Outdoor, Greenhouse and Indoor Grown Cannabis: What Does it Even Mean?


So, you consider yourself a cannabis connoisseur but you don’t know the difference between outdoor, greenhouse and indoor grown cannabis. Well, that’s a shame, but, don’t feel disheartened because it looks like you have reached the right place. Here I am are going to take a good look at all these cannabis types and their advantages and disadvantages. If we go by the market theory, outdoor grown cannabis is just garbage and the indoor grown cannabis are the real deal but there is no truth in it. To get a better understanding, continue reading the rest of this article.

Growing Methods

There are mostly three methods to grow cannabis – outdoors, indoors, and in a greenhouse. Each method has its distinct impact on cannabis and it is hard to say which one is the best! In the end, it all boils down to personal preferences and individual choices.

Outdoor Grown Cannabis

Most cannabis strains can easily cope with varying weather conditions; with a few exceptions. It can adapt to external environments rather well but there can be a few unintended consequences of the adaptation. For example, stressed female cannabis plants may produce fewer seeds to safeguard the upcoming generation. Cannabis grown outdoors may not be aesthetically appealing. It also leads to fluffier weed.

However, there are advantages of growing cannabis outdoors. The harvesters can generate a decent amount of cannabis while using minimal resources. So, the production cost will be under check. Moreover, there are some strains of Cannabis that grow well outside; Sour Diesel, Killer Queen, and Critical Mass are three of the most popular cannabis strains that do exceptionally well when grown outdoors.  They demand minimal attention from the grower and they can withstand pest attacks pretty well.

Indoor Grown Cannabis

Indoor cannabis cultivation gained momentum owing to the shady legal stance on cannabis cultivation in many countries. Indoor, it is possible to grow premium strains with strong medicinal attributes. The advantages of growing cannabis indoors are numerous. The growers can focus on a limited number of plants and they can take care of those plants better than what is possible outdoors! This enables the growers to groom the plants to perfection! They can bring out better flavors, increase potency and enhance the appearance of the flowers. The flowering time of such cannabis tends to be shorter than that of outdoor-grown cannabis. The weed buds grown indoors have denser growth and the increased potency enhances overall quality. The cost, therefore, can be steep. Popular indoor grown weed strains are Strawberry Haze, Big Wreck, and Skunk1.

Greenhouses Cannabis

The third weed variant is grown in greenhouses. As a matter of fact, Greenhouses offer an ideal environment for growing those cannabis strains that can’t withstand rapid changes in temperature or pest attacks. Greenhouses allow the grower to create an artificial environment that is ideal for the growth and wellbeing of some cannabis strains. The airflow can be controlled and the flow of contaminants can also be largely checked. These strains can be harvested without pesticides and mildew. The top greenhouse cannabis strains are Tahoe OG, Jack Flash, and Northern Lights.

Making a Choice Between the Three Methods

As it is, all the methods of growing cannabis have their pros and cons and it is hard to say which one is the best.

It is true that proper temperature, light intensity, and humidity are critical to producing premium quality marijuana. These can be best obtained in indoor cultivation and greenhouses are not bad either. While outdoor cannabis farming gets subjected to varying weather conditions, it is not necessarily bad at all times. For example, in some locations like say in Northern California and Southern Oregon, cannabis strains grow outside very well.  The weather in these places helps in producing high-quality cannabis that is on par with premium strains grown indoors.

The numerous benefits of indoor weed cultivation notwithstanding, a few drawbacks are there. Indoor farming helps maintain optimal lighting, nutrient, and environmental conditions but it can be heavy on the wallet too. Not every weed grower can afford that. Electricity cost and pest control are the second big factors here.

Greenhouse cultivation is kind of a middle ground. It lets the growers overcome many barriers in the harvest while keeping expenditure within check.

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