Strains of Summer

Strains of Summer

Original Post: Cannabis Now: Strains of Summer

[Canniseur: As summer winds down (in the northern hemisphere anyway), these are some of the best strains identified over the course of that wonderful season. I hope you get to enjoy all of these strains. This article also attributes the growers. This is a move in the right direction.]

As the Harvest Moon approaches and we get blown away by another season’s worth of work from the best cannabis farmers in the world, we thought it was a good time to take a look at the strains and cultivators that caught our eye this summer.

Summer is an interesting time in the cannabis world. Some got to enjoy the first waves of light deprivation-grown cannabis which are always a treat. Many watched their gardens, both legal and not, grow and are excited to see the fruits of their season’s work harvested in a few weeks. And we here at Cannabis Now are ready to smoke it.

In our travels this summer we came across a lot of great cannabis, but a few were simply unforgettable and we expect those quality genetics to be with us for years to come. So this is a look back at a few of those moments we had to double-check what exactly was in the jar. All of these picks are absolute heavy hitters, and we’re sure you’ll love any of them you’re able to get your hands on.

Glazed Apricot Gelato – Compound Genetics

It takes a little bit of time for strains to get the wind in their sails and we’re sure Glazed Apricot Gelato’s time has arrived. Early this summer we came across a rendition of this Compound Genetics heater grown out by The Cure Company. It was awesome. The pairing of Legend Orange Apricot and Gelato produced a tangy creaminess flavor that’s as unique as the nose. You can expect an uplifting high, but the Gelato gives it a bit more body than the regular Legend Orange Apricot. We expect the Glazed Apricot Gelato to be on shelves all over the place sooner than later.

Dimepiece – C.R.A.F.T.

The perennial cup-winners at C.R.A.F.T. are up to it again with their newest exclusive house cut grown by their Keepers of the Craft Garden. Dimepiece brings together C.R.A.F.T.’s always popular Girl Scout Cookie and Sour Diesel cross Sour Girl and Acai Gelato. Dimepiece isn’t quite as gassy as mom, but not too far off. The judges at the hyper-competitive NorCal Cannabis Cup (which included our own Senior Editor Ellen Holland) chose Dimepiece as the winner in the indica category. If you can make it to NorCal order some C.R.A.F.T. to your hotel as soon as you get off the plane, trust us.

Gelonade – Connected

We first came across Gelonade last summer. As Connected led us on a tour of their outdoor operation, they showed us 30-plus Gelato #41 crosses being grown to maturity under the scorching sun of California’s Central Valley. That day Gelonade immediately jumped out to us and looked to be one of the major success from Connected’s propagation effort. The fusion of Gelato #41 and LemonTree also wowed the judges at the recent NorCal Cannabis Cup where it beat out all the other sativas. Keep an eye out for the new red jars from Connected, that means it was grown in a mixed light setting. It’s still great pot, but without all the carbon footprint.

Ziablo – IC Collective

It’s a real debate if anything this summer came out of nowhere at us quite like Ziablo. When IC Collective presented Cannabis Now’s editorial staff with a sample we knew immediately we had something magical in our hands. It was like all of the best things about Zkittelz and OG Kush had been combined into something unfathomably magical that was in that moment kicking off all-out assault on our nasal cavities. The flavor is in its own league for sure. It’s like some kind of combination of fuel, pine, and the redwoods. The dense nugs break down to a nice fluffy consistency that’s a pleasure to roll, but you’re better off going with the grinder. We won’t be surprised if the Ziablo ends up having the longest time in the spotlight of the group, it’s simply world-class marijuana.

Strains of Summer was posted on Cannabis Now.

The Winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup

The Winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup

Original Post: High Times: The Winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup

[Canniseur: One would never have thought the words Oklahoma and Cannabis Cup would go together. Oklahoma seems pretty well on the way to becoming a truly open cannabis state. The times are indeed changing.]

For the first time ever, High Times brought the Cannabis Cup all the way to Oklahoma! Here are all the winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup:

Indica Flower

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: The Pound – Orange Cheddar
2nd Place:
Emerald Wholesale – Orange Apricot 
3rd Place:
Stability Grows – Forbidden Fruit

Sativa Flower

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Full Moon Pharm – GG4
2nd Place:
New Leaf Medicinals – Tropicana Cookies
3rd Place:
Exotic Genetix – Truffle Butter

Hybrid Flower

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Emerald Wholesale – Chem D x I-95 
2nd Place:
Green Rush Gardens – Gelato Cake
3rd Place:
Korova / Sublime Brands Products / Connoisseur Cannabis – G.A.S.

Sun-Grown Flower

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Helix Extract – Snowland
2nd Place:
Green N’ Pink – Starmalade

CBD Flower

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Craft Cannabis – HGDP CBD
2nd Place:
Sticky Tree Farms – Bronx Goo 
3rd Place:
Cloudi Mornings – CBDutch Treat 


Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Gorilla Gardens – Kief Infused Funk Indica Pre-Roll
2nd Place:
Tb4u Farms & Rt. 66 Xtracts – Holy Roller
3rd Place:
Fire Leaf – Jeffrey Infused Pre-Roll


Jesse Faatz

1st Place: OK Nice Cream – Strawberry Fruit Bar
2nd Place:
Fire Leaf x Outlaw  Edibles – Maple Bacon Krispi Barz 
3rd Place:
Mr. Mack’s – Caramel Pot Pops

CBD Edible

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Too Sticky – Honey Almond Protein Bar
2nd Place:
Simple Cure – Helpful Mango Sativa Tincture
3rd Place:
EdiPure – Raspberry Lemonade Gummies

Vape Pen and Cartridge

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Korova / Sublime Brands Products / Connoisseur Cannabis – Grandaddy Purp Cart
2nd Place:
Electraleaf – Wedding Cake Cart
3rd Place:
Fire Leaf x Oklahoma Dab Lab – White Pineapple 

Indica Concentrate

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: White Mousse Oklahoma x Red River Pharms – Grape Ape Full Spectrum 
2nd Place:
Tb4u Farms & Rt. 66 Xtracts – Wright White Live Sugar
3rd Place:
Head of Honey x Diamond Labs – Member Berry Live Diamonds 

Sativa Concentrate

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Fire Leaf x Oklahoma Dab Lab – Lemon Cheese Quake
2nd Place:
White Mousse x Rock Top Wellness – Oklahoma Mimosa Full Spectrum 
3rd Place:
Terpenetics – Blue Cookies Live Resin Sugar

Hybrid Concentrate

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Fire Leaf x Oklahoma Dab Lab – Fruity Pebbles OG 
2nd Place:
SoloS Extracts – Canuck Cookies Diamonds
3rd Place:
White Mousse x Rock Top Wellness – Kief Chief Full Spectrum 

Non-Solvent Concentrate

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Helix Extract – Purple Punch Live Rosin
2nd Place:
Kiamichi Skies – KS Blend Live Rosin
3rd Place:
Stability Grows X Country Hash – Forbidden Fruit Live Rosin


Jesse Faatz

1st Place: Lotus Gold Dispensaries – Colorado Cures Pain Cream
2nd Place:
Redbud Elixirs – R. L. Remedy Healing Lotion
3rd Place:
Mr. Mack’s – THC Infused Lotion

Hemp-Derived CBD Product

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: White Mousse Oklahoma x CBD Plus USA – CBD BHO Badder 
2nd Place:
 Terpenetics – Holos Botanica Eye Cream 

Infused Product

Jesse Faatz

1st Place: New Leaf Medicinals – Moon Rock
2nd Place:
Releaf Labs /ALTRD – ALTRD Moon Rock
3rd Place:
Xen Xtracts – Infused Grape Moonrock

People’s Choice Awards:

Best Booth

1st Place: Ethos Genetics
2nd Place:
Exotic Genetix
3rd Place:
Too Sticky

Best Product

1st Place: Ethos – Mandarin Cookies
2nd Place:
Mystic Magic Seeds
3rd Place:
Helix Extracts x High Times Cannabis Cup Shirt

Best Glass

1st Place: Hammerhead w/ Reef Shark Bowl
2nd Place:
Indigo Attic
3rd Place:
Desert Scene – Windstar x Steve H Collab

The Winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup was posted on High Times.

The Best Cannabis Strains for Extroverts

The Best Cannabis Strains for Extroverts

[Canniseur: My favorite strains are contained in this article. You’ll have to read on to find out what they are.]

Introverts and extroverts draw their energy from different places: While introverts are energized by solitary pursuits, extroverts recharge by spending time in the company of others.

Extroverts tend to be talkative and outgoing. They enjoy experiences that maximize interpersonal interaction, and they are generally willing to seek out these experiences. Conversely, spending time alone may cause an extrovert to feel bored, anxious, or a little bit blue.

For extroverted cannabis consumers, the best strains will augment social occasions, keeping conversations kindled for hours. The following are a few of our top picks….


Original Post: Leafly: The Best Cannabis Strains for Extroverts

Strain Review: Game Changer

Strain Review: Game Changer

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Strain Review: Game Changer

[Canniseur: Too bad something this nice isn’t available everywhere. All that is stopped by the federal marijuana laws. They need to change. Obviously.]

With its sweet, grape flavors, the elusive Game Changer strain is widely thought to be one of the best-tasting strains on the legal cannabis market today. Game Changer is a 60/40 indica-dominant hybrid. Its lineage is California’s Purple Dragon and a landrace sativa strain from Thailand called Green Thai. Adding to its exclusivity and allure, this strain is only available by clone and usually found in California. Game Changer also clocks in at an impressive 21.2 percent THC and 0.63 percent CBD.

Appearance/ Aroma/ Taste

Game Changer’s buds are a mixture of bright green and dark purple. The intact buds delight the nostrils with scents of tropical fruit and grape. Crystals and trichomes cover the flowers of this strain, with some hints of red hairs. When put through a grinder, floral aromas become more apparent from this hybrid’s complex terpene profile.

Medical patients and legal recreational users report that the strain has a taste reminiscent of sweet tropical fruit and grape. Some users even seem to think that Game Changer tastes a bit like sour grape-flavored Big League Chew or grape-flavored candy.

Medicating Effects

Users report that the effects of this strain are extremely relaxing, putting them in an upbeat, talkative mood, with some feelings of euphoria added in as well. The indica dominance is evident with this hybrid, as some users report slight feelings of dizziness. Game Changer seems to be hit or miss when it comes to feelings of drowsiness, as some users get sleepy with this strain, while others don’t. It probably won’t knock you out like a pure, sleep-inducing indica would. To be sure though, you should definitely try it before you use it as a daytime strain.

Its solid CBD content makes Game Changer an excellent option for patients treating chronic pain, cancer, fibromyalgia or seizures. The sativa influence and well-balanced hybrid mix also makes this strain a good choice to relieve stress, treat depression, or stimulate appetite. Users of the Game Changer strain have reported minimal harshness when smoked, with feelings of anxiety and paranoia also kept in check. These factors make Game Changer a good strain for newbies and connoisseurs alike. That is, if you can find it, of course.

Have you tried Game Changer? Is it your favorite strain? If not, what is? Let us know in the comments section and maybe we’ll do a review on it!

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Strain Review: Game Changer

The Strain Ingredients: Inside the Bright & Uplifting Cinex Strain

The Strain Ingredients: Inside the Bright & Uplifting Cinex Strain

[Editor’s Note: I want some! The only problem is obtaining a few grams. If I really want it, I’ll have to go to Washington and find out who sells this specific grower. That’s only one of the problems with cannabis in the U.S. today. Nothing travels legally between the states, unless it’s black market.]

What’s the best cannabis strain for fueling creativity, focus, and motivation? A common recommendation is the lively and inspiring Cinex, whose spirited effects breathe life back into your mood while putting stress and worries to rest.

All the things I was stressing about prior to smoking Cinex quickly become afterthoughts.

A genetic cross of Cinderella 99 and Vortex, Cinex produces a sweet, fragrant citrus aroma while the flavor tends to be a bit earthy with skunky notes.

There’s very little information on the origins of Cinex. Even TGA Genetics’ Subcool—the original breeder of its parent strain, Vortex—couldn’t add to our investigation. Despite its mystique, Cinex is prolific and easy to spot all along the West Coast.

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Cinex oil produced by Trail Blazin’ in Washington (Leafly)

We all know that any strain’s effects are subjective, but here’s what one top Leafly reviewer had to say about Cinex:

“Easily one of my favorite strains, great for artists (music, painting, etc..). I’m not sure how it would be hanging out with friends or going to a party, but it works very well for concentrating, working, and just getting those creative juices flowing.” —Patfins

In my experience, Cinex provides an extreme mood boost. All the things I was stressing about prior to my session quickly become afterthoughts, and the tension in my shoulders evaporates. Overall, Cinex delivers an uplifting and clear-headed experience that most cannabis consumers would love.

But don’t just take my word for it. Thanks to the reliable lab testing results of Confidence Analytics, we have a macro-lens view of what gives Cinex its bright effects and irresistible flavors.

The Main Ingredients of Cinex

Below, you’ll find the typical terpene profile of Cinex, determined by data collected from various growers testing with Confidence Analytics. (For those unfamiliar with terpenes, these refer to the aromatic oils that contribute to the different aromas and effects found in cannabis.)

Confidence Analytics found that Cinex’s main terpenes are limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene with myrcene following close behind. But what do these terpenes tell us about Cinex? Let’s break them down for some clues:

The overall experience of any given strain isn’t as simple as terpene + terpene = effect, but knowing the dominant terpenes of any given strain is an informed start to choosing the right experience for you. For example, if you know you like high-THC strains with limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene—like Cinex—then you may also enjoy Lemon G, whose chemical profile is similar.

Is Your Strain Actually Cinex?

Now we know what Cinex generally looks like in terms of its chemical profile (also called its “chemotype”), which helps us understand which strain “ingredients” lead to those creative, stress-relieving, pain-crushing qualities we look for in Cinex.

Find producers who can verify that their Cinex has the chemical profile you’re looking for—that is, a high-THC variety with limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene leading the charge.

But how do you know the Cinex in your stash is the real deal rather than an improperly labeled imposter? (That’s right—producers and retailers could get away with calling a strain whatever they want regardless of its chemotype.)

Answer: Find producers who can verify that their Cinex has the chemical profile you’re looking for—that is, a high-THC variety with limonene, caryophyllene, and pinene leading the charge in terpenes.

For that to be possible, you’d have to buy your Cinex from producers who get every batch they grow tested by reputable testing labs. The inconvenient truth is that producers are not legally required to get their cannabis batches terpene-tested, so most spare themselves the expense.

Then there are cultivators like Trail Blazin’ in Washington who go the extra mile to get every batch of cannabis terpene-tested by a trusted lab. Here’s what their Cinex looks like on average, according to Confidence Analytics’ results on several different batches of the strain:

As you can see, their Cinex is a close reflection of the verified chemotype determined by the broader pool of Cinex samples. In other words, it’s limonene-dominant with the heavy influence of caryophyllene and pinene, with myrcene in tow.

Lab data, provided by a trusted source, is key to a predictable experience—and knowing this can revolutionize the way you shop for that perfect strain or product. Blind faith in a strain name doesn’t always lead to a bad purchasing decision, but it’s nice to imagine a reality in which science can prove our assumptions right—and in turn prevent improperly named strains that will deliver an experience you didn’t anticipate.

Cultivators who prioritize batch-specific terpene testing value predictability and consistency. They care about providing you with the experience promised by a strain name. So if you’re a Cinex lover and you’re dead-set on those beautiful mood-boosting effects, you’re better off in the hands of a grower eager to provide the ingredients in their Cinex recipe.

Original Post: Leafly: The Strain Ingredients: Inside the Bright & Uplifting Cinex Strain

Counting Down the Top 5 Trending Cannabis Strains of 2018

Counting Down the Top 5 Trending Cannabis Strains of 2018

[Editor’s Note: This is a great resource for hot cannabis strains. Plus, find them in your local pot store. Some of the strain names seem silly now, but maybe years from now they’ll have the same name recognition as Cabernet or Chardonnay.]

This past year was a great year for cannabis. The popular strains and flavors that proliferated over the last 12 months offer such a variety that you can’t help but want to try them all. That is, if you haven’t already!

Looking at engagement data across Leafly, we’re able to see how interested people are in each strain, as well as where they’re shopping for these strains. Consumers who leave thoughtful reviews of strains and products also help paint a picture of which strains have been frequently purchased and enjoyed.

From pungent, gassy flavors to sweet, fruity blends, the top trending strains of 2018 offer a wide spectrum of tantalizing tastes and exciting experiences. The list below showcases strains that saw the largest growth in interest and popularity throughout the cannabis community in 2018.

(This doesn’t necessarily make them the best strains. In fact, the trendiest strains are often some of the more polarizing varieties. However, their prominence simply cannot be ignored!)

The Top 5 Trending Strains of the Year

5. Grease Monkey

(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Kicking off the countdown is Grease Monkey, a strain whose engagement grew nearly 270% over the course of 2018. Bred by Exotic Genetix, Grease Monkey is a cross of Original Glue with their prized Cookies and Cream. The result is a hybrid with a potent punch that makes incredible hash.

The sharp diesel flavors of Grease Monkey showcase its Original Glue lineage, but these are softened by an earthy influence and sweet finish from its Cookies and Cream heritage. The thick, soothing smoke brings an initial blast of euphoria that boosts the mood as it settles throughout the body and leaves you in a dreamy, relaxed state.

This popular hybrid originally sprouted in the Pacific Northwest where it remains a popular cultivar. The appreciation for Grease Monkey has spread far and wide throughout 2018, helping it gain popularity from Anchorage, Alaska to Baltimore, Maryland.
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4. Wedding Cake

(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

With the all the hype over “dessert strains” recently, this is the year Wedding Cake stepped into the limelight, growing in influence on Leafly over 350% in 2018. Wedding Cake is a hybrid bred by Seed Junky Genetics that pairs the sweet doughy flavors of GSC with subtle fruity notes of Cherry Pie. A matchmaker’s dream!

Nicknamed Pink Cookies when it was first released, this strain is celebrated for its vanilla accents and confectionary sweetness that give it the unique dessert quality that many Cookies offsprings embody.

From San Diego to Seattle, the entire West Coast is celebrating the matrimony between Cookies and Cherry Pie. Wedding Cake has even sparked a hot spot of acclaim within the thriving cannabis community of Michigan.
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3. Purple Punch

(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

A beautiful cross of Grandaddy Purple and Larry OG, Purple Punch is known for its stunning bag appeal. The entire surface of this purple-tinged flower is coated in a thick layer of sparkling white resin that really catches the eye. Its sweet berry aroma and tart grape flavors usher in a euphoric burst that tapers quickly into sleepy relaxation.

Purple Punch also has a reputation for its long-stalked trichomes—resin glands with smaller heads and longer stalks—and is sometimes criticized for its lack of potency. Regardless, its undeniable visual appeal and sweet flavors make this strain popular breeding stock. Purple Punch has influenced other rising varieties, like Mimosa.

One of the top strains of this year’s fall harvest, the popularity of Purple Punch swelled about 475% in 2018. This gorgeous strain is widely available up and down the West Coast, as well as southwestern cities like Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona.
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2. Blue Zkittlez

(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Interest in Blue Zkittlez, a strain popular throughout Oregon, grew almost 550% last year. This trendy strain was conceived when Dying Breed Seeds crossed the illustrious Zkittlez with the earthy, berry flavors of Blue Diamond. The result is a tasty flower exploding with sweet candy flavors.

The complex, berry-forward blend of flavors is accented with citrus notes and is one of the more memorable strains I’ve tried in 2018. Maybe it’s the name, but when I hit Blue Zkittlez all I can think of is a handful of chewy, fruity candy. Its happy, uplifting effects level off into comfortable relaxation and are appreciated by some for their arousing properties.
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1. Forbidden Fruit

(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Realizing nearly 825% growth in 2018, Forbidden Fruit is 2018’s top trending strain.

A Cherry Pie and Tangie hybrid bred by Chameleon Extracts, it emits a compelling blend of fruit aromas and flavors. The citrus mix is led by sour grapefruit notes that mingle with sweet cherry and berry flavors and finish with bright tropical highlights. The flavor profile reminds me of fruit salad or fruit punch.

Forbidden Fruit is a great “session strain,” often expressing only moderate levels of THC while maintaining its extremely rich terpene profile. Its relaxing, euphoric effects rise pleasantly without overpowering. Another popular strain of this past harvest season, Forbidden Fruit is especially popular in the Bay Area and Southern California.
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Other rising cultivars that populated bowls and dispensary menus throughout 2018 include these trending strains that just barely missed the top of the list.

6. Zkittlez, with engagement growing roughly 245% this year.

7. Do-Si-Dos saw over 200% growth in 2018.

8. Gelato, Leafly’s Strain of 2018, grew by more than 190% in the last 12 months.

9. Strawberry Banana increased its popularity by nearly 170%.

10. Orange Cookies’ popularity increased almost 160% compared to last year.

Original Post: Leafly: Counting Down the Top 5 Trending Cannabis Strains of 2018

Strain Review: Banana Jam Hops Straight Out of the Jar

Strain Review: Banana Jam Hops Straight Out of the Jar

Original Post: Cannabis Now: Strain Review: Banana Jam Hops Straight Out of the Jar

[Editor’s Note: This just sounds like it tastes great and smokes even better! Learn how Woodman Peak Farms propagated Banana Jam.]

When we brave pioneers of Cannabis Now went booth to booth at the Emerald Cup on a quest to search out the strains of the moment, we were frequently impressed. But when we got to Woodman Peak Farms, things took on a whole new level of hype. We quickly determined we were going to need to look at all of their cannabis. It was well above average.

Then they offered us a glimpse of their Cup entries. There were two, but we can’t even remember what the other one was, because the Banana Jam simply absorbed all of our attention as soon as the mason jar cracked open. It felt like the scene from “Alice in Wonderland” where she falls down the hole, except this hole was some type of tropical daiquiri filled with Caribbean fruits we’ve never even heard of.

After we had a few days to collect ourselves following the Cup, Banana Jam’s breeder Michael Martin gave us the full tale of this strain we expect to make waves in the very near future.

The Genetics of Banana Jam: Mix and a Match

“Banana Jam brings together Symbiotic Genetics’ Banana Punch with our Strawberry Jam,” Martin told Cannabis Now. Martin was given 16 Banana Punch seeds by Symbiotic in the fall of 2016 and started them spring of 2017.

“We ended up with nine females, seven of which we kept, two of which we gave to close friends,” he said. Martin stress tested some of the cuts he held onto in a light deprivation situation. He flowered them out early to see what they were working with.

“But two plants were full-term plants in the main garden which didn’t finish until the first week of November,” said Martin. “Once the flowers started blooming in the dep greenhouse, they smelled so good!”

Martin found the resulting flowers to be very similar to the Strawberry Jam, “but less gassy, more fruit punchy.” Those initial phenotypes would range from super fruity to bland and super frosty.

“They reminded us of our Strawberry Jam, and we felt that those two would complement each other well,” Martin said. “Pollen was taken from our two Strawberry Jam males that we kept for breeding and dusted on the fruitiest plants of the Banana Punch.”

The Strawberry Jam Martin used came from a pack of Long Valley Royal Kush by Aficionado Seeds. Martin and his partner Ariel first started growing them out in Piercy, California in 2016.

“We started with 10 seeds and got nine females and one male. Royal Kush is typically a very gassy, piney smelling flower, but one of these nine females really stood out — it smelled exactly like Strawberry Jam.”

Martin notes a few others from that first run of the Aficionado seeds were unique, too. They put pollen on all of them, including the Strawberry Jam pheno. When it was time for harvest, they gathered the seeds, “and by spring I gave almost all of them away to friends, but still had 13 to start at our new farm, Woodman Peak, in the spring of 2017.”

Martin grew out those seeds and ended up with eight new ladies. Two of those phenotypes were Strawberry Jam dominant, while the others took on the normal Royal Kush smell.

“Out of the males, we rubbed their stems and the male flowers to get a smell off of them and also judged them based off shape and health. Two of them smelled super jammy. We kept those males around as our keepers for breeding tools that year in 2017,” Martin recalled.

Martin soon found himself heading back to those two Banana Punch plants in the main garden he’d let run full-term. One was super fruity, and the other was super frosty yet lacking smell. “So we hit the fruity plant in the full-term, and out of the 5 plants in the dep we hit the fruitiest smelling one in there too with Strawberry Jam pollen,” said Martin.

How the Woodman Peak Farm Grow Goes Down

Martin always starts his seeds in spring in an inert soil mix, transplanting up into bigger, more nutrient-dense soil a few weeks later. The seeds are started in a greenhouse while it’s still cold and chilly in the spring. Then, when the plants get a few weeks old, they start feeding them nutrient-rich teas weekly or biweekly.

Good compost teas are one of the big deciders when separating the good from the great. The Woodman Peak team brew their compost teas using Drago nfly Earth Medicine plant-based powders and fish hydrolysate as fertilizer.

While the seeds are still sprouting and small, they work in the garden, tilling the winter cover crop back into the soil as well as adding additional amendments such as kelp meal, neem meal, shrimp/crab meal and a variety of rock powders: azomite, basalt, glacial rock, greensand, gypsum and oyster shell flour.

“We also source compost from our neighbor, who has a herd of animals — over 30 goats, sheep, horses, ducks, turkeys and chickens,” said Martin. “The goats wander his land eating up the tall grasses, which help during the summer’s fire season. It makes for some great compost too!”

Martin grew out the Banana Jam in fabric pots on a hillside above the pond they use to irrigate the garden.

“This year, we planted on June 12, just before the summer solstice,” said Martin. “They were small little babies, less than a foot in height, but blew up in the hot summer months, some of which topped 12 feet. Once the flowers began to set in the middle of August, we switched from primarily nitrogen-based teas to Dragonfly’s flower tea, Fat Flowers, and began to back off on our foliar sprays.”

Martin also said they do their very best to let the plants express themselves in shape and form by not topping, and minimally training the branches. “This helps us get an idea of the true shapes for breeding purpose,” he said.

When harvest time comes, they work to push the flowers to the closest they can get to peak ripeness and maturity. This gives the flowers a dense, fully swollen look that most people only achieve in greenhouses or indoor.

“We harvest with care, and hang-dry our flowers in dark, cold rooms for over two weeks, keeping the humidity low and slowly pulling moisture out of the flowers,” Martin said. “After that, the flowers are boxed up to be in a closed space with more of itself, which really makes the aromas soak in and bring out the subtleties.”

From this point, they hand off the flowers to Flow Kana, one of the main distribution companies working with legacy farmers in the region. Flow Kana then bucks, manicures, and packages the flowers for retail.

When they went back to pick out their seeds to start for the year, Martin said they almost didn’t grow out the Banana Jam because of the risks associated with putting time into a new cross you’re not quite positive on yet.

“We didn’t really know what to expect, but we’re all really glad that we did at the last minute,” said Martin, “They were such pretty little starts, we decided to put them in the garden.”

We’re definitely glad they did.

TELL US, have you tried the Banana Jam strain yet?

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Tutti Frutti Strain Review

Tutti Frutti Strain Review

Tutti Frutti Total Score: 94

Tutti Frutti is one of the seemingly infinite number of strains in the legal cannabis market. Most strains have either an upper or downer effect. Typically the effects are not that different from strain to stain. There usually isn’t a necessary connection. This is not the case with Tutti Frutti. These specific buds were obtained from an Ann Arbor, MI medical dispensary, Liv Cafe N Wellness.

Tutti Frutti Strain Review

Tutti Frutti Strain Review

Tutti Frutti – Appearance

The buds were small and highly compact with lots of little orange stigma all over them. It’s a cute bud, in a way. There were visible frosty trichomes all over the flower and there wasn’t much leaf left. Mostly there were just potential seed sacs and their attached hairy stigmas. Small is sometimes beautiful and in this case it is. I deducted points for the size of the buds because I knew them to be from the bottom of the plant. The only other down side was the buds being a little dry. A day or two with a humidifier packet to 62% should solve that issue.

Appearance Score: 18/20

Tutti Frutti – Aroma

WOW! After grinding, the flower the scents were amazingly clear and strong. Highly scented with aromas of plum, cherry, and even orange. Not a lot of lemon (limonene) in the aroma, but super fruity and complex.

Aroma Score: 19/20

Tutti Frutti – Taste

The fruit aromas were strongly reflected in the taste. This isn’t typically the case with other strains, but the taste in my pipe before lighting up was kind of surprisingly close to the aroma. It tasted so good, I didn’t want to light it up. It was just that good.

Taste Score: 19/20

Tutti Frutti – Effect

This is a case of – ‘wait for it’ – as the high took a little bit to come on. And then bam, you’re very high. At first I waited a few minutes and nothing happened. I decided to take another puff. Then at about the 15 minute mark, it came in a heady rush that went to a certain level, and hung on for the first hour. And that was only two puffs, about 15 minutes apart. It was potent cannabis. I never looked at the THC content percent because I don’t believe it’s relevant. but going back to the Liv site, I noted it was listed as a hybrid, but there was no THC content on the page.

After about 2 hours, came the surprise; For the first 1 1/2 to 2 hours of the effect was very sativa like. I got a lot of work done, like cleaning the kitchen. After about 2 hours, I got very sleepy. This must have been the ‘indica’ part of the ride. I was already in the sack and planning on consuming a little indica to sleep. But, I didn’t need it. Tutti frutti put me in a very somnolent state and I slept like a baby all night. Sweet. The sativa buzz wasn’t my favorite…I only come across that about once a year, but it was really nice and creative and the latter part of the buzz was really nice and sleepy. Because of the sativa/indica effects, this was a 2 for 1 deal.

Effect Score: 18/20

Tutti Frutti Summary

Tutti Frutti is a strain well worth seeking out if you want something that can propel you through an evening into the sleepy zone of relaxation and rest. I don’t believe I’ve ever had any bud before that had this many strong effects. I liked it a lot. A whole lot. Given this strain’s immense complexities and strong effects, this flower is easily worth a pretty high score.

Tutti Frutti Total Score: 94

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