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How to grow top shelf weed! 

By Cheri Sicard
August 16, 2023

Dear Cheri, 

I am a brand new cannabis gardener and I am so excited.  I have heard you say in the past that if you are going to grow, grow the best weed you can.  So my questions is how do I do that?  Can you tell me how to grow top shelf weed?

Well you are correct, it takes about the same amount of time and effort to grow bad weed as good weed, so why not grow the good stuff?

In the answer to the question, entire books have been written on this topic, so we can’t cover it all in a blog post or YouTube video.  Jorge Cervantes’ Marijuana Horticulture is an excellent one.

However, to get you started, I brought in Mitch Mandell, Cannabis Cheri’s grow editor, to at least give some basic suggestions on improving the quality of your homegrown cannabis and to at least get you on the road of how to grow top shelf cannabis.

#1 Growing top shelf starts with genetics!

You have to have good genetics, meaning quality seeds or clones, if you hope to grow top shelf weed. 

A bad seed will grow bad weed.  It just is not capable of producing more.  A good seed will grow good weed, providing you properly care for it.  

Source your starting seeds or clones carefully and you will be well on your way towards growing top shelf cannabis!

#2 Be a good gardener  

Part of gardening is experience and knowing what to do and how to take care of plants.  

If you have grown flowers or produce, you are ahead of the game.  If you have never grown anything, you have some catching up to do.  A book like the one by Jorge Cervantes, linked above, it is a good place to start before you begin growing.

You can also get a lot of great tutorials on the Bud Grower website.  And if you purchase one of their indoor grow kits, it comes with 3 months of email and phone support to help get you through your first grow.

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Beyond that, I will, however, put in the caveat that if you are just randomly surfing the internet looking for grow advice, be aware that there is a lot of bad advice out there and people handing out said advice, who have no idea what they are talking about. (Just like there is with cannabis cooking.) 

So be aware whom you are taking grow advice from.

 Some credible experts I like include:

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About the author

Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women, and The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.  Her online courses at have educated 1000s of students about marijuana, cannabis cooking for home cooks, and making infused topicals.

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