Growing weed indoors needn’t be difficult. All you need is the right equipment. Below, we’ve built the most comprehensive cannabis grow equipment list out there—complete with everything from seeds and pots to lights and tents. We’ve even included various options for each piece of equipment suited for beginner, intermediate, and advanced growers.
Remember, cannabis has different growing requirements than other plants. It likes slightly acidic soil with a pH of roughly 6–6.8 (5.5–6.5 for soilless grows). In terms of nutrients, cannabis needs varying concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium during its life cycle, as well as a rich balance of micronutrients like calcium, manganese, iron, copper, sulphur, and more.
BEST GROWING EQUIPMENT FOR BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, AND EXPERIENCED CULTIVATORS
• California Lightworks Solar System 550: This 400W light is perfect for intermediate growers running larger grow rooms but still operating on a budget. While it’s a little pricey, the Solar System 550 has to be one of the best mid-range lights out there. It combines 50,000 LED lights in a single unit, draws 400W at full power, and can cover a 1.1m² (3 × 4ft) area in bloom and up to 2.2m² (6 × 8ft) in veg. It also boasts really low heat output, so you might even be able to get away with not using ducts.
• Nature’s Living Soil: This is one of the best store-bought super soils available. Nature’s Living Soil is a concentrated super soil used to enrich regular soils like Roots Organic or Fox Farm. It contains all the organic nutrients your plants need to grow big and healthy and to produce the best possible harvests. If you’re an intermediate grower looking to get a bit more hands-on in the garden, this is a great option.
Cannabis pots come in all shapes and sizes. The exact pots you plan to use will vary more on the size constraints of your grow space than your skills as a grower. Ideally, you’ll want to give your plants sufficient room to develop a healthy root system while keeping them at a manageable size.
Another key factor to consider when selecting cannabis gear is if you’ll be consuming individually or socially.
If you know you’re going to consume cannabis primarily indoors, you can generally opt for larger and potentially more complex or intricate pieces including things such as:
If you plan on consuming cannabis in more social settings, you should adapt your gear accordingly. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
On the other hand, if you’re invested in the stylistic and artistic side of cannabis, you may be better suited looking for custom, handmade art pieces. Because this type of gear is typically more intricate, using colors and imaginative shapes and designs, the glass is often not as thick or durable as scientific glass. Additionally, artistic glass pieces tend to be more expensive than scientific pieces. But for people who like the aesthetic elements of cannabis culture, the slightly less durable glass and slightly higher price tags of an artistic piece are often worth it.
If you’re going to enjoy flower, you’ll need adequate storage gear to keep your buds out of direct light and in an airtight environment, away from extreme temperatures and open air, and at the correct humidity levels.
When consuming marijuana on your own, you’ll generally be better off using smaller bowls and pipes, since you will be burning through smaller amounts of bud during a solo smoke sesh. Similarly, you can get away with more minimalist storage equipment, as you will likely have smaller quantities of product on hand.
The frequency of your cannabis consumption also plays a role in figuring out the type of cannabis gear is best suited for you. For example, if you are a frequent cannabis consumer — daily or near-daily — you may be better off investing in more expensive, durable gear than someone who consumes much less frequently.
Made out of thick glass and a glazed ceramic material, Heir’s water pipe is a classier way to get high. What you get: a precision-made smoking accessory with a modern design.
If you’ve been afraid to make your own edibles because you’re afraid of screwing up main ingredient, this is a set-it-and-forget-it solution.
1. LEVO II Herbal Oil Infuser
The official pot smoking holiday — whose origins have been (incorrectly) linked to rock star death anniversaries, the police penal code, and the number of chemical compounds in the THC-rich plant — has grown from a small event on society’s fringes, to a nationally-recognized event.
Step away from the stove, LEVO’s second-generation oil and butter infuser takes all of the guesswork out of brownies (and more).
Roughly 12% of adults smoke pot according to a recent poll conducted by Gallup, and 11 states have legalized it for recreational use. Many others have legalized it for medical use, and weed is currently totally prohibited in only three states. Reefer madness, it seems, is alive and well.