Indoors Vs. Outdoors Weed: Which Is Better?
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Indoors Vs. Outdoors Weed: Which Is Better?

3 min
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Some claim that indoor weed is superior to outdoor weed while others wouldn’t even touch weed that’s grown indoors. What is the truth? Which weed is really better and why? Find out in this article!

The differences between indoors weed and outdoors weed are what marijuana smokers, growers and the so called “connoisseurs” debate about probably ever since the first seed grown indoors saw its light. Notably, this age-old debate is almost never constructive. What we normally have is proponents or opponents of one type of growing, often with a very strong, not to say biased, opinion. Someone swears by everything that’s holy to them that either the one or the other type of weed is supposedly “much better” for whatever reasons. However, is this actually true? Is indoor grown weed superior to outdoor grown ganja or was it the other way around? Let us look at some of those arguments to find out the truth.


Some articles on the web claim that the difference between weed that is grown indoors and weed that is grown outdoors starts already very early on. One argument is that indoor weed is normally grown from clones while plants outside are often grown from seed. Since clones are an exact replica of their mothers with the best genetics, the logic given here is that plants grown from seed can have undesired variations as opposed to their perfect indoor clones.

One fallacy here is the assumption that all indoor grown weed is from clones. However, this is by far not the case. The other incorrect assumption is that any slight variation from seed-grown cannabis must be a negative. While this can happen, this doesn’t have to be the case either. A new phenotype that grows outdoors from seed can well introduce positives to a strain as well. Just because there may at times be slight and subtle variations to the mother doesn’t mean that seed-grown cannabis is always “worse”.

Indoor weed is grown in soil or hydroponically while we can assume that outdoor cannabis is most often grown in soil. This alone however doesn’t mean a lot since there are other, more important things to consider, such as what type of fertilizers and other compounds are used for a particular grow.


An outdoor grow in soil isn’t always and necessarily organic, while nothing speaks against having an organic indoor grow. On the other hand, this difference would moreover only apply when one has the belief that “organically” grown weed is “better” as compared to, say hydroponically grown marijuana. However, here too, opinions tend to differ. Some prefer organically grown weed and swear by its better taste while others say that they like hydroponically grown ganja better. Again, it comes down to subjective opinion and personal taste what’s “better”, there is nothing written in stone.


The same differences as with fertilizers do of course apply to pesticides, fungicides and other compounds that may be used in a grow. It is true that outdoor weed is at a higher risk of pests so we can assume that this type of weed had more likely being treated at some point as compared to indoor weed. However, even if we assume this being the case, it doesn’t automatically make the weed better or worse. Some outdoor weed may have been treated with chemical pesticides while another outdoor grower used organic and natural methods to ward off pests from their grow. Heck, another outdoor grower may possibly not care about pesticides at all.

The point here is to underline that general assumptions about a particular type of grow don’t get us very far in this debate. Poor soil, chemical fertilizers or pesticides that may be responsible for a harsh smoke or bad taste can be in any weed, no matter whether grown outdoors or indoors.


In conclusion, it can be said that the perceived differences between weed are mostly not because weed has been grown outdoors or indoors, but rather because of many other factors how weed was grown. In other words, good weed or poor weed can be grown in any type of setting besides that "good" or "bad" is often subjective anyway. It would be smart if we don’t form an opinion based on single encounters with bad weed, be it grown indoors or outdoors. Don’t choose your weed beforehand only based on assumptions and myths. Be open to try varieties and form your opinion after you taste it. Then you may find that whether weed was grown indoors or outdoors might not even matter.



Written by: Georg
Based in Spain, Georg spends a lot of his time not only geeking out at his computer but in his garden as well. With a burning passion for growing cannabis and researching psychedelics, Georg is well versed in all things psychoactive.

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