My question might not be able to be answered, since I don't know any of the specifics. But I'll try to tell as much as I can. First off, I have a buddy that grows around 5 or 6 plants. He has been growing now for about 6 years. ( Indoors ) I know that when he first started, he was growing in soil. He was using HPS lights. ( still is I think ) He was using ferts, but I not sure what kind or how much. His buds were pretty spindly. There wasn't much substance to them. They smelled REAL GOOD. Even after they dried. But you couldn't hardly get the stuff to burn. ( Especially in a joint ) The first hit usually tasted pretty good, ( in a pipe ) but after that, the rest of the bowl would taste like ca-ca. Then he changed his grow method to Hydroponics. Now his buds are a lot thicker. They are good and full. They smell as good as usual. But.........THE DAMN THINGS WON"T BURN!!! I do know the seeds came from Amsterdam. ( The Greenhouse & another place that slips my mind at the moment. ) I also know that the Bubble Gum, White Widow, and a Norther Lights crossed with something, were some of the seeds he bought. So I don't think the seeds are a prob. As for curing, he said he tried a variety of ways. He's cut the whole plant and hung it upside down. Then trimmed the buds off a week or two later. Hes tried to put the buds in jars, paper bags, on screens to completley dry. but no matter how dry the stuff is, it still wont smoke. I have a little of it now. I have one bud that stretches from the tip of my finger to the middle of my palm. It is so dry, that if I touch it, it just turns to powder. But still it doesnt burn after that first hit, and it still tastes nasty after that first hit. I actually think he's doing something wrong in the budding cycle, or maybe in the curing. I really have NO IDEA. I would sure appreciate any help I could get. As he is a close friend, and I get my best deals from him.