Is it better to grow cannabis outdoors using natural light and soil or indoors? The answer is not as clear-cut as one might think.
Growing cannabis outdoors requires a temperature between 73 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which means the product is, for example, ideal for outdoor growth in the state of Washington during the months of July, August, and September.
While marijuana advocates are attempting to change the current stigma that marijuana grown outdoors is of poor quality, that stigma is alive and well and makes for a challenge in marketing techniques.
Also, there is some confusion on pesticide-free status. In fact, cannabis growers do use pesticides, but since they use them during the vegetative state and not after flowering, they consider their cannabis pesticide-free. This makes the idea of purchasing outdoor-grown a risk-taking venture and less appealing as a result.
Indoor growth of marijuana requires significantly more resources, including electricity for the proper lighting and nutrient addition for adequate soil. Therefore, indoor growth may be considered a less appealing option, if it weren’t for the fact these growers have the market cornered at the moment and are making the most off the product. However, federal legalization would interfere with that market status, leaving some growers less than enthused as advocates and politicians push for the federal change.
Certain small farms in California are also working to adjust to outdoor-grown methods, mostly at the behest of companies like Flow Kana. This effort is focused on helping farms extend their distribution and properly scale their product to earn the most profit.
In the end, the argument about the amount of resources used clearly shows outdoor-grown cannabis is the winner. However, since this growth method has a strong stigma against it in the market and is not straightforward in admitting the use of pesticides, the product may not be the wisest purchase for those looking for quality marijuana.
At this time, the purchase is a matter of personal preference and not a conclusive win for either method of growth.