Want to bring up some more questions on this study that Truthman posted about
First off, they used this plant:
The test grow room used a marijuana variety known as "Berlin." This is a bushy, high-yielding, mostly Afghani-Indica plant that produces large buds and a powerful high. It's very popular in British Columbia because it grows well in a variety of conditions and is easy to maintain.
So we know we are working work a plant with indica genetic backgrounds. The first question I have relates to this:
To begin the comparison grow experiment, the grow room managers made 48 clones from one Berlin mother plant. It is possible to introduce some unintended variation into an experimental grow room at the cloning level, because clones from different parts of a plant can have different growth characteristics, even if they are taken at the same time.
How much variation is really possible by taking clones from different parts of the plant?? And lets consider not even thinking about clones. Does a plant express itself differently, in cannabinoid content, on differt arms of its branches?? For instance, would you get a more stoney bud from the lower branch, and a more cerebral bud from the top cola? Does the cannabis plant have multiple personalities? Lol... or does this not make up a big enough difference to worry about (but fun to think of)
"I've seen a lot of problems in grow rooms, but I had never seen a situation in which identical clones began to look not identical. By the time we got to the flowering cycle, it looked like we had three or four varieties of plants in that room, even though all clones had come from the same plant," Remo explained. "It wasn't as bad as having Indica-fat leaves start looking like Sativa leaves or anything that drastic, but the leaf shapes on some of the plants were totally different than the leaves on the mother plant, as were the branching and growth patterns. It just shows you how nutrients affect the look of a plant."
I'm skeptical about this. The author of this article doesn't mention WHICH plants looked differently. Is he saying that the 6 different sections (which each had their own nutrient solutions being tested), had variation in how they grew/looked? Or is he just saying he saw variation across the board? (which would be more attributed to where the clone was taken on the mother plant...
Overall this article needs to be redone! The experiment probably needs to redone too!!
Here is what I take from this article:
It looks like Advanced Nutrients took a strain of plant that was SUPPOSED to produce more CBD's into a plant producing hardly ANY...just by their own unique formulation of nutrients.
In other words, over time Advanced Nutrients have developed their nutrients for the recreational smoker. The ability to feed your plant these nutrients will make it produce more THC, and hardly any CBD/CBN. Maybe... maybe Grow-tek just had a more balanced nutrient, OR... they had a nutrient solution that was similar to the soil that the landrace strain "Berlin" evolved on. So, the plant was more fully able to maximize its own unique genetic profile, being that the nutrient solution was closest to its genetic memory.
I'm now thinking
, that maybe its a fallacy that we don't have any plants producing CBD in America. Maybe its just that, we have forgotten the environmental conditions needed to maximize this genetic part of the plant.
Maybe instead of merely going to a region of the world that produces CBD heavy plants and taking their seeds...maybe we should sit down awhile... examine the dirt... examine the air....examine the light cycles.
Examine exactly what in the environment is producing the CBD in the plants.
Sure the starting genes would matter... it would be hard to take a tropical sativa, and baby it, sooth it, and relax it into making it produce more calming effects. Haha..maybe its possibly...just gotta sing it more love songs instead of energetic rum-inspired reggae ones. Thats the secret!
I sorta opened another can of worms. I'm sure some of you out there could quickly retrain some of my thoughts... lets keep this discussion going.