We all know that growing marijuana is a fun (albeit tiring) process that many people can enjoy. But, there are a few random facts about the plant many people probably don’t know. You might want to know – is pee good for weed plants? Read on to learn more.
As one of the most interesting and useful plants on the planet, cannabis has certainly held a place in human hearts for quite some time. Below, you’ll find a few interesting (and potentially useful) facts about growing the plant.
- 1. Human urine works as a fertilizer
- Human urine as fertilizer
- 2. Marijuana can be grown anywhere
- 3. Weed has been grown by humans for millennia
- 4. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were big tokers
- 5. Marijuana can grow using only fish waste
- 6. Cannabis can help ward off Alzheimer’s
- 7. Florida has some incredibly harsh marijuana laws
- 8. Many people get away with growing weed on public land
- 9. You don’t need soil to grow marijuana
- 10. You can determine the sex when the seeds just sprout
- FAQ About Interesting Facts on Growing Marijuana
1. Human urine works as a fertilizer
You read that right. But, it’s not a good idea to just throw some undiluted urine on the plants. Make sure that you dilute a bladderful of urine into about a gallon of water. Use it right away so that ammonia doesn’t form. This is a quick, cheap, and effective way to infuse a little nitrogen into your plants.
Human urine as fertilizer
Our own urine has properties that make it useful as a fertilizer. It’s high in nitrogen which is one of the three major nutrients that marijuana requires (the others being phosphorous and potassium).
2. Marijuana can be grown anywhere
It’s already a remarkably adaptive plant for outdoor use, but now that we’ve mastered indoor growing, you could feasibly grow weed in space. That might be a little optimistic, but it’s certainly possible.
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3. Weed has been grown by humans for millennia
Archaeological digs place the first instance of cannabis cultivation at around 6,000 BC in Ancient China. It was used then as a food source, for clothing, and for medicinal purposes (kind of like now).
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4. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were big tokers
Okay, not really. But they both had hemp farms back in the days of the American Revolution. In fact, growing hemp was sort of a prerequisite to owning land in the pre-revolutionary days. Any colonial farmers who owned land were actually required by a 1619 law to grow hemp. That would probably not go over so well in today’s world.
5. Marijuana can grow using only fish waste
For far too long, fish have been excreting waste and not helping humans in that endeavor. But, now, with the invention of “Aquaponics”—a combination of Aquafarming and Hydroponics—the waste can actually prove to be beneficial. The water from a fish tank is taken to the plants in a basic hydroponic system. The fish urine and other waste are transformed by certain bacteria in the waste to make nitrates. Marijuana plants use those nitrates as nutrients to assist in the growing process.
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6. Cannabis can help ward off Alzheimer’s
This doesn’t really have to do with growing anything, but it’s still interesting. Indeed, using THC in virtually any capacity is known to limit the “brain plaque” that causes Alzheimer’s. So, continue growing and toking if you don’t want to become senile.
7. Florida has some incredibly harsh marijuana laws
If you’re thinking about cultivating cannabis in Florida, you’d better have a good lawyer. The penalty for possession of less than 25 plants (i.e. between 1 and 24) is a felony and will get you 5 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. Of course, the laws in Montana aren’t much better. If you have less than 30 plants, you can be subject to a felony charge of up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. At least Montana has medical marijuana laws. In any event, be careful out there and check norml.org to make sure your little growing venture doesn’t end up costing you a decade in prison. Make sure to buy marijuana seeds in our online seed shop!
8. Many people get away with growing weed on public land
This tactic is called guerrilla farming and is usually performed on secluded public land like a national or state park. Although it’s naturally riskier, it’s one of the few ways to grow plants outdoors without inciting suspicion from neighbors.
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9. You don’t need soil to grow marijuana
As the entry on “Aquaponics” suggests, there’s no need to use soil to produce nice, sticky buds. But, you also don’t have to use fish waste to provide nutrients to the plant. Using standard nutrient solutions, you can create (or buy) a hydroponic system that keeps your plants’ roots effectively suspended in water. The nutrient solution makes its way to each plant and the result is perfectly healthy cannabis.
10. You can determine the sex when the seeds just sprout
This is a tactic that hasn’t been proven by the scientific community but it has about a 90% success rate. Seeds that sprout through the top or the bottom tend to be female while “side-sprouters” are generally male. There’s really no explanation for this, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you should toss out any side-sprouters. But, it is an interesting thing to look for next time you grow marijuana.
FAQ About Interesting Facts on Growing Marijuana
Human urine is high in nitrogen (one of the three major nutrients needed by marijuana plants (the other 2 are phosphorous and potassium).
The THC content in marijuana is known to curb the “brain plaque” which causes Alzheimer’s.
Aside from soil, marijuana can also be grown in water, using a process known as hydroponics.
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