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how to increase the potency of marijuana

In this entry, we will focus on tricks that will help maximize the yield, the amount of cannabinoids, and the amount of terpenes in cannabis buds and we will see exactly how to increase the potency of marijuana. As you know, the most important thing is to properly select marijuana seeds, provide an ideal environment for cultivation, and fertilize the plant during the flowering phase. You should focus on these basics from the very beginning, but how else can you help plants increase their efficiency? How to increase the weight of your tops? And what to do to increase the power of this crop? It turns out that these two things have a lot in common. You will learn about it in this post. First, let's get down to the power of marijuana!

Before you start growing any cannabis, check the laws in your country. Currently, in Poland, the cultivation of non-fibrous hemp is illegal and is punishable by imprisonment.

What needs to be provided to the crop to increase the potency of marijuana? 


How to increase the potency of marijuana? The process begins when choosing a variety with high genetic potential for THC production!

Increasing the potency of marijuana is a process by which we increase the content of the THC cannabinoid. It is possible through several breeding and care methods.

First selection of appropriate genes. There is no philosophy here - the simplest way is to increase the potency of marijuana from the very beginning? – you need to choose varieties that are genetically characterized by a high amount of THC.

Some strains naturally contain more THC or CBD than others. All strains ranging around 22-30% THC should fully satisfy the appetite for power of even the most persistent cannabis connoisseur.

The next step is to take care of it optimal growing conditions. Providing the plant with ideal conditions for growth - appropriate light, temperature, humidity, air flow and nutrients - allows the plant's genetic potential to fully develop.

So you have to take proper care of the process light management: Appropriate lighting in key growth phases may affect the production of cannabinoids. In particular, strong and effective lighting during the flowering phase is important. And of course appropriate fertilization: Applying the right nutrients, especially during the flowering phase, can increase the potency and quality of the buds. It is important not to overdo it, as excess fertilizers can harm the plants.

Training, that is stressing plants. Some controlled plant stress techniques, such as low stress training (LST) and pruning, can increase cannabinoid production.

The right harvest time means increased marijuana potency

Although not many beginner cannabis growers know this, the appropriate cutting time often determines the final potency of the marijuana. We will return to a more detailed discussion of appropriate growing conditions later in the article, describing how it translates into increased yields. However, when it comes to how to increase the potency of marijuana, one of the most important elements that directly translates into the final potency is the choice of optimal harvest time.

Deciding when to cut your cannabis for maximum potency comes from observing the color of the trichomes, the small resin glands on the surface of the buds. Trichomes are an indicator of the plant's maturity and cannabinoid content, such as THC. Here are the general guidelines:

  1. Trichomes Transparent: When most of the trichomes are still clear, the plant has not fully matured. Harvesting at this time usually results in lower THC content and less intense effects.
  2. Milky Trichomes (Cloudy): This is usually the best time to harvest when it comes to maximizing THC potency. When most of the trichomes turn a milky or cloudy color, it signals that the THC content is at its peak.
  3. Amber Trichomes: When the trichomes begin to turn amber, it means that THC is beginning to break down into another cannabinoid, CBN, which has more calming and relaxing effects. Harvesting at this point may result in less psychoactive potency, but may be ideal for those looking for calming effects.

Hemp cutting based on trichome observations

To accurately determine the color of the trichomes, it is recommended to use a jewelry loupe or a pocket microscope. Remember that the ideal time to harvest may vary depending on the strain of cannabis and individual preferences for effects.

Proper drying also affects the potency of marijuana!

Correctly performed curing. Correctly carried out drying can have a significant positive impact on the quality and strength of the final product. You can read more about it here – Marijuana curing.

How to increase the potency of marijuana?

Appropriate cutting time
is crucial!

Two birds with one stone, i.e. a detailed discussion of growing conditions - how to increase the potency of marijuana and its yields

How to increase the weight of tops and their number? You should start by selecting the right marijuana seeds

As promised, we begin a detailed discussion of the process of increasing yield, which will, of course, also translate into the potency of marijuana. The basic question for every grower planning to grow their own cannabis bushes is: Which marijuana seeds to choose? Usually we want a fast variety that will produce large and resin-rich buds. Of course, the effect, which consists of the amount and type of cannabinoids, as well as terpenes influencing the additional sensations, is another thing that everyone takes into account.

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Therefore, the basic questions to ask yourself when choosing seeds will be the questions what we expect and what conditions we have for the plant.

  • Is it supposed to be a medical marijuana strain?
  • Will the plant be cultivated? indoor in a room with limited height, or outdoor?
  • When do we start cultivation, i.e. will we be able to provide the bushes with enough light and minimum temperature?

If we do not approach the matter professionally at this stage, the collections will not be as good. The selection of appropriate genetics and appropriate environmental conditions contribute to full success in the form of huge marijuana yields, but also their quality and, of course, potency. By selecting the ideal environmental conditions, you can increase not only the number of harvests or the size of the buds themselves.

You can also change the proportions and composition of terpenes and cannabinoids in the plant! And as we know, this will translate directly into the effects this plant produces, as well as its aroma and taste. How to increase the potency of marijuana and its yields right from the start? – Choosing the right seeds is crucial.

how to increase marijuana yield - the right soil
How to increase marijuana potency and final yield? Good soil means good final product quality.

The best soil for high yields

Choosing the right soil for growing cannabis can significantly improve the quality and quantity of your harvest. Therefore, it is worth having a basic knowledge of what type of soil will be best for growing marijuana. As it turns out, acidic soils that contain small amounts of magnesium or iron can affect the lower yield of the plant. On the other hand, slightly acidic soil, rich in hydrogen phosphates, potassium and calcium, have a positive effect on the size and number of buds.

Most often, the best results in terms of plant potency and yield are obtained by using soils with a pH of 5,5 during the growth phase, and adjusting the soil pH to 6,5 (reducing soil acidity) as the flowering phase progresses. Before harvesting, it is best to get rid of the excess of mineral salts and elements by using ordinary water with a pH of 7 (neutral) for watering.

The right temperature for growing cannabis

Hemp is a very strong plant that can survive large temperature fluctuations. However, a true grower doesn't want his plants straining or worse, entering a survival period. Every effort that a plant has to make to survive can negatively affect its productivity. So it's worth asking yourself what is the ideal temperature for growing marijuana? At what temperature will the best yield be obtained? Firstly, maintaining a constant temperature of the growing environment between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius will be beneficial for most genetics.

Secondly, for most marijuana strains, a temperature difference of 10 degrees between day and night will be most beneficial. In marijuana cultivation indoor to maintain the best temperatures, e.g. heating mats or air conditioners can be used, but the situation is different in the case of outdoor cultivation. Do you know how to increase the potency of marijuana and have an XXL yield? Be sure to know the climate in which you intend to sow marijuana seeds outdoor. Both latecomers and impatients can spoil things right from the start! Why? Now let's move on to the issue - light.

Perfect lighting for marijuana plants

In conditions indoor as with temperature, we can control the number of hours of light. If your cannabis grows outdoors, the only influence on the number of hours of sunlight will be to watch the climate and start growing at the right time. In the vegetative phase, for the plant to reach its best size, it needs about 18 hours of light a day and, in the best case, 8 hours of direct sunlight. Here, too, it is worth choosing the best growing place and eliminating any possible shadow cast on the hemp. The impatient, wanting to start growing too early can cause their plant to go into the flowering phase too early, then return to the vegetative phase over time. Latecomers, on the other hand, will not get a large and full-strength marijuana, but a tiny undergrown bush that will give birth to young bubbles instead of thick, full-grown buds.

How to increase your marijuana yield ventilation enlightenment
Another tip on how to increase the potency of marijuana and the amount of crops? Make sure the plant is properly lit.

Good ventilation is the key to healthy and large buds

You must know that every plant needs fresh air for proper development. In the case of outdoor cultivation, you don't have to worry about it, the wind will take care of it, but the case is different in cultivation indoor. If indoor cultivation is not provided with a good fan, the so-called air consumed by plants, which in turn will lead to the appearance of diseases or pests. As a result, the yield and strength of the plant will decrease.

Air humidity in bush cultivation

As you know, too much air humidity during the flowering period of marijuana can be a threat to the buds. Especially when the resulting buds are light, loose. This favors the formation of mold, and then the entire harvest can be thrown into the bin. Therefore, in cultivation indoor, regardless of the type of marijuana seeds, and thus regardless of the genetics - whether it will be a variety resistant to mold, with compact buds or not, it is worth taking care of dry air during the flowering phase of the plant. At the same time, remember to keep the substrate moist.

In the case of crops Outdoor we have much less opportunities to provide plants with ideal conditions for development. They are more susceptible to pest attacks or the appearance of mold. A big plus, however, are the lower costs of such breeding, compared to breeding indoor. In order to obtain very large yields of marijuana rich in cannabinoids and terpenes, growers invest not only in special soil mixtures and fertilizers, but also in appropriate lamps, fans and air dryers. All this allows you to create a climate close to ideal for any genetics.

So how do you bulk up your tops? Does mass = power? When do buds swell?

how to increase the mass of your tops

How to increase the weight of buds and how to increase the potency of marijuana - in both of these issues, it is crucial to ensure optimal growing conditions.

Marijuana buds gain the most mass mainly in the second half of the flowering phase. This process begins after the vegetative phase ends, when the plant switches from growing leaves and branches to producing buds. Here's how the process works:

  1. Beginning of the flowering phase: At the beginning of the flowering phase, marijuana plants quickly develop flower structures. At this time, the buds are still relatively small.
  2. Middle of the flowering phase: It is during this period, usually 3-5 weeks after flowering begins, that the buds begin to gain mass rapidly. Plants focus most of their energy on producing and developing buds.
  3. Last weeks of flowering: In the final flowering phase, the growth of bud mass slows down and the plant focuses on maturing and increasing cannabinoid content. At this time, the trichomes on the buds begin to turn milky or amber, a signal that the harvest is approaching. The right harvest time is one of the answers to how to increase the potency of marijuana.

Providing optimal growing conditions, as described generally in this post, is key to maximizing bud mass growth during this critical phase. Additionally, techniques such as pruning and plant training can further promote bud development and increase yields.

The most powerful marijuana genetics

how to increase the potency of marijuana

Since good cannabis genetics are key to getting the strongest and largest yields, we decided to list a few of them. Depending on your taste and purpose, you can choose:

  • the most productive Sativa-dominant genetics,
  • varieties Indica with an XXL yield, or
  • fertile hybrids and, of course
  • medical marijuana strains with high yield.

Of course, there are many more varieties with huge potential for power and yield - and all the best ones can be found in our marijuana seed store.

AMNESIA - Efficient Sativa

Amnesia Haze is a legendary genetics famous for its Sativa predominance in the genotype and its powerful high. Currently, there are many varieties based on Amnesia genes. When choosing marijuana seeds with the goal of high yield, you should pay attention to the description of the seed manufacturer. As a result of combining different genotypes and phenotypes, plants with different characteristics are created. You can choose Amnesia with a smaller yield and shorter flowering time, or be patient and focus on efficiency.

We offer you marijuana seeds Amnesia Lemon od Barneys Farm. This is the result of crossing the best phenotypes Amnesia Haze with the chosen one Lemon SkunkThanks to this, the new variety is more resistant, blooms faster and is still mostly Sativa. A strong lemony sensory experience, sublime effect and balanced physical relief, that's how you can describe this marijuana strain. Importantly, she was officially recognized as the best Sativa at the Cannabis Cup in 2007.

Amnesia Lemon Barneys Farm

Amnesia Lemon / Barney’s Farm

  • Feminized: Yes
  • Flowering time: Medium (8-10 weeks)
  • Type: Sativa 60% Indica 40%
  • Destiny: Indoor / Outdoor
  • Taste and aroma: Lemon, spicy, sweet
  • Yield: XXL (550g)
  • Medical Marijuana: No
  • Height: Medium (100-110 cm)
  • Genetics: Amnesia Haze x Lemon Skunk
  • THC Level: Very High (21%)
  • Effect: Uplifting, cerebral


The basic division of cannabis is into Indica and Sativa. The predominance of one world may manifest itself in a plant in various ways. In appearance, indicas are bushier, shorter than the tall and slender sativas. The latter, however, are supposed to have higher potency, i.e. THC content. Pure varieties are hard to find at this point. In most cases, genes that also arise from crosses are used to create new genetics. Both worlds have started to blur, and it is difficult to call a given variety a Sativa or Indica, either by its appearance or the effect it produces. It is not surprising that there are indicas that are as strong and fruity as Sativas.

This is one of such examples Big Bang od Green House Seed with 70% genotype content Indica.

Big Bang / Green House Seed

  • Feminized: Yes
  • Flowering time: Medium (9 weeks)
  • Type: Indica 70% Sativa 30%
  • Destiny: Indoor / Outdoor
  • Taste and aroma: Sweet, woody, fruity, citrus
  • Yield: XXL (800g/m²)
  • Medical Marijuana: Yes
  • Height: Low (up to 100 cm)
  • Genetics: Skunk x Northern Lights x El Niño
  • THC level: Very high (19-22%)
  • Effect: Relaxing, sedative, analgesic, stimulates the appetite
Big Bang Green House Seed

HYBRID for picky eaters

Hybrids are varieties of marijuana seeds that have a similar percentage of genotypes Sativa i Indica. Some say that hybrids have all the best of both worlds of cannabis. There are those who pay the most attention to the balanced effects induced by marijuana hybrids. It is usually a combination of joy, euphoria and brain phase with relaxation and physical relaxation. And what hybrid with XXL yields can we recommend?
Green Gelato od Royal Queen Seeds is a variety that in the right hands can produce a really big yield, with mega-strong buds.

Green Gelato RQS

Green Gelato / Royal Queen Seeds

  • Feminized: Yes
    Flowering time: Medium (8-10 weeks)
  • Type: Sativa 45% Indica 55%
  • Destiny: Indoor / Outdoor
  • Taste and aroma: sweet, citrus, earthy
  • Yield: XXL (500-650+ g)
  • Medical Marijuana: No
  • Height: Medium (80-120 cm)
  • Genetics: Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
  • THC Level: Very High (27%)
  • Effect: pure high, physical

MEDICAL and economical

Not all types of marijuana are medical. Most often, hemp is divided into those for recreational and medicinal purposes. There is a lot of talk about the best THC:CBD ratio of medical cannabis strains, which is 1:1. However, we know that genetics with a very large amount of THC are used, among others, in the case of very serious diseases, such as cancer, in order to, for example, restore appetite or relieve pain. Fortunately, even in Poland, medical marijuana therapy has become possible, which we wrote about HERE.   We believe that there will be a situation in which we will better understand the properties of different varieties and specific proportions of hemp cannabinoids, and the cultivation of your own medicinal bush at home will be legal. For now, let's look at one such strain that is really productive!

Critical Kush / Barney’s Farm

  • Feminized: Yes
  • Flowering time: Medium (8-9 weeks)
  • Type: 100% Indica
  • Destiny: Indoor / Outdoor
  • Taste and Aroma: Fresh pine, lemon cake, earthy, herbal
  • Yield: XXL (650g)
  • Medical Marijuana: Yes
  • Height: Medium (100-110 cm)
  • Genetics: Critical mass x OG Kush
  • THC Level: Very High (20+%)
  • Effect: Excitement, relief, relaxation
Critical Kush Barneys Farm

Summary of how to increase the potency of marijuana and how to increase yields?

Increasing potency and yield of marijuana is possible by carefully managing growing conditions and using appropriate breeding techniques. The key is to choose genetically strong strains that naturally have the potential to produce high-quality buds and high amounts of cannabinoids. Providing plants with optimal conditions, such as sufficient light, proper temperature, humidity and air circulation, is essential for their healthy growth and flowering.

The use of appropriate lighting, especially during the flowering phase, and the use of balanced nutrients are crucial to increasing the potency and quantity of the crop. Additionally, controlled plant stress techniques, such as pruning and low-stress training, can help increase cannabinoid production. The optimal harvest time, when the trichomes are in the milky phase, ensures the highest THC content. Correctly performed curing is also important for the quality and potency of the final product.

It is important to remember to adapt cultivation methods to the specific needs of a given strain of marijuana, as well as to comply with legal regulations. This post is not advice on growing or consuming marijuana. Written for curiosity purposes only.

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WARNING! In Poland, the law prohibits the cultivation of hemp other than fibrous. This post is not intended to encourage you to break the law. All content related to the cultivation and processing of marijuana is for educational and curiosity purposes only. Currently, more and more countries in the world allow their citizens to grow a marijuana bush for their own use, but Poland is not one of these countries yet.

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