Contributor: KC Scannell
Show me a cannabis enthusiast who hasn’t thought about growing their own marijuana, and I’ll show you a liar. How can you not lose yourself in visions of a successful homegrow? One that yields a heaping helping of dank, picturesque nugs? It’s impossible. Anyone with any level of affection for cannabis has, at one time or another, pondered over the idea of cultivating buds of their very own. And while some of you may assume that the process is as simple as dropping a seed in the dirt and walking away, you’d be sorely mistaken.
An In-Depth Look At Growing Marijuana In Las Vegas
People think growing weed is easy. It’s hard not to laugh at the obvious inexperience these people put on display with such an asinine statement. The process required to grow and cultivate top-notch buds is beyond detailed. Every element of the plant needs damn near constant attention. You can’t just toss a seed in the ground and hope for the best anymore. Those days are over.
The cannabis community has done a tremendous job in educating itself on the needs and wants of various plants, and that has resulted in an influx of knowledge on the subject of growing. This is why I strongly urge any potential homegrower to do their due diligence and read up as much as they can on the topic. There are a lot of different methods that people use to grow bud, and some may be better suited for you than others.
Ask questions online, too. There’s a ton of cannabis community forums and message boards out there. These places are full of enthusiasts, just like yourself, who have encountered things similar to you, and have all the tips, tricks, and hints you’ll need to achieve a truly potent grow.
So, don’t be shy – ask around. Remember, there are no dumb questions.
Personally, I was one of those people who was a bit bashful about sharing my inexperience with the online community about growing cannabis, but they were more than accepting and helpful with my plight. They didn’t judge or ridicule me for my lack of knowledge, they simply offered up a ton of tricks to help ensure that I didn’t encounter many of the mistakes first-time growers often encounter.
So, even though I’ve completed a handful of grows, I’d like to go ahead and officially declare that I do not consider myself an expert. Much like those folks who helped me in the forums, I am simply here to offer up some personal tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way. Pay it forward, as they say. And, hopefully, if you remember them, you’ll be able to avoid those common errors and obstacles like I did.
The first thing you should become familiar with before you take any steps towards growing at home, is to learn your state’s laws about how much you can actually grow.
In Las Vegas, it is important to know that you cannot grow cannabis for recreational purposes unless you live more than 25 miles away from a dispensary.
Yup. I know that may come as a bummer to most of you, but it’s true. If you have a medical card, however, certain exceptions to the rule can be made, so it’s important that you go online and see if you are legally allowed to grow cannabis at home in your specific neighborhood.
But, if you are lucky enough to find your address in excess of 25 miles from the nearest cannabis club, you are within your legal right to grow bud of your very own at home. But you can’t just throw a handful of seeds out back to get things going. In fact, you are only allowed to grow marijuana in an enclosed space, away from the public eye, that’s equipped with a lock and/or security device. And you are only allowed to grow six plants at a given time.
If you happen to live with another person, you may have up to twelve plants at once. But any more than that, and you are looking at some serious penalties. Specifically, if you are caught with more than twelve plants growing in one house, it is considered a category E felony. Such a charge can result in up to four years in prison, in addition to thousands of dollars in fines. So, be sure to stay within your legal limits to avoid such a disastrous outcome.
That’s basically it, though. So, if you meet all of those aforementioned requirements, you can continue onward with your indoor grow operation. But double-check with your city’s laws, just to make sure.
Right out the gate, know going in, that you are not going to create the industry’s next best bud.
That simply won’t happen. Growing and cultivating cannabis is a true art form, and only the most skilled, most experienced growers are able to “change the game” with their marijuana masterpieces. So, don’t give yourself too high of a standard to meet. Take things nice and slow. Pay attention to the ever-changing condition of your plant. Note how certain nutrients affect its pH levels. And other things of this nature.
All of these tiny, baby steps are pivotal during the growing process.
I understand that growing cannabis can be a pretty daunting task. It’s full of intricate elements that need constant attention, but all of that hard work is going to result in a truly beautiful plant, I promise. But you’ll need to know that a lot of patience is necessary for a plant to go from nothing to something. I wish someone would’ve told me that before I started.
I knew, through my extensive research, that the growing process would take some time. I was aware of that. But, with the excitement and wonderment surrounding what my plant may end up looking like, smelling like, and tasting like…I was too consumed with anticipation to focus on the task at hand. Every minute felt like a month.
The waiting was excruciating. And I learned from that experience, to always keep moving forward. Any stagnation or daydreaming during the grow process will only make time move even slower.
So, if you find yourself struggling to acquire the adequate level of patience, simply take a step back, and focus all of that attention on doing more research on growing, just smoke a bowl, or take a walk. Anything is better than just sulking in it.
The main goal is to remind yourself to keep your mind busy on anything but the passing of time. If you are able to accomplish that goal, you’ll wake up one morning and realize that you can actually clip, cure, and dry your buds. Which, to be honest, is one of the best days in a grower’s life. It’s like sending your kids off to school. You can’t help but feel proud.
Also, when that fateful day finally comes when your buds are properly dried and ready to be smoked, you almost don’t want to fire up that first bowl of your homegrown product. It’s too sentimental at this point.
But, trust me, the second that inhale meets your lungs, a massive smile will wash over your face, and all that trepidation will be forgotten. The amount of joy that comes along with completing a home grow is tremendous, and I can’t wait for all of you to reap the rewards of your efforts.
Just remember to do your homework. The more you know about the intricacies of cannabis, in general, the better your crops will be.
Good luck, my fellow enthusiasts!