Marijuana is a deciduous plant which grows from seeds. The fibrous section of the plant was (has been replacedby synthetics) used to make rope. The flowering tops, leaves, seeds, and resin of the plant is used by just abouteveryone to get HIGH.
Normally, the vegetable parts of the plant are smoked to produce this "high," but thay can also beeaten. The axtive ingredient in marijuana resin is THC (tetahydrocannabinol). Marijuana contains from 1 - 4 percent THC (4 per cent must be considered GOOD dope).
Marijuana grows wild in many parts of the world, and is cultivated in Mexice, Vietnam, Africa, Nepal, India,South America, etc.,etc. The marijuana sold in the United States comes primarily from, yes, the Uniited States.
It is estimated that at least 50 per cent of the grass on the streets in America is homegrown. The next largestbunch comes actoss the borders from Mexico, with smaller amounts filtering in from Panama, occasionally South America,and occasinally, Africa.
Hashish is the pure resin of the marijuana plant, which is scraped from the flowering tops of the plant andlumped together. Ganja is the ground-up tops of the finest plants. (It is also the name given to any sort of marijuanain Jamaica.)
Marijuana will deteriorate in about two years if exposed to light, air or heat. It should always be stored incool places.
Grass prices in the United States are a direct reflection of the laws of supply and demand (and you thoughtthat high school economics would never be useful). A series of large border busts, a short growing season, a badcrop, any number of things can drive the price of marijuana up. Demand still seems to be on the increase in theU.S., so prices seldom fall below last year's level.
Each year a small seasonal drought occurs, as last year's supply runs low, and next year's crop is not up yet.Prices usually rase about 20 - 75 per cent during this time and then fall back to "normal." Unquestionably,a large shortage of grass causes a percentage of smokers to turn to harder drugs instead. For this reason, no grasscontrol program can ever be beneficial or "successful."
There is one surefire way of avoiding high prices and the grass DT's: Grow your own. This is not as difficultas some "authorities" on the subject would make you believe. Marijuana is a weed, and a fairly vivaciousone at that, and it will grow almost in spite of you.
Contrary to propular belief, grass grows well in many place on the North American continent. It will flourisheven if the temperature does not raise above 75 degrees.
The plants do need a minimum of eight hours of sunlight per day and should be planted in late April/early May,BUT DEFINITELY, after the last frost of the year.
Growing an outdoor, or "au naturel", crop has been the favored method over the years, because grassseems to grow better without as much attention when in its natural habitat.
Of course, an outdoors setting requires special precautions not encoun- tered with an indoors crop; you mustbe able to avoid detection, both from law enforcement freaks and common freaks, both of whom will take your weedand probably use it. Of course, one will also arrest you. You must also have access to the area to prepare thesoil and harvest the crop. There are two schools of thought about starting the seeds. One says you should startthe seedlings for about ten days in an indoor starter box (see thesoil and a little bit (not too much, now) ofgood water soluble nitrogen fertilizer. The soil should now be watered several times and left to sit about oneweek.
The plants should be planted at least three feet apart, getting too greedy and stacking them too close willresult in stunted plants. The plants like some water during their growing season, BUT not too much. This is especiallytrue around the roots, as too much water will rot the root system.
Grass grows well in corn or hops, and these plants will help provide some camouflage. It does not grow wellwith rye, spinach, or pepperweed. It is probally a good idea to plant in many small, broken patches, as peopletend to notice patterns.
GENERAL GROWING INFO
Both the male and he female plant produce THC resin, although the male is not as strong as the female. In agood crop, the male will still be plenty smokable and should not be thrown away under any circumstances. Marijuanacan reach a hight of twenty feet (or would you rather wish on a star) and obtain a diameter of 4 1/2 inches. Ifnormal, it has a sex ratio of about 1:1, but this can be altered in several ways. The male plant dies in the 12thweek of growing, the female will live another 3 - 5 weeks to produce her younguns. Females can weigh twice as muchas males when they are mature.
Marijuana soil should compact when you squeeze it, but should also break apart with a small pressure and absorbwater well. A nice test for either indoor or outdoor growing is to add a bunch of worms to the soil, if they liveand hang aroung, it is good soil, but if they don't, well, change it. Worms also help keep the soil loose enoughfor the plants to grow well.
To get good grass, you should start with the right seeds. A nice starting point is to save the seeds form thebest batch you have consumed. The seeds should be virile, that is, they should not be grey and shiriveled up, butgreen, meaty, and healthy appearing. A nice test is to drop the seeds on a hot frying pan. If they "CRACK,"they are probably good for planting purposes.
The seeds should be soaked in distilled water overnight before planting. BE SURE to plant in the ground withthe pointy end UP. Plant about 1/2" deep. Healthy seeds will sprout in about five days.
The best all around sprouting method is probably to make a sprouting box (as sold in nurseries) with a slatedbottom or use paper cups with holes punched in the bottoms. The sprouting soil should be a mixture of humus, soil,and five sand with a bit of organic fertilizer and water mixed in about one week before planting.
When ready to transplant, you must be sure and leave a ball of soil around the roots of each plant. This wholeball is dropped into a baseball-sized hold in the permanent soil.
If you are growing/transplanting indoors, you should use a green safe light (purchased at nurseries) duringthe transplanting operation. If you are transplanting outdoors, you should time it about two hours befor sunsetto avoid damage to the plant. Always wear cotton gloves when handling the young plants.
After the plants are set in the hole, you should water them. It is also a good idea to use a commercial transplantchemical (also purchased at nurseries) to help then overcome the shock.
Indoor growing has many advantages, besides the apparent fact that it is much harder to have your crop "found,"you can control the ambient conditions just exactly as you want them and get a guaranteed "good" plant.
Plants grown indoors will not appear the same as their outdoor cousins. They will be scrawnier appearing witha weak stems and may even require you to tie them to a growing post to remain upright, BUT THEY WILL HAVE AS MUCHOR MORE RESIN!
If growing in a room, you should put tar paper on the floors and then buy sterilized bags of soil form a nursery.You will need about one cubic foot of soil for each plant.
The plants will needsh air, so the room must be ventilated. (however, the fresh air should contain NO TOBACCOsmoke.)
At least eight hours of light a day must be provided. As you increase the light, the plants grow faster andshow more females/less males. Sixteen hours of light per day seems to be the best combination, beyond this makeslittle or no appreciable difference in the plant quality. Another idea is to interrupt the night cycle with aboutone hour of light. This gives you more females.
The walls of your growing room should be painted white or covered with aluminum foil to reflect the light.
The lights themselves can be either bulbs of fluorescent. Figure about 75 watts per plant or one plant per twofeet of flouresent tube. The fluorescents are the best, but do not use "cool white" types. The lightsources should be an average of twenty inches from the plant and NEVER closer than 14 inches. They may be mountedon a rack and moved every few days as the plants grow.
The very best light sources are those made by Sylvania and others especially for growing plants (such as the"gro lux" types).
HARVESTING AND DRYING
The male plants will be taller and have about five green or yellow sepals, which will split open to fertilizethe female plant with pollen. The female plant is shorter and has a small pistillate flower, which really doesn'tlook like a flower at all but rather a small bunch of leaves in a cluster.
If you don't want any seeds, just good dope, you should pick the males before they shed their pollen as thefemale will use some of her resin to make the seeds.
After another three to five weeks, after the males are gone, the females will begin to wither and die (fromloneliness?), this is the time to pick. In some nefarious Middle Eastren countries, farmers reportedly put theirbeehives next to fiels of marijuana. The little devils collect the grass pollen for their honey, which is supposedto contain a fair dosage of THC.
The honey is then enjoyed by conventional methods or made into ambrosia. If you want seeds - let the males shedhis pollen then pick him. Let the female go another month and pick her.
To cure the plants, they must be dried. On large crops, this is accomplished by constructing a drying box ordrying room. You must have a heat source (such as an electric heater) which will make the box/room each 130 degrees.The box/room must be ventilated to carry off the water-vapor-laden air and replace it with fresh. A good box canbe constructed from an orange crate with fiberglass insulated walls, vents in the tops, and screen shelves to holdthe leaves. There must be a baffle between the leaves and the heat source. A quick cure for smaller amounts isto: cut the plant at the soil level and wrap it in a cloth so as not to loose any leavs. Take out any seeds byhand and store. Place all the leaves on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil and put them in the middle sheld of theoven, which is set on "broil." In a few seconds, the leaves will smoke and curl up, stir them aroundand give another ten seconds before you take them out.
TO INCREASE THE GOOD STUFF
There are several tricks to increase the number of females, or the THC content of plants:
You can make the plants mature in 36 days if you are in a hurry, by cutting back on the light to about 14 hours,but the plants will not be as big. You should gradually shorten the light cycle until you reach fourteen hours.
You can stop any watering as the plants begin to bake the resin rise to the flowers. This will increse the resina bit.
You can use a sunlamp on the plants as they begin to develop flower stalks.
You can snip off the flower, right at the spot where it joins the plant, and a new flowough a lab of some sortand costs about $35 a gram.)
To use the colchicine, you should prepare your presoaking solution of distilled water with about 0.10 per centcolchicine. This will cause many of the seeds to die and not germinate, but the ones that do come up will be polyploidplants. This is the accepted difference between such strains as "gold" and normal grass, and yours willDEFINITELY be superweed.
The problem here is that colchicine is a posion in larger quanities and may be poisonous in the first generationof plants. Bill Frake, author of CONNOISSEUR'S HANDBOOK OF MARIJUANA runs a very complete colchicine treatmentdown and warns against smoking the first generation plants (all succeeding generations will also be polyploid)bacause of this poisonous quality.
However, the Medical Index shows colchicine being given in very small quantities to people for treatment ifvarious ailments. Although these quantities are small, they would appear to be larger than any you could reciveform smoaking a seed-treated plant.
It would be a good idea to buy a copy of CONNOISSEUR'S, if you are planning to attempt this, and read Mr. Drake'scomplete instructions.
Another still-experimental process to increase the resin it to pinch off the leaf tips as soon as they appearfrom the time the plant is in the seedling stage on through its entire life-span. This produces a distorted, wrecked-lookingplant which would be very difficuly to recognize as marijuana. Of course, there is less substance to this plant,but such wrecked creatures have been known to produve so much resin that it crystallizes a strong hash all overthe surface of the plant - might be wise to try it on a plant or two and see what happens.
PLANT PROBLEM CHART
Always check the overall enviromental conditions prior to passing judgment - soil aroung 7 pH or slightly less- plenty of water, light, fresh air, loose soil, no water standing in pools.
Larger leaves turning yellow smaller leaves still green.
add nitrate of soda or organic fertilizer.
Older leaves will curl at edges, turn dark, possibaly with a purple cast.
add commercial phosphate.
Mature leaves develop a yellowish cast to least veinal areas.
add commercial fertilizer with a magnesium content.
Mature leaves turn yellow and then become spotted with edge areas turning dark grey.
add muriate of potash.
Cracked stems, no healthy support tissue
add any plant food containing boron.
Small wrinkled leaves with yelloish vein systems.
add commercial plant food containing zinc.
Young leaves become deformed, possibaly yellowing.
use any plant food with a bit of molydbenum in it.
BAD WEED/GOOD WEED
Can you turn bad weed into good weed? Surprisingly enough, the answer to this oft-asked inquiry is, yes!
Like most other things in life, the amount of good you are going to do relates directly to how much effort youare going to put into it. There are no instant, supermarket products which you can spray on Kansas catnip and havewonderweed, but there are a number of simplified, inexpensive processes (Gee, Mr. Wizard!) which will enhance mediocregrass somewhat, anadd a certain amount of potency to the product, however, this only works with dry ice, if youuse normal, everyday freezer ice, you will end up with a soggy mess...
Now CAREFULLY boil the mixture on an ELECTRIC stove or lab burner. DO NOT USE GAS - the alchol is too flammable.After 45 minutes of heat, remove the pot and strain the solids out, SAVING THE ALCOHOL. Now, repeat the processwith the same residuals, but fresh alchol. When the second boil is over, remove the solids again, combine the twoquantities of alcohol and reboil until you have a syrupy mixture. Now, this syrupy mixture will contain much ofthe THC formerly hidden in the stems and such. One simply takes this syrup the throughly combines it with the grassthat one wishes to improve upon.
SPECIAL SECTION ON RELATED SUBJECT MARYGIN:
Marygin is an anagram of the words marijuana and gin, as in Eli Whitney. It is a plastic tumbler which actsmuch like a commercial cottin gin. One takes about one ounce of an harb and breaks it up. This is then placed inthe Marygin and the protuding knod is roatated. This action turns the internal wheel, which separates the grassfrom the debris (seeds, stems).
It does not pulberize the grass as screens have a habit of doing and is easily washable. Marygin is availablefrom:
P.O. Box 5827
Tuscon, Arizona 85703 $5.00
Edmund Scientific Company
555 Edscorp Building
Barrington, New Jersy 08007
Free Catalog is a wonder of good things for the potential grass grower. They have an electric thermostat greenhousefor starting plants for a mere $14.95.
Soil test kits for PH - $2.40
Al test - $9.95
Soil thermometer - $2.75
Lights which approzimate the true color balance of the sun and are probably the most beneficial types available:40 watt, 48 inch - 4 for $15.75.
Indoor sun bulb, 75 or 150 watt - $5.75.
And, they have a natural growth regualtor for plants (Gibberellin) which can change height, speed growth, andmaturity, promote blossoming, etc. Each plant reacts differently to treatment with Gibberellin...there's no funlike experimenting - $2.00