I am 63 . I started growing when I was 15. At that time we never got buds just shake. The way I found out about growing buddies I had a plot of 40 plants. They were 3 to 4 foot high. The ground hogs are all the leaves off the plants. I was walking by to check my 4 other plots. I stopped to look at the ate plants and they all had branches with buds on them. So after that I started to pick all the sun leaves off and I have had buds every year since. That was 1975.