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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

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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




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:

Is Cannabis Safe Medicine?

As our populace opens its collective mind to the many benefits of cannabis, new studies are being performed. There are many different topical and internal delivery systems for this medicine.  In order to maximize the compounds that are helpful to the human system it is essential to medicate with healthy and consciously-grown marijuana.

The techniques utilized to produce the flowers can be basic or complex, but essentially the same elements and minerals need to be present. The ratio of these components and their strength determine if a balanced feeding plan is used or not.  When shortcuts are taken, it can be dangerous.

Should You Go Organic?

Organically-grown fruits and vegetables can be simpler to produce than hydroponics and are ultimately more flavorful and complete in all ways, except product-yield. Many growers take the easy and greedy path, when making decisions of what growing method to use, which plant foods to use and at what strength.


The cultivation of cannabis is considerably more difficult that most are aware, especially in an indoor environments. Many Growers are forced to introduce controls that are unhealthy in the race to finish out the high-value plants before pests or diseases take control and ruin the crop. Although the treatments may eradicate or control pests and diseases, a residue is sometimes left behind.

Chemicals on the plant can be harmful in the short term and over time.  Health complications can arise because of the use of tainted marijuana flowers and concentrates. The offending pesticides and fungicides render otherwise healthy medicine toxic and harmful.

The half-lives of these harmful chemicals generally lie somewhere between 28 and 60 days. It is essential that the person making the decisions on the pest control program used in the growing has these numbers in mind. It is possible to use even these harmful chemicals, as long as they are used correctly. 

A person with a compromised immune system or chemotherapy patients on drugs to cure or slow cancer, are not in any shape to take in these very dangerous chemicals at any level.

Responsibility falls to the hands of the producers, which is a largely an unregulated side of the informal “Industry.” Testing of finished products would fix this. The state of Florida will most likely enact some form of testing, if not make it mandatory. The surprise to come is that the tests will rule approximately 90% of all grown marijuana as unhealthy. The patient will benefit. True medical-grade cannabis may increase in price relative to more commercial forms of the flowers, due to scarcity.

Organic products and production, while not providing the same high yield,  is the superior way to guarantee safety and efficacy of the Medicine.

Good Things Come To Those Who Slow Down

On another related topic. In the rush to see a return usually financially related, harvesting the plants too early is more than common.  The plant then does not develop the terpenes that carry the odor or taste, as well as the potency. One does not receive the opportunity to actually benefit from the THC and CBD’s/CBN’s (that which provides the medicinal features for many varied conditions) in their full spectrum. The look of the cannabis flowers suffer as well, when harvested prematurely.

The vast majority of Medical Marijuana growers “pull their plants” at least 7 days too early, or more. This is one of the most important decisions that Growers need to focus on in order to realize all the benefits of the plant.

Another important decision the Grower  must make is what sort of a “flush” the plants will get at the end of their life before harvest. Over the growing process, mineral salts build up. These mineral salts must be cleared out of the growing medium in order to insure the most flavorful and smooth taste profile, as well as bouquet and potency.

Heavy Metals

Nutrient companies have more or less heavy metals contained in their products. These are harmful to the human body. These toxins must be flushed out of the substrate used to grow the plants in.  When a marijuana cigarette keeps on going out and burns a grey ash, the heavy metals have not been flushed out.  The metals found are usually ammonium nitrates, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus as well as other trace elements and metals.

Soil-grown plants, with synthetic fertilizers require a longer flush than any other method. Organic soil requires a bit less time and, hydroponic techniques require only a few days of a flush.  The Aeroponic  style of straight water growing, needs a 1 or 2 day flush.

Be Aware of the Safety of Your Medicine

Due to the “wild-west” nature of a fledgling medical state’s program, it will be important for Florida’s medical marijuana patients to be aware of what they are getting and who they are getting it from.  While rushing to make Medicine available, some dispensaries may obtain cannabis and cannabis products for distribution that are not of a high standard. 

It will become apparent that knowing the source and trusting the facility that sells the cannabis to you is important. Any retail outlet should be caring with your health in mind, as well as their bottom line, but not instead of it.

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.