How To Grow Ghost Train Haze Marijuana
If you’re looking for a guide to help you grow your own Ghost Train Haze marijuana, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. The experts at Honest Marijuana have been producing the finest organic cannabis for years, and we know all the little tips and tricks. So grab your grow-gear and follow us as we reveal the best way to cultivate Ghost Train Haze marijuana so you can get the most yield out of those tiny seeds.
The History Of Ghost Train Haze
Ghost Train Haze was first produced by Colorado-based Rare Dankness™ in the early 2010s. It quickly grew in popularity and won numerous awards thanks to its unique biology (which we’ll discuss below). To this day, Ghost Train Haze remains one of the most sought-after strains on the market.
The Biology Of Ghost Train Haze
Yes, this section is about biology, but don’t let those traumatic flashbacks from high school make you skip this information altogether. We’ve kept it super simple, and a few of the facts are important for the latter stages of the grow process.
Ghost Train Haze is a sativa-dominant cross between Ghost OG and Neville’s Wreck. When it flowers, Ghost Train Haze produces dense buds covered with white, crystal-topped trichomes that give this strain a very distinctive appearance. If you’re cannaseurs like we are, you’ll even call it beautiful!
Ghost Train Haze grows to a height of between 30 inches and 78 inches and flowers within 10-12 weeks. In terms of yield, Ghost Train Haze produces 1-3 ounces per square foot.
When it’s dried, cured, and ready to be consumed, Ghost Train Haze produces sour citrus and floral aromas and earthy, sweet, citrus flavors. But one of the main reasons Ghost Train Haze is in such high demand is because it typically weighs in at 25 percent THC. That’s right, 25 percent THC! Because of that high concentration of THC, Ghost Train Haze is one of the strongest cannabis strains on the market today.
Ghost Train Haze’s THC content also means that it can produce some unique effects and benefits. Ultimately, that’s why we’re here, right? To experience the mind-blowing effects that Ghost Train Haze has to offer.
The Effects Of Ghost Train Haze
The effects of Ghost Train Haze fall into two distinct, but not mutually-exclusive, categories:
The psychoactive effects include:
- A feeling of happiness
- Increased energy
- Heightened creativity
The medicinal effects include:
- Relief from depression
- Decrease in stress
- Reduction of pain
- Minimization of fatigue
Now before you scream, “Yeah, baby!” and go all-in, Ghost Train Haze does come with a few side effects that shouldn’t be ignored.
The Side Effects Of Ghost Train Haze
Because of its high THC content, Ghost Train Haze does produce side effects. Most notably:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
If you’re a long-time cannabis user, those side effects may be par for the course and won’t make you blink an eye. But if you’re new to the world of marijuana, the intensity of those side effects may knock Ghost Train Haze right off your list. The only way to know for sure is to give it a try. Remember that there are plenty of other strains, and one will be just right for you.
Now that we’ve discussed the history, biology, effects, and side effects of the Ghost Train Haze strain, let’s investigate the best way to grow this cannabis plant.
The Best Way To Grow Ghost Train Haze Marijuana
The steps below assume that you will be growing your Ghost Train Haze marijuana indoors. Unless you live in an environment with a very specific set of conditions, growing your marijuana outdoors is not an option.
1) Soak Your Seeds In Water
The first step in the grow process is to force germination. Whoa, whoa! Germi-what? To break it down, germination basically means to start growing. You can get the process started by soaking your seeds in a glass of water. Don’t leave seeds in the water for more than 32 hours or they’ll drown. Remove the seeds when you see a tiny white taproot emerge from the seed husk.
2) Choose The Right Soil
While your seeds are soaking, assemble the right soil for the remainder of the grow process. Want to get more down-and-dirty than just buying bagged dirt? Try making your own soil through composting. For a step-by-step process to make your own soil (and fertilizer), check out our article How To Grow Marijuana: The Ultimate Organic Guide.
3) Plant Your Seeds
Plant each seed with the taproot pointing down in its own 12-ounce plastic cup (even marijuana plants need personal space). Cover the seed with unfertilized soil, but make sure it’s not so deep that the seedling won’t be able to break through.
4) pH Balance Your Water
Keep the soil moist but not wet with properly pH-balanced water (between 6.0 and 7.0 on the pH scale). We recommend using a spray bottle at this stage.
5) Don’t Keep Your Plant In The Dark
Keep the seedling warm with constant light as soon as the stem emerges from the soil. Start off with 18 hours of light and six hours of darkness.
6) Give Your Plant Plenty Of Room To Grow
In one to three weeks, your seedling will have reached the vegetative phase (it will grow tall and thick and will develop new leaf nodes). Transfer the plant to a five-gallon grow pot, add more soil, and provide the plant 16 to 18 hours of light every day. Be sure to keep watering!
7) Keep Your Grow Room Toasty Warm
The Ghost Train Haze strain prefers warm temperatures. Keep your grow environment between 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees Fahrenheit at all times.
8) Circulate The Air
Install a small fan in your grow area to circulate the warm air, but don’t point the fan directly at the plant.
9) Water Your Weed When It’s Dry
Overwatering can kill! Only water your weed when it’s dry. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before you add more water. But don’t starve your precious plant, either. Under-watering can be just as deadly. You can tell that you’re under-watering if the leaves droop and look limp and lifeless.
10) Prune As Necessary
The buds of the Ghost Train Haze plant will grow better if you prune regularly (that’s a verb, not a noun, by the way). Snip off plant matter that looks like it’s not growing. And as a general rule, keep the lower portion of the plant free of branches and leaves to promote production at the top (where all the gooey good stuff grows).
11) Gradually Reduce The Hours Of Light Exposure
Use auto-timer lights to gradually reduce the hours of light exposure. Twelve hours of light and 12 hours of darkness will signal the plant that it’s time to start producing flowers (buds).
Depending on the conditions, flowering can occur anywhere from 7-12 weeks. The average plant, though, will produce buds around weeks 9 or 10.
12) Harvest Your Ghost Train Haze
You’ll know that your buds are ready for harvest when the trichome heads turn from clear to milky and opaque. You’re almost done!
13) Dry Your Buds
Hang the buds upside down from lines of twine in a dark, cool room. Keep the temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of 40-50 percent, and remember to continue circulating the air with a fan. The buds should stay in this environment for four to six days.
14) Cure Your Buds
The curing process breaks down the left-over chlorophyll (so your chronic won’t taste like grass or hay) and decreases the chances of mold forming on your marijuana.
Pack the buds loosely in a wide-mouthed glass jar with a lid. Store these jars in a dark room (like a closet) kept between 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 degrees Fahrenheit for one to three weeks. Open the lids for a few minutes every day to exchange the air inside the jars.
Once the curing is complete, if you’re going to smoke the buds, you’re good to go. If you’re going to do anything else with the flowers (like make edibles or tinctures), you need to decarboxylate the buds to release their psychoactive and medicinal properties.
Even though it’s at the end of the process, this is a very important step. If you don’t decarb your weed, it will be just like consuming any other plant. At best, you’ll get some nutritional benefit. At worst, you’ll get an upset stomach. For a complete guide to decarboxylation, check out our article Marijuana Decarboxylation: Why And How To Decarb Your Weed.
Growing marijuana is not all that difficult. In fact, it’s no more difficult than growing any other plant. You just have to give it what it needs to stay healthy. So give growing your own ganja a try. If you don’t like it, you can always go back to buying your Ghost Train Haze at your local dispensary. Either way, it’s a win for you.
Want to grow your own Ghost Train Haze marijuana? The experts at Honest Marijuana reveal the best way to get the most yield out of this potent ganja strain.