The most recent stroke of genius to emerge from the cannabis scene in the United Kingdom is Feed The Birds. This initiative helps humankind’s feathered friends by scattering hemp and cannabis seed on the many fertile areas of public land throughout the UK. A side effect of this generosity is that some of the seeds grow into plants - and each one sends an inarguable visual signal that the country’s cannabis prohibition policies are a failure.
The majority of cannabis growers destroy any males the second they display signs of gender, and now that feminised seeds are available, many will never see a male in their room. But male cannabis plants have a surprising array of uses, beyond simply providing pollen to make new seeds. Here, we take a look at what they are.
The Republic of Azerbaijan lies on the boundary dividing Europe from Asia, and is a crucial part of the traditional trafficking route that each year sees thousands of tons of hashish and heroin transported from Afghanistan and Pakistan on to Europe and Russia. Azerbaijan also produces a small quantity of cannabis and opium.
Innovations in hemp plastic technology are being released onto the market more frequently each year, and now even some of the largest companies (particularly car manufacturers) are incorporating hemp plastics into their products. There are various types of hemp plastic; here, we will briefly take you through how each is produced.
Autoflowering cannabis varieties have been steadily gaining in popularity over the last five years or so, as improved breeding techniques have created new and better strains. Now, it is possible to grow abundant, high-potency harvests in as little as nine or ten weeks, from germination to harvest.
For many years, the only purple varieties of cannabis were those that had been grown outdoors and subjected to cold conditions. Many strains of cannabis purple to some extent when exposed to cold; now, selective breeding programs have yielded cannabis genetics that are purple even in normal environmental conditions.
Algeria is a major transit point for drugs, particularly hashish produced in Morocco and destined for Europe. It is not a major producer or consumer of illicit drugs, although it appears that both production and consumption is on the increase. As well as hashish arriving from Morocco, increasing amounts of cannabis (and cocaine from South America) are trafficked into Algeria from West Africa. The bulk of the contraband leaving Algeria is destined to travel by sea to Europe, although a small proportion is also smuggled overland to Middle Eastern destinations.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has a long history associated with cannabis use, and large swathes of the population continue to use cannabis in the traditional manner. However, the present regime has been severely clamping down on drug trafficking in recent years, in response to an increase in heroin and opium addiction rates.
Hemp science is now advancing in leaps and bounds compared to the stagnation of the previous few decades. One significant area of research that is currently receiving particular attention is phytoremediation, or decontamination of soil—although the fact that hemp decontaminates soil has been known for some time.
The Republic of Cameroon is a relatively stable and successful Central African nation, with good roads and infrastructure. However, a substantial proportion of its rural population depends on subsistence agriculture. As a result, cannabis appeals greatly to poor farmers as it commands a high price and can be transported with ease.
The state of Eritrea is a small country on the coast of the Horn of Africa, bordering on Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The population of Eritrea is only six million, and highly dependent on agriculture, with cannabis becoming an increasingly important crop.
Cannabis cultivation is known to have occurred in Morocco as early as the 15th century in the Rif region, and possibly even earlier, when the first Arab immigrants settled in the 7th century. The country was at this time generally inclined to cultivate cannabis, for home consumption as well as exportation to other regions.
Terpenes are the main components of the essential oils found in many plant families. These oils are used by humans as food additives, in the perfume industry, in aromatherapy and in both traditional and alternative medicine. The same thing occurs with cannabis, since terpenes constitute 10%-20% of the resin in the plant’s glands, which also contain THC and other cannabinoids.
Ethiopia is a large, landlocked country in East Africa—in the area known as the Horn of Africa—and is home to almost 92 million inhabitants, making it the world’s fourteenth most populous country. Ethiopia is the site of one of humanity’s earliest civilizations, and has been an important centre of culture throughout history.
The results of the illicit drugs market have been discussed again and again. Prohibitive drug policy causes a lot of negative consequences, of which stigmatization, impact on health, criminalization, abuse and violation are only a few. With this short series of articles, Sensi Seeds aims to inform the reader about contaminated cannabis and the possibilities of drug checking.
Procedures to stabilise cannabis strains are poorly understood, even by breeders producing commercial strains. Stability refers to the variability and predictability found in the offspring of a parent generation: when a strain is unstable, variability will be high and predictability low; with a stable strain, the reverse is true.
The debate between non-organic and organic cannabis enthusiasts has raged for many years.Proponents of the organic method hold that their products are safer