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  1. From the album Franco

  2. For Spanish Click Here DAY 1 Here we go again! We board a flight from Amsterdam and in 9 hours we are in the Caribbean. After a layover of just a couple of hours on Curacao, we fly on to Jamaica. We land in Kingston around 11 am local time. The air is hot, but not too humid. We have a 3 hours layover, so we decide to get out of the airport and go have lunch in Port Royal, half an hour away on the coast. It's a bit of a ghost-town, once a very rich merchant harbor, destroyed at the end of the seventeenth century by a powerful earthquake. It looks like it never really recovered… We eat lunch in a small fish-restaurant, famous for its snapper. But I eat jerk chicken because I am picky with my fish, and the jerk-spices here are amazing! Of course we drink some Red Stripe beers, and Simon and myself decide it's time to find some weed. It does not take long before we hit the jackpot: literally on the side of the local Police station, along the seaside, there are some barracks and shacks; inside a group of Rastas is busy cleaning and chopping weed and rolling it up in small balls, using rolling papers as containers. We ask if we can buy some, and the guys are thrilled. It's cheap, less than 1 Euro per gram. But it's a bit bitter, very leafy, and we enjoy it just because it's been a while since we smoked in Amsterdam! Some of the Rastas in the back are smoking crack cocaine in a glass pipe, the smell is terribly sour. They ask if we like some, and we politely tell them we are just here for the ganja; they nod, and scream "Jah Rastafari"! We sit and smoke a joint with them, and chat a bit about the local weed, and the cops. It's incredible that this is all happening next to the Police station. We leave as soon as the joint is over, and we go back to the restaurant to join the rest of the crew. It's time to get back to the airport and catch a Jamaican Airlines flight to Montego Bay, where our local contacts are waiting. The flight is really short, under half hour, and we arrive in MoBay before sunset. Bigga, Shanti, Nampo and Taleban are waiting for us and it's great to see them again; Arjan and myself spent some crazy days with these guys not long ago, during our scouting trips on the island. These guys are a tight crew, and they are going to take care of us during the next days of this filming trip. Nampo is a older Rasta, wise man, with lots of contacts and very respected. Taleban, his friend, is a grower and a smuggler, a real pirate and one of the funniest guys we ever had with us during our expeditions. Bigga is our driver/bodyguard, he's a man of the road and he knows who and what you need to know to keep us safe. Shanti is a local singer, a reggae artist with an amazing talent and a great personality. I know him since he was 10 years old, back in 1994, when I spent a few weeks near where he lived with his father (the man supplying me with fine herb at the time). It was really special to find Shanti during our scouting trips back in July, he's now a grown up man… and I am getting old! Shanti will come along and make sure the soundtrack of our travels is inspiring and inspired. We get the cars, two Toyota Fortuner, and we load up the mountain of gear we are carrying. Then we drive down to Negril in the sunset light, and when we arrive it's already dark. We decide to spend the first night at the Blue Cave Castle, a really cozy place on the rocky cliffs of Negril. It's another true 1994-flashback for me, this is one of the places where I stayed when I was a 20-years-old ganja-traveler, already a Strain Hunter without knowing it…. Of course to make the flashback even more intense the same room where I slept then is available, so I take it. It still looks the same. We are tired from the long travel, and we decide to go for some food. Unfortunately the chef is sick, so we decide to find something not too far away. We hit a jerk-chicken stand by the side of the road and we eat like there's no tomorrow. After a few Red Stripes and a few joints we go back to the hotel, where we smoke some good amount of high-grade weed, and some "gum", the local finger-hash. The weed is definitely an indica-cross, it tastes sweet and strong, and they say it's from a site not too far from where we are. We make a plan for tomorrow, and we go to sleep. Jamaica is great. It's a true privilege to be here again. Jah Bless! And now we are back with MisterX pics, the man is a true artist..... enjoy! Attached files http://www.strainhun...res/post/j2.jpg http://www.strainhun...res/post/j3.jpg http://www.strainhun...res/post/j4.jpg http://www.strainhun...res/post/j5.jpg http://www.strainhun...res/post/j6.jpg http://www.strainhun...res/post/j7.jpg http://www.strainhun...res/post/j8.jpg http://www.strainhun...res/post/j9.jpg
  3. I have been reading more and more about raw cannabis juice lately. Here is a good article about it. Anyone has experiences in this field?
  4. Alright, here are the facts: on Tuesday 31 January at 22:00, after a huge Cheese joint, I decided to take a short break from smoking cannabis. How short, I still don't know. For sure I am not going to last too long. Maybe 3-4 days, maybe a week, maybe 2... not longer, I know it already..... I just like it TOO MUCH! And now the explanation: I started smoking cannabis in 1989. Since then, I have smoked cannabis EVERY DAY, except for: - 7 days in March 1998 (I was in the hospital) - 14 days in October 1999 (I was in the hospital for 7 days, and feeling like shit for the next 7) - 7 days in March 2011 (during a bad bronchitis I decided to see if I was able to stop, just to prove myself to myself) So, let's put this down to the math: in the last 22 years I have been smoking weed for approximately 8035 days, and NOT smoking it for 28 days (or 0,3% of the days). I am not far from reaching the 40 years old milestone. I think it's time to prove myself that I smoke cannabis because I like it, and not because it's just the norm in my life. And the best way to do that it's to stop for a little bit every once in a while. I decided to start this blog-entry to share my experience and my feelings with the community. After all, nobody can understand better than my fellow tokers.... And now on with the chronicles: DAY 1 - waking up knowing that the only breakfast will be a cigarette and a glass of orange juice is not really appealing. But I am determined to do this. The day goes on, I am really busy at the office and I manage to get to lunchtime without too much stress. After lunch I really struggle, so I allow myself 2 cigarettes in a row. My colleagues don't know I have stopped weed, and I am not telling anyone for the moment. Avoiding the subject is the best way to not think about it too much. The rest of the afternoon goes by fast, but then comes the hardest part: the evening. I eat a nice dinner, play with my kids, then go out in the garden for a cigarette. I am really, really close to giving up. But I don't. When the kids are in bed I try to distract myself with iPad, TV, iPod, iMac, and Nintendo. It's not enough. I am literally freaking out. My heartbeat is slightly faster than normal, and the palms of my hands are a little sweaty. Who said weed is not addictive? LOL Time to go to sleep. I smoke one more cigarette, then lay in bed wide awake for a couple of hours before I finally pass out. Hard day. Really hard day. But it's normal, it's day 1. DAY 2 - I woke up less stressed than yesterday. It's all in the mind... ;-) Even though it's -7 degrees outside, I decide to take my Ducati because today it's the last dry, sunny day of this week. Tomorrow snow will come. I have an appointment at the Coffeeshop in the Haarlemmerstraat, and I am really scared that I am not going to resist temptation. As soon as I arrive the sweet smell of weed penetrates my nose, and my soul. My appointment rolls 3 joints in 30 minutes, but I don't even blink. After 15 minutes I walk outside and smoke a cigarette. Now everybody start asking me why I am not smoking joints, so I have to let the news go public. LOL After the Coffeeshop I go to the office. There nobody knows yet, and this makes it easier on me. I smoke 2 cigarettes in 20 minutes, then dive into my work: writing articles for the new issue of Canamo Magazine, and helping the designers produce new banners for Powder Feeding. It's now past 15:00 and I am doing a lot better than yesterday. Hopefully tonight will be also a little easier than last night.... Tomorrow I'll let you know. And now let's talk money: who wants to bet on how long I am going to last? Who's gonna be the official "bookie"? Can I bet 10 Euros on myself for a 7-days-clean strike? How are the quotes? LOOOOOOOOOOOOL
  5. Day 1 It's hard to describe the feelings: another Strain Hunters adventure begins today, a very special one. For the first time, we are going live from the trip, directly on the forums. I have been preparing this trip for months, but I still can't say I feel completely ready. There is always an element of uncertainty in the air, it's a tricky mission…. Arjan and myself have been waiting for Simon to arrive from Africa, and also for Mister-X, our new brave photographer that follow us for the first time, documenting the trip with lots of images. After spending few hours at the office doing the final checks on the equipment and the luggage, we finally get a taxi and head to the airport. The sky is grey and low. Few joints before checking in, then we catch a short flight to another European capital, to meet the three guys from our film-crew. The group is now 7 large. We are all very excited, and we spend the night in a hotel near the airport, eating, drinking, smoking and talking about the travels ahead. There is a very charged atmosphere. The weed, brought to us by a local friend, burns sweet and musky. It's good Cheese. We go to bed but we hardly can get some sleep.
  6. so, we just finished filming it, and it's now going to editing and subtitling (in 15 languages). After that will come mastering, printing, and then finally it will come out on HD-DVD, around spring 2011. Location: still secret Crew: the usual suspects.... Film Crew: Gagarinpost Productions
  7. We are live from Prague. It's busy here, people are smoking freely, no police around, or at least not visible. Much more relaxed than during the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. LOL! The city is beautiful, people are awesome, and the vibe is great. Arjan is signing posters, and I am chatting with growers and streaming the live thread. We have a good crew on the stand, seeds are flying out of the boxes, and people love our merchandise. It's busier than it was in Vienna a month ago. Will post pics when I get back to NL next week. Now I just got my iPad with me and it's too much work... LoL If you can, make sure you visit this expo, it's a good one!
  8. From the album Franco

  9. Question From the member GHS: Hey i have a question about seeds. in our local seed shop we just got regular ghs seeds.Arjan haze 1,el nino,nevile's haze.did the ghs purchasing regular seeds cause i dont see it on main site or another cannabis trade platforms? peace Let's clarify: we stopped producing regular seeds for commercial purposes in 2009. We still have breeding projects going, but it's for our own in-house use only. Some distributors and growshops might still have in stock OLD packs of regular seeds, but they are at least 4 years old by now. Shops selling those packs are a ripoff.
  10. CONGRATS GONZO! AND TO ALL OTHER WINNERS AS WELL! You guys did a great job, your work was inspiring, entertaining, but most of all it was clearly the product of a lot of passion for the plant we love. And a big THANK YOU to all growers who participated in this first World Cup, it means a lot to all of us at Green House and Strain Hunters. Together we are a strong community. And finally, thanks to Dust, Jose, Mr.X and all the crew, for all the amazing work you did to make this happen. You guys are the most organised stoner-crew ever.
  11. End of day 2 at the Expo! It has been much busier than last year, a great crowd! We spend the whoie day talking to growers and taking pictures and signing autographs.... the feedback is great, people are looking forward to the new genetics we are going to release soon, and everyone is very keen to try the Powderfeeding. We got hundreds of weed samples to taste, local kushes and our own genetics grown locally. The quality is amazing.... The glassmakers are working hard, producing real art. There are three teams (Team Japan, Team Canada and Team USA) competing to create the best pieces. They work all day long, molding the glass with the fire, crafting amazing designs. Tonight the Rolling Stones are playing in Toronto. It`s gonna be a good night....
  12. HERE WE GO AGAIN HUNTERS!!!!! We are LIVE from Toronto, Canada, for the 2013 edition of the Treating Yourself Expo. We arrived in Canada 2 days ago and we already had the chance to visit several local growops including some great rooms from the guys at Humber Valley Seeds (thanks and respect to my friend Kevin for the amazing tour!!!!!!). Check out my INSTAGRAM feed 2 @Franco_Strainhunter for some pics of the growrooms! Now the Expo just opened its doors and we are already busy talking to the growerws and the breeders, it is amazing to see how passionate people are about cannabis in this country. This is the biggest difference between North America and Europe. Here most growers are breedres. Here we see the results of over 30 years of micro-breeding and selection. Great strains, great buds, great people.
  13. This video was made by myself, backstage during the shooting of Strain Hunters Morocco
  15. During the filming of Strain Hunters Morocco 2010 we stumbled in some very good hashish.... here is a sneak preview!!!
  16. Here we go again, ready to burn, FIRE! HOT! RED! We are LIVE again, this time from freezing Amsterdam! It's time for another edition of the best stoner's party of the year: the HIGH TIMES CANNABIS CUP We are now at the 24th edition, and it's an event that does not need introductions. It's the mother of all cannabis meetings, bringing together smokers, growers, smugglers, breeders, seedmakers, coffeeshop owners, cannabis travelers, and all kind of people from all kind of places. They all come to Amsterdam to judge the best cannabis of the year, and to have a hell of a time with their friends. It started as a small private event in 1988, it is now a couple of thousands Judges large... and growing. Many times I have heard criticism about the tecnicalities of the vent, but people should understand what the spirit behind it is, and what it has done for the cannabis cause in the last 24 years. Yes, there might be better Cups when it comes to really judging cannabis (no blind testing, too many strains to judge in a few days, and so on...), but there would be none of them, and no cannabis expos and tradeshows either, if it wouldn't be for the Cannabis Cup pioneering the industry. Steven Hager, founder and organizer, has my maximum respect and I consider him a cannbais hero and a cannabis legend. This thread is a celebration of the Cup, so please open other threads if you want to argue technicalities. This thread is here to keep you informed and updated with what we do during the Cup, and to show the whole world how much fun people can have with cannabis. Personally, this is my 11th Cannabis Cup (1 as a judge in 1999, 10 representing Green House in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010). I've only missed it in 2007, when I was busy in Africa for a few months... ;-) but that's another story. Anyway, the Cannabis Cup begins officially on the 20th of November, but in reality many judges are already arriving in town starting from tomorrow. For me, the 24th High Times Cannabis Cup has already started. I have been busy all day preparing the Vaporizers, having meetings about the logistics, the goodie-bags, the stickers, the posters, the stand for the Expo, the presentation of our entries, and a LOT more. Starting tomorrow I will post pics, and Admin is setting up a LIVE VIDEO STREAM so we will be able to show you what happens at the Cup in real time, real LIVE. All you hunters that cannot make it to Amsterdam this years will feel like you're part of the game and the action, it's a promise. Our slogan this year is OCCUPY GREEN HOUSE! And now let's talk cannabis! OFFICIAL LIST OF ENTRIES FOR THE 24TH HIGH TIMES CANNABIS CUP (voted by all those with a Judge Pass): GREEN HOUSE COFFEESHOP weed entry: HAWAIIAN SNOW imported hash entry: EXODUS CREAM CHEESE nederhash entry: HAWAIIAN ICE We are also entering in the Seed Company Cup (voted only by a small group of Celebrity Judges invited by High Times), with 2 different seed companies: GREEN HOUSE SEED CO. and the new STRAIN HUNTER SEEDS (to be launched in 2012). For the Seed Company Cup there are 4 categories this year: indica, sativa, hybrid, hash. Our entries are: GREEN HOUSE SEED CO. weed indica entry: DIAMOND GIRL weed sativa entry: HAWAIIAN SNOW weed hybrid entry: EXODUS CHEESE hash entry: EXODUS JELLY STRAIN HUNTER SEEDS weed indica entry: still to be decided, we have few options and 1 day left.... weed sativa entry: PANAMA HAZE weed hybrid entry: ORANGE SHACK hash entry: MONEY MAKER JELLY So, I bet I will get a lot of questions about these new names... but be patient until tomorrow, I will give you all the info when the decisions for Strain Hunter Seeds entries in the Seed Company Cup are confirmed final. Admin will give you more info on the LIVE VIDEO STREAM soon, and he will run most of the show here on the forum during the days of the event, because I will be too busy with the judges and the vaporizers and the parties...;-) it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it... LOL To all those who are coming over to Amsterdam, just come to the Green House and let's start smoking guys. No more bullshit, the moment has come... it's CANNABIS CUP!!!! ;-) PEACE, LOVE & THC
  18. Hi everybody... Remember Sam? Banned Sam? well, he still is testing beans. And he's keeping me posted with the results. So I would like to share this one. White Lemon, at week 7 ;-)

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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.

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