What Not to Do When Growing Medical Marijuana: Part 3

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For the last part of our three-part series on common mistake people make when growing medical marijuana for chronic pain, here we take a look at three more things you shouldn’t do when cultivating hydroponic cannabis crops.

8. Yapping too much about your extra-curricular activities. If you live in a state where the cultivation of marijuana is illegal, keep your mouth shut. Use discretion in your endeavor; otherwise, this could be your single highest risk of downfall. Be aware of the risks of growing this plant on your property, and what red flags could garner the attention of curious neighbors, family members and eventually the law, such as spikes in electricity consumption. Sure, you may be tempted to tell all your friends about your operation, but stifle that urge or you risk being exposed.

9. Overfeeding. Giving your plants too many nutrients can be a bad thing — just like humans can overdo it on vitamins. Unfortunately, it’s quite easy to make the mistake of giving too much fertilizer, thinking you’ll simply get a bigger crop out of it with the more food you provide. This is a costly mistake, so stick with the recommended feedings to avoid failure. You’ll know your plants are overfed when their leaves curl and start to yellow. One solution is to spray the leaves with water — and only water — on a daily basis until they recover.

10. Setting the wrong temp. Going hand in hand with the above warning, setting the temperature within your hydroponics system too high or too low can also have disastrous results not only for the survival of the plants but also for the potency, which is a key factor in medical marijuana. Because cannabis plants are extremely sensitive to temperature, the optimal range should always be between 72°F and 77°F for proper growth, according to Medical Marijuana Mentor.

As you can see, there are many common mistakes to avoid when growing medical marijuana for chronic pain management using hydroponics. The best advice you can heed is to research all aspects of your operation before embarking and staying on top of maintenance to ensure a healthy crop time and time again.

How To Prevent and Manage Bug Infestation for Indoor Gardens

bugs on cannabis leaf, medical cannabisWhen you invest a lot of time and money into growing your indoor marijuana crop, the last thing you want is for bug infestation to destroy it all. There are steps you can take to prevent bugs from invading your marijuana, through the use of both chemical and organic products, tools and systems.

Types of Bug Infestations

There are more than 250 insects associated with cannabis and that can cause a real problem for the health of your plants, according to Medical Marijuana. Common culprits include spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, hemp borers, budworms, cutworms, armyworms, leaf-eating caterpillars, thrips, flea beetles, grubs, weevils, leafminers, ants, termites, earwigs and even grasshoppers. They all wreak havoc in their own special way. For instance, the spider mite loves to suck the sap from the leaves, while hemp borers destroy flower tops and eat seeds. While technically not a bug, mold is another culprit that can destroy your crops.

What to do About It

You don’t have to sit idly by while your crop is destroyed. Invest in some chemicals or organics to nip the problem in the bud. Sprays like Nutrilife’s SM-90 cost about $14 for one liter. Spray your plants with a solution of one part SM-90 and five parts water but do it when the lights are set to go off so you don’t burn the leaves. Don’t forget to spray underneath the leaves too. Garden Safe Neem Oil Extract is another wise choice if you want to use organics. A 16-ounce bottle will cost you about 10 bucks. There are other ways to trap and kill your bug predators. To get rid of aphids, place sticky traps near your plants, preferably on the floor or hanging at the top. You can also release natural predators of aphids into your crop with no adverse effects. Ladybugs and lacewings will wipe out your aphid infestation in no time. The beetle borer, another pest that is devastating to your crop, will eat through the stalks. Sprays are useless on this pest. The only way to get rid of them is to physically remove them by cutting the beetle out of your plant. Caterpillars will eat through leaves like they’re going out of style. Keep them at bay with a homemade mixture of hot pepper, garlic, pesticide and pyrethrum. Fungus gnats spread through the roots of your plants, but you can slow them down by reducing the moisture in the environment, or apply anti-algae spray to the plant’s base. This will manage to kill any algae, which is the gnats’ primary source of food.

Proposals to Grow Marijuana at Home

The White House, House of Representatives have recently received two proposals to allow people to grow marijuana in their home. One bill would allow 6 plants per household while the other bill would allow 6 plants per adult in each house hold, which would be 12 plants in total.

The bill received its main support from people who have trouble finding the proper medical marijuana plants in dispensaries or medical marijuana clinics for medical conditions.

Meagan Holt, of Mill Creek, Washington, said she has trouble getting the right kind of plants for the oil that alleviates her 4-year-old daughter Madeline’s intractable epilepsy, which didn’t respond to some 20 pharmaceuticals that doctors prescribed. She has people willing to grow the specific strain of marijuana she needs and give it to the family, but under current law that’s illegal. – Jim Camden, The Spokesman

The bill, along with other changes to the current marijuana laws in the state, would also allow people to share a certain amount of the plant to others as well. The hearing will be on Monday with a committee vote in the upcoming weeks.

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Deadspin Article: Ravens Starting Left Tackle & Marijuana

Eugene Monroe, when healthy, is a starting left tackle. He’s also an outspoken advocate for the use of marijuana as a safe, effective, and nonaddictive way to manage pain. Though he announced that he had been medically cleared to play on June 8, he’s been held out of practice, and the Baltimore Ravens are reportedly trying to get rid of him as quickly as possible. – Deadspin, “Ravens Want to Unload Marijuana Advocate Eugene Munroe”

The first quote stated in the Article by Deadspin, above, about the Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman, Eugene Monroe.

Eugene continues to express his thoughts and concerns on the Marijuana industry, specifically for medical purposes, to his social media followers, but he is getting a lot of backlash from his team.

Munroe tweeted June 11, “Ravens continue to distance themselves from me and my cause. I invite you all to do some research. I won’t stop. This is for my brothers”

His desire to bring awareness for the cause is remarkable!