuana and health organizations support use of medical-marijuana strains as prescribed or directed by a doctor, like the American College-of Physicians. There are a number of areas in the world today where use of cannabis is legal (like Netherlands) and semi legal (like the United States – legal on state level in certain states, but illegal-on a Federal-level). If you have a doctor’s prescription for medical-marijuana but can’t find any good dispensaries, and growing of cannabis is legal/semi-legal in your country or state, you may alternatively grow your own.
Steps on how to grow cannabis
Get a doctor’s prescription and make sure your state has medical marijuana laws that are semi-legal.
Choose your seeds according to a medical condition being addressed. For example, the Indica-strain is a relaxant, which is typically used in relieving the symptoms-of multiple sclerosis, tremors, muscle spasms, mobility issues, and pain-management while the Sativa-strain is a stimulant, best for appetite stimulation, pain, migraines, nausea, and also commonly used by HIV AIDS and cancer-patients, however it takes long to mature.
Find a place/location with enough lighting. Whether outdoors or greenhouse, at least six hours of natural sunlight are required. If indoors ensure that your plants’ leaves are strongly lit and are receiving enough sunlight. You’ll require a high-pressure sodium bulb for initial growth, and maybe a different duration of lighting cycle: 18/6 for vegetation and 12/12 for flowering stages.
Germinate your seeds. There are several ways of doing this. 1 way is to fill up a cup up with warm-water and drop your seeds in it. Keep the seeds in a dark-place for about one to three days. When you see a white-root popping out, it is time to plant your seeds.
Decide if the seeds should be grown naturally/organically or using the chemical fertilizers. The herb will be smoked, meaning it may be much healthier to use only natural ingredients. Some chemicals may give your bud an undesirable and bad chemical-taste, though they may be much cheaper and rather easier to dose the plants accurately.
Plant the seeds in starter soil in-a small pot. The seeds should be sprouted in starter-soil or unfertilized-soil, as fertilized-soil may hurt your young plant. A seed carries with it its own supply of nutrients-for the initial growth. Pure pea-moss or very lightly-fertilized pea-moss can be used.
Water the soil well and then make or bore a hole about half in. into the prepared soil and drop the seed in that hole with its root facing tip-pointing up; the root will look for the heat-of the soil surface, get close, and then turn downwards and pull the opening-leaves above the soil-surface.
Cover your seeds and keep the soil-moist until the baby plants appear and begin to grow. Let the plants grow in the pots for about 2 weeks. Provide the plants with 18-24 hours of lighting per day. If you are using artificial lighting, use fluorescent-lights. Don’t use the more powerful types-of grow lights. Don’t let the plants get too cold or too hot, 70-75F should be enough. Provide adequate moving fresh air with a fan.
Prepare the fertilized-soil in a larger-pot. Take a 5-gallon plant pot and then clean it thoroughly. 1st fill the bottom of that pot with peat-moss to about 1 inch. This will help the sewage which the plants give off drain well. Fill the pot-to the top with fine potting soil. Best use an organic-soil blend like VermiT fire. Avoid Miracle Grow products.
Transfer your young plants. Dig holes in the now large well prepared pots and then carefully move your young plants from the small pots. Gently place them in the holes and gently fill-in the holes, be careful not to overly-compact the soil. Water the plants, but don’t over water.
Watch them grow