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  • HOWARD – A personal recollection

    The first time I met Howard Marks was the summer of 1997, he had come to Portsmouth for the annual Smokey Bears Picnic on Southsea Common.

    We had arranged for him to drop in at my house to chat to a reporter from a local magazine before heading on to the picnic.

    Howard was smoking some black Nepalese hash.

    I asked him if he would be taking any dope to the picnic, “Oh sure” he said in his Welsh accent, “I always have a bit with me, I’m bustable 100% of the time”.

    The previous day Howard had been quoted in the local paper as being prepared to smoke cannabis at the picnic. So when we got there a police inspector asked him who he was. “I’m Howard Marks” he said with a big grin. “In that case” said the inspector, “because of statements attributed to you in the press, I am arresting you on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance”.

    Another copper grabbed Howard’s other arm and they started to march him off the common. This was the first time he had been in custody since being released from his 25 year sentence in a federal penitentiary a couple of years earlier.

    Howard Marks arrest

    On seeing Howard being dragged off, some of the hundreds at the picnic ran forward and surrounded him and his escort. A police helmet flew through the air as Howard was pulled away from the overwhelmed cops and de-arrested. All of this time Howard had not stopped grinning, he loved every minute of it.

    Soon more cops arrived and Howard was back in custody. They took him to a van, searched him, didn’t find the hash and released him shortly afterwards.

    Next day it was all over the press. Good news for the picnic and good news for sales of Howard’s autobiography Mr Nice, which had been in the bestselling lists since being published the previous year.

    There is a nice sequence of the 1997 picnic, including Howard’s arrest, in the Undercurrents film Grassroots.


    The Undercurrents film Grassroots from 1999

    When the book first came out Howard’s publisher sent him on the road to promote it, something Howard was more than a little apprehensive about.

    The usual format was Howard reading some excerpts from the book, a Q&A then queue up to get him to sign your book.

    As he got more confident it turned into his one man show ‘An Audience with Mr Nice’, an evening of readings, random reminiscences, one liners and rabble rousing rebellion, oh, and live dope smoking on stage, always a massive crowd pleaser.

    It got to the point when you couldn’t help bumping into the guy at one event or another.

    I remember sitting on the hill overlooking the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury one sunny afternoon and not noticing a figure shuffling onto the stage in the distance.

    Suddenly a deep toned and very Welsh “Hello” came over the PA

    Howard had famously been described as sounding like Richard Burton and looking like a Rolling Stone - “I wish it was the other way round” he’d say.

    The voice continued, “I have been asked to come out here to ask you not to piss in the hedge. You see, it all drains into the stream and kills the fishes, and we haven’t come here to kill the fishes”.

    The crowd turned their heads. ‘That’s Howard Marks’, ‘Where?’, ‘There, on the stage’. People stood up to get a better look, at Glastonbury he was a man who needed no introduction.

    I’m sure there are fishes in Somerset who owe their lives to Howard.

    In 2009 they made a film of Mr Nice staring Howard’s mate and fellow Welshman Rhys Ifans.

    By December the film was in the can and due for release in the New Year. Howard was booked at The Cellars in Eastney to do a small warm up gig before his upcoming tour. We booked the front two rows for our firms Christmas do.

    At one point during the evening Howard showed us an unauthorised trailer for the film, it was cut to the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix – music they would never get the rights to use but it was bloody brilliant and raised a huge cheer.

    I spoke to him that night about how he would be remembered. I suggested that when this is all over, and the dust has settled, his legacy would be the autobiography Mr Nice and this movie. “I’m happy with that” he said.

    Smuggler, scholar, stoner, cultural icon, legend, to me he was all these but I just knew him as Howard, and I will miss him.

    Howard Marks window posters

  • Devil's Harvest Seeds - new seedbank at Freedom Seeds

    Devils Harvest Seeds

    Devil's Harvest Seeds

    Last month we made the trip out to Barcelona for Spannabis 2016.

    We came back with some great memories and more importantly a new seedbank!

    To find out more about this years event check out our report and be sure to check out all the big winners of the Spannabis 2016 Cannabis Cups.

    In amongst the big winners this year you’ll notice a 1st place for Devil’s Harvest (in collaboration with Nectar Sector) for OG Reek n Live. And after speaking to the guys from Devil’s Harvest we knew we had to get them on the Freedom Seeds site.

    Devil’s Harvest have a total of 11 strains - many of which have been developed and tested in the Amsterdam coffeeshop scene. With such discerning customers it’s important to keep quality levels high and this is something Devil’s Harvest carry through into their seed strains.

    We’ve got the full range of feminised strains and for those of you into regular seeds we’ve got those too. So if you'd like to try some of the great new strains head over to our Devil's Harvest page to find out more.

    Devil's Harvest Awards

    Devil’s Harvest are big on entering the various cannabis competitions and have won quite a few awards along the way. Below we've listed some of their impressive wins.

    OG Reek'n
    - Spannabis 2016 - 1st Place Extraction
    - High Times Cannabis Cup Amsterdam 2014 - 2nd Place Best Coffeeshop Strain
    - Oil Hunters Cup 2015 -1st Place Extract

    Shoreline
    - Spannabis 2015 - 1st Place Extraction
    - Oil Hunters Cup 2015 -1st Place Extract
    - Colorado Dabadoo 2014 - 1st Place Extract
    - High Times Cannabis Cup Amsterdam 2012 - 2nd Place Cannabis Cup

    Casey Jones
    - High Life Cup 2014 - 2nd Place Bio
    - Spannabis 2013 - 3rd Place Outdoor

    Rollex OG Kush
    - High Life Cup 2014 – 1st Place
    - High Times Cannabis Cup 2013 - 1st Place Best Coffeshop Flowers

    Strawberry Sour Diesel
    - High Life Cup 2014 – 3rd Place Bio

  • Spannabis 2016 - the world's biggest Cannabis Fair in Barcelona

    Back down to earth after visiting Spain for the Spannabis trade fair, the biggest cannabis jamboree in Europe. All of this in Barcelona, one of Europe’s coolest cities which continues to thrill and amaze on repeated visits.

    Much has been said about Spannabis but if you want a reminder of how good it is check our short video from 2013 which gives a good taster.

    As usual we set up HQ in a rented apartment in the old Gothic Quarter, east of Las Ramblas. At the end of the street was one of the many medieval churches that sit cheek by jowl with the narrow lanes full of bars, restaurants and beautiful architecture. At the front of many of these old stone churches are small squares and in this one they had erected a stage.

    Spannabis 2016

    We awoke on Saturday morning to the sound of the drummers and dolçainers (Catalan wind instrument-players) kicking off on the stage to start the festival of Sant Josep Oriol, a particularly popular Catalan saint.

    Not your average God-squad event, when we returned to the apartment later that night the square was heaving with people. The crowd were dancing to the strains of a band playing a fusion of amplified rock and Spanish folk guitar. Echoing in the enclosed space, surrounded by the medieval merchants’ houses with their balconies, the scene was typical of what Barcelona can offer.

    New this year at what is still billed as the largest Cannabis trade fair in the world, was a gas chromatography laboratory run by Canna, one of the biggest nutrient companies in Europe. Samples were tested on site and many took advantage of this great initiative.
    More prevalent than last year was the amount of extraction & dabbing kits on offer. Extraction of essential oils is becoming ever more popular and many are now beginning to cater for this expanding market.

    Spannabis 2016
    Spannabis 2016

    One of the pleasures of wandering around Spannabis is meeting up with old friends, and making new ones. Many of these folk give us samples of their latest creations and so this year we thought we would share our impressions with you in a sort of alternative Spannabis cup.

    The Freedom Seeds Alternative Spannabis Cup

    Our only entry in the hash category was a sample made from some Kush. A wonderfully oily rich hash with a warm stone that just rolled on. We loved this. A well-deserved (and uncontested) winner of The Hash Cup.

    Another sample in a class of its own was some super high CBD content weed produced by a well-known seed bank that for the moment must remain anonymous. Tested at 20% CBD this plant will be used to parent a family of the next generation medical strains. Watch this space.

    Now it gets tricky. Eight buds to sort out, some well-known commercially available strains and a couple of limited editions.

    Freedom Seeds Spannabis 2016

    In no particular order first up we have New York 47 from World of Seeds, a cross between New York City Diesel and AK47. Leaves a slight petroleum based taste in the mouth and blows your brains out, so does what it says on the packet.

    Purple Cheese from Auto Seeds in Barcelona is an auto with a subtle taste and a powerful stone. Far from being purple it was a beautiful creamy green colour and covered in trichomes. No hint of the characteristic hashy, old skool taste that you associate with the Cheese. So although very nice, it does not do what it says on the packet.

    US genetics are more common these days and embracing that, three strains with origins from over the pond.

    Bad Azz worked but was a little disappointing. Bad with a small b. Our sample was a little too dry and a little harsh. We didn’t get it from any one at Barneys Farm Seeds, who are set to release a Bad Azz Kush in the near future. This will be available from us at Freedom Seeds, so sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop.

    Green Crack is a Humboldt Seeds strain and Headband is from Loud Seeds in Barcelona. Both of these were very nice, the Headband had nice earthy tones but didn’t pack the punch of the Green Crack.

    Sugar Black Rose from Delicious Seeds, this batch was tested by Canna at the fair at 24.3% THC. A good sold indica buzz but not brutal with it. This has won awards and it shows.

    Sugar Candy, again from Delicious Seeds, a cross between Caramelo and Sugar Black Rose. All the fun of the Sugar Black Rose with the added sativa lift from the Caramelo.

    Skunk Cross was an old classic, did not disappoint, can’t remember what it was crossed with.

    If we could pick one to take home with us then the consensus was the Sugar Candy so this has to be our winner.

    Disclaimer

    Some of this weed was grown by people who really knew what they were doing and others perhaps did not meet their full potential. So remember this has just been a bit of fun and in no way should be relied upon as a true reflection on the seed bank genetics.

    If you're looking for the results to the offical Spannabis Cup you can find them here.

    Before we sign off we’d like to mention a top tip for somewhere to eat - especially if, like us, you’re looking for healthy, vegetarian grub. Vegetalia has three places in Barcelona, the one we went to was on the Placa del Fossar de les Moreres in the Born district. The staff were friendly and welcoming, the menu was original and the food was delicious. We walked past their place in the Barrio Gotico at George Orwell Square which seemed to have more of a café feel, good place to grab lunch, maybe next time. Chao.

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  • Spannabis 2016 Champions Cup Award Winners - The Results!

    Spannabis Champions Cup 2016

    So another year and another Spannabis done.

    We've written our report on the event - and even given you our Freedom Seeds Alternative Spannabis Cup - but if you want to know the big winners from the Spannabis Champions Cup 2016 we've got them all right here.

    The Winners

    Best Seed Bank - Genehtik Seeds
    Best Stand - Genehtik Seeds
    Best Paraphernalia Product - Xpositor - 00Box
    Best Cultivation Product - Black Smart Pot
    Best Nutrient - Phosphoderma, Planta Sur
    Best Hemp Product - Cannabeer

    Indoors Hydro

    1. Underdawg OG - TH Seeds
    2. Emperor OG – Cali Kush Farms
    3. Chemvalley Cooks - True Canna

    Outdoors

    1. Lili - Gramovatio
    2. Cheese - Tierramadre Growshop
    3. Slex - Green House

    Indoors Bio

    1. Diesel Browser - Nerd Creations
    2. Ripper Badazz - La Grow Central and Ripper Seeds
    3. OG Kush - Grow Castellet

    Best Resin

    1. OG Kush - Grow Castellet
    2. Jack La Mota - Parkedextracciones
    3. Chama 71 - Grow in House de Vallirana

    Best Extractions

    1. The OG Reek'n Live Resin - Devil's Harvest Seeds and Nector Sector
    2. Orange Diesel - Smokey Genetics and Lady Sativa
    3. Live Resin - Nerd Creations

    Congratulations to all the winners - we'll see you all again for Spannabis 2017.

    Did you go to this years event? What do you think of the winners?

    Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Freedom Squeeze - new name for cannabis strain Freedom Cheese

    Breaking News:
    The UK's favourite cannabis strain Cheese will never be the same again.

    But before you get your fromage in a flap we’re just changing the name of our Freedom Cheese and nothing else!

    The strain formerly known as 'Freedom Cheese' will now be called 'Freedom Squeeze'.

    Freedom Squeeze by Freedom Seeds

    Our description: Like a chameleon, the strain formerly known as 'Freedom Cheese' changes its coat and now has the tag 'Squeeze'. Apart from the name this best-selling strain remains the same. Expect that strong and cheesy old school aroma and flavour. A powerful, satisfying stone - intense and long lasting. Cool for cats.

    Why relaunch Freedom Cheese now?

    We have received news that the Big Buddha Seed Co have been granted full European rights over the trademark name Cheese in relation to cannabis seeds.

    That’s right - in a bid to corner the market the Big Buddha Seed Co have managed to convince that they were in fact the first to create the strain 'Cheese' in seed form.

    What does that mean for Cheese cannabis strains?

    It means that any other seedbank that feature strains with Cheese in the name soon won’t be able to do so.

    It's our understanding that the Big Buddha Seed Co will be licensing the name 'Cheese' - granting permission to select seedbanks to use the name. As yet we're not sure who those seedbanks are likely to be however.

    The implications of this are huge however. It potentially means no more Cheese from the following seed banks:

    Barney’s Farm, Dinafem, Green House Seeds, Dutch Passion, Delicious Seeds, Female Seeds, Royal Queen Seeds, and Humboldt…

    We’re not sure what other seed banks have up their sleeves, but no doubt we are set to see some interesting changes in the seed world!

  • Competition - Win a Neutralizer

    We’re giving away 1 x Compact Neutralizer and 1 x Professional Neutralizer as prizes in our competition. It’s super easy to enter, keep reading for your chance to win a Neutralizer and the opportunity to review it for our blog.

    What is a Neutralizer?

    In our last post 'Cannabis and Terpenes' we looked at odour control and we recommended the award winning Neutralizer.

    Based on the principles that most smells have a common odour molecule which could be isolated by using natural terpenes, the Neutralizer team developed a secret blend of essential oils that bonds with the terpenes produced by the cannabis plant, completely neutralising the smell.

    Win!

    Here's your chance to win a Compact Neutralizer (up to 15-20 cubic metres) or a Professional Neutralizer ( up to 375 cubic metres).

    All you need to do is follow these two easy steps to enter:

    1. Pick which Neutralizer you want to win.

    2. Tell us in less than 50 words how the Neutralizer works.

    Neutralizer Giveaway

    The competition will run until 12 noon (GMT) on 1st March 2016. The winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

    All entrants must be over 18 years of age at the point of entry.

    To find out the latest news and more from The Neutralizer head over to their website here.

  • Cannabis and Terpenes

    Terpenes are quite the hot topic in the cannabis world at present. What are they and how do they relate to your favorite smoke?

    What are Terpenes?

    Terpenes are a class of organic hydrocarbons produced by plants - we detect them with our sense of smell.

    Our sense of smell is directly linked to the part of the brain responsible for processing emotions.

    A particular smell can catapult you back to a nostalgic moment or emotion you may have had as a child.

    In the same way the whiff of a Super Silver Haze or the enticing aroma of Tangerine Dream can trigger a feeling or memory.

    Take a look at the images below. Citrus fruits, pine, lavender. These are all strong scents, and all can be linked to terpenes. More on these later.

    Cannabis Terpenes

    Hydrocarbons are one of the primary building block of any plant resin. Part of their “essential oils,” contributing to the aroma, flavour and colours.

    Each cannabis strain has a unique terpenoid profile. Some terpenes will dominate while others will only be evident in trace amounts.

    As well as smelling nice there are therapeutic benefits associated with terpenes. Benefits which traditional herbal medicine has made use of for hundreds of years.

    Terpenes found in Cannabis

    Nearly 200 terpenes have been identified in cannabis.

    Here are some of the most important ones.

    Myrcene

    This terpene is present in most cannabis strains. It can also be found in mangos, hops, thyme and lemon grass.

    Cannabis Terpenes Myrcene

    Aroma: herbal, earthy, citrus scent cbd-mango.

    Eating a ripe mango up to an 1 hour before lighting up can increase, strengthen, and even lengthen the euphoric feelings felt after smoking. Mycrene affects the permeability of the cell membranes, allowing more THC to reach brain cells.

    Relevant Strain: Although it can be found in many cannabis strains, a prevalent one to mention is CBD Mango Haze.

    The buds of this strain express themselves with spicy and sweet notes reminiscent of mango, pineapple, and black pepper.

    Limonene

    This is the second, third or fourth most found terpene depending on the variety already present in the cannabis plant. Found in citrus rinds, in particular oranges.

    Cannabis Terpenes Limonene

    Aroma: citrus, oranges, lemons, lime, grapefruit

    Scott Blakey aka Shantibaba, the ledgendary cannabis breeder, reports that "limonene can be an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-depressant and anti-carcinogen."

    Super Lemon Haze

    Relevant Strain: Super Lemon Haze by Green House Seeds. There have been many great citrus strains (Tangerine Dream for example) but few have had the impact of this multiple Cannabis Cup winner. It has a sharp, intense taste reminiscent of lemon, lime and pink grapefruit, followed by an earthy and musky haze aftertaste, with traces of incense and black pepper.

    Caryophyllene

    Interesting terpene fact - THC has no smell. Because of this sniffer dogs are trained to find this smelly molecule.

    Cannabis Terpenes Caryophyllene

    Aroma: woody, spicy, sweet aroma which is also found in black pepper.

    hash-plant-photoEd Rosenthal's Marijuana Grower's Handbook mentions that caryophyllene "is one of the active constituents of clove oil, a painkilling treatment for toothache."

    Relevant Strain: One of Sensi Seeds's classics, Hash Plant delivers a deep rich Afghani aroma with a hint of hashish.

    Pinene

    Cannabis Terpenes Pinene

    Aroma: pine needles

    Blue-dreamAlso found in eucalyptus, sage and rosemary. Pinene can be used medically as an expectorant to treat tough coughs.

    Relevant Strain: A strain like Blue Dream by Humboltd; has a dominant aroma over pinene; blueberry. This strain is known for its fruity, tangy earthy taste and blue colour.

    Delta-3-carene

    Cannabis Terpenes Delta 3 Carene

    Aroma: earthy, pine, cedar pungent scent.

    sweetcheesesweetseedsCypress oil (high in D-3-carene) is used to dry excess fluids, tears, running noses, excess menstrual flow and perspiration. This terpene may contribute to the dry eye and mouth experienced by some marijuana users.

    Relevant Strain: Sweet Cheese by Sweet Seeds has a slight taste of mature cheese and spice, giving a unique flavour profile.

    Linalool

    Cannabis Terpenes Linalool

    Auto Grape MuertoAroma: floral scent like spring flowers, lily, citrus and candied spice.

    Found in lavender, linalool is known to possess anti-anxiety and sedative properties.

    Relevant Strain: Grape Muerto by Barneys Farm has a luscious musky essence with pleasing dried apricot and grape taste.

    Odour Control



    Terpenes can play a protective role in a plants survival tactics.

    However, the same terpenes that help ward off predators can also alert others to the plants presence.

    So what can you do to minimise these tell tales signs getting you a knock on the door?

    Air Fresheners

    You could use air fresheners to mask the smell. However using air fresheners in a grow room can leave your buds with the aroma or taste of unnatural chemicals. Chemicals that are released within the same air as Terpenes attach themselves to each other and cancel out natural aromas; creating a new compound which will smell/taste of air freshener.

    Carbon Filter

    Fitting a Carbon filter to your exhaust system will remove unwanted smells and odours from the grow room. This will not have any effect on the smell/taste of your flowers. It can however be a costly option.

    The Neutralizer

    The Neutralizer

    The Neutralizer uses the relationship between natural terpenes to counteract and thus neutralise the smell or aroma of the plant.

    The oil used in the Neutralizer was discovered after extensive research to bond with the terpenes produced by the cannabis plant, completely neutralising the smell. The device can be plugged into any electrical socket and so could be used in a variety of set-ups.

    It really works - a recommended option!

    The Future of Terpenes

    As more countries lean towards legalisation (or at least decriminalisation) we should expect to see the development of research around cannabis expand.

    Science will in turn unlock the secrets of these volatile organic compounds and their significance. The evidence is still being worked on to demonstrate what many researchers believe to be the importance of terpenes.

    Can you identify any terpenes and if so which ones?
    Let us know in the comment section below.

  • BeatFox interview with Freedom Seeds

    Earlier this month the UK Beatbox Championships held its 10th anniversary event. Among the competitors this year was top UK beatboxer BeatFox.

    beatfoxDescribing himself as more bass than brains, more beats than a boxer; this young Londoner creates something of a stir wherever he goes thanks to his souped-up boombox tricycle.

    After the event BeatFox dropped into the THTC studio. Whilst there he donned one of our new tees and dropped an implosive video of his famous bass tones and robotic whistles.

    When we saw it we were seriously impressed and needed to know more. So we spoke to the man himself to discuss the art of vocal percussion, eco-friendly clothing and cannabis.

    So BeatFox how did you start beatboxing?

    I started beatboxing at a very young age. Always making random clicks and noises since I was a kid then it pretty much evolved into beatboxing. I was 14 when I found out that beatboxing was actually a real thing!

    What or who is your main influence?

    My main influence would have to be the beatbox scene itself. It started as me wanting to create a name for myself and now it's about the positivity that the art form creates. Also another influence would be the rate that everyone nowadays is progressing. You have to keep up to stay relevant!

    Is the beatbox scene competitive?

    Yes, you hear a sound and you automatically try and recreate it. Also with the battles it’s a really good challenge to see how you react on stage and how well composed you are. Generally it’s a family vibe so battles are a good way to get you out of your comfort zone!

    BeatFox - Underground

    When you perform, what experience are you trying to create for your audience?

    I would say that I'm trying to show them how diverse the human voice box can be. I freestyle a lot in my shows. As I do certain routines I see what the crowd likes and create music to their reactions.

    Could you share with us any highlights from your career so far?

    I've warmed up for Snoop Dogg and been passed one of his blunts! Toured with Jessie J and played at some of the UKs biggest festivals. I’ve also travelled the world doing what I love.

    BeatFox - Queen of the Crop

    We loved the video from the @THTCClothing studio, what is your take on hemp/eco-friendly clothing?

    I think it's really good, it lasts ages and it generally doesn't shrink like cotton does! It's a bonus to get a decent print on top!

    We see you like our Freedom Underground T-shirt, which is your favourite cannabis strain of choice at the moment?

    I love my Kush, right now I'm loving DNA’s Chocolope Kush!

    Click the video below to see BeatFox lay it down co-articulation style, with pulsating sounds as powerful as a piston. If you like the T-shirt BeatFox is wearing in the video or photos above you can get yours here.

  • Stoner Gifts - Christmas 2015

    Stoner Gifts Christmas 2015
    Ask your average stoner what they would like for Christmas, they would probably say “just grab me an eighth.” This may be at the top of their list, but it probably wouldn’t get them through this year’s Christmas cliff-hanger on EastEnders!

    Luckily for you we've found the best Christmas gifts, guaranteed to put a smile on your stoner's face.

    From the price of a gram to the price of an ounce, stoner gifts to get the Ganja bell rocking!

    Socks

    Huf
    Christmas present clichés can be hard to get away from but, unlike the novelty tie, socks are one of the best gifts to give a stoner! Popular amongst skateboarders and baked potatoes alike, these socks bring the cannabis leaf to the streets in a range of colours to make your feet look neat. Available from HUF.
    £13.00

    Storage

    grinder_medtainer_GRIN-0151_bisThe Medtainer is great for those looking to store their bud on the go. ‘Store, grind and pour,’ it’s as easy as that. This container is smell proof, air and water tight and available in a range of mix and match colours. Get yours from Medtainer.
    £6.50

    rubix stash boxAlways looking for a new place to hide the piff? Then it’s definitely time for this Rubik’s Cube safe.

    Don’t worry, you don’t have to complete the cube before you can unlock your hoard; just turn the middle three layers in a specific combination to access the goodies.

    Available online here.
    £14.95

    Clothing

    Everyone loves getting a new T-shirt for Christmas. Fortunately for you we’ve sorted through all the crud and found some dope designs for the real cannabis enthusiasts.

    THTC are ethically sound and eco-friendly; The Hemp Trading Company makes politically conscious street wear whilst representing the most important commodity of all - the people.£24.00
    THTC cocdpy

    Here are a couple of t-shirts from Cayler and Son’s. With their finger firmly on the ‘what’s hot’ button, they’ve created some weed t-shirts to appeal to the 420 friendly. We love attention to detail and yes, these T-shirts “doobie” having it. £25.00-£30.00
    Cayler and Sons

    If you liked the sound of hemp T-shirts, then head over to Sativa Bags for everything hemp related. With over 20 years involvement in producing and promoting hemp clothing and bags, rest assured these guys have their eco credentials in the right place.
    Rucksack £47.99 Hemp Shoulder bag £71.99

    sativa-bags

    Vaporisers and Pipes

    ArizerEver hung out your bedroom window blowing smoke into a toilet roll stuffed with laundry sheets...? No, us neither.

    With a vaporiser like the Arizer Air you can toke in stealth mode even with Grandma visiting. Provides clean high quality vapour and taste for up to one hour. Available online
    £154.99

    Stoners are always finding new ways to blaze it up...
    Frost pipe
    Frost Pipe is the coolest device on the block, simply pour water into a specially designed mould and place in a freezer for 4-6 hours – add food colouring to create fun new pipes. Fail-safe way of chilling out after Christmas is all over! Head over to www.frostpipe.com £25.00

    Smoking Accessories

    Wiz Khalifa knows the struggle when it comes to rolling up without a flat surface. He’s kindly teamed up with Raw to make these neat rolling trays with rounded corners. Chore no more, skinning up with this on your lap is made easy. Guaranteed to be covered in stickers by New Years!

    Trays

    Cypress Hill and ROOR have come together to bring you this set of three hand-blown glass tips. Created to provide avid smokers with a new, refined method to better your smoking experience.

    Grab these smoking accessories gifts from Pure Sativa.
    Trays from £5.50 and glass tips £26.00

    Bud Shots

    bud shots 3If there’s one thing stoners like, it’s looking at pictures of weed.

    Now they too can impress their followers and get hundreds of likes with this bit of technology.

    The olloclip is a clip-on lens for your smart phone. Features 10x macro, 15x macro options with fisheye and wide–angle for those canna close-ups.

    Available here £69.95

    Jewellery

    Girl NecklaceMany of the gifts on our list are unisex, but if you’re looking for stoner gifts for her then you could do a lot worse than this THC molecule necklace from Arohasil Silhouettes.

    They offer molecules from caffeine to cocaine - but as you might suspect we maintain THC is best!

    £23.00

    Soap

    Sometimes the only thing that can beat the winter holiday folderol is a warm soapy bath.

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    Bud Suds promote quality handcrafted soaps that will leave you feeling silky smooth.

    True herbalists must try these hemp infused soaps. Bud Suds from £10.99

    Candles

    2015-candlesAnother Christmas classic - candles.

    Although these might not be the type of candles you'd want to give to your mum or your nan.

    Spark these bad boys up and wish a stoner a Merry Spliffmas with joint-shaped candles.
    £8.00

    hashish candle We think the price of this candle is outrageous but if you've got more money than sense...stick it up your nose with this hashish scented candle! Once the candle burns out, the porcelain vessel makes the perfect pot for your pot.

    Available from Jonathan Adler

    £68.00

    Books

    Mr SmileyOnce you have exhausted all conversation with the relations, it’s handy to have a book to hide behind. We’ve hand picked a couple for the seasoned tokers out there.

    Mr Smiley is the latest book from Howard Marks. Author of the million-copy seller of Mr Nice.

    Britain’s most famous drug smuggler picks up after being released from an American penitentiary and heads straight to the party island of Ibiza.

    £13.95

    Want a definitive guide on Cannabis? Get it straight from the horse’s mouth; Jorge Cervantes!

    With The Cannabis Encyclopedia he’s kindly written a mighty tome on everything cannabis related.

    Step-by-step easy instructions, whether your passion is Cultivation, Consumption or Cooking; this guarantees to be a page turner.

    £29.99

    Christmas Cards

    About ready to go cold turkey on Christmas consumerism?
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    Send these rebellious cards to your nearest and dearest; with reference to popular drug culture, organised religion and multi-national corporations.
    These cards are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
    £8.00

    And finally…

    We thought it'd be a bit daft not to include our very own t-shirts - produced in collaboration with THTC. These organic cotton tees will have you feeling and looking the part.

    For the ultimate strain hunter, we have the Freedom Underground T-shirt. Take a journey through the classic strains of cannabis history.
    Freedom Seeds Cannabis Underground t-shirt
    Available in white in a range of sizes from Small to XX Large here £11.95

    Trump all the rest in with Freedom’s ‘Queen of the Crop’ T-shirt. Available in Black and Green for that casino feel, we have sizes Small to XX Large for just £11.95.
    Queen of the Crop weed t-shirt

    So there you have it. A bumper selection of the latest and greatest gifts for stoners this Christmas.

    Hit us up in the comment section if you think we’ve missed anything off our stoner wish list - we may even add it to the list if it's good enough :)

  • Mr Smiley, My Last Pill and Testament - Howard Marks

    Mr Smiley

    Freedom Seeds met up with Howard Marks just before the publication of his new book, Mr Smiley, My Last Pill and Testament.

    Mr Smiley - My Last Pill and TestamentHoward Mark - signing Mr Smiley

    Howard was making what may be sadly one of his last public appearances after being diagnosed with terminal cancer a year ago. The venue could not have been more perfect as Howard walked onto the Estuary Stage at Festival No. 6, held in the beautifully romantic village of Portmeirion in North Wales.

    It was a sunny September day and so many had turned up that the capacity crowd were standing from the front of the stage to the water’s edge at what was only a spoken word event being held at 1:30 in the afternoon.

    The warmth of the sustained applause as Howard walked on seemed to reverberate out, across the sandy estuary and up into the sun bathed peaks of Snowdonia that framed the horizon.

    The event was being hosted by Faber Social who co-curated the Estuary Stage again this year with Caught by the River.

    Festival No 6 - Portmeirion VillageFestival No 6 - Portmeirion Village

    Howard talked about smuggling, dope, the law as well as music, family and life.

    I’d seen Howard do numerous shows like this in the past, usually ending in a question & answer session, but this one was more illuminating and seemed to cover new ground.

    After the show I spoke to Howard back stage and we talked about Mr Smiley.

    This second, and final chapter of his autobiography, picks up from where the best-selling Mr Nice ended. And it turns out Howard has not been keeping to the straight and narrow but has been up to his old tricks.

    When he was released from an American prison after doing 7 years of a 25 year sentence, Howard had found it difficult to settle into any kind of role. His family had grown and were now more independent, many of his old circle of friends had either given evidence against him, had retired or were dead.

    Immersing himself in the ecstasy fuelled party scene centred on the island of Ibiza, he soon got to hear of a lost stash of pure MDMA, enough to make more than a million pills.

    As the title suggests, Mr Smiley recounts Howard’s journey in search of this stash, his partial success and the unexpected and shocking twist the discovery delivers.

    Although some names have had to be changed in the book Howard’s part is told in detail.

    “I can tell the full story now” he told me, “I’ll soon be out of their reach”.

    A wide grin spread across his face, the infectious and cheeky smile we know from the photo on the front cover of Mr Nice, and I knew that whatever happened Howard was going to have the last laugh.

    Mr Smiley, My Last Pill and Testament available from Freedom Books

    Festival No 6 - Be Seeing You

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