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III Fresh Cup 2017 Zaragoza, Spain

III Fresh Cup 2017 Zaragoza, Spain

III Fresh Cup 2017

This past 24th June we travelled to Zaragoza in North-Eastern Spain to attend the third edition of the Fresh Cup, organised by local cannabis association Nuestra Señora del Agua and sponsored this year by Spanish seed bank Diamond Seeds. The “Cannabis Cup of the Summer” took place in a leafy, tranquil corner on the outskirts of the city, away from prying eyes in a walled garden divided into three zones, firstly the main stage area with shaded seating and a bar, then a fantastic chill-out area complete with swimming pool, bar, snack and juice bar and plenty of trees to provide shade and lastly a rooftop area to host the the “Battle of the Crews” and stands where we could check out products from many exhibitors from the cannabis industry.

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The Weedkend Cup 2017 in Gijón, Spain

The Weedkend Cup 2017 in Gijón, Spain
The cup winners!

The Weedkend 2017

This summer, one of Spain’s greenest corners became a shade greener when last weekend, on the 10th June and for the third consecutive year, the beautiful seaside town of Gijón hosted The Weedkend 2017 (previously Asturcannabis), a diverse and popular cannabis event, expo and competition.

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30 Years Of Dutch Passion

30 Years Of Dutch Passion

Humble beginnings

Dutch Passion were formally established in 1987, but the first genetics were collected in the 1970’s when Henk van Dalen was a Biology Student at Amsterdam University. In those days cannabis was being imported into Amsterdam from all over the world. Henk began collecting the different seeds from various batches of cannabis which in the early days came from numerous sources. Nigerian, South African, Brazilian, Filipino, Thai and even Californian cannabis was making its ways to the early Amsterdam Coffee shops. These varieties were often quite different in terms of the effect of the cannabis and the quality. The seeds were collected and became the basis of the early Dutch Passion breeding.

At the time, indoor growing techniques and equipment were quite basic. But Henk managed to grow the seeds, and eventually the best plants were selected for breeding and eventual crossing. Soon it was clear that the cannabis being grown in Amsterdam was of superior quality to that being imported. The 1970’s indoor growing scene was small, but the community of first seed pioneers was already at work, and they had a good selection of cannabis genetics from all over the world to start from. Today Dutch Passion still operate out of Amsterdam and have remained true to their original goal - to focus exclusively on supplying the best quality cannabis seeds.

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2017 Calendar of American cannabis events and competitions

2017 Calendar of American cannabis events and competitions

With cannabis legalisation gathering momentum across the USA, this year there are more cannabis events, competitions and expos than ever before. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which to attend, so here we've outlined a few of the more important ones to look out for.

Indo Expo Denver, Jan 28-29th

Massive cannabis trade show in Colorado's Mile High City with seminars, workshops, demonstrations, more than 200 exhibitors, thousands of attendees. Indoor, outdoor, greenhouse, production, processing and retail show.
https://indoexpo.com/

CannaCon Seattle, Feb 16-18

Creating a greener future for a global marketplace in education, horticulture, packaging, genetics and cannabis businesses, this is a trade show for innovators, educators, entrepreneurs and novices alike! Featuring vendors, exhibitors, seminars, keynote speakers and much more!

https://cannacon.org/seattle/

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Bio-Construction with cannabis plants

Bio-Construction with cannabis plants

Ecology and versatility of hemp

Cannabis Sativa is a plant with many facets, providing a lot of benefits and uses aside to its psychoactive traits, known as marijuana.

Aside from using its flowers, its resin and its terpenes to make extracts, creams, cosmetic of cannabis, medicine, and using their seeds in nutrition, we can work with their stems and branches to extract from it the most long and resistant plant fiber of the nature and with which we can develop multitude of things such as fuel, fertilisers, inks, adhesives, lubricants, as well as clothing, musical instruments, etc. ...

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California legalizes recreational marijuana

California legalizes recreational marijuana

The Golden State legalizes recreational cannabis

This past Tuesday 8 November 2016 will go down in history as the day in which California legalized the recreational use of marijuana across its territory with 56% of votes in favor of the bill. We must remember that this state was the first one to legalize the therapeutic use of cannabis and its derivative products in 1996. To access the products of the dispensaries an authorization card - issued by a doctor - was needed.

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Cannabis in the UK

Cannabis in the UK

History of Cannabis in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been using cannabis for centuries. Scythians, a nomadic Indo-European tribe, are believed to have introduced the plant into eastern Europe around 500BC. After this, germanic tribes may have carried cannabis into Germany, and from there the plant may have been brought into Britain with the Anglo-Saxon invasions during the 5th century (mentions to cannabis have been found in an Anglo-Saxon herbal). Over the centuries, hemp became a major source of vegetable fibre for Britain, especially for its impressive Navy. Indeed, the best ropes - and sails - at that time were made of hemp, normally coming from Russia.

Britain needed more hemp fibre, so King Henry VIII (1533) forced landlords to grow it in part of their lands. Over the years this need increased, so Elizabeth I actually fined those landlords who refused to grow hemp. Still, climate conditions in Britain were not ideal to grow it, so they began to grow hemp in Canada and other British colonies. Indeed, Canada became one of the main producers of hemp for Britain, since farmers were pushed to grow it instead of food crops with the promise that all production would be bought by the Britons. This demand remained stable during the XIX century, and even caused tensions between Britain and France, which tried to block the hemp trade between Russia and the UK.

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2016 Expogrow Irun

2016 Expogrow Irun

Expogrow, Irun's cannabis festival

One of the main cannabis events in Europe has just celebrated its fifth edition. More than 17.000 visitors and 1.200 professionals of the cannabis sector gathered once again in Irun, 200 metres away from the French border. Despite the horrible weather, thousands of people visited the fairground, 60% of them being French.

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Cannabis in Canada

Cannabis in Canada

History of cannabis in Canada

The history of Canada goes hand in hand with cannabis cultivation. The first know Cannabis Sativa crop in canada dates back to 1606 in Nova Scotia, and was carried out by Louis Hébert, considered the first Canadian apothecary and friend of Samuel de Champlain, French explorer and founder of the province of Quebec (Eastern Canada).

By that time - early XVII century - cannabis was used throughout the world as a source of food, fibre, medicine, fuel...and of course recreationally. Still, it was mainly to produce textiles for the naval industry (ropes and sails) that cannabis was used in Europe, imported from Russia by Britain and from Asia by the Dutch. In this way, Europeans encouraged their colonies in America to start planting cannabis for fibre. The French and British promised to buy all the cannabis produced in Canadian farms, pushing settlers into cannabis cultivation. However, settlers often prefered to grow food crops - which they could eat - rather than cash crops like cannabis. Many names of American regions like Hemphills, Hempstead, Hampshires and Hemptons come from this time.

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Conferences on medical cannabis in Spain and France

Conferences on medical cannabis in Spain and France

During September and October 2016, two major events are highlighted in the European medical cannabis agenda, which will be presented on this article. Do not hesitate to participate!

Presentation of the Observatorio Español del Cannabis Medicinal (Spanish Observatory of Medical Cannabis)

This event will be held on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 from 08:30h to 17:30h at CaixaForum, Madrid. The entrance is free mainly thanks to sponsors like Canna, Endoca, Dinafem or the Alchimia Solidària Foundation. The conference room has a capacity of 322 people, so if you want to attend the conference hurry up and fill the form at OECM's website!

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An insight into different cannabis legalisation models

An insight into different cannabis legalisation models

Models of marijuana legalisation

Global cannabis legalisation is the main goal of any marijuana activist, but in reality that seems a fairy tale if we take a look at the different models followed by the countries which have tried to regulate this plant and its use in a greater or lesser degree. At first glance, regulating a plant may seem an easy, simple task, but it implies plenty of aspects and fields which must be taken into account (growing, distributing, consuming, advertising, sale of cannabis seeds or cuttings...).

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Cannabis and Cinema

Cannabis and Cinema

In the world of cinema we find several artists who use marijuana, but the plant has become an actor itself, offering to cannabis film lovers a large number of movies in which marijuana plays an important role.

Whether movies that are based on real events or fiction, in this article we will talk about the most outstanding films in each category, trying to make a complete list of the best cannabis movies.

Cannabis and biopics

Biopics are movies inspired by real events that are highly appreciated by the public, which often enjoy to know a true story. This is our selection of films, those movies about the adventures of growers or dealers that we find most interesting.

Mister Nice, The Film (2010)

The most frequent readers of our blog already know Howard Marks, who honoured us by visiting our shop together with his friend Shantibaba. Released in 2010, this British film tells the story of one of the most important hashish dealers in the history, travelling from Pakistan to the USA with multiple identities and smuggling tens of kilos of weed and hashish.

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2016 Biocup

2016 Biocup
Walking down stairs to the chill-out zone

The 2016 Biocup

Alchimia was lucky to attend the third edition of the Biocup, in Barcelona. This event, organized by the Zebra Verde club, gathers both professionals of the cannabis sector and members of any of the associations participating in the event.

This year's edition took place in Finca Mas Solers, Sant Pere de Ribas, from the 27th to the 29th of May. This former "Gran Casino de Barcelona" is an exceptional spot for an event of this type, with plenty of space for outdoor activities and also to relax and taste the samples entered to the cup.

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Acti-Vera from Biobizz, Aloe Vera for cannabis farming

Acti-Vera from Biobizz, Aloe Vera for cannabis farming

Acti-Vera, a vegan stimulant for growing marijuana plants

For several years now, organic nutrients are the preferred option for many cannabis growers, either for indoor or outdoor crops. This type of nutrients for cannabis provides our buds with better taste and quality and is more environmental friendly than mineral fertilizers (chemical nutrients).

Organic nutrients are products resulting from the flora and fauna that we can find in the animal, plant and also bacterial/mycorrhizal world. Today, and since a few years, there are more and more people who don’t want to use any product derived from animals, which is known as veganism.

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