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The History of Dutch Passion

Dutch Passion’s journey began decades ago with a young student at the University of Amsterdam. Henk van Dalen was in his second year studying biology and pharmacology and was fascinated by psychedelics and drugs. Driven by this growing passion and wanting to secure a regular supply, he started growing cannabis using seeds from Thailand and Nigeria.

Gaining experience in cultivation and breeding, he soon made a name for himself in the small, bustling microcosm of cannabis enthusiasts in the Dutch capital in the early 1970s. He quickly gained a reputation as an experienced breeder. Capable of producing much more exciting strains than the seeds imported from Africa and Asia.

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Early Innovators

In the early 1980s, Henk started to more widely distribute his seeds. One of his first creations, Passion #1 – then called Amstel Gold – contained no less than 18% THC. An inordinate amount for this time. But Passion #1 played a much more significant role in the history of cannabis than one might think. Along with other seeds coming out of Europe at the time, it helped convince the public that European production could be as good as, or even better than, imported seeds. So was born the cannabis seed market as we know it today. One of which most seeds are produced in Europe or the United States.

Pushed by this initial success, Henk continued his work. In 1987 he founded the Dutch Passion seed bank. In 1988 he opened a coffee shop called “Homegrown Fantasy,” where he only sold seeds produced in the Netherlands. A little later, Henk won the High Times Coffee Shop Cup with his Haze/Skunk. But it was only later, in the 1990s, that Henk and Dutch Passion earned the right to be counted among the legends of cannabis, among those who have forever revolutionised the industry. Through whose work and passion, have helped build the world of cannabis as we know it today.

The Birth of Feminised Seeds

In 1997, Dutch Passion created feminised cannabis seeds. Gone was the need to maintain a mother plant permanently (and the prohibitive electricity bills that go with it)! Gone was the need to find cuttings! As was the need to grow an excessive number of plants to get a sufficient number of females! Unsurprisingly, the creation of feminised seeds was a bombshell in the world of cannabis self-production.

How Dutch Passion Created Feminised Cannabis Seeds

In the early 1990s, Henk noticed that female plants often give birth to male flowers at the end of their lives. This evolutionary mechanism allows cannabis to perpetuate its species in the absence of a “partner.” Without a male plant, a female plant cannot, in principle, produce seeds. And, its genetic heritage is doomed to disappear. However, evolution has made it possible for female plants, approaching the end of their lives without having been pollinated, to produce pollen themselves: to self-pollinate and thus to produce seeds.

In the cannabis industry, these flowers that produce “female pollen” can therefore be used to pollinate a female plant, resulting in the production of seeds that lack male characteristics. Henk conducted his first experiment with this method in 1997 and collected 50 seeds which he germinated. All of them produced female plants. Success!

As soon as the news got out, the demand for these feminised seeds grew. Henk and Dutch Passion were faced with a new challenge: to produce these seeds on a large scale to meet the ever-growing demand. Henk took advantage of his biological studies. He was inspired by the cucumber industry: he abandoned the previous method and turned to a different technique based on plant hormones. Another victory! Dutch Passion was able to create enough pollen to ensure a vast production of feminised seeds. Today, almost all seedbanks produce feminised seeds.

Despite revolutionising the cannabis world, Dutch Passion still offers about a third of its strains in regular form. Customers who want to try their hand at breeding and produce their own strains can use these seeds, which have roughly equivalent amounts of male and female plants.

Other Activities of Dutch Passion

The Homegrown Fantasy Coffee Shop is no longer owned by Henk and has no more link to Dutch Passion. Henk had concentrated on other activities. In 1994 he opened a hemp shop called Green Lands, selling everything hemp: hemp clothes, hemp oil, hemp seeds, and hemp burgers.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to taste these burgers because Green Lands closed its doors a while ago so that the team could concentrate their experience and passion on the seed bank.

Our Favorite Dutch Passion Strains

Sugar Bomb Punch 

Sugar Bomb Punch is aptly named. This indica-dominant hybrid cannabis strain was created by crossing THC Bomb with another cross of Critical Orange Punch and Bubba Island Kush. Buds are liberally plastered with sticky resin, such that they look as though they’ve been dipped in sugar, and the finished product packs quite a punch.

There are 4 main pheno-types produced, and the very shortest one is the absolute tops in terms of quality. Leaves of all phenos are likely to turn a very dark colour before harvest. These highly dank buds, 20% plus THC, deliver an effect that is both euphoric and couch-lock in nature.

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Power Plant 

Power Plant’s is a South African sativa that has had a little tinkering genetically-speaking along the way. It was released in Holland in 1997, and Dutch Passion has the original version. It is a stable variety that produces large yields whether grown indoors, in a greenhouse, or simply outdoors planted in the ground. Very popular in Dutch coffee shops to this day.

Power Plant has high THC and a very fresh, smooth smoke which imparts a sweet after-taste on the exhale. The effect is potent and somewhat uplifting and is also long-lasting. Not for nothing is this strain called Power Plant.

HiFi 4G

HiFi 4G is an indica/sativa hybrid strain with a huge harvest potential accompanied by high levels of THC. It was bred by crossing the US WiFi OG strain with Dutch Passion’s own Glueberry OG.

With 20% THC, its effect is well-balanced, anaesthetising the brain while creating real “feel good” vibes. A particular facet of WiFi 4G is the extra enjoyment experienced while listening to music on your hi-fi or headphones, making it sound altogether more immersive and rich – sounds good to us!

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