One of the few people in the world with a Cannabis history of more than 30 years decided to share his experience and knowledge about breeding the highest quality Cannabis seed varieties.
Thousands and thousands of people must have grown his seeds without knowing they were his, as a wholesaler he provided many seed retailers with his seeds.
Now he has given a new dimension to his life of working with Cannabis by opening the Cannabis College Foundation Amsterdam and his first Flying Dutchmen Seed shop.
During the sixties in Holland, all that was available was hashish, and low grade imported grass. During the early seventies, a small number of Dutch enthusiasts started to grow two Dutch strains, known as 'The Purple' and 'The Green Lemon' types. These were very large plants with small buds and a very average taste and high. In fact during the Second World War this grass was used as a substitute for tobacco.
Eventually a few seeds made it over from Afghanistan so the Dutch started to work with this new variety.
Suddenly this weird character showed up on the scene from America trying to introduce the Dutch enthusiasts to some new varieties of seeds.
He brought over pure true breeding strains like Early California, Thai, Mexican and Silver Haze from Columbia, Afghan and South African seeds. Most importantly he brought over a few crosses that he had already made himself, including the very first Skunk Number One which is a Columbian, Mexican, Afghan cross. This earned him his present nickname THE SKUNK MAN.
Eddy who worked directly with The Skunk Man was one of the three major players of that time with an interest in superior plants.
The base genetics for almost all the grass that you see in Holland today originates from these three guys work. They were all a little skeptical of The Skunk Man's bigger and better American ways but Eddy decided to grow out his seeds in greenhouses, using crude methods to simulate day and night cycles and gauge the results for themselves.
In 1984 the first crop was grown out and the results were outstanding, higher yield and better quality, Eddy never looked back.
In order to find ideal genetics (both the male and female) plants were being grown out of seeds, tens of thousands at a time in a green house and the top 50 were selected, then crossed again and grown out thousands at a time, always trying to isolate the best.
Once you have found the best breeding stock by allowing all plants to fully mature (flower).
How do you hold that plant back for future breeding genetics?
There were talks that in America a couple of people had experimented with the concept of cloning.
Eddy chose some mature female flower cuttings and left them under florescent lights in someone's attic in the hope that they just might take. After 18 weeks only 20% survived, but it was not until a further 6 months had passed that one of the plants 'sprouted one little leaf' probably the first successful cloning of flowered cannabis ever.
The moment that little leaf shoot appeared cannabis history changed forever