Here’s where the price of your favorite plant is going. Short story, prices are up. Long story; limited supply.
Leafly has provided a good report on the price trends in cannabis. Cannabis is a two crop per year plant in certain climates. In an indoor grow operation, cannabis can be harvested all year long with different strains, and different plantings limited only by the space and ability to dry and cure the plant.
Read the story US Cannabis Harvest Price Report 2020 here on Leafly.
Fascinating story, even if a bit tongue-in-cheek. The Governor of Colorado asked the Governor of Texas to not legalize cannabis. Why? Because of the amount of revenue that the State of Colorado is getting from out-of-state visitors to the dispensaries. It’s too funny. Now if all the governors of all the states would say this, cannabis would become legal everywhere pretty quickly.
In this age, there’s absolutely no reason to not make adult use of cannabis legal. It’s way past time and we’ve been gaslit about this for over 100 years now.
Read the whole story here. It’s funny and it’s … there might not be a word for it in the English language!
Read Colorado Governor Tells Texas Not To Legalize Marijuana So His Own State Can Get More Tourists in Marijuana Moment.
This is not a normal strain review. If you’re like me, you’ve got your favorite cultivars of cannabis. One of mine is Blue Dream. Genetically Blue Dream is a cross between Blueberry, which is an Indica (but not a landrace), and Haze, which is a Sativa. But genetics are only expressed when the plant is grown, harvested, dried, and cured. And there are lots of ways to grow I’ve been lucky enough to be able to find Blue Dream in 4 places fairly recently and have had 4 different experiences with them. In the wine business, Cabernet Sauvignon is grown all over the world. It’s not the same from one place to another. Heck, it’s not the same from one vineyard to another and they can be right next to each other. So is cannabis any different?
Where The Flower is From
The buds came from; Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, and Illinois. Since there are only “X” number of growers in each state who are licensed to grow weed, I decided to only use one dispensary offering from each state. But since I like the end result a lot, I thought it would be interesting to see if the effect and power were the same from grower and grower and state to state.
One note here; I’m not going to say which one was from what state for several reasons; First, I lost track (gee, I wonder why), Second, they were actually very similar in effect, but not the same although they were supposed to be the same genetically. Third, they looked very different from one another, which led me to think that maybe they weren’t the same genetically and Fourth, they did have some similarities in taste but were different at the same time. I’m not going to try to score these different ones or even tell you which I thought was the best, but suffice it to say…they were all good. I did not pay attention to the purported percentage of THC because I’ve found that it makes no difference whatsoever. Maybe a toke or two less over time, but that’s about it.
For the sake of simplicity, I’ll call the image in the upper left of this page BD1, the Upper right is BD2, Lower Left is BD3 and the lower right is BD4.
The best flowers were BD4. They were well defined, had a great aroma, and were harvested from the middle to top of the plant. The flowers were very aromatic and very frosty with trichomes. BD2 was a bit disappointing because the buds were more like nugs than buds, not that nugs are a bad thing, but these were overly manicured and just didn’t have the same terpene aromas as BD4. So I’d rank them last. BD1 and BD3 had similar bud sizes and they were the two closest in both appearance and aroma.
As noted above, I really liked both the appearance and scent of BD4. It has a kind of berry aroma, not blueberries, but more like raspberries. At least that’s what I thought. All of the samples had a ‘bright’ aroma, perhaps with a little less of the berry aroma or more of a pronounced flowery aroma. All were free of any tainted smell, so no molds or anything like that at least in enough quantity that there were discernable scents of anything bad. One hopes. Blue Dream isn’t as identifiable as say a Bordeaux chateau or a Cabernet from Napa, but it doesn’t have a distinctive aroma that would instantly tell me it was Blue Dream. All that said before, it’s still has a wonderful nose for the strain.
The best flavor was from BD2. Really. I was surprised when I went back to my notes that I wrote about its flavor a lot and all in positive terms. So that was kind of surprising. The big buds had decent flavor, but nowhere near as good as BD2. BD3 and BD1 were both good, but not in the same league as BD3.
They were all good. If I had to give an edge to any of the different plants, I’d give it to BD1. It just seemed to be a bit more defined, but the brain buzz from all of them was wonderful. Made me feel mentally sharp and relaxed at the same time. I’ve never found a big body buzz from Blue Dream and none of these were any different.
Blue Dream is a good plant. There’s a reason it’s legendary in California and that’s because it’s a really good strain. It’s uplifting and cerebral at the same time. Most strains are either uplifting or have a big body effect and while Blue Dream definitely falls on the brain side of things, its body feeling is gentle and doesn’t put you into a couch-lock mode.
Even if you’re a newbie, you’ll probably love Blue Dream.
Autism, for whatever reasons, has grown to encompass a larger part of our young population over the last several decades. I personally know many families who have children who are somewhere on the spectrum, some mild and some severe. The idea that CBD might be an effective way to control the sometimes raw emotions and social awkwardness that can surround an autistic child, while not new, is gaining some scientific credence. And there’s a reason for it.
Zynerba, a publicly-traded company, has just completed a Phase 2 controlled study that shows that their transdermal CBD product has an impact on autism behaviors. This is an important study as it reveals the impact of autism on a developing nervous system.
If you have an autistic child or know someone who dies, this is a very appropriate read. It won’t take long to get some knowledge that yet another therapeutic use for cannabis, no matter what compound in cannabis, has been found to be effective.
Read the story CBD for Autism? Zynerba Lights the Way With New Study in Green Market Report
I’ve been writing about the people who actually the write the regulations for legal cannabis markets over the U.S. and how their regulations can be onerous, vague, and not well thought out. And yet, here’s a ‘regulator’ who seems pretty intelligent and thoughtful about what the regulated market should be. Of course, she left the regulatory business and went into cannabis consulting where there’s a lot more cash to be made, especially by someone who can say they’ve been part of the regulatory framework in that state.
It seems to me that we need more regulators who understand regulatory environments and regulations that are designed to help growers, retail operations, and consumers and not just create regulations in favor of the state. The state is in the business of regulating and taxing…the taxing is most important…and they should make it easy or at least have a clear path to creating those tax dollars.
The article “What Being a Cannabis Regulator Taught Me About Success in the Industry” appeared in Cannabis Business Times