Whether you are a Baby Boomer, a Gen X, Y or Millenial, chances are you have some orientation to weed. You either witnessed your parents smoking it, you smoked it during high school or college, or knew someone who did. Weed is not something completely foreign to you. What is probably a learning curve, though, is the idea that it can provide some benefit to you other than making you giggle uncontrollably, want to eat everything in sight or lull you into a state of euphoria. We will get to the other benefits soon enough, but you also need to know that the weed you currently have an orientation to is very different from the weed that is being recommended by physicians and becoming available in dispensaries across the country.
With the boom of cannabis use in this part of the world in the 60’s, people began bringing back varieties of the plant that were native to other parts of the world. These native versions, also known as landrace varieties, were cross-bred to produce new varieties. As this activity continued, the new varieties ventured farther and farther from their landrace ancestors. “Why,” you might ask, “What’s the purpose of all this mutation?” It was for one reason and one reason only: to create varieties for their ability to produce THC and lots of it.
THC, which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the component of cannabis that produces the psychoactive effects in the body. In other words, it’s the part that gets you high. The cross-breeding has given us the cannabis of today that, in some cases, has given us some extraordinarily strong stuff. You might have suspected this if you recently attempted to reacquaint yourself to your old friend as if nothing had changed between you two since college only to end up in the ER or with a high that lasted for multiple days. If this was your experience, know that it’s not you, it’s definitely him or her.
So, why am I sharing this with you? Why is it important for us to establish this? Back in the day, you or the person you knew, probably didn’t know what they were smoking. The buying process was simple, because the use and goal was simple. You found someone or you were referred to someone who sold you a small Ziploc bag of weed, and your measure of quality was based on the amount of seeds and stems in that bag and the degree to which it got you high – that was it.
While for many this is the same goal, but for people like you, Break Roomers, the goal is to heal, live better, and be better. Therefore, all of the science of horticulture and research that is taking place is working to create varieties that can and do address specific needs of the body around health and wellness. This means that as consumers, we have to be clearer about what we are using, how we use it and the quality of the products. Hence, the reason for The Budding Break Room – to give you a place to get the information and resources you need to be an informed cannabis user.