Prague Cannafest 2014
At 11am a large crowd of excited pot enthusiasts made their way through the annual Prague cannafest main doors. Pretty girls in skimpy outfits greeted us with smiles and bags of goodies. The three day event saw huge crowds and unlike last year, there was no police presence whatsoever.
On display was the latest growing technology. Lighting, ventilation, nutrients, everything a dedicated grower could ever wish for. Besides the old reliable seed bank companies, an army of new ones have sprung up. There were impressive deals from Dinafem. I got some and In about three months time I will let you know if that was a good purchase or not!
Of all the new products that I saw, one stood out. A couple of American guys were showcasing glasses that protect your eyes from indoor light radiation. After an interesting five minute chat I went along my way. That night, sitting between two 600 watt HPS lights I began to replay the conversation I had with the Method Seven guys. You don’t look directly at the sun, and yet if you grow, there are lights trying to mimic the sun’s rays a couple of meters from your eyeballs. Oxygen filled room good, eyes being slowly destroyed by grow lights, not so good. After a quick search online it looks like grow light eye damage is a real thing. The first stall I visited the next day was the glasses guys. They had a 600 watt HPS light set up in their display area. Without the glasses, the old familiar strain on your eyes is there but with the glasses on, your eyes can relax. I got a pair and will wear them every time I am in a grow room. In later posts we will look deeper into grower eye damage.
The east hall was packed with activist groups, stages, demonstrations and even a cinema. Speeches from scientists and dreamers incited the crowd. Medical marijuana is a fact. Hemp can replace plastic and be used for food, fuel, clothing and construction materials. When the general public becomes aware of the usefulness of cannabis the debate on its legal status will be over. You can feel the optimism. Government propaganda and special interest misinformation is discredited and being replaced by marijuana jobs and innovation. Cannabis social clubs for the Europeans and legislation for America. We are heading for legalization, for a brighter, greener more eco responsible tomorrow. The activist, enthusiast and entrepreneur shared the same cannafest roof. Each have their role to play as we push to end prohibition.