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Five Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own

Baby Home Grown Cannabis Plants in Red Solo Cups


Five Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own

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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.



  1. jme penz

    March 29, 2015 at 6:35 am

    An ounce a plant?
    Thats not a 1k grow
    you shouldnt get less than a quarter pound
    1000 watts, your doing it wrong

  2. Alex

    March 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    That all sounds good but despite a ton of these articles it’s not that easy to grow any bud not to mention quality bud, it takes a lot of know how, time and money to get something going. Sure it’s simple to say “a 1000w metal halide lamp will bring plants to maturity in x amount of time”. Here’s what they didn’t say. If you have the wrong ventilation that same lamp will fry those plants, if you have slightly more nutes then you need it will burn the leaves, and that’s just the growing part. They forgot to mention that to power set 1000w lamp you need a $300 ballast, that will put a nice dent in your pocket. See what I mean, it’s a bunch of stuff like that.

  3. dave hortin

    March 28, 2015 at 11:42 am

    where do you get seeds?

  4. Pseudo Nym

    March 28, 2015 at 5:34 am

    I’m sorry but if you are only pulling 6 ounces off a grow und a 1000 watt HPS lamp, you are really doing something wrong. I pull double that and then some under 600 watts if I mess up And do something that causes me to lose flower weight – otherwise a 600 watt feeds a pound of fully dried flower weight. A beginner ought to really weigh and consider what lamp to get. HPS is hands down the current favorite. However for anyone looking at lights for personal grows, I believe 1000 watt is way too high for personal grows, unless you can really afford to do it up big time and the additional costs aren’t a big deal to you, and oh by the way you need more space and better cooling for that 1000 watt. You need more space to keep it cool, and the amount of light given and electricity used is overkill for small grows. If you are smoking 1 gram a day a 250 watt should do the trick well enough, while a 400 or a 600 watt light would make producing weight for personal use real easy.

  5. Heather

    March 27, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    i grow it for medicine, I have Hepatitis C and Rheumatoid Arthritis, five flattened or bulging discs in my lower back and scoliosis. The toes on my right foot from the arthritis and two bad surgeries are so turned to the outside of my foot that the little toe is completely covered by the three middle toes. There is a broken steel plate in the big toe. The bones on the top of my arch hurt more than the toes. Pain has turned me into an insomniac. I like to know what gets put on my plants and only use natural and organic supplements, Blood Meal, Nitrogen, Fish Oil if I need a general fertilizer, especially on seedlings. I don’t want to use or ingest chemicals.

  6. tamenk

    March 27, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Sure,i will….

  7. thomas c callahan

    March 27, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    where can I get seeds to grow my own plants for my use only

    • vicki

      April 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Crop King Seeds are the bomb. Have also gotten some from Altitude Herbies and Mary Jane.

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