Sun grown cannabis is cultivated primarily under natural sunlight, producing unique profiles and reported effects. Discover its secrets in this expert guide.

The Secrets of Sun Grown Cannabis

Welcome to the world of sun grown cannabis. At SunMed Growers, we believe in harnessing the power of the sun, respecting the natural rhythm of the plant, and embracing the practices that have nurtured cannabis for centuries. Our sun-grown approach is not just a cultivation technique; it's a philosophy that celebrates the healing powers of nature.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the secrets behind why sun grown cannabis is so special and why it should become an industry standard. We'll look at how sunlight affects plant health, terpene production, flavor profiles of cannabis plants, and the social and environmental benefits of sun grown methods.

Whether you are a seasoned connoisseur or a curious explorer, this journey promises to enrich your understanding of cannabis while uncovering the authentic flavors and effects that only sun-grown cannabis can offer.

sun grown cannabis in a greenhouse

What is Sun Grown Cannabis?

Sun grown cannabis, encompassing outdoor, greenhouse, and natural cannabis, describes plants created by any cultivation method that relies primarily on direct sunlight. It is distinct from indoor cultivation, which occurs in controlled environments with artificial lighting, in that natural sunlight produces unique profiles of terpenes and reported psychogenic effects. 

Whether grown in the ground or a greenhouse, sun grown weed is known for its strong aroma and flavor, as well as its high terpene production, which we’ll discuss more below. Sun grown cannabis can also be a great choice for those looking for a more natural and sustainable option. Some report that it also provides a stronger and more impactful experience.  

At SunMed Growers, we have embraced the essence of sun grown cannabis, recognizing its unique advantages in producing high-quality, flavorful, and sustainable cannabis products. Our Dutch-style greenhouse in Maryland offers the perfect balance of protection and exposure, allowing our plants to bask in the sun's warm glow while sheltered from extreme weather conditions.

Is Sun Grown Weed Less Potent?

While more research is needed on the impact different cultivation methods have on potency, the methods that increase THC in a plant are essentially the same whether you practice outdoor or indoor cultivation. Making sure the plant has enough light, harvesting at the right time, and not rushing the curing process are the most important factors in potency regardless of where you grow. 

Furthermore, it is widely understood that sun grown cannabis produces more terpenes. While terpenes do not directly impact THC levels, it’s believed that they work in tandem with other chemicals in the plant such as CBD and THC to produce the distinct effects that are associated with the qualities of different strains. Terpenes, whose primary purpose is to protect plants from weather and changes in environment, are best cultivated through more natural growing methods.

The bottom line is that the skill of the grower has more impact on the potency of the plant than the general environment, and moreover, that the presence of sunlight impacts cannabis in ways that just can’t be replicated artificially.  

sun grown cannabis greenhouse against a blue sky

What are the Benefits of Sun Grown Weed?

Plants that grow in a natural environment tend to have botanical profiles that help protect them from the elements. In cannabis, the full spectrum of natural sunlight signals to the plant that it's outside and needs to develop more environmental protection, particularly by producing more terpenes. This robust growth results in well-rounded cannabinoid and terpene profiles, contributing to the distinct aroma, flavor, and effects that characterize each strain. In addition, these methods also offer a range of environmental and social benefits. Let’s dive deeper into each of these advantages. 

The Flavor Profile of Sun Grown Cannabis

Terpenes, the aromatic compounds responsible for cannabis' unique scents, are abundant in sun grown cannabis. The exposure to natural sunlight encourages the development of a rich and diverse terpene profile, enhancing the overall sensory experience of consuming the plant. It is particularly known for its smooth and mellow taste.

What are the Environmental Benefits of Sun Grown Cannabis?

Sun grown cannabis is often seen as a more natural and sustainable approach to cultivation. By utilizing the sun's energy and natural resources, the environmental impact is reduced compared to energy-intensive indoor cultivation, which relies exclusively on artificial lighting and climate control systems.

When grown in the ground, cannabis can positively impact the environment around it by promoting biodiversity and contributing to soil health and regeneration. Outdoor cannabis can also be easily cultivated with organic fertilizers such as compost and manure rather than synthetic fertilizers that can be damaging to the environment.

Greenhouse growing allows us to combine the benefits of outdoor and indoor cultivation. Our irrigation system helps conserve water compared to the demands of crops grown in the ground, while the abundance of natural sunlight allows us to reduce our dependence on artificial lighting. Pest control is also simplified by the greenhouse environment.

Is Sun Grown Cannabis More Fun to Cultivate?

Traditional indoor grows can sometimes feel like operating within a sterile lab, with workers cloistered away from the natural world, surrounded by stark lighting and enclosed spaces. On the contrary, our greenhouse setup at SunMed feels light, free, and open.

Sun grown cannabis allows our team members to enjoy a space that's abundant with natural light, fresh air, and lush greenery—a far cry from the often monotonous and industrial spaces of an indoor grow. The exposure to natural light boosts the production of serotonin, the "feel-good" hormone, promoting wellbeing and happiness. 

Moreover, studies show that working with plants can help reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, and anger, and improve overall psychological health. Engaging in a hands-on process, amidst nature, has therapeutic effects that can create a sense of satisfaction and achievement. 

How Does Sun Grown Cannabis Differ from Indoor Cultivation?

Sun grown cannabis and indoor cultivation are both methods that aim to produce high-quality cannabis, though they differ significantly in their techniques and the resulting product. Indoor cultivation requires artificial lighting and carefully controlled environmental conditions. 

This means that the grower can have much more influence over the plant, but it also limits the range of flavors and aromas that can be produced. Artificial conditions also tend to create a much higher carbon footprint, since indoor growers can use up to 18 hours of artificial light per day. Additionally, indoor cultivation often relies on synthetic fertilizers and other chemicals that can be detrimental to the environment.

There are advantages to indoor cultivation, of course. In addition to greater control over the plant’s environment, indoor cultivation enables year-round production, which is not possible in every climate. Outdoor growing can expose the plant to a much wider range of environmental conditions, including those that lead to crop loss such as pests and destructive weather patterns. Finally, hydroponics can also help to conserve water compared to traditional crop cultivation.

Luckily, greenhouse growing mitigates many of the disadvantages of outdoor cultivation while preserving the benefits. In addition to the distinct flavor profiles described above, the more natural growth practices offer environmental benefits as well.  

What are Some Tips for Identifying Sun Grown Weed?

When determining the cultivation style of cannabis, look for a dark green color in your flower buds, which is the most distinct characteristic of sun grown weed. It also tends to have a more pronounced and complex aroma compared to indoor-grown products. The flowers often emit a rich bouquet of earthy, fruity, and floral notes.

Another characteristic of sun grown weed is larger buds with slightly lower density trichomes. However, with high-quality sun grown weed, it may be hard to observe a difference in trichome density. 

Finally, consider the branding and price tag. Companies that produce sun grown weed usually indicate that on their packaging, and their options are generally more affordable. When purchasing sun grown products, you may also find that the packaging aligns with eco-friendly principles, further emphasizing the commitment to a greener approach.

close up of sun grown cannabis bud

What are the Challenges of Growing Cannabis in the Sun?

While sun grown cannabis has numerous benefits, it also comes with its set of challenges that require careful consideration and expertise to overcome. Here are some of the obstacles faced when cultivating cannabis under the sun:

  • Because sun grown cannabis relies on natural light patterns and seasonal changes, timing the planting and harvesting of crops becomes crucial to ensure optimal yield and cannabinoid development. For greenhouse growers, this includes supplementing natural lighting with artificial lighting.
  • Though greenhouses are ideal for combining the benefits of indoor and outdoor growing, they can be costly for individual and smaller growers to construct and maintain.
  • Growing cannabis in an outdoor setting can attract pests and pathogens that may threaten the health of the plants. Integrated pest management (IPM) practices, such as using beneficial insects and natural predators, can be employed to control pests while minimizing the use of pesticides.
  • Outdoor cultivation exposes cannabis plants to the unpredictability of weather conditions. Extreme heat, heavy rain, strong winds, and sudden temperature fluctuations can impact plant health and overall yield.
  • Outdoor cannabis cultivation may be more susceptible to theft and unauthorized access, necessitating security measures to protect the crops and maintain privacy.

Discover SunMed’s Sun Grown Cannabis

At SunMed Growers, our unwavering commitment to sustainable cultivation, the mastery of horticultural artistry, and the fusion of nature's gifts culminate in a collection of exceptional products that truly embody the best of Maryland's cannabis offerings. Whether you seek the tantalizing aromas, vibrant colors, or potent effects that only sun grown cannabis can offer, our diverse selection awaits your discovery. 

Browse through our thoughtfully curated range of strains, each nurtured under the golden touch of the sun, and embark on a journey of authentic flavor and natural bliss. Elevate your cannabis experience today with our flower and pre rolls or cartridges and concentrates, and find a dispensary near you

SunMed's purple punch sun grown cannabis strain