If you have your medical marijuana card you really should look into being able to provideyourself with your own medication versus donating at local collectives. While there is a small learning curve that is needed for you to get your "green thumb" and actually produce decent medication, the cost savings and knowledge itself will allow you to remain self sufficient with medication for a lifetime.
When deciding to start growing your own medical marijuana medication you need to decide whether you want to grow from seed or clone. While there are plenty of patients in california, colorado and other states who prefer clones, you should realize that those clones or "cuts" as they are called have been in everyones garden already. If you are looking for medication that isn't just the same ol' same ol', then growing from seed is the only way to go.
When choosing "medical marijuana seeds" to purchase you need to find a solid seed bank to purchase from. There are only a few trusted seed banks that currently ship to the u.s.a. and my favorite can be found at the bottom of this article for those looking to purchase medical marijuana seeds.
So You Decided To Get Seeds, Now What?
After you have decided on which seeds to get from our review site the next step is to start germinating the seeds. There are plenty of methods that medical marijuana growers use however the below method is one that has worked for many med patients up and down cali AND around the world for that matter.
Take a shot glass and fill it 3/4 with water and add a half a cap full of hydrogen peroxide (helps open up stubborn shells and improve germ rates) and then place your seeds in the water/hydrogen peroxide and tap the seeds so they go under the water a couple times. This makes sure they are moist on the entire shell.
After leaving the seeds floating in the shot glass for 24 to 48 hours give them a tap and see if they sink to the bottom. If they sink to the bottom, it means that the seeds are ready for the next step. If they are still floating, give them a tap or two with your finger and let them soak until they too drop to the bottom.
After the seeds have all sunk to the bottom of the shot glass they are ready for the next step. You can use a sealable plastic bag or a tupperware that is sealable to put the seeds in once you have prepped them which is explained next. I take a 1/4 piece of a paper towel and soak it so it is wet. I squeeze the excess water off and then place the seeds in a line in the center. Simply fold the papertowel over a few times and then place that either in a plastic bag OR tupperware.
After you have your seeds wrapped in a papertowel and in either a sealed plastic bag or sealed tupperware container you want to make sure they get some heat. I accomplish this by placing the plastic bag/tupperware container on my cable box for 1-4 days. You can use a cable box, tv, v.c.r. or anything that gives off ABOVE room temp heat but not HOT temps. You are looking for something that can keep your beans warm and in a perfect germable environment.
You will want to check daily on your seeds, make sure that the paper towel remains wet but not saturated. The seeds need moisture but cannot be saturated with water or mold issues could arise. After 24 hours some of the seeds will start growing their taproots. After a seed has grown a decent 1/4" to 1/2" taproot you can then place them in your medium.
The above germing method will allow you to keep a higher ratio of your medical marijuana seeds to germinate and go onto the veg and bloom stages. This germing method is far better than simply putting a seed in the soil and crossing your fingers.Try it out and see why so many medical marijuana growers use this method above most others.