The year of 1998 was a break year. He and Neville performed together at the High Times Cannabis Cup and won the first and second prizes of all categories. They especially emphasized the Super Silver Haze and Mango Haze. He also won prizes with his Shantibaba’s Hash.
Scott Blackey, an Australian, always had a restless and curious character and loved science since he was little. He also tried out the first joint puffs, and laughed so deeply that he took an interest in this plant. When he started working in a nursery he saw how his gardening skills and his taste for the layman went hand in hand and decided to specialize in Cannabis. He then started to read and travel a lot, met people and cultures, learned to rub charas and at the same time he was making his personal seed collection. He the nature and numbers so much that he decided to study Sciences in the university and continued with masters in the fields of biology and psychology. Son of a doctor in mathematics he had a preference for the genetic field where numbers played the most. In the 80’s, together with his father, he created his first indoor culture with lamps in a garage and from there his interest in experiments with several varieties intensified. Also influenced by the fact that in Australia there is a tradition of growing marijuana plants, especially in the Byron Bay zone, it was not hard at that time to obtain strains from Southeast Asia or countries such as India or Pakistan. This explains to a great extent why people like Scott or Neville Schoenmakers knew so much about marijuana cultivation.
In his stage as a grower in Australia, Shanti worked with several strains but particularly with his Mallumbimby madness, some Afghan strains and a pair of selected sativas. By ’95 he specialized in white ranges from which have emerged some delicious strains such as White Shark, White Widow o White Rhino.
Gradually, Shantibaba (that means “peaceful person”) settled in Amsterdam and mounted some grows. He sold its strains through Arjan which had various coffee shops and then began to distribute its own seeds as well. In 1994 he joined Arjan to open The Greenhouse Seed Company, at the same time that he started working with Neville. At that time he also met the famous Howard Marks who had just left prison and with whom he is writing a book.
To this day Mr. Nice’s business model is focused on specialized producers who not only seek to have a plant than buds but also a particular genetics. In fact, most of those who buy MNS seeds want good genetics males to make their own crops and crosses. Shantibaba in person moderates the online forum of MSN that is focused to cultivators of all levels so that they can go there for information or advice.
Although they are the latest shout of fashion, Shantibaba has never been too interested in the products that flood the current market, such as feminized seeds or the autoflowering seeds, that do not bring any interesting genetic improvement except for inexperienced growers, although he recognizes that these solve problems related to light cycles or selection of strains. Anyway, he always recommends using regular genetics. Although these new markets grow above normal seed sales, it will always be necessary for someone to ensure good genetics, to select the best specimens of each variety, and to work on new crosses. And that’s what MNS does.
The major problem with these varieties is that the registered trade name is not tied to any specific variety. That is, when considering marijuana as a drug, there have been no legal genetic catalogs that states that a strain name correspond to a particular genetic profile. Thus, when Shantibaba separated from Arjan and took his plants, the trade names remained as property of Greenhouse Seeds but he kept the genetics. As a consequence, MNS have had to rename various varieties to differentiate their seeds.
Even with all these activities he finds time to enjoy the day and nature with its family. While still working on cross-breeding strains he no longer focuses on getting the most potent product or even winning awards. He just devotes himself to the strains he knows best and personally likes them.
After many years and experiences around marijuana cultivation, Shantibaba is currently engaged in research and advisory work primarily, and develops several projects around medical marijuana. The Remedy (Remedy) is one of his latest projects. It consists of developing a variety of marijuana with enriched in CBD that can be used for therapeutic purposes, mainly for patients with multiple sclerosis or doing chemotherapy. CBD Crew is the team of experts and laboratories that drive this project to make the seeds accessible to people who can not afford the medication.
Shantibaba is the father of several famous marijuana strains but he does not want fame. He only venerates the plant as sacred and goes in search of his own medicine.