As patient I know that there are many ways to acquire your medication. You can get it from a fellow patient, a collective or delivery service as well as grow your own. Along with the options comes a difference of price as far as donation costs go. The cheapest method by far is growing your own of course. Getting setup is very simple but depending on med needs could end up costing anywhere from $500 to $2000 depending. There are many ways to reduce the costs especially when just starting up which includes the following.
The simplest setup to go with is
4×4 tent (we have tested many generics and they worked out great!)
600w grow light (quantum 600’s are great)
1 or 2 gallon grow bags (these can be had for pennies on the dollar)
ffof or other medium like coco (ffof is great soil to just get in and go, add perlite to the mix as well for added drainage.)
lucas formula for nutrients ( flora micro and flora bloom)
Some will of course add a carbon scrubber to help with grow odor and others might need a/c or heating needs that would need to be accommodated as well. Now once you have your setup ready you are going to want to decide between clones or seeds. Most patients will get clones 9 out of 10 times and that is exactly why it would be far more beneficial for YOU to grow from seeds and here is why.
Most of the current clones in circulation have been up and down the med states for years. New genes are introduced locally at collectives but just like breeding other things, genetic diversity is important and the best way to introduce new and never before seen phenotypes is to grow from seed.
There are also plenty of patients who grow clones for dispensaries and collectives as well as patient to patient donation exchanging. This is a great way to raise funds to reduce or eliminate your grow costs and overall expenses to provide clones and meds for fellow patients.
If you were to grow from seed however you would have something that no one else has. You will be able to state its actual genetic background as well as overall lineage straight to the main breeder him or herself. For reviews on thousands of strains and breeders check out the medical marijuana seeds reviews
You will be able to have strains that have never even been seen in your local collectives since most only go after one or two types and mainly over “hype”. Another great reason to grow from seed is to locate keeper females which you know no one else has and raise plenty of donations from those meds. Being able to offer your fellow patients medication that cannot be found in collectives or only at collectives that your meds are in, really is a great reason as well to grow from seeds.
Most of the strains can be had in the $30 to $100 range and usually come in 10 packs. If you think of the medication just one of those seeds can produce especially after cloning them and making and endless supply of them. The price for the medical marijuana seeds is a drop in the bucket compared to the rewards that will come from them. I would suggest starting with a minimum of 3-5 strains. You can usually find a keeper female or two in every 10 pack however having different strains and only keeping the best of each strain is the way to go.
Imagine having 10 strains and you only kept the best female of each. For one you would be the only one with that pheno in your area. Most growers will only do clones and that is the same meds that gets passed around from patient to collective. You will be able to offer far better meds, different meds than what is currently going around and in my opinion better strains.
For instance, you should check out ace seeds and mr nice seeds as far as medical marijuana seed breeders go. The best part about it, there are hundreds of quality breeders producing thousands of top shelf strains for you to choose from. Why focus on the 5 current top shelf strains going around the clubs when you can introduce potentially thousands.
There are plenty of seed banks currently online that you can order from. We have put together a seed bank review site for the one that we feel is the #1 medical marijuana seed bank currently available and safe to order from. You however can also use a search engine to locate plenty of reputable seed banks online that you could order from as well. All I will say is buyer beware and research each seed bank fully before placing an order.