This isn’t my first go at autoflowering seeds. I once grew some Short Stuff autos outdoors during a typically wet UK summer and a Royal Queen “just for fun” beside an indoor grow of Mr Nice G13. The G13 turned out to be the best all-round strain I have grown to date so I pretty much ignored the Royal Queen.
Both grows were less than productive. I can blame the harsh UK summers for the Short Stuff’s 1 oz from 9 plants! The spindly, confused looking Royal Queen was actually a really nice smoke, but her fluffy, airy buds and popcorn sized buds were definitely down compared to the normal 18/6 photoperiod and not my inexperience . The fact she was unloved, placed in a corner and fed the same nutrients as the G13 photoperiod plants didn’t help either.
I still wasn’t 100% convinced of the claims on cannabis forums like uk420 and cannabisknowledge.nl that autos had advanced by leaps and bounds and were nearly the same strength and yield as photo periods, but I was sure that tailoring the light cycle and nutrients plus a little TLC would make the 6 to 8 week, 20/4 cycle at least worthy of a quick try.
All the Sweet Seeds +Speed Auto Seeds germinated overnight and the taproot (radicle) was over an inch long in just 24hrs. This is normally a 3 day or longer process and I was quite surprised by the speed. I had previously grown autos with less care with the seed-to-soil method, but (like 99% of cannabis growers) I wanted to see every stage up close this time, so I used the trusted paper towel method instead.
Again, in less than half the normal time, the seedlings shot through the soil and were in their final pots before I had time to consider the many methods of a stress-free potting up. I didn’t have time to train or top/fim them either – they were just too fast! Just before flowering, I did manage to tie the main stems back to give the plant in the centre pot more room, but the few inches I gained in seedling stage made no difference at all!
Every time I popped my head in the tent, they had changed and were screaming for food, greedy little girls that went from little white hairs to large spiralling, stinky buds in no time at all. The absence of a huge main cola made them look like a fim’d plant, but the multitude of side buds made up for the not-so-massive main cola.
Seriously fast, seriously stinky and “normal” sized buds made these autos a pleasure to grow. At one point when the fan leaves start to yellow from lack of magnesium. I added the usual teaspoon of epsom salts, but the plant was just starting to finish. I was too late!
They took the same feed except faster, bushed out and gained height faster, automatically went into flower and grew large dense buds, faster! They’re actually hanging upside down in my tent as I type this review and will likely be ready for a cure before I’m finished!
Ill be back with a smoke report and can only guess at 1oz per plant, that’s not bad being 6 plants under a 400w hps in a small tent! But judging by the amount of resin, smell and density of the buds, I’m guessing a happy smoke report!
“Bhang has been used as an intoxicant for centuries in the Indian sub-continent”
“Cultivation of cannabis is government regulated, and illegal without a government permit. Sale of bhang is also government regulated and illegal without a permit.”
So the people of India are selling cannabis to the people via government licensed and regulated shops. Doesn’t that sound familiar to you at all? There has been a Bhang shop in Jaisalmer, since 1977. I visited one in Pushkar. You can’t beat a good bhang lassi.
So, I’m afraid Colorado, this is not the first ever time that this has happened.
Nevertheless, this is indeed a historic moment marking the beginning of the end of a very nasty period of unnecessary and evil marijuana prohibition. I am still struggling to believe it’s actually happening.
Berlin, one of the coolest cities in Europe (well, it certainly likes to see itself that way) is considering opening coffee shops. Kind of.
Just the very idea of this is marvellous. Amsterdam, Berlin… where could the next place be. It certainly won’t be London, I can tell you that – but what it would do is make London look increasingly isolated with its old fashioned and harmful drug policies.
It would continue a trend that is sweeping the world: being nice to people who like plants. For goodness sake, I wonder how we ever got to this ridiculous situation.
So Yay! for Monika Herrman and her sensible proposals.
It’s been a little while since I was in Berlin, but it sounds like it’s now super easy to buy weed in and around Berlin’s Görlitzer Park and the dealer situation might be getting a little out of hand – as things do in prohibited markets. Dealers in the area approach you, but not aggressively. In some areas, it’s possible to buy cannabis in broad daylight. Much is tolerated, however many arrests are also made.
“If we want to gain control of the dealers and their products, we must manage the distribution,”
says Monika, and she is, of course, absolutely correct.
Wake up, recognise the market is not going away – and regulate it. Science says the stuff isn’t harmful, except for the developing brain. So we must keep it away from our kids, which somehow we largely manage to do with alcohol using a regulated market. I digress.
In Berlin, there are also pressure groups such as ‘Hanf Verband’ that are pushing forward the idea of cannabis social clubs along the same lines as the ones now operating in some parts of Spain.
There is also the annual ‘Hanfparade‘, which since 1997, has attracted thousands of people campaigning for the legalisation of cannabis. It’s also a pretty good party.
Berlin has its own own Hemp museum similar to the one in Amsterdam called the Hanf Museum.
Things are already pretty chilled in Berlin, however, with the legal limit for personal possession set at 15 grammes (or around half an ounce) since 1994 – a pretty progressive policy whichever way you look at it.
Achilles Charmpilas, a musician who has lived in Berlin for 3 years said:
“I don’t mind legal cannabis. There’s bars here where you’re allowed to light up informally already. I would hate to see all the shitty Amsterdam narco-tourist types come here, though.”
Hmmm. Could he mean me I wonder? I’m not a narco-tourist, honest.
The matter is being discussed in Berlin’s parliament currently, but there is apparently little political appetite for legalisation in the way that it has been implemented in Colorado and Washington.
Don’t hold your breath, then. But the word on the streets is that if you know where to go, it’s all good anyway.