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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

Posted in Cannabis News

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

Buy Sensi Seeds from our online store!

Posted in Cannabis News

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

Buy White Berry seeds from our online store!

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

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Killer Kush Auto - Sweet Kush of Mine

At Sweet Seeds we always look forward to enrich our genetic collection with the cream of the crop. This time we took our exceptional photoperiod-dependent cut of OG Kush and turned it into one of the sweetest, more resinous, productive and aromatic autoflowering plants of all time. This beauty was released very recently (it reached the market in late June 2015), but there was already enough time for me to have a try and grow it in my 60 x 60 x 120cm tent with a 400w High Pressure Sodium lamp.

After growing autoflowering strains for the last 5 years, it was engaging for me to follow all the upgrades made by the Sweet Seeds’ R&D Department with the continuous genetic evolutions performed on our autoflowering collection. When I first got to try the 2nd and 3rd generations it was already very clear to me that very close to 99% of the genetic traits found on the plants were totally on the photoperiod-dependent parental side and only around 1% was on the autoflowering side: precisely the gene that determines the characteristic that makes them flower regardless of the photoperiod.

But when you jump from these modern 2nd and 3rd generation autoflowering hybrids to a 4th generation based on a painstaking work of breeding and selection, always seeking to find the best selected autoflowering genetic lines from the previous generation to hybridize them with our elite clones, that’s when you know out of any reasonable doubt that you are sprouting the seeds of success. As a 4th generation autoflowering strain, our Killer Kush Auto (Sweet Seeds variety SWS56) couldn’t surprise me more than what I was expecting. Or could it?

This time I decided to go with four plants, each one of them in an 18 litre pot with BioBizz Allmix soil. You know that this kind of soil is more suitable to the flowering stage so what I find myself doing these days is filling the pots with Allmix just until a certain point and from then on, until almost the edge of the pot, I fill it with a 8cm layer of Allmix mixed with 15% perlite and 15% vermiculite. This will lower the amount of nutrients present in the soil from which the plants will get their feeding in the first weeks.

As you might have already noticed this is only valid when you start with them directly in the final pot. Some prefer to start with small ones and then pot up to the final pot at around the 20th day of life of the plant and I recognize that it is probably the best way to do it. But since it increases the chances of mistakes occurring that could lead to problems on the plants, I recently decided to start straight away in the final pot. If you start them in the final pot you basically only need to pay attention to one important source of problems, which is the many possible inadequate ways how you might be watering your plants in the wrong way.

It is important to keep in mind that it is very simple to avoid most of the problems coming from incorrect watering. You only need to make sure that you don’t water them while the soil is still moist or very humid. Especially after the first stage of growth (first 10 or 15 days of life), you can and should let the soil look completely dry before you water your plants. Watering the plants while the soil is still wet is the source for many problems because the soil will take much longer to dry and the “dry-wet-dry” cycles will happen less often, causing the plants to develop slower. And autoflowering plants usually don’t wait. When they reach between 20 and  25 days from germination they start flowering even if their size and structure are not fit to the growers’ desires.

If the plant was born 5 days ago, don’t give it more than 100 ml of water at once. Then 200 ml at day 10, followed by 300 ml at day 15 and from then on you should be able to understand what the plant is asking you. Until you get to a point when you are sure that the plant has developed roots that reach the bottom of the pot and from then on you should always give them water until you see water coming out from the drainage holes. If you control this and give them enough light, air renovation and get to have wind blowing into their leaves most of the time, then you have everything to succeed. And choosing this 4th generation autoflowering strain only raises even more your chances of succeeding.

My four Killer Kush Auto seeds germinated between the 24th and the 48th hour after I dropped them into a wet paper towel, closed inside an hermetically sealed plastic box. Then they were carefully thrown into the soil mix about 1 cm below surface and covered. 24 hours after, they reached surface and dropped their seed shells to show the cotyledons. From then on they showed an amazing hybrid vigour and a dark green colour that at some point seemed to be about to turn into an overfert sign (from a rich soil mix). But they dealt with it like champions and soon they had a size and root structure developed enough to deal with all the nutrients present in the soil without showing any signs of overfertilization.

At around day 20 the plants had reached to their fourth set of branches and had about 25 cm of height. Strong main stem and short internodal distance with very firm side branches. At this point I kept giving them only water and no liquid fertilizers. They still could find all that they need in the soil. At around day 25 all the plants started to show pistils that about 5 days later started to crowd together into what we can call the beginning of flowering formations. At that point, between day 30 and day 35, I started with Topmax also from BioBizz. Even if the soil is still rich in nutrients, using a flowering stimulator is always a good idea because it will never contribute to any eventual overfertilization even though it is wise to keep dosage under the numbers shown on the bottle.

At day 38 from germination I gave them their first blooming fertilizer dosage. It was BioBloom but only half the dosage recommended by BioBizz, because I felt like the soil still had a few nutrients available but also because I knew that harvest was only about 20 days far away. The plants kept stretching until day 42, doubling the initial size they had when they first started flowering. They usually grow a bit taller but I have very limited space in this tent and so I do my best to have the HPS bulb as close as possible to the plants. This leads the plants to focus more on the development of the side branches instead of stretching the main bud in look for more light. When they have all the light they want, they don’t stretch as much looking for it anymore and then energies can be spent on other parts of the plant. Killer Kush Auto develops strong stems that are able to hold the solid flowers produced by this delicious autoflowering strain from the Sweet Seeds genetic collection.

By the 45th day after germination they received their second and last dose of bloom nutrients in liquid form. I don’t want to induce anyone in mistake because every grow has its own particularities and even if you use the same products that I have been talking about, your plants may behave in a different way. So if you see that the leaves start yellowing earlier than I mentioned, then you should give them liquid fertilizers earlier than I did. And maybe you need to feed them more than 2 times during the whole life cycle. But for me, with a rich soil mix, feeding them twice was enough.

At this time the flowers of Killer Kush Auto are totally formed into very compact buds with an amazing calibre and beautiful shape and colours. This indica dominant line produces large and aromatic flowers, all covered by a thick layer of trichomes. The fabulous aromas are already present and you can feel them in all their splendour by rubbing your fingers on the flowers to break some trichomes and release the terpenes. The aroma is sweet, citric and acid with exotic tones reminiscent of aromas from the Chem Dawg – Diesel family.

By day 54 from germination the first amber trichomes started showing up. It was possible to harvest them at that point, but I personally prefer to harvest a bit after the ideal timing to get a more relaxed effect. So I harvested at day 58 with about around 15% of the trichomes showing amber colouration, 75% milky and 10% still clear but with a golden shade. The effect is very strong and therapeutic. It can be experienced at the body level immediately after smoking or vaporizing the resinous flowers. The sensations of mental relaxation arrive a few minutes later and usually last for two or three hours. With Killer Kush Auto you will find an autoflowering plant that will calm your mind while keeping you ahead of the tolerance curve.

When growing in such a small area it is more adequate to evaluate the final production based on grams per square meter. These 4 plants were grown in a 0,36 m2 area and they yielded 214 gr, making it a 594 gr per square meter grow. But in my opinion the most impressive about this strain is the outstanding aromas released by every plant, so pleasantly exquisite and sweet. Possibly the best autoflowering strain in the market, with the Sweet Seeds’ quality standards, in a 4th generation autoflowering version. A killer treat for the sweet kush lovers and their friends.

Words and pictures by Tommy G, Sweet Seeds
First published in Weed World Magazine edition 121

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AFRICAN JOURNIES WITH SEEDS OF AFRICA

Greetings and love, one and all.

On our journeys we, at Seeds of Africa, met a lot of interesting people, people that are as passionate about this work as we are and here we want to shed some light on these brothers and sisters and share some of their stories. As you can imagine we have to be obscure about location and identities but we wish to take you on our journey with us.

We have compiled a short questionnaire so as to compare differences and similarities in the lives of people from different areas of this continent. As you can imagine to reach  the people and fields that bring you these potent buds and seeds takes planning, time and more time! Trust needs to be built; there have been running battles with the authorities in some of these hard to reach villages and there is an understandable mistrust of strangers. There have been stories from growers were the police come and take their stash and money but don’t take anyone to court! So the people stand up and say NO... You can take either my plants or my money but not both. The people rise and actually ambush the authorities, which does stop the total abuse of power for a time. Can you imagine for a moment (it may be a bit tricky) a mistrusting police force that want

some extra pounds in their pay packet coming up against a group of people with more purpose than anyone in "Anonymous"! Guns are drawn and the people have so much desperation that they pull those guns away. Yes you are right it would make an amazing movie and that is the only place most of us would ever witness such an event.

People, we must not underestimate the strength and determination of these farmers, the endurance that they have to cope with in their everyday lives is unimaginable for must of us. Many of us have been to Amsterdam where we taste Durban Poison or Moroccan hash or our 'ole reliable' African Weed and don’t think of the hardships the primary worker goes through never mind the packer and shipper. Some of these farmers are adding a few seeds among the maize crops to add a few more pennies into their pot but some are experts that have even created their own strains and have their Year Planner down to a fine art. Unfortunately in some countries the authorities have other tricks up their sleeves which has been funded for years by a well known US corporate pesticide/seed company. Helicopters are used to spray crops with pesticides. They are not careful where and what they spray so people and animals are caught in the dosing which burns and causes respiratory problems. Other crops are also sprayed which then leaves the people food-less as well as penny-less. Yes my friend there is no logic to their madness, the cruelty is beyond measure but the persistence of the people is stronger and they will dig out a new patch and continue this work. We have met growers that are totally new and fresh that are still learning the difference between male and female plants, we have met some that stick to their landrace and without realising are doing us all a wonderful favour, we have met some that have access to international seed and grow primary outdoor bud for the rich city folk and we have met some that really don’t care what they throw in among their food crops. So as we do our travels we bring you snippets of our trips and the people we meet through our pictures and interviews.

PLEASE NOTE WHERE EVER YOU SEE THE FACE OF A PERSON BE AWARE THAT THEY

ARE NOT GROWERS JUST MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

General Questionnaire

.....how long have you been growing?

Youtman... 1st time

Mrs...Yoh, since i met Mr in 2003.

Mr...Since i came out of jail in 2000. I wanted to stop transporting and

grow for myself.

 

.....How many strains?

Youtman...2

Mrs...usually 3-5

Mr...all depends on weather and seeds available 4-5

 

.....What do you have in this crop?

Youtman...Pondo and Kush

Mrs...Exodus Cheese, Strawberry Haze, Buba Cush

Mr...Pure Cush own seed, harvesting OJ and cheese

 

.....How many crops per year?

Youtman...as many as possible

Mrs...This year is near all year round.

Mr...2-3

 

....Do you grow a landrace?

Youtman...yahman, Pondo

Mrs...no they all cross, some of our strains are crossed with Landrace.

Mr...no more, it is always available but High Grade is better business.

 

.....Do you use pesticide and fertiliser?

Youtman... No no no man!

Mrs...my smaller personal garden is 100% organic, i use marigold leaves as pesticide. Commercially we use minimal pesticides, sea-grow fertiliser.

Mr...Minimum pesticides, 90% organic.

 

.....Do you use for medecine? what for

Youtman...yes to relieve anxiety and stress depression and inflammation.

Mrs...yes as tea, oil and smoke.  Cough, pain and Asthma.

Mr...obviously yes ....haha

 

.....Is it used culturaly?

Youtman...Ya

Mrs...Since childhood its been used as tea for cough and pain. I remember the old papas would give their horses ganja to smoke before a long journey. They would make fire in a funnel and let them smoke.

Mr..Ya as a Rasta in the community we use it.

 

....How does it help you and your family?

Youtman...Yes it helps us to pay when we are sick.

Mrs...It helps us with everything that we need in family. Even granny says she is only here because Mr gave her spliff when she was very sick, it put her right and she still has a small spliff before breakfast and bed.

Mr...Everything and anything

 

....Is life good?

Youtman...life is better

Mrs...yes it is

Mr...Life is super good but still troublesome as popularity brings its own

set of problems. You become a bit of a target, as I prosper enemies grow.

 

....What else grows in your garden?

Youtman...many veg to fed the family; sisters, mother and grandmother.

Mrs...butternut, pumpkin, squash, corn, lettuce, Chinese cabbage,basil, peppers.. some new fruit tress and coffee. I enjoy my garden.

Mr...during the winter, lots of veg

 

....What do you do with your trim?

Youtman..i use it in the garden.

Mrs...hash and compost

Mr...until 2 yrs ago it went on the garden. Now i know more about other options such as hash.

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 121

Posted in Cannabis News

Belladonna: A foxy beauty with strong mental powers

What do you expect from a strain called “Belladonna”? Well, those aware of the fact that this name means “beautiful lady” certainly think of extraordinary gracefulness and highly attractive female cannabis plants with shapely sexual characteristics - which in this case means voluptuous flower clusters...

In addition to that, botanists will also know that (atropa) belladonna is the botanical name of the deadly nightshade plant, an extremely poisonous drug. So to them, this strain name promises a very high degree of potency as well. Yes, “Belladonna” is full of positive connotation, undoubtedly a very well chosen strain name. However, put to a cultivation test, would this Paradise Seeds variety be able to live up to this big promise?

Belladonna is one of Paradise’s original old school strains: To create it, they combined the legendary Super Skunk with a secret mostly sativa strain which resulted in a 60:40 sativa/indica genetic profile. Introduced in the late 1990s, Belladonna instantly earned itself a strong following in the USA, Spain and the Netherlands, also becoming a multi award winner over the course of the years, thanks to its favorable qualities: a flowering time of 60 days allows for a quick harvest of thick tight resinous buds with a high calyx-to-leaf ratio, producing a strong sativa high that provides the smoker with an effect that is euphoric and mind-blowing (even hallucinogenic); it smells and tastes delicious, fruity and pungent; very easy to grow and a versatile plant too, Belladonna requires only a little maintenance and also distinguishes itself through excellent mould resistance, with its reduced foliage acting as a natural defense. 

Indoors, Belladonna harvests of up to 450g/m2 can be expected, and Paradise particularly recommends it for Sea-of-Green setups. Outdoors, Belladonna ripens around mid-October and will be at her very best in warmer climates, e.g. Southern Europe and California. But also gardeners in more Northern regions such as The Netherlands, England and Germany will appreciate her reliable top-notch performance under natural light. Under optimum outdoor conditions, up to 800 grams per plant are possible, which makes it a favorite with commercial growers.

For our test grow we ran with two feminized Belladonna plants, which were grown together with three fems of Paradise’s White Berry strain. The small grow chamber, a customized broom cupboard, was illuminated by twelve SANlight M30 LED modules. They were in a vegetative for 25 days, growing to a height of 41 and 46 cm in height. before being induced into flower. These two plants grew very easily, branching out early, with the sativa gene not causing too much stretching. The side branches grew upward rather than sideward, making for quite a slender plant profile, making it very obvious why this variety is recommended for Sea-of-Green cultivation.

During the course of their flowering, the two plants almost doubled in height, reaching a maximum of 86 and 95 cm respectively. However, it was the proliferation of big fat buds spurting from all over the plants that really caught the eye. From flowering week five, the buds started to fill up massively, until they were big and dense. Laden with these tight XL-sized buds, Belladonna proved to be a heavy producer, in the best tradition of Super Skunk. In addition, the calyxes and bud leaves also had a rich gooey resin coating which gave off an intense fresh ‘n fruity scent.

The two plants were harvested after 62 days of flowering at which time there were about 75 percent withered stigmas. Once chopped down there was ridiculously little trim - literally just a little snip here and a little snip there was all that was needed. When the buds were dried and cured weeks later, they had retained their very appealing fruity aroma that now had a slightly minty note as well. And how about the weight? These two sultry ladies weighed in at a healthy 81 and 89 grams.

The dried chubby Belladonna nuggets, with their thousands of stigmas having turned orange-brown, looked like they were wrapped in a fox fur coat (fake of course!) like some kind of Super Skunk Deluxe! The smoke (in a spliff) tasted sweet, felt refreshing on the palate and pleasantly mild on the lungs. Within a minute the blood was pumping from the chest straight to my head, a prickling sensation spreading over the face, an immediate effect that energized and deliciously stimulated.... A few more hits, and the corners of the mouth could not help lifting into a permanent broad smile! And yet there was something else too... after a while, a creeping sense of the psychedelic kicked in too, as if a picture book of the subconscious was being drawn by the sultry Belladonna. So this is definitely one to stimulate those creative juices or to sit back and see the world a different way... but never fear, Belladonna does not take herself too seriously and it wasn't long before this special lady showed off her happy-go-lucky effects with an uncontrollable attack of the giggles!

Needless to say, Belladonna is a plant to capture the heart in terms of quality and quantity. She turned out to be a foxy lady with big perfect curves and strong mental powers, a cannabis supermodel with no airs and graces – who wouldn’t want that?

Words and pictures by Green Born Intent (G.B.I.)
Plants grown by Ellis D

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 121

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Purple Princess Hash Report

2017-02-06 13:19:37

Purple Princess by Billie of Emerald Alchemy

Just as every plant is different, so is every batch of Hashish, and hash makers come in as many flavors as their products.  I have had a lot of icewax over the last year, but the Purple Princess really stands out, partially because the hash maker, Billie of Emerald Alchemy, has struck her own path and is following her heart.  With an unconventional approach to processing cannabis, Billie’s hashmaking style is different, reflective of her lengthy experience, 8 years, and her unique perspective on the process. Unlike most, she uses only cured material.  She creates icewax that is full spectrum, rather than individualized microns.  And the biggest difference is her Hashish making method. Most Hashish makers, myself included, make bubble hash using a machine.  Billie, however, completes the collection process by hand. When I ask her how she can handle the physical demands and the strain put on her body, she positively remarks that she is saving herself a gym membership.   She happily explains why she eschews the use of mechanical instruments to facilitate making bubblehash and why the workout is one of love.

“My philosophy is to let the resin tell me what to do with it. I like to be in control of every detail of my hash making process thus doing everything by hand allows for me to be involved in an intimate relationship with every batch. When I am processing I constantly stop and take note of what is is happening in the wash. I look at how the plant material is holding up in the agitation process I look at how saturated the water is with resin.”

Billie considers her hash creations to be ‘soul extracted’ as she put all of her heart and soul into her work. Describing her work as magical, she appreciates the privilege of not only processing, but growing cannabis. I listen to her detail, with passion, the other products she makes with cannabis flowers and Hashish - floral and CBD tinctures that feature 40 other medicinal herbs.  An avid nature lover from her youth, she marvels at each experience and I am eager to find out if her affection translates into unforgettable Hashish.

Created by The Doc, a Santa Cruz area grower and breeder with 40 years of experience, Purple Princess is an indoor grown, Indica dominant hybrid cross of Pre-98 Bubba Kush and Lavender.  The Hashish was meticulously processed from high quality sugar leaf, heavy with ripe trichomes.  Though the flashiest Hashish these days is golden, gooey, and greasy, true to Billie’s off-beat style, Purple Princess is sandy and ecru-colored; comfortably unassuming like a pair of Toms Hemp Shoes. Opening the jar allows a funk body odor aroma to escape, quickly followed by robust, citrusy sweetness. Drawing the jar closer, pink grapefruits come to mind as the Hashish continues to express herself.  I am reminded of warm tropical Miami nights punctuated by short gusts of sea air which sting and tickle the nostrils.  
I rip a small piece of RAW parchment paper and pour the Purple Princess Hashish onto the surface, carefully folding it in half.  It seems very dry and I am unsure if the beach sand will fuse together.  Applying my heated hashpress, coarse grains press smoothly into a translucent film; thick enough to support its own weight yet easily pliable.  The smell of citrus rind wafts upward and I fire up my torch and blaze my Halen Honey Hole knowingly.  If presses, it will most probably dab, and I am in the mood for a fat dab.

As the Hashish touches the quartz, it bubbles only momentarily before practically disappearing.  My clean, full melt is fully appreciated as I take a puff and welcome the smoke into my mouth.  Like the aroma, on inhalation, the funky and aggressive flavor announces itself brightly and then is subjugated by a delicate floral mouthful that tastes like a bowl of orange honeysuckles.  I take another dab, low temp, and delight in the mouthwatering mix of fruit, candy and the tart, musky flavor of overripe lemons.  Sliding coolly down my throat, the Purple Princess Hashish gathers steam and thickens, creating a full mouthfeel.  The exhaled smoke is robust, playful, and hazy; diffusing the bright sunshine streaming through the windows. 

My mouth tingles like I just swished mouthwash  and my chest feels somewhat stretched. I feel little else in my body, though a mental change overcomes me almost immediately.  A cheery focus urges me start trimming plants from this season’s harvest.  Trimming can be tedious, but feeling eager to keep my hand busy, I sit down and trim steadily for more than 2 hours.  Gingerly holding fat OG colas, I snip at fan leaves and think about the care that went into the soil, the light that nourished it, and the grower that fawned over it.  I manicure the buds anticipating the Hashish that will be made with the sugar leaf.  I poke and prod at the tiny leaves, revealing the beautiful buds beneath and revel in the inherent beauty of cannabis.

Time passes and feeling a little cramped, I decide to take a much needed break.  In appreciation of Billie’s dedication to plants and flowers I change my set and setting to the lovely outdoors.  The Bay Area is enjoying an extended ‘Indian Summer’ and Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland is the perfect place to enjoy more of this Purple Princess.  The 7 acre garden is home to more than 5,000 rose bushes, quiet, sun-dappled paths, dramatic stairways and several gorgeous water features.  I hop into the back seat of my car and, using my three-hole pipe I take a few more hits of the Purple Princess Hashish.  The thick, silver smoke slides out of my mouth and curls alluringly, like the smooth swish of a Chinese painter’s brush.  The smoke hangs expectantly, trapped by the raised windows and unable to dissipate.  Time and again, I am reminded how the sensual qualities of Hashish keep me mesmerized.  Purple Princess is headily intoxicating and I love it.  I notice that while in the first session, I felt the Hashish mostly in my head, after four or five puffs, I now feel an intense body high as well.  My neck throbs, not unpleasantly, while my chest feels weigh upon, warmed, and expanded; like resin being pressed and fused into a mass of Hashish.  I envision my brown skin like a river of chocolate heated by the sun.  My legs are heavy; almost immovable, but I am not bothered.  A calm and pleasant positivity has settled upon me and I smile in anticipation of the luscious garden. Pausing momentarily, I slowly open the door; letting in a stream of cool, crisp air. The confined smoke, still swirling, drifts upwards lazily. 

With THC and the myriad of other cannabinoids coursing through me, I exit my car and walk over to the garden.  The formal garden is nestled in a small canyon, pine trees tower along the sides recalling nature’s heavenly cathedral.  I walk leisurely, allowing myself to be overcome with the beauty and the quiet majesty of the environment.  Though easily accessible by car, the glorious flowers and proud trees whirl visitors into an enchanted cove seemingly far from city life.  I breathe in deeply, savoring the scents of thousands of mature flowers, unwavering in their mission to beautify, even as their dying leaves stretch in vain for the ever-shortening rays of the autumn sun.  

My legs are starting to feel weary and as I pass a large, tiered fountain, I stop to watch the soothing cascade. Like the cool water,  pleasant waves of content continue to wash over my mind.  I sit on a bench surrounded by a dozens of roses and I am very happy.   The air is filled with the animated chatter of birds high up in the tree canopy.  I pay attention to the call and response of different groups of birds before I focus my attention on the lush floral banquet everywhere I look.  Some of the body high has worn off and I energetically  skip through the rose bushes, taking pictures, and taking time to sniff a few.  I particularly like two hybrid tea roses that remind me of the Purple Princess - Magenta, a dusty purple rose that smells of crushed lemons and honey, and Barcelona, a dark reddish, purple beauty with a loud, bold, and showy fragrance.

Though my body high has mostly subsided,  my mind is still going as the Purple Princess continues to infuse the mundane with an ethereal quality. Everything about these moments is precious.  Similarly to when I was trimming the cannabis, the little peculiarities of each flower stand out to me briefly, popping forth like  photographs before receding into the background.  I begin to spin in place, turning  slowly at first, peering at the varied green pallette dotted with pinks, whites, and purples.  Whirling like a dervish, bushes become a solid green mat, streaked with undulating splashes of intense color.  This Purple Princess has whisked me off into a fairytale and I do not wish it to ever end.  As the sunlight fades,  I slowly walk back to my car,  grateful for the experience and looking forward to the next.

Purple Princess is the breathtaking result of unwavering dedication to quality and an unforgettable expression of love.  Like royalty,  she is utterly enchanting, not quite what is expected, and full of much more richness than she readily shows.

Words and Pics by The Dank Duchess
First Published in Weed World Magazine edition 120

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Sensi Star (Paradise Seeds): Still one of the brightest stars in the cannabis sky 

Sensi Star, a mostly indica hybrid, came out in the year of 1995, one year after Luc had founded his seed company, Paradise Seeds, and earned himself a good name with his (back then) small-but-fine seed collection. Sensi Star set off like a rocket, becoming highly popular worldwide as a “one-hit quitter”, a strain that makes you stoned with just one toke. It became the flagship variety of Paradise Seeds, greatly contributing to their story of success. Nowadays, Sensi Star is considered a modern classic amongst marijuana strains; a timeless evergreen that still enjoys a big global following. It has pocketed tons of diverse cannabis awards over the years, including an especially fruitful Cannabis Cup 1999 participation that brought Sensi Star a triumphant double championship by winning both the Bio and Indica categories. In addition, it was chosen as the “Plant of the Year” by High Times magazine (2003) and Soft Secrets Spain (2009). The exact pedigree of Sensi Star is kept secret, but Luc has confirmed that quite a high percentage of Afghani genetics is involved, plus a bit of sativa. Thanks to its mighty genetics and extraordinarily rich amounts of resin, Sensi Star has a reported THC content of well over 20%, even 24% where measured, so it's no wonder that Luc promises that “it is one of the strongest indicas you will ever encounter.”

Sensi Star produces dense compact buds in 8-9 weeks of flowering, delivering 350-450g/m2 on the average. According to Paradise, it is very suitable for a sea-of-green setup with 20 plants per square metre closely grouped together. Given this scenario, they recommend to let them remain in the vegetative stage for only two weeks (before switching to a 12/12 light cycle to induce flowering), as Sensi Star tends to exhibit strong side branching. Thus one can also grow fewer, bigger plants very well on one square metre, with more space between the pots. In temperate climate zones, with a ripening time of early October, it can also be grown outdoors successfully, producing an average yield of 400g in a good season, and up to 500g can be achievable. Sensi Star buds have a lemony/metal odor and flavor, strong and pungent, and smoking them basically causes an extremely strong indica body stone that may go along with an energetic cerebral sativa effect as well, smokers have gained different experiences here. Due to its outstanding potency, Sensi Star is a popular choice not only for common smokers, but also high-tolerance medical marijuana patients.

The Doc was very keen to test-grow such a superb strain that has proudly managed to stay on top for almost two decades. He germinated a package of three feminized Sensi Star seeds between moist paper sheets and planted them into 11 liter pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix soil to which he had previously added 5% expanded clay and horn chippings. Placed under two 600 W MH bulbs and one 400 W HPS bulb together with Ice Cream and Dutch Dragon plants, the seedlings quickly developed into vigorous young plants with strong stalks and very vivid side branch growth, indeed. Their shade leaves were medium broad in the beginning, but becoming more and more slender, sativa-like in the course of growth and later on when in bloom. At the age of 4.5 weeks after germination, The Doc switched the lights from 18/6 to 12/12 to induce flowering. The three Sensi Stars were growing remarkably homogeneously at that time (height 40-45 cm, 9-10 internodes), with profuse, wide side-branching and close internodes shaping a very compact bushy look. Revealing their first female pre-flowers took seven days. After three weeks into flowering, The Doc reported: “The plants are wasting no time, busily producing flower clusters. I’ve removed some of the large fan leaves from all the three plants, to bring more light to those long side branches and their buds. In the first three weeks of flowering, the plants have strongly stretched, now measuring 65-70 cm (still very compact though), an excellent indoor height, easy to manage.”

Two weeks later, he continued: “The plants have slowed down stretching in the past two weeks and now stopped, remaining at heights of 75-80 cm. One of them exhibits a more indica-style blooming pattern with a bigger share of leaves in the buds, while the other two are more on the sativa side. Tons of nice buds along the main stems and side branches, and their resin content is as copious as expected at that stage of flowering, the plants are already majestically glistening with silvery-white trichomes.”

After six weeks of flowering, it had become obvious that the sativa-dominant plants would yield a bit more than the indica pheno, due to their numerous expansive side branches (which were growing more temperedly on the indica pheno) and countless buds on them. However, the indica pheno was producing the fattest main cola. The Doc: “The buds are still getting thicker and denser, and the same is true for those impressive resin gland formations on them.”

When seven weeks of flowering had passed, he reported: “During the past week, the withering of flower hairs has set in, indicating that the buds now have more or less reached their final volume, while the calyxes will keep swelling a bit in the last weeks I guess. Without a doubt, the plants have entered the road to maturity now.” And would finish it about one and a half week later: With 59 days of flowering, the two sativa-dominant plants (type 1) were a bit faster than the indica-dominant one (type 2) which took 62 days. Type 1 also spread a somewhat different odor than type 2 - while both were predominantly sweet, type 2 was milder than type 1 which exhibited that metal note to a stronger degree, paired with traces of Haze. Type 2 had a certain fruity undertone instead. But both scents were delicious and highly appreciated by The Doc. One of the sativa-dominant plants proved to be the most resinous one in the end, even its flower leaves looked entirely sprayed with resin. It was closely followed by the other two though, which were regarded as heavily resinous by The Doc, so his high expectations towards Sensi Star in this regard were fulfilled.

Weighing the dried buds then revealed the final result: Altogether, the three Sensi Star plants had produced 335 grams of sticky green-white nuggets, almost 112 g per plant which – with regard to their fairly low height – was a stunning, super-fat yield. The Doc happily test-smoked the indica-dominant pheno first, and really, after just one toke, had that “crash-boom-bang” feeling, his THC receptors instantly came under continuous heavy fire, being flooded with THC molecules. He took a few more pulls, but then had to stop as he felt stoned-as-Hell already, and there wasn’t any uplifting cerebral sativa effect that maybe would have enabled him to move or catch a clear thought. So he waited almost an hour until that paralyzing, but at the same time very relaxing, effect had faded, and then test-smoked the sativa-dominant pheno. It heavily rang the bell likewise promptly but, right from the beginning, The Doc sensed that this time a cerebrally energizing sativa effect was getting into the act as well, very well balanced with a simultaneous intense indica body stone. That more complex buzz was extremely strong too, but now The Doc was deeply relaxing while having a clear, highly excited head which led him to busily making plans for his next cultivation cycle. He finished this joint and thus was under full effect for almost two hours. Later on, before going to bed, he smoked the second half of the first joint, and as desired, that mighty indica hammer soon put him to sleep. “Both those kinds of bud are of absolutely smashing, far above-average potency, I guess their THC content is well over 20 percent, indeed”, The Doc reported. “Their flavor also was splendid, a true pleasure to smoke. Type 1 offered more complexity and a slightly pungent spiciness under a sweet aroma coating, yielding a lasting full-mouth flavor sensation. Type 2 was less pungent, milder and even sweeter, a very welcome refreshing aroma variant.”

“What more can one desire? Sensi Star is a super-potent tasty plant with tremendous yields delivered in a moderate period of time. For me, there’s no doubt after this fabulous grow: It’s still one of the brightest stars in the cannabis sky!”, The Doc concluded.

Words and pictures by Green Born Intent (G.B.I.)
First published in Weed World Magazine edition 119
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