Brown Weed explained
Back in the day in London, when we used to smoke like there was no tomorrow and skunk was in short supply, we sometimes settled for something called “Brown Weed”. Brown Weed contained a lot of seeds, it had a musky sweet smell and it gave us a very enjoyable philosophical high.
I’ve just asked a question on this forum, so I would also like to contribute to the community by explaining what Brown Weed really is. That’s because I remember many people wondering about it and I could never find a straight answer myself before I learned the truth.
A veil of mystery persists around this “strain”, so let me be the first (at least I think I’d be the first) to tell you what it is in plain language.
It is not a Cannabis strain by itself. Brown Weed is a male plant of whatever strain, usually distributed by guys trying to make up for wasted time and money. It was typically sold to silly youngsters and Eastern Europeans who didn’t know better. At least that was the case in the UK some 10 yrs ago. I personally knew a guy who sold Brown Weed. You could get a 10g or even 15g bag for just £20.
Unfortunately, as the popularity of its mellow high grew, it became quite common that the weed came “pre-smoked” using evaporators, depriving it of almost all active content. Then it was re-hydrated with water and some fresh brown weed was mixed in. This practice, of course, quickly sent Brown Weed back to oblivion. Who wants to smoke a pile of useless dead plant, right? The only high it could give you was the buzz of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The brown-ish colour had something to do with nutrients that caused the leafs to turn dark-purple. Some cannabis strains even have naturally dark-purple leafs. If the male plant wasn’t brown after drying, it got thrown away, because the con would then be very hard to pull off. Sometimes, mixed with female plant trimmings, it was also used for making hashcakes, butter, lollypops, weed wine etc.
So there it is. Brown Weed mystery solved. Everything else is just urban myth and tall tales. It also goes to show you that a plant doesn’t have to be covered with crystals and smell like hell or even be a female to be a good smoke. Mind you, Brown Weed had to be smoked pure with nothing mixed in and, unlike cigarettes, it was smoked straight into the lungs.
I can already hear you coughing and gagging. I know I was, but the high was worth it
Back in the day in London, when we used to smoke like there was no tomorrow and skunk was in short supply, we sometimes settled for something called "Brown…
Is your marijuana bad? 5 ways to tell if you’re smoking terrible weed
While many Americans can now buy and growВ marijuanaВ legally вЂ” choosing from an endlessly varied selection of premium bud вЂ” some still have to take it wherever they can find it. Even U.S. government researchers are forced to work withВ terrible weed.
You don’t want to get ripped off and smoke an inferior product, of course. So how can you tell if your flower isn’t up to snuff (or puff)? Believe it or not, you don’t need a doctorate in botany or chromatography instruments to tell whether your stash is shit. Read on, dear stoner, and learn some simple warning signs.В
1. It’s full of stems and seeds В В
A good rule of thumb in buying weed is that you want weed you can actually, uh, smoke. The stems of cannabis plants вЂ” though they may count toward the weight of your gram or eighth вЂ” are pretty much useless in that regard, so the less there are, the better. Seeds are even worse; they’ll literally explode when set on fire, potentially blowing out an entire bowl or ruining your joint. Even sellers of low-grade ganja usually won’t sell you stuff with seeds in it, but if you’re continually finding a few in each bag, it’s time to find a new source.
2. Its color, scent, texture and flavor seem off
In this sense, marijuanaВ is like any produce you might buy at the grocery store: You can just tellВ when it’s healthy and ripe for consumption. Good weed has more vibrant color, like a thriving plant. It has a heady, pungent aroma and taste. It’s somewhat springy, dense and coated with sticky, frosty, crystalline trichomes вЂ” tiny glands packed with THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets you high. Bad weed, by comparison, looks like some junk you yanked out from underneath your lawnmower. It’s paler or duller in color, sometimes brown or yellowish. It’s often dry or more crumbly, and it lacks a distinctive smell (although sometimesВ it smells like hay orВ grass). It’s also sure to taste terrible. In certain cases, this kind of marijuanaВ may have been “blasted,” or entirely stripped of its cannabinoids to make butane hash oil. Either way, avoid it. В В
3. It doesn’t get you high вЂ” or makes you feel ill
Arguably the worst thing about bad pot is that it’s not very potent вЂ” which means you have to smoke a ton of it to feel anything like the high you’re after. In that case, you’re liable to get a headache before you’re even halfway stoned. Some users have encountered weed so crummy that it doesn’t seem to work at all. If you wind up with bud that only produces noxious smoke and induces a general nausea or cranial pain, what’s the point? Ditch that garbage and find out where the dank nugs are at вЂ” because you deserve better. В В В
4. It’s moldy, rotting or poorly cultivated
As with the food in your pantry or refrigerator, you’ve got to keep an eye out for mold and rot. These can afflict even decent marijuana, and they look like the mold and rot you’re used to finding on bread or cheese вЂ” furry discolorations on the surface. Packing this crap in your bong can make you seriously sick,В don’t risk it. Another visual red flag would be larger marijuanaВ leaves attached to your nugs, which indicates a sloppy “trim” when the buds were separated from the plant. Cannabis that gets trimmed by machines (as opposed to carefully trimmed by hand) may have diminished potency, as the trichomes are disturbed, and the leaves themselves don’t offer muchВ of the cannabinoid compounds that people prize in marijuana. В В В
5. It’s not actually marijuana
Almost every stoner of experience you’ll meet has a story about the time they bought weed that turned out to be anything but. It could be anything from crushed oregano to sage to basil to a wad of old, dried-out lettuce balled up in some cling wrap. Catnip is another popular pot substitute. If it doesn’t look like marijuanaВ buds, well, it’s probably not, so keep your wits about you. The best way to avoid this scam is to get your weed from someone you trust вЂ” and never, ever that friend who runs a YouTube prank channel. If he really insists it’s the good stuff, then he should have no trouble taking the first hit, right? В В В В
While many Americans can now buy and growВ marijuanaВ legally вЂ” choosing from an endlessly varied selection of premium bud вЂ” some still have to take it wherever they can find it. Even U.S. government researchers are forced to work withВ terribleвЂ¦