How to Grow Cannabis at Home
The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) allows Canadian medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis or select an independent grower to grow it for them, rather than by purchasing through large scale Licensed Producers. This is the federal government’s response to the Supreme Court ruling that made affordable access to cannabis medicine a human right.
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There are many different ways to grow medical cannabis. Which method is right for you depends upon your circumstances and what you want to invest in time, money, and overall commitment. This guide will outline the various methods and give you a short summary of their various advantages and disadvantages. Not all methods are created equal!
Growing plants in soil seems to be what many people try first when it comes to growing in cannabis. If you’ve grown other plants in soil and/or have maintained a soil garden, this might be the best choice for you, because you will already be familiar with a lot of what you need to understand to grow cannabis in soil. Essential, you’ll grow cannabis just as you would any other plant. Use good soil and make sure that you keep it watered and properly fertilized.
Coco or coir is the outside layer of coconut husks (or mesocarp) which consists mainly of coarse fibres but also finer material known as `coir dust’. Harvested coconuts are first soaked in water, a process termed `retting’ which makes the fibre easier to remove. Usually the longer coarser fibres are removed for other uses while the coir pith then undergoes further processing and decomposition; this makes it more suitable as a plant growth medium. Coir pith consists of a mixture of shorter fibres and corklike particles ranging in size from granules to fine dust.Instead of using soil as a medium to hold the roots, you can use an inert medium — something that does not have the quality problems found with ordinary soil.
The common nickname for cannabis — “weed” — comes from its ability to grow almost anywhere, under varying conditions, and in different climates. “Hydroponic cannabis” simply refers to plants grown using a nutrient-water solution and an inert growing medium rather than nutrient-rich soil. This method could be something as basic as hand-watering pots of inert medium with a nutrient solution. Sophisticated systems with multiple pumps, timers, and reservoirs can take some of the daily labor out of growing, but they require more maintenance and setup time as well as a greater initial investment.