Starting in 1964, the Dutch Provo movement (short for “provocateurs”) used a mix of street performances, subversive art, and impromptu political demonstrations to take on a system run by “despicable plastic people,” and push for a series of progressive reforms that included immediate cannabis legalization.
But Danko credits David “Sam the Skunkman” Watson, an American ex-pat, with setting up the country’s first proper cannabis seed bank. The Skunkman also earned a spot in Leafly’s list of five cannabis breeders who changed the game:
The Lowlands Weed Company
Patrons would marvel at the thousands of small cannabis plants in peat moss pots that covered every inch of the boat’s decks (actually low-grade hemp grown from pigeon seed bought at a pet store), before being ushered below deck where a bohemian teahouse greeted them with the pungent aroma of a floating hashish-fueled nautical hotbox.
In the 1970s, Dutch seed banks began producing and distributing untold millions of high quality cannabis seeds. As a result, the Netherlands became the ultimate cannabis melting pot, a literal breeding ground where strains from Afghanistan and Morocco were crossed with strains from Thailand and Mexico, with the best of these hybrids going on to become international sensations once their seeds reached underground growers operating in every corner of the globe.
The short answer is that it all started with a provocation.
Grape Stomper – Gage Green Group
Some of Bodhi’s most popular strains include the Goji OG, Sunshine Daydream, Sunshine #4, Snow Lotus and Red-Eye Jedi, but there are so many more we could name. If you don’t have any Bodhi Seeds in your seed vault, mother-plant quiver or personal head-stash grow, you’re definitely missing out.
Crockett Family Farms
Exotic Genetix started up in 2008 and have dominated the last decade with some phenomenal strains. Much of their success has come from their Kimbo Kush and Cookies and Cream. If it wasn’t for the man known as “Backwood County Grower” somewhere up in NorCal with the original F1 seed stock of the Alien line (straight from the person who sourced it from Afghanistan), many seed companies wouldn’t be where they are today.
“We make exotic strains for the exotic grower. With over 20 High Times Cannabis Cup awards since 2012, we have the strains you should be growing!” —Exotic Genetix
Since their first release with Attitude Seed Bank in 2010, Gage Green Group (GGG) have been slowly building a demand for their gear from growers in the know. Their Mendo Breath boasts the biggest popularity to date, but you can’t go wrong with anything they produce, including their incredible recent Cannabis Cup winner Grape Stomper. Founders Keyplay and M4k started the group in a sincere attempt to improve the cannabis gene pool with their natural breeding techniques, including selecting only the finest cultivars to ensure the highest quality.
Tips From the Master Breeder
This is a bit of a sensitive lady. She will produce arm-long buds with the right treatment. Make sure your room/tent is ventilated properly day and night. Try to grow at 25-26° C (77° F) constantly. An air-conditioning unit will be the ticket to success in hot climates. Excessive temperature swings will make her shoot out thin, useless branches that produce tiny buds and can be slow to ripen. The Old School Haze won’t be much fun for the average grower.
Old to the New
This original “Creeper Sativa” variety is a fast grower. The Creeper genetics produce huge amounts of branches and buds. It will need support for sure; it’s a big plant! The buds are not the biggest in size, but they have a nice dense structure and appearance. The smell leans toward the gassy/chemical side of the spectrum. This variety needs around 10 weeks of flowering. When the blooms are mature, they will be covered in resin. This is a high-yielding strain perfect for making extracts. The hash that is made from this plant is top quality as the buds are simply excellent.
Tips From the Master Breeder
This is our trichome machine. With large and plentiful trichomes, this will produce top-quality hash. Turn off the lights for the last two days before harvest in order to maximize the terpene profile.
One of our easier strains to grow, you can expect mature flowers in eight to nine weeks. This is a really special hybrid, made from our Old School Haze and Chem Dog OG Fire, a variety that produces medium-to-large plants. Natural vigor produces fat, frosty OG buds, so keep your eye out for those. And look for the fruity or gassy phenotypes. You can expect good-yielding, frosty plants with a beautiful terpene profile, which are great for making extractions.