Medical cannabis or medical marijuana is used as a form of herbal therapy and refers to synthetic forms of specific cannabinoids such as a THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Use of marijuana for medical purpose has a long history of over 4,500 years. Marijuana allows the body a respite from any kind of tensions by normalizing blood pressure and sleeping disorder. According to patient case studies and scientific research, medical marijuana can be helpful in a variety of health problems.
A large-scale national study shows that low to moderate use of marijuana is less harmful for the lungs than exposure to tobacco. Even though, the two substances contain many of the same components, marijuana smokers has performed better on different tests of lung function compared to cigarette smokers. Marijuana Cannabis smoking, at moderate levels, does not harm lungs but actually improves airflow rates and lungs capacity. Interestingly, several studies have revealed that although smoking cigarettes reduce lungs volume, smoking marijuana has the opposite effect. Occasional use of marijuana is associated with increase in lungs air flow rates and lungs capacity.
Tobacco contains chemicals that are harmful to both smokers and nonsmokers. Breathing even a little tobacco smoke can be harmful for you. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, around 250 are known to be harmful for your health specially lungs. Smoking cigarette harms nearly every organ of the body unlike smoking marijuana cannabis. It has found that around 3,000 lung cancer deaths occur each year among adult nonsmokers in the United States as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Several studies have revealed that smoking cigarettes can cause significant lungs damage, including respiratory symptoms, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. On the other hand, marijuana researchers have found that use of medical marijuana can control pain, stimulate appetite, and manage other chronic symptoms too. Studies conducted by pulmonologists have found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana cannabis smoke can encourage programmed cell death, causing cells to die off before they have a chance to undergo malignant transformation.
Researchers at Harvard University found that THC can reduce tumor growth in lungs by up to 50% as well as significantly reduce the ability of cancer cells to spread. Smoking marijuana cannabis does not increase the risk of lung cancer or head-and-neck malignancies even for the people who use it on a regular basis. However, the study specify that the more tobacco a person smoked, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer. Medical marijuana is a proven and valuable therapy and can be used to treat host of diseases, conditions, and ailments.
Unemployment lines. Millions of American jobs shipped overseas. Decaying cities. Families in homeless shelters.
Politicians and pundits squawk about these problems. Bruce Springsteen just released his rockin’ Wrecking Ball, an impassioned album about America’s hard times (see The Boss’s music video below).
You and I as hydroponics growers…we’re filling the pot of gold in America’s #1 homegrown industry: hydroponics medical marijuana.
People wanting to see a Born In the USA economic boom have only to look at what medical marijuana growers, patients, dispensaries, hydroponics retailers, distributors, and hydroponics manufacturers have created. Our hydroponics community shows its patriotism by producing connoisseur homegrown medicine, and big money for the economy.
Hydroponics’ economic benefits are amplified when you use American-made hydroponics nutrients, says Michael Straumietis, CEO and co-founder of Seattle-based hydroponics manufacturer Advanced Nutrients.
Straumietis’s hydroponics company has employees and facilities worldwide, but he says Advanced Nutrients “makes it a priority” to create more American hydroponics jobs.
“We started a hydroponics ‘Buy American’ campaign,” Straumietis reports. “We encourage growers to go for American-made hydroponics products, even if they’re made by our competitors.”
What’s Best for Hydroponics Marijuana & America
For most companies, profits are the only consideration. That’s why American corporations close U.S. factories and ship jobs offshore to countries where wages are drastically lower and there are few if any environmental regulations.
Advanced Nutrients has the opposite approach, Straumietis says.
“We could off-shore almost everything and make more money like other companies do,” Straumietis says. “But when hydroponics manufacturers make money by taking jobs away from Americans, that’s bad for growers and America.”
Loss of American manufacturing jobs starts a downward spiral that bankrupts families and communities, Straumietis explains. When an American factory closes and jobs go overseas, laid-off American workers can’t afford their house payments. Property values sink. Businesses fold up. Local government loses tax revenues. Schools are shuttered. Once-thriving communities become ghost towns.
It doesn’t have to be that way, Straumietis asserts, explaining that Advanced Nutrients was founded near Vancouver, Canada but the company’s innovative hydroponics products soon became so popular that Advanced had to open manufacturing and distribution centers in the U.S.
“We could have chosen our U.S. locations based solely on logistics, labor cost, taxes and other standard criteria,” Straumietis says. “But what we cared about as much as anything was finding where we could do the most good for American workers and local economies.”
Straumietis decided to locate the company’s primary U.S. manufacturing center in Woodland, Washington, even though it meant extra training costs and logistical expenditures.
“All our nutrients distributed in America are made by Americans, in America,” Straumietis says. “We’ve got employees at Woodland and across the U.S. Our manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities produce millions of dollars in payroll, taxes and other revenues for local U.S. economies and our products grow millions of dollars in revenues for hydroponics retailers, cultivators, suppliers and allied businesses.”
Keeping Hydroponics Jobs in the USA
Today Advanced Nutrients is one of the most valued employers in Woodland, says a mother of two children married to a US-based Advanced Nutrients employee.
“The region’s unemployment rate is well above the national average, and job creation has fallen off a cliff. A lot of small towns like ours try to get private prisons to move in, but the money they bring doesn’t pay for the crime and social problems they bring,” she says. “On the other hand, a company like Advanced Nutrients is just what we needed. They treat my husband and everyone so well. Advanced is a morale builder for us here. They’ve kept our family and our town alive.”
Straumietis applauds other companies that also manufacture their nutrients in the U.S., including Age Old Organics, Aurora, Botanicare, Dr. Earth, Dyna-Gro, Earth-Juice, Emerald, Fox Farm, Humboldt Nutrients, General Hydroponics, and Vital-Earth.
But it’s unlikely those companies intensely double down on Buy American business practices the way Advanced Nutrients has. Straumietis says his company voluntarily insists on the highest standards and practices to ensure worker safety, quality control, and environmentally-friendly manufacturing.
“We source from local suppliers whenever we can,” Straumietis explains. “When our people travel, we only put them on U.S.-based carriers. We’re one of the only hydroponics companies to provide health insurance and wellness incentives. We provide jobs for Ph.D. scientists, factory workers, transport specialists, administrators, chemists, quality control experts and many others.”
Straumietis says his company’s American employees feel extra loyalty, gratitude and dedication because Advanced Nutrients chose to locate its manufacturing in the USA.
For you as a hydroponics grower, this means Advanced employees are making better products for your plants.
“Their job is customer satisfaction,” Straumietis says. “They’re committed to making our products absolutely consistent, fresh and effective for growers.”
Buying American Makes You, Your Country and Your Plants Healthier
Other than your patriotism and loyalty to fellow Americans, what other good reasons make hydroponics medical marijuana growers lend support to the Advanced Nutrients Buy American campaign?
Straumietis quotes the familiar saying: “A rising tide raises all boats.”
“We’re all in this together,” he emphasizes. “When hydroponics growers spend money that supports American companies, families and communities, they strengthen the market for what growers grow. It improves our standard of living. It makes our country stronger and happier.”
Straumietis says growers gain hydroponics “Buy American” benefits in their grow rooms because hydroponics products manufactured in the USA are more potent and have longer shelf life than nutrients made overseas and shipped to America.
“Advanced Nutrients combines U.S.-manufacturing with premium materials, scientific research and dedication to grower satisfaction,” Straumietis says. “When you use our All-American nutrients, your gardening is easier and more profitable…and you help America stay strong.”
Growing plants hydroponically means that you grow the plants in an inert and sterile growing medium rather than in soil. With hydroponics, you can easily control nutrient uptake and grow medium oxygen content according to the plants need. If you are planning to grow medical marijuana indoor, hydroponic would be a right choice for you.
To grow medical hydroponic marijuana indoor you need to select your grow room carefully. Usually, a good place to set up your hydroponic grow room is in the basement. Since it is naturally insulated by the foundation, temperature management would be easier for you. Constant air circulation and fresh air is very much necessary for your indoor system. For that you need to install an oscillating fan. When using fans keep the fan in constant motion and not blowing directly on the plants as this can cause wind burn and dehydration. The larger your cannabis grow room is the greater your water demands. Make sure you have adequate and convenient access to water. If you are not using clones to start your garden, you need to germinate seeds by using rockwool cubes.
The size of your cannabis grow room will determine your light set up. Metal Halide (MH) or High Pressure Sodium (HPS) are generally used. Metal halide light is close to any regular room light and cool fluorescent light is best for vegetative growth period. Small growers can use portable lights and adjust according to the needs. During the vegetative stage, keep the light on for minimum 18 hours a day. For clones and seedlings you need T-5 high-output fluorescent lighting. Grow room humidity during vegetative phase should be between 40-55 percent. You should avoid excess humidity that allows mold and other harmful organisms to flourish, which can destroy your plants. Growing medical marijuana indoor requires a large amount of oxygen. They also need large amounts of carbon dioxide (C02), especially underneath leaves. Total C02 for the grow room should be between 800-1200 parts per million during lights-on cycle. Plant foods are usually measured in an N-P-K format, i.e. nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. If you are buying hydroponic nutrient from market, get the powder kind that mixes with water smoothly. An all purpose hydroponic nutrient solution with secondary elements like calcium, sulphur and magnesium, and trace elements such as boron, copper, molybdenum, zinc, iron, and manganese will get you through all stages of growth. Remember to change the nutrient solution in every 2 weeks to clean out the reservoir. After cleaning, you need to add tap water and nutrient solution properly to reuse it.
Marijuana plants produce a unique odor that you may occasionally smell, usually at dusk and dawn. Sometimes they can be strong enough to attract attention. To eliminate the smell, you need to install an ozone generator. If you are planning to store your weed for more than a year, you have to wrap them in an air tight container and store in dark, cool place.