May is finally here, which means it’s time to setup your cannabis growing site!
If you haven’t started gathering supplies and equipment, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. This month we’re featuring a line of “green thumb” essentials that can help you produce top-shelf quality buds.
With the latest equipment and technologies at your disposal, growing cannabis does not have to be a guessing game. Robust LED systems can ensure energy-efficient, long-term lighting performance, making the luminaries suitable for indoor cultivation facilities with limited growing space. If you’re looking for something portable and versatile, grow tents could be what you’re looking for. These units are designed to give you full control of the compact environment, from heat and humidity to light and temperature!
It doesn’t matter if you’re growing indoors or outdoors, nutrients are crucial for maximum plant growth. These days, there are numerous options available on the market today. Avoid costly, time-consuming trials with properly formulated and tested solutions from reputable nutrient providers. Secure your investment, minimize risks and help your plants thrive with organic growth boosters, humidity regulators and ready-to-use plant protectants.
Take your growing game to the next level, check out the featured products below!
PathogenZERO™: Mother Nature’s Answer to the Use of Harsh Chemicals.
Mold and yeast found growing on your product or premises can present significant quality, consumer, and business concerns. To protect your grow room from harm and chemicals, CaliCropDoc, one of California’s premier Marijuana educators, formulated PathogenZERO™, an organic plant protectant and growth enhancer that has no added harmful synthetic solutions, drugs, or alcohol.
As one of the three leading brands frontiering on Cannabis Geographic, growers can rest assured. Pathogen Zero has passed multiple field studies and is an effective solution for pathogen prevention, control and eradication, fighting off hundreds of mildew, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and airborne pollutants.
More Than Just Eye Candy, Hydro Hotties!
Models help products fly off the shelves at tradeshows and online, but imagine having beautiful girls who are also passionate cannabis enthusiasts and educators. Say no more! Hydro Hotties are more than just eye candy.
These ladies provide advertising, promotion, and consulting services for the Marijuana Industry in both entertaining and educational environments. Trained by a very popular Cannabis connoisseur, you’ll find Hydro Hotties representing premium CBD products like RxCannaCare and educating the community on best practices.
Mykos mycorrhizae will maximize your root mass!
Mykos is a plant specific species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi that generates stronger roots for better uptake of nutrients and water. Mykos is a beneficial soil microbe that forms fungal networks that can transport essential elements over large distances and deliver them directly into the roots. The host plant feeds the Mykos carbohydrates in exchange for the nutrients and water, forming a true symbiotic relationship. Mykos colonizes roots quickly and lives for the entirety of your plants’ life benefiting them in many ways. This high performing microbe is easily applied to the roots at the time of planting and can be worked into established plants. Visit our website for more information about Mykos and our other beneficial soil microbes!
KIND LED Grow Lights: The Leading Innovator of LED Grow Light Technology
Utilizing the latest innovation in lighting technology, KIND LED intelligently designed a world class product that completely redefined everything people should expect from a grow light. The KIND XL1000 is the only LED Grow Light that is UL Certified, offering both UV and IR spectra, a fully customizable 12-band perfect spectrum with remote control, a true 5’x5’ footprint, and Secondary Optical Lens Technology that magnifies PAR and increases canopy penetration by 200%. The 8 internal digital timers enable growers to program sunrise and sunset, mimicking the daily sun cycles, and creating perfect lighting schedules which, matched with the ideal spectrum, have been proven to increase oil production.
Kind LED lights deliver the kindest yields, the kindest spectrum, the kindest intensity, the kindest quality, and is the reigning three-time ‘Gear of the Year’ award winner (2014-2016). Before the Rest. Still the Best.
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Integra Boost is Patented, Safe, and Smart 2-way Humidity Regulator! Protect your harvest from mold contamination and take control of humidity with Integra Boost!
Gorilla Grow Tent: Tallest, Thickest, Strongest Grow Tents in the World
The brand Gorilla has become synonymous with ‘Quality’ in the industry. If you ask 100 growers what the best grow tent on the market is, without hesitation you will hear “Gorilla” 100% of the time. It’s easy to see why something like the Gorilla 1680D thick wall material, all steel locking poles and corners, 300lbs of weight capacity, removable protective spill floor and the most durable zippers on the market make a huge difference in ensuring that your grow is safe and sound. The Gorilla Grow Tents take things a step further with double cinching ducting ports, easy access 360-degree opening doors, a handy tool pouch, IR blocking roof, and Diamond Reflective Technology to increase light canopy penetration. Did we mention it’s the only height adjusting Grow Tent which can extend upwards to nearly 10 feet?
Grow strong. Grow Gorilla.
Bladeless Dry Trimmer and Pollinator in One Machine!
Tom’s Tumble Trimmer is a fast, effective, bladeless trimmer that is gentle on your bud. Commercial growers can trim up to 36 pounds per hour in the TTT 2600, while home growers can trim 1-2 pounds per 7 minute cycle in the TTT 1900. Tom’s Tumble Trimmer is also a 3-part system, with a net for trimming, a smaller hole net for separating the small nuggets from the trim, and a kief net for pollinating – all in one machine! All this and affordable – Tom’s Tumble Trimmers start at $850! So don’t waste your valuable time hand trimming when Tom’s can do 85% of your work and still have hand-trimmed results. Click here and checkout YouTube for videos and ordering. Get 10% off your Tom’s Tumble Trimmer order with MassRoots coupon code: MassRoots.
Grow Smarter with Growlink
Automating your CO2 is just the beginning. With the Growlink Environment Controller, you can see, monitor and control your grow from anywhere using your smartphone. Growlink monitors and controls CO2, Lights, Dehumidifiers, Exhaust Fans, plus so much more. It works with your existing equipment and can be expanded with unlimited remote sensor and power relay modules. Click here to learn more about Growlink. Use MASSROOTS100 for $100 OFF a Growlink Controller.
Three A Light™ – A High Yield Cannabis Cultivation Book
The average indoor cannabis garden produces 1 pound of flower per 1,000 watt light. Learn how you can be above the average yield and produce 3 pounds per 1,000 watt light. Three A Light™ offers a thorough guide of the marijuana cultivation process from seed to flower. Today you can save $100 off the Three A Light™ book with coupon code: “MASSROOTS100”.
First-of-their-kind journals & log books for cannabis growers
Every good grower keeps notes of their work – If you’re not, you should be. Taking good notes is the easiest way to repeat successes in the garden and improve quality and yield. The Goldleaf grow journals make it easy with templated entry pages, reference charts and more. Have a look inside.
When you take a step back for a minute, you realize that the cannabis industry’s legalization in many states has changed its impact on the economy. Many voters thought that legalization would give them more freedom to use the plant for various purposes, but they might not have considered its potential impact on the planet. You might want to learn more about where your cannabis comes from. So, we pose this question: Is cannabis cultivation using too much energy? Because the answer is shocking, we suggest you sit down. The idea that you were keeping to a green lifestyle by purchasing cannabis products isn’t always correct, especially if you decided to purchase from a licensed producer. Here’s why:
The Ecological Footprint Isn’t Good
Two metrics about the cannabis industry might give you pause. One independent study by Evan Mills, a senior scientist for California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, found that indoor cannabis growers aggregated a minimum of $6 billion in energy costs in 2012, which was $5 billion more than the pharmaceutical companies’ combined use in that same year. Another comparison is more staggering. When you combine the energy use of facilities in 23 states with legalized marijuana production, they’re emitting more greenhouse gasses than every home, business, and automobile in the state of New Hampshire. This comes at a time when the United States is trying to meet the terms of the Paris climate accord and the EPA is figuring out how we can limit greenhouse gas emission from coal-burning power plants. We know that these power plants, which provide much-needed electricity, are the single biggest cause of global warming in our country.
The easiest way to understand this problem is that there is not enough standardization for indoor cannabis growers. They need more eco-friendly practices. Many growers use outdated equipment, including light bulbs connected to inefficient electrical systems. They are most likely to waste electricity in older homes and buildings. Their single connection to the electric company can even cause their transformer to blow out due to the overconsumption of their indoor operations. Another way to look at this problem is that many growers still maintain their facilities off the grid. Instead of using electricity from local providers, they will adopt a solution such as a diesel generator, which dumps greenhouse gasses into the air.
The Case of Colorado
Let’s take the state of Colorado as an example. The state legalized marijuana production in 2012. Just two years later, more than 1,234 authorized growers comprised nearly half of the demand for electrical power. Their combined use of power is equivalent to that of 35,000 households.
The Future is Bright
You might not understand why the cannabis industry is using so much power, so as to place a high demand on electricity providers. We read about one operation in a Colorado warehouse where it was necessary for workers to don sunglasses because the bulbs that were providing artificial sunlight to the cannabis plants burn 500 times brighter than one reading light. That’s some powerful sunlight to stimulate growth. Are providers trying to grow super plants? Is the solution to move their operations outside? Honestly, legalized production in 23 states makes it easier to grow outdoors without concern of being caught, but some locations lack enough sunlight throughout the year to support their cannabis operations. It’s not like every state has the natural amount of sunlight that Florida offers to its orange growers.
We’re concerned that the use of energy to grow marijuana indoors is unknown to many consumers, especially if they want a green lifestyle. Cannabis producers can do a little research and then choose to buy from growers with eco-friendly growing practices. We will find more details on this subject and post them in the future.
In an unprecedented move, federal researchers visited a medical cannabis farm in Vancouver, Washington to gauge the health impacts of working in the industry and performing tasks such as cultivation and processing. Does the repetitive motion of trimming marijuana flowers promote carpal tunnel? Are those processing dozens of pounds of freshly harvested cannabis, over the long term, in danger of inhaling plant particles that may be harmful to their health?
These are the questions that researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are trying to answer by making observations and gathering data in a real world facility. They recently spent the majority of a week in carefully controlled observations on a working cannabis farm outside of Vancouver in an effort to gather metrics.
This is a highly ironic and even perplexing research study. Simply put: Because cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, the federal government officially regards it as completely lacking medical benefit and being a highly addictive and dangerous drug, as much so as heroin. Even all forms of cocaine and methamphetamines are less-restricted Schedule II drugs that can be prescribed by a doctor.
This study is especially ironic given the refusal of government bodies, such as Congress, to allow even minimal research at the federal level. Last summer, Congress voted not to allow cannabis research, especially that focused on CBD efficacy for conditions like epilepsy and cancer, to be orchestrated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and conducted by the National Institutes of Health outside of D.C.
This scientific investigation involved a team of four researchers descending on a pot farm owned by Tom Lauerman, also known as Farmer Tom to locals and customers, that lies just east of Vancouver. Their overall goal is to develop federal best practices and standards for workers in the cannabis industry. Again, a highly ironic and even confusing move for any group that’s officially part of the federal government. Until this farm visit, the team had never set foot on an actual, working commercial cannabis cultivation facility. The infamous University of Mississippi pot farm was the closest any of the researchers had officially come to a real world cultivation and processing operation.
Lauerman told reporters how he never imagined that his farm might someday be occupied by friendly employees of the federal government. He told local media:
“I never thought in my life that, by the time I’m 55 in the year 2015, we would have federal agents welcome onto my farm — like asking to come onto my farm — and get to educate them about cannabis. It simply just blows my mind.”
Researchers, who were not permitted to be identified by the media, outfitted cultivation and harvest workers with special sensors designed to do things like analyze air quality inside grow facilities. They even leveraged a high-tech glove (photos below) right out of science fiction that featured sensors that measured the activity of trimmers manicuring freshly harvested cannabis flowers.
What about the conflicting messages being sent by the feds to those in the cannabis industry and consumers of their products across the country? NIOSH claims that its research effort in no way conflicts with federal law simply because the researchers are analyzing working conditions, not the substance or product being produced. Because the activities of the cannabis farm are in full compliance with Washington State law, NIOSH — and apparently other government watchdogs — find no problem with the study or the researcher’s presence on the cannabis farm.
There were limitations, however. NIOSH researchers, for example, were prohibited under federal laws from touching or handling cannabis or cannabis products in any way. Results of the study won’t be released for at least a year (probably government speak for two to three). The cannabis industry and legalization movement should eagerly await and support the results of such studies to properly regulate and manage a burgeoning industry that promises to produce tens of billions in economic growth for a nation that has suffered a jobless recovery, severe underemployment, and a withering middle class for nearly a decade.
The White Hat Feds
Unlike the DEA and many Justice Department officials when dealing with individuals or companies in legal states like Washington, the NIOSH researchers were welcomed with open arms and conducted themselves professionally and with the best interests of cannabis industry workers in mind.
It should also be pointed out that the government researchers didn’t simply demand access to Lauerman’s farm or otherwise bully their way onto his property; they were invited. And who invited then? Lauerman. He said he wanted to ensure the eventual adoption by the industry of workplace protections for cannabis workers. Said Lauerman:
“Nobody has any idea what makes a safe workplace, it’s a new industry. I’m honored to have [the NIOSH] here.”
Will the DEA Step In?
Will the DEA try to squelch future research efforts by other government organizations, regardless of the legality? Normalization and acceptance of the plant, for any reason, including hardcore medical applications, are seriously frowned upon by the DEA, an organization that is beginning to see its budget reduced while progressive members of Congress call for its continued defunding and even dismantlement.
Cannabis activists and advocates can only hope that further cooperation between any faction of the federal government and the cannabis industry will occur in an effort to research and regulate what is becoming a multi-billion industry touching tens of millions of consumers and tax payers. Huge markets are being created in single states. The green rush is partially based on what might be accomplished by a majority of states declaring full legalization—let alone the anticipated eventual federal legalization that will inevitably occur after Luddites of Congress have retired and been replaced by more progressive colleagues.
To learn the results of this study, curious cannabis consumers must remain patient. For those who have suffered under the legal paranoia of prohibition and the uncertainty and frustration of black markets — especially those who are sick — patience has always been the modus operandi anyway.
Since legalization was enacted in 2014, it has become normal for those residents who pass through an industrial district in Denver to become enveloped in the smell of fresh marijuana harvests. This is likely due to the fact that one out of 11 industrial buildings in the Centennial State’s capital city is filled with growing cannabis, being cultivated to perfection for retail sale.
Colorado’s marijuana industry occupies nearly 3.7 million square feet of commercial space in Denver and in recent years, was accountable for nearly 36 percent of all industrial space in the Mile High City.
“It really kick-started the recovery of the industrial market in Denver,”
said Jessica Ostermick, director of research and analysis for CBRE, a real estate firm in Denver.
With increasing market needs and plenty of available space, the legal marijuana industry has brought the real state economy back to life, productively filling spaces that would otherwise remain empty. However, many in the cannabis industry are finding it difficult to purchase building space at low rates. Instead, it is reported that cultivation tenants often pay a leasing premium of two to three times the average renter. Some property owners refuse to lease to cannabis cultivators due to loan constraints and overall federal law conflict.
Through the city’s regulated processes of obtaining and remaining in lease, growers are flourishing in Denver, and the real estate market is thankful.