So my friend of a friend of a friend...is dabbling with some indoor gardening, it's their first time to actually grow using anything other than "micro" balcony grows that never really came to any great fruition.
Though if he were here and to talk of his experiences, thoughts, and ethics etc, he'd probably mention the things I hear from him all the time.
*While small outdoor grows, or even large outdoor grows may seem advantageous when it comes to your legal responsibilities and potential incurred penalties, consider your location - chances are if you're in a remotely urban area you're putting yourself at much higher risk at least of discovery by police, "concerned citizens" and rippers.
Of course if there's nobody within miles and not many random fly-overs an outdoor grow may perhaps be ideal.
*Also consider your intended purpose and usage - outdoors you're unable to grow year round, does this mean you'd need a bigger and hence riskier outdoor grow to accommodate this and keep you in greens?
*If you're going to take the step to quit smoking green and go to other methods, don't do it half assed...not smoking weed isn't going to benefit you if say you're smoking other things...the least harmful way to inhale would be vapourisation, and you only really get the full effects and benefits to your body if you vapourise and only vapourise (obviously edibles are also acceptable) vs smoke at all.
You will clear your lungs of much congestion and improve your lung capacity, able to draw more oxygen (or vapour) over time - and after your body gets used to absorption by this method and the medium of vapour the effects improve significantly in terms of duration.
*As a former smoker they say that most smokers don't give vapourising a proper chance. It's about perseverance, you do not get the best effect in the world ever, straight away. It's a gradual thing but given about 2 weeks of exclusive use, you adapt and start to enjoy it much more - and it's well worth the minimal effort in self control it takes.
*Do not buy the "hot plate/dome" type vapourisers, they are cheaply made and smoulder the product, this defeats their claimed purpose entirely.
*Post-vapourised buds etc can be used in cooking.
*Try edibles - either extract into butter, or make yourself some firecrackers.
*Storing in the freezer as long as sealed is fine for buds.
*Curing improves flavour, smell and preservation - they second sealed silica products as a recommendation
*If you are considering an indoor setup, make smell management your priority and have an appropriate receptacle that not a lot of light will get into, or out of.
*Your "dark" cycles are very important. Let them sleep in a completely light free environment, even if grown outdoors allowing this would be an idea, just about finding what would work.
*PH test any water/nutrient mixes you get with whichever kit works for your chosen medium - if it's not right neither are the plants.
*Water a little (1/4 of usual water amount) about 5 minutes before feeding any water soluble nutrients, this way the plant won't go for the "hard stuff" straight away and draw in any nutrients at a slower rate, no system shock etc.
*If you are so inclined, you are able to determine sex early with a good success rate by putting them into a flowering cycle if you have an indoor light (not sure how you'd do this if not seasonally outdoors) keep your eyes out for signs of either sex (much google information about early signs of sex), THEN remove the males/herms, whack 'em back into vegetation mode with the light cycles, let your pre-determined plants start vegging again, flower them when optimal size acheived.
*Learn to low stress tie plants. Better use of space, no main cola stealing all the light, etc. Just a matter essentially of making sure all the "top bits" are about even with each other.
*If you're indoors, ventillate properly, high heat = death.
*SHUT UP. Whoever knows about it ought to be only the people that can't NOT, eg involved with purchase, long term significant other etc, the more that know the more problems you're potentially going to encounter.
If it's a housemate situation just pay your share of the bills, keep your stink factor right down with carbon filtration and odour blocks, lock the door, always.
*Put finances towards automation.
*Don't expect for it to MAKE you money, expect for it to SAVE you money. You don't have to be a dealer to establish a favour system with friends.
*Do not steal electricity, #1 stupid act.
*Dealers...a lot of them are unreliable, a lot of them sell to practically kids or allow debt cycles to occur, nearly ALWAYS end up slingin' other shit and of course they have to let everyone know what other crap they wanna push...the greens they get are usually pushed out quick, not flushed, not dried of cured properly and more often than not a product of clones of clones of clones of clones of clones of clones...pretty generic most of the time and sometimes dangerous if not just of poor quality on account of the shortcuts taken and chemical agents present.
Prices go up, just because someone "says", or non-existant "shortages" they get so much profit from their buyers ordinarily yet the buyers always take 100% of any such hit. Not cool.
The "industry" isn't going to get better, they're *most* of what's wrong with the weed scene - Though if you have someone who all that doesn't apply to, my friend would say stick with them if you don't mind any incurred cost.
My friend no longer supports this element, and fully endorses learning about how to self supply if your situation is appropriate and if you were so inclined etc.
*Try bubblegum. Niiiiice.
That's all they would probably say for now.