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What’s to Stop You From “Getting all Potted Up on Weed and Then Getting Behind the Wheel?”

“The Daily Show” host and comedian Jon Stewart shed light on one of the bigger hypocrisies in the anti-marijuana legalization sector: how they condemn marijuana use while condoning, and even promoting, the consumption of an arguably more harmful drug: alcohol.

One prime example Jon Stewart uses to illustrate his point is a Fox News host who asks the question, “what’s to stop someone from getting all potted up on weed and then getting behind the wheel,” onlyВ in a later segment, to exclaim that he’s “going to get real drunk” on New Year’s Eve.

Stewart utilizes this hypocrisy to question why alcohol consumption, and even over consumption, has become “socially acceptable” while weed is still considered a “deadly gateway drug that no sane person could ever hope to escape.” In fact, Stewart notes, “Our view of alcohol is not even benign indifference, but celebratory. While marijuana always leads you down a dark path.”

This persistent viewpoint continues despite evidence proving the contrary. While the lifetime dependency risk for marijuana is 9 percent, it is 15 percent for alcohol. In addition, alcohol consumption and dependency in general can prove to be more dangerous than marijuana: roughly 300 people die from alcohol poisoning annually, while there have been zero marijuana overdose deaths. This statistic makes sense, considering drinking 10 times the recommended serving of alcohol can be fatal, while one would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint to lead to death. So as a society, we are glorifying the use of a potentially life-threatening drug while deeming a non-fatal substance hazardous.

Marijuana is actually also medicinally useful as well as aВ less addictive alternative to prescription painkillers. A recent study even showed that cannabis may help lengthen the lifespan of people who suffered from brain trauma.

Now, even Jon Stewart notes that “pot, like everything else, can have its downsides,” but that still begs the question of why we continue to demonize this substance, while we celebrate alcohol, all the while ignoring its very real and obvious dangers. Luckily, the tides are turning: a Pew survey revealed that 69% of Americans believe alcohol is harmful to a person’s health, while only 15% believe marijuana is. Now we need must take this wisdom to the ballot box and vote for В legislators who support marijuana decriminalization in the upcoming midterm elections.

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Why you Should Pot Up

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Why you should pot up your cannabis plants – by pot up we mean transplant them to bigger pots rather than planting them straight into a large one. Transplanting to bigger pots has a lot of advantages for your plants. Hopefully this little article will help you understand why potting up is so necessary for a successful grow.

Cannabis plants are tropical plants that are used to growing out deep roots to get as much water and nutrients as possible. When planted in flowerpots, they obviously have a limit as to how deep they can go with the roots, as well as a limit as to how wide the roots can grow – we all know that roots are reflected in the size and shape of the plant, so if there’s a limit to how deep and wide the roots can grow, there will be a limit to how tall and wide the plant can grow.

The roots try and expand as much as they possibly can, so they go as deep as they possibly can and once they reach the bottom of the flowerpot, they get as wide as they can and begin going back up the walls of the flowerpot. Once they fill up all of these areas they want to keep growing, as the oldest roots stop being able to absorb anything and they turn into simple channels through which water can flow.

Cannabis plants are generally transplanted only during the growth period, as they don’t need any more room to grow their roots during the flowering period – the last transplant you should do is around the time your plant is about to begin flowering so that it can give the roots that last shoot of energy. If you’re growing indoors, this is just before you flip the light period and if you’re growing outdoors in the Northern hemisphere then you should do it just as summer starts, around the 24 th of July.

If you’re planting straight into the ground then you obviously won’t need to transplant as the roots will have free reign to grow as much as they can. If you’re planting in flowerpots and you put your little saplings straight into a giant flowerpot then the roots will grow down to the bottom and the edges of the flowerpot, but the middle of the substrate will end up empty of any roots and will most likely go bad after a couple of weeks – this is because when you water, the water itself will stay in the substrate for much longer due to the lack of roots to absorb it. This humidity ruins the roots at the sides and your plants will get stressed and begin dropping leaves.

If you’re growing in a 3L pot, transplant it to a 7L pot, then a 11L pot, then 30L and lastly to a 50L pot (depending on how big you want to grow the plant, of course). This will cause your plant to form a dense root system that will occupy practically all of the substrate, making for an enormous and extremely healthy plant. If you want to know when to transplant you can check out our article on the subject.

If you start off with a 50L flowerpot, everything will work out fine during the beginning, but once the plant grows the roots down to the bottom it will begin losing leaves and when it comes time to flower it will hardly be able to flower properly due to having lost so many leaves.

In indoor grows a similar thing happens – a grow in which you plant the seed straight into a 7L flowerpot isn’t the same as one in which you start off with 3L and pot up for flowering into a 7L pot. If you’re growing in a 3L flowerpot and transplant to 7L for the flowering period they will be much healthier if you had just stuck with the 7L from the start – they’ll absorb more nutrients and you’ll most likely get much more yield of much better quality weed.

If you’re growing autoflowering strains, however, then it’s a different story; both indoors and outdoors, autoflowering plants need to go straight into their designated 7L or 11L pot depending on if they’re 2 month or 3 month strains.

If you have any questions or suggestions, go ahead and leave a comment down below and our team of experts will get back to you as soon as possible.

Author: Javier Chinesta
Translation: Ciara Murphy

Why you Should Pot Up – Learn why you need to transplant your plants in order for them to grow strong and healthy through the flowering period.