People sometimes ask BigBudsMag.com why we mention Advanced Nutrients so often.
The reason is we care only about what works best for you as a marijuana grower.
We’re all marijuana growers here. We know nutrients make a big difference in how potent and profitable your marijuana grow op is.
One of the first things we did when we started BigBudsMag.com was contact all hydroponics nutrients and equipment manufacturers.
We told them they’d get free publicity for their products if they’d just explain how their products push marijuana plants to grow bigger, stickier buds.
The only company that would talk to us was Advanced Nutrients.
In fact, they immediately put us in touch with their founder and owner, Michael “Big Mike” Straumietis.
Instead of hanging up the phone on us, or telling us that “weed growers are criminals,” like the owner of General Hydroponics did, Straumietis was friendly and helpful.
He spent hours explaining the science of marijuana nutrients.
He gave us incredible advice about higher-yielding, higher-profit marijuana growing.
He invited us to huge, legal commercial cannabis grow ops fed by 200-gallon containers of Advanced Nutrients.
Out of all the company owners of companies selling products at grow shops, Michael Straumietis is the only one who has ever gone public as a commercial marijuana grower and legalizer.
That’s why it was no surprise to see Straumietis has become famous worldwide as a “marijuana don.”
(A “don” is a term borrowed from the mafia. It means “big boss.”)
His Instagram account, enlivened by photos of his exploits with sexy women on private jets, at High Times Cannabis Cup events, and in 50,000-watt marijuana grow rooms, has gone viral.
I’ve never seen somebody get as many Instagram followers as he did in as short a time.
Straumietis has been featured in international publications such as the Daily Mail, Business Insider, and Playboy.
He’s being called “the King of Instagram.”
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Major media outlets say Big Mike has joined the ranks of “famous Instagram playboys with constant streams of photos showing nearly-nude models, private jets, and fast cars.”
Decades of Growing Marijuana Led to Marijuana Nutrients Breakthroughs
Straumietis’ path to becoming the only hydroponics nutrients manufacturer who helps marijuana growers started a long time ago when he was in his early 20s.
Marijuana growing wasn’t yet legal anywhere in the United States. But Straumietis built and ran clandestine grow ops of increasing size, complexity, and sophistication, relying mostly on Sea of Green techniques.
He purchased or rented many large houses in nice neighborhoods, and converted them into grow houses.
When associates showed him monster outdoor marijuana plants that were producing baseball-bat buds due to rich native soil, he took soil samples of the garden sites and had them tested.
Then he procured soil maps of his region, scouted areas that had the best soil for marijuana, and put in guerrilla marijuana plants that gave him 2-4 pounds per plant with very little work and hardly any expense.
Straumietis got a pilot’s license, bought a Cessna 172 and an Ultralight, and flew low over “ideal marijuana soil” areas of four counties, using a primitive GPS unit to record the places he wanted to plant marijuana.
He chose marijuana garden sites near swamps, rivers, cornfields, and creek beds, and hired a team of grow helpers to put 50-300 cannabis plants at each site.
Instead of the security risk of hiking in and out of grow sites to keep track of his marijuana plants, he flew over the sites, looking for animal damage, insect problems, and invasion by police or thieves.
He harvested several hundred pounds of indoor and outdoor marijuana per year, selling wholesale at an average of $3400 a pound.
As you might expect, as his profits and grow business grew, security risks increased too.
Big Mike had many close calls indoors and outdoors.
He once had to emergency-dismantle a 12-light indoor marijuana grow op and hide it in a rental truck.
He had arrest scares outdoors too, and discovered he was losing 30% or more of his outdoor crop to thieves and police.
So Straumietis became obsessed with security.
He monitored police scanners, and learned to unlock and decode encrypted messages used by elite local and federal agencies such as the DEA.
Straumietis admits to “tapping” narcotics officers’ phones, paying investigators to identify undercover officers and their cars, recording police conversations, having ex-spies sweep his grow ops, vehicles, and homes for surveillance devices, wearing night vision goggles to detect bad guys, and carrying a custom-built scanner/monitor with him when he was anywhere near a grow op indoors or outdoors.
The guy even took race car driving classes, in case he had to use a vehicle to flee law enforcement, thieves, or kidnappers.
He successfully ran away from police during scary outdoor grow bust escapes worthy of the movies, but it was one of his own men, and a crazy girlfriend, who ultimately brought him down.
What happened was the worker went out on his own to run grow ops, got busted, and ratted out Straumietis.
Pretty soon, there was a federal manhunt for Big Mike, who went underground and continued supervising massive grow ops despite being hunted by the feds.
Straumietis’s girlfriend cracked up under the pressure, and started threatening to nark him out, so he closed out his grow ops and fled to California.
Massive Grow Ops, Massive Buds, Massive Profits
Tired of being pursued by law enforcement, Straumietis made a grand escape by creating a new identity and moving to Vancouver, Canada.
At the time, Vancouver was the hub of the multi-billion dollar British Columbia “BC Bud” marijuana empire.
Straumietis immediately started growing marijuana indoors and outdoors.
His indoor operations were spectacular, with some as large as five hundred 1000-watt lights!
By 2001, Big Mike’s marijuana growing empire had 1,496 thousand-watt lights going at one time, plus more than a hundred lights for motherplants and cuttings, as well as numerous large-scale outdoor grows.
He opened a hydroponics grow store, and it was there that he learned how pissed off marijuana growers were about the hydroponics industry.
Straumietis recalls that “almost every customer” complained that grow shops sold generic hydroponics nutrients, generic lighting, generic everything.
Marijuana growers don’t want tomato fertilizer. They want marijuana nutrients that push cannabis plants to their maximum potential.
Straumietis knew from his research into outdoor soil that there’s more to plant health than just supplying nitrogen, phosphorus, and other nutritional elements.
He also knew that healthy outdoor soil contains beneficial microbes and organic materials that increase root health and plant potential.
His goal was to re-create the full-spectrum benefits of a rich soil root zone, even in hydroponics marijuana gardens.
Mike supplied researchers from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) with marijuana root, stalk, leaf, and bud samples.
Of course, Straumietis had a lot of marijuana grow houses to test his products in, and he handed out samples to other commercial marijuana growers.
Straumietis paid botanists, agronomists, and marijuana growers to do research that ended up creating the first and so far only hydroponics products that include marijuana nutrients scientifically designed to increase growth rate, yields, and potency.
Finally, he had the perfect formulas and created the only brand of marijuana nutrients and supplements.
Advanced Nutrients became the first company to offer a full-spectrum marijuana nutrients feed program including beneficial root zone microbes, humic and fulvic acids, vitamins, carbohydrates. enzymes, immune system stimulators, and bloom-boosting natural plant stimulators in a hydroponics feed program.
And that’s how Advanced Nutrients was born.
Making Marijuana Nutrients & Beating Marijuana’s Enemies
Today, Advanced Nutrients products are sold in 87 countries.
Straumietis isn’t just the King of Instagram, he’s been technical grow advisor for the hit TV series Weeds and on the movies Leaves of Grass and Pineapple Express.
Here’s a partial list of “firsts” that Advanced Nutrients achieved in the hydroponics industry:
- Advanced Nutrients is the first hydroponics company to donate grow ops to indigent medical marijuana patients.
- Straumietis invented “the perfect grow room,” a sealed room with total environmental control including added C02.
- Straumietis created the only hydroponics base nutrients with “pH Perfect technology” that automatically and consistently adjust nutrients water pH to ideal absorption pH of 5.7.
- First to use 100% chelated micronutrients and macronutrients.
- First to create products that increase marijuana taste and aroma.
- First to create organic base nutrients clean enough to be used with in drip emitter systems.
- First and only hydroponics nutrient company to use 100% chelated micro nutrients in Organic Base Nutrients certified by CDFA, California Department of Food and Agriculture.
- First and only hydroponics nutrients to offer marijuana grower support both toll-free and online.
- First and only hydroponics nutrients company to offer a 100% performance guarantee.
- First to use hormone-producing, bud-boosting microbes in hydroponics nutrients.
Straumietis has paid a heavy price for being a marijuana nutrients pioneer.
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Rival hydroponics companies, along with hydroponics media like Maximum Yield Magazine, are run by people who aren’t marijuana growers.
They were outraged and frightened that a real marijuana grower and his company were making marijuana nutrients.
So they narked Advanced Nutrients to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
RCMP officers staged a brutal raid on Advanced Nutrients, putting guns to the heads of company employees.
The company’s assets were seized; its personal and business bank accounts were frozen.
Straumietis was shackled, jailed for months, and forcibly removed from Canada.
The company survived the raid, and came back stronger.
But hydroponics nutrients companies such as General Hydroponics and Grotek, along with hydroponics industry distributor and media monopolies like Maximum Yield, Hydrofarm and Sunlight Supply, conducted a relentless smear campaign against Straumietis and Advanced Nutrients.
They even sent a scary letter to hydroponics stores, falsely claiming that grow store owners would get busted by the DEA if they sold Advanced Nutrients products.
They banned Advanced Nutrients from Maximum Yield expos.
They offered economic penalties and incentives to grow store owners in an attempt to force hydroponics stores to stop selling Advanced Nutrients.
In general, most hydroponics manufacturers, distributors, and media are afraid of marijuana growers, and have publicly denounced marijuana growing and distanced themselves from it.
But as you can see from the international media coverage given to Straumietis and Advanced Nutrients, efforts to harm the man and his company haven’t worked.
Straumietis and his hydroponics nutrients company are still the only ones making marijuana nutrients… still the only hydroponics nutrients company that openly stands with us as marijuana growers.
In my view, Straumietis and Advanced Nutrients have earned the loyalty of all marijuana growers!