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Decaf Marijuana

Discussion in 'Marijuana News from The USA' started by sensimil, Feb 12, 2002.

  1. http://www.observer.com/pages/world.asp

    This article I found *very* intersting..

    I feel as though I can relate to what some of the people who smoke are claiming...I like to smoke a little bit and go about my day...but sometimes the paranoia gets to me..

    This is interesting but what exactly are you going ask for...yeah Ill take an 8th of kb and oooh throw in a bag of decaf too..

    Im not sure about this even catching on as a "decaf" personally I like the idea..Id like a nice sweet taste but with just a little less bang...lol...

    keep it real.
    peace
    sensimil


    (follow the link, it may be easier to read)


    February 12, 2002|1:03 PM

    New York Fires Up The Decaf Marijuana

    "Normally I sell pretty good Jamaican weed," Tommy, a drug dealer who works in Washington Square Park, said the other day. "For some of my good customers, I'll get the hydroponic stuff, the superior product. But one day a couple of months ago, these guys started asking me for, I don't know–I guess you could say a mellower weed."

    Tommy, who is middle-aged, with long, gray hair and a droopy waddle of skin under his neck, snuck a sip from his cup of tea. One of his recent customers, he said, "was like, ‘I don't smoke too much … the last stuff I bought got me paranoid about whether my kid is making car-insurance payments. I couldn't sleep all night, and I was constipated for two days.'"

    Tommy's buyer was not unusual, it turns out. As better cultivation techniques and genetic engineering have made marijuana more potent than ever, dealers and users say that many members of pot's first generation–the baby boomers–have discovered they cannot function under the modern bud's influence. Here in New York, they've begun asking their suppliers to provide them with a kind of low-grade, retro, "decaf" pot–one effective enough to produce a mild high, and not so powerful that it makes them hallucinate at Junior's soccer practice.

    "I'm 47," said Steve Wishnia, a senior editor at High Times magazine. "You go out in a social situation, you don't want to be incoherent. You don't want to be unable to buy a movie ticket–or at least you don't want buying a movie ticket to be a major transaction."

    The demand for decaf pot runs against the idea that drug users always want the most effective, fastest-acting version of their drug of choice. Older pot smokers seem to want marijuana that reminds them of the seedy, cruddy stuff they used to get in their high-school or college days, when quality was often amusingly poor and getting high could be a crapshoot.

    "There's a lot of people who are requesting products that won't give them heart palpitations or paranoia," said Brian Del Re, a sales representative for Club 13.com, a New York-based company that sells smoking accessories. Mr. Del Re, noting that marijuana 25 years ago was a "lot weaker than it is today," called decaf weed "a trend that's just beginning."

    The problem, Mr. Del Re noted, was cultivating the mild stuff. Most commercial marijuana, he said, is specially bred for potency–fewer seeds, bigger buds and macroscopic THC crystals. Mr. Del Re told his own horror story about super-potent pot. "One time I'm using a five-foot water pipe," he said. "I took one puff of high-potency marijuana, and I fell on a couch and listened to my heart palpitate in my head for the rest of the night. If you're not a regular smoker, it's even harder to take."

    Tommy, however, had a common-sense solution for the decaf-pot demand. He walked back to his office–a Ford Explorer–and laced a couple of joints with the tobacco from a Marlboro Light. As pot-dealer tricks go, this is the oldest one in the world. But Tommy said that some of his customers actually preferred the tobacco-laced herb. He sells these joints for the slightly inflated price of $12 each–same as he charges for the regular stuff.

    "Here's the best part," Tommy said. "I told them I was giving them a deal because of the tobacco being so cheap. They were happy; they didn't know the difference."

    Tommy said that nowadays he always keeps a few tobacco-laced joints on hand. He even has several grades–from 80 percent marijuana and 20 percent tobacco down to a 20/80 marijuana and tobacco mix. They all cost $12 per joint.

    Hoping to capitalize on the demand, some marijuana botanists have begun breeding low-potency plants. "I keep one or two of them just in case," said one grower, who did not wish to be identified. Another grower, a 52-year-old retired dentist who lives on the Upper East Side, said: "I grow for myself, so obviously I don't want it to be stronger than I can handle–which, at 52, is less than it used to be."

    Referring to contemporary, super-bred marijuana, the grower said: "One joint and I would lose my whole weekend. Your only other choice is to just take one toke and then you're O.K. But that's no fun. I don't want it to be over so fast–like my prom night! I like the flavor. You know, there's a reason why they call it ‘flavor country'–not ‘flavor tiny little town that you zoom by in two seconds.' So I started growing my own stuff."

    Kyle Kushman, the cultivation reporter at High Times, said the secret of breeding weaker plants was to ignore today's conventional wisdom about marijuana growing. "Basically, what you do is what I advise people not to do," Mr. Kushman said. "You find some seeds in the pot that you buy on the street, and you put in soil and grow it."

    He concluded: "They're not going to look like the plants in the centerfold of High Times magazine. At least not today's High Times. They might look like the plants in the centerfold of High Times 15 years ago."

    –Ian Blecher


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