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    Hello hunters!!! I am glad to be back with some really nice content for all of you!! As you must have noticed already the Hunters have been back on the road lately with the Vice team, and they have had a tough and long road in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa !! So i have been trying to collect as much infos as possible for you about the trip, it was of course impossible for us to do a Live Thread this time for security reasons, but Franco wrote for you a nice summary of the Expedition and some photos From Jackson and Gil the two photographs of the team, and Simon. I edited a small video as well for you guys to see a little bit how congo is looking! You will not see the fields this time as we reserve them for the movie and to keep the full surprise! But Franco as always did a great job filming all his moves and it gives you the opportunity to have a small preview of whats to come! I hope all of you will enjoy this and stay tuned for the big release in september/october hopefully! STRAIN HUNTERS CONGO EXPEDITION 2016 - Teaser article Almost 3 years went by since our last expedition in Colombia, and it was with great pleasure that Arjan, Simon and myself boarded a flight from Brussels to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on a cold morning last February. Strain hunting is not easy, especially when it has to be filmed and documented professionally. After the Colombia expedition, the first of our travels produced by the world-famous documentary channel Vice, we immediately started working hard on selecting destinations for the next adventure. Nevertheless we were struggling to get the type of good links on the ground that are needed for such missions. After many unsuccessful attempts at several destinations, finally a really good opportunity popped out, concerning the DRC: a friend of Simon, who wishes to stay anonymous, offered the possibility to work closely with Congolese local authorities, to obtain an authorisation to film rural areas in the vast African country. After months of preparation, by the summer of 2015 it became clear that the expedition to Congo was really possible. Thanks to the cooperation of the Congolese Minister of Communications, Media and Culture we got authorisation to film a documentary on the rural communities of Congo and their main medicinal plant: cannabis. All of this with the support of the local police and the army. In the history of Strain Hunters it was the first time we ever obtained an official authorisation, and we were all very excited about it. Preparation for our mission started full scale: travel documents and visas, vaccinations, equipment, gathering of maps and GPS equipment, and all the other necessary preparations. Like in Colombia, also for Congo we had the privilege of having the production done by Jackson Fager and his Vice team, one of the most professional documentary maker and cameraman out there. Jackson selected for the mission cameraman and drone-pilot Chris—, and sound-man Ramsay —, two very skilled professionals, and great travel companions. We were also able to connect with Christo, a Rastafarian from Belgium who lived in Congo many years and speaks the local N’gala language fluently, and agreed to guide us during the expedition, together with local friends Kabo, a French-Congolese local fixer; and Kaza, a local Rastafarian involved with the local FERACO (Federation of Congolese Rastafarians, recognised by the government and with over 60000 registered members). Simon, Christo, Kabo and Kaza met in Congo already a couple of months before the mission, and scouted the areas we were interested in, looking for links and for cannabis fields. So we go back to that cold Brussel morning, when the group of 7 hunters met at the airport and boarded a flight to Kinshasa, where Simon, Kabo and Kaza were already waiting for our arrival. As we landed it became immediately clear that our contacts were at the top level, because we were picked up at the airplane door by military escort and driven directly into the presidential lounge. There we had some drinks, waiting for customs formalities to be taken care of, and I was even allowed to smoke a quick spliff right outside, on the airport tarmac, looking at the planes parked. It felt unreal, and it was the first sign that Congo is a cannabis-friendly country. The very sad colonial history of the country, dominated by the Belgians for over two centuries until 1965, is not to be overlooked when trying to understand the Congolese position on cannabis. Officially cannabis is illegal in Congo, but the only laws forbidding it are old colonial laws, never really applied since the independence. Congolese have a great Rastafarian cultural tradition and they use cannabis since ancient times as a medicine, religious and recreational aid. It is one of the African countries with the highest cannabis use between the population, especially in rural areas where medicines are rarely available. Congo has been thorn apart by a long civil war, started during the 1960s and never really resolved until very recent times. Over 30 years of internal conflict, fuelled by Russia and the USA during cold war years and later on by the race for the local abundant mineral resources, has left the country with very little infrastructure. The main roads are in bad conditions, and distances are immense. The Congo river, one of the largest in the world, functions as the main highway from the capital Kinshasa all the way to the equatorial province, with canoes, boats and barges navigating restlessly the over 2000 kilometres of calm, murky waters.In the central and southern parts of the country the monetary activity is dominant, with mines extracting all kind of rare minerals and precious stones. We had a very detailed travel plan in mind, covering the three main areas where cannabis is produced in the country: the area of Bacongo, between the capital Kinshasa and the Angolan border; the northern area of the Equatorial Province, around the city of Kisangani; and the area around Mbuji Mayi, in the mining district in the middle of the country. We spent the first 2 days in Kinshasa, visiting Feraco headquarters and gathering information on the local landraces of cannabis, the world famous Congolese Red and Congolese Black. Then, the real adventure begun. It was three weeks of travels, emotions, and great findings, through one of the most amazing countries I’ve ever visited in my life. It’s hard to describe Congo, everything is extreme there. Nature is on steroids; the jungle is lush and impenetrable; the sun is hotter and more intense than anywhere else because it’s at the equator; the rain falls so hard that no protection can keep you dry; the people can be the kindest and most hospitable or the most aggressive and hard to deal with, according to the circumstances. And the cannabis… the cannabis of Congo is truly amazing. It’s one of the oldest and purest African landraces. Cannabis was introduced to Northern Africa from Asia, with the silk-road, and then was brought south into the African continent with the Bantu migration, spanning over 1000 years from 1500 to 500 B.C. Congo is one of the places in Africa where the local landrace stayed very isolated for hundreds of years, maybe more. The combination of several factors ensures this precious situation: decades of war made the country virtually unaccessible to tourists and travellers, avoiding the “hippie trail phenomenon” typical of other areas. Congolese people have always consumed cannabis in large amounts, requiring a steady local production. And finally, Congolese produce enough for their own internal consumption, avoiding importing cannabis from other places, thus preserving the landrace. The Congolese landrace in both its expressions of “red” and “black” is a very tall, lanky sativa, with a very high THC and THCV content and very low in CBD and CBN. It has a very minty, fresh flavour and a giggly strong high, very creative and inspiring, almost energising. The mission was a complete success, we were able to retrieve large amounts of local seeds from selected individuals in the fields, in 3 different regions of Congo. And we made what I believe it’s going to be the most exciting and interesting documentary ever, thanks to the competence, passion and talent of Jackson and his team at Vice. Stay tuned, HBO will broadcast it between September 2016 and March 2017, part of the “Vice on HBO show”. After that it will be online on youtube. The hunt goes on. I’m already thinking about the next one. Fullgas. Franco Loja www.strainhunters.com And some photos That's it for the moment Hunters i hope you enjoyed this little teaser and remember there is much more to come real soon Have a good smoke!!
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    Hi guys, I would like to start this section with the first contribution, it would be great that all contributions are easy to read and well explained Strain: Super Silver Haze Bank: Green House Seeds Type: Sativa CBD: 8 - 14% THC: 8 - 14% Ratio: 1:1 Medicinal effects: Helps with pain, inflammation and anxiety with an uplifting effect. It is also good to stimulate appetite and have a good mood. Pic:
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    Hi all All seeds have been sent. Testers in Europe soon receive their seeds. Argentina testers should wait a few weeks (transport is slower, but its seeds have already been sent). New tests of this week, I sent you a private msg for take your data At the moment, it is not necessary more testers. In short time, I will build a special room forthis new test (diary grow) Greetings and thanks, Jose
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    Hello! I Know I´m new here, but I´m very interested to test seeds from U guys. I am the moderator of a Argentine cannabis forum called www.forothc.net and I made several grow diaryes over the years. I would like to test this strain Cheese x White Widow Here are some photos of mine. THANKS!!!
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    Very nice strain! Perfect for people with low THC tolerance for during the day. Helps me very good agains migraine (prevention) and reliefs back pain
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    Delivery of test seeds Superbud x Trainwreck.
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    Potassium deficiency, right? I know the cookie strains have the natural trait of purpling but not really like this, but i dont know for sure, the nights are getting chilly for the outdoors.
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    Test seeds would be awesome! However probably wouldnt be able to start until mid october even November. Making a real close call for the deadline on a 30 day veg. Maybe I can participate in your next test?
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    Hi mi name is guillermo. i would really like to partipate your seeds testing. im from argentina and i grow indoor. you seeds have a great reputation and i would love to try them. I took 6 years cultivating using organic fertilizers. greetings leave photos of my current mittee
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    So I have a greenhouse with a uv protected top. I would like to know if the top will effect finished flowers?! Will the flowers amber out when finished like outdoor does? Or will it finish out more like indoor and be white and frosty?!
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    My goal is to learn how to grow the best buds, while making friends and spreading some love along the way!
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    Hello mate, welcome to the forum Here we can help you with your questions, give advice, and also you can see many everyday culture optros experienced growers. We hope you enjoy the forum!
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    Also, when making super soil, consider biomimicery. Blood meal (animal blood) by product is not naturally found in high concentrations in natural soil. Earthworm castings, however, are found abubdantly in healthy soils. Personally I used fox farm happy frog with mycorrizae as a base medium. I transplanted with a handful of bat guano 9-3-1. (extra phosphorpus is good for making healthy roots in young plants) My first fertilizing was done with a pre mixed bag of organic soil amendments. It was Fox Farm Premium Lawn 8-2-6. (potassium boosts hardiness, sturdyness, and plant immune system) My next fertilizing was done with Down to Earth Crab Meal 4-3-0 (also high in calcium). Transition feedings were Fox Farm All purpose 5-5-5 and FoX Farm Fruit & Flower 5-8-4. For full flower feedings Ive given them feedings of Fox Farm Bulb Food 3-8-8, bone meal 3-15-0, a custom mixture of crab meal, bone meal, azomite, fire place ashes, FF Bulb Food, and FF Fruit&flower which was mixed to be 3.1-7.5-5.4 and most recently were given kelp meal 1-0.1-2 after noticing early yellowing (nitrogen deficient) and early purpling (potassium deficient)
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    Yeah, you have way too much nitrogen and not enough of everything else. Blood meal is 11-0-0, the bat guano im used to is 9-3-1 or 10-1-1 earthworm castings are 1-0-0. kelp meal is 1-0-2. If you suspect potassium deficiecy ita probably a nutrient lockout or actually deficiency. cann twrra bloom is 2.1-1.7-3.4...next time replace blood meal with crab meal. and replace canna rerra with bone meal, for a more diverse and less potent vegetative mixture. Id also find a source for abundant potassium. Search Subcool supersoil for a more complete and properly ratiod mixture. For future reference, when making a soil shoot for a veg micro ratio of 3-1-2 and a bloom micro ratio of 1-3-2. You can read my outdoor grow journal in the ourdoor grow journal section Titled Dank Cali Bagseed NY Outdoor. I used a phlethora of similar soil amendments throughout my grow mainly through top dressing and have had great results. Theres a few paragraphs explaining exactly how and when my plants got fed along with plenty of pictures to demonstartae current results.
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    hi i''ll be agree to participate to your test thanks
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    I guessing uv protection will reduce your thc content but will increase your yield. The plant will produce more resin to block the damaging uv rays from damaging the cell. Under uv protection the uv is not damaging to the cell and should grow bigger but without the need to produce excess resin for uv protection. The crystals should amber out regardless im assuming, however i have some greenhouse plants, and yes, they will appear extra white and frosty. Personally my greenhouse plants have had almost no hairs turn brown but instead all the pistils are very white meaty and healthy and have not turned mich color.
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    I would love some test seeds from you guys
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    Hi pleasure to help Trainwreck is ok . Will veg fot 70 days and put to flower in mid december .

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Strain Hunters is a series of documentaries aimed at informing the general public about the quest for the preservation of the cannabis plant in the form of particularly vulnerable landraces originating in the poorest areas of the planet.

Cannabis, one of the most ancient plants known to man, used in every civilisation all over the world for medicinal and recreational purposes, is facing a very real threat of extinction. One day these plants could be helpful in developing better medications for the sick and the suffering. We feel it is our duty to preserve as many cannabis landraces in our genetic database, and by breeding them into other well-studied medicinal strains for the sole purpose of scientific research.

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