Smalls: Chat with Tyler from GOOD BUDS

I am super psyched, super stoked to be able to talk to Tyler, CEO and co-founder at GOOD BUDS. I’ve been fangirling on GOOD BUDS since we got our first batch of Mango Taffie. For the first time, I was able to open a cannabis jar on the regulated market… And it was fresh! I was won over then and there. I didn’t know it yet, but it was only just the beginning.

“Small-Batch Cannabis, Hash and Rosin,  Organically Grown on Salt Spring Island, BC”

How GOOD BUDS describes themselves on their website

Over time, I learned more about GOOD BUDS. I found out they hang dry their weed. They use living soil. They have some of the most interesting cultivars on market. One reason for that is that the team, including Master Grower Mikael Rykes (whose name I mispronounced, and beg for forgiveness) choose the cultivars based on terps… and so much more. When GOOD BUDS reached out to ask me questions (you can read their blog post here), I asked if I could ask some to Tyler to learn more about this awesome, award-winning, family-owned Licensed Producer in British Columbia. (And because we know you were wondering: yes, their logo is an eye.)

It takes less than 10 minutes to listen to the whole interview. But each nugget is dense with info, so we split the questions up for you and transcribed it all for ease of understanding.

1. Why did you choose to hang dry your weed?

That’s a great question, actually. It ties right back to a big thing you brought up which is freshness. The hang dry, we find, really is key for getting that fresh out of the jar cure. The kind that you’re used to when you’re crafting really premium bud. We find that hang dry contributes to the flavour, contributes to the burn, it contributes to the smoking flavour, and it even contributes to the shape or the appearance of the bud. So for all those reasons, we’re really passionate about the hang dry.

2. Why are you so careful about the soil you use? 

There’s definitely the old adage “You are what you eat.” and it’s true for cannabis plants too. They definitely show different traits or characteristics – or sometimes I even just call it better personality based on what you feed them or what they’re eating. Maybe not a different personality but a different aspect of their personality.

We see that in multiple cultivations, both outdoors and indoors, in our living soils. Sometimes the biosphere will actually contribute to the uniqueness of the terp profile, or the bud characteristics. So that’s something  we keep evolving and improving to let our soil give back to the buds, and really take them to the next level.

3. How do you pick what you’re going to grow? What’s your process?

Just like you said, we don’t just… we do get tests done in the lab. But we start with our senses. We start with, just like you: with our nose, with our mouth when we get to sample or like you, smoke the product. Additionally, we will do a lot of stem rubs and kind of observations as it’s growing, seeing the different terp profiles, both in flower and then again when it starts to dry and cure, cause those evolve too (at this, I’m nodding vigorously) – yeah, that’s definitely an exciting part of the process. We do it from unique seeds, we’ll just walkthrough huge sample groups and kind of get our noses brown with resin from smelling all the different flowers, you know?

(Now I start laughing and it’s contagious) 

Yeah, it’s pretty funny, getting all stuck and sticky with a resin patch just from checking so many different plants. But you find that magic one. And sometimes you don’t even expect it! We had one last year that smelled like Mezcal, a nice, like a smokey whiskey smell, a smokey tequila smell. Just some really, really amazing, unique qualities that you’ll get when you get enough different plants express themselves. And then, you know, you just follow your nose.

4. Will there be GOOD BUDS seeds? (Besides when we win the lottery and find that ONE seed in our jar!)

*Laughs* You can catch those, and those should definitely pop.

As far as seeds for home cultivators, it’s definitely something we’re working on and trying to stabilize some nice fem stock for outdoor growers. We’re not there yet, but we’re definitely working on the back burner for some action in the future.

5. GOOD BUDS already discontinued one of my favourite products, Island Fig. And I’m salty about that, despite having Salty God at hand. So what you tell us about what’s coming?

We’ve got a couple of exciting new flowers that we’ll be releasing to market soon. One of them is the Dosi Melon: and that one is a cross between  Watermelon Zkittlz and Do-Si-Dos. Really, smells like a banana, fruit, melon bowl, you know, in summer, with some orange juice poured on top with some really delicious tropical profile. Nice strong sativa too, like good THC in there, real strong and really strong with the terp profile as well. 

And then, another one we introduced like on a small scale last year, in pre-rolls, called the Gluerangutang (You can hear me exclaim excitedly when he announces this). That one is going to be coming back as a flower.  We’re extremely excited about that strain. That one is a really strong THC, it’s s Harambe back cross that we hand picked out of a huge sample group.  And just crazy terpenes, like really strong terpenes. Strong lemon and just a cleaner smell to it. Yeah, really excited about that strain as well.

6. Ok, so you called [Dosi Melon] as a sativa – so what’s your take on the whole “sativa/indica” [discussion]?

BTW: there’s more laughter than words in this clip

*Laughs*

Let me just claim that I am definitely not a scientist. But! My take on it is, like, that I’ve smoked a Haze and it definitely felt different than when I smoked a Kush. And so I would say, I subscribe to that part of it. I would say that, in that context, that’s what I would say to someone when talking about sativa or indica.

7. How much fun is QA (Quality assurance)? 

Oh that’s a mean question! Well the fun thing is… a lot of times, those things you do, growers will tell you this: all the little things that you do make the difference in the final quality of your products.  You know, it’s hard to say that scrubbing pots if fun, or things like that, like sanitation isn’t always fun. But when you put the elbow grease in, and you do the work, and you reap the rewards. That part of it stays with you, and pushes you and it challenges you to deliver better products and to really push what you’re doing. So that part is fun, and you get to reap the reward, and yeah. That part is fun.

8. Why is it important for you to pay your employees a living wage?

Oh! Yeah. So that one has to do with, I guess, just with our business philosophy at GOOD BUDS. We try to be a very open, very community based organization. Even within our own staff, we have a lot of people who live locally, and work locally. And the thing in there is that we’re a family, and a family company.

Pic of brothers Alex and Tyler Rumi, Co-Founders

So trying to include everyone who works here, in part of that family by looking out for them, and making sure that they are able to look after their family too. That’s kind of, our thinking behind it, that approach. Yeah, we want to keep people at a good livelihood, cause that way they can keep GOOD BUDS in a good livelihood. It’s a nice relationship to have with your people.

Smalls is a series of quick conversations with CEOs and leaders within the Cannabis industry.

4-20 Calendar: April 2nd – Quadra

These sales are no joke!

Stoners get a bad rap. The stereotype focuses on someone lazing about. Likely, they’re in their pj’s all day. They are homebodies who rarely leave the house.

In the era of social isolation, who’s a humble hero now?

The rest of you probably feel a little stir crazy. To break the monotony for a bit, why not take a “trip” to Quadra by Broken Coast?

02/04/20: Quadra byBroken Coast | A variant of Headstash.

Quadra is part of the Discovery Islands in BC. The island seems tame on its Wikipedia page. However, the fictional crime thriller MARRY, BANG, KILL by Canadian author Andrew Battershill paints the quaint island in a different light. Pick it up if you’re a fan of Terry Fallis (The Best Laid Plans) or Andy Weir (The Martian) and enjoy gritty crime novels.

About Quadra

Named after Quadra Island off the west coast of British Columbia, this strain produces thick, powerful smoke with a funky kush flavour and notes of mandarin zest.

It’s a variant of Headstash.

The cultivar is indica dominant.

Available in 3.5 gram containers.
Caryophyllene is the main terpene found in Quadra
Limonene is the secondary terpene found in Quadra
Terpineol is the tertiary terpene found in Quadra

About Broken Coast

Broken Coast is a licensed producer of medicinal cannabis located on Vancouver Island. We have deep roots in British Columbia, and we’re proud to contribute to the reputation our province has earned for producing outstanding cannabis.

About us, Broken Coast Website

Broken Coast was the first premium brand available on the non-medical legal market in Alberta. They are renowned for their relative freshness and frosty buds. Broken Coast’s respect for cultivars, the plant and its effect is obvious in the product that hits the shelves. On the non-medical market, they typically rename their products based on locations/ in BC (Quadra, Gabriola, Galiano, Savary to name a few).

4-20 at Daikoku

Specials will be going on throughout the month to celebrate April 2020:

  • 20% off all non-liquidation accessories
  • A new sale on a cultivar every day that runs for the remainder of the month or until stock is out.

For more information, check out our menu.

April 1 | April 3

4-20 Calendar: April 1st – Pre-98 Bubba Kush

These sales are no joke!

It’s probably the weirdest 4-20 in Canada. We go to weed stores to get our greens and get our groceries delivered — I remember when it was the other way around!

Start the month off with even more nostalgia: Qwest‘s Pre‑98 Bubba Kush is the first special for 4-20.

01/04/20: Pre-98 Bubba Kush by Qwest | This cultivar is no joke!

Reminisce about the good ole days, when TP was plentiful and weed was illegal (and now, we’re an essential service ?). Maybe your mom sang you to sleep when you were stressed out. The flavour in each of these 1 gram pre-rolls is a serious blast to the past and oh, so smooth.

About Pre-98 Bubba Kush

Pre-98 Bubba Kush comes packaged in 2x1 gram prerolls.
Myrcene is the main terpene found in Pre-98 Bubba Kush
Caryophyllene is the secondary terpene found in Pre-98 Bubba Kush
Linalool is the tertiary terpene found in Pre-98 Bubba Kush

THE original, old school Bubba Kush got its start in the mid-’90s and quickly became a favourite for indica lovers with its sticky denseness. The popularity of Bubba Kush meant that, over time, the strain’s genetics became diluted. Re-enter Pre‑98 Bubba Kush. It takes you back to the original mid-’90s undiluted strain that launched the legend.

Enthusiasts prefer the Pre 98 because of its pure genetics. This cultivar is for people who like the old school Cali Kush flavour.

If you think you’ve had Bubba Kush, Qwest’s Pre‑98 Bubba Kush is a wonderful reminder that you haven’t.

About Qwest

Qwest is premium (we could even say “luxury”) BC bud in all its glory.

A few factoids:

  • All their grows are small-batch grown, allowing Qwest to give each plant the specific care she needs
  • Hang dried
  • Hand trimmed
  • The fanciest water. Like, ever:

“Our plants are nourished by pure glacial mountain water which runs naturally through the Qwest Cannabis Estate.
A true gift from nature, this water happens to be perfectly pH balanced to the level that cannabis thrives on.”

About us, Qwest website

4-20 at Daikoku

Specials will be going on throughout the month to celebrate April 2020:

  • 20% off all non-liquidation items
  • A new sale on a cultivar every day that runs for the remainder of the month or (until stock is out)

For more information, check out our menu.

April 2 | April 3

Keep it in Canada: Do’s and Don’ts of Travelling with Cannabis

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Can I bring my own cannabis into Canada?

While medical and recreational cannabis is legal in Canada, it is illegal to cross the border in possession of cannabis. This is a blanket prohibition: it applies regardless of where you’re from or how much you have in your possession. And yes, this includes medical cannabis even with proof of prescription.

Can I leave Canada with some cannabis as a souvenir?

It is illegal to cross the border in possession of cannabis. Yes, this applies when you’re leaving the country as well, even if marijuana is legal at your destination. You might even be denied entry into countries that prohibit consumption of cannabis.

Some countries, such as Japan and South Korea, have issued statements whereby nationals visiting Canada who consume cannabis could face the same consequences as if they had consumed it at home.

Can I bring cannabis with me when travelling within Canada?

You can travel with legally purchased cannabis within Canada.

That being said, you need to follow local laws with regards to possession and consumption. For example, in Alberta, you must be 18 to purchase cannabis. Most other provinces and territories have set the minimum age to 19. Meanwhile, Québec is gearing up to make the legal age for cannabis purchase and consumption 21.

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