Types of Weed

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It is important to know which strands of marijuana you want to smoke. There is quite a difference between smoking an “Indica” and a “Sativa”, and not just in how they smoke, but in appearance and smell as well. The scientific community has yet to agree whether indica and sativa represent two different species under the shared genus cannabis or whether they are simply subsets of the same species. Given the intense difference when smoking the two, I prefer to agree with the latter assertion. It also important to note there has been so much cross breeding of strains that determining which type of cannabis you are smoking can become a conundrum.

Cannabis Indica – This is the marijuana that typical users smoke to relax or sleep. It typically leads to “couch paralysis”, and scenes of movies where everyone is lying in the living room (think Half Baked) and dreaming of snacks and random stuff generalize stoners smoking Indica buds. Indicas tend produce thicker smoke inducing coughing and a generally less pleasant smoking experience. Indica is also commonly used to produce hashish because this cannabis is easier to grow and has a shorter flowering cycle due to its smaller plant size (roughly 3-6 feet). Regardless, the high is often euphoric and spiritual and lends creativity to those who smoke this “skunky” smelling weed. It also commonly used to treat pain, anxiety, sleep, and muscle spasms.

Cannabis Sativa – This plant tends to be categorized more as a stimulant when classifying marijuana. This is due in part to it having a higher THC [Tetrahydrocannabinol] content. Those who smoke Sativas are typically looking for that energetic, giggly high. It is the perfect cannabis to be used in social settings (begs for a hooka session), concerts, outdoor activities, etc. The buds typically smell minty, sometimes even fruity. Yields from Sativa strains are much lower than Indica. It is more difficult to grow indoors, typically flourishing with natural sunlight. Plants can also grow almost 10-12 feet high, making these difficult to cycle in grow rooms when you have to shift lights around. Sativas are more effective in appetite stimulation, relieving depression, and coping with pain and nausea.

Now you are probably wondering how you can determine which strain is which. Of course your local dispensary attendant should always have this knowledge. But in the case you obtain your marijuana by other means, here are a few pointers:

Sativa – Have narrower leaves, lighter in color, and taste ranges from earthy to sweet. Popular strains include Sour Diesel, skunk #1, Train Wreck, and Super Green Crack.

Indica – Short, dense, bushy buds. Darker in color, almost purple or blue at times. Flavors are mild to skunky. Popular strains are OG Kush, Afghani, Purple Erkle.

Hybrids or Cross Breeding – Too hard to define. Popular strains include norther lights (considered more of a Sativa), White Widow, and Green Dream.

How to know if you’re stoned

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If you are a new weed user it can sometimes be hard to know if it’s working. The effects of marijuana can vary depending on the quality or strain of plant you are smoking. Very strong potent weed will leave no doubt you are high, but there are more subtle strains of weed that are not as obvious. You should pay attention to your body and mind while you are smoking. If you find yourself enjoying the music of the Eagles, you’re probably high. Ok it’s a little more technical than that, but with a little experience you will be able to answer the question that has plagued mankind for centuries. Am I high?

There is a myth in weed culture that you never get high the first time you smoke pot. It’s not that the weed doesn’t work the first time, the new smoker just doesn’t know how to recognize the effects. All strains of marijuana have different effects on the body and all people have a different tolerance level. So the weed experience can vary greatly for every person. There are hundreds of different strains of marijuana but all of them fall into 2 main categories, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis Indica. These 2 versions of the cannabis plant have very different effects on the body and if you know what to expect you’ll never have to ask yourself the question, am I stoned.

The feeling you get from a Canabis indica stain of marijuana is the stereotypical lazy stoner feeling. Indica causes extreme relaxation and getting up from the couch or going outside will be difficult. This effect is sometimes known as couch lock, for the somewhat tired and lethargic feeling associated with indica. After a long session with a strain of this herb it will be time for a weed nap. Because of these strong effects on the body indica strains are considered the strongest types of marijuana. Some popular indica strains include White Widow, Northern Lights, and Kush. When you are smoking indica you will know you are high by the relaxing effects it has on your body.

Cannabis Sativa on the other hand is going to be felt mostly in your head. Unlike the lazy indica, a strain of sativa will cause you to be more energetic. You will be more talkative, excited, and will not be able to stop laughing. The effects of this weed are less subtle and it will cause you to say, I am so high! Sativa strains are also known for enhancing visual and auditory experience like music or movies. Commonly used sativa strains include Purple Haze, Amnesia, Strawberry Cough, and Jack Herer. With a sativa strain of marijuana you will know you stoned by the euphoric effects it has on your head.

It takes some practice to learn the effects of marijuana before you can stop asking yourself am I high. Some people prefer sativa and others like an indica high. Many people don’t even have a clue what there smoking. If you know what strain of marijuana you are smoking you will always know what to expect from the high.

Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana

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The Seeds of the Marijuana Plant are a wonder of Nature.

They are one of three natural substances in the world that humans can actually live on, with absolutely nothing else but water. It is said that Buddha lived on one Cannabis seed a day.

Marijuana seeds, when properly pressed and processed into oil form hold great medical benefits, which has been well documented over the centuries.

For optimal health, humans require eight amino acids all balanced in the proper proportions. Our product has all eight, and all balanced to the exact ratio our bodies require. We as humans require the Omega oils: Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. Our product is complete with all three in perfect balance.

Nowhere else in nature is such a powerful and synergistic formulation found.

Here is some health information on marijuana oil:

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are renowned for their remarkable healing and balancing properties. These unique fatty acids assist the function of the digestive, cardiovascular, immune and glandular systems. They are vital for the metabolism of cholesterol, for blood pressure control, for hormone production, as well as for the health of nails, hair and skin. Our product contains the ideal ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.

Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)

Health benefits include protection against heart disease, improvement in oxygen transport throughout the body and the reduction of excessive LDL cholesterol production.

Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an essential fatty acid that comes primarily from plant-based oils. A healthy body may derive some GLA from Linoleic Acid (Omega 6). People who have diabetes are less able than healthy individuals to convert linoleic acid into GLA. Other conditions that appear to reduce the body’s ability to convert LA to GLA include aging, alcoholism, atopic dermatitis, premenstrual syndrome, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. These people may require GLA supplementation.

The body uses GLA to produce eicosanoids that are highly anti-inflammatory, dilate blood vessels and reduce blood clotting. Very few natural sources have any pure GLA whatsoever. Marijuana oil EFA composition is 84% linolenic acid and over 2% of pure GLA.

GLA has been clinically indicated to have therapeutic benefits in many health conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis; Cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and Atherosclerosis; Cancer, particularly Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer and Melanoma; Osteoporosis; and Skin Conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

MED MARIJUANA has provided studies on both the synergistic formulation of the Cannabis plant and its component parts such as the EFAS, The Omega Oils, the Gamma-Linolenic Acids, the Linolenic Acids, the Sterols and the Sterolins.

Gamma – linolenic acid (GLA) is a building blocks of life, but is not found easily in nature. Our product is rich with it. Plant sterols and sterolins are now the most researched and prescribed botanical products for human body. The Marijuana plant has the highest and most potent concentrations.

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These nutrients have been proven effective for:

Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Allergies
  • Alzheimers Disease
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Brain Function
  • Cancer
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Problems and Circulation
  • High Blood Pressure

HIV/AIDS

  • HPV
  • Immune System Boost
  • MS
  • Nutrition
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Reverse-Aging
  • SARS
  • Stroke and tuberculosis
  • Skin Conditions (Dandruff, Psoriasis, Eczema, Dry and Weathered Skin)

The following are some examples of the health benefits of medical marijuana:

  1. Acting as a blood thinner the product works to prevent the formation of blood clots that lead to heart attacks. Anyone with a family history of heart disease or is suffering from heart disease itself should be using this product.
  2. Medical marijuana prevention of stroke and reducing blood pressure. By acting as a vasodilator the product opens up the veins of the body. Anyone suffering from high blood pressure, or with a family history of stroke’s should be taking the product.
  3. Acting as an anti-inflammatory the product relieves the symptoms and pain of arthritis.
  4. The perfect combination of all the chemical compounds mentioned above enables marijuana medicinal benefit to the immune system. Colds and flu’s will not only be a thing of the past but users bodies become stronger to fend off viral infections such as herpes, SARS and AIDS. Bacteria will be fought off by a stronger immune system.
  5. Cannabis sativa (Marijuana) used in a way as provided by our product has been scientifically proven to LOWER BAD CHOLESTEROL levels by up to 35% in just 60 days.

Legalizing Marijuana

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In recent years the fight for legalizing marijuana seems to be gaining some momentum. Many states have legalized the drug for medicinal use and every year there are state and federal bills proposed to decriminalize the drug completely. Thanks to the poor economy and overcrowded prisons, the idea of taxing and legalizing this drug is becoming more widely accepted. The problems associated with these outdated drug laws are becoming more obvious to a vast majority of Americans. What once was an impossible weed fantasy may soon become a reality in our lifetime.

One of the most appealing benefits of legalizing weed would be money. The financial benefit of legal weed would come from tax revenue and the savings created by ending the drug war on marijuana. The fight against marijuana costs the government billions of dollars per year that it no longer has. The days of being able to lock up anyone who grows, sells, or uses marijuana are long gone. Marijuana legalization would cause an economic boom that would spread throughout the country. States that have legalized cannabis for medical reasons have seen the benefits of taxing marijuana first hand. If the drug was legalized it could be regulated and taxed to whatever extent the government chose. Currently medical marijuana providers are taxed on their gross income and not their net. Because of what their income is based on they are not allowed to claim any business related expenses. This puts millions of dollars into state budgets and gives sick people easy access to medical marijuana.

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There are several pros and cons of legalizing weed, but opponents of legalization tend to use outdated weed myths as evidence in their argument. They suggest that legal weed will increase crime rates, create more drug users, and lead society down a hopeless path of drug addiction. All of these claims have been proven false again and again, but nobody on the other side of the issue seems to be concerned with facts. Countries that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana have seen crime rates and drug use drop dramatically. Instead of people using cannabis as a gateway to harder drugs, they have found that easy access to legal marijuana actually stops people from doing other drugs. Legal cannabis shops only sell weed products, unlike a drug dealer who may sell a variety of harder drugs. Regulating marijuana has been proven to lower crime by putting drug dealers out of business. Marijuana is the number one drug on the black market. If people can purchase it legally at a fair price they have no reason to associate with an illegal drug dealer. Legal marijuana has been proven to lower crime and addiction rates despite the misguided claims of the opposition.

The fight for legalizing marijuana has come a long way but it’s clear there are still a lot of misconceptions about the controversial plant. Although the arguments against legalization are proven wrong time and time again, these myths continue to muddle the issue. The best defense against this problem is to educate the people and encourage them to vote.

Marijuana Pipes – Everything you Need to Know

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Marijuana pipes come in an endless variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. Smoking from a pipe is one of the quickest and most direct forms of smoking marijuana. Which type of pipe you choose to smoke basically just comes down to personal preference. Popular types of pipes include bubblers, steam rollers, water pipes, straight shooters, and many more. The best pipes tend to be made out of glass. It provides the cleanest high and the freshest tasting weed hits. Pipes can also be made out of ceramic, metal, wood, and corn cob. Pipe making has become an art form and there is truly something for every style and taste.

If you’re going to buy a new pipe you’ll want to first consider a glass piece. Although they are more fragile and expensive, glass provides the purest pipe hits. Glass blowing has reached impressive heights when it comes to the art of pipe making. You can find beautifully designed pieces in all of the popular pipe styles, including one hitters, bubblers, steam rollers, and more. These pipes come in every color of the rainbow and are filled with beautifully complex glass blown designs. Each pipe is a canvas for the glass artists and you get the honor of smoking weed off of it.

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One of the most popular cannabis pipes by far is the bubbler. This is a relatively large glass pipe with a round chamber beneath the bowl for water. These pipes work like a bong and provide you with a large water purified hit. The Bubbler is one of the most pleasant ways to smoke weed ever invented. Each hit provides a smooth, water cooled hit that is large enough for the highest tolerance levels. The only downside with a bubbler is that they are easier to tip over and spill than a bong. Another great glass pipe is a steam roller. This weed pipe is basically just a glass tube with a bowl on the top. It works by placing one end of the tube on your mouth and covering the other end with your hand. As you take the hit you release the hand on the back of the pipe and it shotguns the smoke into your lungs. A steamroller is like a high speed bong hit without the water. It can be harsh sometimes but it is great for people who don’t like the way a bong affects the taste of weed.

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Another popular pipe among stoners is a sneak-a-toke. This is a small cylindrical pipe made of glass or ceramic that provides one or two hits per bowl. It often comes with a carrying device known as a dugout. The dugout is a small square container with a concealed spot for weed and the pipe. When you’re ready to smoke you snap open the dugout to release the pipe. Then you just poke the pipe into the weed chamber to load the bowl. The sneak-a-toke is often painted to look like a cigarette so you’ll attract less attention when smoking in public. This weed pipe is a great choice for those who smoke in public and need to load and smoke a bowl discretely. There is a lot of different choices when it comes to choosing a pipe, and it should come down to your personal needs and preferences.

Drug Testing FAQ

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Here are the top FAQ’s we recieve. We are always looking to add more, so please feel free to comment. Your inquiries will help others!

I smoke pot, how long will it stay in my system?

The effects of smoking marijuana fade quickly, but can be detected in the body for weeks and sometimes longer. How long it remains in the system depends on how often or how much marijuana the user has been smoking.The typical time frame is about 4 weeks.

Do drinks that claim to help you pass your drug test work?

They simply dilute your sample, but they do not get the metabolites out of your system. This is what urine tests are looking for.

I’m going to use the Powdered Urine and baggie. What temperature should it be when I give my sample?

The bag should be carried next to your body so that the specimen falls within the temperature of 90-100 degrees.

Which is better Powdered Urine or Nuklear?

Nuklear works on the basic (EMIT) urine test. Powdered urine has worked on all tests for over 25 years. It does require some slight of hand though, particularly if you will be closely monitored.

How long is the shelf life of Nuklear and/or Powdered Urine?

Both Nuklear and Powdered Urine have a shelf life of 2 years if kept sealed in normal, climate-controlled temperatures.

Does male urine differ from female urine?

Not significantly. Plus tests do not look for this.

When is the best time of the day to give my urine sample?

Never give your first urine sample in the morning. It is highly concentrated. You should drink a good volume of liquids before you take the test so your sample is somewhat diluted.

I have drank so many liquids that my urine is clear now, what should I do?

Some testing personnel will find this suspicious. We recommend taking a B-vitamin; this will give your urine a rich natural color.

What if I exercise really hard? Will that get the toxins out of my system?

Exercise is helpful when it comes to passing your drug test. Cardiovascular workouts will increase your body’s metabolism, this does expedite your natural detoxification process. Still, there is no real way to tell if you are totally clean by using this method exclusively. Unless of course you purchase a home testing kit. Those are always a great way to see where you are at before having to face the dreaded testing process.

Cannabis Butter – Simple Cannabutter Recipe

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It’s been long said that if there is a health risk associated with marijuana it is the smoke, and not the actual marijuana that has the risk. With that said, more and more people are finding new ways to use marijuana without smoking it. This brings us the world of medibles, an edible version of marijuana that still gives the user the effects they want, and the health benefits without the smoke.

Here we go, a very simple effective cannabis butter recipe you can easily make at home to medicate through food.

When making cannabis butter, or cannabutter, we want to start with the best medical grade marijuana possible, as this will give us the best possible cannabutter to use for cooking. We want to end up with the most potent cannabutter we can possibly make, we can always dilute later with regular butter, but for now we want the best.

You want about an ounce of your favorite strain of medical marijuana for this recipe.
So, we need…

1 ounce Medical quality marijuana
1 pound butter (whatever your favorite brand is)
2 cups water
1 coffee grinder or handheld herb grinder

Now grind your medical marijuana up really well. You don’t need a powder, but you want it broke up far better than you would for smoking.

Begin by bringing 1 cup water, and 1 pound butter to a boil while you are grinding up your marijuana.

Add marijuana to boiling butter/water and reduce to a simmer. You should be fine on low to low-med depending on burner and pot size.

Let simmer, stirring often and adding water as needed. Allow to continue to simmer for at least 1-2 hours or until the water begins to evaporate readily.

Remove pot (pun intended) from burner, and strain the marijuana through a colander into a glass bowl large enough to hold all of the butter/water left.

You will be keeping the butter and water, and disposing of the marijuana you just strained. This marijuana is now no longer potent, but may still be eaten for taste/vitamin purposes.

Place the bowl containing the butter and water in the fridge and allow to cool.

You should now notice that you have a bunch of solidified butter on top of whatever amount of water did not cook away while we simmered our butter down.

Poke a hole in the top of the cannabutter, near the edge of the bowl and pour the water out. Be careful that the butter has completely cooled before draining water so that you don’t lose any.

You now can refrigerated or freeze your cannabutter for later use, or use now.

Simply make your favorite recipe and substitute butter for your cannabutter.
Some favorites are cookies, brownies, rice crispie treats ect. Basically anything that calls for butter in the recipe! You can also put cannabutter on toast, or on other foods that are good with butter.

You should experiment with different recipes, and amounts of marijuana as potency will vary from strain to strain. If you make the very best cannabutter you can, and you find it is a little too strong for your taste, then simply reduce the amount of cannabutter you use in your recipe.

Try using half real butter and half cannabutter if you would like to tone it down some, or try using more marijuana in the process if you find you would like it a bit stronger.

Just remember, all people are different, and you should experiment and find the right recipe for your particular tastes. Also, when using medibles, it is important to note that the effects are said by many to come on slower, yet stronger, and last longer than when smoking. If you have never eaten marijuana edibles before please use caution and start slow in order to find your comfort level without going overboard.

Now go bake something tasty, and happy medicating!

Gender Determination

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If you grow cannabis plants for smoking, you need female plants. Male plants produce much less THC than female plants and worse, they create pollen which will pollinate your female plants which will stop the THC production immediately. It is therefore important to determine the gender of your plants at an early stage. This pictures will help you with that.

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How to Grow Weed

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Growing weed is a fairly simple process that requires very little skill or gardening experience. Marijuana is called weed because that’s what it is, a weed that will grow anywhere. Tropics, mountains, indoors, or outdoors are all suitable environments for a healthy marijuana plant to grow. The more love you give your growing plants the better your final product will be. If you grow weed properly you will greatly increase the quantity and quality of the harvest. growing pot is easy but you don’t just drop a seed in dirt, add water, and wait for a magic beanstalk to grow. There are a few steps that need to be followed correctly in order to ensure a successful marijuana crop.

The first thing you will need to grow marijuana is obviously the seeds. These can be purchased online or at a marijuana seed bank. You can check to see if a seed is viable by placing it in a glass of water. If the seed floats it will work, if it sinks you should discard it. Before the seeds can be planted they must first be germinated. You need to get the sprout growing before placing them in the dirt. You can just place them back in the glass of water and leave it in a dark place for a day or two. When you see a small sprout emerge from the seed it is ready to be planted. Place the seeds just under the surface in the soil of your choice. Then you just need to give the plants water and light and wait for Mother Nature to do its thing.

If you grow pot outside you will just have to worry about the water. The amount of water the plants need will depend on the size and the specific marijuana strain. Most weed strains need a small amount of water daily to remain strong and healthy. If you grow weed indoors you will have to supply artificial light. These lights should be set on a timer to mimic the natural light cycle of day and night. Like growing outside from summer to fall, the plants will need more light in the beginning and less light near the harvest. Each cannabis strain is different and some will do better in the outdoor, natural light setting. Other strains thrive under the controlled environment that indoor growing provides. A little research will go a long way in helping to improve the outcome of your marijuana crop.

After a few weeks you will begin to see the first signs of bud growth. As the plants mature the buds will grow larger and start to emit a powerful aroma. The flowering cycle can take anywhere from 8 to 20 weeks to fully mature depending on the strain that you’re using. Once the plants are fully matured they are ready to be harvested. The buds need to be dried and cured for a couple of weeks before they’ll be ready to use. If you nurture the plants correctly they will continue to provide healthy weed harvests on a regular flowering cycle. Learning how to grow weed at home is by far the most affordable way to use marijuana.

Weekly Marijuana Grow Room Maintenance

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Weekly maintenance in your grow room can be one of the easiest ways to spot pests, find equipment failures and prevent losing an entire crop of medical marijuana to a simple error.

The best thing you can do is make yourself a check-list, and go over it on a certain day every week, or even twice a week. The important part is you make a list and stick to it.

Things to keep an eye out for:

  • Wiring
  • Fans / Airflow
  • Pests on plants, soil or walls and floor
  • Unhealthy leaves
  • Plants needing pruning
  • Water level / Moisture level of soil
  • Canopy level

When doing a weekly checklist, it is also a good time to go ahead and do some cleaning. Marijuana plants will thrive the best when given proper attention, in a clean, controlled area. As a marijuana grower you will be picking soil, dirt, debris and leaves off the floor on a regular basis. If you make it a habit to clean up any mess you see, every time you enter your grow room, you will make life easier on yourself. Remember – pests don’t like clean areas! If you want to keep pests away, clean your indoor garden area on a regular basis and keep it clean.

Check your fans.

When checking the fans, you want to clean the fan blades of any debris that may have collected. Most fans used in indoor gardening, will work exactly like your home fan and just like the fan you use in your living room, the indoor garden fan will pick up dust and debris that will stick to the blades.

Cleaning the fan blades and motor of any debris will ensure that air is flowing at it’s best at all times.

This is also a good time to look at the wiring of the fan to make sure everything is in order and there are no loose wires.

Loose, or frayed wires can be a fire hazard to your indoor marijuana garden and your home/greenhouse.

Check ALL wiring on a REGULAR basis!

Make sure all wires are off the ground, or away from any water source, or places that might possibly get wet.

Look for PESTS!

Keeping a careful eye out for pests can keep you from losing your marijuana crop. If you are always looking for pests, you will surely spot them before someone who is never looking. Spotting any signs of pests early can mean the difference between winning the pest war, and losing your crop – it’s just that simple!

If you wait until you see spider mites jumping all over, and webs are completely covering your buds, well you are likely not going to have a harvest anytime soon.

If, on the other hand, you are checking your plants and clones carefully every time you are in the room, you will likely spot the early signs of an infestation and knock the mites out in a hurry, before they destroy your crop.

Unhealthy leaves can lead to other problems, that may lead to bigger problems, that may lead to you losing your crop of marijuana. Anytime you see unhealthy leaves on a plant, you should inspect them and see what is wrong with them. If the leaves are simply turning yellow and falling off, but you have no other signs of trouble great.

If you see leaves that are turning black,spotted,curled-up and upside-down, then you may have serious problems on your hands. The point is, pay attention to what is going on. Many times the plant will tell you whats wrong – if you just pay attention to the signs.

Plants that are growing too tall and need pruning, not only start to look bad after awhile, but they can also pose a fire hazard!

Marijuana plants grown indoors are known to grow like WEEDS – literally, they have growth spurts and may grow a couple inches in height overnight. This could mean your plants may grow up into your lights without you noticing, not only burning your precious plant, but possibly starting a fire at the same time.

Always watch out for plants that are growing up near lights, fans, electrical plugs, or anywhere else they may pose a problem.

If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to your garden, well first you shouldn’t be growing marijuana. Secondly – you should set your maintenance day up around your work schedule so you can perform your weekly maintenance on your day off. This way you can devote a couple good hours to going over all the details.

If you would like more great indoor marijuana cultivation tips, then do yourself a favor and go get the best marijuana horticulture/cultivation book around. This is my all time FAVORITE medical marijuana grow book!