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 mind frame 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 Malawi Expedition was the first mission of the Strain Hunters to find the Malawi Gold, one of the ultimate landraces.
Watch how Arjan, Franco & Simon discover the hidden treasures deep inside the countryside of Malawi!
Strain Hunters are people that can’t sit still for too long.
After completing the Malawi expedition in 2008, We began to think about the next mission. It became very clear that there was one place that could not be overlooked: the region of the Himalayas, particularly the Indian side, where the best charras and creams are from. Ever since 1993, when the Green House won the Cannabis Cup with a cream from Malana, Arjan wanted to explore the origins and the history of this wonderful hashish.His last trip to India was in the 1980s, when he acquired the genetics that gave birth to the Himalaya Gold, one of the most acclaimed outdoor strains ever produced. So we decided time had come to go strain hunting in India.
In 2010 we decided to continue on our quest to find the best hashish and the landracesit comes from, this time in Morocco. The large majority of the hashish produced worldwide (up to 70% of the total annual world production) comes from a relatively small mountain region in the North of Morocco, called Rif. In Dutch coffeeshops the sales of Moroccan hashish are one of the backbones of the industry, already since the 1970s. During our travels in the Rif region, we witnessed how the farming cycle linked to hashish production is an integral part of the rural lifestyle of the Berbers, and how it dictates the rhythm of life and the rhythm of work. This trip showed once more that cannabis is the crop that helps the poorest people of the planet in their quest to survive, and to improve their quality of life.
Trinidad & St. Vincent:
The Strain Hunters set out on a quest to find out about cannabis on two very different Caribbean islands - Trinidad and St. Vincent. It’s all about looking for landraces, exploring deep into the fields, finding special plants to preserve, and of course, enjoying the beautiful island life. Trinidad, under curfew when the documentary was filmed, has the most repressive cannabis laws of the entire Eastern Caribbean. St. Vincent & the Grenadines, on the other hand, has one of the most permissive cannabis laws of the area. This documentary will show you how this difference in the approach to cannabis can create completely different social and economical realities on two islands that are just a few hundred kilometers apart.
The Strain Hunters return to Africa once again to find the original Swazi Gold landrace.
Swaziland is a small country landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique, with just over 1 million inhabitants. It is mostly known for its natural parks, where the amazing African flora and faunas are protected and visited by a large number of tourists each year. Swaziland produces very large amounts of cannabis considering the limited geographical extension it occupies. According to the United Nations Drug Report of 2008, Swaziland is in the top-5 cannabis producing countries on the African continent. This documentary once again shows how important the cannabis crop is for the poorest people of Africa and how it helps to improve their quality of life.
The Strain Hunters are back with a new amazing expedition, taking them to the heart of Rastafarian culture.
Follow Arjan, Franco and Simon as they travel through Jamaica looking for the best weed, the best genetics, the original landraces, and feel for yourself what this magic island has to offer to cannabis connoisseurs. Guided by wise old Rastaman Nampo, entertained by the constant jokes of Chris Taleban Island Hussler”, and inspired by the singing of Marlon Parkes aka Boboshanti, the Strain Hunters journey reveals the profound link between cannabis and people in Jamaica. It is a unique society and culture, where cannabis is used for recreational, medicinal and religious purposes.
The forests, the beaches, the fields, the reggae music, the Rastafari culture and tons of good vibrations are the ingredients of this new chapter in the Strain Hunters adventures. It’s red green and gold all the way.