The History of Seedsman


The history of Seedsman begins in the UK in September 2002, created by two passionate cannabis enthusiasts with a mission: to diversify and preserve the cannabis gene pool while making it increasingly accessible to seed collectors and legal growers.   Seedsman teamed up with two world-renowned cannabis botanists behind the 70s seedbanks – Sacred Seeds and Cultivators Choice.   The experts behind these companies brought US West Coast genetics to The Netherlands to improve them more openly.  They were responsible for changing cannabis tastes and cultivation trends by developing seminal strains like Skunk #1 and Original Haze.   Original Seedsman seeds packaging, with more lifestyle based imagery Like Seedsman’s establishment, these strains were sold to GW Pharmaceuticals, where they started as initial genetics in their medical research programmes.  From Africa to Autoflowers While Seedsman’s initial focus had been on the initial Dutch-American genetics, a chance encounter with South African preservationists saw Seedsman proudly introduce three famous African landrace strains to their collection.  Malawi Gold, Swazi Redbeard, and Durban Poison.  This is where their commitment to landrace genetics started.    But things really began to change a few years later when a news article in a small British-based cannabis magazine, CCNewz, caught their eye.    The article was about a breeder called the Joint Doctor who’d bred a strain that he named Lowryder.  This was a strain like no other commercially available at the time.  It grew from seed to flower in 60 days irrespective of light hours.  Though small and lacking serious potency, the Seedsman team immediately saw its potential, and in collaboration with The Joint Doctor and an Italian distributor, set up commercialising the strain.    Seedsman created extensive written and photographic content on this “autoflower” strain, which they distributed to cannabis media on and offline.  A Seismic Shift in Cannabis Cultivation Uptake was slow at first, and there was a lot of kickback from growers concerned about pollution of the THC gene pool on cannabis forums; however, curiosity soon got the better of most growers.   The Joint Doctor added a few other varieties to his line-up, including Lowryder #2 and Diesel Ryder.  It wasn’t long before autoflowering cannabis was widely recognized as the most crucial change in cannabis genetics since seminal strains like Skunk #1 were created.    Howard Marks (Mr.Nice), Shantibaba and The Joint Doctor  Initially, other breeders were hesitant to get involved and wondered if it was just…

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