In the same way a good movie or meal sticks with you, weeks later I’m still thinking about this @tjsorganicgardens cultivated K1. A cross between Durban Poison and La Kush, this K1 smells like a boutique OG Kush. Just opening the jar perfumes the room with beautiful sour hash scents. Baking spices, a whiff of sandalwood and a hint of anise tea. Good luck catching those subtle notes though as this lady is all gas. Lacking the sort of “sweetness” I typically associate with Diesel, let’s call this unleaded. OG fanatics should really track this one down. Aggressive nose with a nice balanced herbal top note. The flower breaks off into chunks, calyxes glued to each other with an abundance of resinous trichomes. Effect will make you want to conquer the world or at least organize your kitchen cabinets. In a sea of This-and-that Kush crosses this expression really stands out. Like I said, this one sticks with you. Keep your eyes peeled for it in Washington and Oregon and stock up so you aren’t stuck like I am, reminiscing over cell phone pics.

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Did I mention we were at the inaugural @sativascienceclub? If there’s one thing that burns my biscuits (that’s a saying, right?) it’s talking to a budtender who’s clueless about what’s on the shelves. That’s where Mary Jane comes in. The woman, that is. Taking years of planning and education, MJ relied on her expertise and knowledge of plant medicine and event planning to help educate the cannabis industry. Enlisting weed-genius and all around great lady, @echasen, they taught the most informative class on MJ (the plant this time) I’ve had the pleasure of attending. Emma answered extemporaneously asked questions and made a power point something worth paying attention to. We took notes on the infinitely interesting Cannabis plant and on our break, someone played a lovely tune on the random art-piano outside the Doug Fir. Perhaps most interesting, was the forty or so folks in the room introducing themselves. Dispensary owners from other states here to check the scene. Topical and edible makers there to brush up on and correct their black market cannabis knowledge. Retirees considering a new gig. Smokers and even a few nonsmokers gathered that Saturday to expand their cannabis knowledge from a reliable source, something quite rare despite the current “green rush”. Altogether, if a weed nerd like me can go home with a notepad full of new and interesting knowledge, any fresh off the bus budtender should do themselves the service of attending the next class. Mary Jane will be hosting classes seasonally and available to educate your dispensary staff as I understand it. Check in and give them a follow over at @sativascienceclub.

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So happy to announce the podcast we’ve had in the works. I met Ed and Caitlin of @CertifiedDank at this year’s Cultivation Classic and after talking Cannabis for 90 minutes that just flew by, I thought it would be good to have an excuse to do that each week. So, we leaned into what we do best, talk about trying to track down the best weed we can get our hands on. It’s great to get the San Francisco and Humbolt perspectives from these Sungrown evangelists while I go on about getting stoned off of a faceful of BHO vapor. We agree and we disagree, we get too stoned and forget what we’re talking about. We laugh a bunch. A steady stream of reccomendations on strains and books and ways to keep your pipes clean. It’s the same sort of conversations you have with your pot snob stoner friends over a glass of fernet or with a few joints of something exotic. It’s been a fun project and I hope you’ll give it a listen (or better yet subscribe!). There are five episodes up now because some nerds on the internet recommended we launch with a few. They’ll be dropping weekly from now on. I’d love to hear feedback and questions and comments are always welcome here or at PotSnobPodcast@gmail.com πŸ”Š πŸ“‘

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I’ve been filling my nose with the funk of ChemDog for as long as I can remember. The problem is that like those cutesy floral volatiles that evaporate if you leave the jar open overnight, these vibrant funky flavors of light roasted coffee, sharp acetic notes and animalic must that fade off. Old or improperly cured ChemDog just smells like a musty basement. Alive and well contained like this sample from Nelson and Co, it’s sharp and alluring. A bit like stepping into an animal enclosure at the zoo or burying your nose in just roasted coffee. Tearing into the buds is mounds of bright green trichome coated calyxes throwing off more grease-thick scents on their first exposure to sunlight. The effect here is just as intense. I rolled some up to enjoy while we recorded the most recent episode of PotSnobs and just lost it. Honestly, I have a pretty blunt endocannabinoid system. Most cannabis gives me a fairly similar effect. This batch of ChemDog really did a number on me though. I’d start long sentences with no destination in mind and have grand epiphanies that trickled off into dumb musings. My recording studio (read: home office) bore the stain of pungent smoke for a solid day. For those that love a pungent powerhouse, you can’t really do much better than this. The epitome of loud cannabis, this stuff sells fast when it hits the inventory sheets of budtenders waiting to pounce on the latest drop or the lucky nostrils of unassuming customers stopping in to see what just hit the shelves. Let me know if you catch it around town and I’ll be on my way. Photo and Cultivation Credit to @nelsonandcompany

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Just noticed this piece I wrote for Dope is up online. I nerded out about how mushrooms will come in handy for deep space travel. The things I think about about when stoned! Turns out, mushrooms are good for everything from medicine to rocket fuel. Also, I got to see “a mere pancakes worth of syrup” in print so that’s a win. Check it out the next time you’re in the mood to think about the possibilities of fungus or you know, just get outside and find a mushroom to admire.

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Dark flecks of purple over conifer green and frostier than last January. This Chocolate Kush cultivated by @tjsorganicgardens is a visual stunner with a unique sweet and bitter profile I rarely encounter in cannabis. Milk chocolate in the jar. Cracking into the nugs reveals a sweetened coffee and cream scent. Bitter light roasted coffee notes flashing off over sugar cane and baking spices. A refreshing note of riverwater alongside a sweet and resinous hash note. Sticky, but not enough to make rolling a joint a chore. Just as balanced, the effect is rather light. The budtender told me it’s his “afternoon off” weed, which I suspected is his way of saying “this is the bowl I smoke on the way to work”. Who can blame him? Probably the most complimentary wake and bake flower and truly excellent alongside a cup of black coffee, especially if you find yourself sipping one in the early morning before the rest of the world wakes up. πŸ“@visit_tjs and snapped by the inimitable @northwestgreensphoto

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The color purple in cannabis is often associated with those musty berry scents, but this twenty year old cultivar by @nelsonandcompany, known as Eugene Purps displays an old school, violet striped interior with spicy incense and fermented fruit notes. The purple here is mostly revealed after cracking into the buds, and lighter in color than the midnight purple of most “modern” strains. The heavy volatile note is half baking spices and half unleaded gas. Nutmeg and sandalwood alongside vintage car with an herbal top note of fennel leaning licorice and a whiff of pleasing lemony funk. The nose altogether reads a bit like Tepache, the spiced and fermented pineapple drink. The flower is just as enjoyable as a gallon of the stuff. A joy to break down and a pleasing hash taste on the exhale. The sort of flower I love to fill a joint with just to scent my surroundings. Effect here is pleasant and day dreamy, so if you see me posted up at some sidewalk cafe staring into the middle distance I’ll likely have some on me. Part of a test run, we might see this on shelves if it gets the thumbs up. πŸ“Έ@stonedonthego

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This sparkling gem is @tjsorganicgardens White Label. While the lineage is a mystery, its pedigree is unchallenged. Winner of a handful of awards the combination of unique aroma and floaty, forgetful effect make it the complete package. The first note in my book is “blueberry bush” and that’s just the first impression. Blueberry and musty earth with a touch of peach and apricot alongside sponge cake and strawberry sorbet. It’s light and nice and smells like someone woke up early to make blueberry pancakes at dawn and you can still smell the morning dew. Hard to get enough of if you gravitate toward those pleasing berry scents. Old school hash in a stem rub and just a hint of black pepper and clove when tearing into the flower. Altogether the flavor carries over to the inhale which is more than I can say about most herb-forward fruity strains. Visually, even eagle eye @northwestgreensphoto had a hard time cramming all of those trichomes into an Instagram friendly photo (not true, but you should take advantage of the zoom feature here). Really nice flower and not to be skipped just because it’s lacking a “loud” sour note to catch your attention. On shelves now @gnome_grown_oregon and likely wherever you see @tjsorganicgardens flower sold.

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Needed to give you a closer look at this rad @freeorgy piece on @echase. Check the feed a few pics back for a wonderful and fascinating back story. If you swoon over the artwork like I do, little reminder that Pony Reinhardt’s is booked solid. If you want even the slimmest chance of her performing inky magic on your skin you better solidify your tattoo pitch soon. She opens her books twice a year and August 5th is right around the corner. Brenda Rose @stumptowngreen making hard πŸ“Έlook easy.

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Scratch the photo above and give it a sniff. It’s honestly worth a shot because if by some miracle of science it works you can get a hint of the clean grape and fruit juice aromas from this Sour Stomper. Cultivated by @red_danson and bred by @mephistogenetics this flower was grown outdoors and harvested THIS season. If you’re unfamiliar, autoflowering strains don’t depend on their light schedule to go into flower, and instead mature on their own, usually much sooner than typical flowering times. This sticky and aroma rich sample shows no compromise in flavor or effect. The profile is all grape everything. Bright green grape juice, hint of Concord and even artificial grape candy scents are all present in the nose, though it leans more toward real fruit than jollyrancher. Cracking into the dense buds I get hints of tropical passion fruit, pineapple and a whiff of a coffee with a bit of wet earth. Altogether all of the trichome coverage, flavor, and effect I normally look for in top quality cannabis. For anyone that battles the cold and wet fall months of northern Oregon, strains like this Sour Stomper fit in great with our climate. Heck, there’s maybe even enough time to start a little backyard grow if you’ve been dragging your feet this season. Really glad to get a closer look at this flower and the potential of these varieties. πŸ“ΈπŸ“²

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