In 2017, a Brazilian cannabis journalist by the name Matias Maxx gave a talk on the production of brick weed in Paraguay. Maxx had the chance to visit a cannabis farm on the border of Paraguay and Brazil, seeing firsthand what goes into making the weed that saturated the market in most South American countries. He talked about his trip at the 2017 Expocannabis in Uruguay.
As we mentioned earlier, brick weed is far less popular today than it once was. There are two main reasons for this:
If you’re a younger reader, you may never have tried brick weed. Thanks to the homegrow movement and now the legalization of cannabis, compressing cannabis bricks for transportation isn’t as necessary as it once was.
IS BRICK WEED GOOD?
Finally, the dried cannabis is loaded into a hydraulic press, which produces one massive 50kg block of compressed weed. This is then cut into smaller bricks, wrapped in plastic and held together with tape, and then shipped.
To better understand why brick weed is as bad as it is, it helps to take a look at how it’s manufactured.
Maxx was quick to mention that the plants used to make brick weed were excellent, often stemming from top-shelf seeds from well-known seed banks. He mentioned that the plants are well-grown, although males tend to invade the plantations and fertilise some of the females. The problem with brick weed, according to Maxx, is how it’s processed.
Every now and then you’ll hear an old-time cannabis connoisseur tell you about the excellent brick weed he/she would smoke “back in the day”. And it’s true; brick weed can be, and was, of a high quality from time to time. However, having been and lived in South America, we never came across brick weed that was even close to “good”.
I’ve grown out some brick weed seeds before and they looked/smoked like they were almost 100% indica every single time. When I see the first couple sets of real leafs, I’ll be able to tell you if it looks like another 100% indica strain or not.
Has anyone else had experience growing out seeds from this stuff?? What did you end up getting? More Indica, more sativa, yields, potency?? I’m just wondering, because this is basically how I, and I bet, a lot of other people started growing weed. Let me hear your experiences.
Have any of you ever tried growing out some seeds from some Mexican brick weed?? I’ve just germinated 9 seeds successfully and have put them in some premi soil in 16 oz party cups inside my little grow box.
Seeing that this stuff is grown for commercial purposes, don’t you think it would be logical for it to be a good yielder?? You know that stuff probably looks pretty decent before the cartel gets their slimy hands on it.
Before I ever started growing, I thought it would be a mexican sativa-type usually. However, I’ve NEVER seen a sativa dominant plant from this really commercial stuff. From my experience, these plants put out some really good yields as well, if treated properly. This is kind of like a national past-time for many. I’d just like to hear other people’s experiences growing out the infamous mexican brick seeds.
Aside from wrapping your weed in plastic, you can also use other materials to keep it safe, secure, and potent. Instead of plastic, use the plastic microwavable container you used to compress it. You may also use cardboard boxes or paper bags but these may let water in.
3. Dry and cure weed if these are still wet.
Before, brick weed was made using a hydraulic press. The buds and cannabis plant parts are not trimmed or properly dried and cured and thus, compressed weed tends to develop moisture as it is stored. If you smoke weed with moisture, you’ll get smoke with dangerous fumes which can affect your health.
How to store/keep Weed Bricks
The same methods to make brick weed remains unchanged over many years but today, smaller amounts are available and not 25-gram bricks.
5. If you don’t have a hydraulic press, try this…
If the weed parts are still wet, take time to dry and cure them. Cure the different parts separately and when these are done, it’s time to load these into the presser.
2. Cut these into small pieces