Trying to grow a strain of your favorite cannabis can be difficult. This especially true if you are a working professional with limited time (and space) to spare. The reason is, with traditional strains your light schedule will need to change in order to flower your cannabis plant after it has matured through its vegetation state. While this isn’t exactly challenging for the large grower, it can pose a big problem for the small-scale, reserved grower. You see, the more plants you have at a certain cycle the more chance you have of creating problems within your small space—particularly the smell. This will likely alert neighbors that you are growing, which could have an adverse effect on interactions with them. More importantly, however, is the time commitment. As a working professional, you will want a strain that practically that takes care of itself. Perhaps two to three plants growing at different stages would work, so you can also have a continual supply.
While searching for options to solve these very problems, we discovered the remarkable Auto Flowering plant. With an Auto Flowering plant, the light schedule does not have to be changed to 12 hours of darkness in order to start the flowering process. During our most recent venture, we chose seeds from Dutch Passion Seed Company, which was crowned “Best Seed Bank” in the Spannabis Cup of 2014. The company, which dates back to 1987, quickly became known for sophistication and quality based on their mastery of the science of breeding. One of the things that put them on the map was their ability to create a feminized seed. This meant that only the female or bud-producing plants would grow and, later, the Auto Flower, which does not need 12 hours or more of darkness to flower. Working with autos, you can have a variety of smaller plants that still produce great buds. We chose Colorado Cookies, Lime Daiquiri, and Brooklyn Sunrise. These strains combine the best of what California, Colorado, and Brooklyn have to offer with the best of the European strains. Let’s take a look at these strains. Colorado has some of the strongest indica-dominant auto genetics. This is a USA Auto Flowering variety combining a delicious fruity flavor with typical Dutch Passion extreme potency and yields, which are significantly above average. The genetics are derived from our original best-selling Auto Blueberry, and an exceptional Girl Scout Cookie cutting from Colorado, famed for a heavy indica stone with a sweet tropical mango taste. The strain retains a strong fruity aroma, as well as the intense feel-good high from the Girl Scout Cookies. The freedom to grow legally without restrictions in Colorado has enabled some truly excellent genetics to emerge with incredible taste, aroma, and potency. This variety will suit indica fans looking for potent USA genetics with fruity flavors and very relaxed after-effects.The Auto Brooklyn Sunrise combines a distinctively spicy taste with large yields of frosty top strength cannabis. The genetics come from the acclaimed USA East Coast ‘Brooklyn’ Diesel clone, noted for a famously rich diesel aroma and strong high. This was combined with some connoisseur AK genetics from upper New York State, and made into a feminized Auto Flowering variety. The result brings together the best East Coast genetics into a heavy yielding and great tasting new auto with a strong yet smooth high. Auto Brooklyn Sunrise gives an unusually strong initial euphoric high, which makes it a perfect morning/breakfast option. This Big-Apple auto is at home in any urban grow-room and comes with our highest recommendations. You can expect to see more from New York as their dispensaries evolve and their knowledge of medical marijuana grows. California’s Auto Daiquiri Lime is based on a unique Californian Orange phenotype with a sharp citrus lime taste, which was hybridized with an elite resinous photoperiod USA Sour Diesel cutting. This was made into a feminized automatic variety—Auto Daiquiri Lime, which combines the normal superb auto potency with an unusually rich and appealing fruity/diesel aroma and a fresh sour taste. This beauty is ready to harvest 11 weeks after germination and prefers a light nutrient regime. The variety suits growers looking for hard-hitting USA style XXL harvests with rapid growth. The strain is an easy one—especially for a first time grower, and features top quality original USA genetics, with a fruity sour taste and a strong high. Can you imagine having all of this in a plant that you can comfortably grow on your balcony or in a small grow closet? Whether you are a working professional or simply lack the time and space to mind a traditional strain, your best bet is an Auto Flower. Look for your favorite Auto flower strain at your local seed shop.
So just how did marijuana end up in the category of drugs described as the most dangerous by the federal government? Listed as a Schedule I Controlled Substance alongside heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), peyote, methaqualone, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("Ecstasy"), marijuana (cannabis) is believed, by the federal government, to have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse. While these reasons are likely not surprising to most people, the reason marijuana became illegal back in the early 1900s will leave you speechless. Just after the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. saw an increase in immigration from Mexico. Bringing with them their culture, language, and customs, Mexican immigrants began to settle in places such as Texas and Louisiana. Although cannabis had long been present in tinctures and medicines in the U.S. back then, Mexican immigrants’ customary use of “marihuana” as a relaxant and treatment struck fear in the hearts of a disturbingly uninformed public. This fear was fueled by the media. According to Dr. Malik Burnett, executive director of a medical marijuana nonprofit organization and resident physician at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Amanda Reiman, PhD and drug policy professor at the University of California-Berkeley, the media began to play on the [irrational] fears that the public had about these new citizens by falsely spreading claims about the “disruptive Mexicans” with their dangerous native behaviors, including marihuana use. Unfamiliar with the term “marihuana,” the rest of the nation did not know that it was a plant they already had in their medicine cabinets. “The demonization of the cannabis plant was an extension of the demonization of the Mexican immigrants,” writes Burnett and Reiman. What happened next was simply Deja vu for Chinese immigrants as San Francisco had outlawed opium decades earlier in an effort to control them. To control and keep tabs on Mexican immigrants, El Paso, Texas decided to do the same. “The idea was to have an excuse to search, detain, and deport Mexican immigrants,” writes Burnett and Reiman. This method of controlling entire ethnic groups by controlling their customs was so successful at the state level that it became a “national strategy for keeping certain populations under the watch and control of the government.” During a series of hearings on marijuana law in the 1930s, unsubstantiated claims were made about how marijuana was responsible for provoking violence in men of color and its ability to cause them to solicit sex from white women. According to Burnett and Reiman, this became the backdrop for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The Act levied a tax equaling roughly one dollar on anyone who dealt commercially in cannabis, hemp, or marijuana. The Act did not itself criminalize the possession or usage of hemp, marijuana, or cannabis. It did include penalty and enforcement provisions to which marijuana, cannabis, or hemp handlers were subject. Violation of these procedures could result in a fine of up to $2,000 and five years' imprisonment. While the Act was ruled unconstitutional years later, it was replaced by the Controlled Substances Act, which became effective on October 27, 1970. The Act established Schedules for ranking substances according to their dangerousness and potential for addiction. Cannabis was placed in the most restrictive category, Schedule I, “supposedly as a placeholder while then President Nixon commissioned a report to give a final recommendation. The Schafer Commission, as it was called, declared that marijuana should not be in Schedule I and even doubted its designation as an illicit substance. However, Nixon discounted the recommendations of the commission, and marijuana remains a Schedule I substance,” writes Burnett and Reiman. Fast forward to 1996 when California became the first state to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This historic move ended marijuana’s nearly 60-year reign as an illegal substance with no medical significance. “Prior to 1937,” says Burnett and Reiman “cannabis had enjoyed a 5,000 year history as a therapeutic agent across many cultures. In this context, its blip as an illicit and dangerous drug was dwarfed by its role as a medicine.” Today, 23 states allow the use of medical marijuana in some form and Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and D.C., have legalized recreational use of marijuana. On December 18, 2015, Delaware passed legislation that decriminalizes recreational use of up to one ounce of marijuana, replacing penalties with a fine, and on March 23, 2016, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an ordinance that decriminalizes marijuana. It will become effective on June 21, 2016. About Herbo We at Herbo are growers, users, and beneficiaries of Marijuana. It is our lifestyle and our passion. 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