Cannabis is becoming legal all across the United States and Canada, there is a great movement happening, people are finally able to take back control of their own health!
Unfortunately, for some even if it is legal to use medical cannabis the costs of obtaining cannabis can be ridiculously expensive. You are looking at anywhere on average of $8-$12 a gram if not more depending on your dispensary. When your doctor prescribes you 1-2 grams a day that can add up very quickly, approximately $100 a week!
Below is a map of how much medical cannabis costs are broken down per province and territory.
Medical Cannabis Prices in Canada
- 1 Top 5 Reasons why you should grow your own Cannabis
Some licensed producers or dispensaries may have a discount program in place for those that are qualified to meet the standards. But it can be difficult to get approval for such programs. One example of these programs is a non-profit organization called ‘Weed for good‘ in San Francisco, CA. They provide compassionate care for low-income medical cannabis patients that are terminally ill. If you search within your state you should be able to find a list of these organizations, see below this post for the link to the directory.
Regardless, many people are unable to afford the costs. However, there is a much better an alternative and depending on where you live you may be able to grow your own medical cannabis. Below are the top 5 reasons why you should grow your own cannabis.
Top 5 Reasons why you should grow your own Cannabis
Once you get it off the ground, purchase all the supplies you need, one of the main reasons to grow your own is because it will save you a boatload of money! As I mentioned above, it is very costly purchasing it from a dispensary or licensed producer. You will literally save hundreds of dollars a month growing your own. Also, depending on where you live you can grow a certain amount that will last you a lot longer than running to a dispensary. In Canada, you can grow up to 4 plants per household, that is a pretty reasonable amount to grow your own medical cannabis. In the United States they vary state to state but here is a great article from Leafly about how many plants you can possess and the cultivation laws behind it.
You control the quality
Unfortunately, some canna providers since they produce in mass quantities can use harmful toxins on their plants. Although, it is approved government doesn’t mean it is good for you. Many producers use pesticides and fungicides on their plants. To them, it is just easier to control pests at a large volume. When you have your own plant, you can monitor and take care of it accordingly growing it organically.
You can create various cannabis products
Having your own plants gives you the freedom to use it however you want, you can make extracts, oils, salve and much more from it. There are alot of DIY’s out there. Check out this DIY video on how to make Cannabis Oil.
You can grow whatever strain you wish
There are tons of strains to choose from and depending on your needs you can purchase seeds that will grow a specific strain to your needs. Some people require THC in the Cannabis and some would rather have high amounts of CBD in their Cannabis. There are hundreds to choose from and growing your own gives you the ability and control as to what you want. I Love Growing Marijuana sells a variety of seeds and ships internationally see here for more details.
There also are beginner kits for anyone that is new to canna growing making it easy and stress-free to grow your own.
Learning is all part of the fun
Thanks to the legalization taking place, we have experienced gurus offering their expertise and knowledge on Cannabis. Learning about growing cannabis can fuel into a passion and become your next hobby. You can find resources all over the web on how to grow Cannabis from ebooks, videos, to taking an e-course.
I hope you found this useful and it will help motivate you on growing your own medical cannabis, stay tuned for a post about growing cannabis, the supplies you will need and a breakdown of costs! It will help kickstart you into setting up your own little canna farm.
Dispensary vs. Growing Calculator
Courtesy of Ganjanomics, we have a handy tool that will help you identify how much money you can save growing your own versus buying at a dispensary.
How it works:
1. Enter your date of birth
2. Pick the state you reside in and the tool will automatically populate the number of plants you allowed to grow legally per person (If applicable)
3. Pick your experience level: Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
4. Your savings estimate will appear
The return on growing your own marijuana is calculated by taking your savings compared to buying from a store and dividing that by the cost to grow at home (potting soil, pots, fertilizer, scissors, labor).
If you save $2,500 growing and it costs you $300 in supplies, your return is 2,500/300=733%
These savings are compared to the stock market to help give you insight if there is a money-making opportunity that exists. If the stock market could make you more than the 733% mentioned above, you should take the $300 you were going to use to buy growing supplies and just invest it in the stock market.
Go ahead give it a try!
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