Tobacco and marijuana are some of the most used substances in today's social scene. They each have different effects on the human brain and body, and most people have had a different experience with one or the other, be it from secondhand smoke or direct use. Also, they're both used in different products such as cigarettes, vaporizers, oils, edibles, gummies, and dip.

How is tobacco grown?

The leaf of the tobacco plant is cured in different ageing processes for smoking, chewing, snuffing, and nicotine extraction. Tobacco is cultivated around the world in a frost-free environment for 100 to 130 days and is popularly grown in India and Vietnam. Tobacco needs to be planted in fertile soil with good tilth, drainage, and protection from chilly winds while being exposed to the sun.

Greenhouse rolling benches can be used to create portable seeding stations with soil that’s sterilized by burning or using chemicals that will control diseases, weeds, insects, pests, and nematodes, among other things. The large leaves of the tobacco plant are removed when it has reached the desired size. The leaves can then be hung from a tobacco stick or removed at intervals as they mature.

Tobacco leaves are then left in an outdoor field for a few hours and up to a couple of days to wilt without sunburning. This will involve physical and chemical changes in the leaf including yellowing, colouring, and drying. However, it's also common to prepare tobacco leaves by air with mechanical ventilation with either charcoal or petroleum gas to produce heat. After curing, tobacco can be used to make a large variety of cigars with different types of flavours and fragrances such as Wild Rum Backwoods.

How is marijuana grown?

On the other hand, we have marijuana, which comes from flowers of the plants in the genus cannabis. Cannabis comprises Sativa, indica, and ruderalis, and is widely used in products like oils, vaporizers, and joints. Depending on the strain of the marijuana plant used for the consumed product, the potency of the plant will greatly vary. Likewise, depending on the strains, the physical effects on the human mind and body can vary as well.

Marijuana is harvested for its many uses throughout the whole of the plant. This process has three main stages including germination, vegetation, and flowering. The cycle can last around 26 weeks and requires light, air, nutrients, and enough space to lay its roots. Where the government allows the legal growth of marijuana, marijuana can be harvested indoors as well as outdoors.

Growing marijuana outdoors will have a significantly lower cost for growers while exposing the plants to direct sunlight and other natural elements. Although this benefits the growers, some harsh conditions may make it impossible for the plant to properly grow and can make the growth cycle much longer. Likewise, marijuana can be grown in a greenhouse which offers better environmental control and exposure to natural sunlight. Greenhouses also conveniently offer protection from animals, pests, and extreme changes in the environment.

Cannabis can be grown directly from seeds or by cloning other plants by cutting. Seeds should be germinated in moist paper towels prior to planting. Oil is one of the most common mediums for growing cannabis due to its uniquely stable features, which can retain enough moisture for greater growing levels between watering sessions. Hydroponics can also be used for indoor cultivation by feeding plants with nutrient-rich solutions. The seed is then germinated when placed at about 3 mm deep in moist soil, and it will proceed to its vegetative phase where it will grow roots, stalks, and its easily recognizable fan leaves.

Both tobacco and marijuana require specific care processes to ensure a high-quality harvest.