Cannabis: Does it matter where it comes from?

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It matters where your cannabis comes from – in more ways than one. You must consider your point of purchase. But it would be best if you also knew the place of origin.

 

For centuries, Cannabis users have purchased their product from local dealers. Customers continue to use dealers whether their location has legalized cannabis or not. The demand for cannabis has put big money in the hands of black-market vendors. And for centuries, the trade has served its market well.

 

Dispensary or dealer

 

However, Big Money leads to greed, and many street vendors have come to cut their cannabis product or supplement it with ineffective ingredients or dangerous synthetic chemicals. Some users continue with the dealers they trust, but unauthorized dealers offer no assurance of quality or safety.

 

States have developed mandates controlling recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries. While some state mandates are more restrictive than others, they all suggest a seed-to-sale tracking system to ensure an experience compliant with agricultural, harvesting, processing, and packaging standards.

 

These regulations increase the price of cannabis, a price exacerbated by the addition of heavy taxes. That price drives many customers back to the street dealer. Where does this leave you? Dispensaries offer products with detailed labels, disclosing the ingredients, cannabinoid content, third-party testing results, and place of origin. The street dealer provides nothing more than their word. The choice and risk are yours.

 

Place of origin

 

The place of origin deserves significant attention, especially if you have become a veteran user. The source can make a lot of difference in quality. It influences taste, aroma, and product longevity.

 

  • Cannabis Seeds: You should locate reputable seed dealers. Seed specialty outlets grow cannabis for seed under optimal conditions because their reputation rests on outcomes. These seed providers also research and experiment in the creation of new hybrids.

 


 

  • Neptune Seed Bank gathers seeds from the top, experienced breeders around the world.

  • ILGM Seed Bank boasts 10,000 strains in a database that has grown over 25 years.

  • MSLN Seed Bank delivers seeds to U.S. customers within 10 to 20 days from The Netherlands.

  • Herbies Seeds brokers seeds from the world’s most reputable farms and accepts Bitcoin in payment.

  • Crop King Seeds sells to U.S. customers and throughout Canada and assures stealth delivery.

 


 

  • Cannabis Farms: The wealth potential in cannabis farming continues to drive increasingly large farms. Colorado has Los Suenos Farms (1.4 million square feet). Massachusetts hosts the 1-million sq. ft. Americann. Arizona is home to Copperstate Farms at almost 350,000 sq. ft. Tempe, AZ has Harvest, Inc. spreading over 208,000 sq. ft. And California’s Glass House Farms covers 200,000 sq. ft.

 


 

This growth has an upside and down. On the one hand, these large operations have a significant stake in their reputation for quality and safety. They have become central to the cannabis supply chain. You can count on their products if you see their name on labels.

 

On the other hand, they indicate interest on the part of Big CannaAgro. Their growth depends on additional investment, and this runs the risk of homogenizing the outputs. So, you want to research the provider farms to see if they specialize in certain strains, specific feminized seeds, or promising hybrids.

 


 

  • Cannabis Region: The quality of cannabis taste, aroma, and effects often reflect the location where it has grown. Like wines, cannabis plants have a terroir, the environmental conditions of soil and climate that give a strain its unique flavor and aroma.

 

In general, a strain indeed has genetics that distinguishes it from others. That strain's genetics remain the same wherever grown. However, certain conditions typical of specific regions also seem to add to the health and harvest yield, producing quality cannabis with more robust qualities.

 

When you research and shop for strains, it may surprise you to find the strain farmed in places as diverse as Massachusetts, California, and Alaska. That does not mean it originated there, but it does mean the conditions contribute to the growth. It also means that cannabis farmers there have chosen to give special attention and care to the strain’s growth. Like rose growers, they compete to produce the best version of the strain.

 

You will see this when you shop in off-the-beaten-path dispensaries in the Colorado or California mountains or the forests of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Canada. Individuals and families have grown and developed cannabis there for generations. There may, for example, be something nutritious in the mountains' volcanic soil or the forests' loamy floor.

 

Does it matter where your cannabis comes from?

 

It really matters where your cannabis originates and how it gets to you. It determines quality and safety. It significantly influences the overall cannabis experience - the flavor, aroma, and medical and recreational benefits.

 

You can continue with an underground dealer, and the current pricing on legal cannabis encourages that. Still, dealers continue to put you at risk. Legal dispensaries and online seed resources provide more security.

 

However, you may discover some of the best, most potent, and medically effective cannabis in off-the-road shops. This explains, for instance, why thousands of tourists disembark from Alaskan cruises to explore the hundreds of dispensaries on the state's piers.