Gender Equality for Weed
Your typical plant has two sexes (male and female), and marijuana, Cannabis sativa,1 is no exception. For most plants, this simple biological fact isn’t a big deal, but it just so happens that in the case of marijuana, there is a definite prejudice in favor of the female sex.
The explanation is simple: if you want to smoke a reefer with a high THC content, the place to get it is from the buds of the female plant. Males, when it comes to potency, just aren’t in the same league.
Now, if this strikes you as unfair, as blatant sexism, as horrific injustice, you’re perfectly right. But what can you do? Complain to the United Nations or the Supreme Court? That might be fun, but it won’t bring about justice for male marijuana.
However, enterprising growers in Colorado have developed a more practical solution: transsexual cannabis. While this new strain, “Trans-Grass,” is genetically female (with a THC content as high as 12%), it feels “like a male on the inside.” The grower who developed this new variety, Chris Tiresias, hopes that it will help to end “the appalling plague of discrimination against the male marijuana plant.”2
“Cannabis Leaf 2,” by Christopher Thomas CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons;
“Cannabis male flowers” by Banana Patrol. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
- As well as the other species of Cannabis, indica and ruderalis. ↩
- Note that The Flying News does not support, promote, advocate, or otherwise endorse the use of any illegal substances—this includes, but is not limited to, marijuana, raw milk, DDT, and Bavarian Cream—nor do we condone, accept, or approve of any sort of deliberate intoxication. ↩