Sensi Seeds 35 Year Anniversary: Let the Celebrations Begin!

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2020 is a very special year for Sensi Seeds. It’s our 35 year anniversary! We owe our success to all of you, so it’s our great pleasure to invite you to celebrate it with us. We’ve got a whole year of cannabis content for you, from unique archive footage to new monthly promotions, celebrity interviews and secrets from behind the scenes.

1985 was a year of historic events. Both the hole in the ozone layer and the wreck of the Titanic were discovered. ‘Back to the Future’ played in countless cinemas. There were technological milestones including the introduction of internet domain names, the US release of the very first Nintendo Entertainment System, and the first ever call on a UK mobile phone network.

All those things are still very much a part of society today, but in a greater and more sophisticated form than their originators could have imagined.

Old Sensi Seed’s catalogues

The same can be said of Sensi Seeds. 1985 was the year Ben Dronkers finally acquired the sizeable premises he needed for large-scale cannabis cultivation. He had a personal collection of cannabis seeds, gifted to him and collected on his travels around the world. This could only be refined into reliable hybrid strains by growing massive amounts of cannabis plants. This he did, and began selling the seeds under the banner of ‘The Sensi Seed Club’, sometimes also called ‘The Sensi Connoisseurs’ Club’. By the following year he had opened The Sensi Seed Club shop.

Person smelling a cannabis flower and people in cannabis greenhouse

It’s all about the plant, now more than ever

Thirty-five years later, Sensi Seeds is a household name among cannabis lovers all over the world. We’re proud curators of over 500 strains in our genetic library; our commercial catalogue now offers 111 Sensi Seeds strains, all created with the intention of bringing the highest quality and most exciting cannabis breeds to as many people as possible.

When asked about a ‘mission statement’ for the company, Ben replied ‘It’s all about the plant’. The underlying focus of this company is always on the cannabis plant, and this foundation has enabled strong, true growth in so many ways. Not just in business, but in community, family, and the spreading of knowledge.

Most of all, in the privilege of being supported by countless clients, fans, and friends (especially now, as COVID-19 makes everything harder).

Sensi Seed’s logo against the green background with cannabis flowers

Celebrating 35 years, all year

Since this is such a big anniversary, we’re celebrating it throughout 2020. Keep an eye on this blog and our social media as we will be releasing details of new promotions every month, featuring some of our most legendary strains as well as whole families and types of cannabis seeds.

Not to give too much away, but if you’ve ever dreamed of growing Northern Lights, Jack Herer, Shiva Skunk (our strongest skunk variety) or any of our Sensi Seeds Research strains, you’ll want to keep a sharp eye on this blog and our social media.

A polaroid picture of cannabis greenhouse and Sensi Seeds Cannabis Club

We’ll also be diving into the archives for never-before-seen photos and videos; running competitions to win experiences and prizes; talking with the Dronkers family about their personal involvement in the company; and revealing some of the secrets and stories from behind the scenes. This begins with our company and breeding history, taking you right back to 1985.

Do you have a topic you’d really like to see us cover? Or a story about the history of Sensi Seeds? As always, let us know in the comments.


6 thoughts on “Sensi Seeds 35 Year Anniversary: Let the Celebrations Begin!”

  1. petter radja

    I remember so well my first walk down Oudezijds Achterburgwal(forgive my maybe typing errors-i am from Norway..),and just knew at the first glance into the shop,the shop that mostly contained glaswalls&Cannabis seeds-it was a real beauty to stop and just look into,for a couple of gasping minutes,before i entered into it,and its Nice atmosphere..)..I knew that it was something of a Novelty,Special”Thing”,and i have been on many a Seed-collecting trips to Amsterdam keeping a “relationship” alive with the Sensi Genetics all these years-and i wish to thank all you for this,and congratulate the Sensi community with its thirty-fifth birthday,sooo much..and,hope this will be a very good(BEST)year-HAPPY BIRTHDAY…:-=D..from Petter Radja-YAAHOO!!!

    1. Mark - Sensi Seeds

      Good afternoon Petter,

      Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, and for sharing your experiences at our flagship store here in Amsterdam.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit – we cannot wait to see you again!

      Until next time,
      Have a beautiful day,


  2. Congratulations on 35 years. You missed one very important thing out though… in 1985 another legend was born into this world, cold naked and full of beans…. ME! Lol Love your genetics and hope I can teach my knowledge in how to grow them to my kids one day 🙂

  3. Hmm a topic I’d like to be covered. Well I’d like some highlights of strains throughout the decades. Like Some key moments for the company. And just some epic finds and discoverys of the sorts.
    When was the first feminizes seed, auto flower. The very first heavy hitting strains and how those have changed through these 35 years. Are there genes still around today? As in were there genes just continued to develop into more thc rich buds of today? Now that Would be super interesting.

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hi Scotty,

      Thanks for your comment, and letting us know what you’d like to see! We’re currently working on a whole lot of features for the coming year, some of which do cover the things you’ve asked about 🙂 I’m going to see what else we can come up with based on your suggestions.

      With best wishes,


      1. Thanks that’s got me excited and curious. Another thing that I thought up after watching pbs on how they did a special on modern day dogs and tracing back to the ancestor dog. And explaining how humans widely affected how dogs were bred which led to the hundreds of dog breeds today.
        As I was a bit stoned and watching that I thought. Man wouldn’t that be great if they did that with cannabis? Like are sativas and indices really different? They breed together pretty well withought any problems. Like example a horse and a donkey can interbreed and make offspring. But due to the genetic differences in chromosomes. The offspring comes out sterile unable to reproduce. Whereas sativas and indices don’t have that problem of sterility. Even crossing in ruderalis from what I’ve heard to make autoflowers.
        But it would be nice knowing what genes of terpenes for a plant originally originated From like the terpene profile differences in African landrace, to Asian and himalain etc. it would be interesting to learn how environment affects the terpenes to adapt. Like I’ve read some are better for repelling bugs. Others mold. And I recently watched a pbs show on carnivorous plants and I saw one sticky plant forming a symbiotic relationship with a wax predator that doesn’t get stuck on to the sticky plant. And moves freely around it to eat the bugs that got stuck on to the plant. I thought that would be one neat bug to have if you had some infestation. A bug that doesn’t stick, and eats other bugs. Dopest dope for cannabis I thinks.
        But thank you for reading my thoughts and considering them. I can not wait to see what it is you people come up with 😀

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