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How to Grow Weed: A Quick Start Guide for Beginners

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So, your state legislators have seen the light, and now weed is legal in your state? Congratulations! You’re living the dream. And, growing your own supply can ensure you never have another “dry day.” But, before you get excited, you need to know that cultivating some righteous buds presents some unique challenges. 

Sure, the internet has loads of information. But, Googling “How to Grow” often presents a massive data dump of confusing information for newbies and hobbyists. Fortunately, we’ve been there, done all that, and we’d love to help make it easier for you. 

Follow along as we present a clear step-by-step guide. We promise you’ll be flexing your green thumb with the best of them by the time you’re done reading this. 

The Tools You’ll Need 

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Aside from light, cannabis plants need some space so they can thrive. Getting a grow tent comes highly recommended. It allows you to grow your weed indoors even if you live in a studio apartment. You can set up and take down the tent without any help. 

What’s more, you can get a customized set that comes with hydroponic equipment. Some kits even come with additional cloning and vegetative units. But, you don’t need all that stuff when starting. So, aim for the basics!

Some other gear you may need include; 

  1. Lights 
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Weed needs light for photosynthesis, just like any other plant. You’ll need to provide an artificial light source when growing it indoors. Standard lighting kits include; 

  • Bulbs 
  • Ballasts 
  • Reflectors 
  • Switches with timers 

High-Intensity Discharge lighting (HID) units come highly recommended. Such kits don’t come cheap, so you could opt for high-pressure sodium lights, LED or fluorescent lighting kits. Such systems cover the entire grow tent and while giving you a decent level of control.  

  1. An Air Control System  
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Have you ever wondered why some people refer to weed as dank nuggets? It’s because weed plants produce an odor so distinct that it can overpower your home if not controlled.  

You can control this with; 

  • An exhaust fan keeps the air flowing and reduces humidity levels. 
  • An activated carbon filter to reduce carbon levels that can affect flowering 
  • A thermometer to help you monitor temperature levels in the grow tent. 
  • A hygrometer to keep track of humidity  
  1. Seeds 
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Do you remember to save some seeds? You could ask your friend for some clones or hit up your local dispensary if you don’t have seeds. If neither of those options work, you could order some seeds online and have them mailed to you.  

But remember to have them shipped to a different place if it’s not legal to grow weed in your state. The same thing goes for States that require you to have a permit for growing weed. 

  1. Soil 
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Have you seen those crazy people that grow weed without any soil on YouTube? Well, they’ve probably perfected the art of hydroponics. Just as you needed to crawl before you walk, so too must you use soil before you can grow weed without it. 

You’ll need some loose (loamy) soil and 3-5 gallon buckets. Please ensure to put some evenly spaced holes in the bottom of the bucket to prevent overwatering. Add a saucer on the bottom of the bucket to capture the overflow. 

Finally, you’ll also need some fertilizer/nutrients to ensure your weed grows to produce strong and healthy buds and leaves. 

Tools, check! Now let’s grow some weed. 

Growing Weed: Simplified 

Now that you have all this setup and you’ve rooted your clones or seeds. It’s time to ensure your plants have the conditions for optimal growth. 

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Start By:

  • Move your reflector a little lower, so it’s closer to the plant. This prevents the plant from branching out to get the light it needs to grow. 
  • You’ll need to adjust the lights by moving them higher as the plant grows. 
  • Weed needs 18 hours of light for optimal growth. So, set your lighting timer to be off for 6 hours a day. 

Only auto-flowering produces flowers in the vegetative stage. So, don’t worry if all you see a stalk, leaves, and branches. Just give it some time. Cannabis plants favor wet/dry soil conditions, so don’t overwater the plant. It’s also essential not to overfeed the plants. 

Keep track of how the leaves look since the first sign of overfeeding or overwatering is burnt/dry leaf tips. Plants have a hard time growing in a limited space. Therefore, choosing the right strain of Indica or Sativa is essential.  Some weed strains that thrive in grow tents include; 

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Pest and Disease Control 

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Growing weed indoors allows you to avoid aphids and other pests that affect weed in outdoor conditions. But, flies can still find a way into your grow tent. You can eliminate them by hanging some fly strips. 

You should also avoid compost soil as it may carry eggs or pupa that may have known disease. If you opt for clones, you should consider sanitizing them before rooting them into your indoor environment. It also helps to keep your grow area sanitized. 

This implies washing your hands and tools before touching your plants. Putting on a clean dustcoat also helps in controlling disease-causing pathogens.    

Pruning to Maximize Yields 

Pruning allows you to control the shape of the plant as it grows. It can even produce more buds when you start early. Please take note of the nodes (where new shoots spring from) and trim off the above branches. 

This may increase the time the plant remains in the vegetative stage. But. It pays off by increasing yields even though space is limited. You can stop pruning once the first flowers emerge.

If you’re concerned about the branches reaching the lights, you can tie them down. Alternatively, you can create a canopy out of chicken mesh wire to prevent this spread.  

Inducing the Flowering Stage 

Weed plants usually stretch by a few feet when they start flowering. So, it essential to consider the availability of space while the plant is in the vegetative stage. You can control this by switching to flowering nutrients five weeks into the vegetative stage. 

Weed also needs less light during the flowering stage. Switching to a 12-hour schedule ensures the plant produces perfect flowers. It helps to take some precautions not to disrupt the 12 hours when the plants need total darkness. Any light during such a period disrupts the plant and can result in negative yields. 

Harvesting 

Settling on the perfect time to harvest separated the pros from the newbies. For that, you’ll need a powerful magnifier scope such as a loupe (the type that jewelers use) to look at the trichomes. These are tiny crystal-like heads that look like mushrooms, which form on the buds. But, you could use your smartphone camera if you lack a Loupe. 

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If the trichomes appear cloudy, then the harvest is not yet ripe. Once they turn into a consistent shade of amber, then it’s time to harvest. Trim the plants at the bud and hang them out to dry. 

Drying 

Buds need 1 to 2 weeks to dry (depending on humidity. Such a process can be shortened to 3-5 days if you love that righteous green chlorophyll haze to your bud. You can add a humidifier to your drying area if it’s a little stuffy to discourage mold/rot. 

Curing  

Curing is the secret to producing nuggets that have a consistent burn and perfect taste. You’ll need to put your bud in an opaque jar for about 3 weeks to achieve such a quality to your bud. This process sweats all the moisture left in the weed after drying. 

Bonus Tip: The Smart Pot Method 

If space is not an issue, you can use the smart pot method to grow bigger plants. This method uses breathable bags instead of a bucket to ensure that the roots spread more evenly. As a result, you get bigger branches and a higher yield. 

A Few Handy Notes for Hydroponic Gardens 

you can take the training wheels off once you’re comfortable with growing weed in soil. A hydro set up allows you to do that. It also produces some buds that would impress even the choosiest of weed connoisseurs.  

For this, you’ll need; 

  • A whole room dedicated to growing weed
  • A spray emitter system that releases 360 degrees of water a day for 2 minutes 
  • High quality yet light nutrient media 
  • A top of the line lighting, temperature, and humidity control system 

All this can be quite costly and may require loads of attention. The steps we’ve shared can do for now. As they say, “you’ve got to crawl before you walk.” 

The Final Toke 

These steps will help you grow weed in a small space without attracting any unwanted attention. Now that you have all the basics, you can take a seed and harvest some buds in 3 – 4 months. Please remember to pay close attention to your plants in each stage to get the best yield. 

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Shocking! Conor McGregor Looses Against Dustin Poirier by TKO in 2nd Round

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Dustin Poirier, left, celebrates after being declared the winner by referee Herb Dean following his TKO win over Conor McGregor at UFC 257 on Saturday. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Conor McGregor loses against Dustin Poirier!

The highly anticipated match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier finally took place at UFC 257 at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

McGregor, a former two division champion, was up against his old rival, but sadly he lost again to Conor.

The two had their first round at UFC 178 over six years ago, where McGregor defeated Poirier. Since their first round, McGregor went on to become the biggest star in the UFC.

Dustin Poirier, left, and Conor McGregor faced off during the weigh-ins on Friday.Credit...Jeff Bottari/USA Today Sports, via Reuters
Dustin Poirier, left, and Conor McGregor faced off during the weigh-ins on Friday. (Credit…Jeff Bottari/USA Today Sports, via Reuters)

Poirier proved that to be true in the rematch on Fight Island when he survived early blitzes from McGregor to score a shocking upset victory by second-round knockout.

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McGregor came out fast, flashing his trademark speed and power, and even dipping back into the same shoulder strikes that led to the knockout of Donald Cerrone in his January 2020 return to the Octagon.

Through it all, Poirier remained steady, working over McGregor with leg kicks, eventually taking the base of the Irish superstar before blitzing him with punches, dropping him to the canvas and scoring the knockout at the 2:32 mark.

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The Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer became the first fighter to hold world titles simultaneously in two divisions.

Poirier, on the other hand, claimed the UFC interim lightweight title. He went on to win matches against Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway, Dan Hooker, and Justin Gaethje.

Congratulations Dustin Poirer on his win!

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UFC 257 Fight: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier Live Stream & Live Updates

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Irish boxer Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will go head to head today, seven years since the duo last fought.

The world anticipated the historic UFC 257 Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier rematch, and now it is here. The duo fought last in 2014, and over the years they have changed.

For instance, Poirier won a couple of fights against boxers like Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway and Eddie Alvarez. Apart from getting some titles, McGregor fought in 2017 with Floyd Mayweather, a match he lost.

There are other anticipated fights like Michael Chandler against Dan Hooker. Michael is after the title because he wants to add it to his wins while for Hooker, this could be a chance to redeem himself after losing to Poirier last year.

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In the women’s battle, Amanda Ribas will be taking down Marina Rodriguez. Joanne Calderwood and Jessica Eye will compete for the Women’s Flyweight title while Makhmud Muradov will battle against Andrew Sanchez for the middleweight championship.

Like boxer Khabib Nurmagomedov, many fans are predicting that McGregor will take the win, but we can not be so sure as Poirier has been working and preparing hard for the fight. Besides, Conor has not fought for the last one year. It sure will be contested.

McGregor is reported to earn more than twenty million dollars from the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier fight.

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You can stream the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier match that will take place in the Etihad Arena, Yas Island Abu Dhabi, via ESPN channel tonight at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).

Match Start Times

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  • Main Card starts, 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).
  • Prelims start, 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).
  • Early Prelims start, 6.30 p.m. ET (3.30 p.m. PT).

Fight Cards

Main Card

  • Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker
  • Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
  • Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
  • Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas

Prelims

  • Arman Tsarukyan vs. Matt Frevola
  • Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
  • Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann
  • Khalil Rounree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio
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Early Prelims

  • Nik Lentz vs. Movsar Evloev
  • Amir Albazi vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov

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Remembering XXXTENTACION on What Would Have Been His 23rd Birthday

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XXXTENTACION, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, would have turned 23 today. Hip hop lost a legend in the making when the American rapper, singer, and songwriter was shot dead on June 18, 2018 afternoon.

XXX was shot dead just outside RIVA Motorsports in Deerbeach in an apparent robbery. The then 20-year-old was out shopping for a motorcycle. He was shot multiple times in the neck and was in critical condition before being pronounced dead at 5.30 p.m.

Many took to Twitter to pay tribute to the fallen legend and wish him a happy birthday. Below are some of the birthday tributes.

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@DailyLoud tweeted, ” Happy birthday XXTENTACION. He would have been 23 years old today #RIP.”

“happy birthday, Jaseh,” tweeted @makeouthill.

“Happy birthday to XXXTentacion, he would’ve turned 23,” tweeted @BlackSpeakz.

“Happy birthday x, the short time you spent on this earth made a permanent impact on all of us,” tweeted @anzio999.

‘Old Town Road’ hitmaker Lil Nas X also took time to pay tribute to XXX on his Instagram story by sharing a photo of XXX.

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He is and will continue to be missed by many. 

Happy birthday and continue Resting In Peace XXTENTACION!

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Cardi B Teases New Reebok Neon Colorways Collaboration on Her Instagram

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Cardi B is back with another Reebok collaboration, and this time they are going neon. The rapper teased the new collaboration on her Instagram.

The Insta post was a picture of the WAP” hitmaker holding a neon pink Reebok shoe. The caption read, “My next @reebok drop is going to be sooo bute & fun!!!! can’t wait!!!! I wish I can put it on right now! I mean I could, but I wanna wait!! Who ready?”

The sneaker takes inspiration from streetwear styles. It has high-shine patent uppers and a see-through lifted midsole. The neon pink colorways will drop on February 12 a.m. ET.

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Along with the neon pink, a neon yellow version and an all-white version will be released on the same day. The shoes will be going for a retail price of $100 on Reebok.com.

Also dropping are her other Reebok collabs, the sold-out Club C and Coated Double C Double. These will be released on February 5.

The two silhouettes will come in Hi-Vis Green, Dynamic Pink, and White colorways. The Club C Cardi for kids and infants, which will be selling for $45, will be in a Classic Pink colorway.

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Soulja Boy Plans On Taking Legal Action Against Ex-Assistant Who Sued Him for Sexual Assault

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American rapper Soulja Boy was recently sued over sexual assault and battery allegations by his former personal assistant. The woman filed as ‘Jane Doe’ also claimed that Soulja Boy created a hostile environment and refused to pay her. She claims that apart from raping her on several occasions, the rapper also held her hostage for three days.

Soulja Boy denied the allegations through a rep who told TMZ,

“Soulja would never put his hands on a female. He wouldn’t beat a woman or put his hands on a woman … this is non-sense!!!”

The ‘Kiss Me Through The Phone’ hit-maker is now planning on taking legal action against the woman. In a statement to TMZ on Friday, January 22, he revealed that he’s talking to his lawyers to review his options.

“I vehemently and unequivocally deny these allegations. I am in contact with my legal team and the appropriate legal action will be taken against these lies,

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The rapper had also been sued in January 2020 on similar grounds of sexual assault by his ex-girlfriend Kayla Meyers.

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