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Average Grow Period for Cannabis

What’s the Average Grow Period for Cannabis?

Average Grow Period for Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid Strains of Cannabis 

Average Grow Period for Cannabis

Being a cannabis consumer growing your own weed can be one of the most rewarding aspects. It is vital that you know and understand that when it comes to growing all strains aren't created equal.

Sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains all grow differently and have varying degrees of time it takes to flower. Are you aware of the different growing periods for each? It is important to know the average grow period and differences of growing each strain.

The Life Cycle of Cannabis Plants

Once your seeds have been sown and your cannabis plant has become a little baby seedling. After that; it will experience two major stages of life; known as the vegetative stage (when plants are growing) and the flowering stage (where plants are producing buds).

The Seedling stage:

Can last anywhere from 3-6 weeks.

The Vegetative Stage

This is where your plant begins to grow, and grow, producing those big jagged leaves cannabis is famous for.

Did you know a healthy pot plant can grow up to 2 inches in one day if you did everything right. Whether sativa, indica, or hybrid, this is the time when the roots of your cannabis plant continue to expand, and your plant continues to grow larger.

The length of time a plant is in the vegetative stage is completely dependent on its exposure to light. Growing cannabis indoors, means you can manipulate your light cycle, essentially keeping plants in the vegetative state as long as you want. To keep a plant in vegetative without flowering, it

Should receive under 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness. The longer your plants stay in a vegetative state, the bigger your plants will get, so you will need space.

Flowering Stage

The flowering stage of cannabis is when your plants start to produce the flowers that will eventually become the buds you harvest. It's also the stage of a cannabis plant occurs after light exposure's reduced. Where cannabis plants will stay in veg forever if they’re kept under light for 18 hours a day, switching the light cycle to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness will initiate the flowering stage.

On average, cannabis plants will flower for 6-10 weeks and sometimes longer. The length of time plants are in flower depends on the type of cannabis you’re growing as well as the conditions you’re growing in.

The normal grow period for Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid:


Sativa strains of cannabis usually grow: long, tall, and lanky. Secondly; sativa stem is from regions near the equator, where the length of the day rarely changes regardless of what time of year it happens to be. Equal days and equal nights have led sativa strains to grow in short, consistent photoperiods. This simply means that the height of a sativa plant increases during both vegetative and flower periods.

Pure sativa strains can grow to heights of 20 feet due to growing so tall, indoor growers generally stick to indica strains instead. Sativa typically has a shorter vegetative cycle, but once the plant begins to flower it can take up to 10-12 weeks until it is ready for harvest. A pure sativa strain take 16 weeks to finish in flower.

The growing period for pure sativa strains is around six months.


Popular choice for many experienced growers. Indica strains grow short and fat and typically yield more than their tall, lanky sativa counterparts. They are also known to have shorter flowering periods than sativas. Because indicas have a shorter flower period, indoor growers can have more annual cycles. The flowering period for indica strains is typically around 8 weeks. If you’re growing indica, you can expect your plants to be in flower for 8-12 weeks.


Hybrids are a blend of sativa and indica cannabis strains. Also, hybrid cannabis strains are a blend of both indica and sativa, when cultivated they typically take on traits of one or the other. Much like sativa strains, hybrid strains can grow quickly during the vegetative stage. When it comes time to flower however, they may take on the shorter flower periods common to pure indica strains. Typically, hybrid strains will stay in flower for 6-10 weeks until ready for harvest.

Growing indoors you manipulate your environment a bit more. Overall, the average growing period for all types of cannabis, sativa, indica, and hybrids included is around 3-6 months depending on the environment you’re growing in.

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Choosing A Strain and Choosing A Medium

Choosing a strain is one of the most important and fun parts of growing Marijuana, but there is a lot to consider. Those learning how to grow marijuana for the first time must think about the space the cannabis plants will be occupying, the desired effects from the plant, and more. 

Choosing a Strain

The strain that you want to grow will in large part depend on how big the space you chose. If you have a large room with high ceilings, you can get away with most varieties. If you are growing in a more discreet manner you should go for plants that are known to grow short such as indica or hybrids.

Sativa vs Indica Traits

Sativa plants tend to grow tall as they flower. They can handle heat better than indica strains can, but they suffer in the cold. So temperature is a big deal. Their buds grow long and produce a light, uplifting effect.

Indica plants are more likely to be short and compact, taking up less space. Sativa plants, they do not do well in the heat and are best suited in a cold environment. They produce dense buds that offer a heavier, more relaxed effect.

If you don’t want to choose between sativa or indica, you could go for a hybrid. These blend traits from both sativa and indica plants, with one being dominant or just a 50/50 split. With hybrids, it’s possible to have less flowering time as you’d expect with indica, while still achieving the energizing effects of a sativa strain. Hybrids blend features of both plants in many different ways, leaving a lot of options for customizing your growth.

Selecting a Grow Medium

The growing medium is where your plant roots are going to develop and grow.


This one is an obvious choice since it is natural and easy to set up. You need balanced, organic living soil to get the best results. The plants rely on the nutrients in the soil to help them grow.


Soil-less growth is possible, so long as you’re keeping up with feeding nutrients to the plant. With hydroponic grow mediums, users can precisely dose out nutrients to their plants, often resulting in better, healthier yields. Hydroponic systems come in many different mediums, such as clay pellets, rockwool or vermiculite. It’s for this reason that people often use hydroponics for growing clones as well.

Germinating Your Seeds

You’ve selected your strain and in what medium, and it’s now time to get the operation started. Once you have all your ducks in a row, it’s time to germinate cannabis seeds.

Seeds require air, heat, and water to germinate. The simplest and most common method is to use a wet paper towel and a plate or sealable container.

To germinate your seeds, you will need to wet some paper towels with plain water. Get them thoroughly soaked, without water dripping excessively. You do not want the paper towels to just be damp. Then, place the paper towels on the plate or in the container, and carefully place the seeds about an inch away from one another.

Once you’ve laid the seeds out with good distance between them, you can cover them with more wet paper towels. Then, you can place either a bowl or second plate over the plate to create a dark and contained area, or partially seal up your container (leave some airflow) and place it somewhere dark and warm.

The seeds will need to stay somewhere between 70 and 90 degrees to successfully germinate. You will know they are ready when they have sprouted. Expect anywhere from 24 hours to a few days, though some seeds will germinate more rapidly than that. You can periodically add some water to the paper towels if they dry up quickly. If your interested in growing legal marijuana, sign up for it here.

Male Female Cannabis Plant

The Difference Between Male And Female Cannabis Plants

The Difference Between Male And Female Cannabis Plants:

Male Female Cannabis Plant

Cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning each one is characterized by either “male” or “female” reproductive organs. A normal marijuana seed is 50% male and 50% female, so it can be a crapshoot for growers who are trying to ensure a plant that produces bud. But many growers buy clones or feminized seeds that guarantee their plants will have female reproductive parts. The female plants are more sought after because they grow sensimilla, which are the large, seedless buds that we understand as a weed. While male plants aren’t completely useless.

Gender reveal Of Your Plant:

If you’re working with just regular seeds, you’ll need to determine the sex of your plant to know if it’s capable of growing sensimilla. Your plant will begin to reveal its gender to you somewhere in between its 4 and 6-week birthday, which typically comes towards the end of its vegetative state right before it begins to fully flower. 

Pre-flowers will show signs of which will be clearly male or female. These pre-flowers will appear in between their nodes, which is where leaves and branches come out of the stalk. A male plant’s pre-flower is a pollen sac, which spreads pollen, and the female’s is a stigma, which catches pollen. The pollen sacs are just small, round balls that grow at the nodes. Whereas the stigma looks similar but have little white or pink hairs growing out of them. A female plant’s pre-flowers may look like pollen sacs at first, though they are a bit pointier, so give the plants a good 6 weeks before you decide which ones are useful and which ones are not. The pre-flowers starts before they even begin serving their reproductive purposes, but they are not always easy to recognize to the naked eye. If your plants have really small pre-flowers, may need to use a small magnifying glass to determine whether its a pollen sac or a stigma. 

Male Plants What do I do?

Producing THC the male cannabis plants are essentially useless, so most growers eliminate the majority of their male plants as soon as the stigma pre-flowers show. You will have more room for the female plants that produce resinous buds.

You may want to keep a few male plants around for breeding purposes. As male plants grow, the little balls of pollen will eventually break open and spread pollen. The pollen can then be carried to a female pistillate, pollinating the female flowers.

Genetics are important if you plan on keeping male plants around. They will produce half the genetic makeup of your plants to come, so you want to make sure that they resist disease, mold, and pests. 

Males produce a very soft material that is actually more valuable for hemp fiber than a female’s, whose fibers are much coarser. Male plants can also be used for recreational purposes even though it doesn’t create the classic version of what we understand as weed. Male cannabis also has a light psychoactive factor thanks to the fact that a small number of cannabinoids can be found in their leaves, stems, and pollen sacs, not as potent as the THC-stacked female plants, these cannabinoids can be used to make concentrate oils.

Intersex Plants

Sometimes a female plant will develop both male and female sex organs, rendering it intersex, also referred to as hermaphrodite. Plants can develop both sex organs when they are under tremendous stress because of plant damage, extreme weather, disease outbreak, or malnutrition

A plant that has both stigmas and pollen sacs, or a female plant that produces anthers, as seen in the picture. Both produce pollen, though one contains pollen sacs that will break open like any other male cannabis plant, while the anthers are stamen that are already exposed.

Though it can be a result of simple genetics. Intersex plants are not typically good. So you want to make sure to monitor your growing conditions to avoid extreme stress in your plants. 

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The Many Benefits of CBD

Our last post on CBD described what it is and how it is used. This article will expand on that and describe the many benefits derived from using CBD products.

As we described in the previous post, cannabidiol (CBD) is a component of marijuana without the THC ingredient. THC is what produces the psychoactive effects of marijuana. CBD does not produce these side effects. Instead, CBD can provide therapeutic benefits for many conditions.

9 Conditions that Improve with CBD Use

  1. Autoimmune Diseases

CBD can relieve the pain caused by diseases like fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. These are illnesses where the body’s nervous system produces spasms and chronic pain. CBD calms those impulses, greatly helping the person better cope with these symptoms. CBD is being researched to see if it can prevent nervous system degeneration.

  1. Inflammation

Inflammatory diseases like arthritis can cause chronic pain, with varying levels of debilitation. The pain can negatively impact your quality of life. People with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases may use prescription or over-the-counter drugs for the pain and stiffness. Studies have revealed that these non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs have negative side effects as well. CBD offers a more natural alternative to the drugs.

The body does not build up a tolerance to CBD, so there’s no need to continue increasing the dosage. This makes it a great substitute for opioids, which can be addicting and cause overdoses.

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  1. Epilepsy

For children suffering from epileptic seizures, CBD’s anti-seizure properties have helped them decrease seizure occurrence by 23 percent. There are many ongoing studies on the use of CBD for epilepsy. It is certainly not a cure for the disease, but it can help some patients reduce or even eliminate the symptoms. It can also decrease the need for other drugs that have serious side effects, like anemia, low platelet levels, liver failure, pancreatitis, allergic reactions and suicidal tendencies.

  1. Cancer

The National Cancer Institute has long promoted the use of Cannabis and its components as a treatment for people with cancer-related symptoms caused by the disease itself or its treatment. Even further, they are conducting several studies that suggest that CBD may actually prevent the development of certain types of cancerous tumors.

CBD also eases nausea and vomiting. This is especially helpful for individuals enduring chemotherapy and other treatments for serious diseases.

  1. Anxiety and Depression

Many Americans deal with anxiety and depression. These can be caused by PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, clinical depression and others. CBD can ease the stress and anxiety they suffer from normal everyday life. It can reduce depression by enhancing both serotonergic and glutamate cortical signaling, which are lacking in those suffering from depression.

  1. Heart Health

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death of those in the U.S. A healthy lifestyle and diet are crucial to fighting it. CBD can also help by reducing artery blockage, reducing stress, blood pressure and cholesterol. These factors are all significant contributors to heart disease.

  1. Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight helps prevent several diseases and ailments. CBD can help maintain health blood sugar, as well as stimulate proteins that help break down fat and increase metabolism.

A healthy appetite is very important when the body is fighting off disease or healing. Because some illnesses greatly decrease the appetite, the healing process is compromised. CBD can help regulate and stimulate the appetite in those patients.

  1. Sleep Disorders

Insomnia and other sleep disorders are very common but can cause mental and physical repercussions in everyday life. Using sleep aids can help short-term, but they can also cause side effects and people can become dependent on them.

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CBD can be a great alternative to sleep aids to improve sleep quality. Because of CBD’s ability to reduce anxiety, as well as help control chronic pain, it can reduce the symptoms of sleep disturbances.

  1. Focus

Even though CBD produces a calming effect that helps reduce stress and anxiety and promotes quality sleep, it also works to increase your focus factor. It does this by allowing more serotonin to flow through your brain. Increased serotonin leads to less anxiety, which improves your level of focus. Lack of focus is often caused by anxiety.

CBD Can Help People AND their Pets

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Research on the potential health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered.

CBD can also be used to treat symptoms in your pets, like anxiety, excessive barking, separation anxiety, chronic pain, and other maladies.

Results from recent and ongoing studies have suggested that CBD can provide a safe, powerful, natural treatment for many health issues.

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After many years, CBD is finally legal in all 50 states. The FDA is even in the process of reviewing it as a medicine.

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What Is CBD?

CBD is the acronym used for cannabidiol. It has been around since the 1940s, but has more recently become more available to the general public. There are myths and misconceptions about its use, which will be covered in more detail in a subsequent article.

CBD is a natural substance, extracted from the cannabis plant and used in various ways forms to improve well-being. CBD is not psychoactive, as some might think. There are two main components to a cannabis plant, CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In the vast majority of individuals who ingest CBD, they don’t have the effects experienced when using THC, specifically, euphoria, paranoia, increased appetite, etc.

There was a study performed by the National Institute of Health, that revealed that CBD actually repressed autonomic arousal, while THC actually increased it. This is caused by the nervous system’s response to anxiety, with symptoms like increased heart rates and respiration. So CBD encourages relaxation, whereas THC can cause erratic behavior and other negative effects.

There is a small percentage of individuals (around 5%) who may have reactions to CBD, like feeling in an altered state. However, according to Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD, “Usually they’re the same people who have side effects from Advil or Tylenol.”

Is CBD the Same as Hemp and Cannabis?

These three terms are often mistakenly believed to be the same thing, but they’re not. Here’s the facts: All come from the Cannabis Sativa plant, but it’s important to know that the plant has two basic species; hemp and marijuana. Although they both contain CBD, the hemp species contains a much higher percentage. It also contains less than 0.3% THC levels than the marijuana species.

Hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. Neither CBD or THC is present in hemp oil. Because of its health fats and Omega 3 content, hemp oil is often used in beauty products.

Here are some major differentiations between the CBD from marijuana and the CBD from hemp.

From hemp:

  • Hemp has a higher CBD to THC ratio, with negligible (>.3%) amounts of THC.
  • This type of CBD is legal in all 50 states.
  • The hemp plant grows tall and has few flowers.
  • It is usually grown outdoors.

From marijuana:

  • Has a much higher THC content.
  • Plants are small and bushy, with more flowers.
  • It is usually grown indoors.
  • Because it’s considered marijuana, it is not legal in all 50 states. Medical marijuana is legal in some states; however, it is still federally illegal. You must obtain a certified letter from your physician to get your state medical marijuana card.

History of CBD

Although the true history of CBD didn’t start until the 1940s, cannabis has been around for centuries. In the year 1533, physicians and scientists began studying cannabis and its medical effects. In the 1950s, they were able to extract cannabidiol from the plant, and prove it was a non-psychoactive product.

After many years, CBD is finally legal in all 50 states. Studies have proven that it can be instrumental in reducing stress and anxiety, relieving pain, promoting sleep, and providing a better quality of life. The FDA is even in the process of reviewing it as a medicine.

How Does CBD Work?

It may come as a surprise, but the human body actually has a regulatory system names after marijuana? It’s called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The long name basically means that we have cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside our bodies.

Without getting too technical, the ECS helps your body adjust to what is happening in the world around you and keep you on an even keel. If your body is reacting to outside factors and becomes imbalanced, the ECS steps in to try and correct it. It does this through cannabinoid receptors located in certain tissues. Two main receptors are:

  • CB1, or the central nervous system. These include the brain and spinal cord.
  • CB2, the peripheral nervous system. These include the digestive system and cells in the immune system.

When the endocannabinoid system is out of order or imbalanced, the body is said to have an ECS deficiency. Because CBD mimics the effects of ECS, it can be very beneficial to improving and restoring our bodies to its ultimate functional state.

Is CBD Right for You?

If you have chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia or other issues, CBD may be very beneficial in improving your quality of life.

According to a CBD study performed in 2017 by the University of Pennsylvania, up to 70% of CBD is mislabeled. That is why our CBD is 3rd-party tested to ensure its quality. You can be confident that our CBD products are exactly what they claim to be.

We provide holistic pain management that treats the entire patient. We offer several treatment techniques that include rehabilitation, imaging, medications and more.

Contact us to find out more about our methods and get details about CBD and its uses and benefits.