WEED SMOKING BASICS
SATIVA VS. INDICA
The medical benefits and psychotropic properties of the marijuana plant vary greatly depending on strain. The marijuana plant has two main sub-species: Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa.
Cannabis Indica. Indica plants are usually smaller and bushier than Sativa plants. They usually contain significant levels of cannabinoids and the “high” produced has been described as an enjoyable body sensation. Indica strains can be rather sedative (relaxing) in nature and thus they are effective in treating the symptoms of medical
Cannabis Sativa. Sativa pants are often tall with long and thin leaves. They usually contain significant levels of THC and the “high” produced has been described as uplifting. Sativa strains can be rather stimulating and thus are often effective in relieving the pain, depression, migraines, and nausea associated with various medical conditions. Due to the alertness and optimism Sativa can produce, many patients prefer to medicate with this type of cannabis during the day.
Hybrids. If neither strain fits your specific needs, a hybrid or cross-breed might be just what the doctor ordered. Hybrids combine specific characteristics from both parent strains in an attempt to produce the perfect blend of traits such as mental clarity and sedative capacity for use in a variety of medical and spiritual practices.
Below is a table with the three most-used basic measurements of weed. Make sure you memorize these and know them like the back of your hand.
|1 Pound||=||16 Ounces|
|1 Ounce||=||8 Eights|
|1 Eighth||=||3.54 Grams|
FEMINIZED CANNABIS SEEDS
Due in part to the state legalization of medical cannabis in the United States, cannabis collectives (as well as individual patients) have taken it upon themselves to grow their own medicine as opposed to purchasing it from anonymous sources on the “black market.” While there are volumes of information to be found online about growing marijuana, the first step for any grower is to acquire “high quality” (pun intended) female cannabis seeds. Only female seeds produce the flower (bud) which contains the highest levels of THC regardless of the strain. Of course, male plants are needed for fertilization purposes, but you don’t want a male plant growing alongside your flowering females. Just one male plant can ruin your harvest by “seeding” your females. While this sounds like a good thing on the surface, understand that this will mean a ton of seeds in your buds which would otherwise be pristine and seed free. As people are generally growing weed for smoking and/or consumption, fertilized buds are totally unneeded and will cost you time and money.
Over the past few decades, Amsterdam has been the Mecca of the cannabis seed world, but that has slowly and quietly changed. Today, the hottest new strains are developed in state-of-the-art Spanish labs where the sunny climate adds an extra pop of power to these tiny little seeds. For example, Feminised Seeds (an underground breeder that has just emerged from the shadows) is a perfect example of this new movement. They all about quality over quantity with just eight fully feminized flavors. Each seed comes with a no-questions-asked guarantee that can’t be matched along with massive yields and unheard of THC levels.
Below, please find links to a few of the best choices from Feminised Seeds:
|Big Bang 2||Yields Like You Wouldn’t Believe|
|Super Cheese||The Undisputed Cheese Queen|
|The Chronic||The Name Speaks for Itself|
|Blue Treacle Automatic||Super Sweet and Extra Easy|
A weed grinder is a simple tool filled with small sharp pegs (called “teeth”) which allow you to easily grind your buds into the perfect size depending on your needs. For example, you might use a grinder when smoking from a vaporizer, when rolling joints or blunts, and/or when making pot-butter/cannabutter.
Also known as herb grinders, bud grinders, pot grinders, and marijuana grinders, these so-called “spice” grinders come in many varieties from 2 to 4 pieces. The two-piece grinders simply break your weed into bits, while the more elaborate four-piece grinders typically include a kief screen for trapping any valuable crystals that might escape as you grind your buds.
DE-SEED YOUR WEED
If you ever hear a “pop” while smoking a bowl, someone has packed a seed. Packing a seed is a surefire way to expose yourself as a novice pot smoker. The smoke from a burning seed, if inhaled, can cause a throbbing headache and absolutely ruin your high. Don’t take chances; de-seed your buds completely before smoking them.
If the weed you smoke typically contains seeds, then it’s a good idea to maintain a separate/de-seeded stash. That way, you can reach into the seedless sack and load bowls without worry.
BUD SAYS: Better yet, smoke only high-quality weed. Great weed will either be seedless or will contain only a few seeds.
Hydroponic is not a “type” of marijuana. The term hydroponics refers to a method of growing weed that uses nutrient-rich solutions instead of soil or dirt. Soil itself is not essential to marijuana growth. It simply acts as one of many mineral-nutrient substances in which weed can grow.
Hydroponic growing (as opposed to soil growing) allows you to control the nutrient levels for your plants directly. Because of the higher control over nutrients, hydroponically grown plants generally have a much higher yield than similar plants grown in soil.
There are many ways to differentiate between “kind bud” (excellent quality weed) and “dirt” (poor quality weed). Being able to quickly tell them apart is essential in proving yourself to be a stylish pot smoker. Listed below are four distinguishing traits of kind bud:
Smell. Great weed can have a wide variety of smells. The scent of pine trees and skunks, for example, are both common indicators of good pot. However, if the weed smells very pungent and “grassy,” it may have been picked prematurely. (When a marijuana plant is harvested before reaching maturity, it often lacks the potency of a fully-grown plant.)
Look. A good bag of weed usually consists of medium to large buds with little or no stems. Kind buds may also have a crystalline quality that creates a “sparkle” under direct light. These buds will often be bright green with orange, red, or purple hairs. If the weed is brown, turn it down.
Feel. Quality weed is usually soft, light, and sticky to the touch.
“High.” Finally, you can always tell a fine weed by the “high” you achieve after testing a sample. Great weed should inspire you creatively without that heavy “burnt-out” feeling sometimes associated with lesser quality marijuana.
Keep in mind that these are only guidelines and not concrete rules. It’s possible (although unusual) to find dirt weed that smells, looks, and feels great. Occasionally, a less knowledgeable pot smoker may be fooled. However, if the pot doesn’t deliver the “high” of kind bud, it’s not kind bud.
If you allow your weed to remain unprotected for long (exposed to air, heat, and light), it will become dry and brittle. When dry, your bud will burn too fast and the hits will be harsh. To keep your weed in prime condition, place your “stash” (supply of marijuana) in an airtight container or a plastic bag. However, even when you’re careful, your buds can loose a little moisture. So, if you notice your weed is getting too dry, add a sliver of orange or lemon peel to your bag, and seal it up tight for a few hours. The weed will sap the water from the rind and become re-hydrated. (Be careful not to leave the peel in for too long, as it could mold and ruin your weed.)
A less common, but more troublesome problem is wet weed. If you try to smoke weed that is too wet, the bud will burn slowly and won’t stay lit. (This kind of saturated condition usually occurs when you don’t give your homegrown enough time to dry.)
Here are a few options to help you adjust the moisture:
Open container. If you aren’t afraid of getting caught with your weed, simply leave your container open, exposed to air, heat and light. (Leaving your weed exposed to the elements can ruin the quality of the bud, so be careful not to leave it out longer than necessary.)
Add paper. When you need to keep the weed hidden, add a finger-sized piece of paper to your stash. The paper will absorb some of the moisture from the buds. Then, remove the paper from the bag when you think the weed is ready to smoke. If the weed remains wet, continue to add paper (one piece at a time) until you reach the desired level of moisture.
Other containers. Placing your weed in a tightly-sealed wood container will allow the pot to dry at a slow and steady pace.
ROLLING JOINTS WITH WET VS. DRY WEED
There are many ways to store your marijuana. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. I’ll list the most common types below with a brief description of each.
Sandwich bags. Sandwich bags are a cheap and convenient way to store various quantities of weed. However, while they are very portable and extremely inexpensive, they have a tendency to degrade your weed faster than the other storage options.
Small amounts. Prior to the wide-spread adoption of glass jars, sandwich bags were the most frequently used containers for holding small amounts of weed. The sandwich bags of choice are the simple, non-zipping, pleated, plastic baggies found at all major grocery stores. This type of container will hold anywhere from an 1/8th to 4/8ths of an ounce.
Before rolling the baggie for storage, the weed should be equally distributed along the bottom of the bag. Then, the bag can be rolled toward the top (rather like rolling a joint) until there is a one-inch flap exposed. Finally, lick the flap and seal the baggie until further use.
Large amounts. For large amounts of weed, it is often easier to use a medium to large, zipping, plastic bag. These are often sold as “freezer bags” and work very well for quantities of weed larger than 1/2 ounce.
Glass jars. The more finicky pot smokers will often turn to glass jars rather than plastic bags to store their high-quality buds. Glass jars come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to suit your every need. Because most glass jars are resistant to air-leakage, marijuana stays fresher and more potent when stored in these containers as opposed to plastic or wood. A glass jar may cost significantly more than a box of sandwich bags, but the jar can be used year after year and will show your peers that you do, indeed, smoke with style. Also, most medical marijuana collectives will give you a free jar upon your first visit (with a doctor’s recommendation of course.)
Prescription bottles. Because cannabis is being sold legally in many states under the supervision of a physician, most cannabis collectives distribute their medicine in plastic prescription bottles. These containers tend keep your buds fairly fresh and they are more portable than glass because they can be bumped and dropped without shattering. Also, this type of medicinal container tends to lend some credibility to its carrier by subtly pointing out that this medicine has well-established, but seriously overlooked, medical benefits.
Wooden boxes. Many stylish smokers prefer to use a small wooden box for their stash … especially for small amounts. These “stash boxes” come in an endless assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors. Choose the box that calls out to you, but make sure it has sufficient room for your needs and that the lid fits tightly. No one-size-fits-all, so you may find that you need two or three different boxes to cover your basic storage needs.
BUD SAYS: When given the choice, use a glass jar to store your personal stash.