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Weed memes, explained

It’s pretty clear why the internet and weed go hand in hand: the internet has become a virtual haven for weed-lovers to shop for cannabis and accessories, find information, and share their experiences with others.

Funny memes are one of the many ways that weed and online culture collide, creating a communal space for tech-savvy stoners to laugh, interact, and keep up on the latest trends. From the OGs to the newest weed meme creators, members of this ever-growing community continue to push the boundaries of novelty and absurdity in the name of late-night, red-eyed giggles shared across the globe.

If you see me look at it like this, just know the weed is winning pic.twitter.com/V3G2FRfnn7

With a heightened sense of anxiety and reduced social interactions due to the spread of novel coronavirus, it’s even more important to find ways to stay connected. Whether you’re organizing virtual smoke seshes or sharing an obnoxious amount of memes in your group chat, the ultimate goal is to stay sane, safe, and of course, lifted.

What exactly is a meme?

From the classics like Grumpy Cat to newer trends like the Spongebob Ight Imma Head Out meme, the average millennial or gen Zer could probably recognize a meme from a mile away. But what exactly makes a meme a meme, and how did they become part of stoner culture?

While weed memes are a fairly new concept, the word “meme” was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Dawkins developed the pre-internet concept as part of his theory of how ideas replicate, mutate, and evolve in the context of evolutionary biology, later characterizing an internet meme as a meme deliberately altered by human creativity. He explained that Internet memes are essentially a “hijacking of the original idea,” the concept itself having mutated in this new direction.

In a 2019 ThoughtCo article, sociology expert Nicki Lisa Cole said, “According to Dawkins, three factors lead memes to be spread, copied, or adapted from person to person: Copy-fidelity, the possibility that the thing in question can be accurately copied, fecundity, the speed at which the thing is replicated [and] longevity, or staying power.”

Visual online content becomes a meme only if elements of it are copied and/or creatively altered and reposted on a very large scale. While there is no exact number of copies, shares, or reimaginations that signifies a post has officially reached internet memedom, we know it when we see it.

When did weed memes happen?

The obvious answer is that we as humans love to share, laugh, and commiserate with other humans. Smoking weed is a bonding experience for many, and just like any other community it has its niche memes that unite weed-lovers far and wide.

Though we can’t say for sure what the earliest weed meme was, some certainly paved the way for online weed culture. One of the most notable is Good Guy Greg, the antithesis to Scumbag Steve and all-around nice guy. If you haven’t seen him around the internet within the last decade (in which case I feel really old), Good Guy Greg is depicted as a happy guy with a joint in his mouth and is rumored to have started on 4chan’s /b/ board (an internet forum where just about anything goes), but an archived thread has yet to be found.

While the majority of Good Guy Greg memes don’t mention the joint in his mouth, they were some of the first memes we can find that relate to weed in any capacity. Think of Good Guy Greg as your ideal fictional best friend, always smoking weed and always being super courteous about it.

Reddit’s /r/trees board, created in 2009, is home to many of the internet’s first legitimate weed memes. According to the subreddit’s FAQ, “Trees is a place where we can be free to speak our (smoked-out) minds. The community here is comfortable in our hobby, and enjoys seeing what other people think about when they’re flying high.”

Among my personal favorites of the early memes posted to /r/trees is the prolific Really High Guy, sometimes known as Stoner Stanley. The meme came into existence in 2011 when Redditor u/randomdave posted a photo of a red-faced young man to the subreddit titled “Being at a [10] is not always pretty.” That same day, the picture was submitted by redditor u/Ahahaha__10 with the caption “Texts the person next to them / ‘I want hospital.'”

The [10] in the original post is derived from the scoring system used by members of /r/trees to measure highness. A 10, as you may have guessed from this guy’s face, is really, really stoned. Today’s weed memes might look a bit different, but they serve essentially the same purpose — making people laugh about relatable stoner problems, like getting too high.

As the internet has expanded beyond any limits we would ever have imagined a decade ago, weed memes have evolved too. Though some purists consider memes to be funny combinations of images and text that go viral, they can also be standalone photos, videos, GIFs, and hashtags.

The best weed memes of 2020 vary not only in form but in the topics they discuss. They can highlight social and political issues, feature relevant aspects of popular culture, and be purely silly or, at times, serious and informative.

Where can I get my weed meme fix?

You can find funny weed memes all over the internet nowadays, from Instagram to Twitter to Facebook. Personally, I use Instagram solely to share memes (often weed-related) with my friends and watch cooking videos. The below list includes some of the best Instagram accounts for meme hunting while stoned.

@fourtwenty

With nearly 4 million followers, this account is super popular among weed meme lovers. The account features a spectrum of relatable content including memes about weed-related mishaps, getting the munchies, and of course, smoking during coronavirus.

@weedhumor

As what might be the biggest weed meme account on the scene, Weed Humor has an impressive 5.4 million followers. Both memes and promotional content are featured on this private page, which means you have to request to follow them for hilarious weed memes that are always on-trend.

@higherthoughts

This account isn’t dedicated entirely to weed, but rather to the kinds of thoughts you have when you’re stoned. Some of the memes are about getting stoned, others are about totally random things, but they’re always funny (especially when you just faced a bowl).

@nowthisweed

Largely made up of short clips, the Now This Weed account is not like the others on this list. The content isn’t necessarily funny, but they are shareable memes by definition. They discuss major issues in the cannabis industry like legalization, plus lots of bizarre and cool things about weed you probably didn’t know.

Weed memes exist with the ultimate goal to stay sane, safe, and of course, lifted.

Grow Your Own Cannabis (Pt. 3): ‘Salt’ vs. ‘Organic’ for Your Indoor Home Grow

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The memes between fans of soil-grown, microbe-fed cannabis, and the typically hydroponically-grown and commercial-nutrient-fed cannabis are pure heat these days and, let’s face it, there are usually at least a few strands of truth woven into the fabric of anything funny.

This is not a new battlefield for the Try-Hards. Growers have been arguing amongst themselves ad nauseum for years in a war of words over which method of cannabis cultivation produces a superior product at harvest.

So, which one is better? Hydro or soil?

We will get to that, but for this article, we will only be looking at indoor cultivation. As a part of our ongoing series on the benefits of growing your own weed at home, we will dig in, past the memes, and discuss the pros and cons of growing with ‘salt’ versus growing with soil.

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

There are a lot of reasons why a person would choose to grow their cannabis indoors instead of outside or in a greenhouse. Many growers liken the experience to “playing god” in that you can have nearly complete control over climate and environmental conditions, light/dark scheduling, and feeding.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, 99% of homegrows are going to have hurdles or limitations that one would think gods could avoid. From nosy neighbors to dangerous local laws, lack of proper space, or ventilation, or heating and air… these can all be deterrents to growing your own weed when they ought to be clues about how to grow your own weed.

There are, of course, many ways to grow a pot plant that each come with a varying degree of difficulty. Usually, the higher the level of difficulty – or risk – the greater the reward, whether that be increased yield, quality, or ideally both.

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It is really no secret that we grow our commercial cannabis indoors, hydroponically here at Beard Bros. Pharms, so it may not come as a huge surprise to see us say that we truly believe that when done properly from start to finish, a skilled cultivator can kick out bountiful harvests of seemingly identical nuclear grade indoor weed in either soil or hydro. Ien fact, many of your favorite brands are jarring up both and most custies will never know the difference.

As with our past articles, this will not be a How-To Guide on growing weed using these two methods, but rather a comparative look at the pros and cons of each, from the perspective of a cannabis connoisseur curious about cultivating from the comfort of home.

Since it is what we know best, let’s get salty first.

YOU DOWN WITH NPK?

We should start by saying that unless you are pretty familiar with your local hardware store and at least somewhat outfitted with some tools and the skills to use them, setting up and maintaining a hydroponic grow on your own can be a very daunting task.

The good news is, if you are able to get it up and running successfully, most days will require more monitoring of the system than actual maintenance.

Soilless substrates typically contain little or no essential plant nutrition. Instead, the plant (and the grower) relies on a chemical blend of carefully portioned nutrients to feed upon by way of its overexposed root system.

This blend will vary from garden to garden, and even from strain to strain, but it is commonly referred to as an NPK blend, referring to the three main macronutrients that all plants need to survive – Nitrogen. Potassium, and Phosphorus. These break down into 11 more secondary macro and micronutrients the abundance or absence of which will determine how well a plant thrives.

Companies like Heavy 16 provide an array of such water-soluble fertilizer fuels packed with that full spectrum of nutrients blended specifically to target certain stages of the plant’s growth cycle.

This form of feeding produces much faster results than traditional soil-fed farming, which along with artificial lighting is why you can pull multiple crops per year with an indoor hydro grow.

That speed has its own pros and cons, however. If your NPK ratio is off, perhaps from drastically over or underfeeding because you just followed the instructions on the bottle or emulated what you saw some guy on YouTube do in his garden, the negative results can show themselves quickly. If you don’t know how to counter them, they can ruin months of work in a matter of days.

So, now that we know that NPK controls plant growth, why do people refer to it as salt farming?

Ammonium, calcium and potassium nitrates, potassium and magnesium sulfates, and monopotassium phosphate (MKP) are six commonly used, water-soluble salts that cannabis farmers use to customize their NPK mix in order to account for variations like local water quality, the strain being grown, etc.

These supplementary salts deliver major nutrient boosts which, in turn, boosts yield and some would argue, the quality of the buds at harvest time.

Again, once all of this is dialed in for your particular set of circumstances, automation and experience will have you swimming in top-shelf homegrown weed likely sooner than you thought possible. Clearly though, both the costs and the learning curve will be significantly steeper going this route as a new grower.

Instead, it may pay to get back to the earth, first.

DON’T PANIC, IT’S ORGANIC…ISH

Mankind has been growing cannabis in soil for thousands of years but just as technology eventually moved the practice indoors for many farmers, the technology behind something as seemingly simple as soil has evolved as well into a term we now refer to as ‘living soil’.

Living soil is all about biodiversity in the dirt itself – an unseen but bustling society of microorganisms, bacteria, protozoa, and more that all exist in a symbiotic relationship with the plants above them, feeding their root systems with an all-natural NPK mixture that would instead come bottled from a manufacturer for most hydro growers. Producing and maintaining living soil is not an easy task, however, especially for beginners.

Because the speed at which the plant will uptake the nutrients from a soil substrate is much slower than that of a plant in a hydro environment, soil-based cannabis farmers are often wizards when it comes to brewing supplemental compost teas. These nutrient-rich concoctions can be altered and applied at will during different phases of plant growth to ensure that the soil remains “alive” so that the plant can thrive.

The term ‘organic’ is thrown around pretty loosely, especially when it comes to cannabis. Of course, with federal prohibition of the cannabis plant still in place, no weed farm is certified organic by the USDA, but there are organic standards that commercial cannabis farmers can strive toward, and so can you as a home cannabis grower.

When it comes to the ‘salt vs. organic’ meme war, most indoor farmers would consider soil-grown weed to be organic as long as the plants are fed with only natural, living (or once-living) additives, are pesticide-free, etc.

Without getting too nerdy, and at the risk of wrecking a hilarious meme war, technically ALL plants are fed with salts. Even if a soil-based cannabis farmer is only feeding pure water to their plants, that water is filtering down through the soil and extracting the naturally occurring water-soluble salts and delivering them to the plant’s roots.

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One of the biggest cons of growing cannabis indoors in a soil-based substrate, particularly as a new grower, is that signs of malnutrition take longer to reveal themselves, and then they take longer to remedy. With experience, this becomes less and less of an issue. It’s never easy, but it does get easier.

Another drawback to this form of farming is that you typically cannot get more than a few harvests out of one batch of soil, if even that. Yes, there are methods for no-till soil maintenance and perpetual harvesting, but those are more advanced than most new homegrowers are ready for. Disposing of old soil can be tricky depending on your living/growing situation.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS & THE TIME IS NOW

Will the first batch of homegrown weed that you harvest be the best you’ve ever seen or smoked? Who knows? What we do know is that there is no feeling quite like sparking up a joint full of flowers you took from seed to sesh.

We also know that our favorite indoor farmers are pretty much a 50/50 blend of ‘salt’ and ‘organic’ and once that weed is on the table, nobody is worried about where the NPK came from.

Whichever method you choose, try to find a genetically strong cultivar, then learn its language harvest after harvest. Put in the work, never cut corners, and you will be rewarded with a gift that truly does keep on giving.

Obviously, laws are subject to change and, obviously, Beard Bros. Pharms is NOT a legal adviser. Additionally, as is the case here in California, state law can often conflict with local laws, ordinances, or bans so be sure to brush up on the specific regulations for your particular municipality. Information contained in this website is intended as general educational information only. The information contained on this website is not legal advice. It should not be construed as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Obviously.

There is no feeling quite like sparking up a joint full of flowers you took from seed to sesh. We also know that our favorite indoor farmers are pretty much a 50/50 blend of ‘salt’ and ‘organic’ and once that weed is on the table, nobody is worried about where the NPK came from. Whichever method you choose, try to find a genetically strong cultivar, then learn its language harvest after harvest. Put in the work, never cut corners, and you will be rewarded with a gift that truly does keep on giving. ]]>