Originally setting up the Greenhouse Seed Company, Shantibaba and Mr Nice (Howard Marks) met in the 1990’s when Mr Nice was released from his lengthy imprisonment in the US. Over the next few years, they became good friends and discussed starting a seed company. With the help of Neville Schoenmaker – the father of Dutch Seeds bank – they took their strains to the High Times Cups and won many awards. Shantibaba then left Greenhouse set up Mr Nice Seeds.
Their Critical Mass has won no less than 6 awards alone. Coming 1st for Indoor Hydro Cup at the 2009 Spannabis Champions Cup, 1st Plant of the Year at the 2008 Highlife BCN, 1st Bio Cup also at the 2008 Highlife BCN and stomping home with 1st Highlife Cup the same year too! In 2006 and 2008 it was awarded the winners cup at Copa De La Marihuana.
La Nina is strongly related to the High Times Cup winning El Nino, a Haze and White Widow cross that has won 1st place Bio Cup at the 1998 High Times Cannabis Cup and also the 2nd place Cannabis Cup at the same event.