What about the ditchweed?
There is a lot of people talking about hemp and marijuana. Some say they are the same, some claim they are different. The DEA is out eradicating ditchweed, why?
I am going to keep referring to “they say” with out saying who says, you’ll know. So what is the deal? Of course they are the same, and of course they are different. Marijuana and hemp are the same like beagles and pit bulls are the same and they are different like oranges and tangerines are different. In appearance hemp is taller and the leaves are more slender while they are growing, however after they have been harvested they look the same, except hemp tends to have more and smaller seeds. Basically the difference is more like the difference between your brain and your bones. Hemp is the fibers from the stalks. Marijuana is considered to be only the female flower tops and buds, because that is where the greatest concentration of THC exists, so they say. But I read somewhere that the greatest concentration is in the roots at times, because that is where the THC is produced. That is why they hang dry plants, so more THC will flow to the buds and leaves as it dries. They tell you that you can’t get high off the leaves and stems, but there is THC everywhere in the plant and when they hang dry it leaves wrap around the buds so you smoke plenty of leaves. The stems are just too harsh to smoke as are the roots, both make an odd flavored tea.
What the big deal is about is the THC content. They say that hemp has about 1% – 3 % THC and that Marijuana has 10 to 50% THC. So it would seem that all one would have to do to get high off hemp is smoke ten times as much?
Personally I have never had the fifty percent kind I think it’s a fairy tale. I have however seen a lot of marijuana and quite a bit of hemp. I have also done a lot of reading on the subject and smoked both hemp (AKA ditchweed in the midwest and plains states) and marijuana from time to time.
One of the most interesting things I have ever read was a Department of Agriculture report on hemp circa about 1909 perhaps 1914 some time in that period. Anyway, the date is not important, what it said is. The report was a growing analysis on hemp. This report was commissioned because the navy was having problems with the sailors smoking the rope on board the ship, to the point that they were often running out of ropes. So the Ag Department was commissioned to find out how to grow hemp that didn’t have any psycho-active properties. They did dozens of experiments and in every case everything they did made the hemp more potent! This report was the best grow book I have ever seen, all factors light, water, ph, fertilizer, everything was laid out 1,2,3. This is probably the origin of some of the better strains around today, Like LSD the government developed it. What the government proved is that under very controlled growing conditions THC content raises. That’s why your homegrown is usually not as good as the pot that the seeds came from. Hemp grown under those same conditions will be more potent than ditchweed.
Bottom line is that if you took ditchweed and grew it in good dirt under the 2000 watt lights, 18 hours a day, fed it the right fertilizers, then hung dried it, the THC content would be much higher, ie: it would turn into marijuana.
So can you get high off ditchweed? Of course you can, you don’t get “stoned” but you do get high and since it’s harsher, it would be very difficult to smoke enough to reach that same state of mind. It does serve as a pacifier when you can’t get any “real marijuana”. So should you go out and collect up a bunch of ditchweed for hard times? I would say no because if you collect up a couple of pounds and get busted you’ll be treated as if it was marijuana. You see, while they occasionally factor in potency, (if and only if it falls below the 1% range) they prosecute you by volume of the vegetable matter not the quantity of THC. If you what to pick ditchweed take only the buds, as they are always the most potent part. I would suggest drying it packing it in air tight animal proof containers and then hide it in the woods until you need it.
So why is the DEA trying to eradicate the ditchweed? The obvious answer is they know that you can get high from it, but there must be more? Who would benefit from this eradication the most? Obviously the whoever grows the real “marijuana”. If people could go out and pick free pot it would hurt their business. Traditionally there are only two kinds of growers indoor growers and outdoor growers. Indoor growers have nothing to fear from ditchweed but what about the outdoor growers? Eradication is in their best interest because cross pollination will cause their seed stock to lose value and quality. So is the DEA protecting local growers? Not likely they only protect big money interests, what the DEA fears is that ditchweed will improve in quality and the big bucks wholesalers will lose their business. Darkside
What about the ditchweed? There is a lot of people talking about hemp and marijuana. Some say they are the same, some claim they are different. The DEA is out eradicating ditchweed, why? I am
Let’s talk about ditch weed
Ok, where i live, anytime you’re out on a country road. what do you see? ditch weed. Hundreds and hundreds of plants lined up along the road. Farmers spray chemicals all the time and I’ve even seen planes fly over misting some sort of chemical, i’m assuming to kill weeds and more specifically MJ. The number of spots you see MJ growing on the side of the road has decreased in the last couple years due to above mentioned tactics, but there are still some locations that have gone untouched.. Prior to graduating high school, me and my friends used to “cruise” the country roads to smoke as we weren’t allowed to smoke inside our parents houses..
Yetserday I was cruising down a country road (I like to smoke a bowl or doober and just drive around and look at the scenery..) that i normally don’t travel and something caught my eye.. No houses on either side, so i decided to stop.. Right on the side of the road was a HUGE (and i mean huge) ditch weed plant.. It had about 15 bud sites on it and each was MASSIVE!! I inspected it for a second, noticing a few seeds but mostly just buds (hermie).. I had to bend down the top of the plant to see the main cola.. Just by guessing, i’d say it was about 8-9 feet tall. It had some white hairs, but it appeared most of them were an orangish-red color.. It was very sticky and had a pretty good odor to it.. I only looked for a minute and didn’t pick anything as i’m always against taking something that isn’t mine.
But. It was right off the road, about 2 feet away w/ nothing else around it but grass.. Highly doubt someone planted it there as it sticks out like a sore thumb.. If they did, chances are someone else is gonna snatch it up if they see it..
Anyways. question is. has anyone chopped down some decent ditch weed plant(s), dryed/cured, and ended up with some tolerable to smoke bud? We did this in the past when we were like 15 or 16, but we just tried to smoke it right off the plant.. lol, dumbasses. Obviously it tasted like grass and didn’t get you high.
Yearly dry season has hit here and i’m almost in some desperate need of smoke until my first indoor harvest..
Ok, where i live, anytime you're out on a country road… what do you see? ditch weed… Hundreds and hundreds of plants lined up along the road… Farmers…