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Learning the art of marijuana cultivation can be a rewarding experience with a lot of perks, although growing at home can be problematic — especially if it’s done in a city. Many growers have learned a handful of tricks to stay discreet, unnoticeable and out of jail. For example, keeping the smell down can be a real chore, as a nearly harvestable crop has a strong odor to it. To combat this, some people plant some geraniums around the house because they have an odor that compliments marijuana and covers the scent well.
While there are endless perks to having access to a local dispensary, many people around the world don’t have that convenient option when it comes to obtaining cannabis. Whether you’re looking to save some money or interested in taking your healing into your own hands, these five reasons will help you understand why it pays to grow a personal crop of green.
A typical plant will net about an ounce after curing. A standard 1000-watt metal halide lamp will easily bring six plants to maturity in eight to 10 weeks. Smoking 6 ounces in two months is a good pace that will keep even the most hardcore stoner happy. Compared to how much those 6 ounces would cost if they were purchased on the street — the difference in price is astounding.
Strains & Flavors
While dispensaries or personal friends may only have access to a few dozen strains, there are hundreds of different strains of marijuana to choose from with their own attributes and flavors. One of the hardest decisions a grower has to decide upon is which with one strain per plant in a crop of many plants.
Most growers keep the fact that they grow under tight-lipped security for understandable reasons, but once a crop is harvested and cured, knowing this new skill will bring other growers out of the woodwork. A new grower to talk shop with is always welcome and you’ll soon find that having other cultivators to swap tips with will be helpful.
Sharing with Friends
As the saying goes: birds of a feather flock together. Sharing even a small amount of the costly green with friends will be much appreciated and likely earn you a superlative title amongst your cronies. Most people know how much they smoke on any given day. If there are more buds than what will be consumed by harvest time of the next crop, think of sharing with friends.
As soon as a successful crop is harvested and cured, chances are there’ll be a pretty good feeling about the new crop and for good reason. Taking on a two month project is a real investment in time and effort. The rewards, though, are worth it. Once you master the skill of growing premium, high quality cannabis, you’ll be able to show off your hard work and possibly even make some money off of it by selling it to dispensaries.
What are some of the reasons you grow cannabis? Tell us in the comments.