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How to Grow Weed Indoors for Beginners: Step by Step Guide

In this step by step cannabis growing guide we’ve got you covered. Think of this as Indoor Cannabis Growing 101. Would you rather DIY than go to the dispensary?  Don’t live somewhere that even has dispensaries?  ‘Wondering how to get started growing weed indoors or what equipment you might need?  Not sure you’ve got enough space or whether it’s going to be cost-effective? This is the answer to all your beginner questions about successfully growing weed indoors.

We have got ALL the advice you need from how to start to what to do with your success. We even have a free e-book you can download that covers everything in this post and more.

(Unsure whether growing cannabis is legal where you are? Just check our handy worldwide guide to legality.)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Article updated and extensively rewritten, top to bottom, to improve and expand on existing information. Plus around 1000 words of new content added, 29th September 2019. We also frequently revisit it to keep things current.

Start Growing Cannabis

If you’re just getting started, or perhaps just thinking about it, we’ll show you the simplest most practical way to get growing—and give you all the info and techniques you’ll need to know to get from seed to successful harvest.

Growing cannabis inside your home isn’t necessarily simple, we’ve got to admit that.

But it doesn’t have to be too hard either.

We will try to make this guide as user-friendly as possible. This is definitely a guide for people who want to know the “how to” of things, for people who are not intimidated by do it yourself. By the end you should have learned everything you need to know about how to grow marijuana indoors and get started with your first successful indoor grow-op.

But if you still have any questions at the end, just drop us a comment and we’ll try to help.  Send through the electric post office to MaryJane@420Beginner.com.

We’re about to cover some basic info about cannabis, followed by the relative pros and cons of indoor and outdoor growing. Want to skip straight to the “How to Grow Weed Indoors” information instead? Just click here.

Do It Yourself Marijuana

Since this a beginners’ guide to growing marijuana, we’ll start with some basics about the plant itself.

About the plant

Cannabis sativa botanical illustration

There are two main strains of cannabis: Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica.

Both are basically hemp plants.

Industrially grown hemp, Cannabis Ruderalis, is a strain of Sativa. While great for rope and other fibers, industrial hemp is no good for smoking—it’s been bred with a much higher ratio of CBD (cannabidiol) which cancels out the THC (the psycho-active chemical in cannabis). Hemp seeds and oil from these plants do have numerous health benefits though. Also, experienced growers will sometimes grow Ruderalis to breed with other strains to create new hybrid varieties.

So when it comes to Sativa, it’s the marijuana type you might be looking to grow.

However, Sativa strains are easiest to grow outdoors. Which brings us to Indica…

Cannabis Indica - American Druggists bottle

Cannabis Indica is closely related to Cannabis Sativa but has a relatively higher ratio of CBD to THC, which makes it the more frequent choice for medical use.

In terms of effects, think more of a “body buzz” or a stoned feeling, rather than Sativa’s more uplifting, creative high.

Indica strains also produce a shorter, denser, quicker growing plant which is what makes it ideal for indoor growing.

Whichever strain you grow, usually the leaves and flowers are dried, crushed and then smoked with a pipe or in cigarette form—although there are plenty of other ways to prepare and ingest it if you’re not a smoker.

For the ultra-newbies among you, the plant goes by many names, the most common being:

  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Tree(s)
  • Bud
  • Grass
  • Herb

What the plant does to the smoker, and how effectively, depends on the quality (and variety) of marijuana, which in turn is dependent on the quality of the plant growth. In different regions, for instance, due to different weather conditions, growing methods and techniques, each type of plant can have its own individual taste, aroma and potency.This guide doesn’t cover the topic of hybrids, but as you advance in marijuana growing you’ll also learn that there are all kinds of different hybrid strains to experiment with—you might even experiment with creating your own.

Growing marijuana can be fun if you are fully aware of what you need to do.

And if it’s legal where you are, and you find you’ve got a talent for it, you could even start up your own business and become a weed entrepreneur.

This post tries to focus on the most cost-effective methods to get started.

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