BC BUD: WHY IT’S FAMOUS

BC Bud and why it is famous

Around the world, you’ll hear people talk about BC Bud like that’s where the primo weed comes from.

It’s become cultural lore for these regions of cannabis to be synonymous with the best weed in the world. But why? After all, cannabis plants are far from growing natively in the region. Without getting too technical, we’ve broken down the key reasons why BC Bud has found itself at the centre of the worlds cannabis stage.

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Famous Genetics

Grown in the province of British Columbia, Canada, B.C. Bud does not refer to one particular strain, rather a standard of excellence: strong THC potency, well trimmed and resin-abundant buds. With this said, in order to get this reputation, you’d need to be producing a very popular flower, which is exactly what happened. God Bud, Rockstar, Purp (variations), Nuken, Barbara, OG Kush, Island Skunk, and Chemo, are all examples of strains, believed to be rooted in BC. But who produced these?

Growers & Clones

Good clones are hard to come by; they’re easily susceptible to a number of flaws that don’t affect mothers. Those importing and exporting strains inevitably became reliant on specialized hydroponic growers, working with clones. A large portion of cannabis over the last few decades came from these select breeders and their clones. Thus fathering the term, BC Bud.

Import & Export

Let’s be blunt, Canada has an advanced, long-standing and extensive network of illegal marijuana growers/grow ops. The product has historically been exported to states in the USA like Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and California. As a result, these networks of people in the USA receiving it, coined B.C. Bud, as it comes from BC.

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Weather

British Columbia has the most hospitable weather in Canada for growing cannabis. Heavy rainfall during fall provides nutrient-rich soils, while the summers give plants time to grow quickly. But as mentioned above, much of the market is hydroponic when importing and exporting product, so being able to grow outdoors is a luxury not every part of Canada has. Middle and Eastern Provinces have recognized this for decades, and much of the market in these areas is supplied by the West Coast.

Marijuana Seeds

Arguably the biggest factor in compounding the term B.C. Bud comes from seeds. You can’t grow amazing trees from shit seeds. It doesn’t work like that; these seeds don’t become extraordinary overnight. They come from a long lineage of amazing parent genetics; seeds that set the bar for amazing bud, have been circulating B.C. for a long ass time.

Cannabis Cup

The High Times Cannabis Cup has been running in Amsterdam since 1988. Every year, strain hunters and growers from all around the world head to the world’s stage for quality cannabis playoffs. While there are multiple categories (Sativa Cup, Indica Cup, Hash Cup, etc.) and multiple winners, B.C. bud has taken home the most coveted “Cannabis Cup” prize, several times in the last 30 years.

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The Result!

At the end of the day, B.C. Bud has been recognized by so many because of the story it tells about cannabis. It’s a means of acknowledging quality over quantity, growing conditions over the unknown, and pride in your stash. You know how champagne can only be given its name if it’s produced in Champagne, France? Well, the same goes for B.C. Bud.

TERPENES EXPLAINED

The wonderful world of terpenes and how to best utilize them

The wonderful world of TERPENES.

Terpenes are getting a lot of attention these days so we’re gonna give you a rundown on how these affect weed and why it matters. What we already know is that they contribute to the flavour and smell of your go-to strains. But what we’re finding out now, is that they may even contribute to the high; some people are calling this the “Entourage Effect.” Terpenes also have specific medicinal values and can play a crucial role in finding a cannabis strain that suits your body perfectly.

What are Terpenes?

On a basic level, terpenes are essential oils (aromatic organic compounds) of a plant, and sometimes even insects, which give them flavour. For example, the most commonly found terpene in cannabis is myrcene which has an earthy, musk-like aroma. But each terp has their own distinct scent and may help produce their own unique high.

Different Types of Terpene Effects

  • Mycerene – Indica with sedative effects, helps reducing inflammation and pain
  • Limolen – Improves mood, and alleviates stress. Antifungal and antibacterial properties.
  • Linalool – Strong sedative. Relaxing.
  • Caryophyllene – Analgesic. Reduces anxiety.
  • Alpha-bisabolol – Helps treat bacterial infections and wounds. Good antioxidant.
  • Eucalipto – Alleviates pain, and hinders the growth of bacteria/fungi. Used for cosmetic purposes too.
  • Trans-nerolidol – antiparasitic, antifungal, antibacterial.
  • Humulene – Hinder growth of cancer cells. Helps in weight loss.
  • Delta 3 Carene – Helps in healing bones, osteoporosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia
  • Camphene – powerful antioxidant. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides. Helps with skin issues like eczema, psoriasis.

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Entourage effect

During a study in 2006, Dr. Ethan Russo, MD, Director of Research and Development at International Cannabis, found that CBD has a completely different effect than THC. He also found that other cannabinoids can work with THC to significantly improve the cannabis effects. This synergy was termed as the entourage effect. As he went on to research the entourage effect of terpenes, it was found that “the terpenoid content offers complementary pharmacological activities that may strengthen and broaden clinical applications and improve the therapeutic index of cannabis extracts.” In other words, the combination of different cannabinoids and terpenes is more beneficial than isolating certain compounds, the plant matter just works better. The question now is, what terpenes, cannabinoids, etc. can successfully synthesize into treatments for pain, depression, anxiety, addiction, etc.

Moral Of The Story

The key takeaway here is that THC is no longer the only thing should care about  (for a long time, THC was believed to be the only psychoactive chemical in cannabis). For example, various research has found that terpenes play a crucial role by interacting with cannabinoid receptors to improve or hinder the effects of cannabinoids. Moreover, myrcene can cause high sedative effects, while limonene will leave you energetic. Other terpenes like Beta-Caryophyllene, humulene, and pinene have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects. As a result, more growers and extractors are actively working on preserving the terpene levels of cannabis to enhance the flavour, because extracts with a healthy spectrum of terpenes will produce more benefits/effects than just isolated cannabinoids.

We don’t really know a lot, but scientists are definitely onto something. What will cannabis synthesize into the future? Can we expect some crazy pain or mind-altering substance that frees people from their illness? It all depends on the limits of research, and where we can take this.

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