In fact G13 were the first to release a seed version of Pineapple Express – which has gone on to be their best-selling strain. A success they’ve followed up with an autoflowering version and Pineapple Express #2 – a bulked up version of the original.
Building on the success of their first event last year, Product Earth Expo pulled off a blinder in Peterborough over the weekend of 25th, 26th June. With attendance up appreciably at over 4.5k and getting on for twice as many exhibitors, this really was where the heart & soul of the British cannabis industry was to be found.
Concerns over being in the middle of nowhere at the East of England showground and clashing with Glastonbury were firmly put to rest. It’s clear the tightly controlled, sterile, BBC outside broadcast opportunity that is the Glastonbury festival is no longer the mecca it was for everything alternative in music, culture & lifestyle.
With over two thousand camping tickets being sold for the expo the festival side of this event has proved itself an inspired idea.
Two other inspired ideas worth mentioning were the amazing prize draw and the glass blowing demonstrations. Entry into the draw was free with just the one big prize, a goodie bag to end all goodie bags. Consisting of an item from each of the exhibitors at the show, and worth over £6k, this really was a prize worth winning.
The glass blowers, sponsored by Dabadman Headshop under the tag ‘Full Melt’, were set up in a large tent in the main outside arena with their own sound system and DJ’s. Some of the UK’s best artists created individual pieces and demonstrated techniques, all for the first time in the UK. A couple of times I ducked into the tent to escape a shower only to be mesmerised by the molten glass and the creations emerging from the flames.
The resulting artwork will be auctioned off by Dabadman Headshop (dabadman.co.uk) after the event, all proceeds will be given to The Mr. Nice Foundation, contributing towards the ongoing support for all of those affected by cancer.
My main focus over the weekend was inevitably on the Freedom Seeds stand. We had a great position between the main entrance and the entrance to the arena and camping zones. This enabled us to enjoy the warm laid back vibe and meet the maximum number of visitors, a gratifying number of whom were aware of our company.
It’s hard to describe how nice it is to have strangers walk towards you with big smiles on their faces to tell you how pleased they are with products they have bought from you.
Our new T shirts went down well, especially the ‘tell it like it is’ Molotov design. The Raw skins, posters and other goodies we gave out were well received, particularly the poster of the stunning plant that is our Midnight Express.
Caring for our seeds to ensure they reach you in premium condition is always a top priority and to this end we kept all the seed stock we had on the stand in a fridge. But not just any ol’ fridge, we had an officially licensed Marshall fridge that definitely did not look anything like what you would call ‘white goods’. Not only that, the knobs on the front go up to eleven - one cooler than the rest.
At one point during the weekend the film crew from main sponsors Ali Bongo dropped onto the stand and interviewed our Dani. You can see how she got on here.
We spoke to many medical users of cannabis at the expo, most giving powerful testimony of how cannabis was helping them with a number of conditions. I will mention before I go one guy who had grown out some of our FreeBD strain. We advertise a potential 8% CBD for this strain, this guy had sent off a sample for gas chromatography analysis and it came back as 9% CBD, it doesn’t get much better than that! I must remember to mention that to our partners Scott Blakey and The CBD Crew.
This entry was posted in General on July 5, 2016 by admin.
We've got a new name for one of our original strains - Kush #6.
First launched as Section 6; our souped up Kush still delivers everything you would expect from a plant with such illustrious pedigree.
Only now the new name lets you know you're dealing with a Kush before you get to the small print.
Kush strains have long been popular among discerning cannabis smokers. This stocky indica variation of killer ganja, has been growing in the mountainous borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan as far back as the 7th Century B.C making it possibly, the oldest pot on the planet. In recent times we have seen its popularity grow with Kush crosses such as OG Kush and Critical Kush.
When we created our own variety of Kush we originally named the strain after Section 6 of the UK Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 which reads ‘It shall not be lawful for a person to cultivate any plant of the genus Cannabis’ – take note.
For a long time cannabis strain names have been unreliable and confusing. We figured why complicate things? Best call it what it is Kush #6 same strain, new Kush name.
After the success of last year’s event – Product Earth Expo is back for 2016.
If you haven’t got your ticket yet but are thinking of joining the fun this year - let us tell you why it will be well worth your time.
Product Earth Expo is the UK’s number one alternative trade show and festival. Featuring some of the biggest companies in the hemp and cannabis industries and a top notch music line up. Yes siree - it’s set to be a big one.
When we arrived at the Product Earth Expo last year we weren’t sure what to expect. After all it had been 5 years since the UK had hosted a similar event. And with European events like Spannabis and the High Times Cannabis Cup having differing fortunes it seemed unclear how a UK event would be received.
After visiting however it was safe to say we were suitably impressed by the well organised, chilled out event. So much so that we felt it only right we get involved this year and show our support.
Designed as a way to promote the expanding Hemp and Cannabis industry. Product Earth Expo ticks all the boxes and allows the public to see what’s going on, get involved and learn about the newest innovations in this exciting industry.
Mind you… It’s not a bunch of hippy types in a field either this event really reaches out to a wider audience with something for everyone to get involved in.
The event encompasses four key areas: Expo, Festival, Camping and Seminar.
This year the expo/trade show part of the fair will be bigger and better. There will be exhibitors from all kinds of companies, big and small, all with cannabis/hemp at the heart of their business. It’s a great opportunity to meet the clothing manufactures, food producers, seed banks and smoking paraphernalia companies that are shaping the scene.
Make sure to swing by our stand (E10-E11) where we’ll be offering special discounts throughout the weekend.
With headline acts such as Grandmaster Flash, Gentlemen’s Dub Club and Mike Skinner alongside sets from the likes of DJ Zinc, Congo Natty and A Skillz it’s an eclectic mix which is sure to attract a good crowd. See you down the front!
Plenty of “festivals” are turning their back on camping in favour of day tickets these days – not so at Product Earth. The camping zones open early from 4pm on Friday 24th June with music running late into the night. This gives you time to arrive, set up and get on it. If camping’s not your thing and you don't own your own mobile home there are plenty of hotels in the vicinity of the arena.
Most of you reading our blog will know the wonders of hemp and may already benefit from its many good uses; however for those that need convincing Product Earth aims to do just that.
Hemp plays a huge part in today’s society as we use hemp in botanicals, clothing, shoes and many car companies use hemp in their bodywork due to is lightweight strength and durable qualities.
Seminars will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday to educate on the history of hemp, its many uses and benefits. There will be discussions on the potential for legalising cannabis in the UK. The seminar area was so well received last year that it has been moved into the centre of the expo as the focal point.
There are a growing number of people who are looking to use Cannabis medicinally; this event gives people the opportunity to chat and learn from groups like the United Patients Alliance (UPA) who fight for legal access to cannabis for patients with chronic conditions. They had this to say about last year’s event:
"From the over 18 to the over 70, from a postman to an ex-chief constable, from mothers to teachers, from artists to venture capitalists from those living with cancer, to those trying to live with themselves, horticulturists to entrepreneurs, impassioned speakers to cool and groovy musicians. People."
That’s the awesome part about Product Earth Expo there is such a diverse crowd that share a similar interest in Hemp.
All in all Product Earth Expo 2016 is set to be a hemp filled weekend with things to learn, great entertainment, good food and a chance to support the industry we’re all 100% behind.
If you're looking for tickets you can get them here.
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.
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.
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.
- Spannabis 2016 - 1st Place Extraction
- High Times Cannabis Cup Amsterdam 2014 - 2nd Place Best Coffeeshop Strain
- Oil Hunters Cup 2015 -1st Place Extract
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
1. Underdawg OG - TH Seeds
2. Emperor OG – Cali Kush Farms
3. Chemvalley Cooks - True Canna
1. Lili - Gramovatio
2. Cheese - Tierramadre Growshop
3. Slex - Green House
1. Diesel Browser - Nerd Creations
2. Ripper Badazz - La Grow Central and Ripper Seeds
3. OG Kush - Grow Castellet
1. OG Kush - Grow Castellet
2. Jack La Mota - Parkedextracciones
3. Chama 71 - Grow in House de Vallirana
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'.
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 seed banks 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!
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.
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.
Freedom Seeds are sold as souvenirs only. Freedom Seeds stresses that these seeds are not to be used in contravention of national laws. Freedom Seeds cannot be held responsible for the actions of those who have purchased its seeds. We strongly advise against breaking the law.