With legislations softening around cannabis, more and more people will find themselves involved in its cultivation either in-home for personal use or in green-houses for businesses. While the idea of having to take care of a cannabis plant may be exciting enough, taking proper care can be very fruitful.
Here are some of the most fun and inexpensive ways to take care of your very own cannabis plant. We have also listed how you can enjoy the leaves, stems ad stalks after the plant is fully mature.
1. Choose seeds wisely
How difficult can it be to choose seeds? Well, Sativa, Indica, ruderalis are just a few of the most prominent names. When you decide to make the decision to grow the plant, picking the best can become quite overwhelming.
We suggest you pick the seeds that match your circumstances. Do you have a lot of growing space? Do you expect quick results? What tastes do you prefer?
Keeping these factors in mind can make the hunt for good seeds systematic if not very easy.
2. Control Light, Air, and Water
Your cannabis plant requires your love and demands your attention. Therefore it is very important to strike the correct balance between light, air, and water that your plant will need.
Most cannabis strains usually require up to 18 hours of light. Decide on a location that can provide your plant with that amount of light on a daily basis. Over-watering and humidity are NOT YOUR FRIENDS. In addition to reducing flower growth, these can lead to the growth of grey mold on your leaves – something that no plant lover will ever want to see.
Cross ventilation spaces between plants is also important to ensure protection from diseases and pests.
3. Maintain temperature
Cannabis is a hardy plant. This means that it can tolerate heat and cold quite well. But it cannot survive extremes. These can result in plant death or a state of stasis, lack of blooms, or no flowers at all.
4. Provide Nutrients
Like any other plant, cannabis also requires good soil and nutrition to give off healthy foliage and flowers. Experts usually recommend using specially formulated nutrient blends for cannabis plants. A soil mix that contains enough compost, vitamins, minerals, and other necessary nutrients are absolutely necessary for a healthy life-cycle of cannabis.
What to do with Cannabis Stalks, Stems, and Leaves?
Now that your time, love, and energy have finally paid off, its time to enjoy the fruit. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy your crop:
Make your own concentrates
The trim of the cannabis plant contains a lot of compounds that can serve quite well for making concentrates. Be warned here though – smoking them directly will make you regret your time and energy investment in growing the plant. (pssssst it tastes quite dreadful!). Therefore, your best bet here is to make homemade concentrates.
- Hash: Just remove the vegetable matter and reserve the trichomes for obtaining these crystalline by-products of your cannabis plant. Use your fingers or a block to press the trichomes to get your very own fresh hash.
- Tinctures: These can be made by placing the trim in a jar filled with potable alcohol. Store the jar away from light for a week or so, until it matches your desirable potency. Make sure the place has a cool ambient temperature.
- Shatter: Don’t worry, you won’t be needing industrial tools and appliances to get this purest form of concentrate. Just proceed with the method of extracting hash, except this time you will need some parchment paper. Wrap the trichomes with parchment paper and press the package with iron or hair straightener for a couple of minutes. You will get a light brown, maple syrup-like residue – enjoy your shatter.
Make your own customized edibles
You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to test your skills at making cannabis edibles. Here are two best ways you can put your stems, stalks, and leaves to perfect use in your kitchen:
- Cooking Oils: If you want to limit the loss of cannabinoids while cooking, it is recommended to use slow cookers for any recipe. For cooking your favorite food, simply infuse the stalks or stems with any oil of your choice ranging from coconut oil to canola oil. Remember to keep the cooking temperature maintained and avoid going too high to avoid loss of cannabinoids.
- Tea: Good old tea to the rescue! Just seeping the trim in warm water will give you access to cannabinoids, however, they won’t taste as good on their own. For this, you can either use a herbal tea blend or add lemon or honey for better taste.
Add it to your compost
To maintain balance in the compost, make compost tea out of your stalks. This will maintain nutrient ratios and maintain eco-systems for the micro-organisms.