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Imagine a bright, green future!

2017-02-10 14:37:22

Imagine a bright, green future!

Have you ever thought about what the UK could be like if cannabis was fully legalized? I’ll bet you a Henry you have. It doesn’t take a great leap of the imagination, and cannabis users tend to be an imaginative lot. If you’ve visited the Netherlands, especially its coffeeshop epicentre of Amsterdam, it’s virtually impossible not to daydream about what our scepter’d isle could be like if its outdated, indefensible cannabis legislation changed.

In the first few months of this year, we’ve had the disclosures of (the man who hates to be called) Dodgy Dave about his offshore tax shelters, the 150,000 strong anti-austerity demonstration in London in April, and Nick Clegg coming clean about Theresa May’s attempts to delete any scientific data that doesn’t suit her preconceived ideas about drug policy. The reasons for change are mounting by the day. The UK’s drug policy is playing out against a backdrop on the world stage of the UNGASS Special Session on Drugs and the increasing number of places in the US where legalized recreational and/or medicinal use hasn’t caused the fall of civilization. The entire country of Canada will have legal weed in less than a year’s time, and let’s not forget Portugal quietly celebrating 15 years of the decriminalization of all drugs leading to nothing but positive effects.

True, in 1969 marijuana liberation pioneer John Sinclair thought it would all be over by 1972 and the US is still less than halfway there, but it must be admitted that the colonies are doing better than we are right now. Maybe one of the things that keeps us going is the belief that change for the better is just around the corner. So let us daydream together, dear reader, of the changes we might see if the UK decided to go all-out for legalization.

Bedrocan medicinal cannabis

One of the most impactful changes could be the appearance of Bedrocan in pharmacies. Working with exclusive genetics from Sensi Seeds, this Dutch company has, to date, developed six different varieties of medicinal cannabis. The option would exist for doctors to prescribe them, and for patients to obtain them on the NHS. More information would be available for both doctors and patients (imagine a leaflet on cannabis alongside the standard ones on piles, flu jabs and diabetes that hang in waiting rooms!). Too often, medical professionals have to be informed about the benefits of cannabinoids by their patients. A new feature on the Sensi Seeds blog is devoted to providing scientific information to healthcare providers in order to help with this.

People who are already using cannabis to self-medicate are forced to obtain it through illegal means. Making cannabis available in chemist’s, or offering the option for people to safely and legally cultivate their own, would remove the stress and stigma of illegal activities. This alone would benefit countless medicinal users. Being able to secure a consistent product grown under controlled conditions and free from harmful contaminants eliminates the risk of worsening the user’s health. Being able to add cannabis use to a patient’s records, as with any other drug, means that potential negative interactions with other medication can be avoided.

Availability of Sativex

Large-scale cannabis production for medicinal purposes could also replace, supplement, or possibly at least reduce the price of Sativex. According to both clinical trials and anecdotal evidence, Sativex, a cannabis-derived mouth spray with a roughly 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, effectively relieves moderate to severe muscle spasticity and other symptoms in MS sufferers. However, in 2014 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended to healthcare professionals that they “do not offer Sativex to treat spasticity in people with MS because it is not a cost-effective treatment.”

Although licenced for use throughout the UK, and being made from cannabis which is actually grown in England, Sativex is only available on prescription in Wales (not a country noted for being the most affluent in the UK!). In the US there have been cases of families relocating to states where medicinal cannabis is legal in order to obtain it for sick family members. It would be tragic if people with MS in the rest of the UK were forced to move to Wales in the same way, just to have relief from pain. It is possible to get Sativex directly from manufacturer GW Pharmaceuticals via the internet using a private prescription. However, the cost of this runs to around five hundred pounds a month; too much for most people to afford.

Finally, on the medicinal side, the risk factors of cannabis use could be lessened. For the majority of people these are minor to non-existent. But there are some for whom cannabis could cause health problems. Without the opportunity to speak with a well-informed GP who has access to their medical and family histories, they may be unaware of the risks, and inadvertently worsen their health instead of improving it.

The market for recreational and medicinal cannabis already exists, and it’s huge

Let us also consider the economic effects of a fully legalized and taxed cannabis industry. The market for medicinal and especially recreational cannabis is not one that needs to be created; in terms of supply and demand, the demand already exists. According to a survey by the Guardian newspaper carried out in 2014, an estimated 14 million people in the UK have used cannabis. Of the 13% of the population who would consider using any drug in future, 81% of those would use cannabis. Interestingly, among people who have never used drugs, 4% would consider using them in the future. If drugs were decriminalized, however, this figure jumps to 16%. The Home Office Crime Survey for England and Wales on drug misuse for 2014/15 found that 6.7% of adults aged 16 to 59 had used cannabis in the previous year.

A survey by the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit in 2011 (which was funded by political party for cannabis law reform CLEAR) estimated that the UK gets through more than 1020 tons of cannabis a year. If, as CLEAR proposes, cannabis was sold legally and taxed at a flat rate of £1 per gram with 20% VAT on all sales, this would generate around £2.4 billion in tax revenue per year. Given the above statistics on how many people would consider cannabis as a recreational drug if it was not illegal, it can be safely said that this is a conservative estimate. The view that revenue would not be that high because people would simply grow their own is somewhat naive, given that it continues to be perfectly legal to brew beer and wine at home, yet only a fraction of people actually do this and alcohol sales are barely scratched by it, let alone dented.

Revitalization of communities

Of course, this direct revenue is only a small part of the positive effect that a proper recreational cannabis market could have. It’s impossible not to have noticed the amount of pubs closing across the nation. Between June 2014 and June 2015, they were going at a rate of 29 a week, according to the Campaign for Real Ale. Not as many people miss the access to alcohol – which after all, is freely available and cheaper in shops – as miss the sense of a hub of social connection, a place where communities meet and mingle. The introduction of coffeeshops could not only fill this void, but fill the empty pubs that have caused it. Rather than destroying communities, as cannabis is so often falsely accused of doing, it could actually revitalize them.

Bringing cannabis culture out of the living room

The claim that cannabis causes social isolation in its users results mostly from its illegal status. The ‘living room culture’ that this engenders grows from a fear of being caught if using one’s drug of choice in a public setting. It drastically reduces the potential for meeting new people. It breeds a sense of ‘us and them’ that creates barriers between users and non-users in a way that alcohol and tobacco, with their legal status, do not. Although they are far more harmful, they are not stigmatized in the same way. People who do not use them are unafraid to enter a bar or a tobacconist simply because the drugs are there, and largely unafraid of the people who use them (unless alcohol is being used to excess). This stigma is due to misinformation and propaganda. The legalization of cannabis would enable the reversal of this unfortunate trend. In the Netherlands, where coffeeshops have been commonplace for 40 years, this stigma has been almost completely erased. In any given group of friends, in any age range, it is absolutely normal that some will use cannabis and some will not, and this does not cause fractures in their social structure.

Unbiased, free information

One of the ways in which this reversal of misapprehension could take shape is through unbiased information centres. The Cannabis College in Amsterdam is one such centre. Established in 1997 as a non-profit organization, it provides thousands of people every year - both tourists and locals alike – with free information about cannabis and hemp. By no means is every visitor a cannabis user, since interest in the manifold uses of both types of the plant is on the rise throughout the world. Being in Amsterdam grants the Cannabis College a unique position among drug information centres. There is a small but well-equipped cannabis garden in the basement where visitors can see for themselves how beautiful the plants are when in flower, the equipment needed for cultivation, and how to ensure the electricity is safely dealt with.

This last point is of great importance, since the most dangerous aspect of indoor cultivation is the use of electricity and water together. Obviously, the bigger the grow, the more power points are needed. Many growroom fires are caused by overloading the power supply. If they did not have to be kept so very secret, the option of bringing in a qualified electrician and ensuring that the proper safety regulations are followed would reduce the dangers of fire and electrocution enormously. A Cannabis College in Brighton, London, Leeds, Edinburg, Belfast or any other major city would be of enormous benefit to growers all over the Isles – especially with the same ability to have a growroom on the premises.

The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

Not only would one or more Cannabis Colleges be a welcome addition to the cannabis-related venues here, but the logical next step would be a UK branch of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. The original has been a popular Amsterdam destination since 1985, and in 2012 another branch opened in Barcelona, a city becoming increasingly more tolerant of cannabis and making significant moves towards a form of legalization with the introduction of cannabis clubs.

 

A rich history of cannabis use

The UK actually has a rich and diverse history of cannabis use. Think of the Rolling Stones in court in 1967, and the famous Times editorial titled “Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?” that took the surprising view – for a mainstream newspaper that embodies everything the 60s counterculture was rebelling against – that Jagger and Richards were being unfairly treated, to the discovery of pipes containing cannabis residue dating from Shakespeare’s time practically in the Bard’s back garden, to the unflagging determination of numerous activists who are today fighting for a long-overdue change in legislation that would enable the UK to finally embrace the many benefits of legal, regulated cannabis. More places in the UK celebrated April 20th this year than ever before.

So don’t give up. Keep campaigning, keep growing, keep spreading the information, stay true to your convictions. Maybe in a year’s time, we will be the country that the rest of the world is pointing to as a positive example. We are, after all, a green and pleasant land.

Words and pictures from Sensi Seeds

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 123

Posted in Cannabis News

Women and Ganja in southern Africa

 

During a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956, the women sang a freedom song: "Wathint’ abafazi, Strijdom! wathint’ abafazi,wathint’ imbokodo,uza kufa!"

Translated into English this means: "[When] you strike the women, you strike a rock, you will be crushed [you will die]!"

The phrase has come to represent women’s courage and strength in Southern Africa.

This was very evident  in the women we have met on our journeys.  Often they are left in the rural areas to fend for their family as the father has to work out of town. There is a community but things are harder if you have to do all the things your man would normally help with.

These are not the same "to do" lists that we have; yes, we all have shopping to do but in these rural areas shopping takes a whole day of struggle: wake when the sun still isn't up, walk to where you get the "taxi" (a very worn out pick-up with two benches in the back), pray that there is a spot to squeeeeze into and find a way to balance through the dirt road with pot holes, cows and children all trying to get somewhere; when you reach the tar road you change and wait for the next ride to town. If it's not pension day you have scored Big...Then there are the shops...YHo! dont think you gonna go in for a quick something, not gonna happen. Hmmmm...the only thing i can compare it to is Tube strike day in London.....organized chaos.

Mission accomplished, you have your few weeks' supply of staples for you and your family and aunty and granny who are too old to get their own. Now you got to get it home...same way you came. Don't forget the children want dinner when you get in!

Some of the women will plant a small plot of veg and maize to add to the small purchases. Many in 'The Rurals' have electricity now and running water but we have been in these areas when they are cut off for weeks at a time. Yes, rain water has been collected during rainy season, but this doesn't always cover and she has to collect water for bathing and cooking. When things are very hard there are women and children washing clothes by the river.  Within these tough times these women hold their own, they have dignity, resilience and pride. It is in this context that we see the true beauty of the African Woman.

There are many historical pictures of Xhosa women with long pipes

which has been thought to be for ganja, but generally you will find that woman in the older generation do not smoke Ganja; they may take it as a tea, but in the pipes was a tobacco  of sorts.

But theses entrepreneurial rural women know a good opportunity when they see one. Now, they have put their hands to the ganja growing with some good results.

It is usually the young men that are getting 'pro' with their fields but the women are not so far behind. Woman are usually trimming the plants, which to some may be seen as an unskilled job till she offers you a lovely sticky piece of sweet sativa Charas that has been collected every night with a warm knife. It is a good bonus to a back breaking and finger-aching job.

So, with all this in mind, do a just deal and don't expect that you are going to get a bargain because you have a woman farmer. And above all make sure she gets her worth. She will always hold a tough deal but if you make her happy you may get a smile!

 

PLEASE NOTE WHERE EVER YOU SEE THE FACE OF A PERSON BE AWARE THAT THEY ARE NOT GROWERS JUST MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

 

 

-HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN GROWNING?

 

5 years now.

 

-WHAT STRAINS DO YOU HAVE THIS YEAR?

 

Local and last year I was blessed with some seeds from overseas.

 

-DO YOU PULL OUT YOUR MALES?

 

Yes, I was shown this by a visitor few years back.

 

-ARE YOU GROWING LANDRACE?

 

What is this?

 

-DO YOU GROW LOCAL GANJA OR IMPORTED SEEDS?

 

Ah yes, that's our one - the elders don't want to grow the new seeds.

 

-DO YOU USE PESTICIDES?

 

If I have bad bugs I do...first I try garlic, but this must be before flowers come.

 

-DO YOU USE GANJA FOR MEDICINE?

 

My Father used to smoke it but my Ma makes a tea for sleep and fever.

 

-WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START GROWING GANJA?

 

Things not easy here and I have land, so my brother showed me.

 

-HAS IT IMPROVED YOUR LIFE?

 

It makes it easier but it should not be illegal - it is only a plant. Alcohol causes a lot more problems in our community.

 

-WHAT PROBLEMS HAS ALCOHOL CAUSED?

 

Yho...too many husbands get too drunk and spend all the money in the sheebeen (local bar). My neighbor's husband sold her ganja then spent money on beer, it was meant for the school uniform. He was in trouble as woman don't like that, not if she grow it. She is the rock, you know this?

My husband doesn't drink, he works in the city to bring money home for the family and helps in the field when he is home.

 

-WHAT ELSE GROWS IN YOUR GARDEN?

 

I have maize, butternut, cabbage , beans , banana, pawpaw and spinach.

 

-WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR TRIM?

 

My goats like big leaves, but I do make tea.

 

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 123

Posted in Cannabis News

Cherrygasam by Subcool of TGA Genetic's

Cherrygasam is the latest endevor from Subcool of TGA Genetics. Subcool aquired a cut of Cherry Pie OG know for it's sweet and sour Cherry Pie flavor and introduced her to Space Dude who is known for it's Cherry, lemon,s and candy flavors. The resuling cross has made for some very sticky, gooey resinous off spring.

From 5 seeds planted I came out with 3 distinked females. The 1st being OG dominant with tall lanky branch's, dence resinous buds reeeking of Sour Lemon's Cherry and Diesels. The 2nd beeing tall with slightly tighter spacing with spear shaped slightly looser buds that smells of Musky Cherry/Lemon Diesel. The 3rd was  short with no stretch and reeks of Musky Cherry/lemon and a dash of diesel. (my keeper).

The plants were very fast easy and to grow and  and should be topped and staked accordinly to support the weight of the buds once the flowering stage is commenced. Flowering should be complete by 70 to 80 days with 75 being optimal to retain the essence of the arroma's. Neer the completion you can expect some very resinous and gorgous Maroon's, Purple's and Black's colours to make for some sexy diamondy bag appeal. You can expect a great return on your investment in a pack of Cherrygasm seeds

Height: medium to Tall

Yield: Average to large yiels of very resinous and sticky flowers

recommened for Indoor and Outdoor with a preference for Organic methods

harvest: 9-10 weeks

sat/Ind : 70/30

Hybrid: Cherry Pie OG x Space Dude

High Type: heady,stoney / relaxing / pain relief / stimulating the mind and appetite

taste / aroma: Diesel's / Cherry's /Lemons / Skittles / Musky

Words and pictures by Ocanabis
First published in Weed World Magazine edition 123

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Posted in Cannabis News

Jah Goo Hash Report

2017-02-10 13:46:29

Jah Goo by The Dank Duchess of Ladies Club Organics

From the beginning Frenchy Cannnoli advised that by going to the source, I would get the best quality material.  As he put it, the real hashmaker goes as far up the mountain as he can to make the best Hashish possible.  My husband Nicholas and I undertook Frenchy’s challenge, traveled to the mountains of Mendocino County, and we returned with a quiet gem named Jah Goo; smoothy flavorful, with an intense and unforgiving punch. Years ago, while studying for my Masters in Landscape Architecture, I noticed that the showiest flowers, while absolutely beautiful, did not always have the most desired scents.  Or perhaps they were temperamental and lacked hardiness.  On the other hand, some of the sweetest and nuanced aromas came from flowers that were not extraordinarily pretty.  Jah Goo balances it all: short flowering time, large, hardy colas, and a unique taste that I have yet to say reminds me of any other strain.  She is in a league of her own.

Produced from a cross of a robust Afgoo female and Purple Jasmine male, the Jah Goo is a 50/50 hybrid which displays mentally bright Sativa characteristics at the beginning of the smoking experience and progresses to a heavier Indica-like physical high as one continues to smoke.  In 2015, the plants were grown by Ladies Club Organics in Round Valley, Mendocino, California.  After 8 weeks of flowering, with fat pink and purple colas covered in frosty trichomes, the Jah Goo was harvested in the late fall.

The harvested plants have been dried slowly and allowed to cure for over a month before being presented to me.

I have been washing Jah Goo for over a year and am familiar with her peculiarities; including the propensity to clog the machine as it spins.  In the end Jah Goo washes well, producing a very good yield of sticky resin.  The Hashish is dried in the freeze dryer which chills the resin far below freezing before drying it thoroughly over the course of hours.  Once dried, I pick up a patty from the tray, inspecting it before folding it half.  The resin gives slowly before cracking slightly to reveal a dark crystalline interior.  The Jah Goo Hashish puck is a geode of dank oil-filled trichomes.  Pressing this Hashish is going to be a dream.  Using Frenchy’s hot water bottle tech, I warm the Hashish puck with successive rolls across its surface until I am able to press the puck into a thin, soft, and moldable sheet.  Folding the sheet into half over and over, I create a cube, pressing it firmly with my palms while shaping adjacent side with my fingers. I continue doing this for a few minutes, creating a firm, pressed core. The warm resin reminds me of blackberry candy and it is hard to resist the urge to stop pressing and take an early dab.   Satisfied with the tight box I have made, I begin pressing in the corners before beginning the roll of the templeball.  A collected mass is ideal for preserving and aging  and modern day templeballs are nod to a beautiful and practical tradition.  After leaving the ball to sit for 2 days, I pack it into an airtight jar.

Two months pass and I believe it is an ideal time to dig into the tempting templeball.  I open the jar and the pent up terpenes announce themselves loudly.  I am used to the soft, berry like flavors of Jah Goo flower.  However, as a freshly opened concentrate, the intensity is multiplied. The dark, purple skin initially resists the prod of my dab tool, but soon relents.  Within the cracked ball, greasy resin, now coalesced into one massive resinous unit, glistens seductively. I pull the jar close and a savory, woody musk warms greets my nose.  I scoop a fat dab’s worth of Hashish onto my dab tool and fire up the torch.  By the way the Hashish looks in the jar, I know this dab will melt like water.  With high anticipation I bring the tip of the tool to the quartz banger and as predicted, she melts smoothly across the surface.  Golden bubbles paint the walls of the quartz and the Jah Goo Hashish disappears. I draw effortlessly on my rig and cool, thick smooth smoothly eases down my throat.  On the exhale, sweet, floral-flavored smoke slides out of my mouth, billowing around my face and hanging in the air. A moment passes and a pungent tropical spice spreads across my tongue and tingles sharply up my right nostril.  I have become used to this powerful afterthought of the Jah Goo Hashish. Each dabs reminds me of chewing on sweet cinnamon stick, followed by a green mango sprinkled with cayenne pepper.  My nostrils are instantly cleared every single time.

Behind my ears tingle like the sensation you get when eating a lemon that is too tart.  Fortunately, it is a rather pleasant feeling.  It signals a lovely cerebral experience awaiting me.  Little shocks tickle across the bridge of my nose and into my eyebrows.  I love this feeling.  Sativas provide a wide awake and aware feeling that brightens my day instantly.  Dabbing Sativa Hashish feels like a shot of enthusiasm has been added to the moment. I feel so good I could dance. If nothing else I have got to move around. I convince my husband Nicholas that we should go hiking RIGHT NOW!  Fortunately for us, living in the San Francisco Bay area, wooded and forested areas are always less than 30 minutes away.  We head along the highway toward Berkley; radio blasting and spirits high.  Nicholas is naturally ebullient most of the time, but he is sure to be even bubblier once we park and he can have a few dabs before our adventure.  As he pulls alongside Temescal Regional Park, I retrieve my 3-hole pipe and quartz rod.  Opening a small jar I scoop out more Hashish and tears apart like a thick wad of bubblegum.  With practiced ease, I heat the rod with the torch for a short while and then allow it to cool slightly.  With the pipe to his lips, I press the rod into the shallow depth of the pipe.  The small mass of Jah Goo Hashish immediately starts to bubble,, wisps of smoke dashing into each of the three holes.   He holds briefly before bowing out slowly.  Then...he winces.  I chuckle.   I also take a hit from the pipe and then I am ready to go.  I want to get my momentum going before the physical effects hit me.  Jah Goo never makes me feel couch-locked, but a hike, even a short one, can seem like an unending marathon when legs lack to will to continue moving.

Still savoring the thick sweetness of the Jah Goo hashish, we start along the Oak Bay Trail which immediately begins a steep incline 830 feet (230 m) into the clear California sky.  Within 5 minutes, we are surrounded by live oak, hazelnut, laurel, and redwood trees, to name a few.  At first we are full of animated conversation, remarking about all of the pretty flowers and the gorgeous views of the Temescal Lake below us. Our high spirits are unbothered by the chilly breeze that rustles the trees.  It is as if the Jah Goo Hashish has created a thin shell around us which buffets the cold air.  I am not numb, but merely unaffected by the possible discomfort of the coolth. As we continue to walk, a quiet comfort settles upon us and the only sounds are chattering birds, the soft crunch of pine needles beneath our feet, and our unhurried breathing.  Something like waves provides a steady background accompaniment, but that sound is the constant traffic of a nearby highway.  I frown when I notice it, but the irritation soon fades.  Careful not to step into the poison oak along the sides of the narrow trail, we walk hand in hand, giggling like silly teenagers at nothing at all.  After about ¾ of a mile, we stop to hit the pipe again.  It has been a damp spring, so the risk of fire is low, but we remain vigilant about our torch use.  The surest way to get Californians to hate you is to set something on fire and that would be a high blower indeed.  Thirty seconds after taking out last pull we spy another hiker coming around a nearby bend and we hurriedly put away our tools. The wood smells lovely with the thousands of wildflowers that abound, but smelling something entirely different and yet perhaps familiar, she looks at us quizzically.  Seeing no evidence of anything out of the ordinary, she silently continues on the path, and we break down laughing.  We compose ourselves and turn around.  The light is lessening and it is about time to get back.  Besides, I am getting hungry. 

Once back home, I am still full of energy, though I can feel the toll the short hike has taken on my body.  Nicholas opts to take a nap on the couch, but I have other ideas - like taking a dab.  I am entranced as the banger begins to glow red. The whole ritual of heating the banger makes me focus on every step to get the most flavorful pull possible.  As I wait for the banger to cool, I stare at the glob of sticky Hashish on the end of my tool and I say a small affirmation of gratefulness.  I am so lucky to work with this particular and unique strain.  I think about all of the farmers involved in cultivating and improving the strain and I am thankful.  The living room suddenly feels confining and I decide to head outside.

Wrapped in a soft green fleece, I walk up the stairs to the roof.  Opening the door chilly air blasts my face, but just as before, the temperature is hardly noticed. Careful stepping down, I marvel for the hundredth time at the vast amount of sky visible from my roof. Twenty years after having grown up in New York with the majority of the cosmos blocked by towering buildings, I still delight at unobstructed views of stars. Tonight, thick brownish-purple fog blankets half of the sky, obscuring the gently rolling, yet impressively massive, Oakland Hills which usually dominate the view. Looking across the sky I see fat mauve clouds giving away to light wisps that eventually peter out over the dark San Francisco Bay.  I pause my reverie for a quick dab of Jah Goo Hashish.  The cool air chills my banger faster than I intended and I am rewarded with a very low temp dab that produces little vapor, but a mouthful of flavor.  A flood of mangoes rushes at me and I smile at the simple fabulousness of it all.  

Who says you cannot have it all?  The delectable flavors, heady aromas, and powerful presence of the Jah Goo Hashish combine for an unforgettable comprehensive effect.   A smooth operator, Jah Goo seduces thoroughly; at first delicately coy before bowling me over with her intensity. Jah Goo is the woman who walks into an all-white costume party wearing purple and still wins “Best Dressed.”  She is just special in that way.  She is dignified, distinctive, and definitely delicious.

Words and pictures by The Dank Duchess
First published in Weed World Magazine edition 123

Posted in Cannabis News

AutoMazar.  1980’s Afghani genetics with an auto makeover.

It’s unusual for Dutch Passion to see a best selling variety equally at home with indoor growers as well as outdoor growers.  The normal rules of selective cannabis breeding tends to result in highly focussed genetic lines.  Indoor varieties are often created to maximise yield and total cannabinoid content whilst maintaining faithfulness to a particular genetic line - such as a beloved Kush, Skunk or ‘Fruit’ lineage.  Outdoor varieties are often the result of several years of selecting the earliest bloomers, while ensuring that features such as plant size, mold resistance, pest resistance and outdoor toughness are retained.  

Sometimes the different requirements of indoor and outdoor breeding are mutually exclusive. Yet AutoMazar is an anomaly, adored by indoor growers and equally at home on a river bank or in a roadside ditch.   

The Mazar story began back in the 1980’s when parts of Afghanistan still offered a sliver of safety for foreign tourists and travelling hippies.  For Dutch Passion, the attraction was being first to find some genuine landrace Indica Kush genetics which delivered consistent growth, and the legendary mind-numbing indica stone that is always in demand from either the medical grower or the determined couch loving recreational smoker.  In those days the best way to get the genetics was to travel the valleys meeting and greeting the friendlier locals, getting stoned with them and getting to know the main cannabis cultivators in the locality.  Eventually we found the genetics that we were looking for, and our original photoperiod Mazar variety was born. Our customers appreciate the rich blissful body stone and narcotic strength levels as much as the consistent performance from one crop to the next.  

One of the nice aspects of working with Mazar has been the fact that the genetics came fully adapted to tough outdoor conditions.  The mountainous Afghan region is often barren, well above sea level and therefore cold at night.  Mazar genetics have adapted to these bleak conditions over thousands of years, and its this genetic resilience which has been of such benefit to the outdoor performance of our autoflowering version of Mazar, AutoMazar.

These days the seed companies, or at least the premium quality ones, have completed the challenge of converting all their best legacy photoperiod varieties into good quality autos.  This is nothing like as simple as it sounds.  The better seed banks have found their own tips and tricks to maximise quality and performance, but there are still plenty of seed suppliers that were late to embrace autos and as a result have slipped behind with performance and, in particular, potency.

AutoMazar performs well outdoors where others might struggle.  Two areas where AutoMazar succeeds are with mold resistance and resilience to cool nighttime temperatures.  All autos will see their growth slowed down by cold nights, but AutoMazar is able to battle through where lesser autos might falter.  Indoors, autos take around 75 days from germination to harvest under 20 hours of daily light.  Effectively this is the equivalent of 20 hours of midday sun.  With an indoor grow tent AutoMazar, or any good quality automatic, will grow well especially if intense light is given.  But outdoors the auto life cycle can be 2-3 weeks longer than it would take indoors.  Auto varieties that contain tough outdoor genetics have a marked advantage, especially in climates prone to cool evenings.

In warmer, mediterranean-style climates, AutoMazar will thrive outdoors.  Outdoor harvests of 150g+ are quite possible especially if planted in good quality soil which has been improved with organic soil improvers such as bat guano, worm castings, Fish-mix etc.  Outdoor growers often protect their autos with slug/snail pellets.  A protective collar of chicken wire is a great way to prevent rabbits, goats or deer from munching on your autos.  Those living in warm climates can get 3 successive auto crops in a year, allowing them to harvest their cannabis gradually thought the year.  For some growers this is much more convenient than growing outdoor photoperiod plants which deliver their harvest only in Autumn/fall.  

In cooler outdoor climates it may only be possible to get a single auto crop completed.  But most areas of the world are able to find a warm, sunny 3-month window to grow AutoMazar.  If necessary your autos can be grown indoors under 24-hour light for the first 2-3 weeks until they are ready to be planted outdoors.  This gives them a head-start, which could make all the difference to the eventual harvest if the local spring weather is typically cold, grey and wet.

Indoors we usually see our customers grow AutoMazar under 20 hours of daily light.  Any less than 20 hours of daily light is simply wasted time, the genetics are designed to soak up intense light with minimal rest.  A minority of our customers insist on growing AutoMazar under 24-hour light from start to finish.  Contrary to popular opinion, autos from the established breeders can cope with 24 hour light from seed to harvest, but you may need to watch out for nutrient deficiencies, especially Calcium and Magnesium.  But if nutrient deficiencies are seen under 24 hour light they can often be corrected with occasional use of Epsom salts as a root feed or foliar feed.  

Once you have got a successful auto harvest completed you will see the flexibility and convenience that autos offer.  You can wave goodbye to the old concept of having your indoor tent on either a ‘veg’ or ‘bloom’ .  For autos it really doesn't matter.  Many auto growers keep their tent on a perpetual cycle of e.g. 20 hours of daily light. They can introduce a new seed every couple of weeks into the same tent which is blooming a mature female auto.  And they can remove a plant every 2-3 weeks to harvest and enjoy.  Growing feminized autos indoors allows you to keep plant numbers low, and allows you the simplicity of a single tent and a single light cycle.  Its one of the reasons that autos have become so popular with the average urban self-sufficient home grower.

Words and pictures by Tony at Dutch Passion

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 123
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Candyland Hash Report

2017-02-09 11:31:59

Candyland by Dry Sift Jedi and Jackie of Resin Ranch Extraction

Years ago, when I was a young girl living with parents who were adamant about healthy food choices and prescribed portions, my idea of culinary paradise was ‘Candyland’ - a fantasy world full of endless lollipops for trees, gumdrops for shrubs, and roads made out of sour belts of licorice. In my present reality, I am delighted that this Candyland Hashish creates a sense of wonder not unlike the wistful desires of my younger years.  The farmer’s tireless efforts, along with the dedication of the Hashmakers from Resin Ranch Extraction, have resulted in capturing pure bliss in a jar.  Once unleashed, a wild ride of unlimited positivity and unbounded creativity commences and the experience is truly out of this world.

While stationed at the Buds and Roses booth during the second weekend of the 2016 High Times Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino, Frenchy Cannoli and I are each gifted with this Candyland Dry Sift Hashish by Todd Franciskovic, aka Dry Sift Jedi, and his partner Jackie of Resin Ranch Extraction1. Of late, dry sift Hashish has been gaining popularity due to the influences of Cuban Grower, Cuban Hash Queen and Bubbleman; all of whom Dry Sift Jedi thanks for furthering the progress of the solventless movement.

I express my gratitude profusely to Dry Sift Jedi and Jackie, appreciating how freely they want to share with me such a fine example of dry sifting prowess.  Testing at 28.3% THC, this Candyland Hashish is a product of flowers grown by a small private farm in the Honey Dew area of Humboldt County, California. For the last three years, Dry Sift Jedi has been creating bubblehash and, over the last year and a half, dry sift as well, using organic, sun grown, pesticide-free material that has been curing for a minimum of 1 month. Using a system they have dubbed “JediTech” he and Jackie collect just the trichome heads; finishing their cleaning process on the 180 LPI screen. I had been following them on Instagram, drooling over their pictures that I now see did little justice to their actual offerings. Opting to enjoy the Candyland Hashish at home, I carefully pack the jar away.

Weeks later, I decide to finally indulge, and the Indica-dominant Candyland Hashish reeks as soon as I open it. The resin is beautiful and robust pearls of golden cannabinoid-filled goodness.  Dry Sift Jedi says he is inspired by Frenchy’s “obvious deep love for the resin,” and this Candyland Hashish proves that he too carries on the tradition of top quality concentrates in the Emerald Triangle. Without having to bury my nose in Hashish, and keeping the jar at arm’s length, the terpenes announce their presence; sighing sweetly and enticing me to take a very large dab.  I do not want to rush.  I want to savor every bit and appreciate the sugary, musky notes of Grandaddy Purple and Platinum Girl Scout Cookies that make up the Candyland’s parentage.  I inhale pungent berries and I smile.  I swirl the resin using a dab tool and it crinkles softly like parting sugar.  I scoop a half dime’s worth into my gloved hand and begin to knead it into a very small modern day temple ball.  The resin melts under my insistent touch and before long, a tiny caramel ball is deftly rolled. Under the manipulation of my fingers, the aroma of flowers and sweet fruit is released and it is quite lovely.

I have not yet taken a dab and I am already mesmerized. 

I can tell that a dank delirium awaits me, but I am patient.  I truly enjoy the ritual aspect of dabbing concentrates.  This appreciation for the slow process is one of the reasons that vape pens do not appeal to me much.  The little details of preparation add to the enjoyment of my experience. I take my time pouring a small amount of Hashish onto a square of parchment paper.  After torching my glass hashpress briefly, in one flowing pass, I transform the grainy Hashish into the thinnest mini slab of grease.  The ease in which the Hashish has pressed tells me the oil content is very high and I am in for a heady ride.

Since I have so many different types of Hashish at any given time, it is easy for experiences to become indistinguishable. Today I am taking advantage of Frenchy’s newly established scoring table for Hashish.  I look over his considerations of smoothness, stability, taste, melt, and the like as I take my first dab. After waiting for my quartz banger to cool to the proper temperature, I ease the dab onto the hot surface and a golden trail streaks across the quartz as the Hashish melts like butter on a skillet. The smoke easily slides into my mouth, coats my throat thickly, and flows out quickly and smoothly.  The taste is pleasant; at first sweet before transitioning into a puffed wheat flavor, followed by camphor, and finally rounded out with berries on the end. I feel a familiar tingle in my nose as the remnants of the Hashish smoke slither past my nasal passages.  My mouth retains a memory of the cottony smoke and I suck on my tongue absently; already hankering for another taste of this unique and multi-layered combination of flavors.  In my body, I feel a sensation of lightness, as if I could float away like an errant hot air balloon.  At the same time, I am keenly aware of just about everything...and right now, everything is Tony the Tiger: GREATTTTT!

I take a second dab, this time at a very low temp trying to discover the other flavors that burn so easily at higher degrees.  The smoke that greets me is light, reminding me of citrus and cake flour at once.  Though it is unassuming, it settles in my mouth and shows no signs of going anywhere.  Just then, I am overcome with good cheer. 

With a personality fit for a bounding goat, I am naturally bubbly; almost ebullient. My immediate reaction after the second Candyland Hashish dab is to break out in song and dance about my lemon rinds and my kitty’s fat behind.  My cheerful song, belted at increasingly high volume, goes on and on, wending through nonsensical sounds and short words easily rhymed with one another.  I am brimming over the top with unabashed happiness and I look at the jar of sift in amazement. 

I take 2 more dabs and eye my tenor and double tenor steelpans in the middle of the living  room.  I have been obsessed with these melodic percussive instruments for the past 27 years and right now, I am itching to play.  For the past week, I have been tinkering around with a few classics and jazz standards and I have an overwhelming desire to express myself. The tenor and double tenor steelpans correlate roughly to the violin and viola of classical orchestras. Playing on the tenor steelpan is a showman’s position, but it is on the double tenor steelpan that I feel my best.  Using my body to preserve my rhythm and inertia while moving from side to side to reach notes sometimes spread as far as my entire arm span, I am lost in the magic of the instrument.  My skill on these instruments have largely been confined to being able to near flawlessly play music as instructed, but I have struggled over the years with creating music on the spot. In my head, I can spin intricate melodies and accompanying harmonies, but clam up when prompted for an impromptu demonstration. Right now, I feel my mind easily leaping over those creative boundaries and running with wild abandon into the unknown. The notes reverberate through my body and I feel the rest of the world receding.  I am only concerned with C,D,E,F,G, A,B, and their derivations.  A record plays in my head and I hear Sinatra croon, “...I've loved, I've laughed and cried,” and suddenly I just KNOW how to provide a rich complement to the melody of one of my favorite tunes, My Way.  Seemingly outside of my control, I begin composing music full of scales, arpeggios, and, most of all, JOY! 

I feel so very alive, as if the musical notes are giving me sustenance to continue.  The sentiments and sensations coursing through me are so exhilarating that for a moment, I briefly wonder if I am in the throes of a spontaneous manic episode.  Feeling energized, but not at all racy, I brush that negative thought aside and continue to play.  I have already secured the melody on my tenor steelpan and just about finished the arrangement for the double tenor steelpans and I can say this is one of the happiest experiences I have had playing music.  From my wrists, chord progressions flow like water and, in a way, I feel possessed. I feel like a conduit for the heavenly music and I begin audio recording to ensure that I can recall my creations when this enlightening solo jam session is over.

After a while, I notice that my arms feel slightly warm, as if I had been strolling in the late spring sun.  I imagine that I must be glowing as bubbles of glee radiate from my skin.  More than two hours have passed and I am still buzzing off of the Hashish dabs.  I am open to the world and letting it all in.  I look out of the window and seeing the sun setting, I run up the stairs to the roof to soak in the last of the golden rays.  I gaze after the departing light wondering if the sun, as brightly as it shone today, shone nearly as brightly as I did.  

As complicated and sometimes exhausting as can be day-to-day life, we take comfort in those pleasures that can transform our mood and change our perspective.  I had assumed all of these years that there was a limit to what I could on my beloved instrument and one long session with the Candyland Hashish banished me of such mental constraints.  There may not really exist a world made of fondant and gummies, but this Candyland Hashish adds an overlay of unmitigated freedom and childlike wonder to everything and that may just mean the most wonderful dream come true.

Words and pictures by The Dank Duchess


First published in Weed World Magazine edition 122

Posted in Cannabis News

THE PROFESSOR ‘CAPARCHE’ - GROWER OF THE HIGH GRADE CHEMDAWG MARIJUANA 

In the Hills of Westmoreland Jamaica you will find tranquility, or you can use the term  "the vibes irie" while you embrace the beauty of nature and great aroma of the most potent marijuana in the world.  Far up in the Hills of Jamaica, the powerhouse aroma from marijuana strains, like the Triple OG Kush, Sour Diesel and the potent ChemDawg, gives you a distinct taste and mostly likely it was grown and harvested by licensed farmer, Professor Clive ‘Caparche’ Baley. The title of Professor is well suited to describe the quality and potent marijuana harvested due to Clive ‘Caparche’ Baley's formula which has been used to grow and maintain some of the most potent naturally grown marijuana.

Born in Westmoreland Jamaica, Professor Clive ‘Caparche’ Baley has been dedicated to farming for over 25 years and has come to grips with the rapid development of the cannabis seed. The development of the Cannabis seed changed the pattern of the harvest time, producing very potent results. A dedicated 6 months process time for harvest has been reduced to 3 months for full growth. ‘Caparche, the Professor, has patented a formula to produce the most potent strain of O.G Kush and the powerhouse ChemDawg marijuana.

ChemDawg marijuana has developed a very popular reputation over the years as it tends to be very potent. Depending on the methods of the grower and the conditions, the ChemDawg has THC levels of 15-20%. The natural formula Professor ‘Caparche’ applies to grow the ChemDawg from his harvest highlights a strong cerebral experience. The best of both worlds, O.G Kush and the Sour Diesel are the original source strains combined to produce the ChemDawg marijuana.

The Westmoreland natural sun and enriched soil filled with vitamins could explain the potent outcome of the ChemDawg strain grown in Professor ‘Caparche’ fields in the hills of Jamaica.  I asked Professor’ Caparche’ why we should choose the ChemDawg strain as a prime harvest and he replied,

“ I am a master grower of the O. G Kush and the Sour Diesel, and my plant is top grade, so I combine the formula and now my ChemDawg is brilliant”.

The Professor ‘Caparche’ harvest field has the right amount of sun and also consistent water flow to keep the enriched soil moist and generating vitamins. Dark moist soil surrounded the field like a dark-colored ocean with rows of full-grown Chemdawg, O.G Kush, Sour Diesel and the Rolex Kush.   

The field was impressively overwhelmed with many rows of ChemDawg plants; the aroma would leave a strong impression. The high definition color green from the ChemDawg plant was dominant and full mature leaves provided a secure potent bud that would stick to your fingers after harvesting.

A distinct aroma will identify the Chemdawg marijuana grown by Professor ‘Caparche’ in the Hills of Jamaica. A familiar scent from the Sour Diesel combined with the strong body high generated from the OG Kush creates the potent result of the ChemDawg strain marijuana. The effects of the potent ChemDawg may depend on your high-tolerance. It is great for relaxation and very popular for chronic stress, anxiety and migraines.

 “I will continue to grow the most potent marijuana in Jamaica, I am a farmer so I will plant, and plant for the best harvest. Many use the Marijuana for good purposes and I will maintain the top strain of ChemDawg in the world naturally."  says Professor ‘Caparche’.  While in the field we walked over to a green house table, which was covered by a mesh cloth to prevent birds or any other insects from interacting with the early ChemDawg plants. The table was displaying a mass amount of early plants of the Chemdawg strain on the table that will be ready for the next harvesting time.   

The formula applied by Professor ‘Caparche’ used to grow some of the most potent natural marijuana in the world would be his own patent natural ingredients. The quality of the soil is very important; seaweed added to it will also increase the growth. There was one natural ingredient that was unique to me that was added to the soil to add vitamins and growth: egg shells. I have heard of the usage of eggshells to make flowers brighter and full in growth but was enthused to know the effects of using eggs shells mixed in your soil for a better harvest. Just like all the great professors, not all the secret ingredients were revealed which allow an authentic patent to one of the most potent ChemDawg strain marijuana in the world.

Dedication and care for a strong harvest will produce exceptional results, although the soil treatment may affect the growth and any possible plant deficiencies, which could subsequently damage the harvest. Keeping the soil moist, adding natural nutrient and an accurate lighting system (preferably natural sunlight) will give trade mark results for a potent harvest. Many chemicals are being added to increase potency and the appearance of the marijuana for the ambitious marijuana market. Headaches are mainly the result of the chemicals added to adjust the marijuana, so the purer the better.

A smooth and diesel-potent feeling is what overcomes the cannabis connoisseur and reduces headaches, migraines and relaxes the mood. The Professor 'Caparche' cool-but-sharp intellect reflects his temperament and also his commitment to grow the most potent ChemDawg strain marijuana in the world, harvested in Jamaica.

“My trademark ChemDawg will heal the ones who depend on the marijuana to cure cancer and other deadly diseases. The herb must plant and grow for it is the most pure medicine before mankind. Continue to use the marijuana to heal and preserve the world" says Professor Clive ‘Caparche’ Baley.

The world depends on the Marijuana plant for many reasons and also depends on the grower to harvest the best crop with natural fertilizing ingredients. To maintain our health and sustain a healthy environment should be our main focus in Marijuana approach. The Cannabis plant is being modernized to appeal to the rising market, which might disregard the goal of being healthy, but there are many ways to maintain a strong healthy harvest with a natural fertilizer. Many growers apply this method and have helped to heal mental disorders, release stress and the common aches of migraines.

Thanks to Professor Clive ‘Caparche’ Baley for the exclusive Weed World Magazine feature into his field, of one the most potent ChemDawg marijuana harvest in the world, grown in the hills of Westmoreland Jamaica. 

Words and pictures by S. Douglas

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 122

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Sensi Seeds Celebrity Strain Round-up

 

Over the years, Sensi Seeds has paid tribute to some of the most important, influential and well-loved characters in the world of cannabis and counterculture by naming a cannabis strain after them. Here we take a look at the Sensi Seeds ‘Celebrity Strains’.



Shiva Shanti and Shiva Shanti II

Of all the Sensi Seeds Celebrity Strains, Shiva Shanti and Shiva Shanti II are the most enigmatic in terms of their namesakes. It’s one of those nuggets of information that separates the true Sensi aficionados from the more casual fans – who are Shiva and Shanti?

The answer is, of course, that they are the twin daughters of Ben Dronkers. In their late teens and early twenties, both women could sometimes be found helping out at the Sensi Seeds booth at HighLife and other early cannabis exhibitions and expos. Shiva especially has remained active with the company, organizing the Cannabis Culture Awards since 2009 and appearing regularly at different events on behalf of Sensi Seeds.

The cannabis seed varieties Shiva Shanti and Shiva Shanti II were released in the early 1990s, following the expansion of the Sensi Seeds genetic stock and the acquisition of several important breeding lines that have helped shape the world of cannabis as we know it today. Unsurprisingly, these highly affordable, simple to grow new seed strains rapidly gained in popularity. Both are what is known as “old school” cannabis, bred from a highly-prized Afghani strain known as Garlic Bud, and hailed as legacy strains. Loved for their pungent, dank flavor and aroma as well as how easy they are to cultivate, these two seed strains make great choices for novice gardeners. The indica elements dominate the growth pattern, granting cultivators a heavy harvest of solid buds whether grown indoors or outdoors, and demonstrating a vigorous resistance to mold and pests.

Bred with the intention of bringing the finest quality genetics within the reach and experience range of any and every grower, Shiva Shanti and Shiva Shanti II are both robust and delicious, but there are marked and purposeful differences between them. Shiva Shanti blends the aforementioned Garlic Bud with a very special heritage Kush strain preserved in the Sensi Seeds gene bank for high-end breeding projects such as this one. The result is an indica-dominant, heavy-yielding variety which produces a reliably homogenous crop, time after time. The effect is a very powerful, long-lasting stone that is excellent for dissolving stress and relaxing muscle tension.

To create Shiva Shanti II, this breeding line was combined with another Afghani variety to produce a smoother stone that is less powerful, and therefore more suitable for consumers who are seeking relaxation without being incapacitated. Naturally, the same traits of resilience, robustness and yield that make Shiva Shanti so popular have been retained. As one of our most affordable strains, Shiva Shanti II is the perfect choice for both complete novice growers who are wary of investing a large amount of money in a project that they may not succeed perfectly at, but also commercial producers on a budget who are looking for a big return. Not only that, it is equally at home indoors, in greenhouses, and even outdoors in everything but the very coldest and wettest of climates.

Mr Nice (G13 x Hash Plant)

The name Howard Marks is by now synonymous with extraordinary cannabis adventures, and when it came to dedicating a strain to the man more commonly known as Mr Nice, it was only appropriate that a plant also renowned for its origin story was part of the breeding process.

G13 was allegedly part of a secret US government project to create strong indica strains, and a cutting of the best, from Growroom 13 – G13 – was stolen and smuggled out of the laboratory by an unnamed technician. For a long time it was only available as a clone. Ultimately, however, it made the journey to the Netherlands – since, for the finest cannabis genetics, all roads eventually lead to Amsterdam – and reached the hands of the Sensi Seeds breeders. Once it was combined with one of our finest cultivars, it became possible to create seeds. G13 was stabilized and crossed with the world-famous heavyweight stoner favorite Hash Plant to create an indica the likes of which had never before been seen.

Immediately loved by growers for its robustness, generous yields and fearsomely powerful stone, Mr Nice picked up a Cannabis Cup and a reputation for being the “ultimate indica” pretty much simultaneously. In addition to the powerful effect, Mr Nice has a very pleasant flavor, variously described as “earthy and slightly lemony” and “very intense, fruity, earthy, nutty” by fans in our strain review section. Inexperienced consumers should beware of overindulging in this award-winning beauty, or be prepared to cancel any plans they had made for after sampling it, as Mr Nice can induce couchlock like few other cannabis seed strains!

Howard Marks travelled Amsterdam to visit his old friend Ben Dronkers in 1999, kindly donating his old prison ID card to the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum where it joined the display showcasing Howard’s autobiography Mr Nice and various smuggling artifacts, where it can still be seen today. Ben then took him to the Cannabis Castle, where some of the earliest crops of G13 x Hash Plant were in glorious flower. To his delight, Ben told his old friend that this new strain would bear his name, in honor of Howard’s astonishing career as one of the world’s most inventive and prolific cannabis smugglers.

Since that stage of his career came to an end, Howard has written a best-selling autobiography, run for election in the UK Parliament, and toured extensively with his one-man show – a combination of lecture, reminiscence and stand-up comedy. He has appeared in various films both as himself and as fictional characters, most recently in the fairytale-and-weed inspired ‘AmStarDam’. Tragically, he was diagnosed with inoperable bowel cancer in 2014; refusing to be cowed by his condition, he has written a further autobiographical book entitled ‘Mr Smiley - My Last Pill And Testament’ and collaborated on a new documentary about his life, ‘The Real Mr Nice’.  Sensi Seeds will be forever proud to have contributed to his legacy with the cannabis variety that bears his name.

Ed Rosenthal Super Bud

From the quest to refine G13 into a stable seed strain to the quest to combine strains from literally the world over – at Sensi Seeds, we thrive on variety. Ed Rosenthal, also an old friend of Ben’s and renowned throughout two continents for his cultivation expertise, set both his accumulated experience and genetics he had collected over many years to work on this unique cannabis variety.

Launched in 2006, Ed Rosenthal, the strain, was over a decade in the making, thanks in part to the tightening of restrictions in growing in the Netherlands, but mostly to the unprecedented amount of different genetics that were being combined to create a single, multifaceted strain. Drawing on the equatorial regions notorious for their powerful and aromatic sativas, Ed Rosenthal, the man, brought Ed Rosenthal the strain traits from Africa, South East Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. To balance their height and blooming period into a more reasonable range for the average grower, carefully chosen indicas from both sides of the mighty mountains of the Hindu Kush were blended in. These elements both shortened the flowering time and increased the yield, two factors that immediately made the Super Bud both more appealing and more commercially viable.

The result is “gourmet ganja with cash-cropping potential”. Although most of the crop will flower at the same speed and achieve the same height increase (around 150%), there is some variation be found. The complex layering of sativa and indica traits deliver two phenotypes, similar enough to be grown in the same (indoor) space but exhibiting either indica or sativa tendencies. Both are sure to delight the connoisseur. The indica expression produces massive, solid colas with a heavy frosting of crystalline trichomes; the sativa variant makes itself known with candelabra-esque, multi-branching plants bearing impressively large, long, spiraling flower clusters.

Ed Rosenthal, in addition to his many books and articles on cannabis gardening, is also famed as one of the original co-founders of the Hash Info Museum, which – after a brief closure by the Amsterdam police – reopened triumphantly as the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. He wrote the long-running advice column ‘Ask Ed’ in High Times Magazine, and is the founder and owner of Quick Trading Company, a publishing firm which has so far brought out over thirty volumes on cannabis and cannabis culture, including his own titles. One of these, ‘The Grower’s Handbook’, is one of the official course books at Oaksterdam University and the Cannabis Training University.

In 2007 he received a Cannabis Culture Award for his contribution to the promotion and reclamation of cannabis and hemp as one of the world’s most valuable resources. Ben Dronkers presented the award to him personally, in a warm and intimate ceremony in the Cannabis College that was a joyous celebration of both their friendship and their commitment to their favorite plant.

Jack Herer

If there is such a thing as a man (and a strain) needing almost no introduction in the world of cannabis, Jack Herer is that man (and that strain). A tireless and fervent campaigner for the liberation of cannabis and hemp around the globe, bestselling author, and compelling speaker, Jack was a frequent visitor to Amsterdam and a close friend of the Dronkers family. His book ‘The Emperor Wears No Clothes’ was a revelation for many cannabis enthusiasts, including Eagle Bill, who prior to reading it had little idea of the cultural history of this most versatile plant.

Sensi Seeds bred the Jack Herer cannabis seed strain with the aim of creating a perfect balance of indica and sativa traits. The successful outcome of this project is testified to by the numerous prizes it has been given since being launched in 1994, and it remains the most awarded cannabis strain in the world. Not only this, but it is one of the few strains to be a prescribed medicinal grade strain in the Netherlands, available in pharmacies (as well as coffeeshops).

A three-way hybrid that produces four main phenotypes, Jack Herer is not recommended as a very first grow, especially if you lack any kind of gardening experience. Although you may be understandably impatient to sample what this champion of champions has to offer, it is well worth cutting your teeth on something more simple and affordable such as Shiva Shanti II or Sensi Skunk to gain some knowledge and skills before you take the plunge into all that Jack Herer has to offer. Once you have got to know the basics of plant management and care, however, Jack Herer is one of the most rewarding plants that you can cultivate.

Three of the phenotypes show clear and strongly defined sativa traits, one of which is quite rare. If you find yourself in possession of this citrusy, sour lemon and lime expression, you can expect a tall plant with sharply defined spiral calyxes that are not the largest that Jack Herer is capable of producing, but are some of the most potent. This particular variant can produce a massive cerebral headrush that comes close to being hallucinogenic. The uplifting, soaring high of all three sativa variations is not to be taken lightly; one of the special qualities of Jack is that no matter the phenotype, the blend of indica and sativa genetics is immensely powerful. The indica phenotype is, as you would expect, a shorter and bushier variant on this sublime theme with a more physically relaxing effect. Delivering one of the world’s finest body stone/head buzz combinations, Jack Herer must be experienced to be believed! 

Marley’s Collie

Sensi Seeds launched Marley’s Collie in 1997, together with Rita Marley, in honor of her much-loved husband Bob. For many years it has been one of our customers’ favorite strains for its old-school Jamaican genetics, soaring, laid-back high and succulent flavors. Unfortunately the recent flurry of cannabis and cannabis-related products which have emerged bearing the Marley name are somehow seen by their producers as being in competition with Sensi Seeds’ longstanding seed strain, and we have received notice that we can no longer use the name Marley on our seeds. It is with deep regret that we have therefore had to withdraw Marley’s Collie from our catalogue until further notice.

Time for a new legend – Eagle Bill

So what does the future hold for this particular section of our seed selection, the celebrity strains? Well, the next famous name to be joining this illustrious list is that of cannabis pioneer and Father of Vapor, Eagle Bill Amato. Eagle Bill, the seed strain, is a sativa-dominant variety with a pungent, piney aroma and a satisfying yield. Its namesake was an old friend of Ben Dronkers’, and was a semi-permanent fixture in the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum where he demonstrated vaporizing for literally thousands of people up to 2005. Sensi Seeds is excited about this new addition, and we are sure our many fans and followers will be too!

 Article by Sensi Seeds

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 122

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White Berry: The Baseball Season May Begin!

 

White Berry – the name of this cannabis strain recalls some good memories! This Paradise Seeds' variety has been around for a few years, and has always caught the eye since  Mr. Power Planter captured its highly attractive and fat yielding plants on camera. It's not just the looks of this cannabis plant; the strong high and sweet berry smell and taste is very distinctive, as is the complexity of effect that has earned it a reputation amongst aficionados.

Paradise Seeds describes White Berry (75% indica / 25% sativa) as a "deadly beauty" - comparing it to a bush full of forbidden fruits. Just a single nip, as with that poisonous apple in biblical paradise, causes a state of toxication or, in White Berry’s case, a state of intoxication! And it takes this strain only seven weeks (50 days) to prepare its mighty “poison”, so White Berry is a very fast finisher, making it an attractive choice for impatient gardeners too.

With this variety bud growth is concentrated around the main stem, leading to enormous head buds. Thanks to the plant's slender shape, many growers like to cultivate this Paradise Seeds' strain in Sea Of Green (SOG) and Screen Of Green (SCROG) set-ups. Indoor yields of up to 425g/m2 are to be expected.

In spite of the mostly indica nature of White Berry, its high starts with a crystal clear sativa head rush that gradually turns into an indica-style body stone. First it will stimulate and inspire you, and then “put you to sleep like a baby on a lullaby”, Paradise promises. This plant is also popular amongst medical marijuana patients, due to its analgetic and mentally lucid effect.

This batch was grown in an indoor set up. The lighting system comprised of LEDs (M30 modules from SANlight), which reflects the popularity of the growing technique which has been enthusing cannabis gardeners with indoor grows more and more over the past couple of years. The end result was impressive: all the plants were laden with big fat tops, and there was one especially remarkable White Berry plant standing out of the crowd, exemplifying very well what Paradise had written about this strain in their description: From the plant’s center, a monstrous head bud was arising, almost 50cm long and 16cm wide!

In fact, this freak of nature was such an awesome specimen that it more resembled a baseball bat than a bud! Such an impressive marijuana head bud hadn’t been seen for a long time by the grower  While this gigantic bud looked dense and hard as a rock, its smell was soft and fruity sweet. In fact, it was some kind of berry odor, fuelled by those myriad resin glands that richly covered White Berry’s flower clusters. It is worth noting too that the flower structure was also very convenient, with the White Berry plants displaying an extremely high calyx-to-leaf-ratio that ensured harvest work was completed in no time.

Paradise Seeds states that White Berry plants ripen in 50 days time, which is what you want to be hearing if you are looking for a fast growing cannabis seed. These three plants indeed fulfilled that promise, to the effect that you could almost set your watch by them! After the drying process all the buds remained dense and rock-hard, with the slightly conical shape of that monstrous “baseball bat” head bud having become even more evident now. By the way, this juicy bud weighed 47 grams on its own, while over the three White Berry specimens, the average yield per plant was 62 grams.

And now it was time to sample this forbidden fruit - in a Volcano vaporizer to experience the full cannabis taste and effect. The fruity sweet berry flavor was simply delicious, and there was also sense of a slight pine undertone which added to the complexity of the taste. In no time, a mighty sativa kick set in, the punch of this “green baseball bat” sending the sampler sky-high! The effect delivered an accelerated heartbeat that pounded the ears like a tribal drum, making the head prickle and tingle and the eyes sharpen with vision becoming crystal clear. After a while, the happy sativa kick smoothed off, giving way to a warm relaxing indica-style effect that calmed the body and mind.

Conclusion: Within only 50 days of flowering, the Paradise Seeds White Berry plants conjured fat “sporty” connoisseur’s buds in the grow room with the end result being a strong, complex and versatile high. 

Words and pictures by Green Born Identity (G.B.I.)

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 122

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Posted in Cannabis News

Dark Desire Breeding Report

2017-02-08 11:05:53

The Breeding for Dark Desire 

The breeding for Dark Desire was done to develop a better purple strain.

For me, purple weed should BE purple. How many times have you had someone offer you something with purple in the name, only to find little if any color in it? Sometimes getting a purple if it maybe gets cold enough to turn is not my idea of purple pot. 'If' or 'maybe' are not colors in my book, but purple is the new gold.

Folks who follow my work know I take trait expression very seriously.

If the name says "gooey" in it, then it better be a sticky mess, and if it has the word dark in it, well, it better be just that. Dark Desire is just that. DARK purple and majestic in its expression, Dark Desire pulls you in from the onset of flowering to its full rich experience when smoking it.

It is a delight to the eye. Offer it up to folks among a choice of others and by looks alone folks will want a taste to fulfill their dark desires of trying a true, deep purple weed.

With its strong berry tones and a heavy hashiness to the taste, Dark Desire has a wonderful, rich flavor which is full of balance and makes a great all-day-long smoke. Very easy to grow and showing color from the onset of flowering, her deep colors will draw you in to her with every grow.

Colors are dominant in breeding and pass on easily making purples much more easily gained in crosses with her. She was made using Zinn, Gooey 84%, and Double Deth, a Deth Grip x Gooey cross.

There is a lot of misconception still out there about purple weed. With all the real information out there, folks still are confused about purples and how they are viewed in the cannabis world.

Let’s clear some of this up here and now so we can all move forward shall we?

First off, Anthocyanin build up is what makes pot purple. This build up is due to a number of factors, all dealing with the genetics involved. Yes, even cold induced pot has to be genetically predisposed to build anthocyanin in order to change colors. Built in from the start, or displayed as a result of environmental factors, anthocyanin build up can display itself for multiple reasons.

Cold can slow the movement of sugars within the plant, causing Anthocyanin to build up and thus turn the leaves and parts of the buds different shades of purple. Like trees in the fall, this is the same effect in cannabis. While this is a genetic factor, these are not "true purples" like those built in from the start by breeders wishing to make this a dominate trait.

True breeding purple strains are those which display the coloring from the onset of flowering (if not before in some of the darkest lines which can color leaves and stems well before flowering) or turn colors on cue at a set point in flowering without outside factors.

From simple bag appeal to real health benefits which are now being found, anthrocyanin, an excellent anti-oxidant that occurs in various foods, is now being looked at by sufferers of arthritis and fibromyalgia looking for relief from cannabis with a high level of anthrocyanin for its benefits with anti-inflammatory effects. More and more doctors are now looking at this and focusing efforts to refine this using true purples as a basis for study. Cannabis with a high level of anthrocyanin could be beneficial for conditions such as these.

Dark Desire has been bred to help in this research and I’ve sent it all over the world to folks who wish to work on this more, introducing a dark purple to folks who have only seen pictures of dank purples and never knew the pleasures of a true purple weed.

Let’s face it, we all have a Dark Desire!

Words by Gooey Breeder

Pics by Ocanabis

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 122

Posted in Cannabis News

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