Five Motivating Factors to Grow Your Own Cannabis at Home
Growing cannabis is one of the most rewarding activities a human can do – that is, when you smoke cannabis. But even if you don’t particularly smoke it – there are many benefits to growing it.
While most people assume that the main motivation for growing cannabis is money – especially since there is lucrative potential behind the plant – there are actually several reasons why someone would start growing cannabis.
The aim of this article is to take a closer look at the “more common motivations” for growing weed at home. Motives that convinced certain people to circumvent the law to grow a prohibited plant.
Nowadays, quality can be a more constant factor when it comes to cannabis flowers. However, previously there was no guarantee that your weed was “pesticide-free”.
You got what you got and had to be satisfied with it – even if it smelled and tasted like it was stuffed in petroleum sacks buried in the compost.
One of the main motivations for people to start growing weed is to make sure they smoke as “organically” as possible. When you grow it you will know exactly what you are putting in it.
For cannabis users interested in protecting their bodies from pesticides and other additives, growing your own is the only way to be 100% sure your buds are clean.
You can also decide how “ripe” your harvest is before harvesting, which gives you ultimate control over the experience.
Another factor that seems to be less prudent these days is the problem of consistency. For example, if you rely on a pharmacy to get you weed, you are ultimately subject to their buying habits.
In most cases, the popular strains become a staple – but what happens when you bring a special strain that you absolutely love!
If the pharmacy runs out or stops supplies, you will lose your access to that particular strain. When you shop off the street, you are essentially buying “blindly” without knowing if the variety you are buying is actually that variety.
However, this is completely resolved once you start growing. If you like a variety you can just order the seeds and start growing. If you plan to grow this strain over time – don’t use feminized seeds. Grow a few harvest cycles and create a seed bank of your favorite strain.
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We have to bring “money” as one of the motivations for growing weed. Not so much to make more money, but to cut costs.
Cannabis is not a cheap product when you buy from pharmacies, and it just isn’t consistent when you buy on the street.
If you’re treating an illness or decide to consume a lot – stock up for parties and what not, the cost can get pretty steep.
$ 100- $ 250 ounces isn’t something everyone can swing just weekly. Life can get expensive, and while growing indoors can add to the cost of lighting, the increase is manageable since you don’t have fluctuating expenses like buying weed per gram or ounce.
Fixed cost allows you to have a better budget, and the fixed cost produces more grams per dollar, which means you increase the volume of buds per dollar spent!
That’s just smart economy!
For those who can’t
The previous points were all related to the individual growing for himself. However, there are others who grow for altruistic reasons.
Some people grow cannabis to make infusions for their neighbors, family members, or the community. Sometimes they sell these products to offset operating costs, but in many cases they are not geared towards making a profit.
Most of the people I know who grow weed for their community don’t use it that often themselves. They focus more on the health benefits of the plant, eating the leaf, making teas, and other types of infusions.
These motivations for growing marijuana are rare, but these people do exist. I have had the pleasure of getting to know several of them over the years.
It’s more fun …
The final reason people grow weed is because it’s fun!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of work too. It takes time to learn the ropes and even then more discipline to be patient as your plants develop.
Nonetheless, the process of growing cannabis is quite therapeutic in itself. I think that applies to gardening in general – as I have a similar feeling when I harvest vegetables from the garden.
With cannabis, however, there is a very unique element in the whole process. Cannabis is a very expressive plant and each strain is unique. The smells, the development of the trichomes and pistils is fascinating.
Those who grow will often reach for a nugget and just take a deep, slow breath to soak up any terpenes and flavonoids.
There are also many challenges along the way – but well worth it and when you are done…. always want to start with “The Next Grow”.
It’s probably the only truly addicting quality of cannabis – it’s absolutely exciting to grow!
Of course not, there are many reasons why people love to grow cannabis. These are just the “most popular” motivations.
There are many other reasons growing weed can benefit you – making medicine, making extracts, proving to yourself you can, understanding the plant, etc.
Whatever your motivation, growing weed is one of the most fascinating activities to do.
But why is it even important to understand the motivation?
Well – because if you know your “why,” you’ve already won the battle. No matter what difficulties you face, you can draw on internal resources to solve them. That’s only when you have the goal in mine – the why behind your actions – your motivation for growing marijuana!
Let’s hear in the comments what your motivation for growing is (or in the “hypothetical situation” would be you growing weed … “).
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