Why growing weed is the perfect hobby during a quarantine

Published Apr 28, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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Now that we’re all stuck at home, it’s the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. Most would like to assume that we’d be making the best of this time, and as such, many have chosen a skill to upgrade themselves like learning another language, or simply cleaning out the garage and finally figuring out how to organize that mess, but if you’re looking for something a bit simpler than learning Spanish, yet more challenging and fulfilling than finishing regular household tasks, then you might want to learn how to grow cannabis.

We’re hoping that by this point, a small spark has been lit, which may turn into inspiration or an idea that might include turning your spare bedroom into a fully equipped grow room, utilizing bountiful natural lights, or trying your hand at breeding. However, it’s a big ordeal, and a costly one at that, so to give you a nudge in the right direction, we’re going to give you ten more reasons that we think growing cannabis is the ideal quarantine activity to try right now.

1. Cannabis videos at your fingertips

If you have little to no experience with growing marijuana, then the information you need to get started can be a little bit overwhelming at first. It may take several hours or more of mulling over research and through strain banks to figure out what kinds you might want to grow and how you’d want to do it, and that is something that few of us have time for, as we spend so much time on the move. Luckily, right now, you’re probably at home, which means that you have a whole lot of time to learn through visual cannabis videos and learn anything you could ever want or need to know.

2. Growing marijuana is fun

Since time passes faster when you’re high and having fun, we think this is a really important point. The fact that growing marijuana is easy makes it the perfect hobby during quarantine, but it’s also a whole lot of fun that can’t be compared to any other hobby in the world. It offers a bit of healthy competition, tests your ability to maintain a routine, and when the final product is in its last stages, it’s such a beautiful sight, that it’ll be nearly impossible to take in your beauties at any given time without a great big smile on your face.

3. It’ll help you to save money

If you are one of the unlucky folks who are currently out of work due to the outbreak, then this point will resonate with you, and it’s one of the main reasons that many choose to start growing marijuana in the first place. Cannabis is worth a lot of money, especially if you need to purchase your stash on the legal market with high taxes and lesser quality goods. So, if you want the best deal and savings, in the long run, the only way to go is to grow your own cannabis. That way, you can make almost any infused product that you could ever desire and for only a fraction of the cost that you would spend on the market.

4. It’s quiet

If you’ve ever spent time in a grow room, then you probably already know that it’s one of the quietest and most peaceful places on earth. Since we tend not to invite visitors to these sensitive areas, and because they are often well hidden from the world, these spaces are incredibly quiet which is why they make for the perfect place to sit and think, to throw on your favorite tunes, or to just sit back, relax, and close your eyes as you drift away to the humming of grow lights. This quiet activity is part of what makes it so easy to keep hidden, but it’s also one of the more enjoyable aspects of the hobby.

5. Growing marijuana is easy

Cultivation is often viewed as an art, and it truly is or at least can be, but that shouldn’t deter you from giving it a shot, because all of the experts started where you are at one point in time. Sure, it’s a somewhat serious business, and you’ll even find tension among growers who have opposing views, but it’s also so much fun to learn through real hands-on experience, and the rates of success are relatively high, even for beginners. You might not end up with the largest yield possible, but you’ll get something for your trouble, and learn a few important lessons along the way.

6. You finally have the time to provide proper supervision

As we’ve mentioned, growing marijuana is a pretty easy job, but doing it in the best way possible is something that takes skills and careful oversight to pull off. Even the most experienced cultivators have issues with things like nutrient intake, and PH levels, and for the most part, early determination of these potential crisis level problems through regular visual inspections can give you a much better chance of early intervention. It’s hard to pull that off when you’re working five or more days a week, but it can be a leisurely stroll in the park, during a quarantine.

7. Everything you’ll need can come from online sources

Growing weed like a professional with all of the lights, shelving, nutrients, and high-quality seeds might seem like a hard thing to get started, but you might be surprised to learn that all of those things and more can be found through online retailers that will ship right to your front door. That’s right, now that every non-essential store is closed, you might not be able to shop in person, but you can buy everything that you need from the comfort and safety of your own home.

8. A talking point

Now that we’re all spending so much time at home, we aren’t out and about on the typical daily adventures that we’re used to, which means that we have a whole lot less to talk about when we finally get our friends and family members on the phone or over FaceTime. You don’t even have to know anyone who is growing marijuana. You just need a friend who is interested in the subject, which is just about every stoner out there, and a plant to brag or ask about, and then you’re well on your way to an engaging conversation in no time.

9. The ability to help friends

Obviously, growing marijuana is something that takes time, but with some auto-flowering strains, you can have an entire crop that is ready in just a few short months. Though many of us are making our way in this new world by still managing an income, many are not so lucky. Chances are pretty good that if you don’t now, then you will eventually know someone who could use a pick me up down the road, and when you cultivate your own cannabis, you’ll have plenty to share or trade among friends and colleagues to provide a bit of relief when they need it the most.

10. Spend this precious time gaining a valuable skill

Sure, growing marijuana is a pretty awesome thing to learn how to do, as it’s a money and time-saving opportunity for those who try it, but it’s also a profitable bit of knowledge that can take you places far outside of your grow room after this quarantine is finally over. That’s right, though you might not get hired right off the bat as a master grower, all experience with the plant is taken into consideration when applying yourself in the cannabis industry, and that is especially true when it’s real hands-on information that can benefit your company of interest.

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