In 2017, a Brazilian cannabis journalist by the name Matias Maxx gave a talk on the production of brick weed in Paraguay. Maxx had the chance to visit a cannabis farm on the border of Paraguay and Brazil, seeing firsthand what goes into making the weed that saturated the market in most South American countries. He talked about his trip at the 2017 Expocannabis in Uruguay.
Nonetheless, chances are you’ve heard someone talk about “good old brick weed”. In this article, we take an in-depth look at brick weed and how it’s made.
Every now and then you’ll hear an old-time cannabis connoisseur tell you about the excellent brick weed he/she would smoke “back in the day”. And it’s true; brick weed can be, and was, of a high quality from time to time. However, having been and lived in South America, we never came across brick weed that was even close to “good”.
Once the branches have dried, the buds are torn from the bigger branches and shaken to remove any larger leaves. Through this process, a ton of trichomes are lost and a lot of leaves, stems, and seeds are left behind.
Finally, the dried cannabis is loaded into a hydraulic press, which produces one massive 50kg block of compressed weed. This is then cut into smaller bricks, wrapped in plastic and held together with tape, and then shipped.
Come harvest time, entire branches of cannabis are piled onto big pieces of canvas and sundried. With so much plant material so close together, moisture gets trapped and parts of the plant start to rot, which is what gives brick its strong ammonia smell.
As we mentioned earlier, brick weed is far less popular today than it once was. There are two main reasons for this:
Maxx was quick to mention that the plants used to make brick weed were excellent, often stemming from top-shelf seeds from well-known seed banks. He mentioned that the plants are well-grown, although males tend to invade the plantations and fertilise some of the females. The problem with brick weed, according to Maxx, is how it’s processed.
In the 1970s and 80s, it suddenly became a lot easier for people to grow their own cannabis at home. Thanks to indoor grow equipment, people could now start growing cannabis from inside their home without arousing suspicion from the neighbours or the cops. Plus, thanks to the founding of seed banks, people could also get their hands on top-shelf genetics that were expertly bred to deal with indoor environments.
Chances are you've heard of the infamous brick weed. While it's not as common anymore, it was once one of the most popular types of cannabis around.
The movement of air is necessary to a grow, because CO2-rich air is quickly depleted and that is a requirement for your plant’s photosynthetic process, which causes new plant cells to grow. The heated air due to the lighting needs to get out of the grow too, as it dries out the plants. Usually, table fans are used in indoor grows, combined with ventilation systems, but that is probably not practical for your micro grow. A neat solution is a computer fan. You put one at a low point that will act as your intake fan and put another one in a higher position to act as an exhaust fan. This way, as heat rises, the hot air will come out first, replacing it with cooler and fresher air. Don’t forget to use some kind of filters on the fans which will help you battle unwanted pests and odors.
Quick One is another compact cannabis strain that can be grown in complete privacy. Most autoflowering varieties have fast flowering times, but Quick One has a real lust for speed. This child of Lowryder 1 and Old School Indica is capable of erupting into a fully mature specimen only 8 weeks after germination. If you want rapid turnover of indica-dominant flowers, then she’s your strain. A THC content of 13% offers a chilled body high this is great for relaxing in the evening without becoming stoned out of your mind. These pleasant effects go hand-in-hand with flavours of sweetness and citrus.
You probably thought about growing your own weed sometimes, but concluded that it’s too much of a hassle? Look no further, micro growing has everything you’re looking for and more.
A thing to note is that due to the small quantity of soil your plants will need more fertilizer and water than regular plants.
Most plants you see occupy the same volume beneath the ground as above. The reason behind this is because the root system is vitally important to a plant, being the part of the plant where it takes up nutrients and water. The amount of space occupied by a plant’s root system has a great influence on the plant’s size. We can use this correlation to our advantage as micro growing is concerned. The volume of the pot you use to grow your plant in is directly related to how large the plant will grow. To give you an impression:
Watering your micro grow becomes tricky after a while, as the plants become bushier and expand in width. You will need to use a small water system or make the grow accessible from the side to water your plants from the bottom. Don’t forget that plants in micro grow need more water than plants in regular grows, as they have less root space.
Micro growing would best be described as a process of growing a small batch of cannabis in a limited space, trying to get the best possible results. That being said, micro growing is a type of indoor growing, just smaller in proportions. The main difference between a micro grow and a usual indoor grow is exactly that – the amount of space. Due to the lack of space, all the other basic aspects of cannabis growing – light, water and air supply, soil, the choice of strains – differ slightly from your regular indoor grow. Almost any space you imagine can be used for micro growing, from cupboards to computer cases. The main idea (and challenge) is to create the optimum conditions for your plants to thrive in that space.
HPS and HPI lamps are the go-to lightings of indoor growers because of their high light output and 400W is lightweight for this kind of lamps. But, the problem with this kind of lighting is that it produces excess heat, which especially won’t help with your micro grow. Due to the lack of space things get very hot very quickly and your plants will be in danger of drying out.
As with light, your plants can’t live and grow without water and air. Having a good and clean ventilation and water supply system is a necessity for any grow, including micro grows.
You want to start your own cannabis grow? Micro growing is a perfect way to start learning about growing cannabis and experimenting on your own terms.