Category: Education

Scientists Discover Two New Cannabis Cannabinoids

There are many reasons why I love working in cannabis advocacy field, starting with keeping people from arrests, helping patients, and assisting small businesses create jobs and generate revenue. One aspect of cannabis that has brought me a lot of joy is the fact that you are continually learning new things about cannabis, even after studying the issue for a couple of decades or more. In fact, we are continually learning more and a potentially huge scientific development was just announced when researchers reported that they have discovered two brand new cannabinoids, as IFLScience reported:

At the turn of the new year, a team of Italian scientists announced the discovery of two new cannabinoids found in marijuana. Although exactly what the compounds do and how they affect the human body largely remain a mystery, the researchers say their findings add to our understanding of the “controversial plant” and highlights just how much remains to be discovered.

Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP) has roughly the same structure as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main compound in marijuana responsible for its psychoactive properties – but is reportedly 30 times more potent than the well-known compound. In a pharmacological test, THCP “induced hypomotility, analgesia, catalepsy and decreased rectal temperature,” suggesting it has a THC-like effect on the body. However, it is not yet clear whether THCP is psychoactive or if it produces the same “stoned” effects as THC, although it appears to be more active than THC at lower doses administered to mice.

The researchers also isolated and identified cannabidiphorol (CBDP), which is linked to CBD (an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, and “antagonist of THC negative effects”).

From the study, published at www.nature.com:

Up to now, almost 150 phytocannabinoids have been detected in cannabis plant7,41,42, though most of them have neither been isolated nor characterized. The well-known CBD and Δ9-THC have been extensively characterized and proved to possess interesting pharmacological profiles43,44,45,46,47, thus the attention towards the biological activity of their known homologs like CBDV and Δ9-THCV has recently grown as evidenced by the increasing number of publications per year appearing on Scopus. Other homologs like those belonging to the orcinoid series are scarcely investigated likely due to their very low amount in the plant that makes their isolation very challenging. In recent years, the agricultural genetics research has made great progresses on the selection of rare strains that produce high amounts of CBDV, CBG and Δ9-THCV48,49,50, thus it would not be surprising to see in the near future cannabis varieties rich in other minor phytocannabinoids. This genetic selection would enable the production of extracts rich in a specific phytocannabinoid with a characteristic pharmacological profile. For this reason, it is important to carry out a comprehensive chemical profiling of a medicinal cannabis variety and a thorough investigation of the pharmacological activity of minor and less known phytocannabinoids.

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Ongoing studies are devoted to the investigation of the pharmacological activity of CBDP and to expand that of Δ9-THCP. It is known that CBD binds with poor affinity to both CB1 and CB2 receptors55. Therefore, the evaluation of the cannabimimetic activity of CBDP does not appear to be a high priority, although science can hold great surprises. Our current work is rather focused on testing its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-epileptic activity, which are typical of CBD46.

It is exciting to know that scientists continue to unlock mysteries of the cannabis plant. We can only hope, and I certainly expect, that increased knowledge about the truth about cannabis will end the failed and harmful war on cannabis that has been waged against the cannabis community for far too long. Thank you, scientists, keep on discovering and we’ll keep on sharing the truth person by person, until we are equal and free.

Oregon Bans Vitamin E Acetate From Cannabis Vape Cartridges

Last week I wrote a couple of blogs about cannabis vape cartridges, including whether Oregon should follow Michigan’s lead and ban vitamin E acetate from the market after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) named the substance as the most likely culprit behind over 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses nationwide. On Friday, state regulators announced the ban on the ingredient. OPB reported on the decision by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission:

Based on the CDC’s findings, the OLCC has determined that vitamin E acetate is an “adulterant,” or an ingredient which is “foreign, inferior, poisonous or deleterious.”

This action by the commission supports the public health finding. The ingredient would still be allowed in non-inhaled products such as lotions and edibles.

“We’re making it clear that to protect consumer health we will vigorously scrutinize what goes into marijuana products sold in Oregon’s legal marketplace,” Steve Marks, OLCC executive director, said in a news release. “The commission is taking steps with our regulatory partners to put in place additional consumer safeguards.”

Erin Purchase, Director of Operations of Kind Leaf and a member of Oregon’s new formed Vaping Public Health Workgroup, stated, “I am happy to see that the OLCC has taken the first steps in ensuring consumer safety by banning Vitamin E Acetate. I hope that our state regulators take additional steps by requiring additives to be labeled on the packages. Perhaps with further studies and clarifications the importance of transparent labeling will be revealed.”

Personally, I applaud this decision of the OLCC and am proud of Kind Leaf and other good actors in the Oregon market that have been proactive and are working towards more safety precautions and labeling transparency. The ability to adapt to new information with new industry norms and regulations is just one of the examples why legalization is a much better policy than prohibition. It’s possible that the cannabis industry will need to adapt again as the CDC continues to study the vaping issue to determine if any other factors besides vitamin E acetate are involved, as The Washington Post reports:

Investigators are also trying to find out what other toxins might be flowing into people’s lungs as they vape. Federal health officials have said the outbreak may have more than one cause.

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“We’ll be looking to see if we get anything unusual,” (the CDC’s Jim) Pirkle said. Most of the sick patients vaped multiple products, including those containing THC. “It could be that only one of the products causes disease and the others did not. But we don’t know which one, so we still have to analyze all of them.”

 

Scientists hope to have “a good chunk” of results within about six weeks, he said.

Stay tuned as we keep you posted on the latest science, regulations, and industry decisions impacting consumer safety. Here is the OLCC’s full announcement on the banning of vitamin E acetate from cannabis vape cartridges:

November 22, 2019

OLCC Affirms Authority to Prohibit Marijuana Adulterants

Ban Vitamin E Acetate from Marijuana Vaping Products

Portland, OR —  At its monthly meeting on November 21, 2019, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission affirmed the OLCC’s existing authority to ban adulterants, such as Vitamin E acetate, from inclusion in marijuana products.  The Commission also approved eight marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.

Public health investigators with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have identified Vitamin E acetate as a potential culprit in the national vaping respiratory illness outbreak.  Forty-two people, including two in Oregon, have died from the illness.  More than 2,100 individuals have been afflicted with the lung injury, including 18 Oregonians.

Previously the OLCC had not expressly allowed or banned Vitamin E acetate from being mixed into marijuana vaping products.  Ingredients for marijuana products are already screened as part of the OLCC’s packaging and labeling pre-approval process.  The Commission’s action supports both the public health finding and the agency’s ability to ban Vitamin E acetate.

“We’re making it clear that to protect consumer health we will vigorously scrutinize what goes into marijuana products sold in Oregon’s legal marketplace,” said Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director.  “The Commission is taking steps with our regulatory partners to put in place additional consumer safeguards.  Just this week we discussed with the legislature establishing a state-run reference lab so that regulators can test marijuana products in an effort to better protect consumers.”

Under Oregon law, the OLCC can prohibit recreational marijuana licensees from selling a marijuana item that contains “injurious or adulterated” ingredients. See ORS 475B.232(2) for reference.

Under existing OLCC administrative rules “adulterated” is defined to mean in part “a foreign, inferior, poisonous or deleterious ingredient or substance that renders the marijuana item injurious to health.  See OAR 845-025-1015(2) for reference.  Based upon the CDC finding, the OLCC has determined that Vitamin E acetate is an adulterant.

Vitamin E acetate may continue to be included in non-inhaled marijuana products, such as lotions and edibles, so long as its introduction into those products meets all other OLCC requirements.

Kind Leaf Wins LeafLink’s Best Purchase Variety Award

LeafLink today released its second-annual LeafLink List, honoring the standout cannabis brands, products, and retailers on its business-to-business (b2b) e-commerce marketplace, which processes over $1.4 billion per year in wholesale cannabis orders. Kind Leaf Pendleton, Eastern Oregon’s favorite craft boutique, was announced as the winner in the “Best Purchase Variety” category.

Best Purchase Variety highlighted retailers who purchased the greatest variety of unique products available compared to total products purchased in the state. Kind Leaf, with the largest cannabis selection in the great state of Oregon, is now getting national attention for the variety of high-quality products on its shelves. This award follows on the heels of two Kind Leaf budtenders nominated for awards at the 2019 Budtender Awards, with LaRain Miller taking home the Dazed and Infused Award for her knowledge of edibles and terpenes.

LeafLink, which is live in 24 territories across North America, created LeafLink List by analyzing wholesale cannabis orders between over 1,300 industry brands and more than 4,000 retailers from January 1st, 2019 to September 30th, 2019.

We’re excited to continue the tradition of recognizing some of the incredible brands and retailers who are a part of the LeafLink community,” said Ryan G. Smith, LeafLink CEO & Co-Founder. “LeafLink List is not only a celebration of amazing cannabis businesses, but also of the ways in which they are helping push the industry forward as a whole.

“We are so pleased to win LeafLink’s Best Purchase Variety Award because we pride ourselves on meeting the demands and needs of patients and consumers. We understand the variety of preferences and price points that our community deserves,” stated Brandon Krenzler, Kind Leaf’s CEO and Founder. “This acknowledgement only further motivates us to be the best craft cannabis boutique retailer that we can possibly be.”

Adults over the age of 21 can visit Kind Leaf and see the best selection in the state of Oregon, and possibly in the entire United States, at 1733 SW Court Ave, in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon. Check out Leafly for daily deals and remember that patients always receive an additional 15% off.

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Spread the Word: Medical Marijuana Patients Get an Additional 15% Off at Kind Leaf

When searching for local cannabis retailers to support, I love to find mom-and-pops and locally-owned stores like Kind Leaf in Pendleton. When you find that the retail outlet also supports medical cannabis patients, then that is an amazing bonus. If you know of any medical marijuana patient anywhere close to Pendleton, Oregon, you should definitely direct them to Kind Leaf, where they will receive an additional 15% off all cannabis products.

Sales Ending Today (November 14th, hurry, Kind Leaf is open until 10pm)

Dab Society Mac Dragon & Hash Fruit Live Resin Sale

Take an extra 30% off Dab Society Hash Fruit & Mac Dragon Live Resin while supplies last! Limit 5 Grams Per Customer

Shadow Box 3 Pack Preroll Sale

WOW! Shadow Box Pink Cooks & Night Walker 3 packs of prerolls are now 30% off! Limit 28 Grams Per Customer

Magic Drop Sale

Take 20% off Magic Drops today! Limit 16 OZ Per Customer

Willamette Valley Alchemy Sah-Moas & The Bizz Sale

Take an extra 25% off WVA Sah-Moas & The Bizz shatter while supplies last! Limit 5 Grams Per Customer

Mule Sugar Blow Out Sale
Take 40% off Mule Infused sugar!
24K Sale!
Take 25% off 24K! A relaxing indica hybrid that’s sure to rock you to sleep. $27 an eighth
Sales Ending on November 17th 
Cookies & Kind Leaf Apparel Sale!
We have a huge selection of Cookies apparel now 30% off and Kind Leaf apparel at 40% off! Hoodies galore! Just in time for the holiday gift season! Hurry, supplies won’t last long!
Vitonic Infused Drink Sale

Take $3.50 off Vitonic Infused drinks all week long! (Limit 16 OZ Per Customer)

With Thanksgiving around the corner and upcoming holiday parties and shopping coming before you know it, stock up this Holiday season at Kind Leaf, an Oregonian-owned mom-and-pop shop that helps its local economy and community. Shop local and #BeKind, good people.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Tours Grön Cannabis Confections

The Oregon cannabis industry has created thousands of jobs and generated millions of dollars for the state, including more than $100 million brought in from tax revenue last year alone. Great progress has been made, but much more still needs to be done, so it was great to see Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tour Grön Cannabis Confections, an Oregon-based company that makes both THC and CBD infused chocolates. (Kind Leaf carries Grön, so come on in and get your holiday season started right.)

From the great reporting over at Marijuana Moment:

The senator has long championed both the marijuana and hemp markets and has continued to advocate for regulations that promote growth in those sectors. For example, prior to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) release of an interim final rule for hemp last week, he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrote a letter to the department urging them to expeditiously implement regulations.

When it comes to firms like Grön, “what we have are companies that want to use hemp as a supplement or additive,” Wyden told Portland Business Journal, referring to the need for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop regulations for hemp-derived CBD to be used in supplements and food products.

“Mitch McConnell and I have been trying to get the FDA to speed up its timetable. They originally wrote five years or something,” he said. “We need the federal government with respect to the kind of companies that I’ve just been at, to lay out an official policy of enforcement discretion.”

While it is relative, I and other Oregon political activists may quibble a bit in stating that Senator Wyden “has long championed both the marijuana and hemp markets,” he has certainly come around to the right side of history and has become a strong leader for important federal reforms. Wyden has joined his fellow Oregonian in leading the bipartisan effort to allow cannabis businesses access to banking services.

We all need to do our part in helping the cannabis industry succeed, including shopping at local mom and pops. Ensuring that we elect officials that genuinely care about our growing industry and are working to implement important reforms is a crucial element in ensuring that cannabis entrepreneurs, including mom-and-pop shops like Kind Leaf, can survive and thrive in this competitive market.

Support Small Cannabis Businesses this Holiday Season

It is that time of the year to start thinking about holiday shopping, whether it is purchasing presents or preparing for holiday gatherings. Yes, it may be easy to purchase things off of Amazon*, but I urge everyone, including myself, to consider supporting local small businesses as much as possible. In fact, let’s always do our best to support our local communities with our hard-earned dollars year-round, and that goes for the Oregon cannabis community as well. Let’s support remaining mom-and-pop shops like Kind Leaf. By supporting businesses like Kind Leaf, and encouraging friends and families to do the same, you are an economic stimulus for your own local community.

Unfortunately, cannabis legalization has proven to be extremely tough on small businesses. Truthfully, no matter what, the cannabis industry will continue to be difficult for mom-and-pops forever, just as it is in virtually every industry, but the situation is exacerbated by federal prohibition which hinders the ability to access financial services or make a living wage by forcing an exorbitant tax on marijuana retailers. While we must continue to do our part by supporting elected officials that fight for common sense federal reforms, we can have an immediate impact on the lives of Oregonians by ensuring that we support Oregonian-owned retail stores.

Mom-and-pops like Kind Leaf can thrive, as Kind Leaf is proof of that, providing the largest selection of cannabis products in the state, but they need our support. Let’s financially help locally-owned shops instead of sending profits out of state, or out of the country. Oftentimes, these big, corporate interests are fighting for policies that hurt smaller businesses and the freedom of the cannabis community. We’ve seen well-financed companies push their own agenda in Oregon, and in other states, big business interests have even lobbied to prohibit home cultivation. Let’s have the holiday shopping season serve as a reminder to help out our Oregon mom-and-pops, but we should also make it a resolution to support our local community shops year-round.

Sock It to Me Kind Leaf
Kind Leaf has more than just cannabis! Just in time for winter – Portland, Oregon based Sock it to Me socks are in! We have a wide variety of designs to choose from- accent any outfit your heart desires

 

*I am as guilty as anyone about using Amazon, so I just deleted my Amazon Prime account in hopes of practicing what I’m preaching. 

Former FDA Chief Calls for CBD Regulations. What Exactly Is CBD?

The cannabis community is making greater and greater strides across the nation and at the federal level. While progress is moving much too slow for those that have understood the truth about cannabis, it is still rather remarkable where we have come, when back in 1996, not that long ago for an old man like me as I graduated high school that year, there weren’t any states with a medical marijuana program. Each state that moves forward and every federal development moves us closer to ending federal prohibition, and that includes success with hemp legislation and the rise of CBD.

Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, is now advocating for the FDA to implement regulations on CBD products. The sooner that CBD is fully recognized by Uncle Sam, the closer we will be to implementing a sane federal cannabis policy. Marijuana Moment reported on Gottlieb’s call for regulatory oversight:

To start, Gottlieb recommended targeting regulations at CBD supplements, which are not currently allowed to be marketed because FDA has yet to issue rules—but at the same time, they’ve become widely available since hemp and its derivatives were legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.

Regulators could “put burden on producers to prove CBD safety at very low levels while ensuring manufacturing standards, purity, minimum levels of active ingredient during a transition period of enforcement discretion—and sweep market of non compliant products,” he said.

Multiple lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have implored FDA to use enforcement discretion when it comes to CBD and only go after those making especially exaggerated claims about their products or neglecting safety standards.

What exactly is CBD? Here’s a brief description from Dr. Lester Grinspoon, blogging over at the Harvard Health Blog:

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

With hemp legislation recently passing, along with the SAFE banking Act on the move, we’re seeing real progress in Congress. As more states improve their laws, we’ll be seeing more and more elected officials and policymakers understand that legalization and regulation is a much better policy than prohibition. It can be frustrating waiting on those in power to catch up to the people, but know that we are winning and the truth will eventually set the cannabis plant free.

7 Points Oregon: Partnered With Kind Leaf

7 Points Oregon is a craft, Clean Green Certified, indoor cultivation facility based in Portland, Oregon

7 Points Oregon cultivates with the intention to elevate the potential of their Cannabis plants with emphasis on top-tier quality and environmental sustainability. They utilize only organic plant based nutrients with a targeted focus on terpene expression.

The top 3 factors that the team at 7 Points Oregon takes into consideration when cultivating their award-winning cannabis are:

THE ENVIRONMENT

In order to ensure the level of quality 7 Points Oregon built their name on, they design all aspects of their production environment to the highest possible standards. Exerting control over each minor environmental detail allows for perfection during the key stages of flower development, allows for pest mitigation and lowers the carbon footprint produced from Cannabis cultivation.

ORGANIC INPUTS

Robert Elam, founder of 7 Points Oregon has always prioritized quality over quantity throughout every stage of production, utilizing only Organic inputs, namely “Veganics.” 7 Points also adheres to strict pest and fungal control protocols so as not to utilize damaging chemical inputs so many farms are forced to turn to.

LOVE

A genuine company belief is that from seed to harvest, the single most important factor in growing great cannabis is giving the plants every bit of the TLC they need to become the state’s next favorite cultivar.

Growing with Veganics.

“Veganics” is a style of farming that utilizes only organic plant based nutrients during cultivation. Plant based nutrients are easily broken down and readily available for the uptake by the plant. The intention is to elevate the potential of each of the different plants with emphasis on quality while providing an ultra clean product that promotes spectacular palates and aromas. Practicing “Veganic” cultivation methodology requires not only the removal of any chemical fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide from use in or around the facility, but also products containing animal-based additives such as manure fertilizers and animal byproduct-containing soil amendments.

It has been shown that animal residues breakdown slowly in soil. After a Cannabis plant metabolizes the available nutrients, animal residues remain. This affects the overall quality and can have a particularly noticeable effect on the flavor and aroma inherent in the finished product. Ensuring maximum nutrient bio-availability through the application of beneficial microbes, 7 Points Oregon maximizes palate and potency. The only bi-product of plant-based nutrient metabolism is a complex carbohydrate which is then consumed by microbes in the soil, continuing the cycle.

Veganic cultivation is dependent on soil teaming with microbes, bacteria and fungi that take part in a process resulting in 100% nutrient bio-availability. Soil nutrient bio-availability is a measure of the amount of consumable nutrient in the soil around a plant’s root system. Commonly purchased synthetic nutrients, and inorganic additives designed for Cannabis are comprised mostly of salts which demonstrate absorption rates as low as 20-25%. Maximizing the soil’s bio-availability is the key to unlocking the powers of veganic cultivation.

7 Points Oregon has demonstrated the ability to coax cultivars into expressing their genetic potential utilizing veganic methods with daily dedication and determination to protecting the plants and the environment. Currently the farmers are hard at work exploring new cultivars in a never ending pheno-hunt and carefully crafting the next generation of beloved Oregon strains such as Voyager 1, Moon Puppies, Sweet Relief OG and Future #1.

Three times 7 Points Oregon has taken home awards for their high quality flower, once they were awarded the title Oregon’s Best Producer. Their dedication to quality and craft has led them to align with companies like Willamette Valley Alchemy to produce derivative products like concentrates and extracts.

Since Kind Leaf opened in 2017, we have worked closely with 7 Points Oregon to be the exclusive provider of their award winning Cannabis flower in the Pendleton, Oregon area. We share many of the same values and ideals.

We currently feature Voyager 1, 26.25% THC, Future #1, 34.12% THC and a new cultivar, Peppermint Pie, 28.65% THC. You can also visit our online menu to explore more about 7 Points Oregon, or order for pick-up if you are in a hurry.

#BeKind


Kind Leaf
1733 SW Court Ave
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 612-8588
http://www.kindleafpendleton.com

Yerba Buena Farms: Partnered with Kind Leaf

Located in the fertile valleys of Washington County Oregon, nestled between rolling hills, are the hoophouses and the large indoor cultivation facility of Yerba Buena Farms. Yerba Buena is a long standing Oregon Cannabis company, founded under the Oregon Medical Marijuana program, and among the first eight licensed farms under Oregon’s Recreational Cannabis licensing program years later.

“The Good Herb”

Yerba Buena is an award-winning Oregon purveyor of organically-grown craft flower that offers a consistently beautiful, clean, effective, and delicious experience. Yerba Buena is a Clean Green Certified™ and Certified Kind™ dedicated to growing conscientiously and organically. They strive to Minimize their environmental footprint.

Expert growers at Yerba Buena utilize a proprietary bio-active soil that is rich in micro-nutrients and mycorrhizae locally produced to our specifications. Once their cycle is complete, the soil is recycled. To avoid chemical applications during cultivation, the Yerba Buena team applies an integrated pest management program inclusive of beneficial bacteria and predatory insects. 

The founders of Yerba Buena farms consciously created a workplace where each individual is comfortable, welcome, and connected. Built upon a philosophy of green stewardship, Community engagement, and wholesome small-business values, Yerba Buena has grown over the years to 23 long term employees. The Oregon Business Journal listed Yerba Buena as #29 in its 2019 “100 Best Companies to Work For” rankings, small business category- This ranking is among all businesses and industries in Oregon.

29. Yerba Buena
Location: Hillsboro
Website: yerbabuena.com
Oregon employees: 23 | Score: 608.27
It is one big happy family at this Hillsboro cannabis grower. Employees appreciate that managers don’t micro-manage. Company outings, events and wellness days keep the team relaxed and happy. “Our management team is always there with their ears open for you,” says one staffer. via www.oregonbusiness.com

Yerba Buena has a number of original or rare genetics that they carefully cultivate for market. Some notable strains are “Blue Dragon Desert Frost” a sativa-centric High CBD cultivar that is a cross between Jamaican Lambsbreath, Hindu Kush and Desert Frost. “Silver Hawk” a very bright and active sativa that is the result of crossing Super Silver Haze and Wifi Alien OG. They are also known for cultivating Oregon’s best representation of “Pineapple Express” a lovely sativa dominant hybrid cross between the classic Trainwreck and Hawaiian.

Yerba Buena Farms has chosen to partner with Kind Leaf in Pendleton, Oregon to be the exclusive local provider of their award winning flower and made to order pre-rolls. You can visit our Leafly menu to see which cultivars are currently available, at anytime, if you are travelling in from out-of-town or have some other errands to run, you can order Yerba Buena ahead for pick-up with our Leafly Pick-up.

Current Kind Leaf recommendations are Silver Hawk, Vineyard Select running and Fluffer Nutter all currently priced at $12 per gram.

Did you know that Yerba Buena collaborates with Willamette Valley Alchemy and Peak Chocolates to produce high grade cannabis products? These amazing choice collaborative companies are also found only at Kind Leaf when shopping in the Pendleton, Oregon area.

Be sure to check out the review on Yerba Buena’s “Fluffer Nutter” by our very own @cannijani420

#BeKind


Kind Leaf
1733 SW Court Ave
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 612-8588
http://www.kindleafpendleton.com

DJ Short: Coming to Kind Leaf

Daniel John aka “DJ Short” has been developing and cultivating new strains of cannabis for well over 30 years. DJ is best known for creating the legendary strain “DJ Short’s Blueberry” as well as other award winning cultivars like Flo, Vanilluna, New Berry and Whitaker Blues. He is also known for his passion for educating the public about cannabis and a distinctive style of activism for the ending of cannabis prohibition.

They call him the Willy Wonka of Pot, the Wizard of Weed, and the Cannabis Professor

The path to greatness never comes without struggle, for Daniel, the struggle inherent in his path led him to experiment with Cannabis as a young teen. His first few experiences with cannabis sparked curiosity in his young mind, and according to DJ, “One day in 1973, he bought a box of cereal that came with a plastic seed sprouter. Out of simple curiosity, he moistened the chamber, inserted a bud from his stash of Hawaiian, and watched with delight as it grew roots and a sprout.”

High Times was publishing its homegrown variety of guerilla cultivation methods in various publication releases. DJ wanted to cultivate and experiment, but knew that outdoor cultivation was out of the question. He purchased some high end fluorescent shop lights so he would be able to cultivate indoors, in secret.

One downfall to the early seventies and cultivation of Cannabis was the wide availability of rich landrace sativa genetics in the US. Not until the latter seventies did shorter, stout and robust Afghani Indica varietals became available. DJ sourced some of these new genes for himself to reduce the long winded flowering time of the Sativas, which falls around 14-16 weeks. After successful cultivation of Indica varietals, DJ discovered the relaxing and sedative nature of these hash rich Afghanis was not the same enjoyable experience as the buzzy, energetic and creative experience of the Oaxacan and Thai genetics he had grown fond of.

Hybridization was the answer. His plan, to combine the unique traits of the Sativa genetics with the short, stout and faster flowering Indicas to create a balanced, routinely easier to cultivate Cannabis plant that was an enjoyable middle ground for the end consumer.

As DJ crafted indoors in his secret garden, outside the Drug war was getting into full swing led by then President Ronald Reagan. During early 1980 national anti-cannabis rhetoric built up and spilled over, coincidentally, as the square footage of the breeding garden diminished. This reduction in square footage did not limit the abilities of DJ during cultivation but rather allowed him to hone in on and patiently seek the specific qualities he was seeking, exploring each phenotype with his nose. Cataloging which plants produced floral, sweet and fruit notes and which produced the chemical, fuel and acrid skunk notes.

DJ compares the subtleties of quality Cannabis to that of fine wines. The olfactory chart used by cannabis connoisseurs is not unlike the wine wheel. Like Sommelier, Cannabis aficionados have the ability to detect a diverse blend of aromas such as fruit and berries, grasses, teas and earthen humus, fuels and chemical notes.

“The range of flavors expressed by the genus cannabis is extraordinary. No other plant on the planet can equal the cacophony of smells and tastes available from cannabis.”

DJ Short

Short credits his passion for cannabis and natural propensity for successfully crossbreeding Sativa and Indica varietals into award winning hybrid strains as an inherited trait from his Romanian great-grandmother.
According to DJ, she was a gypsy herbalist who cultivated cannabis and among other herbs for medical purposes, taking time to pass down her acquired knowledge and skills to her daughter, DJ Short’s Mother.

Honey and Fruit

After extended trial and error, establishing specific genetic traits and isolating terpene levels via testing with the WERC Shop in California, DJ began comparing his flowers with those that were considered above par and high-grade on the underground marketplace. Armed with this data, DJ continued to select the plants he favored most, deftly cultivated them to maturity, carefully cured the buds, and personally smoked privately for months before releasing them to friends and buyers, to ensure an enjoyable, superior quality of Cannabis flower was offered.

Before long, selective breeding led to a lineage with sweet honey and strong fruit aromas. From this line rose the now legendary DJ Short’s Blueberry. Known by name, smell and sedative, pacifying body high. Once DJ stabilized this special genetic, he sought to create an energetic, uplifting strain. This project led to Flo, which gifted DJ with the effects he was seeking.

After realizing how popular his new genetics were, he began cloning his mother plants and releasing the genes to underground cannabis growers in Oregon and California and some overseas to Europe.

It is well known that the widely revered DJ Short’s Blueberry, bred and cultivated just outside of Pendleton, Oregon is in the ancestral pedigree for most any modern hybridized varietal that includes “Blue” or “Berry” in the name.”

Matt Brandhagen meets DJ Short at Kind leaf in Pendleton, Oregon

DJ Short’s renowned seeds and Cannabis breeding capabilities earned him a revered spot in the High Times Seed Bank Hall of Fame, which was created to commemorate “brave pot pioneers and trailblazers.” DJ was included in the first commemoration in 2007. He was spotlighted as “The Willy Wonka of Pot” in a 5,000-word tome for the website Grantland, and wrote the 2003 book “Cultivating Exceptional Cannabis: An Expert Breeder Shares His Secrets.”

2016- Daniel crafted a “letter to the Editor” of Pendleton, Oregon’s premiere media source, The East Oregonian. In this letter he wrote, ” I would very much enjoy the opportunity to help teach my community about the wonders and merits of this valuable plant that offers something beneficial for almost everyone.”

DJ Short x Kind Leaf

Kind Leaf is proud to announce that we are the destination which will provide the space in which to bridge the gap between our local residents and visitors and world renowned breeders like DJ. We are set to host a Meet-and-Greet with the infamous DJ Short on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5 pm -7 pm.

#BeKind


Kind Leaf
1733 SW Court Ave
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 612-8588
http://www.kindleafpendleton.com