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Automaria - Strain Report

2017-01-26 11:09:30

Automaria - Autoflowering cannabis plants at their very best 

Almost every seed bank nowadays carries one or more autoflowering strains in its range of strains. Autoflowering plants are a big hype at the moment, due to the fact they require little care, automatically flowering after a few weeks in the vegetative stage, regardless of the light period, while cannabis indica and cannabis sativa are dependent on changes in the day/night light cycle to start flowering. Especially feminised autoflowering strains have become very popular, as they combine two very useful specific properties in one plant, autoflowering and preset femaleness, making cultivation most easy and careless for growers.

Cannabis ruderalis was discovered and botanically classified by Russian botanist Janischewsky in the year of 1924. Jorge Cervantes reports about its arrival in Europe: “It was first brought to Amsterdam in the early 80s by Nevil Schoenmakers from The Seedbank, to enhance their breeding program. One of the first Seed Bank catalogues, from 1987, showed a Cannabis ruderalis plant alongside a highway in Hungary. Many breeders mistakenly hailed this plant as the “Holy Grail” of cannabis.” Well, Cannabis ruderalis of course isn’t the “Holy Grail” of cannabis, but genetically highly useful thanks to its autoflowering effect, compact growth and very low height.  However, it was not before the new millennium that ruderalis genetics became worldwide popular amongst growers, with the appearance of the autoflowering strain Lowrhyder, bred by the Joint Doctor.

Automaria is the first autoflowering variety in Paradise Seeds’ range of strains, and it’s available in its feminised form only. It was bred from Cannabis ruderalis and the famous Santa Maria strain. Paradise Seeds reports: “It's a fast flowering stoney plant of ruderalis and indica origin with easy growing characteristics and excellent yields. Possessing the main indica features, ruderalis genes of this cannabis allow to grow Automaria virtually anywhere. Balconies, patios, window boxes, indoors or outdoors, this connoisseur grade feminized seed is now attainable for every marijuana grower. She grows vegetative for approximately 14 days and then enters into a rapid, almost violent flowering period. For the next 56-60 days she branches out vigorously, throwing out thousands pistils, her calyxes swell and a coating of resin glands make a mature plant of Automaria glisten as if dusted with fine diamonds. With such a short period from seed to harvest, it is not only possible to get an early harvest of high quality marijuana but multiple harvests per season.”

Automaria seeds can be grown both indoors or outdoors. Paradise seeds promises “a guaranteed result of average 350 grams”.  The final Automaria product is expected to contain 10-12% of THC, having a pleasant floral aroma/taste and a stony and relaxing effect. I got the chance to witness both indoor and outdoor Automaria cultivation cycles this year. For a small indoor test grow, Mr. Green sowed three Automaria seeds into single jiffy pots and put these into a mini greenhouse with heating function. Mr. Green decided to give Automaria 20 hours of daily light throughout the entire cultivation cycle. Such a light regimen is only possible of course with autoflowering strains, and also 24 hours of light would have been applicable. All the three seeds germinated quickly and were transplanted into 7.5 litre pots filled with Plagron potting soil, then cultivated very close to some fluorescent lights in the first week after germination to encourage compact growth. Then they were put under a 400 Watts high pressure sodium lamp, together with several plants of other autoflowering strains. The young Automaria plants developed very well, exhibiting lush growth with dark green leaves. After two and a half weeks, they produced the first female preflowers at the main stem, and the flowering impulse quickly took over. Side branching heavily increased in the first weeks of flowering, with the three plants also significantly stretching in height at the same time, two of them to a higher degree than the third plant. Resin production started after two weeks of flowering and was about to become really heavy. Also Automaria’s flower aroma became noticeable after a few weeks, the plants began to spread a sweet and spicy herbal scent. The tops were developing very well, too, exhibiting typical indica properties – a dense flower structure, with a higher calyx-to-leaf ratio though than classic leafy indica strains. In the end, after 60-63 days of flowering, the buds had become rock-hard and were richly frosted with resin. Not a single male flower was found on the plants by Mr. Green. Plants were 80-100 cm tall, somewhat taller than expected, but this may have been caused by the light distance, the three Automaria plants were standing at the edge of the 400 W garden. After the buds had been dried, Mr. Green put them on the scales and ended up with a total harvest amount of 102 grams – the best yield he had received from an autoflowering strain indoors so far. The Automaria smoking test revealed that the buds were pretty potent, more potent than expected with regard to those 10-12% THC stated by Paradise Seeds, Mr. Green rather felt like smoking weed with about 15% THC, being provided with a strong indica head and body stone that lasted for quite a while. The smoke was wonderfully mild, fairly sweet and with a subtle spicy ruderalis undertone. So Mr. Green had his thumbs up for Automaria, she fully convinced him indoors at first go.

It was famous Mr. Power Planter who tried Automaria outdoors this year. He also chose to germinate three seeds, for planting the seedlings into the open ground later on. At the beginning of May, the seeds were sown into 1 litre pots filled with seedling soil and covered with plastic wrap into which Mr. Power Planter had stitched a few holes for slight aeration. All the three seeds sprouted within three days and were grown under a CFL lamp during the first ten days of growth. Then Mr. Power Planter started to harden them off, by placing them outside for a few hours during day and night. In the middle of May, he planted them into a garden plot with healthy soil abounding in nutrients, Mr. Power Planter had improved the garden soil three weeks before with Plagron Standard Mix soil and mixed manure. Although the weather wasn’t very good in the beginning, the plants grew well and had a very compact growth structure. Soon the first female flowers appeared and the plants entered into the flowering stage. They kept their stout growth model also during flowering, producing big tight buds from bottom to the top with a very high calyx-to-leaf ratio and lots of resin. At harvest time in the fourth week of July, after 62-66 days of flowering, they measured 60-75 cm in height and after the buds had been cut - which was quick work for Mr. Power Planter due to their low leaf share - and dried, the excellent outcome was a yield of 30-40 grams of high-grade buds per plant. Their aroma once again was intense, sweet and spicy, very similar to their indoor equivalents.

There weren’t any insect or mould problems at all, and until they very end of flowering, there wasn’t a single male flower in sight. The Automaria outdoor buds turned out to be a little less potent than Mr. Green’s indoor buds, but did provide an excellent indica stone to Mr. Power Planter, a kind of high that is potentially suitable for smoking during day time also, good for a relaxing break, as it doesn’t last for hours and totally smash the user. Mr. Power Planter felt his Automaria outdoor buds had a THC content of about 10-12%, indeed. Their sweet ‘n spicy taste was similar to the indoor buds, but with a little more acerb outdoor note to it. Mr. Power Planter was overall very happy with the results of Automaria grown outdoors and found it to be a great strain that requires little care and can be finished within a short time, allowing for several cultivation cycles during one outdoor season due to the fact it isn’t dependent on changes in the light period for flowering and ripening. Also, he found that Automaria was the by far best autoflowering strain he had tested so far. So Automaria could fully convince the growers both indoors and outdoors, this Paradise Seeds strain delivers autoflowering cannabis plants at their very best.

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 90.

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Words and pictures by Green Born Identity

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Wappa strain Report

2017-01-24 11:39:08

Paradise Seeds: Wappa (feminised)

Indica at its best

 

The indica strain Wappa entered the seed market in 2006, when Paradise Seeds came up with a “six pack” of six new feminised strains. Paradise Seeds has an excellent reputation in terms of feminised seeds, so the grower was curious whether it would be confirmed by Wappa, too.

 

Paradise Seeds describes Wappa as a stout-statured and stable pure indica strain, the low height of which makes it a good choice for gardeners with limited growing space. It’s available as a feminised strain only. For producing feminised Wappa seeds, pollen is obtained from a female manipulated to produce male flowers and applied to a female plant so that all of the resulting Wappa seeds will become female. It has a flowering time of 55-60 days. When forced to flower at 30 cm, it doubles in size by maturity, producing big chunky colas (yield potential: 400-500 g/m2) that fill the air with sweet aromas of fruits and sugar, or also marshmallows, as reported by some people. Untypical of an indica strain, Wappa has a high calyx-to-leaf ratio which makes it a breeze to manicure. Also unusual for an indica is the fact that Wappa has a light green leaf colour, and in addition, its leafs are sharper serrated than those of other indicas. Also, Wappa’s high provides a surprising effect – even though she is a pure indica, she does not weigh the body down, it’s a non-couchlock and non-stupor indica that delivers “an active, aware body vibe, more conducive to merrymaking than couch surfing”, according to Paradise Seeds. They even promise “it is a luminous high that nudges open the doors of perception” – thanks to a high THC content of 15-18%. Wappa also has a good outdoor performance, she adapts well to the climates of Northern Europe, such as Belgium or Holland, but she really goes strong in sunnier and warmer regions like France, Italy or Spain, yields of up to 500 grams per plant are possible.

A grower called “The Doc” germinated three feminised Wappa seeds (only three because he also tested a fewer other varieties at the same time) in order to get a first impression of the Wappa strain. All of the seeds sprouted perfectly and the seedlings were grown under two 125 W CFL lights (6400 K) during the first two weeks. The seedlings were transplanted to 11 litre pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix. After two weeks, The Doc replaced the CFLs with two Planta Star 600 Watts high pressure sodium lamps and one with 400 Watts. That certainly was an extremely copious amount of wattage for The Doc’s grow room with an area of a few square meters. Without a doubt, Wappa would enjoy optimum growing conditions in that light paradise. After the third week in the vegetative stage, at a height of 30-40 cm and a width of already more than 40 cm, the first side branches slipped through the huge leafs from below. The three Wappa plants grew very homogeneously and bushy, producing many long side branches within a short time, something that is also rarely seen on indica plants. After four weeks in the vegetative stage – the plants had kept on growing vigorously, having reached a height of 50-60 cm - The Doc induced flowering by reducing the light period from 18/6 (day/night) to 12/12 and replaced the Planta Star lights with two 600 Watts Osram Son-T Plus and one with 400 Watts. Already two weeks later, flower cluster formation had started at the plant tips. The numerous side branches kept on stretching in the first weeks of flowering, and so did the whole plants, also further increasing in width. After four weeks in the flowering stage, the plants had reached a height of about 100 cm, having become luscious globe cannabis plants that raised the expectation of a bumper harvest, the more so as the buds where about becoming very big, dense and long.

At the end of the fourth week of flowering, the buds were already coated with a shimmering resin layer. After five weeks, flower production kind of exploded, the buds tremendously increased in size and density. Also in the flowering stage, there was a great deal of uniformity, there were no different phenotypes, even the flower structure was identical on all the three plants. The only difference found on one plant was the fact that it even outmatched the high resin content of the other two plants. Also the fruity sweet aroma was the same with each plant. The plants didn’t exhibit any male flowers, the feminisation quality of Wappa seemed to prove the good reputation of Paradise Seeds once again, although three plants cannot be considered as representative in general of course.

All the three plants – which had grown to a height of about 120 cm in the end - could be harvested between the eighth an nineth week of flowering, which was in line with the flowering time data stated by Paradise Seeds. After the buds had been dried, The Doc happily took 312 grams off the scales, a yield that did fulfill the high harvest expectations. And there also was plenty of resinous leaf material for being used in the Ice-O-Lator. Wappa’s high was as strong as expected, it had a quick onset and lasted for many hours, having a pleasant body relaxing effect which, indeed, was not paralysing – The Doc still could move easily and was mentally present, being densely enwrapped in mental candyfloss though, he was heavily stoned but also felt a lot of euphoria. Wappa’s smell and flavour also fully convinced him, the buds provided a mild and sweet smoke with nice subtle fruity undertones. For The Doc, Wappa easily ranks amongst the best strains of Paradise Seeds.

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

Originally published in Weed World edition 86

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Jorge's Diamonds #1 Strain Report

2017-01-24 11:14:00

Jorge’s Diamonds #1 - Diamonds are a grower’s best friend

If a worldwide well-known, highly successful cannabis cultivation author stakes his good name for a new cannabis strain, the quality of the outcome is particularly interesting - after all the name shall stand for a high-quality product. Would Jorge’s Diamonds #1 really prove to be a diamond treasure?

Jorge’s Diamonds #1 is the result of a conjoint strain project by Dutch Passion and Jorge Cervantes, author of many popular cannabis cultivation books and numerous respective articles in worldwide cannabis magazines. I asked Jorge, how the collaboration with Dutch Passion came about: “I have known Henk personally for more than 10 years and we have grown to know one another well. I see him at many cannabis fairs. DP is the biggest seed seller in Europe and is very reputable. DP strains are some of the strongest and they take much care in seed production. We got to talking one day and started discussing a strain with Jorge's name on it. We both thought it would be a good idea for both of us. DP sends out thousands and thousands of catalogs every year. I wanted to sell more books in Europe and decided it would be a good idea to have my name on one of his seeds. It is free advertising for my books!” Asked about the role Jorge played in the development of Jorge’s Diamonds #1, he said: “I was the simple strain taster and selector. I was presented with several selections from DP. I chose the one I liked best. I went with my instinct and chose the sweet taste and aroma, smooth smoke and potent long-lasting soaring high. I also looked at the fact that this plant is easy to grow and very resilient, so that anybody can grow it successfully.”

The genetics of the strain were selected from the 25 year old "Research Gene Pool" of Dutch Passion. The seed company describes it as a “unique resin-packed indica-dominant strain that is potent, sweet, flavorful and incredibly smooth smoking.” As for the pedigree of Jorge’s Diamonds #1, Dutch Passion states “rare indica-dominant genes mixed with just the right amount of sativa to give the smoke a very strong soaring long-lasting high.” Also with regard to the aroma, Dutch Passion promises a lot: “The exceptional taste and aroma are fruity and sweet. The insatiable taste is sweet and similar to wild honey smothered in raspberries.” Apart from that, according to Dutch Passion, Jorge’s Diamonds #1 is expected to be almost maintenance free, with spider mites and other pests known to leave it alone. Dutch Passion also provides specific information to medical users: By thin layer chromatography, the THC percentage of Jorge’s Diamonds #1 was measured at 16 to 18%, while the strain is high in THCV, CBD and CBN. Plants take 8-9 flowering weeks to ripen indoors, yielding between 200 and 500 g/m2. But thanks to quite an early ripening time of mid October under natural light, Jorge’s Diamonds #1 can also be grown outdoors successfully, so it’s a very versatile strain also. 

When the strain was released to the seed market in 2008 - exclusively in the form of feminised seeds - it came highly recommended, attracting a lot of curiosity among growers worldwide. One of them was “The Doc”, an experienced German grower who earned his nickname from the fact that he always precisely knows what his plants need, quickly solving any kind of cultivation problem with his green fingers and propelling the plants to the best performance possible. The Doc put a whole bag of feminised Jorge’s Diamonds #1 seeds (10 pieces) into the ground. A couple of days later, he happily realised that all the seeds had successfully sprouted. The ten seedlings grew in one litre pots (filled with seedling soil) for two weeks on an area of 0.25 m2, placed under two 125 W CFLs (6400 K). They thrived very well, exhibiting lush green, very compact growth, perfectly indica-style. It was amazing how homogeneous the ten seedlings were, almost looking like clones. Then The Doc transplanted the young plants to 6.5 litre pots filled with Plagron Standard Mix soil plus 5% hydro correls to further improve the aeration of the soil. Now it was time to give the Jorge’s Diamonds #1 plants plenty of light. The Doc replaced the two CFLs with two 600 W and one 400 W Osram Planta Star (HPS) bulbs and moved the plants to a cultivation area of 2.5 m2. They spent another two weeks in the vegetative stage at 18 hours of light per day. The powerful illuminaton and perfect climate in the growing chamber (that technically was perfectly equipped, amongst other things, with an automatic SPC temperature controller) lead to rapid growth that still was very uniform and compact, the Jorge’s Diamonds #1 plants had very short internodes, 10-12 per plant, at a height of only 40-50 centimetres! They also heavily branched out so that were lots of strong side branches. 

After four weeks, The Doc induced flowering by switching the photoperiod from 18/6 to 12/12. A week later, all the plants had revealed their gender and proven to be female. The Doc removed some lower fan leaves as they had become so huge that they completey shaded the side branches below. In the course of flowering, considerable differences in the grow pattern became apparent. Most of the plants suddenly started to stretch heavily. Six of them still grew homogenously, rapidly gaining height. After two weeks of flowering, they already had arrived at breast height. Another plant was becoming even taller, strongly reminding of a classic sativa plant. The other two plants remained to be small and stout, clearly exhibiting dominant indica genes, growing into very compact flowering bushes. After the third week of flowering, numerous “flowerets” had emerged at the top of the branches and lots of resin glands were about to develop, flowering was in full effect now. The Doc nurtured the plants very well, foliage still was completely healthy green, no yellowing at all. After four weeks of flowering, most of the plants had arrived at shoulder height. The buds got bigger and bigger, becoming impressively dense and thick. Even also on the fan leaves, a lot of resin glands had emerged meanwhile, Jorge’s Diamonds #1 proved to be an extremely resinous strain. The huge plants consumed a lot of water, one to two litres a day. On most of the plants, the flowering structure was sativa-dominant, buds were long and lanceolate with a high calyx-to-leaf ratio, but much denser and thicker than classic sativa buds, thanks to the indica influence. Without a doubt, these were true “heavyweight bud champions”. Between the 7th and 8th week of flowering, many buds became so heavy that they needed support and were staked by The Doc. The Jorge’s Diamonds #1 plants had grown into really big dimensions, bearing big snow-white buds in abundance that were composed of countless small tightly packed calyxes. An extraordinary harvest was to be expected - The Doc was heavily infected by green diamond fever now! 

Amongst the eight tall Jorge’s Diamonds #1 plants, there was one exemplar that The Doc called the “Haze phenotype”. It was the by far tallest plant and produced huge long, almost leafless silver buds with particularly small calyxes and also smelled like a Haze plant. This made The Doc believe that Haze is one of the genetic components of Jorge’s Diamonds #1. He realised that his Jorge’s Diamonds #1 plants had to be harvested in two steps: The main cola and tops of all branches were harvested after about eight weeks of flowering, the remaining buds took another one to two weeks to fully ripen. 

After all the buds had been dried, The Doc put them on the scales and was stunned by the result – the yield was 90 grams per plant on the average, the heaviest plant had yielded amazing 110 grams. In addition, he got plenty of resinous leaf material for his Ice-O-Lator.

Most of the buds really provided a honey-sweet smell and taste, and some of them also had a fruity side to the aroma. The high was as strong as expected and also complex, producing an overwhelming long-lasting cerebral sativa effect in combination with a slight degree of stonedness. It didn’t come as a surprise though that the Haze phenotype plant caused an accordingly crystal clear vibrant Haze high with no indica influence at all, while the two Indica phenotype plants provided a lot more indica stonedness.

One of the ten plants had produced a very few male flowers after six weeks of flowering at the base of two buds, but The Doc managed to quickly discover and remove them. From then on, this plant produced only female flowers. Two other plants exhibited some single “bananas” in the main cola at the end of flowering, but these were infertile, not able to shed pollen. 

Altogether The Doc was very impressed by Jorge’s Diamonds #1: His treasure chamber was filled with almost a kilo of finest green diamonds, potency and aroma were a true cannasseur’s delight. He felt that this strain is undoubtfully worth of honouring Jorge Cervantes and arrived at the conclusion that these kind of diamonds really are a grower’s best friend.

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

Originally published in Weed World Magazine edition 96

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Green-O-Matic Strain Report

2017-01-24 10:59:42

GREEN-O-MATIC: THE AUTOFLOWERING FROM GREEN HOUSE SEED CO.

The realm of the autoflowering strains is populated by a great variety of contenders, but the real difference in the outcome of the product is not easy to spot. The idea behind an autoflowering strain is derived from two very distinct yet interconnected concepts: security and timing.

Autoflowering strains guarantee a low profile thanks to the small size and fast flowering time, allowing growers to operate in very small spaces indoor or in otherwise impossible conditions outdoors (urban terraces, guerrilla outdoor grows). But it is the timing issue that makes these strains uniquely interesting for all kind of growers, from the personal user up to the money maker. In fact thanks to the autoflowering characteristics it is possible to flower during any photoperiod, allowing crops to come in at times when outdoor production is not possible otherwise.

Thanks to a long and peculiar selection process of the existing autoflowering strains Green House Seed Company is now proud to introduce the new standard in autoflowering genetics, 100% feminized: the GREEN-O-MATIC.

This genetics represent the best autoflowering on the market, stable, fast, reliable. Contrary to most autoflowering strains, the GREEN-O-MATIC is not only short in size and short in flowering time. It is also a true photoperiod-unrelated flowering strain.

This differentiation is the most important one: the true autoflowering trait derived from Ruderalis genetics is here preserved in all its efficiency. These girls flower as soon as they have reached sexual maturity and do not reverse into vegetative growth, no matter how long the days will get.

It is a true improvement from the many existing strains that can flower in less than 60 days and stay short, but still react to changes in the photoperiod.

Having tested these genetics under very different conditions, both indoors and outdoors,

It is clear that the formation of the flower clusters follows the sexual development of the seedling, and begins when the plants are 10 to 15 cm tall and have developed 3-5 small internodes (averaging 3-4 cm). From this moment on, the metabolic functions of the plants are fully dedicated to flowering, independently from the photoperiod.

The aroma of the GREEN-O-MATIC is already kicking at week 4-5 of flowering, and the resin becomes frosty and thick at week 6. The total flowering time is under 8 weeks, with commercial production growers harvesting at 7 weeks on the day. It is a sweet indica smell, with a flowery bouquet and a slightly spicy background.

The main advantage indoors is that the small size (30-40 cm at harvest) allows splitting normal size rooms in 2 grow floors, doubling production per square meter. Outdoors the GREEN-O-MATIC is very easy to camouflage, even during times when there is less vegetation around.

Planting is possible at any time of the year as long as the temperature does not drop below 15 degrees Celsius at night. In places like the Mediterranean coastline it is possible to plant all year round.

The cannabinoid profile of the GREEN-O-MATIC is complex, and not too far from the White family. It is a mostly indica feeling, stoned and fast-hitting. The cerebral side of the high shows itself but never prevails, and the dazed and confused feeling it leaves is a very pleasant one.

The GREEN-O-MATIC is dedicated to all urban outdoor growers, to all guerrilla growers, and to all those who need a short, fast, reliable autoflowering strain. With the 100% quality guarantee you only get from Green House seed Company.

Originally published in Weed World edition 86

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Delahaze

2017-01-23 12:24:52

Delahaze - New Haze power from Paradise Seeds 

A mostly Haze strain was missing in the seed range of Paradise Seeds until 2008, when this gap was closed with the new Delahaze strain – so the grower Mr. Power Planter was especially curious about the outcome of breeder Luc’s genetic work.

The exact pedigree of Delahaze is kept secret by Paradise Seeds, while it is obvious of course that Haze genetics have a major share in this strain. Delahaze is a 70:30 sativa/incida hybrid, the nature of the indica component is unknown. Well-known is Delahaze’s THC content: At least 18%. Paradise Seeds says “It is extremely potent, giving high yields and finishing early in approximately 9 weeks.” A flowering time of nine weeks is pretty damn short for a mostly Haze strain, especially if the plants are exhibiting overall dominant Haze traits. When breeding a mostly Haze strain, it is all about preserving the coveted Haze characteristics as well as possible, the hybrid shall have a stable Haze dominant aroma and high. So it’s an essential breeder’s task to stabilise these characteristics as firmly as possible in the Haze hybrid. At the same time, however, he has to master the problem of restraining the unwanted pure Haze characteristics such as its terribly long flowering time of up to more than 20 weeks, its heavy stretching effect and its fairly low yields. It takes an indica strain with precisely contrary characteristics – a very short flowering time, stout growth and high yields -  to subdue these unwanted traits. However, the breeder has to avoid that the couchlock indica high gets through in the hybrid, retaining that exclusive superb Haze sativa flash as much as possible. 

According to Luc, the owner and breeder of Paradise Seeds, all those Haze breeding goals were achieved with Delahaze. She even is a huge yielder, delivering indoor harvests of up to more than 500 grams per plant, outdoors it can even be more than one kilo of finest buds (harvest time under natural light/n.L. is early November). Luc recommends: “To appreciate her fully let her flower one week extra which results in fine sativaish/haze flowers filling up your growroom with a beautiful aroma containing hints of citrus & mango. Still the typical haze scent remains dominant. The chances that these plants become fat are plenty since they grow multiple branches filled with clusters of resin coated flowers. Therefore we suggest to induce flowering early before they get too big.” The high effected by Delahaze corresponds to its 70:30 Haze/indica genetics, providing a clear euphoric and uplifting effect (Haze/sativa), but after a while also a pleasant body effect (indica). According to Luc, “many growers & smokers have rated Delahaze to their top 3 haze list.”

It was Mister Power Planter once again who eagerly tested this strain. He germinated a pack of five feminised Delahaze seeds in jiffy pots. After four days, all the seeds had sprouted and were illuminated by a 115 Watts CFL light (4200 K). Only six days later, Mr. Power Planter induced flowering very early by reducing the light period from 18/6 (day/night) to 12/12. He replaced the CFL light with a 600 Watts high pressure sodium lamp (GIB Lighting). After the photoperiod had been cut down, because of the very short vegetative stage it naturally took longer than usual until the first pre-flowers appeared on the Delahaze plants. But after 16 days, all the five plants had revealed their gender – they all had female pre-flowers. The plants started to exhibit moderate side branching. Of course they kept on increasing in height and width for several weeks during flowering, but did not seem to exceed a height of one metre in the end. In the course of flowering, it turned out that there was a slight degree of variation in terms of flower shape and structure, but all the plants produced big tight top and side colas with quite a high calyx-to-leaf ratio. Their delicious both hazey and fruity scent was increasing in strength week by week, and so did the resin glands. All the five Delahaze plants were 100% female, so the feminisation quality of Paradise Seeds once again proved to be very reliable. Also in terms of flowering time, the five plants kept their promise, all of them could be harvested after precisely nine weeks of flowering. The predominantly hazey aroma of the plants, with some fruity undertones, was identical or very similar. One plant (65 cm) was considerably lower in the end than the other four (83-100 cm). Paradise Seeds has clearly succeeded in restraining the dreaded Haze stretching effect, Delahaze produces ideal indoor plant sizes if flowered early, being easy to grow. 

After the buds had been dried, it turned out that each plant had yielded 40 grams on the average which was an excellent achievement for a mostly Haze strain with such a short vegetative growth time. Mr. Power Planter was impressed by the enormous potency of Delahaze, the superb high exactly matched the description of Paradise Seeds, providing a long-lasting, very strong cerebral sativa up-high, but after a while also a very moderate body effect which was relaxing, not couchlocking. The dried buds had retained that hazey and a little bit fruity aroma and produced a likewise delicious smoke that was a true enjoyment to Mr. Power Planter. He considers Delahaze as a great choice for any Haze lover and congratulated Luc on his fine piece of Haze breeding work.

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

First published in Weed World Magazine edition 85

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Frisian Dew

2017-01-23 11:54:50

Frisian Drew - Another outdoor champion strain from Dutch Passion

Back then the whole story of Dutch Passion began with a couple of outdoor strains, amongst them Purple Star and Twilight, bred by breeder Henk van Dalen in the seventies and early eighties. Until today, this seed company is known for carrying a wide range of superb outdoor strains, and Dutch Passion recently further expanded its outdoor assortment by four new exciting strains: Taiga, Tundra, Pamir Gold and Snow Bud. Another newer outdoor strain from Dutch Passion already released in 2008 is Frisian Drew, a 50:50 indica/sativa cross of two legendary Dutch strains: Super Skunk and Dutch Passion’s own Purple Star, found after three years of selecting clones. Already in its first year of market presence, Frisian Drew received prize honours for being the winner of the outdoor category of the High Life Cup 2008. Dutch Passion says about Frisian Drew it’s the most beautiful outdoor variety they’ve ever encountered: “Although we produced many Skunk/Purple hybrids in the past 20 years, we have never seen anything coming close to this hybrid.” Dutch Passion promises a high yield, good stem to leave ratio (only little leaves), very good mold resistance as well as a pleasant taste and strong potency. Frisian Drew will ripen already in the first week of October, flowering takes 7-8 weeks. 

German grower Hi-Five gets his personal marijuana supply from organic outdoor gardening, so he depends on reliable high-quality feminised outdoor strains. With Dutch Passion strains, he has always gained positive experience. Let’s see how he did his thing last year when he cultivated a bed full of feminised Frisian Drew plants. Hi-Five uses to grow his marijuana plants on a south-facing side bed of his garden (next to a garden wall), where also two little apple trees are growing. The wall is high enough to protect the plants from curious neighbours and also from storm damages. The two little apple trees also have a protective function, heavy rainfalls or hail falls are partly being catched away by the trees, thus don’t hitting the plants too hard. The crowns of the apple trees are not that dense, rather open, so that enough light shines through to the plants. At the beginning of February, Hi-Five prepared the garden bed’s soil with his own last year’s compost, adding 50% of that “earthy gold” to the soil already in the bed. Compost is a blessing for any kind of plants! It improves biological activity of the soil, optimizes the soil’s structure by aerating it and giving it more water holding capacity power and provides a lot of organic nutrients that can be taken up by the plants bit by bit, without the risk of over-fertilisation. Apart from compost, Hi-Five mixed 10% horn shaves (an excellent source of organic nitrogen) and 10% granite stone meal into the soil. Stone meal contains a good deal of lime, potash, magnesium and several trace elements, slowly releasing them. Hi-Five  digged the whole bed thoroughly over and let it rest until cultivation started in May. 

He figured out that five Frisian Drew plants would probably be enough for his 1.5 x 6 metre plot. Hi-Five didn’t want to make use of the full season, as his plants otherwise would have gotten too big. He could have started cultivation as early as at the beginning of April, but waited until the beginning of May instead, sowing five feminised Frisian Drew seeds into jiffypots contained in a heated mini greenhouse. They all had germinated very well after a couple of days and were placed onto a south-facing windowsill. Two and half weeks after germination, Hi-Five started to gradually acclimatise the plants to outdoors, hardening them off by exposing them to sunlight and night coldness a little bit longer every day. That procedure also helped the plants getting more solid stems, due to the wind, lignification quickly advanced. At the beginning of June, Hi-Five planted the five Frisian Drew plants into the garden side bed he had prepared in February already. 

The Frisian Drew plants grew very well. Thanks to the soil’s high nutrient content and water holding capacity power, Hi-Five didn’t have to water and/or fertilise the plants in the first two months, he could give free rein to mother nature. Summer advanced, and at the end of July, the feminised Frisian Drew plants revealed their gender – they all proved to be female. Hi-Five happily watched the resin glands prosper on all the plants, as flowering got into full gear in the course of August. At the beginning of the flowering stage, he had started to fertilise his plants with BioBizz’s organic “Bio-Bloom” (N-P-K = 2.0-6.0-3.5) once a week. The plants became heavily resinous (most obviously thanks to the influence of mighty Super Skunk genetics), in fact, these were the most resinous outdoor plants Hi-Five had ever experienced! The “green apple tree roof” that widely protected the plants from heavy rain falls may have contributed to the extraordinarily high resin content, preventing the resin glands from being washed off the buds. The five Frisian Drew plants did not produce any male flowers, becoming 100% female, so they passed the femi test with flying colors. And “with colors” can be taken literally here: Two of the five plants produced lovely purple buds, thanks to the Purple Star genetics in Frisian Drew. Another very positive result was that mold wasn’t an issue at all, all the five Frisian Drew plants exhibited totally healthy high-grade sinsemilla buds in the end. Which was uniformly reached by the five plants at the beginning of October. 

Hi-Five  was well satisfied with the yield, he got a solid pound of buds from his plants. While this was not too much for an outdoor plant in general, one has to take into account that the Frisian Drew plants were started late, having had a relatively short vegetative period and slightly reduced sunlight supply (due to the apple trees above). But potency was awesome, reflecting both sides of the genetic spectrum, having a both sativa-like uplifting (at first) and indica-like stoney (later) effect. Frisian Drew’s potency can easily compete with strong indoor buds, it’s of really exceptional outdoor quality. The same applied to the great organic taste that was quite mild and sweet, but also had a spicy’n earthy outdoor note. In addition, Hi-Five luckily produced some fine organic hash from the very resinous leafy material that had accumulated during harvest. This Frisian Drew hash was incredibly delicious and potent, totally blasting Hi-Five  away for hours.

Frisian Drew undoubtfully is another outdoor champion strain from Dutch Passion with a remarkable potency.

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

First published in Weed World Edition 85

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Sky Black

2017-01-12 14:54:24

A stick that is often used by policy makers to beat back calls to relax attitudes towards cannabis is that it is a ‘gateway’ drug. The argument goes that weed is just one step down a long and slippery slope that leads to a smorgasbord of harder drugs and puts the user at risk of falling victim to addiction. But, what if cannabis could be part of the solution as opposed to the perception that it is part of the problem? What if cannabis had a role, not as a gateway, but as an exit gate for harder drugs such as heroin?

In the past couple of years a number of reports have highlighted the fact that medical cannabis could play a role in weaning addicts off opioids. These include a report in America by the medical journal, JAMA Internal Medicine showing states with legal medical marijuana had a 25 percent reduction in opiate overdose deaths, and a study by the Laboratory for Physiopathology of Diseases of the Central Nervous System which used THC to eliminate opiate dependence.

The scientific research process is a notoriously (and justifiably) slow one. While we wait for science to catch up with the potential use of cannabis in this area, personal stories (and filtered from the wilder claims zipping around social media) provide an insight into the experiences of those battling on the front line of drug addiction. Policy makers are no friends of anecdotal evidence, but in life we live and learn from our own experiences and we also learn from the experiences of others…

Sky Black is a confident, good looking 23 year old who currently lives in Utah after some years living in LA. He has worked as a fashion model for brands such as Finish Line athletic shoes and glasses.com and is a fitness model whose work has taken him across the US and to Europe. An advocate of HIT (High Intensity Training) he runs fitness courses and has numerous clients. He is also a recovering heroin addict. This is the story of how he overcame his addiction and has kept clean, not with rehab or substitute drugs, but with exercise and cannabis.

Sky Black started out in life as plain old Daniel. He grew up in the state Utah, in America’s Midwest, which is home to a sizeable Mormon population (over 60% of the state are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  Members of church abide by a strict health code which eschews tobacco, alcohol and other addictive substances, and Daniel’s Mormon upbringing reflected this, in that he ‘never touched a substance’ until he was nearly 17.

However, it was at this point that he hit a slippery patch in his life and the culmination of a chain of unfortunate events prompted him to seek escape by experimenting with a range of drugs, including heroin. Initially introduced to the drug by someone he refers to (complete with inverted commas) as ‘a friend’ he quickly fell into the familiar heroin trap. “It was basically an easy way to escape from my reality,” Daniel explains. “All the pain and the bullshit went away immediately. As the months went by I stopped experimenting with other drugs and just fell into H Town…”

At this time, Daniel was still at school, and it wasn’t long before his desire to flee from reality took its toll as his enthusiasm for school was sapped away by his heroin habit. “I was always very introverted,” Daniel says. “I was shy of the world and afraid of people’s judgment. I never wanted to let anyone down to the point where I’d never try to speak my mind.” He describes a desire to be ‘invisible’ and heroin helped him to achieve this state.

Daniel’s ride through H Town lasted another 6 months before he realized he had a problem. As nobody in his close circle was aware of his addiction, Daniel was unable to call on family and friends to serve as a support network. He knew he had to get off heroin and he knew that he would have to do it for himself. In a bold move, he decided to go it alone.

“I went through HELL. I took myself off to my friend’splace. I went through cold turkey while people were shooting up around me, oblivious to what I was going through. After all the numbness that heroin brings, in those initial days all your sensations come back, amplified. I was beyond hypersensitive. Any touch to my body would either provoke extreme pain or cause me to orgasm (yes, I know that sounds weird).  I lay on a bed in my own vomit, feces, piss and semen for three days… but I made it out alive.”

Free from heroin, Daniel wasn’t out of the hole yet. He replaced one habit with another – in the form of booze – and for the next two years went through some bad times as he tried to get his life back on track. However, he says that this period and the experiences he went through had a positive element in that he developed an empathy. Throughout this time there was also a constant in his life - exercise.

“I came from a wrestling background so I had that work ethic implanted in me. Once I came off the heroin, I started wrestling again and working out in the gym, pushing weights. This wasn't only important but vital to my recovery. It allowed me to obsess about something. Looking back, it (exercise) was an overall constant positive but I had so much negativity in my life I guess I didn’t recognize it at the time.”

Daniel also discovered cannabis. He had used it briefly as a teenager, but had too soon skipped over it in the reach for harder drugs with more impact. However, now he was focusing more on his exercise and the health of his body, he realized that cannabis actually offered something that he had been missing. He says; “After a while of smoking I started to understand how cannabis was making me feel and the benefits it was providing. I had lost a lot of weight too, so the appetite stimulation was a real benefit. It was almost like I was normal again.”

And what about the combination of cannabis and fitness? “The light bulb moment came after a friend of mine offered me a smoke before going to the gym one day. I ran to the gym (about a mile) and then I realized how easy it felt – the weed had put me in the zone. Then in the gym I took note of how my body and mind seemed to be able to push past barriers I wasn't able to before. Like I was able to truly internalize and focus on the task at hand and grind out reps I feel I couldn't before. It made my lifting go from physical/mental to a mixture of physical/mental and something that was bordering on the spiritual. I got so in the zone, like never before. Where nothing or no one mattered and I could just push myself. I completely loved every second. It was a pretty defining moment.”

Along with eating the right foods, cannabis soon became part of Daniel’s fitness regime. He credits it for having a positive impact on his life, helping him to focus and a positive influence on his thoughts. He hasn’t done heroin for 6 years, and although he feels the cravings still at times, he credits cannabis with keeping him on the right path. Typically he smokes bongs or consumes edibles.

Is this a route he would prescribe for others who are wanting to quit harder drugs? “I know it has helped me in many ways. If it has worked it for me, I don't see why it can't help others. I would recommend it to people struggling to overcome, but, if you're new to smoking, and are prone to anxiety, stick to indicas. They make you relaxed and comfortable so it helps with withdrawals of any kind. Once your body understands it better then you can start having fun with the sativas.”

Over the process of getting clean and building a career out of fitness, Daniel took on the moniker Sky Black (he did live in LA for a while after all!). In the past few years he has also used his own experience to persuade others, walking the fine line with substance abuse, of the benefits of a healthier life. What he brings to the table is the fact that he knows what he’s talking about. So does he have any advice for those who may be in a similar situation to his younger self, stalked by demons and strapped into their own ride through H Town?

“My first bit of advice would be for them to ask themselves who they want to be in 5 years. What steps they can take today to be that person. When you're in that hell, that state of mind, it's fucking hard to say the least. I needed to do it myself personally. This WILL be the hardest thing you've done from physical to mental to spiritual. You will be broken. You will need to recreate yourself. My formula was to improve myself, you need to find and form passion.

Find a healthy outlet. I wanted to do bodybuilding and fitness. I wanted to become confident and healthy and honestly, to test myself and see if I could go from the lowest, from heroin addiction to a role model and inspiration on a massive scale. I am still doing that test but I've come a long way!! You need to be REAL with yourself. No one can do this for you. You can't blame or lean on anyone. No wiggle room, no excuses. You need to be strong. Once you get past this, I promise everything else in life seems a hell of a lot easier.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkyBlackFit/
Insta: @Sky_Black_Official

Words by Che Capri

Image by Phirun Sam 

Published in Weed World magazine issue 126

 

Posted in Cannabis News

Now, we are familiar with how this plant has evolved throughout the ages alongside humankind, and has been integral to our lives from the beginning. But the fact is the plant material itself, while it is the ‘factory’ that generates all of the energy for cannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids, enzymes and other beneficial chemicals to be created, contains nothing miraculous. It is the trichomes — the bulbous-headed stalks that cover the outside of the leaves and flowers of the plant, making it resemble a furry overcoat — or what most people refer erroneously to as “crystals” due to their shiny, sparkly appearance — are in fact, where ALL of the beneficial medicinal compounds in this marvelous plant are stored.

 

To date, there are over 100 cannabinoids (and counting) that all work in symbiosis in conjunction with a myriad of terpenes and other natural chemicals in Cannabis that can heal and restore our body’s natural endocannabinoid levels. These cannabinoids, in various ratios, along with terpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids and enzymes combine together to bring a homogeneous blend of relief to our bodies through ingestion.

 

The wide array of Cannabis strains throughout the years have evolved over eons of time, in a far-reaching and exotic mix of locations throughout the world, to produce one of the most diverse and varied set of phenotypes in a single plant genotype on the earth. We couldn’t have created a more complex mix of cannabinoid and terpene ratios throughout all of the land-race strains on Earth. And that does not even take into account all of the cross-breeding experiments performed by man over the past 200 years! There are over 480 chemical compounds in Cannabis, but our journey all begins with Cannabigerolic Acid (CBGA). Because of how important this cannabinoid is — we are going to dig DEEP into its origins.

 

Many phytocannabinoids have acidic precursors — these acidic precursors turn into cannabinoids through the process known as decarboxylation. CBGA is the precursor to the cannabinoid Cannabigerol (CBG). CBGA has been shown to be the first biogenic cannabinoid formed by the plant. It is affectionately known as the “stem cell” cannabinoid, given its ability to transform into other cannabinoids through decarboxylation and enzymatic reaction. CBG was discovered in 1964 by Gaoni and Mechoulam. Raphael Mechoulam is also accredited with being the first to give a complete explanation of the correct structure of Cannabidiol (CBD) in 1963, according to “Chemistry and Analysis of Phytocannabinoids and Other Cannabis Constituents” by Rudolf Brenneisen.

 

CBG is not psychoactive, although it is responsible for reducing intraoccqular pressure in the eye, which accounts for the heavy “weight-behind-the-eyes” feeling when ingested (which is sometimes misinterpreted as a psychoactive effect). It is formed through decarboxylation of CBGA. However, it is also the precursor for other acid precursors including THCA, CBDA, and CBCA. It is essential in the creation of common cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, as well as CBC.

 

There are currently two known types of Endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are located throughout the body, but specifically concentrated in our brain and immune systems. Cannabinoids activate CB1 and CB2 receptors and change the way the body functions. The CB1 receptor is responsible for the psychoactive effects of THC and other cannabinoids, and CB1 receptor is located in central nervous system tissues, and also occur with less density in the lungs, liver and kidneys. The CB2 receptor is found in immune system cells. There is a widening belief that a third cannabinoid receptor exists in the blood vessels, lymph system and other cell types.

 

All of this is diving fairly deep into the science and chemistry of Cannabis, but it is necessary to grasp the fundamental ways that Cannabis augments our body’s ability to monitor and balance our complex myriad of systems — and is integral in expanding our understanding and research into this amazing plant. The profound way in which cannabinoids, terpenes and the rest play an integral part into bringing our bodies into balance is just beginning to be understood enough to begin to test the efficacy of Cannabis-based whole- plant medicines. Furthermore, this “whole-plant” approach is not just endemic to Cannabis — we are finding a myriad of whole plant medicines that are derived from herbs and different flora that have existed and have been utilized throughout the centuries by mankind for treating illnesses. In fact, it is a foundation of cures for the different imbalances and ailments humans and animals have exhibited throughout history. However, we have never suffered so egregiously than in the past 150 years, as Cannabis, as well as other medicinal herbs and plants has been systematically stripped from our lives, as prescription “medicines” from the pharmaceutical industry pushes the home/homeopathic remedies grounded in our heritage out of existence.

 

The good news is, it is all coming back within our purview, as we have never needed healing, in such a fundamental and universal nature, as we do right now. These plants act almost as a panacea, curing all ailments our physical bodies suffer — because all we are doing is giving our bodies and minds the tools they need — the building blocks of proteins, fats, enzymes and such in the correct ratios, to enable our bodies to heal naturally.

 

Our intention for what we are currently involved in is to isolate and categorize specific strains of cannabis from our catalogue, that have specific cannabinoid and terpene ratio profiles, and match them to the specific ailments they treat best, given their chemical makeup. By doing this, rather than blending after-the-fact to create ratios of specific cannabinoids and terpenes, we can “blend” them in the genetics, so-to-speak, so that by just growing the strain out, processing and procuring its complete cannabinoid and terpene profile in the oil, we can then blend it to specific dosages in different delivery mediums to treat different specific ailments. While all cannabinoids are proving to be beneficial to our bodies, there are specific ratios, blends and dosages that provide optimum results when balanced to treat a specific issue or ailment. We have found amazing success in addition to whatever treatment the patient is already on, to supplement with a Cannabis treatment has proven to be of extreme benefit.

 

The delivery method is also extremely important to the treatment being applied. For instance, in the case of prostate cancer, we have prepared rectal syringes with a formulation in natural oils that afford maximum absorption and effectiveness with the least amount of discomfort. We have seen phenomenal results with these. For certain lung ailments, as well as anxiety, stress and other issues that need a quick, effective dose, vaporization is working extremely well, as the uptake of active ingredients by the lungs is almost instantaneously effective.

 

So,  as a jumping-off point, we started with these three cannabinoids (always balanced with the exact ratios of terpenes, terpenoids and flavonoids native to the specific strain) and their acid forms, as well, in varying amounts, to begin formulating medicines to address some specific health issues.

 

We began with a dosages of CBD suspended in a natural oil taken sublingually — and then went to a 1:1 CBD/THC blend, for treating other illnesses, and then to the acid forms of THC (not psychoactive) and CBD for additional benefits. We can deliver relief in many different ways, but currently, the main cannabinoid blends that we are creating that are actually being used in treatment are CBD, THC, THCA and, to a lesser extent, CBG. These are very simple medicines, as we are not ‘editing’ their chemical content in any way — we are using the whole-plant oils exactly as they are taken from the plant — and my gut feeling is that this is the key to the amazing healing properties, with an absolute minimum of side effects or discomfort.

 

We are currently participating in a very large-scale experiment to bring back these therapeutic Cannabis strains and couple them with emerging, novel and far more effective methods of delivery to bring the science of Cannabis Medicines out of the shadows and to the forefront. We are beginning with what we have currently worked on in order to bring it to the public: CBD as well as THC at different ratios in specific strains. We will be introducing these strains and new methods of treatment over the coming months…stay tuned.

 

We are grateful to the WeedWorld folks for assisting us with the task of communicating our findings as they emerge, so we can include the world in this research as it unfolds - it belongs to all of us. We are working to bring these strains to the masses, as well as processes of capturing whole-plant essences as completely as possible, using the simplest methods possible.

 

Finally, we want to share some of the unique delivery technologies we are pioneering, so that they can bring relief (TRUE relief) to the world.

By Fred DeLisio - published in issue 126 Weed World magazine - part 3 is out in issue127 (Feb 1st)

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Paradise Seeds Strain Story - Belladonna:

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 & Pic: Green Born Identity – G.B.I. -  published in Weed World magazine issue 121

Grower: Elis D

Cultivation data

Genetics

Belladonna (Super Skunk x unknown mostly sativa strain)

Vegetative stage

here: 3.5 weeks

Flowering stage

here: 62 days, 60 days in general

Medium

Compo soil, 9 litre pots

pH

6.4

EC

1.2–1.6 mS

Light

Up to 12 x SANlight M30 LED modules (each 27.5 watts)

Temperature

19-29°C

Air humidity

40-60%

Watering

by hand

Fertilisation

Organic Grow Liquid and Organic Bloom Liquid from Green Buzz Liquids

Additives/stimulants

More Roots, Humin Säure Plus, Big Fruits, Fast Buds and Clean Fruits  from Green Buzz Liquids

Height

86 and 95 cm

Yield

81 and 89 grams

 

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Press release from Preston Cannabis Club - published 15th Dec

It is with greatest pleasure that we would like to announce our first sponsor – Weed World Magazine!

Wow! What a week it has been for us here at PCC. First we launched our new website, then we received an official endorsement of our proposal from one of the leading UK Cannabis Campaign groups; Clear, and now we have the support of Weed World - the UK's leading Cannabis magazine. It was with great pleasure that members of the Clubs board were recently introduced to the founder and proprietor of Weed World. From the outset, it was clear that Weed World shares the same vision and goals as we do at PCC. These goals are now also underpinned by an understanding that the UK Cannabis Market is primed for regulation. This has lead to an agreement of support for our project and an offer of sponsorship to help the Club achieve its goals. 

Weed World has been involved in the Cannabis Market and the fight for prohibition for nearly 30 years.  In that time they have established themselves with a reputation as a leading light in the world of Cannabis. 

This is what the founder of Weed World magazine had to say. 

"Over the past 30 years I have seen many changes in the cannabis industry, some good and some bad. In the last 6 months is where there has been some significant changes world-wide, such as the UK Government agreeing that CBD is a medical product and the multiple states in US either decriminalising, legalising or agreeing to medical marijuana use! The latest change is Israel’s drug war agency having just said in the last few days that they are going to support reform that will make Israel like Portugal.  All of these are historic moments for the cannabis industry and the likelihood that we will finally see the end of prohibition. Something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. We are looking forward to supporting PCC, there are some exciting times ahead of us all”

During the past 12 months, our founder has worked hard to foster relationships with individuals, groups and businesses who share the same drives and goals as we do. The fact that a company like Weed World is open to public association with what we are doing is a sign of rational and reasoned thinking. Over the coming weeks we hope to be able to bring you more news on how Weed World will be helping both PCC to secure the best possible Cannabis strains to help ensure a safe regulated market for all.

Weed World and Preston Cannabis Clubs are not in commercial negotiations. They simply want to support us moving forward within a fully regulated, licensed market. The benefits this will bring to our Club will felt by all our members and the wider community as a whole.

We would like to say a big thank you to Weed World for their support and look forward to working together to see a safe regulated Cannabis market for the UK

Preston Cannabis Club is acutely aware of the association with the Cannabis seed market. We do not advocate cultivating cannabis seeds without a license.

Source: www.prestoncannabisclub.co.uk

 

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