Dozens of medicinal-marijuana plants grow under special lighting at Denver Relief. Photos by Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post
A: Many people use 5-gallon plastic buckets, but those create problems because the roots just wrap around themselves and form a large root ball. If you use a 3- to 5-gallon fiber pot, the root sticks through the pot and (the plant) air-prunes itself, while feeder roots grow in the pot. That gives the plant a larger nutrient intake.
Then you hang the plant upside down for about a week, until the stem snaps rather than bends. Conditions should be about 68 degrees with 50 percent humidity. If the plant dries too fast, it locks in the chlorophyll, making it taste like plant material instead of marijuana. If it gets too humid, it can mold.
“Although additional sampling of feral plants in these key geographical areas is still needed, our results, which are based on very broad sampling already, would suggest that pure wild progenitors of C. sativa have gone extinct,” they wrote.
A group of biologists and other scientists said humans began growing cannabis about 12,000 years ago not just for food, but also for hemp and, yes, probably to get high.
Michael Purugganan, a professor of biology at New York University who read the study, said the usual assumption about early humans was that they domesticated plants for food.
“I would like to see a much larger study with a larger sampling,” he said.
A 2016 study by other scientists said that the earliest records for cannabis were mostly from China and Japan, but most botanists believe that it was probably first domesticated in the eastern part of Central Asia, where wild varieties of the plant are widespread.
“By the way, that’s the reason you call it weed, because it grows anywhere,” he added.
It can also be hard to understand precisely how plant species are domesticated in the first place, said Catherine Rushworth, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota who studies plant evolution.
The study was led by Ren Guangpeng, a botanist at Lanzhou University in the western Chinese province of Gansu. Dr. Ren said in an interview that the original site of cannabis domestication was most likely northwestern China, and that the finding could help with current efforts in the country to breed new types of hemp.
People feeling the effects of marijuana are prone to what scientists call “divergent thinking,” the process of searching for solutions to a loosely defined question.
Whether growers opt for a precise indoor grow operation or let nature take control outdoors, weed has become an intricate science in the United States. In fact, the US has perfected and created popular strains like Blue Dream , Green Crack , and the iconic Gelato strain grown by the founder of Sherbinskis in his garage — kind of like Apple founder Steve Jobs. Much like Apple, producers stateside can now charge a pretty penny for their elite products with eighths costing upwards of $60 and buds testing at over 30% THC.
As the most bio-diverse place on earth per square inch, it is no surprise that Colombia grows some of the best weed on the market today. Its rich soil and tropical climate, make this country the perfect place to grow some serious buds.
In addition to its religious roots, Jamaica has perfect year-round weather to support three full growing cycles of some of the finest weed around. Sign us up for a trip to their sandy beaches rife with the sticky icky.
While they are new to the legal weed scene, Colombia is no stranger to cannabis cultivation. They were once one of the major suppliers of green in the heyday of Black Market cannabis, but have since changed their tune with the recent legalization of medical cannabis. They now welcome cannabis tourism to their postcard-perfect beaches, sky-high mountaintops, and bustling cities.
In recent years, the Netherlands has continued to hold its spot towards the top of the cannabis chain by producing unique takes on popular strains like Amnesia Haze and Hulkberry. They also host the annual Cannabis Cup that draws thousands of competitors and onlookers each year from all over the world. Combined with a welcoming environment, you’re guaranteed to find some good green in the Netherlands.
Needless to say, weed aficionados from across the globe make the trek to the US to sample some of the best ganja the world has to offer.
As more and more countries throw their hat into the cannabis ring, each one is fighting for that coveted top spot.
Long before it was widely accepted to spark up a joint, the Netherlands embraced the herb and welcomed tourists from around the world to imbibe. Amsterdam in particular is known for its “Coffeeshops” where you can not only purchase cannabis, but you can also often smoke in one of their lounges.
Well, that depends on what you are looking for: some countries have been growing the herb for centuries, others are innovators in the cannabis space, and others just want to have fun. No matter what makes your heart go pitter-pat, there is a country out there for you that is growing the ganja of your dreams. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the nations that are vying for the top cannabis spot.