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  • Clark French on medical cannabis around the world – Barcelona

    Barcelona – Catalan Cannabis Culture

    clark-french-cannabis-barcelonaIn my latest series of blogs for Freedom Seeds I have been writing about cannabis around the world and the places and people I have been lucky enough to meet along the way. At the beginning of 2014 I was able to go and spend some time in Barcelona and get to know the cannabis scene and industry there. My time in Barcelona has had a profound effect on me, making me much more confident. Spain is a great place to visit - as well as the cannabis I really enjoyed the weather, the scenery and the food!

    Spain has an odd grey area system when it comes to cannabis laws, which the pro-independence region of Catalonia has taken full advantage of. The Spanish constitution protects individual liberties on private property. As the constitution is the highest law of the land (pun intended) it effectively means that this “trumps” the law prohibiting cannabis, so that in practice cannabis can be consumed in private. This has had a big impact across the whole of Spain including Barcelona. When I was there in March there were rumoured to be over 300 cannabis clubs in the city, which means there was roughly 100 more clubs than Amsterdam has coffee shops making it a very canna friendly city.

    Cannabis friendly in some senses but not in all – the Spanish police are much like their UK equivalents and can stop and search you. If caught with cannabis on you a hefty fine of 1000 Euros comes with it.

    Social Clubs

    The constitution protects you in the clubs and on private property but crucially not in public. Many of the clubs had a safe where you can store your medicine before you leave, it is worth pointing out that although Barcelona is a great place for cannabis enthusiasts it is by no means perfect. It is not like Amsterdam where you can just walk in off the street and join. Any club I am now a member of I had to know an existing member. Now the rules have changed even further to try and crack down on the emerging cannabis tourist trade which is sprouting up.

    Medical Cannabis

    In 2010 my diagnosis MS took away much of who I was and closed many doors to me. But through cannabis many other new doors have been opened and it’s great to feel a sense of purpose again. I was a musician and my band and promotion company was my life so I found it very hard to let that go for a long time. Through medical cannabis and the cannabis industry those wounds have healed and I have a new purpose in life!

    Clark French - Barcelona

    Barcelona has a system which is great for patients who live there and means that they get access to the medicine that they need. I found myself feeling ever more confident and at ease with myself being there. Having the option of going to a club to medicate opened up the world to me and I made the most of it and saw much of the city and surrounding areas.

    Patients need a place to go to be able to use their medicine and the clubs in Barcelona provide just that! It’s not perfect by any means but it is much better than things in the UK. You get a choice of decent strains at very affordable prices, it works out at about half the price of Amsterdam.

    Clark French BarcelonaClark French Barcelona

    In conclusion Barcelona is a great city and the patients who live there are among the luckiest patients in Europe. They have access to the medicine that they need and they also have access to a social life which is of course very important for anyone. But especially patients who otherwise could become quite isolated. Barcelona truly is a beautiful city and one which I'm looking forward to visiting again soon.

    Clark French

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  • Dutch Passion - Frisian Duck And Other New Releases

    New in at Freedom Seeds. The latest release from Dutch Passion.

    Dutch Passion - Frisian Duck And Other New Releases

    Dutch Passion - Frisian Duck

    Discretion is a massive concern for most cannabis lovers, so if I told you there was a cannabis plant that didn’t look like cannabis you would probably want to know more, read on.

    One of Dutch Passion's newest strains, Frisian Duck isn't a revolution in the cannabis world but it clearly shows how much the industry is advancing. The clue is in the name. In the vegetative period this strain will produce leaves that more resemble a ducks foot and not the iconic 5 pointed leaf. Even when the plant starts flowering it is less conspicuous than others. This doesn't come at a compromise as Frisian Duck is a hardy strain that produces big yields and buds with spicy tones with a citrus aroma that imparts a heady, buzzy bliss.

    Frisian Duck could herald a new wave of stealthy looking hybrids and you can get yours here.

    Other Dutch Passion Releases

    We like to spoil you guys so we also have another three stunning new strains from Dutch Passion.

    Auto Blackberry Kush - Kush that is seed to harvest in 10 weeks, sign us up.
    AutoEuforia - A unique euphoric high with anti anxiety properties makes this a must have.
    Forest Dream - Perfect for beginners, but be warned she gets big at up to 2m indoors!

    Click the links above and order yours today.

  • Barney's Farm Cookies Kush And Other New Strains

    Barney's Farm Cookies Kush And Other New Strains

    Banreys Farm Cookies Kush

    Barney's Farm love a good Indica so it comes as no surprise that their most anticipated strain release for 2015 was Cookies Kush.

    It’s easy to see how this amazing plant won the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup, with a cross of the much elusive genuine Girl Scout Cookies strain and one of the Dams favourite, Rolex OG.

    Barney's have once again struck the perfect balance much like they did with their highly acclaimed Critical Kush. Strength, yield, size and a complex and complete experience on the palette.

    Available Here!

    Other Barney's Farm Strain Releases

    With the majority of the cannabis world focusing on this amazing new strain it’s easy to forget that Barney's have also released some other delectable seeds for you to get your hands on.

    Triple Cheese - Blue Cheese x Cheese, only 8 weeks flowering and a powerful high.
    Auto Blue Cheese - Everyone’s favourite Blue Cheese now ready in only 65-75 days.
    Auto NYC Diesel - Pungent Diesel tones with citrus notes, it doesn't get much better.

  • Clark French on medical cannabis around the world – California

    In my latest series of articles for Freedom Seeds I am going to look into and explain a little about medical cannabis in other countries and how patients live and get their medicine. I'm lucky enough to have travelled to quite a few of the places I am going to write about.

    The first is possibly my favourite place in the world to be and is of real significance as the first US state to legalise medical cannabis in 1996. California has much meaning to me personally as it is where I went and had access to cannabis oil in 2011. This helped to improve my quality of life greatly and inspired me to give the fight for legal medical cannabis my all once back here in the UK.
    Clark French Grass RootsMedical Marijuana CaliforniaCalifornia Proposition 215 passed on the 5th of November 1996, with 56% in favour and allowed for medical cannabis patients to get legal access to cannabis in the state of California. When I went I got to meet many patients and activists who had campaigned for this and even went out with the San Jose Harborside team to protest against a new city ordnance which taxed the dispensaries and essentially meant patients had to pay more for their medicine.

    While in California I spent much time with the main author of proposition 215 Dennis Peron. Dennis has a lovely little guest house which myself and Dale (my cousin and GrassRoots film maker) stayed in last year. The first time I met Dennis in 2011 I asked him for some advice and he said “just get on with it” something which I feel I have definitely taken to heart. Dennis is most definitely one of my main inspirations as an activist, he is such a genuine person that so many feel very at ease and comfortable in his presence. Dennis was kind enough to be interviewed by Dale for GrassRoots and we are excited for its release in 2015. A little longer than it was meant to take but it will be worth it!

    Clark French - Golden Gate Bridge

    During my stay in California the thing which struck me the most was how it really isn’t good enough. Yes it is inspiring to see happen and yes there are so many great things and of course they are so much further than we are in the UK. However it is not fairly distributed, the fact you have to pay for your doctor’s recommendation leaves many on a low income out of the loop and I feel that this is unfair. So personally although I love California, I still think there is still quite a way to go so that all people are treated equally as patients no matter their socioeconomic group.

    Having said that for many patients Proposition 215 did and still does provide them the ability to grow their own cannabis with many cities putting a limit of 99 plants. It is 99 as over 100 federal minimum mandatory sentencing comes into play and no one needs that. For myself I think 99 plants is a good amount, this would allow for a patient to have a variety of medicine and generally mean that a patient can always guarantee to keep themselves well stocked with medicine. Many counties have smaller limits but where I was staying in San Francisco the limits were 99.

    In my opinion the best thing about California is the openness the market has created to so many products. I wasn’t really expecting to see just so many things made from medical cannabis. The industry is huge and really I, like many others in the UK, want to play a part in this and be involved in this industry legally in the UK. Which is of course why we fight on and are trying to end prohibition so that we can all medicate legally without unwanted intervention from the law. That not even mentioning the medicine and how good the concentrates and flowers really are.

    My final point is safety first and regulations, California now has many cannabis testing labs and this is necessary for a patient to be able to titrate the right amount and to know exactly what is in the medicine they are taking. Not only this, they test for residual chemicals from growing, fungus and mould too. They make sure that the medicine is quality and that is very, very important when giving medical cannabis to patients. I feel like I time travel to the future when I visit California and I'm more determined than ever to help to make this a reality in the UK.

    Clark French

    GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution

    GrassRoots is a feature-length documentary focused on medical cannabis patients and activists. The film is set for release in 2015 - to find out more click here

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  • Midnight Express - Freedom Seeds new strain

    Freedom Seeds Midnight Express

    Freedom Seeds Midnight ExpressAs midnight struck on New Year’s Eve we raised a toast to 2015 and our new strain – Midnight Express. After a lot of work and development we couldn’t be more excited or proud of this new autoflowering addition to the Freedom Seeds range.

    Last year, as well as releasing our groundbreaking FreeBD strain, we launched Purple Express. That strain introduced a more colourful shade of purple to our selection for the first time. With Midnight Express we take it a step further - the dark colour is what immediately sets this strain apart.

    Parts of the leaves and buds are such a deep purple they could almost be black. Add to this the coating of glistening trichromes and it’s no surprise many have likened it to a night sky full of stars.

    It’s not all about appearances though and the substance of the genetics of Midnight Express is also impressive. Including something of a role call of classic strains, she is mostly indica, with influences of Citral Kush, Blueberry and a dash of White strain for the star dust.

    As a third generation auto flowerer you can expect a plant reaching heights of up to 110cm. With generous yields of up to 550gr/m2 per plant expected in anything as quick as 55-60 days.

    Although the genetics definitely lean towards the indica the high is more sativa which is another pleasant surprise.

    We proudly give you Midnight Express – the clue’s in the name.

    Available now in a 5 seed pack for the price of just £16.95.

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  • Freedom Seeds Christmas 2014 Opening Times

    Xmas-Opening

    Well we are at that time of year again, hopefully most of you will be winding down from work and enjoying the festivities.

    Our opening times over Christmas 2014 will be the following

    22/12/2014 - Business as usual
    23/12/2014 - Business as usual
    24/12/2014 - Orders placed before 12:30pm will be dispatched the same day
    25/12/2014 - Closed
    26/12/2014 - Closed
    27/12/2014 - Closed
    28/12/2014 - Closed
    29/12/2014 - All orders placed during the 4 day closure will be dispatched
    30/12/2014 - Closed
    31/12/2014 - Closed
    01/01/2015 - Closed
    02/01/2015 - Business as usual

    We hope you have a great Christmas and hope to see you all in the new year.
    Freedom Seeds

  • World of Seeds – new seed bank at Freedom Seeds


    World of SeedsSo last week we announced the arrival of Humboldt Seeds to the Freedom Seeds website. As you may have noticed at the end of that post we mentioned we’d be bringing in another new seed bank. And so here it is – the latest seed bank to join the Freedom Seeds line up is…
    World of Seeds.

    The World of Seeds boasts among their number chemists, pharmacists and geneticists making up their team of breeders and researchers. They have always had a focus on the medicinal possibilities of cannabis as well as refining and stabilising their landrace genetics from around the world.

    Their catalogue is divided into four collections: Medical, Autoflowering, Pure Origin and Legend.

    Medical Collection

    This range includes a number of strains bred for their high medicinal value – such as Northern Light x Big Bud, Afghan Kush x Skunk and Mazar x White Rhino.

    Autoflowering Collection

    The autoflowering collection takes a number of classic strains and crosses them with ruderalis strains such as Afghan Kush Ryder, Amnesia Auto, Northern Light x Big Bud Auto and Sugar Mango Ryder.

    World of Seeds Northern Lights x Big Bud Auto

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  • Humboldt Seeds - new seed bank at Freedom Seeds


    Humboldt Seed Organization 707 HeadbandAs 2014 draws to a close we’re really pleased to announce the arrival of a new seed bank here at Freedom Seeds – Humboldt Seed Organization. It’s not often we announce the addition of a new seed bank, and with good reason. We pride ourselves on stocking the best seed banks available and we don’t just invite anyone into the Freedom family. Quality is the name of the game and we feel that Humboldt Seeds fit very nicely within that remit.

    There are certain areas that have become synonymous with the cannabis industry in the United States, one of these is the Northern Californian region known as the Emerald Triangle. The region comprises three counties: Mendocino County, Trinity County and of course Humboldt County. The cultivation of marijuana in Humboldt has been a way of life for many since the 1960s – when numerous hippy communities sprang up in the area.

    Humboldt Seed Organization have brought together a collection of some of the best strains available from various breeders and collectors around the world. Not only have Humboldt Seeds selected great genetics though, they also place a keen focus on the use of organic techniques in the production of their strains. They believe that through the use of such techniques they can produce healthier and better tasting strains and we completely agree.

    Humboldt Seeds Lemon Kush Headband

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  • Freedom Seeds FreeBD review by Clark French

    Clark French

    Last month Clark French wrote a great article about our very own auto feminised strain Smokey Bear. With Clark's background as an MS patient and founder of the United Patients Alliance we thought he'd be the perfect person to review our latest strain - FreeBD. We produced this CBD rich strain in collaboration with the CBD Crew and we're pretty proud of the results - read on to find out what Clark thought.

    Appearance

    Long elongated sativa looking buds with quite a light pastel green colour, lots of trichomes. The buds are small but very dense. There is a nice coating of pistils coming out of each calyx, the calyxes themselves are packed in and not too bulky, they all blend together rather than standing out in foxtails.

    Freedom Seeds FreeBD

    Aroma

    The first thing you smell is a sickly sweetness, almost how parmesan cheese smells but not quite, there is also a deep and rich almost skunky earthiness. It is quite an interesting smell and one which remind me of some of the buds I got to sample in California. One strain in particular that I was given a sample of at the San Francisco Cannabis Cup in 2011. The smell is one of those things where you wouldn't quite believe it was cannabis that smelt that way!

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  • 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup results - Amsterdam

    2014 High Times Cannabis Cup results

    The 2014 High Times Cannabis cup results are in!

    So the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup results are in, after a bit of confusion at the start of the expo its great to see it ending on a high note.

    Best Coffeeshop Strain
    1 – Cookies Kush by Barney’s Coffeeshop
    2 – OG Reekn by The Green Place
    3 – Pure Kush by The Green House

    Best Sativa by a Seed Company
    1 – Tangie Crockett's Cut by Crockett Family Farms
    2 –Tangie by DNA Genetics
    3 – Lemon Bubble by PhenoFinders

    Best Indica by a Seed Company
    1 – Colorado Bubba by The Vault Genetics
    2 – The Truth by True Canna Genetics
    3 – Kosher Kush by DNA Genetics

    Best Hybrid by a Seed Company
    1 – Larry OG by The Vault Genetics
    2 – Star Killer by Rare Dankness Seeds
    3 – Night Nurse by BC Bud Depot

    Best Import Hash by a Coffeeshop
    1 – Super Lemon Haze Cream by the Green House
    2 – Carmella Cream by Barney’s Coffeeshop
    3 – Twisla by The Green Place

    Best Import Hash (Concentrates) by a Seed Company
    1 – Super Lemon OG Concentrate by Loud Pack Extractions & Greenwolf, LA
    2 – Paris OG Shatter Dab Vader for Oasis Medical Seeds in Flint, MI
    3 – Lemon OG 18 Live Resin by DNA Unlimited

    Best Neder Hash by a Coffeeshop
    1 – Cookies Ice-Cream by Barney’s Coffeeshop
    2 – Green House Ice by The Green House
    3 – Grey Crystan by The Grey Area

    Best Neder Hash by a Seed Company
    1 – The Kong 73 Non-Solvent Hash by The Vault Genetics
    2 – Betty Ross by DNA Grow Your Own
    3 – Barb 99 - Drysift by House of the Great Gardener

    Highest CBD – Concentrates
    CBD Simple from CannaVest

    Highest CBD – Flowers
    CBD Rene by House of the Great Gardener

    Best Glass
    1 – Roor
    2 – Flav421 History in the Making by the Dampkring Gallery
    3 – Team Japan Onigari/ Demon Hunter by the Dampkring Gallery

    Best Product
    1 – The Loud Seeds Gift Bag
    2 – Devil’s Harvest
    3 – Sensi Seeds

    A big congratulations to all the winners!

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