It's National Cannabis Month!
April marks awareness of cannabis and the advances that this green plant has on our lives. The FDA has approved THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, to treat nausea from cancer, muscle spasms, seizure disorders and Crohn's Disease. In April, we acknowledge the cannabis plant and how it is grown and used in the United States and Canada.
Marijuana can be smoked, eaten or taken as a liquid extract. Although marijuana can be recommended by a doctor for medical purposes, recreational use of marijuana is often applied by vaporizing the contents, smoking it or adding it to baked goods.
With weed being legalized or decriminalized in at least 28 states including DC, more people are taking classes and learning how to grow weed from home. In 2016, Colorado marijuana sales totaled $1.3 billion just from home growers. By 2025, the cannabis industry is expected to grow in sales to up to $147 billion!
Growing weed can be done indoors or outdoors; but the number of plants that can grow depends on the state's laws. For example, a 21-year-old living in California can grow up to six cannabis plants as long as they are secluded from public view.
Outdoor Marijuana Growing Tips For Beginners
Like we said, although weed can be grown indoors, some weed farmers prefer the organic route of growing marijuana outdoors. If growing cannabis outside, there are many things to consider.
Tips For Growing Marijuana Outdoors
Choose a good location: Consider growing away from eye-sight of neighbors or walkers. Some individuals may feel awkward; others may be enticed to sneak-in and steal your goods. Depending on where you live, this may be required action. Nevada allows growers to have up to six marijuana plants in the yard while Oregon allows up to 18 seedlings. In Canada, for example, provincial law is different. British Columbia requires plants to be hidden from neighbors and locked away from view in Manitoba. (To conceal marijuana plants, and keep away wildlife, use deer fencing.)
Sunlight: If growing weed outside, your crops will require at least six hours of natural sunlight. The more sunlight your cannabis plant gets, the better chance it will grow.
Water: If your farm sits near a stream, this will give you full access to what your weed farm needs. Weed plants require a lot of water and will eat up all they absorb quickly. Water plants in the early morning hours before the heat of the day for best results.
Soil: Before establishing your site, check that the area has decent soil. You will need to periodically test your soil with a soil PH meter. (Cannabis needs be at a 5.5-6.5 level.)
Remember when we mentioned deer fencing? Well, the #1 complaint by marijuana farmers is that deer are getting onto farms and causing crop damage...then, they need a nap. Veterinarians agree that animals do become intoxicated or "high" after ingesting marijuana but the effects vary based on the animal species. For deer, marijuana poisoning can lead to death. The longer the plant grows, the stronger the weed becomes.
Deer damage may be occurring on marijuana farms if the following are present:
- hoof prints
- deer droppings
- missing leaves
Deer can jump well over 7 feet high; but they would prefer not unless they are being chased by a predator. To save marijuana plants, Deerbusters suggests installing a 7.5-8' deer fence around the cannabis farm. This is the best solution for deer management. Contact Deerbusters.com at 888-648-1939 to find the right deer fence on weed farms.