If you grow or consume cannabis, chances are you’ve benefited from something BigMike Straumietis has done. Since 1983, BigMike, the founder and CEO of Advanced Nutrients, has worked tirelessly to bring cannabis to its true genetic potential. And in the past four decades, he’s overseen the cultivation of more than a million plants and brought 53 firsts to the world of cannabis growing.
Advanced Nutrients produces the world’s first and only complete cannabis growing system. Today, it generates more than $100 million in annual sales in 100 countries and counting.
As experts in plant nutrition and soil science, BigMike and his team of 25 Ph.D. scientists conduct the world’s most in-depth cannabis research at the Advanced Nutrients laboratory in Sofia, Bulgaria. Through this research, Advanced Nutrients has created the world’s first and only complete cannabis growing system that takes care of all phases of plant development, from seed to senescence. Each component of the system plays a specific role, such as improving nutrient uptake, providing organic beneficial bacteria that restore the natural balance of soil, and rooting and flowering formulas that are 100 percent safe for the environment.
With a passion for continuing to expand our understanding of the cannabis genome and all its potential uses, BigMike’s latest venture is the $20 million, 50,000-square-foot Lacturnus Labs, located in Los Angeles. Designed by Advanced Nutrients’ team of Ph.D.’s in conjunction with scientists from Harvard and MIT, Lacturnus Labs is the most advanced cannabis-specific research laboratory in the world.
And BigMike’s desire to give back to the community doesn’t end with the plant. He’s also a big believer in the spirit of philanthropy through charitable efforts and donations. Via its Canna Care program, Advanced Nutrients has donated millions of dollars to the cannabis community and people in need around the world. Indeed, BigMike’s charity organization Holiday Heroes has fed hundreds of thousands of hungry men, women and children throughout Europe and the USA.
Not only is Lacturnus Labs spearheading cannabis-specific research, it’s also the company behind BigMike’s Blends, the most innovative and effective range of premium cannabis blends available anywhere in the world. Each pre-roll in the BigMike’s Blends line was specifically formulated to achieve reliable and specific outcomes for consumers, whether that outcome is heightened creativity or a better night’s sleep.
Never one to rest on his laurels, BigMike enjoys flexing his creative muscle by producing documentaries to amplify his life’s mission to make cannabis an acceptable and everyday part of healing humanity. He is the executive producer of the feature-length documentary Mile Marker, and host of The Next Marijuana Millionaire™, a reality competition show featuring cannabis entrepreneurs competing in a series of challenges to determine the winner. The competition’s grand prize includes a business partnership with BigMike and $1 million in cash and product funding for the winner’s cannabis business venture. Lastly, BigMike is co-host of the Business Outlaws podcast, in which he and Chris “Bulldog” Collins discuss many left-field strategies for building a successful business.
Currently, BigMike is writing his autobiography Marijuana Don. Follow BigMike on Instagram @BigMike and read his blog at GrowersUnderground.com.
BigMike is driven by his mission of “making cannabis an acceptable and everyday part of healing humanity.” Today, he devotes significant time and effort to mentoring budding entrepreneurs in the cannabis space and to promoting projects that spread awareness of the many valuable medical uses of cannabis.