As a Medical Marijuana Patient you rely on your Caregiver, Budtender, or club owner to be knowledgeable about the medicine they are selling. Luckily – most people selling Medical Marijuana are more than willing – nay, excited! to talk about their products. Here are some GOTCHA questions you can ask them to help you weed out the good dealers from the occasional bad apple.
1) Sativa or Indica?
Does it smoke like a sativa – giving you an upbeat energetic feeling, or does it smoke like an indica – locking you hard into the couch? In between the two extremes? You will need to test it out for yourself to figure out what works, but understanding the categories will be very useful for you in treating your condition.
This is a really basic question, but I have heard new upstarts get it wrong or get confused about it. Folks with insomnia generally don’t want a sativa strain that will keep them awake, and people with depression sometimes don’t want a heavy indica strain effecting their productivity.
In other cases, I have had patients whose muscle spasms would worsen with sativa-dominant strains but still needed to be productive as they dealt with their chronic pain. For these patients, a 50-50 hybrid works really well.
2) How was it cured?
It is well known that patients prefer cured rather than fresh dried cannabis. This is an extra step though – and means that the cannabis producer has to be a little more patient bringing his product to market.
A good cure occurs in air tight containers, often mason jars. Highlights of a good cure is an even burn rate, less coughing, and even slightly better potency!
3) How is it stored?
Cannabis is best stored in a cool, dry place in vacuum sealed glass containers. For high volume places like cannabis shops, dispensaries, etc, don’t be surprised or alarmed if it’s not vacuum sealed.
In my humble opinion there is no better sound than the PSSST of a sealed jars vacuum being open when you ask a caregiver to bring out his “head stash” (highest quality MJ)
4) Which pesticides were used?
I am going to shock and alarm some people with this. I’ve been growing indoors for 4 years now and I can tell you for certain you don’t need pesticides to have an excellent, reliable indoor crop harvest after harvest. Strong plants defend themselves, and the ability of good growers to control their environment completely negates any advantage pest populations could have on a crop. Outdoor, and dirt and organic growers may occasionally need a different solution.
Still, just like our nations food producers, many cannabis growers choose to use pesticides in their crop. All-natural NEEM oil, rosemary, thyme, etc extracts are all used to bolster plants natural defenses and scare off pests regularly. You can decide for yourself whether you are comfortable with this, or even non-natural pesticides, in your marijuana.
5) Is the Cannabis grown organically or not?
There are some wrong answers to this question: “I’m not sure”, “…..LONG PAUSE”, or a lie. The bottom line is you should feel comfortable with the cannabis you are getting and the dealer selling the marijuana should both (A) know the answer and (B) be able to defend his position.
For example, I’ve used organic nutrition to feed my plants in the past – but I found that it was too much work (10+ hours /wk extra mixing dirt, dealing with worms, hand watering plants, etc). I found that all that extra work left me with less free time to be a good caregiver, start Grassmatch, and have a life. Besides that, frankly I would find myself slacking off. When I switched to hydroponics, my products got better, my patients got happier, and I got my life back .