Strain Hunters is a series of documentaries aimed at informing the
general public about the quest for the preservation of the cannabis
plant in the form of particularly vulnerable landraces originating in
the poorest areas of the planet.
One of the goals of the United Nations, published years ago in
official reports, was to wipe out the cannabis plant from the face of
the earth by the year 2010. In reality this is far from being achieved,
because man keeps using the cannabis plant for religious, medicinal and
recreational purposes no matter what the law says.
Most cultures cannot comprehend how a plant can be made illegal. In
most people’s perception, plants and animals stand above a status of
legality or illegality, they just exist in a higher design of nature
that goes beyond human laws and regulations.
Nevertheless most governments of cannabis producing countries are
implementing drastic measures to destroy crops. Dangerous chemicals are
sprayed over fields and over the farmers themselves in most of the third
world countries, and the poorest people of the planet are the ones
paying the highest price for cultivating a plant that does not kill. But
in the economy of scale, where demand dictates supply, the poorest
people of the planet have no choice but to cultivate cannabis as a cash
crop to feed their children and send them to school. Communities that
are isolated in remote areas in the poorest regions of the planet are
often the keepers of very special landraces.
The worldwide prosecution on the cannabis plant generates the need to
go hunting for the real landraces that are left in the most remote
corners of the planet.
These strains, isolated for decades and sometimes for centuries,
constantly inbreeding, are at the origin of all the thousands of
variations that we know today in the cannabis industry. In these
landraces there are hundreds, maybe thousands of unique cannabinoid
profiles that have never been evaluated by the pharmaceutical industry;
nevertheless they could be of enormous help in the future, when the
knowledge about the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant will
advance further. One of these cannabinoid profiles could be hiding the
next miracle drug for the treatment of very serious diseases. The
concept of strain hunters stems from the need to preserve nature’s gifts
to man, in a quest for a better future.
Being a strain hunter is a personal challenge, a passion, and a way
of life. Strain hunting is a very delicate task, one that involves
social skills, a travelling-oriented mindframe and a pinch of crazy.
Besides being physically fit, the strain hunter has to speak several
languages, be able to blend and socialize in different environments, and
has to be willing to commit to a lifestyle on the fast-lane. From the
jungles of Africa and Asia to the mountain ranges of South America, the
strain hunters are on a mission to bring back the most
important and isolated
cannabis landraces known to man.
The logistical challenges involved in strain-hunting are quite
considerable, but Arjan, owner and founder of the Green House empire,
has been devoting a great deal of passion, time and resources to this
task. After two decades spent strain hunting for the breeding programs
of the Green House Seed Company, it is now time to show the world what
the hunt is all about. Strain Hunters is a brand new series of
documentaries, real-life reports of the search for the greatest lost
cannabis strains, a deep insight in the typical “day at the office” of
the most successful seed makers in the world.