Tokermon Tuesday # 16

Tuesday is here. A new Tokermon for you… meet Waxxer. A sticky wad of gooey lumpiness, Waxxer can be found clinging to your farming tools and gear. Scrape this one off before you find yourself all stuck up.

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…see you next Tuesday…

Weed Up Close

Cannabis flowers viewed with a microscope look amazing. The trichomes appear as if they are part of an alien landscape. I used a cheap handheld microscope called the zOrb MM-480 digital microscope to explore the flowers of my first crop of cannabis.

Here’s a short video featuring a microscopic journey into one of my cannabis flowers.

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First Grow – Trimming

I brought the first Grow Box raised Cannabis plant upstairs for processing.

It has been just about four months in the grow box and an additional 63 days from seed to “window sill veg” stage. That’s is a total of 185 days of anticipation. I nervously gripped a thick stem of my green baby with the clippers and squeezed. I linger… a moment of doubt… too early? The heck with it, gotta start somewhere… Snip. The harvest has begun.

I commenced trimming using the sharpest scissors I could find. I had a pointy tipped pair in the “junk drawer”. It would have to do.

After snipping off branches using the clipppers, I trimmed each branch of the larger fan leaves first. I found trimming the branches from below, holding them upside-down, was the easiest way to choose and snip the leaves close to the flower.

Since this was a rather small plant, I trimmed it up in no time at all. I carefully placed the trimmed flowers on plastic coat hangers and put them in the closet with the “dehumidifier”. Clearly that dehumidifier unit in there now won’t be enough as the weather around here is nearly 100% humidity!

The yield on this plant was not very impressive. It is important to note a number of things when considering final quantity harvested.

  • This plant is grown from a random seed on my desk.
  • This plant had a stressed childhood. As a seedling, there was poor light and often “confusing” light cycles because the seedling had to hide in a closet when the landlord was near.
  • The temperature in the apartment was often too cool.
  • The plant was less than 20 inches tall at the time of harvest as a result of growing in a small grow box.

Two more cannabis plants await their fate. These are the two plants I grew from clones. They are fuller, taller and healthier than the one I just harvested (random seed plant). I feel they still need to “ripen” another day or two.

Two days later I cut down the two remaining grown clones and commenced trimming the plants in preparation for drying and curing.

…stay tuned as we trim and cure our First Grow…

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Tokermon Tuesday # 15

Tuesday is back. Here’s your Tokermon for this week… Introducing Clipper. This Tokermon has a grip on your roaches. Clipper hovers about when a joint is burning and is often seen picking through ashtrays.

…see you next Tuesday…

First Grow – Pre Harvest

Here’s a last look at my first home grown Cannabis Plants before I cut them down for harvest.

The trichomes covering the flowers sparkle in the light like sugar crystals. The pistils, those tiny hairs all over the flower, are beginning to turn brown and curl a bit.

It has been a real treat watching my Cannabis mature. The plants are so beautiful I really hate to kill them.

I made a little video as a keepsake of my very first cannabis growing adventure. Take a look:

I’ll let them ripen one more day before I cut them as I need to prepare the drying area. Since it has been extremely humid, I will need to dehumidify the closet I’ll be hanging the buds in.

…come on back and watch us dry…

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First Grow – part 10

Welcome to Cannabis Trichome City…

This post is pretty much a celebration of the Cannabis Trichome. Very cool to examine closely, I just wish I had better pictures. As I stated last post, I’m looking for these transparent stalks and the bulbous heads to attain a milky color. I’m seeing a few milkies already, so I’m a bit anxious.

The trichomes are especially interesting to look at with a powerful magnifying glass. I will seek out even better ways to photograph these awesome looking trichomes. By the look of it, I better hurry…

I think harvest may be less about week away so I’m starting the plants on a diet of plain ole fresh spring water. The pure water will ensure the plants do not impart any flavors from fertilizers and the stream water. I’m just going to use spring water from the super market for several days and then its time to bring this project to the next stage, drying and curing.

…come watch us grow…

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Tokermon Tuesday # 13

Tuesday has arrived and so has a brand new Tokermon. Here’s Glom, a sticky, drooling mass of glistening ewwwwww. Glom hangs around when you’re overwatering, schurping up all that extra damp.

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…see you next Tuesday…

First Grow – Part 9

Late Stage excitement in the grow box. Trichomes, the indicators of cannabis “ripeness”, have made their first appearance in the flowers.

The trichomes are where cannabinoids and terpenes (the “good stuff”) are manufactured as small resin glands on the flowers and main fan leaves of late-stage cannabis plants. As you can barely see, trichomes are nearly microscopic, mushroom-like protrusions from the surface of the buds, fan leaves, and, in smaller amounts, on the stalk. Trichomes are comprised primarily of a stalk and a head. It is inside the head of the trichome that the production of THC happens.

I need to pay close attention to these trichomes. When they start to change color, I’ll need to prepare for harvest. From my research, I’ve learned that if harvested when the trichome stalks appear cloudy or milky in color, the cannabinoids will offer a more heady, energetic, and sativa-style high. If allowed to ripen even longer, trichomes will achieve an amber or brown color, and the cannabinoids may deliver a more relaxed body high that’s more like the indica strains. I have ordered a cheap microscope attachment for my iPhone so that I may examine and photograph the trichomes more closely. I’ll post the shots as soon as it arrives.

The cannabis plants look very healthy and are really quite pretty to look at. There is also a nice fragrance of ripe fruit and sweet pine.

Watch them grow… harvest time is approaching.

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5 Reasons Why I’d Rather My Teen Smoke Cannabis Over Drinking Alcohol.

Oh shit.., I just heard the entire town of Westborough, Massachusetts collectively gasp.

The reality is every teen will experiment with some mind altering substance. With all the peer pressure, media hype and varieties of recreational drugs available, it is a mystery as to how America has ANY teenagers left.

Here’s my Top 5 Reasons why I think weed is better for teens than alcohol:

5. Throwing up is nasty. Let’s face it, when you are a teenager, you haven’t learned how much you can drink. More than quite often the alcohol ingested is expelled with the food that also is in the stomach. Rarely does the drunken teen make it to the proper porcelain facilities. Do you really want your teen spewing their evening all over your car or newly installed carpet?

4. Drinking turns people into assholes. OK, not everyone is a mean drunk. That doesn’t guarantee some other drunk asshole isn’t going to affect everyone at the party. Starting fights. Bullying. General obnoxious-ness. We’ve all experienced that drunken fucker that ruins the party. I’ve never seen stoners act in such a way. Ever.

3. Stoners don’t black out. OK, there might be some memory loss, but never a coma. The Stoner will not pass out and be that victim of the drunken asshole (see above) Sharpie artist drawing a dick on that poor passed out drunken bastard’s face.

2. You can’t drive drunk. Proven. Fact. There are soooo many deaths as a result of drunk driving, it is staggering. (pardon the pun) I would much rather drive with a stoner than a drunk. Not ideal driving conditions as well… in fact, it is illegal to drive high. However, my experience has proven stoned drivers are far safer and have more control than drunk drivers. Stoners drive slower. Stoned drivers are more cautious as a result of the “paranoid” effect of cannabis. Marijuana can actually increase one’s concentration on the task at hand depending on the strain of weed they ingest. Bottom line… driving stoned is way safer than driving drunk.

drunk driver

1. Alcohol is poisonous. There, I said it. If you drink too much alcohol, you will die. Proven, Fact. Binge drinking is a deadly teen issue, yet it is commonly practiced at colleges where some of these teens are drinking for the first time. Binge drinking is glorified, seen in many TV shows and movies… it is considered a rite of passage. Indeed. You drink too much and die, you have passage to dirtville. Just to be clear… There has yet to be an “overdose” on Cannabis. Not one human being has lost their life as a result of ingesting, in any form, too much cannabis.

That right there, my parental friends, is enough for me to seal the weed deal.