1. Top 15 Runtz Strains

    Top 15 Runtz Strains

    Top 15 Runtz Strains!

    Runtz, a strain whose infamy has far exceeded what anyone could have predicted, is reportedly a cross between Gelato and Zkittlez, with some sources initially attributing it to the Gelato 41 parentage whilst others point towards it being a Gelato 33 hybrid. Notably, one of the Runtz founders Ray Bama, recently spoke on the First Smoke of The Day podcast and suggested the lineage stemmed from the Gelato 33 but admitted that, ultimately, this is what the breeder informed them and that they couldn't say absolutely that those constitute the genetics. Whilst candy dominates the edibles market, it only truly began to dominate the cannabis cultivar market following the emergence of the Runtz strain in 2018. Runtz's spiritual home is in Los Angeles, where it first hit the streets and has since spawned several

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  2. History Of UK Medical Cannabis

    History Of UK Medical Cannabis

    The Early Days of Cannabis and the law

    The History of Medical Cannabis has been one that has been fraught with difficulties due to the lengthy history of prohibition that has routinely infringed on the liberties of medical Cannabis patients worldwide. The history of medical Cannabis has been more contradictory than unfavourable for the substance. For instance, in 1553, King Henry VIII imposed restrictions on the public that required every 60-acre-plus household under strict instruction to grow hemp or face a stiff fine. Often landowners defied this law, and the penalties of £5.00 were severe at the time; this meant that the business of detecting and fining agricultural farms without a farm was highly profitable. This legislation enforcing Cannabis cultivation was imposed chiefly to ensure the country had enough hemp material to construct nautical gear such as ropes, sails and fishing nets, and textiles such as Linen. 

    In the UK, Cannabis was legal as medicine and accepted as such until the 1930s. As well as it once being a law to grow Cannabis, it's also been reported that Queen Victoria's doctor Sir John Russell-Reynolds may have prescribed her cannabis oil for menstrual cramps! Despite how positive things seem for Cannabis in this period of history, at least in standing to the laws of the last 100 years, this was soon to change. The change came around in 1928 when the UK passed a law called the Coco Leaves & Indian Hemp regulations, which classified Cannabis as a poison. In 1937, the USA made it illegal for all uses following some less severe restrictions already implemented in the years prior. A widespread era of moral panic followed, which is now commonly referred to as Reefer Madness, tied to this change was underpinned by what is now a satirical propaganda movie, Reefer Madness, released in 1936. The film aimed to strike fear into the average person about the perceived danger of the substance, funded by a church group whose obvious intent was to strike fear into them around the consumption of Cannabis. But, of course, the film was complete fiction, worsened by the fact that it played into racial and xenophobic fears of white society at the time by associating it with Mexicans and showing white women falling in love with the Mexicans. In short,

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  3. Interview: What is D-ODR, who are the founders and how did they land in this industry?

    doodr fine mist spray

    I sat with one of the founders and CEOs of D-ODR to discuss his D-ODR journey.


    Having had a close relationship with the brains behind D-ODR, I wanted to share his story, and an in-person interview was what I felt was most authentic. 


    D-ODR's founders have had a long history within this industry in other business ventures, including the highly sought-after Kenex Scales. I realised I had never really probed much into what landed him in this industry. I knew he didn't have much personal relationship with the plant, so I was curious because he managed to execute products to the highest level for people who smoked. For example, with D-ODR, if I didn't know anything about the inventors, I would've assumed smokers created the product. The level of thought behind every step, fragrance and function of the mist is exceptional. 


    I wanted to know more about how he landed in the industry, his evolution, and his latest business venture, D-ODR. 


    How did you initially get into this industry?


    I got in by accident if I'm being honest. 


    I moved over here from Spain in 2005. The idea was to bring over the family business and find wholesalers to grow our company, selling cash and carrying the pound store equivalent. That didn't work out, but I found one wholesaler on Middlesex Street who showed me a pocket scale and told me that this was a jewellery scale. He understood that I had excellent contacts in China and asked if I could source them. 


    That's where it all started. 


    I got the sample from him, sent it to China

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  4. Product Earth 2022: A Puresativa Review

    Product Earth 2022: A Puresativa Review

    What Is Product Earth? 

    Product Earth made an epic return with its annual celebration, creating an unmatched and energetic atmosphere. Product Earth is the UK's biggest Canna Expo connecting Cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses with visitors passionate about the plant. Puresativa were proud to wear the badge as the Gold Sponsors. Our enthusiastic team went above and beyond to legally power our Product Earth space in honour of the cannabis plant. 

    We firmly believe the Product Earth 2022 Event was a valuable show to foster the UK scene through cannabis education. Education includes sharing knowledge on the vast medicinal benefits, understanding your legal rights and how to create a business. Product Earth is an opportunity to connect renowned suppliers, prominent distributors like ourselves and retail companies, such as headshops. 

    Having had an established foot in the industry for over 25 years, we see Product Earth as a chance for ourselves to grow our business but also help others with advice to grow their own. We all have the same end goal. 

    Over the three days, it was a highlight to meet retail shops interested in our range of high-quality smoking accessories and cannabis seeds cherry-picked by our director. So not only is Product Earth THE event for wholesale and retail businesses but the hot spot for the public to browse and splash out on their favourite smoking accessories and souvenir cannabis seeds. 

    As well as being the hub for legal cannabis and hemp products, the show is consistently packed with endless entertainment from morning through the night - the show embodies a 'good time'. There truly was a magical sense of unity, community and advocacy, bringing people from all different walks of life together. 


    What Cannabis Seeds did Puresativa Bring To The Show? 

    The Puresativa team knew we had to pull out something special as the gold sponsors to create an unmatched experience for the visitors. 

    As their official distributor, it was an absolute honour to announce that four powerhouse breeders would join our booth for the entire weekend. The breeders' Karma Genetics, Grounded Genetics, The Perfect Tree, and The Grateful Seeds are an integral part of the Puresativa family and were a much-loved addition. We knew it would be the perfect chance for the public to meet the talent and gain a further understanding of the strains, from the lineage to the genetics to the terpenes and flavours. 

    Karma, Grounded, and The Perfect Tree also graced the public with exclusive 'Product Earth Drops'. For example, the 'Z Road Line' by Grounded Genetics included the 'Vitamin Z (Zunami x Z Road)' strain. In addition, Karma Genetics blessed us with the much sought-after Sour Diesel Bx2, Sowahh and new releases such as 'Melochi x Sour Diesel BX3', a regular cannabis seed strain. Accompanying their original lines, Perfect Tree also came through with an entire Product Earth collection, releasing strains such as 'Kush Mints x Peach Ozz' feminised seeds. 

    Meeting the breeders opened engaging conversations to ensure the public had the necessary knowledge. Furthermore, we aimed to add a different perspective and show the breeders from abroad the vast potential of the UK scene. 

    Thanks to the return of the OG signature strains by Compound Genetics, our carefully curated selection became even more compelling. The breeder heard you loud and clear. In feminised form, he created their staple genetics, High Society, Marshmallow OG and La Bomba, which we launched at the Puresativa booth 520 for Product Earth 2022. But, we didn't stop there. 

    The final exclusive line allowed the Product Earth visitors to be the first to get their hands on the latest Darkhorse Genetics hybrids. Built around the acclaimed Bruce Banner, Darkhorse came with absolute heat, with strains such as the Original Bruce Banner F2 regular cannabis seeds for the true connoisseurs. 

    From heritage brands to the freshest members at Puresativa, we took the likes of Little Chief Collabs, DNA Genetics, Original Dampkring Genetics, Pheno Finders, Rare Dankness, Serious Seeds, T.H.Seeds, and so many more. 


    Which Smoking Accessories did we take to Product Earth? 

    Ensuring we had all bases covered, we chose core brands anchored in a smoker's dream. These brands include the well-known Puffco, which entered the vaporiser market and immediately generated hype. 

    The Puffco brand came from a selfish intention of making products their innovators wanted for themselves; by dabbers for dabbers. Their signature Puffco Peak was just the beginning; from that point, their products continued to excel in creativity and desirability. Puffco vaporisers reflect a soaring imagination, and each creation makes you smile and think they've only gone and done it again. Without offending Android users, the Puresativa team view Puffco as the Apple of the Vaporiser market, inevitably creating high technology, easy usability and slick products that fit your hand like a glove. 

    With rolling papers and cones being a need for any smoker, we took a smaller selection of brands, such as Vibes. The honourable Cali rapper Berner, CEO of Cookies and influential entrepreneur, is the brains behind Vibes. Berner continues to work towards changing the narrative surrounding the cannabis industry, breaking down barriers and opening spaces in the canna community. As the first Cannabis Entrepreneur to feature on the iconic Forbes cover, Berner has not only reached a milestone, but his endless accolades are a clear reflection of his brands. 

    We were proud the Product Earth visitors witnessed the official UK launch of D-ODR. D-ODR is an odour neutraliser and fine mist spray using a combination of essential oils. However, the brains behind D-ODR are no strangers to the industry as the founders of Kenex Scales. As the official EU and UK distributors of Kenex, we have unquestioning faith in the brand owners and their products. The Puresativa team witnessed the journey from ambition to manufacturing D-ODR. The result is the highest quality mist, instantly removing unwanted odours. With one spray at Product Earth, customers gravitated to the smell and the purchasing counter. The terpene-rich spray speaks for itself. 

    Our popular paraphernalia brands filled the shelves of our booth at Product Earth. Brands include Roor CBD, Roor, and Santa Cruz Shredder, whose 100% biodegradable hemp grinders and rolling trays were a triumph. The Puresativa booth is always where you can get everything in one place. We had it all. 

    Of course, we had to take clothing as well, or how would you all rep your favourite brands like Smoker's Club or Alien Labs? Customers went wild for our in-house designed Sativa Bags, a blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton in the form of stylish accessories. Other apparel included Revelry. The leading Revelry brand creates refined odour-proof and water-resistant accessories. We knew you would all be eyeing their classic designs, sophisticated colour ways, and clever functions. 


    What were our Product Earth promotions and giveaways? 

    Our first surprise leading up to the show was our elite goodie-packed giveaway open to the product earth attendees. The winners received a Dr Dabber Switch Vaporizer, Sowahh regular cannabis seed by Karma Genetics, a Karma Genetics black embroidered tracksuit, a Puresativa x Karma Genetics Sowahh biodegradable rolling tray, a Sadhu Puresativa mousemat and a Puresativa Promotional card including seven signature strains from seven different elite seed banks. We believe when it comes to a giveaway, bigger is always better, as we wanted to show our appreciation to our customers for their loyalty. 

    Leading up to the show, we had conversations with the breeder behind Grounded Genetics, who was determined to create an exclusive prize for Grounded customers at Product Earth 2022. The idea of the golden ticket was born to thank customers for supporting Grounded on his skyward journey. His first-class genetics give seed banks a run for their money, which is only the beginning. We sealed two golden tickets into two different packets of Grounded's new Z Road strains. 

    The first prize was a collection of treasures for any collector, winning a package of the entire new Z Road line. The Second prize was the highly desired Puffco Proxy vaporiser, which pays homage to the Sherlock Holmes pipe. The canna community are desperate to get their hands on the clever device as Puffco continues to elevate the vaporiser game with their genius creativity. 

    At Puresativa, we believe one of our secret ingredients that will stand the test of time is to go above and beyond serving our customers' needs. So, for example, we can continuously create exciting opportunities for our customers with promotions. We apply the same ingredients for Product Earth but dial it up. The promos were major. 

    The Puresativa Promo disk included one strain from 7 different seed banks, such as London Mint Cake by T.H.Seeds. We also had our Puresativa merch for promos to you could rep us loud and proud like the Puresativa mousemats and 100% biodegradable Puresativa rolling trays, both designed in-house. In addition, trade shows such as Product Earth allow us to physically see our customers' smiles. 

    We care and want to develop relationships with customers because we all share one common ground and passion. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from. So having open conversations and growing relationships with our customers is our prerogative. 

    What was the Afterdark entertainment? 

    If you've been to Product Earth before, you know Mills Nutrients curates epic musical entertainment during After Dark. The Mills boys not only select the lineup of acts, but some of them are, in fact, the talent, making their mark on every Product Earth event as resident DJs. Courtesy of Discreet Seeds, the Mills team were able to play tunes through the day on the courtyard stage, committed to good vibes and starting the day how they meant to go on. In addition, the courtyard saw skilled DJs like Spinush and Scott Rogan, who played your favourite tunes to scratch on set. 

    For Product Earth 2022, there's no doubt that Mills brought their A-game with not one but two sound systems at the After Dark Village. They are known for bringing the life and soul of After Dark from 6 pm through the night for the attendees. So, who were the 'epic' acts? 

    The Daft Punk tribute act, Daft Funk, was the perfect choice to garner plenty of attention for the Friday night Afterdark and amp up the buzz for the weekend. The French electronic music duo, Daft Punk, were a pairing of extraordinariness and a force to be reckoned with in dance music history. Daft Punk created an exciting atmosphere through their music hits, the intensity of the synchronised lights, and the mystery of the famous robot costumes allowing their audiences to transport to a fictional dimension momentarily. 

    The AfterDark visitors witnessed Daft Funk capture the essence of the French electronic music duo through an iconic mix of house, electronic and disco to celebrate a retrospective of hits, including 'Get Lucky' featuring Pharrell Williams. They understood the assignment and delivered on the authentic costumes, the phenomenal visuals and live drums, and incredible attention to detail. Daft Funk did not short us of engaging and explosive energy in abundance. 

    Saturday night, the acoustic musician Hutch took to stage, specialising in folk-style tunes and covers such as "fast car" by Tracy Chapman, a critically acclaimed and all-around hit. Hutch's sound strips the music back to its raw form, capturing the audience. In addition, he created soothing sounds to loosen the crowd up and set the mood for the weekend. Speaking of the 'mood', another act that emulated raw passion were The Moods, a nine-piece collective of producers, poets and musicians from the Northwest of England. 

    The Moods combine the sounds of drum and bass, reggae, hip-hop and EDM. The culmination of beats sparks off a contagious need to dance, underpinned with real grit and substance. They are a band whose music holds meaning, singing and rapping with raw passion about subjects surrounding war, famine, love, life and death. The Moods outpouring made you think with your head and feel with your heart.

    Saturday night also saw Pulp Friction, an act that was the master of heightening your sensory experience. Pulp Friction is a live tribute act daringly reimagining the soundtrack of one of Quentin Tarantino's greatest films, Pulp Fiction. The combination of classic funk, blues, soul and country with the electric performance of singing, dancing and impressive costume changes was a feast for our eyes. The Pulp Friction show was a compelling display of theatricals with a grande finale reenacting the ear scene from Reservoir Dogs. An audience member was lucky enough to find himself walking off stage with one less ear than he came with, or so it seemed. Pulp Friction chose songs peopled loved unifying the crowd before Tusk took to the stage.

    Tusk has been on the scene for eight years, blasting the finest in DNB and dancefloor bangers. As an integral member of the Mills Nutrients team, Tusk knew he had a significant responsibility to keep the crowd's energy alive as he does every year. Being one of the Monument Hifi Co-founders, he loves getting the Soundsystem out, which Tusk refers to as the toys. His ambition is "putting smiles on people's faces", so Tusk always pushes to play the best tunes for the public no matter where the boys are in the country. As a result, the Product Earth 2022 crowd continuously gave him accolades as he spun his song selection. 

    The last highlight on the Afterdark menu was the Silent Disco. Just like the crowd-pleasing chocolate fondant dessert, the Silent Disco was able to satisfy all. We were able to dance the night away whilst pleasing our neighbours. Mills Nutrients made silent discos cool again. 


    What Is The Product Earth Seminar Zone? 

    It's no secret that Product Earth is a hub of informative conversations. The array of talks hosted in the seminar zone encouraged the visitors to gather and see an exceptional panel of speakers in the know. Conversations that sparked ongoing discussions through the entire Product Earth 2022 weekend included 'unlock your menstrual superpowers', 'drug policy', 'cannabis from a patient perspective', and 'the effects of prohibition'. Another seminar focal point was the 'Women in Cannabis' talk by women for women. We were grateful to witness a powerful group of women leaders in the industry, including one of our Puresativa team members. The panel was a clear display of amplifying the importance of women's voices to broaden representation. 


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  5. The History of Papaya, Tropicana Cookies F1 & Wilson Strains

    Picture of Papaya Strain

    Today, we will take you through three new school legendary hash washing strains that all haveh exceptional hash washing potential: Papaya, Tropicana Cookies F1, and Wilson. We'll briefly talk through their history and exposure through different breeder history and detail their exposure through different breeders & growers' networking, all of which enabled them to become the celebrated hash strains they are now. 

    Papaya stems from Pink House in Colorado, a recreational or medical facility that was pumping out the Papaya cross from Nirvana Seeds. Papaya is a genetic cross with an intense lineage of Citral

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  6. Fidel Seed Co: An Interview with Fidel

    Fidel Seed Co: An Interview with Fidel

    We recently sat down with Fidel Hydro of @FidelSeedCo aka @possessiondontmakeyourich to have a conversation in advance of his first drop with us. We discuss his start in the industry, his new facility, the evolution of the hash hole and of course Fidel's Genetics under his seed company Fidel Seed Co! Time to roll up, get comfy and have a read!

    Yo Fidel, how are things are going?

    F: I'm at our new building now, we've been working om our new facility in Adelanto California for the last few months. There's gonna be 800 flowering lights, we've been working on it for 4-5 months, and we're now at the latter stage of implementing this facility. This has been my day in and day out for the past few months. 

    That sounds crazy, I can imagine the potential. Are those lights all for staple, signature strains or are you going to be able to do large scale pheno hunts there? 

    F: It will give me the ability to do pheno hunts at a much larger scale than I've been doing. It's not just going to be pheno hunts though, we'll have a great selection of regular strains in production. But it will give me the ability to harvest new phenos consistently every week. Usually it takes us a month, about a month and a half, to go through all the pheno rooms. So I've never had the ability to do scale hunts like this before. 

    So you got your start in the industry a little different from most I'd say. Being that you started off working in a hydro store. Which store was it and where was/ is it based?

    F: The store is called Commercial Grow Supply based in Santa Clarita California. I started working there when I was 18, I was just a bag boy there I really didn't know anything about the industry. I was fresh to it. My brothers were both in the industry owning dispensaries at that time, they also owned the hydro store along with a friend of theirs. But as soon as I got here, it was well within a month, the grows and the shops both were raided and all that was left was the hydro store. My brothers were in a bit of a financial bind at the time, so they sold the store and I stayed working there. 

    When did you start growing? 

    F: It was a few years of me working there before I started growing for myself, about two to 3 years. I tried to absorb all the information that I could from the moment that I got there, I was a dry sponge. Hearing everything out, learning how to conduct business in the hydro shop. Bagging things up, restocking shelves etc. but from that I worked my way up to managing the shop. It went from being 1000 square feet, which we grew 3 times and became a 26,000 square feet store with tons of employees under me. I did that day in and day out for nine years, that was my dedication and foundation in the industry. It really instilled a lot in me, I learnt so much; when you're dealing with 50 to 60 growers every day, 365 days a year. So I would wake up and this would be my focus in life, I get up open up shop and I would treat it like its my own. That got to me where I am today. It instilled a lot in me as a grower.

    Was it ever frustrating when you were working there before growing for yourself as you'd be hearing so much from growers but not able to put into practice?

    F: It was never frustrating, but what ate me up the most was that I wasn't in the industry sooner. What I mean is that I wasn't growing how I am now sooner in my life. But at times, its fear from people around you, but as soon as I had trust within myself, I believed that I had talent and began to put myself out there. When I went from the bag boy to being known as Fidel Hydro at the hydro shop, this was the pivotal moment for me when I began branding myself as Fidel Hydro, 3 years into my job at the hydro store. That's when it began to blossom into what I am now; about 3 years later, it sparked doing what I do now. It wasn't really frustrating, though, it was just wishing I'd gotten into it sooner. I always view that obstacles aren't obstacles they are just lessons to be learnt, in a sense. I've always worked off of this, no matter how hard the task is I say to myself who better to do it. My mindset is like, I know myself, so who better to do it than me?

    After those 3 years of learning and constantly compiling information, was it a difficult jump to say to yourself, yes, I'm ready to make that move into cultivation? 

    F: It took learning from a financial perspective & physically, you know you dedicate yourself to these harvests, but early on when you're just in one room or one garage where you have only 8 or 10 lights. The learning curves are big,you know? Every grower makes mistakes and learns, but my benefit was that I learned from 50 to 60 people a day and their trial and error appying what they know and applying what I know to their gardens. My experience grew really quick in the first few years as I was able to interact with so many gardens. 

    I remember one thing that stood out from listening to your FSOTD (First Smoke Of The Day Podcast) was how you would spend hours on the phone with various pesticide and insecticide companies and trying to determine what products were safe to use & when and then actually charting these. Is this still part of the legacy at the Hydro Store, do these charts still get used today? 

    F: The charts aren't used anymore but the products that I deemed were good after doing that investigative work are all still there today. The store is operated by Grow Generation now, so they have a little bit more of a corporate vibe and stuff like that but for the longest, they did have all my charts up, up until recently. It is something I took pride in, as there was very bad growing practices in place in Southern California, which is the meccah of growing cannabis in my eyes. There is very bad growing practices when it comes to pesticides, insecticides, and PGRS and all that stuff. So I felt it as a responsibility to do that as nobody else was. When you notice people day in and day out not caring what they're putting into it and just doing it for the numbers, you have to at some point try and influence the market with the good. And that's what I did. Whether people cared or didn't care, I made sure that they had the spreadsheet that I made with all the different pesticides, insecticides that were safe to spray or when they were safe to spray. I feel just that knowledge being out there influenced people, you can never know the true impact but I feel just doing that and putting out this constructive knowledge influenced a lot of people. 

    What did your first growing set-up cost to set up initially? 

    F: I put around $30,000, we set up a 12-lighter, that was an 8-light room and a 4 light room. That was the initial part of it, but I knew a lot at that point. Most people stumble during their first run or don't even get to the end. I did great on my first run, as I had worked beforehand. I had worked as a trimmer, I had worked as a waterer, I had learned to mix reservoirs, I had learned the environment and VPD. It wasn't as bare as a normal grower would be where they are learning off their own grow. The mistakes that would happen with me when the technology fails, like when an AC broke when I wasn't there etc. You learn all these different things you can do down the line, as technology evolves you have it all at your fingertips!

    Was your knowledge and desire to have a good set-up part of the reason it took a few years to jump into growing? 

    F: Yeah it was a larger investment and I did want to get it right from the get-go. I'm not a fan of half-assing anything so I definitely wanted to go into it physically and financially ready and mentally too. If you know the correct info going in then you'll end up on the right path. 

    Now the Hash Holes have been an incredibly popular product that has made waves all over the globe. I wanted to congratulate you on the success of the recent event at the Barcelona Hash Holes and Donuts event at Cookies Barcelona! When did you roll up your first hash hole?  

    F: Thanks, but it was back in 2018, Barcelona in Spain during the Spannabis event. 



    Oh awesome it was back in Barcelona! What inspired it?

    F: At the time I was helping out Cookies doing a seed drop, they were collaborating with Dying Breed Seeds at this time and the drop was called El Toro. We were out there with a bunch of people from California, there was Jai, Dying Breed Seeds, Josh from Natura was there as well as a bunch of others. There was a lot of hash/ rosin there from California, and in Spain at the time it was fully of Cali weed which was quite crazy at the time. . This was early on in that environment, having all this imported Cali weed in Barcelona. We were going around everywhere and we would schmear it on the paper, put bits on the paper and eventually we started worming it up, making into a worm/ shape and burying it amongst weed on the top and the bottom. It went from a smoking habit in Barcelona, influenced by the people around me such as Lorenzo, Terps Army and the people I named before. When we came back from vacation this group vacation habit became something that I continued doing, I came back to California and I was so motivated as a grower.


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