With more countries allowing cultivation and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, today medicinal marijuana is no longer looked down at. Usually, doctors prescribe the use of cannabis and if you have the prescription and it is legal to grow marijuana in your place of residence and country, you can easily grow it in your own home and get the necessary relief.
It is important to remember that all types of marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes. This is the reason why people like to grow a combination of different strains. For instance, the Sativa strain is perfect for daytime use, as it makes the person feel alert. On the other hand, the Indica strain has a relaxing and calming effect, hence best suited for use in the evenings or nights. There are even hybrid strains that can offer the same benefits as Sativa and Indica strains.
Here are the steps to growing medicinal marijuana:
Select the Seeds Based on Your Medical Condition
Typically Indica strains are used to address problems associated with muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, pain management, mobility problems, and tremors. Sativa strains are used to stimulate appetite, address pain, nausea, and migraines, and also to address the symptoms of certain types of cancer and HIV/AIDS.
You can grow medicinal marijuana indoors or outdoors. As long as the place gets ample sunshine, you should not have a problem growing the seeds. If you are growing them indoors, make sure that the place gets a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight. If this is not possible, ensure that the room is well lit. For the initial growth, you can use fluorescent light; for the vegetative state, the plants should get 18 hours of light; and for the flowering stage 12 hours of light.
Fill a bowl with water and soak the seeds overnight in this water. Place the soaked seeds in a damp towel and place the towel in a dark place for one to three days. The moment you see delicate white roots emerging from the carapace, the seeds are ready to be planted in a pot.
Prepare the soil for the seeds. Use starter soil that does not contain any fertilizer or nutrients. Make a shallow hole using your finger and drop the germinated seeds into the soil. Cover the seeds lightly. You can make well-aerated soil by adding perlite to the starter soil. Mist the soil and ensure there is proper drainage. Let the soil dry slightly before you mist it again. Let the plant grow for about two weeks. Give the plant 18 hours of light every day. Use fluorescent light. Make sure that the room is well ventilated.
Organic or Inorganic Fertilizers
You need to decide whether you want to use organic or inorganic nutrients. It is best to opt for organic, as you will be smoking the plant for medicinal purposes. Using inorganic fertilizers can adversely affect the taste and may also be harmful.
When the seedling is about two weeks old, you can begin feeding it. Start with a growth nutrient until the plant begins to flower. Continue the nutrient for another two weeks and then switch over to flowering nutrients. Make sure you do not overfeed the plants, as it will kill them.
Watch the Plants Grow
When your plants are growing, they require a minimum of 3 hours of direct sunlight. Make sure you water the soil only when it feels dry. During this stage, the plant will not flower. To make it flower, you would have to increase the light exposure to about 12 hours a day. It is then the plants will flower. If you are growing the plants outdoors, flowering will occur naturally.
Your plants should be ready for harvest when the hairs on the plants change their color. Usually, it will change from white to red. Harvest just the leaves that are not flowering and hang them upside down in a room for around 6 to 7 days. Maintain room temperature between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels between 50 and 55 percent. Once the stems are not moist, you can trim off the buds and cure them using turkey bags. Do not use paper bags, as the drying will occur too quickly and the chlorophyll will be retained.
Follow these steps and you should be able to grow medicinal cannabis easily. Make sure that you have the necessary prescription from your doctor to grow the cannabis. This way you will not get into trouble with the law.