If you are looking to grow your own medical marijuana as opposed to purchasing it from a dispensary, then you have probably already done your research on the best lights, the best style and the best fertilizer, but you may not have taken into consideration the different strains and how they grow.
The most important factor in choosing your strain is how much space you have. If you are able to build a grow in a larger area, then you can grow whichever strain you desire. Sativa plants, however, can commonly grow too large for smaller grow areas and thus are not normally the best choice for those conditions. Indica strains, on the other hand, are smaller and more compact, making them a perfect choice for tighter or more private areas.
The aroma of the strain may also be of importance to the grower, as cannabis possesses a wide range of colorful smells that are released during maturation. Each strain will have its own distinct aroma, from pineapple to caramel along with the common skunk smell that cannabis is known for.
Grow time is another important factor in selecting a strain to grow, and if speed is desired, auto-flowering strains will grant the best results. These plants can flower in as soon as three weeks and can be harvested after only six weeks. Indica-dominant strains are next on the speed chart, only taking on average two more weeks to be ready for harvest. Sativa-dominant strains are definitely the most time-consuming, as they will only begin to flower after eight weeks and may require additional protections or growing support.
If you are still looking for more information about getting started with growing, take a look at our growing guide to see everything you’ll need to grow your medication.