there seems to some controversy over this strain.. Let me be clear, i'm not posting to start shit, or be a dick, or open up old wounds.
People have inquired, and therefore i feel that they deserve a truthful answer.
If this gets people's panties in a wad, then, im sorry, my intention is not to stir shit up.
My intention is to set the record straight for History's sake.. we all know of strains with controversial histories, and me clearing up the truth on The Black, well that's one less strain for all of us to have to speculate on.. (even seedfinder has it wrong, lol)
The Black is a USA strain from Dallas, Texas. She was stabilized and finalized in 2005/06.. She was local legend, tearing up the streets. In this area, we werent accustomed to pruple weed, so she was very special.
Backing up a bit, my partner started in the late 80's, under the tutelage of his father. His father was a pioneer of outdoor cultivation the 70's. He was a fucking legend in my home town man.
My partner made the Black with his dad's oldschool lines.
She is piece of history, pure land races only. no hybrids were used.
Purposely and specifically used old lines to keep it real and authentic to our heritage and area. She is a tribute to the early growers in our area.
The actual lineage of the Black is as follows:
Vietnamese Green x Michoacan x Afghani x Blue Oaxacan
The Oaxacan is similar to the one i used in hellfire "Blue Mexican", but his michoacan and afghan are not the same ones that i used and have.
i never used any vietnamsese in any of my stuff, that's all from my partners father's collection.
The Black is a short squat afghani-expression that flowers in 7 to 8 weeks. She gets totally dark purple, to the point to where she looks black, hence the name..
purple weed wasnt common in our area, so it was very unique. If we were in Cali, where purp weed was a thing for years, then she would have probably gotten a name with the word "Purple" in it..
But my partner named her the Black, b/c she wasnt normal green.
Where the controversy started:
It began when she left Texas. Around late 2007/early 2008, a Canadain seed merchant had heard throughthe grpavine ou this Texas legend. He got a hold of my partner and wanted to enter The Black into the HT Cannabis Cup in holland. He promised my partner the world, but in the end, he simply conned my boy. After the Cup, he kept The Black and started pumping out seed stock.
My boy got fucked, no credit, no money, and no royalities.
Matt re-wrote the lineage,and made up an entirely false backstory. This is not said as a cheap shot at Matt or his company, this is the truth, plain and simple.
If i wanted to take shots at them, there's a shit-ton more stuff i can say. but im not here to be a dick, simply to set the record straight.
Every single old school Canada strain can be traced (for the most part). Romulan, SPG, ISS, mightymite, texada timewarp, etc. We know how they got there, and how they developed over the years.
But never any mention of The Black before 2007.
U really think some company would hold a strain for 20yrs and not tell anyone? Not even put out weed to sell or smoke? LOL. Any breeder who is lucky enough to have a platform to speak, (ie: internat'l seed co) will talk your fucking head off, about his or her strians. LOL, just look at this post, its a novel man!
We, as breeders are proud of what we do, and given the opportunity to speak, we will talk till the cows come home.
So, why is there no record of The Black in Canada, before 2007?
B/c she was the States. tearing up the black market and getting my city stoned as fuck.
We were underground and balls-deep fighting the War on Drugs, and not in the mainstream (ie: no internet presence) when it was stolen, so like any time shit goes sideways in the blackmarket, you just have to eat shit and smile. You chalk it up the The Game. No courts, no cops, no making a fuss.
U cant risk an entire operation just to pitch a fit like a child over 1 strain.
With the passage of time, anger has faded into acceptance and then into apathy.
Now, we wear it like a badge of honor.
This is the seed biz man, people been stealing and knocking-off strains, since Sam went to holland and since nevil started making money at seeds..
Its been over 10years.. Aint no point to pitching a fit now.. and really, starting shit will only serve to embarass Matt and them, which in turn, will make me look like a dick for pushing it that far..
Bottom line is,
They fucked up, they know it. I'll let the public and consumers judge Matt and them. We fixing to drop our strain again, so why loose sleep over old shit, ya know?
I cannot vouch for the version Matt still sells. I bought some reg and fem from Tude, while back to see like WTF, and it's my partners opinion and my opinion that Matt tossed in some oldschool sk, like something off ISS line, or something.. idk, but there's something else in matt's The Black.. . I leave it up to the consumer to decide whose beans to buy.
Thank you all for allowing me to set the record straight, if only for posterity and your own edification.