Thursday, December 14, 2017

Flashback: 1970s Marijuana

While many amazing drugs have come & gone since the 1970s (ahem *Quaaludes*), there's one substance that's only improved with time--marijuana.  Or at least according to 90% of the potsmoking public.  There's no question that today's pot blows the grass of the '70s out of the water in every way:  THC content, CBD content, manicure, terpenes & overall beauty.  But there's still that 10% of older heads who claim weed from the '60s & '70s was superior to today's stuff.  You know, the grass that looked like literal grass streaked with dog shit.  Some of it looked more like hay.  Today it would be considered bottom-of-the-barrel schwag that would be laughed out of any dispensary or legit dealer's stash. 

Still, I find it mildly entertaining-bordering-on-addictive looking at old photos of the strains of yesteryear.  I hear story after story from old heads about how mind-blowing these ugly strains were & how today's pot doesn't compare.  Is it all nostalgia & tolerance talking, or is there really something to it?   Most of the landrace strains were pure Sativas grown in South America, Mexico or islands like Hawaii or Jamaica.  Were they uplifting?   Did they cause as much paranoia as today's Sativas?  DID THEY EVEN GET YOU HIGH?

According to ProCon.org, the average THC content of weed in 1978 was around 1%.  For reference, that's the same amount found in today's high-CBD strain ACDC, which is said to have no real psychoactive effects.  And yet people were clearly getting all giggly, hungry & red-eyed from weed in the hippie days.  I'm sure they were smoking larger amounts, such as fat joints & spliffs, but still. 

(Side Note: I'm not a fan of the super-potent sticky icky of today that's more like a hallucinogen than a relaxing way to unwind.  I didn't start smoking until the early 2000s so I'm a relative n00b.  I enjoyed being able to smoke a whole joint without having a freak-out, so I now smoke mostly hemp with very low THC content.  I like a balance of CBD with my THC and am thankful breeders are starting to focus on other cannabinoids besides the infamous one that stoners love).


Anyway, here are some pictures I found while scouring the interwebs.  ENJOY!  😜

Santa Marta Gold

Highland Thai

Various
Various
Panama Red

Puebla

 Various

Guerrero

Pak-Afghan "Gold Stamp" Hash

Nepalese Hash

Various (Hash)

 Various (Hash)

Texas teens smoking weed circa 1973


If any "mature" smokers are reading, please share your experiences with weed & weed accessories from the 1970s.  (Below is a short video of Jorge Cervantes breaking down the differences between today's weed & the strains of yesteryear).  I'm borderline obsessed with this topic & would love to hear your $0.02!  Sound off in the comments.


7 comments:

  1. Im a Landrace Cannabis preservationist. I have a few strains from the late 60’s early 70’s. The seeds were over 40 years old when i germinated and started growing them. I have 1970 Colombian Gold, 1971 Panama Red, and 1969 Vietnamese Mekong. I have a total of over 20 different landraces from all over the world. And they are just as delicious, smelly, and potent as any of todays strains, if not better in some cases.

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    1. Is the buzz from the gold bud the same as back in the day? Meaning is it still a different high and last for a few hours.?

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    2. Wow, you're a lucky grower! Yum! I'd give anything to try a genuine landrace sample. One day.

      I imagine growing techniques are the biggest difference between weed then & now (though genetics have come a long way). Would love to see what some of the old strains could do with today's technology.

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  2. I miss true Gold buds. The type that makes so much resin you have to keep clipping the end off the joint. Yummy

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    1. Ahh, never had the pleasure of trying any of the golden nuggs. Sounds amazing. :P

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  3. We used to get this stuff here in Washington state, Columbian Gold was some of the first weed I ever tried. It was seedy but all of us using weed back then were masters of 'cleaning' our weed with an album cover and drivers license. Anyway, it was more of an orange color but it would mess you up, very 'coughy' too. Expanded bigtime in your lungs after a good rip. Around this time, 1977-78, also came across Sinsemilla for the first time. I wasn't sure at first because it was $10 for a gram! Outrageous! LOL But in our area in was the start of the seedless/Sinsemilla with red hairs and no seed strains. Some of other really good weed around then was Panama Red/Red bud, some dark strain that was allegedly from Germany, Puna Bud IIRC?, Alaskan/Matanuska Thunderf****, etc. Also around 1979-80 started seeing Afghani - pure skunk buds, no seeds, dank af, sparkling with trichomes. I still have seeds from back then, maybe someday soon I'll see if i can get some to germinate.

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    1. Very cool! Jealous...

      Was reading a forum where a guy said he had some '70s seeds he'd kept in the freezer & had a great germination rate, so there's definitely hope. Or I imagine you could sell them to a seedbank for a pretty penny if you had any proof of their lineage. It's crazy how common seeds were back then...couldn't get rid of them fast enough but now one seed costs like $35-$70.

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