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  1. Mexico just signed into law the national legalization of Medical Marihuana. And just last year High Times predicted this would NEVER happen. Snicker snicker...
  2. I thought of a twist to the 'best strain you ever smoked'. What is the best hashish that you ever smoked? The best hashish I ever smoked was Hawaii Kona gold hash. Only had it once through a previous roommate that moved to Maui and visited me in NorCal with a few grams. We stayed high for a week on that stuff. That was sensational. Gold hashish. I never saw that before or since. O/w the best hashish for me is/was Lebanese Red. I smoked a LOT of that stuff in the late 70s/early 80s. Many ounces... I bought it by the quarter pound. I liked that so much I am growing 2 red Lebby land race strains now here this year that I got through a friend in Europe. Being able to grow Lebanese plants legally is a dream come true for me. I think it has the perfect balance of THC to CBD. Of course there was also Lebanese blonde hashish, which is an earlier harvest of the same general Lebby strains growing there. For some reason the red seems more memorable to me though.
  3. So a year later now... I let my GDP go last winter, and regret it. Stupid me, I thought that I could replace it easy around here. Not so! Real GDP is getting hard to find. Oregon medical strains of old have all dried up after legalization. Rec growers have bought everything up! The one I had was the real deal, green with purple calyxes. I have since picked up another GDP cut from the Midwest in trade (sent to me in a clone shipper) which is thriving under lights this winter. I am hoping it is the real deal. Also in the meantime, I picked up two Grape Ape clones in the summer from a local grower. There seem to be 2 strains of Grape Ape around here, one is just a renamed GDP cut or is an S1/F2 of GDP, and the other is a cross of Mendo Purps, Skunk, and an Afghani. I believe I have the later cut, as it went through a skunk smell phase late in blooming that wafted off, but I still get some hint of skunk now and then after cool curing for 2 months. GA is better than GDP for some things, as it does not put me to sleep like GDP and is as good or better for muscle pain. It is not as good for sex as GDP, and I use GDP if I cannot get to sleep. GA also has a good high to it, clear and not muddled, no rushes, soft mind and body high, not too stony. This GA was super sticky and resinous at harvest. I could not manicure it for at least a month after harvest, or my fingers stuck together after a few trim leaves were cut. I have 2 clones of it going under lights this winter. I am cloning everything to preserve cuts now.
  4. So, last year I grew 4 clone-only strains here indoors over winter and outdoors scone the weather warmed up. They included Blue Dream, White Widow, OH Kush, and Granddaddy Purple/GDP. I will start a thread on each strain here. This was a departure from my earlier grows, which have all been started from my landrace and heirloom seed collection that I got from bag weed in the 1970s through the 2000s. I decided to grow 4 of the best known and most popular medical strains available here in clone form. I started them indoors here last winter, growing under MH 400w lights. I took cuttings as they got larger and rooted them under T-8 floro bulbs in a bubble cloner that I made for about $20 (maybe I will start a thread on that too). I sized them up and in the spring I moved them all outside into two hoop greenhouses and they all bloomed nicely. I harvested them in June and re-vegged them outdoors in the sun, and they grew nicely through the summer. Of the lot, my favorite smoke is GDP for pain, stress relief and general well being. I also like the flavor of it, as it has a grape taste that is light but pleasing. I do not smoke weed for the flavor, per se, but it does not hurt if it tastes good! A few hits and I am good to go. Too much and it will lock me down. I do not get tired of smoking GDP, (or White Widow) like many other weeds that I have grown. Its a good all-around high and medical weed in one.
  5. I never smoked any Indonesian weed. Would love to try growing some of it here though. I presume that it is a pure sativa? I smoked gobs of highland Thai that we used to get on skinny bamboo sticks back in the 70s. They were later replaced with fat Thai sticks dipped in hash oil that just put me to sleep in the 1980s. Lacking any older highland Thai seeds here, I grow Durban Poison, said to be a Thai derived strain. Durban is my favorite sativa. The strongest weed I ever smoked to date was south Indian Ganja, a sativa that was almost black. I got ahold of a cut of a Colombian Black strain here the other day. It was more commonly known as Wacky Weed in the 1970s in California. It has an insane high to it as well. The only problem with it is that it blooms really long and really late. Like into January late. Do Indonesian strains do that, or do they bloom and finish earlier? And welcome to the SH forum!
  6. You can harvest now, as it looks like the hairs are starting to turn orange. You can also look at the trichomes with magnification to see if they are clear, cloudy, turning amber or fully amber and fully ripe. I like to harvest WW earlier just when the trichomes are cloudy and before they turn amber. I like a lighter earlier harvest WW high myself. Some wait until they turn 50% amber after 10 weeks of flowering, or even 75% amber. Its a matter of taste I guess? The terpenes mature over time as well, and earlier harvested WW does not have as deep a smell to it. My nephew did not believe that I grew WW because of the smell. My earlier harvested and cured WW has a dominant pinine smell to it with less humulene (beer) and caryophyline (spicy) smell which they can also develop. The high from WW is lighter and more sativa like when harvested earlier and the high becomes more stony the later they are harvested.
  7. Be with you!
  8. As for the OP looking for strains to cross: I think OG is so overblown and so common now I would not bother breeding it. There must be 100 strains and stories that claim to be the 'original' OG. Many are just the same cut. Many are back crossed, selfed, and odd ball crosses. I have grown several of them, like Ghost and Tahoe, and they were pretty much the same. OG does not do much for me. If I was going to work that strain, I would work with ChemDog, one of its parents. But again, Chem x Diesel x OG lines are all so overworked it is INSANE! There are hundreds of each of those available now. Personally I only cross land race strains to preserve their genetics. If I were to delve into more modern breeds, I would look at older heirlooms and land races to breed with, like WW, Durban, NL, Cali-O, an early Skunk, Blueberry, etc. That way you can get a better genetic base for working with.
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  10. You can tell if you have white fly if you shake the plant and there are tiny white flies floating around the plant as a result. Maybe try Canola oil mixed in water for them. Or Safer soap spray. Or just live with them. Neem breaks down in UV light though, so if you are growing outside it should dissipate in a few days of sunlight. You can also just spray the older leaves and avoid spraying the buds.
  11. That does not look bad. Old bottom fan leaves normally dry up and die off as the plant matures in flowering stage. If the top leaves are drying and curling up then it is a sign of broad mites. You do NOT want broad mites. I do not see any signs on them on your plant though. Just pull off the fan leaves as they yellow and fade.
  12. South India black Ganja (a sativa land race) was and remains the best weed I have ever smoked. That was back in 1975. I got an oz from my GF who was from Hawaii. I do not know where she got it from, as I never saw it anywhere before or since. I sold off some grams to cover my smoking habit, and people were literally knocking on my door wanting to get some 2 months after it was gone. It was legendary. Runner up is probably Durban Poison. A land race from South Africa. A real zippy uppity weed that has no body high at all, and no stone at all. Its a purely cerebral high. I have smoked it periodically over the years. I bought an eighth a month ago on sale at a local dispensary here in town for $13 with tax! It was seeded... and I have the seeds sprouting now. Not sure what it is crossed with, but it is worth a try to grow it. Supposedly the west coast strain was worked by a guy in SF to perfection. Dispensaries tend to run out of Durban fast and most charge a premium for it here in town. I also have some Durban sativas from South Africa that I am growing now as well. Tiny seeds, but they are growing fast! I also have Kerala and black ganja seeds, but I am already running 2 strains of Lebanese red this year, so I will have to put them off to grow next year. As you can see I am chasing the best highs by growing them in my back yard here now that it is legal.
  13. Well, you are more likely to find Kush indicas in Afghanistan than you are to find it in India. But in India, you are more likely to find Kush in the north. South India tends to have more sativas, like Kerala and Black Ganja. But then again, there are more crosses being grown everywhere now, and pure strains are harder to find. Kush has been bread into just about everything out there now. Are you looking for Kush plants, dried flowers, hashish, seeds, or just Kush in general?
  14. Yes, it looks like Canada will be the first G7 country to legalize recreational marijuana nationally. This is important stuff! Wake up Strain Hunters forum! Hopefully the US will also legalize it nationally, which would allow for interstate transport of Cannabis. Or AT LEAST decriminalize weed, or make Marijuana a class III or less drug offense so that the industry here can use banks to do business AND allow research on the medical use of Cannabis. I know, big pharma, Sessions, the cartels, the church, and the booze industry are all lobbying hard against that ever happening, but Canada legalizing weed nationally will have a huge influence in pushing legal weed forward in the states and worldwide. Mexico may also make mota legal again... they are at least talking about it down there as well. The senate in Mexico moved to legalize medical marijuana in Dec, 1016.
  15. I am watching Strain Hunter episode reruns and smoking White Widow this afternoon, while making a batch of Blue Dream hash oil from last Spring's indoor grow. While I am doing that, I am also trimming out the Spring indoor WW harvest that will also be made into HO. I am trimming off the sugar leaves of the Spring harvests, after leaving them on when I cured these last year. I will be left with a pile of super tight trimmed buds, and a small jar of Temple Balls that I make with the HO.
  16. I have many seeds from the 70s and 80s, but they have been kept frozen and dry for all these years. The main issue with old seeds is that they may no longer be viable. This is more common in places like the US South, where it is very humid and gets very hot for long periods of time. In places like the US west where it s a lot drier and cooler, seeds can be kept a lot longer w/o being frozen. But they can last indefinitely if they are kept cool or frozen, and most importantly: kept dry. Now this brings up the issue of whether or not Cannabis seeds can be frozen and kept viable or not. Many so called "experts" in published books and magazines on Cannabis claim that they cannot be frozen and remains viable. I have had many debates on other forums about this, and many still claim that it is impossible. However, I point out that many of my landrace seeds have remained viable, and 2 years ago I got a 100% germination rate from 2 strains frozen for 10 and 30 years, respectively. Also in several older books on Cannabis, they talk about several scientific studies done (in Japan) where Cannabis seeds were frozen for longer periods of time and then thawed and germinated. I would also point out that in central Asia, in places like Siberia and Turkistan where Cannabis commonly grows wild, they get a long and hard winter where temperatures get well below freezing every year, and wild Cannabis seeds survive being frozen and sprout every spring there. That aside, one thing I have noticed is that with age, Cannabis seeds get a harder shell from the resins aging over time. So to allow water to penetrate the seeds and induce them to germinate, you need to scratch or scar the seed surface before you plant them or wrap them in wet paper towels. They can also get weaker with age, and you may have to help the seeds by prying them open with tweezers to get the hinge top pop open and the seed halves to pop off of the cotyledon leaves. I have found that you may also want to soak the seeds in hydrogen peroxide for a few hours before trying to germinate them, as they can pick up fungal spores that can cause dampening off and early death of your seedlings. I have found that indica strains tend to be more susceptible to this than my Latin America landrace sativas in my seed collection. Also it sounds like your Indonesian strain was related to a South India ganja strain that I smoked in the 70's. Almost black, and sticky as all heck, and a really string high. Best weed I have ever smoked to this day, that was. Only had one ounce of it in 1975. It was seedless though.
  17. It is now legal to 'give away' weed, seed and plants in many western US states now. So in effect it is legal to trade/exchange them here. Not this site 'here', this location where I am living 'here' (in Oregon, but I believe this is also the case in California, Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, Maine, Washington state, Washington DC and Mass.). As long as the exchange does not cross state lines.
  18. These laws apply to home and personal growing only. This post does not cover licensed growing which is different. In all legal states, you have to be over 21 to possess and grow marijuana, and you cannot sell any marijuana bud, plants or seeds w/o a license. You can give them away though. Possession limits and the number of plants allowed vary by state. In all states growing has to be out of public view. In some states grows have to be in a secured/locked area. Most states also require marijuana grows to be a certain distance from schools (in Oregon, it is 1000 yards). In Oregon you can grow 4 plants per residence of any size/maturity indoors or out (with one exception). Only one city has banned all outdoor marijuana growing in Oregon: Medford. Law enforcement here has been pretty laid back about offenders. Generally if you get busted with a few more plants than is legal in OR, they just ask you which 4 plants you want to keep, and they take the rest. I know several people that this has happened to. Only in large cases with 20 or more plants do they hand out citations or make arrests. In Washington state, personal grows are banned. So there are no personal grows there. HOWEVER: anyone in WA state with a doctor's Rx can now grow 4 plants indoors or outdoors w/o a WMMP card, or any application, inspections, etc. In Colorado you can grow up 6 plants Pper resident, but only 3 can be mature/flowering at a time. Some munis like Denver have put a cap at 12 plants per residence in Colorado. In Colorado, you can only grow indoors. No outdoor growing is allowed. Homes with minors must have the growing area kept locked and secure. Alaska is similar to Denver: up to 6 plants per resident, 3 of which can be mature/flowering, and 12 plants max per residence. In California the munis are testing the legal boundaries, and it has yet to be sorted out who can legally do what and where. A *FEW* cities in SoCal are trying to mandate permits for growing there. Many other munis have banned outdoor personal growing. In California, security is required for growing outdoors as well, like within a fenced and locked areas out of public view. You can also have 6 mature and 6 more immature (non-flowering plants) per residence. In Nevada, the grow limit is 12 plants total per residence, 6 per person, indoors or out. However, in Nevada, you have to reside at least 25 miles from a licensed weed store in order to grow at home. Nevada is still ironing out the laws now though, so this may change. In Maine, Marijuana just became legal Jan 30, 2017. Maine has the most lax grow laws of any state. In Maine it is now legal for the cultivation of 6 flowering plants, 6 non-flowering plants and an unlimited number of seedlings (under 2 ft tall) per residence. You have to grow on your own property or grow on another's property with the owner's (or landlord's) express written permission. Massachusetts allows a single individual to cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants for personal use, and up to 12 plants per residence if more than one adult lives on the premises. Marijuana can be grown indoors or outside. Like California, marijuana plants must be cultivated someplace where there is a security device (like a locked fenced area or locked indoors).
  19. And lets not forget Washington DC. DC is a federal US district and not a state, and as such, falls under federal jurisdiction. So even though they passed the marijuana legalization initiative there several years ago, it has still yet to be fully legalized, as weed is still a federal crime. At any rate, the laws there are supposed to be: You can grow up to 6 Cannabis plants with 3 or fewer being mature/flowering, within your principal residence. You can grow indoors our outdoors there if you are the landowner or if you have permission from your landlord. The later part about landlords' permission is still being debated in DC, as it is not clearly defined in the initiative. Because of the federal status of marijuana, you cannot grow in any federally subsidized housing in DC.
  20. Gives a new meaning to the street term of 'stepping on it.'
  21. Hello from the 4th sate to (sort of) legalize rec weed: Oregon. I was born here but matured in Central California during the hey days of weed in the later 1960s through the 1980s. I have been growing weed for over 40 years now, from lat. 33 N. to 45 N along the Pacific Coast. I lived in Big Sur briefly, on Partington Ridge in 1982 or so. I lived on the Monterey Peninsula, in San Diego, in Los Gatos and Campbell, North Lake Tahoe, and Sonoma Co. I currently live in the Cascades in Northern Oregon.
  22. Amusing questions. No hassle involved, as when I want to grow a landrace, I just reach into my freezer and pull out landrace seeds from bag weed that I bought 30 or 40 years ago, and plant them. If I want to breed them to create examples of the landrace, I keep the males and cross them with the females. My freezing the seeds has preserved the original landrace genetics, so breeding them does not really affect my library of genetics. I have lots of seeds. My crossing them to produce seeds is simply a one-off F1, which in my opinion is valid at least for the first run due to the fact that a few landraces are going to randomly cross, regardless of there being 100, or only one male and one female. Its a philosophical thing I guess. These seeds are random examples of the landrace. From an anthropological perspective, smaller populations drift faster genetically than larger populations. Just the way that it is. Humans are unlikely to change or evolve rapidly as our population is so large, that a single genetic mutation will not likely be expressed in the general population. Evolutionary change is enhanced in small populations where a single mutation is distributed in the population in later generations. In effect, modern politics and human migration and travel is blending humans faster and fostering a homogenized species, from what were diverging populations up until about 300 or so years ago. Again, it becomes philosophical. As for landrace strains vs the recent Amsterdam and NorCal crosses? One thing that I have noticed is that my landraces tend to be consistent, in that all the males grow and bloom the same and all the females grow and bloom the same. They had become fairly well standardized in their local area where they were from. The buzz factor also seems to be consistent. Is the quality and strength of the high of landraces better or worse than the recent crosses? That is purely subjective. My ex wanted stronger weed than the half dozen different Mexican landraces that I grew in Southern Oregon. Her friends typically said that my weed, "tastes like Mexican." Which was a compliment to me, but a put down by them. They wanted nuclear weed. Well, for nuclear weed, I can also grow my Colombian landrace strains like Santa Marta and Wacky Weed, which are truly psychedelic. Or Colombian lowland gold, which is stronger and more narcotic. Or, some landrace South Indian ganja sativa seeds. That stuff is truly mind bending and potent. The strongest weed I have ever smoked was south Indian ganja. A landrace sativa. Perhaps the issue for me is that Billy's Super weed likely has the same genetics as many other strains that are typically a blend of Haze (Colombian, Thai, Mexican and South Indian ganja), Widow (Brazil and more SI ganja), OG whatever, an Afghan or Pakistani hash plant or three, and a few other strains that are fairly common. The more Haze-Widow-OG blends there are, the more they are becoming one modern strain. Also the things that made those building block and landrace strains unique are getting lost in the fold. For example, terpenes are being lost in the rush to grow massively high THC bud to make dabbs with. Also there are 30 or so other cannabinols getting lost in the mix. Those have the potential for medical applications and cannot be lost to stupidity and the rush for a better high. I think that GDP has a great high and good medicinal effects for pain relief. It also has a great terpene grape flavor to it. Is it better than my early Guerrero landrace bag weed bud that knocked me on my ass back in 1975? No. They are different. I like a milder weed as well, so I can better calibrate and control my high. 3 hit weed. I also like a variety of weed around, because smoking one strain gets to be boring. So its all a matter of personal taste and preference.
  23. As for doing away with males, IMO that is not going to work. Plants, animals, and fungi all formed about 1.5 billion years ago from a common simpler eukaryote ancestor. A eukaryote is an organism whose cells contain a nucleus and other organelles like the mitochondria enclosed within membranes. This is what separates us eukaryotes from prokaryotic cells (Bacteria and Archaea) that have no organelles within the cell membrane. Prokaryotic cell organisms can pick up and shed DNA as a result, and evolve rapidly. This is why and how bacteria have evolved within a few decades to become immune to antibiotics. However, with the exception of virus injecting DNA and cosmic rays causing mutations in eukaryote organisms, the genetic shedding and sharing of DNA to rapidly evolve is blocked by membrane enclosed DNA in the nuclei in eukaryote cells. So nature created a way around that by evolving sexual reproduction, and generating trillions of male DNA combinations in sperm and pollen, and by genetic recombination during meiosis after the sex gametes have combined. Take away the male gamete randomization, evolution stalls, and organisms become extinct. That is my many hours in the hot tub smoking a j thoughts... anyway, after attaining several science and engineering degrees in college. In a nutshell, God does play dice with the universe. At least at the quantum level.
  24. Yes, in all my discussions here (and elsewhere on the web), when I say that a Cannabis plant herms or flips completely to the opposite sex, it is a phenotype expression change, and not a genetic one. Meaning that once a seed is formed, the sexual genetics of the plant is set for life. When males turn female or a females turns male (they can also do that), the genetics remain as they were originally. But... females flipped to males produce pollen only with female chromosomes. Meaning that the seeds resulting from that pollen when furtilizing a female ovum will be feminized, as they only have an X chromosome and no Y male chromosomes. That, however does not guarantee a female phenotype as a result, or a non herm. A certain percentage will flip to being pheno males early on, and many feminized seed plants will have the tendency to herm later on either from being stressed or in some cases not. This tendency to flip pheno sexual expression is a genetic trait, which we are amplifying by forcing herms (chemically or by light reduction) and producing so many feminized seeds.
  25. OK, bottom line in Oregon, it is legal to carry up to one ounce of weed on your person, and similar amounts of concentrates and extracts, and certain Cannabis infused food and drink items. It is also legal here to have up to a half pound of dried flowers at your residence. It is also legal for you to grow up to 4 plants of any size or maturity at any one residences (regardless of how many people live there). Any weed grown has to be out of site of the public view with the unaided eye. Details of current marijuana laws in Oregon are given below. Note that this applies to the state of Oregon only. Marijuana remains classified as a Class 1 narcotic under federal law at this time, and remains a federal crime for possession, growing and selling as of February, 2017. So these laws only apply to state and private lands, and not on federal lands including BLM, National Forest and National Park/National Monument lands within the boundary of the state of Oregon.

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Strain Hunters is a series of documentaries aimed at informing the general public about the quest for the preservation of the cannabis plant in the form of particularly vulnerable landraces originating in the poorest areas of the planet.

Cannabis, one of the most ancient plants known to man, used in every civilisation all over the world for medicinal and recreational purposes, is facing a very real threat of extinction. One day these plants could be helpful in developing better medications for the sick and the suffering. We feel it is our duty to preserve as many cannabis landraces in our genetic database, and by breeding them into other well-studied medicinal strains for the sole purpose of scientific research.

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