I think that all marijuana should be tested for potency. Iíd like for you to agree. Every batch, every body! Medication and food alike quantify the contents for the consumer. Other medications we take are metered, and the nutritional content of food is detailed, so you know exactly what youíre getting. I would also like to suggest a framework for the test results, which comes from a combination of classification systems already out there.
When I bought weed prior to becoming a legal patient, there was virtually no selection, and the potency and effects were inconsistent. As a legal patient in California, the selection is overwhelming, but the inconsistency is still present.
Iíve had more negative experiences purchasing marijuana as a medical patient. I encountered pesticide twice, received undesirable effects, received hermaphrodite-seed-riddled buds, overpaid for weak MMJ on several occasions, and generally just overpay. Thereís no good method of selection for me.
Letís outline some of the indicators of potency and effect, which contribute to the general quality of the marijuana. Price sometimes suggests potency in relative terms; as the price increases, the potency should increase. Type, such as indica or sativa, suggests effect(s). Names could indicate a number of things, including lineage, effect, quality, potency, appearance, or even the grower. Iím still learning about how the look and smell may be interpreted as various indicators, but I have lost all faith in my own nose and eyes. The physical appearance or color might indicate quality, and possibly maturity and/or the presence of pesticide. The smell to me is just preference, because I love the stink of marijuana, but now that Iíve consumed pesticide-laden medication, I know what that smells like too.
Obviously my own confidence in look and smell have been shaken, but I think there are flaws in these other indicators as well. Price, in my opinion, is arbitrary without data. Names can be made up, and labels can be switched. Many buds appear the same in shape, as they are prepared the same way, but I think for the most part the appearance is a relational reference for your own experience. For example, some shades of purple suggest a certain smell and / or a sleepy feeling to me.
One problem is describing the effects, let alone marijuana affects everyone differently.
Marijuana testing can include levels of THC, CBD, and CBN, screen for mold and pesticides, notate the moisture level, and profile it with terpenes. Thereís a lot more data they can extract from samples.
Hereís the label Iíd like to see every time make my selection and purchase:
The picture is good to have, especially for online menu purposes. I love the Ďspider webí representation of the anticipated effects as a whole, which came from Budgenius.com. I donít know how they plot it out, and that really should be open-sourced or common knowledge. I also donít like the fact that you canít see it when you click the details of a strain - you only see it when youíre searching or browsing. The pie chart came from there too, and is a nice visual representation of ratios. The idea for type is fairly standard. The idea for flavor and density came from the Sticky Guide Cannabis Classification System. Note, Sticky Guide doesnít cover my area and unfortunately changed their format to have THC, CBD, and CBN levels far less visible. Their own 1-3 strength scale should be stricken and replaced with cannabinoid test results. Lastly, I threw in an arbitrary chart of terpenes, which I recently learned is used as a way of fingerprinting strains so that you know you're really getting the marijuana it's labeled as.
My bathroom is my last remaining safe smoke spot, and it really isn't as 'safe' as it was before. I am a medical marijuana patient, but I am still overly discrete about it with my employer, my teenager, and sometimes the general public. I smoke throughout the day, but remain highly functional, and maintain my professional and personal responsibilities.
Why am I discreet? I question this more and more. I don't want someone calling the police because they smell smoke. I have had this concern for years. I also don't want anyone to misconstrue my use as persistent, irresponsible intoxication. I don't want it used against me. Additionally, discretion may be considered a common courtesy.
When I was younger, I had a pretty punk apartment and no reason or desire to be discreet, so I would fire up in any room. That was before the responsibility, the kid, the profession, and the overwhelming fear of incarceration.
I also used to smoke in my car, but I just don't do that anymore for a few reasons... I walk, bike, and skate more than drive now. I don't need the car stinking when I drive the kid around. I also don't need to be troubled by the police.
I used to have a balcony, where I could sit and smoke privately and let the smoke drift upwards and away from passers-by. Instead of a balcony, I now have a 1st floor patio that opens up to a street with fairly heavy foot traffic.
I also used to smoke cigarettes, which is a great cover-up smell as well as a socially acceptable reason to go utside for a few moments and return smelling like smoke. I recently quit smoking cigarettes, but just didn't tell anyone. I'm surprised that no one has noticed I'm smoking less.
Back to the bathroom - it's a smell barrier, and I'm sure I'm not the only one smoking in my bathroom. I used to have a couple more doors between my bathroom and my living area, and it was a solid option for smoking. Now with less doors and increased circulation, I need about 2-4 hours of alone time to allow the smell to dissipate so the kid and my non-ent woman donít smell it when they return. Thatís about the average amount of time it takes for the smell to dissipate, even in my living room. I wonít smoke hash or resin inside because the smell is so much stronger.
I typically combat the smell with Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa incense that I periodically burn throughout the day, and also recently found Orange Chronic Ė a non-aerosol citrus spray.
I got some balls this year, started rolling joints with a machine to look more cigarette-like, stand on the front edge of my patio, smoke up, wave, and say hello to passers-by. If I see an elderly person or children, Iíll stop smoking and put it out. I have actually gotten only positive responses and comments so far from those that notice me smoking dope and actually say something, but some people still walk by without making eye contact. I always try to be friendly. One teen on a bike stopped and told me he and his dad grew some Northern Lights and sold it to the local dispensary. One neighbor said, ďThatís where Iíve been smelling thatĒ and gave me a back story on him and his smoking situation. A group of young girls yelled, ďSmells good!Ē An elderly gentleman said, ďSmoking that marijuana?!Ē to which I replied, ďYes, sir!Ē. I helped one neighbor open a gate with a lit joint, when she noticed she smiled and said, ďSmokin the gaaaaaaanjaa.Ē and thanked me for my help.
Of course, itís a grey area, but I believe that I have the right as a legal MMJ user to smoke where I reside.
I try to be considerate with my smoking, and if Iím doing some heavy smoking or have something particularly stinky, I donít want the smell to drift in to my neighborsí residences. Thereís all kinds of unpleasant smells, and it comes down to preference. I used to know every time my one neighbor used a charcoal grill, because the smell of the lighter fluid and smoke would drift into my windows. I like the smell of the grill, but not being stuck with fumes and smoke, and Iím sure others feel the same of marijuana.
ÖSo I have also started to take an increased risk by taking a walk around the neighborhood with my cigarette lookalike joint. By word of mouth, in reference to MMJ, Iíve been told itís legal to smoke anywhere you can smoke a cigarette. I think your average officer would probably hit you for public intoxication or something like that. I try to be mindful of what Ė or whom Ė is downwind.
I try to hide the fact that I smoke marijuana less and less as time goes on. I believe that I am not doing anything wrong, and if I continue to hide, it may give the opposite impression.
Thanks for reading. Peace.