Here’s 5 tips on how to grow potent and strong weed
Whether you’re growing cannabis for personal consumption or commercial purposes, the potency of your plant remains an essential factor. During the growth period of cannabis, there are a number of different factors that you can control in order to ensure that your cannabis plants will yield the desired level of potency. Here’s 5 tips on how to grow potent and strong weed.
What Makes Cannabis Potent and Strong?
The potency of your plants, or more specifically their buds, comes down to the levels of THC. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis that contributes to the overall “high” you experience from the plant. Growers have different reasons for wanting to increase cannabis potency. Being able to produce higher THC and cannabinoid levels in the plant has several benefits, from achieving more significant psychoactive effects to inducing stronger relief from pain, nausea, and multiple sclerosis, or for merely maximizing yields.
Before you plant: Choosing the right strain
There are a number of different factors that you should consider in order to improve the potency of your cannabis plants. The most notable of these factors starts from before you have even planted your cannabis seeds, if you want cannabis that will pack a good kick when taken, then you need to choose a strain of cannabis that will be able to deliver this powerful high.
It’s really tough to get truly top-shelf buds if you start with mid-grade seeds, clones, or the dreaded bagseed; you’re giving yourself a much higher chance of disappointment because no growing method can overcome genetics! Different strains of cannabis plants will naturally contain a different levels of the chemical compound vinculating THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the feeling of being high. But, THC also has other applications that include health benefits and some side effects.
For example, let’s assume that your particular cannabis strain has a THC upper limit of 12%. This means that under optimum growing conditions, the highest potency level that can be achieved is 12% – 15% (if the grower routinely pushes these limits and creates higher and higher potency levels. While some strains can reach upwards of nearly 30%, some may never go above 20% regardless of your growing methods, so deciding on the right strain is a pivotal first step.
Light Em Up
When you start a grow with good genetics – from good seeds or clones – your plant has the potential for a high level of quality (yields, potency, resilience). However, it’s nearly impossible to get your buds to reach that potential if you use lights that are underpowered.
Any experienced grower would tell you that light plays a crucial part in the life and growth of a cannabis plant. The amount of light your plant receives during its flowering stage dramatically influences the production of potent buds. Sometimes the basics of growing can prove to be one of the most important steps. While regardless of your experience level you may understand adequate lighting is important, the quality and duration are just as crucial for potent yields.
Making sure your plant is well fed is one of the easiest ways to increase your yield. If your plant has all the nutrients it needs to grow, it will grow fast, which may result in a bigger yield. While the three essential tenets of growth are light, water, and air, you’ll undoubtedly see healthier and stronger yields with nutrient supplementation. The three most important elements during the flowering stage are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Other important nutrients include:
Knowing when you are finally ready to harvest your plants can make or break the potency of your cannabis. Allowing the plant enough time to grow for the strongest buds, but also not waiting too long that the THC converts into CBN is a delicate balancing act. A plant should only be harvested when the buds are mature and ripe. Seasoned growers have discovered that you can increase cannabis potency levels if you time the harvest period right.
After you have harvested, curing, a prolonged process of removing moisture from the flowers under controlled environmental conditions, will provide a much better product for multiple reasons. Drying/curing the right way will make buds smell better, look better, and buds will actually feel more potent! The process of systematically drying out cannabis buds for improved taste, smell, and storage is known as “curing”. While no evidence supports the notion that curing can directly increase cannabis potency, it does help to improve its overall perceived quality.