I don’t know how things are where you live, but where I live, almost every business and public facility is shut down. The roads are quiet. No airport noise. Pollution is low. Schools are closed. Families are becoming acquainted with each other, perhaps for the first time ever. It’s almost like everyone is on an extended holiday.

In the USA, the legal cannabis industry has been greatly impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic crisis. It’s a risk to go to legal medical or recreational marijuana dispensaries due to the potential of social contact coronavirus spread, even though some states such as California have deemed marijuana dispensaries as “essential emergency services exempt from forced closure.”

I also note that although dispensary-sold dabs, edibles, beverages and other cannabis-infused concentrates and manufactured products are often high quality and worth the cost, the buds you get in a dispensary are going to be more expensive and nowhere near as good as buds you can grow yourself at home.

Large-scale licensed commercial growing facilities with more than a few employees may have to shut down as officials ban gatherings of more than ten people. Transportation, supplies, and many other factors and foundations of the legal cannabis growing industry have been disrupted by the official and personal choices people are forced to make because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if legal marijuana dispensaries are open, they might not be able to get hold of any products to sell.

But as with every cloud, there’s a silver lining. I first noticed it when my weed customers started buying a lot more cannabis as soon as the scope of the coronavirus pandemic became obvious.

They had many reasons for this increased buying. For example, where I live, the government has ordered everyone to stay home. Bars are closed, depriving people of their poisonous intoxicant dispensaries. Supplies of pharmaceuticals have been disrupted, depriving people of their legal pharmaceutical intoxicants, sedatives, and other Big Pharma psychoactive drugs.

Shortages or total absence of intoxicants and other mind drugs at a time when people are watching their economy collapse while fearing a cruel virus is creating massively increased stress levels, depression, and insomnia.

Well, here’s the good news…marijuana is the best medicine you can find for all kinds of psychological disorders, worries, fears. My customers are especially fortunate because I breed my own strains and also grow only ultra-premium commercial strains for testing, and each strain has specific, unique medicinal and recreational effects.

For the insomniacs and worriers, I grow heavy, couchlock Indica/Kush such as Mazar. For the depressed and lethargic, I grow Kali Mist and variants of other Sativa-dominant strains, such as Trainwreck. For customers who can’t handle the mind effects of regular cannabis, I grow CBD cannabis.

The demand for my weed has skyrocketed since the pandemic hit hard worldwide. Just as the pandemic started up, I had finished my winter season, harvesting what I thought would be enough cannabis to supply all my customers through next autumn and part of the winter until my next harvest–I rarely if ever grow indoors in spring and summer due to heat.

But the pandemic caused my customers to throw piles of cash at me, so other than my personal stash, I’m already running low on buds to sell. This forced me to start a new season. To make this emergency season more manageable, I planted feminized photoperiod strains, some auto-flowering strains, and only one of my non-feminized regulars. I’ll be harvesting in 8-13 weeks, and hope the harvest is big enough to keep my customers high.

The auto-flowering strains I’m going with are Cinderella Jack, from Dutch Passion, and Pure Haze Auto from New420Guy Seeds. Cinderella Jack is an autoflower strain superior to most photoperiod strains. Dutch Passion sent me third-party lab tests showing its THC percentages can be 25% or more. But I already knew Cindy Jack is amazing. It produces rock-hard, crystal-coated buds and the high is stimulating, clean, Haze-y and fun. I’d compete this autoflower against most any photoperiod marijuana strain.

The New420Guy Pure Haze Auto is like what the Jack Herer strain used to be before Sensi Seeds (the originator of the Jack Herer strain) went downhill. It has as strong and pleasant of a Haze high as I’ve ever gotten from a photoperiod Haze. It’s easier to grow than photoperiod Haze, and produces worthwhile harvest weight.

Of course, the cool thing is that autoflowering marijuana doesn’t need a special bloom phase light cycle and finishes faster than most photoperiod strains. They get 18 hours of light from start to finish. What’s really impressive is that when I’ve grown Cinderella Jack and Pure Haze Auto with bloom phase photoperiod plants, so the autoflowering plants were only getting 12 hours of light per day instead of the 18 they prefer, they were still champion producers of potent, tasty buds!

If you’re a marijuana grower and you don’t sell marijuana, the pandemic is still a good reason to grow more and pay more attention to your growing. If you’re in one of many places where everything is shut down, and/or you’ve been furloughed, laid off or otherwise have no job or school to go to, turn your focus to marijuana growing, and enjoy the extra time you have for it.

If you grow and sell marijuana, now’s the time for enhanced marketing. I have a bonus referral program that rewards my regular customers for referring new customers to me. I’ve gotten three new customers since the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic began. All three had been getting their marijuana from legal dispensaries that are now closed. They got sample bags from me, realized that my cannabis is much better and much cheaper, so now I have three more regular customers!

You’ve probably heard the sayings, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” and “when the times get tough, the tough get tougher.”¬† That’s how I feel about this epidemic. It’s an opportunity to focus more on what I love most in life: growing marijuana.

As an added bonus, it’s interesting to note that for centuries, marijuana has been used as an anti-pathogenic medicine to fight harmful microbes. There’s no research yet that says cannabis can kill or deter coronavirus, but research has documented that cannabis fights other infectious diseases such as methicillin-resistant¬†Staphylococcus aureus¬†(MRSA).

Please remember safety tips during this pandemic. Sharing a joint by putting your mouth on it and passing it to another person: not good. Same with a vaporizer whip or dabs tube. Don’t share saliva with anyone. Don’t be around anyone who coughs or sneezes. Also, use this UV-C device to kill coronavirus on all surfaces and materials except your skin. Wear surgical gloves when processing and packaging your cannabis. And don’t drink Corona beer (just kidding).

And here’s a practical grower tip: supply chains for rockwool, pH Up and Down, hydroponics nutrients, cannabis seeds and other essentials could be interrupted for months. Breeder Paul, who founded and runs New420Guy Seeds, reports massive increase in seed sales as people do panic buying of their favorite strains! Growers…stock up now on cannabis cultivation supplies and cannabis seeds.

The bottom line is there’s never been a better time to start growing marijuana, or to grow more marijuana. You’ll find the most useful information on Growing Marijuana Perfectly to help you know how to grow your best cannabis ever. Stay healthy, keep your grow room full of happy plants, and stay high!