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How Long Does it Take to Grow Cannabis?

The short answer to the very general question of how long it takes to grow weed is around 3 months.  This is just an average number and is accounting for around 1 month in the vegetative stage followed by 2 months in 12/12 light schedule for flowering.  This is not taking into consideration preferences or the other countless factors that you have with different strains and different grow room set ups.  I’ve never gone more than a month and a half in the vegetative stage but know that patience is very beneficial when it comes to yields.  The plant will get most of it’s leafy and structural growth in this stage and the longer it is drawn out the larger it gets to an extent.  However, you could also switch over to a flowering life cycle very early on to initiate a faster harvest.  This is also ideal if you are limited on space or are growing from a clone instead of starting from the seed.

That is where the 3 month answer stems from.  It’s just a general rule of thumb.  It is very important to either know the exact genetics and strain information or have access to equipment that allows you to examine the trichomes extremely close.  If you know the strain, you know how long it will have to be in flowering to get the appropriate bud development.  Most strains are around 8 weeks while hazes and sativas tend to take longer and up to 11 or 12 weeks sometimes.  This is of course if you are strictly controlling the environments temperature, humidity, and other growing conditions.

This time frame is not taking into account drying and curing which adds a substantial amount of time before your medicine is ready to be consumed.  Drying only takes around 4 or so days where curing takes at least 2 weeks.  Many growers cure longer then 2 weeks due to the improved taste that comes from properly cured buds.  To be a grower you have to be patient, but if you do it right the wait will make the crop that much more rewarding then purchasing it every time you want to consume.

Hope this quick answer gave you an idea of how long you should expect to spend during the satisfying grow proccess!

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Replacing pain pills with medical cannabis

Pain is something that we all experience and have to deal with in this life.  For some people the majority of their day is unimaginably agonizing and they are willing to do anything to find much needed  relief.  This often includes taking the prescribed opiate medication that our doctors have been handing out legally for many years.  Most people simply trust their doctors and have the assumption that if something is in pill form it is safe and has been through the rigorous drug approval process.  These medications often are very effective at first and may lead the person to believe that they are solving their problem of constant pain.  However, these drug users quickly build tolerance causing problems with effectiveness of the opiates as well as the very strong possibility of overdose.  The difference between where a regular opiate user can feel the effects and the dose that will kill them is far to small to be considered safe.  Prescription pills kill more people then heroin, crack, and meth combined and this is because of their perceived safeness compared to “illegal drugs.”  This is an enormous example of misinformation.  Just because a drug is legal and given to you in a pretty little white pill doesn’t mean it’s not as deadly as it’s street version Heroin.  Lawmakers could care less about health and safety of medical patients and have proven it through there promotion of pharmaceutical drugs over the natural safe alternative.  It’s all about dollars.

It’s often after a patient barely escapes the horrible side effects and physically addictive properties of opium that they then give medical marijuana a chance.  Medical cannabis is a much healthier alternative and provides patients a quality of life that they simply couldn’t receive from  a man made pharmaceutical poison.  Once the switch is made patients report that certain strains of cannabis are much more effective at suppressing their pain and also reduces the amount of flare ups.  This is most likely due to the ant-inflammatory properties of the plant that pills simply don’t have.  Side effects are usually on the pleasant side besides the occasional dry mouth or drowsiness.   Of course there is the fact that it is impossible to overdose and it does not have the horrible physical dependence and horrible withdrawal symptoms when it’s not used.  From cancer patients in constant pain to a serious athletic injury, cannabis has proven it’s effectiveness in treating pain.  This is just one of the many uses this plant has and it would take away millions of dollars from the pharmaceutical industry replacing so many of their inefficient drugs.

If you haven’t tried an alternative to federally accepted pain medications, you haven’t explored all your options.  IT has been shown in medical marijuana states that prescription pill overdoses have decreased after making cannabis an option for those suffering.  Spread the information to those that you love that suffer from serious pain and give them a chance to live the life they deserve free of addiction and nasty side effects.