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Basic Soil Requirements For Outdoor Marijuana Growers

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, May, 28th 2014 by THCFinder

Marijuana soil requirements

The soil in which you plant your cannabis seeds is obviously going to play a large part in how well your marijuana plants grow and what you’ll eventually harvest. Ideally the best soil would be fluffy when held in your hands, would drain well, and would be rich in nutrients. If you are planting your cannabis seeds in large pots, then this is easier to come by since you can either compost or buy fertilizer that provides a rich fertile base in which to plant.

If you’re planting cannabis seeds in a more natural location, a bit of preparation and testing is required to make the soil more amenable for your grow. Either way marijuana requires a lot of certain nutrients throughout its life in order to produce a high yield. The fewer nutrients, light, or water, the less weed you harvest. The three basic nutrients are nitrogen (N), potassium (P) and phosphorous (K).

Any store-bought fertilizer should show the percentages of each in large numbers on the front of the packaging, and they are always listed in N-P-K order. These nutrients must always be available for your seedlings to grow into strong, healthy, mature marijuana plants. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana.

The challenge to you, the grower, is to balance and maintain these nutrients in the soil throughout the course of the marijuana plant’s life. This may be easier if you are using store-bought fertilizer and planting in pots because the mix may already be PH balanced (pH 7, neither too acidic nor overly alkaline). Even so, the marijuana plants may begin to exhibit deficiencies in one or more of the nutrients because the plants do not use them up evenly. In that case you’ll have to supplement the exhausted nutrients, either through watering or through feeding them directly to the soil.

The plant’s look and feel will be a signal as to which nutrients you may be short on. One of the main drawbacks to planting in pots is that you are responsible for providing all of the nutrients that the marijuana plant needs, since the roots will not be able to seek them out in the existing soil. Also the size of the pot, which in turn regulates how much soil you are growing the plant in, will regulate how tall and strong the plant can grow. The benefit to planting in pots is that you are in control of all the nutrients that the marijuana plant could possibly receive.

If you are planting in a pot there are a few things to keep in mind concerning the container. Cannabis growers have used a wide variety of containers, but a good general rule is, the lighter the better, in case you have to move your plants. Five-gallon (about nineteen liters) plastic buckets, which are the ubiquitous by-product of restaurants, work well as long they haven’t been used to store petroleum or anything toxic or heavily acidic. Clay pots are heavy, needlessly costly, and actually absorb moisture that should be used by your marijuana plants. If you use them, be sure to spray the pot itself with water whenever you water, especially during the hot summer months.

Gardening stores also sell grow bags which are thick enough to hold a good amount of soil, and durable in case you need to move them; however, be extremely careful when moving them since the jostling could damage the roots. This will disrupt the plant’s ability to grow as it must tend to and rebuild its ailing root system. Make sure you have drainage holes in the bottom of your container so that excess water won’t drown your marijuana plants, but they shouldn’t be so big that soil falls out. Another tip is to put a few rocks or something else solid within the soil that will help with drainage, but don’t over- do it.

If you are growing directly in the natural soil it is best to have a basic understanding of what kind of soil you have and what else is growing nearby. There are three main types of soil: clay, sandy, and loamy. A good way to determine what kind of soil you are dealing with is to ask a local gardening store what type of soil is common to the area, or simply grab a handful and show it to them. It will usually be a mixture of one or more of the following types, leaning more toward one or the other.

If you want to start growing, download my free grow guide and order some marijuana seeds. All top quality marijuana seeds are available in my marijuana seed shop. Buy 5, get 5 free. We ship seeds to the US, CA and many other countries. For any growing related question please visit the marijuana support page.

Source: http://www.theweedblog.com


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Why Children Deserve Cannabis

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, May, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
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While giving kids cannabis for health issues isn't exactly common practice, it's these young people who need the plant more than anyone when they're suffering from epilepsy or cancer. The medicines that are produced by large pharmacy can have dangerous side effects, not to mention the rapid deteriorating effect that chemo has on a person. Kids especially need the healing power of cannabis because it virtually has no side effects, leaving the young one using it to develop and live a more normal childhood.
 
When a person is diagnosed with epilepsy, it means that the neurotransmitters in the brain are constantly firing. These transmitters are part of the encocannabinoid system that every human body possesses and are also connected to the psychoactive effects of THC. However, when high levels of CBD are introduced, it triggers a reaction in the endocannabinoid system and sends messages to the transmitters, telling them to stop firing off so rapidly. This effect drastically decreases seizing in patients and is being looked at as an incredibly effective medicine against epilepsy, especially in children.
 
CBD treatments on children with epilepsy were shown to be incredibly effective. Parents of these children were so happy with the results that they claimed the plant to be an actual miracle... Which, after trying multiple different pills, tranquilizers, and steroids, isn't a surprise. A study done by the National Institute of Health in 2013 showed that CBD treatments in children with epilepsy showed that 16 out of 19 children taking CBD showed drastic improvement. In two of those cases, the epilepsy disappeared completely.
 
The appeal of highly concentrated CBD cannabis products is overwhelming. Even though there are some people who still don't agree (there are many reports of families getting Child Protective Services called on them for using cannabis as a treatment rather then the "normal" way), the progress of the children who are taking cannabis now cannot be denied. Pills given to these kids can cause liver failure, developmental problems, and completely take away the child's lust for life, causing them to become zombified and sad. A child should not have to spend their younger years in hospitals or being shot up with terrible drugs with adverse effects. If there is a natural, side effect free cure out there, there's absolutely no reason why we shouldn't be using it, researching it, and benefiting from it.
 
Hundreds of families have relocated to the state of Colorado in order to get their hands on the strain of cannabis known as Charlotte's Web, named after a little girl with epilepsy that the strain was specifically made for. The stain contains only the very smallest amounts of THC, leaving almost no psychoactive effect when ingested. Instead, the strain has an extremely high CBD content. The waiting list for this particular strain is months long and full of hopeful parents that want nothing but health for their suffering children.

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Five Lies About Cannabis

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, May, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
5-lies-regarding-cannabisCannabis has had a bad name since 1906. There are hundreds of lies about the plant, when it reality, the only bad thing about it is getting caught with it! Cannabis benefits all different kinds of people, from recreational users who just want to unwind to cancer patients suffering through chemotherapy. Of course we couldn't include all of the lies that people have made up about cannabis so we picked a few to debunk!
 
1. It'll kill you.
Chances are, you're not going to die from cannabis consumption. You have a higher chance of being eaten by a shark and even those odds are low. Most people who ingest a good amount of cannabis end up passing out on the couch or eating all of the food that you just bought at the grocery store. No, cannabis is less dangerous then most of the stuff you find in your medicine cabinet.
 
2. Cannabis is the gateway drug.
No, it's a person's inability to say "no thanks" that is the gateway. Cannabis has been given a negative name and is then associated with other negative things (people assume that every person that sells weed must also deal coke, heroin, and meth). This terrible misconception is taught at a young age, deterring young people from even giving the plant a chance. Cannabis is NOT a gateway drug but instead is used as a scapegoat for people who have no backbone.
 
3. It's illegal for a good reason!
What reason exactly? In all of my time blogging about cannabis, I have never heard a legitimate argument as to why the plant should be illegal. In fact, the hate towards cannabis makes me think that everything should be illegal. Did you know that 100% of people that drink water die? We should probably ban that shit too!
 
4. It's bad for you.
While smoking anything is sure to have a somewhat negative impact on your throat and lungs, there are many other ways to ingest cannabis that don't involve smoking it. Cannabis has actually been shown to improve brain function, the digestive system, and help manage pain relief in a safe, non-addicting manner. Not to mention that cannabis doesn't have the awful side effects that pills give certain people.
 
5. People who smoke weed are lazy, stupid, and unmotivated.
Absolutely not true! There are hundreds of upperclass people that are ripping bongs in their free time! Recently, there was a huge hype about the FBI having trouble finding computer hackers to fight cyber terrorists... Why? Because people that sit behind a computer all day, reading HTML and binary, are also smoking a joint at the same time. Since the FBI's policy states that an employee must be cannabis free for three years prior to their hire, they're having a huge issue finding employees and may be forced to remove cannabis from their policy or face falling victim to cyber terrorists. And if the FBI has to change their policy regarding pre-employment, hopefully other places will as well (including Wal-mart, CVS, and Sears).

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Watering Tips And Techniques For Outdoor Marijuana Growers

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, May, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
watering-tips-for-outdoor-mjWatering needs depend on your growing site’s location and the genetics of your crop. If you have a fairly humble-sized crop, then various hand-watering methods should suffice. Some marijuana growers haul water out to their site and then use watering pots or run hoses from a large container to their site. If you have been able to find a site that is fairly close to water, and you have a small number of plants, it may make the most sense to refill from the source and carry the water back and forth. This limits your liability since you’ll never be questioned as to why you are bringing 100 gallons of water into the woods.
 
If you have a lot marijuana plants you may have to consider more elaborate methods, such as using battery- or gas-powered pumps. These have drawbacks in that they are usually very loud and the sound of a motor can carry for milks: not ideal for stealth operations. These systems require a source of power and constant water supply and sometimes need to be set up in an intricate way involving many subsections like tubing and platforms. Once in place, they have the ability to deliver tremendous volumes of water, according to the exact schedule that you need.
 
Another method is to fashion a slow-drip irrigation system. Using a one-gallon milk jug, poke a couple of pinholes into the bottom, which allows a steady, but small amount of water to be released. The advantage to this is that you only need refill the jugs, which, once in place, will water your plants on a consistent basis. The marijuana plant never suffers from too much watering as can happen if you travel to your site only occasionally. If your plants aren’t getting enough water, then either add more jugs to water specific plants, or make the holes larger if the problem is the water retention abilities of the soil. Of course if you’re just growing a few marijuana plants, and they are on your property, using an ordinary garden hose works great. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana.
 
One very cheap and readily available source of water is of course, rainwater. Clean rainwater is a good source for your plants because tap water can contain unwanted chemicals. A lot of water systems use chemicals to clean the water to make it potable, or drinkable. They can also add additional chemicals to neutralize the taste, so that you don’t taste the chemicals, just the water. Tap water PH may also be above or below 7. While this is great for humans and our finicky taste buds, it can be detrimental to the plants. One thing to watch out for is the amount of sodium (NaCl or salt) in the water. If you water your plants with overly salty water, their eventual size could be reduced by as much as 50%. Tap water can also contain chlorides, sulfates, and other solids, which helps to explain why the sales of water filtration systems are so brisk. It is also why using distilled water is recommended for young seedlings, before they are transplanted.
 
If you are concerned about the quality of water you are delivering to your plants (or drinking!) there are test kits available for sale at gardening and hardware stores. They will help you deter- mine water quality and let you know which chemicals are prevalent in the largest amounts.
 
If you don’t want to deal with this at all, then rainwater is an easy solution. The best way to catch rainwater is to place a large container under a drain spout during the rainiest months of the year. Usually this will happen in the spring so forethought is once again crucial to success. If the area being drained is generally clear of water-soluble chemicals, the rainwater should be perfect for the plants; Then your only problem is storing the water and transporting it to the site.
 

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Marijuana Sizzurp Hits the L.A. Market

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, May, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
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The real sizzurp doesn't make you stupid enough, right? So what you really need is a marijuana-infused sizzurp, yeah?
 
Your prayers have been answered, Justin Bieber, because a Southern California company has combined your (alleged) two favorite things, THC and lean, into one, groundbreaking product. Well, sort of.
 
"Grape Syzurp with Cannabidnoids" by Actabliss has just hit the L.A. market:
 
But it doesn't actually contain the codeine known as one of the main ingredients in the real sizzurp. This Syzurp is all about the THC and cannabinoids.
 
This week the product was delivered to Los Angeles for its first medical marijuana retail sales here, says Actabliss' founder, who wants to be known only by the nickname Actaboss. 
 
The product was formulated early this year, unveiled to the public one month ago on April 20 (a.k.a. 420) via free samples, and finally sold to the public about a week after that at GreenWorks in Actabliss' hometown of San Diego, he said.
 
The idea is not to recreate the buzz of sizzurp and lean but to create an alternative. Actaboss:
After Actavis [the maker of the prescription promethazine codeine syrup popular with rappers] said they were pulling their stuff from the market, I came up with the concept of taking their label and using it.
 
I touted it as a healthy alternative to lean. A lot of people who say they want to stop drinking lean are purchasing it. A whole group of people realize it's good medicine and it works for them.
The product has created some controversy. Some critics don't like using sizzurp imagery for a product that doesn't contain codeine or other lean-like drugs. Others think it glorifies a drug that has become problematic for some in the rap world.
 
While Actabliss doesn't do what sizzurp does, Actaboss says that lean users are liking its high, purple color and gooey consistency. He said that while a $45, 2 ounce bottle can be split into two doses and mixed with soda, some customers have tried the whole 2 ounces:
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They said it lasts 10 hours and gets them heavily medicated with that syrup feeling. It's sedated and relaxing. It's not just some lean knock off. The medicinal side outweighs how close can we get this to real lean side. When I formulated it I did try to make it thick and muddy. We're using big pharma to promote a healthy alternative to big pharma.
 

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How To Get Rid Of Algae In Marijuana Hydroponic Systems

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, May, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
weed-hydro-algae-fixMost commonly found in hydroponic or aeroponic growing systems, algae are microscopic organisms that thrive in warm temperatures where there is plenty of light and nutrients.  Some are unicellular while others are found in multi-cellular forms, such as seaweed.  Although lacking stems, roots and leaves, algae go through the photosynthetic process, producing oxygen, as do larger plants.  Algae range in color from black to red to green to blue and look fuzzy like velvet, or can be smooth and slimy.
 
Unfortunately, the most suitable climate for growing marijuana is the same that is conducive to the growth of algae, especially when the growing medium is water or mist.  Algae appear when light is reflected through nutrient rich water.  For this reason, all hydroponic equipment should be opaque, not clear.  This means tubing, buckets and nutrient reservoirs.  Algae can also gather on rock wool, a hydroponic substrate used as a means of supporting the root systems of the cannabis.
 
Algae, in both hydroponic and aeroponic grow rooms, attach to equipment surfaces and plant roots, while others are free swimming and can clog tubing.  When algae attach itself to the root system, it denies the plant of oxygen and competes for nutrients.  Algae photosynthesize when in light, using carbon dioxide that has dissolved in the water and releasing oxygen as a bi-product.  However, during the hours of darkness, the process is reversed, depleting the water of oxygen, thus depriving the marijuana plant of the much needed compound. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana.
 
Preventing the onslaught of algae can be managed by depriving it of the light it needs to grow.  However, that doesn’t mean you dim the lights or turn them off; Mary Jane needs to see the light of day in order to thrive.  In order to dissuade the growth of algae, use dark opaque equipment in your hydroponic or aeroponic grow room.  Cover rock wool with landscape fabric.  That way the light can’t filter through but there is room to breathe.
 
If you do happen to see algae growing, you should clean the system and replace your transparent growing components with opaque apparatuses.  If this is not possible, cover them with dark material.  There are a few methods you can employ in order to rid your system of any algae in the water itself:
 
Clean and rinse your reservoir.  Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with ten parts water.  By adding small amounts to the reservoir frequently, you add a boost of oxygen to the roots and deter the growth of algae.  It is advised to apply this method to older plants only, as the peroxide can damage young root systems.
 
UVC Light.  As mentioned previously, adding this to your air filtration system will capture micro-organisms before they hit the grow room.  UVC lights are often used in aquariums and hot tubs.  If it’s safe for fish and humans, it’s safe for Mary Jane.
Grapefruit Seed Extract.  This method of controlling algae is used by cities and water conservationists in drinking water, fish ponds and lakes.
Barley Straw Mats.  These can be placed in hydroponic reservoirs.  This is an organic control used in lakes, ponds and other waterways where algae may appear.  Barley straw does not kill existing algae, but retards the growth of algae cells.  Its use poses no threat to plants or animal life.
 
If you want to start growing, download my free grow guide and order some marijuana seeds. All top quality marijuana seeds are available in my marijuana seed shop. We ship seeds to the US, CA and many other countries. For any growing related question please visit the marijuana support page.
 

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