Anyone who is planning to grow marijuana should know that safety is the top priority. This means not telling anyone about what we are growing and making sure that the crop is protected from any source of danger. For most growers, this might be the only way to make sure that the plants have a chance to grow and produce buds.
As we know, cultivating cannabis is not legal in many countries. Therefore, we must follow a certain code to avoid getting caught. But there are other things that threaten the survival of the crop, and sometimes, our own.
When growing outdoors, the biggest threats are nosy neighbors, thieves, and the authorities. There is also the occasional wanderer or nature lover who might stumble upon our plot. In general, regardless of who discovers our crop, we can end up in big trouble.
Meanwhile, an indoor setup exposes the grower to electrical failures or even fires. Not to mention the different types of gardening products that can be harmful to health.
So, in this article, we will discuss the different kinds of hazards when growing indoors and outdoors. More importantly, we give advice on how to entirely prevent or at least minimize these threats. This way, we can start growing with the best information and minimize making serious mistakes that compromise our safety.
Tricks to Safely Grow Marijuana
As mentioned, growing marijuana is riddled with many challenges. Thus, the purpose of this section is to help any grower navigate the primary obstacles. As such, we must first be aware of the hazards that could prevent us from successfully growing weed. Then, we can apply the tricks that can help achieve this goal.
1. Outdoor Hazards
The one biggest problem with growing outdoors is the high likelihood of getting caught. In fact, there are many cases in which the growers have been busted by nosy neighbors or passersby. Even bad weather can expose our secret. Sometimes, floods reveal some evidence of our hidden outdoor garden. So, learn how to be extra careful.
As mentioned, the biggest threats are the people who might get wind of the crop. So, here are the types of people we should protect ourselves from when growing weed outdoors.
Nosy neighbors are important to consider when growing pot since they have the highest chance of discovering the plants. Even if it is legal, they might still associate it with crime and alert the authorities. So, be cautious when choosing the location of the garden. Moreover, make sure to set up a strict personal policy that will help keep the crop hidden as it grows.
Some growers are lucky to live in a place where marijuana is legal, so they don’t need to worry about the police. But for most of us, a crucial part of gardening is to make sure that no cops get suspicious.
Fortunately, the police are after big-time growers. So, if we tend to only a couple of plants, then this could possibly lower our chances of getting caught. In general, recreational growers must pay a fine and do some community service while professional growers usually must spend time in prison.
This is probably the worst of all the outdoor threats. Thieves like to reap all the benefits of months of hard work. Worse, they tend to harvest the buds way too early, leaving nothing for the growers. Most of the time, these people purposely go into the woods to look for hidden marijuana crops.
1.1.4 Wanderers or Nature Lovers
Most people who like to wander or explore the woods are nature lovers. Examples are hikers, cyclists, hunters, and campers who want to be surrounded by nature. Often, they like to linger in a favorite spot and keep it clean.
Unfortunately, most of them see marijuana as a threat and tend to remove the plants. To avoid these nature fanatics, pick a location that is hard to reach and surrounded by bushes.
The best way to manage these human threats is by warding off any suspicion and minimizing chances of discovering the crop. The following tricks are effective in accomplishing these goals.
1.2.1 Select the Safest Location
When selecting a plot, choose the one that is the farthest from the neighbors or any wanderers. Some good criteria to consider are the visual and physical barriers. Are there trees or other plants that will hide the plants even when they grow up to 10 feet? Is the crop well-hidden in any angle? At any rate, the more we work on covering the crop, the better off we’ll be.
1.2.2 Prepare Good Excuses
Since it’s always possible that someone may catch us standing next to a bunch of marijuana plants, having a good reason for this is very useful. For example, we can calmly explain that we just stumbled on the crop. Acting this way may help us get off the hook much easier.
1.2.3 Stick to the No Smell, No Tell, No Sell Policy
One of the biggest mistakes growers make is not covering the powerful scent of marijuana. Generally, this problem not only applies to outdoor growers but also to those who grow indoors.
While others can’t easily detect the aroma, there are some people who can identify it. To mask the smell of weed, plant some powerful-smelling herbs like basil or mint around the perimeter. This protective measure will make us less of a target by the police or weed haters.
The number one rule in growing marijuana is to tell no one. While it might seem cool to tell someone about our exciting new hobby, this is one of the fastest ways to get into trouble. As such, this could either put us at risk of being burglarized or busted by the police.
Statistically, people who sell marijuana have more chances of running into legal trouble than those who simply grow them. Therefore, focus on growing cannabis and enjoying the buds rather than selling them.
1.2.4 Know the Law
This advice applies to both the indoor and outdoor growers. When growing marijuana, it is wise to study what the law says about it first.
Essentially, it is illegal in many states to start this endeavor. As such, cannabis is considered as a Schedule 1 drug by the US Federal government and groups it together with heroin and meth.
Hence, every grower must spend some time to study the law and learn which applies to them. This way, they minimize the chances of being persecuted and jailed.
2. Indoor Hazards
For the most part, indoor growing provides more protection when it comes to security. But there are other factors that may give away our hidden crop. Worse, these threats may even harm our own safety. Here are some of the most common hazards when growing indoors.
2.1 Acting Suspicious
Like with the outdoor threats, people are the biggest reasons why we get in trouble when growing weed. Sometimes, nosy neighbors would get the sense that something illegal is going on inside if we act weird and suspicious.
So, always act normal when going inside the house or grow room. As such, avoid looking around especially when bringing in some gardening materials. Also, remain calm and cool when they come over and ask about things. Often, they quit being suspicious when they see that we are educated and have a collected attitude.
Sometimes, a devastating situation like a fire can burn down the house where we grow the weed. When this happens and the plants are discovered, the insurance company won’t pay for the damage. Worse, other people’s property, or even lives, may be affected by the tragic event.
According to the statistics, the most common cause of fire at home is a short circuit. So, having a grow room, where we use lights and fans, can be a source of fire. This is especially likely when the electricity is set up by amateurs who mess with the cupboard circuit.
Since most growers are hesitant to employ a professional electrician due to the nature of the garden, it is vital to be careful when hooking all the wires. As such, make sure to cut all cables to the correct size and avoid using terminal blocks.
Moreover, buy only reputable brands in setting up the electricity and always place any equipment away from a water tap or tank to avoid accidents. Again, the most important thing to remember is to avoid messing up with the circuit board.
Also, have a fire extinguisher ready just in case. Overall, following these safety rules guarantees that we minimize the risk of this hazard.
2.3 Fogged windows
Running a grow room during the winter season requires a heater for the plants. However, there is a chance that the warm air will condensate as it touches the cold surface of a window. Sometimes, this fogged window could make the neighbors suspicious of an illegal growing activity.
There are many ways to reduce the fog in the windows, but the best one involves the use of an opaque film. When we properly apply it, the fog will form on the film instead.
2.4 Gardening products
Because most gardening products contain some form chemicals, using them can be harmful not only to the garden but also to the grower. For example, using pH Down that has nitric or phosphoric acid lowers the pH of water but it can also cause serious eye damage. Also, most fertilizers can be extremely irritating to the eyes, mouth, or sores.
Always make a point to read the instruction labels on the product to learn what to do in case of accidents. For the most part, it’s just a matter of common sense. For example, using protective gear like gloves or goggles minimizes the chances of injury.
A decent grow room requires exhaust fans to circulate the air in the room and to provide enough carbon dioxide. While these are vital for the healthy growth of the plants, they can create some noise that might disturb the neighbors. To prevent them from getting ideas, try to reduce or eliminate the annoying sound altogether.
Avoid putting the fans on the floor since it will create some vibrations and noise. It’s better to hang them using rubber rings. Since blowing the warm air out of the room also makes some noise, minimize it by using an insulated hose.
For growers who use their attics as the grow room, the heat usually melts the snow on the roof way earlier than other houses. In effect, we can end up with the only roof in the neighborhood without snow which can be a little suspicious.
Insulate the roof and turn off the lights so it doesn’t get too warm and melt the snow. Also, make sure to check the roof a couple of times a day to compare it with the neighbors.
2.7 Water Trouble
One of the worst things that can happen to a grow room is a flooding from the water tank. In addition, a constantly damp room can cause the floor to rot and the cement to get porous. Worse, molds may grow and wreak havoc to the crop or to the grower’s health.
The best way to fix this problem is to waterproof the grow room’s floor and walls. As a result, we get a moisture-free room that makes tending to the plants a lot easier. Also, don’t forget to turn off the tap to avoid any flooding. Better yet, place the water tank in the shower to lower the risk of running into water problems.
Security is Vital to For a Successful Grow
As we know, the basic nature of marijuana puts any grower at risk of getting caught. Hence, having the knowledge and skills to avoid this problem is extremely valuable. If we want to have a successful grow and stay safe while doing it, we need to learn about the hazards in growing weed.
There are many threats surrounding the act of cultivating cannabis. Whether outdoors or indoors, learning the most common of these is the first step to protecting ourselves.
Since this course gives basic information about safety, we recommend that newbie growers study it. For seasoned growers, it never hurts to review the rules to strengthen security when cultivating cannabis. Remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry.