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Potters gold soil

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anybody use potters gold soil? I been using ffof but my 10 day old blue mistic looks like shit so I put water phd at 6.8 and 5.9 out… that's it for fox…

Anyone try Potter’s Gold soil?

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—if im not mistakin this is the soil scientist that is marketing this here in michigan. google the guy

he claims it is a water only from start to finish– here is an older article.
(he was in detroit crains business weekly)

Todd Herrick (right), creator of Potter’s Gold potting soil, unloads a shipment with help from Anthony Cardosa, owner of two AAA Hydroponics “hydro shops” in the Grand Rapids area. Herrick sells an average of more than 600 bags a month to shops that help customers set up marijuana growing operations.
West Michigan financiers “want to be on the bleeding edge of where this is going,” said Joseph Voss, an attorney in the corporate practice of group/debt and equity financing in the Grand Rapids office of Clark Hill PLC.

“But we have to say to the nonaggressive money — which is most of the money — that it is really difficult to do this without the threat of seizure of all the assets for businesses that lean to the distribution side. It’s ‘Take stuff first and figure out the case later’ in drug enforcement circles.

“The specter of a federal prosecution hangs over everybody, even those who are complying with the letter of the law in Michigan.”

That hasn’t stopped people from asking. Voss said he has fielded about 10 inquiries from private equity funds since November, double such inquiries from the entire year prior.

Having a green thumb

With a master’s degree in soil science from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s in ornamental horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Todd Herrick knows what pot plants need to grow.

He has put years of training and horticulture experience to use developing Potter’s Gold, a premium, custom-blended soil well-suited for customers who visit West Michigan hydro shops to set up marijuana growing operations. After launching the product in March, Herrick sells an average of more than 600 bags a month to about 16 shops throughout the area. He hopes to boost sales by reaching stores on the eastern side of Michigan.

“Grow stores are popping up all over the place, and there’s opportunity for people like myself who have more of a specialized product to offer to the market segment,” said Herrick, a Grand Haven native whose primary job is consulting on soil science through his firm, Hort Services LLC.

“I decided to launch this knowing full well that there was a great deal of uncertainty in this green industry sector. There aren’t any leaves or buds on the bag — I wanted to make sure that I could cross over to their traditional garden center market if I needed to.”

But rising sales and feedback from growers of medical marijuana confirmed Herrick’s belief that the market was ready for a locally produced, high-quality soil.

Herrick sources and checks the ingredients, blends the soil and packages the product in Hudsonville in bags holding 1.5 cubic feet. “The business has gotten so large, I can’t do it by myself anymore, so my wife and my son help when it comes to bagging the product,” he said.

Herrick does much of his own distribution of the soil, which can cost $15 to $20 per bag — more expensive than ordinary potting soil sold in home improvement centers but midpriced for specialty soils.

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Had to look into this one as well and once I read the Lab Analysis I lost interest . Note hosphorus levels intentionally maintained at a low level to prevent cation binding. Anticipate significantly enhanced uptake via root association with mycorrhizal fungi.

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Phizzion, buckaroo, professor,

I’ll post this as a general “for what it’s worth”, hopefully not coming across as a rant. I really do appreciate feedback that I receive from growers using my soil!

1. Potter’s Gold is light by design, and many growers and store owners that I talked with in early development indicated need to amend popular retail soils with extra perlite. Those that have time & interest in batching their own would likely benefit from a similarly high level of porosity, as it’s prerequisite for optimal root health and nutrient uptake. There’s a tradeoff here with water-holding capacity, but I’m of the belief that root health comes first.

2. pH stability is relative and is significantly impacted by grower inputs. I’ve tried to formulate PG with adequate buffering and elevated CEC to help reduce drastic swings in pH, certainly relative to Pro-Mix and other high peat options. Unfortunately well-intentioned growers can often be the source of their own pH problems if they lack understanding of the influences of water quality and applied nutrient formulations (there’s lots of info on the web to help here).

3. I’ve never claimed that PG is “water only from start to finish”, and if this was quoted in the Crain’s or Big Buds article it’s an unfortunate error. The bag and website have always been very clear, indicating that the incorporated nutrients should sustain healthy growth for 3-4 weeks. Again, this is by design since the majority of feedback I’ve received over the last 2 years suggests that most growers want to control their own nutrient load. In practice it appears that many use PG as a supersoil base or in layering applications, others sometimes continuing to use stand-alone with each pot size “upshift”. Nutrient supplementation is very subjective and recommendations are typically all over the map.

4. I’m not surprised at your reaction to the lab analysis, and for all the misinterpretation and confusion it generated I regret ever having put it on my website. My horticultural library is extensive, and coupled with 28 years of growing & consulting experience provides justification for both target pH (organic container soils) and nutrient balance. Phosphorus supplementation effects pre-bloom through bud set are well documented, but nutrient marketing is powerful and has been effectively coupled with cute artwork and rammed down growers throats. The biggest irony is that the benefit of mycorrhizal fungi is totally misunderstood in growing substrates flooded with excessive P, yet has become another source of exploitation.

5. The Crain’s article put more emphasis on the business side than the real truth of the matter – it was almost out of spite that I developed and introduced Potter’s Gold. I’m sorry, but in my opinion the majority of soils coming from the west coast are substandard (and you can prove it to yourself by drying them down and running through a screen/sieve to look at the fillers). Retail customers deserve better, and my goal was simply to bring a locally produced soil to the shelves that’s of significantly higher quality. Reference to garden center cross over is real in theory and for liability purposes on my bag, but in practice I’d estimate 85% going to the MM segment and the remaining 15% to veggies and other indoor gardening crops.

6. I inadvertently pissed off the author of the Big Buds article in advance of its writing in my attempt to provide some distance – thankfully we smoothed things out over a couple of phone conversations & emails, and I was able to convince him to evaluate PG purely from the standpoint of relativity to other currently available retail soils. Truth is I’m a walking liability if I make blanket recommendations on nutrients or plant culture, yet any grower can take a look at PG on its own and assess whether it might be a better fit for them than OF, RO or other offerings.

Feedback is welcome and appreciated, and thanks to all that have tried my soil!

Saw a new soil at the local store that was Potter's Gold made in Grand Haven, MI. Anyone try it yet? Was wondering about ph stability. Feels lighter than…


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Durban Poison

This pure sativa originates from the South African port city of Durban. It has gained popularity worldwide for its sweet smell and energetic, uplifting effects. Durban Poison is the perfect strain to help you stay productive through a busy day, when exploring the outdoors, or to lend a spark of creativity. Growers and concentrate enthusiasts will both enjoy the over-sized resin glands which make this strain a quality choice for concentrate extraction. The buds are round and chunky, and leave a thick coating of trichomes on almost all areas of the plant.

This pure sativa originates from the South African port city of Durban. It has gained popularity worldwide for its sweet smell and energetic, uplifting effects. Durban Poison is the perfect strain to help you stay productive through a busy day, when exploring the outdoors, or to lend a spark of creativity. Growers and concentrate enthusiasts will both enjoy the over-sized resin glands which make this strain a quality choice for concentrate extraction. The buds are round and chunky, and leave a thick coating of trichomes on almost all areas of the plant.

Durban Poison is a sativa cannabis strain.

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Sativa dominant (80/20)

Lineage : Durban poison x Skywalker OG

Smell : Pure durban , floral, pine , lemon pledge

Taste : Strong Pine, smooth, old school sativa

Effect : Focused clarity, quick onset, concentration, energy

The Durban Walker is a throwback to landrace Durban Poison varieties. The flavor on this phenotype is both intense and nostalgic. The effects are heavily sativa, with just a small hint of the skywalker OG in the back of the smoke.

Genetics : The Vault Genetics

Cultivation : Indoor LEC/HPS hand watered, hand trimmed

Sativa dominant (80/20)

Lineage : Durban poison x Skywalker OG

Smell : Pure durban , floral, pine , lemon pledge

Taste : Strong Pine, smooth, old school sativa

Effect : Focused clarity, quick onset, concentration, energy

The Durban Walker is a throwback to landrace Durban Poison varieties. The flavor on this phenotype is both intense and nostalgic. The effects are heavily sativa, with just a small hint of the skywalker OG in the back of the smoke.

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growing kratom indoors

Should You Grow Your Own Kratom Plants At Home?

As more people decide that kratom is right for them, interest in growing kratom at home is skyrocketing. Whether you grow your own kratom plant indoors or out in a garden, it’s a possibility most kratom advocates will look into it at some time or another. Let’s look at both whether you can and whether you should grow your own Kratom.

The Roots Of Kratom

The Mitragyna speciosa is an evergreen tree that is native to Southeast Asia. Considered by locals to be an indigenous medicinal herb, a myriad of health benefits are ascribed to its usage. However, the FDA still recognizes no medical benefit and allows kratom to be used for research purposes only. Through their own independent research, however, many people are choosing to make Kratom part of their daily lives, and that can include growing kratom too.

In its natural habitat, kratom grows in the fertile soil of tropical jungles and rainforests. Dense nutritious soil supports healthy growth, and the warm dry air means a drink is never long off. There, kratom plants can grow up to 20-feet tall in the first two years of their lives. These are the conditions the plant is adapted to, so you’ll need to keep them in mind when deciding whether to grow your own kratom or not.

General Considerations

This matter is not only a matter of why but how to grow kratom. In order to grow well, Kratom needs a few conditions met.

  • Light – Kratom plants need a lot of light. They love the sun, and if they don’t get it, you can see your plants wither and die. Outdoors, you’ll want to plant your Kratom where it can get direct sunlight. If you’re growing Kratom indoors, you’ll need some pretty hefty grow lamps to keep them well lit.
  • Water – So much water. Kratom plants are near impossible to overwater, and you don’t have to plan for drainage in their case. Make sure they’re getting plenty of water to the roots, but also remember to spray them regularly if they aren’t in a humidity-controlled room.
  • Soil – Rainforest soil is incredibly dense with nutrients. Kratom needs soil that is extremely rich in nitrogen. The soil should be fairly acidic, with a pH level of 5.5 to 6.5. You’ll need to monitor this level carefully, and the growing Kratom plant’s biochemistry can affect the soil’s pH level as it grows.
  • Temperature – Since it’s a tropical evergreen, Kratom does poorly when the temperature dips below 60℉, and sustained temperatures below 50℉ can kill it. For most of the US, this temperature will be hard to guarantee when growing Kratom outside. A greenhouse, however, is sufficient to maintain the temperature in some areas, and growing Kratom indoors handily lets you ensure the temperature at which it grows, though if you’re relying on a central air system, the whole house will be a slave to your plant’s comfort levels.
  • Space – Plants need room to grow, and the same goes when you grow your own kratom. The bigger you want to grow them, the more space they’ll need. Outside, a standard-sized garden will allow enough space for several growing Kratom plants. Indoors, you will need to use containers that offer sufficient space to support each plant. While smaller planters may work for seedlings, they will soon outgrow them, so starting with a larger pot is better. It’s far easier to get a large pot of soil appropriately conditioned than a series of successively larger containers until you find the right one.
  • Regulation – Ok. The kratom plant doesn’t actually care about regulation, but you should. As locations look at the possibility of scheduling Kratom as a controlled substance, banning Kratom outright, or putting severe restrictions on its cultivation and usage, it can impact your rights and responsibilities when growing Kratom. Even if you’re in an unregulated area, you’ll want to ensure it can’t easily fall into the hands of youth or pets. With the current FDA fear campaign against Kratom in full swing, the last thing you want is to be associated with an accident.

To add to these very particular conditions, kratom has earned a reputation as a notoriously difficult plant to get started. Seeds require the same exacting conditions while germinating, and cuttings will refuse to root or outright wither if conditions are not met. For this reason, many new growers choose to purchase small yet already rooted plants. Unless you’re an experienced kratom green thumb, that is probably your best bet where available.


The short answer about whether growing kratom at home is: yes, a kratom plant can be grown. If you can figure out how to grow kratom, that is. In most areas of the US, however, it’s not going to do very well without a lot of help and resources being devoted to it. From near constant watering to the consistent application of fertilizer, you can expect it to become a labor of love that is heavy on the labor part.

Growing kratom indoors will save your plants from a freeze, but it won’t save you a lot of work. Without access to natural rain and fertilizers, your plants will be entirely dependent on you for care. Meanwhile, they’ll also be taking up your spare room, family room, or wherever else you’ve turned into your climate-controlled green room.

That being said, once grown, kratom trees are a consistent source of fresh kratom leaves. Once harvested and dried, they can be processed into a powder. It’s relatively cheap as long as your costs to keep the trees healthy remain low enough, and there’s a certain satisfaction to being more self-reliant.

But Should You?

If there is no way available to get high-quality kratom, growing kratom at home is a viable alternative. If that’s not the case, Kratom Spot works with the most trusted growers in the business to bring you the raw powder , extracts , and capsules you need in the most popular strains. Just get on the internet, and you’re a few clicks away from premium kratom being delivered straight to your door. If you have any questions about our products, call our customer service team at 888-510-2038. Order your Kratom from Kratom Spot today.

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How to Grow Kratom in 2020?

Did you know that kratom plants are effective in providing pain relief and reducing anxiety and stress? Additionally, there is no addiction risk involved, which means you can use it safely. It is perfectly understandable that many people want to learn how to grow kratom in the comfort of their home.

Kratom usually grows in tropical and warm climates and may present some challenges to the person growing it. That is why we focused this guide on successfully cultivating the plant and overcoming any obstacles you may face. We will explain how to grow kratom, and help you understand the plant and its many benefits.

Five Crucial Benefits of Growing Kratom

It is a long list of things that kratom can positively affect when it comes to our health. Here is an overview of its potential benefits:

  1. It can be a potent painkiller – Some Kratom Strains like OPSM Gold Kratom have analgesic properties, which helps him to deliver pain relief regardless of the type of the physical pain you are feeling. However, you will need to find the right dosage – it is probably somewhere between three and six grams.
  2. Kratom leaves boost your energy – ultimately, kratom belongs to the coffee family, which is known for its energy-boosting effect. If you are tired or need an increase in energy and focus ahead of a tiring day, kratom can help.
  3. It can lift your mood – if you had a lousy day or you are feeling down for whatever reason, this plant can make you feel better.
  4. The plant treats anxiety and stress – whether you only have social anxiety or general issues with this disorder, kratom can help. It is also suitable to provide stress relief as it stimulates the production of serotonin and endorphins.
  5. It can help to optimize your sleep – if you are having problems falling asleep or achieving optimal sleep patterns, this plant can be of assistance.

The research also indicates kratom can help in dealing with inflammation-caused diseases, such as osteoporosis and arthritis. Apart from the anti-inflammatory properties, it can act as an appetite suppressant and assist in achieving portion control.

What Do You Need to Grow Kratom?

If you want your kratom tree to grow quickly and reach its potential, you need to be as successful as possible in emulating its natural habitat. Kratom is used to a high-humidity environment, as well as soil that is wet but not flooded with water.

The critical thing to boost the chances of your seeds sprouting and growing is to plant them while fresh. When it comes to freshness, kratom seeds should be planted within a couple of days after being taken from the parent plant. In other words, you need to act quickly, or you risk your seeds not developing into a plant.

Otherwise, you may not grow it from seeds at all. You can utilize clippings from live kratom trees instead. That way you will have more chances in successfully growing kratom. The downside is that trees grown that way are more susceptible to infections, which is why extra care is needed.

Step by Step Guide on Growing Kratom

Now that you know why you should grow kratom let’s see how you can do that. For starters, you need to purchase the plant. A crucial thing to know here is that each cutting is the same age as its parent. Another factor to consider is that you want high-quality kratom to boost its chances of succeeding in your home or yard and maximize potential health benefits.

Step 1: Accommodate It to the New Environment

Once the plant arrives, the first thing you want to is to help it accommodate to the new environment. Kratom is used to the humidity, and dry air can be a shock to the plant, which can result in the leaves falling off. Try finding something that reminds of a dome, such as a terrarium, so that you can maintain a high level of humidity. The goal is to gradually take the dome off and let more air inside. The process should take several days until the plant gets used to new conditions.

if you received your plant in a plastic bag or a package, do not take it out immediately. Instead, poke a couple of holes and continue poking the holes for several days to slowly enable kratom to become used to the new environment. Once you estimate it has adapted in your home or yard, proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Pick Top-Quality Soil

You will need a bag of soil to move kratom into its new home. You can even consider a pot, which will be necessary if growing it indoors. Make sure to find top-quality soil, preferably one rich in pumice or perlite for drainage. Keep in mind that the soil should be wet, but it shouldn’t be saturated.

The general rule of thumb is that you should place about five to ten seeds in every pot. Not every seed will grow, but that gives you the best chances for the seeds to develop into fully-grown trees.

When picking the location, keep in mind that kratom can grow up to 10 feet in height. Not all the plants will grow that much, but it is your task to ensure they have sufficient space to develop. As for the light, they do need it, but not around the clock, so try to experiment with the ideal number of hours for your plant.

Step 3: Fertilize Regularly

Read the instructions for the particular soil you’ve purchased and pay attention to fertilizing. In most cases, you will need to fertilize the soil every two to four weeks to help keep the soil nutritious. It is a bit more expensive, but natural fertilizers are the best and healthiest way to go. You want to pick fertilizers that boost vegetative growth. Read the manual and check special instructions for feeding trees.

Step 4: Keep Bugs Away

Taking care of the health of your kratom tree also involves preventing bugs from eating it. Keep in mind that synthetic pesticides can be dangerous, which is why you should stick to natural protection. That includes horticultural oils, such as neem oil. You should apply as the instructions specify, but if there are none provided, go with 2-3 times every week for a couple of weeks. Do not wait for the plant to get attacked by bugs – spray preventatively.

Step 5: When to Harvest

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t expect any yield from the plant in the initial year. However, if you see that your kratom tree has become a fully-developed plant, it is time for harvesting. You should harvest during the autumn as that is when the leaves are most potent. The leaves will fall off the tree naturally in the autumn, and you should harvest them right before that happens.

As for storing, keep kratom away from any heat source. If you want to maintain its freshness and prevent degradation, the plant should be stored in a cool place. You should also avoid sunlight, which makes a freezer or closet a wise choice. Kratom should be kept in a sealed container, such as a closed jar.

If you plan to store it for longer than three months, consider using vacuum-sealed bags or mini-freezer. However, keep in mind that even if you store kratom with the utmost care, it will still start degrading after about a year.

Indoors or Outdoors?

You can grow kratom both indoors and the outdoors. If you pick to cultivate it outside, the greenhouse is the best option. A greenhouse or dome effect will protect the plant from severe weather conditions, as well as maintain high humidity levels, which will make the plant happy. Before starting to grow Kratom please make sure to check if it’s legal especially if you live in states like Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama or California.

Keep in mind that every guide on how to grow kratom pinpoints that is a tropical plant and prefers warm weather. If you live in cold climates, greenhouse becomes a requirement, especially during the winter. At 50F, the plant will become dormant, but colder temperatures than that may endanger the plant. On the other hand, heat is not a problem for them, and they appreciate even if the temperature is over 100F.

If you decide to cultivate the plant indoors, it shouldn’t be difficult to replicate a tropical climate throughout the entire year. You need to provide the plant lighting, so consider using artificial light, such as HID (high-intensity discharge light bulbs). When it comes to indoor crops, many gardeners go with metal halides and high-pressure sodium. However, make sure that the bulb is kept at a safe distance from the plant as the light can be a bit too strong for it. For example, a 400W bulb should be about four feet away. Finally, consider ventilation as fresh air is essential to keep the plant growth at full potential. And remember, the temperature should not vary too much, and you should keep the area relatively warm.

Final Words

We hope that you’ve learned the basics of how to grow kratom thanks to this guide. As you can see, the plant delivers multiple benefits and using it can promote and maintain optimal health and wellness. Cultivating your kratom is the best way to ensure that you get the healthiest plant and maximize its potential benefits.

Remember to stick to the steps mentioned in this article and always use natural solutions and approaches to nurturing it. A bit of experimentation regarding the best lighting, ventilation, and other details might be necessary, but with a bit of trial and error, you will easily become a successful kratom grower!

How to Grow Kratom in 2020? Did you know that kratom plants are effective in providing pain relief and reducing anxiety and stress? Additionally, there is no addiction risk involved, which means


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Smart Pots are eco-friendly and effective fabric pots. These soft growing containers are more productive than plastic pots because they allow air to reach the soil and roots, improving drainage and keeping the root system from overheating on hot days. Smart Pot’s design also allows the air to prune the plant root structure and prevents plants from becoming root-bound! These pots are available in black and tan. The dimensions of these 30 Gallon containers are 24” W x 16.5” Tall. Therefore, these pots will hold approximately 4.3 cubic feet of soil.

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Smart pots, which were founded in 1984 was the 1st fabric container company and has been by far of the most well-known. Easy to clean and reuse, smart pots have been growing larger plants for years. There are many benefits of using fabric gardening pot containers such as air pruning, temperature control, drainage, and affordability. Smart pots come in all different shapes and sizes.

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Mums, short for chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum spp.), are a bright addition to the indoor garden, with multipetaled blossoms in pink, yellow, white, red and orange. These perennials, hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 10, grow 1 to 2 feet tall and equally wide. As houseplants, mums are prized for their ability to cleanse the air of pollutants. Keeping mums alive indoors is relatively easy. By paying close attention to their cultural requirements and monitoring plants for an occasional pest you can extend the life of these colorful blooms.

General Care

Plant mums in pots filled with fresh, sterilized, well-drained potting medium. This applies to growing mums indoors or in containers outside.

Irrigate the potting medium only when the soil begins to feel dry to the touch, but do not wait so long that the plant begins to wilt. Avoid overwatering that results in puddled water, because wet soil leads to root rot.

Place mums in an area of the home that provides filtered, bright light, such as a window. Avoid direct sunlight that can harm the plants when grown indoors. Reduce daylight exposure to approximately 10 daily hours of sunlight to push mums to bloom.

Adjust any air conditioning in the home for a general temperature range of approximately 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit for best development, particularly during nighttime hours. Though indoor mums continue to grow at daytime temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, reducing the temperature may help keep mums looking vibrant and healthy.

Monitor and Treat for Pests

Monitor mums regularly, examining them for any changes or abnormalities.

Look for signs of an aphid infestation, because these pests are common to indoor mums. Search foliage for the presence of the tiny pests with soft bodies in a variety of colors, such as green or black, often gathering in groups on leaf undersides. Examine mums for damage, such as distorted foliage and the presence of a sticky substance called honeydew, which aphids secrete as they suck fluid from plant tissue.

Control aphids to keep mums alive. Wash aphids off of mum plants with a soap mixture of 2 teaspoons of mild detergent to 1 gallon of water, suggests the University of Missouri Extension. Saturate plants with a low-toxicity insecticide, such as an insecticidal soap, in the case of severe infestation.

Search plants for another common pest, the leafminer. Examine foliage for the tunnels they create as they feed into plant tissue. Look below the plant for leaf drop, which often occurs as a result of damage.

Remove with pruning shears and destroy plant material affected by leafminers, such as mined leaves. Apply neem oil to plant surfaces to kill leafminers, making sure to thoroughly saturate the mum plant. Plants rarely suffer severe damage as a result of these pests.

How to Keep Mums Alive Inside. Mums, short for chrysanthemums (Dendranthema x grandiflora), make visually pleasing additions to the indoor home garden, with multipetaled blossoms in a variety of hues, such as pink, yellow, white, red and orange. These flowers display green foliage and have a height and width of 1 to 2 …

How to Overwinter Fall Mums Indoors

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When you think about the seasons and the flowers associated with them, several plants are likely to pop in your mind. Chances are when you think about fall, you see beautiful, flowering mums, or more specifically, chrysanthemums (Dendranthema x grandiflora). Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10, mums are often treated as annuals and tossed out each year. This is needless. You can leave your garden mums in the ground during winter, especially with a layer of mulch in the cooler zones. However, because potted plants are more susceptible to cold damage, bring your mums indoors for winter safekeeping. Come spring, take them back outside and start your watering, fertilizing and pruning regimen so you can produce lush, compact, blooming wonders for which mums are prized.

Keep mums outdoors until the foliage and flowers die back after the first frost. Cut the brown foliage and stems, leaving 1 inch above the soil line. Use sterilized pruning tools so you don’t transfer disease to the mums.

Move the plant indoors to a dark area that is between 32 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. A basement or unheated closet might work well. If temperatures could drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, wrap the bottom and sides of the pot with three or four layers of newspapers.

Water mums so the soil is slightly moist during winter dormancy. Feel the soil about 1 to 2 inches deep two or three times a month and irrigate the plant when the soil feels dry.

Keep mums indoors until one week before the last expected spring frost. At that time, take the pot outdoors to its summer location for two or three hours, then bring it back indoors to its winter location. Each day, bring the pot outdoors and leave it there for an hour or so longer each time. After the last expected frost, keep mums outdoors and begin their regular growing season care.

How to Overwinter Fall Mums Indoors. When you think about the seasons and the flowers associated with them, several plants are likely to pop in your mind. Chances are when you think about fall, you see beautiful, flowering mums, or more specifically, chrysanthemums (Dendranthema x grandiflora). Hardy in U.S. …


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The difference between indica and sativa. Do they matter?

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  1. Where do indica and sativa come from?
  2. How are these terms used now?
  3. Sativa vs. indica – What are the differences?
  4. Sativa vs. indica effects
  5. How do indicas and sativas change your high?

The terms indica and sativa have probably dictated every cannabis-related decision you’ve ever made. If you’re a novice, moderate, or veteran cannabis user, the first question you probably ask yourself every time you shop for a specific species of cannabis is whether you want the “body high” of indica, the “cerebral rush” of sativa, or the varied effects of a hybrid.

Each cannabis strain or cultivar has its own shape, color, aroma profile, and display of effects. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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As you’ll notice upon browsing a well-stock dispensary shelf, there are all types of cannabis strains , or cultivars . Each has its own shape, color, aroma profile, and display of effects. What we may not be aware of is how often we limit the scope of our cannabis consumption by forcing each flower into one of two — or sometimes, three — ambiguous categories.

This isn’t to say that indica and sativa are completely irrelevant terms. Growers use them to categorize plants based on their growth traits and resulting chemical profiles, which in turn helps retailers market cannabis by categorizing effects for consumers. In other words, indica and sativa are still around because they still serve a purpose.

Conventional wisdom is seldom unfounded, but that doesn’t mean it’s always reliable. So let’s dig into the controversy surrounding indica and sativa strains — find out where these terms came from, how we use them today, and whether they’re still valuable in our current cannabis landscape.

Where do indica and sativa come from?

Together, indica and sativa have been the foundation of the cannabis lexicon since the mid-1700s. In 1753, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus identified psychoactive cannabis plants as Cannabis sativa in his work Species Plantarum , and 32 years later, French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck identified Cannabis indica as a different species while observing the physical characteristics of India’s cannabis plants. Lamarck argued that C. indica plants have dark green, wide leaves compared with C. sativa leaves, which are light and narrow.

Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus first identified Cannabis sativa in his 1927 work Species Plantarum. Photo by: Public Domain photo from Wikimedia Commons

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Fast forward to 1930, when Russian botanist Dmitrij Janischewsky identifies Cannabis ruderalis as the third subspecies. This time, it was not a result of unique physical expressions, but rather unique traits in the plant’s flowering cycle. Janischewsky noticed that while most cannabis plants begin to flower as a result of the changing available sunlight, ruderalis plants automatically began to flower between 20-40 days after sprouting.

Now, you probably haven’t heard your local budtender suggest a great new “ruderalis” strain. That’s because botanists never quite agreed on a definitive cannabis taxonomy.

Another pivotal moment for our current taxonomy came in the mid-to-late 1970s, when American biologists Loran Anderson and Richard E. Schultes argued that there are three cannabis species: C. sativa , C. indica , and C. ruderalis . Departing somewhat from Linneaeus and Lamarck, Anderson and Schultes characterized a distinction between plants based on their ratio of the cannabinoids THC and CBD. They observed a difference between cultivars high in THC with low CBD ( C. sativa ), those with high THC and CBD ( C. indica), and those with a high CBD to THC ratio ( C. ruderalis ).

In 1976, around the time Schultes and Anderson were making their claims, Ernest Small and Arthur Cronquist argued the existence of only one central cannabis species, which they labeled C. sativa . Human intervention, they contended, subsequently created two subspecies: C. sativa (low-THC hemp) and C. indica (high-THC cannabis cultivated for intoxication).

Fast forward to today — we’re still making cannabis discoveries that reshape our taxonomic framework. Since the mid-2000s, botanists have diverted from Small’s and Cronquist’s taxonomy — arguing that sativa and indica subspecies may have predated human intervention. We’ve also begun to recognize the importance of terpenes in shaping the cannabis experience — something previous taxonomists never took into account.

It is important to note that these terms were created for botanists and not pharmacologists. Botanists use these terms to classify plants on the basis of shared characteristics, not on their effects on the human body.

How are these terms used now?

Almost immediately upon their inception, the terms indica and sativa were used to identify cannabis plants based on the shape and size of their main leaves, and the amount of fiber they produced. Today’s cultivators use them for roughly the same purpose — separating plants into indica and sativa according to their growth traits and physical makeup.

Today’s cultivators separate plants into indica and sativa according to their growth traits and physical makeup. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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If the indica and sativa taxonomy is for anyone, it’s for the cultivators. Unsuspecting consumers, on the other hand, may find them a bit misleading. Human intervention has dramatically changed the chemical makeup of the cannabis plant since the days of Linnaeus and Lamarck. The effects of indica and sativa plants in the 1700s probably aligned more closely with their physical classification than they do today.

Sativa vs. indica – What are the differences?

The real difference between today’s indica and sativa plants is in their observable traits during the cultivation cycle. Indica plants tend to grow short with thick stems and broad, deep-green leaves. They also have short flowering cycles, and grow sufficiently in cold, short-season climates. Sativa plants have longer flowering cycles, fare better in warm climates with long seasons, and usually grow taller with light-green, narrow leaves.

For the last 50 years of cannabis cultivation, crossbreeding has been the name of the game. As a result, there’s virtually no such thing as a “pure” indica or sativa anymore. Every flower you’ve ever come in contact with has most likely been a hybrid of some sort. Classifying a particular cultivar, or strain, as indica or sativa usually means that it tilts to one side or the other of an indica/sativa spectrum.

Sativa vs. indica effects

The “indica vs. sativa” framework has drawn controversy, and for good reason. As you research cultivars online, you may keep coming up against the same phrases to describe sativas (“cerebral,” “heady,”, “uplifting”, “energizing”) and indicas (“relaxing,” “sedating,” “full-bodied,” “couchlock,” “stoney”). It’s still perfectly valid to describe effects as “sativa-like” or “indica-like”, as long as we remember that sativa or indica-like effects don’t necessarily coincide with a plant’s sativa or indica lineage.

A sativa high can be described as “cerebral, heady, uplifting, energizing”, while an indica high is “relaxing, sedating, full-bodied, couchlock, stoney”. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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This is where hybrids come in. You’ve probably noticed how hybrid cultivars have become as prominent as indicas and sativas, if not more so. It’s a sign that cannabis marketing is catching up to reality. All modern cultivars are technically hybrids, but the plants we officially classify as hybrids are the intentional crossbreeds of indicas and sativas, designed to produce specific qualities and effects. Often, budtenders recommend hybrids for their highly specialized effects, flavors, and aromas.

Hybrids certainly present a more nuanced taxonomic reality, but they do not provide a label that adequately indicates the effects that a user can expect from a cultivar —- especially as we recognize how differently from one another our bodies react to cannabis . Ever settle in to relax with some indica, only to find yourself in a high-energy cerebral haze? Or, have you tried sativa- dominant strains you heard were great for productivity and ended up in a prolonged, full-body couchlock? The truth is, you can’t always rely on your body to receive indica or sativa-like effects from an indica or sativa flower. You and your friend might smoke the exact same bud and have two equally distinct experiences.

How do indicas and sativas change your high?

The hard “indica vs. sativa = relaxation vs. exhilaration” paradigm is clearly outdated, if not totally inaccurate. So where does that leave us? What relevance, if any, do the terms indica and sativa have, and what effect will they have on your high?

The answer isn’t as hopeless, nor as clear-cut, as you might think. Each strain produces an effect as individual as its end user, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make truly educated decisions about which cultivars you’re going to try.

The effects you experience from a particular cannabis strain are much more directly tied to a specific set of compounds — more precisely, cannabinoids and terpenes — and how they affect you as an individual. THC — the dominant cannabis compound — is just one of several cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Each cultivar has its own cannabinoid makeup and accompanying effect. On the adult-use market, the most popular strains tend to have some of the highest levels of THC content . Terpenes — the organic compounds responsible for a plant’s flavors and aromas — greatly influence the character and effect a cannabis plant will produce, as well as the potential medicinal benefits . The labels indica and sativa were established centuries before we realized how integral terpenes were to the overall effects of a given cultivar.

Terpenes — the organic compounds responsible for a plant’s flavors and aromas — greatly influence the character and effect a cannabis plant will produce, as well as the potential medicinal benefits.

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Knowing the difference between indica-like or sativa-like effects is a great starting point in deciding which cannabis products to use, but you’ll be able to make much more educated decisions once you start paying attention to cannabinoid and terpene content. Paying attention to the aromas of cultivars that really agree with you is a good method. Remember that quite often your nose will know best. As always, knowledge comes with experience. Everyone’s body reacts differently to external influences. All it takes is experience and the right information to know what works for you. Ultimately, you are your own best resource for determining which cannabis products will deliver the effects you seek.

Indica, Sativa, & Hybrid have been the standard of choosing the type of feeling you want with cannabis – does it actually matter? Discover what they actually tell you.

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Marijuana is the psychoactive drug derived from this plant, containing the active ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Different strains of cannabis include sativa and indica.

While marijuana remains federally illegal and designated as a Schedule I controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), cannabis is a big business in the United States. Many states have legalized its medicinal, and even its recreational, use at the local level.

Strains of Cannabis

Cannabis plants are bred and genetically engineered into different strains. Two of the most talked about strains are cannabis sativa and cannabis indica.

While there are many claims of these two plants being completely different strains of cannabis, with a different look and different effects, most scientists and experts agree that they likely just contain a different chemical makeup.

It is near impossible to know exactly what you are buying or taking and how it might impact you, but there are some things to be aware of. Looking at the chemical composition of cannabis can help you determine its potential effects.

There are some differences between those labeled sativa and those marked indica.

Cannabis Explained

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cannabis ranks as the most used, abused, trafficked, and cultivated illicit drug around the globe. About 2.5 percent of the global population consume cannabis every year.

In the United States, 24 million Americans were current users of marijuana at the time of the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

Cannabis is widely used and distributed. It is sold all over the world in a variety of settings and in a range of products.

Marijuana (derived from the cannabis plant’s stems, seeds, and leaves) is a dried form of cannabis that is generally smoked or ingested for a pleasurable high. This is due to the THC, or psychoactive, component of the drug.

Typically, the higher the level of THC, the more potent the strain and the more mind-altering the effects will be.

The Debate Over Sativa & Indica

There are thousands of different strains and types of cannabis on the market. Consumers are often looking for either sativa or indica, depending on what the desired impact is.

Cannabis sativa plants are tall with narrow thin leaves, while the indica strain plants are short with broader leaves. Aside from just looks, these plants are said to have different effects.

Cannabis sativa:

  • Gives you energy.
  • Enhances mood and makes you feel happy.
  • Makes you more social.
  • Lowers inhibitions.

Cannabis indica:

  • Has a sedating effect.
  • Makes you feel more mellow and calm.
  • Helps to relieve stress.
  • Works for pain relief.

Researchers tend to agree that the breakdown of these cannabis strains is not entirely accurate. The main difference between different makeups of cannabis product lies in their chemical makeup.

At a dispensary, the indica versus sativa distinction may tell you what the desired and likely effects of the product will be, but this is not necessarily based on the plant itself. It is more likely due to the level of THC in the plant and other biochemical components.

If a cannabis product tells you it is indica, or indica-like, it is likely intended to be more mellowing and sedating. Something labeled as sativa, or sativa-like, is likely to be more energizing and intoxicating.

Possible Impact of Cannabis Use

The higher the level of THC, the more intoxicating a cannabis product is likely to be and the greater its psychoactive properties. This is true whether or not the product you are ingesting is sativa or indica.

Cannabis use can impair your mental and cognitive functions as well as your motor skills. Possible side effects of use include the following:

  • Lowered inhibitions and likely to engage in more risk-taking behaviors
  • Delayed reaction time
  • Memory issues
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Distorted perception and sense of time
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Sedation and sluggishness
  • Fatigue
  • Tremors
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Decreased motivation
  • Increased sociability

It can also be difficult to know exactly what kind of cannabis you are really taking — what’s in it and how it is going to impact you and your body. Just because the “experts” tell you that this particular strain is going to pump you up instead of making you tired, this doesn’t mean it will happen to you. Cannabis and different cannabis products will interact in each person’s body differently, and it can be hard to predict exactly what will happen.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) warns that marijuana use can be addictive. Nearly a third of those who use the drug struggle with a marijuana use disorder at some point.

CBD as an Alternative to Cannabis

Cannabis products are often heralded for their potential medicinal properties. They are frequently used to relieve anxiety, reduce pain, boost appetite, and combat nausea.

One of the other components of cannabis is CBD (cannabidiol), which is considered to more medicinal than intoxicating. When CBD amounts are higher than THC amounts, the effects of the drug are likely to be less mind-altering and more pharmacological.

Products that contain CBD as opposed to THC are not as likely to be intoxicating or have as many possible psychoactive side effects. CBD lotions and oils can be used for pain relief, and CBD on its own is not going to get you high.

CBD is often used for medicinal purposes to treat the following issues:

  • Seizures
  • Depression
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Inflammation
  • Migraines
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis

There are far fewer side effects associated with CBD than with cannabis products that contain higher amounts of THC.

Cannabis & Addiction

In 2017, a quarter of a million people in the United States were admitted to public substance abuse treatment facilities citing marijuana as their primary drug of abuse. Marijuana is a form of cannabis.

Cannabis, especially products high in THC, is a mind-altering substance that is considered to be addictive. With regular use, your brain and body can get used to cannabis and become dependent on it. You will need to use more of it to feel the same high (drug tolerance). It can become harder for you to stop using it, even if you want to and try to quit. This is addiction.

Regular and repeated cannabis use can lead to drug dependence, which is a physical reaction. When the drug is no longer active in your bloodstream, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Cannabis withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Irritability
  • Cravings
  • Appetite changes
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep issues
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Thinking, concentration, and memory problems

With chronic use, both cannabis sativa and cannabis indica can lead to drug dependence and addiction.

Rehab for Cannabis

Addiction is a behavioral brain disease that changes the way you think, feel, and act. Rehab can help to address the negative changes and teach you how to cope with life without turning to cannabis.

Your brain pathways can be rebuilt through behavioral therapies. In counseling, you can learn how to create and use coping strategies to manage cravings. You’ll learn how to build a positive support network that can help you to stay sober for the long term.

Though cannabis is often viewed through a benign lens, it can lead to serious problems if you are struggling with ongoing abuse and addiction. Reach out for help today.

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Cannabis sativa plants are tall with narrow thin leaves, while the indica strain plants are short with broader leaves. Aside from just looks, these plants are said to have different effects.


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‘Like Scoob I’m Totally Famous!’: How Shaggy Became Dank Meme Supreme

Not the meme you’ve seen as you scroll through your Twitter, Reddit, or Tumblr feed? Well, we can’t give it all away right from the start! But we can help you understand why ‘Shaggy’ has been a rising star in the meme world as of late.

If you didn’t know the back story, you MIGHT actually think this came out of thin air, you aren’t alone. But Know Your Meme knows better than to leave us all in the dark!

So what is Shaggy’s Origin

Apart from being introduced to the world as the snack-loving, ‘zoinks’ spouting best friend of the infamous Scooby Doo and one of The Mystery Machine’s most oblivious detectives, Shaggy is quite the popular character to poke fun at – as shown in both the show from its start in 1969 and most recently on the internet.

But this trend isn’t necessarily ‘new’. It has been a long time coming and, let’s be honest, like all memes, this too will eventually morph into a newer, funnier version of itself. But according to Know Your Meme, the first Shaggy meme hit the internet in 2015 with the Shaggy This Isn’t Weed Fred Jones meme courtesy of Reddit user thiscontradiction.

Okay, to some that might not be funny. Fair enough. To the meme community, this was GOLD and while ‘Shaggy’ didn’t resurface until two years later in the meme world, the above was just the beginning to January’s 2019 resurgence. Hold that thought, we’ll get back to that momentarily.

But first, enter an earlier, yet seemingly similar version of today’s trend, the 2017 Ultra Instinct Shaggy.

The above was the result of inspiration courtesy of Japanese Manga series, Dragon Ball whose character Goku transforms into what is called ‘Ultra Instinct’ by focusing on the battle at hand with a clear mind – a sort of defensive mode if you will, portrayed by his altered attitude, appearance (white hair) and a glow that surrounds him.

And while Shaggy doesn’t transform to the extent of our friend Goku – donning a darker look, Shaggy is totes rockin’ the badass look. Which is fitting giving the 2011 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur movie scene that spawned this series of memes flagged by Youtuber NukezNitro who was the first to pinpoint Shaggy’s Ultra Instinct transition courtesy of a post-visit with a hypnotherapist.

Which brings us to…

His latest resurgence

According to Know Your Meme, Shaggy resurfaced AGAIN in late 2018 and continues to spark today’s phenomenon as mentioned above – hinting at a new Shaggy… an omnipotent Shaggy. Crazy right?!

Not really given the context of the Ultra Instinct one from 2017. The latest memes surround everything from ‘only using x% of his power‘ to poking fun at infamous superheroes, including his modern interpretation via actor Matthew Lillard and my personal fave and one of the most popular below:

Posted just 14 days ago, Zoinks! that has received a 93% upvote with a submission score of 60.4k and 342 comments! Meme-worthy? I think so!

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Shaggy, This Isn’t Weed refers to a series of photoshopped images of the character Fred Jones from the animated television series Scooby Doo: Where Are You? with another, distorted face edited onto his own. The picture is captioned “Shaggy, this isn’t weed” implying that Fred had taken hallucinogenic substances. Online, people have posted variations of the picture, adding the catchphrase to other pieces of culture.


The earliest available example of the image was posted on November 16th, 2015 by Redditor [1] thiscontradiction. The post (shown below, left) received more than 14,000 points (79% upvoted) and 250 comments before archiving.

Later in the thread, one Redditor [2] explains that face is an illustration of Adalia Rose, a woman with the genetic disorder Progeria, which has been used on 4chan since as early as July 30th, 2012 (examples below, right)


Several months later, Imgur [3] user stephenbalaban posted an image of person with the Google DeepDream generator-like generator Dreamscope. They captioned the photograph “Shaggy, This Isn’t Weed.” The post (shown below) received more than 3,900 views in two years.

On January 30th, YouTuber Marshall Woodall published a video parody of Scooby Doo in which the characters are shown as distorted versions of themselves. The post (shown below, left) received more than 14,000 views.

Later that year, on April 26th, Drawception [4] player Ashleigh Rockingtin posted a illustrated version of the meme (shown below, right).

On December 15th, 2016, a deactivated Redditor [5] in the /r/coaxedintoasnafu subreddit posted an increasingly verbose variation of the image. The post (shown below) received more than 100 points (99% upvoted) in less than two years.

Shaggy, This Isn't Weed refers to a series of photoshopped images of the character Fred Jones from the animated television series Scooby Doo: Where Are You? with another, distorted face edited onto his own. The picture is captioned “Shaggy, this isn't weed” implying that Fred had taken hallucinagenic substances. Online, people have posted variations of the picture, adding the catchphrase to other pieces of culture.


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10 Reasons to Stay Away from Weed

People who support marijuana over other drugs often point to a number of different arguments that they believe prove it to be safe or at least less harmful. Many of these center on the fact that marijuana is a naturally occurring substance, hence its names including “herb,” “grass” or “weed.” While it may be true that cannabis can be found in nature, this does not by any means make it safe. There are many “natural” substances and plants that are also toxic. There are, in fact, many different reasons why you should avoid using marijuana:

1. Marijuana Smoke Contains Carcinogens

Smoking is not the only way in which marijuana users consume the drug, but it is certainly the most common. Whether it is in joints or a bong, the smoke released by marijuana contains many of the same carcinogens — chemical substances that cause cancer — as cigarette smoke.

2. Marijuana Can Cause Lung Damage

People who smoke weed are more at risk of suffering lung damage. In fact, a study conducted in New Zealand demonstrated that the respiratory system damage caused by smoking cannabis is actually equivalent to the damage associated with smoking as many as five cigarettes. There are also many other long-term effects of weed that a lot of people are not aware of:

3. You Might Get Hooked

The issue of addiction is one of the reasons that many advocates of marijuana argue that it is safer since it is not necessarily as addictive as certain other drugs like heroin. Many people, however, do get hooked on marijuana, with estimates commonly stating that the number is around one in six pot smokers ending up addicted to the drug.

4. Weed Can Destroy Your Ambition

Smoking pot one time tends to make a person feel “hazed” or “baked,” and the high associated with cannabis is typically described as being relaxing, rather than stimulating. People who consume marijuana on a regular basis naturally experience these sensations far more often, and with prolonged usage, most pot smokers end up failing to pursue their life goals.

5. Marijuana Destroys Your Body’s Natural Reserves

The human body naturally responds to the dietary mineral magnesium as though it were a tranquilizer, a nutrient that serves to help one stay relaxed and to avoid feeling frayed at the edges. Using marijuana tends to deplete the body’s stores of magnesium, with the result that the person feels more on-edge after coming down from the high. As is to be expected, most people turn back to the drug to feel good again, thereby locking themselves into a downward spiral of physical dependence in addition to any emotional addiction they may develop.

6. A Pot Habit Can Be Expensive

From a purely practical standpoint, you have to keep in mind the financial implications of using marijuana. According to a report from the United Nations, marijuana costs anywhere from $150 to $400 per ounce, with price variations based on the quality of the drug and the region where it is being purchased. In addition to the price tag for a joint, there are also the long-term costs associated with reduced earning power due to poor job performance and being passed over for promotions at work, which can add up to tens of thousands of dollars over the years.

7. Cannabis Is Still Illegal in Many States in the US and Countries Around the World

Marijuana is still illegal in the majority of states in the nation. Under federal law, cannabis is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning that it is in the category of the most tightly regulated drugs on the market. Consequently, an arrest for marijuana possession and sales can result in driver’s license suspension, steep fines and time in jail or prison, as well as a criminal record that can destroy your career.

8. Using Weed Can Retard Your Development

Studies have demonstrated that people who begin engaging in heavy marijuana consumption during their teenage years tend to reach adulthood with lower levels of IQ than their peers. This has to do with the fact that the brain has not finished maturing until the mid-20s, and using a mind-altering substance such as THC can impair its growth and development.

9. Pot Smokers Tend to Become Reclusive

Because marijuana is illegal in most areas, people who use the drug on a regular basis will more often use it in the privacy of their own homes. The nature of the high tends to leave them looking inward rather than out in the environment so often results in a user sitting for hours not doing much of anything. As they start smoking on a daily basis, rather than only at parties or with friends on the weekend, they tend to spend more time alone in order to facilitate their habit. They stop spending as much time with friends and family who do not use drugs and will start making choices about new friends based on who does and doesn’t get high. They may feel self-conscious about their drug use, or may simply prefer the company of other stoners. Either way, they often end up living more reclusive lives.

10. Marijuana Can Change Your Personality

As mentioned above, regular consumption of marijuana tends to deplete the body’s stores of vital nutrients, thereby making one feel edgier without the drug. Cannabis is also notorious for causing users to suffer from conditions such as paranoia and anxiety, particularly with the high potency weed that is on the market today. Some of this anxiety is practical since you never know if the knock at the door might be a police officer who could arrest you for drug possession, while some of it is purely physiological given the ways that the drug affects the brain. Furthermore, the lack of motivation and fuzzy-headedness displayed by many marijuana users often represent significant alterations in the person’s behavior. The bottom line is that pot smokers often undergo personality changes, and they are usually not for the better.

While it may be true that cannabis can be found in nature, this does not by any means make it safe. There are many “natural” substances that are also toxic. There are, in fact, many different reasons why you should avoid using marijuana.


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How to Grow Weed

How is cannabis grown? If you’re lucky enough to live in a region where growing your own cannabis is legal but you’re not sure where to start, here at Growbarato we can show you how to grow weed so that you don’t have to depend on the black market or cannabis associations. If you follow our tips and tricks, within a few months you’ll have your very own cannabis.

We’ll show you how to grow weed step by step with this easy guide, helping you to understand your plant as if it were your friend. The key is identifying any possible issues and fixing them before they can appear; not knowing what’s going on can often lead to a ruined crop.

There are two ways to grow cannabis; outdoors, where the plants get their energy from the sun, and indoors, which is when the plants are kept indoors under lights that are specifically used for growing cannabis. We’re going to have a look at both of these methods; the main difference is that feminized outdoor plants start flowering at certain times of year when the light changes, and with indoor plants you can control the lighting to the point where the plant starts flowering whenever you want them to.

We’re going to start with germinating cannabis seeds, going through all of the important points including how to cure your buds after harvesting them.

  • Germinating your seeds
  • Growth
  • Transplanting
  • Pre-flowering
  • Flowering
  • Growth
  • Root cleaning
  • Harvesting and drying
  • Curing the buds

How to Grow Weed | Germinating your Seeds

To successfully germinate your seeds, you just need to essentially sandwich your seeds between damp (not dripping) sheets of kitchen paper between two plates or in opaque Tupperware. In 24-48 hours your seeds should have popped and the root should be visible. Once you can see the root, it’s time to move your seeds to small pots so that they can begin growing. If you want more information on how to germinate weed seeds, make sure to check out our post.

Once you have a solid root system and your plant has started to grow, you should move it to a larger pot, around 3L. Here we have a picture of what our plants looked like before moving them to a bigger pot.

How to Grow Weed | Cannabis Vegging Stage

After germination, your plants should be transplanted to bigger, 3L pots, where they’ll have enough space to grow out their roots. They should be in these pots for about a month. During this time, you should begin adding growth fertilizers to the water that you feed your plants. These fertilizers are rich in nitrogen, which is where your plant will be getting most of its nutrition from during that first month. The first few days you must be careful with your fertilizer dosage; if your fertilizer says to use 2 to 4ml per L, then you should use 2ml the first few days and 4ml in the last days of growth.

For indoor growth, your plants should remain in this state for 21-30 days, depending on the cannabis strain. For outdoor growth, you need to take into account that your plants will continue growing until summer starts, and that they must be transplanted once a month following this order; 3L, 7L, 11L, 30L. 30L is the largest pot you should be using up to a month before they stop growing, or you can also move your plant straight to the ground after the 3L pot if you have the space.

Transplanting to Flowering Pots

Once summer begins, or once the growing stage of your indoor plant is over, you’ll need to move your plants to flowering pots. Cannabis plants need to grow out a lot of roots when they’re in this phase, so that they can stretch and open their branches wide, allowing for light to reach the entire plant. If you don’t transplant them to flowering pots, the leaves will begin falling off early and the plants won’t flower properly.

The pot must be more or less twice the size of the last pot used during the growth stage, so if you ended an indoor growth phase with a 3L pot, you should transplant the plant to a 7L pot and so on. If you have an outdoor plant that’s finished the growth period in a 30L pot, then you’re going to want to move it to a 50L pot.

If you’re harvesting indoor plants, apart from transplanting them you must also change the lights from from 18h on and 6h off, to 12h on and 12h off, which is what causes the plants to start flowering.

Now is when you should start giving your plants nutrients that act as a flowering stimulant, so that they can produce as many flowers as possible, greatly increasing your yield. Use it along with your growth fertilizer until pre-flowering starts.


You used to have to wait until your plants began pre-flowering (showing their sex) to find out if your plants were male or female, and many growers still do this, although you can buy feminized seeds that are 100% female if you don’t want to go through the effort of having to get rid of male plants.

At this stage, your plants should grow quite a lot within just a few days, opening up so that all of the flowers and leaves can get as much light as possible.

Once the pre-flowering stage begins, you’ll be able to distinguish the plant sex at the at the bottom of the plant where the branches are close to the trunk or stem. If you can see two hair-like strands, then you know that your plant is female and also that it is starting to flower. If the plant has little balls at the bottom, it’s a male plant and unless you want the rest of your plants to end up filled with seeds, you need to remove it straight away.

Once you see the pre-flower start, you should switch out the growth base fertilizer for a flowering base fertilizer during the rest of the flowering stage, along with the flower stimulant until the first flowers appear.

How to Grow Weed | Flowering

Once you can see little white hairs forming on the buds of your branches and on the central eye of the plant, you know that it’s flowering. Flowers will begin appearing all over the plant, and thanks to the flower stimulator you should have a greater quantity of flowers, meaning a more productive future.

You should always use your flowering stimulant along with a flower fertilizer, which is rich in phosphorus and potassium, which is what your plants need the most during the flowering phase. Once the flowers have stopped taking shape and fattening up, you should stop using the stimulator or Booster, as it is frequently called. Continue using the flowering base, and you should also start using nutrients rich in sugars, which will make your buds denser, thicker, stronger and more resinous. Both products should be used until you reach the next phase, which is the fattening stage.

The fattening stage

Once it’s been about 40 days since changing your lights to 12h, or a month or so of outdoor flowering, you should see that your plants now have some pretty good flowers, full of white pistils on thick strings of bud. This is when the flowers on your plants begin growing fatter so that pollination is easier, but in doing so they consume a high quantity of their favorite nutrients, phosphorus and potassium.

Here we have a picture of our plants from the day that we started with the fattening and flowering fertilizers.

Fattening fertilizers tend to have a high concentration of PK, with the most potent ones surpassing an NPK of 0-50-30. These products should be used once a week, but there are weaker ones that can be used almost every time you water your plants. The fattening product should be used like so; you should water using flowering fertilizer and sugars, and then next watering should be done with flowering fertilizer and the fattening product. Then, you should stop with the product and start with the next phase; washing the roots. You must keep in mind that at this stage there should still about 15 harvest days left.

It’s important to wait it out and let your plant grow during those last two weeks, because that’s when your plant will get denser and thicker. If you harvest your plant too soon you could lose a lot of bud density, so it’s always better to wait a bit than to cut your plant too early.

You should wait for two more weeks of flowering than your seed packet indicates, because seed vendors don’t usually figure in the 10-15 day difference required with indoor plants. The dates given for outdoor plants tend to coincide perfectly, because they’re made for planting in the northern hemisphere, right where we live! (Spain, by the way)

How to Grow Weed | Cleaning the roots

When your plants can go on no longer, when they hardly have any white hairs and the ones that were there are brown, it’s time to flush the roots so you can harvest your plants with the minimum amount of fertilizer residue. It can be done many ways; at this stage you may need to adapt to the needs of each of our plants.

Some plants may take on a lot of water, whereas others might not. In the case of plants that are still taking on a lot of water when you harvest, the best thing to do would be to plop them in a bathtub and wash them until the water that comes out of the plant is practically clean, meaning you’ve cleaned away most of the fertilizer residue. If you have plants that hardly take on water, you should keep watering them with just water for 10 days every time it dries up. If you flush these types of plants with too much water you may end up causing rot in the flowers.

How to Grow Weed | Harvesting and drying your marihuana

Once the soil is dry after being washed, or it has been fed just water for 10-15 days and you’ve let it dry completely, you should move on to cutting your plants down so you can dry them and smoke them.

Remember, the soil must be completely dry when you harvest your plants just in case there is still too much humidity inside the flowers themselves, which could cause the plant to go bad if they aren’t dried properly. This can cause the flowers to rot from the inside out and you might not even catch it until you go to smoke it.

Moving on, once the soil is completely dry, you can do two things; you can cut the leaves off of the plant one by one and try to leave your plant as clean as possible, or you can just harvest it as is and dry it with all of the leaves included. Depending on where you plan on drying your plant, you will have to use one method or the other. Once you’ve harvested, congratulations! You now know how to grow weed!

If you plan on drying your plants in a cold area, somewhere where it’s humid at nighttime, or somewhere you’ve already dried plants and you know that they dry too slow (more than 15 days) then you should remove all of the leaves from the plant before you start drying it in order to remove excess humidity.

On the other hand, if you plan to dry your plants in a warm or dry zone, where it might dry too fast (less than 15 days) then you should leave all of the leaves on the plant, causing the drying time to increase, which is necessary; if your flowers dry too fast they won’t get rid of enough chlorophyll which can leave a weird taste in your flowers.

Find an adequate place to dry your plants. All you have to do is hang your entire plant upside down, with or without leaves, on a string or cord (like a clothesline) and avoid heavy breezes, excessive light and heat, because all of these things directly affect the resin and the quality of your cannabis.

Curing your marihuana

Now that you know how to grow weed, you’re going to need to know what to do once your weed has been grown. While your plants are drying, you should keep an eye on them to see how they’re progressing, because if the bud dries up too much it will lose a lot of flavor and you won’t be able to cure it right. Curing is simply getting rid of the chlorophyll in the buds, so that it loses that intense green color and becomes slightly yellow. By curing your cannabis, it will lose that chlorophyll-green taste and you can get the most out of its terpenes.

To cure your marihuana you must wait until it appears to be completely dry, with some humidity still present in the trunk. By touch you can tell that it’s dry, but if you bend the branch and it doesn’t make any cracking sounds, that’s how you know that your marihuana is ready to be cured. Now, you can put it into a glass jar or a wooden box and begin the process.

Once you’ve put your marihuana in a closed space like a glass jar, the humidity will expand through the jar equally, and the buds will get soft again. Little by little, the humidity will start killing off the chlorophyll, but it won’t be strong enough to damage the weed. This step requires some careful thought, because if you’re a beginner it might take a while to know when to cure your marihuana and it can depend on the strain too.

To know if your plant is too humid, or if a day in a glass jar won’t be enough, take it out of the jar after a day. If, when you take it out, it seems recently harvested, and too soft, you should remove it completely from the jar and air it, for about another day. If it’s only slightly more soft, then that is what you’re looking for. The humidity is killing the chlorophyll, so you should only open the jar for about 5 minutes, let it air out, and close it again.

Your cannabis might smell strange for the first few days, but don’t worry about it, it will get better every day. Every day you should open the jar for about 5 minutes until the day when you open the jar and the buds are crispy again (this takes about a week to 10 days). This means that it’s ready to be left in that jar for two weeks. When you eventually open it, you’ll see that the end result is much different from weed that has only been dried, and you can start smoking and enjoying your own weed. You’ll have the best weed around!

If you’re still having trouble figuring out how to grow weed properly, make sure to check out the rest of our posts!

Author: Javier Chinesta
Translation: Ciara Murphy

A complete tutorial on how to grow weed; a simple guide in which we explain everything involved with growing your own plants step by step.