The King of the High Times Cannabis Cup: Arjan Roskam of Green House Seeds
Posted by Steve Davis | May 30 2011 | 9815 views | Comments ↓
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If you’ve ever been to the High Times Cannabis Cup, you’ve heard of Arjan Roskam and probably smoked his Cannabis Cup-winning medical marijuana.
Arjan is founder of Green House coffeeshops and Green House Seed Company, and it’s no wonder he’s called “The King of Cannabis,” and “The Godfather of Cannabis.”
His strains have won 32 Cannabis Cup awards, 17 HighLife marijuana awards, and dozens more awards at marijuana competitions across Europe and the rest of the world!
What’s up with all the awards? It’s because Arjan travels the world as a Strain Hunter, looking for rare marijuana genetics. Then he and his grower buddy Franco bring the strains back to Holland for serious breeding and perfecting.
The result: strains of Indica and Sativa marijuana sought after by outdoor growers, hydroponics indoor growers and medical marijuana patients. Green House is responsible for some of the strongest and rarest medical marijuana strains.
Arjan has pioneered a wide array of Haze varieties that include multiple versions of Ultra Haze, along with Lemon Haze, and Neville’s Haze (traced back to Neville, the first commercial seed breeder and seller in Holland).
Other Green House strains that have won Cannabis Cup awards or awards at similar marijuana events include Himalayan Gold, White Rhino, White Widow, El Nino, Great White Shark, The Doctor, Super Silver Haze, Hawaiian Snow, Trainwreck, The Church and Alaskan Ice.
But it isn’t just the vast array of genetics that puts Arjan into the King of Cannabis category. There are other legendary seed breeders, such as Sensi Seeds’ Ben Dronkers, but Arjan is the only Dutch marijuana seed breeder and coffeeshop owner to fully take advantage of the Internet’s potential for promoting marijuana products and for educating marijuana growers and patients.
Arjan’s Strain Hunter videos and his grow videos are on YouTube and other than Urban Grower videos, they are the top marijuana videos on the net. The grow videos are time-lapse chronicles that show hydroponics marijuana cultivation techniques and marijuana plants that are so huge and high-yielding that it’s almost heartbreaking.
The Strain Hunter series is like National Geographic for marijuana, with Arjan and friends visiting India and Africa to source the best marijuana genetics and enjoy the finest natural-grown buds and hashish.
On the Green House Seed Company website you see the amazing “Flavour Wheel” that provides the most detailed descriptions of marijuana taste and aroma ever seen.
You can also view photomicrography of individual marijuana resin glands, revealing the glands to be crystal clear or amber structures with fat round heads on top of clear sturdy stalks in a stunning variety of shapes and sizes.
Arjan is known as an innovator. He recently introduced seeds coated with anti-pathogenic, root-stimulating and color-coding materials. These features are intended to increase germination success rate, and to help growers recognize seeds of specific strains.
As with anybody who has done a lot in the marijuana world, Arjan has critics who say he has too much influence over the High Times Cannabis Cup or is too proud of himself.
Well I guess if I had travelled the world finding the most potent marijuana strains, won nearly three dozen Cannabis Cup awards, and partied with Quentin Tarantino, Woody Harrelson, Busta Rhymes, Pink, Nelly, Alicia Keys, Metallica and other stars, I’d be proud of myself too.
If you can get your hands on Green House seeds, please save some for me. The King of the Cannabis Cup is working on new flavors, and growing out heavy poundage of primo Sativa and Indica for the 2011 High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.
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Article by Steve Davis, on May. 30th 2011