Even the most seasoned growers tend to avoid certain landrace strains because of long flowering times, difficult growing conditions, or unique bud structures that require tons of TLC. “Landrace” simply means a cannabis strain that is generally only grown in one geographic area without hybridizing its genetics with other strains. These strains are so specialized that they often require more attention, time, and care than hybrids.
With that said, let’s take a look at a handful of the most notoriously difficult to grow cannabis strains:
A hard-to-find pure sativa heirloom strain named after the famous Harvard professor and cannabis advocate Dr. Grinspoon, this headstrong cerebral flower is an ideal choice for intellectuals and creative thinkers alike. These sparse berry-like buds grow on thin stems in unusually airy gaps which has the effect of producing lower yields.
Preferring to be grown indoors with a long 13-14 weeks of patient flowering, Dr. Grinspoon needs a good amount of height management and stem support late in the flowering cycle.
Here in Denver we’re seeing a resurgence of Headband hybrids like my personal favorite, Blueberry Headband. However, pure Headband is notoriously difficult to grow due to its smallish bud structure. Learning what this plant likes is the key to getting consistent yields that produce the high amounts of THC (25%+) that this strain is known for.
When I hear some of the old-timers talk about how they used to smoke “Thai sticks” back in the day, I used to roll my eyes and think they had no idea what good weed today would be like. After doing my research, I discovered that the original Thai heritage was as good as they come, even by today’s standards.
Notoriously difficult to find and even harder to grow outside of Thailand, Thai strains prefer hot, humid outdoor environments where they can grow tall. Growers will need high quality organic soil and must pay careful attention to pruning, topping, and training their plants over the lengthy flowering period- up to 14 weeks for the Chocolate Thai variant.
Named after cannabis activist Jack Herer, this classic strain is a potent mix of Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk. With a flowering time of 8-9 weeks for only a low to moderate yield, this strain is somewhat difficult to grow outside of hydroponic systems due to how bushy and massive these plants can get.
If growing indoors, be sure to have plenty of space between your plants and don’t forget about supporting the branches as the buds develop to prevent snapping.
A pure sativa hailing from the Salima region of Malawi in Africa, Malawi and Malawi Gold are extremely rare and have perhaps the longest flowering time in the world at up to 120 days. Fabled to produce gigantic resin-soaked colas up to two feet long, this strain is certainly worth the effort.
Unless you live in an African climate, this bud is arduous to grow outside of its native lands. You’ll need a temperature and humidity controlled greenhouse with lots of space for this tropical beauty if you wish to grow indoors.
When it comes to cannabis, can there really be too much of a good thing? In the last 12 years as a daily partaker, I can easily count the number of times I’ve taken a break from my relationship with Mary Jane on one hand. Hell, I could even chop off a finger or two and have plenty of wiggle room (no pun intended).
There was one time that I took a 30-day break in order to land a job that drug-tested (I got the job), then there was another time I traveled to Germany for Oktoberfest for two awesome weeks and simply didn’t have access to it. The copious amounts of Kraut beer I swallowed certainly didn’t help me forget about not having any cannabis, either. Finally, I took another two-week trip to Turkey and Greece and let me tell you- you do not want to get caught with any drugs in Turkey, so I didn’t even chance it.
Other than being forced to take a break for lack of access or trying to find a job, why would anyone in their right mind want to go on a cannabis hiatus? Well, it turns out that there are some positive effects of sobriety after all.
You’ll get higher when you start consuming again
As any heavy cannabis user will attest, smoking all day every day makes your tolerance go through the friggin’ roof. That one bowl that once knocked us into an ethereal dreamland now has little to no effect and often times we mistakenly believe it’s because of subpar ganja when in reality it has everything to do with our tolerances.
The more you smoke, the more you have to smoke in order to get the same high as those precious first few puffs. If you want to feel like a lightweight again and make your weed last longer, try taking a hiatus. It can be anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on your situation. If you’re a daily smoker, even a few days off can work wonders on your tolerance.
Dealing with idiotic co-workers during these breaks? Well, I didn’t say it would be easy.
Be productive! B-E PRODUCTIVE!
Personally, there are only a few things that I cannot do when I’m high. Writing is one of them and as a writer, this is very bad news. That’s why I always try to get my writing done in the morning over a strong cup of coffee and the promise of a fat joint to celebrate getting shit done.
If you have ever felt like a stoned couch potato after partaking, you’re not alone. Cannabis, and especially indicas, can leave you feeling sleepy, lazy, and easily entertained by mind-numbing television and “unproductive” tasks (like seeing if I could really eat an entire 20-ounce steak in one sitting. Turns out that yes, yes I can).
If your “to-do” list is starting to look more like a grocery list, try taking a few days off of marijuana and see if you can make those “to-dos” “to-DONES”.
Not being dependent on cannabis, alcohol, or My Little Pony will make you feel in control of your life and that, in turn, will brighten your days and lighten your mood. Knowing that you can truly smoke only when you want to (and actually meaning it) will make your smoke sessions that much better.
Father’s Day is here and what better way to say “thanks for keeping me alive all these years” than by giving your dad (or fatherly husband) a gift that will really set his day alight. After all, dads only get one day a year to be recognized for all they do, so get him something he’ll actually use.
Straight out of the depths of the internet, here are some “green” gift ideas for the man that has absolutely everything.
Canna-breakfast in bed
This one applies to the appreciative wives out there; that is, unless you want to walk in on your father sawing logs with god-knows-what hanging outside of the sheets. This year, instead of the uninspired trip to Denny’s with the fam, try your hand at cookin’ up some cannabis-infused pancakes and toast.
If you really want to make things interesting, don’t bother telling him about the “green eggs and ham” you just served up, then kick back and watch the show unfold.
Coming in at the $150 and up price range, this one makes a fantastic group gift. If you and your siblings are like me and mine, you always wait until a few days before Father’s Day before asking: “what did you get Dad?” and “wanna split it?”.
This year, get the big guy something classy as hell- the Cannador humidor. This fancy stash box keeps your top shelf flowers at a level 65% humidity and eliminates the need for mowing through all your weed just so it doesn’t dry out.
What better way to greet the morning than with a steaming cup of Joe and getting baked? Millennia ago, it’s rumored that people had to use separate devices for coffee and weed; I know, right? What cavemen!
Luckily, today we have the technology to combine both coffee mug and weed pipe into one amazing invention! Known as the Pipemug, this incredibly practical device combines all the coffee drinking and cannabis smoking your dad can handle first thing in the morning.
Did someone say multi-tool on a lighter? You know as well as I do that if it has knives, flames, and something called “Nut Grabber” wrenches that will grab any size nut or bolt that fits, it might as well say “Dad” on it already.
Made from hardened 400 series stainless steel, this cool tool slides effortlessly onto any standard lighter. Whether he likes to fish, fix cars, snowboard or takes things apart that he probably shouldn’t have, LighterBro Pro has got his back.
Packed with all kinds of smoking essentials and gear, this monthly subscription service brings all the best swag to dad’s doorstep, hand-picked by expert cannaficionados. From tee-shirts to books and everything in between, this is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year ‘round.
After all, picking out the perfect Father’s Day present doesn’t have to be hard. Get him one of these gift ideas and you’re sure to be Dad’s favorite hellion once again.
At the heart of American cannabis ingenuity and product innovation lies 7Pipe- the original Twisty Glass Blunt and Twisty Mini maker. With so many fraudulent copies of 7Pipe’s original patented design, the Twisty Glass Blunt is the Real McCoy.
Founded in 2007 in California, 7Pipe has become the worldwide leader in specialized glass pipe design. With over 36 million hits on their Twisty Glass Blunt product video alone, it’s easy to see why countless fakes have tried to copy their patented designs.
The Original Twisty Glass Blunt
To stave off the flood of counterfeits on the market- with some even illegally using 7Pipe’s logo, 7Pipe is actively pursuing legal action against fake brands producing knock off Twisty Glass Blunts. To help you detect whether you’re about to buy a fake, look for 7Pipe’s unique packaging styled in black and honey yellow (seen here). All other fakes and counterfeits on the market do not have this package styling, so pay close attention!
All of 7Pipe’s products are regularly tested by USCPSC-approved laboratories (US Consumer Product Safety Commission), and they also voluntarily meet or exceed European Union RoHS standards for hazardous metals. Experience nirvana with patented five chambered cool-pull twisty technology that delivers an infinite cherry and easy storage of your favorite herbs.
Introducing the Twisty Mini
To celebrate their ground-breaking innovative success with the Twisty Glass Blunt, 7Pipe has come up with yet another genius product- the Twisty Glass Mini. Smaller, but still baller, the Mini is designed for tokers that want more manageable hits. Easy to conceal and 50% smaller than the flagship Glass Blunt, this is definitely a pint-sized approach to smoking on the go.
What sets the Twisty products apart from all others starts with how you pack your pipe. Instead of loading up from the top down, the Twisty Glass Blunts actually load from the bottom up. In other words, you can pack more herb in these bad boys than the competition. To ash, simply twist the screw clockwise, wipe off the ashes with your lighter, then pack another! It’s so simple to use, you’ll wish you had one sooner.
Discover the newest innovation, the Twisty Mini, here:
…and be sure to pay a visit to 7Pipe’s website to check out all of their innovative offerings at: http://7pipe.me/2qyDyTF
Don’t waste your time on anything less than the original. To help rid the world of counterfeit garbage using their brand, 7Pipe is actively pursuing legal action against companies who are distributing fraudulent versions of their patented flagship product: The Twisty Glass Blunt. With an infinite cherry and easy portability, once you see the difference you may never roll up a traditional blunt again.
If you’re a cannabis aficionado, odds are you’ve at least thought about trying to smuggle a bit of weed onto a flight or over state borders at some point. Taking a trip without your trusty green sidekick is like going to a dog park without your dog- everyone else is having fun, but you seem to be missing something.
On a recent trip to Florida, I considered bringing my own party favors from Colorado onto my rather short flight and pondered how one might get away with it. Luckily, I opted out of trying to jam a nug or two up somewhere dark and uncomfortable and it was a good thing because strafing the security line at the airport was an officer with a drug-dog, going person-to-person.
This prompted me to start searching for innovative ways that people have managed to smuggle cannabis through various ports of entry. Here are just a handful of the most outlandish methods people have resorted to getting our friend Mary Jane a one-way ticket:
An ass full of grass
Like a Trojan horse sneaking its way into enemy territory, some genius got caught trying to import nearly a metric ton of marijuana inside the hollowed-out statue of a donkey. Talk about looking like an ass…
Apparently stuffing Wii pads full of marijuana is not a good way to get drugs across the border, as one unlucky (or just plain dumb) perp found out. Officers probably became suspicious when the man was asked what his favorite Wii game was and he replied: “Smuggling marijuana, I mean- tennis?”
Cannons over the border
It’s no secret that some of the most ingenious methods of smuggling have occurred between the US border with Mexico, and this one is certainly no exception.
Likely taking cues from our favorite American pastime, Mexican smugglers got ahold of one of those nifty tee-shirt cannons and decided to launch their own “tee-shirts” over the border wall to cohorts waiting on the other side.
Word on the street is that border patrol agents only found out after watching numerous night games of “500” being played over the wall.
AC/BC Bud and Weedtallica
Chalk it up to the infamous 70s drug mule Howard Marks, also known as Mr. Nice, to come up with a way to get massive amounts of hash past prying eyes. Towards the end of his illustrious career, he was transporting shipments weighing up to 30 tons.
How did he do it, exactly? Well, creating fictional touring bands and stuffing their speaker cabinets full of drugs is one way.
Can I get that at Home Depot?
Definitely not the brightest bulb in the basement, some dude got caught with a garden hose reel loaded up with bricks of marijuana while trying to get across the border. I hope he kept his receipt.
Last but certainly not least, in June of 2009, a stoned surfer was busted trying to paddle his way onto US shores with a surfboard loaded up with more than 10 kilos of marijuana inside of it. How he managed to stay afloat is anyone’s guess, but I bet he caught the only wave going straight to prison for his outlandish attempt.