THE LEVITATE LOW-DOWN:
Grassroots, Rock, & Reggae
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Mass Medical Strains
Mike “Cann” Crawford
by Irie Lion
The Levitate Lowdown:
Grassroots, Rock & Reggae
by Lauren Moore
Growing Unique Cannabis
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“Bonanza of Green”
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Mendo Breath F2 x Purple Punch F2
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Bred by: Symbiotic Genetics
Punch Breath is an indica dominant strain from
Symbiotic genetics thats available in
regular seeds and can express its genetics in a
variety of ways, through different phenotypical
expressions. Within this strain review, we will so
be covering 2 phenotypes. We've chose to go
over these two in depth because, we tend to notice
that the probable majority of people are truly
yet aware on just how different one strain can be
from itself..... and this is just one more reason
why growers become so passionate about pheno
hunting. We originally started with 5 amazingly
After running them 4 times we begrudgingly
selected two main phenotypes which felt like
being forced to pick your favorite children! We
green and will veg just a tad more thicker than
she grows in a perfectly traditional christmas tree
style with very woody stems that will run races
of purple and red stripes up and down her stems
ready to support strong yields and one super
microbial activity in your soil will keep leaves dark
Topping this strain early will help limit its height
and encourage lateral branching on pheno 2....
left untapped, as she is always ready to produce
one hell of a cola! Internodal spacing is moderate
to the more moderate to tight internodes
Flowering time across phenos averaged out at
about 8.5 to 9.5 weeks. According to the plants
trichomes, shes generally ready at 8.5 weeks,
but can be pushed and extra week to week and
COVERED in trichs at week 5 and it's a sight to
behold. From that point shes a slow roller that
continually produces extremely glossy and glimmering
resinous bud from the beginning wk 3 un-
she remains 85% green with small hues of purple
just at the tips of her budding calyxes, unlike her
glance in veg, gives you the hint shes gonna
produces connecting colas and buds due to her
tighter internodes. She begins packing on the
buds at wk 3 and is a steady grower until about
wk 7, where she just begins to double in thickness.
She is covered in resin glands that leans
sweet grapefruit....with undertones of that Mendo
Breath funk for an added spin on the exhale.
Macro Shot of
Punch Breath in Early Flower
Fading in Flower
Buds are dense as small stones and fade begins
approximately around 6.5 weeks. PB 10s
fan leaves fade is a spectacular dark purple
that will make any garden photogenic. Rich
dark purple hues cover PB10. Sugar and fan
leaves will turn a dark deep purple and deep
orange pistils become red and pronounced as
the buds ripen. Keeping temperatures cool will
boost the purpling. A later harvest will have this
smoking like a very heavy indica that will leave
you just floating while chained to your favorite
The frosted purple buds attract the eye of any
who gaze upon her and the smell of a fruity
gassy aroma hits hard. The dark purple buds
can almost look black, while the bud structure
will tempt you to save your most beautiful
buds for last. When smoked it produces a very
stoned feeling leaving you relaxed in a euphoric
spell. The extensive resin production leaves
a glistening resin ring and when flushed correctly
produces a clean white ash which adds
to the overall experience of a clean smoke. The
lasting effect will leave the bougiest connoisseur
During cure we've tracked a wave of changing and swirling smells. At one point PB 2s terps rolled
over to the smell of a bowl of milk and fruity pebbles and blew our mind. After 1 month the terpenes
seem to settle into their final form.
We hope all of you growers out there hunting for that prized pheno/diamond in the rough, nothing but
the best of luck. From Team Lion to the World....
We wish you positive vibes and Irie Growing!
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The Levitate Lowdown:
Grassroots, Rock & Reggae
by LAUREN MOORE
Some festivals give you a super scuzzy vibe, like you might get felt up & shaken down by security
just because you got something they might want. Others have a wicked corporate coldness, like
everything is branded, mass-produced, & taxed up the ass for all that Instagram promo. A lot of
festivals start up small & local & then sell out to mega-corps like Livenation. Good news by the way
- despite rumors floating around the east coast music scene, Levitate will NOT be sold to Livenation,
& it will NOT be moving to the Gillette Theater either. The hometown festival of the South Shore will
stay exactly where it's been to become what it is today - the backyard beach party with a consistently
jaw-dropping lineup & one-love vibes pumped up with the dopest crowd, music, art, & CBD products
you can get in New England. Communities create & build the best experiences - by the people, for
the people, with the people. Levitate is a one-of-a-kind all-ages weekend event, where you'll find
everyone from toddlers blowing bubbles & bangin' on bongos in a drum circle to grandparents in Bob
Marley shirts drinking out of pineapples & coconuts.
2019 marks my 10th year going to festivals, & I gotta say, Levitate is the only one I haven't missed
since my first. As a non-camping festival, this was the first year that offered 3 nights of music instead
of its standard 2. My crazy schedule could only swing 2 nights, but the lineup for the whole weekend
was so incredibly lit that even if you missed a day, you still got SPOILED by the legendary lineup.
Michael Franti & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, not to mention DAMIAN MARLEY... ALL IN ONE DAY...
are they KIDDING? Even though I missed Tedeschi Trucks Band this year, I gotta appreciate the celebration
of local music, since Marshfield is the home of the Tedeschi family. Plus Stick Figure continues
to headline their hometown fest & light it up with dubby surfer jams that just sound like the ocean.
"I f*ckin' LOVED Stick Figure, what the f*ck!" gushed Becca Jane, a 23 year-old from New Hampshire
who hadn't heard them before. "All their songs are SO positive, you don't even need to be on drugs
to feel them!" Matt Link, the bassist for the Elovaters, was also stoked on Stick Figure's set, saying,
"Stick Figure of course always crushes it. Them being kinda like hometown heroes put me in a surreal
position, playing with Stick Figure, they kinda took us under their wing."
This summer was the first Levitate for the Elovaters, a stellar Boston-based reggae band that kicked
off Saturday with a juicy feel-good flow. I had just caught them at the House of Music in Portland
a few months before, danced all night, & was even more stoked for Levitate knowing I'd see them
again. "As a bassist in a rock & roll band, I was blown away. The way he is able to carry that reggae
dub through every change up was just iconic," said Alex Pavlow, a volunteer for Garbage to Garen.
The Elovaters will be touring until the end of fall & back in Marshfield for Levitate Backyard shows in
The Elovaters' bassist Matt Link had a lot of highlights throughout the festival. "I tried to see every
musician I could. Pretty much every band there blew me away. Damian Marley was probably the set
I appreciated the most - that was a bucket list moment; I'd never gotten to see Damian before. It was
an amazing show from start to finish. Michael Franti & SOJA absolutely crushed it - some of these
Photography by EriK FRALICK
Lead Singer of SOJA
ands I haven't seen in a really long time, which
was amazing as a fan & musician."
"The Woods Brothers about made me cry," he
continued. "Going off the whole reggae subject,
I was in the Green Room & they were going off
on a song together, & I could hear their acoustics
- I was just sitting right outside with my ear
up against the wall like... wowwwww. It was
cool to see Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, one of
my favorite bands in the world. They speak for
themselves. Steel Pulse put on one of the most
legendary shows I think I've seen them play.
Soulive... probably one of the best bands out
there who just do what they do. It was a really
cool convert to go back & forth with those guys.
Then of course, my favorite band... Iya Terra. Iya
Terra's new album is beyond fire. I love their new
video; I love everything about those guys."
It was Iya Terra's first year at Levitate as well,
who are currently touring the west coast. If you
haven't seen them, take it from Link that you
don't want to miss them: "They put on one of the
best f*ckin' sets, & I got a really strong connection
to those guys. They are all my brothers & a
huge inspiration to me. It was really cool to see
them here on the east coast doing what they do
best." Iya Terra will be back east in October before
going west again, plus all over in between
- both Iya Terra & the Elovaters are basically
nonstop touring through the fall, so definitely
check out their tour dates online.
Levitate gave us a full range of reggae, from the
soulful Rasta legends Steel Pulse who've been
playing since '75, to SOJA & their ska-politico
anthems that have become classics over the
past decade. And you know, I've never gone
out of my way to see Sublime with Rome cus
well, to me the soul of Sublime has always been
Bradley (RIP). But DAMN it was dope dropping
into the music I've been listening to since middle
Skating the Ramp
"Sublime with Rome - legends," Link said.
"Rome put on a great show, Eric is an amazing
guy, I've looked up to him for years as a bass
player." When everyone knows every word to
every song, songs that have been with you
Drummer for The Elovaters
through so many changes & stages of life, you realize you'd have no idea who the hell you'd be without
those iconic riffs. And on that note, gotta be grateful to see JRAD on the lineup again to keep the
Dead alive on the scene. Even though it was my 7th time seeing them, it was my first time catching
"Black Throated Wind" - which just blew me away. Sometimes to be in the right place at the right time,
you just gotta buy the ticket.
So before you get completely sucked into the music, the first thing to do at Levitate is buy the steel
pint of course. If you're at a festival, you're probably ready to drop some money, so throw down the
$10 for a Levitate cup & get some awesome planet karma for zero-waste drinking, plus a discount
for your beer or cider, plus a practical souvenir you can keep or gift to someone who missed out. You
can also alternate filling i with water if you forgot a refillable bottle, thanks to the hydration stations.
The weather was borderline dangerously hot, so the abundance of water was definitely key to making
it through the heat! The loving vibe of Levitate really shines in little details like when the festival crew
passes free boxed waters through the crowds. The whole festival scored super high for the ocean as
there were no single-use plastic water bottles to be seen, though the boxed waters were way more
expensive than filling a $10 cup or reusable bottle. Always look for Reverb tents at a festival or show
in New England, because refill stations mean no one goes thirsty.
On that note, Levitate is just not a trashy event. There are definitely some festivals where you are
totally trudging through garbage & mud & can barely find your feet. Levitate onboarded a Portland,
Maine-based composting company called Garbage to Garden to keep the grass green & pathways
clear. This spunky team in green was not only on top of keeping the grounds clean, they also amped
up the experience by being super stoked to be a part of it - with the occasional water gun ambush
from a golf cart.
Closing out the Festival
fun I was having, I made sure we composted
almost 1,200 pounds of compostable
materials that just would have been thrown
away. What's beautiful is that half the disposable
beer cups were compost-certified & the
others were recycled & broken down. So not
only that, but we sorted almost 4,000 units of
"As a surfer with a significant level of hype, recognized
as an Ocean Conservatory migrant
leader in ocean plastic processing services for
the past 14 years, my role was to help with the
pollution reduction, the grounds clean-up, & making
sure that compost, recyclables, & trash were
all properly sorted, disposed of, or repurposed
or upcycled," said Alex Pavlow of Portland, ME.
"My job was to drive a golf cart around & pick up
people's stations - recyclables, trash, & compost
- & take them to our hedge point where they were
very assertively sorted & placed into the proper
containers for expulsion in their proper demeanors.
"So I took it upon myself to have the time of my
life. I'm driving around a golf cart & there's thousands
of people not getting out of the way. So
I found myself a squirt gun like, 'Get out of my
way! I got trash, a purpose, & a squirt gun, & I am
not afraid to use it!' People LOVED it. I literally
became an icon at Levitate by being the guy in
the Crocodile Dundee hat on a golf cart squirtin'
people up. Plus even with all the love & straight
While the musicians & crowd absolutely
make a festival what it is, so do the people
behind it that work as its backbone. "My favorite
moment of it all is when it came down
to it, I found myself responsible for my friends
to have a great time, knowing I had a part to
play - not just for my friends having a great
time, which has opened my eyes, but the entire
ecosystem of the Levitate festival. So everyone
could enjoy themselves without being
surmounted in dirt or trash... & all the other
gross things," Alex said. "I was an integral
part for people to dance freely without having
to worry about tripping or falling in trash."
Levitate made sure the foundation of the
festival, the vendors, were totally solid. The
artists & artisans were all lovingly unique in their
taste, style & craft - not like the Liquid Blue resellers
you see all over Phish lot or Dead & Company
tour. The food was also next level - I always
look forward to the gotta-try-it-to-believe-how-
AMAZING-it-is Wonton Tacos, which somehow
combines Asian food with Mexican SO on point,
my mouth waters just thinking about those crispy
& savory pockets of goodness. And even though
they ran out of pineapples to serve fruity drinks,
in, another favorite food vendor was the fruity
stand slingin coconuts & mango pina coladas
mixed right proper. At first, I was like, "WOAHHH
dude, that is strong!" & told, "Then you shouldn't
have asked for the special one!" But damn am I
glad I did! It was fruity delicious & all the better
for its strength because it lasted longer & I didn't
need another one. The personalities of each vendor
really make the festival market shine.
Melissa, a festival fashion designer from Worcester,
bounced around her booth like a glittery rave
fairy that literally just makes people smile by being
near them. Celebrating her 5th year of vend-
ding Levitate, she said, "I've vended many music festivals all over the country and Levitate is genuinely
one of my favorite ones! The surfer, skate, jam band vibe is just so fun and all ages gather to
celebrate music and art in such a beautiful way. This year we were set up next to the half pipe, which
was super cool because colorful skater girl fashion is also an inspiration in my designs!"
The half-pipe is an awesome staple of Levitate that you don't get at any typical festival, at least
none of the ones I've been to across the States. It definitely amps up the energy beyond the stages,
keeping the movement flowing & adrenaline pumping. Plus it's really entertaining to watch the 8-10
year-olds absolutely smoke the drunkish millennials when the sun starts to set. And it was even more
entertaining this year to see Melissa dusting passer-bys with body glitter in the middle of it all, blowing
rainbow sparkles onto the skating scene.
There were also super high-quality local artisans selling tinctures, tea, salves, & even CBD Lavender
Lemonade, which made South Shore CBD a sanctuary for rejuvenating - like this lemonade brought
my brain back into my body after a whole day of raging on adrenaline & dopamine. I was like, "Ahhh...
electrolytes AND cannabinoid bliss!" Not only was the lemonade instantly refreshing & bright, it really
sparked my whole head & body back to equilibrium after 8 hours of dancing in the sunshine, so I was
sure to go to their booth both nights.
Co-founder of South Shore CBD Kait Buckley explained, "Our lineup of products include healing
salves, oil-based tinctures & extracts, local honey infusions, & Lavender Lemonade. The Lavender
Lemonade is a great sleep aid & overall relaxing agent due to the addition of our homegrown lavender,
plus lemon helps flush toxins & helps return the body to a balanced PH. CBD is overall designed
to bring the body back to homeostasis." It's really the perfect elixir for when you've been dancing
more than not in a day, & your body needs a little something to remember how to chill.
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Kait founded the company with her partner John Labo
from their own gardens in Marshfield, Mass, right on
the coast & minutes from the Levitate store & festival
ground. "John has been a part of Levitate the surf
shop since its early days when it was a tiny shop in
the upstairs of a building in the center of town," Kait
said of her partner. "Having spent most of his days
out on the water surfing, he was naturally very close
to the original owner Bob. He also surged with and
lived out in Hawaii with Levitate’s current owner, Dan
Hassett. We've been attending Levitate Music Festival
since its early years. Not only is it right up the street
from where we live, we also feel their ideas & vibes
of creating something that is locally homegrown for
our community," she said. "Being a part of Levitate’s
festival whether as vendors or attendees has always
felt special, & we hope Bob would be extremely proud
of what his original brand has now become, especially
the part of how it brings the community together.
Stoked to have heard that it is going to remain in
Marshfield, where it belongs!"
The quality of she & John's products was so vibrant,
I'm definitely going online at www.south-shore-cbd.
com to try some of that luscious-looking CBD-infused
honey they had on display. According to Kait, the
honey is locally sourced from the South Shore area to help with allergies, sleep aid, & inflammation.
"The products we make here at South Shore CBD are designed to create an overall healing and
rejuvenating effect, whether for medicinal reasons, preventative maintenance, or relaxation to name a
few. Our products focus on healing the body & keeping it in homeostasis, so we try and use as many
homegrown and organic ingredients as possible," says Kait. "We do lollipops as a fun addition to our
lineup, though with a higher sugar content - I mainly recommend those as a relaxation recreational
use. The salves & tinctures are available in both an isolated CBD version & Full Spectrum, or whole
I also got another invaluable product at the South Shore CBD tent - tincture for my dog who broke his
leg before he turned a year old. Since he had the injury so young, the vet said that leg will always be
weaker & he will likely develop arthritis later in life. I spoke to a local customer at the tent who said the
CBD isolate helped bring her aging cat back to his playful self again with raving reviews of the pain
relief for her beloved pet. After buying & trying it for my little guy, I will definitely be keeping the tincture
on hand for our pup. After the first dose, his back leg stopped shaking when he sat or lied down.
After the first 2 days, he was limping less. After the first week, he could go farther distances on our
walks. The tinctures can be used for both people & their pets, & gotta say, it is true medicine.
"Our best-selling product at the festival was our Lavender Lemonade, though the tinctures & salves
were also popular," Kait said. "The tinctures are infused with Hemp Seed Oil to keep it as close to the
idea of consuming the hemp plant in its entirety. Hemp seed oil is also a super food, high in proteins
and omegas. The Salves are coconut oil & beeswax based that contain various locally grown herbs/
plants from our garden. The full spectrum & CBD isolate salves vary in the herbs used for each, but
all created to give a healing, soothing & moisturizing effect."
Levitate itself is really a full spectrum festival, with
the local grassroots vibe uplifted by the rock &
the reggae. Then there's the art component, from
the funky fresh vendors to the collaborative graffiti
walls. There's the bright taste of local cuisine
with vendors mostly from the coastal community.
There's the feeling of family, where people across
generations love life together, lit up
& getting down to the same music. Then of
course there's this overall vibe that festin' is fun
- & also healing as hell! We don't see the quality
of products the vendors brought at any typical
outlet or market. We also don't get enough opportunities
to dance our absolute asses off with
our neighbors & some of the best performing jam
bands in the country - so make sure to check
out the Backyard concert series & new taco spot
Levitate's owner Dan Hassett has launched this
summer. And we do have the summer festival, so
mark your calendars for July 10-12, 2020 - I will
see you there!
Jamming out Sunday Afternoon
ELOVATERS Fall TOUR
FRI 27 SEPTEMBER
Levitate Backyard Marshfield, MA
THU 24 OCTOBER
Cafe DaVinci Deland, FL
TUE 5 NOVEMBER
The Pour House Music Hall Raleigh, NC
THU 14 NOVEMBER
Ardmore Music Hall Philadelphia, PA
SAT 28 SEPTEMBER
Levitate Backyard Marshfield, MA
FRI 25 OCTOBER
Terra Fermata Stuart, FL
WED 6 NOVEMBER
Visulite Theatre Charlotte, NC
FRI 15 NOVEMBER
Union Stage Washington, DC
SUN 29 SEPTEMBER
Levitate Backyard Marshfield, MA
SAT 26 OCTOBER
Jannus Live St Petersburg, FL
THU 7 NOVEMBER
Asheville Music Hall Asheville, NC
SUN 17 NOVEMBER
Portland House of Music Portland, ME
Playing with The Movement
& The Late Oens:
WED 23 OCTOBER
Surfer the Bar Jacksonville Beach, FL
SUN 27 OCTOBER
Downtown Debauchery Melbourne, FL
SAT 2 NOVEMBER
Martin's Downtown Roanoke, VA
SAT 9 NOVEMBER
The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
WED 13 NOVEMBER
Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
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Growing Unique Cannabis
by Mass Medical Strains
FiveStar (Thai x Afghani/Paki)
COB Grown, 11/13, 56 Days
Hello everyone, Mass Medical Strains here.
I’d like to tell you guys a bit about how you
can start to make your grow more unique,
and grow some better, different, more special
pot than what you are used to! It’s very
easy and a lot of fun to do.
12/12 is the typical flower light cycle we are
all taught, but it’s really just a generalization
and starting point. As you’ve seen with
outdoor climate, if you’ve ever smoked bud
grown in a tropical environment compared
to up north, there is a huge difference in the
effects. Environment gives the plants their
own unique character.
Indoors, everybody creates nearly the exact
same environment. Light cycle is a big
component here. Up north we have longer
days and shorter nights, down south and in
the tropics we have shorter days and longer
nights. I personally love the sativa effects of
bud grown in Hawaii for example, it is some
of the most spiritual and psychedelic I have
Using twelve hours of light and darkness, we
are all creating the exact same type of indica
lighting cycle, and plants express nearly the
same in every garden. Of course, the type of
lighting, and your temperature and humidity,
as well as nutrition, will effect things greatly.
However, the 12/12 is your limiting factor
and will keep your indoor being just generic
indoor, in comparison to what it could be
with your own personal touch!
I always flower indoor gardens with 11 hours
on and 13 off, emulating a more tropical
light cycle that I am fond of. I also veg on
17 hours on, same idea here. More light
hours is more indica. You can flower with 13
hours on if you want an even more indica
expression than 12/12 is… or pick your own
light cycle! 11.5/12.5 is another example of
a good sativa leaning influence in your light
In my first side by side comparison a few
years ago, two tents with the same clone,
same light, same environment, just one hour
difference of light, I saw great improvements with
11/13 in my opinion and so I have been using
this light cycle for years, ever since. The 11 hour
version became much more colorful, while the
12 hour stayed green. The flavor had changed a
bit more unique too in the 11 hour tent, and the
plant was finished flowering a few days faster.
I noticed no detrimental effect on yield either. A
faster cycle and a more unique plant, win win!
Generally my more tropical light cycle imparts
GG4 Clone Only,
a more tropical characteristic into all my plants.
Even the most indica stuff I grow will rarely feel
11/13, COB Lighting. Mother to our Prayer Glue.
indica effect, totally influenced by the tropical style light cycle! If
PuTang Nevil Chem
you want it more numbing and indica feeling, perhaps try 12.5
hours of light, or 13 hours of light… like a more northern climate!
All with the same clone for comparison, you can produce a much
different bud, flavor and effect wise, by changing up light cycle.
You can also do this when you play with other environmental
Unique genetics: (Star Pupil x Tangie)
x (Chemdog #4 x Nevils Haze)
In addition to light cycle, temperature plays a huge role on genetic
expression. Many plants produce a different terpene profile,
and a different effect, depending on the temperature range it is
grown in. One exciting example is my Mr.E Pupil strain. When
grown at or above 90 degrees, they express an incredible roadkill
skunk terpene profile! When smoked, the high is very racy
and extreme. In the summer I often grow warm rooms and get
some really unique sativa-type pot. Pay attention to light intensity,
air movement, air exchange, hydration, etc. in these warmer
periods, and you can actually grow high quality product, especially
with the right genetics. When grown cooler/normal, like 70-80 degree environments, the Mr.E
Pupil plants are a cheesy berry candy fruity type (instead of roadkill skunk) and a more indica feeling
high, with much more purple coloration, and an absolutely different terpene profile on the lab test,
with very similar cannabinoid content!
While we are on the topic of light cycles, keep in mind that light spectrum is another factor you can
use to grow more unique pot. I find that while HPS do a great job in growing high quality pot, the result
is often fairly limited and generic. While this is not a bad thing, it’s still high quality and enjoyable,
there are more options to be explored if you want to stand out. Many growers, especially oldschool
heads, refuse to use an HPS, and actually flower under Metal Halide bulbs. I find sweeter and more
unique flavors to come out with the MH spectrum. Bud can often be more potent as well. I also love
full spectrum LED’s, specifically COBs. This white light grows plants which are more like the unique
profiles and effects you get from the best sungrown, but with insane yield and bag appeal that you
expect from indoor. In addition, I’ve had yields over 2 grams per watt with COB lighting, replacing
each 1kw light with 600w of cobs! Keep in mind different lights have different optimal temperatures
required for proper nutrient uptake, led grown plants preferring low 80s. Mixing light spectrums also
shows great results, and you can get the best of both worlds when mixing HPS and MH together, or
COB and MH, or COB and HPS… etc!
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It is also worth noting that low nitrogen levels have been shown to create higher terpene levels. Overly
high nitrogen levels especially in early flower, can reduce yields and potency! Just as you can play
with your light cycles, spectrums, and other aspects of the environment to create a more unique end
result, you can also pay attention to your plants nutritional diet! In fact, I think of the light almost as a
nutrient, each light spectrum is like a different type of food for the plant. LED spectrums call for different
usage of calcium and magnesium to drive photosynthesis, for example!
Genetics are another important factor in growing the most enjoyable and unique cannabis. In addition
to creating your own unique environment, try to grow some unique strains. Rather than following
the hype strains, you should look for strains which actually appeal to your preferences. When buying
seeds I always read about the Effects of the strains I am looking into, so I can find something that I
think I will like. I also make all my plant selections for my own breeding, based on the way the plants
effects make me feel! This is the cornerstone of Mass Medical Strains varieties, and selecting for
effect should be the number one factor in any garden.
There are thousands of different gene pools and strains and crosses. Make sure your garden is one
of diversity. If you are growing ten different strains that all have a single strain like OG or Cookies
somewhere in the lineage, you’re not going to have the same type of unique variety to smoke from
compared to a garden which has ten different strains which share no common parents with each
other! Seek out unique strains, and you will stand out. You’ll also experience a much wider range of
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9 Top Tips On Choosing The Best Cannabis
by Stoney Tark
Night Queen, Indica Kush Genetics
Grown Indoors under LED
There is such a wide variety of Cannabis strains available, and with more European and U.S
seed banks popping up overnight, it can be difficult to know what type of strain is the best
suited. Investing in new Cannabis seeds can be based upon skill level, garden size, time
frame and budget, so below are our 9 top tips on how to choose the best Cannabis strain.
Limited Grow Space
This point is more for bedroom scale growers, or
those who have converted an old cupboard into
an indoor garden, or those with a small sized
tent. There is nothing worse than when a canopy
becomes overgrown and results in plants stretching
very close to grow lights. The damage the
heat stress can cause is irreversible.
Our top tip here is to select a strain that is more
indica dominant, and will stretch almost twice
the size. Sativa dominant varieties will be much
more aggressive during the stretching period
once plants have been set to a 12/12 light cycle.
These strains will also have a shorter flowering
of around 8-9 weeks, and a stout growth structure
meaning they are better suited for beginner
growers, and those who prefer to grow a small to
medium sized plant.
Cannabis plants will vary in characteristics depending
on where they originate from, and resistance
is one very important trait. Plant resistance
can cover many things ranging from its defence
to plant disease and pathogens, and resistance
to the wind, heat, cold and rain.
Our top tip here is to choose a Cannabis strain
that is best suited for where you are growing.
Perhaps you are in an area that suffers from excess
heat, high humidity, cold temperatures and
powdery mildew prone. It could be you are growing
outdoors and need to think about the possibility
of mountainous heavy winds that produce cold
winds. Whatever your surroundings, do some research
into which strains were specifically created
by the breeders with enhanced characteristics
and plant resistance.
Growing For Terps
The days of only growing commercially with a
heavy harvest in mind, is quickly being replaced
by a wave of incredible extract artists and hash
makers. Even the practise of drying a Cannabis
plant out is shifting to a fresh frozen deep freeze
before blasting or making ice water hash.
Our top tip here is to find out which strains produce
out of this world terps, without any biased
towards yield. Pheno finding is also an excellent
way to find multiple keepers that will possess the
desired traits you are looking for and especially
when isolating the plant to a rosin, shatter or full melt
hash. It will never be too hard to learn what the most
currently demanded flavour is, and then discovering
which breeders are big on their terp game!
Plants Growing in a Sea of Green Formation
Is It Only About Yield?
As briefly mentioned in the point above, yield is only
important when it comes to meeting commercial scale
numbers, working with profit margins and pleasing
investors. To overlook effect, flowering time, resistance
factors, terpene profile and cannabinoid profile is very
Our top tip here is to forget about yield capabilities, as these can be directly
influenced by plant training. Instead grow for flavour, potency and then
yield and spend time to dial in that particular cultivar. Finding a keeper that
ticks all the boxes for you is far more satisfying than growing a big producing
strain just out of practicality. There are some incredible strains available
on the market and bottle necking them to accomodate for yield would be
There is no better feeling than growing Cannabis plants outdoors as nature
intended. The benefit of U.V sunlight and a way to go crazy in the organics
department. Some indoors strains will perform better than others, for example
Blue Dream outdoors is a super reliant strain. However, there are also other things to consider
before planting outdoors.
Our top tip here is to think about your surroundings and to know how much light you recieve. You
may be in a location that receives sun all day during the Summer months, yet becomes restricted due
to a landscape or wooded area. Select a Cannabis strain that requires a short flowering time if this
is the case, as more demanding sativa strains will only fail to form biomass and mature with serious
A Medicinal Harvest
Dutch Passion Strain
For those who use Cannabis medicinally for therapeutic purposes, then there has never been a better
time to grow. The advancements with breeding programmes for legal hemp 0.2% THC hybrids, to
CBD dominant strains that range in cannabinoid ratio (THC / CBD. 1:1,1:2,1:3:1:20 and so on) has
never been so high.
Our top tip here is to decide on a CBD strain based on the desired effect. One of the best things
about CBD hybrids is that people can enjoy the flavour and social aspect of smoking flowers without
feeling the cerebral effects too much. This opens the door for first time smokers to also enjoy Cannabis
in flower form. On the other hand there are some CBD hybrids that are in the 20% mark for
potency, so the option to grow a well balanced variety or a heavily medicinal strain has never been so
The Floor Plan and Plant Training
Applying plant training techniques during the
vegetative state can promote large canopies and
increase yields. However, many growers will have
a system that involves vegging for a short time
and flowering the plants closely together in a Sea
of Green formation.
Our top tip here is no matter which way you
choose to grow your plants from veg to flower,
some strains will be much better suited for plant
training than others, in the same way others will
be best suited for S.O.G and others for SCROG.
Usually a seed bank will explain in the description
about the strain, or you will have a general idea
gathered from the genetic lineage. Afghani and
Kush hybrids will always work well grown closely
together, whilst sativas are more prone to excessive
plant training and require much more growing
Autoflowering Strains For The Win
It seems that the popularity of automatic Cannabis
strains in the U.S, is catching up with the
European market now autos have earnt a solid
reputation. Basically, automatics do not depend
on a set photoperiod such as 18/6 or 12/12 and
as the name suggests will flower automatically.
Given the right environment, autos can produce
some high grade flower.
Our tip tip here is to grow automatics both indoors
and outdoors. If you have a separate vegging
room where plants are kept under 18/6 until
transplanting into a flowering room, then adding
automatics in the room will ensure a ready to harvest
crop as you are working on your photoperiod
plants. Outdoors, the possibilities are endless
with automatics and one reason why they are so
popular in South America and Spain.
High Priced Seed Packs
The price of a boutique Cannabis strain has
never been so high, with a ten pack ranging from
$100-$200 with no guarantee of anything insane
coming through. Often times growers are left
highly disappointed after cashing out an entire
month's wage on multipacks hoping to find the
Holy Grail of phenos.
Our top tip here is to also think about the other
breeders who work extensively hard behind the
scenes. There are so many talented and up and
coming breeders out there, who may not have
the deepest pockets, or training when it comes to
marketing and branding yet are breeding some
next level hybrids. Just because a pack of seeds
does not have the most attractive packaging,
or the biggest Instagram following, don’t always
assume you need to hand over $150 and more to
feel you are getting the fire.
Good luck growing your next Cannabis strain,
and do plenty of research beforehand about
the breeder, seedbank, which growing format
is best suited, plant structure, aroma, flowering
time, resistance and cannabinoid profile.
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