Beginners Guide to Growing Marijuana

Marijuana is a psychoactive substance extracted from cannabis plant. It is used for recreational and medical use and the drug can be used via smoking or vaporizing. Normal dose can cause short-term memory loss, red eyes, dry mouth and impairment in motor skills and its effect lasts for 30 minutes to 60 minutes. The effect of high dose can also last for two hours to six hours. Continuous intake of high dose may result in mental problems and addictions in teenagers and adults. Pregnant mothers taking cannabis can affect their child’s behaviour as well as inflict on them many other medical problems.
In the beginning of 20th century, many prominent countries imposed ban on the cultivation, use, possession and transfer of marijuana. In many regions, the production of cannabis is legal but only for recreational purpose. High penalties were imposed to the users of cannabis including imprisonments, heavy fines among other severe penalties. After all the penalties and restrictions were either relaxed or removed altogether, the use of marijuana began to increase day by day as is even witnessed today. According to a study, 128 out of 232 million people in the world have used cannabis. The percentage of users of cannabis was 43% in 2015 and the number increased in 2016 to almost 51%.
The stats show that this is indeed the most widely used illegal drugs. Such facts put the authorities in a very difficult position with many of them reckoning that legalising marijuana was the only sure way of reducing its fantasy among people. Uruguay legalized the production, sale and use of cannabis inn December, 2013 and became the first country to lift the ban from cannabis. Many other countries including India, Australia and Canada started to work to legalize the production and sale of marijuana. Some countries recently legalized the production and sale of marijuana though in controlled amount. These countries include Turkey and Zimbabwe.
Various countries, after recognizing the benefits of growing marijuana started to encourage the growing their own plants. The benefits that the normal people consider are that;
1- They can control the quality of marijuana by growing their own.
2- They can save some money that they normally spend in buying marijuana 3
3- They can grow as much of the substance as they want hence they will never run out of it.
The exact benefits of growing marijuana are not our main focus in this article though; we are going to discuss some basic guidelines to grow marijuana.
The growth of marijuana needs special environment. This kind of environment includes providing special lights, growing tents, fans and specific smell filters. The basic requirement for the growth of cannabis is proper light. There are three types of lights that are used in the growth of cannabis. These are HID lamps, CFL lamps and LED lamps. Among these, LED are best and this brings us to LED lamps where it is generally accepted that the ViparSpectra Reflector Series 300W is one of the best LED lamps to be considered especially if you are a beginner grower of marijuana.
ViparSpectra is a company that produces light panels used for small portion. It can be used as a group of panels for larger area. Each of its light covers a 2 x 2 area which offers an ideal lighting condition for the growth of marijuana. The light from this panel penetrates down to the canopies of the bud. Each of the light has 5W LEDs that provide a complete spectrum of light for the specific area. Each panel has many infrared and ultraviolet spectrums of lights and it is impossible for them to be seen by the naked eye. In order not to harm the eyes, the grower should wear some safety glasses ( such as the Method Seven Grow Room Glasses). These glasses helps the growers to inspect the plants without disturbing the environment. The spectrum of V300 include infrared light of the following wavelengths; 440nm, 445nm, 460nm, 475nm, 580nm, 595nm, 615nm, 630nm, 660nm, 3000K, 7500K. These wavelengths make it difficult for the grower to directly look at the product.
In the past, the growers used HPS/HID lights which were a specialised kind of lamps. These lamps needed ballasts which reduced the flickering problem of light. However, one major issue of using these lamps was that they produced much heat and consumed much more power. Then LEDs were introduced. The purpose of using LED’s in the growth of marijuana is that they are less power consuming, and less heat producing. This means that the grower can save his money by using LEDs. Another benefit of using LEDs is that due to their high energy-efficiency, they are unlikely to attract sanctions and from the energy departments.
The company ViparSpectra introduced an LED lamp named V300 which replaced the traditional HPS/HID lights of power 250W. The main benefit of using V300 is that it does not produce heat as the heat gets eliminated by the built-in fans of the panel. These built-in fans also eliminate the use of ballast. The product is mounted at 90 degree which makes it easier for the lights to penetrate into the ground. The bulbs used in the product are produced by some well-known companies and consume only 136 watts of energy although the rated output of the product is 300W.
The product has two types of lights, Lumens and PARs. Lumen is the light that can be observed by the naked human eyes while PAR is the measurement of the light that cannot be seen by naked eye. PAR includes measurement of coverage of light and its intensity. Both of these lights are very important for the growth of marijuana. The V300 panel needs to be hung at special distance to get good results and the panel should be hung two feet above the plant’s canopy in order to give the best coverage of light for flowering and vegetation of plant.
ViparSpectra is a well-known company that stands by its products. Its product, the V300 comes with a 3 years warranty and money back guarantee for 30 days. It means that the customer can check the product for any faults and observe its effectiveness on the growth of his plants and if any irregularities are found, there is recourse in the form of warranty and money-back guarantee. The product V300 is also long lasting and each panel of light can last for more than 100,000 hours.
Last but not least, the product has aluminium cooling sinks that help to cool down the panel before the heat can reach the plant. The customers are generally satisfied with the product and going by various reviews, it is clear to see that the V300 is a cut above the rest. The panel can be controlled by a timer which makes it easier for the grower to take care of the plants more precisely.