Monday, 15 September 2014

Delta 9 Cannabis Seeds

Cannasutra non feminized 5 seeds per pack

Reclining Buddha (mother) x Sensi Star (father) 

CannaSutra is the flagship strain of Delta-9 Labs. This F1 hybrid has a good yield, a sweet aroma and a stimulating sativa high that retains the lucidity of its Reclining Buddha parent. While a stronger indoor performer, this strain can also be grown outdoors in moderate to hot climates. She likes lots of food, but is sensitive to over watering. CannaSutra can be super cropped with ease and flowers in just under 10 weeks, putting on tremendous girth in the final two weeks. Its lime-green buds are loose and airy until the last week, when they harden and the calyxes swell with resin. The typical yield, about an ounce per square foot, seems to be consistent across growing methods, but this plant performs best when given root space and room space to develop multiple branches.

CannaSutra's mild yet mood elevating high tends to boost mental focus rather than derailing it, making this a good all-day smoke. It is particularly appropriate for those who like to toke when they sit down for a session of computer or graphic work, or for getting philosophical with friends or romantic with that special someone. The strain's name - from the Sanskrit love manual Kama Sutra - also suggests profound explorations between lovers. The smoke is incense-like -- sweet, aromatic, and soft. Some users report strong bronchial dilation, which may alleviate asthma and related conditions. 

CannaSutra

strain type 70% Indica: 30% Sativa
buzz clear-headed, uplifting
taste/smell distinctly sweet
flowering time 65-70 days indoors end Oct. outdoors
yield 300-500 g/m2 (1- 1 1/2 oz./ft.2) indoors

Price: $45.00


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Brainstorm Haze non feminized 5 seeds per pack

Strain type: Sativa: 90%; Indica: 10%
Buzz: upbeat, creative, motivating.
Taste/Smell: sweet/fresh, fruity
Flowering time: 70-80 days
Parents: (Land Race Thai (mother)) x (father Stargazer (Sensi Star x Warlock x AK-47))
Yield yield 500-600g/m2 (1 1/2-1 3/4 oz./ft.2)
Environment indoor/outdoor

The Brainstorm Haze came to fruition after 8 years of traveling throughout Thailand and collecting seeds from every source possible. The phenotype that was eventually selected was a robust and multi branched specimen that had the old-school Sandalwood fragrance one would expect from a pure land race strain from Thailand. 

Due to the tall characteristics and long flowering times of SE Asian Sativa strains we decided to cross the female into our stabilized Stargazer which is a fast finisher and quite short with tight bud structure. The results of the cross put out hybrid vigor with tremendous buds and yields. Although the flowering time may still require a little extra patience, the wait will well be rewarded! 

The Brainstorm Haze strain prefers a heavy feeding for the first 6 weeks of flowering and then it will take care of itself. Allow the foxtails to swell up at the end of the harvest for optimum trichome production. When you are ready to harvest the Brainstorm Haze, we suggest waiting one more week for the perfect ripeness.


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Delta 9 Cannabis Seeds Aiea

Aiea non feminized 5 seeds per pack

Hawaiian Indica (Female) x Pure Kandahar Afghan (father)

This strain is quite the multinational, it brings together the best of the east and the west. It began life as a Hawaiian indica that was sent to us by one of our friends. We then crossed it with our strong and bushy Afghan male. This male is great because it really leaves the dominant flavours of the original mom intact yet greatly increases the yield of anything we've crossed it into. 

While the female had a great crystal structure under magnification we decided we would also like to increase its yield. There should not be too much variation within the phenotypes either. The strain has an incredibly candy flavour almost as sweet as cotton candy. The plant doesn't get to tall and prefers a medium feed. You will not be disappointed with the Aiea. 

Strain type: Indica 80 - Sativa: 20
Buzz: strong but clear with a heavy body buzz
Taste/Smell: very fruity
Flowering time: mid-Oct. outside
Yield: 450-550 g/m2

Price: $45.00


Thursday, 28 August 2014

How to Make Wicked Hash


Making hash is an ancient art. The first proto-human who rubbed her fingers together after handling a mature cannabis bud was making hash in much the same way it is made today. Although the process of removing the resins from cannabis have become more refined, the essence has remained unchanged for millennia.
Making hash is the process of extracting and preserving the psychoactive resins from the cannabis plant. These resins are found primarily on tiny glands called trichomes, which under a magnifying glass look like mushrooms - a head on top of a stalk. These trichomes are part of what gives cannabis buds their "frosty" appearance.
Trichomes are most heavily concentrated in the flowering buds of mature female cannabis, but smaller amounts can be found in the leaves and trim of both male and female plants. The leaves and trim are usually unpleasant to smoke and therefore discarded, but they contain upwards of 10% of the plant's total resin production, and throwing this away is a waste of potentially potent plant material.

Home-made hash is becoming an increasingly popular way for ganja gardeners to maximize their harvest, and produce something a little different and special compared to the same old big bags of bud! This article outlines some of the most popular and easy ways to make hash. We have not included techniques that would require solvents like alcohol or isopropynol.
Many ways
There are many ways to make hash. Flat screening and blender hash are relatively easy and inexpensive, but the final product will contain more contaminates than drum machine and bubble bag hash, which require some financial investment. No matter the method, hash makes great use of scraps.
THC levels vary in different plant strains, but the most potent hash is one made entirely of gland heads. Most hash contains gland heads and stalk as well as contaminates. Contaminates, whether vegetable matter or otherwise, lower the potency.
Super Skuff
The leaves, trim and other plant material that is often thrown away is called "skuff." Your finished product is only as good as the raw materials you start with, so take the time to inspect your skuff. Frost on your leaves is not proof enough that it contains THC, get a magnifying glass and look for that mushroom-like gland. If trichomes are not present, discard the leaf as it will only add contaminates to your hash.
Don't alter your skuff in any way, if possible. Crushing or grinding it in advance will only damage the trichomes and increase contaminates. Generally skuff should be dry, but not too crumbly. The texture of the skuff is more important when using flat screen or drum machine methods.
The yin and yang of fine hashish.The yin and yang of fine hashish.Flat Screening
Flat screening removes the trichomes by rubbing the skuff over a fine steel or silk screen. This is a very simple process but the quality of hash is very dependent on the skill and patience of the maker. The principle behind this method is that the trichome heads are of a fairly consistent size, so that when applied to a mesh of the appropriate size, the trichome heads will pass through but other plant matter will be left behind.
You'll need a flat screen. Screens can be bought from printing supply shops for $10 to $30, depending on size, or you can make your own. To make your own, fasten four pieces of wood together to form a frame, then glue screening to the bottom. Small hole screens are best, between 125-137 lines per inch.
You'll also need a piece of glass or a mirror to collect trichomes, a credit card or something similar for pushing, and of course skuff.
Skuff used for flat screening should be dry, but not too dry. If your skuff is really crumbly, too much vegetable matter will pass through the screen.
Put the screen on top of the mirror or piece of glass and place the skuff on the screen. Using the card, gently push your skuff back and forth across the screen. Using minimal pressure on the skuff produces the best hash. The first layer of powder that comes through will be the most pure and potent.
Because the skuff must be in contact with the screen to remove the glands, it is almost impossible to get a pure hash through flat screening. For this reason, some people choose to pass their skuff through an old pair of panty hose or a screen with slightly larger holes first. This produces a mixture of trichomes and small bits of plant material, which is then transferred onto the small holed screen. The screen then only needs to be tapped to let the glands fall through and be separated from the vegetation.
Flat screen hash generally contains more contaminates than any other method. However, it is the simplest and cheapest way for the home gardener to make use of scraps.
Drum machines
A drum machine is cylindrical, like the inside of a clothes dryer, and is electrically powered. Inside the drum is a screen which the skuff is slowly tumbled against. It's much the same principal as flat screening, except the drum machine tumbles the skuff instead of rubbing it. Drum machines can be bought, or if you are handy, plans can be found to build your own.
The most popular drum machine is the Pollinator, developed by Mila, a pioneer of Amsterdam's hashmaking community. She has developed machines in a variety of sizes to handle different quantities of product.
The drum screen should be 125-137 lines per inch like the flat screen. Lightly fill the drum with dry skuff (remember not too dry) and turn machine on low. Let it run from a few minutes for up to one hour ? the shorter the time, the more likely you are to get only gland heads. You can collect the hash-powder and then run the machine again to produce a lower grade of hash. Depending on the quality and quantity of original material, you can do this a few times, with each grade containing more contaminates.
If your skuff contains a lot of larger leaves, you may want to put a rubber ball into the drum after the first collection to help rub the surface against the screen.
A half-kilo of Moroccan.A half-kilo of Moroccan.Blender
Unlike the previous methods which use screens to filter the trichomes, the blender method uses the principle that the resin glands are heavier than water, while other plant material is not.
The blender method uses water, ice and agitation to dislodge the trichomes. Ice-water makes the trichomes brittle, causing the resin glands to solidify and become easy to snap off. The glands are heavier than water so they sink to the bottom when separated, while the plant material floats.
To make hash this way you'll need a blender, ice cubes, a reusable metal coffee filter or silk screening, a large glass jar and paper coffee filters.
Fill the blender about half-way with skuff, then cover with cold water and add a tray of ice cubes. Blend for 45 seconds to a minute ? the mixture will become green and frothy, like a smoothie. Pour this mix through the metal coffee filter into your glass jar. Run more water through the filter to make sure you haven't missed any trichomes.
Once your jar is full, put it in the fridge to settle for a minimum of 30 minutes. You 0should be able to see a white or blonde coloured substance settling on the bottom of your container ? those are the trichomes. Carefully, so you do not disturb the trichomes, pour off or siphon off about two-thirds of the green water.
If you have more skuff to process, do it now and filter into the container you just drained. Return to the fridge, allow to settle and siphon again. When you have processed all your skuff, add a few ice cubes to the container and let settle one last time.
If you want to increase the purity of your product you can carefully put this settled mixture back into the blender for a final mix and separation. This may or may not be necessary depending on your preference.
Pour the final mix of water and trichomes through a paper coffee filter. The water will pass through the paper but the glands will not. Drain well and allow to dry. You now have dried resin glands ready to be pressed into hash.
A slate of freshly pressed Bubble Hash.A slate of freshly pressed Bubble Hash.Bubble hash
The ice-water filtration technique has quickly become a very popular way to make hash. This method combines the best of the screen and blender methods, using ice-water to make the trichomes brittle and agitation to knock the heads off, then straining the mix through filters for increased purity.
Hash made in this fashion is sometimes called "bubble hash" - because it is so pure that it bubbles when heated! Well-made bubble hash is a very potent product ? a tiny piece will produce enough billows of smoke to get a small crowd high.
The two main commercial ice-water filtration systems available are "Bubble Bags" from Fresh Headies and the Ice-o-lator, another product developed by Mila. Both operate on the same principle of using cold water and filtering bags to isolate trichomes. You can also make your own kit by acquiring mesh of the appropriate sizes and carefully sowing it into bags of strong material.
In order to make bubble hash you'll need a kit with filtering bags, two impeccably clean five gallon pails and a hand mixer. The exact method can vary depending on which system you're using, but the essentials are the same. The Ice-o-lator uses two filters to screen out contaminates, leaving the trichomes caught in the second filter. The bubble bag kits from Fresh Headies contain either three or six colour?coded bags, and allow you to simultaneously make different grades of hash.
To start with a bubblebag kit, place your skuff into one of your five gallon buckets. Use up to 100 grams of dry skuff, or double that weight if it's fresh or wet.
Because ice makes the trichomes brittle, add plenty - at least six ice cube trays. Then fill up the bucket with cold water. Leave a few inches at the top so you don't splash too much when mixing.
Use the hand mixer to blend continuously for 15 minutes to one hour or more. Mixing longer will produce a higher yield that will be slightly less potent. The mixture will become green and frothy. You should take breaks every so often to let the mixture settle.
When done mixing, allow the mixture to settle for at least 30 minutes. If the ice has melted, add more. If possible, put the pail in the freezer, or outside if you live in a cold climate ? you want that water to stay cold!
Now put your "work bag" into your second bucket. This bag should have a screen size between 200 and 250 microns, the one from Fresh Headies is 220. Pour your frothy green mix into the work bag in the second bucket. Slowly lift out the bag and squeeze out the water. Set aside the work bag with the green matter for a second rinse.
Now you have a bucket full of green water which contains many trichomes, as well as other contaminants. Everything that was smaller than 220 microns is in that water.
Arrange the other bags inside of the now empty bucket. Put the bag with the finest mesh in the bucket first, then place the bags with larger screen sizes inside the first one. With the Fresh Headies three bag kit you put the 25 micron bag in first and the 73 micron bag inside of it. You'll get fine hash if you just use one bag with a screen size around 73 microns.
Now you carefully pour the green water into the bucket with the bags. Then you slowly lift out each bag in succession, being sure to give them time to drain. If you're using a 25 micron bag it will drain very slowly ? be patient. Squeeze out the excess water from each bag after it is drained.
You will now have a brownish sludge at the bottom of the bags. Remove it with a credit card or spoon to a plastic bag. Blot the sludge with a towel to remove excess moisture, and let it dry out for at least 12 hours. You might want to wait up to a week for it to fully dry and cure, if you are that patient! Be sure that your product is entirely dried so as to avoid mold problems later on.
You'll get less product from the 25 micron bag, but it will have a unique and potent affect when consumed. Bubble bag creator "Bubble Man" speculates that these are the smaller trichome heads ? not immature, but simply the smaller heads associated with Sativa strains. He argues that Indica strains have larger trichome heads, and that Sativa strains have smaller heads on longer stalks. Crosses between these two types doesn't produce medium sized trichomes, but rather a mix of the large and small. This theory seems to be borne out by results, but much more research needs to be done.
Now go back and give the green matter in the work bag a second rinse, to be sure that you get out every last trichome!
The yield from 200 grams of skuff is around 6 to 20 grams, with an average yield around 10 grams. The quantity of hash produced depends in large part upon the quality of your original material.
A slate of freshly pressed Bubble Hash.Pressing
The previous four techniques leave you with a product that, once dried, resembles sand. This "sand" is actually a collection of trichome heads and stalks. In Holland, these heads are referred to as "pollen" or "polm," which can create confusion as the trichomes are clearly not a "pollen" as defined by the english use of the word. Because it is a powder and a potent cannabis extract, this raw product is also sometimes jokingly referred to as "hippy crack."
The final step to making hash is to turn this powder into a solid mass. This can be as simple as rubbing small quantities between your hands to produce a ball of resin, as our ancestors did thousands of years ago. (Unlike our ancient ancestors, you should wash your hands first!)
Another way is to press this powder into a bar or cake. The powder should be completely dry before pressing. If it stored damp it can become moldy, ruining your precious product. So be sure it is totally dry! If you put it into the freezer for a while the water inside will coagulate on the surface as ice and can then be blotted off.
To press you'll need heavy plastic wrap, cardboard, newspaper, a frying pan, a heavy rolling pin and a tile or marble surface for rolling.
Cut the cardboard to the size you would like your finished bar to be. Make a bag around the cardboard, then remove cardboard. Fill the bag with dry trichomes, seal and wrap in several layers of wet newspaper. Place bundle in frying pan on very low setting. Turn your bar often and unwrap to check if all the trichomes are melted. Don't let the newspapers dry out or catch on fire!
Once melted, remove from frying pan, leave wrapped in newspaper, and transfer to the rolling surface. Using the rolling pin, press and roll from the center out. Continue doing this all the way around your bar for 30 to 45 minutes.
Unwrap newspaper and allow to cool in freezer for at least one hour. Then unwrap from your plastic. You now have some awesome hash!
Hash bash
Hash can be smoked, eaten and even taken as a suppository if you are so inclined. If your pot products are intended for cross-border travel then turning your buds into hash is a smart way to maximize your smuggling efforts.
By making fine hash you have become part of a tradition that dates back into pre-history. Take pride in your work, and you will be rewarded with the head-stash of the gods!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Welcome Home Marc Emery

Marc Emery, the self-proclaimed "prince of pot," has arrived in Windsor, Ont., after his release from a U.S. prison.
Emery couldn't have planned it better. He stepped onto Canadian soil right around 4:20 p.m. (420 is code for the use of marijuana). Speaking at Windsor's City Hall Plaza, he thanked his supporters and took questions from reporters. 
Emery was handed a five-year sentence in the U.S. for selling marijuana seeds to American clients from his Vancouver-based company, Cannabis Culture. After spending just over four years behind bars, he was released Tuesday and flown from a facility in Louisiana to Detroit, where he crossed the border to Windsor. In a personal blog, Emery mentioned he is being released early after earning 235 days of good conduct credit. 
He spoke about his plans to campaign for the legalization of marijuana through to the date of the next federal election. 
"You know people diminish our impact as voters as cannabis culture, but cannabis culture, is about three to four million Canadians and we are potentially the largest voting block in Canada...So I think we are a marginalized, under represented and underestimated voting block, and we can really make a big difference," said Emery. 
He said he has a university tour booked in Canada starting in Jan. 2015 and will begin a 30-city Canadian tour on Sept.10, 2015 and continue until Oct. 17, the day before the next scheduled federal election. 
"If we get this majority [Liberal] government next year, we'll never have to go to the polls to make marijuana legal again," said Emery.  
Emery, who has vowed to seek political revenge against the Conservative government for its role in his extradition, plans several speaking engagements, including one in Toronto, before returning to his home on the West Coast on Sunday.
His wife, Jodie Emery, said his schedule is packed.
"Marc will be getting right back to work at our Cannabis Culture store," she told CBC News.
"We’re also being sponsored to go speak in cities around the world about policy reforms."
A lot has changed since Emery was arrested nearly a decade ago.
In Canada, many police forces are less concerned with marijuana offences than they once were, while in some U.S. states, the drug has been legalized and become big business.

Emery plans 'political revenge' against Tories 

Emery has been open about his political views in previous CBC News interviews, vowing to campaign against the Conservative government for its involvement in his extradition.
"My own government betrayed me and I'm going to wreak an appropriate amount of political revenge when I get home," he told CBC earlier this year. 
Emery believes he should have never been turned over to U.S. authorities and has criticized both Canadian and U.S. governments for delaying his return home.
Emery and his wife said their 30-city tour will include rallies against the Conservatives and efforts to gather support from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who has taken a stand to legalize pot, and have the government regulate and tax it. 
Jodie Emery has also said she will seek to be the Liberal candidate in the next federal election for the Vancouver East riding.
The Liberals have not made a comment about Emery's return to Canada. 
In a statement to CBC News last month, Liberal spokesman Dave Sommer said the party "does not endorse the Emerys' plans in any way. They are not affiliated with the party and we haven’t had any hand in planning these events at all."
The Conservatives, meanwhile, have suggested a connection between the Emerys and the Liberal Party. 
On Tuesday, Steven Blaney, the federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, released an email statement addressing Emery's return to Canada.

"Mr. Emery and his wife are strong supporters of Justin Trudeau's 'vision' to legalize marijuana, in fact, Mrs. Emery plans to run for the Liberals as a pro-pot candidate in 2015," said Blaney.

"While the Liberals would try to make it easier for our children to access marijuana, Canadians can count on our government to put forward policies that keep drugs off our streets and keep our families safe."


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sexing Cannabis Plants

Sexing

Sexing is an important part of the growing of marijuana. It is the source of much needless worry for beginning growers. You want to sex your plants to remove males. Male plants have low potency. Those interested in the psychoactive effects will want to cultivate the females for their flowers. In the 1960's people used the leaves, stems, and fertilized flowers effectively medicinally with excellent results. The leaves or "shake" can be smoked with good results. The flowers are the most potent especially when not allowed to be fertilized..
A virginal female plant will direct the bulk of its energy later in its growth phase into developing the flower buds and swelling them with the resin that carries the bulk of marijuana's potency. The plant does this so that the large sticky flowers are more likely to catch pollen. If the flower is pollinated it will instead direct the bulk of its energy to seed production. This is where low quality dirt weed comes from. If you have seedy pot, it is dirt weed. The more seeds contained in the pot the lower the quality. And of course seeds add dramatically to the weight since they weigh more than the bud itself, this is sharply contrasted with stems that are mostly water weight and have a negligible weight compared to the bud.
Plants generally should demonstrate their sex one to two weeks into flowering. During the first ten days of flowering there is very little need for concern about males pollinating your crop. Additionally, if you reproduce by cloning you will only have to worry about males once.

Identifying the Male

Males can be identified by looking at the nodes where leaf and branch stems connect with the main stalk. Male flowers will contain balls somewhere between the size of a marijuana seed and a popcorn seed. One ball is not definitive since female pistils sometimes split from a small single ball that opens. But two or three balls in a cluster is sure confirmation that you have a male. Males should be removed and destroyed to prevent them from releasing pollen. The pollen transports easily so the males can not be safely grown anywhere that shares an A/C or ventilation system unless special precautions are taken. The males for the most part show their sex before the females. They appear often to be a lanky less bushy plant than the female. It takes about a week after showing their sex before pollen is released, making it easy to separate from the female. Males can be used to make hashish, though it will require a larger amount of leaves to make hashish or canna-butter (cannabis butter).


Identifying the Female

Females are very simple to identify. They sprout white hairs. A small ball will form and split and two tiny white hairs like translucent threads will split out. These hairs are called pistils and intended to catch pollen. Later when the plant is not pollinated these hairs will change color.
Pistils may guarantee that your plant is not a male but your plant could still be a hermaphrodite. You must watch plants grown from seed carefully for male flowers and even a trusted clone if it has undergone stress such as light during its dark period, lack of watering, or being left to flower far past maturity.


Pre-flowers and Early Sexing

During pre-flowering, plants start to exhibit their sex. As a grower, you should be hoping for as many females as possible. Pre-flowering occurs at the node regions. Towards the end of vegetative growth you need to check your plant nodes for what is called calyx development. A clone will carry the exact same genetic make up as the plant it came from, so if you know your clone's history you will already be able to predict it's sex.

First Early Sexing Method
If you've been growing the same strain and all the seeds were started at the same time, then you may notice that some plants are taller than others: the smaller plants tend to be female and the taller ones tend to be male. You can separate these plants into two sections in order to see how good your guesswork was when you do definitively identify sex. The other thing to note is that male plants generally start to pre-flower before females. If you have taller plants that are producing new growths before the smaller ones then the taller plants are probably male.

Second Early Sexing Method
A good way to identify plant sex at an early date is to examine the calyx* with the aid of a very fine magnifying glass. If the calyx is raised on a small, short stem then it's probably a male. If the calyx isn't raised on a small short stem then it's probably a female.

Third Early Sexing Method
'Force-flowering' is probably the best early-sexing method. To force-flower a cannabis plant, simply take a cutting and place it in a cup of water or a cloning medium, such as rock wool. Expose the cutting to 12 hours of light followed by 12 hours of total darkness. The cutting should flower and display its sex — however the plant must be mature enough to present its sex. An immature plant will not show sex because initial calyx development is not photo period related. Plants normally mature around the forth week of vegetative growth because sex is not genetically determined until the third week of growth.This also applies to 'feminized seeds,' which can, and often do, turn out to be male.** If your plants are exhibiting calyx development, then this is a suitable method of determining the plant's sex.







Monday, 28 July 2014

Delta 9 Labs - The Merkabah

Delta-9 Labs has been working for over a decade to create the most desirable Medical Marijuana Seeds on the planet. From their professional lab in Amsterdam, Netherlands they work with the world’s top Medical Marijuana breeders to discover the finest genetics. Only Delta 9 Labs’ seeds produce top yields of the most powerful and precise medical marijuana strains.

Delta 9 Labs’ medical marijuana seeds are produced naturally. Their breeding and seed production regimen follows strict organic guidelines and test the viability of their seeds on a weekly basis. Only using the finest genetics, Delta 9 Labs’ medical marijuana seeds provide the highest quality healing power their customers have come to expect.

As registered medical marijuana patient themselves, they strive to produce the absolute greatest varieties of medical marijuana seeds. With the fruits of their harvest, we share loving karma with the whole medical marijuana seed industry. That’s why Delta 9 Labs sets the highest standards.

Sadly Delta 9 does not ship to the USA. Not to worry, the Vancouver seed bank has 18 strains to choose from at the moment. We have been shipping world wide for 8 years now. 

The Merkabah is one of the two newest strains from Delta-9 Labs that has been in development for the past 2 years and is well deserving of it's name due to the tremendous risks that the strain went through coming during fruition.

It is derived from an original "best of the best" San Fernando Valley(SFV) OG Kush cuts crossed into a pure landrace Afghani male directly from Kandahar, Afghnaistan. It is quite stable so the phenotypes will have much uniformity. 

Due to the pure Afghani, the appearance is very impressive over a typical OG as that the yield is more than 60% what you would expect. The plant remains short and with a flowering time that is very fast for a mostly Sativa dominant variety which makes it appealing for growers wanting to switch from an Indica based strain to Sativa without compromising their schedules. 

The Merkabah which remains short to average in height will create multiple side brances from the base of the main stem quite early in the vegetative stage, therefore creating the multiple branches and buds sites required for higher yields. The taste is quite hard to describe as it also seems to be a cross in itself! a little like a sour taste of mixed fruits and herbs. The combined fragrances of the sandalwood scents of SE Asian strains along with oily/sweaty scents of the original OG Kush. 

The bud structure tends to shift towards the lighter green side of the color spectrum while having a texture that is velvety in feel. Breaking up a bud seems to stay together rather than crumble as it rolls through your fingers. The high comes on very fast as if you were smoking a stronger hash instead. 

The high stays creatively motivating and stimulating but remains uplifting for the period of the high without coming down fast or with having any so called creeper effects, which makes it a very reliable high to anticipate. Great for first time smokers! Depending on ones tolerance, the high can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours on what our colleague David calls .3, meaning a 1/3 of a gram pre-weighed and then smoked through a multi-filtered water pipe. The high is clearly motivating and stimulating allowing one to "Wake & Motivate" as Delta-9 Labs has coined the term. 

A great strain to start your day off with and keep you motivated and alert. With the few studies we have had the time to test out this strain, mild headaches appear to be repressed perhaps allowing this starin to be offered to the medical community in need. 

The Merkabah is a strain preferred in the morning and afternoon during a busy schedule as it allows you to feel the effects of a Sativa dominant variety. Being a bona-fide medical patient and breeder I look for attributes to alleviate pain due to several automobile accidents. Anti-inflammatory properties are paramount in our studies and this strain helps with the morning headaches and tea time. 

Variety Mother San Fernando Valley O.G. Kush
Variety Father Kandahar Province Afghanistan
Strain Type Mostly Sativa




Monday, 21 July 2014

Chimera Seed Co. Highland Mexican

Chimera Seed Co. is dedicated to developing and improving cannabis varieties and delivering them to market with the utmost value. The Chimera breeders combine their vast experience and passion for the herb with formal training in plant sciences.

Currently we have 16 strains to choose from in store. Although they have many more to choose from. Check out this Highland Mexican for example.

Highland Mexican

Indoor / Greenhouse

A unique treasure from the past, which is very different from today's marketplace cannabis. The maternal contributor was a potent and sweet highland Guerreran specimen selected from a true Mexican land race stock, collected circa
'72-'73. The blueberry pollen was from an F4 generation (original stock unique to DJ Short).
Technically not an F1 hybrid as the Mexican land race individual is not from a stabilized breeding line; as such growers will find a small degree of variation. Only recommended for equatorial and sub-equatorial outdoor plantings, greenhouse environments, or very experienced indoor cultivators using growth chambers with sufficient light intensity and height requirements to accommodate her equatorial habit. Indoors only clones from mature mother plants should be induced to flower shortly after rooting.

Height: 2m + Greenhouse/Outdoor Yield 1-2 Kilos per plant if allowed to grow to their fullest potential is full sun.

Genetic Heritage by region: Mexico, Thailand, Columbia, Afghanistan

Spend $100 or more on Chimera genetics and receive a free Modern Mix while supplies last. Call for availability - 778 329 1930

Check Out all Chimera has to offer at our website listed below.

Vancouver Seed Bank


Monday, 14 July 2014

Auto Flowering Cannabis

Want to share a few thoughts from my third year of growing auto flowering strains. These little plants are a pleasure to grow in a city environment. Having street and neighbours lights on and off during all hours can cause all kinds of issues with non auto flowering strains. These little beauties grow and flower all on their own. I would really love to have a controlled environment to grow in but until then these ladies look great in the sunshine! 

First year, I had tried Syrup from Buddha Seed Bank.  Had a great yield for an auto flower, about 2-3 ounces per plant. Super white crystals and a smooth clean smoke. Sadly they are hard for us to get coming all the way from Spain. I look forward to being able to carry this strain and similar again in the future. 

Second year, I went with some a sample strain that was given to us from an unfamiliar breeder. The strain name I have since forgotten as it was not memorable or worth the time I put into growing it. Yield was enough to roll 2 blunts. Be careful when dealing with "new" strains. Make sure you are dealing with established breeders and reputable seed banks or distributors.

Third year, is looking great! Dwarf Low Flyer, Candy Cane and Early Miss are all very vigorous healthy and having some great flower production so far. Will have some more info once the season comes to an end. 

Note: All my growing is done with dirt and water. (KeepItSimpleStupid)

Here is a picture of the Auto Jack I look forward to growing next year on my deck.



Check out the link below to all our Auto Flower strains currently in stock.

http://vancouverseedbank.ca/categories.php?cid=111

Here is the Wiki on Auto Flowering Cannabis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoflowering_cannabis


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sativa, Indica, or Ruderalis... what's the difference?

First of all, all cannabis- be it Dank Afghani Indica or Soumi fiber hemp is considered technically to be the same species; Cannabis Sativa. Within the species however there are several recognizable 'strains' or 'varieties' which it can be categorized as.


Cannabis sativa plants typically grow taller than other varieties. They have long narrow leafs, and the buds tend to be fewer and more spaced out. Sativa often grows near the equator and as a result the flower time of these plants can be significantly longer than other varieties. Sativa is known for its high THC content however, and is often the best choice as a daytime medicine. It supplies energy, and an 'UP' feeling. Sometimes sativa can be very stimulating and cause anxiety in certain people. Some famous Sativa dominant strains include; Haze (there are many varieties of haze), Sour Diesel, Jack Herer, Durban Poison, Kali Mist, and even OG Kush is technically a Sativa despite it's misleading name. Sativas are popular among connoisseurs and medical users alike. They often smell very pleasant, and despite their typically longer flower time, most Sativa growers would agree that it is worth the wait.


Cannabis indica is known for being a shorter, more 'stout' plant. It's buds are dense and it typically flowers faster than C. Sativa. Indica was a miracle plant during the 70's when Cannabis production had to be taken indoors due to the new 'War on Drugs'. Its smaller size and faster flower time made it ideal for hybridizing and growing n limited space. The buds are dense and close together, and the leafs are typically fatter. Though not as potent in THC, Indica presents its own unique benifits by being considerably higher in other cannabinoids such as CBD. CBD is great for treating body and nerve pain. It is relaxing and is also useful as an anti-inflamitory. CBD is responsible for giving certain strains of Cannabis their 'Couch locking' effect. It hybridizes easily with Sativa and together ther can produce some unbelievable hybrids. Some famous strains of Indica are: Hindu Kush (real kush), Blueberry (DJ Short), Hashplant, Northern Lights, Afghani, and God Bud.


Cannabis Ruderalis in the past was not a common sight in a grow room, though from time to time it could be found growing next to the road between B.C. and Ontario. On it's own this plant has little value medicinally, but it does possess one unique and amazing feature, it flowers without needing to be triggered by a change in light cycles. Thus it received the nick-name; 'Auto-flower'. Since it's discovery breeders everywhere have been trying to exploit it's unique 'Auto-flowering' characteristic by breading it into Indica and sativa strains. These days it is becoming more and more common to find 'Auto-flowering' seeds in shops or online. Breeders have found techniques to properly breed the 'auto-flowering' feature into plants, without losing very much potency or appeal. Some 'Auto-flower' strains complete their grow cycle in as little as 60 days! Though they do tend to produce less bud than Indica or Sativa, the speed in which they can be grown speaks for itself.


At this point in Cannabis culture upwards of 99% of strains have been hybridized in some form or other. Hybridizing is a natural process in which plants evolve and adapt. Though there is something to be said about preserving heirloom genetics, the best way to survive and grow stronger against bugs, diseases, and environmental changes is to hybridize.

Happy Grow season 2014! Hope to see you in the shops soon. :)




Sunday, 5 January 2014

Strains worth trying out 2014

Happy New Year!

Over the past year we've started carrying a variety of new Canadian strains that are all worth checking out.

Sativas have been gaining popularity once again over the past year. We have some great new strains that are already showing some amazing results and gaining popularity.
Firstly, from Jordan of the Islands we have 2 new god bud crosses. 
#1 the infamous Durban Poison x God Bud hybrid: God's Poison. This strain is already very popular. These chubby seeds are impressive specimens in themselves. The plants retain the sublime euphoria of the Durban genetics with the hardiness of the resilient and quick to finish God Bud.
These two cannabis strains (Durban Poison x God Bud) are completely opposite when it comes to finishing time, bud girth and plant structure - making them perfect Jordan of the Islands breeding material.
Durban Poison is known to be difficult to manage as it can grow very large and lanky and is suggested for experienced marijuana growers.
These challenges are greatly reduced with first time grower friendly God Bud, which grows short, finishes flowering quickly and produces exceedingly dense buds.
Gods Poison is perfect pairing of these two stellar marijuana strains - a mid sized plant, heavy buds and decent flowering time.
This brand new offering from Jordan of the Islands will please both sativa and indica growers with its uniqueness. Good for both the indoor and outdoor gardener.
#2 is a sativa cross brought in by many requests, the one and only God's Green Crack (God Bud x Green Crack). Despite its slightly colorful name, this strain is anything but a dangerous drug. The euphoric and medicinal properties of Green Crack compliment Jordan's legendary God bud by adding a soaring high that fills your body with energy but relaxes the soul. 
Here's what Jordan has to say about this hybrid: 
At Jordan of the Island's we really adore our award winning God Bud, but sometimes the chill sedate relaxing vibe results in slow days. To solve this we've added some fantastic sativa zip via Green Crack. Be prepared to go for a mental couch ride with God's Green Crack because the indica and sativa mix in these marijuana seeds are darn near perfect.
For a cannabis strain with such an uplifting sativa zip these marijuana seeds produce an incredible fast flowering plant (between 50-55 days/avg) with above average yields. God's Green Crack retains God Bud's hefty yields and short stocky nature.
 Both Green Crack and God Bud are known to turn purple in the final 10 days of flowering. To really induce and get the most from these beautiful purple colors it's best to lower the temperature. The plant responds by turning deep shades of purple.

2014 is also looking better than ever for Indica lovers.
From the northern boreal region of Canada, the Manitoba based breeder; 'Great White North' is now offering feminized Hindu Kush seeds. Guaranteed 100% viability. Hindu Kush is the original 'Kush' strain from high in the mountains around Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India. Hindu Kush is your typical indica plant. Huge wide leaves deep green, almost blue in colour, and fingers that often overlap each other.
Short and stocky in growth habit with lower branches that grow all the way nearly to the top. Flower clusters are dense and form all the way along the branches. Extremely heavy resin production, early maturation, and good yields are characteristics of this strain. All this make the Hindu Kush strain a valuable plant for breeders and an important part of many modern hybrids.
Available now in packs of 6 or singles. Feminized for your convenience.

If you're looking for something cutting edge with taste, weight, bag appeal, and legs to match. We bring you from our friends at the BC Bud Depot, the California super strain; Girl Scout Cookies.
When 2 full boxes of Girl Scout Cookies arrived in British Columbia, BC Bud Depot knew what to do. The clone was fast becoming a legend - a potent mix of an OG Kush x Durban Poison x Cherry Kush mother backcrossed with a prime-looking OG Kush father created possibly one of the best Northern California strains of all time.
After dedicating a number of mothers, BCBD immediately started growing these out to reverse and create the first feminized (S1) Girl Scout Cookies seeds released to the world. The incredible chocolate mint flavour was decidedly a must to be made available!
Fast becoming a BC Bud Depot favourite, the Girl Scout Cookies are excellent for medical use, particularly is the areas of anxiety, depression, pain relief and inflammation.
Avaliable while supplies last!
For more on whats new at our shops visit our web sites:
vancouverseedbank.ca
victoriaseedbank.ca
northcountryseeds.com

Stay tuned to our blog for more strain and gardening ideas for this year's growing season.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Holiday season is upon us... enter to win!

This Holiday Season help those in need by donating a dry good food item when you make a purchase purchase at the Victoria seed bank. When you donate you will receive 5% off your total. We are accepting donations until December 23rd when they will be delivered to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. 

We are also having a 'Hempy Holidays' gift basket give away! With every purchase you may enter your name to win a gift bundle bundle of Hemp related items including; A pack of Canadian Cannabis seeds of your choice, 1 lb of yummy hemp hearts, a copy of the latest Hempology 101 textbook, a pack of Elements 300 rolling papers, a custom made 4/20 rolling tray, and a custom made 4/20 1" button.
All the makings of a good year to come! Enter now to win!