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What to do when you can't grow cannabis at home

Published Apr 30, 2022 01:00 p.m. ET
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Not everyone has the luxury or ability to grow cannabis in their home or outside in a garden, as there are many things that could stand in the way. Landlords might prohibit tenants from cultivating, and a healthy green space large enough to build a garden simply isn’t available to many. If you’re one of the many struggling to find a way to make it work, fear not because there are many other options you might not have considered, and here, we’re going to cover five of the best alternatives out there.

Why you should grow cannabis

Growing your own cannabis can be of huge benefit financially, but that’s not the only reason why so many prefer to curate their own stash. It can also guarantee a high-quality product while providing assurances that nothing hazardous is used on or near the plant you plan to consume. Some people love the personal challenge of cultivation, and others find that it establishes a deeper connection to the plant. No matter the reason, if you want to grow cannabis at home and can’t, it can be a serious barrier.

How to get the job done when you can’t grow cannabis at home

Learning how to grow cannabis is only half the battle. If you have the chance to grow cannabis at home, then you’re one of the lucky few, but if you can’t, there are still several unique options available that will allow you to enjoy many of the same perks without all of the freedom.

1. Utilize windowsills or window boxes

If you can’t grow cannabis at home because of a lack of space, then you might want to consider utilizing all available windowsills as they provide plenty of room for a plant or two with few to no structural changes. For those that aren’t allowed to cultivate cannabis indoors, window boxes may just be the ultimate solution. Of course, if you’re prohibited from growing on the property, then these ideas won’t work, but for many, it’s just enough to get by with a decent homegrown crop year after year.

2. Enlist the help of a friend, family member, or neighbour

When you don’t have the luxury or ability to grow cannabis at home, then the next best thing is to look towards the people you know, love and trust the most, as they might be willing to help. Perhaps you’ve got a friend with a spare windowsill who doesn’t mind playing host to your future crop, or maybe, a neighbour is willing to set aside some space for you to have room in their garden to grow. Your closest family members might love the idea of sparing a closet or small space in a basement for a personal grow room, and if you’re lucky, they might even help you to care for a crop while you’re away or too sick to make the journey.

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3. Hire a grower

In most places, it’s still highly illegal to buy cannabis from friends, family members, or unlicensed strangers, but there’s generally nothing at all wrong with hiring a professional to do the hardest work for you. Some companies offer this service, providing entirely sterile environments and complete control every step of the way. Others might be willing to grow an extra plant or two for you in their at-home grow rooms, and as long as no one is exceeding legal limits, no laws will be broken in the process. It is one of the most expensive alternatives, but it works.

4. Rent a garden plot

Now that we’re living in a time when it’s not uncommon for folks to have access to a big backyard or the freedom to realize their cultivation dreams in the comfort of home, community, shared, and rental plots have quickly become a necessity for those who want to hone in their green thumbs. Of course, higher security is always preferred to keep your crop safe, and not all of those who own these spaces will be comfortable with the addition of cannabis, but the request is a whole lot more common than you might think, and it could be just the thing you need to get your own plants going.

5. Ask for permission at work

Last but not least, though a long shot, asking an employer for permission to grow cannabis on-site could work out in your favour. This is especially true if you happen to work in cannabis, a greenhouse, or if you’re lucky enough to have a 420-friendly boss who doesn’t mind the smell and presence of a big, beautiful plant. Not everyone is going to get great feedback with this request, so be sure to assess the situation thoroughly before proceeding. The last thing you want to do is sour professional relationships, as it could cost you more than it’s worth in the long run.

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