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Strain Report – Ocean Grown Cookies – By Dinafem

Ocean Grown Cookies is a feminized cannabis seed that brings together two U.S. legends.

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The heir to the OG Kush throne…

Ocean Grown Cookies is a feminized cannabis seed that brings together two U.S. legends. The popularity of the Cookies family stems primarily from their original taste as well as from the quality and exclusive traits that have earned them a well-deserved place among the most important U.S. cannabis heavyweights along with OG Kush and Sour Diesel. And the truth is that those who try her extraordinary tastes and aromas get instantly addicted to them.

Is there anything more special than crossing the most famous Girl Scout of the west coast and another Californian all-time classic as is the incredible OG Kush? From this powerful marriage comes Ocean Grown Cookies. Dinafem Seeds wanted to bring the best Cali taste to the highest pitch of perfection. And that’s exactly what Ocean Grown Cookies is: a cannabis jewel born close to the Pacific boasting the strong scent that has pushed American strains to their legendary status.

Morphology

Ocean Grown Cookies grows into mid-sized plants that can reach 3 meters in optimal conditions when cultivated outdoors. Her branches are thin yet solid, although using stakes during the veg period is highly advisable as they’ll let more light into the canopy and the plant will, therefore, produce more pointy and bulky buds overflowing with highly resinous trichomes. They’ll also prove useful for preventing the branches from snapping due to the weight of the flowers. This plant is the perfect blend of Girl Scout Cookies and OG Kush. With rather long internodes, she acquires a beautiful purplish coloring that makes her a sight to behold. Besides, those who find trimming a nuisance will love hearing that she presents an adequate calyx-to-leaf ratio.

Yield

Ocean Grown Cookies yields stand out for their incredible quality. Under optimal conditions, preferably in an organic grow, this jewel can produce up to 450-550 g/m2 indoors and 750-950 g/plant outdoors. Unlike regular Kush genetics, this one delivers pointy, elongated, super-thick, and amazingly resinous buds. With such an extraordinary concentration of resin and powerful scent, anyone can discern their quality without even getting to close to her. And, to top it off, if the temperature drops at night, her flowers and leaves acquire some marvellous purple nuances.

Aromas and flavours

It is thanks to this that Cookies hybrids have carved out a place among the most reputed strains of all time: their tastes and scents are simply amazing. That’s how Ocean Grown

Cookies was born; a mind-blowing strain noted for her potency and distinctive aroma, hallmark of the west coast: a blend of earthy and Kushy scents with sweet and fruity undertones. This strain provides U.S. cannabis enthusiasts with a breath of fresh air because she still keeps the traditional Kush background intact thanks to the OG Kush genes in her. Something in between the typical diesel scents of the U.S. family and the innovative sweet and fruity tastes, similar to those of pastries, that are killing it right now across the States. This perfectly balanced blend makes Ocean Grown Cookies a great choice for seasoned palates looking for new and surprising flavours who don’t want to give up on the intense aftertaste of Californian Kush hybrids.

EffectsThe high delivered by Ocean Grown Cookies can only be described with one word: devastating. Her crushing THC levels of around 20% and her almost non-existent CBD content (approx. 0.1%) make her particularly powerful. Her psychoactive effect is incredibly potent, narcotic, and long-lasting. Expect a gentle wave of blissful euphoria that goes straight to the head and turns more physically relaxing over time. Powerful, hard-hitting, and sedative, in true Californian style.

Cultivation

Despite coping well with northern chilly climates, she does prefer warm Mediterranean-like environments or greenhouses. However, given her medium size and bushy form, she’s the perfect candidate for growing indoors. By meeting her basic needs, we’ll easily obtain great results with her. For the delicious taste of Ocean Grown Cookies to remain untouched, organic growing practices are highly recommended. Besides, given her Indica dominance, this jewel is not a heavy feeder, so a standard diet should suffice. This way, we’ll maximize her incredible scents. We promise it’ll be worth it!

Sex: Feminised | Genotype: 70% Indica / 30% Sativa

Cross: OG Kush x Girl Scout Cookies

Suitable for: Indoors and outdoors

Indoor flowering: 55-65 days | Yield: 450-550 g/m2

Indoor height: Medium

Outdoor harvest: October | Yield: 750-950 g/plantTHC 20% | CBD 0.1% | THC/CBD ratio 200

 

Written and Published By Dinafem In Weed World Magazine Issue 141

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No more seeds to sow? By Psy-23

Over the past few decades, Dinafem and Humboldt Seeds have become widely applauded for their tireless efforts to bring a multitude of seeds to the masses.

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Over the past few decades, Dinafem and Humboldt Seeds have become widely applauded for their tireless efforts to bring a multitude of seeds to the masses.

Countless strains have ushered forth from their hallowed halls over the years, winning them fans the world over for their trusted genetics and consistent results.

Frequently praised for their outstanding feminized and autoflowering seeds, these seedbanks have become synonymous with high quality seeds at fair prices and this has led to them being recognized as some of the best in the game.Incredibly, everything came to an unexpected and catastrophic dead-end in mid-September and there’s still no sign of a solution almost two months

Weed World were contacted just after our last issue went to print by representatives of Pot Sistemak S.L., a global company who specialize in the sale and distribution of seeds, grains and other agriculture related products, who are the parent company of Dinafem, Humboldt and various other companies. In the press release they issued, they outlined that as of September 16th of 2020 they have found themselves under judicial investigation by the Spanish authorities. At the time of writing, the exact details of the investigation are still relatively opaque but the main focus seems to be the prevention of any future sale of cannabis seeds to any retailers and providers. While the investigation is ongoing all of the company’s finances have been frozen.

The impact of this on the community obviously has the potential to be huge as there will be no avenue for stores and retailers to resupply once their stocks are diminished. Furthermore, almost all of the nearly 100-strong team have been temporarily suspended from their roles at Pot Sistemak S.L. at a time when the global economy and jobs market is taking a huge hit from the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they have also been forced to suspend all laboratory testing and research into cannabis, including their work with the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) where they were working with esteemed colleagues across multiple specialist fields. This means a significant delay for future progress in their various research fields, which is a bitter pill to swallow for all of us.

Legal teams are working night and day in an effort to unpick all of the various points of this judicial intervention. To the best of our knowledge, there have been multiple arrests made in relation to this investigation and the authorities have seized somewhere in the region of 20 million seeds along with freezing funds and assets associated with those at Pot Sistemak S.L.. In spite of the fact that the sale of seeds is not classed as illegal under the provisions of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the entire case seems to be built around demonizing those involved in the sale of seeds.

The range of accusations is staggering and some of those accused now find themselves facing charges of crimes against public health, money laundering, electricity fraud and running a criminal organization. The police also seized more than two thousand seedlings from producers who are accused of ‘supplying’ the criminal organization.

As you would expect, this has been a crushing blow for all of the individuals involved and it has been a traumatizing experience for them to suddenly find themselves targeted by the authorities after more than 21 years of operating with full transparency. Many other companies have expressed their concerns that this action may just be the tip of the iceberg and it begs the question of what comes next in this assault on the industry.

When you consider the ever-expanding and increasing level of revenue and taxation which is pouring into and out of the cannabis market, it’s surprising to see this kind of action taking place. By their own admission, Pot Sistemak S.L. has put more than 2 million Euros back into the country through taxation last year alone and as their efforts continue to expand they were projected to be even more significant contributors in the coming years.Unsurprisingly, this blatant attack on some of the foremost seed banks in the world has sent shockwaves through the entire industry. Many others in the industry recognize Dinafem’s stellar work and ethics and see this attack as an assault on the whole of the Spanish cannabis industry.

The big question now is what happens next? Is this ‘big fish’ going to be the first of many or a ‘trophy kill’ to display for years to come? Are smaller suppliers, seed banks and retailers going to find themselves squirming under the microscope in the near future and, if so, what’s the endgame of all this? Some people hypothesize that this is all part of a much bigger chess game which will lead to ‘apparent legalization’ under incredibly restrictive government control.

If this is the case then there’s no real way of knowing what this means for the future of seed banks as we know them and the wider implications for the global community could be far-reaching. Reports indicate that there are already some tentative steps towards an industry which ignores those who have built it from the ground-up in favor of new companies with close ties to the government.

Some of these include companies involved in phytopharmaceuticals who have already managed to secure contracts that allow them to export cannabis-derived products to other countries. With this in mind, it’s outrageous to see well-established companies being put under excessive scrutiny.

At the time of writing, accessing the official websites for Dinafem leads users to be greeted by a banner explaining that all sales are frozen and nothing can be purchased. Only time will tell how long this saga continues.

Whatever happens, it’s certainly a worrying time for all involved and our thoughts and best wishes go out to all those affected by this terrible news. We’ll keep you posted as we know more.

Written and Published By Psy-23 In Weed World Magazine Issue 149

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Common Mistakes Made By Indoor Home Growers, By Tony – Dutch Passion

Many home growers routinely produce tents full of killer home grown cannabis.

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Many home growers routinely produce tents full of killer home grown cannabis.

For the experienced home grower with a good cultivation method it’s easy to grow cannabis at home, but for the less experienced cannabis grower it can be tricky to guide a crop all the way from seed to harvest. Nutrient deficiencies, knowledge gaps and technical issues can all converge making it difficult for the rookie cannabis grower to get good results. But if you can avoid the most common mistakes you will find it much easier to get consistent results.

Seed Germination

The best seed companies supply fresh seeds which should have germination rates of 90-100%. If you buy some seeds and find that none of them germinate you may need to look at your seed germination method. Some people germinate their seeds between sheets of wet paper towel in a sealed plastic bag. The plastic bag prevents the paper towel drying out. Others simply pop their seeds in the growing medium (soil/coco etc.) and keep the medium moist until the seeds germinate.

If you are new to cannabis then research the best seed germination methods and perhaps practice with some less expensive vegetable seeds until you feel confident. Cannabis seeds should be stored in a cool place such as the fridge where they will remain viable for many years.

Over-Watering

Soil is a great growing medium, popular with both rookie growers and experts alike, but soil can be over-watered and that creates problems for cannabis plants which like a certain level of root aeration so that oxygen can penetrate the root mass.

Cannabis roots do not like permanently sitting in wet soil, they also like periods where the soil partially dries out. Many new growers tend to over-water their soil, which slows down plant growth and root development. Try to monitor the weight of the growing container and only water the soil when necessary.

Over-Feeding

The temptation to over-feed your cannabis plants can sometimes be too much for less experienced growers. Cannabis starts life with low nutritional needs.

The requirement for minerals and nutrients increases steadily as the plant matures. If you over-feed your cannabis plants the roots struggle to deliver the correct levels of nutrition. Over-fed plants often have crispy brown leaf tips. Over-feeding cannabis actually slows down plant development and may restrict the final quantity and quality of the harvest. Try to start nutrient concentrations at low levels, increase slowly and steadily. If you suspect over-feeding, back off immediately and consider flushing your plants with water.

pH and EC: Controlling the Nutrients

Few growers thrive on complexity and technology. Usually those that do have been growing for many years and love the challenge. For the rest, technical complexity such as measurement of ph and EC (EC is the ‘electrical conductivity’ of nutrients, a measurement of nutrient concentration) is something to avoid wherever possible. If you are growing in large containers of soil, then you may be able to manage without pH and EC measurements. But if you are serious about growing in coco fiber or hydroponics then it becomes more of a necessity.

The good news is that it’s not complicated. Learning how to use and calibrate your pH/EC meter is straightforward and your local grow shop (or YouTube) will explain all you need to know

Temperature

Indoor growers should aim for temperatures around 25ºC. Make note of the fact that temperatures persistently above 30ºC reduces growth and potency, while cold temperatures below 20ºC can make it difficult for the plants to grow healthily. Try to maintain a steady grow room temperature and your plants will thank you for it.

Light Stress

Some of the new grow light technologies, especially those made with the latest LED technology, are extremely powerful. Get them too close to your plants and they will simply become over-loaded with light and will not grow. If you are lucky enough to be growing with the latest LED then follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for hanging height and avoid LED light burn.

Cheap Seeds

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a local clone fairy with a selection of elite cuttings, then you will need to grow from seed. Cheap isn’t always best when it comes to seeds and the price difference from the different suppliers is usually only a few euros per seed. As you probably won’t be buying that many seeds, buy the best seeds you can afford from a seed bank you can trust and do plenty of online research. Many new growers often start growing with autoflower seeds which have a reputation for being fast, easy and convenient.

Control Growroom Smells Professionally

Any serious indoor grower HAS to use a carbon filter to control the grow room smell. Smelly grow rooms are the most common reason for unwanted attention. Also, make sure the connections and pipework are all in order.

Any leaks (e.g. between your exhaust ducting and your carbon filter) will allow aromatic, unfiltered air to be extracted from your grow room.Keep it QuietMany new growers are so excited about their impending harvest that they inadvertently let slip a few details about their latest grow. Despite the temptations, try to keep your grow a secret. People sometimes get jealous, or have a loose tongue themselves.

Don’t Over-Complicate the Nutrients

Most grow shops stock a baffling array of nutrients. For your first few grows, try to keep things as simple as possible. Buy only the essential nutrients, and try adding extra ones only as your skill and experience improves.

Get Advice When You Need It

Your local grow shop owner is usually a great source of knowledge. Usually the grow shop owner doesn’t want to hear every single detail of your grow, and they may be reluctant to delve into too much detail, but so long as you speak in general terms they are usually very happy to help give advice and recommendations on everything from tents, to nutrients and other points such as grow medium options.

And remember, every successful grow you make is an additional experience to boost your confidence and ability for future grows. As you become a more experienced grower you will usually notice the quality and quantity of your harvests steadily improves. What’s more, cannabis growing is great fun: many home growers find cannabis cultivation to be stimulating, exciting and rewarding.

Written and published By Dutch Passion In Weed World Magazine Issue 135

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Purple Moby Dick, Our legendary Whale Gets aLL Dolled-Up, By Dinafem

After over a decade from her birth, our iconic Moby Dick was screaming for a makeover and who are we to refuse to fulfil the desire of this monster that has brought us so much joy?

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After over a decade from her birth, our iconic Moby Dick was screaming for a makeover and who are we to refuse to fulfil the desire of this monster that has brought us so much joy?

With this in mind, our breeders set out to work on her elegant clothes until they managed to create a brand-new, delicate, purplish outfit for the great beast of the cannabis kingdom. The result is a monster yielder, with mind-blowing effects and huge dimensions, dressed in purplish tones and even fruitier scents.

Purple Moby Dick, derived from the cross of a Jack Herer and a Purple Afghan Kush (PAK), is a cannabis seed with the personality that has made our beloved PAK one of the flagships of Dinafem Seeds. A seductive version of our favorite whale aimed at drawing the attention of some new fans along with those who already love this legendary strain.

MORPHOLOGY

Purple Moby Dick is as greedy as always, a gigantic plant that could reach heights of 3 meters outdoors. With profuse branching, this plant can stretch a lot sideways. Both her clearly hybrid-looking leaves and her fl owers end up fully covered in a wide range of purplish hues that, depending on the environmental temperature, will be more or less intense.

YIELD

This Olympic champion will not disappoint you. The yield of Purple Moby Dick can be summed up in one word: massive. Purple Moby Dick delivers bulky crops with high levels of cannabinoids if grown in optimal conditions. In fact, this beauty could produce up to 21 % THC. With Purple Moby Dick, you’re sure to obtain a ton of purplish, compact, huge buds covered in gigantic glandular trichomes that make them look like real cannabis jewels. What more could one desire?

AROMAS AND FLAVORS

After making her wear her Sunday best, we had to give this huge plant a special perfume for the occasion, right? That’s why we have added some sweet and fruity touches to the already characteristic piney taste of Moby Dick. A top-notch aroma to break with routine means you can start to taste this strain from a completely different perspective.

EFFECTS

After her heavy yield, her potency is her most remarkable trait. So much so that she’s the perfect choice for regular users with high tolerance to THC looking for a strain that would once again make them feel what psychoactivity really means. Her Sativa-like effect is potent, cerebral, euphoric and long-lasting making it not particularly suitable for occasional users or for night-time use!

Written and published By Dinafem In Weed World Magazine Issue 135

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