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.
Growing your own pot has never been easier. We now have all the information you could ever dream of, right here on the internet. Years of trial and error has been distilled down for us. Today we know the perfect temperatures to grow(76 degrees), the ideal acidic level food should be delivered to the plants(6.5) and even the kinds of lights and the amount of time they should be on and off for. Imagine the hippies up in the Californian hills in the 1960s. No internet or books to guide their pot growing. No forums to lend a helping hand when their leaves started turning funny colors. We can buy good quality equipment, perfect for the job of growing cannabis. In short, we are spoilt. Our first concern is getting pot legal, obviously. After this big business will move in and try to profit as much from this as any other business. Sick people on lower incomes or disability’s pay will get priced out of the market as profit and taxes go up. It is important, when the time comes that we are ready to grow for ourselves. Yes it would be nice to simply buy pot, but the true value of the herb includes putting our modern selves back in touch with the earth and mother nature. There is a whole world outside of the supermarket. Our consumerist ways are killing the planet so it is time for a change. Actually living with your pot plants and going through all the stages before you get the neat little bag filled with medicinal giggles will give us in most cases, our first contact with nature. We now live in cities, our natural human form is ignored as we fly through the internet and evolve only our brains. We are still connected to the earth whether we choose to see it or not. When pot is legalized, lets not give our power away to the big companies that will step in to provide the cannabis. Lets grow it ourselves. The video below is a little cheesy but it is full of the information that is needed to grow great cannabis. If you are in Europe you can use: Sensi seeds, Dutch-passion seeds, Dinafem seeds or Paradise seeds. I know they deliver to America but I have no experience with any other companies so I can’t recommend any others. If you do have another good seed company, let us all know in the comments. Leave the name and a link. Lets start the new generation that is both smarter and still in touch with nature. Lets all become growers!
Pot has a special place within Prague society. There are also special strains that have throughout the years become famous for their potency and the journey they take you on. Of all the pot out there, here are some of my favorites:
Indica side :
Vertigo (this is a mix with sativa but is indica dominant)
Sativa side :
If you have grown or smoked any of these strains, let me know what you thought of them.