Amongst Hemp / CBD cannabis cultivars, OregonCBD strains have gained an early reputation for quality among both growers and end-users alike. Here at High Culture, we deliberately decided to put these strains out on the market first, due in part to this well-deserved reputation.
In fact, 3 out of 4 of these strains made SFWeekly’s 10 Best CBD Hemp Flower Strains in a September 2020 article.
We also chose these cultivars from among the many strains we ran through our Research + Development program because we wanted to highlight what made our growing process different at High Culture. We felt that by putting familiar strains out first, we could better demonstrate that we do indeed grow hemp / CBD to a higher standard.
Strain profiles for the first four OregonCBD strains we’ve put out on the market:
Sour Space Candy
(Sour Tsunami x Early Resin Berry)
Gas-dominant, citrusy with funky mango and hints of pine. Vibrant green and purple structure with orange hairs.
(Suver Haze #50 x Early Resin Berry)
Pine-dominant, diesel on the front, lemony funk on the back end. Pale green, with purple accents and camel-colored hairs.
(DC Haze “CC” x Early Resin Berry)
Pineapple dominant, with citrusy lemon and mango. Classically green, with pale purple accents and rich red hairs.
These profiles, though helpful, do not always consistently describe these strains due to perceptual differences inherent in each observer, but also because these characteristics can vary because of differing conditions from grow to grow. At High Culture, we seek to elevate these characteristics, debatable though they may be, by giving these plants everything they want, while reducing factors that might contribute risk or unpleasantness to the end-user’s experience.
One of the key differences in how we cultivate cannabis / hemp / CBD is that we grow in a climate-controlled indoor environment. This allows us to control the light cycle, the temperature and the humidity of our grow rooms and also allows us to better suppress both disease and pest pressures. This indoor environment is akin to growing plants inside a sealed commercial / industrial building and should not be confused with a greenhouse operation, where growing plants are barely separated from the outdoor environment by thin sheets of translucent plastic or glass.
Growing indoors allows us to accomplish a number of things realized in our final product:
(1) Our flower is fresher, as it is grown year-round with staggered harvests, ensuring we have new ‘market-ready’ flower every month of the year.
(2) We are able to reduce our reliance on sprays, resulting in flower that tests free of pesticides and heavy metals.
(3) We are able to prevent the formation of mold and/or microbial infections that pose serious health and safety risks to end-users.
(4) The ability to better study and tweak our growing parameters for these cultivars harvest after harvest, allowing us to push them to the peak of their productivity (higher cannabinoid content, denser flower structure, heavier yield per plant, etc.), while taking care to not produce flower that is non-compliant (i.e. over 0.3 percent D9-THC when analyzed).
The other key difference in our cultivation method is that we grow cannabis / hemp / CBD hydroponically. This means that the majority of our plants are grown in nutrient-rich and microbially-active water, as opposed to soil.
This method of growing results in hemp flower that is:
(1) Fed a precise blend of nutrients, minerals and beneficial microbes to achieve peak productivity, while being accurately monitored throughout each phase of each plant’s life cycle.
(2) Thoroughly ‘flushed’ before harvest, resulting in a clean smell / taste and a smoother smoke, with very little of the harshness associated with inferior flower.
(3) Free from heavy metals found in outdoor soils, as well as commercial potted soil mixes.