THC, short for Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is what typically takes the credit for someone feeling ‘high’. Despite being depicted as the miracle ingredient, it only comprises 1-6 % of the total marijuana plant. There’s actually another key chemical called cannabinoids, which include THC that contains the psychoactive ingredients that give the smoker a feeling of being ‘high’.
When you are looking to create an ideal formula for marijuana, one that is going to help you achieve the greatest ‘high,’ it is not that easy. This is because how you feel after smoking marijuana is subjective and does not produce a physical response that can be easily measured by scientists. Because of this, growers seeking to produce a desirable, high-quality yield of marijuana must experiment a little bit.
In this article we will discuss:
Knowing what you’re growing
When you first start growing cannabis, you may be surprised to find that your yield is much smaller than expected. Unless you have some experience, you may not realize that it takes time to learn the ins and outs involved when producing the expected end result. As with gardening, although research and preparation can help, it’s the hands-on experience that truly matters and can make you an expert.
And, much like anyone who takes time nurturing a plant from seed, it will be an extremely gratifying experience when your crop does have a significant yield. As a vegetable gardener, the fruits of your labor are revealed by the vegetables you are able to eat. As a cannabis grower, you reap the rewards every time you open your freezer and see your stash or smoke it. Either way, both options fill you with a sense of pride and appreciation when you are able to enjoy something you grew yourself.
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But, before we focus too much on how rewarding growing your own marijuana can be, it’s important to realize doing so isn’t without challenges, many of which are unavoidable. For example, transplanting your plant can be risky although it’s an essential part of the growth process. If you are not careful, it can easily shock and kill the plant. You’ll also have to be careful about not growing the wrong sex of plant. When this happens, you plant will seed instead of flower- which affects your yield.
The importance of genetics
To produce the highest quality marijuana, you will need to make sure your cannabis plant has the best quality genes. The most ideal genes will produce a plant with a pleasant smell, flavorful taste, and highly potent effect. If you want to grow these types of plants, you will need to start with the best quality genes.
Locating the best genes is much more complicated than simply buying high-quality seeds. This is because variation can occur even within seeds – even if they are in the same strain. Instead, focus a little less on the high-quality seeds and more on creating an ideal environment for your plants. Seeds are important, but the care that you put into it matters.
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Unless you have already grown mature plants from the same seeds or clones, marijuana growing is extremely unpredictable. That’s why it is a good idea to seed or clone your best quality plant so that you know your next crop will be the same quality. You’ll also want to store your seeds so that they will have no problem growing next season.
How to store marijuana seeds and determine their quality
As with most seeds, cannabis seeds are best stored in a closed container, then kept in a cool, dry place. When stored correctly, growers can expect the seeds to last multiple growing seasons. When storing, it’s important to label not only the name but also include the date. Doing this will allow you to keep better track of the performance of some seeds versus others as the years progress.
If you’re looking to store the seeds for more than a few growing seasons, you can freeze them for up to two years. This can extend their lifespan, but it also can ruin them or otherwise cause them not the produce. Try and use the seeds right away if at all possible.
When you’re ready to plant seeds that have been stored for a while, we recommend doing a test run. It can help you gain a better perspective on how successful your growing season will be.
There are also some ‘tried and true’ ways to tell if the seed is going to produce or not. One is by looking at the seed’s color. If it’s green or white, best case scenario is that seed is too immature to germinate. Also, if the seed can be easily squished between your fingers, it is probably too soft to fertilize effectively.
If these signs are not present, you can also try splitting one of the waxy, dark seeds open to see if it has green skin and a white substance inside. Another method, the planting one, involves taking a few seeds and pushing them down in one-half inch of dirt inside a small cup and then soaking them in warm water. If, after leaving the cup in a room temperature environment for approximately one week, it doesn’t produce seedlings, then they also will not be successful in producing healthy cannabis plants.
When time is not on your side in terms of experimenting with your seeds, go for the brown, plump, waxy seeds instead as opposed to the pale or dark ones. Particularly pale or dark seeds traditionally do not succeed in germinating and growing.
Also, keep in mind that marijuana’s nickname, ‘weed,’ originated from the fact that it fares quite well in the wild. If a few seeds end up scattered around, they may actually grow.
What is sinsemilla
If you’re familiar with marijuana, then you have probably heard the term ‘sinsemilla’ before. Sinsemilla is Spanish for ‘without seed’. It refers to some of the highest quality marijuana you can grow. It is used to describe female cannabis plants that grow into maturity without being fertilized with male pollen.
Growing sinsemilla marijuana outdoors is highly risky since female plants have the ability to be pollinated from up to a mile away. It’s also tricky because of the concern of sexing the plants incorrectly or separating the males from the rest of the marijuana crop too late.
When it comes to sinsemilla, it’s important to avoid pollinating your female plants because it causes their energy to create seeds instead of flowers. These varieties usually produce a much more resinous bud due in large part to the fact that there are no seeds to take over its valuable flowering area. This only works if it has never been pollinated.
Despite the smoker’s preference for the seedless variety, some sinsemilla aficionados are willing to overlook the seeds if the crop is particularly delicious or potent. If you have a few seeds, don’t get too upset – just don’t forget to save some of them so you can grow it again.
In conclusion, the quality of marijuana is not something that can easily be detecting in a laboratory, it is something that requires trial and error on behalf of the grower. With some experimentation, using the seed handling and growing techniques we’ve outlined above, you’ll become a much better grower. You will then have more time to spend on enhancing flavor and effect so that you can attain that desired ‘high’.
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