by Jorge Cervantes
American and Canadian strains are very big – Love Potion, Kush, Blueberry, Purple strains AKA the Purps, are all more common in Mexico. Gone are the days of smoking only Popo Blue, Punta Rojo, Alcapulco Gold, etc. Now you can find almost anything that won a High Times Cannabis Cup.
Mexico is taking over where British Colombia left off. Thanks to Colombian and American (US) influences the quality of Mexican weed has improved significantly in recent years. Much is being grown in green houses or in controlled outdoor gardens. Most small and midsize growers have no affiliations with organized crime until they have to sell their crop. The Mexican mafias provide their only commercial outlet with cash in hand.
Oaxaca is developing a name for sieved hash, although it is lower quality than you might find in central Mexico or the new hash capital, Culiacan, Sinaloa. Those in the know can find top quality ice hash in this mafia-controlled capital – $300 for 100 grams.
Small gardens both indoors and outdoors are more common in Mexico. Growers with small connoisseur plots are producing for their own personal pleasure rather than for export. Proximity to the US hydroponic stores as well as a sprinkling of big box stores – Home Depot, Costco, Wall-Mart, etc. – make it easy to find all the supplies necessary to grow a great crop. A general rule of thumb is marijuana is higher quality the closer to the US border.
More Mexicans than ever are smoking today. Old macho stereotypes are softening as the country modernizes and the marijuana taboo is fading into the past. Young people are the ones breaking with tradition. In fact, Tourist stores even carry paraphernalia and on a recent trip across the Tijuana border a Mexican friend bought a bong from a street vendor!
Top quality strains sell for about $2,000 USD a pound, but, don’t hold your breath before inhaling. You still an amigo to find a good deal. And novices should be careful because “la mordida” (the bite or bribe) of the police is part of the culture that has not changed.
Spanish Grow Report 2008
The proliferation of new seed companies has changed the cannabis landscape of the entire Iberian Peninsula. Today there are more than 20 different seed companies and more are sprouting up every year. Dinafim and Eva Seeds (all feminized), Delicatessen Seeds, Good House Seeds, Medical Seeds, Pyramid Seeds, Sweet Seeds and World of Seeds all weigh in as the best known. Most of the companies have a website, just Google their name.
According to Ms. Dinafim, “clones are sometimes difficult to locate and many growers find they are too much trouble and prefer feminized seeds which are legal.” This is why today’s market is dominated by feminized seeds, just like I is in the rest Europe. Growers here grow for their own consumption and most of them spend more time smoking than growing, so feminized seeds work perfect for them.
Every year more pot is planted in Spain.It is common to see plant on balconies and rural gardens tended by extended families are commonplace especially in Catalunya and the Basque Country. In fact, marijuana is becoming more popular than Moroccan hash, something I thought would never happen.
High temperatures and little rain made this growing season difficult for indoor and outdoorgrowers alike. The good news is that autumn weather was relatively dry in much of the country and long season sativa crops had plenty of time to mature. Wet weather was still commonplace in the Pyrenees Mountains, the Basque Country and all along the Cantabrican Coast that borders the Atlantic Ocean.
A persistent mold similar to powdery mildew has plagued several northern climates. Harvests have been diminished and growers are left scratching their heads.
Even with all the heat, lack of rain and mold problems, overall this has been an excellent year for growing. Growers are harvesting more than ever, but not matter how much is grown, we always smoke more than is harvested!