GroSkool:  Is It Time To Harvest?
Jan17

GroSkool: Is It Time To Harvest?

After all the work and worry we finally reach the happy day of harvest.  But, wait -- is it time to harvest?  If this is your first grow, here's how you will know.   Regardless of which cannabinoid you seek, and I'm guessing that is THC if you are reading this column, everything you want is in just one place. The prize is in the trichomes, the glands that grow above the leaf surface on your cannabis flowers. In Vancouver,...

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Indica Vaporizer Impresses
Jan12

Indica Vaporizer Impresses

Back in the early 2000’s I was a dedicated vapor guy.  For tasting the flavor of the herb and stretching the stash nothing matches the vaporizer.  My first vape used a whip and was a challenge to load, even more of one to clean and changing the screen was asking for trouble.  My second vaporizer sounded like a vacuum cleaner and used increasingly sticky bags to collect the vapor.  Neither was convenient, portable or discrete.  When,...

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HMJ Classics:  My Legalization Fantasy — Like Backyard Tomatoes
Jan11

HMJ Classics: My Legalization Fantasy — Like Backyard Tomatoes

Another fantasy from days gone by.   The first big snag in the unfolding legal-cannabis world was about tax money. Specifically, how could the government get money out of you for you doing something it was legal to do? How much tax money do you owe the government when selling your backyard grow? Things along this line. There were as many opinions as to what to do as there were people to ask. I liked the idea of treating small...

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GroSkool:  Flowering Week 7 & Terpenes & Flushing Your Plants
Jan10

GroSkool: Flowering Week 7 & Terpenes & Flushing Your Plants

The buds are really big now.   One more. What is that [pine or citrus or juicy fruit gum or cat piss or fuel oil] smell????? That's terpenes, friend. Terpenes will be the focus of a lot of medical research once cannabis is no longer on Schedule One of the CSA. We approach the end of the flowering phase in the life of our plant. It is time to flush the growing medium with some clean, fresh water. Watch this one, please. Next week...

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HMJ Classics:  My Legalization Fantasy — Year Two
Jan04

HMJ Classics: My Legalization Fantasy — Year Two

Of all the changes that re-legalization brought, one of the biggest was the way people acquired cannabis. Do you remember those first few days and weeks? It seemed like everyone who had ever smoked a bowl became a gardener. At least lots of them tried. Assuming you could even find them, the price of seeds went through the roof. Then there was that terrible batch of sub-par seeds, rolled out disguised in a variety of counterfeit,...

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GroSkool:  Flowering Week 5 & Understanding pH
Dec27

GroSkool: Flowering Week 5 & Understanding pH

Just look at these buds in week five of flowering. And what's that fragrance?    Here's the Master Kush we met a few weeks back. This weeks second topic is "understanding pH." Let's start with a bit of science. Being aware of pH is very fundamental to any gardening. Grow in a neutral (or close to it) pH and your cannabis plant will be very happy. And so will you. Now, learning the hard way. A video from Jorge Cervantes, our guest...

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