Join Date: Jul 2017
Everything good so far, the Mekong noticeably outgrows the rest. Maybe the one (Yunnan?) Orient Express will re-root. Excluding that, this batch will contain:
2x Orient Express (regular)
2x Kiss Dragon
2x Mekong High
1x Himalaya Gold
1x Hindu Kush Skunk
Afghan landrace--not sure? I separated the two sprouts, and, so far, they seem identical. *Maybe* some seed stuck to my fingers when I sowed, but this one honestly seems like two plants from one seed.
From further research, I see that, of all people, Willie Nelson shares quite similar interests, Vietnam and Nepal. But the specific cross does not seem to be available.
In the future, it seems like landraces (i. e., The Real Seed Company) are looking good, plus I asked my nose.
I read a lot of things where people say cannabis smells like lemon or some other type of fruit. In my shallow experience, I have *never* smelled lemon or fruit. In fact, I'd surmise the one that smelled like perfume, may not have been due to the plant, but, considering who we got it from, it may have been "masked" by some actual perfume and retained the scent.
So, since I don't identify "fruit" as a cannabis smell, I asked myself, what can you identify? It seemed to me this:
Generic cannabis smell (similar to hops)
Skunk (if this needs an explanation, you haven't found it yet)
Pine (I guess this is what some people called "Christmas tree?")
Pepper verging towards peppermint
and that is all. But I think the nose knows.
After my 3rd-generation seller became unavailable, I wound up with a younger guy, who sold two things, what he called schwag and chronic. It was the same price for a quarter of one, or an ounce of the other; guess which?
So, schwag, I agreed. I can understand someone selling that stuff, but I can't understand anyone buying it. According to this definition, it means one thing: no resin. When you rolled it, you might as well have rolled the paper in a circle. It had no additional scent, and no resin streaks on the paper as you smoked it. So no effect. Whether that was "wild hemp" or whatever, I don't know, but at least cheap brickweed has *some* resin to it, even if it is almost no THC, and weak for what it is, only leaving a few streaks on a joint, right around where it is burning. I never bought any "schwag", but I tried it, and found it to be basically smoking paper with no effect.
The "chronic", well, I guess that's actually the name of a strain, and possibly what it actually was. Seemed like a 50/50 blend, probably all cloned, it seemed like I bought the same bag for about three years. It had the generic/hops scent, and it was never anything earthshaking, but it was always strong enough to be satisfying--not a favorite, but usually the best I could get.
Instead of looking at marketing hype for the 2,700 + strains that are available now, I asked the nose question. As I said, I'm ignorant about lemon/fruit, so that is worth some pursuit. As I have found from experience, these are the scents:
Cannabis/hops scent is better than cheap brickweed, but not anything all that great.
Pine has always been a mark of quality, but never has quite been a favorite.
Skunk, well, almost goes without saying, it is the mark of distinction, as long as you are talking about a "down" buzz.
Pepper towards peppermint--usually a favorite, above hops and pine.
So, I was able to find infographics about scent, and was surprised to find these encompass most of what's found in cannabis, besides fruit. The other outstanding example seems to be Lavender. So, one of those will probably become my next pet for a skunk type effect. It was not bred to "get" lavender, as far as I can tell, but if this scent spilled out of selective breeding, I think it plays along with "entourage effect" and is worth a try. Not much else seems to have it besides Lavender. Similar to other plants; for example, Anise Hyssop is not related to anise or hyssop, but it looks like hyssop, and smells like anise, because it contains some anethol. Now anethol is in a number of plants conjuring that scent, it just happens to be highest in anise. So if lavender smell is highest in lavender (which I already have) but, a distinct effect can be found in cannabis that produces it, so much more for the curiosity. It is not prominent in many strains from what I can tell.
They say the "pepper" scent is not itself related to any effects, and, I am not going to get too technical here, but let's say, with other plant medicine, black pepper is not really the source of effects, but pepper (and ginger) are considered *highly* effective in getting the body to properly metabolize other things. So, pepper by itself, is nothing, but, (for example), if you have pepper with turmeric, then the turmeric effects are faster and more powerful. So I think my attraction towards "pepper" weed, it's somewhat misleading, it might not be the pepper terpenes that drive anything, but they make the body more prepared to absorb the good stuff that comes with it.
So next year: Lavender + Real Seeds + (perhaps) Mekong Express, which it looks like a good chance of me creating that.
I never had a problem with grasshoppers, I just ran about 16 plants through that same area, and, yes, you get a few of them nibbling on large leaves, but I have never seen a stem severed as they did the other day. I thought it was pinched off or fried when I first saw it, but, really, both ends of the stem were still rigid, so I'm quite sure they chewed it in the two hours I wasn't looking. Shouldn't be a further problem as plants pass ~2 weeks where the stems are still that thin.
Chickens do the same thing, which is why I used a roll of fence to keep those stupid b!tches away, but it doesn't scale down to grasshoppers. So I'm thinking of setting up a toad house. Over a summer, a toad can eat 8,000 or more bugs. Same house would work for frogs, lizards, skinks...which, in the little fence, would be safe from cats or whatever else goes after them. Reptiles and amphibians are probably *the* best insecticide. But I threw down some diatomaceous earth in the meantime.