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If you have ever grown marijuana before, you probably remember what it was like trying to figure it out for your first time. The amount of information found online and elsewhere is absolutely overwhelming if you don’t really know what you’re looking for. Additionally, there are many complex aspects to growing.

This article is written for all the beginners out there who are trying to sort through the complexities and the confusion and simply learn how to grow. The fact is, it becomes easy if you have accurate and clear information.

If I could go back and do it all over, there are a few things I wish anyone would have told me when I was a beginner. So that you won’t need to say the same in the future, we have compiled a list of the 5 most important things we think every beginner should be told.

1. Choose the right strain (and be willing to pay for it).

Many new growers aren’t ready to commit a lot of money to their growing operations because they aren’t sure it will pay off. They are also unsure they will want to continue growing from year to year. Sometimes, they are afraid of being ripped off. Or maybe they just don’t realize the importance of starting off with a really good strain.

The fact is, however, that the strain accounts for at least 50% of your success as a grower. The most successful growers — especially the most successful new growers — will have done the proper research into buying the exact type of strain that will fit their unique lifestyle and preferences.

If you live in a particular climate, for example, you are going to need the right seeds for that particular climate. Any strain simply will not do. It should be a good fit for your situation. There are even strains that are specifically designed to be easy for beginners, so check out all the options available.

2. Don’t underestimate the power of light.

In other words, light is the number one element that will have the strongest effect on how your marijuana plants grow. If you need to pick one aspect of your indoor growing setup to invest the most money on, you can’t go wrong with creating the perfect lighting setup. The same applies to choosing a location for outdoor plants so they get the perfect amount of light. Water, nutrients, and other aspects are also important, but light remains the head honcho.

3. Good ventilation is essential.

Many growers make the mistake of creating an indoor setup, without factoring for proper ventilation or air flow. Newbies aren’t fully aware of what is at stake here, so let’s clarify. If your plants develop mold, they will be rendered useless very quickly. Once mold forms, it is very difficult to contain and eliminate. The number one thing that can prevent mold from developing is proper airflow. The majority of plants in a well-ventilated setup will simply not develop mold. That will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money.

4. Excessive nutrients do not produce better growth.

Seriously, do not overload your plants (especially your young plants) with tons of nutrients. This does not help them grow. Many new growers see nutrients and think of them simply as something good for their plants. Wrongly, they presume the more, the better. That is not the case. Keep it simple. Just provide your plants with the basics, without getting into the confusing finer details of micronutrients. With nutrients, less is more. Marijuana plants are excellent at growing. They are a weed, after all. So give them just enough to support them doing their natural job, which is to grow.

5. Time your harvest correctly, and don’t rush drying and curing.

No matter how hard you work to grow your plants and try to develop massive, juicy buds, timing the harvest of these buds will make an incredible difference in the actual outcome of your crop. It’s sometimes difficult to time, but generally, you have between two and four weeks to harvest, when you start to see white, hair-like pistils.

The same goes for drying and curing. It’s at this point that many new growers lose patience and rush through processes. This results in a sub-par smoking experience. Do yourself a favor – allow plenty of time to dry and cure your weed properly.

by Robert Bergman, founder of ilovegrowingmarijuana.com.

Robert has been growing cannabis passionately for over 20 years and shares this insight to educate growers avoid mistakes and to fully capitalise on a bud’s potential.

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Need a Customised Grinder?

by dope smoker on May 16, 2016

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I recently got hold of this customised grinder, thanks to the guys over at Engrinder.

It’s a pretty good rendering of the original image. Ideally you want something in black and white for the best output.

Not a lot more to say. Nice job.

Oh yes, the grinder works fine and also has a kief catcher. Bowl is slightly smaller than the original space case, but does the job fine.

Check them out.

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Vaporizers – The Healthier Alternative to Smoking

by dope smoker on December 10, 2015

My friend over at thaVapeShop recently published a great infographic about Vaping vs. Smoking.

It talks about many different reasons why one may want to think about using a vaporizer, but the most important reason would be for your health.

Yes, vaporizers can improve your health!

Let’s take a look at some of the standout facts:

Cannabis smoke does contain some toxins.

Did you know that whether from burning wood, tobacco, or cannabis – toxins and carcinogens are released from the combustion of these materials?

      Of course, you can’t compare smoking cannabis to tobacco, as tobacco is obviously much worse, but smoking anything can be detrimental to your health.

      Vaporizers can help remove these toxins from the equation.

      In a 2003 study by California NORML and MAPS, the Volcano vaporizer was proven to be able to remove up to 100 different chemicals from cannabis smoke.

          Remember, it’s not the active ingredients in marijuana smoke that are harmful, it’s the toxic byproducts of smoke in general.

          For people that have been smoking cannabis for years, switching to a vaporizer could be a godsend.

          Another study quoted in the infographic, taken place in 2010, found that using a vaporizer for just one month led to meaningful improvements in the lung health of 20 daily cannabis smokers.

            “Switching to a vaporizer led to benefits in lung function that were comparable to quitting cigarettes.”

            For more examples on how using a vaporizer could improve your life, continue on to the infographic below!

            Vaping vs. Smoking (Herbal) – 5 Reasons Why Vaping is Better – An infographic by the wonderfully creative folks over at thaVapeShop.com

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            49 of the World’s Best Cannabis Blogs 2015

            by dope smoker on November 23, 2015

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            Crater Vape Review

            by dope smoker on October 8, 2015

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            Having owned a Pax before I was interested to see what this very similar looking device was like. Thanks to the guys at Crater for sending this over. I am assured it’s not a copy of the Pax and it does feel a little different in its construction, although functionally it is very similar indeed to the Pax.

            It works well too. You can create large clouds of vapor without any trouble. I use it on the top setting, which is adjusted the same way as the Pax with the multi coloured LED display. Once it has reached temperature and the green light comes on I tend to leave things to heat for a little bit longer – just to be sure. Then a gentle pull on the mouthpiece will result in a good hit.

            Holding the Crater is nice, it feels like a decent bit of equipment. If you’re in the market for a slightly cheaper alternative to the Pax this is the vape for you. It has stood up to the test of time – with regular cleaning of course. I can happily recommend this vaporizer. Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast and urban stoner alike.

            When I get round to offering my mother some weed, this is the sort of unit I would like to use. It looks like a proper medical device, and works like one too. Obviously, like the Pax the stealth factor is off the scale, you can take it anywhere and it doesn’t let you down. Check it out.

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            Durham Police will not pursue small scale cannabis growers!

            July 22, 2015

            UPDATE 22.7.15 Debyshire and Dorset Police apparently will also not be pursuing small scale cannabis growers, or users. In what seems like some kind of small miracle, the commissioner of the police of Durham, Ron Hogg has stated that his force will not pursue people growing small amounts of cannabis at home. He has also […]

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            Fact: Doctors deal very dangerous drugs

            June 29, 2015
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            A Man, a Bike and a Vaporiser take on the World!

            June 12, 2015

            In a nutshell I’m planning to cycle around the world, getting stoned with people wherever I go. The blog (www.healthy-stoner.com) started out as a response to the classic image of someone who happens to enjoy weed as an unmotivated, unhealthy and sedentary being. As someone who enjoys nothing more than ripping a vaporiser and doing […]

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            Growing for yourself now fully decrimalized in Spain?

            June 11, 2015

            This blog has an interesting intepretation of the brand new Spanish security law. It’s in Spanish, by a lawyer – here’s the best translation I have so far: Original Source Growlandia Article The self-cultivation of cannabis has been decriminalized By Enrique Fornés. Wonderful surprising anti prohibition news for all growers, grow shops, horticulturists and cannabis […]

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            Policewoman laughs as 4 Met officers arrest one cannabis user.

            April 20, 2015

            Check out the police woman looking on and laughing. Just disgusting. This is a big problem. Ingrained ignorance. This ignorant woman thinks they are doing the right thing! Is there any wonder people hate the police when this is how they behave?

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