If you are seeking weed that provides an almost psychedelic high, you simply must read our growing guide for LSD. We offer steps and tips to help you grow this strain from seedling to potent plant ready for harvest. As you can guess, it is named after lysergic acid diethylamide, a drug developed by Albert Hofmann in 1938. The scientist didn’t realize that his new drug was hallucinogenic until he accidentally consumed a small amount in 1943.
Hofmann enjoyed the bizarre experience so much that he took a large amount a few days later and experienced the world’s first acid trip! The marijuana version was developed by Barney’s Farm in the Netherlands and is a cross of Mazar and Skunk #1. It is a hybrid strain that can be either slightly indica or sativa.
If you adore LSD marijuana and want to grow your favorite strain, keep reading our growing guide but bear in mind that you can experiment a little and end up growing a different LSD strain from one harvest to the next.
Tip #1 –Strain Review: LSD Cannabis, What to Expect When Using It
LSD marijuana has a THC content of up to 24% so it is extremely potent and not ideal for a first-time weed user. Although this strain can have a CBD content of 2-5%, it won’t be enough to counteract the effects of the intoxicating compound. LSD provides a powerful cerebral high but rather than give you energy; it helps you relax before the Indica body high kicks in.
It is used as an analgesic because users report feeling ‘elevated’ to the point where they simply can’t feel the pain they are normally in. This strain rewards the user with a euphoric high boosts mood, and may even inspire creative types.
Tip #2 – Difficulty Growing LSD Cannabis
In terms of grow difficulty, LSD is regarded as easy to cultivate. It has a natural resistance to common parasites and pests. If all you do is feed it moderately, you can expect to benefit from a fairly substantial yield as long as the room’s humidity level is in check. Otherwise, you need to prune your plants as and when necessary to reduce the risk of mold.
Tip #3 – Best Growing Techniques for LSD Cannabis
LSD is one of the best marijuana strains to test out your pruning skills on. Effective pruning will help elevate your yield. It doesn’t grow particularly tall, but it will grow thick and bushy if you allow it to. It is best if you ‘top’ the plant to help produce more auxin which boosts the growth potential of the weed. We recommend pruning the lower branches to ensure the energy is focused on the large buds above.
Topping involves cutting off the top of the plant at the stem between the nodes. It will create a pair of main colas at the top of the plant, and you can use Low-Stress Training to tie down branches and create extra colas. The newly created colas are evenly spread out. It is a technique that ‘stresses’ the LSD plant a little and it may take a couple of days to recover and start growing again.
Tip #4 – LSD Cannabis Yield Expectations
LSD is a high-yielding plant whether you grow it indoors or outside. It typically yields approximately 21 ounces per square meter planted indoors. As for outdoor growing; assuming your plants are exposed to plenty of sunshine, the average LSD plant will produce up to 18 ounces of high-quality bud per plant. Outdoor growers also benefit from an early harvest; your crop could be ready by mid-September.
Whether or not it is worth growing your own LSD weed depends on how much you plan on using. Medicinal users often find that cultivation saves them money in the long-term. In Oregon, dispensaries sell LSD for approximately $180 per ounce. Even if you spend $2,000 on the equipment needed for a homegrow, anything above 11 ounces means you save money on what you pay at a dispensary, and you get to learn so much more about cannabis.
Tip #5 – Feeding LSD Cannabis
This is a strain that thrives on a moderate feeding schedule. You should consider growing in an organic super soil, which includes a variety of organic ingredients including worm castings and bat guano. These soil amendments contain different nutrients necessary for your LSD plants to grow.
As you probably know, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are key nutrients, and there are readymade fertilizers available from garden stores in an N-P-K ratio. For instance, if the bag says 3-2-1, it means there are three parts nitrogen for every two parts of phosphorus and one-part potassium.
Nitrogen-rich soil amendments include crustacean meal, which also includes calcium and chitin among other nutrients. Rock dust and chicken manure add phosphorus, while kelp meal and wood ash add potassium. While the focus is on NPK, don’t forget calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and numerous other nutrients.
Tip #6 – Should You Grow LSD Cannabis Indoors or Outdoors?
If you are looking for versatility, LSD is the right strain! It grows well whether you grow it indoors or outside. Most home growers prefer indoor cultivation because they can control the climate and prevent issues such as excess moisture or pests from ruining their crop. There is also a space consideration: Not everyone has access to enough land to enjoy a cannabis garden.
As states continue to allow marijuana cultivation, you would think the phenomenon known as ‘guerilla growing’ would begin to die out, but that isn’t the case. For the record, it is a term used to describe the practice of growing weed in a secret outdoor location that isn’t in your own garden. Individuals who do this find a secluded spot in nature where they are unlikely to be caught.
Those who go down this route seek a location close to water that doesn’t have many visitors. However, we don’t recommend going down this path because it is hard to find the right spot, not to mention covering your tracks and providing an alibi if you get caught near the growing field. It is better to grow LSD indoors if you want clandestine cultivation, although we are against illegal growing no matter if it happens inside or outside.
Tip #7 –Flowering Time of LSD Cannabis
LSD’s flowering time is 7-8 weeks, which makes it a relatively fast-growing strain. It is wise to invest in a small microscope once harvest time rolls around. Ideally, it will have a magnification of at least 60x as this allows you to look at the buds and spot the milky color of trichomes; an indication that your crop is ready for harvest. When the trichomes are slightly amber, they are ready to go. Don’t wait too long!
When harvesting, it is imperative that you have a set of clean tools. Large scale growers have a microbiologist on hand who swabs and tests all tools for contaminants before they are used. Although a home grower isn’t going to pay for a scientist; the least you can do is ensure the harvesting tools remain in the harvesting room at all times.
It makes perfect sense: If you use a pair of clippers when cultivating, it will be exposed to the bacteria that occurs naturally in soil. Obviously, allowing the same clippers to touch your final product is asking for trouble.
Tip #8 – What is the Best Climate for Growing LSD Cannabis?
LSD cannabis grows best if kept in a daytime temperature range of between 65- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. Outdoor growers must be wary of heavy rainfall because if the dense buds are saturated, they could develop mold or powdery mildew. The latter is a fairly common disease that can be seen on the buds and leaves of cannabis plants. You typically find it on the lower branches due to poor airflow, high humidity, and less light exposure.
It is easy to spot but spreads very quickly. Prevent powdery mildew by spraying your plants with organic fungicides, and prune when necessary to improve overall airflow. A mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide with water creates a potent solution that can remove the mildew and sterilize the harvested plants. It is an absolute pain to complete this process, but it is worth the time and effort because it will probably save your plants.