How To Grow Pot for Personal Use: Step by Step

As time goes by, cannabis is becoming legal in more parts of the world – and not only for medical use. Obtaining it there is relatively easy – all you’ll have to do is go to a dispensary or a recreational store. However, why would you spend money on an already grown plant when you can just grow one yourself?

Sure, it will require some work – for instance, you will have to read some reviews online in order to see which seed bank you should choose from (e.g., Amazon has its own, called Seedsman – you can check out Seedsman review here), as well as make sure you provide the plant with the right conditions.

Although growing cannabis on your own might seem like a challenge, it’s actually not that hard. Here is everything you need to know about it and how to do it step by step.

Step 1: Select the Location

The first decision you need to make when it comes to your cannabis plant is where do you want to grow it – indoors or outdoors. While indoor growth does provide you with total control of the process, it carries a lot of responsibility, as whether the plant survives or not depends on the grower.

On the other hand, growing your cannabis plants outdoors is cheaper, as some parts of the job are taken care of by nature. However, it comes with the risk of your plants being stolen or destroyed by animals.

Think about all the pros and cons, and decide which option will work best for you.

Step 2: Pick a Grow Light

This is a step that you can skip if you decided to grow your plant outdoors, as the sunlight will be enough. However, since during their vegetative stage the plants need to receive at least 18 hours of sunlight per day, investing in a lamp anyways might not be a bad idea, as it can come in handy on cloudy days.

When it comes to lighting, the best choice are the LED lights. Not only are they cheap, but they are also optimized so that your cannabis plant won’t get too much light, leading to ‘light burn.’ However, it’s still a good idea to research your options, as then you will be able to select one that will meet your needs.

Step 3: Choose a Grow Medium

Once you know where you’re going to plant your cannabis, you need to think about what you will grow it in, as it needs a medium that will provide it with all the necessary nutrients.

Just like with lighting, you have several options to choose from. The most common, as well as easiest to use, is soil – ideally a well-composed organic one. You might go for one dedicated to cannabis growth – however, if you don’t, remember to choose one that contains gas perlite.

You may also decide to go soilless. In this case, some of the alternatives include coco coir, vermiculite, etc. Although more expensive, they come with pros such as lower chances of having to deal with pests. Last but not least, you can opt for hydroponic growing, with which you’ll be growing your plant directly in the water.

Step 4: Decide on Your Nutrients

Growing a cannabis plant is relatively easy – especially since you can use nutrients to make the end results even better. However, depending on the stage of growth your cannabis plants are in, you might need to use different nutrients. Those should be formulated for the medium you chose to use.

Another thing you’d need to consider is the pH of the water. If it isn’t right, the nutrients won’t be absorbed properly.

Step 5: Pick Your Strain

Once you have prepared everything you need to grow your plant, it’s finally time to choose what you’d like to grow. Do you want cannabis plants that provide a relaxing mental high? Do you want a plant that takes less to grow, or you don’t mind waiting?

Knowing more or less what you want will help you narrow down your options, as well as give you a better idea about which strain you should select. What’s more, you can choose whether you want to start with seeds or a small starter plant.

The Bottom Line

Every year, cannabis is becoming legal in more locations – be it for recreational or medical use. Because of this, it is relatively easy to find, not only in physical locations but also in online stores. However, why spend money on something that you can grow yourself?

Contrary to what you or other people might think, it’s not that hard. You just need to know how to do it. We hope that after reading this article, you have an idea about the steps you need to take in order to grow your very own marijuana plant. Good luck!

Keith Mansur

Keith Mansur is the founder, publisher, and editor of Oregon Cannabis Connection newspaper. The print publication has been serving Oregon since 2010. He has been a Oregon medical marijuana patient, grower, and caregiver since 2006. Find him on Facebook or email him at

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