Connoisseurs’ Corner is a series where I discuss some of the more subtle aspects of using and growing cannabis. I’m not really a fan of edibles myself, and for the most part I like vaporizing cannabis flowers, and also smoking some screened hashish from time to time. I do also smoke cannabis with friends here and there when I am out and about. I have been smoking cannabis for over 4 decades now, and I just want to share some of my insights with you. I also breed for connoisseur resin profiles.
In todays article we’re going to hit on three insights resulting in the heightening of your connoisseur appreciation of cannabis. These are mostly subtle things, and let’s face it, being a connoisseur is all about the subtleties that go unnoticed by many; but, once you know, you know—check it out…
Growing Methodology is Huge—duh
Now I just have to say here, and I know it will piss off synthetic growers reading this (sorry amigos), that growing cannabis by means of using any synthetic nutrients produces a very sub-par product, compared to organic or all-natural methods when growing. It’s like if you compared it to food, synthetic grown cannabis would be like the McDonald’s version. Very appealing for pedestrian commercial applications, but it sucks bad in all the ways that count to a real connoisseur—in my opinion.
Many peeps don’t even know the difference between smoking synthetic vs. organic grown cannabis; but once you know, you can never not know. I call it “the synthetic bite” whenever I smoke some cannabis that has been grown using synthetics. It’s that “heat” in the back of your throat, a nasty little burning sensation that you don’t get from all-natural or organic grown cannabis.
This burning quality extends beyond just flowers, and even extracts of synthetically grown cannabis, like honey oil, shatter, etc., have that nasty burn to them—yuk! Even using a small amount of synthetic nutrients will ruin your connoisseur quality cannabis goals, trust me.
For Doobie Connoisseurs
Before I became a devoted fan (for the last 8 years or so) of vaporizing my flowers (in a PAX vaporizer) I was a huge doobie smoking fan. Pretty much just a glass bong, a couple glass pipes, and a ton of rolling papers, that was my cannabis smoking arsenal for decades. Rolled some doobies every morning to puff throughout my day. The connoisseur tip here for your doobies you may already know, but if you are unaware, you’ll thank me.
When you grind, scissor, or otherwise bust-up your buds for rolling, make sure you take extra care to remove the petiole stems (see photo) first before anything else. These little suckers burn/smoke way harsher than you may think.
One of the first things one of my mentors in the late 70’s showed me in fact, was the difference between smoking two doobies, one where the little petioles weren’t removed first, and the other where they had been removed. So, all I have to say here, is that you should do this comparison yourself and you’ll be jazzed—plus, your doobies just got a whole lot better.
Elements that Make a Big Difference
If you are growing all-naturally using the living soil and not using organic liquid bottled nutrients, you need to pay attention to some of the nutrient elements the plants need in order to be uber stinky, oozing with resin production, and express large yields—assuming genetically the strain yields large. Here are some tips for getting your plants some special connoisseur quality results when using the living soil.
NITROGEN (N): This is super important for yields, along with phosphorous (P) and potassium (K). However, a little bit too much highly available N later in flowering can actually reduce your resin production significantly—ouch! A good trick here to make sure your N isn’t a problem is to top dress your plants no later than 30 days before harvest with just a little bit of bone meal—like 2 teaspoons on a 3-gallon container.
If your plants don’t run out of N a little too early then don’t do this at all, but if they do, this can fix that. The form of N in bone meal is way more flowering friendly (nitrate, NO3) than the form of N found in blood meal or guano (ammonium, NH4).
An overdose of potassium (K) will very often cause nitrogen uptake problems as a first sign of trouble
SILICON (Si): This element isn’t really found much in plants in any real levels, but one plant it is found in is cannabis plants; specifically, the resin of cannabis plants, and it’s found in decent amounts. Now don’t go out and buy yourself a bottle of some kind of liquid silica-blast or whatever, that is the wrong way to go about this for an all-natural grower.
All you need to add some silicon to your plants is some DE (diatomaceous earth) and make sure to use food grade or agricultural grade only—never use the DE they use in pool filters because that crap is full of bad shit. You can top dress with this, mix it into your soil mix, or even add it to your water. It brings in some calcium along with the silicon.
SULFUR (S): This is a very tricky element to add due to how radically it drops the pH—and I mean radically! So, you never want to add sulfur directly to your soil, like elemental sulfur, unless it is in super-duper small (Nano) amounts; like a teaspoon per cubic foot small. Gypsum is a better way to do this, and you can add this to your soil or top dress with it as well, just don’t overdo it.
Gypsum is sulfur and calcium basically and has a bit of buffering due to the calcium. You can add like 2 tablespoons of gypsum per cubic foot of soil no worries and that will handle sulfur needs. You can also add uber small amounts of Epsom Salts to your water, as long as other dissolved minerals are present in your water, especially calcium. By uber small I mean literally like 6 grains/particles per gallon of water.
Plants require fairly small amounts of sulfur so don’t overdo this
Why do you want sulfur you may ask? Sulfur is A-number one when it comes to smells and flavors. Most bat and bird guanos will bring in sulfur to your soil mix, especially seabird guano. Also, if you are making your own compost, start eating more bananas, because banana peels bring in all kinds of great stuff like potassium and sulfur to your mix, as do melon rinds like cantaloupe. Alright amigos, until next time, happy trails to you.