By Jorge Cervantes

Blueberry Buds
I’ve been hearing about a strain called Blueberry. What is it, and what are the prices usually like?
Via Internet

Dear Spyda,
The Cannabis Cup–winning (2000 Indica) Blueberry is 80% indica and 20% sativa. The high is outstanding and long-lasting. There’s enough sativa to keep you moving, but very slowly! Blueberry is a product of DJ Short’s original Delta 9 Collection, which dates back to the late 1970s.

Blueberry tastes best when grown organically to retain its natural flavors. The plant is a finicky feeder and grows best in a consistent climate.

It usually becomes ripe at the end of eight weeks of a 12/12 day/night photoperiod. Outdoors, indica is usually harvested in the second or third week of October. The taste and aroma are fruity, reminiscent of blueberries, and the finished bud can turn a bluish lavender hue when dry. The yield can be quite good when properly grown.

You can find out everything you need to know about Blueberry in the book Cultivating Exceptional Cannabis: An Expert Breeder Shares His Secrets by DJ Short (Quick American Archives, $16.95). You can also find seeds at Dutch Passion,

Ammonia Buds
I received some buds that looked and smelled fantastic—fluffy, sticky and just plain good. I put them in my jar for safekeeping because I had to leave for an extended work period. On my return, I opened my jar to burn a little and could barely breathe. It was the smell of pure ammonia! What the fuck? Do people do such a thing to make unsuspecting people buy again? Does it have some sort of addictive property?
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Dear Anonymous,
Rough break! You bought and stored wet dope. The buds weren’t completely dry when you put them into the airtight jar. Within the jar, an anaerobic climate (wet and lacking air) developed quickly and the buds started to decompose. You smelled the results of decomposition—ammonia.

Wet buds weigh a lot more than dry ones, and so they’re all too common in sellers’ markets. If you’re unable to find dry buds, you have to let them dry before putting them in storage. One of the best ways to dry buds is to place them in a paper bag in a cool, dry room. Check them two to three times a day and turn them each time. They should be dry enough to start storage in two to four days.

Place them in a jar and close it for a few hours. Open the jar three to four times a day to let out excess moisture. This process will ensure that the remaining moisture migrates evenly throughout the buds, and it also lets excess moisture escape from the jar. After two to four days of such treatment, the buds should be dry enough to store for long periods with minimal decomposition.