Rule number one: “DO NOT BREAK THE LAW”
You do not want to be put in jail for having medical cannabis plants or have your property confiscated by police. State and territory laws regarding what is legal vary from place to place, so check with the state/territory you are living in.
Rule number two: “Make sure you live in a State or Territory with medical marijuana laws.”
You can find more information about your state/territory laws by going to the Australian Government’s website. If you do not live in one of these states, it is possible to obtain a prescription for marijuana online. Just do a Google search on “how to obtain medical cannabis for pain management in Australia.” Again make sure you stay within State and Territory law if you do this, as it is still against Federal law.
Rule number three: “Start with seeds rather than clones.”
This can be difficult in some parts of Australia because most seed banks cannot send seeds into Australia. I found a good seed bank, which ships seeds globally, here.
Rule number four: “Obtain the highest quality medical cannabis you can get”
This is one of the reasons why I got sick and nearly died in 2004. Many people online call certain strains “medical,” but they are not very strong and will not help you with pain management. The best seed bank I know of is Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds. They have guaranteed germination rates, quality seeds, a great website (with loads of free info on medical marijuana), and beneficial information here. Click the link to check out their website:
Ensure you have the correct equipment to grow cannabis in your State/Territory.
For example, some states require you to have a completely enclosed and lockable system for growing medical marijuana, so if you don’t, this will be an issue, and police may confiscate your plants. You can see the requirements for your State/Territory here.
Once you have received your medical cannabis prescription, find a good doctor who specializes in pain management and get them to prescribe marijuana for you. This will ensure that you get the correct information from someone who knows what they are talking about (not some pill pusher who is all about using drugs to mask the pain. You want somebody who will help you find and manage your pain)
Make sure that when growing cannabis, you grow organically.
This means no artificial pesticides or fertilizers (this is not as hard as it sounds. Use a good quality organic potting mix and organic nutrients).
Set up a sound lighting system and get the correct amount of light for a suitable period. marijuana plants are not like other plants because they do not use photosynthesis to produce their energy (they are an unusual plant in this way). They need to be supplied with light to produce their energy. You need to have a suitable (high wattage and high quality) lighting system.
When growing medical marijuana indoors, it’s essential to ensure the plants get plenty of fresh air.
Outdoors, it’s all about humidity and water. If you can replicate these conditions indoors, then so much the better.
Ensure the temperature is correct for the type of cannabis strain you have. There are three main types: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. For example, some Sativa strains don’t like it when the temperature drops below 65 degrees Fahrenheit which means that to grow medical cannabis in a cold climate successfully, it’s a good idea to alter the strain’s genetics. Always choose a medical marijuana strain best suited for your environment, and make sure you adjust it if necessary by using basic breeding techniques (such as backcrossing).
Before you harvest your medical cannabis, make sure you cure it adequately first
Fixing is important because freshly harvested marijuana can be harsh on your lungs and throat; it’s best to dry the cannabis slowly over several weeks before smoking it. Here is an excellent video that shows you everything you need to know about drying and curing medical cannabis.
When growing medical cannabis, always start with seeds rather than clones
Clones are cuttings from mature plants. You can easily buy seeds online, and you will soon see that growing medical marijuana is accessible. Just make sure you follow these simple guidelines laid out in this article. Also, remember to keep a good record of everything you do, including your yields, growth times, temperature, and humidity levels throughout the entire grow cycle.