The Weekly Strain Breakdown: Diablo OG

The Devils Lettuce

Diablo OG (also known as Diablo Kush and Diablo OG Kush) is a sativa dominant hybrid.  It originates from the Canadian seed company, Next Generation. They crossed Blueberry, Grapefruit and a South African landrace strain to create the little devil, Diablo OG.
Rumor has it that Diablo OG is a phenotype of OG Kush-descended Ghost OG. But Diablo OG’s effects are generally cerebral than the couch-lock that is usually a characteristic of Ghost and other OG’s. Another company that takes credit for creating Diablo OG is Reseda Discount Caregivers. They are located in L.A. and are known for creating popular OG strains such as Herijuana OG.
The THC levels usually tests between 15% and 20% THC. But don’t let the numbers fool you, this strain becomes more potent as dosages are increased. Next Generations Diablo OG’s parent (OG Kush) is an award-winning strain. It won the British Columbia Harvest Cup in 2002.

How to Conjure the Devil

Diablo OG is difficult to grow. But if you want to take on the challenge, here are a few things you might want to know. It can grow indoors and outdoors and prefers warmer climates. It’ll grow just fine using soil or hydro methods.
It can grow up to 100 cm but it tends to stretch. Garden canes may be helpful to support this strain which will flower in 7-8 weeks. It produces low yields of about 300 mg^2.
Another phenotype of Diablo OG is a cross between OG Kush and a South African Sativa strain. This type generally tests between 16% to 28%. The nugs are dense dark green buds with bright orange hairs. They are also completely covered in white trichomes and resin.

The Helpful Devil

A creepy weed. Lazy, couch-locking strain, leaves people sedated, provides pain relief from head to toe. Doesn’t make people sleepy, but people do tend to melt into their seat and are in a sedative state.
Medical and recreational smokers enjoy smoking some of this devils lettuce because it makes them feel wonderful. The most common moods are euphoric, calm, increases appetite, numb, creative and provides pain relief. “This is a great strain, up there taste-wise with Ghost OG and 3 Kings.” Says Rastasaurus, a Diablo OG enthusiast.
Medical patients have their own reasons for specifically smoking this strain. Diablo OG helps relieve stronger medical symptoms such as anxiety, loss of appetite, nausea and stress. Basically, this strain helps calm people down while helping them regain a sense of happiness and appetite.

The Naughty Devil

Unlike several popular strains, Diablo OG doesn’t have many negative effects. Almost everyone complains that most strains cause dry eyes, headaches and paranoia. But that is not the case with this strain. The most common complaints about this deceptive devil is that it causes dry mouth and anxiety.
Combating dry mouth is a cinch. Before smoking, make yourself a tasty beverage or grab a nice cold glass of water. This will make smoking a delightful experience.
To combat anxiety, it is quite simple. Just remember that Diablo OG is a little devil because it is a creeper weed. Novice and experienced smokers should take a few puffs then put it down and wait a few minutes. If after a few minutes, you’re not getting the sativa effects you were hoping for then go ahead and take a few more puffs. But the last thing you want to do is toke and toke until you start feeling the effects because it will be more than you can handle.

A Tasty SurpriseDiablo OG

When smoking Diablo OG, expect the air to be filled with a wonderful mix of aromas. Its sweet and sour, earthy and piney. Some say that it smells like lemons and limes. While others say that there is a dank diesel smell in the air.
The after taste is smooth. On inhale, it tastes like lemons and limes. On the exhale, it tends to have a piney, spicy and peppery aftertaste.
Diablo OG is a great baking ingredient too. “This is another of those hybrid that when you smoke it please don’t drive… I feel kind of floating somewhere in hyperspace when I smoke it. I made some cookies with it, but I like it better when I smoke it.” Says Diablo OG enthusiast, Goderick1.

Have you tried Diablo OG? What was your experience like? Was growing Devil OG easy or not worth the efforts? Let us know in the comments down below.

Quotes About Cannabis

Huge List of Marijuana Quotes

WeedReader’s list of some of the best marijuana quotes of all time. If we have missed something, please leave a comment.

“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
― Bob Marley


“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”
― Bob Marley


“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
― Carl Sagan

[Marijuana prohibition] is just the stupidest law possible.. Just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. Morgan Freeman

Never give up the ganja. Morgan Freeman


“Marijuana enhances our mind in a way that enables us to take a different perspective from ‘high up’, to see and evaluate our own lives and the lives of others in a privileged way. Maybe this euphoric and elevating feeling of the ability to step outside the box and to look at life’s patterns from this high perspective is the inspiration behind the slang term “high” itself.”
― Sebastian Marincolo

It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics… dope and all that crap. It’s a thousand times better than whiskey – it’s an assistant – a friend. —Louis Armstrong

It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.

Smoke the marijuana and get high. Stay above the wicked and fly. Snoop Dogg


“The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment – the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world.”
― Sebastian Marincolo


“Struggle is the enemy, but weed is the remedy.”
― Kid Cudi


“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
― Anonymous


“A friend with weed is a friend indeed…”
― Pops O’Donnell


“Scientists have invented a new strain of cannabis without the high. They celebrated with non-alcoholic beer and furious dry-humping.”
― Stephen Colbert


“The movie Koyaanisqatsi shows non-commented time-lapse footage and focuses our attention on the very rhythm of our civilized modern life and nature. A marijuana high can do something for a user similar to what this time-lapse footage does. The enhancement of episodic memory and the acceleration of associative streams of memories can alter and enhance our recognition of patterns in our lives in various ways. If we are presented with quick associative chains of past experiences, we can see a pattern in a body of information that is usually not at once presented to our “inner eye” as such.”
― Sebastian Marincolo


“There was no time to weigh chances. There was no such thing as chances anyway, in the distorted perspective of the weed fumes.”
― Cornell Woolrich, Marihuana


“Cannabis sativa and its derivatives are strictly prohibited in Turkey, and the natural correlative of this proscription is that alcohol, far from being frowned upon as it is in other Moslem lands, is freely drunk; being a government monopoly it can be bought at any cigarette counter. This fact is no mere detail; it is of primary social importance, since the psychological effects of the two substances are diametrically opposed to each other. Alcohol blurs the personality by loosening inhibitions. The drinker feels, temporarily at least, a sense of participation. Kif abolishes no inhibitions; on the contrary it reinforces them, pushes the individual further back into the recesses of his own isolated personality, pledging him to contemplation and inaction. It is to be expected that there should be a close relationsip between the culture of a given society and the means used by its members to achieve release and euphoria. For Judaism and Christianity the means has always been alcohol; for Islam it has been hashish. The first is dynamic in its effects, the other static. If a nation wishes, however mistakenly, to Westernize itself, first let it give up hashish. The rest will follow, more or less as a manner of course. Conversely, in a Western country, if a whole segment of the population desires, for reasons of protest (as has happened in the United States), to isolate itself in a radical fashion from the society around it, the quickest and surest way is for it to replace alcohol by cannabis.”
― Paul Bowles, Their Heads are Green and Their Hands are Blue: Scenes from the Non-Christian World


“No other drug can compete with cannabis for its ability to satisfy the innate yearnings for Archaic boundary dissolution and yet leave intact the structures of ordinary society. If every alcoholic were a pothead, if every crack user were a pothead, if every smoker smoked only cannabis, the social consequences of the ‘drug problem’ would be transformed. Yet, as a society we are not ready to discuss the possibility of self-managed addictions and the possibility of intelligently choosing the plants we ally ourselves to. In time, and perhaps out of desperation, this will come.”
― Terence McKenna


“A marijuana high can enhance core human mental abilities. It can help you to focus, to remember, to see new patterns, to imagine, to be creative, to introspect, to empathically understand others, and to come to deep insights. If you don’t find this amazing you have lost your sense of wonder. Which, by the way, is something a high can bring back, too.”
― Sebastian Marincolo

Tea Service

The Dankest Cannabis Tea Recipes

There are many different methods of absorbing cannabis.

You can smoke it, vape it, eat it, lotion up, or drink it. Smoking weed is not an option that is available for everyone. Sometimes, it is a personal choice to not smoke. Sometimes smell becomes an issue making smoking less than ideal.
There are plenty of people on a strict diet. And most cannabis infused medibles come in the form of candies and sweet treats. But the cannabis market is adjusting, and there are new products coming out tailored to specialized consumers.
There are THC and CBD infused lotions and creams available to help alleviate muscle pain and spasms. But it doesn’t get people very high, unless you stack micro doses. And then there’s cannabis tea. People have been making some form of cannabis tea for as long as we have records.

How to Make Bhang Tea

It is relatively simple to make cannabis tea. This technique is known as bhang, and has been utilized for thousands of years in India. Anyone can make a nice cup of warm relaxing cannabis tea. Follow these steps, and you too can extract the sweetness and high from cannabis.

A few ingredients you will need are:

1. 3 cups of water
2. 2 tablespoons of butter (regular or cannabis butter)
3. 1 – 3 grams of cannabis (per serving)
4. A strainer and mug
5. Optional: 1 tea bag of your favorite tea (Chai, Peppermint, Chamomile, etc.)
6. Optional: Milk, sugar or honey for taste.
Please keep in mind that marijuana tea takes up to 45 minutes – 1 hour for the full effects to kick in. When taking cannabis edibles (medibles), the high sets in slowly. And cannabis tea reacts in the same slow manner as medibles. But the high stays in the body for a lot longer than smoking a bowl.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Creating Cannabis Tea

cannabis tea
1. First, figure out how much tea to make. About 1 – 3 grams of cannabis is per serving. If you are using low grade weed, you may need to grind up more than 3 grams. The type of marijuana you use depends on the effects you’re after. But no matter which strain you choose, keep in mind that sativas are best for daytime use, and indicas are best for evening and nighttime use.
2. Grind the weed. It is easier to extract THC from cannabis buds once the material is finely broken up. You can leave in stems, leaves and shake. After all, you’ll be straining all of the plant material in the end. What you’re after is the juice.
3. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a small pan. Keep your stovetop temperature on 8 out of 10. A medium high boiling temperature.
4. While the water is boiling, add 2 tablespoons of butter or cannabutter. The THC in marijuana is only fat soluble. The reason you need to use butter at this point is to bind with the THC. Don’t worry, the butter taste is not in the final product. Using cannabutter instead of regular butter makes your product more potent. But don’t add more than 2 tablespoons per serving of whatever butter because the tea will affect the flavor.
5. Stir in ground cannabis. Keep your temperature on medium high. Stir frequently to keep the material from clumping, burning and/or boiling over. It is ok to add more water if too much evaporates.
6. Boil for at least 45 minutes. Some people boil their cannabis for 5 minutes. Others boil their cannabis for an hour. But the sweet spot seems to be at 45 minutes for maximum THC extraction. Remember, keep stirring to prevent clumping, burning and boiling over. Don’t set it and forget it.

7. After 45 minutes, strain the marijuana chunks out.

Use your strainer to separate your cannabis tea into a mug. If you were making enough for multiple servings, then of course use multiple mugs. Be careful, the water is extremely hot.

Optional: Add other tea packets

Adding tea packets like chamomile or peppermint tea are a great way to improve the overall flavor. Let it steep with your cannabis tea for a few minutes. Follow the directions from your tea packet to get the best results. And of course, use your freshly made cannabis tea instead of regular water. You can also add honey or milk with your tea to bring out a sweeter taste.
Chai Tea is another tasty variant for cannabis tea. Any off the shelf Chai Tea brand should mix well with Cannabis tea. Just let it steep for a few minutes, or follow the directions on the box. Others have recommended honey; it adds a sweet and spicy kick.

Ready-Made Cannabis Tea

Now-a-days, you can buy already made tea from many dispensaries. One type of ready-made tea is called Subtle Tea. This tea comes in tea bags and it tastes like any other green tea. But they have 40 mg of THC in each serving. You will feel buzzed after drinking a single serving.
Another brand of ready-made cannabis tea is, Sarah’s Medicated Teas. This tea can only be bought online and their contact information can be found on their Facebook page. Sarah’s Medicated Tea’s come in a variety of flavors and dosages. Their different teas alleviate symptoms like joint pain, migraines, nausea, etc.
I saved the best for last, Pot-O-Coffee. This company sells cannabis infused coffee, coco and tea. They use the freshest cannabis buds along with a solvent free extraction process to create ultra-clean THC concentrates. When it comes to their CBD infused products, Pot-O-Coffee uses 99%+ pure Isodiol CBD crystals. Their CBD products are THC free and made with non-GMO ingredients.

Do you know any cannabis tea recipes? Do you buy pre-made THC tea? Or do you think it’s a waste? Let us know in the comments below.

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MMJ Patients Banned from Owning Gun wr

MMJ Patients Banned from Owning Gun

Marijuana Patients Can’t Own a Gun

Christopher Morales is a California Criminal Defense Attorney well versed in gun law. He believes that the Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits anyone who uses cannabis medically from owning a gun. Unfortunately for the cannabis consuming public, some state courts agree.
The exact wording on the federal law is vague and misleading because it says “unlawful user or anyone using a federally restricted substance”. Cannabis is a federally restricted substance but many states consider medical use as lawful. But gun ownership is federally protected but considered a state controlled matter. So courts had to decide if following state laws protected patients from the federal clause preventing ownership of firearms.

The Gun Control Act

The Gun Control act is also full of outdated language. There is ample evidence of outdated language contained within the 1968 document. Evidence including the claim that marijuana is addictive. Modern research has proven that cannabis creates no chemical addiction or dependency. This discrepancy and others like it have caused issues in more than one state.
A Nevada medical marijuana patient named S. Rowan Wilson filed a lawsuit in 2011 challenging the federal statute against gun ownership. Wilson attempted to purchase a gun and was denied because she has a medical card. Unwilling to give up her 2nd amendment right without a fight, she lawyered up.
Wilson’s case went all the way up to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Eventually, she lost her fight. Chief District Judge Gloria Navarro was the one who made the final ruling against Wilson. Judge Gloria says that denying the sale of guns to a marijuana patient does not violate the Second Amendment.

States Decide Gun Laws

When it comes to gun purchases, every state is different. Some states require background checks. While other states call in to check a criminal record. If Wilson went to the state of Georgia, she could have easily purchased a gun at a flea market. But that’s not the point. Wilson wanted to buy a gun in her own hometown regardless of her legal marijuana status.
It is strange how unevenly rules are applied across populations. Patients using prescription opioids are allowed to own a gun when opioids are on the list of federally controlled substances. Yet medical marijuana patients are unable to obtain personal protection. And this poses a special threat to patients who also own or operate dispensaries.
People employed in the cannabis field already can’t use banking systems to store money. Having all that cash on hand makes them a target for a whole list of nefarious people. Add to that the knowledge that they can’t legally defend themselves and trouble is almost guaranteed to ensue.

The Gun Show Loophole

According to federal law, all licensed firearm dealers must perform background checks on those seeking a purchase of a gun. But there is an escape clause called the Gun Show Loophole. At gun shows there are unlicensed firearms dealers, and they are not required to perform background checks. About 22% of all firearm sales are done by these unlicensed sellers.
Federally, the government is uninterested in closing the loophole. Federal agents routinely use it to funnel arms and ammunition to drug cartels and kinpins. After the documents regarding the federal Fast and Furious program became public, their reluctance began to make sense to the broader public. Luckily, several states have moved to stop such practices.
11 states have closed the loophole and require background checks at the point of sale. The 11 states are: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhodes Island and Washington. Eight other states require a background check and a permit for private purchasers. Those eight states are: Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey and North Carolina.
None of the listed states ban ownership by medical marijuana patients or recreational users. But, possessing a firearm will likely only add fuel to the fire if charged with large-scale cultivation. Especially if the government is looking to make an example of you.

The Bottom Line

When filling out the Firearms Transaction Record during the purchase of a gun, there is a question. A Ninth Circuit Court ruling amended the question about cannabis use. The new language puts patients into a catch-22.
Originally, the text read “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” The new version includes a nifty little addition to clarify that they mean medical patients. It reads; “Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”
What this says is that medical users are not allowed to own a gun because they are using a substance that is under the federal control substance list. Marijuana is federally illegal and therefore gun ownership while using it is federally illegal. Alcohol is not federally illegal, just restricted. That is why people shoot themselves every year while drinking and handling guns.

I Want My Attorney

When it comes to buying a gun, it is up to the seller to perform their due diligence by asking whether or not the purchaser is a cannabis user and to perform a background check. If the medical marijuana user says ‘yes’ then technically they must be denied the purchase of a gun. If they say ‘no’ and get caught for lying, they can face felony charges.
When it comes to cooperating with law enforcement, it becomes a tricky situation. According to Morales, a medical marijuana user should never disclose to police if they have drugs or guns in the vehicle. He maintains that they are under no obligation to disclose that information. When confronted with these questions, patients need to say the four magic words ‘I want my attorney’.
Recent evidence of police brutality and blatant corruption in the penal system can make asking for a lawyer scary. Police are not required to be direct, honest or limit their force. they can invade your home, kill your animals, confiscate your property and shoot you dead if they feel threatened. Don’t resist, don’t lie and don’t answer any questions without YOUR lawyer.

Do you have feedback about owning a medical marijuana card and gun ownership? Do you think MMJ patients should own guns? Why or why not? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

How Spain Influenced the America Cannabis

How Spain Influenced the America’s with Cannabis

How Did Cannabis Make its Way to the America’s?

Its National Hispanic Heritage Month. The time where we recognize Americans with ancestry in Spanish-speaking nations. To help bring awareness of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we explore Spain’s role in bringing marijuana to the America’s. How hemp made its way to California and how cannabis spread across the U.S. We also explore how a famous Mexican folk song referencing marijuana came to be.

The Cannabis Journey

Cannabis plants first started in Central Asia, in the regions of Mongolia and southern Siberia in 2737 BC. From China, coastal farmers brought the plant to South Korea. Then it reached India, where it was used to relieve anxiety.
Between 2000 BC and 1400 BC, cannabis made its way to Russia and the Ukraine. Germanic tribes eventually got their hand on cannabis and introduced it to central Europe. From there it made its way into Britain during the 5th century with the Anglo-Saxon invasions.
Cannabis migrated to various regions across the world over the following centuries. It traveled through Africa and reached South America before turning northwards. Cannabis arrived in North America with the Spanish and Portuguese during their bloody conquests.

Mayans, Aztecs and Hallucinogens Before Cannabis

‘Entheogen’ is used to describe plants and substances used for traditional sacred rituals. In the early history of Mesoamerica, entheogens were widely used to achieve transcendence. They included all kinds of inebriants from tobacco and marijuana to alcohol and opium in their religious practices. These psychedelic substances played an important role in the spiritual practices of American cultures for millennia before western settlers arrived.
The Mayans flourished in Central America for nearly 2000 years. Yet their last major city fell to the Spanish in 1697 as did their religion. The Mayan’s religious practices included communication between the real world and the spiritual world. They used herbs such as mushrooms and other hallucinogens to help ‘bridge the gap’ between the two worlds.
The Aztecs had similar practices as the Mayans. During the 14th-16th centuries, they used entheogenic plants and animals within their societies. The Aztecs used several types of hallucinogenic plants and used animals as sacrifices to the Gods.

Spain and the Spread of Hemp Production

Before the English and French were planning trips to the new world, Spain was promoting hemp production in its colonies throughout South America. In 1545, hemp seeds were sown in the Quillota Valley in Chile.
Hemp was mostly used to make rope for the army stationed in Chile. The rest of the hemp was used to repair and replace worn-out rigging on ships docked in Santiago, Chile. Surpluses were shipped to north Peru.
Hemp was eventually brought to Mexico by Pedro Cuadrado. He was a conquistador in Corte’s army. Cuadrado and a friend raised a successful hemp production business in Mexico. In 1550, the Spanish governor forced the business to limit production because the natives were using the plants for something other than rope.

Hemp Travels to California

In 1801, the Spanish chose the area around San Jose as an experimental farm area to raise hemp. From 1807 to 1810, California increased annual hemp production to over 22,000 pounds. During the Mexican revolution of 1810, California became detached from the main seat of government. Subsidies that stimulated hemp production ended, and the commercial production of hemp was shut down.

Mexican Mary and Jane

Toward the end of the 19th century, cannabis was in Mexico. It was found growing wild and peasants grew it to smoke in pipes. They also ate it with sugar cane, milk and chiles. Witchdoctors also used cannabis to help the locals cure their illnesses. Within the first few decades, cannabis cigarettes became common, and the contents were called “marijuana”.
Now-a-days, marijuana means cannabis. But no one is sure why cannabis cigarettes were called marijuana. Today we know marijuana cigarettes as joints, jays, doobies or blunts. One possible root of the word seems to come from the Mexican military slang “Maria y Juana” which means Mary and Jane. As in a prostitute or brothel where marijuana cigarettes were bought and sold.
The word marijuana could have also derived from the Spanish word “mallihuan” which means prisoner. And the word mallihuan could have been altered later to sound like marijuana. And don’t forget how Larry Anslinger popularized the term in an attempt to demonize the plant. However the word marijuana came to be, it became widespread in Mexico and eventually made its way to America.

Welcome to the US Cannabis

Cannabis eventually ‘arrived’ to the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century. During that time, immigrants fled to the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911 and brought weed with them. The revolution overthrew General Porfiro Diaz in 1910, which increased the Mexican migration and the use of marijuana in the US.
Eventually, the migrant workforce pushed deeper into the US. The towns where they migrated to first were in Texas and New Mexico. But they camped in shanty towns and there was an influx of people trying to find work as unskilled laborers. In order to find a better place to live and seek better opportunities, migrants moved further north.
During most of the 20th century, newspapers disseminated racist propaganda and stereotypes. They did this partly to prevent a perceived invasion and partly because they could. Mexicans had an association with Cannabis that most Americans didn’t. This made targeting cannabis users easier to justify socially than targeting people with Mexican heritage.
Targeting marijuana has continued to the modern day. It remains a stand-in for racial prejudices as the current American President regularly shows. Social appropriation has tied American’s to cannabis like never before. What once was a method to persecute minorities is beginning to backfire on privileged majorities as legalization spreads.

The Famous ‘Roach’

General Diaz was overthrown by Francisco Madero. One of the men in Madero’s forces was Doroteo Arango, who we know today as Pancho Villa. Pancho Villa and his loyal men turned on their commanding officer General Victoriano. Villa was eventually arrested and condemned to death. But he escaped prison and joined up with his troops called the Division del Norte and fled to the US.
Soon, the Mexican’s created a popular folksong, “La Cucaracha”, which became the anthem of Villa’s army. It was a derogatory song against Villa. Villa was always seen smoking marijuana. And his army wouldn’t move without toking before battles.
In the clean version of the song, Villa is the roach who couldn’t walk without his back leg (aka couldn’t walk without his weed). In the original version, it straight up says he couldn’t walk without his weed. It is a song so popular that many outside the Hispanic culture know it to this day. But many people only know of the short clean version. Maybe we can update the song to work for today’s ‘roaches’.

Male Plants Need Love Too

Male Plants Need Love Too

Cannabis is an unusual plant.

It provides feeds, heals, clothes, powers and heals humanity. In addition to being the most useful plant known to man, cannabis is also reproduces in a rare way. Due to the special way it procreates, cultivators value the female plants far above the male.
Unlike most plants, marijuana produces sexually. Female plants produce the large, resinous flowers (called buds or colas) while the males produce the pollen. Once the female plant is pollinated, it switches from producing resin to seeds.
Once the plants begin producing seeds, they stop producing THC so farmers with pollinated crops cannot make as much money. It is because of this change that most cannabis farmers remove the male plants from their gardens. If a grower wants to continue a line of plants after harvest, they can clone the female plants.

Cloned plants are genetic copies of their parents.

Cannabis is amazing on so many levels. If you cut the tip of a plant off and place the clipping in a sugary liquid, it can sprout roots and grow into a new plant. This process is called cloning and it bypasses the plants normal reproductive cycle.
The clone is always a genetic copy of the parent. In addition to producing a copy of the parent ( i.e. guaranteed female plants), clones grow faster than starting from seed. But there are still some issues with cloning.

Cloning isn’t perfect.

Over generations of time, clones build up genetic mistakes. Like our own bodies, plant genes are copied and replicated over and over. Small mistakes in the copying process often lead to drastic variations in the end result. The most common result of cloning multiple generations is reduced potency and vitality.
After about four or five generations of cloning, the original genetic code begins showing signs of decay. This normally takes the form of reduced THC production, increased sensitivity to pests and diseases along with unpredictable changes to the overall shape/growth characteristics of adult clones.
Growers mitigate this issue by cycling their clones. Basically, every couple of generations the grower will start a new line from seed. This resets the genetic drift and reestablishes a base point. While cloning ensures that a specific arrangement of genes remains essentially intact, there are still random mutations in the cloning process.

Male plants are pretty useful.

Breeding a male and female plant bypasses the degrading effects of cloning. When pollinating females, male plants also provide half of the genetics inherited by the seed. Their shape, rate of growth, pest and mold resistance, and climate resilience effect the resulting seeds.
Breeders use this to their advantage. They can mix and match elements to create new variations. Female plants that produce heavy yields but have poor mold resistance are bred with males that resist mold well. It can take a few tries to get the right mix of features but eventually a viable, stable seed is produced.

Hemp producers love male plants.

When it comes to hemp fiber, there is a difference in male and female plants. The male cannabis plant produces a softer material while female plants create a coarser, stronger fiber. The soft fiber from the male plants are more desirable for products like clothing, tablecloths, and household items. The strong fiber of the females is better for cording or rope.
Male plants can also produce concentrates. Yes, females produce more cannabinoids than males but that doesn’t mean the males are worthless in this area. While significantly lower in cannabinoids than female plants, male plants can be extracted into hash or other oils just as easily.

Male plants also help in other gardens.

Cannabis plants offer more benefits to a garden than simple bud production. Both male and female cannabis plants produce aromatic oils called terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic chemicals produced by many plants that help in pest and disease control.
Additionally, cannabis plants have deep roots with long taproots. Taproots dive deep into the ground and break apart low-quality soil. This allows moisture and nutrients to infiltrate and improve the soil quality. They also hold the soil in place, preventing nutrient runoff and loss of soil during heavy rains.

Don’t forget the males.

If you intend to play around with male plants, just remember that they are REALLY good at finding females. A single male plant left to its own devices can pollinate females miles away. If you aren’t specifically breeding cannabis, having males can cause issues for neighbors and anyone without a hermetically sealed grow tent.
Humans generally destroy male cannabis plants when found. And for most people, this protects their crops. But it’s important to acknowledge and cherish male cannabis plants. Females may produce the buds we love, but by removing the males, we could be losing out on future benefits.
There is a lot we still don’t know about cannabis. There could be a whole host of compounds we still haven’t discovered yet. Specific males could play a significant role in how females develop, or how cannabis is developed in the future. But until more research is done, remember that male plants need love too.

What Is CBD Oil and How Can It Help You

What Is CBD Oil and How Can It Help You

Get Natural, Safe Relief with CBD Oil

You may have heard of CBD Oil, an all-natural supplement that’s taken the realm of personal health care by storm due to it’s, what some would consider, miraculous healing powers. In states that have legalized the recreational and/or medical sale, possession, and use of marijuana, CBD Oil supplements and other CBD products such as edibles and salves can be purchased from most dispensaries. In states where marijuana is still illegal, more doctors are beginning to prescribe it to their patients, resulting in fantastic reviews and higher success rates than many pharmaceuticals.

 CBD Oil – What Is It and How It Can Help You?

CBD Oil, short for Cannabidiol Oil, is a derivative of the hemp or cannabis plant that has shown a continual increase in popularity as more research is published on the wide variety of uses and benefits the plant provides.As a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD provides natural, safe, and effective relief for even the most sensitive of patients, without the typical psychoactive effects associated with cannabis or nasty side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Common Uses

CBD Oil may be used for a variety of ailments but is most commonly administered for pain and anxiety relief and to protect against the development and spread of cancer. It’s also commonly used as a digestive aid or prescribed as an antipsychotic for schizophrenia. As time goes on, more and more people are taking advantage of the medicinal and therapeutic effects proven in scientific studies, some of which are detailed below.

Pain & Anxiety Relief

Perhaps the most primary use of CBD Oil is for pain relief. The CBD cannabinoid binds to CB1 receptors in the body, relieving pain and reducing inflammation. With high effectiveness, CBD Oil has begun to replace costly pharmaceuticals for many patients, even some with severe and stubborn chronic pain.

 A 2011 study indicated CBD may alleviate even the most severe social anxieties. Thorough testing, measurements, and evaluations were completed before determining the CBD group had significantly fewer symptoms of anxiety, less cognitive impairment, and lack of general discomfort. The placebo control group however, showed elevated levels of the same. Standard anxiety medications, many of which are highly controversial for their dangerous side effects and increased risk of harm if used over long periods of time, are quickly becoming replaced by the natural, safe alternative of CBD.

 Reduced Risk of Cancer

According to studies conducted by the National Cancer Institute, CBD induces tumor cell death, inhibits cancerous cell growth and the spread of cancerous cells. Good for easing symptoms of chemotherapy, CBD is also particularly effective against breast cancer as research points to CBD disabling the accountable gene and preventing cancerous cells from traveling through inhibition of the ID-1 action in the body.

 Improved Digestion

While the best way to manage your digestion and avoid problems is through a healthy diet and regular exercise, CBD Oil has been scientifically proven to improve digestion and reduce nausea and vomiting. Patients undergoing treatment for serious illnesses sometimes experience negative side effects of the digestive system. These are significantly minimized with supplemental CBD treatment.

 Natural Antipsychotic

Although a rare disease, schizophrenia often comes with severely debilitating side effects. Patients are often forced to experiment with various pharmaceuticals that may or may not improve their general condition. While other disorders may share similar or equally psychotic effects, CBD has been used as a natural, safe antipsychotic treatment to reduce such debilitating effects.

 Find Out More

If you think CBD Oil may benefit you or you’re interested in finding out more, try it for yourself! If you live in a state where marijuana has been legalized recreationally, visit a dispensary of your choice and ask to see their CBD products. If legalized for medicinal uses only, you may need to apply and register for dispensary access. If you’re among the many still waiting for their state to awaken to the healing powers of cannabis, talk to your doctor about what CBD prescriptions may be available.

Cannabis Cocktail

Cannabis Infused Drinks Are Big Trend

The Many Faces of Cannabis Drinks

Welcome to the future of cannabis drinks! The legalization of marijuana is encouraging many people to create their own products like edibles and drinks. Since cannabis is a billion-dollar cannabis industry, it provides a massive incentive to join in the revolution.

Currently, there are multiple ways to consume cannabis. Before, cannabis was mainly smoked using paper or eaten via brownies or Krispy treats. But now, it can be smoked, vaped, eaten and drank.

In this article, we’ll be covering the different variations of cannabis drinks like coffee, tea, juice and wine. And we mention the companies that worked hard to create the best versions of mainstream beverages like The Fairwinds and Dixie Elixirs.

Here are the top rundowns of the marijuana beverage market.

Coffee, Pop, Tonic and Juice Oh My!

1.      Catapult Coffee Pods

A Keurig compatible coffee pod that has 10 mg of THC and coffee. It was made from a Washington based company. The pods are $10 per piece and currently only available in Washington state. Waking up to the fresh smell of coffee and weed is the new best part of waking up.

2.      Catapult Hot Cocoa

Not everyone is a coffee drinker and that’s ok. The Fairwinds company created Catapult Hot Cocoa mix. They use all natural ingredients and include 10 mg of THC per serving. Their Hot Cocoa packet comes in a resealable bag. If 10 mg seems too much, pour half to give yourself a 5mg dose and save the rest for later.

3.      Legal by Mirth Provisions

During a hot summer day, drinking an infused cold tonic is incredibly refreshing. Legal is a line of cannabis-infused cold tonics. Legal comes in a variety of flavors made from locally grown ingredients. These flavors are cherry, lemon ginger and pomegranate. Each tasty tonic is infused with 20 mg of THC. They are priced at $10-$15 per bottle.

4.      Lift by Dixie Elixirs

Whenever you need a boost of energy to get through the day, try a Lift. This tasty drink is designed to give a boost of energy with the added effect of THC. Within their one shot bottle, Lift is infused with 10 mg of THC. Instead of drinking a redbull, take a shot of Lift instead.

5.      Canna Cola

Finally, a cannabis infused soda pop. These refreshing fizzy drinks come in a variety of flavors like Orange Kush and Grape Ape. After work kick up your feet and grab a cold one.

But Wait, There’s More

6.      Cannabis Quencher

In the mood for a lemonade or a strawberry lemonade? Try Cannabis Quencher. It’s made by The Venice Company Cookie Company in Los Angeles. Each bottle is infused with different amounts of THC and CBD.

For example, their Lemonade Cannabis Quencher Sips offer 25 mg of THC. Their Strawberry Lemonade Cannabis Quencher comes with 200 mg of THC. They also offer CBD and THC combinations as well as just CBD options.

7.      Subtle Tea by The Venice Cookie Company

On a chilly day, sit back and sip on a little green tea. Another product made by The Venice Cookie Company, their tea bags are infused with 40 mg of THC. It tastes like any other green tea, with the added effects of feeling buzzed.

8.      CannaPunch

The CannaPunch juice with pump you up because each bottle is infused with 151 mg of THC! This non-carbonated drink is made from all-natural ingredients and is gluten-free and soy-free. It’s also free of corn syrup and made from the highest quality of Colorado cannabis. Tastes like blue raspberry and pineapple mango. Even though its non-carbonated, it will definitely leave you feeling fizzy.

9.      Zasp

Looking for an all natural drink? Zasp is a cannabis-infused beverage made from organically grown cannabis. It comes in a variety of flavors. These are black-cherry, tangerine, tropical punch and strawberry lemonade. Zasp drinks are now infused with your choice of 30mg, 80mg, 120mg and 240mg amounts of THC.

Cannabis Shots and Wines

10.   Quigley’s Cannabis Shots

The shot that gets you insta-high. Quigley’s is a product from Colorado. In each 2 fl oz contains 10 mg of THC. The 2 fl oz is sold for $6 each. The 50 mg version costs $15. If you buy the 50 mg version, think of it like drinking a shot of alcohol. You’re not supposed to drink the bottle. You fill up a little cup with your dose, site back and enjoy the long lasting insta-high.

11.   Know Label

For the wine and weed connoisseur, this one is for you. Know Label is a cannabis infused wine beverage from California. Rock singer and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge is the creator of Know Label.

Melissa couldn’t smoke or vape, and edibles weren’t her thing. Her cannabis-wine mix seemed to be the next best way for her to consume. Each bottle comes with an expensive price tag ($140 minimum). But the taste and high is worth every penny.

This is what has developed in just a few years of legalization. Just imagine the drinks that people will be able to come up with in the future. I for one am excited to see what the future holds.

Do you have a favorite cannabis drink? Have you tried any from this list? What do you think of cannabis infused drinks? Please leave a comment down below. Thanks for reading.

Pricey Pot The 6 Most Expensive Weed Strains In The United States

Most Expensive Cannabis Strains in the United States

Cannabis Strain By Price

When people walk into a dispensary, usually they’re looking for some combination of good quality and reasonable prices. Sometimes that can be tough to accomplish, with top shelf flower costing up to $25 per gram. Interestingly, lower income recreational users make up a significant percentage of overall consumers. In 2016, a cannabis research and analytics firm, the Brightfield Group, conducted a study of 1,200 medical cannabis patients in California and found that “low-income users make up nearly a third of marijuana patients, are loyal customers, and tend to use more product per person than higher-income consumers do.” Brightfield defines “lower income” as consumers who are unemployed or making less than $30,000 per year.
So why cover a list of most expensive strains when ⅓ of California’s consumers are low income? Because it’s important to be a savvy consumer, and awareness of market prices is useful in finding the best deal for your dollar. Without further ado, here are the six most expensive strains we could find through WeedMaps strain pricing tool and Google research. These would be good strains to buy when your local shop is having happy hour specials, FTP deals, or Patient Appreciation Days.

1. Girl Scout Cookies – Highest Listed Price $420.00

A hybrid of OG Kush and Durban Poison, Girl Scout Cookies originated in California with sweet and earthy flavors. It is a high THC strain that has won numerous awards. It is said to have a positive effect on nausea, pain, and helps combat appetite loss.

2. OG Kush – Highest Listed Price $400.00

OG Kush is the ubiquitous west coast strain and there are many different phenotypes of this strain. Its predominant scents are of pine and lemon and is known for bringing on heavy relaxation and euphoria. It has been said to be helpful for migraines and ADD by many patients who use this strain.

3. Critical Plus – Highest Listed Price $400.00

Critical Plus was the winner of the first High Life Cup, held in Barcelona. It has limited popularity in the United States and is mostly found in the Pacific Northwest. It is a citrusy strain that will improve mood and offers a mostly heady high.

4. Gorilla Glue #4 – Highest Lited Price $400.00

Considered to be one of the strongest strains of all time, Gorilla Glue #4 is a hybrid whose parents include Chocolate Diesel and Sour Dubb. It was developed by GG Strains and won multiple Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times World Cup in Jamaica. It is incredibly pungent with the smell of a bud capable of filling a room quite easily.

5. Northern Lights – Highest Listed Price $380.00

Unlike some other strains on the list Northern Lights has seemed to be around forever. It first came to prominence as early as 1985 in Holland and is a pure indica that has been a parent of numerous famous hybrids including Super Silver Haze. It has a spicy taste and smell and often has purple coloring.

6. Space Queen– Highest Lited Price $380.00

Rounding out our list is Space Queen, a hybrid developed by BC Growers.  It has a funky smell that might scare off novice users. Like other strains on our list it has a number of phenotypes and is considered to be a very potent strain.