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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bryden

Cannabis Basics for Beginners

Growing your cannabis plant can be very rewarding. It’s a great feeling to watch seeds that you have planted thrive into vigorous, healthy plants. Of course, the biggest reward is a monetary one. Plants grown outside, with the proper light, nutrients, water,, and space that don’t get attacked by disease or pests, can yield from 200 to 400 grams of cannabis per plant. Indoor growing will usually yield about half that amount and depends on the amount of space, light and proper nutrients the plant receives.

Whether growing outside or inside, both yields will keep you in cannabis for a long time. Everyone’s habits vary, so the exact length of time can only be determined by you. One gram will give you approximately 2 joints so, for example, if you smoke a joint a day, a 200-gram yield will last over a year! That’s where the Grow and Share platform helps you and lets you enjoy more than one strain! Cannabis enthusiasts can swap up to 30 grams with other members.

Basics for a successful cannabis crop

Yield and quality of bud don’t mean the same thing, yield being the amount of product harvested at the end of the cycle, and quality refers to producing a flower that is full of cannabinoids and terpenes. The genetics of some cannabis strains deliver large, tall plants and big yields. When growing outside, certain strains, such as Indicas generally can survive better in cold dry weather; others such as Sativas thrive in warm, humid weather.

Research the strains and find one that suits your available space, the length of time your setup allows to maximize growth and, if growing outdoors, which strains work with the climate in your area.

Give your plants time to grow

When you are growing outdoors, climate plays a big part in how quickly you can plant your seeds. If you have the equipment, you can start your seeds inside and move them outside once the weather allows. Plant size isn’t limited when growing outdoors but you must give your plants the necessary time to grow.

When you are growing indoors, your plants will usually be smaller; the size being dependent on the space available to you. If you are using a confined space versus a large basement, the plant size will differ substantially. A small place will restrict the duration of the growing period, resulting in smaller plants. If possible, try to grow your plant where there is quite a lot of height so that they don’t get burned by the grow lights.

Space is important for a plant’s growth and will play a big part in both the size and yield. It is necessary to give your plant as much time from germination to harvest as possible.

Cannabis plants need a lot of light

Light is one of the most important “foods” for your plant and it is therefore important to plant them where they are optimally able to receive a minimum of 6 hours of light a day. When planting outside, climate can vary a great deal,high-intensity and therefore so can your plant size and yield. Cold snaps or heat waves can affect both size and yield.

Indoors, your yield will depend on how powerful your lights are, among other variables. The light for indoor growing versus outdoor light can be more easily regulated. There are several types of lighting setups which will vary both in the cost to purchase them and the amount of electricity used. Fluorescent, HID (high intensity discharge), and LED are the most common to choose from.

Finally, a healthy, high-yielding plant will need a good growing medium and nutrients. There are a large number of companies selling a wide variety of nutrients, both organic and chemical. Chemical or synthetic fertilizers have exact mixes of Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus which can have an immediate effect on your plant growth, versus organic or natural fertilizers which can take more time for the nutrients to be absorbed into the soil or other growing medium.

You must always flush your plants 2 weeks before harvesting to ensure you are not smoking the chemicals from the fertilizers.

The Benefits of Growing Your Cannabis

If you’re a cannabis enthusiast, then growing your own could be just what you’ve been searching for!

The dream of growing your own cannabis is more achievable than ever before. The legalization of cannabis throughout Canada, the affordability of growing equipment, and the knowledge base available means that almost anyone can easily grow their own cannabis at home.

Homegrown Cannabis is more affordable – While buying cannabis from a dispensary is always a good option, it can become expensive, especially when purchasing luxury strains and premium products. If you choose to grow your own, it can be a good way to save money. Once you cover the initial cost of setting up your home grow, whether with a hydroponic setup inside or outdoors in soil, you’ll enjoy savings for a long time into the future. You’ll probably still want to enjoy a variety of strains from your local dispensary but growing your own cannabis can be rewarding.

You’ll never Run out of weed again – That last-minute panic as you realize that you just blazed away your last bowl or rolled your last joint is devastating. However, when you grow your own cannabis, you never have to worry about running out of weed as the average plant will flower 13 ounces.

You know what’s being put into your cannabis – While we all like to believe that cannabis is this great natural product, do you ever really know what chemicals are being used to grow your cannabis? When you grow your own, you’ll know exactly what’s being used at each step of the growing process.


There you go! Three fantastic benefits to growing cannabis that you may not have thought of. If you’re a cannabis grower or cultivator, GROW and SHARE could be just what you’re looking for. Grow and Share is connecting the cannabis community, one share at a time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us directly.

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