Originally Posted by Douglas.Curtis
Decades long toker, long time poster here...
I grew up in prohibition land, and my choices of cannabis were usually "Headies" or "Couchlock." Since I already suffer from ADHD, autism and a few other quirks, I've always pursued the more functional "Headies" strains.
The "Couchlock" strains I remember were super stoney, definitely non-productive for me, but did not "Knock you out" 15min after toking.
The last what... 5-10 years? I've noticed a growing trend of people calling overripe, horribly CBN rich cannabis "really potent." I'm talking cannabis nobody can stay awake from after only 2-3 tokes. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this kind of cannabis when I'm hurt, sick or reaaaally need to sleep immediately. I just prefer staying awake through life and experiencing my cannabis throughout the day.
What's the deal? Does anyone remember growing up with CBN rich sleepy weed as "the potent stuff" when you were a kid? Did this trend start somewhere specific?
Longer-time smoker, maybe (late 60s)...never heard the term “headies” until your post, Douglas...”couchlock” IME is from the 90s, never heard it before then...and don’t remember experiencing it before my bro got a bag of Sour Diesel (he said), which I described as “knocking me off the floor”...that was some incapacitating shit. Prior to that, soporific weed was called “bunk”, because I’d didn’t get us high; some hash had a similar lockdown effect (one batch in particular, I remember), as did the rare opiated joint, but as a thing, “couchlock” was considered an effect of overconsumption. The HIGH was always the thing, and if you didn’t get up, you got less than you intended to get.
As for CBN in this regard, I can’t consider it (and a lot of this) much more than ‘bro science’ at this point: even in ‘legal’ states, there’s not the kind of long term, respectable, dependable body of research to draw on *as far as I know*. Lacking that, it’s all stories, and we each have our own. For myself, I came out of it all with a strong preference for “sativa”, though there are many who are busy redefining everything we ever knew about that, and I have developed an appreciation for “indica”, also being redefined (to what useful end, I do not know) - which I consider much more physically ‘medicinal’.
Dunno if my ramblings are any use to you, brother, but welcome to them!