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WHAT IS WEED?
In most cases cannabis is used for the unique THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) effects, for most medicinal applications they opt for the CBD (Cannabidiol) effects.
WHAT IS HASH?
Hash (also hash) is a word that describes a certain cannabis product, which is a concentrated green-brown (or dark yellow) waxy THC-rich substance that usually comes from cannabis trichomes. It is usually sold in blocks and it is a very friable substance.
WHAT DOES SATIVA MEAN?
When describing cannabis, the term Sativa is mainly used to describe the effects of smoking certain cannabis strains. Sativa is usually associated with mental effects: vitalizing, creative and uplifting.
Even though this term comes from a type of cannabis plant, today all cannabis plants are very complex in their structure (hybrids). In addition, Sativa-like plants will not always deliver all Sativa-like cannabis effects. When you talk about cannabis cultivation, the term Sativa usually stands for a certain type of plant with certain physical characteristics. Sativas tend to be taller than Indicas, they also have longer and thinner leaves. In most cases, Sativas take longer to grow as the flowering phase can last up to 100 days.
WHAT DOES INDICA MEAN?
When describing cannabis, the term Indica is usually used to describe the effects that smoking certain cannabis strains will produce. Indica is usually associated with a body high and stoned-like effects: deep relaxation, a couch-lock, haze and an overall feeling of complete relaxation.
Today, all cannabis plants are much more complex in their biological structure (hybrids). Therefore, not all Indicas deliver all Indica-like cannabis effects. When we talk about cannabis cultivation, the term Indica usually stands for a certain type of plant morphology or for certain physical characteristics. Indicas are supposed to be slightly smaller than their Sativa sisters, and Indicas have smaller, thicker leaves. Most Indicas also have shorter growing cycles.
WHAT DOES RUDERALIS MEAN?
Cannabis ruderalis is another type of cannabis plant, which is unfamiliar to most cannabis users, but plays a major role in today’s cannabis genetics. Especially when we talk about autoflowering cannabis strains.
Cannabis ruderalis is a type of cannabis plant with a low THC content (about 3%), which makes the plant less potent, but the way the plant grows makes up for a lot. Cannabis ruderalis does not depend on a light cycle to flower (like Sativa or Indica), but will flower automatically after reaching a certain age. This unique feature made this exclusive cannabis plant a perfect tool for one purpose: growing. The plant is not only valuable for cultivation because it flowers automatically, the Cannabis Ruderalis also grows faster, requires less care and can withstand harsh weather conditions better.
While Cannabis Ruderalis is not praised for its THC/CBD levels, it can be combined with a high quality Sativa/Indica/Hybrid to create a new strain of easier to care for, smaller and faster growing cannabis strain.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CANNABIS SATIVA AND CANNABIS INDICA?
The main difference between Indica and Sativa is the easily detectable characteristics during the cannabis growing cycle. Sativa plants grow taller and have thinner leaves than their Indica sisters. Also, Sativas can take longer to fully mature as their flowering phase can last ~100 days, while Indicas have a 45-65 day flowering cycle.
Both terms are usually used in very different ways, namely to describe the feeling that a particular cannabis plant can give you. Even though most of today’s cannabis strains are actually hybrids (mix of both).
In short, Sativa-like effects are mainly noticeable mentally and Indica-like effects are physically noticeable.
- Creativity – Sativa
- Relaxation – Indica
- Thinking – Sativa
- Chilling – Indica
- Energy – Sativa
- Sedation – Indica
- High – Sativa
- Stoned – Indica
For that reason, Sativas are believed to provide a better experience during the day as they focus on mental effects and allow you to get on with everyday life (when consumed in responsible amounts), while Indicas are considered suitable for the afternoon and for the night, for example to relax after work.
With all this in mind, cannabis works differently on different people. The effects also depend on the plant’s cannabinoid and terpene compositions. So there’s no better way than to just try your strain of choice and see how best to grow it.
WHAT IS THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or simply THC, is one of the most popular cannabinoids present in cannabis. It is clearly the most popular cannabinoid to be found in cannabis, for one simple reason; this is the psychoactive cannabinoid that actually gets you high after smoking cannabis.
THC is believed to be the main psychoactive compound found in most cannabis plants.
HOW DOES THC WORK?
Basically, THC binds with your cannabinoid receptors to produce intoxicating effects, meaning you get “high”. Yes, you have a whole endocannabinoid system in your brain and your central nervous system… and yes, you produce different kinds of cannabinoids of your own.
WHAT DOES “GETTING HIGH” MEAN?
Being high in most cases means being intoxicated with cannabis, probably THC. The term “high” can sometimes be used to describe intoxication from other drugs, but most other drugs have unique terms to describe the effects (example: psychedelics = trip).
WHAT DOES GETTING STONED MEAN?
Stoned is another synonym for getting high. But in most cases, stoned and high can mean slightly different effects of recreational cannabis intoxication. As the word suggests, stoned is usually used to describe the body effects cannabis can have on users. This means a relaxed body, inability (or unwillingness) to get off the couch (known as couch-lock), and a general lazy (laidback) feeling that cannabis can give you. In this sense, the term “high” would therefore be more focused on the (mental) effects.
GROWING WEED / CANNABIS YOURSELF
HOW CAN YOU GROW YOUR OWN WEED?
To put it as simple as possible, these are the steps you need to take if you want to grow your own cannabis plants:
- Choose your grow pot and place it outdoors or indoors.
- Choose the right cannabis seeds.
- Germinate the seeds.
- Plant the germinated plants.
- Let your plant go through the growth phase.
- Let the plant flower (flowering phase).
- Harvest the plant and dry the tops.
CAN YOU GROW MARIJUANA INDOORS?
Yes, but for that you need a grow box, a grow room or a similar designated space to grow a good cannabis plant. Not only that, but you will also need cannabis grow lighting, climate control, humidifiers, exhaust systems, nutrients, containers and maybe even some other tools to get started.
CAN YOU GROW MARIJUANA OUTSIDE?
Yes, you can grow weed outdoors, but depending on the climate you may need a greenhouse (if you live in a northern cold climate zone).
CAN YOU GROW WEED ON YOUR BALCONY OR TERRACE?
Yes, you can grow marijuana on your patio/balcony, but make sure growing marijuana is legal in the country you plan to do this in (it’s easy to spot a marijuana plant on your balcony). The success of this process depends on the type of plant you are growing, the placement of the plant, and the general climate you live in.
WHAT SOIL DO YOU NEED TO GROW CANNABIS?
When choosing the perfect soil for growing cannabis, you need to evaluate several factors for soil structure, such as:
- water retention
- PH value
If this is your first time growing cannabis, the easiest way is to simply get a special cannabis soil that has the perfect mix of all these factors and is ready to use.
There are also ways to make your own soil, besides the choice of the perfect cannabis soil depends on the plant of choice, the climate and growing conditions and the results you expect.
WHEN CAN YOU GROW CANNABIS?
Growing cannabis indoors puts you in charge of the plant’s life cycle, so you can grow cannabis indoors at any time. If you are planning to grow outdoors, the light cycle is the most important factor here. That is why it is important to determine the exact needs of the plant (duration of the growth cycle), determine the local climate conditions and plant your seeds correctly.
It depends on the part of the world you are in, but generally spring is the best time to germinate seeds and the fall point (may be later than that, based on the length of the flowering period) is the time to start thinking about harvesting your cannabis plants.
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OR STAGES OF THE GROWTH OF THE CANNABIS PLANT?
In the most basic sense, the cannabis plant growth cycle is divided into 4 main stages of the cannabis plant life cycle:
- Germination (5-10 days)
- Sowing phase (2-3 weeks)
- Growth period (3-16 weeks)
- Flowering period (8-11 weeks)
This means that it can take you 4-8 months to grow your own cannabis plant.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GROW YOUR OWN CANNABIS?
The price of growing cannabis can be as low as just the price of the seeds if you plan to grow them in a very good outdoor climate and can be as high as tens of thousands of dollars for a more sophisticated indoor set-up that will can produce astonishing yields.
WHAT ARE THE BEST CANNABIS TO GROW INDOORS?
The general rule for growing cannabis indoors, especially if you plan to grow them in a small grow box, is to grow autoflower cannabis plants. It doesn’t mean you can’t grow perfectly feminized cannabis plants, it just means that this is an easier solution that will result in smaller plants, faster growth and less care for the grower.
When deciding to grow a feminized cannabis plant indoors, consider things such as the length of the growing cycle, the size of a mature plant, and potential indoor yields. This way you can choose the most suitable plant that you can grow indoors.
WHAT ARE THE BEST CANNABIS FOR GROWING OUTDOORS?
This depends on the climate you live in, the placement of the plant (how much sunlight and other weather conditions the plant gets) and your general needs. If you are planning to grow a large plant, time is not a factor, you live in a warm climate and will take good care of the cannabis plant, then choose a feminized cannabis plant that produces the desired effects.
Also, if you choose to grow a feminized cannabis strain outdoors, you can maximize the potential yield if you live in a warm climate. You can expect a healthy and large plant that will make you and your friends very happy.
If you live in a more northern climate and the warm period of the year is short (cannabis plants prefer a temperature of 20-30°C during the growing period), you may want to consider growing an autoflowering plant or your feminized plant in a to place cash. The right temperature/humidity during different periods of the growth cycle is important for any cannabis plant if you want to ensure that the plant grows quickly and to maximize the yield potential.
SHOULD YOU FRUIT THE WEED PLANTS?
This will depend on the growing medium (soil) and the results you intend to achieve with your cannabis plant. It is important that your cannabis plants have sufficient nutrients at the most important moments of their growth cycle (especially the vegetative period).
In short, you can generally grow a cannabis plant without any fertilizer, but if you want your cannabis to thrive and produce the best buds, you need to make sure it has enough and the right type of nutrients.
HOW BIG DO WEED PLANTS GET?
This depends on the strain you choose, the growing method, and… well, how big you grow your cannabis plants (especially if you’re growing indoors). On average, cannabis plants can grow from ~40cm to ~200cm in height, but they can grow much taller in perfect conditions if you want.
If you want a smaller plant, it is recommended to opt for an autoflower. If you want bigger yields, you need bigger plants, and feminized plants are recommended.
WHAT IS THE GERMINATION OF WEED SEEDS?
Germinating cannabis seed is the first step of any growth cycle, meaning your plant will begin to grow from seed.
HOW DO WE GERMINATE CANNABIS SEEDS?
To germinate a cannabis seed, three important factors are needed: water, air and heat. That is why there are several ways to germinate your cannabis seeds, but here we focus on the most commonly used.
Take a few sheets of paper and soak them in distilled water so that they are completely wet but not dripping. Place some soaked paper towels on a plate. Place your cannabis seeds on the wipes and make sure that the seeds are at least a few centimeters apart. Then put more soaked paper towels on the seeds. Then take another plate, turn it over and place it on the first plate (make a dome for the seeds). In this way, the seeds remain in a dark place. The last step is to make sure the temperature is around 20-30°C – the seeds will germinate even at lower temperatures, but at the right temperature this process will be faster.
Now be patient and it should take up to a few days (up to 2 weeks in the worst cases) for your seeds to germinate. You can check the paper towels occasionally, if they have become dry, apply a little more water.
You will know your seed has germinated when you see a small white stem branching out of the seed, make sure this stem is at least 2-3mm long. After germination, it’s time to plant your seeds and move on to the sowing stage.
WHY ARE MY WEED SEEDS NOT GERMINATED?
There can be several factors why your cannabis seeds do not germinate well. Since seeds are a part of nature, most growers agree that if about 1 in 4 seeds fail to germinate, it can still be considered a good ratio (usually more seeds germinate than that).
The first and most important factor is, of course, cannabis seed genetics. If it’s a high-quality seed harvested ripe enough, it should germinate just fine. Another factor may be how the seeds are stored after they are harvested. Not only that, how long the seed is stored can also lower the chances of the seed germinating.
But only because some or most of the seeds didn’t germinate properly. This still doesn’t mean they weren’t high quality seeds. The way you have tried to germinate them plays the most important role here. Remember that when germinating cannabis seeds, you have to create the best possible conditions so that the seeds can germinate quickly enough not to rot.
So if the temperature is warm enough, there is enough humidity, and there is enough time for the seeds to germinate (2-10 days is the average), most seeds should germinate perfectly.
WHAT IS THE SEED PHASE OF THE CANNABIS PLANT?
After you germinate and plant your seeds, a thin stalk will appear. This small stem will grow very quickly and will act as the main stem in the future. After some time you will notice that the first two leaves will start to grow at the top of this small stem. These leaves are completely unique from other future leaves. These first two cannabis leaves are called cotyledon leaves and they indicate that your seedling is starting to photosynthesize. At this point, your cannabis plant is most vulnerable to disease and other factors. Make sure your seedling has enough light to grow and to protect it from harsh weather.
The seeding phase of the growth cycle is over when your plant has developed around 4-8 leaves.
HOW LARGE SHOULD THE CONTAINER OR POT BE FOR THE SEED PHASE OF THE CANNABIS PLANT?
In general, the sowing pot should be about 0.5-4 liters. This usually depends on the size of the seedling. For the entire growing cycle it is a healthy rule that the diameter of your pot rim should be about 3 times smaller than the height of your plant.
HOW DO YOU CARE FOR YOUR CANNABIS SEEDLINGS?
The first and most important thing to know when caring for your cannabis seedlings is… Make sure you don’t overwater them. We know we all want to grow nice and big buds as soon as possible, but overwatering cannabis plants is not the way to do it. Over-watering is especially dangerous during the sowing phase of the cannabis growth cycle, so make sure the pots you use have drainage holes.
Don’t be afraid to water your seedlings a lot, as most over-watering problems don’t arise from overwatering them, most problems start when you water your seedlings too often. Let the soil dry out completely before watering your seedlings again.
If your seedlings are outside, it’s smart to protect them from harsh weather with domes or a similar way (just don’t block sunlight). It is also important to keep the humidity around 70% (if possible) and the average temperature should stay around 20-30°C (if possible). Also make sure that the seedlings have adequate airflow and light at this stage.
WHAT IS A VEGETATIVE PHASE OF A CANNABIS PLANT?
During the vegetative phase of any cannabis plant, the actual growth of the plant reaches its full speed. At this point, your plant has already been transplanted into a large pot and both the roots and leaves are developing quickly. If you’re planning to top or train your plant, now is the time to do it.
In principle, your cannabis plant will try to grow as much as possible in the vegetative phase. During the vegetative phase you can water a little more, and remember that the bigger your plant is, the bigger the roots. This means that you should not only water around the trunk, but also more outwardly.
During the vegetative cannabis growth phase, your plant will cherish healthy amounts of nutrients, especially nitrogen. Your cannabis plant (if not autoflowering) will remain in the vegetative phase as long as it gets 12 hours of light, once the plant gets less light it will move on to the flowering phase.
WHEN CAN YOU DETERMINE THE SEX OF A CANNABIS PLANT?
You can determine the sex of your cannabis plant in the pre-flowering phase of the growth cycle. During this time pollen sacs will form on male plants. It can be difficult to identify this with the naked eye, so try looking with a magnifying glass if you need to identify the gender as early as possible.
If you’ve planted feminized seeds, all your plants should turn female, but knowing how to spot a male is a good skill to have, just in case.
WHAT IS THE FLOWERING PHASE OF THE CANNABIS PLANT?
The flowering phase of any cannabis plant is the last and most exciting phase of the cannabis growth cycle. Autoflowering cannabis strains automatically go to this stage and feminized plants start flowering as soon as they receive less than 12 hours of light per day.
At this stage your cannabis plants will start to develop buds and this is what we have all been waiting for, right? Oh, and if you’re growing from non-feminized cannabis seeds, you can easily start sexing your plants at this stage, so be sure to discard the males (so they don’t pollinate female partners).
Stop pruning and let the plant relax, because you don’t want your plant hormones to get out of balance. It can also be a good idea to give your plant some support (trellis) to make it easier for the plant to grow large buds. Finally, start feeding your plant with flowering nutrients if you intended to do so.
WHAT ARE THE CANNABIS PLANT TRICHOMES?
Trichomes are small crystal-like “granules” that appear on cannabis buds when they are sufficiently mature. They can range from transparent to milky white and then to pale yellow or even orange in color and will contain most of the THC.
Trichomes have 3 stages of development and can be characterized by their color:
- Clear or translucent – too early to harvest, there is almost no THC present.
- Semi-clear or milky – plant harvesting at this stage has a more energetic, but shorter effect.
- Amber trichomes – the potency peaks and starts to decline during this time, but the more orange trichomes the more sedative effects you can expect.
So you should harvest your cannabis plant when the trichomes are between the milky and orange phases, based on the high you want to achieve. If you want a more energetic high, harvest them earlier. If you want a more couch-lock stoned effect, wait until the color is very rich.
WHEN SHOULD YOU HARVEST YOUR CANNABIS PLANT?
The best way to determine the perfect time to harvest your cannabis plant (especially if you’re trying to maximize the THC level in your buds) is to observe the trichomes with a 30x-100x microscope.
The trichomes go from clear to opaque and then change to amber. During this stage, the trichomes reach their maximum THC level and slowly begin to break down with exposure to oxygen and UV rays.
HOW SHOULD YOU HARVEST YOUR WEED PLANT?
The easiest way is the whole planting method, which means you just harvest and dry the whole plant.
A more time consuming way is the ripe bud method, which means you will trim and dry the buds separately. This method is especially useful if the place where you dry your buds can contain some moisture. Because removing leaves before drying can be the best way to ensure no mold builds up.
Removing the leaves is a good way to make sure your buds don’t dry too quickly. Also try to ensure that there is as little light as possible during harvesting and drying.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MARIHUANA/WEED/CANNABIS?
Many people get different effects from cannabis use, in addition, there are several known strains that have different general effects. But these are the most common short-term effects of cannabis:
- Increased or decreased sensory perception
- Altered perception of time
- Increased appetite
- Dry mouth
- Increased heart rate
- Slow coordination
- Pain/anxiety reduction
- muscle relaxation
- Feeling of well-being
- Restful sleep
If you read this list carefully, you might think: some points contradict each other… How come cannabis simultaneously strengthens some things as well as decreases it? Well, it doesn’t. This just means that some people may feel more relaxed after using cannabis, while others may become paranoid. It depends on many personal factors and on the type and amount of cannabis used.
That’s why it’s always important to start slowly and dose low while learning how cannabis or a particular cannabis strain can affect you personally.
CAN YOU GET ADDICTED TO CANNABIS?
Yes. As with any substance or habit, you can become addicted to marijuana. This may seem contradictory to most addiction information out there on the web, so let’s clarify a few things before determining the actual possibility of cannabis addiction.
First, you have to understand that you can become addicted to almost anything, it doesn’t even have to be a drug… You can become addicted to computer games, gambling, sugar, porn, tobacco and almost any other behavior that you do on a repetitive basis. Habits (no matter if they are good or bad) form in our brains the same way and it can be very difficult to change them after something has turned into a real habit.
Now let’s talk about cannabis addiction or abuse? When we think of a physiological cannabis addiction, the answer is simple; it is almost impossible to have a serious physiological addiction to cannabis. With an average THC content in cannabis per year, it is getting easier to develop a physical addiction, but it is still not comparable to some other drugs.
But when it comes to cannabis use, not only is it easy to abuse cannabis, but cannabis can also have nasty long-term effects. Based on recent scientific research, we can say that heavy, long-term cannabis users generally have lower life satisfaction and a higher risk of addiction (not just to cannabis). In addition, taller “chronic” cannabis users also report a much greater difficulty when it comes to employment.
In short, there is no such thing as a bad substance. There are only bad or good relationships we can have with those substances.
IS WEED A HALLUCINOGEN?
This depends on the type of cannabis we are talking about and comparing it to. From a purely medical perspective, there are four different types of drugs: stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and opioids. Weed is definitely not an opioid. That said, different cannabis strains can exhibit different levels of stimulant, hallucinogenic and depressant effects. Some classifications involving 7 or more different types of drugs sometimes even give cannabis its own personal classification.
Here are what the three main drug categories entail:
- Depressant – slow down brain and nervous system activity
- Stimulants – speed up brain and nervous system activity
- Hallucinogens – changes your perception: changes the way you see, hear, taste, smell or feel things.
This means that cannabis can have effects from all 3 categories.
IS CANNABIS A DEPRESSANT?
Yes, cannabis can make you feel relaxed, calm and less inhibited. It also means it slows down your coordination and concentration. This means that your responsiveness to the environment and the overall reaction time under the influence of cannabis is slower. Which, when you think about it, is exactly the expected effect of most Indica dominant cannabis strains. Therefore, if you are looking for more hallucinogenic effects that cannabis can provide, you should look for a Sativa-dominant cannabis strain.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SMOKE CANNABIS?
That’s probably vaping. This idea stems from the fact that when you vaporize cannabis, you inhale vapor and don’t smoke, which theoretically means most of the unhealthy stuff doesn’t end up in your lungs. Also, when vaping cannabis, you don’t add tobacco (like you do with joints or blunts to help burn weed), nor inhale propane from lighters and paper glue from the papers you used to roll it.
With all this in mind, vaping cannabis is a very expensive investment as a decent herbal vaper can cost you at least ~100eur/dollars and better ones can easily cost a few hundred.
The second best way to ingest cannabis is probably a water pipe, also known as a bong. Especially if it’s an ice bong (meaning there’s ice in the bong to cool your smoke). This way you will be smoking cannabis again with no added tobacco – which is better, but you are inhaling the actual smoke and not everyone likes the “instant kick” that the bongs give you.
The easiest and most popular method of cannabis use is smoking a joint (or blunt). This involves grinding the weed with a grinder, mixing it with a little tobacco (this helps the joint burn better), and rolling it in a special rolling paper (blunts are usually rolled with pure cannabis because the blunt itself made from tobacco).
There are plenty of ways you can mix these basics together to create unique smoking experiences. We’re talking about the gas mask for smoking weed, making a gravity bong, making a pipe out of a soda can or even just hot boxes. Feel free to look up these ways.
WHAT ARE THE ETIQUETTE RULES FOR SMOKING WEED?
Cannabis culture can vary by country and region, but there are some cannabis etiquette rules that most cannabis enthusiasts swear by. Most of these rules apply if you smoke in a circle, meaning the group is larger than 2 people.
CANNABIS RULE #1 – PUFF PUFF PASS
This rule allows everyone in the smoking circle to get high and not waste any weed. It’s as simple as it sounds; you take two hits and pass it on. You don’t take three or four hits, you just take two. And pass it on. This cannabis etiquette rule focuses on a simple principle: equality.
CANNABIS RULE #2 – ALWAYS TELL IT TO THE PERSON LEFT UNLESS..
When you take the weed, you pass the joint or bong to the person on your left. It’s an old Rastafari tradition that asks everyone to pass the joint/blunt clockwise (to the left). There is one exception to his rule. We pass it to the left in peacetime. If there is war, we pass the joint/blunt counterclockwise (to the right).
CANNABIS RULE #3 – THY WHO ROLLS THE JOINT LIGHTS IT
Never ask someone who rolled the joint/blunt if you can light it. Even if the weed originally belonged to you, it is still common for the person who turned it to light it.
CANNABIS RULE #4 – SHARE
If a group smoking session is scheduled in advance, it is polite to bring some weed. Weed can get expensive, especially if you need to get multiple people high. Don’t be stingy, and if you can’t bring your own weed, be thankful to those who have.
CANNABIS RULE 5 – NEVER PUSH ANYONE
Never try to force weed on people, it’s polite to offer something to others, but never be pushy. Weed doesn’t work the same for everyone, and if someone refuses, you have to respect that choice.
These are the most common and important rules, but there are other things to follow when smoking weed with others:
- Don’t talk with a burning joint/blunt: everyone hates that, take your hits, pass it on and then finish your story.
- Admit it if you don’t know how to roll a joint: no one wants to smoke a joint that falls apart.
- Do not blow smoke in anyone’s face. This is very rude.
- Take good care of other people’s tools: Be very careful with other people’s bongs, grinders and other smoking tools, you never know how expensive or valuable they are.
- Provide munchies: if you’re organizing a smoke-out, make sure you have enough food and drink, if you’re invited to a smoke-out… bring enough snacks for everyone. People who are high tend to eat crazy amounts, so it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure there’s enough for everyone.
- Tell others around you if you’re sick, it’s normal to want to feel better by getting high when you’re sick, but no one wants to get infected with the flu. So let everyone know in advance…
- Throw away stems and seeds: not only is finding large stems and seeds in your buds usually a signal of low quality weed, never add them to your joints… they give you no effect and make for a lower smoking experience
- Be kind and supportive: enjoy the experience and try to give people space when they ask, we all get high differently and in a group setting everyone involved is responsible for the overall comfort of others.
HOW DO YOU HELP SOMEONE WHO GOT TOO HIGH?
Simple steps if you or your friend has smoked (or eaten) too much cannabis:
- Hydrate (drink as much water as you can)
- Take a lot of sugar (this is especially helpful if someone loses consciousness)
- Take a shower (it will help you relax and significantly reduce side effects)
- Take it easy (try to understand that this condition is temporary and will end soon)
- Relax or distract yourself (try staying in bed or doing something you love)
WHAT IS A GRINDER?
The cannabis grinder, herb grinder or simply grinder , is a special tool that is used to grind your cannabis buds into a more ready-to-use form. This is done so that your cannabis burns more evenly and it is easier to smoke it both in a joint and/or with a bong pipe.
They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, complexities, and more. They may be electric, but in most cases they are just mechanical metal/wood/plastic grinders that most cannabis enthusiasts use in their daily lives.
Manual cannabis grinders are usually segmented by the number of compartments they have (single compartment, double compartment or triple compartment). Most 2-3 stage (compartment) grinders have a secondary function compared to the more basic single compartment grinders that do not have a mesh grid: they can collect trichomes (also called kief) in the bottom compartment of your grinder.
WHAT IS CANNABIS KIEF?
Sometimes referred to as cannabis crystals or cannabis powder, Kief (or keef) is a concentrated cannabis trichome powder that in most cases contains much more THC than the cannabis buds you smoke (by weight).
The best way to collect kief is with a multi-compartment grinder that has a special mesh-protected compartment that allows only the smallest particles of cannabis powder to accumulate over time. With continuous use of this grinder, you will eventually get enough kief to use.
Experienced cannabis enthusiasts have multiple uses for this THC-rich cannabis substance, the most common being storing the kief for a rainy day when you want to get super high. Be careful if you are new to kief, especially if you are sensitive to cannabis: kief is usually a very concentrated form of cannabis, and it can have an unexpected effect, especially if collected from several different cannabis strains.
CAN YOU GROW MARIHUANA AT HOME?
Yes, you can grow weed at home (both indoors and outdoors). Growing indoors and growing cannabis outdoors comes with a completely different set of challenges. It therefore differs enormously from indoor cultivation.
IS WEED LEGAL?
Each country has its own unique laws and political views when it comes to growing cannabis, owning it and possibly buying/selling it. The good news is that countries around the world are becoming more flexible every year. So there is hope that we will soon be living in a legalized cannabis world.
ARE CANNABIS SEEDS LEGAL?
All cannabis seeds that you can find in the Smartific webshop are legal in the Netherlands, where they come from. You must inform yourself and take full personal responsibility with regard to the local laws of the country where you live.
CAN YOU BUY WEED SEEDS?
Yes, you can find many cannabis seeds in our Seedshop.
HOW LONG CAN YOU STORE CANNABIS SEEDS?
After they have been harvested, the cannabis seeds should be germinated (used) within ~16 months. During this time they will keep all their best qualities and can be trusted to grow into a healthy cannabis plant. Also make sure that you store your cannabis seeds in a dry and dark place.
If you do not intend to germinate your cannabis seeds in the coming year after purchase, we recommend that you consider freezing your cannabis seeds. Make sure you pack them without air or moisture and just keep them in the freezer. In this way you slow down the biochemical processes and you can store your seeds for up to 5 years.
WILL ALL CANNABIS SEEDS WORK (GERMINATE)?
No. Cannabis seeds are the product of nature, so it is normal for not all of them to germinate correctly. In most cases, the actual ratio is much lower than that – but it’s good to assume that up to ~25% of your seeds won’t germinate. You can always do a simple zinc test to determine which seeds have the most potency.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF CANNABIS SEEDS ARE GOOD QUALITY?
The quality of cannabis seeds depends on several factors, the most important of which are:
- Totale uitstraling
Op basis van deze factoren kun je de algehele kwaliteit van de cannabiszaden bepalen
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUTOFLOWERING AND FEMINIZED CANNABIS SEEDS?
Let’s start with what feminized cannabis seeds mean: it means that the seeds will only grow into female cannabis plants. This is important because cannabis buds, which we love, can only be produced by female cannabis plants.
To understand what autoflowering cannabis seeds are, we must first understand how cannabis blooms work. Most cannabis strains have a growth phase where the plant will just grow without trying to produce buds (the “fruit” of the plant). This phase usually ends when the cannabis plant receives less than 12 hours of daylight. After this is done, the feminized cannabis plant stops growing and enters the flowering period, during which it will produce buds that we all love to smoke.
Because not all climates (and conditions) can provide enough sun for cannabis plants to have a satisfying growth period, breeders have bred autoflowering strains that flower automatically no matter how much sunlight the plants receive.
This results in cannabis plants that are easier to grow, require less attention and can be grown better in harsher weather conditions. Of course there is never anything for nothing in nature, which is why autoflowering cannabis plants are usually smaller, faster and bring smaller yields. This makes them perfect if you are planning to grow them indoors in a nursery tray, if you are very inexperienced or if you are planning to grow your plants in a colder northern climate.
WHAT IS THE BEST CANNABIS STRAIN?
This is a very difficult question to answer as it only depends on your personal preferences. Some people like lighter cannabis strains with equal CBD/THC levels, others are looking for the strongest THC kick possible. Some are looking for a way to relax after work (Indica), some are looking for a way to stimulate their creativity (Sativa). Some require complex medicinal cannabis products to help them with their ailments (CBD), while others use cannabis on a purely recreational basis.
Moreover, we react in very different ways to different compounds and compound combinations. That said, this question has no answer and it is best to try, evaluate and choose the strains that work best for you.