Medpot Minstrel: Hydroponics Medical Marijuana

Friday, December 29, 2006

Racist conspiracy can't stop powerful medicine

According to a report by Jon Gettman, marijuana has become the largest cash crop in the United States. He estimates the size of the annual harvest of pot at $35 billion. By comparison, the next biggest crop is corn, at $23 billion, followed by soybeans at $17 billion.

The report says that marijuana is the leading cash crop in 12 states, and one of the top 5 in 39 states. In spite of the concerted effort by governments and greedy businessmen, the demonization of marijuana has proven to be totally ineffective.

Where do greedy businessmen come into the picture? It seems that a conspiracy of sorts took place in the 1930’s between Lammont DuPont, William Randolph Hearst, and the first head of the U.S. Treasury Department, Harry Anslinger.

DuPont, head of the chemical giant, was about to introduce plastics on a massive scale, and he wanted to knock out one of his major competitors, the burgeoning hemp industry in the U.S. Not only were all the rope and sails used in the maritime industries made out of hemp, but hemp seriously challenged cotton as a source of fiber for clothing.

As if that wasn’t enough, the auto industry was pressing hemp into molds to make parts for car manufacturing. How could safe, natural hemp be challenged by toxic, bad smelling plastic?

By demonizing hemp’s sister plant—marijuana—DuPont figured that he could get his connections in the government to outlaw “the evil weed.” Hearst entered the picture, because not only did he run the biggest newspaper empire of the day (the film “Citizen Kane” was based on his life), but he was also blatantly racist and disliked Mexicans intensely.

So they decided to whip up a nation-wide “reefer madness” frenzy. Here is how DuPont’s lawyer nephew, Harry Anslinger, summarized the situation in front of Congress:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S. and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers.”

“Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

A Texas State Senator was quoted as saying—“All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.”

The culmination of this reefer madness conspiracy was the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. This in fact prohibited the growing, sale, or usage of this healing herb that has been used to treat ill people for centuries.

It also allowed DuPont and the other chemical companies to make themselves super rich by starting to make every item they could think of out of plastic.

Grow your own medicine! That’s the best way to fight the forces of repression that will deny you the option of choosing therapeutic cannabis to treat your chronic illness.

Visit the Advanced Nutrients Medical website and educate yourself. Use one of their organic or synthetic fertilizers to feed your marijuana plants regularly. Use their supplements, root colonizers, and bloom enhancers to produce the largest, most potent buds possible.

Some of the products that I’ve personally used and highly recommend are Iguana Juice, Grow and Bloom, Sensi Grow A&B, Sensi Bloom A&B, Barricade, Scorpion Juice, Piranha, Tarantula, Voodoo Juice, Organic B or B-52, Emerald Shaman, SensiZym, and Carbo Load Liquid or Powder.

Whether you grow in soil, or hydroponically as I do, you owe it to yourself to test out these products on your next crop. You have nothing to lose—they all come with a money-back guarantee.

What better way to start off the New Year than to plant some indoor seeds and watch the sources of your magic medicine grow into tall, proud plants.

posted by Wes @ 9:11 AM 0 comments links to this post

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Second Thoughts about Cloning

Those of you who read this blog carefully have probably noticed that I allowed my ladies to go from veg to flower, without choosing a Mother Plant for cloning. That is because I’ve had second thoughts about cloning, and I’ll tell you why.

Since I’m a very small grower using only one 600W High Pressure Sodium light with six plants underneath, if I were to have taken clones off a Mother Plant I would have needed another light and another grow space to grow them during their vegetative stage.

Do you see the problem? I would still need to let my other five ladies go into flower (which I’m doing now) under my main grow light, but I would also need another space with another grow light to allow for let’s say six clones to go through their vegetative cycle.

You see for vegging, cannabis plants need 18 hours of artificial light resembling daylight (I use a conversion bulb on the blue end of the spectrum to do this), while for flowering they must have 12 hours of total darkness, following 12 hours of simulated daylight.

Also, according to the laws of the state I live in, I am only allowed six cannabis plants at a time. Were I to have set up a cloning operation, sooner or later I would have had 12 adult cannabis plants, which would have been against the law.

For larger growers—or in states that allow more than six plants for medpot patients—cloning is an ideal way to propagate cannabis, especially if you have found a Mother Plant that provides powerful, tasty, and fragrant medicine, that is pleasing to your palate and nostrils.

I’ve read up on cloning, and some growers suggest that you may harvest your intended Mother Plant, then put her under an 18-hour per day regimen of simulated daylight to put her back in the vegetative stage. Advanced Nutrients VHO-Very High Output nutrient is designed to feed Mother Plants at this vital stage. This option is still open to me, and I’m considering it. I am looking for more input to see if this method has any drawbacks.

I would imagine that the Mother Plant might be exhausted having been harvested and then expected to go into veg again. But this would solve the problem of having to have two grow spaces, since instead of starting my next six ladies from seed, as I usually do, I would just start them from clones.

Cloning has an additional problem. Since all of my plants according to the above scenario would come from the same genetic stock, they would be extremely vulnerable to the exact same pests and diseases. That means that a viral infection, for instance, would wipe out my entire crop and I would have to start from scratch.

One way to prevent this is by regular use of Barricade through both stages of the life of my plants. According to the Advanced Nutrients Nutrient Calculator, for instance, during the “2+ Bloom – Medium Feeding” Formula stage, using Sensi Bloom A and Sensi Bloom B as my basic ferts, and given that the size of my reservoir is 72 Litres (which it is—12 Litres per hydroponic bucket) I would have to apply 7.2 mL of Barricade during the first week of flowering, 9.36 mL during the second, increasing to 11.52 mL during week 4. Then it would decrease to 10.08 mL in week 5, and 8.64 mL in week six, with zero Barricade being applied during the final week.

Barricade is a potassium silicate that strengthens cell walls and enables my cannabis plants to fight off pathogens and insects much more readily than untreated plants. I also use Scorpion Juice as a foliar spray to impart what is known as induced systemic resistance to my ladies.

So by reinforcing the immune systems of my marijuana plants, I can foresee the day when cloning will be possible for me. The Nutrient Calculator gives exact details of how much basic fert and supplements to apply to your clones, during the first two weeks of their rooted existence.

By rooted existence I mean that prior to your clones rooting, you should dip them into a mild solution of your basic fert, but feed them only with pure water. Once they start growing roots—after spending time under a humidity plastic cover—then you can start feeding them with an increasingly nutritious and protective mix of basic fert and root colonizers.

Piranha, Tarantula, and Voodoo Juice are an essential part of any cloning process, as is Clone It and Jump Start, which help them to establish their roots and gives them a fair fighting chance to grow into healthy, abundant female cannabis plants.

A clone will in effect be an identical replica of the Mother Plant, so all the clones from a female Mother Plant will be female. Aficionados of different strains swear by cloning, since it enables them to replicate their favorite pot ad infinitum. More clones could be had from adult clones.

Also, growers advise that you give away a number of clones to friends, just in case your own crop gets wiped out. You could ask for a clone back in the future to start the whole cloning process all over again.

So I’m still thinking about it, since it seems a very attractive proposition indeed. But more research is required.

posted by Wes @ 12:11 PM 0 comments links to this post

Friday, December 01, 2006

Starting to Bloom, reviewing Photosynthesis

My ladies are entering week one of their flowering stage, so I mixed Bud Blood into their reservoir for this week only. Weeks two, three, and four of flowering I’ll be mixing in Big Bud, the most famous Advanced Nutrients Medical bloom enhancer of them all. It’s got a catchy name, don’t you think?

Then for weeks five and six of flowering, it’s time for Overdrive. Now I can’t caution you enough—never mix these three supplements together at the same time. They are to be applied sequentially! If a grower happened to snooze during these instructions and mixed them all together, his cannabis plants would be fried to a crisp!

These are very powerful additives and are meant to be treated with respect. The rule of thumb is only add one major bloom enhancer at a time to your basic nutrient mix. That’s not to say that you can’t add additional vitamins and carbohydrates.

This week, my basic nutrient becomes Sensi Bloom A & B. The application rate is 2.6 mL/L, with an NPK of 5-4-8. Extensive field testing by the plant scientists at Advanced Nutrients resulted in this 2-part species-specific fertilizer, with carefully adjusted levels of the major macro and micro nutrients craved by the cannabis plant during its flowering stage.

I’m looking forward to the “large, deliciously scented, healthy flowers” promised in the company literature. It’s not just empty talk—Advanced Nutrients puts its money where its mouth is. This product, along with all the others, is backed by their famous money-back guarantee.

I’m not taking any chances. I’m also adding Sensi Cal Mg Mix Bloom, Carbo Load Liquid, and Mother Earth Super Tea Bloom to the mix this week.

The last one in the group is designed to add that organic touch to your synthetic fertilizer, by supplying ingredients such as shrimp, fish, crab, and canola meal, as well as sea kelp, earthworm castings, and alfalfa extract, along with some citric acid. Strong, sustained bloom production is promised.

Carbo Load Liquid is usually added midway through the bloom cycle, but I noticed that some of my ladies seemed a bit sluggish in the growth department, so I’m adding it early to boost their energy. It’s like eating a chocolate bar in the middle of winter.

Sensi Cal has easily digested chelated compounds of calcium and magnesium, as well as other micronutrients, designed to replenish the elements that get used up in the growth process. The Bloom variety also helps my ladies develop stronger, healthier buds.

Spoke to the Advanced Nutrients tech guy again, and he gave me a rundown of basic plant science. It seems that there are three classes of plants: Cam, C4, and C3. Cam includes succulent, low-light loving, high humidity plants.

The C4 class embraces most grasses and plants which love medium-light levels and are able to utilize CO2 well.

Then C3 includes most plants which are high energy, such as cannabis. They produce flowers and fruit, and love high-lighting levels, able to use CO2 the best of all.

The C3 plants are able to manufacture large quantities of sugar—thus energy—through photosynthesis. These plants use light, water, nutrients, and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (or, as in my case, from the CO2 generator in my grow room), and convert these ingredients into sugar, as well as release oxygen as a by-product.

The sugar, water, and additional nutrients are moved around inside the plant in order to nourish its cells and cause them to multiply, resulting in growth.

The leaves of my cannabis plants suck up water from the roots through tubular cells, called xylem. The leaves are constantly respiring, giving off water molecules which end up evaporating and creating the humidity in your grow room.

Excess humidity has to be removed by good ventilation, otherwise it will cause harmful microorganisms to grow on the walls, as well as on your plants. Fungal infestation is a major problem in many grow operations.

(Using the potassium silicate product Barricade can give immunity to your plants, literally from the inside out. Barricade prevents fungal and other pathogens by denying them a foothold in your newly strengthened cell walls.)

The water tension and pressure caused by this constant movement of liquid through the cells causes your plants to be rigid and strong.

The sugars that are produced through photosynthesis are sent back down to the roots through tubular cells called the phloem.

This is the circulation of life within each plant. The roots supply the leaves with the moisture they need, while the leaves send sugars down to the roots in a perfectly symbiotic arrangement.

The constantly moving liquid maintains the strength and structure of the plant.

As above, so below. Nature’s perfect balance as exhibited in the six ladies growing in my hydroponic buckets under one 600W High Pressure Sodium light. My contactor relay timer has been switched to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of total darkness. This induces flowering.

Now it’s up to my ladies to produce prize-winning blooms and a dynamite Mother Plant!

posted by Wes @ 8:13 AM 0 comments links to this post