Growing weed indoors is not at all difficult these days.  There are lots of strains which are bred to give great results.  And there are lots of options for grow methods and lights.  If you have never grown weed indoors before you will be faced with a confusing number of options.  In this week’s blog we will aim to focus on a few simple recommendations which will allow you to make a successful first grow indoors.  You will be amazed how easy it is to grow top quality marijuana! –DutchPassion 

Step 1.  Where to grow?  One of the easiest ways to start is with one of the purpose built indoor grow tents available from proven vendors such as Hydro Lab and Secret Jardin.  These tents are strong and can be assembled in a few minutes, they are light proof and come with all the necessary holes for cables and air extraction.  These tents cost around €100 for a basic model.

Step 2.  Growing in soil or hydro?  Cannabis can grow in a massive number of different ways.  Perhaps the simplest way is in soil.  But it will grow well in coco fibre, clay pebbles, rockwool and any number of different hydroponic systems where there is no soil.  So long as the roots get nutrients and oxygen cannabis will grow.  It is called weed for a good reason !

In this week’s blog we will look only at growing in soil to keep things simple.  Growing in hydroponic systems does give great results but the additional technicalities involving pH, electrical conductivity etc may be a bit confusing for some first-time growers.  We will start by looking just at growing in soil.

Step 3.  Soil quality.  The simplest way to start growing is to buy a prepared specialist soil from companies like BioBizz, Canna or Plagron.  This isn’t the cheapest way of getting started, but it is the simplest as everything is done for you, and you know the soil will give solid results. If you visit their websites you will see that they have soil for seedlings and soil to use when ‘potting up’ plants into their final containers.  They also have additional soil additives which you may want to consider to maximise yields, such as extra nutrients for flowering.  If you buy compost from the local garden centre then add at least 30% perlite in the soil to allow root aeration. If you can, add some worm castings or other light soil enrichers such as bat guano.  There are lots of good books and growing websites which will allow you to get a little bit more information in your own language.  But the easiest way to start is to get a specialist, ready-mixed soil and large plant containers.

If you use large containers, say 15-20 litres with a prepared soil mix you will have a very simple way of growing.  You won’t need to worry about pH or nutrient deficiencies.  The only thing you will need to do is water them lightly a couple of times a week and perhaps add a little liquid feed towards the end of flowering when the soil nutrients are getting depleted.  The most common mistakes made by new growers are over-watering and over-feeding, both of these slow plant growth and limit your end-result.

Step 4.  The growroom.  Keep the temperature around 25°C.  If it gets too hot (over 30°C) or too cold (under 20°C) you may start seeing slow growth and other issues.  If you are growing in a tent you will need to extract the air from the tent.  Air is removed by a fan which sucks the air through tubes (usually 100mm+ diameter).  The air should be sent through a carbon filter to remove all traces of the characteristic cannabis smell.  Finally the extracted air is vented normally outside or into a well ventilated loft.  Pro growers will use ozone generators to remove the tiniest remaining canna smells.  Growers that don’t take steps to deal with canna smells often wish they had.  If you are growing indoors then you really must use carbon filters.  Cannabis plants need a constant supply of fresh air to stay healthy and grow.

Step 5.  The seeds.  You have 2 choices.  You can grow AutoFem seeds or traditional ‘photoperiod‘ strains.  AutoFem’s take 70 days from sprouting the seed to harvest under a lighting regime of 20 hours on, 4 hours off.

Traditional strains are grown initially under 18 hours lights on/6 hours lights off.  This is called vegetative growth; the plant grows leaves, roots and branches but no bud. Usually after 4 or 5 weeks the plants is switched to 12 hours lights on/12 hours lights off.  This causes the cannabis plant to go into flowering and produce the buds we all love.  Normally the flowering process takes around 9 weeks.  The finished plant is cut down, the buds trimmed and dried for a few days.  Normally people cure (or mature) the buds in glass jars for a month or two to get the best flavours and a great high.

Cannabis plants can be male or female, but only the female plant has the buds that you want.  For that reason you are better off with feminized seed which will give rise to 95%+ female plants.  Dutch Passion were the first to offer feminized seed back in the 1990’s and today feminized seed accounts for 97% of our seed sales.  If you are new to growing, we would recommend a robust, forgiving variety such as feminized Skunk #11 for your first attempt.  Skunk #11 gives great yields, a great smoke and is easy to grow.  At €27 for 5 seeds it is the most affordable of our most highly-rated strains.  This was our first strain to sell over 1 million seeds for good reasons.

Step 6.  The light.  Most indoor growers use HPS lights.  These are a low cost and effective way of growing.  LED lights have been improving dramatically in the last 2 years, but at around €1000 for a 300W system they are still a little too expensive for many people.  But the results we have seen with them show that technically they are now really delivering excellent performance.  If you buy a grow tent you will normally get a manufacturers recommendation about the size of lamp and size of extraction fan.  The most common HPS lamps are 250W, 400W and 600W.  The more power they have, the more light (and heat) they produce.

And that is it.  There are countless ways to grow cannabis, but growing in premixed soil, in a purpose built indoor tent with an HPS light is one of the easiest ways to start.  More advanced growers will tell you that hydroponic systems such as NFT and especially DWC (deep water culture) gives even better results than soil.  If you are growing for the first time this year we wish you success !

It’s good news for consumers in the short-term, but might put small growers out of business, leaving kush fiends with fewer options.

If there’s one thing to take away from Economics 101, it’s the fundamental rules of supply and demand. When the supply exceeds the demand, prices tumble, which is exactly what’s happening right now in the legal weed market.

According to Forbes, the prices for marijuana in the states where it’s legal have fallen precipitously. In 2015, wholesale pot plummeted from $2,500 a pound to only $1,000 in 2016. In Colorado, prices went from $8 a gram for marijuana flower (what the rest of us call “bud”) in mid 2016 to a current price of $6. The drop was more dramatic in Washington, where prices decreased from $25 a gram to just $6.

Experts believe this is a result of heavy investment in the marijuana business, which is causing pot production to exceed demand as big-money speculators try to cash in on the emerging market. In the short-term, this market saturation means that prices at the dispensary will be down. But as it becomes more difficult for small growers to turn a profit, they may go out of business, possibly leaving kush fiends with fewer options.

A crowded market might not be the worst thing for consumers, though. When there is a lot of product vying for tokers’ attentions, brands are forced to differentiate and go beyond coming up with cute strain names like “Steve McGarrett’s Hair” or “God’s Vagina 2.0.” Some strains will likely rely on celebrity endorsements, like Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Reserve or Snoop Dogg’s Leafs by Snoop. Others will go the Whole Foods route, making organic and pesticide-free bud available at a premium. Some may just try to make their pot stronger.

Still, there are parts of the marijuana market that are holding steady, particularly edibles, concentrated oils, and concentrates made for vapes. There’s also the high-end weed market with its $200 blunts that shows no sign of slowing down.

Of course, this is only a concern to those in the eight states where recreational marijuana is currently legal. While the legal weed market is worth about $6.9 billion a year, 87 percent of all marijuana purchases are still made on the black market, which is estimated to be worth, annually, about $46 billion. Some might argue that we’re currently living in the Golden Age of Illegal Weed, where dealers are still seeing large profit margins.

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Yogi Selects (moments) Series: Yogis Unite! We took a break from Yogi selects but we have decided to pick back up on the series. Customized Q & A’s sent out to yogis of instagram to learn a little more about how and why they practice yoga. Expect a batch of Q&A’s to be developed and sent out to yogis on the 1st of each month.

January Yogi Selects Line Up:

Kay Danai, Namaste Gabi, TheebonyYogini, LittleMsDaisha, Frank Mitchell, IamAfrobella, Flexx_Inkyjaja, DragonFlyYogi, Bryr, MovingMinds2, Black3Dhalia  … and halfapintsizenurse if she would send the Q&A back from last MARCH lol!!! I’m thinking  could the questions i thought of be too hard? either way its been so long I cant remember what I sent.  With that being said I can’t promise I will receive the Q&A’s in January but I definitely create each according to their instagram pics and captions then send them out! Look forward to hearing what these cool, flexible, insightful, open heart yogis and yoginis have to say.


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Yogi Focus Series …. Yes we are bringing back the blueprint! Truly I would like to aim for 10 videos monthly but quality is my preference over quantity.  This month we plan to create a short portrait piece with ThePsychicYogi. Kisha is a psychic, healer, yoga instructor plus more! Were also developing a Yoga/Depression PSA with Down2MarsYoga later down the line. I wish I could print a preview from my mind so you could see what I see …. Until then you must wait.


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Introducing the cube – Every year I like to take on a passion project. A project that Im personally interested in creating. I’ve been experiencing cubensis for a short 10 years and i’ve always found introducing mushrooms to people very fascinating. With that being said ….. Introducing the cube will be a documentation of people trying, learning and sharing their experience with entheogens specifically cubenesis mushrooms.  Interested?  reach out via contact page and we can have a discussion. New Psychonaughts as well as more experienced are welcomed. I would like to work on this project and release it at the end of this year if possible. Mushrooms not included … kinda 😀

 

Marijuana breathalyzers and the impending crackdown by law enforcement on driving stoned is looked at with independent journalist Thor Benson. Benson explains how THC breathalyzer testing is more reliable than blood testing and gives his take on if and when we should expect to see THC breathalyzers on the road. Finally, we explore the current state and uncertain future of legal weed in the US, in this uncensored Lip News interview hosted by Jo Ankier.

GUEST BIO:
Thor Benson is a traveling writer, currently located in Los Angeles, Calif. Benson was born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He wrote his first novel in San Juan, Puerto Rico and got back into freelance journalism when he moved to Portland, Ore. in 2011. He has been in Los Angeles since the middle of 2014. Benson has had his short stories featured in magazines/websites like: Tin House, Citizen Brooklyn, Black Heart Magazine, Empirical Magazine, The Conium Review and FictionBrigade. His journalism has been featured in: The Atlantic, Wired, Rolling Stone, Slate, Vice, The New Republic, The Verge, Fast Company, The Daily Beast, Truthdig and elsewhere.

ADD’L LINKS:
@thor_benson
https://authorthorbenson.wordpress.com/
http://thelip.tv/

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At the end of the year we like to clarify and make changes to the  direction we would like to go with content for the site. We will still continue to interview yogis, fitness instructors and artist. Their perspective is valued and everyone appreciates when we cover them. We have taken a break from posting everyday but we plan on implementing 3 post a day under the categories listed on the side. If you have an article you would like to submit send it on over and we may post it.  Recipes, Meditation experiences, heath tips, movie reviews (more), travel vlogs and much more! Consistency is the key and we plan on making this run packed with content.

Marijuana is a sticky subject. Twenty-three states (and D.C) have legalized some form of medical use, but possession, growth and distribution are still illegal in the majority of the United States.

However, as is the case with most new industries, slow regulation hasn’t stopped innovation.

Leaf, a TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 Battlefield company, is leading the revolution with its automated “Plug N’ Plant” home growing system. Leaf’s device is a 4′ x 2′ box that will fit two plants, which will yield between 4-5 ounces of weed.

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However, Leaf is much more than just a mini grow house. The system will monitor everything that your plants need to grow, including light, ventilation, nutrient levels and pH of the soil.

The system will also react to these measurements, meaning that if it senses that your plants are low on nutrients it can dispense more, or if it needs more light it can automatically brighten the environment. Users can also control these variables manually, effectively creating their own grow “recipes.”

This is all controlled from Leaf’s iPhone app, which will also serve as a social network for users to exchange recipes and share videos of their plants.

To do this, Leaf has incorporated a built-in HD camera, which will automatically create time lapses and even let users access a live stream of their (or their friends’) grow.

Leaf has received a strategic investment from Advanced Nutrients, a major player in the cannabis nutrient space. The company will be supplying Leaf with nutrients that they will put inside individual, disposable pods, allowing nutrients to be replaced like an ink cartridge in a printer.

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However, this technology comes at a cost. The device will retail for $1,499, which makes it much more expensive than simply growing your plant in the ground. However, the company says that the machine will technically pay for itself after just a few months, as the “retail value” of 4-5 ounces (one growth cycle) is around $1,200.

Additionally, each grow will cost about $150 in nutrient cartridges and carbon filter refills. However, co-founder and CEO Yoni Ofir said that eventually the company hopes to drop the price of the actual device and generate its primary revenue from refills (à la Keurig).

Today, the company is opening up preorders of its device. Leaf will be available to users with a medicinal card in any of the 23 states that allow medical marijuana, as well as in the four states where marijuana is currently legal.

Customers can put down a $100 deposit to be the first to receive a Leaf when it ships in summer 2016.

Source – TechCrunch

On Election Day, voters in 4 states legalized marijuana for recreational use. California was one of those states.

Medical marijuana was already legal in The Golden State, but the passage of Proposition 64 means the state is now poised to become the world’s largest legal weed marketplace.

Read: “The high stakes for legal weed on election day” – http://bit.ly/2g3jLmN

Read: “The election wrecked America’s underground weed economy” – http://bit.ly/2fDOD01