Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stoner Living: A Primer on Low Grade Marijuana

This is the first Stoner Living article to explore marijuana as a product itself, so we'll start at the bottom of the quality spectrum of marijuana destined for consumption. With the advent of legalization we anticipate an increase in marijuana product quality across the board. But for now, low grade product is an unfortunate reality for millions of Americans living under prohibition.

Low Grade Marijuana from Central America
A few rules of thumb regarding product quality for smoking grade marijuana:
  • high quality marijuana is made up entirely of the unfertilized flowers of the female marijuana plant
  • marijuana leaf is not considered smoking grade by contemporary pot smokers
  • seeded product is inferior to seedless product because seeds are not smoked; seedless marijuana is always preferred. 
  • the visible presence of trichomes - appearing as white crystals on the dried marijuana flowers - is a desirable indicator of potency and quality and not necessarily an indication of product adultery
  • when crushed between the fingers, a sticky resin should adhere to the fingers and the flowers should emit a pungent skunk-like aroma which can range from fruity/herbal to acrid.
Male plants produce a relatively negligible amount of THC in their leaves and are routinely culled out of  marijuana gardens. We'll cover basic horticultural theory in another Stoner Living article, but for now we'll point out that the risk of a male plant pollinating a female plant far outweighs any potential upside for most pot growers. Male are only grown intentionally by breeders looking for pollen.

At the very bottom of the quality spectrum - actually, just off the bottom of our spectrum - lies ditchweed (hemp). Proud stands of this wild hemp spring up each year along the biways of the American midwest, where their ancestors were once grown for rope making. As I-80 crosses Iowa and Nebraska, a skunky fall cloud stenches out over the highway luring bystanders into towering patches of seedy, headache inducing ditchweed (and some of the meanest law enforcement outside of Texas). Ditchweed isn't smokable or saleable, outside of pranks and cases of woeful ignorance.

Marijuana Quality = Genetics + Growing Quality + Processing/Handling Quality
The biggest challenge in assessing marijuana quality is understanding the independent contributions of nature (genetics) and nurture (growth, curing & handling). The best marijuana has good provenance -  it is the culmination of desirable, carefully selected genetic traits which are grown, cured and processed under the best possible conditions. A low THC strain can be carefully grown to produce seedless, cured green product, but it will remain a low THC strain. Likewise, an ugly brick of compressed, seedy marijuana can provide quite a high when grown from high THC seeds. Looking at and handling the finished marijuana provides many cues about how the plant was grown, cured and handled - but won't ever provide a full picture of what the product experience will be.

Lower grades of marijuana are often compressed for ease of transportation, resulting in irreversible changes to the structure of the product. Compression is achieved by methods ranging from hand packing to large hydrolic presses. This type of handling, coupled with improper curing procedures, leads to the key product defect found in 'bricked' marijuana: mold. The typical musty character of compressed marijuana - that classic 'mexi' aroma - is the smell of mold. Low levels of this mold do not render the product unsaleable, and many consumers of commercial grade marijuana may not realize that their product is slightly moldy.

Low grade marijuana re-packaged for the retail market (RAAS, Nicaragua).
Outdoor marijuana plants often receive less care than indoor plants and consequently produce flowers that aren't as well kempt as their indoor sisters. Marijuana of exceptional quality can be grown outdoors, and some connoisseurs argue that the best marijuana is grown outdoors. But outdoor plants face a wide range of abuses which can take their toll on product quality, from pests to light pollution. Worst of all, outdoor plants are subject to unwanted pollination, resulting in a seed crop. Plants grown outdoors often produce looser floral clusters than the same strain grown indoors. The seasonal nature of outdoor marijuana growing leads to huge volumes of product that must be processed at once, leaving less attention to detail to go around during harvest, curing, trimming and processing.

As large scale greenhouse operations proliferate, the heavy use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides is becoming a concern for marijuana consumers. Legalization and regulation of commercial operations will provide opportunities for consumers to be informed and protected in this area. Marijuana tax revenue can be allocated to develop best practice guidelines for state licensed producers.
Low grade marijuana won't go away, but standards and tastes will change with time. Consider the photo of the Central American marijuana featured above - product of this quality would be below the standards of any medical dispensary in Washington state. Legalization will lead to new products and product experiences, and the degree to which future marijuana connoisseurs will be familiar with unprocessed cannabis remains to be seen. After all, what percentage of cigarette smokers could identify a tobacco plant in full bloom if they passed one in the street? Could you?

(c) 2012  Stoner Living


  1. Damn, I remember the days of having to smoke schwag (back before Tor existed). Didn't even get you high and just left you with a headache, lol. Now you can get the finest weed there is without even leaving your house. Technology is great, isn't it? ;)

    Mai @ HerbTools

  2. I have searching best blog about cannabis finally i got it .. where I can also share some cannabis information. Now you can easily find cannabis around your near by areas through this app. Cannabis Finder

  3. But for now, low grade product is an unfortunate reality for millions of Americans living under prohibition.

  4. This last truth in regards to the apparently less unsafe impacts of marijuana smoking even in examination with legitimate medications like liquor and nicotine is frequently the principal cited by defenders of legitimizing marijuana for its positive restorative favorable cbd vape oil

  5. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Big thanks for the useful info. where can i buy weed online

  6. Thanks for sharing such an important topic. I think you needn't buy low grade marijuana. Better to cannabis cultivation. We're expert here to help you. 10 years+ experiences, hundreds of satisfied customers.. Master trainer of cannabis plant growing, nursing etc. Just make a call at (207) 228-2055 or Visit

  7. I often read your blog admin try to find it very fascinating. Thought it was about time i show you , Sustain the really great work
    best place to buy marijuana

  8. Cannabis (marijuana) is one of the highly addictive illicit drugs of abuse in the United States. According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were about 2.2 million persons aged 12 or older who used marijuana for the first time within the past 12 months in 2008 averaging 6,000 initiates per day. Cannabis Seeds Canada

  9. We require more such articles that we can read with such energy.
    buy weeds online

  10. Marijuana Growers some great places include basements, closets and attics. No matter which indoor location you choose, make sure that it has access to electrical outlets.

  11. Such sites are important because they provide a large dose of useful information ...
    best cbd vape juice usa

  12. I found your this post while searching for some related information on blog search...Its a good post..keep posting and update the information buy marijuana online

  13. I needed to thank you for this incredible read!! I unquestionably adored each and every piece of it. I have you bookmarked your site to look at the new stuff you post. seedsman original skunk seeds

  14. Lack of data on safety and efficacy. Drug regulation is based on safety first. The safety of marijuana and its components still has to first be established. Efficacy only comes second.medical marijuana

  15. I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thx again Cannabis Delivery San Francisco East Bay

  16. If you are looking for more information about flat rate locksmith Las Vegas check that right away. Ganjawalk Dispensary

  17. I think this site has got some very excellent info for everyone .

  18. Great knowledge, do anyone mind merely reference back to it cannabidiol medicine

  19. I am glad you take pride in what you write. This makes you stand way out from many other writers that push poorly written content. do you get addicted to cannabidiol

  20. افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض الشركة متخصصة في مكافحة الحشرات بطرق حديثة وجودة عالية بشكل لا يضر بأهل المنزل أو يضر الأطفال أو يؤثر عليهم
    الشركة لديها كافة الحلول للقضاء على الحشرات ورشها وإبادتها إبادة تامة ,
    تمتلك الشركة أيضا أفضل الكوادر البشرية الذين يوظفون جُلَ طاقتهم من أجل القضاء على الحشرات وذلك عن طريق الرش والأمصال التي تؤدي للقضاء عليها ,
    لدينا الخبرة لذلك وبأقل الأسعار وأعلى مستوى جودة و أمان بإذن الله تعالى
    اتصل بنا نصلك أينما كنت
    نحن الأفضل في هذا المجال,
    نحن جميعاً نعلم أن السر وراء إبادة الحشرات هي رش المبيدات لذا فكان أول اهتمامات الشركة أن تحرص على استخدام أفضل أنواع المبيدات الحشرية التي تجعلها من أفضل شركات رش مبيدات بالرياض، نظراً لما يملكه المبيد من فعالية قوية و إبادة فورية دون ان يلحق أي أضرار بصحة الموجودين في المنزل ولا يسبب لهم الإزعاج، و كما حرصت الشركة على أن توفر كل ذلك، وكان من ضمن اهتماماتهم أن تقدم خدماتها بأقل الأسعار لكي تناسب كافه فئات العملاء دون أن تسبب لهم أي ضغط مادي.
    الرش يكون بأنواع مجربة وغير ضارة وآمنة على كل من يستخدمها معنا أنتم بأمان وصحتكم بأمان و لا داعي للقلق أو التفكير طويلا فإننا لسنا الوحيدون ولكننا المميزون… اقرأ المزيد

    المصدر: شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض

    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض للحشرات تعاني كل ربات البيوت من مشكلة تكاثر الحشرات ووجودها بشكل مستمر في المنزل، مما يسبب لها الكثير من القلق والإزعاج ويضعها في العديد من المواقف المحرجة أمام ضيوفها فبالرغم من نظافة المنزل ولكن عند وجود الحشرات أمام الضيوف يشعرها بأن المنزل غير نظيف، كما أن الحشرات تحمل الكثير من البكتيريا والجراثيم العدوي الفيروسية التي تسبب الأمراض .
    وتقوم بإبادتها بكل سهولة بين الأشخاص مما ينتج عنها الضرر والأمراض الذي يلحق بصحه الانسان من ما يجعلها تبحث عن الطرق التقليدية التي تساعدها في القضاء نهائيا على الحشرات المزعجة، مثل العته و الفئران والصراصير وأيضاً النمل الابيض وغيرها من الحشرات، التي تسببها الإزعاج مجرد أن تتواجد في المنزل ولكن بعد اليوم لا داعي لكل ذلك يمكنك التخلص من كل هذه الحشرات عند التواصل مع شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض ، التي تقوم بالتخلص من كافة أنواع الحشرات ومكافحه الحشرات المنزلية الضارة، عن طريق شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض التي هدفها هو مكافحة الحشرات داخل الدمام وخارجها، كما أن الشركة لديها فريق عمل متميز قادر على إبادة الحشرات نهائياً،
    والعمل على ضمان عدم عودته من مكان مرة أخرى كما أنها تحرص علي أن توفر أفضل أنواع المبيدات الحشرية، المصرح بها من وزارة البيئة والصحة و الأمنة تماماً، على صحه الإنسان وقادرة على إبادة الحشرات من المرة الأولى كل هذا وأكثر، شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض على أن تقدم كافة خدماتها لعملائها الكرام بأقل الأسعار الغير قابلة للمنافسة و التي لا تجدها إلا من خلال تعاملك مع شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالرياض تتصل بنا الآن من أجل الحصول على كل ذلك…… اقرأ المزيد

    المصدر: شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض

    افضل شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض  يتعرض سطح المنزل لعدد من الأسباب التي تؤثر بالسلب على السن الافتراضي لهذا السطح، فالأمطار الكثيفة الموسمية تسقط بكثرة بمدينة الرياض عاصمة المملكة العربية السعودية في فصل الشتاء الأمر الذي يترك تأثيره على سطح المنزل وربما ينشأ تسريب لداخل المنزل من هذا السطح، أما في فصل الصيف فأشعة الشمس المرتفعة تكون السبب في انبعاث موجة حارة داخل البيوت الأمر الذي يدفع اصحاب المنزل لتشغيل المكيفات طوال اليوم فترتفع معها تكليفات كشف حساب وقد يعطل مكيفات المنزل من كثرة التشغيل. … اقرأ المزيد

    المصدر: شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض

  21. A formidable share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing somewhat analysis on this. And he in reality bought me breakfast as a result of I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If potential, as you grow to be expertise, would you thoughts updating your blog with more details? It’s highly helpful for me. Large thumb up for this weblog put up! dab rigs for sale


Please leave a comment for Stoner Living