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Guide for choosing your marijuana strain

Smoke report: Candyland by Grand Daddy Purple Seeds

Candyland by Grand Daddy Purple Seeds, one of Ken Estes’ jewels

For this smoke report, we tasted a bud of Candyland, a variety from the Grand Daddy Purple Seeds bank. Created by legendary breeder Ken Estes, it is only available in regular seed form, resulting from the cross between Bay Platinum Cookies and the world-famous Grand Daddy Purple.

This is a magnificent indica variety, an easy-to-grow cannabis strain with wonderful colouring and pungent earthy, sugary aromas of an organic character with strong nuances of forest fruits such as berries and grapes; a variety that, without a doubt, bears the mark of its creator, both for its organoleptic properties and for its powerful relaxing effects, totally in line with the style and philosophy of Grand Daddy Purple Seeds.

The parent used as the father in this cross is Grand Daddy Purple, a Skunk-based variety but at the same time very different from what we Europeans understand by Skunk; these lines were worked in California rather than in Holland, and it is highly likely that the ancestors of Grand Daddy Purple originate from Mendocino, South America and Afghanistan. The Bay Platinum Cookies mother provides that component so characteristic of the cookies family by adding earthy and creamy butter terpenes in addition to changing the morphology of the flower, affecting its density and bract (calyx) size.

New American strains for Autumn 2021

New American varieties, Autumn 2021

We’re back again, with another batch of new releases in terms of American cannabis genetics, this time presenting three new seed banks that you can find in the Alchimia Grow Shop catalogue right now. As you already know, we do our very best to bring you the latest varieties from the other side of the pond, and this summer we’ve been really busy, with no less than three great new banks for your growing pleasure!

So, this time we’ll be highlighting some of the most interesting varieties from breeders such as Mz Jill (a true legend in the American cannabis scene for more than 20 years), Dungeons Vault Genetics (created by the former breeder of the prestigious Grand Daddy Purple Seeds company owned by Ken Estes) and Cult Classic Seeds (based in Sonoma County, California, who come out swinging with their Cement Shoes). As you can see, this autumn is packed with new and exciting strains!

ACE Seeds’ Sativa varieties

Deciding which cannabis variety to grow is not always an easy task because, apart from factors such as the desired characteristics of the final product, our choice may depend on other, no less important, aspects such as the local climate or the natural photoperiod in our area. As such, we often receive inquiries from countries near the equator, where the photoperiod sometimes plays tricks on the grower, who ends up with plants that have not grown enough to give a satisfactory harvest.

For these cases, today we’d like to recommend a series of varieties from one of the most prestigious seed banks we have in stock: ACE Seeds. Known throughout the world for their impressive pure varieties and the hybrids created from them, ACE Seeds offers a range of Sativa-dominant plants that can solve many of the problems that these growers face.

How to interpret cannabis strain descriptions

We receive many queries about the parameters included in the descriptions of the different cannabis strains, and more specifically, the traits section. While some aspects, like production per square meter or cannabinoid content, are very clear for the experienced grower, newcomers to the wonderful world of marijuana home growing can find them confusing.

Today, we are explaining in detail each of the attributes that can be found in the information provided by the cannabis seed banks in relation to the genetics they sell. This will help you to clear any doubts when checking the strains’ index cards and descriptions, and to understand every trait of the plants outlined in their catalogues.

Smoke Report: Punch Out by Purple City Genetics

Today we’d like to invite you to share in a tasting session with one of Purple City Genetics‘ most spectacular varieties: Punch Out. Coming from a cross between Legend OG and the mythical Purple Punch, this hybrid has a rich and complex flavour and aroma that stand out above the rest, whether consumed in a cannabis vaporiser or, as in our case, rolled up in a traditional joint.

Just one look at the pedigree of this variety is all that’s needed to know that we’re dealing with something very special. For its part, Legend OG (The Crinkle Cut) is a clone-only strain with OG Kush genetics, which is pretty much held as the benchmark of quality that many other varieties are measured by, and used in countless top-quality hybrids. On the other hand, we can’t add much to everything that has already been written about Purple Punch, a plant that stands out on its own, but which also offers amazing results as a parent equalled by very few other strains. Without a doubt, the guys at PCG have come up with a knockout combination for Punch Out!

Low-THC Cannabis Varieties

With the rise of medicinal cannabis use and the inclusion of CBD in a multitude of products, the varieties of hemp chosen for cultivation are becoming increasingly important for the producer, who can see how the total CBD yield can easily double if the right choice is made. However, and as every professional hemp farmer knows, his activity is restricted by limits on the THC content in his plants permitted under the corresponding legislation, and that each country has its own limits and regulations.

In today’s article, we’re going to introduce you to the best currently available varieties with THC levels below 1%, meaning that they can be grown in certain countries without any type of legal issues because they stay below the limits established by the respective jurisprudence. Not only that, but we’ll also show you some of the certified hemp varieties that we offer in our seed catalogue.

Runtz, born under a lucky star

Without a doubt, and especially after winning in record time a fair amount of awards in some of the most prestigious US cannabis cups, one of the biggest genetics hypes of the moment is Runtz by Cookie Fam. This impressive variety has produced some phenotypes of truly amazing quality, and has been used as mother plant to create several first-class hybrids which have won the hearts of marijuana fans, professionals and cup judges alike.

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Runtz caused such a stir that, only three years after its release in California, it was voted best strain of the year 2020 by the prestigious Leafly platform, an award worthy of the impact created by this plant. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start at the beginning. Where does Runtz come from?

Medicinal Cannabis strains

The use of therapeutic or medicinal cannabis has seen an unprecedented boom in recent years, with thousands of people treating their illnesses, ailments and side-effects derived from other treatments either with the cannabis plant itself or the extracts that derive from it. The multiple benefits offered and the growing number of users bear witness to its effectiveness, which in recent times has led to redoubled efforts by breeders and seedbanks to create new hybrids with better ratios of certain cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD or, more recently, CBG.

Today we’re going to take a look at the best cannabis varieties for medicinal use, in particular from the point of view of the relative quantity of cannabinoids they contain. Nowadays, although CBG is fast gaining popularity, the “star cannabinoids” in terms of medicinal properties are THC and CBD, and we can find plenty of varieties with different ratios or proportions between one compound and the other. So, here we’re going to list them according to their cannabinoid ratio so that it’s easier for you to find the one you’re looking for.

Alchimia’s Desert Island Strains: our personal favourite genetics

The most productive, the tastiest, the most resinous. you can find a plethora of criteria for classifying the thousands of genetics available on today’s cannabis seeds market, but few of them are capable of displaying all the traits we desire or remaining indefinitely in the user’s memory. Anyone who has had the chance to grow a range of different types of cannabis will know that some genetics can leave unforgettable memories. They might not be the most popular or most sought-after strains, but they do have that special something.

We asked our team of growers a question: If you had to cultivate just one cannabis variety for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Here you will find a selection of the genetics that hold a special place in the grow tents (and hearts) of Alchimia’s growers, a list of strains that, for one reason or another, members of our team have fallen head-over-heels in love with. If you could keep only one variety, what would it be?

Violeta by ACE Seeds: Purple and potent F1 hybrid

ACE Seeds’ Violeta is a hybrid of two landrace varieties that manages to bring together many of the key traits we look for when choosing a cannabis variety to cultivate.

Violeta is easy to grow both indoors and outdoors and is highly resistant even in humid climates. This balanced and well-structured cross is also very pleasing to the eye during cultivation, and especially during flowering, with extremely resinous buds and beautiful purple colours, as its name suggests.

On an organoleptic level, this plant offers a very rewarding experience. It’s very easy to consume, without any harshness on the throat, and burns with a very clean white ash, pretty much regardless of the growing, drying or curing techniques. It is very rich in terpenes, with a very pleasant fruity, citric flavour with notes of forest fruits and red berries, and truly refreshing aromas that also provide a well-balanced effect.

Smoke Report: Pure Kush Cookies by Mamiko Seeds

Today, we invite you to try an excellent strain that has surprised us in many aspects: Pure Kush Cookies by Mamiko Seeds. A cross between L.A. Pure Kush and the famous Girl Scout Cookies Forum Cut, it represents one of the best hybrids of these two families; though some would say, and not without reason, that they are closely related, as in fact, Cookies contains 50% OG Kush genes.

Either way, and as you are about to see, it’s a strain that stands out for many reasons, including its taste and aroma, and the impressive amount of resin it produces. A generous yielder, it developes a medium-sized, bushy and robust structure (ideal for indoor growing), with a nice calyx-to-leaf ratio. A plant that definitely makes its 10 weeks of flowering time worthwhile. In fact, its hash is one of the best we’ve ever had!

Choosing cannabis seeds for five-star water hash

With the increasing popularity of cannabis concentrates and resin extractions, it’s only natural that more and more growers are looking for genetics that are well suited to these techniques. Whether you’re growing in a small grow tent for your own supply or in a huge legal cultivation facility for a dispensary, it’s always best to be as efficient and effective as possible, and that means getting the best return in terms of quality and quantity from the time, money and effort that you’ve invested cultivating.

Selecting cannabis mother plants

Although many cannabis growers use seeds on each and every crop, whether growing under artificial lights or outdoors, some of them prefer to keep their mother plants in an indoor grow space and consistently take cuttings to get them to flower whenever it suits them. Both methods have advantages and disadvantages; on the one hand, when cultivating from seeds you get a greater variety of flavours, aromas and effects than when you grow from cuttings. In addition, plants cultivated from seeds are usually more vigorous and productive.

However, when using clones, you obtain identical plants, with exactly the same flavour, aroma and effect. In some cases, if you are looking for a particular flavour or high, it’s the easiest way to achieve it. For this reason, many growers cultivate from seed in order to choose the best specimen to keep it as a mother plant for their future crops. In this article, we explain how to do this.

Auto-Flower, Fast Version & Photo-Dependent. what’s the difference?

Nowadays we growers are faced with more choices than ever when buying cannabis seeds, which can be a little overwhelming for some of us. It’s not uncommon to find a seed bank offering several different versions of their best genetics, so as well as feminised seeds, we can often find the same strain also being sold as an “auto” and sometimes even a “fast version”. What exactly does all this mean, and why do breeders offer these different options?

Rare cannabis strains

Most interesting and curious cannabis strains

Throughout the history of marijuana, breeders have strived to find the best possible specimens of each strain in order to get hold of the highest quality plants, refine their lineages, and obtain new hybrids that are as solid as impressive. But the truth is that Mother Nature is unpredictable and sometimes she surprises and delights us with some unique and out of the ordinary plants, which stand out for their morphology or ability to adapt, developing very different traits to what we commonly consider as marijuana.

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Botanical inquisitiveness has led some breeders who have encountered these “mutant strains” to investigate whether they possess interesting features that could be used in cannabis breeding, thus popularizing these hybrids’ peculiarities, pros, and cons.

How to make feminised cannabis seeds

Until the 1990s, any cannabis cultivator was aware that, at some point, they had to separate the male and female plants if they didn’t want the first ones to pollinate the latter, which results in plants completely full of seeds. However, those were the days when pioneering seed banks like Dutch Passion were revolutionizing the cannabis scene with the birth of the first feminized cannabis strains, or in other words, seeds that only develop into female plants. At the beginning of the 20th century, many seeds banks were offering this type of seeds, feminized versions of classics strains that had been cultivated during many years as regular plants.

We are sure that by now you’d probably have grown some feminized seeds, maybe even though you are a purist and the fiercest defender of regular seeds. But. do you know where feminized seeds come from? Are you familiar with the processes used by both breeders and growers to obtain them? In this article we explain everything!

Hemp and Marijuana – what’s the difference?

Classification and taxonomy of cannabis

Even though it is estimated that the cannabis plant has been accompanying humanity for millennia, confusion still exists today regarding the classification of its species or varieties. In fact, the debate on how to classify this plant has been active for more than two centuries: are the different varieties of cannabis typical of a single and very diverse species? Or is it a polytypic genre with several species? In this article we will investigate and explain the main differences between hemp and marijuana.

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Choosing marijuana seeds with Philosopher Seeds

The Philosopher Seeds’ team wants to offer you the chance of meditating a bit about the choice of marijuana seeds, trying to give a more technical and precise view on this topic, and also explaining those growing parameters needed to easily grow cannabis seeds.

Detail of a Golo Line strain from Philosopher Seeds

Usually, people start growing marihuana without any horticulture knowledge, just for the pleasure to enjoy this plant and its properties, and do not pay attention to their needs and growing possibilities.

This apparently simple issue can get complicated if we don’t consider a few observations. We could say that having a marijuana garden resembles the responsability of aquiring a pet, in our case a vegetable pet, our dear friend, marijuana. It will also need everyday care and we will have to provide it with everything it needs.

From Philosopher Seeds we suggest these observations as a growing guide useful before choosing the marijuana strain that you are looking for. Thus you can choose the strain that best suits your needs and possibilities as a cannabis user.

Choosing Marijuana seeds by psychoactivity

Growing Fruity Jack strain

Before starting the germination process, we should think about which are our needs from the marijuana plant. Are we looking for a recreational use? Or maybe for a therapeutical treatment? These are the first questions you should answer before germinating your cannabis seeds.

Many people use marijuana without having any diagnosed disease, only for pleasure, without even asking themselves why they do it or what are the advantages of doing it. Well, the vast mjority of these users are making a therapeutical use of cannabis in an unconscious way, some of them looking for fun and joy, others for relaxation and meditation, but all of them finding a wellness feeling because of the therapeutical properties of marijuana. Anyway, there’s a clear distinction between recreational and medicinal users, which look for a more specific effects.

For those looking to have fun and laugh with marijuana, mostly sativa and sativa strains are their best option, with high THC levels and low percentages of other cannabinoids. Keep in mind that these varieties are large, long-flowering and difficult to grow, requiring high light intensity.

On the other hand, for those looking for a state of relaxation or meditation, Indica strains with balanced cannabinoid ratios – THC ,CBD – are perfect for their needs.

Spicy CBD, a high CBD strain

In the case that we look for a specific use to treat an ailment or disease, the choice of the medicinal strain to grow is crucial; we need to know which specific cannabinoids best serve to our health, and then find out which strain suits our needs best. For these people a wrong choice means not taking effective profit from their plants.

For therapeutical uses, we must choose those strains with higher percentages of the following cannabinoids: CBD, THCV, CBC.

Indica strains are often perfect for these purpose, as well as autoflowering varieties. The cannabinoid ratios of these cannabis genetics are perfect to alleviate several ailments and symptoms.

Choosing Indica and Sativa marijuana seeds

Early Maroc, a 100% african sativa strain

Sativa strains are those originally grown in tropical, subtropical and equatorial areas (Africa, Thailand, Colombia. ). Their leafs are long and thin, with narrow leaflets and very jagged edges.

With their vigorous growth, they quickly produce huge plants with a very special effect: cerebral, uplifting, energetic, even psychedelic. Its growing is often difficult, so we must have some knowledge of this genetics before we obtain the best results.

Philosopher Seeds has excellent sativa marijuana strains like Easy Haze or Amnesika 2.0.

Black Bomb, Indica strain from Philosopher Seeds

Indica strains are mainly found in areas between 20º and 40º lattitude of the Tropic of Cancer (Afghanistan, Lebanon. ). Their leafs are wide and large with an intense dark green colour.

Their growth is slower than sativas, more compact and bushy and producing smaller plants, but offering dense and bigger buds in less flowering time. Their effect is relaxing and medicinal. These are the perfect strains for making hashish or any other kind of resin extraction.

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Philosopher Seeds has incredible Indica strains like Black Bomb or Tropimango , ideal for outdoor crops.

Choosing between Regular, Feminized and Autoflowering marijuana seeds

Regular strains produce very interesting specimens

Regular marijuana seeds (male, female) are those which don’t have a predetermined sex before germinating. At first, seedbanks only offered these seeds. Today, regular seeds are mainly used for selecting good specimens as mother plants for our medicinal garden.

The genetic potential of regular cannabis seeds is huge, so selecting from several specimens of the same strain is the best way to obtain a phenotype with very special features. Many seedbanks use these seeds to create new hybrids and new generation feminized and autoflowering strains. They are doubtless a great choice for people looking for non-commercial varieties and who enjoy the organoleptic qualities that this type of seeds offer.

With all these people in mind, Philosopher Seeds is working on a new line of regular seeds, aiming to meet the needs of the most demanding growers. With our TEST LINE we are looking for good quality new hybrids which we will enjoy together in the future, like Tramuntana O.G., a very strong crossing with excellent taste and aroma.

Feminized cannabis seeds have played a very important role in the international cannabis scene. Many marijuana growers choose this type of seeds for its ease of growing as we don´t have to remove male plants. They are perfect for indoor growing, suitable for several growing methods like S.O.G., as well as the best choice for small outdoor growing spaces. The safest option if we only want to have 4 or 5 plants.

Orange Candy produces huge frosty trichomes

Marijuana from feminized seeds can have the same quality than from regular seeds if the appropriate selection processes are done. Philosopher Seeds’ team has a large genetic collection which helps developing new hybrids with very remarkable botanical features, such as Orange Candy from our Golo Line . It is important to know each genetic parental to know which features they offer to their offspring. We usually work with different parentals for each variety, being able to offer notable differences between each Philosopher Seeds cannabis strain.

Autoflowering varieties can be grown at any season of the year without any problem, although it is in spring and summer when they offer higher yieldings. They are ready to harvest 75-90 days after seed germination.

Fraggle Skunk autoflowering strain from Philosopher Seeds

These plants grow naturally in areas where daylight hours and light intensity are minimal (Eastern Europe, Russia. ). They have adapted to their enviroment, blooming depending on their size and lifetime from germination (30-40 cm).

Today, autoflowering cannabis strains are created with Ruderalis genetics in which we introduce genes from other commercial hybrids (Super Skunk, White Russian, Cheese. ) so that we achieve plants with better features (smell, taste, potency) which we can be grown at any time of the year. Philosopher Seeds offers a line of autoflowering marijuana seeds of good size, taste and potency, easily grown all year round. Marijuana White Yoda Auto, Cheesy Auto or Fraggle Skunk Auto are some examples of first quality autoflowering genetics.

After reading this information, you can easily choose which marijuana strain meets best your needs and possibilities. Our team appreciates the time spent attending all these indications. Now, it is time to move forward in the growing process and begin germinating your Philosoper marijuana seeds.

Clever Tricks to Choose the Best Marijuana Seeds

Picking the right marijuana seeds from your seed banks can be tricky. There are many different strains, and each one has its unique effects. Knowing what kind of strain you want is essential before beginning your search for seeds. For example, if you are looking for a light-headed high that will leave you feeling relaxed, indica would best suit your needs. If you are looking for weed that will give you energy and help with anxiety, Sativa would be more beneficial to choose from! In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and tricks that will make it easier for you to find the best marijuana seeds.

Choose Marijuana Seeds Appropriate for Your Environment

If you want to grow your marijuana, you need to make sure that you choose the right seeds for your climate and environment. For example, if you live in a colder climate, it would be best to select strains of weed that are better suited for cold weather conditions.

You can find this information by researching online or talking to the staff at your local dispensary. Once you have found a few strains that you like, it’s always a good idea to do some further research on them before making your final decision.

Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment with Different Strains

It’s a good idea to experiment and try out different marijuana strains to find the best ones suitable for your needs. Check if it is legal where you live to have medical marijuana, for starters. If so, visit a nearby dispensary or talk to a staff member to get some advice on which strains might be best for you.

Consider What Type of High You Want to Experience

When smoking marijuana, you can either go for a light-headed high or something more intense. If you’re looking to relax and unwind from your day, then an indica strain would be perfect for this!

For those who are new to weed or want a little bit of everything when it comes to the type of high that they experience, Sativa strains are a great option. They can provide an uplifting and energetic high and relief from anxiety and depression.

Buy From a Reputable Seller

If you want to ensure that you are getting the best marijuana seeds possible, it is advisable to buy from a reputable seller. This way, you can determine what type of strain they are and how strong they might be. Even more important than this, though, you need to make sure that your seed bank has been in business for some time and has a good reputation. It will help to protect you if something goes wrong with your purchase.

We hope you found this blog post helpful! If you have any questions or would like some more advice, feel free to contact us at any time. We’re always happy to help!