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Gorilla Glue #4 is one of the most sought-after clones of the moment and this is hardly surprising, as it truly is a variety that stands out from the rest during both cultivation and consumption. Originally resulting from the cross between Chem Sister, a Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel, the version released by BSF Seeds is an S1 (Self-pollinated) hybrid of Gorilla Glue #4 x Gorilla Glue #4 and allows to enjoy the characteristics of the original GG #4 in feminised seed form. Sativa-leaning, Gorilla Glue #4 is vigorous in growth, so a veg period of 3 weeks will normally be enough for indoor grows.

The plants will produce a plenty of secondary branches , a characteristic that makes it very suitable for growing in the SCROG technique to maximise yields . Flowering is fast, taking just over 9 weeks to produce a very heavy harvest that can reach 600g per m2 indoors. Despite its dense buds, the GG #4 deals with moisture and is quite resistant to fungal attack . But the standout characteristic of GG #4 is its abundant resin production , incomparable to other varieties, with a think white layer of trichomes developing during flowering, making it an ideal variety for resin extractions, giving yields as high as 30% . Smoking or vaping GG #4 we can savour the delicious earthy flavour on an acidic chocolate background . The effect offers a euphoric feeling that evolves into a deep state of relaxation , ideal for chilling out with friends. It is recommended to fight against problems like insomnia, stress or anaemia . Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Bryan Schatz. Pipe smoking is the oldest form of smoking tobacco, developed during an era in which men would make time to sit at the end of a hard day’s toil, to rock back and forth in their favorite chair and observe the rotation of life.

They had an understanding that prolonged satisfaction is greater than the immediate and fleeting gratification we have a tendency to seek today. A pipe is a man’s companion, his smoky warmth on a crisp winter day and the friend with which he watches the passing of time. It instills calmness, observation, and contemplation. A pipe is best enjoyed from the stoop thrones of rocking chairs, beneath the shade of patio roofs and in the absence of unnecessary noise. In my mind, the corn cob pipe is a tangible symbol of a bygone era. Corn cob pipes are the tobacco-smoking instrument of the common man: those who surveyed their surroundings and did what they could with what little they had. These were men of thrift, of inherent frugality and of resourcefulness. They are the pipes of hard times, when men knew how to work with their hands, when they did what was required without complaint; when men were hard, lest they perish. Or as the saying goes: “back when dodgeball was played with sticks and stickball was played with knives.” The Corn Cob Pipe Tradition. Legend has it that in 1869, a farmer in the Missouri countryside whittled a pipe out of a dried out corn cob. He smoked his tobacco and enjoyed the nice smooth smoking experience so much that he requested his wood-working friend to turn stems for the pipes on his lathe. Hence, the birth of the Missouri Meerschaum Company, the original and sole surviving manufacturer of mass produced corn cob pipes. Though the beginning of the mass production of corn cob pipes commenced in the late 1800s, their emergence and individual construction likely began long before that, and certainly persisted for years to come. Within and beyond the Dust Bowl area, corn cob pipes were the instruments of farmers, hobos, migrant laborers, and vagabonds of all sorts. Train hoppers in the Midwest and other corn-growing areas would find themselves in the presence of this abundant crop, often just off of the train tracks. With a communal sharing of simple tools and the luck of having a pinch of tobacco, having a soothing smoke on those enormously tiring days was a welcomed occasion. Examining the evolution of pipe smoking in the 21 st century is more like observing the slow extinction of a dwindling species. According to “Bowled Over No Longer,” a 2005 Washington Post article by Peter Carlson, there exists approximately 1.6 million pipe smokers in America today. Since the 1970s, there has been a 91% drop in pipe tobacco purchases. With those statistics it becomes apparent that the current number of corn cob pipe smokers has likely declined even more dramatically. Apparently, appreciating the afternoon with a pipe in hand has been exchanged for quick fixes of indulgence and gadgetry. People today tend to not simply sit and notice, say, the sun’s departure quietly occurring later and later each day. We may not consider why a particular bee chose to slurp the nectar from one flower and not another, or wonder why it hasn’t rained in so long. In these days of instant coffee, fast-food chain-restaurants and 5-minute cigarette breaks, the corn cob pipe persists as a comfortable speed bump in the common rush of a frantic life. With the immediacy of most things today, it can be easy to forget that we don’t always have to buy something we want, that we can allow ourselves a few solitary moments to create something with our own hands-and then enjoy the fruits of our labor. In an attempt to grasp a few moments for yourself, I encourage you to try making a corn cob pipe, to take a contemplative breath and appreciate the fact that the world still spins.

If meandering to your stoop throne on a sunny day and enjoying the smooth hit of tobacco from a corn cob pipe sounds good to you, then you’ll need to know how to make one. Granted, this will likely not be the quality of a Missouri Meerschaum (mine certainly isn’t), but it will be of your own creation.

It is said that the most important thing for a pipe smoker to do is to find a pipe that feels right. A pipe may not be sentient, but it will bring its own presence to the relationship between man and pipe. What better way to find this inanimate companion than to craft it with your own hands? What You Will Need: 1 ear of corn Pocket knife Wood branch Drill with various bits Tobacco Matches or butane lighter.


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