To hydro or not to hydro: Every master grower has his or her preference.

It’s a big decision, deciding to grow your cannabis in soil versus growing your marijuana hydroponically. Honest Marijuana founder Anthony Franciosi prefers one cultivation method over the other.

“I just feel essentially that soil-grown cannabis is a better product,” Steamboat Springs-based Franciosi told Cannabist editor-in-chief Ricardo Baca on The Cannabist Show recently. “I think it tastes better, and I think it has a better effect and more distinct and deep characteristics.”

Franciosi believes growing in soil helps showcase the individual genetics in his garden.

“When you look at the broader commercialization of cannabis and the way people are farming for the most part now, it’s all about yield and efficiency and how many grams per light,” Franciosi said. “I think you’re bypassing the way the plant has been cultivated on the Earth for 5,000 years. When you start using chemical nutrients and mineral salts and using a five-inch hydrocube that you plug in like ‘The Matrix’ and you water it five times a day with these synthetic nutrients that are full of chemical chelators that force the plant to uptake these nutrients, you’re kind of bypassing that microbial process when you grow in an organic system — you put nutrients in that need to be broken down microbially for the plant to consume.

“When you utilize that process and use a living soil system, you wind up with the most distinct display of the genetics.”

Learn more about Franciosi’s grow philosophy in the above video.


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Why this cannabis farmer only grows his weed in soil — and never hydroponics

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  • Uhhh Kys

    I agree to a point smoking flower yes organic amendments and soil is the way to go for flavour and terpene profile but I have way higher rosin returns on my hydro

  • King Slechtvalk

    I try to avoid hydro because it causes side effects. I have minor health issues with synthetic fertilizers. This is not a new thing. Even back in the 90s it caused issues and dispensary today is still not good. If I cannot get natural grown weed I avoid weed altogether..Not to mention the use of pesticides that are rally bad for you. The high is different and the effects on my body are different. The main issue is stomach problems and lung issues with hydro grown weed. When I have natural all those issues go away. Most people say it is in my head but after 25 years of using marijuana I know it is not. Some people have come forward with the same concerns. I wish more people would grow natural so I can enjoy it the way it is supposed to be. Although weed is everywhere I had to quit because it lowered my whole quality of life and is not worth it. Also the high does not last a s long. I grew up in a place where people grew weed all the time out doors and we had strains that would keep us high for 3-4 hours before needing to smoke again. With hydro I find Im having to smoke every hour to 2 hours.

  • Jimmy Kelly

    You do hydro right double flush and get the starvation right at the end to pull nutrients from the leaves and you end up with better smoke. I’ll take the Pepsi challenge with any “organic” any day

  • Shane Stephen

    Always fun to watch kids talk about growing pot plants like its complicated bahahaha. YouTube has exposed stupid idiots to companies selli g seeds and tents and lights etc to a whole lot of milliins of idiot brainwashed american children thi king they gotta have carnival lights to grow some bud. Its amazing how gullible Americans are. Lisyen you fks. ITS A PLANT. DIRT SEED WATER US LIGHTING IDIOTS IT WILL GROW. IVE BEEN GROWING 3 POUNDS EVERY 6 MONTHS IN A CLOSET FOR 16 YEARS WITH SOME WALMART LIGHTS. YOU PEOPLE WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING. I SIT BACK AND LAUGH. IDIOTS


    Thats great. What works for me is plain dirt with compost that I have collect from eggs and other plant that I would use for other pants. Works great.

  • Grow YourOwn

    I only use soil too!! taste much better!! Its pretty much a food so you want it to be as natural as possible. I only use distilled water.

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