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Florida Buds Wins HIgh Times Cannabis Cup

Florida Buds, with ArborSide, Wins First Place at 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup

Florida Buds “Lunch Box” Earned Best High-CBD Edible.

Delray Beach, Fla., September 10, 2014—Florida Buds, in collaboration with ArborSide Compassion, was named the winner of the High CBD Edible category with “Lunch Box” at High Times magazine’s 2014 Cannabis Cup in Seattle, WA.

High CBD Edible - Lunch Box

High Times Cannabis Cup Winner of High CBD Edible – Lunch Box

The “Lunch Box” High-CBD Edible, created by Josh “Yoshi” Ludy, is a peanut butter sandwich cookie filled with raspberry jam. CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, which has been shown to have several positive effects for medical use, without the psychoactive effects provided by THC. CBD is effective in treating Crohn’s disease, PTSD and multiple sclerosis, and has received widespread attention for the relief it has provided to children suffering with Dravet’s Syndrome, a debilitating form of epilepsy that is resistant to other treatments.

About High Times Cannabis Cup


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The High Times Cannabis Cup originated as an annual cannabis festival in 1987 and until 2010 was only held in Amsterdam. During the Seattle Cannabis Cup, which took place September 6 – 7, 2014, international judges sampled and chose their favorite cannabis products in a variety of categories, such as Best U.S. Sativa, Indica and Hybrid, Best Medical Sativa, Indica and Hybrid, and Best Medical Edible.

Florida Buds Provides Marijuana Products

“We are proud and excited to work with experts around the country to provide the best products to our Florida patients who are seeking relief from serious medical issues,” said David Shiner, Florida Buds, LLC founder.  “Lunch Box was the brainchild of Josh “Yoshi” Ludy who works with ArborSide Compassion.  We’ve started this process now, because we realize the importance of quality, consistency, and effective medicine.  Florida Buds is driven to being the best Medical Marijuana Treatment Center and dispensary in the entire state of Florida, and this award shows our commitment to that goal.”

Josh “Yoshi” Ludy said, “The validation and recognition of this award means as much to me as the gratitude I feel for being able to help people by doing what I do. I have worked hard in the kitchen and in the garden, where I grow the flower responsible for the CBD component in my edibles. I take the healing power of this plant seriously, and my passion drives me to help people with it.”

With “Lunch Box,” Florida Buds became the first company based in Florida to win a High Times Cannabis Cup. Learn more about Florida Buds LLC at For more information about ArborSide Compassion, go to

About Florida Buds

Florida Buds is focused on bringing the finest medical marijuana products to Florida residents, through the state’s best medical marijuana dispensary and treatment center. We also provide timely, accurate information and news so that our community of followers can stay informed and make good decisions regarding medical marijuana and their health. Learn more at

florida buds donates to the Silver Tour

Florida Buds Supports Silver Tour

Local company backs non-profit organization focused on educating Florida seniors about benefits of medical marijuana.

Stuart, Fla., September 15, 2014—Fresh off their High Times Cannabis Cup win, Florida Buds is pleased to announce its support of The Silver Tour, an educational non-profit effort aimed at increasing Florida seniors understanding of the many benefits of medical marijuana.

Florida Buds, a Florida based company set to be the first medical marijuana dispensary and treatment center, donated $1,000.00 to support The Silver Tour, which is raising funds to launch a statewide radio campaign in advance of Election Day 2014. Florida voters will be deciding whether to pass Amendment 2 and amend the state’s constitution to legalize medical marijuana.

Participants in The Silver Tour learn about the history of marijuana and how it became outlawed.  The seminars also educate individuals about the benefits of medical cannabis from physicians, nurses and patients; including legal specialists, filmmakers and more.

Founded by legendary pitchman and author of The Black Tuna Diaries, Robert Platshorn, The Silver Tour enlightens and empowers seniors with facts about the use of medical cannabis in treating a host of ailments—from MS and glaucoma to Parkinson’s disease and the side effects of cancer treatment and according to certain research, medical marijuana is safer and more effective than many of the narcotic drugs prescribed to seniors today.

“Florida Buds is proud to support Robert Platshorn and his work in educating the public about the marijuana industry through his non-profit organization, The Silver Tour.  Robert has dedicated himself to spreading the knowledge of medical marijuana and the benefits it can provide everyone, including the growing baby boomer and senior population of Florida,” said David Shiner, Florida Buds founder. “At this time, Florida Buds is set on becoming Florida’s leading medical marijuana dispensary and treatment center after Amendment 2 passes in November.”

“We very much appreciate the support of Florida Buds in getting the word out to Florida seniors,” said Robert Platshorn. “A statewide radio campaign is the only way to get the word out about how Florida seniors and their families can benefit from the relief offered by medical cannabis, and why they should vote in favor of Amendment 2. “

Learn more about Florida Buds at For more information about The Silver Tour, go to


About Florida Buds

Florida Buds is focused on bringing the finest medical marijuana products to Florida residents, through the state’s best medical marijuana dispensary and treatment center. We also provide timely, accurate information and news so that our community of followers can stay informed and make good decisions regarding medical marijuana and their health. Learn more at





Nutrient Lines and Medical Cannabis #1: Every Grower is Different:

Nutrient Lines and Medical Cannabis #1: Every Grower is Different:

The Graphics on the labels scream out with Beautiful Colors. One is dragged in by images of Highly-Toned Female Bodies named “Wet Betty,” Allusions to Wealth such as “Cha Ching,” Psychedelic Animals, and Alluring Tropical Scenes indicating possible future Trips with the Proceeds of One’s Work.


Designers are paid quite nicely to grab the Shopper’s attention in the Garden store. Since the products are often if not almost exclusively used to grow Medical Marijuana, it is easy to see why the Male of the Species is targeted with such blazing graphics and concepts. Most Growers are Male – no reason that cannot change, however. Many People feel that the Feminine Connection with the Exclusively Female plants that we grow as Sinsemilla is indispensable, and spiritually create a better Flower.

Not All Nutrient Brands Are Created Equal

Of course, what really matters is what is contained within that Mostly Water Product inside the expensively-designed bottle. Not all Nutrient brands are equal by any means, in terms of quality or effectiveness relating to the Finished Product.

Although some Companies have recently “Come Out” and made it clear that their Product Line was designed with Cannabis in mind, most choose to not verbalize or print this clearly, for fear of legal action.

A company from British Columbia, Canada called Advanced Nutrients have always been open about Cannabis being what their products were designed and tested for. This created a large Gulf between Equipment and Nutrient Wholesale Companies who were not comfortable selling the Advanced Nutrients Line.

Mainstream Companies such as MIRACLE-GRO have decided to market their products to the Cannabis Growing Community. This is a new development within the last year. The original Nutrients were not at all good for use with Consumable Marijuana, and were proven Carcinogenic. People still utilize the line for growing Cannabis, however. One can only hope that the products that are being sold to Cannabis Growers are a bit lower on the Dangerous Chemical Factor. Medical Marijuana Patients need healthy Medicine.

Going Organic

Organically-Grown Cannabis usually has Fortified Soil as a Medium of Growth. Another option is to utilize an Inert Peat Moss Mixture such as Pro-Mix with Organic Liquid Nutrients. This offers a High Level of Control over the strength of the solutions used.

Organic Growing brings out the best in Cannabis. Some contend that nothing can compete with Soil-Grown Organic. Your Author Might agree with that.

There are Liquid Nutrients designed for Hydroponics that are mostly if not completely Organic. The “Sludginess” of some of the Organic Nutrients and additives designed for Soil growing can clog up tubes and water-delivery lines in a Hydroponic or Aeroponic system.

Many people have found Synthetic Nutrients to work better in Hydroponic applications, in terms of production. The consensus amongst Experienced Producers is that a combination of both Organic and Synthetic is the best method. High-Quality Chemical Nutrients can provide a boost to Flower Yield, and are easily flushed out of the plant at the end of the growth cycle if used correctly. The Organic Feed or additives in the “Recipe” allow for a robust, deepened flavour and aroma.

For the Highest Quality Medicinal Marijuana Flowers, as in Food products, Organic is definitely the technique that connoisseurs prefer. Food’s nutritional value increases greatly compared to conventional methods. The same applies to Cannabis, in a different way.

Some utilize what is called “Supersoil” to grow in. Instead of Liquid Nutrients, this technique relies on an Amended Soil utilizing several different Natural Compounds. Soil Amendments such as Bat Guano, Blood Meal, Greensand, Lime, Beneficial Bacteria/Fungi, Fish, Feather and Alfalfa Meal, amongst many others, can be mixed into the soil at the time of potting.

These compounds release the very same nutrients as bottled Liquid Nutrients, each time One waters the plant. Plain pH-Balanced water is used for at least the first month if not the whole cycle. It is possible to transplant into a specialized “Supersoil” for the second half of the plant’s life. At this stage – if the plant is Marijuana – less Nitrogen is required, more Phosphorus, and more Potassium, among other trace elements. One can then continue with the “Plain-Water” regimen. A very easy way to grow the best quality. all the work is done at the onset.

Do your research into what Nutrient Line is best for any particular Growing Media is important. Whether One uses Fortified Soil, inert Peat Moss, or Hydroponic Rocks, a good “Grow Store” will have Experienced Personnel who can answer Your questions in Your quest to discover the best Nutrient Company for Your Beloved High-Value Plants.

In the second installment of Nutrient Lines and Cannabis We will discuss and compare the Organic and Synthetic Nutrient Lines commonly available at Hydroponic Equipment Stores in the USA.

New Poll Shows Majority of Florida Voters Support Legalization

A Quinnipiac University poll released on May 5th is showing support for medical marijuana in Florida to be in the range of 80-93%. Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,413 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The poll showed that 88% of Floridians support, “allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it,” with only 10% opposed to it. Support among Democrats was at 93%, while Republicans had the lowest amount of support, but still overwhelmingly in favor, at 80%. 16% of Republicans said that they were opposed to medical marijuana. 84% of Florida’s senior citizens also support medical marijuana, with only 13% of seniors opposing it.

No gender, age, or racial demographic showed less than 84% support.

Full legalization of marijuana also has majority support in the Sunshine State, with 53% of Floridians saying they support “allowing adults in Florida to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” and 45% of Floridians admitting that they have used marijuana themselves. The highest demographic to admit smoking were voters 50-64 years old, with 62% of them admitting marijuana use. Males support legalizing marijuana 58-32%, while women were more divided, with 48% in support of legalization and 46% opposed. 82% of Floridians believe that marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, and 39% said it was less dangerous than alcohol, and only 12% believed it to be more harmful than alcohol. 54% of Floridians do not believe marijuana is a gateway drug.

Gaps exist among gender, age, and political demographics. The youth vote (voters 18-29) is overwhelmingly in favor of full legalization, with 72% in favor of legalization and 24% opposed to it. 61% of voters over the age of 65 support full legalization, while 33% of them oppose it. Independents were the highest political demographic to support full legalization, with 61% of them supporting legalization and 36% opposed. 59% of Democrats said they support legalization, while 34% of them are opposed to it. And the political demographic with the lowest support for full legalization were Republicans, with just 33% in support of it and 64% opposed to it.

“If Vegas were giving odds on medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida, the bookies would be betting heavily,” said Peter A. Brown, the Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “With almost nine in 10 voters favoring legalization for medical purposes, and bills allowing such use advancing in the State Legislature, the odds seem pretty good Florida may join the states which already have done so.”

To see the Quinnipiac poll go to:

Strain Knowledge #4: Medical Cannabis Royal Families and Their Offspring

In this installment, We have grouped the Major Marijuana Varieties by Family. This ties together some of the Lineages, and creates a better understanding of Basic Cannabis Genetics.

The Big Three

Most of Today’s Strains are built from The Big Three. Northern Lights, Haze and Skunk #1. Although there are many new variations – most Strains can be attributed to some connection with the “3 Majors.”

Skunk #1 – “The Building Block.”

One of the Major 3. In many places – the first Sinsemilla (seedless Buds) was Skunk Hybrids. This genetic changed everything in the Cannabis World. It was bred to almost all available strains at the onset of its’ appearance on the scene. One of the Great Hybrids that utilize the Skunk Genetic is “Durban Poison.” Many people consider almost ALL seed varieties to contain at least a trace amount of the Skunk #1 genetic, if not more.

Northern Lights – a basic but high-yielding Indica Strain used quite often for breeding . Used in order to bring flowering times down on Equatorial Sativas,  and to increase yield in moderate-producing genetics. Not a very flavourful strain on its’ own. It has a funky Celery-like flavour, not very pleasing. But it adds a great deal to other genetic profiles, when bred with it.

The Almighty “Haze”

Including  Amnesia Haze – Neville’s Haze – Blue DreamBlue Dream (the ubiquitous) –  An Amsterdam favorite, Haze is very common in the Dutch Canal Village We all love so much. Hollanders enjoy being social and “High” simultaneously, as opposed to Americans who prefer to be “Stoned,” as the Dutch Budtenders call it. Haze does not provide a heavy Body Effect by any means. More of a cerebral, trippy THCV influenced ratio of THC to CBN’s. Most of the long-flowering Strains that contain Haze are originally from Equatorial regions.

Many Mexican, South American and Equatorial varieties contain some of this Haze Genetic. It features a long flowering time, wispy flowers – and an incense-like odor. A Combo called “G13 x Haze” has taken the Northern Europe Cannabis Scene by storm in the last decade. The Famous Seed Breeder called SOMA isolated this Cut and applied it to almost all of His existing plants. 

Based on the above “Big 3,” there are millions of variations – some of which but by no means all – very popular, or generally notable, are listed below.

The Sativa-Dominant Varieities

Colombian Punta Rojo (Red Bud) and Santa Marta Gold – or “Lumbo.” For all You oldsters – Who can forget these classic strains that were so present in the 70’s ? Full of seeds, and sun-dried, it still tasted excellent, and was always a crowd-pleaser.

While we are on the throwback subject – Thai Sticks deserve a special Mention. Usually arriving in the form of bundled up small buds from Southeast Asia wrapped around a stick with hemp string. Very tasty, almost chocolate, and a very “Up” and happy high. Early versions were rumored to be opium-rubbed.

The Arcata Trainwreck – An Amazingly tangy, garlicky, foody unique genetic from Humboldt County, Emerald Triangle, (NorCal) California. An almost 100% Sativa, with many-bladed leaves – up to 13.. A Beautiful plant, like a small Christmas tree. Exhibiting a rare fast-finishing Flower for a Sativsa Plant, The T-Dub has a strong heady effect.

The Super Silver Haze  – Pride of Holland – Developed by the superior Breeder called Shantibaba for the Mr. Nice Seed Company. Perhaps the most complete Hybrid of the Three Majors – NL x Skunk x Haze – May be the perfect Strain, when the correct phenotype is isolated. It has won numerous awards, and is many peoples’ favorite. Considered the most Indica of the Hazes, it hits on all necessities…!

Hawaiian – Was always rare, and even for a resident of the state, not easy to find. It usually appeared wet, with no seeds And it mystified people since it came on the heels of the deluge of seeded Colombian/Mexican of the 70’s.. 

OG Kush / Diesel / GSC – the Chemdog Story.  An ounce of pot from a Grateful Dead Show in Colorado yielded several seeds which were later germinated by a Man to be known as Chemdog. Daywrecker Diesel #1, Diesel, the original OG Kush, and the many spinoffs such as East Coast Sour Diesel, NewDSCN3471York City Diesel, and others became perhaps the ultimate Royalty of Cannabis. For good reason. Not many Buds are as strong as Original OG Kush, or its’ Sisters mentioned above. The Famous Girl Scout Cookies Strain from San Francisco CA is partly composed of OG Kush – so the Circle Completes itself with a modern Classic. Pictured is the excellent Sour Diesel Hybrid Cutting called “Triple Diesel,” “3D,” or “Trip D,” at the time of harvest after trimming. The lighter in the picture shows the scale of the Bud.

Indica and Indica-Dominant

Master Kush, or “The Affie”  –  Like most genetics from the Hindu Kush Mountain Area in and around Afghanistan, the plants structure is very stout, squat, large-leaved, and fast-finishing – due to the always impending early mountain winters. This family of Cannbis is almost exclusively Indica. Sometimes purple in color. Very Medicinal, sleepy, appetite-inducing, and potentially stupifying. A Favorite cannabis family in the USA. Often has flavours of Chocolate, Coffee, and Earth.

The Cheese – Unbeknownst to many, a very flavorful and much-bred strain called “The Cheese” is a special Phenotype of Skunk #1 found in the 90’s in Luton, England, on a Hippie Commune. It truly does smell and taste like sweet cheese with often a hint of blueberries. The cutting was passed around the whole country, and was known as the “Exodus Cut.” The Flowers were first available in Amsterdam Coffeeshops in or around 2004. The Flowers were such a Hit during the Cannabis Cup, that there was a purchase limit of two grams at the Coffeeshop that first featured it (Homegrown Fantaseeds). The Cheese is beyond tasty.

Blueberry (DJ Short’s) – A Classic hybrid that contains Chocolate Thai, Oaxacan (Mexican),  Colombian Sativa, and Panamanian genetics. The strain exhibits mutations in the form of variegated leaves (two color – light and dark) and strange patterns of growth. Although finding a great phenotype is never easy with this genetic – once one DOES isolate one, the flavours and appearance are superior to most other plants. The Blueberry has been bred with so many different plants it is difficult to keep track.

Purple Urkle / The Purps / Grape Ape – Another extreme Indica. Grape in flavour, and purple in color. These are small plants with lovely flavour, low-yield, and quick finish. ALthough many plants will turn purple with chilly temperatures –  the “Erk” will change to a lavender hue on its’ own, regardless of temperature. Patients at the old Oakland California Dispensaries used to line up for blocks to get at this bud.


Although there are millions of variations possible in the world of Cannabis, it is clearly possible to classify most varieties by tracing back to the original strains used to produce them. Accurate information, while not always available, is important to those making decisions about what Strains to Grow or obtain, based on the Medical Needs in the particular situation. The knowledge is increasingly available with the Normalization of Cannabis Laws around the world.