1. Save Money
Many cannabis users have considered growing their own marijuana after looking at the high prices on their dispensary receipts. Weed from dispensaries can be pretty expensive, and it definitely adds up if you’re a frequent user. Growing your own marijuana does have some upfront costs, but overall, you’ll definitely end up saving money in the long run. A study by Leafly concluded that when you grow your own marijuana indoors, it equates to around $2 to $5 per gram, and can be even cheaper than $1 per gram when grown outdoors.
2. Cut Down Waste
If you’ve purchased weed from a dispensary before, you may have noticed that the packaging is quite bulky. And unfortunately, it isn’t biodegradable either — and usually isn’t recycled.
Marijuana packaging has to be big in order to fit the long list of required information. Labels must include details like weight, ingredients, cannabinoid profile, safety warnings, and more. Packaging for just one gram of concentrate can weigh 30 times as much as the product itself. You can do your part to save the Earth by growing your own marijuana and avoiding this unnecessary waste.
3. Full Control
When you grow your own marijuana, you have full control over the safety and quality of the product you consume. Unless you’ve grown the weed yourself, you can’t trust that it hasn’t been treated with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, miticides, or harmful fertilizers. When you’re the boss of the cultivation process, you can choose safe fertilizers and pesticides or even grow a completely organic crop.
Aside from just controlling the safety of your cannabis, growing it yourself means you’re in control of the quality as well. At home, you can make sure that your marijuana is grown with love and care, harvested at peak potency, and dried and cured with proper technique. When you have complete control, you can ensure that your marijuana is safe to consume and up to your standards.
4. It’s Easier Than You Think
Whether you’re interested in growing marijuana indoors or outdoors, there are tons of resources and guides available to help you get started. Some guides may make the process seem overwhelming when they start talking about bubbleponics and horticulture, but it really is surprisingly easy to grow weed. If you live in the right climate, all you really need is soil, seeds, and water.
5. You Get the Whole Plant
When you grow your own cannabis, you give yourself access to the ‘extra’ parts of the plant that usually get trimmed away, like the leaves and seeds. These parts of the marijuana plant actually have some pretty awesome benefits.
- Fan Leaves: Fan leaves are the large leaves that create the classic pot leaf symbol. Raw, freshly trimmed fan leaves can be juiced and added to a smoothie for flavor and nutrition. Dried fan leaves can be used to brew tea, incorporated into butter or oil, or even used as a pizza topping.
- Sugar Leaves: Sugar leaves are the smaller leaves that grow directly out of the bud. The coating on them isn’t delicious sugar, but rather delicious cannabinoid-packed trichomes. Since they’re covered in THC, the smaller sugar leaves are especially good for creating cannabutter or hash.
- Seeds: Obviously with seeds you can grow more plants, which is awesome on its own, but you can do more with seeds than just that. If you eat cannabis seeds as a part of your diet, you’ll be getting important Omega fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. They’re a good source of protein and can have health benefits for your heart, skin, digestion, and more.
6. The Joys of Gardening
Cannabis cultivation may be the gateway drug to gardening that helps you discover your green thumb and introduces you to a new rewarding hobby. Gardening can help relieve stress and is a useful life skill that everyone should learn. Once you’ve mastered growing the perfect buds, you could use your new horticulture skills to grow flowers or fruits and vegetables.
7. Stay Fully Stocked
If you hate running out of weed, growing cannabis could be the perfect solution for you. A single outdoor plant can yield up to 2 to 4 pounds of weed — and most states allow you to have up to six plants total. If your joints contain 0.5 grams, you can get about 900 joints out of just one pound!
Danny Danko, cultivation editor for High Times, notes that “six small outdoor plants should yield 8-10 ounces of dried buds, so you’re looking at approximately 3 pounds total at the end of the season, and if you grow large outdoor plants, they could yield a pound or more each.”
As a cannabis cultivator, you get the opportunity to experiment with a variety of strains and cultivation techniques. Firstly, you’ll be responsible for choosing which strain(s) you want to grow. Whether you’re an indica or sativa fan, it’s exciting to experiment with growing different strains.
More importantly, you can choose to grow rare, heirloom, or specialized strains to keep that strain alive in a world being taken over by consolidation. As legalization spreads across the globe, some strains will become favored in the industry for their commercial appeal and rarer strains (the unwanted competition) could be eliminated from the market. Growing your own supply is vital!
Experimenting with different cultivation techniques is another fun way to hone your horticulture skills. Whether you’re growing cannabis indoors or outdoors, there are a variety of methods to try out. Many home-growers swear by hydroponics, a method of growing plants without any soil at all. Testing out different techniques will help you figure out what works best for you and your crop.
9. Understanding & Connection
Watching your cannabis grow from a seed into a fully-developed plant and spending quality time gardening it every day creates a special kind of bond. Evidence suggests that this bond with your plants is beneficial to the overall health of your crops and increases the sense of fulfillment and happiness in the gardener (you!) as well.
Cultivating cannabis is a fragrant, hands-on experience that gives you a deeper understanding and appreciation of the marijuana plant. Gardeners often describe the process as meditative or even spiritually connective.
10. Because You Can!
Adults are finally legally allowed to grow marijuana for personal use all over the U.S., and if you’re lucky enough to live in one of those places — why aren’t you already!? At the time of this writing, growing cannabis is legal (either recreationally or medically) in 22 states plus Washington D.C. These states have laws limiting the amount of cannabis you’re allowed to grow — typically around 4 to 6 plants. Exercise your right to grow these plants and enjoy the incredible benefits that are sure to follow!