Sorry, but high-THC flower is overrated.

The other day, I was driving in a car with a friend who had just gone to a dispensary, and as a cannabis journalist, people often ask my opinion on their buys. He handed me the jar and boasted that the flower tested at an astronomical 35% THC. 

Examining the dense, mechanically trimmed buds that smelled like hay, I had two choices: 

1: Dominate the car ride by explaining to my causal stoner friend why the idea that a high-THC flower is also high-quality is wrong.


2: Nod, say it looks good, and keep it moving. 

For the sake of that car ride, I chose the latter. But for the sake of consumers being misinformed at large, I want to make something clear: a high THC percentage is not the most important factor when buying weed. 

And yet, high-THC consumers comprise the majority of all cannabis consumers, according to data by Flowhub, a cannabis retail management platform. In 2020, high-THC flower (21-28% THC), as Flowhub labels it, accounted for 33% of all cannabis transactions. Medium-THC flower (14-21% THC) came in at 24% of transactions, and low-THC flower (7-14% THC) at 27% of transactions. Very-high-THC flower (greater than 28% THC) accounted for only 12% of sales, and very-low-THC flower (less than 7% THC) accounted for around 4% of transactions. 

All together, high-THC and very-high-THC consumers accounted for 45% of flower sales on Flowhub’s POS systems in 2020.

When asked why he chooses to buy based on THC percentage, Eduardo Valdez, my friend from the car ride, responded, “THC is what gets you high. So, the higher the THC, the higher the potency of the weed. If I’m going to spend 60 dollars for a few grams of weed, I want to get as high as possible … I’d rather pay a little more for something really strong, then still pay a lot for something that sucks. It seems to me that indicas tend to have higher THC than other ones, so I often go for those first.” 

Customers perusing cannabis products at their local dispensary.
(Source: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

Whether they’re high-pain patients trying to cope, or recreational  consumers trying to party, it seems that most consumers are simply trying to get the most bang for their buck. Due to the lack of consumer education in the marketplace, they have little else to go one aside from following the cues laid out for them by the way the flower is branded, presented, and sold, all of which feature THC percentages as the only defining characteristic. 

“When you can’t smell the weed, or really even see it in the jar, there’s nothing else to go by. THC is the only thing they tell you about the weed besides the strain [name],” Valdez said. 

With so little information to go off of, consumers have come to believe that THC is the only important indicator to overall quality, so the more, the better — right? Wrong.

This falsehood implies that the best flower has the highest THC percentage, and is unfortunately — and in some cases unknowingly — perpetuated by nearly every facet of the industry, from the grower to the brand to the marketing agency to the dispensary to the consumers and back again. 

Why good weed depends on your ideal “high”

If having high THC doesn’t mean the overall quality of the weed is good, what does make for good weed? 

Everyone experiences cannabis differently, there is no universal “good weed.” For example, someone’s idea of a great high is something extremely mellow, barely perceptible, and lets them stay in control and coherent. Another person’s idea of a great high is getting couch-locked and binge-watching Too Hot To Handle. One person might gravitate to a flower with lower potency while the other might select something with a higher potency. The level of THC in a flower is, among other things, tied to potency, but that’s just one factor in an overall experience. 

“I think there are many variables that make flower great flower, and it’s not just potency,” said Julia Jacobson, CEO of sustainable cannabis brand Aster Farms. “There’s the taste, the flavor, the scent, the pull. There’s the immediate effect, the long term effect. There is also how all of this fits into whatever experience you’re having at the moment. There’s a lot to consider when you are shopping for cannabis that goes well beyond just looking for something with 30% THC.” 

What actually matters when it comes to making an ideal high experience is nuanced and complex, requiring a person to not only learn about cannabis, but about her own endocannabinoid system as well. The factors that determine how weed makes you feel are both objective and subjective. First, there’s the combination of how the strain’s chemical compounds, like terpenes and cannabinoids, react with one another. Then, there’s how the plant’s chemical makeup reacts with your unique endocannabinoid system. And finally, how all of this reacts with you, while you are reacting to your surroundings. 

Jars of cannabis lining a dispensary shelf
Jars of cannabis lining a dispensary shelf – all with varying THC percentages.
(Source: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

“Quick sound bites just don’t do it,” said Ghislaine Ball, the former managing director of the 420 Archive, and founder of The Terpene Tasting Kit, an educational product that familiarizes people with terpenes. “You have to get into a hole in order to really explain cannabis. You have to get into chemical biology, then you have to get into genetics.” 

As with other misleading effect-indicating monikers, like sativa and indica, THC percentage is used to indicate potency, but often gets confused with overall flower quality because there isn’t an accurate way to simplify what actually makes flower great. As fellow cannabis journalist Dante Jordan reported, every strain is a hybrid

Potency, terpenes, and THC

While high-THC percentages do indicate a level of potency in the flower, it also indicates a deficit of other compounds that make the flower great in different ways. “Here’s the really interesting thing about the potency percentage,” said Jacobson,  “The THC percentage refers to how much of the total mass of that literal weed is THC. So if someone is saying their flower is like 35% or 40% THC, then almost half the plant matter has to be made up of THC.” 

She continued, “It’s important to remember that as the THC percentage goes up, something else is coming down, and what’s coming down are other beneficial compounds, and the effects they produce.” 

Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC or Delta-9-THC, is a psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the intoxicating effect we associate with getting stoned. While it definitely determines potency in terms of how stereotypically “high” the flower in question will get you, it has little to do with whether or not the flower is “great,” or whether it produces the effects you are looking for. 

For example, if you’re trying to sleep, you might think to buy the strongest flower available. Most consumers may gravitate towards something with a super-high THC percentage, thinking, “it’s the strongest and therefore most likely to help me sleep.” However, instead of THC, the weed that will help you sleep will have a high percentage of CBN, a different cannabinoid altogether.  

“If there’s really high THC, that’s going to be taking up more space in the plant matter that you could be getting from CBN,” explained Jacobson. “So if you’re somebody looking to sleep, you shouldn’t be focusing on potency or THC percentage. You should be focusing on the percentage of those specific variables, like CBN, that [will] give you that effect.” 

How THC became the focal point for generations of weed smokers 

How did we become so fixated on THC? According to John Casali, the legacy grower behind Emerald Cup winning Huckleberry Hill Farms, it boils down to the simple issue that weed is a complex plant. “Back in the eighties or seventies, even the nineties, we would sell to somebody that would end up selling to somebody else, and we would never hear back from any of those people. The weed wasn’t being tested for levels of different cannabinoids or anything like that,” Casali said. “I think just to simplify it for the end consumer, even back in the early eighties, you know, people could just refer to one compound, which was THC. So they would explain how good a product was to the end consumer by saying, ‘This strain is just amazing. It’s super high in THC.’” 

And because consumers have come to focus on THC percentage, specifically how much THC is in flower, the industry is stuck in a cycle of producing high-THC flower since that’s what sells. “People are hunting for high THC to the point that brands have bred out CBD,” added Jacobson. “I will tell you as a brand, whenever your sample reports come back from the lab, it’s like this moment of terror looking for the THC percentage. Regardless of how great the weed is, if the percentage is too low, we know it won’t sell.”

When it comes to pressure within the industry, Pete Pietrangeli, VP of Cosmic Distribution, agrees. “We’re at the point where we’re automatically reducing the price of any flower coming into us below 20%,” he said. “Even if we know it’s great weed, we know we’ll have a hard time with buyers, so we’re apprehensive to take it at all. We feel an intense pressure to create a pricing tier that’s essentially based entirely on THC percentages.” 

This race to push high THC flower into the market has led to something called “THC juicing,” which can be anything from specifically growing certain flower to produce high THC percentages, to the addition of fallen kief in 1/8th jars or prerolls. “The whole juicing for THC thing, like coming up with clever ways to get the THC percentage up, is just a product of all this miseducation and misinformation that’s gone on,” Pietrangeli noted. “If people are thinking that the buyers and the consumers only care about THC, then they’re going to come up with a ton of ways to accommodate that.”

How to choose the cannabis that’s best for you

So, what should consumers be looking for when they hit the dispensary? In my opinion, the first — and perhaps most — important factor is: who grew it? Familiarizing yourself with legacy farms and their brands — along with distribution and white labels connected to the farm — is more than worth the minimal effort it takes to do so. At the end of the day, great farms don’t produce bad flower, so you’re guaranteed to walk away with something incredible. 

Another thing to consider when shopping for weed is what kind of terpene profile matches the high you’re looking for. Familiarizing yourself with the five dominant terpenes, how they smell, and what they do, will revolutionize the way you experience cannabis, and the control you have in utilizing this powerful plant.

All in all, the best advice I can give cannabis consumers is to do a little research. Check out what a dispensary has online, google the brands it carries, and see who grows its flower. Then, once you’ve decided on a particular brand, google the terpene profiles of the strains you’re considering. In doing so, you’ll have a good grasp on what kind of high that flower will produce — and know the quality will be fantastic. 

As consumers, it’s up to us to educate ourselves. Cannabis education, and spreading this kind of awareness, is the key that unlocks the limitless power of this magical plant and opens doors to full legality and social acceptance. 

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The Drop: 5 strains that are hitting menus in August

Another month, another round of new strains and products from some of your favorite brands. Let’s not even waste time with the intro, here are five new strains that will be hitting your local shelves in August.

AbsoluteXtracts: White Rhino 

AbsoluteXtracts —  ABX for short — is one of the leading concentrates brands in California with a full line of both dabs and vape carts. Recently, I reached out to see what ABX might have coming out on either front, and boy was I hype when I saw the words “White Rhino vape cart” fly back through email. 

White Rhino is one of the most potent, sedative strains I’ve ever smoked as flower. So I already know it’s going to smack as a live resin vape cart too. It’s an indica-dominant hybrid that falls from a long line of Afghan, Brazilian, and South Indian landrace strains. Its top reported effects by Weedmaps reviewers are relaxed, happy, and euphoric.

Available: California

Korova Cuts: Black Ice Cream

Korova Cuts: Black Ice Cream

Korova Unrivaled has been dropping heat for quite some time. They had people shook when those 40% THC Wonka Bars hit Instagram, and now in August, they’re coming with some more fire: Black Ice Cream from their Korova Cuts line.

Black Ice Cream (just typing that name makes my mouth water) was bred by Motherland Genetics, a Black-owned genetics research company in South Africa. It is a cross of Do-Si-Dos #18 and Gelato. Black Ice Cream buds have a thick coat of trichomes and kick out a mix of vanilla and sugar dough flavors, and as far as the effects go, I’m told that it’s a relaxing strain that was engineered to knock out pain, stress, and any other obstacle in your way. 

On the terpene side of things, Black Ice Cream is dominant in caryophyllene, myrcene, and humulene. About the strain, Motherland Genetics said, “This was a cross we’ve always wanted to create. We used a selection of only the best genetics to create Black Ice Cream.”

Available: California. Korova is also available in Oregon.

Stone Road: Freakshow

Stone Road puts out fire concentrates. Coming up in August, the brand will be putting out a new strain of flower: Freakshow, originally bred by long-time grower Shapeshifter. 

Stone Road shared, “When longtime grower Shapeshifter had several mutant seedlings with bizarre leaves appear in a batch of seeds, he did what most growers wouldn’t do: he kept them and grew them out. He liked the result so much that he decided to cross these mutants and select for unusual leaf shapes and patterns. Several generations later, with the help of the Humboldt Seed Company, Freakshow was born!”

Freakshow is a sativa-dominant hybrid that is derived from an unknown sativa BX4, and holds 15% – 20% THC. For some people, that THC number may look a little low, but real smokers know that you can’t judge quality solely off of THC percentage. Terpenes matter just as much. Put your nose to some Freakshow and those terps will kick out diesel and grapefruit flavors, with an interesting mix of banana and vanilla. The effects will hit you with a mild head high that’s excellent for daytime use. Look out for Freakshow on dispensary menus in August.

Available: California

Union Electric: Papaya Punch

Union Electric: Papaya Punch

This one’s for my budget shoppers out there who are looking to balance quality and dollars. Union Electric may be the answer for you. Recently, I came across some Union Electric samples — it wasn’t the most flavorful, but still a great choice for the mid-tier shoppers who are looking for something to roll up and burn at whatever time of day. 

In August, Union Electric is putting out a new strain: Papaya Punch. Papaya Punch comes from Oni Seed Company, and is a cross of Papaya and Purple Punch. It’s an indica-dominant hybrid with dense, bright lime-green buds and purple accents. Just like the name suggests, it has a mix of sweet and tropical fruit flavors. For my terp hunters, Union Electric’s Papaya Punch is dominant in caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene, followed by linalool, myrcene, and pinene. Its effects may leave you in a relaxed state of bliss. 

Peep Papaya Punch on menus in August. If you can’t find it, Union Electric will also be putting out Starbird, Purple Punch, and Kind Bomb.

Available: California

Willie’s Reserve: Spunday 

Willie’s Reserve puts out heat, I don’t care what anybody says. I’ve never had a bad experience smoking its weed in any state where I bought it in. So when I reached out to the folks at the company to see what may be dropping in Colorado, I was mad hype about the new cross they have coming in August: Spunday.

Spunday, grown by Indico Colorado on behalf of Willie’s Reserve, is a cross of two heavy hitters: Sundae Driver and Betty White. It has wicked bag appeal with buds that hold orange, green, and purple colors. According to Willie’s, Smoking Spunday will present you with an intense, yet smooth body and head high that will leave you ready to relax and unwind. The strain is great for both beginners and advanced consumers.

Available: Colorado. Willie’s Reserve is also available in Alaska, Washington, and California.

Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Product Review: Delta 10 THC Disposable Vapes from Delta Effex

Disposables are exactly what they sound like: portable, disposable vaporizers that come prefilled and ready to use. These are great for anyone who is looking for discretion, like for a camping trip, long car ride (as a passenger) or even a walk around downtown. You can take a disposable anywhere and, more than likely, no one will have any clue what you’re smoking on.

These disposable Delta 10 THC vapes from Delta Effex are some of my favorites. They’re extremely well-priced, very low-key, and they come in a variety of delicious flavors: Blue Candy Kush (Indica), Ekto Kooler (Sativa) and Wedding Cake (Hybrid). Blue Candy Kush was my personal favorite. They contain a perfect blend of Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC, as well as some delicious terpenes.

The effects of Delta 10 are mild compared to Delta 9 which most people are used to. But for me, the high from D10 is very alert, conversational, and generally fun and social. These disposables are great because they’re so small and lightweight that you can literally take them anywhere. They also charge very fast and since they’re so small, they hold a charge for a really long time. The vape oil doesn’t smell like weed so you can use them while out and about without hesitation, great for people that live in illegal states and need to be extra careful, and they’re low-priced so you can stock up on them regularly.

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Product Information – Delta 10 Disposables

According to Delta Effex, the company uses high quality Delta 8 and 10 distillate, combined with pure, clean terpenes. All of their products are lab tested twice, once when the ingredients are in raw form and again once the product is finished.

  • Rechargeable
  • NOT Refillable 
  • 280 mAh
  • No Light when plugged into charger = fully charged
  • White light while charging = still charging
  • Red light = needs to be charged
  • White light while in use = working/activated
  • Ingredients – Delta 8 distillate Delta 10 distillate & Terpenes

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Final Thoughts

I’m definitely a fan of Delta Effex’s Delta 10 THC disposable vapes. The all three flavors are great and the high was really pleasant. For me, being a regular THC user, it was mild enough to use throughout the day even if I have something important to do. I love that can take it anywhere, so that’s a huge bonus. Also, I ordered through their website to see how the shipping process was and everything was easy-peasy, fast, and discreet. Overall, it’s a good product from a reliable company, I’m sold and would buy it again.

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What time of day should you take CBD, and why?

When using CBD, knowing how your body responds to it and what times are better for your body is important. Although you can use CBD at any time of day, there are a couple of things to consider. What is the best time to take CBD? While CBD can boost energy, a common paradoxical side […]

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Oregon’s New “THC in Milligrams” Limit

Earlier this month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law HB 3000, an omnibus bill covering a wide range of hemp-related issues. Unlike other cannabis bills passed last session, HB 3000 was written to take effect on passage, so it is now law. One of the important HB 3000 terms is a restriction on the sale of specific consumable hemp items, namely “adult use cannabinoids” and “adult use cannabis items,” to anyone under the age of 21.

HB 3000 defines “adult use cannabinoids” to include, but is not limited to:

tetrahydrocannabinols, tetrahydrocannabinolic acids that are artificially or naturally derived, delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the optical isomers of delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and any artificially derived cannabinoid that is reasonably determined to have an intoxicating effect.

“Adult use cannabis item,” on the other hand, means:

  1. A marijuana item;
  2. An industrial hemp commodity or product that meets the criteria in OAR 845-026-0300; or
  3. An industrial hemp commodity or product that exceeds the greater of:
    1. A concentration of more than 0.3 percent total delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol; or
    2. The concentration of total delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol allowed under federal law.

In addition, the new Oregon law tasked the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which will be known as the “Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission” as of next Monday, August 2 (“OLCC”), in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority (“OHA”) and the Department of Agriculture (“ODA”), to establish the concentration of adult use cannabinoids at which a hemp commodity or product qualifies as an adult use cannabis item, which the Commission did just four days following the enactment of HB 3000.

Pursuant to OAR 845-026-0300, an industrial hemp commodity or product is an adult use cannabis item if it:

  1. Contains 0.5 milligrams or more of any combination of:
    1. Tetrahydrocannabinols or tetrahydrocannabinolic acids, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol; or
    2. Any other cannabinoids advertised by the manufacturer or seller as having an intoxicating effect;
  2. Contains any quantity of artificially derived cannabinoids (i.e., “a chemical substance that is created by a chemical reaction that changes the molecular structure of any chemical substance derived from the plant Cannabis family Cannabaceae”); or
  3. Has not been demonstrated to contain less than 0.5 milligrams total delta-9-THC when tested in accordance with Oregon law.

The new regulation further provides that if the hemp commodity or product qualifies as an adult use cannabis item it cannot be sold or delivered to a person under 21 years of age, unless it is sold by an OLCC licensed marijuana retailer that is registered to sell or deliver marijuana items to a registry identification cardholder who is 18 years of age or older or to anyone registered under the state’s medical marijuana program.

This 0.5 milligrams limit is a major change because determining the amount of THC in milligrams (weight) in a hemp product or commodity is different from using the overall percentage of THC contained in the product.

To help hemp companies determine whether their hemp commodity or product is below the 0.5 milligrams threshold, the three Oregon agencies released joint guidelines last week that, in part, explain how to perform the calculation. Here is how it works: A company must multiply the “THC” in mass (mg/g) found on their their product Certificate of Analysis (“COA”) by the weight of the item listed on the package. More simply put, if their hemp item weighs 1 gram and the THC listed on the COA is 3.3 mg/g, then the total THC would be 3.3 mg (3.3 x 1), which means the hemp item could not be sold to a minor because it contains more than 0.5 milligrams of THC.

While these new regulations prevent hemp companies whose products exceed the 0.5 milligrams threshold from selling their products to minors, they do not affect other sales and business activities. That said, it is plausible that the OLCC may eventually impose additional restrictions and requirements on these products so hemp companies should continue to closely monitor the Commission’s regulations to ensure continued compliance.

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Weed Seeds: Top 5 Cannabis Seed Banks for Home-Grows

Growing cannabis has gotten even more popular now that 18 states have recreational legalizations, and over 30 are cleared for medical. But where can a prospective grower buy the best quality seeds? Here’s a run down of the top 5 cannabis seed banks, for the best home-grow possible.

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Growing cannabis

When discussing nearly any cannabis topic, its hard not to draw comparisons between how things were a few decades ago and how they are today. With so much change in cannabis policy the world over, the comparison is extremely relevant, and probably will be for quite some time. In this case, the comparison relates to growing cannabis at home. During the heaviest parts of cannabis prohibition, when every state was illegal, and being caught with cannabis was almost sure jail time in most places, growing at home was done extremely quietly.

Plenty of people have been growing on their own all throughout prohibition, but a relaxation in laws has surely helped it along. There aren’t, unfortunately, many statistics about home growing out right now, but it suffices to say that with less restrictions on it, the numbers should only be rising. Though there aren’t official or consistent numbers out there, the increase is reflected in the multitude of cannabis legalizations all across the world, that allow home cultivation for medical use in places where the plant isn’t legalized recreationally, or for recreational use, where it is.


Countries like Italy and Argentina have made sure that residents have the right to grow, and the state of New Jersey showed its unhappiness when recreational cannabis was legalized without a home-grow law. Organizations like Mama Cultiva push not only for cannabis legalization in general, but for home-grow rights, particularly for medical patients. The organization helped push through Argentina’s home-grow laws, as well as in Chile, which allows self-cultivation for recreational use, even though recreational use isn’t legal.

These days growing cannabis has become much more commonplace, with laws in legalized states often allowing users to grow a certain number of plants, and many medical legalizations allowing the same thing for medical patients. Even the equipment to grow the plants, once demonized as much as the plants themselves, is considered pretty standard, with no more fear of selling products on the open market. A few decades ago, a person could get themselves in hot water just for buying marijuana growing equipment. Now there are tutorials made by dispensaries and organizations, waiting to show you how to do it.

Whole articles could be written on the process of growing cannabis, but that’s not terribly important here, since our main concern isn’t in the entire growing process, but simply, the best cannabis seed banks to buy seeds from. However, to give an idea of how easy it is to grow it, a basic rundown of the process is given at the end.

Best cannabis seed banks

If you’re going to do a home grow, you want it to turn out well, and the very first thing to consider for this, are the seeds being used. Here are five of the best cannabis seed banks if you want to do a home-grow.

5. The company Seedsman provides a huge selection of seeds. They sell feminized, regular seeds, and auto flowering seeds, using over 120 top breeders. The company offers bitcoin discounts, has a customer loyalty point system, and includes free seeds in every order. The company offers fast shipping, and stealth packaging. This company ships seeds worldwide.

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4. The company I Love Growing Marijuana also ranks high in terms of providing quality, trusted, seeds. This company has a very high rating on Trustpilot (9.4), and provides a money-back guarantee. The company also offers free shipping to both the US and Europe, growing support 24 hours a day along with a  growing guidebook, and a selection of seeds that encompass their own creations, plus well-known strains. The company uses very discreet packaging for customer privacy.

3. MSNL is a company out of the Netherlands, which is also a great provider of quality seeds. MSNL delivers worldwide, and has been a trusted cannabis seed source since 1999. The company offers its own versions of over 200 popular strains, and offers regular, feminized, and auto flowering selections. The company is a pro at stealth delivery, offers bitcoin discounts, and is the winner previously of both the High Times Cup and Cannabis Cup.

cannabis seed banks

2. The company Crop King Seeds has been in business for over 15 years, and offers a massive selection including 500 new varieties of regular, feminized, and auto flowering seeds, all sold under the company’s own brand name. Crop King Seeds accepts bitcoin payments, has fast and discreet shipping, and is very much a trusted company, coming in with a score of 4.2 on Trustpilot. This company is run out of Canada, but ships to the US as well.

1. My favorite seed bank is Seed City. This brand offers plenty of new cannabis seeds, along with rarer strains, from over 200 breeders. The company ships throughout the world, using crush-proof tubes for delivery, and fashions packages to look like a gift (the ultimate in stealth). Seed City is known for its niche cannabis seed options, ability for consumers to pick their own free seeds, and a choice of over 5,000 single seeds. The company translates into 22 languages, making it ideal for non-English speakers. This company offers bitcoin deals, and has a 4.8 rating on Trustpilot, making it the most trustworthy company on the list.

How-to grow it

Usually home grows are done inside, though this is not a rule. When done inside, the grower has much more control over the environment, with the ability to adjust and control temperature, humidity, and light. This is beneficial for keeping a consistent environment, especially in locations where there is more weather variation that could stress the plant. Cannabis plants do best when not stressed out, so consistent environments are generally best for the highest quality flowers. Each grow comes with some choices for the grower to make:

  • What kind of light? This can be the sun, fluorescent lights, LEDs, (LECs) Light Emitting Ceramic, or metal halide & high-pressure sodium lights. Each of these has benefits and detractions that a prospective grower will want to go over in order to choose the light source best for their grow.
  • The next choice is what to grow the plant in, which is less obvious than expected if you were just thinking ‘soil’. In fact, plenty of options exist, including soil, soilless mixes (used in hydroponics setups), water (also for hydroponics), or even air, if the plant is being grown aeroponics style, though this is less common. Prospective growers must choose the growing medium correct for their grow.
  • Next choice regards nutrients, and the options are relevant to the growing medium. A hydroponics grow and a soil grow, will require different forms of nutrients.
  • The last major choice is in the cannabis seeds themselves. These run the gamut in terms of options, and growers can choose their seeds based on the plants they want to get out of it. The cannabis seed banks listed above are the best way of ensuring the delivery of quality seeds.

Once these choices have been made, the growing can begin. There are some basic steps for every grow, even if the exact amount of time varies by strain, or by grow. Though every strain varies in the time it will need on average to grow – from start to finish – it should take approximately 3-5 months. Here are the basics:

cannabis seed banks

Germination – Usually done in a separate (and smaller) pot from where the plant will actually grow. Some people place the seed in wet paper towels until the growth starts, at which point the seedling is put in a hole in the soil, and then covered afterwards. It can take 1-7 days for germination.

Vegetative state – This is where your plant spends much of its time, and its an important phase, because this is when your plant can really grow big. During this time the plant will expand out greatly, and letting it grow bigger will allow for more buds later. Flowering does not occur during this phase. This lasts approximately 4-8 weeks.

Flowering stage – This is when the big buds grow. This phase can last anywhere from 6-14+ weeks. Strains vary in how long they are in the flowering stage, with a pretty hefty difference in time frames.

Harvest – This is when the plants have reached full maturity and and are ready to be cut, trimmed, and cured. There is generally about a 2-3 week window here.

Post-harvest – This is when the plants are dried and cured, a process that can last anywhere from 2.5 weeks to over 1.5 months.


Getting in on home growing is the new thing. In the past, prospective growers had to put some seeds in generic soil, and hope for a feminine plant. These days, a grower can order whatever seeds they want from cannabis seed banks, in whatever strain is available, making home growing that much more precise.

The most important thing for any grow? The seeds of course! If you’re looking to grow your own plants, take a look at the top cannabis seed banks, and choose the perfect seeds for your home-grow needs.

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Sometimes I get high and walk around Los Angeles

In Spaulding Gray’s one-person show and film Monster in a Box, the monster is a novel manuscript and it sits beside him on stage. A huge problem as prop. Often I’ve thought of the 20th-century storytelling great as I’ve vaped, smoked and munched on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. 

My life is that of a pedestrian in an intensely auto-focused town.

Nearly as much as it’s about being consumed by writing drafts, Monster in a Box is about Gray arriving in Los Angeles, fresh out of Manhattan, aiming to tell stories about local transit on his day gig and work on the novel at night. Early in Gray’s L.A. trip he’s riding with his assistant—searching for Angelenos to interview—when he realizes his driver suffers from a distinctly local affliction.

“Nothing under thirty-five miles per hour registers on her retinas,” he said during the mid-nineties UCLA gig I caughtme. Unless you lived in a village or a city like New York or San Francisco you didn’t think this way. Never mind living in New York, I hardly yet knew Los Angeles.

My downtown neighborhood is in commercials and movies a lot. It’s visual shorthand for the edgy part of town. A flavor in the American mind, like The Fast and Furious. And I am in these streets. Throughout the pandemic, my thing was to spark one before dawn and watch the sun come up amid murals and 100-year-old industrial structures. Skid Row and general L.A. shenanigans are in range enough that my stoned ass is not trying to survive 35 MPH POV. 

Practically, I gave up owning wheels in 2003. In fits and spurts, I’ve since owned a car and had girlfriends with cars, but I’ve not much invested in them. In 2021 there are apps for when I need wheels, as well as apps that get people to drive me around so that I can deal with email and not have to pay for gas, parking and insurance. 

Don’t get me started on the “car is a symbol of freedom” bullshit. 

Mostly, I walk, which in turn lets me think. And burn enough calories to drink. 

You know how sometimes when you get high you lose your earbuds? On low-key fortuitous sunrises like these I sub in actual urban sounds for podcasts and raps. Hearing the city awaken is as important as viewing it, ya feel me. Truck sounds work the low end, with birds and braking freeway flybys playing the high side.

My building is in an East side suburb of Greater Downtown Los Angeles, which is to say far from the center of DTLA. It’s gentrified and exotic. But once a pedestrian crosses the Alameda Delta —late  in the predawn hour, into downtown downtown — ain’t nothin goin’ on but houseless voices.  

“Hey, OG!” That’s the call that can truncate a draw from my Keith Haring one-hit. “OG, got a light?”  “Let me holler at ya, OG.”

“OG” is what Black men under 40 whom I don’t know tend to call me. Usually, I’m good with it, taking the name as a moniker of respect. But on Alameda Street before dawn it’s too often not cool. Of LA’s homeless, Alameda Delta panhandlers are the least together. 

But the secret to living in this town, pedestrian or auto-slave, is to live in a geographic space roughly the size of Portland. Kobe Bryant never could wrap his mind around that, living more than 40 miles away in Newport Beach and employing a helicopter in order to avoid the dreaded 405 gridlock. It eventually, tragically, killed him. To have 35 miles-per-hour consciousness is to constantly put yourself in mechanical danger while missing out on the feel of a heat foretold in crisp morning air. In the 80s, some white pop rockers made a song about how (only a) nobody walks in Los Angeles. Maybe the sentiment was accurate, but it feels like what Spaulding Gray, may he rest in peace, warned us about.  

Too many Angelenos out of their autos for elitism to breathe in these streets today. When the Oscars aren’t interrupting, we walkers are catching trains at Union Station by the invisible million and linking up L.A.’s many suburbs. We buy less gas, damage less Southern Cali air. And sometimes we walkers snatch a train ticket to Oregon, home of sweet, cheap weed that I can roll back into the station with and fortify my perspective. I’m a pedestrian, living slow enough to see a whole coast as home.

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