A customer has a question or concerns and I hope we can get some opinions on it, thanks
“I’m a medical user, disabled by Ankylosing Spondylitis. I have the book, bought white widow fem. First harvest just finished which started a month ago (harvesting as trichomes became 30% amber). Buds have trichomes all over sugar leaves as well as calyxs. ALL trichomes after drying and curing have turned a dull red color. No method of ingestion has proven effective. The whole crop seems a waste. I am retired and worked at this diligently for the last 9 months for apparently nothing. Do you have an idea what went wrong? Is this common that a crop can look fine and be a total waste of time? No, you can’t blame it on any technique used, I tried them all. Even drying and curing techniques were tried (some dried in a remote room hung and some buds on a drying rack, another batch dried in my wine cellar at 64 F and 62% RH, all bottled buds rest in the wine cellar, no there is no mold, buds aired daily, sifted and checked throughout. O,K I did have some caterpillars I quickly dealt with BT and some fungus gnats that were quickly occluded and destroyed before much noticeable damage (some early flowering that just kept maturing with some early flowers rotting off and removed. (see pic) Still wound up with good looking plants (see attached) but of absolutely no use. I would have been much better off saving my money to purchase commercial product. Do you have any answer for me?”
- Strain (type, bag seed): white widow fem.
- Soil in pots, hydroponic, or coco?: 20 gallon pots, Ocean Forest Soil
- PH of runoff or solution in reservoir?: PH’d water and food to avg 5.5
- What is strength of nutrient mix? EC, or TDS: Your nutes, given as directed.
- Indoor or outdoor:Outdoor
- Light system, size?:from seed, LED lights till appx 18” then outdoor…
- Temps day, night: Low at night 60 high during summer; 90 So. California means most days are in the 80’s day and 60’s night and NO rain.
- Humidity day, night 60 to 80
- Ventilation system (yes/no, size): Outdoor
- AC, humidifier, de-humidifier?:no
- Co2 (yes/no):no
“Early to flower, they never reverted to veg. Just kept flowers leading to a three month harvest (still going) started in August as cola’s became ripe (for me that’s 30% amber trichomes). (using a microscope) AVG. three or four ounces of dried flower per plant. Dried in an isolated dark room, hung, baby nugs on a rack, September harvest dried in my Wine cellar due to high heat spell (over 85 for that week) at 64F and 62RH for about a week then bottled in glass jars, rotated and aired daily. ALL cured in the wine cellar. August pick now at 62%. Have tried smoking, vaping and making extractions with alcohol, VG and peanut oil. Alcohol extractions will not vape, have ingested up to an ounce of the “Green Dragon” alcohol extracted to no effect. VG and PG added to alcohol still will not vape well. I’m a high tolerance patient on opiates for Ankylosing Spondylitis (the hunch backs disease) I did not expect to product to equal what I had been buying, but I thought half of that would be a reasonable goal. Now I don’t know if this stuff has even 5% THC. The only relief I got from this was eating three large decarboxilated flowers directly out of the oven. One flower of this size of commercial product would last me a week if smoked (3 to 4 grams each). What happened??? I’m retired, studied every day, tended plants diligently several times a day, bought everything I was directed to, finished product looks good but……Can you help? I certainly don’t want to go all through this and spend all this money again to get nothing. I’m a good gardener. Have raised prize roses and tended my own garden all my life. I can’t believe a plant supposedly a weed, and very hardy, is this finicky, weak, disease prone and now just a weed.”