The growing market is gaining in popularity, and more and more grow shops are offering a wider selection of growing equipment. Specialty cannabis grow shops are becoming more accessible in South Africa, with most of them offering online purchases.

Browse the various sections on grow shops, and the types of weed you can grow in South Africa.

  1. What is a grow shop?
  2. The different types of weed in South Africa
  3. How many weed plants you can grow in South Africa
  4. The importance of grow shops

What is a grow shop?

For those interested in finding out how to grow marijuana, a visit to your local grow shop may help. Grow shops sell growing equipment for growing your weed (bud) - indoor and outdoor plants. These include systems for: 

  • Lighting
  • Nutrients
  • Environment
  • Propagation
  • Pest control
  • Grow system
  • Grow medium 

The different types of weed in South Africa

If you’re growing weed, outdoors or indoors,  there are different types of weed that derive from two species of cannabis plants - sativa and indica. You may have heard weed enthusiasts discuss the sativa vs indica debate, but what are their importance? Isn’t weed just...weed? No, because depending on what kind of high you’re chasing, you need to know your strains:


If you’re looking to relax after a long day, the indica strain has physical sedation properties that will help you zone out or keep your mind calm. This is especially popular amongst users who suffer from insomnia. Popular indica weed strains in South Africa include:

Hindu Kush

This is best used at night, either solo or during intimate gatherings. Those suffering from anxiety, depression and pain turn to the Hindu Kush, as it provides a euphoric effect that will relax your mind and help you to sleep better. 

Master Kush

Also known as the ‘high rise’, the Master Kush is popular in Amsterdam. The strong indica-influence makes this the ideal evening companion, and if you’ve heard of someone having ‘the munchies’, it’s likely that Master Kush is the culprit. This strain helps with anxiety, depression, and if you have a loss of appetite. Like the Hindu Kush, it also provides a sense of euphoria and helps with creativity. 

Grand Daddy Purple

If you’re looking for a good time, the Grand Daddy Purple will provide your body and mind with the ultimate high, and possibly the best comedown. With this weed, new users are usually told to slow down after the first hit. It’s usually used to help with pain management, insomnia, and nausea. The effects include sedation, relaxation, and helps with creativity. 

LA Confidential

Much like the city it is named after, LA Confidential is a laid back strain. So laid back that users often fall into a trance or take a nap after use. If you suffer from a loss of appetite, nausea, or are looking for something to help with pain management,  then consider this strain. It relaxes your mind and could help you sleep better. 

Northern Lights

It’s known as the happy weed and instills a sense of calm and focus. Northern Lights helps with pain management and anxiety, and will provide users with instant euphoria. 

If you’re ready for a night in, to just relax, the AskMaryJ.com directory will help guide you in finding the right indica strain. 


If you need a little motivation to cook this evening, or to help you get through dinner with friends, the sativa strain is basically the ‘pep-talk’ in weed form. While mentally calming, its properties will also help keep you stay focused and increase your energy. 

The different sativa strains include:

Durban Poison

One of the most popular marijuana strains in South Africa, Durban Poison helps with depression and nausea. It’s a sought after strain for those looking for a good time at a party, or if you’re working on a mundane task at home. 

Green Crack

For a strong and ‘buzzy’ high, Green Crack is your best friend. Mainly used for ‘wake and bake’, the strain helps with creativity, while also providing you with a sense of euphoria throughout the day. 

Sour Diesel

For energy like a fully-charged battery, Sour Diesel helps you to stay focused, while giving your mind a pleasant headrush - feel good while doing the laundry. This strain is popular for those suffering from depression, or need some help with pain management. 

Strawberry Cough

Created by former High Times editor Kyle Kushman, Strawberry Cough helps users stay focused, and provides energy that is perfect if you’re nervous for any social setting, especially helpful for anxiety sufferers. 


This strain brings on a strong euphoric emotion and the high can last up to three hours. This is why Chernobyl is commonly used by those suffering from depression. It helps users stay focused and helps to unlock your creativity. 

How many weed plants can you grow in South Africa?

It’s a question that has probably plagued so many weed growers in South Africa, and with the Constitutional Court ruling there is still no straight answer. However, to avoid any arrests, experts suggest you grow weed that is enough for your own private use. As always, the AskMaryJ.com team will continue to keep you updated regarding this policy. 

The importance of grow shops

Modern cannabis growers tend to have a deep fascination with, and desire for, the best possible merchandise. With almost a third of all cannabis grown indoors, the need for quality products is ever present. Businesses such as The Hydroponic Shop, Hydro-Herb Africa, and Greenthumb Hydroponics were some of the first shops and/or online retailers to hit the market, selling growers a selection of tools necessary for a successful cannabis grow. 

Whether you’re searching for tips on how to grow indoor weed, or need guidance on how to germinate weed seeds,  the people behind the counter at a local grow shop have been in your shoes. This is not their first rodeo, and they will have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't when it comes to your specific needs. So, lean on their expertise and willingness to help. Best rule of thumb when it comes to growing cannabis is to ‘KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID’. Remember, cannabis is a WEED.

Hopefully we will be seeing more valuable quality growing equipment being imported from the United States and Europe, as opposed to mostly cheap Chinese knock-offs. 

ASKMARYJ.COM, your cannabis advisor, has put together a comprehensive list of all the grow shops in South Africa, in order for you to make informed choices when it comes to growing your own Cannabis.

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