Ode to Franklin

The hemp industry is a vibrant and varied one. While there are some large farms that produce many of the smokable hemp varieties in circulation, smaller farms are also producing hemp that has some unique characteristics. Franklin hemp by Veteran Grown is one of these hemp strains.

Franklin hemp was created purely by accident and will forever go down in hemp lore. With a combination of factors, including abnormal weather, Veteran Grown was able to produce one of the most unique and controversial hemp strains in recent memories. What makes Franklin so special is the high THCa %, legal Delta-9 THC limit, and also a low CBD %; all these combined make Franklin an almost 1:1 strain of THC to CBD.

THCa is the precursor acid to delta-9 THC. THCa will convert to delta-9 when exposed to heat. With this in mind, smoking Franklin will produce some psychoactive effects given the 6% THC content. Now, the original 2018 Farm Bill only had provisions that limited the delta-9 THC content in flower to 0.3%. The oversight on the Fed’s part is that delta-9 THC is not very present on flower and its mostly THCa. They fixed this by issue by implementing a new “Total THC” rule which was defined as D9-THC content plus .87 of the THCa content and that rule goes into effect in November which will make Franklin illegal.

But for now we can legally purchase and enjoy Franklin. Franklin is not the prettiest hemp flower, it is not the best tasting hemp flower, but Franklin does exactly what it is supposed to do. It reminds me of the low-grade cannabis I was able to purchase in high school and even college. It does the job and with all the benefits of ordering off the internet and getting it shipped to my house; my what a time to be alive!

Franklin is the type of hemp that’s good for rolling a couple joints and going on a hike in the woods. You don’t go to outer space but get into a good mood to enjoy the hike. I also find myself using Franklin while relaxing around a fire or just winding down for the day. It pretty much is a good anytime strain to chill or, when consuming in higher quantities, is good for recreational reasons.

The Adventures of the Great Neblinksi – Book Review

I don’t always review books, but when I do, it is for good reason. Creative fiction is subjective, however, when it combines all my favorite elements of cannabis, adventure, and magic; I am all in!

I became aware of the author, JRR Tokin, on Twitter. I saw some friends share his posts and started to follow. I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first, but his posts were quite entertaining and one day I said “screw it, what do I have to lose?” and ordered a copy of the book.

Side note: the author is an amazing artist and his clay sculptures are a sight to behold.

Boy was I entertained. After the first chapter of the book I was hooked. The book follows the adventure of a Gnome, erm, a G’nome who is sent by his people’s lost deity to spread the word of their holy herb(cannabis!) and undertake a perilous journey. Along the way he befriends a group of mercenaries who assist him throughout his journey.

The book is chalked full hilarious anecdotes and gratuitous consumption of the holy herb. To put it in perspective, the only other book I have ever laughed out loud at was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you try to keep up with the characters in the book and their partaking in the holy sacrament, you’ll soon be saying Holy Shiddumbuzzin!

To top it off, this book has it all. The story is wonderfully written with great character development. The author does a fantastic job of storytelling and brings the reader in with plenty of suspense, mystery, and intrigue. I won’t give away the plot within the book but I am desperately waiting for the second book to come out to see where this story goes!

You’ll laugh, you might cry, you might also just get really high from the amount of smoke billowing out of the book! I highly suggest checking it out and getting a copy!

Hawaiian Haze – Southern Charm Botanicals Review

While I promised myself to not buy more hemp, I couldn’t resist with the sudden sales due to COVID-19 and 4/20 approaching. Hawaiian Haze was a strain on my radar and Southern Charm Botanicals made it on the short-list of vendors to try. This batch of Hawaiian Haze comes in at 14% CBD.

Opening the glass jar I was greeted by a subtle fruity aroma with a hint of pine. The buds were a dark green color with very long red hairs. Breaking them apart with my fingers, I would not consider this flower very “sticky” but it did leave some reside on my fingers. The trichomes were also very thick and noticeable to the naked eye.

My first session with this strain was in my Fury. I loaded some into the chamber and did a 5 minute session after my morning workout. My body felt more relaxed and my mind more alert after the session; definitely a good morning/afternoon strain. In other sessions I did smoke the Hawaiian Haze and the pine taste was more prevalent. The effects from this flower seemed to ease in over the course of 15 minutes or so after the initial session.