Did you grow up gardening? Do you have fond memories of gardening with your family back in the good old days? Is “the joy of gardening” something you can relate to?
If so, you may want to learn how to grow cannabis at home. Positive answers to these questions are great indicators you’d be someone who might not only enjoy learning to grow cannabis at home, you might love it! Growing cannabis at home can be truly cathartic for gardeners with a passion for nature and spending time with living things. Gardening therapy is very real. Plus, having your own cannabis which you grew organically really brings forth a sense of pride and accomplishment, especially when your end product is far superior to the cannabis sold at stores. Cannabis at stores can sit for several months on the shelf and start to lose its smell and become drier than ideal. Most cannabis flower aficionados who consume by smoking, prefer fresh cannabis 2 months to 6 months old for the smoothest and tastiest experience.
Maybe you need cannabis to help you with sleeping and insomnia, or it could be to aid anxiety, depression, or a combination of both. Many people rely on cannabis to help with arthritis, headaches, and pain relief — even to the point of getting off all opioid pain medications. Some cannabis can decrease your appetite, and some cannabis can increase your appetite, so it’s important to know the effects you desire and go from there. All cannabis is not a medicinal silver bullet for an individual. But odds are you can find the right strain for you. Often it takes people some time finding the right cannabis strain (variety) that meets their personal needs. This is the fun part where you experiment and test different varieties of cannabis. Experts agree, most strains today are “hybrids” that are sativa-leaning or indica-leaning. However, you can find a 100% sativa or 100% indica with some diligence.
Cannabis consumption could also just replace your glass of wine, or be something ritualistic in a spiritual sense. Or it could be just for a good time, for fun, which is essentially nowadays referred to as “recreational” use.
You can even let your nose do the choosing, and boy oh boy, there are some wildly fragrant scents with all the different varieties of cannabis out there to smell and experience. The smell of the “Blueberry Muffin” strain and “Pineapple Upside Down Cake” are just as their names suggest — like blueberry muffins and pineapple. Other types of popular fruity smells common in cannabis are lemon, orange, banana, tangerine, mango, and fruit punch. Other types of cannabis can smell like skunk, like gasoline, like cheese, like pepper, like musk, and don’t be surprised if you find smells of lavender, rose, chocolate, or wintergreen. All the smells can essentially be lumped into four categories: florals, fruits, earthy, and fuel (fuel = gasoline = diesel).
In fact, what you smell is actually influencing your “high.” You are smelling “terpenes” from the plant. Both cannabinoids like THC, CBD and CBN and terpenes influence the “high” feeling you get. That sensation is highly subjective. The many combinations of terpenes and cannabinoids dance together to create an “entourage effect” that you get to experience individually. It is common to smell a combination of fragrances dancing together, like blends of citrus and fuel, with a hint of wintergreen.
Fun, right? Your nose can help you determine what cannabis strains are good for you and which ones are not. And by asking “Is this cannabis loving me back?” when experimenting a new cannabis variety, you’ll be ready to find your favorite strains and learn which ones you don’t enjoy.
With so many reasons and benefits to growing cannabis at home, it is no wonder gardeners are turning to indoor cannabis cultivation.
As for learning to grow cannabis at home, you can do it! If you have had a green thumb at any point in life, you will be ahead of the curve. But, do not be ashamed to ask for help or get guidance from experienced home growers. We once had a Tomato Farmer come to a Green Carpet Growing grow class and even though they had 30+ years experience growing tomatoes professional, they still learned from us and were grateful for the specific cannabis cultivation guidance we provided.
First things first — growing cannabis indoors year round is likely more simple and sensible that you’d think. In a nutshell, if you have space for a 3 x 3 x 6.5 grow tent or even a 4 x 4 — and you can manage the temperature and humidity — it’s a viable activity. Many home growers grow cannabis in their bedroom, spare room, or even their living room or family room. The tents are usually black or brown, but you can find colored grow tents or use a grow tent cover. These home environments are better than hot, stuffy, humid-laden basements prone to mildew and mold. You don’t need complicated growing systems to grow cannabis at home. You just need a simple, sensible set-up, and good guidance from the start, since growing high quality cannabis does have a unique care taking regimen that if ignored, can be detrimental to your harvest, IF you get there.
Unfortunately, there are some challenges to home growing — namely cannabis plant pests and diseases. But don’t worry, it’s part of the gardening journey and once you practice preventives measures regularly, you’ll steer clear of pests and disease. Spider mites, powdery mildew, aphids, thrips, blight, rust, and leaf septoria are all common cannabis pests and diseases but you can use safe and organic methods to prevent and control them.
Growing cannabis at home is a project, but it is contained and you will enjoy gardening once again, and get plenty of cannabis for yourself or your family and friends, too. It can take about 3 – 4 months from start to finish and there are three main phases of growing cannabis: veg, flower, and harvest.
You can grow cannabis indoors, all year round, and not only can you have a steady supply of fresh craft cannabis for yourself, you can gift away home grown cannabis to people, or you can cook with it, or even make your own cannabis-infused topicals like salves, balms, and lotions. Here’s an idea: the next dinner party you attend, bring some of your home grown cannabis and watch everyone rave about your homegrown goodies for a long, long time.
If you are a gardener, you should consider taking up indoor cannabis cultivation and see if it helps you live your best life. If you need any help or support at any time, Green Carpet Growing can help through personal instruction by Video Chat. No matter what style of cannabis cultivation you want to learn, we can provide remote virtual support that is friendly, professional and reliable. We can also help you find the right strain to grow. You can sign up for 15 min, 1/2 hour or 1 hr. video chat consultations / coaching sessions through WhatsApp (available on Android and iPhone) video chat below.