Thai ganja strains - one explanation for the hermaphrodites
"Until recent times, Cannabis farming has been a cottage industry of the northern mountain areas and each family grew a small garden. The pride of a farmer in his crop was reflected in the high quality and seedless nature of each carefully wrapped Thai stick"
"Most Thai strains are very late-maturing and subject to hermaphrodism. It is not understood whether strains from Thailand turn hermaphrodite as a reaction to the extremes of northern temperate weather or if they have a genetically controlled tendency towards hermaphrodism."
from "Marijuana Botnay", by Robert Connell Clarke
In my experience of living in Northern Thailand, I would only infrequently encounter seeds in ganja, perhaps one or two fully mature seeds every ounce or so, if at all
With this in mind, I would like to briefly contextualise my question about why it is Western breeders seem to encounter the hermie problem with Thai strains:
It seems that the generally accepted narrative among Western afficionados is that small scale production of high quality ganja in Thailand has, over the past few decades, given way to large scale production of inferior weed by criminal gangs, small village growers being pushed out and replaced by a combination of corrupt law enforcement and economic pressure...
I would personally question whether the situation is in fact nearly as bad as this overall picture suggests, for instance:
to my knowledge, since the relatively recent "crackdowns" under the notorious Thaksin there has been a transfer of power in the Northern hilltribe villages, with the old guard being killed and overthrown, only to be replaced by figures friendly to Thaksin and his circle:
meanwhile lower down the pyramid of power it is business-as-usual, and the commercial production of ganja continues
IMHO and IME small scale production by individuals remains largely unaffected by such events, since small scale production of dope in rural Thailand is seldom - if ever - done for serious commerical gain
the perception among many rural Thais is that growing and smoking ganja is the preserve of nutty oldsters, and a minor vice of lazy bums
furthrmore, gnerally in rural Thailand the reach of law enforcement (always corrupt) is very limited, a scant presence in the vast majority of small towns, let alone villages and hamlets and yet remoter areas.
(Closer to the Burmese border this is of course not the case, there being a large military presence, and likewise in the Northen hills there is a greater awareness of the large amounts of money to be had out of ganja)
however for the majority of rural Thais, quite large quantities of high grade ganja will exchange hands for very small sums of money indeed
So my point is this: the drug-smuggling cannabis economy, and the village ganja economy are generally two totally seperate entities, the former having a limited impact on the other
In other words, if the mafia plant up some stretches of the highlands with shitty dope, this will have a limited impact on the oldster with his patch of garden herb which he may sell to the occasional friend at maybe something akin to a dollar on the oz at the very most
[edit: nb this is not say that village ganja always = the best ganja, but can also be scraggy seeded shite, presumably feral]
Now for the question of Thai hermaphrodites: given the limited presence of seeds in most Thai stick, one wonders how this tallies with the Western afficionados insistance that most Thai strains suffer from the hermie trait...
I would like to make the following controversial suggestion as a means of explaining the dubious assertion that Thai strains are plagued by hermie genes
IMHO the presence of the occasional seed in Thai sensimilla could indeed be generally explained by hermies, however - and here is the rub -
in all likelihood the reason Westerner breeders complain of Thai hermies is that their lines of Thai plants originate from seeds picked out of packs of Thai sensi and not from seeds obtained from village growers, as they ought to
edit: I put this in bold just because the post is long, not because I wish to shout my suspicions from the rooftops
just to be clear: this my suspicion, not an assertion - all debate, disagreement and correction is welcome
Last edited by namkha; 07-30-2006 at 11:34 PM..