Indoor Vs. Outdoor: Which Type Of Weed Gives You A Better High?

Cannabis options these days are more plentiful than ever. It seems there’s a new way to use marijuana every season and always a new strain to try. When it comes to selecting a marijuana product, the process, while exciting, can be quite daunting. It helps to find ways to narrow down the list of choices in front of you.

If you prefer indica over sativa, for example, you can cut your list in half. This can make your selection a little less overwhelming. Then there is the cultivation method to consider.

You may have heard that there are differences between indoor and outdoor marijuana. You might even notice that the buds you buy look a bit different depending on whether they were grown indoors or in natural sunlight. This might lead you to wonder if these visual differences between indoor and outdoor grown marijuana can also affect the quality of the product. If so, when it comes to indoor or outdoor cannabis, which type is better to buy?

Reasons to Buy (and Avoid) Indoor Grown Marijuana

Indoor cannabis is sometimes compared to growing marijuana in the lab, and this comparison is by no means without merit. Indoor marijuana is grown under very controlled laboratory conditions. This control allows growers to extract the exact attributes they are looking for in a given variety.

This controlled, hands-on approach can lead to potent products, with several indoor strains having a higher THC content than their outdoor counterparts of the same strain. According to the Cannabis Technology and Marketing Company sheet buyer“In an enclosed space, you can control the amount (and type) of light your plant receives, the humidity in your grow room, and just about every other factor that goes into growing cannabis.”

When you buy indoor cannabis, you are likely to get a controlled product, with little variation. In other words, if you’re less likely to be “surprised” by indoor cannabis, part of the goal is to remove that nuance that exists in outdoor farming.

Although the quality of indoor cannabis is controlled and closely monitored, there are some reasons that could keep you away from indoor grown cannabis. One of these reasons is noticeable right from the start – the price. Since indoor cannabis is grown inside a facility, there is more overhead. It often takes more labor per plant to grow as well, driving up the price even further. And while each plant can potentially contain more THC than outdoor plants, yields are often much lower.

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The other reason you might want to reconsider buying indoor weed has less to do with the feeling of euphoria, and more to do with how bad the purchase can make you feel on a moral level. This is because indoor cannabis has a gigantic carbon footprint. According to New Frontier Data“Indoor growers use 18 times more energy to produce one gram of cannabis than outdoor growers (kWh/gram).”

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The study goes so far as to say that growing marijuana indoors produces nearly 25 times more carbon than outdoor growing methods. If, like many, you are sensitive to your carbon footprint in this age of climate change, buying indoor cannabis might make you feel a bit environmentally irresponsible.

Outdoor Cannabis and Why You Should Choose It

When it comes to growing outdoors, it’s easy to compare it to growing indoors and see one major potential downside, and that’s a lack of consistency. Like wine and other complex horticultural products, outdoor cannabis can vary greatly from one growing season to the next. With wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, and other intense and unpredictable weather events, it’s easy to see why there can be good years and bad years for outdoor cannabis. This, more than anything, makes outdoor cannabis unpredictable, especially compared to indoor grown cannabis.

There is also the climate to consider. Growing cannabis outdoors in tropical Hawaii simply won’t be the same process or product as the same strain grown in Maine. Growing seasons can be short or long, just as days and sunlight can vary widely.

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Yet some argue that this one-to-one relationship outdoor plants have with the Earth and the sun is what makes it special, even superior. “By letting the plants do their thing and just making sure they have enough food and water to thrive, you can end up with an amazing harvest,” according to the cannabis nutrient supply company. geoflora nutrients. “Many growers even consider buds grown outdoors to taste better because they were grown with sunlight.”

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In fact, while the idea that indoor weed is more accurately grown and therefore superior is a theory, others see great value in using natural elements. “The outside has a bad reputation for being weak or not as juicy in flavor as the inside,” Merry Jane editor Mary Carreon says Forbes. “But I would say the outside can be just as good, sometimes better, than the inside,” she continued.

After all, potency isn’t necessarily what makes marijuana “the best”. Some people crave taste and aroma. Much like fine wine, much of that nuanced flavor can come from the soil and environment, which can be muted or absent altogether when marijuana is grown indoors with carefully handled soil.

Both outdoor and indoor marijuana are capable of producing the best weed in the country. Indoor cannabis is king when it comes to consistency, as it strips the environment of almost all outdoor variables. It also unloads a giant carbon footprint. Outdoor cannabis, although married and unique to the climate where it is purchased, can provide a more eco-friendly and flavorful experience, although this may come as a small surprise.

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