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MEDICAL MARIJUANA SEEDS
"With the expansiveness that occurs with marijuana, the subject may begin to notice infinite possibilities to raise the quality of his/her life that would otherwise have remained hidden from normal, defensive consciousness. And feelings of health and happiness naturally lead to hope, which of itself can be curative."
- Joan Bello
Legalization in a variety of reasons has generated growing interest in medical cannabis seeds and home-growing. For the first time, hundreds of thousands of patients have the right to purchase medicinal seeds and grow their own medicine at home. Which, for many who cannot afford to purchase from dispensaries, makes far more sense than buying it. Nevertheless, before investing in medicinal marijuana seeds and getting started, it’s important to pick up a little background knowledge. Particularly when it comes to selecting the appropriate seeds for your own personal requirements.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA HISTORY
The first recorded use of medical cannabis took place approximately five thousand years ago in Ancient China. Then seen as a potentially effective treatment for malaria, beriberi, constipation, rheumatic pains, lack of concentration and more, we’ve since learned just how far the therapeutic properties of medical cannabis extend.
Since the early 90s, medical marijuana has been growing in popularity across much of the western world. Semi-Legalization having opened cannabis up as an option for thousands with chronic and life-affecting conditions. However, it’s only recently that patients have been given the green light to pick up quality medical seeds and grow their own. Which has brought about a quite extraordinary era in self-medication and proactive personal treatment.
WHY GROW YOUR OWN MEDICAL CANNABIS?
Making the decision to grow your own MMJ is something of a no-brainer. If you need it and have the legal right to produce it yourself, why wouldn’t you? Once it has been established that medical cannabis could help you, it’s simply a case of putting the best medical seeds to work at home.
Which makes sense for a few very important reasons. For one thing, growing your own can be so much cheaper than purchasing the products you need. Medical marijuana seeds are comparatively affordable – medical pot products can be hugely overpriced. What’s more, cultivating and growing from seed at home means knowing exactly what’s gone into your medicine from start to finish. No chemicals, nothing inorganic, nothing potentially harmful. And of course, there’s much to be said for having a stockpile of your own organic medicine on hand at all times. When you need it, you have it – no delays and complications.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that succeeding with medical cannabis seeds – even as a first timer – can be surprisingly easy. With the right equipment and the right strain, producing outstanding results is well within the reach of just about anyone. It also doesn’t need to be particularly difficult to set things up in the first place. This means that just as long as you are legally entitled to do so, growing your own medical marijuana comes highly recommended.
CHOOSING MEDICAL MARIJUANA SEEDS
Nothing matters more than ensuring you choose an appropriate strain for your own requirements. There are literally thousands of different types of medicinal seeds available from breeders all over the world. Every strain having its own fundamentally unique properties, benefits and effects. The important thing to remember is that nobody is in a better position to advise you than your doctor. If your current doctor is unable or unwilling to advise on medical cannabis issues, perhaps seek a second opinion.
If looking to select the right strain for your needs without medical advice, it is useful to have a basic understanding of what you are getting. For instance do you want a high CBD strain or a high THC strain? Do you know the differences between Indica strains and Sativa strains. Both have extremely valid and potentially beneficial medical applications, though are also fundamentally different. As such, it’s worth taking into account potential potency when selecting seeds, by factoring in the two primary Cannabinoids.
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA
THC (TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL) AND CBD (CANNABIDIOL)
The primary active ingredients in most medical strains are CBD and THC, whilst new Cannabinoids are being discovered regularly such as THCV, CBN, CBG and CBGA, which are also found in smaller amounts. In Medicinal strains CBD can be present in concentrations anywhere up to 20%. CBD is known to somewhat counteract the intensity of the psychoactive effects of THC to. This typically means that the lower the THC and higher the CBD, the less intense the ”high”. THC and CBD levels vary wildly form one strain to the next – something to take into account when selecting a suitable medical strain.
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CANNABIS INDICA STRAINS
Also important to consider is the Indica or Sativa-dominance of the medical pot seeds you choose. Indica cannabis is known for its relaxing and sedating properties which hit the body harder than the mind. Muscles are relaxed, inflammation subsides and effective pain-relief can often be attained. An Indica strain is commonly used in the treatment of chronic pain, arthritic and rheumatic stiffness and swelling, insomnia and anxiety. However, an intensive Indica body stone can make it difficult to function normally so it is best to avoid day time use if you need to stay motivated.
CANNABIS SATIVA STRAINS
By contrast, Sativa cannabis is more about the delivery of a much more energizing and uplifting cerebral high. Such strains are commonly used for the treatment of patients with chronic nausea, depression, headaches, poor appetite and chronic pain. This is a much better choice as a day time strain as it is less likely to leave you feeling sluggish, at night it can also stop you from sleeping as Sativas are known for causing your brain to become more active.
These days, the vast majority of medicinal marijuana seeds on the market are neither pure Sativa or Indica. They’re hybrids – meaning they combine both in their own unique measures. Which can be enormously advantageous for people who may wish to address various conditions and ailments at the same time. Combining the effects of Indica and Sativa could, for example, relieve pain, relax the body and provide gentle mental stimulation and clarity at the same time. As such, it’s a case of determining exactly what you want to get out of your chosen strain, before selecting the ideal medical pot seeds.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF GROWING FROM SEED?
Growing from seed opens up the widest range of options in terms of strain varieties, while at the same time improving on the average germination rate of cloning – 90% of seeds germinate as opposed cloning’s 50% chance of taking root.
Growing from seed can produce a wonderful variation of buds within the same genetic range. Although growing from a female clone guarantees you a female plant, unless you change the growing environment, there is little room for variation and therefore improvement. And of course, there’s much to be said for the affordability of medical marijuana seeds – not to mention the satisfaction of growing your own medicine 100% from scratch!