You don’t need to be an expert to start growing weed

You don’t need to be an expert to start growing weed
Growing cannabis is officially legal - but it's not necessarily straight forward getting started.

By Shane Mahoney

The Haldimand Press

CANFIELD—Canada’s laws are changing and with them so is farming. Now, it’s perfectly legal for private residents to grow marijuana and help is on hand for locals looking to start.

Having opened shop on October 17, 2018, the day marijuana was legalised, U-Bud Cannabis Services, based in Canfield, assists first-timers by providing all the paraphernalia and know-how to grow both safely and legally.

“If you’re providing all the equipment yourself, you could be looking at up to $4,000,” said co-founder David Kurth, “We provide all the equipment for you, walk you through the process step by step, then when you’re done we come in, remove the equipment, and clean up.”

Woman by cannabis plants
Shown is Nikita, a happy U-Bud customer.

The company also helps develop personalised strains for their customers, including indicas, sativas and hybrids, to help growers get exactly the effect they’re looking for. They offer a variety of packages, from small home kits that produce up to 14 ounces (oz), or larger harvests to net 42 oz, operating at a fifth of the cost of government-supplied operations.

When asked how harvesting marijuana varies from other plants, Kurth said, “The light cycle is different, it’s 16 hours on for growing, and 12 on and 12 off for blooming.”

Kurth also spoke about important information people need to know if they’re to start their own grow-op: “People need to remember, the law is four plants per household, not per person.”

He added, “A lot of people think the smell would be bad, but due to the technology available now, like carbon filters, you could even vent directly into your own home without knowing.”

As of now, U-bud has two locations, Canfield and Calgary, but Kurth says he hopes for considerable expansion nationwide. For more information, visit or any of the business’ various social media sites.


What’s the difference?

Cannabis plant
U-Bud cannabis plant

Cannabis Indica

Indica plants are typically shorter with wide leaves. Users will typically find that indica based strains are more relaxing. An indica strain will usually be associated with more bodily sensations. Therefore, these strains are often recommended for nighttime use.

Cannabis Sativa

Sativa plants are typically taller with long thin leaves. Sativa products usually come with a cerebral feeling. Traditionally, sativa strains are more uplifting and euphoric and are recommended for daytime use.


A hybrid is a cannabis plant that is a crossbreed between an indica and a sativa plant.

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