Many people have been growing their own marijuana for years, because it was illegal to buy it. Now that retail marijuana sales are legalized in several states, some growers have abandoned their gardens and now buy marijuana products from dispensaries. Well, I’ve sampled the best dispensary buds and concentrates, and I’m here to tell you that I’ve grown my own marijuana for many years, and marijuana legalization won’t change that. Here’s why…
I grow marijuana that’s better than anything you can buy anywhere. I live in a legal cannabis state but have been growing my own weed long before it was legal. I went to premium legal dispensaries in my state and in Colorado, Oregon, California and several other states and sampled what they said are their best buds. I was glad to discover my homegrown buds are stronger, tastier and more potent.
That’s because I’ve invested in rare marijuana cuttings and landrace marijuana seeds, grow “craft” marijuana, and consume it at maximum freshness. I’m not a marijuana strains breeding genius, but I know enough to make crosses, choose phenotypes, and backcross to make marijuana varieties nobody else has. The fact that I’ve made my own strains isn’t the main benefit of breeding—it’s that I’ve made strains that give me exactly the kind of high and medicinal effects I want.
I want cannabis that stimulates me, gets rid of physical and emotional pain, helps me be creative and athletic, and otherwise enhances my enjoyment of life. Yet, you could buy legal marijuana from dispensaries with the biggest menus, and still NOT get the marijuana effects you need and crave. By growing my own cannabis flowers, I get the exact effects I desire. That kind of customization isn’t going to happen for you unless you grow and breed your own marijuana strains.
Growing My Own Marijuana Ensures Health & Safety
No matter what testing and regulatory scheme a legalized cannabis state or country has, you can never be totally sure if the cannabis buds or the processes used to make cannabis concentrates has produced 100% safe products.
I’ve seen research data showing pesticide and other contamination even in cannabis products produced under strict regulatory schemes. It’s staggering how much garbage can end up on and in marijuana plants and concentrates.
I’ve examined dispensary buds and concentrates using magnification, and seen pet hairs, ashes, human hairs, insect bodies, dirt, mold spores, powdery mildew, and other contaminants.
I can immediately detect by taste and smell when dispensary weed is moldy, mildewed, improperly dried and cured, and when concentrates retain residue of hexane, alcohol, butane, and other solvents used to extract cannabinoids and terpenoids from whole bud.
Worse yet, most marijuana-specific fertilizer brands transfer heavy metals and and other junk directly into your crops. And many unscrupulous growers use harmful pesticides, toxic bud boosters, fungicides, and mildewcides on their plants during flowering; these harmful substances are often present in plant tissue at harvest.
Regulations and ethical licensed legal growers ensure that a significant percentage of what you can buy at weed stores is clean and safe. That’s great! But how can you be absolutely sure that buds and cannabis concentrates you’re using are 100% pure? Only by producing them yourself using the cleanest, safest grow room procedures, nutrients, processing, and materials, that’s how.
Effects You Love
Getting what you want from cannabis goes beyond breeding your own proprietary marijuana seeds and strains. Another thing you can do to customize the high is by choosing when to harvest. Cannabis flowers are amazing factories that produce cannabinoids and terpenoids. The percentages and ratios of these compounds change constantly throughout the plants’ flowering phase.
Instead of looking at the seed catalogue, seeing that the strain is listed as ready for harvest after 56 days in bloom phase, and harvesting at 56 days, you can harvest earlier and/or later than that, sampling the buds to see which high suits you best.
This tactic has helped me when I grow highly-sedating Kush and Indica strains for customers, but I personally dislike that heavy high. I harvest buds for myself about two weeks early, and get a more stimulating high, while allowing most of the buds to continue ripening to create the knockout Kush and Indica punch that my customers crave.
This works in the other direction too. I’ve grown Sativa strains, sampled them at the recommended harvest time, and found them so stimulating that they made me anxious, paranoid, or sleepless. By allowing these zingy Sativa buds to ripen past ideal harvest time, some of the THC degrades to CBN, and more CBD develops, creating a less-jarring, more chill high.
Growing Marijuana is Heartwarming
It’s in our deepest DNA to nurture, to see an organism start small and helpless, and with our care, love and effort, to see it grow into fruitful maturity. You can see how nurturing cannabis plants can seem sometimes almost as fulfilling as when you “grow” a child or love a pet.
Growing marijuana requires a special kind of human-plant relationship, because marijuana plants can’t easily tell you when they’re happy or sad. But you learn to read them, to understand when the environment, light and food you give them is optimized.
Why grow? Because you create lush, green cannabis plants oozing with the freshest, strongest, sweetest cannabinoid and terpenoids resins that make you feel good in a way nothing else can.
Growing & Selling Marijuana Gives You Freedom
Another reason I keep growing marijuana is that the marijuana growing lifestyle helps me avoid things I dislike intensely, such as getting up early five days or more per week, putting on a uniform or other work clothes, commuting through teeth-grinding traffic to an office or other worksite, dealing with workplace politics, being trapped in the job all day, worrying about being fired, and all the other things that made the song “Take this job and shove it,” such a popular song.
Growing the best cannabis isn’t making me rich, but I have enough customers to make a sufficient amount of money each year so I don’t need any other job. I have personal freedom to arrange my days and nights so I do my gardening chores when I feel energetic, and can rest and recharge the rest of the time.
By growing cannabis and selling it at reasonable prices and with a customized product grown to suit each client’s needs, I’m doing my part to fight against corporatism, the creeping takeover of employment and the necessities of life by larger and larger corporations that view everything and everyone as commodities.
I provide better prices, better medicine, and more personalized service. I have saved the lives of customers by growing strains of cannabis specifically for their medical needs, and by discounting cannabis to zero dollars for customers in dire straits.
My customers could go to legal dispensaries and some of them have, but they come back to me.
It’s a form of barter, community, and family when you grow cannabis for a small number of individuals and witness how it it significantly improves their lives. It’s not just a job. It’s a way of sharing the finest cannabis with others who love it too.
If you’re primarily a medical user, know that you can grow medicinal strains that are far better and safer for reducing pain, anxiety, depression and other problems than any pharmaceutical you could use.
Cannabis growing is an art and science, and the end result is cannabis you need and love. If you’re a marijuana grower right now, keep on growing. If you haven’t started growing cannabis, start growing. The pride, fun and cost savings of growing your own instead of buying cannabis are well worth it. When you want the best marijuana, you grow it yourself!