BigBudLED’s BBL1000 – An LED that Competes watt for watt with HPS!

July 13th, 2015 | By

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LED Grow Lights have come a long way in the past few years, but many growers who get good results from HPS lighting have been reluctant to make the switch. Bud quality appears to be pretty good under LED, you can’t argue with lower temps & power bills, and the bud porn is killer, but HPS has still remained the gold standard for high yields & dense nuggs – until now.

With a new LED light that offers a full 1000 watts of power, BigBudLED has put some pretty big claims out there, so we talked them into sending their biggest unit, the BBL1000, over to the Weed Geek lab so we could put it through its paces. Here’s what they have to say about this massive LED:

  • A Full 1000 Watts of Power – This is the real draw, not some number they came up with by adding up the diode ratings of the individual bulbs. With 288 5 watt LEDs configured into 16 COB clusters each rated at a total of 90 watts, the grand total would be 1440 watts if BigBudLED used the standard marketing formula instead of a more honest figure.
  • Reduces Electricity Needs by 20-35% – BigBudLED admits the BBL1000 LED Light will pull about the same wattage as a 1000 watt HPS because a watt is a watt after all, but they claim you can easily reduce your power consumption by 20 to 35% by eliminating the ballast and reducing the ventilation and air conditioning required to control temps. If you’re doing a new set-up, you can also take most of the ducting and fans out of your budget.
  • Each BBL1000 Covers a 4X4 Grow Space with canopy coverage and penetration that’s just as good as a 1000 watt HPS, if not better. Each COB is covered by a high-density, 90-degree glass PCX lens that evenly distributes light with virtually no reduction in intensity.
  • Increases Potency, Reduces Finish Time – With less heat, the THC should degrade less giving you up to a 25% increase in potency. The targeted light spectrum gives cannabis plants exactly what they can absorb best, allowing finish times to be reduced by up to 14 days depending on strain. If this is true, that’s way better than a lower electric bill or a few less fans to run.
  • The Weed Geek BigBud LED Review

    The first thing we noticed before the BBL1000 even arrived is the price tag – we won’t beat around the bush, this baby is pricey at pennies under two grand. It’s targeted toward professional growers who can make their money back quickly by growing a better product at a reduced cost so that they can spend less and charge more with a faster turnaround.

    By BigBudLED’s calculations, the BBL1000 should pay for itself when replacing a 1000 watt setup in a typical commercial operation within the first 6 months, then the rest is gravy.

    If you’re growing your own medicine, you’d probably be more interested in one of BigBudLED’s smaller, more affordable lights like the BBL260.

    We really liked how the BBL1000 LED light looked once it arrived & we unboxed it. The design is very streamlined and it had a sturdy feel to it. The specs give the weight as 24 kg (about 52 pounds) and the measurements as 65 cm (25.5 inches) square and 6 cm (2.36 inches) thick. We didn’t confirm, but that seems about right. In other words, it felt a little heavy for its size – make sure you have a sturdy framework if you’re hanging this in a tent.

    To get an idea of how much power we were saving, we took an unscientific approach instead of running out to buy Kill-A-Watt. We turned on a 1000 watt HPS setup and noted the numbers on the electric meter when we started and then again 12 hours later. After switching out the HPS for the BBL1000 and unplugging most of the fans, we went through the exercise again the next day at the same time so that the building’s other electricity usage would be roughly the same. Our experiment showed that we saved just under 7 KWH over the course of 12 hours, which translates into about $30 a month. Depending on the electricity prices in your area, your savings could be more or less than that.

    During this test, we also checked out the differences in heat. The 1000 watt HPS brought the temps up from 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the dark to around 78 degrees within the first 30 minutes using an air-cooled hood pulling air from outside the tent with a 650 cfm fan. The BBL1000 LED Light was barely warm to the touch and only brought the temperature up inside the tent 2 degrees after the full 12 hours with only passive ventilation and a fan for air circulation. Needless to say, the LED setup was much quieter, too.

    Finally, we hooked the BBL1000 up over a mixed grow that was already showing preflowers and just begging to be flipped. The purplish color of the lights takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s a lot easier on the eyes than the yellow HPS glare. However, these are strong, strong lights – you should absolutely never look directly into the bulbs and eye protection is highly recommended.

    The light covered our 4X4 tent perfectly with no dark areas or shadows at the canopy level. As long as we cleared away any fans that were blocking the light, penetration looked as good as a 1000 watt HPS, although we’re still adjusting to the purpleness. So far, we haven’t seen any of the bleaching that we did with other LED lights, but we’ve also been careful to keep the light at least 2 feet up from the canopy.

    As of today, we’re about 5 weeks into flower and things are looking good. Bud size and density checks out, trichome production is nice and heavy, the smell is getting really strong and everything appears to be on schedule. We have a few more weeks to go before we can say if we’ll have an early finish and a few more weeks before we can give you a smoke report for flavor and potency. If this grow turns out as good as its looking now, there’s no way BigBudLED is getting this light back.

    Stay tuned for the final report on BigBudLED’s BBL1000 LED light!

Arizer Solo Review

May 12th, 2015 | By

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This week on Weed Geek, we’re reviewing one of our favorite portable vapes – the Arizer Solo. We’ve only had this piece for a few weeks, but so far it’s stood up to our usual higher-than-frequent use without giving us any problems. That alone earns our stamp of approval.

Best of all, one very committed blunt smoker agreed to give it a try & even he figured it out with just a minute or two of explanation. Sturdy, simple & reliable – that’s exactly what we’re looking for in a good vape around WG Central.

Out of the box, you will get 1 vaping unit, 1 wall charger, 2 glass straws (1 straight & 1 curved) and a cleaning brush. You’ll also get a short, bowl-like piece of glass they pass off as an incense burner, but don’t try to use it to vape your herb – that looked a little dangerous to us because the glass gets a somewhat hot near the vaping unit even though everything else is only warm to the touch. There’s your warning.

To use the Arizer Solo, all you have to do is charge up the battery (a single charge lasts for several sessions, so no worries there), pack the bottom of the glass straw with finely ground herb, insert the straw into the top of the unit, push both buttons to turn it on, wait for the battery check to finish, set the temperature by pushing the up button to the desired level (go with 5 or 6), and wait about 2 minutes for it heat up. Then, you’re ready for a nice, smooth, flavorful vape.

Now, for the things we weren’t so sure about. The Arizer Solo is billed as a portable desktop vape that gives you the power of a bigger, stationary unit with the convenience of being able to move around. We agree to a certain extent. If you want to walk around your home or yard, you’re good to go. But, sticking that glass straw in your pocket or packing it up for a trip might not be a smart idea.

Next, the herb gets packed in the bottom of the glass straws that come with the Arizer Solo rather than in the unit itself. Some of our new vapers didn’t pack the material tight enough & they had a few little flakes come up through the vent holes in the tube when they inhaled. With the Arizer, you should grind your herb very fine then pack it tight for the best experience. It won’t take you long to figure that part out now that you know what to do.

Finally, true weed geeks might not like the fact that the Arizer Solo doesn’t let you set an exact temperature, but we found that it still worked pretty well even without the degree by degree tweaking some like to do. If you can’t live without a precise heat setting, this is not the vape for you.

Want to know more about the Arizer Solo portable desktop vaporizer? Our friends over at SmartVapeUser.com have put together a very informative video that’ll let you see exactly how simple this product is to use. You can see it here –

. And, they’re even handing out Free Vaporizer Coupon Codes that’ll save you a little money if you’re in the market for a new vape. Check them out if you’re interested and let us know what you think.

Love Medibles? Check Out the Supply at Provision Seeds!

April 6th, 2015 | By

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In addition to a number of Canadian strains, The Provision Seed company out of Ontario offers high-quality, ready-to-consume medibles – and they ship just about anywhere. Whether you’re looking for a more affordable choice or you can’t get medibles locally, you have to check them out.

Provision’s medibles come in three delicious flavours so far – luscious chocolate, tart lemon-lime & tangy orange. Each candy-like gem contains 10 mg of THC so you can easily adjust your dosage based on your individual tolerance level. We found that 2 to 3 did the trick for heavier smokers while non-daily users were more likely to be very satisfied with just one.

Remember that medibles can take up to 2 hours to start working and the effect generally lasts from 6 to 8 hours. Take it slow & easy until you determine your optimal dosage because being too high for that long only sounds like fun. Trust me, it’s not.

Even if you don’t overdo it, don’t be surprised if you remember very little the day after you get a strong medible buzz . That’s what happened to some of our testers, so it’s probably best to try these while you’re safely at home for the evening. Definitely, do not drive, use power tools or operate any type of machinery while under the influence.

Provision Seeds’ medibles are made with vacuum-purged cannabis oil as well as other natural and artificial ingredients. The ingredient list is readily available on their website if you have any concerns. Note that these should go in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as they arrive to preserve their freshness.

Here’s the only catch – Provision sells out of their medibles practically as fast as they can make them. Keep an eye on their site & buy as soon as you see them go back in stock or you’ll miss out. If you don’t live in Canada, they could take a few weeks to get through customs (it took 10 days for me, 14-16 days for friends). They’ll arrive in a vacuum-sealed pack inside a small padded mailer – no one would ever guess they’re not plain candy by looking at them.

These Canadian medibles are sold in singles, 5-packs and 10-packs at very decent prices. Grab a few singles to sample the flavours or find out if this type of medicine is right for you, but we recommend getting at least 10 total. If you like them as much as I think you will, you’ll be glad you did.

NB: Next up at Provision Seeds – high-quality shatter & other concentrates!

Sherry

3 Reasons Why Cannabis Gets the Pink Ribbon Award for Kicking Cancer’s Ass

July 29th, 2014 | By

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Naysayers claim that medical marijuana is just an excuse to get high, but researchers have found that this magical herb has many major health benefits after all. Hate to say we told you so, but … we told you so.

CBD is thought to have the ability to treat everything from seizures to anxiety to cancer with plenty of individual stories to back up the theories, but even the more psychoactive THC has its purpose when it comes to the big C. Let’s take a look at a few of the ways cannabis kicks cancer’s ass:

  1. 1.       CBD Saves the Boobies, and the Lungs, and the Colon

And lots of other things. According to the US National Cancer Institute, cannabidiol has been shown in a wide variety of research studies to squash cancerous tumor cells in at least a dozen different ways. CBD has killed breast cancer cells in both living organisms and lab settings by triggering programmed cell death. CBD has slowed the growth and spread of tumors in lung cancer studies. And, CBD appears to have protected lab mice from developing colon cancer when exposed to known cancer-causing agents. Best of all, the CBD did not damage the surrounding non-cancerous tissue, a result very unlike many traditional treatments.

  1. 2.        Medical Marijuana Reduces Nausea & Improves Appetite

Everyone from high-profile TV doctors to many general practitioners will tell you that nothing seems to fix chemo-related nausea and loss of appetite like a little medical marijuana. Whether the patient enjoys the occasional toke or uses a concentrated CBD paste or oil, most are able to maintain a better quality of life and higher energy levels than those who don’t. The official study was conducted by the University of Arkansas, but anecdotal evidence is rampant across the Internet – Google it & you’ll see.

  1. 3.       Cannabis Helps Patients Keep Fighting the Good Fight

Something as simple as the patient’s will to live & belief that they can fight off disease is sometimes better than any treatment under the sun. When chosen carefully, cannabis can lift the patient’s mood, reduce their stress levels and keep them thinking positive thoughts. Plus, the golden rule should be that if you get cancer, you can do whatever the f*ck you want.

So, chalk one up for medical marijuana and alternative treatment plans. No one’s recommending cannabis as a preventative measure like taking your vitamins & eating your veggies just yet, but hey – it could happen.

 

 

 

Ben Dronkers: passionate about fighting the cannabis stigma

June 6th, 2014 | By

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Sadly, the stigmatisation and harsh laws surrounding the cannabis plant and the hemp plant are the status quo. Nonetheless, the cannabis industry could never have made the progress that it has made without the untiring efforts of several key figures: people who dedicated their hearts and souls to these plants, people who put their all into striving to improve the image of the cannabis sector and successfully drove it forward.

The Dutchman Ben Dronkers (64) is one of those key figures. He is the founding father of Sensi Seeds, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, the Hemp Gallery and HempFlax. As such, he has earned his rightful place as a prominent representative of the cannabis and hemp plant. In this article you will learn more about this true cannabis pioneer.

Ben’s passion for travel
Ben Dronkers’ love of the cannabis and hemp plant is closely intertwined with his passion for travel, which in the early 1960s took him from his home town Rotterdam to sail all over the world on board merchant ships. In the early 1970s he took a different approach. He opened Ben’s Fashion, a clothes shop that sold home-made, eccentric pieces of clothing.

In order to purchase the fabrics, Ben regularly travelled to Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he learnt about the many benefits of the hemp seeds from the local farmers. They also gave him cannabis and cannabis seeds. Looking back, Ben relates, “I asked the farmers about the cannabis fields and they gave me a knowing smile. One of them gave me a handful of cannabis seeds as a gift and told me that the seeds were very important. This led me to save them, to learn more about the properties of seeds from different regions, and to collect even more cannabis seeds.”

New cannabis hybrids
During that period, Ben travelled all over the world in search of new and beautiful genotypes. His trips took him from the Hindu Kush in Central Asia, to the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. He brought back with him seeds from first-class cultivated varieties and discovered more and more uses for this special plant. In the mid-1980s his knowledge was so extensive that Ben started crossing his huge collection of Indica and Sativa seeds in order to combine the genes of the various species to create new cannabis hybrids. He is probably one of the first Dutch pioneers to breed new types of cannabis.

The Sensi Seeds Bank
In 1985, Ben Dronkers opened the Sensi Seed Club in Amsterdam. Two companies sold seeds in this shop: the Sensi Seed Club (also known as the Sensi Connoisseurs Club) and the Seed Bank. In 1991 Ben took over the Seed Bank and merged the two companies into the Sensi Seeds Bank. To this day, this company is a leading international seed supplier that boasts a catalogue including world-famous varieties such as Skunk #1, Fruity Juice and Jack Herer. The latter is named after American cannabis activist and author Jack Herer, who was a good friend of Ben.

Fighting the stigma
The cannabis and hemp plant has faced stigmatisation all over the world, sparked by all manner of industries and governments that are not benefited by, or fear the legalisation of, these plants. This stigma changed Ben’s passion into a mission: fight the stigma by telling the truth in every way possible. He does so through Sensi Seeds, which promotes the medicinal properties of cannabis, as well as through the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, which Ben opened with the cultivation guru Ed Rosenthal in 1985. It was the first museum fully dedicated to cannabis. In 2008, the Hemp Gallery was opened around the corner from the Museum as an extension that purely focuses on the history and potential of industrial hemp and in 2012 a second location of the Museum opened in Barcelona.

In 1993 Ben Dronkers also opened the HempFlax company in Groningen to promote the industrial properties of hemp. The company cultivates several hundred hectares of industrial hemp that is processed in a factory in Oude Pekela were it is processed into semi-manufactured products.

Counter Culture Hall of Fame
During the High Times Cannabis Cup Ceremony in 2013, Ben Dronkers was added to the Counter Culture Hall of Fame, which honours the counter culture surrounding cannabis and honours the people that have significantly contributed to it. It was wonderful recognition for his work, but Ben has no intention to rest on his laurels. His dedication to the beautiful and multi-faceted Cannabis Sativa L. continues to encourage him to take on new challenges. Although many of his ideas have turned into a brilliant reality, there are still new opportunities for this cannabis pioneer to explore all for the sake of one all-encompassing goal: to promote the properties of cannabis and hemp plants so that they can both return to their rightful place in society.