Greetings AFN friends new and old!
I want to give a sincere thank-you to the good people at AFN for giving me the opportunity to share the medical strains that I create. I have been an avid Heirloom Veggie, herb, flower, berry, fruit and ornamental tree cultivator for 35 years, living in the harsh Northern Climate of the PNW, USA. So growing and breeding Cannabis came naturally to me when I began working with our favorite plant a few years ago.
Like many other MMJ patents, I first became dependent and then addicted to pharmaceutical pain killers. When I went Cold Turkey from very high daily dosages, I knew that I needed some natural form of pain management. Thus my entry into the world of searching to find the right Medical Strains, to truly help make me somewhat functional. As most if not all of us chronic pain patients know, depression, anxiety, and insomnia can and typically does become a part of our daily lives. My battle with all of the above ailments led me on a seven year fast paced and often challenging struggle to find the most effective strains for my many mental and physical infirmities. My heart is always to share what strains work for me with other medical patients that I am a care- giver for, and all of you reading these lines.
I have been extremely fortunate to first have the time to research, and get my hands dirty. More than that, the small private breeders that I have been working with has allowed me to have access to the best medical genetics on the planet.
Over the last three years, I have had to weed through most of the so called ‘High CBD’ strains that the large commercial ‘breeders’ are dumping onto the market as fast as they can without proper testing. I am sure many of you have personally experienced this in your quest for High CBD strains. I have and am also exceedingly privileged to be able to network with many of the of the best private breeders in the world. These fine breeders, primarily medical patients themselves have provided me with true and stable High CBD seeds, cuts, as well as pollen. My first acquisition was a lab tested pure CBD Z6 pheno (10-15% CBD: .3% THC) personally delivered to me by the breeder as a gift. This exact Z6 pheno is being used in both Washington, and Colorado State, USA, to treat children with Dravet Syndrome. Roughly the same CBD to THC numbers as the strain Charlottes Web. Z6 does not do well indoors, but I was able to source some Harli-Tsu seeds, which for those that may not know (Harlequin Tsunami) is a Californian dispensary only strain Harle-Tsu is a very high CBD strain with low THC content. There is a much higher chance of finding High CBD pheonos more easily than any other commercial ‘High CBD’strains that I know of on the market today. I combined the (Z6 with Harli-Tsu), The grower is able to find High CBD phenos 90% + of the time. Individually and collectively these are to be the back bone of many of my upcoming releases. I also have several other High CBD photo strains to test, and hopefully incorporate into my CBD projects, if the make it through testing.
I also wanted to create some Northern Lat Outdoor High CBD strain, which will and do finish in some of the harsher Northern Climates. After much research, I decided to combine the Z6 with a Swiss OD poly hybrid named Ierdbei. Very pleased with the end results. Also combined Z6 with a stable semi-auto: Iranian Auto Flower (a.k.a. Auto Affie) . Smaller, and faster finisher. Good for semi-stealth environments.
Also working with some of the new CBD autos that seem very promising.. Making many crosses with some of our favorite auto strains with these new CBD autos, as well as with the photosentsitive Indica hybrids and land races that I work with.
I have personally found that many of the photosenstive land races are naturally higher in CBD and so many other medicinal compounds that have been bred out in favor of concentrating only on high THC content, and high yield. Have had the pleasure of discovering and working with pure Indica hybrids like Black Domina, and many others as well. Many are pure knock-out strains. Great for acute pain and insomnia. Am working with these in Indica and CBD crosses.
I also work with strains that are not high in CBD numbers for those of us that suffer from ailments that high CBD %s does not do much for, so hope to be able to provide med patients of all kinds with strains to help many of our ailments.
I will be posting a strain list of currently available strains, as well as strains that I am presently working on for testing in a separate thread.
Hope to have a little something to help other MMJ patients.
Thank-you for your interest and taking the time to read my introduction as an independent breeder here, and look forward to more interaction with all of you fine people.