People who’ve been making clones, cannabis seeds, and growing buds all these years are finding out that marijuana legalization can decrease the number of people growing marijuana as people abandon their gardens and 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 went to Colorado and California legal cannabis dispensaries and sampled what they said are their best buds. My buds are stronger, tastier and more potent because I’ve invested in rare marijuana cuttings and landrace marijuana seeds, and because I 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 only benefit of breeding—it’s that I’ve made strains that give me the kind of high and medicinal effects I want.
I want cannabis that stimulates me, helps me be creative and athletic, and enhances my enjoyment of life. You could go to the legal marijuana dispensaries that have the biggest menus and still not be sure that the high you get is the high you really want.
Because I’ve carefully studied my plants and phenotypes and bred in what I want and bred out what I don’t want, I get the exact high I desire. That kind of psychoactive 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 sure if the cannabis buds or the material processes used to make concentrates has produced 100% safe products.
I’ve seen research data showing pesticide and other contamination even in cannabis products produced under a regulatory scheme. 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 hydroponics nutrients 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.
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, hydroponics nutrients, processing, and materials, that’s how.
Getting the High I Love
Getting the high you want goes beyond breeding your own proprietary marijuana seeds and strains. Another thing you can do is choose when to harvest. 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 later than that, sampling the buds to see which high suits you best.
This tactic has helped me when I grow couchlock Kush and Indica strains for customers, but I personally dislike that heavy high. So I harvest some buds for myself early, and get a more stimulating high, while allowing most of the plant 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, and sleepless. By allowing them to go past ideal harvest time so the buds overripen, some of the THC degrades to CBN, and more CBD develops, creating a less-jarring high.
Growing Marijuana to Enhance Cannabis Genetic Diversity
Breeding marijuana means growing from non-feminized marijuana strains and sometimes from clones, so you combine genetics to get phenotypes you most want.
When you breed cannabis strains instead of growing marijuana only from standardized clones, autoflowering or generic feminized seeds of the most popular strains, you contribute to the heterogeneity of the cannabis genetic lineage.
Widespread genetic heterogeneity is the best way to ensure a plant species can survive the pests, molds, mildews and diseases that are seeking to feast on it.
If marijuana is increasingly turned into an industrial commodity with fewer and fewer home-based marijuana growers growing from seed and from rare clones, with most cannabis produced on an industrial assembly line as is done in Canada now that the country has legalized recreational marijuana, cannabis genetic diversity will decrease, and monocrop cannabis is more vulnerable to pests and diseases.
The way to see yourself as a marijuana grower is as a warrior enhancing the genetic diversity of cannabis so the species can resist gray mold, fusarium, powdery mildew, spider mites and whatever else comes its way.
Growing Marijuana is Heartwarming
Some childless people have dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, hamsters, fish and other animals as pets, and in some cases, those pets function as a partial substitute for human children.
It’s in our DNA that we need to nurture, to see an organism start small and helpless, and with our care, love and effort, to see it grow into fruitful maturity.
Of course, marijuana plants won’t come purring, barking, tail-wagging or squealing at you with loving eyes like animal pets do. And unless you’ve inhaled some seriously hallucinogenic bud or dabs or eaten a mind-bending edible, your plants won’t appear to be as animate as animals.
(By the way, if you believe your cannabis plants are talking to you or gesturing at you, be quiet about it, or you might end up in a psychiatric hospital.)
The process of caring and nurturing can be almost as fulfilling when you grow marijuana as when you “grow” a child or a pet. In some cases, growing marijuana is more challenging and requires more intuition and love, because marijuana plants can’t easily tell you when they’re happy or sad. They don’t make sounds, cry and scream, lay panting on the floor, or have watery eyes that indicate sickness or other distress.
Marijuana plants communicate to you through the condition of their leaves, growth rate, and vigor, and your best grow ops come when you tune into your plants and pay attention to what they’re telling you.
The interesting, unique thing about nurturing cannabis plants is that, in the words of that immortal Jefferson Airplane song, you’re doing it so you can “feed your head.”
The love, care, hydroponics nutrients, light wavelengths, pure water, fresh air, trimming, and other cultivation interest you give your plants result in your plants giving you cannabinoids and terpenoids that enter your body, bond with your neuroreceptors, and change your thoughts, emotions, muscle tone, pain levels, moods and other very personal traits and feelings.
I grow marijuana so I have something alive to care about. It helps keep me whole.
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 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, 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.
Unless black market and legal small-scale growers keep on growing weed, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, and Big Weed will swoop in to totally dominate the weed market. One day, you might not be able to find seeds or clones, or grow your own. The only place you could get marijuana would be to buy it from a conglomerate.
When you grow marijuana for yourself, you’re resisting the sci-fi corporate marijuana monopoly. You’re like the heroes of the movie V for Vendetta, fighting back against the overlords. Here’s my message to home-based marijuana growers: if you’re feeling squeezed, dismayed by competition from legal sellers, or not making enough money growing marijuana, take heart. Growing marijuana is an honorable, noble profession. It makes the world a higher place.
No matter if I lived right next door to the world’s dankest recreational marijuana dispensary, I could never buy the fresh, sweet buds from strains I’ve bred myself that give me the cannabis highs I love the most. That’s worth more than any monetary profits I earn. If you’re a marijuana grower right now, keep on growing. If you want to consume the best marijuana, you gotta grow it yourself!