Ryan Riley

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I am proud to say that my work, our work, as a community, has paid off. As of election night, California has finally passed the recreational use of marijuana. The citizens of California have been banning together for decades-myself included, to socialize and legalize weed. The state that enthralled our nation’s cannabis culture by inciting the national holiday “4/20” has reached out with one hand to take back their rights and rejoiced with the other as their efforts triumph.

Since 2014, states across the nation have envied Colorado and it’s passing of recreational marijuana. They have even recently passed a law that allows for the smoking inside of restaurants, that’s right, you could enjoy your herb while slurping down a smoothie or a reuben sandwich: this is where we are heading as a nation. The complete socialization of marijuana is not far away, and now California has taken it’s place as a top player in the game.

For over two decades my dream has been to facilitate the growing of bud across the globe- starting here in the United States. I began my internet business in spite of many people’s notions that marijuana is a “drug”. Seldom is marijuana referred to as a medicine, and even many of the patients of medical marijuana don’t take it’s medicinal properties as serious as they should. From the elderly suffering from acute arthritis to young adults who have been dealt an unfortunate hand and are combating illnesses, or the college student who is so stressed about failing his midterm that he can’t even study; these are the people in need.

These people deserve a medicine to alleviate them from their biological hang-ups, without entrapping them in a cyclical pharmaceutical addiction. That is why I began teaching aspiring growers to produce the most beneficial crops, to spread the medicine that we all need and deserve. An herb that literally facilitates peace, prevents cancer cell growth, manages seizures, perpetuates a sense of social belonging, and HELPS. That herb, that magical plant, there should be three growing in every backyard across the globe.

After refining my growing process to it’s upmost ability to be streamlined, I sought to distribute my practice across the world. Originally, I nomadically trekked across the United States meeting a variety of incredibly interesting, and passionate, aspiring growers. I even met tycoon’s of the industry who were eager to lend me their ears- if only for a moment. However, I could not spread the herb fast enough. Every day there were more and more people who deserved this plant, this medicine, this enigma; and I felt that I could not reach them all in time, not on foot.

I did not pour my soul, no, I forcibly jammed my soul between the freshly bound covers a book and from there sprang an entity much more capable of diffusing my technique, and dream, across the globe- The Ultimate Bud Bible.

Everything I learned during my years studying the botany of cannabis, and through my various travels, has been laid out in an incredibly meticulous manner, in a way that any person who wants to grow their own medicine, can. And with ease.

Now that California has finally legalized recreational value I am sure that the socialization of this great crop will be magnified more times than any could fathom. With that being said, more and more plants will be taking root day by day, and that is the best cause for celebration I have ever witnessed.

Guys, it’s working. We are winning.

Nonviolence is best. Let’s tout the benefits of our favorite healing green plant for all.

Remember to keep it GREEN, keep it LOVING,
And keep it full of LIGHT.

Sending you lots of love and positive energy through the Universe,

~Ryan

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Thanks to the modern age, and the plethora of technological advancements it has plopped in the laps of of millions, we are currently living in an age where information is readily available. This is a beautiful concept for many blatant reasons, one can now access millions of recipes for free or find tutorials for any odd niche one may find themselves involved with; it is amazing. Unfortunately, this awesome medium for information to be shared is often taken advantage of and used to spread untrue information. For all of you reading this, this facilitation of the spread of nonsensical information has penetrated the marijuana community so much today and there are many untrue and rapidly popularizing myths on growing marijuana that are tormenting amateur growers, in this article, I will debunk several of these errors.

I’ve had enough time and energy wasted trying to help students who followed more bullsh!t advice online than I can count.

Here are some of the biggies.

Myth #1: “Miracle Gro plant food will produce a massive yield with minimal effort.”

Many amateur growers seek advice for growing plants from public figures within reach, such as people who work in a gardening shop or a hydroponics store, and unfortunately these people do not grow marijuana (usually) and marijuana has very plant-specific needs and so general information from these layman growers usually will not apply to growing weed. Miracle Gro plant food, and other supplements, are all usually based on a single formula that is built to maintain itself for the entire duration of a plant’s grow cycle.

Many plants, including marijuana, have3 several stages within a grow cycle, and each stage has different needs for lighting, nutrients, watering, etc, and so the as the plant develops these variables must be adjusted. Miracle Gro will most likely just give your plants nutrient burn, there are many other plant food alternatives to choose for that are all specifically produced with the intention of perpetuating the growth of marijuana specifically.

Myth #2:”Urinating on your plants will replenish lost nutrients.”

This tip has spread through many marijuana cultivating message boards and I really can’t understand why, perhaps it’s the click-bait shock factor? Or perhaps it is because there is some truth to the myth. Reports have shown that diluted urine can provide some nutrients to a plant, however, this does not “replenish” lost nutrients and urinating directly onto the plant is not only disgusting (you’re smoking this man!) but potentially harmful and acidic. There are several cannabis nutrient systems out there, use one, don’t piss on your plants guys.

(Leave your pee for the compost piles.)

Myth #3: “You will need $________ to grow.”

The truth is that there are a variety of methods to grow marijuana, and while there is a significant amount of “give and get in return” regarding the money you put into marijuana investment and the product you get out of it, it does not need to be a back breaking expense and these articles are probably just looking to sell you their expensive equipment claiming that it is the best to ever exist. If you have some good seeds and soil and you can grow marijuana, it’s that simple.

A lot of “it’s so expensive” comments you hear from newbies on the internet is because they have been following so much bullsh!t advice and “tutorials out there that ended up costing them ruined grows (like moldy or improperly cleared buds during final harvest), wasting months, of their time.

Starting in the right place on the right foot has been proven most cost effective.

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Myth #4: “Good genetics guarantee high potency.”

This is another myth that is somewhat true. Yes, genetics play a massive role in the potential potency in your end-product. You will never grow quality kush from reggie seeds, however, you can grow reggie quality bud from kush quality seeds. While genetics are important, the only thing that guarantees you have quality bud is carefully growing, harvesting, and curing your bud.

Myth #5: “Watering your plants with alternative drinks will make them taste like the drink.”

It makes sense in a very simple way, for example, if you fill a donut with jelly it will taste like jelly. However, science is just not that simple. You see, my students, cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids give weed it’s odor, taste, and potency. Terpenes are the most responsible for the flavor of the bud, and while growing conditions and genetics can have an  effect on flavor, watering your kush with orange juice will not produce orange juice tasting kush.

Flavoring marijuana through advanced genetic ingredient introduction sequencing is a very advanced topic, discussed in the Advanced Genetics section of my book. 

…..I could write forever, but I’m going to cut this short. The fact is, the internet can screw us all up in a BIG way. I know it did when I was first starting out, that’s why I started My Mission and continue to spread the Light, Love, and Truth do all my grow their own potent healing medicine – the most Elite Marijuana on planet Earth.

Toke on friends,

~Ryan.

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Years ago, and I mean many many, years ago, I was going through somewhat of a dry spell. You see, there were many raids in my home town and entire place had been dry months. All the large growers had been caught and there weren’t enough small operations to keep everyone afloat, only those who knew someone who grew a personal stash could get there hands on any good dope.

I harassed all of my dealers non-stop, they were trying to outsource but it’s tricky game for small town folks to gain connections outside of their respective residences. Eventually, one of my guys made a connection but was too scared to meet up with him. Out of desperation, I volunteered.

It was only about a thirty minute drive to his house, it was a decent place too. I couldn’t smell bud when I stepped into his house, although the ashtrays filled with clips indicated he must have smoked indoors. He was a nice guy, very talkative, and he immediately threw me into the tale of how he got into growing because his uncle grew and taught him the family trade, yada-yada. This man led me to a room in the back of the house, and by this point I could smell the fresh bud beyond door before us. He led me into a small room with a large mahogany wardrobe in the back and small circular couch wrapped around a table in the center. On the shelf there were three massive jars filled to the brim with bud. I was much younger, and inexperienced, at this time in my life and let me tell you- wow! It was quite an experience to see several ounces in  one place before.

The man, i’ll call him Nick from now on, walked over to the jars and put them all in the table in front of me, motioning for me to check them out. I popped the lid off the first, stuck my nose in and inhaled. I will never forget the smell, it was an incredibly crisp fruity fragrance, it smelled like strawberries and melons. I removed a big probably six gram, cone from the jar and cracked it open; taking another whiff. I did the same thing to the two other jars, and they were all equally as odiferous.
Finally, he showed me the wardrobe. Inside were two massive plants.
“The one on the left is the indica,” he explained to me, “the taller one on the right is the sativa strain i’m growing for the first time.”

The plants were beautiful, like nothing I have ever seen. Photographs do not do justice to the reality of seeing two, towering, plants right before your eyes. Nick continued talking, explaining that he’s never smoked bud as good as the stuff he had grown himself- and to prove it, he smoked me out. He wasn’t lying! I pestered him for about two hours, inquiring into some of the general growing information. Eventually he said he had some business to take care of, and handed me a hydro flushing tip. I thanked Nick for his hospitality and said I would be back soon for some more product soon. One year later, when it was finally spring, I would start my first outdoor grow.

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I just could not believe the size and quality of untouched outdoor grown bud.

Lots can go wrong when growing out in the open eye, check out my guide for how to be safe.

This wouldn’t be the first time this happened either.

Take care my stoner brothers and sisters,

Stay lifted,

~Ryan

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Many of my students, as smart as they are, understand that burning something induces a chemical reaction that changes the chemical make-up of whatever is being burned. Why am I saying this? Well, according to cannabis safety institute it is much more dangerous to inhale burning pesticides than to ingest them, as one would by eating a turnip contaminated with pesticides.

Plenty of newbie smokers and growers assume that adding a little synthetic fertilizers into their buds won’t harm them over the course of their smoking career and lifetime, and they’re quite wrong. The effects of chemicalized bud produces a harsh, crappy smoke that just leaves you ending up feeling groggy.

There is an upside to eating organically, of course there is, that’s why people do it. By putting healthy things into your body you in turn become  healthier, that’s some simple logic anybody can get behind, right? It is much more complex than that, but for now everybody can get that part. So if, as a society, we have all become more interested in healthy living why are people not growing marijuana organically? It’s proven that the pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals used while growing marijuana contain poisonous chemicals that are incredibly bad for us especially if they are smoked rather than ingested. I hypothesize that the growing community believes it is either too expensive or too difficult to grow organically, today, I am here to prove this notion as false so that we may move forward into a brighter future; one where our bud isn’t laced with Agent Orange.

For starters, the key to growing any plant at all is the soil. This is especially true for marijuana, due to it’s intensive needs as it changes stages during it’s growing cycle. Different stages of the grow cycle require different amounts of specific nutrients, which is why it’s not only healthier and cheaper to produce your own compost and fertilizers, but, also more effective because you can adjust the ratio of specific ingredients.

A general ingredient list for compost that I personally use is this:

(You can check out more in the book here.)

  • carbon rich materials – dead leaves, plant trimmings, etc
  • nitrogen rich materials – manure, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels, etc
  • coco fiber (this stuff is amazing!)
  • rock phosphate
  • epsom salts
  • pH up / down
  • bat gueno
  • blood meal

It is important to know that compost, once every ingredient is combined and has been mixed, takes between two and five months to ripen. Natural fertilizers are made in just about the same way, though it does not need to ripen/decay usually, and the ingredients should be adjusted to fit the stage of the growing cycle your plant is currently in.

(For example,  during the flowering stage you might want to cut back on a lot of the nitrogen rich materials.)

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Organic fertilization is that easy. If you don’t trust your home-made fertilizer there are a variety of organic fertilizers out there, I recommend not using these but if you want too just make sure none of the ingredients will conflict directly with growing marijuana. Avoid all fertilizers that have “time released” nutrients, as previously stated marijuana plants have many stages that require different nutrient levels at each stage and a time released nutrient will end up giving your plant nutrient burn eventually.

Once you have an organic way to facilitate the growing of your plants, you must think of how to protect them from pests. Of course, I will not be recommending pesticides for you all (even though many claim to be organic). Natural pesticide concoctions are easy to make, safe to spray onto the plant directly, and have no adverse side effects. One recipe I use is pressed garlic, cloves, anise, lavender oil, and the juice of hot peppers mixed with water. Another tactic used on more substantial infestations is using natural predators that won’t harm your plants. Here is a list of many common marijuana plant pests (left) paired with their natural predators which are available for purchase.

  • Spider mites – P. persimilis
  • Thrips – Cucumen
  • Fungus gnats – S. scmitus
  • Aphids – Lady bugs

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One last tactic is to use pungent plants to either attract pests to them rather your marijuana (such as marigolds and thrips) or away from the plants in general, like geraniums. By placing a few marigolds and geraniums throughout your crop you’ll be deterring a fair number of pests, and once it’s coupled with your natural pesticide concoction your plants will be untouchable!

Hope this helps,

Thanks you guys for supporting my mission,

(You can read more about that here.)

For now,

~Ryan

Silver Haze is a popular marijuana strain that is harvested with other well-known strains, such as Skunk and Northern Lights. When patients smoke the plant, they quickly notice its unique characteristics.

The Smoke Effects

Patients who smoke Silver Haze have many more buzzes. In addition, they typically feel more relaxed or drowsy instead of energetic. The plant is extremely valuable because it relieves intense pain and stress. Patients use Silver Haze instead of other medical options because the effects of the drug last for longer periods of time.

The Features

Silver Haze seeds have silvery glands that stand out. After the seeds grow, they produce buds that are sticky and lengthy. Working with the plant, however, can be difficult since it gets very tall. This is why the process of growing the maintaining the plant requires a lot of patience.

Many people appreciate that Silver Haze prevents mold growth. This is a huge benefit to patients who plan to grow the plant in a location that is susceptible to mold. In most cases, the plant can be picked within 9 weeks. Usually, a mature plant provides 21 ounces of weed.

Medical Uses

Silver Haze helps patients who have muscle cramps, depression, and other health conditions. Since the effects of the plant last for hours, most patients use the drug to relieve their chronic pain symptoms during the day.

Storage Advice

Silver Haze works best when it is fresh and potent. Freezing the plant is not recommended because frost makes the tiny trichomes brittle and stiff. A jar is the best solution for daily, weekly, or monthly storage. A good jar must have a sealable top because air can cause major problems. Light can affect the plant too because it decreases the plant’s potency. To preserve the medication, always store the jar in a cabinet that is dark and cool.

Advanced Storage Considerations

Most people seal Silver Haze in vacuum-sealed bags. Because the vacuum removes all air from the bag, refrigeration is also an option. Humidity will not affect the plant in the fridge if the bag has a tight seal.

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One of the first things you will notice coming from the Tangie is the very pungent aroma of citrus. Some users could have heard it called the tangerine dream. This is not a new strain, in fact, it has been around for more than a decade. If you intend to cultivate the Tangie you will need to keep two things in mind. First of all, the taste will improve when the strain runs its course in a healthy soil. Additionally, you will need to compensate for the height because the plant likes to grow upwards at least for the first few weeks.

Appearances

Some users have compared the Tangie strain to the popular agent orange and that is probably because of the citrus flavor. There is no similarity in these two strains other than the aroma, in fact, the Tangie is definitely the preferred choice in the flavor department. The product itself is very impressive to look at with the orange hairs interwoven with the natural green of the plant. The orange appearance is visible but not overpowering, especially not if you were to compare its aroma. Users will appreciate the way the product burns evenly, providing a well balanced and long lasting smoking experience.

Historically Speaking

Although the Tangie has been around for quite some time, it is still difficult to put your hands on it. That could be due to a combination of its impressive showing at the 2013 Cannabis and the name it has made for itself since then. Breeders will tell you that this one of the best hybrid strains that contain just 30% indica and as much as 70% sativa. If you are wondering where the orange aroma and taste comes from it is a blend that is heavily influenced by California orange. The good news is that the strain is flourishing and should be readily available for all to try.

The Exposure

If this is your initial attempt at smoking the Tangie you may wish to use a bong. Exposure to the smoke is not comparable to the orange aroma. This simply means that you will not experience and overpowering taste of orange. The Tangie provides a great deal of relief for patients suffering with pain, however, don’t expect it to be overpowering. The balance between the subtle orange and other natural flavors are enjoyable. In the final analysis, when you are ready to try this strain make sure you have plenty to go around.

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Growth

Mazar Kush is grown in the Northern parts of Afghanistan in well-irrigated soil. This particular plant strain can grow up to 4-4 1/2 meters in height which is considered small for marijuana plants. The flowering process for Mazar Kush usually takes between 8-9 weeks total. Once the flowers are completely grown users can find up to 17%-19% THC levels within the flower buds. With this strain it is important to let the plant vegetate for at least one month before the flowering process begins. This specific Kush strain can either be grown indoors or outdoors depending on the growers preference. Although only beginner skills are needed to grow Mazar Kush it is important to research the exact steps to growing the perfect Mazar Kush plant including temperatures, soil types and any other additives that are needed for proper growth.

Medical Uses

The Mazar Kush strain is best used for the following medical conditions:

  • Chemotherapy- The high levels of Sativa in this strain helps relieve the pain and severe headaches caused by chemotherapy treatment.
  • Insomnia- The high amounts of Sativa in Mazar Kush helps patients fall asleep quickly and helps them to stay asleep longer as well.
  • Pain Relief- This is the perfect strain for instant pain relief anywhere in the body.
  • Anxiety- This strain of Kush helps calm patients down in a moment of a panic, helping them to regather their thoughts quickly and properly.

The Use of Mazar Kush

When patients smoke Mazar Kush they are given a earthy, flowery taste with an extremely pungent smell left behind. It is a very mild tasting strain that leaves patients feeling pain free and very relaxed. Mazar Kush consists of 80% Sativa and %20 making for a very relaxed, free feeling strain. For anyone using edibles to consume their marijuana, they will be given the same exact effects within 1-2 hours after eating the marijuana edibles.

Effects(In Order of Strongest to Weakest)

  • Relaxed
  • Sleepy
  • Euphoric
  • Happy
  • Uplifting

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XJ-13 is a crossbreed between Jack Herer and G-13, both of which are very popular strains of marijuana. The strain XJ-13 is most commonly categorized as a hybrid of cannabis indica and sativa.

G-13 is an indica dominant strain originating from the Afghan region of the Middle East. G-13 has a potent aroma and a fruity smell. Since G-13 is an indica dominant strain, G-13 is good for relaxing after a day at work. Jack Herer is a sativa dominant strain that is a combination of Skunk and Northern Lights. Skunk and Northern Lights were very popular in the early days of marijuana evolution when smoking cannabis became extremely popular and it became much more potent. This makes XJ-13 a pleasant mix of both indica and sativa.

A hybrid is usually a good choice for those who want a combination of relaxation and stimulation. Sativa is generally known for making your head feel hazy while indica is known for being less of a head medication and more of a body medication. A hybrid is not very hazy yet still provides a bit of head stimulation.

The experience of smoking XJ-13 is commonly referred to as pleasant and euphoric, even for people who do not like the head buzz of sativa and lean more towards indicas. The citrus taste and enjoyable aroma of XJ-13 are great for a paranoid free experience. XJ-13 has received positive reviews and high ratings. Many agree that it is great for anxiety, depression, and PTSD. XJ-13 makes people happy with no side effects or addicition. It can also help relieve tension for muscle aches.

XJ-13 has a light green color and it has visible orange hairs. The buds are dense with very little leaf. You will also notice the THC crystals covering the plant like sugar. XJ-13 can easily be mistaken for Jack Herer because they both look very similar. Since XJ-13 has received so many positive reviews it is more commonly available at many medical dispensaries. The challenge is to find the best dispensary with good prices so that you don’t end up paying top dollar for XJ-13.

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B.B. King is a strain that was developed several years ago and is named after the iconic blues musician B.B. King. It is an indica dominant strain that comes from a mix of Blackberry Kush and Afghani strains. One of the most noticeable things about this strain is its short stature while growing and the dark purple buds it produces. B.B. King is consistent with your typical indica strains in that it is a mellow high that is good for relaxation and sleep. You’re not going to feel much like getting off the couch after smoking some B.B. King, so it’s more of a night time strain, although you can smoke it at any time of the day.

One of the best attributes of this plant if you are growing it is that for an indica it produces a massive amount of buds. Usually you only get yields as large as B.B. King produces if you are growing a sativa strain, but you will be surprised at just how much bud these plants put out. These plants also tend to have a relatively short growth period and finish up several weeks faster than average indica strains such as Granddaddy and Purple Kush.
This strain gives off a nice, strong head buzz as well as a cool body high and the taste is said to be very similar to OG Kush. In general this strain has gotten a ton of positive reviews and people tend to really enjoy smoking on this strain. B.B. King does have a bit of sativa in it, however, as the plant is seventy five percent indica and twenty five percent sativa, which gives a good balance to the high by still having a bit of a woken up and active feel. B.B. King was originally developed by MGT Seeds, who likely gave the strain the name due to the initials of blackberry Kush, which is one of the two parent plants to this strain.
It is said that this plant does very, very well indoors and that you are likely going to get a great yield that produces a large amount of tight, dense buds. These plants grow much bigger outdoors or in a greenhouse and they tend to be fully done by late September or early October, finishing several weeks before most plants. Overall this is a great strain that you should definitely give a shot.
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A SAGE Trainwreck

Some strains of cannabis are combinations of Sativa and Indica, Wreckage is just such a one. She came by it naturally, since she descended from the pairing of S.A.G.E. and Trainwreck. These two parent strains both bring that superior high that soars, but with crystal clarity. Since the parents grow up into plants that look so different, with the S.A.G.E. branching quickly from the bottom and the Trainwreck popping up tall and skinny, with flowers sprinkled up the way, buds of Sativa blooms in a row, it’s no wonder their offspring is named Wreckage. The split is about 90% Sativa and 10% Indica. It grows as a complete overlay of the two, with crazy branching layered with thick Afgani plumage all over the place. Many marijuana patients go for the resulting lovely scented sticky treatments Wreckage provides.

Great Medication

Some have called Wreckage treats “mouth numbing” with their splashes of menthol and lemon that has been smoothed to soft sandalwood, spiced to loose a rush of clean frosty thought-provoking highs, banishing pain and making you want to explain… everything. Or, maybe explain like a stand-up comic does, because everything gets so funny and fun. It is a very active, energetic high, and reported to be highly effective at combating chronic pain and some types of fatigue.

Finding The Wreckage

The Wreckage is new enough that it may be a little bit hard to locate, as some medical marijuana dispensaries are yet to discover it. When the chance comes, try a little bit and see how this new medication works for you. Many patients are responding well to it. Some patients have reported taking just a tiny nugget and experiencing complete freedom from pain, while developing a warm glow slowly pulsing throughout. In the Pacific Northwest, this strain is also known as “The Don”. Many patients report it as the strongest, most effective treatment they have tried, and yet it is an easy feeling, non-debilitating happy they report, not zonked out on the couch all day, or anything like that. If your local dispensary doesn’t carry Wreckage, ask them to find a source, so they can begin offering this special cannabis strain.
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