How do you grow legal cannabis?

It has been decided. After a long and extensive discussion on cannabis legalization, the government voted in favour of the law by 407 votes.

From April 1, possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis for personal use will be legal. There is also good news for private gardens: from spring, all hobby gardeners and passionate amateurs will be able to legally demonstrate their green fingers and enter the passionate world of indoor cannabis cultivation.

But watch out. In a bureaucratic world, there is still small print that needs to be taken into account. The 1×1 to growing cannabis legally:

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You have been resident or ordinarily resident in Germany for at least 6 months.
  • You only grow up to three cannabis plants at a time for personal consumption. The entire quantity above this must be destroyed immediately and completely.
  • You may possess a total of 50 g of dried weed per person for personal consumption at home.
  • You may only use your own cultivation for your own consumption and may not pass it on to third parties.
  • You must ensure that your cultivation is not accessible to children and young people. In addition, you must not cause any unreasonable nuisance or disturbance (e.g. odor disturbance) to the neighborhood.

If you comply with all of these points, you can easily avoid charges and/or prosecution and grow your cannabis legally.

Is it better to grow cannabis indoors or outdoors in Berlin?

What equipment do you need to grow cannabis?

But what exactly do you need for successful indoor cannabis cultivation? Don’t panic, we have the answers. You can find tips and facts about growing cannabis plants here.

In indoor cultivation, it is important to simulate, if not improve, the environmental conditions found in nature in order to grow cannabis. To achieve this, natural sunlight must be replaced with artificial lighting. The air currents must in turn be generated with the help of extractors, fans or similar.

Decide in advance whether you want to use a grow tent or an entire room. It is certainly worth mentioning that a tent simplifies the whole process, especially if you are doing this for the first time. With a grow tent you can create the ideal environment (microclimate) for the plants and they are isolated from the rest of the house or room. Light and dark periods are easily adjusted, as are ventilation and air renewal. It’s worth looking into this in more detail, as there are different types of grow tents to suit all kinds of needs. Small grow tents with energy-saving lighting or LED panels, through to large grow tents designed for more demanding needs. Let one of our many grow experts advise you at Mary Jane Berlin on June 14 – 16, 2024! You can find tickets here on our website: https://maryjane-berlin.com

Of course, indoor lighting is also important and you shouldn’t skimp on this – especially how the light is reflected. For this reason, it is important to choose the right reflective material. The distance and strength of the sun ensure that the light reaches the top and bottom of the plant in a balanced ratio. Logically, this effect is much less pronounced when growing indoors. So how do you ensure this? To compensate for this, the walls must be lined with reflective plastic. The reflection of the walls of a good grow tent makes the lighting more efficient and effective, resulting in high quality and larger yields when you harvest your crop. For this reason alone, grow tents are a little easier and more relaxed. However, if you are a very ambitious grower and want to fill an entire room, you can cover your walls with suitable sheeting.

Ballasts are an indispensable lighting accessory. They are responsible for keeping the power supply stable and limit the intensity of your grow lights.

However, the right equipment won’t get you much pot if you don’t have the necessary seeds and cuttings. Until now, the purchase or possession of germinable cannabis seeds has been permitted in many EU countries, as these do not contain any significant THC content on their own. Germany is the only EU country in which the possession of germinable cannabis seeds has not yet been legal. However, this will now change from April.

I’d rather just grow cannabis in my garden, is that possible?

Many people also talk about outdoor cultivation. Is this better than indoor cultivation? We should first note that the differences are not always as obvious as you might think. There are many different variables to consider. For example, an indoor grower using 500W lamps and premium organic fertilizer will get different results than someone using a low wattage desk lamp and no fertilizer at all. What does this look like in Berlin in particular? Is it better to grow cannabis indoors or outdoors in the urban jungle? It is clear that a grower in southern Spain with an automated irrigation system will probably produce better flowers than a grower in the backyard of Neuk├Âlln. We therefore recommend the indoor option.

Where can I buy cannabis seeds and cuttings?

But where can I buy hemp seeds and how much do they cost?

Cannabis seeds may be imported from EU member states for the purpose of private home cultivation, it says. Acquisition via the internet or distance selling and shipping to Germany is permitted. In addition, up to seven cannabis seeds or five cuttings per month may be passed on by growers’ associations to non-members of legal age for the purpose of private home cultivation. It should be noted, however, that these cannabis seeds and cuttings must be the result of communal home cultivation. In the case of a mixed distribution of seeds and cuttings, a maximum total of 5 seeds and cuttings may be distributed. In this case, non-members must reimburse the cultivation association for the costs incurred for the production of the cannabis seeds or cuttings passed on.

We generally recommend the well-known seedbanks such as Sensi Seeds, the Weed Seed Shop or High Supplies. These seedbanks have been supplying high-quality seeds for years and have established themselves on the market. In the case of germinable, feminized seeds that are grown as drug hemp, a seed costs around six euros. Hulled hemp seeds from health food stores are much cheaper and only cost a few euros per kilo.

Don’t wait too long, the early April deadline is just in time for sowing by mid-May at the latest. So, roll up your sleeves and get going!

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