Many medical marijuana patients and growers for the patients ask the question, “How do I grow weed indoors?” They ask this question because, not all states have dispensaries where medical weed is legal. It is safer to grow weed inside of your own home, than it is buying on the streets. Buying weed on the streets is illegal and if you do purchase a bag of weed the quality will always be questionable. So, why not just grow weed indoors, you will always have your supply that will be the same quality every time.
You need to start off by figuring out which type of strain will be most beneficial to you. You can have Sativas, Indicas or even Hybrids, each one will give you a different high. Sativas tend to have lower THC in weed, however, they can give you that uplifting feeling of energy. These are great strains for smoking during the day, so you can complete all of your tasks for the day. Indicas tend to have higher levels of THC, and are better smoked in the evening because some will give you the couch-lock high and will even help you fall asleep.
There are many different methods of growing weed, so you have to decide if you want to grow it in soil, hydroponics or even aquaponics (using fish poo to feed the plants). It might be easiest to just start off growing in soil with fertilizer already mixed in. Hydroponics is more advanced, however the yield and quality can be like nothing you have smoked before. Aquponics is nice because you use your home fish tank with fish to pump the nitrogen rich water into you growing bed for the plants. Aquaponics is a natural auto-pilot method of feeding your cannabis.
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Medical marijuana is one of the fastest growing industries in the US. This is due to the fact that physicians believe that marijuana has healing properties and can be used for medicinal purposes. Although almost 14 states in the US can make use of marijuana legally, possessing marijuana is still a criminal offense under the federal law. Apart from these 14 states, marijuana is not yet legal in the rest of the states of the United States of America. Since marijuana has a number of healing properties and can help victims suffering from AIDS, cancer, arthritis, glaucoma and so on, a large number of people are trying to find out how to grow marijuana legally.
In those states where marijuana has been made legal, there are still restrictions as to how much a person can possess and how many plants he can grow. If you are looking for information on how to grow marijuana legally, then you must also find out information on what the current state laws are and the requirements that you need to meet to be able to grow marijuana legally. There are different laws set out by the different states which have made the use of marijuana legal in their states. The 14 states where marijuana can be grown legally in the US include Alaska, California, Hawaii, Colorado, Maine, Montana, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Although there are different laws in each of the 14 states, you need to be a patient suffering from a debilitating medical condition to be able to acquire a license to possess marijuana for medicinal purposes. Moreover, you will need to prove this with a written recommendation from a physician and complete a form which you will need to send to the Registry office before they grant you permission to use the substance legally.
I have been in the medical profession for two decades.
I have seen, first hand how prescription drugs can be misused and abused by people from all walks of life. This can result in dependency/addiction, rebound/withdrawal symptoms, and many times even fatal overdoses. I have also seen how ineffective pharmaceutical “medicines” can be, many times requiring additional “medicines” to cope with the side effects of the initial “medicines.” Note how I quote that term – “medicines.” If you detect a note of sarcasm, then you are both perceptive and correct. I too used to think that marijuana was just a recreational drug, just a phase you went through, or just “something you did in your teenage years,” then outgrew.
But when a family member started suffering from severe and agonizing health problems, I learned a lot that really opened my eyes. The one thing that helped them through the pain and depression of their illness was marijuana. When they were medicated with it was the only time that they truly felt comfortable at all, could eat, or felt happy. However, guilt over doing something illegal (as absurd as that law is) also loomed over them, with the constant threat of losing their job, their livelihood, and even their freedom. So they decided to forego using marijuana, trusted their physician and the “medicines” that they were prescribed by them, and began taking what they were prescribed. They experienced much less-than-satisfactory results from these “medicines,” especially when compared to the results they knew they got from marijuana when they were using it. The side effects of some of the “medicines” included increased suicidal thoughts/tendencies, their emotional well-being suffered, and the pain was not controlled anywhere close to what marijuana had offered. After a few weeks of experiencing the results (or lack of results) of modern “medicine,” they tragically took their life.
This loss was very hard on our family.
While they were alive, they talked with me often about the value of marijuana, recommended I watch some educational films/shows about it, and encouraged me to read about it. I watched a couple of the things they recommended while they were still alive. But after they died, I dove in head first, learning all I could about this truly amazing plant.
What I learned intrigued me, amazed me, and especially angered me. I could not believe that my government was so unwilling to legalize a simple plant that is so beneficial in so many, many ways. The more I thought on this, and the more that I thought on the loss our family suffered (that marijuana had successfully staved off for years), the more I began to adopt a mindset of wanting to “do what I know to be best” rather than “do what my government says it wants” out of greed and corruption. I am not trying to preach to anyone, but what it comes down to is I live in a country that has said it is legal to drink alcohol as much as you want (which causes great domestic problems, DUI deaths), smoke cigarettes as much as you want (that kill almost half a million in my nation annually), take any assortment of prescription meds from however many doctors you can con them out of (that can kill you), even kill an unborn child — all legally.
Yet a plant, a God-made plant that is so beneficial and has been throughout history, that is not legal. I do not agree. You see, man has an innate knowledge of right and wrong, and most things that are illegal are also wrong to him personally, such as murder, rape, stealing, hurting or endangering another person, etc. Even most people who may do those things realize they are wrong. Most cultures throughout history have acknowledged those as wrong and I feel the same. But nothing inside me makes me feel at all that a plant should be illegal, especially a beneficial one that cannot be used to poison thousands of people or anything terrorist-like or harmful.
I realized that most of the “medicines” that members of my family were taking (pain pills, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, nausea medication, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication) were not only ineffective and necessitating other meds sometimes, but could A-L-L be substituted for with a much superior and God-made medicine, a simple plant that was free and unlimited. I then saw, outside our family, how folks were coping with illnesses like ALS, seizures, and other illnesses that can be helped with medical marijuana. No dangerous side effects, no withdrawal symptoms, no dependency issues, no potential for fatal overdose, no doctor’s opinion or prescription required, and no refill limit. I realized that even though I have seen deaths from virtually every type of “medicine” in use over the years, along with many from tobacco, alcohol, and the “hard” illegal drugs, I have never ever seen a death from marijuana. I have never even seen a domestic abuse case involving marijuana.
I only thought about it seriously for a couple of days before discussing it with my wife. She was reluctant at first, but also realized the overwhelming validity of what I was saying and the truth about the pharmaceutical industry (the largest industry in the world, with 2 lobbyists in Washington DC for every 1 politician there)
….. So I started reading about how to do it and buying the necessary equipment. I have only started, so we have not yet realized the benefits of the first harvest. But I know that they will be tremendous. And no, I am not growing marijuana for me to use or get high from. Although I do not think there is any harm in it and would probably enjoy it, for me to remain gainfully employed it is too large of a risk to take.
So that is where I am, and that is why I am growing medical marijuana. I encourage you to also investigate and educate yourself on this amazing plant, not just medicinally, but for the multitude of uses hemp has.
Don’t just do like I did and mindlessly assume that if it is illegal there are valid reasons. Don’t believe what other people tell you, including myself, but find out for yourself what the truth is (listening to all sides). Don’t listen to the propaganda that has been force-fed to us since the 30′s, listen to your inner voice of reason. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where marijuana is voted on in any way, please make your voice heard. If you serve on a jury and the charge is marijuana possession, cast your vote with your heart and your conscience to send a message. Let’s stop imprisoning people for owning a plant.
Pharmaceutical companies and the multitude of privatized prisons (yes it is an industry) stand to lose a lot of money — that is why marijuana is illegal.
By Mj doctor
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A herb used as a drug, marijuana is also known as cannabis. Two forms of marijuana, herbal and the resinous, are used in the preparation of the drug. Hashish is the resinous form of marijuana. Sub-tending leaves and flowers of the plant are used in preparing the drug. The plant contains a chemical compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, which is used for medicinal purposes.
Marijuana Myths and Facts
There are many myths surrounding the effects caused by marijuana. Some of them are discussed below.
Myth#1: It is said that the intake of marijuana leads to permanent mental illness. Even small amounts of the drug are capable of causing psychological damage in children.
Fact: Marijuana intake sometimes results into anxiety, panic and paranoia; however, it doesn’t cause permanent mental damage. If marijuana is eaten directly, chances are, that the person temporarily suffers from toxic psychosis.
Myth#2: The drug is considered highly addictive. People who use marijuana, face severe withdrawal symptoms.
Fact: According to the facts recorded in the US, not even 1% Americans are addicted to marijuana. Even those who use heavy doses of the drug, don’t face any kind of withdrawal symptoms.
Myth#3: The marijuana that is available today, is more potent than that of the ’60s decade. The drug has become more dangerous over time.
Fact: The drug hasn’t undergone any changes in its properties, as is presented by some people. The samples seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration do not represent the marijuana that is generally used by people.
Myth#4: The offenders who violate the laws regarding the usage of marijuana are not arrested. Strict action is not taken against them.
Fact: Contrary to the belief that violators of marijuana are not punished, the truth is that around 86% of the offenders were arrested for illegal possession of the drug. Thousands of people have served the punishment for the offense.
Myth#5: Marijuana is considered the cause behind diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema and bronchitis.
Fact: The above argument doesn’t hold much truth behind it. Marijuana smoking is not frequent even among regular smokers in comparison with those who smoke tobacco products. Marijuana intake doesn’t play any role in the development of lung cancer. The fact was supported by a paper presented to the American Thoracic Society in the year 2006.
Myth#6: Cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive substance used for medicinal purpose. It is said that drugs that are more effective in action than marijuana, are available in the market.
Fact: Even today, marijuana is used in the treatment of various problems. The drug is used to reduce nausea, that results from chemotherapy. It is also used to reduce the spasticity in muscles in patients suffering from various neurological disorders.
Myth#7: Cannabis is considered a ‘gateway’ drug i.e. the drug is believed to induce the intake of potent and dangerous drugs such as cocaine, LSD and heroin.
Fact: The myth that marijuana is a gateway drug, is based on a fragile assumption and statistical association between the usage of common and uncommon drugs. The facts state that many of them who use marijuana, have never consumed any of the illegal drugs.
Myth#8: It is believed that the intake of marijuana induces apathetic behavior and makes people passive in their approach. People tend to lose their productivity in work and students perform badly in studies.
Fact: Even after many years of research, scientists have failed to understand the relation between marijuana and the apathetic behavior in people. Thus, the drug has nothing to do with the productivity of employees or the grades of students.
Misconceptions prevent us from understanding the truth behind many things. Myths develop as a result of apathy and ignorance. Thus, it is important to remain vigilant and understand the true picture behind any given fact.
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Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused drugs prepared from the plant Cannabis sativa (common name, cannabis). Thoughmarijuana is often considered as an illicit drug in which the users tend to get addicted, it is also known for offering several health benefits. Medical researches have been done extensively on the dosage and administration of this drug. Marijuana used for the treatment of different medical conditions under the prescription of a qualified physician is referred to as medical marijuana. Traditionally, the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes is evident from the cultures of various countries. In China, it has been used since 4000 years ago.
Medical Uses of Marijuana
The medicinally important compounds present in medical marijuana are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and β-caryophyllene. CBD, a neuroprotective antioxidant, accounts to about 40 percent of the plant extract. It can be effectively used for the treatment of inflammation, anxiety, nausea, convulsion, schizophrenia and cancer. Β-Caryophyllene, on the other hand, limits the inflammatory responses of the body. Popular methods of administering medical marijuana are smoking dried herbal form, inhalation therapy, herbal therapy, drinking plant extracts and administering dietary supplements as pills.
Marijuana and Chemotherapy
One of the unavoidable side effects of chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer is killing of healthy cells. Hence, following the chemotherapy treatments, the patient may experience various adverse effects like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and loss of control over the body. Medical marijuana is an effective natural antiemetic, which helps in overcoming nausea, thus allowing the patient to enjoy meals. Medical marijuana is administered by smoking rather than taking orally.
Marijuana and Lung Cancer
THC, an active ingredient of marijuana, reduces the growth of cancerous cells in the lungs. As per studies conducted on medical marijuana smokers, it is opined that smoking marijuana does not increase the chances of developing lung cancer. Thus, many researchers suggest medical marijuana to be a potential herbal therapy for the treatment of lung cancer.
Marijuana and Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the nervous system and spinal cord. Its symptoms include numbness, tingling, fatigue, loss of coordination, muscle spasms, difficulty in speaking, eye problems and depression. Till now, there are no effective treatments for multiple sclerosis. Conventional treatment options are temporary causing severe adverse effects. According to studies, medical marijuana is effective to manage the symptoms like muscle spasms and tremors. It helps in restoring eyesight, balance, speech and bladder movement.
Marijuana and Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a vision problem caused due to the damage of optic nerves. It can lead to permanent loss of eyesight (blindness). Conventional medications for glaucoma can lead to various side effects. A recent study on medical marijuana reveals the potential benefits in lowering the intraocular pressures without adverse effects. More clinical trials are required to prove the effectiveness of this drug in treating glaucoma.
Long-term abuse of marijuana can lead to addiction. The dried herbal marijuana is greenish-brown in color. It contains a mixture of leaves, stems, flowers and seeds of the cannabis plant. A concentrated form of this drug are hashish and hash oil; the former is obtained from the resins of the cannabis plant, whereas the latter is derived by using various solvents. Marijuana is consumed by igniting the herbal form and inhaling its smoke. This illicit drug is commonly known as cannabis.
There are several ways of smoking marijuana. One of the common methods is emptying a cigarette (blunt) and refilling it with marijuana. The resulting smoke is a combination of nicotine and THC. Some people prefer to consume marijuana orally by mixing with food or brewing as tea. Abusing marijuana affects the learning, cognitive, memory and social behavior.