What Not to Do – Growing Medical Marijuana

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When it comes to growing and using medical marijuana for chronic pain treatment — particularly for those suffering from cancer — there are some things you should consider before jumping into this hobby. People tend to fail to do their homework thoroughly enough before setting out on this endeavor and therefore overlook a few crucial mistakes. As part of our three-part series on what not to do when growing medical marijuana with hydroponics for cancer/chronic pain treatment, we take a look at some of those mistakes and how you can avoid them. First off, medical grade marijuana comes from two strains: Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indicawhich provide more potent benefits to cancer patients over other recreational types, according to Pain Management of America.

Here are four things you shouldn’t do in regards to misuse of equipment and the wrong kinds of seeds:

1. Picking seeds willy-nilly. Just getting seeds from the right marijuana strain will not ensure the creation of a medical-grade marijuana. To become an expert, you have to have the exact type of seed, along with the right combination of light temperature and water, usually through a hydroponic system. With more than 60 cannabinoids present in the plant, it’s important to note that not all cannabinoids provide the same benefits to patients. Also, cannabinoids interact differently with one another, offering up distinctive benefits when combined the correct way, so knowledge of these interactions to produce the most beneficial result is key.

2. Failure to understand the strains. Two of the more popular strains — THC (sativa) and CBD (indica) — both have distinct effects on the user. Sativa’s high content of THC, for example, has more of a potent effect in regards to lessening nausea, pain, headaches and even depression, ideal for cancer patients going through chemo. CBD tends to be more calming overall, ideal for those suffering from other types of chronic pains, such as muscle spasms, anxiety and inflammation.

3. Ditching the patience. The process of growing medical marijuana — like recreational marijuana — is not one that can be rushed. The old adage “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right” definitely applies here. Sit back, have patience, don’t check your plants a million times a day, and don’t rush the process.

4. Forgetting about maintenance. As an add-on to the above recommendation about having patience, you can’t become TOO lax about keeping up with your plants. Failing to conduct some basic maintenance can result in disaster for your plants, and you want to avoid that at all costs. Of course, it’s important to do the required maintenance, which includes trimming, pruning, feeding, watering and ensuring your plants are getting sufficient ventilation, light and CO2.