Note only those over the age of 19 are legally allowed to grow cannabis indoors and grow cannabis outdoors but are prohibited from selling the cannabis they grow to anyone. Be sure to keep cannabis plants out of reach of children and pets.
If you want to try grow cannabis indoors or grow cannabis outdoors, there is a lot to consider. For starters, here are some tips for helping your cannabis plants grow both indoors and out:
Soak them overnight in distilled or cooled boiled water. Begin the germination process by lining a saucer with a layer of wet paper towel. Drain any excess water and place the seed(s) on top. If you’re germinating more than one seed at a time, be sure to space them 2.5 inches apart. Using a second layer of damp paper towel, cover the seeds. Cover with a saucer and store in a warm (approximately 21ºC), dark area for a few days, misting the paper towels as needed to keep them moist and checking each day to see if taproots have developed. Taproots usually appear after two or three days (although it can take up to seven days), but planting once that root appears is more important than a specific number of days. Once you see small taproots, transfer them to a small container of grow medium to avoid mould or rot. Once seedlings develop, provide plenty of light and wait about a month before you replant them in your yard or a larger pot.
Clones are cuttings from plants that have been rooted and are ready to be planted. OCS does not currently sell clones.
Cannabis plants require a lot of attention and very specific conditions to thrive. You’ll need an enclosed space where you can control light and humidity. On average, indoor plants require 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness to promote flowering. Younger plants benefit from about 18 hours of light to grow. With less than 12 hours of darkness, the plant stays in a vegetative state where it matures, grows stems and leaves. When the plant is allowed 12 or more hours of darkness, the plant enters the flowering stage where buds form. Watering your indoor cannabis plants regularly with filtered water will help encourage growth.
Cannabis plants are annuals, and because they are not indigenous to our region, outdoor growing is challenging. Plant them outside in mid to late spring in a private fenced-in spot with good soil and plenty of sun and space and water them regularly. It’s your responsibility to make sure all cannabis plants and products are secured and out of reach of children and pets.
Cannabis plants can be harvested in the flowering stage (usually between 56 and 75 days after flowering). Wait until approximately 60% of the trichomes on the buds turn from milky white to amber. To dry the flowers, use drying racks or hang in a warm, dry, dark, well-ventilated location and cure buds for 5-15 days depending on the density of the flowers and the drying conditions
You can cook with dried cannabis and cannabis oil to make your own, provided it is for personal consumption and not to be sold, or shared with anyone under the age of 19. Here are the top things to consider before cooking with cannabis.
To cook with cannabis, you can either use dried flower to infuse an ingredient, such as butter, or you can add premade cannabis oil to drinks and foods. Which one you choose depends on the desired finished product.Dried cannabis must be heated in order for the cannabinoid THCA to be converted to psychoactive THC — which is what occurs when it’s exposed to heat during smoking. This process is called decarboxylation, or “decarbing.”
Premade cannabis oil can be used in recipes that call for any kind of oil (such as muffins and salad dressings), and it can be added to drinks, including smoothies.
Just as with any form of cannabis, there is no recommended dosage for edibles. The best advice is to start with a low serving and, if desired, increase it slowly, after you determine its effects.If two people consume the same product, they may experience different reactions. And unlike inhaling cannabis, which has immediate effects, edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours to kick in.
An infused cannabis butter or oil will alter the taste of the food it’s added to, so consider the strain — the dominant terpenes, such as lemony limonene or piney pinene, should complement the other ingredients. When using a premade oil product, choose one mixed with medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, which is the most neutral in flavour.Other safety considerations when cooking with cannabis:
Ensure you handle, prepare and store all food products safely. For more info, check out the tips from the Ontario Ministry of Health.
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