In 1980 Capitol Hemp’s Alan Amsterdam first entered the cannabis industry. As it happens, he worked with some older hippies. Alan helped the hippies, by digging holes for an outdoor “guerilla” grow. They were located in the outskirts (suburbs) of Washington DC.

During the early 1980’s, narrow leaf drug (sativas) crossed with wide leaf drug (indicas), made their way from California to the east coast. Most importantly, seeds that were found in these bags, became the ‘go-to’ cultivars (strains) for much of suburban Maryland cannabis connoisseurs. California growers crossed different cultivars, whose traits included: lots of energy and anti-anxiety properties.

In short, exposure to these ‘cultivars’ led Alan to become a believer. Moreover, Alan became a devotee after he experienced the plant’s therapeutic benefits first-hand.