The story of Uber-Bud, the strains that revolutionized indoor cultivation
With only 50 years of history, indoor cannabis strains are a relatively new innovation. But this half-century of hydroponic horticulture is full of a rich heritage of stories and ancestries. From Afghanistan to Colombia, from Thailand to Russia, the intention to breed some of the cannabis plants is now paying off. Besides marijuana, is also a fruit… The humble plant has fueled the brains of our parents and our parents for centuries. But now we are entering a New World, the achievements are there! Here are the strains that revolutionized indoor growing: Skunk # 1, Northern Lights, Orange Bud, Cheese and White Widow
In the 1960s, the war on drugs really drove people to grow cannabis outdoors. We, the smokers of the future, need a global effort to learn how to grow our green gold, but this time from within. In the early 1970s, the grass was ripe for a real revolution. Thus, California and Holland were the epicenters of research for the next two decades.
And almost in competition, researchers from both places worked for what would happen… These brave men created new and powerful strains, aimed at blending flavors to create theUber-Bud'. Basically, these are the strains that defined the modern era of cannabis.
Skunk # 1 was one of the most varied strain productions in the history of marijuana. Especially as a different smell and flavor. It is the mother of all varieties of Cheese today. Skunk # 1 is often considered the first stabilized hybrid. This is also where the grim slang term for the polecat and its so… sticky smell. Also, people who don't know anything about weed often refer to 'skunk'.
Yes, the almost violent smell can often cause a stir inside you ... It is believed that the parent plants are the Colombian Gold x Acapulco Gold / Afghani. The strain was created to 1969 in the San Francisco Bay Area by the Sacred Seeds Breeding Group.
This strain would be bred relentlessly in the 70s and 80s ... Often found only as a clone at the time. You had to be connected with someone or in a group to participate in the evolution of Skunk # 1. Although, like in any group, people started to give plants to their friends… And this plant soon began to dominate the globe, until today…
La Northern Lights Afghani was first spotted in Northwest America, around Seattle, and female clones were reportedly smuggled into the Netherlands in 1985. The strain was intended for Neville Schoenmaker, owner of one of the first Dutch seed banks which will eventually become the famous Sensi Seeds. Neville would have crossed the females with a unknown male Afghan plant for then created the strain.
And that will bring in other dimensions, characteristics of the plant that had previously been locked down, genetically speaking. Northern Lights hit Europe like a great green nuclear winter and it has become the strain of choice for the connoisseur.
It will subsequently be unmatched in its awards and positive reviews. With a range of potent derivative strains including Hash Plant, Shiva Skunk and Jack Herer. This would also represent 50% of the strain AK47 which dominated the European markets in the middle of the 90 years.
Orange Bud is an indica dominant strain developed by the Dutch Passion Seed Company in the Netherlands and California. The Orange Bud was developed in secret somewhere in the Golden State of the United States… It was one of the first signs that the revolution had started…
Orange Bud remains popular today, especially with its American counterpart. The two strains are genetically similar, due to their citrus genetics as an ancestor Skunk #1. In 1990, the whole European scene was obsessed with the fruity flavor of Orange Bud. He also had all the style at a time when many amateur smokers felt that orange hairs meant potent weed ...
The noble novice will immediately understand the difference with THC values estimated at about 5% higher than the new "Super Skunk".
At the beginning of the 1990 years, in Bedfordshire, England, the "Exodus CollectiveHad formed. Their main goal was to set up illegal raves. But while they were growing cannabis in a stately abandoned house. This is where they were to meet the very first strain "Cheese". Again, this was a lot of seeds Skunk #1. And this batch would have been heavily cloned to keep its lineage alive ... In fact, to protect its stinging powers from possible extinction in a police raid, the mother plant was smuggled out of the UK and the Netherlands. Low.
She became known as "Exodus Cheese" in Europe, "UK Cheese" in the USA. This strain offered an army of offspring. The Triple Cheese, Cheese Dawg, Blue Cheese, Cheesy Dick, CheeseDawg are still in great demand today. People began to realize the range of flavors that cannabis could offer them.
The plants were almost offensive in smell, with a slight chemical undertone, and the strength of the scent resulted in many arrests. With the arrival of Cheese, smokers were making a statement.
"We are as stinking as hell, and we will no longer be quiet!"
In 1994, Holland had taken center stage as a world center for genetic research on cannabis. The formation of Green House Seed Company by Arjan et Shantibaba would present the White Widow to the world. This blend of strains from Brazil and India, White Widow was a true creation with an impact that cannot be overstated. Shantibaba worked alongside Neville Schoenmaker to help create new strains that will inspire the next generation of growers.
The revolution was in full swing and the way was open for the variety we have today. White Widow has proven that the world has an abundance of new strains that could now be stabilized for hydroponic horticulture. Shantibaba and Arjan had made a beautiful baby but they couldn't make their relationship work.
Shantibaba sold his half of Green House Seed Company to Arjan in 1998. Most modern seedbanks claim to stock the original White Widow, but this has often been questioned.
As the strains became stable and accessible to the world, we experienced a Green Baby Boom. With so much diversity, it has become almost impossible to choose your favorite breeds. This is what makes all the strains discussed so very special. We have choices that were once dreams of in the foothills of California and the cafes of Amsterdam.
They are our ancestors and we must revere them. They changed people's attitudes about cannabis, with such strong smells and highs that changed our lives.