South Africa has finally joined the global cannabis industry and decriminalized cannabis. With this great change to our law, it has never been a better time to pick up growing as a new hobby. Don’t stress if your thumb isn’t as green as you would like it to be, you’ll learn quickly. Here are five reasons why you should be growing your own bud!
Because You Can: Its Legal
As of 2018, you can legally grow cannabis in the privacy of your own home. As of yet, there are no specific requirements regarding how many plants you can grow. But if it’s a couple of plants for your own use, you don’t need to worry about any hassles from authorities. Now that we free to grow our own crop, it’s pretty exciting, right?
South Africa will more than likely follow international laws regarding cannabis cultivation. Most US states and other countries allow for the cultivation of 4-6 plants, so stick to this amount to be on the safe side.
The Control Is in Your Hands
Growing cannabis at home allows you to become your own master cultivator. This gives you complete freedom to control every aspect of the cultivation process. Although there are so many different ways to become a successful cannabis grower at home. One of the most rewarding aspects of home growing is finding and developing a system that works just right for you. It doesn’t matter if you want to grow hydro, organically, in soil, or raised beds, there is a system out there designed to make growing cannabis both easy and fun for you.
Growing your own crop gives you the opportunity to personalize your own grow style. Another great benefit to growing your own bud is knowing exactly what went into your plants. You can be sure you have a safe-to-consume product. Certain pesticides, fungicides, miticides, fertilizers, and other garden amendments may be harmful to people so it’s best to know what the bud you are smoking was exposed to. It’s difficult for those who are medical patients to rely on products they purchase from an unknown source. With home-grow laws in place, patients who are in these positions can now take control of their medicine by producing it in the comfort of their homes.
Growing Is a Gateway…Hobby
Another great advantage to growing your own cannabis (besides harvesting your own crop), is the sudden increase in interest you will generate for growing more than just ganja. You may notice your green thumb for other crops flourishes. Once you get into the groove of growing your own cannabis, look into the benefits of companion planting. Cultivation, in general, is addictive and will most certainly leave you hooked -not only on growing cannabis but on many other trades tied to the practice as well. The same principles and practices that apply to cannabis cultivation will also help develop a whole range of other life skills along the way.
If you think about it, successful growers need also be successful electricians, designers, plumbers, and even carpenters. Each of these skills required to succeed in the grow room is a new opportunity to dive into something new and exciting. The upside is that all of these are life skills that you will have in your personal arsenal regardless of whether you continue to cultivate cannabis or any other crop.
Save Money Over Time
The initial investment cost to start a home grow can be a major concern. Fortunately, growing isn’t just for those who have massive savings accounts. Growing can be started on virtually any budget, and many growers can pay back their initial investment after just one successful harvest.
Yes, there will always be some sort of start-up costs associated with building a grow space. However, these costs will fade over time as your space will require less financial input to sustain itself. Although the price of cannabis is dropping at the commercial level. Buying over time can definitely add up faster than the few inexpensive costs required to maintain your home grow.
Learning Is Easy
Home growing equipment and resources have never been more widely available than they have been right now. With the end of prohibition finally in place growers are more freely able to buy and sell grow equipment. Now that growers have the right to cultivate cannabis at home, the quality and quantity of information available to growers will only continue to expand. Magazines, books, websites, forums, online and in-person growing communities to name a few. Are just a few of the ways in which growers are sharing their massive amounts of knowledge with the world.
Long gone are the days of searching clandestine threads online for growing tips. Nowadays there are multiple weekly podcasts dedicated to cannabis cultivation. This, as well as, workshops where growers can actually meet face-to-face to talk about growing. These are not only exciting times for cannabis enthusiasts everywhere but the perfect time for the new home grower to get started.
If you’re not already growing, start! It’s a hobby that can be the most rewarding. Watching your seed sprout and witnessing the infinite potential that little seed has. Nothing compares to your own homegrown organic stash. Especially when you get the science and art behind growing the perfect bud down!
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