Crop Shop: 5 Solid Reasons to Grow Your Own Pot

Posted by Brittany Anas on May 10, 2017

We’ve witnessed homebrewers revolutionize the craft beer industry. Next at bat? Home marijuana growers, hard at work mastering the art of marijuana cultivation.

It’s comes down to this: Growing your own marijuana > multiple trips to the dispensary.

Those who grow already know it’s rewarding to smoke from your own stash. But if you’re on the fence, here are plenty more compelling reasons to join the grow team.

1.You are your own quality control department.

When you’ve grown your own pot, you know exactly how it was harvested—from the seeds you plant to the fertilization you use. Sure, maybe your first crop isn’t your best, but you can continuously make tweaks to get your marijuana just right. Download the GrowBuddy app to measure success, detect patterns and avoid failures. GrowBuddy gets that growing can be both exciting and frustrating. Plus, there’s a Q&A forum.

2. Gardening is good for your wellbeing.

Science is backing us up. Gardening can cut your risk of stroke and heart attack by 60 percent, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Other studies, according to this CNN article, have found that gardening is better for stress relief than other leisurely activities. It also reduces your risk for dementia.

3. Customize your own strains.

You can breed your own strain of weed, getting the customized pot you’ve always dreamed about. Bonus: Name it whatever you damn well please. Breeding marijuana and crossing strains isn’t easy. Thankfully, The Marijuana Times has a good article on how to get started.

4.You can cook and make smoothies with your pot leaves.

If you’ve got a pot surplus (and you’ve already gifted to friends and family), use your extra leaves for cooking and smoothie-making. Here’s a cannabis-infused blueberry-banana smoothie recipe. Cannabinoids can be a boon for your health, aiding in pain relief and reducing inflammation, so don’t let your leaves go to waste.

5.You’ll save money in the long run.

Of course, there are some up-front investments to get going with your growing. But, over time, you’ll save money by growing your own weed rather than buying it in the shops. To get really technical, factoring in every imaginable cost (including labor), Leafly gets technical, factoring in all the potential costs (even labor) to compare growing pot at home vs. buying it at a dispensary. Per gram, you can save some big bucks.