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Cannabis Through the Ages: 1970’s – Panama

For this instalment of the Seedsman blog, we are looking at a strain that best represents a decade of breeding, growing, and passion. This article moves forward a decade from the last one, all the way to the 1970’s. The strain I’ve chosen to best represent the decade that saw the peak of Disco and Motown is Panama Regular Seeds from Cannabiogen. This classic Sativa from the rich and fertile jungles of South America is a throwback to a time of long unkept hair and post-war freedoms indulged on the back of a motorcycle.

Like the Acapulco Gold covered for the 1960’s article Panama is also a tall-growing sativa strain that does just as well indoors as outdoors. Give it lots of space, sun, and support. This strain is also a prime candidate for a topping technique. The 1970’s are when the cannabis growers of the 60’s became cannabis farmers – learning any way possible to increase the plant’s yield through a process of trial and error. With a clean blade, you “cut out” the new growth forming between your highest nodes. While this appears counter-productive to the untrained eye, you’re actually tricking the plant into growing more outward stalks before growing upward. Removing the new leaves forces the plant to continue to release a growth hormone and focus its efforts on the already existing nodes.

Another crafty tick is called the “Sidecar” (sometimes called the “Mexican Sidecar” because it presumably started in Mexico). This technique requires a daily attention to what your plant is doing, but once you’re pegging down your plant after the third node, everything is easy from there. Essentially this trick allows you to grow cannabis with the spatial profile of a pumpkin or gourd. While the plant is young, you want to force it to grow sideways through a series of wire wickets. By doing this, you are able to grow under things (like a deck with gaps between the slats), or not raise suspicions when your neighbors come over to borrow a rake. Plants that are lower to the ground are “seen less”.

Growing techniques and tricks like these started in the 1970’s, but I’m pretty sure you could go back to Biblical times and find instances of “culling with an axe”. “Culling” refers to killing off your weakest in the crop to encourage the strongest to keep producing. This is what the hypothetical Acapulco Gold grower of the 1960’s pioneered for the cannabis industry – traditional farming techniques applied to a controversial crop. The hypothetical grower of the 1970’s pioneered the “outdoor stealth” techniques we know today. Regardless of your grow setup, you’re going to love Panama for the hearty plant that it is.

This bud will take a little longer to bring to flower (it’s a bigger plant) so just give it a full 11-12wks when you’re tapping your foot waiting to trim. The buds will cling to the central stalk, and once you get in there and clip them off for curing, you’ll get a feel for the dense structure that they maintain. Panama produces a very resinous and sticky, slightly darker bud in color with a faster-paced sativa high – if you like saliva’s, you’ll love Panama.

Read our first article in the series: 1960’s – Acapulco Gold

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