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Indoors vs Outdoors.

Cannabis grown outdoors is a little less dense than indoor plants, and even looks different to the naked eye. Those differences affect the flavor and the high as well. Every person is different and every product has unique characteristics, but in general you can expect outdoor plants to taste more like the land where they’re grown. Outdoor is always a little earthier, while indoor is a little smoother. Cannabis is not a houseplant. Though indoor cultivation of cannabis has evolved considerably, the plant produces more essential oils when exposed to the more intense light radiation of the sun. The answer to your question is found in the relative amounts of oil produced between indoor and sunlight crops. Cannabis essential oil content is what is responsible for its taste. Indoor cannabis benefits from a controlled environment, but greenhouses provide the same advantage, have a much more sustainable footprint and produce prodigious amounts of oil. Cannabinoids
There is a widespread myth that outdoor cultivated cannabis is less potent than indoor-cultivated cannabis. Simply put, that's just not true. The dedicated farmers at Sunna Ra Acres have busted this myth once and for all. For the last few years, they have been conducting side-by-side tests of two clones taken from the same mother plant, one grown outdoors and one grown indoors. They've executed this experiment with a variety of strains and each time, the plant that is cultivated outside under the sun results in a higher overall cannabinoid profile. That means higher in THC, higher in CBD, higher in THCv, etc. Their experiment has shown that the sun unleashes the plant's true potential and heightens its medicinal power.How Much of a Difference in Quality is Outdoor vs. Indoor Weed?
There is high-quality weed both grown indoors and outdoors, but there are certain factors that determine the quality of the end product.

Between indoor and outdoor cultivation, the distinguishing factor in quality is the control of its environment. Factors such as temperature, light, water, humidity, carbon dioxide (CO2) exposure and care are going to be easier to control during indoor cultivation. While some strains may appear to grow a bit wilder outdoors, they are capable of developing the same amount of cannabinoids and terpenes as indoor-grown cannabis. Because of the unpredictability of nature, outdoor growing often requires a tepid climate.

The biggest case for growing weed outdoors is energy efficiency. Using all sunlight, or even just partial use of sunlight, to grow cannabis can save home growers and large-scale producers a lot of money in energy consumption. To take advantage of daylight and to take into account its variation during the year, many facilities have adopted a supplemental light grow in states where regulations permit it. Supplement light means the growers are using the sun when they can and then use lights when sunlight is unavailable, if the weed needs it.

The quality is mainly dependent on the seeds, the grower's experience, and the care, not whether it was grown indoors or outdoors. Outdoor cultivation has a long history in Northern California; the Emerald Triangle of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties got its name because of its ideal climate for outdoor cultivation. In a handful of legal cannabis states, regulations may require grows to be indoors and hidden from public view.

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    • Well said my friend ! OD grower for almost 50 years.

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      • Sorry Arthur, no offense intended. I was just funning tongue-out

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        • no problem SubterraneanHomesickBooze. In my own experience I can add, nowadays I live in the North Europe where we have cold climat and I used to live (long travel 6 years)  South Asia (India, Nepal, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia countries etc ... All fruits and veg in our supermarkets taste 'plastic' dunnno how to explain clearly ... kinda tasteless, because they are imported from other countries half green, not ready yet in order to be able to handle 14-20 days cargo. Or/and grown indoors fruits and veg same taste "plastic' to me. On the other hand in the countries with hot, subtropical climat I've ate the best fruits and veg grown outdoors by local farmers. I can 100% guarantee that Outdoors grown fruits taste REAL, and Indoors fruits are tasteless. No any super light can replace SUN light and energy. We grow indoors just because we can't grow outdoors for different reasons; legacy, climat, secure issues etc however buds from growbox never in a trillion years would taste as good as outdoors buds grown in proper climat (area). I smoked the best hash, buds, etc in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and North India, where it grows wildly everywhere outdoors. Serious problem for local farmers by the way as cannabis weed hurt rice fields etc. Natural, organic stuff is always the best.  .... Unfortunately some who are looking for higher effect use synthetic cannabinoids nowadays. (K2/Spice) etc which led to Horrible, Awful Things That Happened When People Used Spice. Like; Woman On Spice Destroyed A Subway In Alaska, Man On Spice Cut The Fetus Out of His Wife's Womb, Texas Man Ate A Dog After Using Spice, Louisville Man Attempted To Force Himself On A Woman While Using K2, Arizona Man Decapitated His Wife And Terminated His Dogs, etc etc ... 

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          • no problem Texasbob. In my own experience I can add, nowadays I live in the North Europe where we have cold climat and I used to live (long travel 6 years)  South Asia (India, Nepal, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia countries etc ... All fruits and veg in our supermarkets taste 'plastic' dunnno how to explain clearly ... kinda tasteless, because they are imported from other countries half green, not ready yet in order to be able to handle 14-20 days cargo. Or/and grown indoors fruits and veg same taste "plastic' to me. On the other hand in the countries with hot, subtropical climat I've ate the best fruits and veg grown outdoors by local farmers. I can 100% guarantee that Outdoors grown fruits taste REAL, and Indoors fruits are tasteless. No any super light can replace SUN light and energy. We grow indoors just because we can't grow outdoors for different reasons; legacy, climat, secure issues etc however buds from growbox never in a trillion years would taste as good as outdoors buds grown in proper climat (area). I smoked the best hash, buds, etc in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and North India, where it grows wildly everywhere outdoors. Serious problem for local farmers by the way as cannabis weed hurt rice fields etc. Natural, organic stuff is always the best.  .... Unfortunately some who are looking for higher effect use synthetic cannabinoids nowadays. (K2/Spice) etc which led to Horrible, Awful Things That Happened When People Used Spice. Like; Woman On Spice Destroyed A Subway In Alaska, Man On Spice Cut The Fetus Out of His Wife's Womb, Texas Man Ate A Dog After Using Spice, Louisville Man Attempted To Force Himself On A Woman While Using K2, Arizona Man Decapitated His Wife And Terminated His Dogs, etc etc ... 

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          • If not for outdoor growers most of us wouldnt have had weed when we were younger and the weed we smoke and grow today wouldn't be nearly as good as it is so lets not forget our roots.

            A word to the wise though, dont fondle your super sticky outside buds and then pick up a long haired cat.  

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            • lol too funny cpw

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            • I have to admit there is a certain freedom about growing outdoors that you dont get growing indoors. Maybe its because there is so little of it you can control? You have no control over the light or environment really so the best you can do is just let Mother Nature take the reins and give it a little boost here and there. You never have to worry about plants hitting the ceiling or if the lights are too close or too far away,  and if  the temps are too high they just just have to adapt, and I bet they will, just like they have been.

              Humidity, hurricanes, winta are the down sides I found, but there isnt  much you can do about it, so enjoy the ride. Its very for peaceful me, I guess, even before I lived in a legal state it was peaceful. 

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              • id love to do an outdoor soil grow in a 10 or 20 gallon fabric pot. im just worried about nosy neighbors. id have 50 little praying mantids guarding it the whole time! it would be like Alien Fort Knox

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                • Give Art a break ! We all could see that the post was prob paste/copy. I don't really care where it came from, if it's accurate and informative. Although, the very first sentence I disagree with somewhat . Happy harvest

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                  • I meant no offense to Art! If any was taken then I apologize! That is not what I or this forum is about. 

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                    • No offense was meant of course. 

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                    • if i tried to grow outside they would be gone in a week here in chicago.lol but we can only grow indoors legally with med. card.

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                      • i like how your article spoke of controlling your environment. Thats what its all about growing indoors. You cant control Mother Nature but indoors you get to play God, so to speak. 

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