Something needs to be said about these things. I have been growing autos outside now for five years. I have tried a lot of brands. Dinafem, Lowryder, Flash Seeds and others. All have been OK but just that. Yield has always been a disappointment, despite pictures of other people taking ounces off similar plants.

But those days are gone now.  The Magnum is a game changer. It is an autoflowering plant that is worth growing and is easy to grow. I chucked a seed in a 26 litre dirt pot with standard potting soil and a bit of perlite and watched with astonishment as this thing turned into the most productive auto I have ever grown.  Around 60 days later I had well over 40 grammes of really decent bud.  No fancy feeding or anything. Every branch was like the main cola. There was no pop corn. Every bud a winner. I didn’t have my scales at the time but it filled one of those standard glass clip top jars full, one plant.

Now I smoke a lot of weed, seriously. Some varieties are just not strong enough for me, or I get through them too fast. The Magnum does well here. It’s a strong happy energising high which allows you to do work and concentrate on tasks. I was smoking it at the same period as some OG Kush and I have to tell you this was the preferred morning smoke.  It didn’t taste as good, but I preferred the effect. No shit. And it lasts – as I said, this is no bullshit weed.  Friends thought the same.  The effect has been compared to the strain Jack Herer. It makes you go off and do stuff and forget about smoking any more for quite some time. In this way, it ends up lasting longer than other weeds I have smoked (even photoperiod varieties!)

The best auto yet. The good news is they have a similar plant that has a more stoned effect (a Northern Lights cross) called Deimos. I’ll be reporting back on this soon.

I cut this one when the trichomes had just turned milky, it didn’t even get a proper cure and it still kicked arse. Can you tell I am impressed? These are going to be super plants for growing outdoors in the UK.  In Spain, I have heard reports of 250g per plant when these are grown in the earth! Local farmers are apparently dumfounded.

There was one male in my seeds, however, which was a bit of a surprise from an autofem.

Seedsman have them in 10s or try Seedscanner.

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If you have a vaporizer that works with liquids, or just want to know how to make a glycerine tincture then check out this excellent video which explains how to properly infuse glycerine with cannabis.

Note this comment from the original poster of the video:

“Please note i made a silly error when creating the video, the ratio is 7 parts VG to 3 parts VG. So for my example of 5g of herb there would be 28ml of VG and 12ml of PG. I hope this clears everything up, sorry for any confusion caused! If you still are unsure simply leave a comment and I will try to get the them all. Thanks for watching!”

Instructions come at the beginning of the video followed by an actual demonstration.

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Grow Northern LED Light Review

by dope smoker on June 20, 2014


I’ve had the Grow Northern MS006 LED for a while now, and have been really pleased with performance so far. I’ve grown out a couple of strains on it (this is the unit that runs at around 180 watts – almost nothing) and have not noticed a real difference between this unit and a 400 HPS, except buds seem to be a bit more colourful and of course everything runs a hell of lot cooler.

There are three ways of running the lights – one two or three strips, which is useful for starting off seedlings. I did find that the light penetrated through the plants really well and that it could do this from quite a distance also. My small 1x1M tent was completely bathed in light by this device.


I’m no expert grower – using this unit I pulled the highest yield I have managed so far from an auto (around 40 grammes, not a huge amount I know, but for me a first) on a Dinafem Blue Cheese autoflowering.  I had some Arjan’s Haze growing in the background of these plants and they did really well even though they were not the primary plants I was growing.


The light has its own fan which make a little noise when in operation but nothing major. It does not get hot – all in all a great light – totally worth the money. This will be my permanent grow light now and I am thinking to get another soon to expand my grow space.

So I would absolutely recommend this light. I have been looking for an LED that actually works (so many don’t!) and this one does. That’s why Dutch Passion are now selling it as their LED light. You can’t get a much better recommendation than that.


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Mr Nice Seedbank Spannabis Interview

by dope smoker on June 6, 2014

Featuring Shanti baba and Howard Marks.

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Cannabis – A guide for idiots, parents and bigots

by dope smoker on April 18, 2014


The recent legalisation of cannabis has brought much complete ignorance to the forefront of society, as well as a load of spin. With this in mind, I thought it a good time to write a simple cannabis guide for people who need education. A lot has been going on in the world of weed. We can’t ignore it any longer it is part of life on earth.

So, I hear you say:

Smoking cannabis is as bad as smoking cigarettes everyone knows that – it gives you lung cancer

Actually not. This is completely not the case, quite the opposite and don’t worry even celebrity doctors get this wrong too. The largest ever study done in the US on this very subject found that people who smoked only marijuana had less chance of getting lung cancer than those who did not smoke at all! More on that study here. So – smoking cannabis does not cause cancer – it can actually prevent it. A more recent study demonstrated a lower risk of bladder cancer for those who smoke cannabis.

Having legal cannabis will encourage use and make it more available to children

No it will not encourage use. You cannot stop children and kids from wanting to experiment. In an ideal world you could but we do not live there.  We have to deal with reality. Teens in particular will do what they like. So what do you do? Let the criminals handle it, so your child will only be able to buy the very strongest and most tainted cannabis possible (along with the chance of some coke and pills like in the UK?)  This is a proven gateway effect, a direct result of prohibition. Before you say it, cannabis is not a gateway drug.

Or do we let them go to a dispensary when they are old enough and select from various options (many of them not capable of frying the brain) sold by nice people who know their plants -  which option would you want for your child?

The black market won’t die out overnight after legalisation of course – but this is the only possible direction to start reducing it.  Just like with alcohol, there will be moonshine for some time.  Remember, cannabis wasn’t always illegal.  Prohibition of cannabis is the failed experiment.

It encourages crime

Legal medical cannabis reduces crime according to this study.  Not only that medical cannabis availability has also been linked directly to a reduction in suicides.  Still think cannabis is bad? You may have been brainwashed.

It makes people stupid

Actually it would appear that cannabis encourages the growth of new brain cells.

The whole thing about people being called ‘dopes’  is misguided. Whilst that person may appear to be dopey to you, they are taking much more information about their surroundings than somebody who is not high.  They have a higher sampling rate of life is all that is going on. Get over it.

A recent study has shown that cannabis users actually have better cognitive skills than people who don’t use it.

Alcohol is much better for you and safer

Alcohol is technically a poison for your body ( more harmful than heroin), whilst cannabis acts as a medicine – particularly if you consume it raw. The facts of the matter are that alcohol can give you cancer and cannabis can prevent or even cure many types of cancer. Alcohol also causes other diseases.

It will increase car accidents

Absolute rubbish.  The reality of the situation is that states that have legalised medical cannabis have seen a drop in in traffic deaths.

As well as that, a study by the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International, the German Medical Association’s official international science journal found that:

‘Patients who take cannabinoids at a constant dosage over an extensive period of time often develop tolerance to the impairment of psychomotor performance so that they can drive vehicles safely.’

All this ‘Medical Marijuana’ stuff is just an excuse right?

Yes many hold this opinion. Idiots all. Sure some people want to get in on it that aren’t ill but can you really blame them? It’s the most powerful medicine on the planet. Why shouldn’t people be allowed to use it in the way that they wish?

If you’re in any doubt as to the efficacy of cannabis medically perhaps you should ask Charlotte Figi’s parents about this. Or Rick Simpson. Or Kirsten Peskuski. Or Emmanuel Guzman. Also funny how the US government decided to patent something with no medical value wouldn’t you say? And now big money is involved too. The cat is out the bag. Official trials have begun on brain cancer patients. Cannabis is an amazing medicine.

It kills thousands every year

This is utter garbage. Pharmaceuticals kills thousands every year. Hundreds of thousands of Americans actually. Cannabis has never killed anybody in history. See if you can find a documented death due to cannabis consumption. You won’t because there aren’t any.  Even the DEA say that cannabis is safer than 10 potatoes. Yes really.

The UK have unsuccessfully tried to manufacture a couple of cases of cannabis poisoning now legalization is looming but few believe the reefer madness crap any more.

Only the other day a small 20 person study was taken completely out of context.

The mainstream media cannot be trusted to tell you the truth about cannabis.

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