Thank you for the kind words, folks. I really appreciate it, and I wished everyone shared goodness and bounty. I don't identify with the hoarding, competitive, elitist, and monetizing people in our industry. I've always thought that perspective is part of the problem with cannabis culture (and probably society, at large).
Cannabis is a dick-measuring contest for so many people. This has always confused me - why does anyone care if they have "better" weed than somebody else. Isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder, and should it really be a competition? The whole hype, troll, competition, and marketing bs in the cannabis industry (especially on IG these days) has allowed snake oil salesman to become the norm, not the exception.
And, everyone's rushing to cash in. In my state (only medical, no rec yet) that means there's no requirement for mold or pathogen testing, and there's only limited pesticide testing, so the licensed commercial "medical" grow ops sell moldy, PM-infested, heavily-sprayed trash. They can also reuse plant tags from previous flowering runs, so strains only get tested the first time they're grown, and all subsequent grows reuse those test results. It's disgusting, but that's the green rush. It's almost like the industry is encouraging people to poison the weed and the seed, and especially those in need, with their greed.
And, the consumer generally doesn't care - they just want to get high, legally. Only a few people use it as medicine. Fewer have ever even seen connoisseur, craft cannabis because they've been buying it from profiteers and charlatans their whole lives, and for them, even the bogus "medical" dispensary weed is a step up.
Don't fall for it. Don't believe the hype. Make your own. Share it. Don't support snakes. Give it away and, if you must make money from it, be generous and don't nickel and dime people. Deliver waaaaaaaaay more than anybody ever expected. In trades, give 20, 30, 50 seeds instead of 5 or 10. It's not like those seeds cost you much of anything to make. You're sharing new life that you encouraged. It's precious, but not so precious that they must be hoarded or controlled.
I'm no breeder. I'm just here to share, whether it be info about the strains I've tried to grow, or directly sharing the genetics I've enjoyed. I love to share info, pics, and discuss the grow - that's why I am a tester for many breeders. Testing allows me to see the character of the breeders and their lines, and let me tell you - not all breeders are created equal, and the love and energy breeders put into their seeds can definitely be felt and seen in the end product.
Even though you should be able to breed just about any of the polyhybrids together and get decent resulting crosses, some "breeders" still figure out ways to fuck it up, whether it's from not growing the strains and picking keepers before "breeding" them, or by selling beans before they're even tested, or by just having such negative or sloppy / careless techniques and energy that the plants revolt. You can tell when a plant isn't happy, and it for sure conveys that to its children. Put in good work, thoughts, energy, and expectations, and you'll usually receive good in return.
OK, sorry for the easter rant. Hoping for whirled peas , and watch for that speeding space station when you're out hunting eggs and chocolate and spiritual rebirth.