Why I Love Craft Cannabis
“Government” weed gets a bad rap. Three years (and ten days) ago, the first cannabis containers I opened contained dry weed. Some containers came under 3.5g. Everyone had the exact same cultivars – seriously, there were 7 “Shishkaberry” at one time, and anyone will tell you that was 6 too many.
It took a while for craft cultivators to get space on shelves – or rather, in with the AGLC. But every time a micro cultivator would come in to tell us about their brands, they would confirm that their Terpenes hit 1, 2 or even a whopping 3% total plant composition. I was impressed: until then, most companies couldn’t tell me what the total terpene composition was.
There are a LOT of things that set craft cannabis apart, but I thought I’d highlight my top three reasons.
Health Canada recommends irradiation as a means to prevent mould, harmful yeasts and bacteria. It doesn’t “alter the quality of cannabis,” (source) however:
The effect of gamma-irradiation was limited to a reduction of some terpenes present in the cannabis, but keeping the terpene profile qualitatively the same.
So pardon this stoner’s humble opinion, but if you’re messing with my terpenes you are affecting the quality of my effects. It’s not like there’s much to play with: typically, total terpenes will be well under 4%.
Now, I must say that irradiation isn’t responsible for dry, crumbly, odourless cannabis. However, cannabis that isn’t cured properly is more prone to develop mould, bacteria and yeast. Cannabis that isn’t cured properly typically will need irradiation in order to comply with Health Canada regulations. Sometimes, even cannabis that IS cured properly will need to undergo irradiation, again in order to comply with regulations.
So what do craft growers do? Everything they can to ensure the best possible cannabis cure, to minimize the odds of needing irradiation. Effectively, to me, an LP’s stance on irradiation says a LOT about how they choose to grow and cultivate the greens that make it to my bowl, from pest and pathogen controls to care in curing.
It’s in the name: A micro grower will simply have less room to grow cannabis than their larger, commercial counterparts. As a result, I just generally feel more comfortable that the information I’ll see on the Certificate of Analysis will be applicable to more of their plants than the CoA of a commercial grower with several rooms growing their product. Some of whom choose to use averaged out THC levels on their labels.
Further, as a result of smaller batches, we tend to see more interesting phenohunts. One example of this was the first few cherries we saw on the market were all… Black Cherry Punch. Tommy’s Craft Cannabis just dropped their Cherry ’47 (more on that below), which is a Cherry AK47 x Purple Punch – yielding a different experience and flavour profile.
Lastly, some growers also make the most of their small batch grows to do crazy things like water all their plants by hand. I’m looking at you, Viridis. This allows them to get up close and personal with all their ladies in the grow room and see if there’s anything going on with any single plant early in the process.
Obviously, trimming by hand doesn’t guarantee better quality. However, if an LP cares enough to trim by hand it’s because they care about the details. And if the person who comes to talk to me about their weed knows if they dry trim or wet trim, I know that the company cares about transparency. It often also means that the containers are hand packed, so actual human people (many of whom consume cannabis) will be looking at each individual nug.
You also end up paying for greens that you can actually toke on, instead of greens that include more leaf and stem than your old dealer used to give you. I love my fan leaves, just not in my weed containers – love me my sugar leaves though.
New Craft Cannabis
Given the topic of today’s blog post, you’re probably not surprised at the fact that I’m featuring two craft products.
I’ve been waiting for the AGLC to let us buy Tommy’s Cherry ‘47 for almost a month now. I have a deep love and respect for RGB cannabis and Candre who are working together to bring Tommy Chong’s flower picks to Alberta. (A cool note that was made was that Tommy’s is the first celebrity cannabis that paired with a craft grower in Canada, which is pretty cool.)We’re also highlighting a grower I hadn’t heard of before this week’s order: Cali. And with a name like Pink Diamonds, we just HAD to take a closer look.
Cherry ‘47 by Tommy’s Craft Cannabis
The Cherry ‘47 in a vape (Arizer Air II, 375˚F, all glass mouthpiece) surprised me by its earthy, grounded flavour. But I’m getting ahead of myself. First and foremost, the nose on this lady when I opened the Calyx container was sweet, which I credited to the Cherry AK 47 lineage. The Purple Punch is obvious in the beautiful colours, ranging from dark purple (almost black) to a very pale green. It busted up very pale, almost white – mostly because it’s so frosty. Bud appeal is out of this world: my container contained only 2, squishy and sticky nugs.
The larger lady sat pretty at the store for those who wanted to ogle her. I am happy to report that even after one week in the spotlight, she was still beautifully sticky and wonderful to roll with. I would keep this for a glass piece, however, so you can get a better profile flavour. Ashed very light gray.
I can easily see why this is a great choice to pair with creative endeavours. I would opt for tactile experiences (playing with sand, sculpting, petting animals), as well as reading. A great choice when you want your afternoons and evenings to feel just a little longer.
About Cherry ’47:
- Lineage: Cherry AK47 x Purple Punch
- Cannabinoids: THC dominant
- Min THC: 18%
- Max THC: 24%
- Max CBD: 0.1%
- CBG: 1.2mg/g
- Total Terpene content: 2.81%
- Terpene Profile: Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene (Listed on label)
- Container: Calyx
- Humidity Pack: None
Pink Diamonds by Cali
While it might have been my first time finding out about CALI, the brand has been getting lots of love in Ontario. Their Pink Diamonds is one of the top ladies coming from Ontario.
The nose tends sweet and the mid-sized nugs are dense. They’re a bright green with beautiful frostiness throughout. They have a nice springy-ness to it.
About Pink Diamonds:
- Indica dominant
- Lineage: Pink Kush x Black Diamonds
- Cannabinoids: THC dominant
- Min THC: 20%
- Max THC: 26%
- Max CBD: 0.1%
- Terpene Profile: Linalool, Myrcene, Caryophyllene
- Container: Plastic Container
- Humidity Pack: Integra Boost