U.S.-grown cannabis cuts into price for Mexican ‘brick weed’
Home-grown marijuana plant in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Made-in-America marijuana is on a roll.
More than half the states have now voted to permit pot for recreational or medical use, most recently Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia.
As a result, Americans appear to be buying more domestic marijuana, which in turn is undercutting growers and cartels in Mexico, reports John Burnett of NPR, National Public Radio.
“Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90,” says Nabor, a 24-year-old pot grower in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. “But now they’re paying us $30 to $40 a kilo. It’s a big difference. If the U.S. continues to legalize pot, they’ll run us into the ground.”
A veteran cannabis reporter at High Times confirms the trend.
“American pot smokers prefer American domestically grown marijuana to Mexican grown marijuana. We’ve seen a ton of evidence of this in the last decade or so,” says Daniel Vinkovetsky, who writes under the pen name Danny Danko. He is senior cultivation editor at High Times and author of The Official High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains.
U.S. domestic marijuana, some of it cultivated in high-tech greenhouses, is three or four times more expensive than Mexican marijuana. Vinkovetsky says prices for Mexican weed continue to slide because it’s so much weaker.
He says American cannabis typically has 10 to 20 percent THC — the ingredient that makes a person high — whereas the THC content of so-called Mexican “brick weed” is typically 3 to 8 percent.U.S.-grown cannabis cuts into price for Mexican ‘brick weed’ Home-grown marijuana plant in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) Made-in-America marijuana is on a roll. More than half the
Brick weed explained
What is brick weed?
Brick weed and compressed weed are terms that are used when referring to marijuana that had been harvested and then compressed into a brick of weed. Most commonly found used in Mexico as it is often used to smuggle large amounts of drugs across borders in small spaces. Many don’t even realize they are smoking brick weed because a dealer will buy it and break it apart resulting in flat looking buds.
Should you be smoking brick weed?
Technically compressed weed can be made of almost any strain of cannabis, though generally, any cannabis that has been put under enough pressure to shape it into a brick will not be high quality. This is because a brick of marijuana has been handled roughly and placed under mass amounts of pressure that destroy and remove much of the THC and terpenes that were present in the bud before it was compressed. That doesn’t mean that smoking brick weed can’t be enjoyable. It just suggests that it will not be as good as it would have been before it was pressed. Brick weed does tend to be made most often using outdoor cannabis plants that may or may not be of a decent quality. The most significant benefit of smoking a brick of marijuana will likely be the reduced price it will be available for.
How much for a brick of weed?
We mentioned that smoking brick weed may come with the benefit of a lower price. What we can’t say is precisely how much. That will mostly depend on the honesty of your supplier, but in general, a brick of marijuana holds approximately 2.2 kilograms of dried herb. While the cannabis before it is pressed would likely fetch anywhere from $2000-$4000 smoking brick weed will cost you closer to $500-$1000 depending on the quality of it.
How to smoke a brick of marijuana
While the name may make it sound a tad complicated it really isn’t. Brick weed is just compressed into one large chunk. The challenge is breaking it apart into pieces that resemble buds still rather than powder. Some find tools like steam or a mister helpful in loosening buds making them easier to remove. Others prefer to just break off a chunk as it’s needed. It is up to you how it is used. Either way, the product itself is just regular bud that runs a bit on the dry side and will smoke the same as any other dry leaf cannabis. It just might not be as potent or tasty as some other options you may or may not have access to.If you are wondering what brick weed is then don’t feel bad. Though it’s been around for quite a while, it hasn’t exactly been a super popular option. ]]>