5 Interesting Things That You Need to Know If You Want To Grow Cannabis

Scientists all around the world have worked hard to document the medical benefits of cannabis. Needless to say that they have been really successful so far. It is one of the leading reasons that the world is moving towards the full legalization of  cannabis. Medical marijuana is now legal in most of the states in the United States of America. In some states, even recreational marijuana is legal.

What if I tell you that you can grow your own cannabis if it’s legal in your state? Yes, you heard it right. All you need to have is a license, and you’ll be all set to grow your own weed. However, there are a few things that you need to know before you plan on growing your own weed.

Here you go:

Male And Female Plants Have Different Properties

Just like many other plants, the cannabis plant also has male and female characters. The best part is that you can identify them without being an expert on cannabis plants. signs of a male cannabis plant are visible and can easily be identified. So, before you plan to grow your own, make sure that you know everything about male and female plants.

There Are Different Types Of Seeds

It is something that most people don’t know. Not only cannabis plants have different strains, but their seed types also differ. You can get both unfeminine and feminized seeds based on your requirements. So, before you make any seed purchases, make sure that you are getting the right kinds of seeds.

There’s A Variety Of Growing Methods

Unlike other plants, you can grow a cannabis plant both indoors and outdoors. However, the equipment for both growing methods is different, and the results may also differ. Therefore, you need to have detailed knowledge of each method before you select one for yourself. Another factor that you need to take into account is the space that you have. The method of growing the cannabis plant highly depends on the kind of space you have to grow it. So, you need to analyze everything before you choose to ensure the maximum growth of the plants.

Cannabis Plant Gives Signs Of Everything

You need to have a great deal of knowledge about the nutritional requirements of the plant. Cannabis plants need a very balanced amount of nutrition. Something as small as overwatering can halt the growth of the plant. The good news is that you can see all the symptoms of the growth requirements of the plants from how it looks.

It Can Be Very Expensive

Lastly, you need to know that growing cannabis can be very expensive. You may think that since you are growing your own weed, it is going to cost less. However, this is not the case. So, if you are growing it for business purposes, you need to make sure that you evaluate the cost before starting the project.

Medical Marijuana: A Seed of Doubt

Quality marijuana seeds are the staple of a healthy crop, but they may serve some other health-minded purposes as well.

Marijuana throughout history has had its highs and lows. Please excuse the pun. But the devil’s lettuce hasn’t also been property of satan himself. For years, marijuana cultivated and used for a number of different practical applications- like rope, paper, clothing, and even food. Yes, food. And not necessarily of the pot brownie variety. Hemp seeds were a staple part of the American diet, and for good reason. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that these action-packed additives are making a return. Not to mention, marijuana seeds can now be found cheaply and easily online, so you don’t even have to “know a guy” to get the full health benefits of these great little grains of glory. Online seed companies, like High Supplies out of the Netherlands, are one example of the businesses that benefit off this shift in culture.

A Brief History of Hemp

It wasn’t until the early nineteenth century that marijuana was fully criminalized in the United States. Since marijuana has a history of proliferate use that can be traced back into the Neolithic age, it’s fair to say that it was around a lot longer than it was banned.

Throughout Asia and the Indian subcontinent, cannabis was a widely used and heavily traded crop for thousands of years. While the psychoactive drug was used for many types of religious ceremonies, it was also popularized for recreational use. The Scythians, Thracians, and Daciens were introduced to cannabis through their Iranian neighbors, and archeologists contend that all three would use cannabis in smoke ceremonies to produce hypnotic trances as early as the 5th century. Around 1000 BC, India popularized the therapeutic consumption of of both the flowers and seeds into food and drink, including bhanga medical marijuana preparation that is still being used to this day.

Evidence of its use was found in Muslim cultures as early as the Mamluk period. Smoking pipes found in Ethiopia have been carbon dated to as early as AD 1320. In the mid- to late 1800’s physicians from Paris and Ireland brought a renewed interest in cannabis to the European mainland and United Kingdom.

Beginning in the 19th century, British colonies began a widespread sweep and shutdown of marijuana use and production, due to concerns over how it was affecting indentured Indian workers. Many other countries also followed suit, and marijuana became widely criminalized. Leaving its medicinal, therapeutic, nutritious, and practical uses all but forgotten.

shutterstock_116618575Psychoactive vs. Non-Psychoactive

Contrary to popular belief, not all parts of a cannabis plant are psychoactive. In fact, there are strains of marijuana plants that have no psychoactive properties. Marijuana seeds contain no psychoactive properties wither, even in high-THC content plants, the only parts of the plant that have any ability to get you high are the flowers, stems, stalks, and leaves- leaving all other parts of the plant free from the moody effect of THC.

Just because a plant is non-psychoactive doesn’t mean it’s completely without health benefits. Of the two major cannabinoids that are studied for their therapeutic effects, only one has the potential to produce a high. Both CBD and THC are being studied for their medical benefits currently. CBD is non-psychoactive but has been shown to have extreme promise in the treatment of many different ailments. Including analgesia (pain reduction) and anti-epileptics (anti-seizure applications). Combinations of the two chemicals have shown promise in the treatment of different anxieties and sleep disorders, as well as being used to relieve uncomfortable side effects and complications that can arise from using more conventional medications.

However, contemporary science as well as our ancestors are telling us that there are many more benefits to be reaped from the use of cannabis that fall outside of these two essential cannabinoids.

Hemp Seeds for Total Body Health

Marijuana seeds are non-psychoactive and are once again becoming popularized for their multifaceted applications in total body wellness. The seeds from the marijuana plant are useful in a number of different applications. Hemp seeds are fantastically filled with easy to digest protein. This is a great addition to diets that have greatly reduced, or completely eliminated animal-based proteins from their diet.

Hemp seeds are a great way to help stabilize weight as well. Whether you’re looking to build lean muscle mass or cut down on excess fat- cannabis seeds can provide the best of both worlds. Many pro-athletes use hemp seed protein powders to supplement their diets because of how readily available and affordable they are.

They are also filled with necessary fiber and a ton of omega fatty acids that almost everyone is sorely in need of. Fiber is excellent for keeping your digestion process in top form, and omega fatty acids are necessary for a multitude of bodily functions, however, most contemporary American diets are super low in both of these vital nutrients.

The seeds can directly improve heart and vascular health thanks to being jam packed with linoleic acid and arginine, combined with the omega acids have been shown to reduce clotting, decrease blood pressure, and naturally reduced the abundance of inflammatory proteins.

Choosing the Right Seeds

Choosing the right seeds, or the right type of seed preparation isn’t as hard as it may seem. Marijuana seeds in any form available will still contain all of the vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients. To decipher which preparation is the best to suit you and your needs, you’ll have to first consider how you plan on using the seeds in your kitchen. The internet is chalk full of recipes that include cannabis seeds and their byproducts.

Hemp seed oil is once again becoming much more common an item on the shelves of your local grocery store. Using the oil similarly to that of olive in dish preparation will give you the same great taste and textures, but all with way more nutritional benefit. Hemp seed powder can be used as a plant-based protein supplement in everything from smoothies to homemade protein bars.

You can also get the seeds in their pure and unadulterated form, roasting them lightly and turning them into a great snack or salad topper. You can eat them raw, or add them to smoothies. Snag yourself a sack of hemp seed flour and create breads or other baked goodies. Hemp milk is an excellent a super healthy alternative to dairy products. When it comes to using hemp seeds in your kitchen, there’s really no limit to the number of dishes that can be supplemented and enhanced by these impressive little poppers. So now that you’ve got all the knowledge, the only thing you’re missing are the seeds!

 

Cannabis Trends To Watch In 2018

By Kathy T. Cooley

Enthusiasm for Cannabis has grown exponentially in recent years, from the legalization of it as a recreational drug in California and Maine to its potential for medicinal use. While medical research is scant on exactly what marijuana can do, the tides are set to change rapidly for the popular plant as the market warms up to its potential. The cannabis trends in 2017 may have included the creation of a variety of different products, from extracts to concentrates, and its decriminalization in New Hampshire, but what does the future hold for the newly booming industry?

According to a report from Arcview Market Research, the number of marijuana sales in North America grew to $6.7 billion in 2017, representing a 30% increase from the previous year. Amazingly enough, this growth is expected to continue since there’s more in store for cannabis in the coming year. With celebrity strains set to become more popular and the branding of CBD oil and cannabis as solutions for body ailments, the sky is the limit when it comes to the substance.

From trendy chocolates that contain CBD oil to more funding for the medical use of cannabis, here are some of the marijuana-related things you might see in 2018.

Increased Funding for Medicinal Research

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Amy. Bio Lab. 2010. Flickr.com. Web. Nov 22. 2017. 

The Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa plant varieties have been used for a number of years to help those undergoing chemotherapy deal with the treatment’s side effects. However, due to cannabis’s classification as a Schedule 1 drug, which can be prone to abuse, it’s been difficult for marijuana to be studied for its medical potential. Fortunately, as time goes on and the legality around the drug changes, so will our knowledge of its true medical potential. According to a report by Salar Media Group and Civilized, “The trend here is that cannabis is now being treated as a medicine with specific benefits and applications to specific diseases. This research will only continue to expand in the years ahead.” With medical marijuana in greater demand than the stuff used for recreational purposes, there’s too much possibility to be ignored.

The Branding of Cannabis 

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Farmer Tom Honest Cannabis

Small batches have become popular for everything from craft beer to jam to coffee, but as cannabis continues to enjoy its more prominent reputation, there’s going to be a lot more market appeal for unique, sought-after strains. While there are sure to be some celebrity brands that appear in the coming years, big brands will likely stay away from the product until it has mass appeal, leaving the door open for marijuana-specific brands like Diego Pellicer, Toast and Recreator. While this economic boost will create a lot of expensive marijuana options that are unique in strain and luxurious in style, with so many producers there will still be options for every pocketbook. 

The Success in CBD Oil

Cannabidiol is the part of the cannabis plant that doesn’t cause the familiar effects associated with marijuana use; as a result, it’s often used in medical marijuana to treat pain or the symptoms associated with chemotherapy. Fortunately, with the ever-changing marijuana map and the bump in research of marijuana as medicine, the CBD oil industry is set to see a huge boost in profits over the next few years. Hemp Business Journal estimates a growth of $2.1 billion in sales by 2020, a figure that represents a 700% increase in sales from 2017. Not only that, consuming CBD oil in some of your favorite products will also be more common. Sakara Life, a Gwyneth Paltrow approved brand, is now producing delectable CBD chocolates, made with cacao butter, coconut sugar and CBD oil.

Marketing the Marijuana Seeds

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“thöR. seedz. 2010. Flickr.com. Web. Nov 22. 2017. 

While CBD oil is projected to make itself known on the marketplace in the short term, one can also make a bet that marijuana seeds will be showing up in a variety of other marketable products. Given the low concentration of THC (the compound that provides the familiar high) in marijuana seeds, they should be showing up in a few more corners of the world, from beauty products to well-known food items and CBD water. With the sales for a company like Medical Marijuana Inc. at approximately $8 million in 2016, a figure that has more than doubled from $3.4 million in 2013, the market is changing rapidly. With the falling prices of cannabis and marijuana seeds, this product is set to be more economical and readily available than ever before.

Delivery, Anyone?

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A Ring Brings Marijuana

Options for marijuana use may be more attainable than ever before with producers popping up all over the place, but alongside this newfound prominence you can also look forward to getting your pot like you would your pizza! The cannabis delivery company Eaze just recently received $27 million in funding to become a home delivery service that caters to all your cannabis needs. And not far behind them, other companies like Buddha Blossoms and Kind Courier are also following the potential for this up-and-coming delivery service. With Oregon and Alaska already set to allow the delivery of recreational marijuana, more states will likely follow suit in the coming year, with the delivery start-ups right behind them.

 

 

 

How Cannabis Seeds Can Be Used For Medicine

By Katie Johnson

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of Cannabis Sativa for both medical and recreational purposes. Most countries around the world have harsh laws that ban the recreational use of cannabis. However, some countries allow for the planting of marijuana for medical reasons, while banning its recreational use.

We have all heard about the supposed benefits of using cannabis seeds. Those who push for the use of these seeds have reported that they can be used as medicine, leading to numerous health benefits. It can be hard to know whether to believe the hype around the medicinal properties of this plant. Relying on scientific results is one of the best ways to decide whether the seeds can improve your health or not.

They’re an Excellent Source of Nutrition

Hemp, one of the plants under the species name Cannabis Sativa, has seeds that make for an excellent source of nutrition. Research shows that hemp seeds contain more than 30 percent of healthy fats. Some of the essential fatty acids found in these seeds are linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid, which is considered to be the plant-based omega-3. Using the seeds will also help you to benefit from the gamma-linoleic acid which promotes the growth of cells, muscles and organs while supporting normal body functions.

Other nutrients found in the seeds are calcium, potassium, vitamin E, sulphur, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc.

Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia

Cannabis seeds can also help greatly in dealing with anxiety and depression. This is very helpful since they help in relaxing the body as well as muscles. With these properties, the seeds can also be used to help control nervous, muscular spasms and mobility problems. The relaxation that the compounds in the seeds bring can go a long way in helping to reduce the frequency of epileptic fits.

Those who experience difficulties falling asleep can benefit from using cannabis seeds. The seeds help to reduce the anxiety we experience just before sleeping, allowing the user to enjoy deep and relaxing sleep.

Skin Health

Deficiency of fatty acids in the body can manifest in many ways, the most common being thick patches of skin, cracked heels and a host of other skin problems. Since one cannabis seed contains high amounts of fatty acids, using the seeds will alleviate symptoms associated with dermatitis and relieve the effects of eczema.

Heart Health

Cannabis seeds contain a huge number of compounds that are good for a healthy heart. One of these compounds, amino acid arginine, is known to enhance blood flow in the body and maintain the optimal blood pressure. Nitric oxide, which derives from the compounds found in these seeds, is also responsible for helping body muscles to relax and dilate blood vessels so as to allow for free flow of blood.
The seeds can help to significantly reduce blood pressure, reduce the chances of blood clots and speed up recovery after a heart attack.

Plant-Based Protein

Although high-quality animal sources are remarkable for proteins, cannabis seeds are a great option for vegetarians. Two to three tablespoons of the seeds will supply you with around 11 grams of proteins. You will also get amino acids such as cysteine, methionine and lysine.

Digestion

Whole cannabis seeds can be used to support digestive health, thanks to the soluble and insoluble fibre contained in the seeds. Soluble fibre can dissolve easily, a factor that slows down digestions and makes you feel full for longer. This will go a long way in helping you to deal with weight control. Insoluble fibre is incapable of dissolving, making it a great product for adding bulk to stool. The resultant effect of this is that food moves seamlessly through the digestive tract and is eliminated healthily.

PMS and Menopause Symptoms

The gamma-linoleic acid contained in these seeds is known for reducing the effects of a hormone known as prolactin. The hormone prolactin is associated with the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause. These seeds can help to reduce symptoms during these times.

Helps to Prevent Cancer

Cannabis is said to promote good general health and has been found to help in the prevention of tumours and various forms of cancer. According to some studies, using cannabis seeds will reduce the risk of developing colon and intestinal cancers. The medicinal properties of the seeds make it a great substance for relieving pain during chemotherapy.

With the wide array of benefits cannabis seeds can have on the body, it’s clear to see that their use in medicine should be considered and used.

Marijuana Seed Companies After Legalization

By Paul Morgan

It’s a controversial subject that has raised a lot of questions and debate. Should marijuana be legalized? Sixty three percent of Americans seem to think so. So, what will this mean for the already thriving seed business, or cannabis industry itself for that matter?

As of 2016, so far five states have legalized recreational use of marijuana. This is great news for cannabis users in Alaska, Colorado, Washington, the District of Columbia, and Oregon. Seed banks have been thriving under the thresholds of medical marijuana and overseas business for years, but now something new is happening in public opinion and the cannabis industry may come to your state too. Seed banks are already popping up all across the US, and people everywhere are starting to grow cannabis in these legal zones. It isn’t without its restrictions yet, but some seed banks are going as far as giving out free seeds just to get the movement of marijuana normalization well under way. There hasn’t been this much talk of marijuana in politics since the 1960’s.

It’s free to grow a certain amount of plants in some areas now, but how will this effect the neighboring states where marijuana is still illegal? Marijuana users in most states are still fighting for decriminalization. Perhaps this will broaden the view of marijuana in those prohibition states as well. As we learned from alcohol, once prohibition is overturned there is no going back. This might be difficult for some parents and leaders who fear this change, but it will no doubt work itself out in a way that everyone can be satisfied, as it has before. Once the industry is booming, it will be too costly to stop.

One day marijuana will be an indestructible source of revenue for our country. As for now, seed farmers and scientists are on the edge of their seat in non-legal states. Legalization will most likely make a difference in countless lives as the ones who have prepared so long for this, and those who have eagerly awaited the result, have their dreams come true. They know that their time is approaching, and that it will be good for cannabis growers and users alike. People everywhere are going to know what a marijuana seed looks like before long.

Paul is a marijuana enthusiast with 5 years worth of experience working in this industry. He started by trying to grow something for himself and now he is trying to educate people about marijuana seeds, stores, breeders and brands as a content manager at CannabisOwl.

 

 

 

Marijuana Train Picking Up Speed

JAMAICA:  Member of Parliament (MP) Raymond Pryce has called for immediate steps to suspend the “slash and burn” policy by cops, to ensure ganja seeds remain for the coming medical marijuana industry.

Pryce, who spearheaded the decriminalisation campaign in the House and saw his efforts bear fruit last week, also called for the immediate retraining of law enforcement officers to keep step with the new environment.

The MP also wants his colleagues to move right away to expunge the records of Jamaicans convicted for using a spliff, or ganja cigarette.

Last week, Justice Minister Mark Golding announced Cabinet had taken the historic step of giving the green light for legislation approving the use of small quantities of ganja, which will essentially decriminalise the weed.