Save the time you would have spent charting moon cycles and spend it researching the best way to grow a happy, healthy cannabis crop.
There are plenty of myths and old wives’ tales surrounding both cannabis and agriculture. When the two intersect, though, it can lead to some misconceptions that range from truly bizarre to all-out ridiculous.
One such take, in particular, that seems to be rearing its questionable head lately is that the ideal time to plant cannabis seeds is during a full moon. The question even made an appearance on the official website of a massive Canadian licensed producer.
So is it true that the full moon is the best time to plant cannabis seeds? Is the moon cycle even a factor when cultivating cannabis?
Um, no it is not.
While there are arguably many factors in growing a thriving cannabis plant from a seed — including, but not limited to, earthbound consideration like levels of humidity, soil quality, fertilizer, light and pest control — the moon has precisely zero effect on the success of one’s cannabis crop. And, yes, that applies to indoor or outdoor.
While it’s impossible to say exactly where this myth originated or why it has become more pervasive of late, it may be due to the explosion in popularity of New Age practices and beliefs such as astrology, essential oils in lieu of medication, and what is called crystal healing.
Additionally, Millennials’ current fondness for lunar motifs on everything from posters to furniture to clothing means many young people are moony about the moon.
Nonetheless, there is absolutely no scientific basis for planning your cannabis cultivation around the cycles of the moon, regardless of how cool it looks on whatever trinket you bought last week at Urban Outfitters. Planting your seeds during a full moon is as likely to make your plants grow fuller as placing a shiny rock in your bedroom is likely to improve your love life (i.e., not at all).
So save the time you would have spent charting moon cycles and spend it researching the best way to grow a happy, healthy cannabis crop.
Your plants will thank you, and, come harvest time, you’ll thank yourself.
Written by Emma Spears