During vegetation, your plants should be receiving at least 18 hours of direct light per day. As the plants begin to flower, the lighting should be 50% darkness and 50% direct light.
Keeping high levels of all three during the vegetation stage, and then dropping your nitrogen levels during the flowering stage will give you the most potential for strong yields.
Knowing when you are finally ready to harvest your plants can make or break the potency of your cannabis. Allowing the plant enough time to grow for the strongest buds, but also not waiting too long that the THC converts into CBN is a delicate balancing act.
After you have harvested, the curing process can debatably have a significant effect on the strength. Keeping the dried buds in jars at room temperature (occasionally airing them) will at minimum retain the health of your yield, but also has the potential to increase potency.
These nutrients, as well as a number of others, can be found combined into an all in one fertilizer product for both soil and hydroponic grows. Often times these will be split up for the various stages of growth, ensuring you get the right amount and type of nutrients delivered at the right time.
If you are a recreational user of marijuana the benefits of stronger weed should be obvious. The higher the THC levels of your yield, the better “high” you will get.
The intensity of light is just as important, with some bulbs providing higher-quality exposure. HID (high-intensity discharge) lighting systems are the gold standard in terms of power and efficiency, while the more typical fluorescent bulbs will have significantly less output.
Not only are you able to pick the specific strain, more importantly, you will be able to control the potency and overall strength of your weed. Growing potent and strong weed goes beyond proper maintenance, so we will touch on the tips and tricks of maximizing the potency of your plants and why it is so important.
As a general rule of thumb, Indica strains should be harvested about 8 weeks after flowering, while Sativa should be harvested at about 10 weeks. Sticky flowers, a strong smell, and leaves turning yellow are all signs that it is time to harvest.
How to Grow Potent and Strong Weed – tips and tricks of maximizing the potency of your plants and why it is so important.
I know it doesn’t seem like it would make much difference to grind your buds vs breaking it up with your fingers, but it really does make a difference if you’re working with whole nugs. Weed at least feels more strong when it’s smoked or vaped with the consistency of ground bud (which looks like loose flecks or the “shake” that falls to the bottom of the bag). If I had to put it in numbers I’d say it adds 10% onto the perceived potency over breaking up whole bud with your fingers. It makes the most dramatic difference if you’re working with very dense cannabis that’s hard to break up.
I hope this article has given you some ideas for what to do if your marijuana is weaker than you’d like! And read our basics tutorial if you want to learn how to grow your own cannabis, so you get top-quality bud every time! If I missed anything, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Example of fresh buds (they are very green, feel moist and look “plump”). These need to be dried and cured before they reach peak potency.
After buds have been slow-dried, they should be put in airtight jars that are “burped” daily for at least 2 weeks. This process of storing newly dried bud in an airtight container while giving them periodic bursts of fresh air is called “curing”.
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Here are those same buds after they’ve been dried and cured. They’ve sort of “tightened up” and appear less green. If buds already look like this, the curing process may have already happened. However, it can’t hurt to jar your buds anyway because poorly cured buds may still see improvement!
This is an example of a pollinated marijuana bud with a seed exposed
Sprinkle hash on your remaining buds to dramatically increase their actual potency!
Why Is My Weed Weak? (And How to Fix It) So you grew some cannabis, and unfortunately, it’s not as potent as you would have liked. Perhaps you aren’t getting much of an effect, or even worse you