Glad to see some Cherry Poppins back in my life! This time brought to you by the fine folks @synergyfarms. If you recall, I spent a considerable amount of time waxing poetic over this strain last year when @novusrosa grew it. This cross of Cherry Pie by Guard Dog F2 bred by @tigersharkgrows is the exact same cut but quite different. Further proof (not that you needed it) that both nature and nurture dictate the outcome of a plant. Where last year’s had a dark red hue with faint licorice and medicinal notes, this crop is tart and herbal with a light green coat. Both flowers had that greasy, chocolatey, two-part motor oil, one-part cherry cough syrup thing going on that I really like. Tearing into the buds releases a scent of sour cherries, hibiscus, gasoline. This is the smell of the candy factory of my dreams, just maybe during maintenance when all the machines are torn apart for their yearly greasing. Crisp and tiny stems are easily separated from the grinder and the resinous, broken up calyxes easily stick back together in the rolling paper of your choice. Exhale is straight pie cherries with a hint of gasoline and the effect is a calm focus. Perfect “workshop weed” best smoked before retreating into the garage or garden for a few hours. Little to no ceiling on this flower so be careful smoking a few joints, you’ll be calm and cozy at home before it dawns on you that you left the water running. 🌱:@synergyfarms Brenda Rose 📸: @stumptowngreen

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Thanks again to @electriclettuce_ for talking us through their flower menu. Their strains aren’t organized by Indica or Sativa but a spectrum labeled something along the lines of Chill or Cosmic. It makes for a nice presentation to see the jars laid out in different sized jars and grouped by feeling. We grabbed some very relaxing Alien Tarantula from @pistilpoint (whose flower dominates the menu). The shelves here are full of flower with a nice edible assortment and the occasional t-shirt or poster calling to “Elect Ric Lettuce” punctuated with actual vintage hightimes magazines. I dig the throwback vibe and brother, I promise they didn’t have grass this nice in the 70’s. Shots by @ktnmoss

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Well, that didn’t take long. Today Press Secretary Spicer addressed the issue of recreational cannabis and it’s not encouraging. Though Trump has supported State’s rights on some issues, when it comes to cannabis “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer said. Though clarification on that is “a question for the Department of Justice.” This could range from squashing emerging legalization to raiding recreational shops and seizing their resources. Something these shops could fight but would be a lengthy and expensive process. The President himself doesn’t drink and claims to have never touched cannabis, so we can expect his point of view to be colored by those around him. Unfortunately, the DOJ is run by Jeff Sessions, who has danced around his approach when it comes to this sensitive subject but was infamously quoted saying “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” We’ll have to keep a close eye on this, especially since Spicer mentioned Opioid abuse as a reason to curb access to cannabis. A confusing statement since Opioid abuse is actually reduced in states that have legalized. There was some talk about protecting the terminally ill, but like the rest of this story, still vague and developing. What I imagine happening is Federal legislation that puts more punitive hoops for those in the industry to jump through, reducing resources and stamina of the established craft scene and allowing only those with the most robust pockets and loudest lobbyist to survive. Keep your fingers crossed and joints lit, the hard-fought industry we’ve grown to enjoy might be more at risk than ever.

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This super sappy @echoelectuary Pamplemousse x Charlotte’s Web nug run by @regis_philburn feels like a bubble bath on exhale. That magic 1:1 THC to CBD ratio that instantly relaxes without weighing you down. The flavor is a heightened citrus bouquet over the cherry candy of the Charlotte’s. If you weren’t already familiar with Pamplemousse, just know that it’s French for Grapefruit, no surprise that those Sour citrus notes show up front and center. Buried in that Sour note is a bit of sharp funk that’s barely noticeable against the sweet medicinal cherry note. Whiff of that play-doh aroma that tickles my nostalgia button and gives the whole thing just a bit more character. Altogether an excellent example of flavor and effect working in tandem. Pulling it off the parchment requires a little technique but like @northwestgreensphoto says, “just scrape the crack”. You’ll likely need less than you think as the deceptively small bits of syrupy goodness vaporize into lung filling hits. I picked this up @naturalwonders.pdx but caught it on the shelf at #treehousecollective as well. Inventory is likely running low, so go grab yourself a gram before I beat you to it.

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How do you describe a blueberry to someone in Argentina? What’s your scent memory of a Durian? The conversation about taste and aroma breaks down the more our relationships and experiences differ. To help resolve this the Specialty Coffee Association has developed a catalogue of flavor and aroma that can be compared all over the world. By using familiar and readily available products they can standardize a flavor that could be interpreted a myriad of ways. The Peach reference could be Del Monte canned Peach syrup. The roast profile could be defined as more or less roasted than Jiffy peanut butter. By creating a specific lexicon they can ensure coffee cupped in Ethiopia can be properly described to the buyer in San Francisco and the roaster in Chicago. Interesting stuff and a great example of how a strain might be decribed as Marionberry in Oregon, Huckleberry in Montana and Wine Gum candy in Amsterdam. The more we dive into describing scent and aroma in cannabis the more we discover about our greatest sense. Big thanks to @pdxroasting for the enlightening conversation and to Brenda Rose @stumptowngreen for perfectly capturing it.

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Quick preview of our visit and coffee cupping with @pdxroasting. Very interesting to get a closer look at the rule set and mindset they have when cupping coffee. Plenty of overlap in the two industries. Also worth noting that the coffee industry of just the last 25 or 30 years mirrors the cannabis scene. Before that, it was plenty of large corps buying up huge lots and selling stale coffee. Now, we’ve got folks that care deeply about the quality of their products and go to great lengths to make sure the customer receives a quality experience. Looking forward to sharing more of our visit soon. 📸: Brenda Rose @stumptowngreen

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Cool to see @select_strains staying ahead of the game with their flavored distillate cartridges rolling out soon. Distillate varies from Co2 extracted oil, it’s made a bit more like alcohol is distilled and the final product is more potent but flavorless. With the newer recreation rules in effect, rec users can enjoy flavored oils, off limits last year. Select is launching with four tasty flavors. Tangerine, strawberry, tropical and watermelon. For those of you that live off of cartridges during the work week or bring them out on the town for a quick hit or two, these should be a fun and effective addition to the arsenal. This shot shows a small part of Select’s quality control line ensuring each cartridge is free of leaks with a nice even draw. Appearing on shelves soon wherever Select is sold, (luckily that’s all over the place). 📸: Brenda @stumptowngreen

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I love a good story and if the flower is just as good I’m in my happy place. The PDX OG grown by @portland.organics.farm is both. Popped from decades old seeds hoarded from when OG Kush was just making an appearance on the scene. This flower is a resinous blast from the past. I love when Kush varieties have that clean, refreshing scent. Cucumber and melon with a pungent sweetness. A light chem top note that almost reads as nail polish remover. A hint of suntan lotion that fades into a subtle cream and citrus note. Heart note of diesel that tickles the nose. These buds are surprisingly eye-catching for a darker shade of green with brown pistils, the trichomes catch and reflect light with an almost prismatic clarity. Stunning actually. I supremely enjoyed this flower for its flavor alone but the effect was pronounced and mood elevating. This was a from a test plant but @portland.organics.farm did her justice and I fully expect to see more in the future. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the drop and will let you know when it’s on shelves. 📸:@stellascannabis

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