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What You Need to Know About Big Marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-08-49-pmAs an industry, we’re exploding right now.

In 2015, we sold $996 million of weed…in Colorado alone

That’s a billion fucking dollars. In one state, in one year.

Other states—such as Oregon, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, as well as the District of Columbia—have followed Colorado and Washington’s lead and legalized recreational marijuana, and more are hopping onboard.

Weed is now legal along the entire Pacific Coast! How cool is that?

AND…over half of the 50 states have already legalized medical marijuana and there’s a good chance that recreational marijuana will soon be legal on a federal level.

Not only is there an enormous amount of weed being grown and sold right now, a lot of jobs are opening to meet the demand—marijuana is one helluva big employer.

Profits. Employment. Tax revenue.

We are booming. And the boom will only continue to get bigger.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-10-32-pmBetween recreational and medical marijuana, sales in the United States rose from $4.6 billion in 2014 to $5.4 billion in 2015. That’s a 17.4% increase.

And sales are expected to soar to $6.7 billion this year (2016)—a 25% increase.

And check this out…

By 2020, it’s estimated we’ll hit $21.8 billion.

$21.8 billion!

$21,800,000,000.00

That’s a lot of damn money.

And that doesn’t even include revenue from grow equipment, nutrients, smoking devices, etc.

That’s $21.8 million in weed alone.

Imagine what it’s going to be like.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-35-10-pmCan you see it, smell it, and taste it?

I can.

But so can Big Marijuana.

Many commercial growers realized their days of cultivation for profit were numbered when, while watching this year’s NBA playoffs, they saw the 30-second commercial for the hydroponics company Black Magic, with products available exclusively at Home Depot.

A national ad for hydroponics products during an NBA playoff?

Products at Home Depot?

Damn…

The subtext was clear:

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-36-13-pmBig Marijuana has arrived.

What was once a passion for the few and the proud is now morphing into big business for those with the deepest pockets (and, as history has proven, the coldest hearts).

Now this commercial upset a lot of growers.

And not just because they realized their primary source of income may soon be drying up, but because they understood something far more sinister was a work.

But before I go into specifics, it’s important to understand that…

Knowing that the marijuana economy can dump huge sums of money in their laps, big money investors are dying to get into our industry right now.

greed-bMicrosoft is even on board, announcing in June that it would partner with Kind Financial, a company that develops software financial technology for the cannabis industry.

States that have legalized recreational marijuana are eager for these investors to help finance their piece of the booming weed industry.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board eliminated the six-month residency requirement for investors, inviting investors from around the United States to own as much as 49% of an operation.

Oregon has approved similar rules.

coprAnd Colorado will most likely follow and do away with the two-year residency requirement for marijuana financiers.

Now, on top of out-of-state investors with deep pockets and big plans, there’s no shortage of in-state investors willing to put their money into our growing industry—investors who’ve never grown a single plant themselves, and many of whom have never even taken a hit off a joint (okay, well, they smoked once with Bill Clinton, but didn’t inhale).

Fortunately, right now this is on a state level.

But imagine what’s going to happen when marijuana is legal on a federal level.

greeThat’s when the REAL mushroom-cloud-laying motherfuckers will get in the game, ready and able to demolish whatever and—with the exception of a few brave souls—whoever is in their path.

Here’s what’s going to happen…

Today, if someone lives in a fairly progressive state, they typically go to a dispensary or retail marijuana store to buy their cannabis. There, they can pick out a strain that gives them the type of feeling they want. They might buy candies, baked goods, or lozenges, but for the most part they’re picking up flowers.

Now, like I spoke about recently in another recent post, in the next five to ten years, while that dispensary or retail marijuana store may still exist, the majority of users will buy their cannabis at convenience stores and grocery stores.

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Lori Ajax – California’s first weed czar

Bureaucrats who’ve transferred from alcohol control to cannabis control, such as Lori Ajax, the first chief of California’s Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, will want to follow the model they’re familiar with—a model they understand—which means plugging marijuana distribution into the current distribution outlets for alcohol. Which, by the way, are the same distribution points for cigarettes.

And who already has distribution set up amongst these stores?

That’s right. Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco.

They’ll easily swoop in and replicate the model they currently have in place, while the rest of the industry brawls over crumbs in the carpet.

Now, as I write this, a lot of consumers 45 and over still like to smoke flowers.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-14-35-pmBut consumers younger than 45 prefer edibles and concentrates.

In fact, e-cigs, vape pens, and edibles are the fastest-growing sectors in the marketplace. And edibles are currently responsible for 50% of Colorado’s gross marijuana revenue.

But in the future…

Everyone but a SMALL handful of old-timers will consume some form of concentrate.

They’ll consume it in an edible, pill, vape pen, e-cig, or in a cream.

And that product will be standardized, branded, and marketed just like Coca Cola.

Here’s why…

What most of the world doesn’t realize yet is that we’re wired for weed—literally—via our endocannabinoid system.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-12-28-pmThis system helps control basic physiological processes like pain modulation, memory, appetite, and immune system responses.

And CBD, CBN, and THC—the main cannabinoids in cannabis, the chemicals that get you high—fit like lock and key into these receptors.

As a result, marijuana can have a significant effect on Alzheimer’s, obesity, allergies, osteoporosis, heart disease, hypertension, anxiety disorders, diabetes, cancer, and muscle repair.

When consumers go to the store, they’re going pick out their marijuana products based on what problem they want it to solve or how they want it to make them feel.

The average user is not going to worry about strain. Strains matter to growers. Outcome is what matters to users.

And consumers will make their purchases based on the outcome they want.

They’ll choose products with labels that state the outcome right on the bottle.

Currently, edible users are ahead of the curve. They’re far more interested in outcome than they are what strain the source material for the concentrate inside their candy originated from.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 1.49.25 PMThe rest of the market will soon follow.

Now, not only will consumers purchase outcomes over strains…

They’ll expect to achieve the same outcome every time they use a product. (I discuss this in detail in a brand new free report I’ll soon be sending you.)

Consistency and outcome is the future. The near future.

In fact, consumers will soon be able to download their genetic profile, get it analyzed, and, within minutes, know the cannabinoid and terpene profile they’ll react best to and that will provide them with their desired result.

And while picking up coffee, toilet paper, and body lotion at the grocery store, they’ll grab the concentrate (or products made with concentrates) that match their genetic profile.

But that’s not all…

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.03.33 PMI predict by 2025 a lot of marijuana on the market will be grown with CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) technology.

CRISPR technology will produce genetically modified marijuana that can be manipulated to thrive not only both indoors or outdoors, but based specifically on where—geographically—it’s grown outdoors.

Not only that, but it will also generate cannabis to meet the precise outcomes consumers desire.

In the future, only a small number of hobbyists will grow and smoke marijuana like we do today.

Don’t get me wrong, people will still consume cannabis to get high. But when they pick out their product, they’ll be thinking about what kind of high they want to have. Do they want to be more creative? Do they want to relax? Do they want to have great sex?

It’ll tell you right on the label what that product will do for you, what it contains, and what the dosage is—just like over-the-counter drugs do.

girl in marketAnd soon, when the world thinks about marijuana, they’re not going to think potheads.

They’re going to think of the woman who takes cannabis for postpartum depression or as part of her skin-care regimen.

They’re going to think of the guy who takes a little to help his ADD or who drinks a cannabis shake after his workout for muscle repair.

But probably more likely than any of these, cannabis will be so ubiquitous that when you think about the person who uses it, you’re not going to think about anybody in particular at all.

And because of this ubiquity, the gold rush is going to take off like a bat out of hell. It will hit colossal proportions.

Colorado was just the beginning.

nflIn 2020, the cannabis industry will be bigger than the NFL.

In 2030, it’ll be bigger than beer.

And soon after that, it will be bigger than wheat, corn, and soybeans combined.

There’s huge opportunity in our industry for the right people.

But where there’s opportunity and profit, there’s also corruption.

Remember that commercial for Black Magic that aired during the NBA playoffs I told you about?

And how unsettling it was for our community?

What I didn’t tell you was that Black Magic is actually a subsidiary of Scott’s Miracle-Gro.

Yup. Scotts Miracle-Gro—the corporate giant with the license to sell Monsanto’s environmentally-destructive herbicide Roundup.

Back in 2011, I warned growers we’d likely see GMO, pesticide, herbicide, and chemical companies like Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro try to devour our precious industry.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-13-56-pmAnd I correctly predicted that Maximum Yield Magazine, General Hydroponics, and other collaborators would facilitate entry of corporate giants like Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro into the hydroponics marketplace.

I also warned that the Scotts Miracle-Gro marijuana industry buyout would harm local hydroponics stores by undercutting them and selling hydroponics products via corporate retailers such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart.

And now it’s happening:

Since 2015, through a front company and via other methods, Scotts Miracle-Gro has purchased General Hydroponics (the #2 brand in the USA), Botanicare (the #5 brand in the USA) and Gavita Lights (the #1 lighting brand).

And Scotts is using its massive distribution channels at Home Depot to sell Black Magic.

This should be of great concern to every single grower, equipment manufacturer, and store owner in our community.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-46-26-pmIn fact, Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO, elite 1% millionaire Jim Hagedorn with his hundreds of millions of dollars to burn, announced he’s planning a Scotts Miracle-Gro marijuana takeover by investing $500 MILLION to commandeer the marijuana hydroponics nutrients, equipment, and retailing industries.

And make no mistake, Hagedorn aims to put small grow shops out of business completely.

A recent Forbes article said he compares the lawn and garden business to warfare. He’s quoted as saying:

“Today the way wars happen, you don’t get to keep all the stuff. To me this is one where in commercial combat you kind of rape and pillage, and you keep all of the stuff.”

Rape and pillage—his words, not mine.

Now is Scotts advertising that Black Magic is designed for marijuana? Of course not. They’re not part of our community, nor will they proudly stand up for you and the cannabis you grow.

So instead, with a wink wink and a nudge nudge, Scotts sells Black Magic for “tomato growers.”

 

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screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-08-28-pmThe people who built the marijuana industry and showed the world marijuana is good medicine are the home growers, companies like Advanced Nutrients, seed breeders, cannabis retailers, hydroponics stores, and activists.

We’ve all put in years of hard work on the front lines.

And now corporate raiders like Scotts Miracle-Gro are out to steal our achievements and destroy as many of us as they can.

Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro are convicted corporate criminals with long histories of abuses that harm people, animals, and the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency had to step in when Scotts Miracle-Gro was selling extremely dangerous products and bypassing laws designed to protect us from their poisons. 

dead-bIn another case, Scotts KNOWINGLY sold poisoned bird food that killed tens of thousands of birds, and got off with a small fine.

Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro are longtime business partners and allies of the US military and drug war, producing and distributing deadly poisons sprayed by American drug warriors on people, animals, coca and marijuana plants, and forests in foreign countries such as Columbia.

The company sells its deadly poisons under the Ortho brand and now controls more than half of the consumer pesticides, fertilizers, soils, and grass seeds market.

And because Scotts Miracle-Gro has such a close business affiliation with Monsanto, one of the world’s leading GMO corporations, many analysts suspect that Scotts and Monsanto will team up to create GMO marijuana strains and seeds.

These of the kinds of motherfuckers taking over our industry.

monsanto2Are they all as evil as Scotts?

Of course not.

However, they do all want to suck every penny out of our industry that they can, and away from all the hardworking growers in our community, many who’ve dedicated their lives to growing marijuana.

And, like Scotts, many of them have a history of dealing in poison and death.

Monsanto, who have a chokehold on the farming industry, campaigned like crazy to get cannabis legalized in Uruguay.

Now that it’s legal, they’re figuring out how to mass produce the same kind of Frankenplants they grow in the US.

And Philip Morris—the cigarette makers—recently invested $20 million in an Israeli company, Syqe Medical, that’s developed a metered-dose medical marijuana vaporizer.

syqeSyqe received $33 million in total investments for this device and Big Pharma giant Teva holds exclusive marketing and distribution rights in Isreal. This is the first time a major pharmaceutical company has agreed to distribute a medical marijuana product. And one thing’s for certain: it won’t be the last.

But what if YOU wanted to develop and sell your own vaporizer?

Good luck with that.

The FDA is now regulating e-cigarettes and vaporizers and has issued a new set of guidelines. And by doing so, they’ve raised the barrier of entry.

So if you want to design and manufacture your own vape pens or e-cigs, you’ll need between $2 million and $10 million to meet the new guidelines.

Don’t have millions of dollars? Tough shit. Big Marijuana does. And the United States Government is more than happy to take it from them.

Given what’s going on in mass-produced agriculture, the fact that only 40% to 60% of what’s in a cigarette is actually tobacco, and the amount of money big pharmaceutical companies pump into Washington to maintain their competitive edge, we don’t have to stretch very far to imagine where this is going to go.

greedyRight now, the giants are hiding in the shadows, gathering their troops, sharpening their weapons, and planning their assault.

And when the federal government legalizes marijuana, make no mistake, they will attack.

Just like Big Tobacco did to tobacco farmers, Big Marijuana will “rape and pillage” our community and squeeze out the bulk of the commercial growers.

How many mom and pop tobacco farmers you know of who make a good living today?

Not many. They’ve been squeezed out. Big Tobacco now owns that industry.

And Big Marijuana will soon own ours.

And it’ll be a cinch.

They have deep pockets, the right connections, and brilliant business minds at their disposal.

daniel-3They have an army of lobbyists to ensure their weed is what goes to market, not yours.

They will use their immense resources to push for laws that would make it hard, if not impossible, for the average Joe to receive a license allowing them to grow for commercial purposes.

They will do everything in their power to make it so that every marijuana user in the world has to rely on THEM for their marijuana.

And, at least in America, their loyal allies—the United States Government, as well as state governments across the country—will help make sure of it.

Now, sure, you’ll be allowed to grow for personal use…

…but the days of running 25-light grows as a collective will soon be over.

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Big Marijuana has come to drink your fucking milkshake.

I’m not trying to bum you out here.

What I’m trying to do is give you a clear picture of where we’re headed.

And remember, no matter how hard Big Marijuana tries, they can’t push everyone out.

Most everyone—yes.

But EVERYONE—no way.

Big money investors are different from you and me.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.04.55 PMThey don’t love marijuana like we do.

We love growing it, smelling it, smoking it, selling it, talking about it, and thinking about it, as well as surrounding ourselves with other people who love it.

You may even be a gazer like I am, staring at the colas in your garden for hours at a time, in a complete state of awe at the beauty that stands before you.

We do this because we love it, not just because we see dollar signs in it.

Many of us started with nothing except for our love of marijuana and a desire to get out of the rat race.

We’ve had to live in fear of the police kicking down our doors, hauling us off to jail and our plants to the incinerator.

Banks wouldn’t loan us money or allow us to open business accounts.

The entire system was against us.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 5.03.23 PMWe’ve given our lives to our grows and our businesses, and spilled gallons of blood, sweat, and tears to get to where we are.

Our heart is in this thing.

Our dedication is like that of a mother for her child.

If you’re as passionate about your cannabis business as I am, and are willing to educate yourself, take bold action, and do what the fuck needs to be done, then you will no doubt seize your share of the marijuana gold.

To help you I will soon be releasing a free report titled What Big Marijuana Doesn’t Want You to KnowAnd How to Kick Ass in the New Cannabis Economy.

Whether you’re a grower, own a retail weed store or hydroponic shop, manufacture edibles, vape pens, or growing equipment, or are looking to launch a business that has anything to do with marijuana, this report may be the most important thing you’ll ever read.

Because you’re going to discover…

  • Why our industry is ass backwards, how that’s about to change, and what this means to YOU.
  • Why strains will no longer matter.
  • What weed consumers will soon expect and DEMAND.
  • Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 5.03.39 PMHow and where cannabis will be grown.
  • The three roles of every weed entrepreneur (and which one you need to focus on most if you want to make big profits for a long time).
  • The Three Pillars of Pot Revenue
  • How small improvements most in our industry have no idea about can double, triple, or even quadruple your profits.
  • The one skill every marijuana entrepreneur must have.
  • The most important lessons I’ve learned over the past 33 years in the marijuana industry.
  • How I built a $90-million-a-year cannabis business.
  • The most effective marketing methods (less than 1% of the people in our industry have ever heard of a style of marketing that makes me tens of millions of dollars each year).

You’re also going to learn how to…

  • Close more deals.
  • Make more sales.
  • How-I-Harvested-My-Guerrilla-Grows-Without-Getting-Caught-FIGet more done in less time.
  • Overcome the many obstacles our community will soon face.
  • Influence partners, employees, distributors, and customers.
  • Outwit and outsell your competitors.
  • Become a leader others will want to follow.
  • Build a team of loyal, hardworking, productive workers.
  • Win more negotiations.
  • Systematize your operations.
  • Implement marketing strategies almost no one in our industry knows about.
  • Differentiate yourself from the competition.
  • Rise to the top of the market.
  • Make a killing in our industry no matter how hard Big Marijuana tries to force you out of business.

… and much more

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Now, if you’re new to this blog and don’t know me yet, you may be wondering…

Who am I and why the hell should you listen to me?

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-11-02-pmTo put it simply, I’m a guy in the trenches who loves and is passionate about both marijuana and business.

And I’ve been involved in both longer than many marijuana growers and distributors have been alive.

In 2001, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police called me British Columbia’s Tony Soprano. A veritable Marijuana Don, they said. That I ran a conspiracy they estimated had produced and smuggled $50 million worth of marijuana from Canada into the United States in a 12-month period.

But I wasn’t always the Marijuana Don.

In 1983, after busting my tail to construct my first 500-square-foot grow room in the back of a lawn fertilizing business I owned, I sat back in a chair, victorious, admiring what I’d built.

I was in a state of wonder. It was like seeing the stars in the sky for the first time. Silly, I know. But to me it was a huge deal.

The_BM_Story_Page_01_300x300pxIt was freedom.

I got so excited staring at those tiny plants that I masturbated.

And not once did the thought of a woman cross my mind. (And to all the wiseasses reading this: No, the thought of a man didn’t cross my mind either.)

The only females I thought of were the little green ones in the pots before me, climbing toward the life-giving lights overhead.

I contemplated how much bud they would yield, what it was going to smell like and taste like, and how much money I was going to make.

I pictured giant grows—in houses, warehouses, fields, and swamps.

And I saw piles of money—stacks of cash in duffle bags, safes, and safe-deposit boxes.

The_BM_Story_Page_18_300x300pxAt 23 years old, leaning back in an old office chair with my lap rocket in my hand, gazing at my baby plants and grow room, the synapses in my brain forged new and powerful connections, linking marijuana, money, and sex, forever altering the course of my life.

I cracked the door to the room the next morning with excitement and anticipation—I was sooo pumped to see how my little green beauties had done overnight.

My heart sank…

Each and every one of them was dead—fried damn near to a crisp. I hadn’t properly ventilated the room, and the heat took the lives of my young plants—D’oh!

I’d killed my first crop.

Since then, I’ve successfully grown, and overseen the growing of, over

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 1.04.38 PM1,000,000 marijuana plants.

I’ve made more money in a month growing and selling weed than most people will see in their lifetime.

I’ve taken my company, Advanced Nutrients, which manufactures the #1 best-selling line of cannabis-specific nutrients in the world, from nothing to $90 million a year in sales, with customers in 93 countries across the globe. We employ hundreds of people and our nutrients are in more grow rooms than any other brand in the world.

So, I like to think I know a little bit about what I’m talking about.

I may have OCD, ADD, and dyslexia and gotten Cs, Ds, and Fs in history, English, and home economics (I couldn’t memorize boring facts, spell, or sew worth a damn, and the quiche I made tasted like cheesy asphalt)…

And I’ve fallen on my face countless times.

The_BM_Story_Page_55_300x300pxBut weed and business are two subjects I’ve dedicated my life to mastering and you’d be hard-pressed to find a man or woman alive who knows more about the marriage of these two subjects than I do.

Not only have I read thousands of books and studies on botany, cannabis, business, leadership, sales, marketing, mindset, and philosophy and spent tens of thousands of hours with my nose buried in plant research papers, I’ve tested every business strategy and growing method you can imagine. I even ran extensive cannabis testing for the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the University of Canada (UBC).

I was the technical consultant for the hit Showtime series Weeds and the movie Pineapple Express.

I employ a team of 23 full-time PhDs, as well as hundreds of growers from across the globe, all working their asses off to help me take marijuana to its true genetic potential.

And by doing all this, I’ve been fortunate enough to bring over 50 firsts to the world of marijuana growing.

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 2.47.10 PMI have walked, often trudged, the long, hard road to success.

And if you grow or consume marijuana, you’ve benefited from something I’ve done.

Now if I can reach my goals in this industry, I have no doubt that you can reach yours—IF you’re willing to do the work and refuse to back down no matter what.

As a member of our community, I want you to succeed.

I would much rather see you succeed than someone who doesn’t have a deep love for the marijuana plant and is only in it for the money.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the money too.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-09-43-pmAnd there’s a ton of it to be made.

But it’s your love of marijuana that makes you family.

And our family is the community of growers who, for whatever reason, love their fucking weed.

And, as a member of the family, I feel it’s my duty to have your back. That’s just how we do things. Our community supports, encourages, and looks out for each other.

So…

To find out how, keep an eye on your email inbox for What Big Marijuana Doesn’t Want You to Know—And How to Kick Ass in the New Cannabis Economy which I’ll soon be sending you.

And if you’re not subscribed to my email newsletter, you can subscribe by submitting your email into the little box in the very bottom right corner of this site, or at the top of the homepage.

Talk soon,

BigMike

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Grab Those Plants By The Balls

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.01.44 PMWarning: If you’re easily offended by a few F Bombs, you may want to pass on reading this post. I’m very passionate about the topic I’m about to discuss with you and after reading what I wrote noticed I used the F Word a bit more than I normally would in a blog post. To the easily offended: you’ve been warned.

I’ve met a lot of growers who want to take their crops to the next level. They want bigger grows, heavier yields, and tastier, more potent buds. But they haven’t done anything about it. They’re still growing in that same tiny spare bedroom in their house or in those tents they keep in their garage.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against growing small. I’m not here to tell anyone that they should aspire to grow bigger. I respect the grower who runs a few plants for personal use and to sell to their friends as much as I respect the guys running hundreds of lights. If you’re growing one plant or 10,000, I think that’s awesome. You are one of my people. My family.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.01.58 PMWhen it comes to the growers who talk about going bigger, who want, wish, and hope to go bigger, but don’t do a damn thing about it…well, I just can’t relate.

If you want something, go out and grab it by the fucking balls. Whether it’s commercial-sized grows, your dream house, your ideal mate, the career, business or hobby you’ve always wanted to start, making millions of dollars, getting lean and healthy, starting a fucking revolution, gaining a new skill, becoming a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, experiencing new things, or just enjoying a simple life.

Whatever it is, if you want it, go after it as if not achieving or attaining it would mean taking a bullet to the head.

There’s no excuse for not giving your all to the journey between where you are and where you want to be. Plenty of people have overcome far greater obstacles than you or I will ever face.

I don’t care if you have six children, no car, a learning disability, are in debt up to your eyeballs, are missing a fucking limb, have no connections, and your dog ate your homework: if your WHY—your reason for achieving, attaining, or experiencing the thing(s) you want—is big enough, you’ll find a way.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.04.04 PMAnd if your WHY isn’t big enough, then, quite possibly, what you’re reaching for isn’t what you actually want. At least not enough to go after it as if your life depends on it. You may think you really want it, but if there’s no fire in your belly, then there’s a good chance you just kinda sorta want it and would be better off finding a goal where every cell in your body conspires with the pit of your soul to say: I have to fucking have that…NOW.

When you feel that, you’re onto something.

Now, if you don’t feel that way about growing, maybe you’re best off remaining content with the current size and performance of your grows or should even get out of growing all together, if you don’t truly enjoy it, and find something that you’d do everything short of steal or kill for to do or attain.

Just like many of the most successful growers and businessmen I know, I started with damn near nothing.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.09.38 PMI was raised in lower-middle class family that lived month to month and was constantly in turmoil.

I had an alcoholic and painkiller-addicted mother and a father who let me roam the streets doing whatever the hell I wanted, whenever the hell I wanted. Their fights were so bad our house would look like a riot had taken place—busted furniture, broken glass, food on the walls and floor. To escape the chaos I ran away many times and would steal to get by, which landed me in juvenile hall.

I also had severe dyslexia and ADHD and was put on heavy benzodiazepines at an early age.

But here’s what I had going for me: I was discontent.

I did not want to continue living in the kind of conditions I’d been raised in. I didn’t want to just get by, struggle to make ends meet.

I wanted more. That was my WHY.

I wanted it bad enough to do something about it.

So with that WHY as my driving force, I got busy.

The_BM_Story_Page_31_300x300pxI started businesses—a lawn fertilizing company, silk plant business, tanning salon, t-shirt biz—and in 1983 began growing marijuana.

I was hooked immediately.

I was fascinated by the plant, how it grew, helped relieved peoples’ stress, and how much money it was worth.

I nerded-out on it to the extreme.

Yes, I was, and still am, a geek for the weed. A natural progression of my pre-juvenile delinquent days, when I was a rail-thin schoolboy with bony knees, coke-bottle glasses, and a ten-foot space around me that no girl who didn’t want to be the laughing stock of her friends would dare enter. I’d spend countless hours on a planet far, far away from the cool, and normal, kids with my nose buried in science magazines. It pains me even to think about it.

I was the same way with growing—obsessed.

After my second crop came in—I killed the first one—I made it my goal to become the best grower in the world, bring marijuana to its true genetic potential, and attain complete financial freedom from growing. I would not settle for less.

The_BM_Story_Page_48_300x300pxIn the process of chasing these goals, I’ve been ripped off, arrested, and had crops completely bottom out.

But I persisted and was able to bring thousands of pounds of BC Bud to market each and every month. By the year 2000, it was often thousands of pounds per week.

That same year, I wanted to create the highest-quality line of cannabis nutrients in the world and share those nutrients with growers across the globe.

And I made a ton of mistakes. I blew shit up, got blood on the floor, and made decisions that almost cost me the business.

I’ve been in the red, been sued, and been burned.

The government tried to shut the company down.

Major distributors and other hydroponic companies attempted to blacklist me from the industry because I was the only one in the business who not only admitted, but also blatantly stated, what my products were for—growing marijuana, NOT tomatoes and orchids. Those greedy SOBs even had their lawyers send a letter to grow stores stating that anyone who purchased or sold my products risked being arrested.

But I trudged forward.

And today, Advanced Nutrients does $90 million in annual sales.

And at last count we’re in 93 countries.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.04.55 PMWe sell more cannabis-specific nutrients than any other company in the world.

Now, I don’t say this to try to sound cool. I say this to remind you that if you work hard and have a big enough WHY, you will accomplish your goals.

We all know this. But we all need to be reminded from time to time, because it’s easy to get up caught up in the day-to-day battles and forget the bigger picture. It’s easy to steer off course.

Writing this helps me remember, as well.

It’s important to stay on track.

Because I hustled my ass off for things I had to achieve—or else my soul would have given me so much shit, I would have ended up one of the most miserable bastards in the world—today I can say that if you’ve grown or even just consumed marijuana, you’ve benefited from something I’ve done.

Me, a dyslexic, ADHD, hyper goofball whose OCD gets so bad sometimes, turning doorknobs and light switches requires I adhere to bizarre counting rituals—1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2…1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2. A continual four-part sequence of “1-2.”Sometimes it was 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128.

It’s not Howie-Mandel-out-of-control, but the symptoms can be severe at times.

Fortunately, I haven’t had a lot of OCD flareups lately. I mostly keep it directed at my business, obsessively finding new and better ways to grow marijuana.

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Tipping the scales at over 300 pounds. I call it my DEA/RCMP/Competitors-and-Government-Trying-to-Shut-Me-Down-Stress-Weight —D’oh!

But during times of great stress, like when the DEA, RCMP, and FBI were barreling down on me in 2001, it can get a little crazy. Must look funny to anyone watching me, this guy flicking lights on and off for no reason and twisting doorknobs eighty times before opening a door. Seeing it from the outside, I’d think it was funny, too.

I also gained a bunch of weight during that period. The stress of knowing I’d be arrested any day caused me to reach for food. And throughout the case and the initial years of building Advanced Nutrients, I kept reaching. I eventually ballooned up to over 300 pounds.

Finally, I decided to do something about it and began eating healthy and exercising daily again. I hadn’t consistently lifted weights or done cardio in years. But I pushed myself through the workouts, pushed away plates of fatty and unhealthy foods and lost over fifty pounds and have kept it off for years.

And I was able to do that because my WHY was big enough. I have a daughter and she needs her father around. I’m not much good to her underground.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 5.03.52 PMIf the reason WHY you want expand your growing operations is big enough, then you’ll get busy and do it, no matter how many obstacles stand in your way, or how many naysayers tell you that you can’t do it.

If your reason WHY isn’t big enough, find something else to do. I’m not saying get out of growing. Grow as much or little as you want. Grow in a way that makes you happy.

But also find something that lights a fire under your ass and go get it.

And remember, embrace the journey, the effort, the act of creation, even more so than the outcome. The juice is in the adventure. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always fun. It is, however, always fulfilling.

At least that’s been my experience.

Talk soon,
Big Mike

P.S. Right now I’m wrapping up a free report for you titled What Big Marijuana Doesn’t Want You To Know. It’s all about the future of the cannabis industry and how you can be one of the few to succeed while most commercial growers and weed entrepreneurs get squeezed out by Big Marijuana.

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How to Consistently Yield 3+ of Bud Per Light

sugarbud-w800-h600For the past decade, Advanced Nutrients has been helping growers consistently pull 2 pounds per light. In fact, we were the first ones to do it. Once in a while I’d hear about a grower getting 3+ per light, but it was rare.

Well, that’s all changed.

Growers are now routinely yielding 3+ pounds per light.

And I’m not talking about plants with special genetics. Growers are able to achieve these types of results over a wide range of genetics and strains.

To help you enjoy similar yield sizes, my friends at Truckee Horticulture Center have created a video series for you showing you everything you need to know.

Watch the videos here…

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Part Four:

Part Five:

Talk soon,
BigMike

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The Future of Marijuana

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 1.30.57 PMToday, if someone lives in a fairly progressive state, they typically go to a dispensary to buy their cannabis. There, they can pick out a strain that gives them the type of feeling they want: it could be called Golden Goat, Trainwreck, or Banana Kush. They might buy candies, baked goods, or lozenges, but for the most part they’re picking up flowers.

In the future, and I’m talking 5 to 10 years, that dispensary will still exist, but most people will buy their cannabis at convenience stores, grocery stores, department stores—even pet stores.

And only people nostalgic for the “good old days” will smoke flowers.

Everyone else will consume some form of concentrate—in an edible, in a vape pen or e-cig, in a pill, or in a cream. And that product will be standardized, branded, and marketed just like Coca Cola.

girl in marketSee, what most of the world doesn’t realize yet is that we are wired for weed—literally.

How?

Because of our endocannabinoid system. It helps control basic physiological processes like pain modulation, memory, appetite, and immune system responses.

And CBD, CBN, and THC—the main cannabinoids in cannabis, the chemicals that get you high—fit like lock and key into these receptors.

As a result, weed, marijuana, cannabis—whatever you want to call it—can have a significant effect on:

  • Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 1.33.28 PMAlzheimer’s
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Osteoperosis
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Anxiety disorders of all kinds
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Muscle repair

When-I-Was-a-Fugitive-And-Why-You-Need-a-Backstory-FIRight now, the medical community is discovering that there’s a significant portion of the population whose bodies don’t have the enzyme that processes B vitamins so they can be absorbed into cells—or it’s not fully functioning.

It’s called MTHFR. This causes all sorts of havoc—everything from Alzheimer’s to weight gain.

For these people, cannabis contains a full spectrum of B vitamins that are naturally preprocessed so they can be absorbed into the body.

This is the kind of thing people will be thinking about when they go to the store, and they’ll pick out their products based on what problem they want it to solve or how they want it to make them feel.

They’ll make their purchases based on the outcome they want.

cvYes, people will still consume cannabis to get high. But when they go to the store to pick out their product, they’ll be thinking about what kind of high they want to have. Do they want to be more creative? Do they want to relax? Do they want to have great sex?

It’ll tell you right on the label what that product will do for you, what it contains, and what the dosage is.

But more and more people will buy cannabis like they buy over-the-counter drugs.

And soon, when the world thinks about marijuana they’re not going to think potheads.

depressionThey’re going to think of the woman who takes cannabis for post-partum depression.

They’re going to think of the woman who uses cannabis in her skin-care regiment.

And they’re going to think of the guy who drinks a cannabis shake after his workout for muscle repair.

But probably more likely than any of these, cannabis will be so ubiquitous, when you think about the person who uses it, you’re not going to think about any body in particular at all.

And because of this ubiquity, we’re going to see a gold rush.

711Colorado was just the beginning.

In 2020, the cannabis industry will be bigger than the NFL.

In 2030, it’ll be bigger than beer.

And soon after that, it will be bigger than wheat, corn, and soybeans combined.

There’s huge opportunity here for the right people.

But where there’s opportunity and profit, there’s also corruption.

Monsanto, the folks who have a chokehold on the farming industry, campaigned like crazy to get cannabis legalized in Uruguay. Now that it’s legal, they’re figuring out how to mass produce the same kind of Frankenplants they grow in the US.

monsanto2Philip Morris just invested $20 million in an Israeli company that’s developed a metered-dose medical marijuana vaporizer.

And the FDA is already starting to regulate e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

Given what’s going on in mass-produced agriculture, the fact that only 40 to 60% of what’s in a cigarette is actually tobacco, and the amount of money big pharmaceutical companies pump into Washington to maintain their competitive edge, we don’t have to stretch very far to imagine where this is going to go.

Truth be told, there’s a million ways for us to mess this up.

The biggest way, though, is to ignore that it’s happening.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 1.31.19 PMIt may sound crazy right now, but not to long ago scientists estimated that we would only need three computers in the world.

Now, everyone’s walking around with one in their hand looking for a rare Pokémon.

But there are also a lot of things we can do to get it right. If you’re a consumer, you can support legislation that puts your needs first.

Trust me Big Farming and Big Parma are already looking into this. You should too.

Cannabis isn’t tobacco, and it’s not alcohol. No rational person smokes cigarettes for the health benefits. So, don’t just copy and paste laws designed for those products.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 1.38.03 PMBut do ask for clear and standardized labeling and insist on quality, ethical products. Do your research. Ask questions.

If you’re a journalist or a blogger, take a new look at the industry, and write about it.

If you’re in the industry, find a niche and get serious about marketing.

If you have the means, consider investing in a company that makes ethical products.

But above all, lets finally move past this stigma of the degenerate, lazy pothead.

Yeah, potheads exist, and they always will, but they won’t make up the majority of users.

Because I promise you, there will be a day where you download your genetic profile, get it analyzed, and within minutes, you will know what type of marijuana will react best for your body for whatever type of outcome you’re going for.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 1.38.43 PMAnd there will be a day when you go to the store and you’ll pick your specific kind with your coffee, your toilet paper, and your body lotion.

And I’m not talking 2050. I’m talking 2025.

Cannabis isn’t a panacea, but it deserves more consideration than most of us are giving it today.

We are wired for weed. Do what you can to make sure it becomes a force of good in our lives.

Talk soon,
Big Mike

P.S. I’m currently writing a very important free report for you, titled What Big Marijuana Doesn’t Want You To Know

It’s about how you can survive and thrive in our industry, while everyone else gets squeezed out by Big Marijuana.

So be sure to keep an eye for it in your inbox. This is information you DO NOT want to miss if you plan to succeed in the ever-changing marijuana economy.

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The State of The Marijuana Industry

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 5.03.23 PMWe live in a great time.

More and more states are legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana in either medical or recreational form.

There’s a good chance marijuana will soon be legal on the federal level.

It’s a totally different world than when I started growing in 1983, back when, in a lot of states, getting caught growing was likely to earn you a longer sentence than if you’d committed a violent crime or robbed someone at gun point.

So many of my friends have gone to prison over the years for growing pot. They went to prison for growing a plant. A fucking plant! How ridiculous is that?

I want to see a day when no U.S. citizen goes to prison in the United States for growing marijuana. Whether or not that day will come, I don’t know. But I do know that laws are turning in our favor.

Thankfully, people are changing their minds about marijuana which, as you know, is currently classified by the United States government as a Schedule 1 narcotic, in the same class with cocaine and heroin.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 5.03.39 PMEverybody knows someone who’s died of lung cancer.

We all know someone who’s died from alcohol, whether that be from a drunk driving accident, cirrhosis of the liver, alcohol poisoning, or however else that shit killed ’em.

And almost everyone knows someone who’s overdosed on prescription painkillers or who’s had a family member overdose on that stuff.

Yet, no one can think of a single person they know who died because they smoked too much weed.

I’m glad people are finally seeing the truth—the truth that every single one of us in our community has known for a long time: that marijuana should be legal. They’re realizing that marijuana actually benefits a lot of people who suffer from things like chronic pain, anxiety, and ADD. It improves lives. Makes people happy.

In 2014 alone, marijuana sales in the U.S. reached $4.6 BILLION.

86% of Americans reside in a states currently permitting the use of marijuana in one form or another.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 5.04.03 PMNearly half of Americans admit they’ve tried pot.

35% of college students have smoked it in the past 12 months.

And by the year 2020, our industry will be bigger than the NFL.

It’s predicted within the next 4 to 5 years, annual marijuana sales in the U.S. will be in the area of $22 BILLION.

Our industry is exploding.

And that means competition is fierce. Anyone who’s not willing to properly educate themselves on how to cultivate the best cannabis possible or isn’t willing to put in the time and effort it takes to unleash the genetic potential of high quality strains, will be eaten alive.

Growers who don’t grow the best of the best will be the first ones squeezed out by Big Marijuana (which is barreling towards fast).

Half-ass growers will soon wither and die. They’ll be growing for themselves and maybe a few friends looking to pay as little as they can. In fact, many of them have already moved on to other endeavors. Hopefully they didn’t quit their day jobs.

12814605_10153969688509793_1295223517081886891_nFortunately, there aren’t a lot of those types of growers following this blog. Meaning, you’ll continue to do just fine. You’re a one-percenter. My kind of grower. Big Marijuana may disrupt things a bit for you down the road, but if you’re committed, you’ll find a way to thrive.

Now, if you want to keep getting better at your craft, I recommend checking out the Grow Med University.

Grow Med University is a free resource to help educate growers in our community on the best possible ways to grow marijuana.

It’s for growers like yourself who want to grow big, fat, sweet and stinky, sugar-coated buds with potency levels off the charts—the kind of buds that’ll earn you the respect of your friends and top dollar from your customers.

Grow Med University is hands down the best cannabis education you’ll find anywhere.

It’s for growers who are absolutely committed to excellence in the buds they produce, and will except nothing less.

12805743_10153965120444793_9148078537350874895_nIt’s for growers who refuse to settle for the information their buddy with a tent in his closet spews out.

It’s for growers who are sick of buying into the myths passed around in the forums by wannabe experts who like to preach advice all day—dishing out information that is not backed by science—yet have never consistently grown crop after heavy crop of AAA bud themselves.

It’s for growers who demand the truth.

Check it out here.

Talk soon,

Big Mike

P.S. Recently, I was on the controversial Alex Jones show. Alex and I get into the marijuana industry, legalization, corrupt governments, ISIS, and bunch of other topics I think you’ll enjoy,

Check it out:

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Marijuana Growing Resources

The_BM_Story_Page_55_300x300pxHey there!

As usual, I’ve been super busy (and productive) lately. When I’m not writing my book, collaborating with my team of PhDs and grow experts to find ways to bring marijuana to its true genetic potential, working on a documentary about corruption in Bulgaria, running our Holiday Heroes charity, attending masterminds, festivals, events, and doing all the other things that go into running Advanced Nutrients, I’m kicking back: taking bong rips, reading books, hanging out at the Marijuana Mansion with friends and team members and hosting the occasional party.

Sound exhausting?

It can be. But I love it. And somehow I was lucky enough to be blessed with a lot of energy, passion, and little need for sleep.

Anyhow, I wanted to share some educational cannabis growing resources with you and some cool ways you can connect with Advanced Nutrients and myself on social media and stay tuned into what we’re up to.

Here you go…

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The Marijuana Mansion in Hollywood Hills

Education:

Grow Med University – A free resource to help educate growers in our community on the best ways to grow marijuana. It’s for growers like yourself who want to grow big, fat, sweet and stinky, sugar-coated buds with potency levels off the charts—the kind of buds that’ll earn you the respect of your friends and top dollar from your customers.

Big Buds Magazine – A free online magazine to help you grow the best marijuana possible.

The pH Manifesto – This report is full of rock solid—but little known—growing information. It’s not the kind of content you can easily find in most of the hydroponics books or publications. Now, this is technical information. However we’ve spent hundreds of hours translating all the “geek speak” into easy-to-understand, digestible, bite-sized chunks for you.

(And coming soon: The Big Buds Blueprint)

Connect:

Advanced Nutrients YouTube Channel – The official Advanced Nutrients YouTube Channel.

Advanced Nutrients Facebook Page – The official Facebook page for Advanced Nutrients.

Growers Underground Facebook Page – My personal Facebook page.

Advanced Nutrients Twitter – The official Twitter account for Advanced Nutrients.

Growers Underground Twitter – My personal Twitter account.

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 1.31.54 PMAdvanced Nutrients on Instagram – The official Advanced Nutrients Instagram account.

Marijuana Don on Instagram – My personal Instagram account.

My Story:

What Big Mike Won’t Tell You About Advanced Nutrients – Written by one of our team members, Eljay, this story that involves millions of pot plants, hundreds of millions of dollars, ingenious counter surveillance techniques, a shakedown by a violent biker gang, a plane crash, a crazy and vengeful ex-girlfriend, giant busts, a manhunt by the DEA and U.S. Marshals, a kidnapping, life on the lam under seven different identities, and over 50 firsts in the world of marijuana growing.

(And coming soon, my autobiography: Marijuana Don)

Nutrients:

Advanced Nutrients – The Official Website for Advanced Nutrients

I hope you get a lot out of these resources. I trust you will.

Talk soon,
Big Mike

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How I Went From One 500 Sq. Foot Grow Room to Over a Million Marijuana Plants

Screen Shot 2015-12-18 at 2.39.03 PMHey there, I hope you’re doing great and your crops are kickin’ ass.

In this blog post, I’m going to tell you one of the biggest reasons I’ve been able to grow over a million plants over the years, build my dream business (Advanced Nutrients), and help so many people through our charity work.

Now, I believe the biggest reasons most people don’t live the kind of life they want are…

• They don’t set goals
• If they do set ’em, they don’t believe they can accomplish those goals
• They’re unwilling to work hard and go the extra mile, when needed
• They let the fear of failure, success, embarrassment, and you name it, stop ’em dead in their tracks
• They give up when they experience setbacks and failures instead of seeing them as learning lessons and opportunities to become the stronger, bolder, and wiser person they need to, in order to have the life they want

floydYou’ll notice I put goals at the top of this list.

It baffles me how most people take Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Caitlyn Jenner, or what happened on America’s Got Talent last night more seriously than they do their own future.

To me, that sounds like a great way to remain stuck in a boring life of apathetic mediocrity.

Personally, I like accomplishing stuff. Now, I know a lot of people think that using marijuana turns you into Brad Pitt’s character, Floyd, in True Romance. And I guess if a person’s lazy it can magnify that trait, however there are a lot of fuckin’ go-getters in our community of growers.

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Now, in my experience, the vast majority of highly successful growers set goals. In fact, almost every successful person I know does, regardless of whether they’re a musician, athlete, business owner, grower, or fill in the blank.

Here’s my personal experience with setting goals…

When I was 21 I read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. The book made a huge impact on me. Among other things, it instilled in me the importance of having a clear-cut vision of the things you want to achieve, writing those things down, and then going after ’em like a freight train. I’ve applied the Hill’s teachings to my life ever since.

The_BM_Story_Page_28_300x300pxHere’s an example…

In 1996 I was flat-broke and on the lam for an 1,800-plant grow in Wisconsin I had nothing to do with. The grow belonged my heroin-addicted, self-mutilating, ex-partner I’ll call Scar—a guy who fucking chopped his own finger off with a Ginsu knife to prove his loyalty to me. Who does that, BTW? Scar lied to the cops and said I was the mastermind behind the grow and a warrant was issued for my arrest. Thanks, Scar! I appreciate the loyalty, buddy!

I’d been on the run ever since the warrant was issued three or four years earlier and was living like a hermit, hiding out in Temecula, California under a fake name. My entire life sat under ten grow lights in the garage. The DEA and U.S. Marshals were one step behind me, leaning on my friends and family, breaking down doors, and making my life hell.

My friend, Marc Emery, convinced me to start over in Canada. If I could just see the crop through to harvest, I told myself, I’d fire up another fake identity, head to Canada, and find a way to build myself back up until I had 100 thousand-watt lights going. That was my goal: 100 lights.

The_BM_Story_Page_29_300x300pxWell, two weeks before harvest a massive wildfire breaks out and not only does my house almost burn down, but it’s on the fucking 5 o’clock news! My house, with it’s garage full of weed and a news crew not thirty feet from it, was on the goddamn news!

Cops wanted me to evacuate but I refused. Fortunately, the fire was finally extinguished and I was able to make it to Canada where I lived under the name Tom Newman.

I was committed to hitting my goal of 100 lights no matter what it took.

Within a few years of hustling my ass off, I worked my way up to 1,496 thousand-watt lights (all going at one time), plus over a hundred lights for mother plants and cuttings, as well as numerous large-scale outdoor grows on the side.

I surpassed my goal 15 times over!

And my crew was two hundred men strong—growers, trimmers, construction workers, electricians, air-conditioning guys, runners…the works.

What started as one 500 square foot grow room the year the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” were at the top of the pop charts, Trading Places and Scarface were in the movie theaters, and McDonald’s first introduced the McNugget, turned into over a million plants over the next 33 years.

The_BM_Story_Page_31_300x300pxHow’d I do it?

I set specific goals, believed I could accomplish ’em, got busy, and continued bouncing to my feet every time I fell down.

Setting goals has never failed me.

I set goals in all areas of life—whether it’s how many pounds I want to grow next year, what kind of THC levels I’m shooting for, how big a harvest I plan to get from a particular grow room; or the kind of physical shape I wanna be in, the type of people I want in my life, how many growers I want to help, and so on.

Sometimes I surpass my goals, sometimes I fall a tiny bit short, and sometimes I decide I don’t want to achieve a certain goal—that I no longer have passion for. Whenever the latter happens, I almost always learn valuable lessons and stumble onto something better.

Without goals, I never would have been able to grow even 1 or 2% of the weed I have.

I’d never be able to work with so many growers and help them achieve their goals.

Advanced Nutrients wouldn’t be the most #1 cannabis specific nutrient line in the world. We’re in 87 damn countries now!

And our charity, Holiday Heroes, would never feed tens of thousands of hungry people each Christmas and Easter.

Goals laid the groundwork and were a driving force behind all this.

The_BM_Story_Page_71_300x300pxSo, my message for today (which is something you may already know, but a reminder is always helpful) is:

1. Set SPECIFIC goals. Write ’em down and review them often
2. Believe in your gut you can accomplish that shit (let’s face it, whatever it is you want to do, I can guarantee people with a lower intelligence and less resources than yourself have probably already accomplished it—so there’s really no excuse not to).
3. Work your ass off to achieve those goals
4. Charge through your fears like a fucking Cheyne Dog Soldier
5. Never relent. When you get kicked down or stumble and fall, get your ass back up and keep moving forward—cliché, I know, but true as a bullet.

If you’d like more information on goal setting and the science of accomplishment, check out the books Think and Grow Rich (you can download here for free) and Psycho-Cybernetics. Those two books have changed a lot of lives, including mine.

Talk soon,
Big Mike

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7 Ways to Become a Kickass Grower

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 3.14.06 PMHey, I hope you’re doing great.

In this post I’m going to lay out seven ways to become a kickass grower.

Now, I realize some of what I’m about to share with you is much different than your typical “how to grow weed” article. The truth is, we already have plenty of instructional content available in numerous places like our free Grow Med University resource.

This post is more about who you are as a person and the traits you can develop to become an all around kickass grower.

1. Learn the fundamentals first

If you’re just starting out, wait until you have a few grows under your belt before experimenting with some of the more advanced techniques.

I know, I know, you probably have buddies who rave about aeroponics or other technical growing strategies, claiming they’re the only way to go. And a lot of these strategies are great!

However, you need to learn to walk before you can run. Growing shouldn’t be brain surgery. It should be enjoyable. Start with the basics and have fun. Otherwise, you may end up throwing in the towel before you really have a chance to mature as a grower.

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 3.13.30 PM2. Embrace self-doubt and then smack it upside the head.

Maybe you tell yourself that you’ll never have what it takes to grow fat crops of potent bud. Or maybe you tell yourself that since you’ve failed before you’ll fail again. Don’t listen to such nonsense. That’s just your mind trying to keep you safe—trying to paralyze you and lock you into your comfort zone.

Most of the time, self-doubt is actually a good thing. It means you’re forced to expand if you want to reach your goals.

Face the fear, charge through it, and expand the limits of what you’re capable of. Otherwise, it’s hard to get far in this world.

3. Act FAST

Success thrives on speed and momentum. If you want to succeed at anything, including growing, take massive action toward your goals. And massive action starts with a single step. You put one foot in front of the other and move forward like a freight train, determined that nothing will stop you.

4. Make a shitload of mistakes

If you’re not making mistakes, then you aren’t learning and improving.

The most successful growers are the ones who’ve made the most mistakes. I’ve made so many mistakes it would blow your mind. Hell, I even killed my first crop within 24 hours back in 1983. But it was a learning experience and I pulled off the next crop without a problem.

To become a master grower, become a master at making mistakes. Make as many of the damn things as you can. Be willing to make a mess and blow shit up. Then, learn from it, and either improve your strategy or try a new one.

DO NOT let the fear of screwing things up hold you back like it does so many growers.

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 3.13.09 PM5. Educate the hell outta yourself

The best growers are always learning. Always. They learn both in the trenches and from hours of studying.

My advice is to constantly educate yourself by reading blogs like this one, forums, online magazines like Big Buds, and watching videos like the ones in Grow Med University. Learn everything you fucking can.

Mediocre growers think they know everything. Master growers are the ones who keep their minds open and never stop learning.

To educate myself, I’ve:

– Conducted tests on cannabis with universities
– Spent thousands of hours scouring reference libraries
– Devoured every book, paper, report, study, and magazine on plant research I could find
– Personally invested a fortune on research books, and some of them were expensive—one cost me $3,300…that’s for one book!
– Dug up obscure cannabis research papers from Russia done in the 1920’s and 30’s—some as early as 1904—had them translated to English and then dissected every page like a theologian dissects the Bible
– Have run my own R&D for decades—testing and tweaking everything I could to figure out the best ways to take marijuana to its true genetic potential.

And after 32 years of growing, I still study the shit out of marijuana to this day.

You don’t have to be as hardcore with your education as I am. However, you should still learn, learn, and learn some more.

Never stop.

© Copyright, Nigel Salazar, 2015

© Copyright, Nigel Salazar, 2015

6. Be cool to other growers

Our entire community is in this thing together. We’re growers and should have each other’s backs. And the cooler you are to other growers, the cooler they’re going be to you.

If you go on forums, try to be helpful. Don’t give over growers shit just because they know less than you or use different methods. That kind of karma will bite you in the ass.

Instead, lift other growers up—you’ll lift yourself up in the process.

Remember what Wilson Mizner said: “Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.”

7. Never relent

Life will try to kick your ass. It’ll beat you down, drag you across the asphalt, and try to pummel you into submission.

It’ll scare the living shit out of you if you let it.

You can either back down and give up, OR you can trudge forward and become better and stronger and reap the rewards.

The choice is yours.

Talk soon,
Big Mike

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