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Mexican Weed

Post by Weedguru Higher » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:00 pm

Mexican Weed
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Mexican weed makes up the majority of the marijuana south of the Mason Dixon line. The wide availability, cheap price, bang for the buck, and proximity to Mexico all contribute to preferences. But the bottom line is most folks would rather spend one hundred dollars for an ounce of schwag than 100 bucks for a quarter of Beaster, which by the time it gets this far south is often not much more potent bowl for bowl than a good bag of schwag.

Prior to the 60's Mexican was practically all anyone had. 5 finger lids from south of the border, untrimmed, sometimes even males included. The counterculture explosion had not happened yet, so for the most part exotic foreign strains were unheard of. As the culture expanded and a sudden gigantic market for marijuana developed the import came from increasingly distant locales. As hippies traveled and learned more about other cultures they became familiar with the potent flower tops sold by Mexican healers and bruha's (witch doctors) at rural markets, and a more knowledgeable smoking culture was beginning.

Mexico was on the verge of a revolution, and rural farmers were finding ways to finance their ideas now with marijuana. The Mexican goverment began an intensive crackdown along with US assistance in trying to spray fields with "paraquat", a dangerous herbicide with many health risks. Most of the herb was grown at altitudes too high to reach and very little of it was affective. In reality very little paraquat infested bud made it into the US but it nevertheless did scare many smokers away. As Mexico got more highways and roads it became easier to police, and discourage marijuana growing, and new political incentives helped bring a dramatic slow down to Mexican marijuana production. It was during this time when Mexico could no longer be the main commerical provider that Colombia began replacing it. So with the smaller corner of the market it had Mexico began to produce larger amounts of the higher quality varieties such as the legendary Highland Oaxaca Gold, and Acapulco Gold instead of commercial strains it had been exporting. Other notables of the time in Mexico were Guerreran Green, Zacatecas Purple, Tijuana Brown, Michoacan spears, and many more.

Today the situation faced by Mexican commercial smokers has changed. The name strains are gone but the commercial quality is higher. To compete with other nations export Mexico began using new genetics, trimming their harvest much better, and removing most of the males to cut down on seeds. Todays mexican has dramatically improved over what smokers remember from the earliest bags of the 60s. Beginning in the early 80's non native phenos started showing up common in imports. First colombian commercial types, and then indica/commercial bug made it to mexico as well as many other nations. By '85-'90 when Mexico took over the commercial production back from Colombia most of the regional strains were gone.

The product today is usually bricked, maybe 5 seeds per dime, usually heavily sativa leaning hybrids, However bags of touched up indica are not uncommon. Probably somewhere around 20-40% of Mexican import is no longer native genes. However this does not change the fact that at least half of Mexican import IS still pure native strains and classic varieties including large amounts of oaxacas, golds, and lower amounts of zacatecas purple, michoacan, etc. are still somewhat common. Bare in mind the genes are RARELY completely pure. Not to say it doesn't happen, but when I say native I mean its a native Mexican strain, with a very small percentage of something else mixed in with it and is usually 60-90% sativa. In the 80's they were experimenting with indicas, but most of them have been crossed and recrossed back to the sativas they came from. It shortened flower time and added a bit of yield but is still very sativa.

Here is a pic of what todays Mexican commercial loks like next to what older commercial used to look like.

You can see the newer is more trimmed buds, and the other is more leafy and stem.

Close up on modern schwag. bought in new orleans by me in '04 or 05?

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Photo from ancient one. this is just how schwag looks around here too

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Red rider schwag from georgia

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Old style

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Contrary to popular belief most Mexican IS NOT bad genes. Many things like when it was harvested, shipping methods, what region it is from, how old it is, how long they let it sit before shipping, how well it was dried, how well it was stored including what temperature and bricking, and when it was harvested all have to do with quality of import. It's not one simple answer like "Mexican weed just sucks".

Another common myth is that the cartels grow the weed. The cartels do grow weed but it is a tiny percentage of what they can export. Most of the weed they own is not grown by them, but rather collected by them and put towards a shipment to eventually be sent in. They are the smugglers. Rural mexican farm families that have been growing the same strains for centuries are the mainstay of the import, and that is not likely to change.

Where you are located (what cartel puts what you smoke in your pipe) will also have a good deal to do with your opinion of schwag.

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As of '09 the gang wars and drug terrorism has reached a terrible level. All the more reason to grow your own and not fund Drug Trade Organizations and supply them with money. Mexico is controlled by several competing cartels over distribution and territory among other things. Separating the gangs are mountains and deserts, which helps keep the regions marijuana unique. The caribbean coast is famous for the more cerebral neon green marijuana also found in jamaica. The western coast is drier and more prone to indica hybrids.

Gangs and territory and distribution areas change every year, so its impossible to say where your pot is coming from.
Bare in mind that despite wherever you live, your pot could have come from anywhere. Much of schwag is actually domestic low branches, mid west corn field weed, and applachian hills pot. Still more of it is brought around by independent smugglers. You may have Cali schwag in New York, Appalachian schwag in Iowa, etc. You don't know who sent what where to make a buck. Everything depends on who you know and people leave cities to make a buck in other cities all the time. But in general you are likely to see the better bud the closer you are to either major port or border towns. The south east is really the best place to find bagseed sativas in the US, and is where most shwag is sold.

An uglier, darker lowland oaxaca (one of several lowland or coastal oaxacas, this one is called sugarcane). doesn't look that resinous I know, but I'll put this up against TW gram for gram anyday believe it or not. Its a very powerful herb, but not the most euphoric. Very dumbing.

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Here is a pic of highland oaxaca. courtesy of oaxaca spice. the pic below it is (I think) the same weed as it appears in schwag. I could be wrong though, we'll have to ask OS when he shows up.

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THE GANJA SITUATION IN MEXICO Tienes mota mi amigo?

Weed is usually pretty easy to find in Mexico. By far the easiest and safest way to get it is simply staying in a border town. Logically you would think that you would want to go to the region it's being grown in to get the freshest buds, but the reality is it's very poor people growing pot in very dangerous places. It is however meant to be sold to the US. We are the major consumer and truly if weed is good they want the money it is worth. Not the weed to smoke. Regardless of where it was grown it will probably show up at a major border town. The funny thing about border towns is they are full of good cheap pot. But just a few hunded miles outside of them it goes much higher. They put up roadblocks all over highways out of border towns and it raises the price. But there is often LOTS of pot sitting in houses in border towns awaiting a destination.

Other sources of weed within Mexico are open markets that often sell weed discreetly, but not as easy if you are a tourist and especially white. If you start heading to southern Mexico you will begin getting to more towns and villages. By the time your rural enough that the locals aren't speaking spanish but some native dialect is a good sign. The markets here will often have weed for sale much more openly, as well you should be able to find medicine men (cuanderos? I think) and witch doctors (bruhas) who also keep several types of very well grown and preserved weed they grow themselves as medicinal herbs and are your best bet for true kind in Mexico.

Be careful where ever you are especially in a border town taxi drivers and weed dealers are famous for selling you weed, then ratting you out so the cops will give the weed back to the dealer free and no arrest them for the arrest they've given him. It is full of scams and especially violence these days. Let the buyer beware.

In a final statement I'd like to say that the cartels get the majority of their money from marijuana, and it is through us, not only as competition from American growers, but as consumers to try and help end the cartels and the cancer they are to the marijuana community.

https://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=36181&page=11
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Re: Mexican Weed

Post by Ikku » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:50 am

WTF you can't just come in here making those kinds of demands!
I personally recommend checking oneself for OCD at least once every 5 minutes.

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