Granddaddy Purple at CCLB

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on March 2, 2009

What does a $50 worth of medical marijuana look like today?


An Eighth of Medical Marijuana from Canna Collective Long Beach

This is an eighth of an ounce (3.5 grams) of Granddaddy Purple (GDP) that I picked up at CCLB on Sunday, March 1, 2009. CCLB has a “$50 cap” on eighths (that mean – nothing over $50 an eighth).

Photos: The baggie your herb comes in with a MMJ label on it (I designed that label – just bragging a bit), an overall shot with a quarter in the middle for size comparison and then some close-up shots…

Also – they sell GDP shake (shake is the trimmed leaves, smaller buds and leftover bits that fall off of buds which falls to the bottom of the jar or bag – what “shakes” down to the bottom) for $10 a gram (1 ounce is approx. 28 grams), and they have a special right now where you get a free gram of shake with every eighth purchased. I got my free gram and paid $10 for another – so I included photos of that too…

Informal & Subjective Review

My Informal and Subjective Review:

Granddaddy Purple (GDP) has been a favorite strain of mine for several years, and over the last year I had the opportunity to photograph CCLB’s GDP a number of times, and it has ranged from excellent to pretty good – sometimes it’s very purple and sweet and sometimes it’s just a little… off, and this is one of those batches – at least from the eighth I picked up…  but still it is delicious smelling and sweet and excellent medicine.

[I'm throwing this free money-making idea out there again: Someone please make a Granddaddy Purple air-freshener. That's right - air fresheners with marijuana fragrances - could be big - I know I'll buy some if you get it right...]

The budtenders at CCLB are generally on the generous side, and what I picked up reflected that. The eighth was 3.59 grams, and the 2 grams of shake weighted out to 2.16 grams.

That may not seem like much of a difference – but it’s the attitude behind the generous weight. (I’ve bought eighths at dispensaries that were a little light when I got home and weighed it. For patients on a budget it’s these little things that matter.

In the Cannabible (vol. 3), Jason King says that GDP is a cross of Purple Urkel and Big Bud, which I can understand, but he also says “the high is strong and felt mostly in the body.”

My experience has been different. I think of GDP as an active, head high – very little body stone (or body fuzziness). But other growers using different techniques bring out hidden qualities in a strain, so that could be the reason for the different viewpoints.

If you’re a MMJ patient in the Long Beach area, and GDP is your medicinal choice, check out CCLB, and tell them that Jon, onehumanbeing sent you. And make sure they give you the free gram of GDP shake.

GDP and Depression

Granddaddy Purple and Bi-Polar Depression – My Experience

Depression hits you in many different ways, ranging from very physically sick to just a heavy mental battle, and lot’s of variations in between. I happen to be in one of the heavy mental battles since late last week.

From experience, I know what help me avoid spending the day in bed, with my mind hammering me over and over, and that’s the purple strains, of which, GDP is my personal choice.

I saw my friend, neighbor and pastor, Rick, this morning while walking my dogs (before I had medicated), and my head was swimming somewhere under the churning water on my brain… when we parted he asked what I was doing today, and my honest thought and hearts desire was to crawl back in bed and make the world go away, “Back to bed” I told him, and I really meant it. 8:30 in the morning and I’m ready for the day to be over…

Sometimes, when the depressions get bad, I loss all faith in the way herb can help, and become less inclined to medicate. It’s just depression’s pessimism and general joy-killing malaise, but it gets me every time… and today was like that.

Finally, sometime after 9:00 I got around to taking a few hits of the GDP I picked up yesterday, and then a few minutes later I got distracted by something I had been working on, and then I thought about going down to Hot Java and get an apple fritter – which I did – and then one thing led into another… I had a nice productive day and when Tania got home around 5:00 pm, I still had not made it back to bed yet.

Once again GDP helps get me through the cycle.


The MMJ Project Report | Jan 2009

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on January 23, 2009

The MMJ Project Report | Vol. 1 | No. 2

In this issue:

  • From the Artist: At Work on The Medical Marijuana Lists
  • The Lists – 2009: Goals for The Medical Marijuana Lists
  • Ahead in 2009: Share Your Truth
  • The Codex: The Documents of The MMJ Project and Creative Commons

From The Artist

From the Artist: At Work on The Medical Marijuana Lists

I have this life-long habit of tackling incredibly large projects… and The Medical Marijuana Lists is following in that tradition.

As I discussed in the previous report, I have a large collection of photos I took last year (2008) while volunteering at a local medical marijuana (MMJ) provider – CCLB – CannaCollective Long Beach.

My goal has been to create a strain/medical condition database to provide other MMJ patients with informal and subjective opinions about the various types of MMJ and what medical condition they are most effective in treating.

I’m not a doctor and I’m not a scientist, just a very experienced MMJ patient, but I have the conviction that my opinions, along with the thousands of other MMJ patients who are in  similar situations, have value and can provide a helping hand to another person making the same journey we have undertaken.

It’s never easy trying to live a normal life while dealing with a chronic medical condition, and our government has not made it any easier with their consistent message of lies, distortion, drug war rhetoric and zero tolerance – all failures at best – outright evil when looked at in the light of reality.

We (current MMJ patients and MMJ users)  have to take it upon ourselves to make the difference so the ones that come after us don’t have to waste their energy fighting this stupid battle.

This is one of the reasons I’m preparing a project site for The Medical Marijuana Lists, or The Lists, to use it’s nickname.

(continues on next tab – The Lists – 2009)

The Lists - 2009

Goals for The Medical Marijuana Lists:

1. Provide clean and easy access to Medical Marijuana (MMJ) information for new and experienced MMJ patients, their caregivers, friends, family, interested parties and the general public including:

  • Marijuana names and information about the the wide variety of MMJ available currently, based on actual patient experiences.
  • Subjective and informal information about the use of particular strains or varieties of MMJ for particular medical conditions.
  • Photos of actual medical marijuana that has been available to the average patient at local Long Beach co-ops and collectives; both showing weight and size, but also providing close-up shots.

2. Avoid duplicating services offered on other sites like ASA, WeedTracker, Greenkind Magazine, Potdaq, Norml and others…

3. Encourage MMJ patients to share their stories and discuss using marijuana as medicine in real life.

4. Create a historical record of this period in medical marijuana history, viewed from the patients perspective, focused on the Long Beach and  California area providers and the varieties of MMJ that were available.

Ahead in 2009

Share Your Truth

My personal theme for 2009 is Share Your Truth, which is becoming my banner and motto as I look forward into the coming year…

What does that mean and how will that play out? Watch and see…

The Codex

The Documents of The MMJ Project and Creative Commons

Support Medical MarijuanaOver the last few years I’ve created a number of graphics related to medical marijuana and I am preparing to make my catalog available for download and reuse through Creative Commons licensing… more about that when the pieces are all in place.

Until then, remember that all graphics and images used on this site are copyrighted by and Jon, onehumanbeing.

And before you leave…

Check out the video on the side bar How To Smoke A Joint. This is a clip from a great Buck Henry film from 1971 called Taking Off. I hope you find this clip both informative and entertaining…

Have a great 2009 and stay healthy

Jon, onehumanbeing