Farmer Tom Travels To Spain

Last fall Farmer Tom had a chance to take an international trip to Spain to participate in Spannabis.  I have a long history with one of the private cannabis social clubs in Barcelona, Greenardos.  I first met them when they stayed with us on the farm for about a month, four years ago. During their visit, they got ahold of one of my seeds — a cross between Amnesia Haze and our Power Kush– and it turned out to be an amazing phenotype.  The club has carried it at their location for the last three years, and it has been one of their top strains.

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Spannabis was a blast.  I got to connect with cannabis enthusiast’s from around the world — all the top players were there. During my stay in Barcelona, I was warmly welcomed — not just because my strain had won many competitions throughout Europe — the locals are just genuinely very nice, gracious people.

 

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One of the highlights of my trip was seeing BC Barcelona play football. We watched them win, and Messi score the winning goal.  I spent a day making high quality solvent-less hash with the Dank Duchess and Blue Eyes. I learned a lot and had a wonderful experience with these great people. The best thing about Spain was the food.  I had some of the most amazing, high quality food I’ve ever eaten. From the seafood — fresh from the Mediterranean Seat and North Atlantic — to the fresh fruits and veggies.  My favorite was Hamon — a kind of ham made 100% from Ibérico pigs who are allowed to feed and roam completely free range.  The stuff you live for.

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After Spannabis I spent a day touring LaRambla, where we stopped by Weedmaps Spanish headquarters, and also went to visit Sensi magazine’s Cannabis and Hash Museum.  I was warmly welcomed at both locations.  We sat on the roof and smoked fatties at Weedmaps, and I got a personal tour of the cannabis museum by the curator and manager — it was quite an experience.

 

International Collaborative Study Reveals The Neuroprotective Properties of Phytocannabinoid Δ9-THCA

SPAIN:  Advanced medical research conducted at Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba (IMIBIC) as a collaborative effort between Phytoplant Research SL, VivaCell Biotechnology España SL, and Emerald Health Pharmaceuticals has unveiled the potent neuroprotective ability of Δ9-THCA, a phytocannabinoid produced in Cannabis sativa L. The research paper was accepted and published in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

The findings suggest that Δ9-THCA can potentially protect brain cells from degenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s disease, and could be a viable treatment option for patients suffering from debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

“We demonstrated that Δ9-THCA, the main non psychoactive phytocannabinoid biosynthesized by the Cannabis sativa L. plant, exerts neuroprotective action in its raw form without acting on the endocannabinoid system, but by activating the PPARγ receptors, thereby avoiding the undesired psychotropic effects. This finding will open a new range of cannabinoid neuroprotective applications,” said Dr. Xavier Nadal, Manager, Extraction R&D Department, Phytoplant Research SL.

Δ9-THCA is not only the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana but also an acidic phytocannabinoid. PPARγ is the nuclear receptor for some cannabinoids and PPARγ signalling has a role in neuroinflammation and epilepsy. As a potent PPARγ agonist, this effectual neuroprotectant exhibited neuroprotective and neuroinflammatory activity in an animal model of Huntington’s disease (HD).

 

Cannabis Smokers’ Clubs Make Barcelona New Amsterdam

SPAIN:  A FAINT smell of cannabis smoke hangs in the air as Susana relaxes on the sofa with her mother Juana and lights up a joint.

Welcome to Pachamama — one of the hundreds of cannabis clubs that are making Barcelona rival Amsterdam as a smoker’s haven.

With shelves full of books and board games the place could be someone’s sitting room, but for a hookah pipe and photographs of hemp plants like the ones the club grows.

Smokers’ groups say some 700 such associations have sprung up in Spain due to a legal loophole.