We live in glorious times. More than half of all US states have legalized either medical or recreational cannabis, or even both, and if you’re lucky enough to live in one of those states, you can just walk into the dispensary on the corner and pick up whatever strain you want. So why should you even bother with growing your own cannabis?
As it turns out, there are lots of reasons.
1. Growing your own cannabis is (MUCH) cheaper
Depending on where you live, going to your nearest dispensary (or ordering in) can be a pretty decent deal or cost you a hand and a leg. Sales tax, state tax, THC tax, you name it — all of these add up, sometimes almost doubling the original price that wasn’t super cheap to begin with. If you’re a heavy smoker or a patient who relies on a steady supply of your medicine, these purchases add up pretty quickly. Factor in gas and the time spent on the trip itself, a trip to the dispensary can really eat into your bank account.
When you grow cannabis yourself, you have one big upfront cost for the equipment you need, but after that it’s all savings. And the vast majority of growers make back the money spent on grow kits, lights, soil, seeds, etc, with their first grow. Once you figure things out and dial in your growing technique, you’ll be paying pennies on the dollar for your cannabis supply.
Have you ever sat down and calculated how much you spend on weed? You might be shocked when you find out how much you could be saving by growing your own cannabis. Even if you’re a relatively moderate smoker who smokes 2-3 joints a day, that can quickly add up to 1.5-2 ounces of weed a month. With an average price of about $300 per ounce (price vary A LOT depending on where you live and the quality of your cannabis), that’s an easy $600 a month. If you’re snarking at this amount because that’s your weed budget for a week, congrats, growing your own weed is even more relevant for you.
Setting up a good quality grow operation including all of the equipment, soil, and seeds will cost you around $1,000-$1,500 (again, depending on the quality and size of your grow tent/box and the quality of your lights and seeds). Even as a complete beginner growing an autoflower strain, you can expect to yield about 5-7 ounces per plant.
Once you gain some experience and use some slightly more advanced growing techniques, you can easily achieve yields of a pound or more. That’s $4,800 worth of cannabis from one plant after putting in about three months of work. Buying your weed instead of growing your own sounds pretty stupid now, doesn’t it?
2. You’re in control of your supply
You’ve probably heard that there’s a reason weed is called weed — because it’s a weed that will grow pretty much anywhere. Fair enough, but do you remember the last time you smoked ditch weed? That stuff that will grow just about anywhere? Exactly. Growing fantastic cannabis takes a bit more than just throwing some seeds in the soil and waiting three months. At a professional level that includes strict nutrient regiments, light schedules, and even some pesticides. Essentially, you have no idea what’s actually in the cannabis you buy at a dispensary, let alone the stuff you buy off the street. Did the grower treat the plants well, have they been tested for pesticides and heavy metals?
When you grow your own cannabis you’re in control of everything. From the grow medium your plants sit in and the nutrients they get to the purity of the water you feed them and the sterility of your growing environment. The choice is entirely yours. Did you grow a strain that blew you away? Make clones and keep it alive forever. You’re really into colorful weed, turn down the temperature in your grow tent and enjoy purple nugs. Once you get some experience, you can even create an entirely new strain that nobody but yourself will have.
And that brings us to our next point:
3. You’ll never run out of weed again
If the last few months have proven anything, it’s that you never know what’s about to come. When you’re dependent on somebody else to supply your supply, you’re screwed the moment they run into trouble. Whether your plug gets busted or your favorite dispensary burns down, shit happens that’s out of your control.
When you grow your own weed, you don’t rely on anybody. With the right setup and technique, you can actually have a consistent output of fresh bud, harvesting a few plants every month. Unless the amount you smoke is absolutely off the charts, that should be enough herb to make sure you never run out. With proper storage, you can even put away some weed for a rainy day.
4. It’s easier than you think
Growing your own cannabis is not as hard as it might seem. If you can grow a houseplant, then you can surely grow your own cannabis. It’s not as simple as that, but as long as you start with a strain that’s relatively easy to grow, all you have to do is make sure that you have the right set up, and give your plants the TLC that they need.
When you grow your own cannabis you also get to decide who knows about what you do. It’s going to be pretty tough hiding a mini-plantation in your backyard (the smell alone will give you away) but you can safely grow a few plants in a properly set-up grow room or grow tent without anybody knowing about it. There are plenty of products such as air scrubbers and carbon filters that will eliminate the smell of your grow. If you invest in a proper curing box even your drying herb will remain incognito.
Growing your own cannabis is like riding a bicycle: once you master it, it’s a skill you will never forget.
5. It’s extremely rewarding
Remember how proud you were when you kept your first house plant alive for more than a week? Growing your own weed is like that feeling but with a much better high. When you spend a few months watching this living thing grow from a tiny sprout to a glorious, lush, green, plant you can’t help but get emotionally attached. It’s almost like raising tiny green babies that give you nothing but joy.
Everything you do to your plants will have an almost immediate effect on their well-being and when you make it to your first harvest and get to smoke the fruits of your labor, it makes that high just so much better.