Interview with a West Coast Master Grower: Dru West
DRU WEST is a medical marijuana grower, caretaker and patient from Bend, Oregon who for the last 15 years has been designing, managing, and consulting numerous grow operations across the U.S. â€“Operating in different areas and climates has given Dru the opportunity to learn and develop a wide variety of techniques with some of the best growers in the world.
On April 20, 2011, Dru releases his debut grow book titled The Secrets of the West Coast Masters: Uncover the Ultimate Techniques for Growing Medical Marijuana. We got in touch with Dru to see what the book is all about.
Who are the West Coast Masters?
Throughout the mountains and valleys of California, Oregon and Washington resides a secret society of master growers who are producing marijuana of unbelievable yields and potency. While most growers are content with a yield of 2 ounces per plant, these West Coast Masters consistently yield over a pound per plant and, in some cases, over 2lbs. while staying within the limits of their medical marijuana programs.
The West Coast Masters come from all walks of life, of all ages, male and female. We are chefs, golfers, snowboarders, electricians, computer programmers, high school teachers, doctors and more.
What are theÂ â€œSecretsâ€ of the West Coast Masters?
The Secrets of the West Coast Masters are revolutionary new techniques of manipulating and training the marijuana plant to produce previously unfathomable yields and quality while enabling medical growers to stay within their legal limits.
Specifically, the secrets are a combination of topping, bending, tying, SCROGGING and pruning that the West Coast Masters use to guarantee a yield of at least a pound per plant.
By utilizing The Secrets of the West Coast Masters, you can yield more with two plants than you normally would with 10. Working with fewer plants allows the grower to focus more time on each individual plant. This is the best way to learn the characteristics and tendencies of your chosen strain, to master it and achieve the best possible results.
What made you want to write this book?
Over the years, I have seen many sick people struggle to get the medicine they need to feel better. I wanted to share some of my secrets in order to teach them how they can cost effectively and easily produce their own medicine at home.
Expert cannabis growers are among some of the most gifted and innovative botanists in the world. After revealing these techniques, I hope they, along with those of other experts, will be adapted to other fields of agriculture in an effort to end world hunger.
How is your book different from other grow books out there?
The Secrets of the West Coast Masters is not a bible or an encyclopedia covering every specific detail of cannabis botany, as there are already plenty of those. My book doesnâ€™t have a 40 page section on light bulbs and probably wonâ€™t improve your academic vocabulary.
What my book actually teaches you, step by step, is how to consistently yield over a pound of high-grade medicine from each of your plants. There is a large focus on training the plants through leading-edge techniques such as SCROGGING, and we also teach readers how to build their own grow room and equipment needed for growing these amazing plants.
The book is filled with incredible photos taken by infamous bud porn photographer J.P. Gnarbuckle. J.P. is the lead photographer for our new marijuana photography company Irie AesTHetiC.
Finally, the book is printed in the United States of America, not China; and, oh yeah, itâ€™s a hard cover!
Tell us about some of the custom grow equipment you have developed.
I love building things. I have been taking things apart and putting them back together ever since I was little. This obsession has led to the development of several unique pieces of growing equipment. I build my own clone machines, hydro equipment, SCROG frames, and a number of other items for increasing the efficiency of the grow room.
Many of my inventions have been designed to correct the flaws found in the mass produced growing equipment available on the market today. For example, the clone machines that you can purchase in stores, anywhere from $250-$500, work really well the first couple of times you use them. Then, all of a sudden, they become as effective as sticking your clone in a glass of dirty water. This is because the part inside of the machine that sprays the clones is cast from a mold that is impossible to take apart for proper cleaning. All kinds of funk gathers up in it and eventually render it ineffective. Another problem is the heat generated from the huge pump that runs these clone machines.
The solution was to build my own clone machine whose parts would be fully detachable and easy to clean. I also realized that I didnâ€™t need a clone machine with 100 sites. A dozen would be okay. The final product ended up costing just under $55 and Iâ€™m still using the original one that I made in 2006.
The look and feel of your book is that of a secret society manual. Why is this?
Well, first of all, I have to give it up to my design team. I told them I didnâ€™t want the same old cover with the giant marijuana leaf on it. I wanted a different kind of book for the new generation of cannabis growers that is arising. With the rate at which the state laws are changing, allowing more and more people access to medical cannabis, the number of growers is increasing as well.
However, there is still a bit of a grey area concerning the federal governmentâ€™s stance on all of this. For this reason, growers that provide medicine to the sick are forced to live in the shadows, never communicating any details to the public. The West Coast Masters have been operating under this mentality for years, making it nearly impossible for outsiders to learn our secrets. The secret society idea was perfect!
You have a close association with NORML, why is this important?
NORML is the most iconic organization in the marijuana world. The work that they do is vital for protecting the human rights of sick people who are being denied access to or persecuted for possessing this most natural medicine. They have been so great in helping to spread the word about the new book that we launched BONGSTRONG Wristbands a few months back to raise money for them.
We are currently working closely with the Oregon NORML team for the book launch event that will be held at the World Famous Cannabis CafÃ© in Portland, Oregon on April 20th. Itâ€™s going to be huge, so start planning your road trips up north!
How long have you been growing?
It sounds crazy for me to say it, but I have been growing for 15 years now. Let me tell you, it has come a long way since the beginning days, but it has always felt like fate has driven me to this place in life. No matter where I go in this world, I always seem to gravitate immediately to the most amazing like-minded people who have taught me so much. â€“This book is also about honoring them.
What are your favorite strains to grow and smoke?
I have been growing the same five strains for several years now.
1. Williams Wonder
2. Cin-X (Cinderella 99 x O.G. Kush)
3. Maui Wowie
4. U-Dub (25-year-old strain from the University of Washington)
Although I do grow other strains from time to time, I could probably go the rest of my life only growing and smoking these strains because they are always world-class FIRE!
Why are West Coast growers so advanced?
There are talented growers all over the world, but I think there are factors other than the obvious climate and political advantages. This part of the country has an abundance of natural beauty, and the people that live here seem to be very well in tune with it. There is just a great energy on the West Coast that lends itself to these kinds of things. This book is all about spreading the West Coast love around the world.
To learn exactly what the West Coast Masters are growing, plants capable of yielding over 2 pounds, you need to get your hands on the hottest grow book of 2011: The Secrets of the West Coast Masters: Uncover the Ultimate Techniques for Growing Medical Marijuana, launching internationally on April 20th. Order your copy today at www.westcoastmasters.com or send us a brief email (less than 250 words) on why YOU MUST HAVE THIS BOOK to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win one!
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