Tuesday, November 20, 2012

So Many Cannabis Choices - So Little Time

New strains of cannabis are continuously being developed by seed banks all over the world. Much like wine and whisky drinkers, purchasers of cannabis seeds are constantly looking for new variations. Whether it be to add a prized strain to a growing collection of cannabis seeds, or to experience a new high after growing and harvesting the plant itself - Lucky you if you live in a country where this is legal!

Cannabis genetics are crossed, squeezed, spliced and diced in laboratories by clever folks in white coats and safety glasses resulting in a veritable cornucopia of products to choose from.

After the boffins have finished their work the seeds are released to the community with as much hyperbole attached as the marketing department can muster. So where does that leave you – the ardent seed buyer – how do you pick and choose your way through the marketing minefield and find that all important killer strain?


How much will the plant produce when grown under optimum conditions? This depends on how the plant is grown so you’ll usually see this expressed as Low, Medium or High.

Points mean Prizes

Competitions, such as the famous Cannabis Cup, are regularly held to determine the latest and greatest. Do you have all the winning strains in your collection?

THC Level

The cannabinoid de jour, High THC levels are all the rage. Recognised as the most psycho active of all the cannabinoids found in cannabis - But don’t overlook the other cannabinoids.

·         CBD – Boffins can’t decide if this heightens alertness or makes you drowsy but it does seem to keep THC in your system for longer, it can also relieve some of the anxiety associated with high THC levels.

·         THCV – Curiously this actually blocks the receptors that respond to THC! The psycho active properties of this cannabinoid are not well understood.

Indica or Sativa?

Indica plants are usually shorter and faster growing, whereas Sativa are spindlier and take longer to germinate and flower. You’ll find a considerably higher concentration of THC in the Sativa strains than Indica.

Flowering Time

How long will the plant require in the vegetative state before it’s ready to flower?

Other Important Information

How high will the plant grow? Can it be grown outdoors?

With new strains appearing all the time which factors do you think are the most important to consider when purchasing marijuana seeds?

With so much choice on offer from hundreds of seedbanks, how can we decide which cannabis seeds to purchase?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Best Things about Being Baked

The Highs of Getting Stoned 

If you like to get baked occasionally then you’ll probably have experienced all of the usual fall-out of getting high. Whether you just like to zone out or get a sudden need to do something, at some point you will have experienced one of these groovy side effects…

The Munchies 

  Everyone gets the munchies at some point when they’re baked. Whether it’s chocolate, crisps or left over steak pie everyone has their favourite which just tastes awesome when you’re buzzin’. Being stoned just makes everything taste better. Fact! It actually physically does. The active chemicals in cannabis affect the activity of the gastro-hypothalamic axis which makes you hungry. This in turn activates a hormone that increases the palatability of food.

In simply terms, weed makes you hungry and makes food taste awesome. Thanks weed!

Get Creative

Like Bill Hicks once said, “If you don't believe drugs have done good things for us, then go home and burn all your records…”

Some of the best music in the world was influenced on drugs because they can create unique ideas and perceptions in your mind. While cannabis can only take a part of the credit for this, it’s certainly true that it can give you a different slant on things.

If you play an instrument then have a jam when you’re having a toke.  If you don’t play then draw, write, anything… A little bit of herbal inspiration can really open you up to new ideas and creative sparks.

Conversational King

  You might just be a joker or an out and out philosopher, but when you reach that stage of high that’s not too mellow (a good Sativa like Amnesia Haze will get you started) you’ll find the synapses start firing and you’ll be diving into some inspired conversation. Just make sure you’re not getting high on your own or the whole ‘conversation’ element starts to sound a bit weird.

Also don’t expect to remember many of the spectacular pearls of wisdom you announce to your friends. They probably won’t and it’s all about the high anyway. Just roll with it and you’ll find yourself in the midst of a debate on how you’ll weather the impending zombie apocalypse or how the moon landing conspiracy is actually a conspiracy itself to cover up what really happened up there.

Game On!!!

Everyone likes a game when they are a bit baked and it’s so easy just to zone into a game of Call of Duty. If you have more of a retro console then a game of Mario can be awesome or for the true aficionado, Streets of Rage for the Sega Mega Drive. Classic!

If there’s only two of you (or others are baked enough not to care or even watch the ‘excitement‘ unfold, try playing a game of chess.

Seriously, weed tends to make you think more laterally, meaning you’ll come at the game from a different angle than you usually would. You might even find yourself seriously engrossed in the heat of the competition.

TV Respects Me

There’s nothing easier to do when you’re baked than zone out in front of the TV. Many people will opt for a classic favourite movie with not too cerebral a story line. Probably a pretty good idea given that following the plot will be a lot harder than usual. With that in mind chilling out to a classic action movie won’t be too trying.

Alternatively, just watching comedy shows like the Simpsons or South Park will have you in hysterics. You’ll start to appreciate things on a whole different level so don’t be afraid to watch something you normally aren’t that interested in. You’d be surprised how funny something normally tedious can be when you see it through a haze of Lemon Skunk.

Light up and smoke on!

If you like to blaze up occasionally then no doubt you will have experienced one of these awesome side effects. Here we list 5 of the top results from getting stoned.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Marijuana: A Second Class Addiction Video

My name’s David, and I’m a marijuana addict. I started smoking when I was thirteen, and by the time I got to college, I realized marijuana had become the most important thing in my life.

Having spent the last five years surrounded by weed, I had adopted the mindset that it was impossible to get addicted to.

As far as I was concerned, it wasn’t even a drug. My problems with marijuana began when I decided it was time to stop. That’s when I realized… I couldn’t.

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rihanna Blazing that Good Weed

Rihanna's been through a lot these past years, what with ex- (and possibly current?) boyfriend Chris Brown and their controversial relationship and it looks like she took some time to unwind in Hawaii the other week with what appears to be a blunt-that is, marijuana wrapped in cigar paper.