Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Ancestral Seed Co. - Betty Warp

With genetic heritage coming from Betty Paige, August Timewarp, Afghan Kush and Mighty Mite.

Big plants with big hard fragrant buds. Potent, with a sweet taste and spicy kick. Good mold resistance. A true champion of the B.C. coast for its incredible yields and beautiful buds. Medicinally used for pain and stress relief as well as improving one's appetite. Also a good bronchial dilator.

(Finish time mid-late September, yields up to 681 grams or more dependent on growing conditions)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Soma Seed Co. - Amnesia Haze

About Soma

Back in 1967, I was working at IBM as a mail clerk in the office products division on Madison Avenue in NYC. Another employee helped me get some Marijuana rolled up in joints. Right after work, I walked down to the East River dressed in my three-piece suit and tie and lit up my first joint. I instantly fell in love with the calm feeling it brought to my whole being. I was 18 years old.

In the 45 years that passed since my first joint I have found cannabis to be one of the most positive forces in my life.

I started growing cannabis in 1971 in southern Vermont. I owned and ran a vegetarian restaurant and bakery. As I became more aware of my diet, a deeper knowledge of ecology and its effect on the enviroment came with the territory. This naturally led to my growing cannabis in an organic eco-friendly manner. From that point on, I have been finding different ways to make my thumbs greener.

This magnificent plant species has helped teach me the art of having and taking care of houseplants, the art of murturing, and the art of photography to name but a few. Far from being a demotivator, marijuana has become interwoven with many of my interests, and its influence has opened my mind to explore many I might have never other wise pursued. Although marijuana laws are never fair around the planet, I refuse to give up my right to have my sacrament and medicine constantly near me in the form of clothing, food, plants, paper and smoke. In this way I do my part to overgrow the whole darn place.

I have condensed and organized that advice here so it covers the garden from beginning to end, adding some new insights on the most up-to-date options for organic marijuana growing.


This book represents years of trying different growing methods to find which ones worked best and were the most biologically friendly.

May it help to make you and our planet greener.

Peace, Soma

Amnesia Haze

Amnesia Haze is a very complicated genetic cross. You have the magnificent South East Asian genetics, (Thai sticks, Cambodian, Laotian) of which were my all time favourites. Then you have the fine Jamaican Haze varieties with their high THC percentage and sharp flavour. It also has an Afghani-Hawaiian genetic crossed in, speeding up the flowering time and further enhancing the taste. The result is a strain that has won first place in 3 different cannabis contests in the Netherlands in the past 2 years, including The High Times Cannabis Cup 2004. Barney's Breakfast Bar won first place for the all-around Cannabis Cup with the Amnesia Haze that he got from me. It has continued to be one of his best sellers to this present date. For a grower the Amnesia Haze is a slight challenge, taking up to 13 weeks to finish flowering, but with the excellent yield and amazing high and taste, it is well worth it.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Purple Papaya - Ancestral Seeds

Genetic lineage inherited from Texada Timewarp, Pinewarp, A3 and Ancestral Indica. Big chunky buds with good mold resistance and good finishing times. Spicy indica fragrance with a heavy body stone. A variety of fragrances within this strain, however all plants will finish with nice buds and at a fairly uniform harvest date. Medicinally used for pain and stress relief as well as improving one's appetite. Also a good bronchial dilator.

(Finishing time mid-late September, yields up to 454 grams or more dependent on growing conditions)

Price: $60.00

Monday, 5 January 2015

Ancestral Seeds - Mystic Vale

Ancestry Seeds has created the most innovative outdoor strains that have forever changed the face of outdoor growing on the planet. Strains we created such as Seawarp and Pinewarp have taken years of research and have now become the main outdoor strains grown throughout B.C. with genetics travelling the world. Now our most cutting edge seed stock and heirloom varieties will be available for sale to the public for the first time. A limited supply of high quality seeds are available for medicinal use only. Over the coming years we will be bringing you more heirloom varieties and more cutting edge strains.

Testimonial ~ Ancestral Seeds genetics have been a steady feature at our dispensary for a number of years and patients and staff agree they are some of the most effective medicinal strains available.- VCBC http://www.v-cbc.ca

Mystic Vale

Genetics inherited from Early Sativa, Betty Page, Texada Timewarp and White Grizzly. With frosty sativa buds, a sweet fruity fragrance and early finish the Mystic Vale has an appeal few other strains can match. Light green in colour the buds aesthetically look similar to some indoor strains, complimented by a unique smell and elevation high. Tolerates low light conditions relatively well, with good mold resistance. Medicinally used for pain and stress relief as well as improving one's appetite.

(Finish Time late August-early September, yields 113 - 454 grams dependent on growing conditions)

Price: $60.00

Monday, 15 December 2014

DNA Genetics - Chocolope

DNA Genetics started out growing in the late 80's in our home town of Hollywood, or as we say, Hollyweed, California... We would collect seeds from friends, family and, of course, those rare bag seeds from the best medicine we could get at the time. Being in California means we had lots of original and exotic herbs to choose from and to work with over the years.

In the 1990's California, well the whole U.S. was not so Cannabis friendly despite Proposition 215 which legalised smoking and growing for medical use. We still did not feel safe.

So in early 2003 we moved to the Mecca of Cannabis, Amsterdam. The first thing that we noticed was the lack of quality weed. We mean there was some good herb out there, you just had to search to find it. So needless to say we got right to work. D&A figured out the perfect name for our seed company. It would be our initials and the basis of every living thing. Keeping it simple, DNA Genetics was born.

Now we find ourselves 5 years later still rocking in the Dam with ever changing laws and restrictions. DNA will continue to bring freshness to a once stagnant gene pool. Respect + Keep it Green!



OG Chocolate Thai x Cannalope Haze

Chocolope Cannabis Seeds, which were originally named D-Line, are a novice grower's dream plant! With a uniquely heavy yield and large heavy nugs, she is extremely easy to grow. This Sativa heavy plant likes to grow tall so beware if space is an issue, however she can grow out with a little training.

We chose to cross our Original Chocolate Thai female with the Cannalope male, and then started backcrossing this to achieve a shorter flower time and still retain some of the Original Chocolate Thai qualities. What makes these Cannabis Seeds so special is that when you enjoy her you taste that chocolate you've been missing from the 80's! The Chocolope is the "ONE"! Not much haze, but you don't need it.

Growing Chocolope - Weed World Article

Chocolope - Skunk Magazine Article

With a 100% record in competitions she's entered, we know it's not just us that love her!

Strain of the Year 2007 Hightimes

1st Hydro Highlife Cup 2008

2nd Sativa HT Cannabis Cup 2010

2nd Coffeeshop HT Cannabis Cup 2007

2nd Hydro Highlife Cup 2007

3rd Hydro Highlife Cup 2009

3rd Coffeeshop HT Cannabis Cup 2008

3rd Indoor Bio Spannabis 2008

3rd Hollyweed Cup 2006


OG Chocolate Thai x Cannalope Haze
Flowering Period: 8 - 9+ Weeks
Indica/Sativa: 95% Sativa : 5% Indica
Yield: 500-600g/m2

Monday, 8 December 2014

Mazar I Sharif

Grown around the desert towns of Balkh, Mazar-i-Sharif and Sheberghan in the far north of Afghanistan, close to the modern borders of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. This Mazar-i-Sharif strain produces the legendary hashish known as "Shirak-i-Mazar" and "Milk of Mazar". The people of these regions are a patchwork of Turkic, Tajik, Afghan and Pashtun tribes, and the history of Mazar-i-Sharif strains is likely to be equally complex. In fertile and well-irrigated soils these vigorous giants are capable of reaching 4 metres in height or more, and will produce a similarly immense yield of intensely resinous flowers. Traditionally harvested in the first half of December with the onset of the brutal Central Asian winter, Mazar-i-Sharif plants will enjoy cold conditions, including snow, and will turn a deep blood red in low temperatures. Growers favour leaving harvest as late as possible, sometimes into early January. Sieved "Milk of Mazar" garda is very resinous and so can be hand-pressed to make charas; it has a distinctively pungent, sweet aroma and a dreamily mellow high. Over-indulgence produces a mind-warping, immobilising and narcotic effect.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Chimera Seed Co.

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.


Indoor / Outdoor

Mothered by our legendary 30+ yr old California Orange clone and fathered by DJ Short's Blueberry.This large producing hybrid adapts well to most growing environments but prefers a milder diet. The last 2 weeks of this plant's life will impress with the huge swelling of calyxes into light green bundles of frost with purple accents. The odour is on the delicate side- a pleasant bitter, sweet, orange-berry soda flavour. Excellent daytime smoke with an inspiring and creative, motivational affect. A mother's favourite medicinal variety.

Genetic Heritage by region: California (Mexico, Columbia, Afghanistan) and/ Thai/Afghan. 

Indoor flowering: 50-60 days. Outdoor harvest Early to Mid-October Height: 60-90 cm / 120+ cm Yield: 680 gr / 910 gr.

Price: $65.00

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Roadkill Skunk x Deep Chunk

Indoor / Greenhouse / Outdoor
BC Roadkill Skunk X Deep Chunk indica.
The mother of this hybrid is our own proprietary clone, and in our hearts is as legendary as any of the others in our collection. Simply put, this is the stinkiest herb in any of gardens, rivalling even the UK cheese. The flowers exude an intense Skunk odour with astringent/citrus undertones. The Hybrid with Deep Chunk The smoke is thick and full flavoured, and the effect is narcotic and somewhat trance inducing, yet always enjoyable. The yield is above average (325-450 g/ sq m).

Flowering 8 weeks.
Outdoors/greenhouse: 1/4 lb per plant easily by late September.

10 seeds non-feminized
Price: $30.00

Friday, 14 November 2014


Cannacopia seeds is a new and unique company in the cannabis seed industry, although our growers are by no means new to cannabis. 

We feel cannabis seeds are generally overpriced, and our goal is to provide value to seed buyers by offering only the best cannabis seeds possible, for the lowest price. We use the exact same clone mother plants used by popular Dutch and North American seed houses, yet our seeds cost a fraction of the price. 

Through our extensive connections in the medical cannabis community, we have been able to acquire a selection of the world's finest and most sought after cannabis genetics. We are pleased to offer these hybrids as our initial offerings.

C99 x Deep Chunk

10 seeds non-feminized

Indoor / Greenhouse
Touted by the original creators of this strain (Brother's Grimm) as the Holy Grail of Cannabis, we've used a select pineapple / exotic ripe-fruit smelling C99 clone as the mother in this outstanding hybrid of Cinderella 99 and the Deep Chunk Indica. 

The resulting seeds are a great representation of a vigorous indica/sativa hybrid, producing plants with long, dense, spicy-sweet smelling floral clusters. The flavour and odour are remarkably pleasant, and the effect is intense but balanced; both clear and expanding of mind. The yield is slightly above average (300-400 g/ sq m).

Indoor flowering 8 to 8 1/2 weeks
Greenhouse harvest late October

Price: $30.00

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

420 - Burmese x Fucking Incredible

This Indica / Sativa cross is extremely flavourful and a delight to grow and smell and even better to smoke. She placed fifth in the 2nd Annual Cannabis Culture Cup and was the Winner of the Cannabis Culture Cup 2000. Flowering time is 7 to 8 weeks and you can easily expect a 2 to 4 ounce yield from a 2 gallon pot grown indoors. You can't go wrong growing this beautiful hybrid.

Price: $70.00 (10 regular seeds)

Monday, 20 October 2014

Vancouver Island Seed Co. - 1.3 G (Time Warp x Fucking Incredible)

1.3 G offers a visual display of colour which highlights the explosion of sensory delight that she delivers, with world renowned parents this cross of Texada Timewarp and Fucking Incredible just can't miss. The flavour and boutique offers enjoyment to all. 6-8 weeks of flowering time to produce 90-115 grams / 3-4 ounces when grown indoors in a two gallon pot; performs well outdoors.

Price: $70.00

10 seeds non feminzed

Friday, 17 October 2014

Vancouver Island Seed Co. - Fucking Incredible is BACK!

Over 22 years ago we began our quest for discovering the ideal Cannabis plants in which to breed some of the finest hand picked breeds that were available. Time flies when you are doing something you enjoy - it has taken the Vancouver Island Seed Company 15 years so far to create the 199 breeds that can be grown. The more TLC you give them, the more you reap the benefits. In soil we find our breeds do best in pH 6.4 to 6.6, for hydroponics the best pH is 6.2 to 6.3 - that works best. At Vancouver Island Seed Company we always strive for Best Taste, Best High, and best of all, easy to grow! Good luck and have fun.

Fucking Incredible - 10 seeds non feminized

This Indica hybrid was developed from two of the most flavourful strains around. Destined to become one of tastiest strains ever! Amazing Bud! She has a Flowering time of 7 to 8 weeks with expected yields of 2.5 to 3.5 ounces of beautiful bud per 2 gallon pot grown indoors.

Flowering Time: 6 - 8 weeks
Yield: 1 - 3 ounces (2 Gallon pot)

Check out the link below for all the strains we currently have in stock from V.I.S.C.


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Delta 9 Cannabis Seeds

F.O.G. (Fruit of the Gods)non feminized 5 seeds per pack

Variety Mother: NL5 Haze
Variety Father: Skunk #1
Strain Type: Mostly Sativa

Why the fruit of the gods? Well that was what came to mind the first time we smoked this wonderful strain. Even though it was a mostly sativa with strong haze elements coming from its mom, the legendary NL5 Haze, it had an incredibly fruity taste. From our first selection we went with the FOG 11 which is what we used to make all our next batches of seeds. 

This pheno was amazing, a fruity haze that under the right conditions goes a beautiful deep purple color. The strain comes from an old Nl5 haze pheno that was around Amsterdam in the late nineties. It was crossed with a skunk #1 father that came from seeds that were made in 1988. We were lucky as it was really tough to get them to germinate. 

The strain is mostly a sativa but still has a touch of indica in it from the northern lights. The plant is tall and does finish in 84 days but is well worth the wait as you will be rewarded by an incredibly strong smoke with an intense fruity flavor. With this strain we tend towards a medium to heavy feeding with the main boosters going in between week 4 and week 6. This one really likes water in the last two weeks of its cycle and takes a week hung upside down to dry. 

It tends to stretch a bit but likes to have a lot of space as it can get to over 1.5 meter's tall. This is a great medical strain as it really helps patients suffering from headaches or migraines. It is very cerebral in the structure of its high.

Price: $45.00

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Delta 9 Cannabis Seeds

Double Kush - non feminized 5 seeds per pack 

The Double Kush is a cross between T.H.Seeds Kushage and our pure land race Afghan male. The Kushage was a pheno type that leaned heavily towards its kush side. The hairs were more orange than pink. While the male we used pounds on the weight. 

This is a heavy strain that will enjoy a SOG style setup and the yield blows up when its fed with a hydro system. A thoroughly enjoyable smoke with very pleasant after effects. the Double Kush can take a heavy feeding around an EC of 2 at the highest point during the feed cycle. 

The plant grows more like a bush and doesn't stretch. It can be kept under 1m tall. A well enjoyed strain to add to any compassion club menu.

Strain type: Indica 40; Sativa: 60
Buzz: clear headed deep bodied
Taste/smell: distinct, spicy sweetness
Flowering time: 9 to 10 weeks outside: end Oct. 
Parents: Kushage(female) x pure Pure Landrace Afghanistan(male)
Yield: 450-550 g/m2 

Medical benefits: pain and ocular relief, high in cbd's

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. 


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 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.