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Monday, 3 December 2018

Oh Cannabis: The Nugswap Bud Review!

Come to the 3:30 pm, Saturday, December 22 Nugswap. It's at Vapor Central on Yonge St Toronto [HERE!]. Growers and non-growers alike are welcome to swap buds. There's free clippings and giveaways. Plus, you'll meet like minded enthusiasts who want to grow their  own weed!



Dankmasta P's second Nugswap is a big, 420 hit! It's Saturday afternoon. Outside Planet Paradise in Toronto's East End, a cold, wet, autumn day. 

Meanwhile, inside the converted bar-turned-weed lounge, the home grower's huddle down. Swapping buds with the crew. Sharing growing info. Firing up a storm. The reefer madness is hot and heavy! Endless joints are passed around!

Cannabis is now legal in Canada! So to is home growing, providing a great, grass root alternative to the government's corporate weed agenda. Seasoned home growers and medical cannabists know the score. Maybe our everyday, garden variety pothead will also soon discover this cheaper, more organic DIY [Do It Yourself] option to the dodgy, new OCS [Ontario Cannabis Store].

Back home in my man cave, I put on the stoner tunes; lots of Hendrix! Get out my "Mighty" Stortz and Bickell" and trusty Pax 2 vaporizers. Some Raw and Gizeh rolling papers. A standard, metal, hash pipe. Time to do a little grading. Nowadaze, these are my marking tools.



Sample Buds: The Grower's choice!

So how do the Nugswap homegrown buds rate? Here's my review of a handful or two or three from the last meet:

CBD OG Kush: The Dankmasta P's outdoor Dinamed medical bud hits me as very calm and relaxing; morning, noon or night. Left me very clearheaded and functional. There's no THC high. The sole focus is on the CBD's for pain relief, stress, melancholy, or fatigue -whatever ails. That's very helpful for an aging baby boomer like myself. Perhaps the Generation Anxiety toker too. Not big on rolling up my CBD's, I vaped P's bud. Long lasting. It smelled and tasted good. The verdict? Two thumbs up for when I'm sore or anxious. Need to relax and chill!

The Best: This Lollipurp and Island Sweet Skunk, JAH Seed strain yields a good outdoor grow. It's got a relatively high THC count. Provides a happy, relaxing, euphoric, buzz. It's good fun on the couch or in the easy chair, for listening to music and watching TV. Whatever turns you on. However, the buds aren't as firm or dense as Deadfoot's other samples below. 

Bubba Kush: This well known indica dominant bud has a groovy, body buzz and a decent head stone. Helpful for pain, stress, or when you are feeling down. Light green, covered in Trichomes, these Deadfoot buds felt less spongy to the touch than his "Best". Not quite as high power or supercharged a Bubba as I've come to expect, but a lot of fun all the same.



Bubba-Boom!

Bubba Kush: Here are 2 more Bubba's, one grown in water, the other soil! Both provided a sleepy, happy, couch lock but with a slight lift. Hey! That makes it a lot easier to get up to flip the tunes! So what's the difference? Which is best? Both buds were grown indoors, side by side under identical conditions, with the same light and nutrients. The same environment! The soil grown bud had a more earthy, organic taste, colour and smell. The water grown bud was blondish-khaki in colour and more subdued. Nothing much wrong with either, but I prefer the more natural feel. So the earthy, old school contender is the clear cut winner, for this boomer, in our battle of the Bubba buds!

Critical Mass: For me, this big yield, Indica dominant bud seemed the strongest THC contender among Deadfoot's three samples. Certainly, none of his grow was shabby, but this bud seemed the strongest and most up lifting. A higher high with a good body buzz for the pain and stress of the day, or night and day ... or ...and ...er ... Also, it was the best for taste and smell. Plus, methinks, the flush and burn. 



Oh No! It's Mr. Bill On Sift Hash!

Hashish: Take some outdoor grown Green Crack and Agent Orange herb. Dry sift through silk. You get DIY hash! It's cheap! And lotsa fun! This hybrid mix promises both an Indica uplift and a Sativa high with energy and focus to boot. It's a happy and relaxed high. Plus the smell, taste and appearance are good. It's really kool to toke some readily available hash again, especially when it's cheap and in ample supply! It's not a real, strong high but smoking this hash is refreshing and a helluva lotta fun. Just keep loading up your bowl! Yum!

Industrial Plant: This Dynafem hybrid Afghani and Thai bud gets the job done! It's an easy, high yield, outdoor grow. Provides a seemingly, endless supply of cheap, plentiful tokes. The THC count isn't overwhelming or spectacular but it's a relaxing, uplifting, creative buzz said to also be good for insomnia and fatigue. Overall, it scored well in most departments, a decent, everyday smoke. Simple, stoner fun for those who love to roll big, fat joints and toke up a storm! 



Zamal-delicious!

Zamaldelica:  This exotic, indoor soilless, Ace Seed African/ Thai, Sativa dominated bud basically scored best for taste, colour and appearance among all the nugs I tested. It smells and feels great while rolling a doob, or preparing a plug to vape. With it's trippy, tingly head stone, it's known to be good for pain relief, stress, insomnia, appetite and depression too. Good yield. Hard to grow. I got a quick high. Really soared. Didn't last real long. But a nice, soft landing.

In Summary:


Dankmasta P's Nugswap shows there's lots of great, high yield buds out there that are fairly easy to grow! Generally, those I tested, grown both indoor and out tended to be very natural, organic and robust. Providing a good body buzz. A trippy head stone. 

No these buds aren't quite like the THC supercharged quad A reefer that you'll find in the underground market. They are a lighter high, but I also noticed that I didn't feel anxious or overwhelmed when I got stoned. They really helped me relax. Worked great on my various aches and pains. The subtle indica, sativa and CBD characteristics of each strain really stood out. I had to smoke more for the THC buzz, but then again, I've got a high resistance level. Still, I definitely got high AF. Felt real good! Coming down was easy too -no hard, bumpy landings!  

Forget OCS bud! As for quality and variety? There wasn't any suspicious crud with these homegrown buds! The endless OCS order shortages and shipping nightmares? No problemo! The government's, icky, corporate, monopoly mindset? You can give the finger to that! 

Then there's the price difference! The taxes! Without doubt, there are lots of advantages to growing your own reefer! Nuff said!

For good measure, a few constructive criticisms come to mind. I'm not an expert on growing issues, so I had some of the lads over for a sesh. A few were sometimes poking around at the ash, wondering about the flush times. Like me, most usually prefer a much higher THC count too, mid twenties and up. But when good bud's cheap and plentiful, so what if it isn't too fancy or over the top? There's nothing wrong with any of the home grown nug's tested that stops them from being a damn good, solid toke!

Definitely, the humble home grow is an ongoing learning experience. The Nugswap scene is real laidback and cool! You meet lots of young and old professionals. Just everyday tokers. Medical and recreational. Hoping to be left alone to enjoy their homegrown herb, without the hassles and negative stigma, now that it is legal. Overall, the results have been great. Imagine the next batch of buds!

Be sure to attend Dankmasta P's Christmas Nugswap. It's downtown December 22nd at Vapor Central on Yonge Street in Toronto. There's going to be lots of trez kool cuttings, prizes and giveaways too! Stay tuned for more details in the daze ahead!

See you there!



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