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 📸look 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. 📸📲

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Pardon the cell phone pic, I had to share a look at this interesting “Frostsolate” by @thecbddistillery. They’ve only produced 28 grams of it so far and I was lucky enough to get my hands on one. Known for their 99% pure CBD slabs and powder, this Colorado company also produces Hemp derived terpenes that they apply to that same pure product under the moniker Terpsolate. This is a slightly different beast. These CBD crystals were formed in a Serendipity Terpene solution, so rather than having the flavor applied at the end, it has become part of the process. The result is this interesting needle cluster shapes and a flavor that is truly intense. The scent is so volatile that there’s a noticeable visual change between opening this container last night and today. Heavy licorice or anise candy flavor with just a hint of mint chocolate. An almost mentholated scent that carries over to the exhale with less cooling but just as much sensation. That base of artificial cherry candy omnipresent in CBD is there but toned down next to the Serendipity flavor. The effect is calming and relieving. I happened to feel pretty creatively inspired after a dab or two, so I’m going to fit this in as my wake and bake for the next few days and see if it sticks.

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Purple Punch, your reputation precedes you. When I caught @eugreenorganics on shelves @gnome_grown_oregon I knew I needed to try their Punch and see what all the fuss was about. Honestly the nose is subtle, maybe even sophisticated, but it’s the bag appeal and name recognition that sold me on this flower. The aroma is a bit like oily Froot Loops. Berry accents with floral notes and a base of sugar and cream. I catch black cherry and pipe tobacco on a dry hit and creamy raspberry cake when cracking into the buds. There’s a pleasing sharp bitter note that’s reminiscent of Campari, as well. Not too heavy in scent or effect, this Purple Punch is a bit of an herbal aperitif on its own. Perfect flower for passing around at the BBQ this summer, just make sure to roll the joints at the table so everyone can admire the flower like a prime cut destined for the grill. Grab a taste if you catch it on shelves, there’s a good chance it will be sold out when you return. 📸 @emerald_mtn_photography

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The wonderful Emma Chasen looking especially radiant communing with plants in this portrait by @stumptowngreen. A part of our Inked series, we’re focusing on this herbal educator’s beautiful arm piece by @freeorgy, aka Pony Rhinestone. Cannabis flower, hemlock, deadly nightshade, wolfsbane, and henbane makes up a literal witch’s brew creeping up her arm. Seriously, the herb’s represented in Emma’s piece (plus cannabis, of course) are all a part of the Flying Ointment, a hallucinogenic ritual said to be practiced by early witches. From a family of strong matriarchs (i.e. witches), Emma happily takes the sacramental sage-bundle baton and carries on her family’s legacy. This portrait is just a glimpse at her piece and the story behind it, so expect to see a little more as we tease them out. Thanks to @echasen for embracing our project and chatting @prismaticparadigm with us. Much love to Brenda Rose @stumptowngreen for taking the reigns and knocking this one out of the park.

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The cannabis scene wouldn’t be the same without @mlbintheindustry. This social butterfly and self-proclaimed pollinator is well represented in her work by Alice Carrier of @wonderlandpdx tattoo. A call to her West Coast roots with California poppies and Oregon marionberries. Appreciation for flowers with lavender, cannabis and other companion plants. Megan’s piece relies heavily on Alice’s style, embracing her finely detailed botanical representations with a real eye for the natural growth patterns of plants. Monarch butterfly, honey bee, and dragonfly give the work some movement and Megan remarks with a laugh that the female dragonfly has been known to play dead to avoid unwanted male advances. Noted. Like the other folks we visited, her work is not done. Which means we’ll see even more jaw-dropping drawings of fruit and flowers that further represent this bee of the industry. Thanks to @mlbintheindustry for embracing the project @tjsorganicgardens for the flower and Brenda for shooting this @stumptowngreen studio

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This Mochi Gelato cultivated by @tko.oregon is pungently sweet with a resinous sheen. A doughy, vanilla cupcake scent is left on anything it touches. Frosting-sweet berry aromas hang out in the background while a subtle floral basil scent reinforces the almost mentholated whipped cream exhale. The bag appeal here is a visual Siren’s song with dense buds providing a base for midnight purple calyxes punctuated with bright orange pistils. The effect gave me a calm but active mind, perfect for daydreaming or relaxed conversation. The complimenting Mochi Guava pheno is worth seeking out as well but the Gelato remains my favorite. My first encounter with this flower was an impression for Dope magazine and it was a treat to meet the folks behind the flower. Now, I snatch it up whenever I see it on the shelves. Summer has been good for grabbing a TKO Kingpin Preroll on the go since they’ve proven to be flavorful and even burning. Thanks to @blue_j_studio who shot this pic (and likely still has a bunch mochi in his freezer).

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It’s enlightening to find common aromas in different strains from @nelsonandcompany. At first, I thought I was just smoking on some really funky Dog Walker and then some exceptionally funky Scott’s OG and now this Cherry Kush has that same dialed in, unique-to-the-farm funk. It’s a little bit like recognizing a chef’s unique spice blend. An easy grab, this flower has a vibrant and volatile cure and an attractive layer of frost studded with purple accents. Swollen and candied calyx clusters bust up into a resinous trichome paste redolent of baking spices, cedar and pine wood. Just a hint of leather and dried fruit. Grinding up the flower is an explosion of clove, motor oil greasiness and sweet cherry pipe tobacco. A base note of volatile fermented vegetal funk, that pleasantly sweet scent of raked up Fall leaf piles. This flower is a damn show-off, with bag appeal, flavor and effect all maxing out the meter. I’d say more but really it sells itself. Hitting shelves soon so keep a keen eye out wherever @nelsonandcompany is sold. I’m told this flower doesn’t sit on the shelf for long. ❄️📸@stonedonthego

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