Today, Sensi Seeds is one of the most renowned cannabis seed banks on the planet. Although it all started with one man’s passion for cannabis, the company has grown into a legendary titan over the decades, getting involved in every aspect of the cannabis community. Now they have branches that reach far beyond cannabis breeding, with various aspects of the company specifically dedicated to the advancement of industrial hemp, as well as another dedicated to educating the public on the many benefits cannabis has to offer society – helping dispel the myths perpetuated by the War on Drugs.
Sensi Seeds is more than just a seed company; it is a part of the lifeblood of the cannabis movement. Everything Sensi does is done by putting the plant first.
With this in mind, here is a rundown of Sensi Seed’s history, giving you a glimpse into the core values of this seed bank – one of the first to offer cannabis seeds to the general public.
Sensi Seeds’ story all comes back to Ben Dronkers, the founder of Sensi Seeds. It was back in the 70’s when Dronkers first got into growing cannabis that the insatiable appetite for knowledge took hold. Not only did he start collecting seeds, but he also worked closely with botanists, researchers and even farmers to grasp a better understanding of the plant. Over time, Dronkers concluded that, irrespective of growing skill or care, the core genetic quality of a strain dictated its potential for growth.
With this knowledge firmly in hand, he set about exploring the world, collecting cannabis from across the globe; cataloguing and documenting the particularly impressive examples he found. Everywhere with a rich history of cannabis cultivation, Dronkers visited, and the collection of top-class sativa and indica seeds he brought back home with him in the 80’s would be the foundation of Sensi Seeds’ breeding program. With these, he began to experiment, crossing the various strains he had collected and working to stabilise them into all new varieties of cannabis.
It was around this time that the first wave of US hybrid strains hit the scene, such as Skunk and Haze - and Dronkers was one of three Dutch breeders to get his hands on them. This only skyrocketed his knowledge of breeding and allowed him to further bolster and strengthen his breeding program with all new genetics.
In 1985, Dronkers took his creations and founded the Sensi Seed Club – a club for connoisseurs, and the first iteration of Sensi Seeds. With this, his “hobby” breeding took on another level, and the club worked to centralise their growing, as well as standardise the entire process involved. It led to a need for a newer, bigger area to work with – which is when Dronkers went official, obtaining the facilities required to grow, monitor and document his various cannabis strains with scientific precision. It was the true beginning of the Sensi Seeds we know today.
Of course, the story for Sensi Seeds did not end in the 80’s. It was in 1986 that they first opened up the Sensi Seed Club shop in Amsterdam, supplying their genetics and those from The Seed Bank - a company founded by another Dutch breeder who received the first US hybrid genetics. In 1991, Dronkers bought The Seed Bank, combining the companies and expanding their genetic library even further.
Since then, Sensi Seeds have continued to hunt down world-class genetics and use them to innovate. Such results include Mother’s Finest, Big Bud, Skunk #1, and Master Kush – all renowned favourites among connoisseurs, veterans and novices alike. In 2006, Dronkers was also offered the opportunity to buy the Flying Dutchman seed bank, another of the Dutch originals. This further augmented the Sensi genetic pool and ensured that the Flying Dutchman legacy was maintained.
Today, Sensi Seeds sit in the halls of fame as one of the most responsible, knowledgeable and reputable seed banks there is. They continue to push cannabis breeding to its limits and consistently amaze with the strains they produce. As you can imagine, they have quite a few Cannabis Cups under their belt.
A granddaddy of the cannabis seed market, Sensi Seeds has continued to innovate and amaze since its founding. It now gets involved in all aspects of the cannabis community, investing in it beyond the creation of high-quality seeds, and helping educate the world about the true potential of cannabis.