Sagada cannabis seeds for sale

Sagada cannabis seeds for sale

aguio City, Philippines (August 15, 2005)–Some of the balding mountains of Luzon are being re-greened by a fast-growing, zero-management crop which makes vegetables look cheap. Good news? Unfortunately not!

The green foliage is illegal and deadly�and priced as much as gold�tempting many who feel the pangs of poverty, especially the �dirt-poor� farmers, who plant the crop.

�Green gold,� or marijuana (Cannabis sativa) now stands as the region�s multi-million industry especially so when return of investment is considered. Gold mining is a poor second and is fast being exhausted while the vegetable industry suffers from the effects of cheap imports.

This leaves many farmers with little choice. �To farm or not to farm that is the question.� The answer is �you�re damned if you do, and damned if you don�t.� Thus, many have chosen to farm–despite the risks.

Marijuana remains the most widely used prohibited drug especially in Baguio for two reasons. It is easily available and it is cheaper than �shabu�. In fact, many users say they get it for free.

The unpopular Vietnam War brought marijuana cultivation to Northern Luzon.. US servicemen on �rest and recreation� in Baguio�s Camp John Hay and Sagada brought the seeds from Vietnam and asked farmers to plant it. It did not take long for the weed to spread to neighboring provinces.

By the early 1990s, there were more marijuana plantations than there were military helicopters to conduct raids. And more often than not, military officers found their involvement to be an �enriching� experience.

Crime Does Not Pay, Neither Does Farming

Poverty has simply pushed many farmers to plant the crop. �It is no secret that marijuana has enriched many farmers. The unfortunate thing is that while some have stopped planting or selling the illegal crop, many others are still in it,� Manuel Pitana of the local agriculture agency said.

�You practically spend nothing when planting marijuana, except the seeds. Find a hidden area or kaingin, clean it, plant. After six months, go back and�bingo, you�ve hit the jackpot,.� he added. �Compare that to vegetable production, where you are constantly bedeviled by high initial costs, a monopoly of middlemen, pests and diseases, high labor and management costs, unpredictable climatic conditions and low market prices,� Pitana explained.

One kilo of high quality marijuana fetches between 1, 500 to 1,800 pesos in the local market. A kilo of any of the most expensive vegetables, say sweet peas, bell pepper or broccoli is only anything from 25- 40 pesos per kilo.

Inside a Marijuana Plantation

George Farnus, a forester and community development worker bared to this writer in a visit to Sadanga that in Botbot, Tinglayan, and Kalinga, many households have expensive appliances, even though those areas have no electricity. They instead use expensive batteries and generators to power those appliances. How can they afford it? Marijuana.

And they watch over their crops well. In one visit to a hinterland area, 14 year-old Wandas teenager watched over a corn field with a sharp eye, a cocked ear and a well-oiled AK-47 assault rifle.

The reason for such security measures: thousands of hemp plants or �Bontoc blade� as they are called, inter-cropped with the corn. This high-grade marijuana keeps many poor families fed, and as you may have guessed, armed to the teeth. No one will admit that they are members of the communist New Peoples Army (NPA) but neither do they hide their disgust of the government.

�We plant marijuana to send our children to school. Can the government suggest a better alternative? It warns of arresting us but it cannot provide us work, food or education for our children,� the planters bluntly reply when asked why they plant the locoweed.

Hide and Seek With Helicopters

The government�s response to the proliferation of marijuana plantations and hashish laboratories is an increase in patrols and raids using military type Huey helicopters.

In 2001, former commander Gen. Crescencio Maralit of the Camp Bado Dangwa PNP Regional Command, said some 45,000 plants nearly worth US$125,000 were raided in Hingyon, Ifugao and Tinglayan, Kalinga. Last year, an estimated US$300 million worth of marijuana was also destroyed.

But fighting the drug trade is an uphill battle. The International Narcotics Control Strategy (INCS) of the US State Department says �Stemming production of marijuana in the Philippines is difficult owing to the country�s topography. The areas are inaccessible by any vehicle and usually under complete rebel control.�

�There is also evidence of corruption in the Philippine government and military which adds to the difficulty of solving the country�s drug problem,� it added.

Trail of Bad Roads, Vegetables and Drugs

Spotting a marijuana plantation and destroying it is as difficult as knowing where it will be transported. The 290 kilometer stretch of Halsema Highway or Mountain Trail from Benguet to Kalinga is not only the most dangerous in the country, it is also the trickiest to travel through, with many sections hidden by winding turns and covered with heavy brush.

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Like the Ho Chi Minh Drug Trail in Vietnam which was abandoned after the war, Halsema is where much of the drug passes through because of its numerous elusive foot trails. There is also an inadequate number of checkpoints, poor communication facilities and a lack of trained anti-drug personnel and detection equipment. This gives drug couriers the ability to travel in and out of drug producers� lairs unimpeded. In Tinglayan for instance, planters openly boast that Yakuza drug buyers have no difficulty transporting their �goods� through the area.

Which confirms what former Sen. Ernesto Herrera former head the Senate Committee on Drug Control had been saying: that the �Yakuza and Chinese Triad gangs are the most active in the country�s marijuana trade.�

Herrera says the Philippines, is world�s second highest producer of marijuana, next to Mexico, responsible for US$ 1.4 billion worth of marijuana and hashish annually. �Because of high grade marijuana varieties grown particularly in the Cordillera region, it has lured international syndicates like the Yakuza, Chinese triads and West African connections who are responsible in smuggling out the drug.�

�Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Netherlands are the main shipping points. The high grade marijuana is bought in Japan for US$45 or 5,000 Yen per gram. In its hashish form, it is sold up to US$72 or 18,000 Yen per gram,� Herrera said.

Drug trafficking through Halsema is a �cat and mouse game.� Some mix the stuff with vegetables, lumber, sawdust and fertilizers. They hide it inside tire interiors, fuel tanks and under dashboards. One officer of the Narcotics Command even said they apprehended a trafficker in a Pajero who hid the drug inside the expensive door panels.

Worsening Drug Use in Baguio City

Not all the marijuana and hashish from the Cordillera provinces slip out of the region. Some of it is used by professionals and students in Baguio City. In fact, the growing drug problem is now a priority concern of the city.

Former councilor and police chief Roberto Ortega warned last year that use of illegal and dangerous narcotics has now trickled down to even the very young,. He initiated a program where drug users are part of an information campaign on the evils of drug use.

Regina Vizcaya, Center Director of the Shalom House, a non-governmental organization and the only drug rehabilitation institution in the region, says marijuana is the most prevalent drug. Shabu is next. It is used widely in public places like schools, offices and parks by professionals and students alike.

�The average drug user in the city is a professional, not a student. He is a male, married, unemployed or underemployed and under stress. Then there are also those who are doctors, lawyers or executives in senior level positions in government and the private sector,� Vizcaya added.

Then there are the large number of students who also hooked on drugs, Vizcaya noted. But a disturbing fact is that, many are under thirteen years of age, she said. Prepubescent drug users who cannot get marijuana sniff rugby glue (contact cement) or take over-the-counter cough syrup, she said.

In schools free or inexpensive marijuana is the main reason for its w idespread use. Vizcaya also points out that many of those students who do not use drugs are known as �marijuana scholars.� These are students who come from the Cordillera provinces where marijuana is widely grown. They sell marijuana in Baguio City to support their studies.

From 1997 to 1998 alone, Vizcaya said there was a remarkable increase of in-patients as well as out-patients referred to Shalom house by the police authorities as well as well as those who sought help voluntarily. Among Shalom patients are many juveniles and even some inmates from the Baguio City jail.

Shipping Weed From U.S To Philippines

Never shipped, heard about fedex being a way to send when I inquired. I have been living in the Philippines for about eight years now. I smoke a lot of local shwag and the supply isn’t consistent. I am in the Quezon province area. Growing your own is the way to go. Also make the trip to Sagada, hash and nice weed. weed everywhere, north of Sagada past the town of Bontoc is a town called Tingluk I believe, from there a short hike will take you to a few villages with nothing but hash, pure and beautiful. Most of it is shipped to Australia and Japan, but here it is only 30 pesos a gram. All through the Cordillera mountain range weed is grown by the locals, actually they grow just about everywhere but these places are the quality areas.
If you get caught, trust me, money talks big here. You may have to pay but your ass won’t be in jail. I have known and lived with Filipinos for 37 years, if you speak some of the language, don’t disrespect people, and be humble, it can take you a long way. A big plus if you know someone with clout. A phone call can get you out of jail. I spent seven months in a filipino rehab (alcohol), got a bit of a feel for it, heard many stories about prison from filipinos. You would survive if you aren’t a pussy. No BF goes on in prison here as enough coin can get you a good places to sleep, food and women. Have fun! Paalam

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i have talked to a guy who cultivates weed before in the province at a local plant shop. and they dont know shit how to properly dry and cure there weed that is why the quality is bad. i had harvested my land race to compare the quality of the weed here. and i can assure you pure sativa at its best.

Cannabis in the Philippines

It is not surprising that there is cannabis in the Philippines, the country is a humid tropical, sovereign island country located in the Southeast part of Asia situated on the western side of the Pacific Ocean. It boasts a climate perfect for growing cannabis and is widely available on most of its islands… but yet it is, and has always been an illegal substance.

This country has fought many battles for its own independence against foreign conquerors, who sought out its rich natural resources and its tactical military positioning in the globe. Its history is filled with foreign influences stemming from the Chinese, Americans and Spaniards, who had colonized and shaped the country to what its culture is today.

Which is why in this article we need to explore how it is that cannabis came to this country and when or who banned it. We will also look at what is the future for cannabis in the Philippines.

History of Cannabis in the Philippines

It is not clear as to which foreign entity introduced cannabis to the Philippines. There were several influences over time all of which dealt with hemp and cannabis one way or another.

We also don’t know if cannabis was used for food, shelter, clothing and medicine by Philippine ancestors known as the Negritos and the Aeta, during their time. Unlike other countries that use cannabis hemp in making native ancestral clothes and garments, the Philippines and its people utilized Manila hemp or Abaca. Abaca is a textile that was produced using a species of banana leaves native to the Philippine Islands.

But what we do know is the following historical findings which may help us understand how it came to the country…

India

We can start to trace back its history as far as 2000 BCE, where India during this time, was already cultivating Cannabis for food, oil, fiber and medicine. Although India was not one of the Philippines colonizers, a recent discovery of the Laguna Copperplate inscription, says that the Hindu had made contact with the Philippines and its people in 900 AD.

Cannabis in India was mentioned as early as 2000 BCE in the Hindu text Atharvaveda, as “Sacred Grass”, one of the five sacred plants in India and was used as medicine. This posts a huge possibility that the Hindus who visited the Philippines, may have introduced cannabis in the country. But there is no concrete data to prove such a claim.

Spain

Europe, during the time of the famous 1521 Spanish colonization of the Philippines, have had its fair share of the trade and use of Cannabis in its country. The oldest monograph of Hashish was actually found in Spain during the 13th century, it provided a description of the psychoactive properties of cannabis.

The Spanish colonization over the Philippines is the most popular of all its foreign invasions because the Spaniards had reigned over the Philippines for over 300 years. This then was cut short with the help of the foreign American allies.

China

The Chinese also utilized cannabis for oil, food, and medicine, dating as far back as 1500 BCE. Chinese traders in the Philippines, who were hiding in the country from their enemies in the brink of war, introduced opium to the Philippines. It is also likely that they introduced cannabis to the Philippines since its use was prominent in their country.

Different Strains of Cannabis Found in the Philippines

Cannabis in the Philippines is called by different names, Ganja, Juts, Baguio Gold, Ubec and Sagada, to name a few. Usually, names are dubbed specifically within the different islands all across the Philippines where it is grown.

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The cannabis has always been Sativa dominant and is grown naturally in mountainous areas in different provinces across many islands. Seldom can you find strains that are Indica and high-grade cannabis which is grown indoors, hydroponically.

A few top strains circulate the cannabis market in the Philippines, usually award winning strains, that may have been grown locally or imported from other countries.

Examples of these strains are:

Although circulation of high-grade and top quality bud can be bought through a reliable source within some islands, the most common locally grown cannabis is what most people tend to have. These plants are grown naturally and usually give you the same effect but have different tastes depending on which island you get it from. Examples of cannabis from different islands are as follows:

Manila

Cannabis in Manila is usually golden and is said to have come from the mountainous areas of Baguio. That is why the majority of Filipinos call this specific strain as Baguio Gold . It is musky and strong and usually smoked as a spliff with tobacco.

Cebu

The island of Cebu is said to have the freshest bud you can smoke in the county. This is due to the mountain area being so close to the city so you can easily get the freshest cannabis given that you have a reliable source. It has a citrus aroma, that usually smells like mangoes when really fresh. Its taste is bittersweet and can get you the buzz you need almost instantly in the first hit (although it may vary depending on your tolerance).

Sagada

Cannabis in Sagada reaps out huge buds because of the cold climate in the province. Although the buzz you get from it is the same as that of Cebu’s and Manila’s, it is almost tasteless and easy to smoke. Sagada is also known for the hashish which some local farmers in the province produce. This hashish involves burying burnt cannabis into the ground and is also locally known as Charas.

Current Situation and Attitude Towards Cannabis in the Philippines

The acceptance of the use of cannabis in the Philippines is unlike that of the west and other countries that recognize the positive and potential use of cannabis for food, shelter, clothing and medicine.

The Philippines’ outlook on cannabis is that it is still a schedule-1 drug and an illegal substance which is harmful to the body. If one is caught with the possession of cannabis, it could lead to jail time or in serious consequences like the death penalty, which is currently suspended under the Philippines’ recent laws .

In observance of the views towards cannabis in the country, a lot of organizations have stepped up to bring out a change in the Philippine government’s outlook towards medical cannabis.

One of the leading groups in this movement is the “ Philippine Cannabis Compassion Society ”. They aim to promote the medical use of cannabis for seizure patients and to protect those who seek the use of medical cannabis as an alternative to conventional medicines. The group had lobbied for a bill, entitled House Bill No. 04477, which aims to provide the use of medical cannabis to seizure patients.

The bill was disapproved by a group of doctors who fear the potential abuse of the drug if the bill was to pass. They added, that the use of medical cannabis lacked further research in its effectiveness and safety, and is still undergoing clinical trials.

Despite the rigorous research of foreign countries towards cannabis and its numerous medicinal applications, the Philippine Senate rejected the bill, stating that the law is not necessary for the country.

The decision of the house came about by comparing statistics made by Denver, Colorado ( the first state to legalize cannabis in a recreational standpoint in the U.S.). They said, although the crime rate in Colorado has dropped, trips to the emergency room have increased due to the accidental ingestion of cannabis in food and other edibles. Furthermore, the house is looking into a wider scope as to how the drug can be regulated and policed in the country if it was to pass.

Ray of Hope

With the recent presidential elections in conclusion and in light of a president who supports the medical use of cannabis, advocates and patients are hoping for the possibility of passing another bill which will legalize the medical use of cannabis in the Philippines.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, in an interview, stated that although he supports the medical use of cannabis, he disapproves the recreational use of it. He verbalized that he is a witness to the destructive capabilities of the drug when abused, stating an experience with a colleague he had in the past.