Indoor versus outdoor strains and growing techniques are discussed as often as Indica versus Sativa in some circles. This is particularly true among those who grow plants for themselves or others in their care. Both types are viable options, however, there are differences to mull before choosing to go with an indoor or outdoor strain. Costs, security, and various quality considerations in the flowers themselves are serious factors a patient or a caregiver should be taking into account.
The main differences are obvious as the plants grow to maturity. Outdoor strains typically grow in the earth or planter pots, while indoor strains can also grow in potted soil or any number of hydroponic growth systems that are readily available. For a novice grower working on a few plants, either option is fine so long as proper growth conditions can be maintained. A big factor to consider here is security. If you cannot put your outdoor garden somewhere inaccessible to the public, indoor is going to be the choice for you.
For the new or casual patient, the biggest differences in indoor and outdoor weed tend to be related to price and quality. This can be a little tricky to navigate without some basic info. Indoor strains tend to be fairly uniform when grown correctly. If a patient is carefully medicating symptoms, this is probably desirable as the effect will be consistent time and time again. Outdoor strains can vary wildly in terms of potency and taste, as well as smoke texture due to varied conditions in weather and soil composition. The cannabinoids, active parts of the cannabis that affects the nervous system, can also vary a bit between the growth types.
Indoor and outdoor pricing is also a little varied, at least in L.A. Generally, these price differences are minor, but they are worth noting for patients on a tight budget. Indoor plants tend to yield flowers more often, but in limited amounts due to space constraints, while outdoor plants produce larger blooms of varied quality. This can mean significant savings on your medicine when looking at outdoor options, particularly in ounce form as there is a higher volume of supply of outdoor marijuana available.
Another factor to note is that indoor strains require more complex set up costs and typically deal with higher overhead in general. Lights, fans, nutrients, and water circulation systems all cost money in terms of power and operating costs, and this can make specialty indoor strains cost a bit more. This also adds a higher carbon footprint to indoor yields, something many eco-conscious patients might want to consider. Indoor strains are generally more controllable, leading to unique tastes and cannabinoid contents tailored and refined by the grower themselves. Outdoor strains pick up unique or exotic cannabinoids as well as flavor and color differences due to the soil and growth conditions; this can be very beneficial to patients who prefer varied intensities and types of medication.
Indoor or outdoor, testing out a gram before buying an ounce is always advisable. When looking for savings in bulk, make sure the outdoor suits your needs and are taking care of your individual medicinal requirements. When growing, keep security, space, and budget in mind. Always check for rot, mold, and outside irritants, and check outdoor even more carefully.