The Americas, Hawaii and Caribbean
Colombian & Central American Strains
"There are surely many types of "red" Colombians, Ecuadorians, Panamanians etc. grown in those countries where they have been grown hundreds of years. Its is doubtful that any seedbank would have these strains because the yield is way too low for growing inside. The Dutch have the best commercial seeds because they breed for weight and growing ease as much as for the high. Those sativas have problems indoors getting big buds because 1. They are naturally predisposed to longer, airier buds and 2. The intensity and spectrum of the indoor bulb just doesn?t have enough ummmphhh. So, the Dutch breed over and over and over and over again with Northern Lights, Skunk, Afghan #1 to add bulk and reduce flowering time. They want the most bang for the buck with the quality of the high not the supreme or even only importance. That?s why the real connoisseur pots aren't the indoor ones grown from Dutch seeds. The real Acapulco Golds, Colombian Redbuds, Yucatan Golds, Brazilian Lemons, Israeli Golds, Kenyan Mountaintops, Kona Golds, Maui lime greens etc. all have several things in common: they are sativas, they are grown fairly close to the equator and they are all grown outside. The Sun and the altitude of many of these place just give those outdoors pots a quality of high and power of intensity that even the best indoors just can?t match."-Will
"In S. Cal in the 70's (I lived in Whittier from 70-73 and Redondo Beach from 73-77), there were many many primo Mex's that would blow you away. While its true that there were plenty of bad Mex's too?you would run across a least 1 or 2 Mex's a month that would turn you slant-eyed---and at only 10 bucks a lid. Starting around 1970, we starting getting the commercial Colombians that you described--brown and tan. Commercial Colombo went for about 200 a pound because guess what happened in 1971?
The pot world really started to change in 1971--there became a new designated Colombian and it was called connoisseur Colombian. These pots cost an unbelievable 50 to 60 dollars a lid --at the time I couldn?t believe I would ever pay that much until...I smoked some. Colombian redbud--marijuana that had the reddish color of tobacco and an indescribably "red" flavor and taste. The resin from a smoked joint was so red that it looked like you had blood on your lip. And Colombo Goldbud--totally gold pot that had absolutely not one trace of brown, red or green in it---a spicy piney taste and an exhilarating high and Colombo blackbud--more of a purple and having a devastating "creeper"--one of the hallmarks of the Colombian. These pots were seed and that gave way to the new wave of pots in ?72-?73---the sinsemillas.
The Mexicans had been losing market share to the Colombians so they started flooding California with green and brown sinses that could really pack a wallop. Lots of light green skunks and gold/brown sinses that went for 50-60 bucks--just like the connoisseur Colombos. And if that wasn't good enough, in the 74- 75 years Hawaiians started becoming available. They were seedless, sativa, sweet, fresh and were of course unbelievable and went for up to 100 dollars an oz. (lids out, ounces in). At that same time, a lot of Thaisticks started becoming available--they were 20 bucks a 2.5-gram stick and were worth it. Spacy, powerful, blowaway pot. To round out this smorgasbord was Jamaicans, which briefly were very very good before they started to export crap.
Those times were the best time ever for pot. Plenty of primo Mexicans, sinse, Colombians, Hawaiian, Thai etc. But as the 80's approached, there were lots of more indica based stoner pots that was real wheelchair pot. Lots of super heavy Afghans and skunks but the lighter budded sativas became much less common.
My cousin in LA still runs across some primo Mexican and says that there is actually more good Mex coming across again with he claims some red Colombo being available. So getting around to my point and that is: Mexican pot can be might tasty if it is fresh." - DB Cooper
New World Strains
The Americas, Hawaii and Caribbean