Growing Cannabis: Increasing The THC Percentage In Weed Without Chemicals


Increasing the THC percentage in marijuana without chemicals? Many different things can influence the chemical structure of your cannabis. For example, you can buy special fertilizers that will give you bigger yields with more potency, but these fertilizers are not available to people who grow their cannabis outdoors. But there is a way to increase the potency of your bud without using expensive chemicals!

Cannabis Class How to Grow Weed Outdoors, Organically - The Stone
Cannabis Class How to Grow Weed Outdoors, Organically – The Stone

Growing Cannabis: How To Increase The THC Percentage In Your Weed Without Chemicals

This article will give you tips and tricks on how to increase the potency of your pot naturally. These methods are cheap, easy, and safe! You can do most of them right now at home.

Before we start: The plant must get as much light as possible during its entire life cycle. The more light it gets, the more THC it can produce. Take a look at this list of strains that have a high potency:

High THC Strains

  • Super Skunk   
  • Black Domina 
  • Dutch Dragon
  • Asian Fantasy

In simple terms, the following things influence the amount of THC in your marijuana: 

  • Genetics
  • Amount of Light
  • Temperature
  • Watering Regime  
  • ‘Stress’ Method to naturally Increase the potency 
  • Genetics plays a vital role in how your bud will affect you. There are three major strains of cannabis: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. Sativa plants have high potency, but they take longer to grow and develop than Indicas. Indicas, on the other hand, have a slightly lower content but grow faster and produce strong branches that are perfect for hanging your marijuana on.
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Growing Cannabis Soil vs Hydro – The Stone

Here’s an interesting fact: The latest research shows that Sativas and Indicas have the same THC percentage! Only the appearance of the weed is different: Sativas grow thin and tall, while Indicas grow short and bushy.

  • Amount of Light: This factor significantly impacts your bud. You can think of it like this: More light equals more THC. So, the weaker the light it gets, the higher the potency!
  • Temperature: This factor indirectly impacts your marijuana. High temperatures make your plant produce more terpenes (responsible for the cannabis ‘high‘). But these terpenes also have a direct influence on your potency. So…in simple terms, high temperatures result in more THC!
  • Watering Regime: After feeding, watering is the next most important thing you have to do as a grower. You can think of it like this: The more water your plant gets, the bigger the yield and the lower the THC percentage! As a result, less-vigorous plants produce better with a higher potency!
  • ‘Stress’ Method to naturally Increase the potency of your herb: This method is straightforward and can be done indoors, outdoors, or even in a greenhouse. It only takes a few days! Deprive your plant of water for three days straight. After those three days, water your plants as usual again.

As a result, you will end up with a plant that is much smaller than before!

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Cannabis Class 15 ways to Store Weed Properly – The Stone

But it will have produced more trichomes, which directly impacts the potency of your marijuana.

What do all these things have in common? They all give your plant ‘stress,’ which increases the number of trichomes it produces. These trichomes are the most critical part when talking about increasing the potency of your weed. And they can be found on your plant’s buds!

Trichomes only appear on buds that grow outside of the plant. So, you can increase the potency in your pot by harvesting your outdoor plants early! This is the method we will be using for this tutorial.

For this article, we will use some good old Super Skunk weed grown outdoors. These are the steps you have to take to increase the potency of your outdoor cannabis:

  • Step 1: Harvest your plant when it looks like this.
  • Step 2: Hang in a dark, cool place to dry for about three weeks. If possible, use a humidifier to create the optimal conditions for fast and even drying of your cannabis.

The main reason you need to dry it is that water retards the THC-buds-making process. As a result, it will have less THC after drying! But since we are looking to increase the number of trichomes in our cannabis. .drying is necessary if you want the subsequent steps to succeed.

Note: You can harvest your plant at any point during these three weeks. The ideal time to gather your pot is when it has dried enough that you can snap the stems easily in half by applying a little bit of force.

  • Step 3: Strip ALL of the leaves off of your plant’s buds with your fingers, leaving just about an inch or so of stem on them. You have to be careful not to damage any of your weed buds! But it’s easy to do if you do it carefully.
  • Step 4: Place the stripped-off leaves in a blender and blend them as finely as possible. You can also use a coffee grinder, though I found blenders work slightly better since they can chop up the leaves more easily.
  • Step 5: Once you have blended your bud leaves into a fine powder, grab a strainer and pour the powder through it. This will separate any remaining leaf chunks from the fine bud powder. If necessary, you can repeat this step to eliminate as many leaf chunks as possible.
  • Step 6: Then, take the powder you have created and put it in a glass baking dish or something similar. Put your leaves in an oven at 390 degrees for 10 minutes to completely dry them out while creating a BHO (Butane Hash Oil) filled with THC/CBD-rich trichomes!
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Cannabis Math How Many Ounces in a Half Pound of Cannabis – The Stone

As you can see here, increasing the THC percentage in your weed is relatively easy. And it’s sure to give you a much higher yield than what you would typically get if you didn’t do this!

You can also use this method with hydroponics, but keep in mind that the results won’t be outstanding. This is because, under hydroponics, weed plants don’t go through any natural stress in their life cycle. So they won’t create more trichomes in response to stress, and thus your THC percentage will not increase.

So there you have it! Six easy steps to increasing the THC percentage in your weed.

This is a surefire way of boosting the amount of THC your weed contains, and the sky is the limit here. Remember that after you’ve increased the amount of THC in your weed to its highest possible level using this technique…it’s time to stop stressing your plants!

This way, you’ll be sure not to lose any of the trichomes you worked so hard for! So, have fun with this method, but don’t forget to stay safe! Good luck.

Article Notes: This article assumes that the reader thoroughly understands growing weed indoors and outdoors. If you are not experienced in growing weed, find someone to assist.



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Growing Cannabis: Hydroponics using coconut water? (Part 1)

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water and without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with only their roots exposed to the mineral solution or in an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside coconuts. It can be used to hydrate your cannabis plant’s root zone

Since it contains many essential nutrients for healthy growth and possesses hydrating properties which increase the ability of nutrient uptake by the plant, coconut water (and other types of nutrients) are often used as phytonutrient supplements during hydroponics cultivation.

Organic nutrients tend to release into the air via thermal decomposition when heated.

 

In addition, the ability of organic matter to release nutrients increases when exposed to light from a hot lamp above your growing area. This makes organic hydroponics nutrients more expensive due to more significant costs involving labor and energy. If not managed properly, these losses can be considerable in commercial or recirculating hydroponics systems.

It is not recommended that coconut water be used in soil-based grows because it would rapidly lose its properties in anaerobic conditions below the root zone where the weed plant’s roots cannot be directly accessed. However, depending on the medium you use, it may work in some cases.

In soil-based mediums, coconuts often have too much sodium, which leads to unwanted salt buildups and root burns over time.

Inorganic hydroponics, coconuts can be a great source of nutrients vital to healthy plant growth, including potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and many other trace minerals.

Coconut water contains fulvic acid, effective as an antibiotic and fungicide. Fulvic acid also enhances mineral absorption by the plant through increased bio-availability

Fulvic acid helps increase seed germination rates and their subsequent establishment once sprouted. This allows for faster overall growth resulting in higher yields than without it.

Certain hydro stores sell coconut water with extra elements added for weed plants specifically. These additives contain specific amounts of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K) which are the three main elements that provide nutrients for plant growth.

You can buy coconut water to hydrate your cannabis plants at any health food store. However, I do not recommend it because you don’t know what is really in there and if they add anything or not. It’s best to make your nutrient solution with known ingredients.

Coconut water mixed with a high-quality hydroponics fertilizer like guano tea, compost tea, worm castings tea (vermicompost tea) will work great!

This works so well because coconuts have been shown to absorb microbiological organisms from soil media during their propagation naturally. This process increases the bacteria and fungi, such as mycorrhizal species, increasing the plant’s ability to uptake critical nutrients from the soil media.

The organic hydroponics nutrient recommended for coconut water use is guano tea. Guano tea is a mixture of bat and bird manure, seaweed extract, humic acid, boric acid, and fulvic acid. It can also be used with worm castings tea.

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