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Timing is Everything

Posted by Emma Baron on


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Song of the Week - Potato Head Blues by Louis Armstrong

Widely noted to be one of the finest recordings of the early jazz era. Not really bluesy at all, a number of people - famous and regular - report using it as their hype track, a tune that really gets them going. What really gets us going is freshly cured cannabis. We've got the stale weed blues.... read on and we'll tell you allllllllllllllllll about it.
The Long Form - Timing is Everything

"If you're not eating fresh herbs with your meals, you're wasting your time."  Burned into my memory from a long-lost article about Vietnamese food, this quote comes to mind every time I pass a bounty of parsley, dill, cilantro, or basil. Impossible to leave the intoxicating scents behind, at least one of those bunches will make it into the basket and star as the inspiration for dinner that night.

Timing is everything - and your nose doesn't lie to you.  If fresh produce smells like it's the most perfect example of itself, you should be making the most of it NOW. When the avocado decides it's ready - and not a moment before or after! - it's best to start making toast. When a deep whiff of Basil transports you to your grandmother's kitchen, you better be making sauce tonight. Anyone who's shared a fridge during college knows how fast food can go bad.

Cannabis has a much longer life-span than most herbs, but it can still go stale on you. While it's not always as obvious as a black banana or green potatoes, you'll definitely notice how the flavour, consistency, and effects change. Dry weed will be much harsher when inhaled, and you won't taste much in terms of terpenes. You may also notice that cannabis makes you sleepier as your buds age. Over time, as weed is exposed to heat or oxygen,  THC converts to CBN, a cannabinoid known to produce drowsy effects.

Hey, knowledge is power though, right? Sometimes dry herbs are what the recipe calls for. Maybe you're looking to sleep a little better, and now you know you can age your weed to get the effects you like. It's ok to age your cannabis if you're doing it in a controlled fashion with the right storage materials, but none of the plastic containers that house the bud on the store shelves are doing your stash any favours. (Check out last week's newsletter to read more about storage containers...)

With the current state of cannabis retail, we shop by freshness, rather than preferred brand or strain. Be that nerd: look at the cannabis products on display to check the packaging dates.  Cannabis is fresh produce and deserves to be treated as such. At the supply chain gets figured out and inventory starts to flow, we look forward to a future where cannabis makes it from producer to our hands in a week or two.

Farmers across North America are starting to recognize the cannabis - fresh produce connection. This week we received a beautiful little kit from Pure Sunfarms, a licensed producer growing in BC's Fraser Valley. Inside was a microscope that inspired to start looking at all our purchases under a new light; terpene samples that felt like perfume; and a book of their cultivars with gorgeous plant illustrations. Just like when someone shows you the tips and tricks to picking the best tasting pineapple or papaya, Pure Sunfarms showed us how quality cannabis should look and smell. Our favourite part - the pièce de résistance as they say in the culinary world - is the fresh produce stickers for cannabis. which also appear on their website as the page ages on your browser:

Of course, California is way ahead of the cannabis game, as always. This time it's CSAs with cannabis. CSAs (Community Share Agriculture) are a growing movement where local farmers skip the distributor and grocery store middlemen to set up a weekly delivery of fresh produce directly to customers. You get the freshest produce available, and farmers are able to keep their plots diverse, which in turn keeps the soil healthy and fertile.

Can you imagine how awesome it would be to pick up farm fresh cannabis and vegetables at the same time? Please, I really don't wanna line up at the dispensary anymore. 


 
The News

Health Canada promised in August that they were hiring staff to help work through the backlog of cannabis research applications. CTV News published a story in July about the backlog, where they dug into the numbers and found that there were 350+ applications in various stages of processing, and only 65 licenses that had been approved since October 2018. 

Good news, it looks like there has been movement in this area. This week we saw press releases for new research projects from Devonian Health Group, Province Brands, and Agraflora Organics have all been awarded research licenses in the last few weeks. Hopefully we'll get to see some new research soon.
The Social Calendar
  • Collingwood, ON: Cannabis Tourism Summit by New Heights at Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre on Monday, October 28th, 2019 from 7:30am - 6:30pm
  • Toronto, ON: Cannabis Insights & Edibles by BCCL, a Cori Initiative at Green and Gold Studio Loft on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Calgary, AB: Cannabis Town Hall by Remo Nutrients at Golden Acre Home & Garden Centre on Saturday, October 19th from 12pm - 4:30pm
  • Montreal, QC: 10 Herbal Ways to Calm Yourself by Naughty Nettle Medicinals at St. Jax Church on Saturday, October 26th from 5pm - 7pm
  • Charlottetown, PEI: Cannabis Product Development Bootcamp by Food Island Partnership at the Murchison Centre on Thursday, November 21st from 9am - 4pm
Keep your stick on the ice. Watch for the signs. Paddle your own canoe.

- Emma & Carol
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