Marijuana plants grown inside mature faster and have higher yields than those grown outside and are less prone to diseases and pests.
You can grow weed anywhere in your house where you can control the temperature. Uninsulated attics and garages may be too warm in winter and too cold in winter. Unheated basements may be too cold in winter as well. That leaves pretty much any room where you can fit a grow tent. The grow tent Home Grow Community uses is 3’ wide X 3’ deep X 6’ high.
Some feel that live soil yields better tasting weed, but the vast majority is grown indoors hydroponically—that means it’s grown in water or a sterile medium, with nutrients added as needed. At Home Grow Community, we’ve found that cannabis grown hydroponically is less likely to be infected with disease, grows faster and yields about 10-15% more harvestable bud.
Auto-flowering strains, which we grow exclusively at Home Grow Community, take about 10 weeks from seed planting to harvest. Most of our clients are surprised at how quickly their plants germinate, grow and produce buds ready to harvest.
Plants in enclosed, indoor grow gardens are usually watered every 1-3 days; depending on the medium used, feeding can occur every 1-4 weeks
Watching trichomes is the best way to schedule harvest. They change from clear to milky then to amber. We like to harvest when most are milky.
If your plants’ leaves are curling downwards and appear very rigid, this may be a sign of overwatering cannabis; if the leaves droop, you may be underwatering them. The best approach to watering is to soak your grow pots until water runs through, and then allow them to just dry out before watering again, which may mean watering roughly every 2-3 days.
The most popular and best sized grow tents are 6-7′ tall and covers an area 3-5′ square. That’s about the size of standard single door refrigerator.
If it’s your first grow, you’ll need a grow tent—a popular size is 3’ X 3’ X 6’. Next you’ll need to equip the tent with: a grow light & adjustable light hangers; an oscillating fan; an exhaust fan, carbon filter & ducting; a timer; and a thermo-hygrometer. To grow you’ll need: fabric containers for plants; growing medium/soil; seeds—ideally auto-flowering, feminized seeds. To tend your plants you’ll need: a 3-5 gallon watering can; fertilizer; pruning shears; training wire; and spray bottles. Once your plants are harvested, you’ll need airtight containers to cure your cannabis. The most commonly used jars to grow cannabis at home are 64 oz. mason jars—best to get 1-2 per plant.
Grow lights, an oscillating fan and an exhaust fan will cost between $60-200 for a 4 month grow and dry cycle. This can vary depending on the type and wattage of lights used and your local electricity costs. Please read our blog to learn more.
The best way to grow cannabis indoors is in a grow tent—you can better control heat, humidity and odor. Popular home grow tents are typically 6-7’ tall and cover an area 3-5’ square.
You’ll need the following to get started growing pot indoors: a grow tent; an exhaust fan with a carbon filter; a small fan for circulation; grow light; adjustable light hangers; a timer for the lights; a hygrometer to read temperature and humidity inside the tent; a long necked 3-5 gallon watering can; fabric pots with drain holes; soil/growing medium; organic fertilizer, seeds
Inexpensive grow kits run $300-500; purchasing better equipment a la carte can run $600-1,000. Depending on the power of your lights and fans, and where you live, electricity for 3-4 months will run $60-200. 10 seeds will run $50-100, depending on the strain. So, all-in, you’re looking at $500-1,400 for a beginning grower.
There are many good organic sources for fertilizer. We’ve found that Rose Tone is good, inexpensive and easy to find organic fertilizer, with a 4-3-2 ratio of nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium. It’s made of feather meal, poultry manure, bone meal, alfalfa, greensand and potash. It will help build strong vigorous plants during the vegetative stage.
To promote flowering and bud development, we like Pa Pa’s Perfect Poop, a 100% organic fertilizer made from guano (bird dung). It has a 5-10-2 ratio and has been highly effective in driving up bud yield for our grows.
You need to maintain optimal growing conditions to get the maxim yield. That means in an environment where the temperature averages between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity is between 40 and 60%. Plants growing in soil must be watered until the pots are saturated, then allowed to dry out. Fertilizer should be applied during the grow cycle, starting with a nitrogen rich fertilizer to promote plant growth, switching to a phosphorous rich fertilizer to promote flowering.
It takes between 7 and 14 days to properly dry weed after it’s been harvested. This is usually done by hanging the trimmed bud stalks upside down in your grow tent, with the exhaust fan running.
Curing takes a minimum of 2-3 weeks. If you cure for 4-8 weeks the flavor, smoothness and potency will be even better. The best way to cure it is in sealed, 64-ounce mason jars. You shake and then burb the jars every day for the first week, then every 3-7 days after that.
The most common problems are: 1) over or under-watering; 2) under-fertilizing/using the wrong fertilizers; 3) poor ventilation; 4) not correctly training their plants
If you’re getting yellowing or bleaching at the top of the plants, it’s probably light burn—the plants have grown too close to the light, and need to be trained down, or the light raised. Tip and leaf edge browning can mean you’ve applied too much fertilizer
Wilting cannabis plants are usually a sign of over or under watering. In some cases it may be what’s called “nutrient lock”—the pH level is too low or too high, and the plants can’t absorb needed nutrients.
Best to prevent spider mites on cannabis plants in the first place—lady bugs are a great natural predator you can purchase and introduce into your grow tent. If you have a serious spider mite infestation, they’re very hard to get rid of. Neem oil, insecticidal soap and horticultural oil can help to control them.
Only female plants will produce buds. First step is to ensure your plants are female. If you are growing auto-flowering plants you should see preflowers by week 3. If you are growing regular plants you need to ensure they are receiving 12 hours of darkness to trigger flowering. Learn more from our blog now.
Bud rot is a mold that attacks first the stems of cannabis plants, and then spreads out to the buds and leaves. If you notice a grey or browning in the buds, there’s a good chance you have bud rot. Sometimes you’ll see the small leaves in the buds turn yellow overnight—that can be an early warning sign of bud rot.
Bud rot is a fungal infection (botrytis cinerea) that thrives in cool, damp conditions. In warm, well-circulated indoor grow tents, bud rot is much less common than in outdoor gardens. If you have this condition in an outdoor flower or vegetable garden (botrytis is common in both strawberries and peonies), you don’t have air conditioning, and you’ve had a bout of damp weather, the fungus could spread indoors to your weed garden. Learn more about bud rot on weed now!
Powdery mildew is mold that attacks many plants—cannabis included. It shows up first as patches of white fuzz, usually on leaves, and if not treated, can spread to the buds, making them worthless for harvest.
While cannabis will grow with pH below 5.0 and above 7.0, the optimal pH level is 6-6.5.
With low pH, cannabis plants suffer from mineral toxicity. Common symptoms of this are: stunted growth; wilting leaves; yellowing leaves.
If you’ve been over-watering, stop watering until the soil dries out—it should take no more than 2-3 days in an indoor grow tent for your cannabis plants to start recovering.
The most common diseases you’ll face are powdery mildew and bud rot. These can attack your plants if the humidity levels are too high. The best treatment is to reduce the humidity. If these diseases persist, you can treat with a homemade spray of 1oz each of baking soda, vegetable oil and dishwashing liquid mixed into a gallon of water.
Spider mites and white flies can also be a problem. Best to pick them off by hand when first discovered. If they get out of hand, you can treat with neem oil or pyrethrum, organic insecticides, or create a spray of your own made of 1oz of dish liquid to 4 cups of water. Learn more from our blog now.
You can vape both flower and cannabis oil. Until recently, vaping cannabis was considered to be less risky than smoking, as the combustion in smoking releases harmful, potentially carcinogenic toxins. There is now widespread concern that additives in e-cigarettes and commercial cannabis vape cartridges may cause serious damage to lungs. There’s no evidence we are aware of that vaping your own organic flower or additive free oil will cause lung damage. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
Propylene glycol and polyethene glycol are the additives to avoid—these produce harmful formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Vegetable glycerin and terpenes may be relatively safe. Terpenes, an extract of cannabis and other plants, are often used to add flavor; these may be safe. They may contribute to the entourage effect, where a combination of naturally occurring chemicals in cannabis work together to create more positive physical and mental effects. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
When you grow your own cannabis organically, you know that there are no dangerous chemicals in it. If you vape the flower, or create your own solventless extract, you’ll avoid the harmful additives which many believe are causing the increase in vaping-related respiratory illnesses. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
Yes, cannabis oil is frequently used to make interesting cocktails. You’ll only need a small dose of the oil, so think of it as you would bitters—a dash or two adds a little to the drink, but doesn’t radically change the taste profile. Please read our blogs to learn more.
The mix of alcohol and weed does not create a toxic substance, but the combination of the two can be surprisingly potent. We always counsel moderation. Try a mild cocktail with a small amount of cannabis oil to start and see how you respond to that. Keep in mind it may take as much as 90 minutes for the cannabis, if ingested orally, to fully kick in. If you don’t want the heady feeling of THC, but want a calming effect, you might try CBD oil.
While you can’t really overdose on marijuana, you can definitely overdose on alcohol. If you’ve had a lot to drink, you might not want to add weed to the mix, and vice versa.
It’s really up to you and your tastes. Weed has an herbal flavor to it, which some feel mixes well with all kinds of alcohol. We’ve enjoyed it in drinks as different as a pear mimosa and a pumpkin white Russian. As you’re going to use only a small amount of cannabis or CBD oi, it might not matter too much to the ultimate flavor of the drink. If you are looking for more information on the best tasting weed alcohol mix to drink, please read our blogs to learn more now.
Simple: take it slow, try a mild mix; wait and see how the combination works for you before having another. To be on the safe side, don’t have too many cannabis cocktails. Please read our blogs to learn more now.
There’s little scientific evidence that terpenes, by themselves, have any impact on mood or health, so smoking or vaping terpenes them by themselves may be a waste of time and money. When consumed with bud or cannabis oil, they can change the taste/aroma, making it more piney, herbal, etc., depending on the terpene used. This can enhance the experience of vaping or smoking.
Yes, you can mix terpenes with CBD oil and vape it. Because of the entourage effect, this may improve, slightly, the health benefit you are seeking from CBD. For example, Limonene can help with anxiety, and pinene with pain. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
Terpenes are chemicals created by plants to help them fight off predators and pathogens. Terpenes are produced by cannabis and many other plants, such as rosemary and lavender. There are over 100 terpenes in cannabis, and their presence and amount varies considerably by strain, and are what give each strain its distinctive aroma.
Terpenes by themselves are not psychoactive, so consumption of them alone won’t get you high. But many believe that terpenes can, through what is known as the “entourage effect,” change or augment the impact of THC and CBD and contribute to what give different strains different types of “high”.
At Home Grow Community, our favorite sativa-dominant strains, based on quality, yield and ease of growth, are Jack Herer and Super Lemon Haze. Weedblog includes Green Crack, Jack Herer and Sour Girl in its most popular list, plus Blue Dream, a 50/50 sativa/indica hybrid.
At Home Grow Community, our favorite indica-dominant strains, based on quality, yield and ease of growth, are Cheese, Critical CB, Critical Kush, Toofdecay and OG Kush. Weedblog includes Skywalker OG, Gorilla Glue #4 and Girl Scout Cookies in its most popular list, plus Blue Dream, a 50/50 sativa/indica hybrid.
Yes, adults 21+ are allowed to grow weed in Massachusetts. It must be grown in a locked, enclosed space, whether indoors or outside.
Adults 21+ can grow up to 6 plants per person in Massachusetts, for a maximum of 12 plants per household..
Yes, adults 21+ are allowed to grow weed in Massachusetts. It must be grown in a locked, enclosed space, whether indoors or outside.
While cannabis vaping cartridges are legal in Massachusetts, Governor Baker banned sales for four months because of growing concerns about the health risks of additives in e-cigarettes and commercial cannabis vape cartridges. The ban was announced on September 24th, and unless extended, will run to January 25, 2020.
You can’t smoke cannabis in public places (streets, sidewalks, squares, parks, public buildings) in Massachusetts, but you can smoke with other adults on private property, landlords permitting. Most private entertainment venues (restaurants, clubs, stadiums, arenas) ban all forms of smoking—cigarettes and weed.
Yes, if you are 21 or older.
You can smoke weed in Washinton, only in private places, as long as you are not in sight or smell of the public. Smoking in clubs, restaurants, bars, venues and events is forbidden.
No you can not smoke cannabis in Washington State national parks. Consumption in public is forbidden by Washington State laws and in National parks by federal law.
Smoking cannabis in cars is forbidden—moving or parked, as the driver or passenger.
You are allowed to possess up to 7 grams of cannabis concentrate in Washington State. Please read our blogs to learn more now.
You can grow up to four cannabis plants on your property or inside your home in Oregon.
Dabs are legal in Oregon. You can purchase dabs, or any other form of concentrate, only from legal dispensaries in Oregon. Making your own is illegal.
Medical cannabis was legalized in Oregon in 1998, recreational in 2014. The law went into effect in 2015. Please read our blogs to learn more now.
Yes. the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that as cannabis is still illegal under federal law, employers can discharge employees for consuming cannabis. Please read our blogs to learn more now.
You can not smoke marijuana in any public places in Colorado—that includes restaurants, clubs, stadiums and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues.
You can go to more than one dispensary a day in Colorado, as long as you purchase no more than 1 oz. In total. There’s no way for the dispensaries to check, but you will be in violation of both purchase and possession laws if you do.
No —a valid ID, such as a license or passport is fine—as long as you are 21 or older. Read our blogs to learn more now.
You can smoke cannabis in California in private places—indoors or outdoors, and in licensed cannabis lounges. There are a few cannabis friendly events where you can smoke in public, but most venues prohibit cannabis consumption.
It’s illegal to smoke cannabis in a car—whether moving or stopped, as the driver or passenger.
You must be 21 or older to buy cannabis in California.
Recreational cannabis is now legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, D.C., Guam, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, the Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Vermont and Washington State.
If derived from hemp, the terpenes would be OK, but you can’t bring any cannabis-derived extracts, including terpenes, on airplanes.
Both CBD and THC, along with beta-carophyllene, have anti-inflammatory properties. They work through the body’s endocannabinoid system to help suppress immune system signaling which creates inflammation. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
Cannabis is relatively benign, with few side effects. While there are some health risks in smoking cannabis, vaping or ingesting home grown, organic cannabis may have fewer health risks than over-the counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
While there are still few clinical studies on the effectiveness of cannabis in pain relief, research indicates it has strong analgesic properties, and could be a potent treatment for chronic pain. Anecdotal evidence of millions of users bears this out: when polled on medical cannabis, the vast majority cited pain relief as their reason for use. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
Two contributing factors to chronic fatigue—insomnia and pain—can be treated by cannabis. While treating these will not necessarily eliminate chronic fatigue, they may lessen its impact. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
While both have occasional, relatively mild side effects, such as constipation and nausea, the risk of dependence is much greater with opioids—20+% vs. 9% for cannabis. Long term opioid use can lead to a number of dangerous conditions, such as abnormal pain sensitivity, increased risk of heart attack and heart infection, immunosuppression and reduced energy, libido and fertility; there is no indication that long term use of cannabinoids creates any of these conditions, and to date, no one has overdosed on cannabis. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.
Leafly says that Super Lemon Haze is good for treating stress, depression and fatigue, and also gives it reasonably positive marks for pain relief. Other sites say its very low CBD content means it’s not the best strain for treating chronic pain. Research on the impact of cannabis on human health is still very limited. Please read our blogs to learn more.