The last couple months have been incredibly productive here at our flagship facility in sunny Grandview, WA. Our cultivation team has been working diligently to deliver exciting new varieties and terpene profiles to fill the varying needs of our increasingly educated consumers. This process is driven by an endless quest to provide a diverse yet carefully curated selection of distinguished cultivars. We’re adding fifteen new strain varieties from our genetic vault for the 2019 summer season, and they’ve all taken to our fertile Yakima valley soil exceptionally well.
This season, we’ll introduce new varieties to our line-up such as Limepop Kush, Peach Skunk and Alien Orange Gum, to name just a few. You may recognize some old favorites returning as well, including Master Kush, Cherry Pie, and Cinderella 99. Each variety has its own unique personality and characteristics, all of which are carefully captured and preserved during the harvest and extraction process to ensure the user tastes the plant’s essence as it is intended – without any additives or adulterants.
It is a great pleasure to witness the countless genetic expressions offered by different phenotypes of cannabis. Because all of our cannabis is grown with the intention of resin production for extraction, we are looking for certain desired chemotypes, or varieties with specific expressions of cannabinoids and terpenes. This provides the consumer with both a targeted flavor and effect. Ultimately, terpenes and their respective ratios to each other are responsible for not only a strain’s flavor but also its effect. Traditionally, cannabis has been identified by indica or sativa, which is simply an indicator of morphological characteristics and potential geographic origin. Unfortunately, this does account for chemotype and does not necessarily dictate the variety’s effect on the end user.
With that in mind, our process of genetic selection is driven initially by the consumer’s need for bold effects and exotic flavors, then later verified by in-house analytics and testing to ensure it meets our criteria for quality and intended effect. In many cases, a grower or organization will select strains based solely on morphological characteristics, nose and yield. These are important factors as well, however, we also verify each phenotype with analytics to ensure we aren’t bypassing any hidden treasures in the form of novel cannabinoids and terpenes. Our method of selection is as much a labor of love as it is science.
We are looking forward to seeing all that these exciting new strains have to offer, and enjoying another bountiful season with you.