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Spiritual Weed Control

Labor day weekend marks the beginning of my favorite time of the year. Kids are back in school. Temperature is comfortable. Fall colors and hunting season are on the horizon. And one of the big things I appreciate about fall is that I don’t have to battle weeds anymore. Of course I can’t grow anything either. But I don’t have to fight the weeds. I’d like to talk to you about weeds and good vegetation.

What do you have to do to plant a weed? How much effort does it take for the weeds to grow in abundance in your garden? We all know it takes no effort at all to grow weeds. In fact it only takes effort to get rid of them and keep them away. We can thank Adam for that. The world was completely weed-less before he disobeyed God. But afterward God said, “Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you…” In other words, to grow desirable plants that yield food it will require hard work. But thorns and thistles will grow for you, without any effort on your part.

Weeds seem to be almost omnipresent. Any of you who have had a garden and thought you’d got all the weeds and then left for a week or two on vacation and came back, you looked at your garden and wondered, “Who planted all these and grew them to a foot tall in such a short time?” They’re never all gone for long.

Most weed species are prolific seed manufacturers. With some species, one weed can produce more than a million seeds. And the seeds can travel all over in an innumerable variety of ways. They can be carried by wind or a stream. They can hitch rides on animals and insects and people and automobiles and tractors and lawn mowers and on your luggage. They often ride in hay, mulch and topsoil.

When weed seeds fall in the soil they wait for adequate conditions to germinate and grow. Some weed seeds can lie dormant for decades, waiting for the right amount of moisture, light and heat before germinating. I’ve found that even pulling a weed up by its roots doesn’t mean it won’t come back in the same spot, because many weeds can reproduce if there’s just a little bit of tap root left in the soil.

But I’ve wondered at times, what makes a weed a weed? Why is a daisy a flower, but a dandelion a weed? Why is one more pleasing than the other? Why don’t we just surrender and let the dandelions and thistle things with the purple heads take over and call it a flower garden?

Well, I looked up some definitions. A weed is simply a plant in the wrong place. They are typically very aggressive; normally they germinate, grow and multiply faster than most desirable plants. They rob the desirable plants of necessary nutrients in the soil and moisture and space. And since they are typically faster growing, they eventually steal sunlight too, by towering over the good plants.

Okay, why are we talking about weeds? Because…

In Scripture the human heart is pictured as soil in which stuff is rooted, and showing in our words and deeds.

Jesus’ parable of the sower, or parable of the four soils, probably immediately comes to mind. Another example is Hebrew 6, we’ll look at that one real quick since we’re probably not as familiar with it.

Hebrews 6:7-8: “For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.” He’s talking here about one piece of ground that has been planted with good seed. He mentions two possible responses it could have to the rain that it receives and the outcome of each possible response. If it brings forth useful vegetation it will be blessed. But if it yields just worthless thorns and thistles, it will be burned.

We know the Hebrew writer is not writing to kindergartners about what could happen with the farmer’s field. It’s an illustration for Christians. The verses just before, verses 4-6, make clear what the ground and rain and crop represent. “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.” Our hearts are the ground. All that stuff in verses 4-5 is the rain that God sends upon us to help us bear the crop He’s looking for. God enlightening us to who He is, what He’s up to, what He’s working toward, who our Savior is, the path of salvation, and giving us the Helper, the Holy Spirit, and His word and, in the case of these 1 st century Christians, the privilege to see miracles: all that stuff is rain that should foster in us the crop God is wanting. The germination of the plant God wants in the heart is that word, “repentance.” Repentance is when the plant of God’s desire germinates. Repentance is a word that just means to change your mind about your beliefs or your way of going about something; when we change our mind in response to the word of God, germination happens and begins to grow what God wants.

But this Hebrews passage speaks of the possibility of a person growing the plant God wants for a time, but then allowing himself to be overrun with thorns and thistles and the plant of God’s will dying in him. If a person has already seen and experienced all that God will shower on a person to motivate them, then there’s nothing more you can do to bring them again to repentance.

I think as easily as weeds grow in our gardens, weeds grow in our hearts.

The reason the Hebrew writer says this is to warn his readers. They’re starting to become overrun with weeds and the plant God desires is dying. He says in Hebrews 5:11, “…you have become dull of hearing…” They’re just not too interested in God’s word anymore. In Bible class, they’re on their phone, they’re distracted, they’re dull of hearing. Hebrews 10:25, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some…” Some of them have already quit coming to church; the plant is being choked and the weeds are overtaking it. So the writer warns them, if they let the plant die, there’s nothing more that can be done for them because of how much they’ve already learned and experienced and how much God has already done.

But look at the verses right after that illustration. We see in these verses, some of what it takes from us to manage the weeds and grow what God desires. Hebrews 6:9-12, “Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation.[We’re confident, you’re not just going to allow the weeds to take over; you’re going to see the situation and make changes.] 10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.[There’s still a good crop in there and God wants you to succeed and He’s going to work with you too.] 11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness [When they were new believers and growing in Christ, show that same earnestness.] to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Notice, to keep the weeds at bay and grow what God wants, it takes earnestness and diligence, a zealous effort and not being sluggish.

Many Christians today are under the impression that since God gives us His Spirit to mold and shape us into the image of Jesus, that we can quit trying hard to be good and just let the Spirit do His work; just trust the Spirit to work and relax and don’t worry about doing good. I know this because I’ve heard some preachers speak on the “fruits of the Spirit”; that this is something the Spirit produces, so let’s just trust the Spirit to do it and sit back and trust God. I think that’s bad theology. II Peter 1:3, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, [He’s given us everything for the production of the good crop] Then II Peter 1:5, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, [e] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” I think through the help of the word and prayer and one another, we can work hard on developing the things God wants and keeping back the weeds.

I think Proverbs 24:30ff applies as much to our hearts as it does to our gardens; “I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, 31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. 32 Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 34 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” And I think that goes for our hearts too. There must be cooperation with the Spirit’s operation. We need to work on the soil of our hearts.

Three more things I’d like to do here. First, identify the good crop God wants growing in us;, which is what we would want too if we were smart enough to want it. Second, identify the weeds. And third, I’d like to spray a little herbicide on us, if that’s okay? Don’t worry it’s Jesus-approved herbicide.

The Produce

Let’s talk a little about the good crop.

According to Luke 3, as crowds are responding to the invitation and coming out to be baptized by John in the Jordan River, he says, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. [In other words, don’t just claim that you’ve repented. If you have truly repented, if that has germinated in your heart, it’s not going to stay under the surface, it’s going to germinate itself in your words and deeds. It’s going to show in your life. Exhibit in your life you have truly repented…] And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” So the crowds asked John for clarification. They said, “So what are you saying that we do? What is this fruit of repentance?” John said, “Well for instance, if you have two tunics, share with the person who does not have one. If have food, share with him who has no food.” Tax collectors came to John and said, “What about us? What should we do?” He said, “Don’t collect more from people than what you’re actually supposed to. Don’t rip people off.” Soldiers said, “What should we do?” John said, “Don’t extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation. Be content with your wages.” In other words, “Get your money honestly and fairly and then be generous with it.”

Turn over to the book of Titus. There is a repeated phrase in Titus that helps me understand the good crop God is after. Many passages identify what God’s looking for with words like love, compassion, mercy and humility. And those are like roots of the plant inside the soil of hearts. But sometimes people think they have those qualities, because they have some warm feelings toward others. They don’t wish ill on anyone. They try not to wrong anyone. They don’t like to see people hurting. This dawned on me one time after a funeral I did, because in the funeral message I talked a lot about the fruit of the Spirit because the person who had passed really exhibited it in their life. After the funeral, a guy came up to me; I knew a little about him, he was a hardworking, taxpaying citizen, but I’m pretty sure very little of his time went to serving God or other people. But after the message, he came up to me and said, “I have all of those things that you were talking about, except one, self control.” But Titus helps me better understand with this repeated phrase.

Let’s just run through these verses in Titus real quick.

1:16 about people not producing what God is after, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are destestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”

2:7, Titus, preacher, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works…

2:14, “[Jesus] gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Jesus died for us to make us people zealous, passionate about good works. You’ve seen people passionate about things, right? I know some people passionate about hunting. They plan for it all year. They take every opportunity, all the time their wife will let them get away with for it. And then sometimes, they work to have the time and money to hunt. They’re zealous for it. Jesus died to make people who are that way about good works.

3:1, “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work“. Remind them to be on the lookout for opportunities to do good works so they don’t miss them.

Then 3:3-7 is about the amazing grace God has shown us. It’s how we once were so foolish and disobedient and selfish and ugly in character. But God was full of incredible mercy and grace that intervened in our lives with the gospel and His Spirit, and He changed us and forgave us and continues to be with us and work on us that we might inherit eternal life. And then 3:8 he says, “The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.

Then look at 3:14 just before he closes the letter, “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.”

Love and compassion and mercy and humility, these things God’s after, are not just inner feelings, they are roots of a plant. They are part of a plant that cannot lie under the surface for long. They cannot just stay under the surface of the soil of our hearts very long; they produce on the outside good works. Good works means working for free. That means working not for our own earthly benefit, but for the glory of God and the benefit of others. Watching kids that aren’t your kids. Fixing what you didn’t break. Cleaning what you didn’t dirty. Building what’s not your house. Feeding and clothing those outside your family. Moving stuff that’s not your stuff. Taking on problems that are not your problems. Helping those who wouldn’t do the same for you… It’s what God’s done for us and wants to see reflected in our lives.

This might sound kind of radical and extreme. But the Bible is that way a lot. This one plant of love for God and our neighbor, exhibited in good works, God wants to see take up all the soil of our hearts and to be what everything in our life is about. We are only to care and work for this one thing, the advancement of the kingdom, the will of God being done on earth as it is in heaven, bringing what it’s like up there down here, for the glory of God and the well being of people.

What’s the greatest commandment? You shall love the Lord your God with how much of your heart? With all your heart and with all your soul and all your strength (which in Hebrew thought, included even your resources) and all your mind (Mark 12:29-30). I Corinthians 10:31, “ So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” There’s a very short but complete description of Jesus’ life in Acts 10:38, “He went about doing good…” That’s all that Jesus ever did. He woke up every day to go do what would most please God and benefit others. Then He went to bed to rest up so He could do it again the next day. It was the only plant growing in and out of His heart.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t go work your secular job and earn money, or that you should not mow your lawn or paint your own house or ever do any recreation. But don’t go earn money simply so you can have nice things or so you can take your ease, eat, drink and be merry (Luke 12:15-21). Earn money so you’re not a burden on other people and so you can give (Ephesians 4:28). Mow your lawn, paint your house, not so much so it looks good for you, but for your neighbors, so you have some credibility with them (I Corinthians 10:32-33). And recreate when there’s not something more profitable for the kingdom you could be doing. I know that sounds like radical Christian extremism. But I think Jesus was a radical extremist when it came to serving God and people. Mark 6 tells about a time when Jesus and His apostles had been busy for days ministering to people, teaching and healing, they hadn’t even been able to eat for quite a while because they were so busy. Finally Jesus said to them, “Let’s get away by ourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” So they got in a boat and headed toward a desolate area on the other side of the lake. But as they were going, people saw them, and the inconsiderate people ran around the lake and got there before Jesus and His disciples! If it were me, I’d likely say, “Folks, I’m sorry. I’m taking the day off. Call me tomorrow.” Sometimes that might be appropriate. But it says when they went ashore, Jesus, tired and hungry, had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and He began to teach them many things.

So we are to develop to a point where there’s just one plant taking up all the soil of our hearts and it is what everything in our lives is about. But that doesn’t grow automatically; that’s not human default mode. What grows without effort and prevents that good plant from growing is weeds.

The Weeds

Jesus gave a threefold description of heart weeds in Mark 4:19. When He was explaining to His disciples the meaning of the thorny soil in the parable of the sower, “but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”

The word “cares” or your translation may have “worries,” in the Greek text literally means something that draws you in a different direction or distracts you. That’s what worries or cares are, they are things that distract our minds and absorb our energy and time and resources. And a big one is money. Jesus indicates here why we worry and desire money so much. We have bought into the deceitfulness of riches. Weeds are any concerns or desires that distract us from serving God and people. It’s any “competition” that one plant has in our hearts.

The gospel of Luke gives us the example of Martha who was concerned about what people might think of her. She wanted her dinner to be perfect and table set just right. And she was concerned about things being fair for her, getting as much leisure time and relaxation as others. So she said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister, Mary, has left me to do all the serving myself?” He said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” The one thing is the kingdom of God, the will of God being done, and her sister Mary was learning about the glory and will of God at the feet of Jesus; so Martha should have been just fine with doing all the serving alone so Mary could continue to sit at Jesus’ feet.

How many other things do you and I care about? Do you care about how much money you have? I kind of do. Do you care about the quality of things in your home? I kind of do. Do you care about having the recreation time that you see others enjoy? I kind of do. And that’s normal for most Christians, but I don’t think that was Jesus and I don’t think that was the people who were most like Jesus in scripture. John the Baptist was content with a diet of locust and wild honey and one camel-hair garment. Paul was content for his house to be prison, if it meant Christ was going to be exalted. It’s radical Christian extremism, but I think as we mature in Christ, that’s what we become.

So I’m not actually done fighting weeds this fall. In fact, after doing this study I plan to fight weeds this fall more than I did this summer. Because I can see that this summer I’ve been too concerned and distracted about my own earthly circumstances. Too many weeds impeding my service to God and others.

Before I close here, let me just spray some herbicide on you if that’s okay?

A Little Herbicide

It comes out of Matthew 6 and some other passages. It’s nothing we haven’t been sprayed with before. But it seems to wear off and we need another treatment.

Here it is: All the treasure you store up on earth you only have for a very short time. If moth, rust, thieves or something doesn’t get it, death will remove it from you. But when you give and serve, you can’t see it with your eyes, but you’re storing up treasure in heaven. Many passages say that our deeds follow us when our life is over and God will reward us according to our deeds. When we come before God, we come with all our deeds. If what we were working for is just stuff we can have on this earth, then we have our reward for those deeds. But if we were working for free, for God’s glory and the benefit of people, then He will reward us for those deeds. In Luke 14, Jesus says when you’re giving a dinner, you invite your friends and relatives, and they’re probably going to invite you over too, then that is your reward. But when you give a dinner, and you invite the poor and the crippled and the lame and the sick and the people that are not going to do the same for you, then you’ll be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. So through giving and serving, doing good deeds, you are amassing wealth in heaven where neither moth, nor rust, nor thieves, nor death, nor anything else can ever take it from you.

And look at the birds. Do you ever see birds going and firing up a tractor and plowing a field and dragging out irrigation pipes? No. Birds don’t do any of that, they just do what God designed birds to do, and they eat just fine because God feeds them. Look at the lilies of the field? How did they get clothed so pretty? Do they pick cotton and bring it in to the spinning wheel and the loom and make clothing material out of it? No. God clothes them. If God feeds birds and clothes the grass of the field, there is no question He will take good care of you, His disciples. You are his sons and daughters. God is taking care of you, so you don’t need to worry about you. Just concern yourself with one thing, His kingdom and His righteousness. And you will be taken good care of, better than you could ever take care of yourself.

Cannabis, Genetics, Basketball And Rap: BSF Seeds, The Weed Seed Bank That Took Over Latin America And Spain

Late 1990s. Asturias, the northern coast of Spain. Young Mariano was succumbing to family dilemmas, melting from anxiety and suffering from chronic pain caused by a colon condition.

He was still a kid when Chali, a friend 10 years older, invited him a few puffs of marijuana. After a few hits the young man burst out laughing. Suddenly, his nerves calmed, his dilemmas took the back seat and his pain magically disappeared.

"What is this?" Mariano asked Chali, and laughed again. He began smoking weed regularly and gained an interest in a know-how that, at the time, was quite unusual for young people: cannabis seeds and genetics.

His friend Chali shared with him strains from Afghanistan, India and Holland, countries that already had a strong cannabis culture.

One day, his friend Chali told him about Asturjaya, the first seed bank in Asturias. "They had pure strains, they brought seeds and stabilized them. They sold regular varieties," recalls Mariano Duque, breeder and creator of BSF Seeds, proclaimed as "the best seed bank in the world."

"We are crazy for this plant. The necessity of not having seeds made us make them. It used to be impossible to get seeds, so when we got a hold on them, we kept them like gold," he says, standing in the present, stirring his past.

That fast-paced summer

Back then, there were no social networks and no forums. Information was really scarce and Chali, his friend, took him to discover his small farm in the mountains. There, he showed him crosses, told him about sativas, indicas and various genetics.

It was 2001 and Mariano, who at that time was working delivering pizzas on a motorcycle, quickly knew that this was his true passion.

"I would leave work and go to the mountains every day," he says. And it was during that fast-paced summer, while visiting Asturjaya and learning from his friend that Mariano shaped his worldview . "It opened up the world to me, he asserts.

With the first seeds and harvests came a new form of socialization: you could smoke better and now Mariano had the password on how to do it.

He stumbled with the store Mi María, in Oviedo, 100 kilometers from his home, another important piece for this green fable.

"That's where it all started. I was crazy about seeds. 'I have to make them,' I thought. I gave them away. It was my form of activism. I told everyone: 'Don't smoke hashish, smoke marijuana," he recalls.

He bought four bulbs, set up a room and grew some crosses.

The Dutch catalog

By 2003, fate put an opportunity in his hands: as the stores had seeds at ridiculous prices, Mariano decided to invest some 500 pesetas (less than USD 4) in a Dutch seed catalog that had some contact addresses.

"In Holland it was already legal. Spain had a legal vacuum. As long as it was for consumption and not for sale, it was not illegal."

He continued growing (summers outdoors, winters indoors), continued giving away seeds and here and there, until one day, an enthusiastic Mariano showed up at Spannabis 2008 to meet in person with the leaders of all the Dutch seed banks. "It was my dream," he recalls.

"My business was very small. I went around all the stands giving away seeds and asking for information. Almost begging.” Mariano recognizes that now all those brands are his competition. They bear no taboos about information that they release and consider that if people know more, they will have better cannabis and it will be legal all over the world.

Suddenly, Asturias became too small for him and he moved to Tenerife, the island of eternal spring. Within months, he opened his own grow shop, which he called THC Canarias.

"It went very well. I won some cannabis cups and banks started calling me.”

And, the business grew so much that he even organized his own cannabis cup.

The ‘young promise of the breeders’

By 2011, Mariano opened the Asociación Club Medical THC, his own cannabis association and the first of its kind in the Canary Islands. "They gave me legal permission to grow, it was a dream come true."

In that raid, he began to recover seeds and reached the Super Sativa Seed Bank in California, one of the pioneering banks in the world. He recovered some seeds that were thought to be extinct and, from that point and on, a media rush started and never stopped spreading.

Suddenly, his name began to circulate among the great experts in the community and even Jorge Cervantes himself, author of Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible, wrote to congratulate him. "I thought it was a prank. I learned everything from his books," he assures.

But it was true: Mariano Duque's work had grown so much that Cervantes and even the Soft Secrets magazine were surprised by his story and highlighted his work. "They put my face on the cover, in a crop. They were saying that the Canary Islands were full of THC. That was a ‘boom’. They said that I was the young promise of breeders."

Thus, his association went from grouping four scared friends to employing more than 1,500 people.

He networked with other banks, continued to develop professionally. And, suddenly, the dream was over: the police started to chase him, he was tapped and accused of being a little less than a drug dealer. They took everything from him, absolutely everything. His case ended up in court and is still open.

"They persecuted me in my country just for doing what I like, in a legal way and paying taxes."

Uruguay: the connection

At that time, in South America, Uruguay was legalizing the production, commercialization, possession of all uses of marijuana. Emboldened by this context, Mariano traveled to Uruguay like a whirlwind.

After a few months living in Uruguay, he showed up at every cannabis-related event. And of course, he was there when the first Expocannabis took place.

"One night, during a party I met a Chilean. We became friends and I started telling him my story. That's when we sparked the seed-bank project," he says.

That Chilean was none other than Tarek Jury, a marketing expert who teamed up with him, became his partner and became the co-creator of BSF Seeds.

"They created the brand based on the information they needed. What characteristics were they looking for? They wanted them to be bigger, stronger, faster," adds Felix Hadad Rivas, the CMO of BSF Seeds.

He continues: "They were creating everything with a small team of people. The business became increasingly profitable. They gave value to the seeds. The bank started to grow and became more professional. As an important observation, we always advocate responsible consumption. It is one of the brand values. And we always respect the user and are based on a human-centered perspective."

On their neck, BSF holds some 89 distinctions from various cannabis cups around the world. "That speaks highly of the product," Hadad Rivas adds.

BSF Seedverse

One of the brand's main aims is to train its users through its BSF School. In addition, they have a solidarity component, BSF Solidarity, a program through which they give away seeds for medical treatments for folks in need.

"We don't stop at just selling a seed," Duque confesses.

"We consider ourselves one of the most professional banks. We have alliances all over the world. And we even have the backing of Mike Angelotti, the organizer of The Emerald Cup. Our facilities are as professional as they can be. We take the plant to its maximum splendor," says Mariano.

Felix dixit: "Every employee considers himself a ‘Bsfinian’. Part of a culture that grew organically. It was not a marketing plan. It was constructed naturally and it has a tremendous value.”

These days, there are Bsfinians on every continent and the messages of support, affection and closeness assure: "The plant is going to be free."

Inspiration in the basketball world

Duque explained that "BSF is the league of seeds. It 's like the NBA."

In their catalog, they have "mixes" (they call them "teams") with different themes. They also feature "star players", which are consecrated varieties of the bank. And, as in the NBA, they go through "drafts" in which a handful of varieties compete to stay in the catalog.

-How did you design this referential universe linked to basketball?

-We spent a year and a half working on it. Until we came up with the idea of making the league, of making it a game. With BSF Seeds we deliver something extra: we have collectible packs and a "hall of fame" reserved for influential people. We have rappers like Original Juan and Akapellah. Soon Nitro is going to enter that league, too.

-And where does your connection to rap come from?

-I'm a rapper. I've been rapping and listening to freestyle since I was 13. Rap and weed. All rappers like to smoke. And all the rappers wanted to smoke with Mariano. Friendships were created with many artists. The first one was Supernafamacho from El Club de Los Poetas Violentos. He was into cannabis associations and I helped him with his club. He introduced me to everyone and we had an idea: to take a seed to Jota Mayúscula, which was the first seed of a rapper in Spain. That's where the alliance with rap comes from.

Smokers, growers, breeders and freestylers.

"My brother Mariano gets a really good hash," spits Original Juan on "I Don't Give a Fuck."

"Shout-out BSF who sponsors me," Duki tosses in "Volando Bajito," a track from his new album Desde el fin del mundo.

With this push, came BSF Arena, a tournament in which international MCs competed via digital. An event that had jurors of the stature of Trueno, Duki and Original Juan and received the support of Urban Roosters, the brand behind the Freestyle Master Series, the most relevant freestyle leagues on Earth.

Undoubtedly, Mariano Duque is part of the international rapper imaginary. "We are the bank of rappers," he says.

"In the middle of the pandemic, I got the crazy idea to do all this. I talked it over with Juan Ortelli, who is a Bsfinian, and we gave it a green light. This was done so that people in pandemic would have rap," Duque confesses .

These days, BSF Seeds also plans to get into music production and will collaborate with artists Jaloner and Sudakillah.

-How much more innovation is possible in the world of genetics?

-The truth is that there is no end to it. Genetics in cannabis is a world to be built. With the current situation, with the legality advancing in the world, research is just beginning. We don't sell seeds, we sell dreams. It was the first thing I received when I entered this world.

Photos courtesy of BSF Seeds

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