Globe and Mail lifestyle journalist Ian Brown published a long and self-effacing feature about his attempts to grow his own REC from an illegally procured California seed, using an automatic-growing machine in a grow-tent.

  • Expert response to the piece was derisive. BC Independent Cannabis Association director and grower Travis Lane picked through the story’s errors. These included scientific flaws like long-debunked myths about indica and sativa cultivars and a claim that light cycles in growing have a greater effect than a plant’s chemical makeup does on what kinds of cannabinoids it contains.
  • Lane’s criticisms also focused on bad growing practices Brown was advised to undertake, such has purging the plant of its nutrients, drying for six days, or “drying it beforehand for ten seconds in the microwave.” He noted by Brown’s numbers, he didn’t succeed in drying his cannabis properly.
  • Lane said he felt it important to critique the article because it risked discouraging new growers and “seriously exaggerated” the difficulty of cannabis cultivation. “Home growing is not so difficult. It doesn’t require BS tech. […] If you like gardening, that is the only real requirement for success.” Twitter—Travis Lane
  • Some home growers do it because it’s far cheaper than buying from LPs, or even from illegal sellers. Others do it for the love of the dirt and the plant itself. Growersin legal home-cultivation provinces are excited about the season openingCBC Business

Quick Hits

  1. The introduction of low-cost outdoor growing may significantly change the industry, offering production at 20 cents per gram compared with more than $1 per gram indoors.
    Globe and Mail—Paywall
  2. Every LP wants to have a passionate and knowledgeable cultivator who understands the potential for developing aromatic, powerful cultivars.
  3. An indoor cannabis grow-site uses as much as 200 times as much electricity as the average office building of the same size.
    Financial Post