high quality organic cannabis
May 8th, 2019
There are obvious practical reasons why you’d want to grow your own cannabis — it’s a lot cheaper and more convenient than purchasing it at a dispensary, but have you ever considered the health & wellness benefits of growing it yourself?
For starters, when you grow your own, you can grow it organically — that means your weed will be free of toxic chemicals, and if you extract rosin for vaping, it will be free of the additives often found in commercial vaping products.
With your own cannabis, you get the full benefits of what’s called “the entourage effect”— chemicals in the whole plant that work together for positive effect on mind and body. While all cannabis can offer this benefit, by growing and preparing your own, you know you'll be sure to get it.
Through careful selection of strains, with the help of knowledgeable experts, you can control for the potency and THC/CBD content that’s right for your needs.
Cultivating cannabis is a surprisingly engaging experience on many levels. From watching the seedlings sprout, to seeing the luscious buds emerge, to smelling the heady aroma of resin when you harvest — growing your own is satisfying every step of the way.
Growing your own cannabis means not worrying about how much you have, finding somewhere to get more, or whether you can afford it. Less stress is good for you.
Over the course of two or three grow cycles, you’ll produce an abundance of high quality cannabis— in Massachusetts that means you can legally a grow a pound or more annually—and so can afford to be generous. Generosity is always good for the soul.
Want to go a little deeper into these six reasons home grown is better for you? Read on.
1. You can be sure it’s chemical free
When you purchase cannabis from someone else — a commercial dispensary, or your friendly neighborhood dealer — you’re never sure how the cannabis has been grown. Unless it’s certified organic (and it rarely is), there’s a good chance the original plants were grown with chemical fertilizers, and doused with insecticides and fungicides. Likewise, commercial vaping cartridges are often mixed with thinners that when heated, create harmful carbonyl compounds.
Growing your own cannabis organically removes these risks. Under the right growing conditions, with careful tending, you can raise strong, healthy plants, without ever having to resort to chemical treatment.
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2. You get the benefit of whole plant
Whatever means you use to consume homegrown cannabis—bud, vape, edibles—you’ll benefit by the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids working synergistically in what is called the “entourage effect.” Studies have shown that the naturally occurring combinations of these active elements may make whole plant medicine more effective as an anti-inflammatory, in pain relief, control of nausea and suppression of cancer cell growth, than synthetic THC or CBD, or strains of cannabis bred for THC and CBD alone.
To learn more about the positive benefits of the entourage effect, read our post <Looking for CBD or THC alone? Think again.>
3. You can control for potency and THC and CBD content
One advantage of growing your own cannabis is the ability
One advantage of growing your own cannabis is the ability
One advantage of growing your own cannabis is the ability to choose strains that have unique potency and THC/CBD profiles. Depending on your needs, whether medical or recreational (or both), you can grow what’s right for your specific needs. Suffer from chronic pain? There are strains with the correct balance of CBD/THC believed to give maximum pain relief. Undergoing cancer treatment? There are low-potency strains with enough THC to help you overcome nausea and boost your appetite, but not get you high.
When you grow your own, you have the added benefit of experimentation—you can try several different strains, test their effect on you and then grow more of the type that works best, all without spending a fortune.
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4. It’s personally satisfying
This may seem obvious if you’re a gardener, but growing something yourself, whether it’s a pot of herbs on your kitchen window, a tent of cannabis in your basement, or a sprawling backyard vegetable plot, is deeply satisfying on many levels. Watching the cycle of germination, growth, flowering and harvest is like watching the whole natural world evolve in miniature, in front of you. There’s the anticipation during the early weeks of growth, and then the excitement of seeing it come to fruition. When your cannabis is harvested and cured, you have a sense of personal accomplishment. While it’s hard to prove, ask any gardener, and they’ll tell you their own fruits and veggies taste better than anything bought from a store. The same is true for cannabis — grow it yourself, and it will smell and taste like nothing else!
Gardening is good for your mental health as well. Gardeners feel more connected to the natural world, even when they grow indoors. Regardless of how much or how little they grow, they have less stress, feel more relaxed, and are more positive about life.
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5. It's stress-free
We consume cannabis because it makes us feel better. Among its many positive physical and mood effects, it reduces inflammation, relieves pain, mitigates the side effects of cancer treatment, helps us sleep, and alleviates anxiety. But acquiring cannabis, even in a state like Massachusetts where it’s legal, can be stressful. Is there a dispensary anywhere near you? Will there be a line out the door? Will people see you waiting to go in? Do you have to preorder? What kind should you get? Are you getting the right advice from a salesman? Can you afford what you need? Will you run out quickly?
When you grow your own, all that stress is eliminated. With objective information, you pick the strains that are correct for you. You don’t ever have to take the word of salesmen or dealers. You grow it in the privacy of your own home, for a fraction of the cost at a legal dispensary. With just a little planning, you grown crops on a cycle that produces all you need. You never worry about running out. In fact, you may have so much you want to give some of it away!
6. You can be generous
During cannabis prohibition, scarcity was the norm. It was illegal, and expensive, so you were careful with what you had. You might have shared with friends who visited, but you were never profligate. Growing your own reverses that: rather than a scarcity, you have abundance. You can grow up to 10 ounces per household. Most who grow their own grow two, possibly three times a year, which produces a pound or even a pound and a half of high quality cannabis a year—that’s a lot! You can afford to be generous, and being generous feels good.
Massachusetts law allows you to give up to an ounce of cannabis to an individual or organization. You can treat a friend or relative to some bud, oil or your own homemade edibles. You can pay it forward — sharing some of your bounty with a new cannabis gardener to tide them over until their first harvest. You can also give it to a non-profit organization, like the Weed for Warriors Project, who will use it to help treat vets with PTSD.
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Whatever you choose to do with your cannabis, giving some away to people you know or to a cause you believe in will make you feel generous, and scientific studies show that generosity has positive impact on brain function and mood. To learn more about this research, read this article.
Think you’d like to grow your own, but might not know how? Tried growing weed before, but found it was more difficult than you expected? We have a solution. At Home Grow Community, we’re experts at in-home cannabis cultivation. We’ll help you select the right strains of cannabis for your needs, and then work with you to tend, harvest and process your own, high quality, organic cannabis. We’ll do the hard work for you, and you’ll get all the benefits of growing your own. Interested? Learn more.