Argentine Supreme Court Endorses Medical Cannabis Home Grow

In a case sure to reverberate around the world, the Argentinian Supreme Court has ruled that parents of sick children are allowed to grow their own cannabis to treat their children. This decision, they ruled, is in line with existing Argentine law—namely the decriminalization of cannabis for medical purposes.

As family law and cannabis legitimization intersect, this development is about as significant as a similar 2014 Israeli case. Namely, families of sick children requiring medical cannabis threatened to immigrate to Colorado unless they were given the right to obtain medical cannabis domestically. The government changed the law within a matter of weeks.

That said, it was not a complete victory in Argentina last week for those who pressed their case. The Court also ruled, unanimously, that a special patient registry now in effect, is not unconstitutional. This was an issue raised by Mamás Cannabis Medicinal (Macame) which presented the plaintiff’s cause. The Court reasoned that the state had the right to control and track all cannabis cultivation—including for medical purposes.

The decision in Argentina is, of course, significant domestically. Yet coming as it does as country after country is beginning to implement or at least talk about implementing home grow more generally, the timing is also very important. In this decision, the Argentine Court seems to be following a global trend that is emerging in countries as disparate as those in Latin America and Europe (Malta, Italy, Luxembourg, and Portugal, so far) to Asia (notably Thailand). Home grow for both recreational and medical use is very much a la mode in the international normalization discussion now clearly underway both legally and politically.

Why Is Home Grow Becoming a Global Default First Step Towards Reform?

There are several reasons for this rather sudden emergence of something that looks remarkably like a consensus at an international level around issues related to home cultivation. Namely, when faced with both a crisis in healthcare delivery systems in the aftermath of both global austerity followed by a global pandemic, and the inevitability of recreational reform, governments are apparently getting the message.

It is becoming increasingly obvious in other words that home grow is not a seditious way to undermine a legal market (of either the medical or recreational kind). Indeed, when tracked (either by being registered or permitted or both), home cultivation of cannabis is a very sensible path towards a normalized market. See Canada—although, of course, the system is not perfect.

Generally, and most certainly in countries on the verge of recreational reform like Germany (for example) today, it is the case that the people most affected by any delay in full legalization, of any kind, are patients. There are close to 200,000 criminal cases pending in the German courts alone for low level possession, cultivation, and/or use. This is a massive waste of time and money that the state can easily cut. In fact, case law is again beginning to trend in this direction, even if only for now, on appeal. However, increasingly it is also the case that courts are recognizing that insurers are also forcing legitimate patients to take legal action to obtain coverage. In the meantime, they must source their own, taking risks along the way.

For this reason, the entire role around home grow is likely to change aus Deutschland as it has in other places, albeit here, at this juncture more likely by legislation than legal action as has just occurred in Argentina.

Prosecuting sick people is not a winning look anywhere right now. In fact, making it easier for the chronically ill to more or less treat themselves at a time when healthcare systems are straining to keep up with just “regular” care, just sounds sensible no matter which way one looks at this. Or where. For an extreme example, see Ukraine. But beyond this, every western state is struggling with chronic care provision—including for those conditions normally treated with cannabis.

On top of such realities, of course, such legal and political decisions are coming at a time when states are being forced to look at how enforcement of rules if not laws themselves takes place—and for issues and themes far from just cannabis reform.

Even though the Canadian model has shown that patients are absolutely going to be “competition” to the industry, in that they do not have to rely on a commoditized, bought product, there is another way to look at all of this. Indeed, it is also the case that patient home grow is a way to stimulate the legal, regulated market. Not to mention the broader economy beyond that which will benefit from money diverted from medication purchase.

Growing cannabis is not easy and takes energy. While there will always be recreational hobbyists, most people, including patients, would rather be able to buy cannabis in all its forms the way they buy food, medication, and other legal products.

This in turn creates jobs, revenue, and taxes.

The trick, of course, is to find a middle ground that allows both sides to flourish.

Just as legalization itself is inevitable, so is the right of people to grow their own cannabis, and for whatever use.

It is, after all, beyond all the demonization and stigma, “just” a plant.

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Thailand Giving Out a Million Free Marijuana Plants to Residents

Thailand isn’t just dipping its toe in the weed pool, its diving right in. The country has quickly gone through a succession of updates that led to a medical legalization, decriminalization, and now the giving out of a million free marijuana plants. Why is this happening? And what can we expect next?

Thailand is actually giving away free marijuana plants to its residents to grow for medical purposes, as celebration for its new cannabis decriminalization policy. Our publication specializes in covering the growing cannabis and psychedelics fields of today. Play along by signing up for THC Weekly Newsletter, and also get access to awesome products including cannabinoid compounds like HHC-O, Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 HHCTHCOTHCVTHCP HHC. There are lot of cannabis products out there, and we only encourage consumers buy products they are comfortable with using.

Is Thailand seriously giving out a million free marijuana plants?

Indeed it is! And we knew it was coming. In May of this year, the government of Thailand announced plans for giving away a million free marijuana plants to households across the country. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, announced via Facebook on May 8th, that he wants weed grown like a household crop by the Thai people.

Why is Thailand giving away a million free marijuana plants? As a sort of promotion of its own new law. Stating on the 9th of June, cannabis was removed from the narcotics drugs list in the country, which decriminalized the plant. Along with that, a new allowance was put in place for Thai residents to legally cultivate the plant at home, so long as they notify their local government first. The catch is that the plants are only for medical purposes, and therefore must be medical grade, with a .2% THC cap.

The weed grown in homes can’t be used for commercial purposes, though there does seem to be a possibility to gain further licensing for this activity. In fact, the government wants Thailand to see cannabis as a cash crop. About 1/3 of Thailand’s labor force is in agriculture, making the home-growing of weed, kind of like an extension of general industry.

Thailand is indeed giving out a million free marijuana plants of .2% THC or less to its people. Charnvirakul confirmed the government’s intention to give out free test kits as well, so growers can ensure their plants don’t go above the limit. If the plants do go above the THC limit, they are no longer considered legal. The Thai government doesn’t promote the population getting high, it only promotes the cultivation of low-THC cannabis as a medicine.

There are other stipulations in place as well. Inspections can be made to ensure all cannabis is grown and used properly. Those that don’t notify their government of their intentions to grow, can find themselves paying steep fines. The same goes for anyone who is caught selling a cannabis product without the proper licensing, which can result in jail time along with a fine.

The kick-off ‘event’

Thailand is celebrating its legal change by giving away a million free marijuana plants, but there’s more to it than that. Several things happened the day the decriminalization law went into effect, creating an event-like atmosphere. Everything began June 9th when cannabis was removed from the list of narcotic drugs.

Another aspect of the decriminalization is that it covers cannabis in food products. Starting June 9th, restaurants began serving cannabis edible products to their customers. Such products are bound by the .2% THC limit, but are now otherwise legal for sale. In doing so, Thailand became the first Asian country to approve such products in its market. This new allowance has already led to many shops offering up cannabis-infused foods.

On the same day, over 350,000 registered applicants were able to start home cultivation, having signed up via internet application to do so with their local government. And 4,000 prisoners were released who had been held on cannabis-related charges, showing that this new law is not just meant for industry, but to correct social injustices as well.

The day after everything went into effect, the government of Thailand began giving out the million free marijuana plants. The first 1,000 were distributed in the north-eastern province of Buriram. Charnvirakul made the statement to the people upon this starting (roughly translated): “Don’t use it and sit smiling at home and not get any work done. Those things are not our policies. We have erased the stigma. It’s being washed away like removing a tattoo. Don’t let it come back.”

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Thailand and cannabis updates

Thailand sure has changed tack in the last few years, going through an entire overhaul of cannabis laws, and becoming the first in its region to pass a legalization measure. Thailand did this in 2018, when the National Legislative Assembly voted unanimously to pass a medical legalization in the country. This officially went into effect in 2019.

As is generally the case, this legalization did nothing to change recreational use laws, or any other laws surrounding cannabis. Cannabis remained a Category 5 narcotic, under the Narcotics Act of 1979 (though it was updated in 2019 for the medical legalization). Under the law, it meant the illegal possession of cannabis still incurred punishment of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of about 1.5 million baht (~$48,000).

On January 25th, 2022, Thailand went further and announced an intention to decriminalize cannabis by removing it from its narcotic drugs list. This new update was announced to come with home cultivation rights, so long as the growers first gained authorization from their local government. None of this went into effect right away, and still required further rules to come out for specifications. Unlike other countries that have taken (or are taking) a long time to get all this together, Thailand did it in just a few months, officially decriminalizing the plant June 9th.

Said Charnvirakul about removing cannabis from the narcotics drug list, this act “responds to the government’s urgent policy in developing marijuana and hemp for medical and health care benefits, developing technology and creating income for the public.”

What about the chickens?

Thailand is really getting into the marijuana groove, as evidenced by everything above. But that’s not where it ends. Thailand is even looking to change how it raises farm animals. In a recent study by Peth Lanna community enterprise in conjunction with the Faculty of Agriculture out of Chiang Mai University, it was found that cannabis can replace antibiotics for livestock.

For the study, farmers in northern Thailand’s Lampang village chose to give their chickens cannabis in light of an avian bronchitis outbreak, for which injected antibiotics didn’t work. When the chickens were fed cannabis, their immunity improved enough to fight the disease, and even allowed the chickens greater ability to survive in inclement weather, according to news publications. The community went as far as to say the cannabis improved the quality of both meat and eggs.

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The community enterprise ended the use of antibiotics, and instead has opted to solely use cannabis. The meat and eggs produced by the community are now considered organic, which meets the needs of consumers looking for untainted products. This comes on top of warnings by the National Farmers Council of Prapat Panyachatrak, that antibiotics in meat can affect consumer health. The group now promotes the use of cannabis to raise the market value of chicken products.

Whether or not this will catch on as a standard practice in Thailand is hard to say. If the country’s recent push toward cannabis acceptance is any indication, this could certainly become standard operating procedure for raising chickens, and possibly other farm animals, as well.

Conclusion

Thailand is breaking strongly with its neighbors, not only becoming the first in the region to legalize medical cannabis, but now decriminalizing the plant, and offering it to residents for home-growing. The government of Thailand made a very strong statement by openly giving away a million marijuana plants to its residents, something which isn’t seen often. Or at all, until now. The only thing left for Thailand to do, is pass a formal recreational legalization. Though we’re not there yet, Thailand’s already existent and rich weed culture, could help make that happen in the future.

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Grow It Yourself: Different Drugs You Can Grow at Home

Everyone knows you can grow weed at home, and a lot of us are doing it. But cannabis is hardly the only drug that you can make DIY style. If you want to grow drugs at home, there are plenty of options, here are some of the best ones, whether you already thought of them or not.

With cannabis and psychedelics inching toward legality, more and more people want to grow their own drugs at home. And it’s not that hard to do, so long as it comes from a plant. Here’s a look at how to grow some of the more popular plant-based drugs out there. We’re all about bringing you everything interesting and important from this industry. To keep up-to-date, subscribe to the THC Weekly Newsletter and also get access to premium deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and a host of other products! We’ve also got great offers on cannabinoids, like HHC-O, Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP HHC, which will save you plenty of $$. Head over to our “Best-of” lists, and and enjoy your products responsibly!


Grow drugs at home

A home grow is exactly like it sounds, when a person grows something at their own house. Though the term ‘home grow’ often pertains specifically to weed, there are plenty of standard plant products that people grow themselves. In any case of home growing, it goes against the standard system of buying literally everything we need at a store. This goes for weed, or any other plant grown for a purpose.

Think veggies. It’s certainly not uncommon to see people growing their own vegetables, as well as fruit trees, herbs, and spices. Not everyone wants to depend on a supermarket, or trusts the practices of the world of agribusiness. Some people just have a green thumb and enjoy making plants grow, or simply like to pick their salad ingredients fresh every day, with no fear of where the products came from.

So the idea of growing plants at home is not new (certainly), and even a part of culture today. In many locations, with the exception of places like inner cities, growing one’s own vegetables is actually rather commonplace, with some people going as far as to have their own greenhouse. The idea of doing it yourself, certainly applies to the plant world beyond growing weed, but let’s be honest, that’s one of the plants we’re most interested in growing at the moment.

Grow drugs at home – cannabis

Though there might be plenty of options if you want to grow drugs at home, the most common and popular one to do, is cannabis. Not only is cannabis a plant that can be grown in large grow ops, but it can also easily be grown as a single plant in a closet in your home. Long before cannabis laws started to soften, tons of people were illegally growing the plant, sometimes to treat a medical illness, and sometimes just to promote the giggles.

Cannabis is fairly easy to grow, but there is some work involved. A prospective grower who is growing inside must buy equipment like lights (fluorescent lights, LEDs, (LECs) Light Emitting Ceramic, or metal halide & high-pressure sodium lights). They must choose the type of growing medium, and buy the equipment related, whether that’s soil, a hydroponics setup (grown with roots in water), or even an aeroponics setup (grown with roots in air). They must consider all the related nutrients, and the seeds themselves.

Not all cannabis was created equally, and this goes for growing times too. Most weed plants take between 3-5 months for the entire process, depending on the strain, with each stage requiring some tweaks to the setup, often in how long light is on the plants. However, so long as you have a nice dark place to grow, and the right lights and equipment, getting some amazing herb out of your own house, is easily a reality.

Grow drugs at home – mushrooms

Another drug that’s pretty easy to grow at home is mushrooms. Though they aren’t grown as widely as cannabis, the idea of home-growing mushrooms has also been around for decades, even as the drugs remain in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances list, federally. Much like with cannabis, mushrooms (and other entheogenic plants) have been gaining popularity, with medical legalizations starting to come in (eg: Oregon), tons of locations that have decriminalized (eg: Denver), and legislation for whole state recreational use (eg: California).

Growing mushrooms is different than cannabis, but overall requires about the same amount of energy output and know-how. The general materials include mushroom spores, vermiculite to create a mycelium network, rice flour, clean jars, rubbing alcohol to ensure all tools are clear of bacteria, foil or plastic wrap to cover air/water holes, a pan that jars can be heated in, a syringe to move the spores, perlite for the bottom of the growing container, a mist bottle for the mycelium cakes, and a dark place to allow the mycelium to grow.

The process includes creating the mycelium in one place, and then moving the cakes to another container where the mushroom spores can then grow. The whole process takes only 1-2 months, making it a shorter grow than with any kind of cannabis. These days, as mushrooms grow in both legality and popularity, there are even growing kits coming out, that have all the necessary tools included. And which make the process that much easier.

Grow drugs at home – Coca

Okay, so before I get into this, I’m not telling anyone to go out and do it. On the other hand, I’m not telling anyone not to go out and do it either. Let’s be honest though, in most places, growing mushrooms is just as illegal, so why not share a little on how a person can grow their own coca plants? Interestingly, it’s not all that hard to do. And considering coca itself is a mild plant in comparison to its processed versions, it’s really not a big deal to do it, beyond risking prosecution. Anyway, here is the basic process. Interested growers should investigate further.

  • Coca seeds, like everything else, are available on the internet, but its best to take them directly from a plant (which is obviously not possible in most places). These seeds cannot be dried out, so keep that in mind if buying them online. Dried seeds are probably not going to be the real deal, or useful at all.
  • Seeds are germinated in vermiculite, which can be done in a Styrofoam cup or plastic pot. Seeds are planted in soil, but high enough that they don’t get stuck in water. It should take 2-4 weeks for the seeds to sprout roots. It must be constantly warm – think of where coca usually grows (Peru, Colombia). A terrarium works well, though its shouldn’t be sealed as the seeds need air flow. They need a lot of light too, and might benefit from using a grow light.
  • Seeds shouldn’t be over-watered, but they should never be allowed to dry out either. Only water when necessary. Use rain or bottled spring water, as water with salts can damage the plant. The plant require sunlight, but different amounts at different stages of growth.
  • At about 2”, the seedlings can be transplanted into regular plastic pots. Clay is bad because it can dry the plant out. Pots shouldn’t be too big for the plant, and can be switched up as the plant grows. When the roots can be seen through the bottom holes, its time to replant. Soil should be something like 25% of each: sterilized loam, perlite, course sand, and milled peat. Organic compost can be added, but no more vermiculite at this stage.
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  • The plants should be fed soluble organic plant food, but only about every three weeks. Iron chelate should be added every six months as the plant matures. As you can tell by that last statement, this is a much longer process than the previous two, and can take between 1-2 years for plants to reach maturity.

Grow drugs at home – other psychedelics

There are tons of entheogenic psychedelics, even if we generally focus on just a few in popular culture. Some are not native to certain areas, and therefore not accessible to them, or require very specific climates for outdoor grows. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of psychedelic plants that can be grown. And pretty easily, even if it takes some time…and a lot of them do.

Peyote – Peyote is a cactus that naturally has mescaline in it. In order to grow peyote cactus, a prospective grower must germinate the seeds (some can actually lie dormant for around 10 years), which is done in one part sand, one part heavy grit, and one part standard potting mix. This combination is soaked and then dried before putting seeds on top (not in it). Plastic film should be put over the pot. Soil should ideally be about 22º C (71.6º F). A heating mat or placing it next to a vent can help in colder temperatures. After a few weeks, when small green spheres appear, holes can be put in the plastic.

More holes can be made as time progresses, and after 10 weeks, the plastic can come off, and the plant can be watered. It’s a cactus remember, so it doesn’t need too much. Sometimes misting is best, and in colder temperatures, no water is needed at all. It takes about a year for a full root system to grow, and at that time it can be replanted. The temperature should be kept hot, but dry, just like a desert.

Peyote isn’t quick, and can take years to mature, making this a project for very patient people. A grafting method can help speed it along. This involves cutting the peyote plant and grafting it onto another cactus plant.

Iboga Tabernanthe iboga is a plant native to Central Africa which is known as a strong painkiller, as well as a hallucinogen. To grow it, it helps to have fresh seeds, though apparently even rotting seeds have been known to work. The seeds, however obtained – (likely through the internet) should not be dried, or put in the cold. The seeds can germinate in weeks, or as much as 12-18 months. They should be put 10mm down in a tray or drainable pot, filled 5cm deep with rough sand. The sand should be moist and between 25-30º C (77-86º F). When leaves appear, it can be transplanted.

The plant can be transplanted to a pot with 90% rough sand/10% potting mix. It can be transferred once more when more leaves appear and the roots get woody.

Plants should be grown in an environment that is moist, humid, that’s well drained, and with medium light. Sandy clay soil is the best medium, and the plants should be kept from getting cold. At this point, horse manure can be used for fertilizer. The plant needs years to grow, and can gain psychoactive chemicals in about five years. You’ll know its ready when the roots become pale yellow, are bitter to the taste, and are like an anesthetic in the mouth and on the skin.

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Psychotria viridisthe psychedelic part of ayahuasca, can also be grown in order to make your own ayahuasca, though I’m only going over this part of it, which is only 50% of ayahuasca. The other 50% comes from the caapi vine which acts as an MAO-inhibitor. This keeps the DMT in Psychotria viridis from breaking down as quickly, which creates a much longer experience.

Seeds are best planted fresh, and germination takes place in 2-5 months. It takes a while because seeds contain immature embryos which need time to mature. Seeds should be soaked first in a bleach solution to keep mold at bay, then soaked for 12 hours in regular water. They should be planted ¼ inch deep in soil. A heating pad can be used to keep it warm. It should be kept at about 22-28º C (70-80º F), without direct sunlight.

Plants require a well-drained potting medium, making sure the pH stays around 5.5-6.1, in a minimum temperature of 20º C (68º F). Soil should be moist, but not soggy. Plants should be watered regularly and kept in partial shade. Fertilizer can be used every 2-3 months, as this plant can take 1-2 years to reach full growth. Products like wettable sulphur, natrasoap or pyrethrum can be used to keep pests at bay. The plant grows into a small tree or large bush.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the options if you want to grow drugs at home. Some will only be relevant to some people, while others can be done by anyone with the right equipment and time. It should be remembered that any entheogenic plant can be grown by anyone with the right materials, so when you pick your plant, and locate your seeds, there are instructions online for almost anything. Regardless of what it’s for, growing plants is an enjoyable activity, and when the plants you grow have psychoactive effects, well, it just makes it that much better. Happy growing!

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New York Regulators Approve Home Cultivation of Medical Marijuana

Regulators with New York’s Cannabis Control Board issued proposed regulations to govern the home cultivation of medical marijuana last week, following through on a provision of the state’s comprehensive cannabis reform legislation passed earlier this year. The new rules approved on October 21, which are now subject to a 60-day public comment period, would allow registered marijuana patients and caregivers to grow up to six cannabis plants at home.

“With today’s vote, we are advancing these measures for the home cultivation of medical cannabis for the public’s input as we continue to expand the program and give more New Yorkers access to this medicine and the relief it provides,” Cannabis Control Board chair Tremaine Wright said in a statement from the agency.

New Regulatory Board In Action

Approving home cultivation of medical marijuana is the first major step by the Cannabis Control Board to implement the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), which was passed by New York lawmakers and signed into law by former Governor Andrew Cuomo in March. The legislation included provisions for the home growing of cannabis by medical marijuana patients, but only after rules were drafted by the board.

Cuomo, however, failed to appoint members to the newly created Cannabis Control Board as mandated by the legislation over reported disagreements with New York state lawmakers over leadership of the panel. Following Cuomo’s resignation in August, incoming Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her nominations to the board in September, naming former Brooklyn Assemblywoman Wright as board chair and former Drug Policy Alliance staff member Chris Alexander as executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management. The nominations were confirmed by lawmakers on September 1, but the delay led the board to miss a deadline to issue home cultivation rules within four months of pass of the MRTA.

“Thanks to the quick action by Governor Hochul and the Legislature in appointing the Board and agency leadership, we are moving full-steam ahead and look forward to continuing to expand the medical program and building a new industry that will operate safely and deliver opportunity to the communities most harmed by the war on drugs,” Wright added.

New Rules Allow Up to Six Medical Marijuana Plants

Under the newly proposed medical marijuana home cultivation regulations, registered patients and caregivers working on a patient’s behalf would be permitted to grow up to three immature and three mature cannabis plants at home. The rules set a cap of up to six mature and six immature plants within or on the grounds of any private residence. Patients are limited to one caregiver growing for their needs. Caregivers with more than one patient are allowed to grow one additional plant for every patient they have above the first six.

The proposed regulations also contain several provisions designed to protect the health and safety of patients and communities. Plants and cannabis products must be kept in a secure location that incorporates reasonable measures including locks and security devices to ensure that cannabis is not accessible to persons less than 21 years old. Plants must be cultivated out of public view and growers must take reasonable steps to mitigate undesirable odors.

Additionally, processing cannabis at home with any liquid or gas, other than alcohol, that has a flashpoint below 100 degrees Fahrenheit is not permitted. The regulations also stipulate that all forms of cannabis including seeds, immature and mature plants, and marijuana flower can not be sold or bartered to another person by anyone except a licensed entity.

“Home cultivation will give medical patients and their caregivers another way to access needed medication,” said Assembly Health Committee chair and original medical marijuana bill sponsor Richard Gottfried. “This follows the important recent addition of whole flower to the medical program, expansion of eligible practitioners, and removal of patient registration fees. I commend Governor Hochul and the Cannabis Control Board for another step towards a progressive, accessible medical cannabis program.”

Board Also Receives Update On Expungement

At the October 21 meeting of the Cannabis Control Board, Alexander updated on the status of the efforts to expunge the records of past marijuana offenses, a justice reform provision of the MRTA adopted to help address the disparate enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws. So far, approximately 198,000 records were expunged in a first round of record-clearing and another 203,000 cannabis-related charges are being suppressed from criminal background checks while in the expungement process.

“The MRTA reformed New York’s criminal justice system and strives to end decades of disproportionate enforcement of New York’s marijuana laws,” Alexander said. “A key component of these reforms is the expungement of past criminal convictions for individuals with previous convictions for activities that are no longer criminalized. When completed the actions of the 2019 and 2021 laws will have expunged the records of over 400,000 New Yorkers – a staggering reminder the impact that cannabis prohibition had on so many lives.”

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Weed Seeds: Top 5 Cannabis Seed Banks for Home-Grows

Growing cannabis has gotten even more popular now that 18 states have recreational legalizations, and over 30 are cleared for medical. But where can a prospective grower buy the best quality seeds? Here’s a run down of the top 5 cannabis seed banks, for the best home-grow possible.

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Growing cannabis

When discussing nearly any cannabis topic, its hard not to draw comparisons between how things were a few decades ago and how they are today. With so much change in cannabis policy the world over, the comparison is extremely relevant, and probably will be for quite some time. In this case, the comparison relates to growing cannabis at home. During the heaviest parts of cannabis prohibition, when every state was illegal, and being caught with cannabis was almost sure jail time in most places, growing at home was done extremely quietly.

Plenty of people have been growing on their own all throughout prohibition, but a relaxation in laws has surely helped it along. There aren’t, unfortunately, many statistics about home growing out right now, but it suffices to say that with less restrictions on it, the numbers should only be rising. Though there aren’t official or consistent numbers out there, the increase is reflected in the multitude of cannabis legalizations all across the world, that allow home cultivation for medical use in places where the plant isn’t legalized recreationally, or for recreational use, where it is.

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Countries like Italy and Argentina have made sure that residents have the right to grow, and the state of New Jersey showed its unhappiness when recreational cannabis was legalized without a home-grow law. Organizations like Mama Cultiva push not only for cannabis legalization in general, but for home-grow rights, particularly for medical patients. The organization helped push through Argentina’s home-grow laws, as well as in Chile, which allows self-cultivation for recreational use, even though recreational use isn’t legal.

These days growing cannabis has become much more commonplace, with laws in legalized states often allowing users to grow a certain number of plants, and many medical legalizations allowing the same thing for medical patients. Even the equipment to grow the plants, once demonized as much as the plants themselves, is considered pretty standard, with no more fear of selling products on the open market. A few decades ago, a person could get themselves in hot water just for buying marijuana growing equipment. Now there are tutorials made by dispensaries and organizations, waiting to show you how to do it.

Whole articles could be written on the process of growing cannabis, but that’s not terribly important here, since our main concern isn’t in the entire growing process, but simply, the best cannabis seed banks to buy seeds from. However, to give an idea of how easy it is to grow it, a basic rundown of the process is given at the end.

Best cannabis seed banks

If you’re going to do a home grow, you want it to turn out well, and the very first thing to consider for this, are the seeds being used. Here are five of the best cannabis seed banks if you want to do a home-grow.

5. The company Seedsman provides a huge selection of seeds. They sell feminized, regular seeds, and auto flowering seeds, using over 120 top breeders. The company offers bitcoin discounts, has a customer loyalty point system, and includes free seeds in every order. The company offers fast shipping, and stealth packaging. This company ships seeds worldwide.

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4. The company I Love Growing Marijuana also ranks high in terms of providing quality, trusted, seeds. This company has a very high rating on Trustpilot (9.4), and provides a money-back guarantee. The company also offers free shipping to both the US and Europe, growing support 24 hours a day along with a  growing guidebook, and a selection of seeds that encompass their own creations, plus well-known strains. The company uses very discreet packaging for customer privacy.

3. MSNL is a company out of the Netherlands, which is also a great provider of quality seeds. MSNL delivers worldwide, and has been a trusted cannabis seed source since 1999. The company offers its own versions of over 200 popular strains, and offers regular, feminized, and auto flowering selections. The company is a pro at stealth delivery, offers bitcoin discounts, and is the winner previously of both the High Times Cup and Cannabis Cup.

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2. The company Crop King Seeds has been in business for over 15 years, and offers a massive selection including 500 new varieties of regular, feminized, and auto flowering seeds, all sold under the company’s own brand name. Crop King Seeds accepts bitcoin payments, has fast and discreet shipping, and is very much a trusted company, coming in with a score of 4.2 on Trustpilot. This company is run out of Canada, but ships to the US as well.

1. My favorite seed bank is Seed City. This brand offers plenty of new cannabis seeds, along with rarer strains, from over 200 breeders. The company ships throughout the world, using crush-proof tubes for delivery, and fashions packages to look like a gift (the ultimate in stealth). Seed City is known for its niche cannabis seed options, ability for consumers to pick their own free seeds, and a choice of over 5,000 single seeds. The company translates into 22 languages, making it ideal for non-English speakers. This company offers bitcoin deals, and has a 4.8 rating on Trustpilot, making it the most trustworthy company on the list.

How-to grow it

Usually home grows are done inside, though this is not a rule. When done inside, the grower has much more control over the environment, with the ability to adjust and control temperature, humidity, and light. This is beneficial for keeping a consistent environment, especially in locations where there is more weather variation that could stress the plant. Cannabis plants do best when not stressed out, so consistent environments are generally best for the highest quality flowers. Each grow comes with some choices for the grower to make:

  • What kind of light? This can be the sun, fluorescent lights, LEDs, (LECs) Light Emitting Ceramic, or metal halide & high-pressure sodium lights. Each of these has benefits and detractions that a prospective grower will want to go over in order to choose the light source best for their grow.
  • The next choice is what to grow the plant in, which is less obvious than expected if you were just thinking ‘soil’. In fact, plenty of options exist, including soil, soilless mixes (used in hydroponics setups), water (also for hydroponics), or even air, if the plant is being grown aeroponics style, though this is less common. Prospective growers must choose the growing medium correct for their grow.
  • Next choice regards nutrients, and the options are relevant to the growing medium. A hydroponics grow and a soil grow, will require different forms of nutrients.
  • The last major choice is in the cannabis seeds themselves. These run the gamut in terms of options, and growers can choose their seeds based on the plants they want to get out of it. The cannabis seed banks listed above are the best way of ensuring the delivery of quality seeds.

Once these choices have been made, the growing can begin. There are some basic steps for every grow, even if the exact amount of time varies by strain, or by grow. Though every strain varies in the time it will need on average to grow – from start to finish – it should take approximately 3-5 months. Here are the basics:

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Germination – Usually done in a separate (and smaller) pot from where the plant will actually grow. Some people place the seed in wet paper towels until the growth starts, at which point the seedling is put in a hole in the soil, and then covered afterwards. It can take 1-7 days for germination.

Vegetative state – This is where your plant spends much of its time, and its an important phase, because this is when your plant can really grow big. During this time the plant will expand out greatly, and letting it grow bigger will allow for more buds later. Flowering does not occur during this phase. This lasts approximately 4-8 weeks.

Flowering stage – This is when the big buds grow. This phase can last anywhere from 6-14+ weeks. Strains vary in how long they are in the flowering stage, with a pretty hefty difference in time frames.

Harvest – This is when the plants have reached full maturity and and are ready to be cut, trimmed, and cured. There is generally about a 2-3 week window here.

Post-harvest – This is when the plants are dried and cured, a process that can last anywhere from 2.5 weeks to over 1.5 months.

Conclusion

Getting in on home growing is the new thing. In the past, prospective growers had to put some seeds in generic soil, and hope for a feminine plant. These days, a grower can order whatever seeds they want from cannabis seed banks, in whatever strain is available, making home growing that much more precise.

The most important thing for any grow? The seeds of course! If you’re looking to grow your own plants, take a look at the top cannabis seed banks, and choose the perfect seeds for your home-grow needs.

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Tips for Planning Your Spring Cannabis Garden at Home

There’s a lot to consider before making the decision to create and sustain a cannabis garden. Cultivators can never know too much about growing cannabis, so being educated about the process and diligent about the health of the crop will make a world of difference.

We’ve collected some articles designed to help you prepare your home garden for spring. Happy planting!

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READ: How to Prep Your Home Garden to Grow Cannabis

While cannabis is similar to plenty of other crops that home gardeners might be used to, given that the same key ingredients are soil and light, the cannabis plant still requires some unique expertise. Ahead of the planting season, Cannabis Now spoke with two experts to get their take on how home growers should prepare their gardens for a successful marijuana cultivation season.

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READ: Guano is the Way to Go

There are lots of people who have tried their hand at growing cannabis with guano and there are many who have failed for a few simple reasons. Guano, especially bat guano, can actually be a deterrent to your crop rather than the great gift most seem to think it is.

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READ: 10 Things to Know Before You Grow

Some may think that getting into growing marijuana is an easy affair. That idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Cultivating marijuana successfully takes a great deal of detailed planning, skill and consistent effort. Each crop takes eight to 10 weeks to mature, so the grower will have to spend at least an hour a day while caring for them to ensure the plants live up to their potential.

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READ: Building a Wick System: An Easy Way to Grow

Leading cannabis horticulture authority Ed Rosenthal has released a new book that delivers useful ideas for starting your own homegrown, like this excerpt about creating a wick system. The wick container system is an easy way to garden because it’s self-watering and removes the uncertainty of when to water.

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READ: How to Tell if Your Cannabis Plant is Male or Female

Cannabis cultivators the world over know the obsessive, purgatorial feeling of waiting for their plants to mature to discern sex — female, male or hermaphrodite. There’s no way to ascertain if a seedling is male or female with the naked eye. This article lays out the way to tell the difference between sexes in cannabis plants.

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7 At-Home Marijuana Cultivation Tips & Tricks

If you are new to marijuana cultivation, we would like to present you with these 7 at-home marijuana cultivation tips and tricks. The Cannabis Act permits adults in Canada to cultivate up to 4 cannabis plants (per household). Depending on the strain you choose, that means you can harvest anywhere from 600 – 750 grams per plant! […]

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How To Reduce Odor When Growing Indoors

Everyone who has grown a substantial crop in their basement will attest to the strong odor the crop produces as the plant matures. Most people have been busted simply because of the strong smell of a mature plant permeating the air around the home in question.

There are a few things that can be done to keep the smell of cannabis down both within and outside the house where it is being grown. Running a hepa filter in the growing area will stop a large amount of the odor, but not all. While the activated charcoal in a hepa filter will stop most of the smell, some ventilation to the outside will also be needed.

Hepa filters come in many sizes and shapes. Some are just the filter, while others incorporate a of fan. If you have the choice, choose the filter with the fan. Most basements have at least one small window, so use it is as the output of the filtered hepa filter. Remove the glass and replace the window with a board with the hepa filter shape cut in. Choose a window that vents to the backyard or a window on the side of the house with low traffic.

Another way to keep the scent down is with eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is great for covering odors and replacing them with the cool scent of the plant. Eucalyptus is also great for keeping the humidity down, an action which negates the growth of mold and fungus, since they both need a damp environment to grow in.

The eucalyptus needed is usually in the form of an oil, which won’t do its job if the surface area is as small as the diameter of the jar it came in. To that end, pour the oil in a wide, shallow pan. This will result in a decreased marijuana odor. The eucalyptus will also reduce the humidity due to its very efficient moisture retention properties.

Another way to negate the odor of a healthy crop is to hermetically seal the growing area. This takes time and a bit of building know-how in order to achieve the best results. Basically you encase the growing operation in plastic, with all four surfaces being within the bubble. You simply don’t let out any air from the growing area. Keep your visits to a minimum and make sure the plastic doesn’t touch the grow lamps.

If you’re in a city and the houses are close together, you should be using all three of the odor-proofing strategies presented here. Run your external facing hepa filter late at night / early morning and replace the eucalyptus every week. You should also run the interior hepa filters at all times. Most hepa filters last about a month before they need to be replaced and are relatively cheap and easy to use.

Activated charcoal is designed to react with its surrounding air and trap odors. While most hepa filters incorporate activated charcoal, not all do. All grow ops have a fan of some sort to move around the air in the growing area. Put a shallow pan filled with activated charcoal in the main stream of air flow from the fan. Stir occasionally. This will help keep the smell down considerably. Make sure to replace the activated charcoal every week.

By following these easy to implement odor remedies, you’ll be safe from nosy neighbors and your crop will be healthy due to the reduced humidity. Keep the grow area sealed and be liberal with your hepa filters and you can’t go wrong.

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How to Grow Blue Dream at Home

Blue Dream is one of America’s favorite strains. This sativa-dominant breed packs a high-THC punch, and it does this without getting the user buzzed-up to the point of being non-functional. The strain, which was developed in California, found its way to mainstream success for its ability to alter moods and spin creativity, while also providing a calming sense of euphoria. It is a hit with both the recreational and medical sectors, as it is versatile enough to be considered medicine for those suffering from a variety of conditions ranging from depression to PTSD and a source for good times. It’s also quite easy to cultivate once you learn how to grow Blue Dream at home, which only increases the popularity of the strain.

Some of the latest data shows that tens of millions of dollars are spent on Blue Dream every year in legal states. So, it stands to reason, with most of these jurisdictions allowing home cultivation in some form or fashion, cannabis consumers are curious as to how they might go about growing this strain in the comforts of their personal space. Fortunately, Cannabis Now is dedicated to helping aspiring green thumb gods recognize their talents and forge their way to high and healthy yields.

Blue Dream Is Easy to Grow — And It’ll Grow Tall

Even a first-time grower can experience solid results when growing Blue Dream. This strain has such a fighting desire to touch the sky that it is almost impossible to sabotage the process. But it is important to understand a few things about this plant before getting started. Blue Dream grows tall — plants can hit the 4-to-6 foot mark without much effort at all. It will flourish in both indoor and outdoor conditions, as long as it is protected from extreme weather conditions. For the sake of this article, we are going to focus on cultivating a single plant indoors. This way even those would-be cannabis growers living in areas of prohibition can still dabble in the fun of home cultivation.

Getting Started: Buying Seeds (Or Clones, If You Can)

If you live in a state where growing cannabis is legal, then it is easiest to purchase a Blue Dream clone from your local dispensary. There are plenty of pros and cons to growing from seed or clone, but first-time growers usually prefer the speed and relative simplicity of growing from clones. However, if you don’t have access to clones, seeds are your only other option.

It is always best to go with newer seeds, so it is not advised to try your newfound cultivation project with seed that has been hanging around for years. In states that have legalized cannabis, individuals can track down seeds at farmer’s markets or through some retail dispensaries. Buying online is also an option — perhaps the most convenient if living in a prohibition state, but it is important to clarify that buying seeds online is still technically against the law.

Germinate Seeds And Get Under Light Source

Before you can plant your seed, you must first germinate the seed. To do this, grab a moist paper towel and a plastic sandwich bag. Drop the seed (or seeds) in the middle of the damp paper towel, fold it over a couple of times and stick it in the sandwich bag. Some experienced growers recommend first sprinkling the seed with an organic root booster called Mycorrhizal. This provides the plant with nutrients it doesn’t get growing indoors.

Once the seed is in the bag, it needs to be stored in a dark and warm place. Leave it alone for around three days. By then, the seed should be ready to be transferred to soil. This part is still relatively easy. Just grab a plastic cup (one for every seed), poke a few holes in the bottom and fill with soil. Some suggested brands are Fox Farm Ocean Forest Soil, Espona Organic Potting Mix and Roots Organic.

From there, add a pinch of root booster and drop in the seed. Cover it and put it under a 100-Watt Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) light bulb. Better yet, get a full spectrum light. These are a solid investment for single plant grows. Both of these items can be purchased at a place like Home Depot and Lowe’s. They are inexpensive — and they work really well.

Crucial Growing Information and Tips

Temperature: Blue Dream is comfortable in the same climate as most humans. It flourishes in temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Light: Keep under light for most of the day, from 18-24 hours, during this first stage. This is called the vegetative state and is when the plant grows in size. A light timer is useful in achieving accuracy.

Ventilation: Treat your plant to some air circulation! Although the lights we discussed above do not get extremely hot, ventilation is still important to the grow process. This can be achieved with a small tabletop fan.

Odor Control: Blue Dream has a fruity fragrance — sort of like blueberry, so it does not produce an intense aroma. Plus, one plant is not going to cause a stink with the neighbors.

Water: Keep soil wet. When watering, make sure a pool of water forms at the top of the soil. If the plant starts to droop throughout the growing process, it needs more water. If the soil is dry when put to the touch test, it needs more water. But overwatering is bad, too. A solid rule is not to water cannabis any more than any other plant. Treat it like a tomato.

Nutrients: This strain has a ravenous appetite. It requires heavy nitrogen feedings. Advanced Nutrients has some highly revered products. A Google search can help turn up others.

Staking: In order to keep the plant in an upright position, staking is necessary. There are a variety of staking schemes out there, but the primary mission is to keep the plant straight and support the branches.

Transplant: Around the 30-day mark, it will be necessary to transfer your Blue Dream plant to a larger (5-gallon) pot.

Flower Time: The second growing stage, the flowering stage, is triggered when the plant starts getting 12 hours of light and 12 hours uninterrupted darkness. Once the flowering stage is triggered, the plant will likely grow by about a third of its size, so take your space into consideration when changing the light cycle. Blue Dream’s average flowering time is 9-to-10 weeks. It might start slow and get more aggressive throughout the grow cycle.

Harvest: Watch the sugar-like resin glands on the buds. Once around half of them go from white to cloudy, it’s harvest time. Although this process might seem like a lot to take in, remember: Blue Dream is a very forgiving strain. So, while it is absolutely possible to get scientific throughout the grow process, it is not necessary. This plant will allow the grower to make plenty of mistakes and still grow to maturity. Blue Dream typically produces 4-to-6 ounces per plant.

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Cannabis Shortages Spur New Interest in Growing at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered businesses and sent people hunkering down behind closed doors from coast to coast. In addition to stocking up on canned and dry goods, consumers are worried about maintaining cannabis supply. 

The outbreak was having an impact on the North American cannabis industry weeks before it actually reached the continent’s shores. But with the imposition of “shelter-in-place” orders, tokers started to worry about where their next batch of bud would be coming from. 

On March 16, when six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area issued such orders, there was an immediate run on dispensaries. Spared was Alameda County, where cannabis shops were deemed to be an “essential” service. Facing a public outcry, authorities in San Francisco just one day later decided to follow Alameda’s lead, and lifted the order for dispensaries to close. On March 20, when a statewide lockdown was declared, dispensaries were excluded as an essential service. 

Similar scenes in Denver caused authorities to likewise reverse themselves there.  

But in some places, dispensaries are closed—such as Massachusetts, in spite of the public outcry. And even before the current crisis, cannabis users were turning to the long-languishing American ethic of self-sufficiency to ride out shortages. 

Urban Herb in the Windy City 

The Chicago Tribune profiles the case of local epilepsy sufferer David Kurfman. Following shortages at Illinois outlets,  he recently established a basement grow room. Relying on cannabis oil with a 2-to-1 CBD-THC ratio to control his seizures, Kurfman took advantage of the personal cultivation provision of the state’s legalization statute. Having invested $5,000 in lights, fans and other necessary equipment, he now has his legally permitted five plants putting out their first buds. 

“There’s a statewide shortage of all products, and patients are suffering from that,” Kurfman told the Trib. “I hope to transition to growing my own medicine.” 

A well cared-for five-plant grow can produce far in excess of the one ounce of bud that “recreational” users may possess legally, or the fortnightly 2.5-ounce purchase limit for medical patients.

State law allows medical cannabis patients 21 and over to grow their five plants in an “enclosed, locked space.” There are other restrictions too. Landlords may ban cultivation on their property. It also remains illegal to sell or give away cannabis from personal plants. 

This was actually a compromise measure in the legalization statute signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last June. Earlier versions of the legislation allowed all adults to grow five plants each at home. But law enforcement groups lobbied against this provision, and it was stricken from the bill. Under final version, only patients enrolled with the state’s medical marijuana program are permitted to cultivate at home. The original 2013 medical marijuana law included no provision for homegrown.  

Home-growers may purchase seeds from licensed dispensaries. However, few are offering them for sale—so Pritzker’s administration is working on opening new avenues.  

“The administration is working with various state agencies, cultivators and dispensaries to develop a clear process that will allow the sale of seeds to medicinal users,” Charity Greene, a representative for the governor’s office, told the Tribune. 

Online groups such as the Illinois Medical Cannabis Review Guide have meanwhile emerged to recommend seed banks. Home Grow Chicago, a private business, is also offering classes in small-scale cannabis cultivation. 

Under the mentorship of two experienced growers, Kurfman is now proud of the fruits of his labor—although he has yet to start producing oil. “It turned out magnificent,” he told the Tribune. 

Also quoted by the Trib was Illinois cultivator and patient Mickey Nulf, who produces the Prof. Budz Potcast, and hosts a Facebook page for home-growers. “Let’s put the power back into patients’ hands,” he recently posted, “and let’s take care of our community.”  

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