Pubdate: Thu, 04 Oct 2012
Source: Sacramento News & Review (CA)
Copyright: 2012 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Ngaio Bealum


Who comes up with all these weed names? I've seen strains called 
Charlie Sheen, Green Crack and even Girl Scout Cookies.

- -Blazed and Confused

It's kinda like apples: A Pink Lady apple tastes way different than a 
Fuji or a Granny Smith, but they are still apples. It's the same for 
pot: Trainwreck and Romulan are both marijuana, but they taste 
different, and they have different effects.

Back in the early days, cannabis mostly had a geographical 
designation. Think Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, Afghani, or Matanuska 
Thunderfuck. As the cannabis industry shifted from importing grass to 
growing it domestically, the nomenclature changed to a more colorful 
and descriptive style: Champagne, Lambsbread, and White Widow were 
all popular strains in the '90s. These days, names mostly tell you 
what a strain tastes like: Blueberry, Tangerine Kush, Bubblegum.

Generally, naming a strain is left up to the grower. That's how you 
get terrible names such as Green Crack. It's a shame, because G.C. is 
one of my favorite strains to smoke, yet the names bug me to no end. 
Who in the world besides the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to 
compare marijuana to crack? That's why a lot of clubs will call Green 
Crack something more innocuous, like Green Candy or just G.C.

As for Charlie Sheen-good grief! Naming a strain after a crackhead TV 
star makes no sense, except as a way to bring bad publicity to 
cannabis dispensaries. In fact, strains called "Charlie Sheen" 
started popping up in clubs a few days after the whole "Winning!" 
scandal broke. It takes at least seven weeks for a plant to grow to 
maturity, and a few more to trim and cure, so it was pretty clear 
that this was just unscrupulous club owners renaming a strain that 
wasn't selling very well.

I'm on the fence about Girl Scout Cookies. It does taste like 
cookies, but, again, do we want to even give the hint of trying to 
associate weed with the Girl Scouts? (Insert some sort of brownie joke here.)

Help! My garden is full of caterpillars! What can I do?

- -Frustrated Farmer

The first rule is always don't panic. Pests this late in the harvest 
season present a particular challenge. You can't firebomb the buggers 
with man-made chemicals, because no one wants to smoke cannabis 
that's been dusted with junk like Avid (a super powerful bug killer 
linked to health issues in cannabis users). Using ladybugs and 
praying mantises would take too long, and plucking all the 
caterpillars by hand would be a herculean task.

There are a few organic pest-control options. Sprays such as Ed 
Rosenthal's Zero Tolerance Herbal Pesticide are Organic Materials 
Review Institute certified ( and safe to use up until a 
few days before harvest.

When I talked to Ed about your problem, he said you could use Zero 
Tolerance, but you might want to look into the bacterium Bacillus 
thuringiensis, which you can find at any garden-supply center. It's a 
naturally occurring bacterium that stops caterpillars in their 
tracks. When I asked Ed if there were any health concerns about 
Bacillus thuringiensis, he said, "Unless you are a caterpillar, 
Bacillus thuringiensis has no interest in you. You breathe in 
thousands of different bacterium in the span of a day, so you will be fine."

Good luck, and if you need any help trimming, call me.
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