Dense colas dripping with trichomes; terpenes so dank, you can almost smell them through your screen: There’s still so much in store for Canadian cannabis
Everyone knows the dangers of scrolling Instagram and playing “the comparing game.” You know, the thing you do where you wish you had what everyone else is posting about: Private jets, island getaways, trendy clothes.
But there’s one version of this game that is particularly treacherous – the cannabis comparison game.
Legal cannabis states like Colorado, California, Washington and Oregon are a few years ahead of our legal frameworks here up north, so it’s far too easy to look at dreamy photos online of gorgeous craft cannabis: Large, dense colas dripping with glittering trichomes; terpenes so dank, you can almost smell them through your screen; Thai Sticks, cannagars, on-stem nugs and sugar leaf-preserved buds… I am incredibly jealous.
I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some of the craft cannabis the United States has to offer when I visited the state of Washington and let me tell you, the pictures live up to the hype.
At the famous Have-a-Heart dispensary in Seattle, I bought some of the best weed I have ever smoked in my life. Starting with some strains from TJ’s Organics, their Chocolate Kush — which is believed to be a cross of unknown Kush genetics but ultimately is a mystery – is a clone-only plant which has a nose on it unlike any other.
It smoked wonderfully, with a nice flavour and I felt relaxed within minutes. I also had TJ’s Durban Poison, a pure landrace strain hailing from South Africa. It was named Best Tasting Bud on the Earth by High Times Magazine in 2016 – and let me tell you, they were not wrong.
Other drool-worthy craft brands that makes Canadian weed look, well, questionable: Falcanna — a cannabis producer famous for being owned by two married falconers — is constantly posting gorgeous craft cannabis buds that make me do the double tap. Refine Seattle posts the prettiest live resin shots extract shots – which are available at select dispensaries around the state. And Treehawk Farms gives us the best of both worlds, including shots from the tree cellar of hanging plants.
So what do we have here in Canada that can compare? Well not too much to be honest, not yet at least.
But Gage Cannabis located in Hamilton, Ont. focuses on small batch production and curating select strains. Speakeasy Cannabis, a new initiative out of British Columbia is promising new and exciting strains sourced from the Okanagan. And Qwest Cannabis delivers small batch cannabis grown with “mountain water” and hand-trimmed from the best cuts.
We are getting there, and with more companies engaging with craft methods and more micro-cultivators coming online, our calls for craft cannabis will be heard.
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Written by Sarah Hanlon, POT CULTURE