The process of growing your own cannabis can be one headache after the other if you don’t have the right supplies and knowledge.

Before embarking on the journey, make sure you can answer some basic questions. How much light do plants require during the vegetative stage? What’s the best pH range for soil? How do you cure cannabis? What’s the best way to store the buds?

To get started, you’ll need a clone, lighting kit, a timer, pre-fertilized organic potting soil, perlite, a wall-mounted fan, a pH meter, oxygen peroxide, Humidipaks, Mylar bags or Mason jars, a screen, and a fabric or net pot. You can pick up most of the materials, besides the lighting kit and clone, at your local nursery and home improvement store.

The industry standard for lighting is a 250- to 1,000-watt High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulb, either high-pressure sodium or metal halide. But because this won’t screw into home fixtures, it requires a ballast and hood/reflector. You can buy the pieces individually, but we recommend you purchase a kit. Many online shops specializing in gardening offer complete lighting kits.

The cannabis you’ll grow won’t be as good as connoisseur-grade stuff, but it can definitely be as good as what your local dispensary sells.

Happy growing!