It can be challenging to choose the best cannabis seed because there are very many varieties to choose from out there. Before you go out to buy seeds, you need to consider a number of factors relating to your vaping or smoking preferences.

Finding the Right Strain

Previously, the options were limited to very few strains of cannabis to choose from. But today there are hundreds of strains to choose from. So how do you identify the best one? There are many different strains of cannabis, falling into two common categories, namely indica or sativa. If you are considering growing for the first time, it would be advisable to try the indica strains as they take a shorter period to flower compared to sativa strains. Sativa strains are preferred for medical reasons.

Choosing the Right Kind of High

Cannabis is categorized according to the content of THC in the plant. THC stands for 'tetrahydrocannabinol,' which is the psychoactive element of the cannabis plant. This is the primary element that determines the level of high one will gain from a plant.

When buying seeds from legal retailers, you should find the percentage of THC written on the package. However, the seeds themselves do not contain THC. And you should keep in mind that the percentage given is an estimation of what the final plant content will have after cultivation. The estimation is pretty accurate and you can be assured the content will be as noted on the package when the plant grows.

The Price Factor

When buying cannabis seeds, the most expensive ones are not necessarily the best quality. People price their seeds the way they want, depending on a number of factors. You should not get distracted unless you have money to burn. As a beginner, it would be advisable to look for a product that has the best quality, yet is affordable. This can be done through conducting a simple search online or finding the ratings and annual awards given to different cannabis strains from reputable sources.

Try to keep it cheap and experiment with different strains until you get used to them. You can upgrade to whatever you want later on. And it would be a pity if you bought expensive seeds only to lose them to bugs, pests and diseases because you did not know how to take good care of them.

Where to Grow Cannabis: Outdoors or Indoors?

Where do you want to grow your plants? Obviously, this is a personal preference depending on a number of factors such as availability of space and finances. Indoor growing is the most preferred because it gives you the capacity to control the growing environment and produce the best quality crop. You are able to regulate the humidity, temperature and other factors.

However, indoor growing can also be really expensive and you need to be well prepared for those costs. If you prefer to grow cannabis indoors, start with something small - especially if you're a first-time cultivator. Learn about the best ways to take care of the crops from planting to curing. If you are satisfied with this, you can consider expanding the growth area.

Most people prefer outdoors, particularly if they are growing substantial amounts of the crop. There are obvious disadvantages in that you leave the plant to the mercy of the environment and nature, but this is advisable for the first-time grower. You will need to learn how to control diseases and pests that may reduce the quality and quantity of your crop. Also, when planting outdoors, the more traditional landrace varieties from Himalayas and Middle East tend to do better than their American variations.

Laboratories have been set up to mix these strains by genetically altering them to provide the best quality from a variety of seeds. It’s a sort of hybrid system.

Check Your State's Regulations

Some states place a limit on the amount of weed that a single individual can grow depending on the purpose (i.e. for medicinal or recreational consumption). If you are growing weed for medical reasons, there is often a cap on the amount you can grow, which isn't always the same as the cap on plants grown for non-medicinal use. If you're unsure, contact your state's regulators. They're there to offer you helpful advice on the number of cannabis plants you're allowed to grow depending on the purpose of the weed.

Most weed grown specifically for medical reasons is full of CBD compared to THC. They are designed to provide the possible maximum comfort with the lowest possible high, for people who do not want the psychoactive effects.

Yield Size

How much weed do you want to grow? The seeds you plant will determine the amount of yield you will have in the end. There are strains which provide small (hence low-yield) buds while others provide big (hence high yield) buds. Choose the variety you want according to the amount you need.

Final Take

As more states across the US and more countries across the globe legalize the consumption of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes, the demand keeps soaring and the need to ensure quality of the weed you smoke is high is of the utmost importance. You can only trust 100% what you have grown yourself as you are very familiar with what has gone into the process. Growing weed organically produces the best results. After harvesting, you may vape as you wish and add some flavors or smoke it naturally. First time growers are advised to take caution and follow these guidelines to prevent occurrence of losses or production of poor quality crop.

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