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Meanwhile, the Flowers in Oregon: Cannabis Picks for Summer 2018

A classic cannabis strain grown just right is something to behold. Like “Starry Nights” or spaghetti and meatballs, heritage flowers might not be new to you by name, but when you open yourself up to their finer points, the rewards can surpass all expectation.

This requires a great deal of know-how and practice: careful nutrient regimens, a tailored environment, and harvest-through-cure nuances all come into play. Moreover, every craft grower has a unique vision of what a particular strain should be. Yet, for each producer who approaches the task like an artist, there’s a money-first operation that prioritizes yield above quality, giving so many excellent genetic staples a bad reputation.

That’s why we put an ear to Oregon and found a few growers who are handling the classics with a level of care and strain-specific detail that results in weed for the ages.

Welcome to the first edition of Meanwhile, the Flowers in Oregon, your seasonal cannabis digest that keeps you up-to-date on the most excellent cannabis available in the great Beaver State.

Kashmir Kush by Mindful Organics

(Matt Stangel and Elysse Feigenblatt/Leafly)

Price: $11-15/gram

Related Strains: Brandywine, Afghan Kush

Why You’ll Love It: Aromas of wood and burnt rubber intermingle with basil, tomato leaf, and ground pepper, tapering finally into a complex flavor of mint leaves, coffee, and caramel apple. Mood enhancement accompanies its anti-inflammatory benefits alongside mid-level sedation.

Activity Pairings: Movie nights, eBay window shopping, and Ancient Aliens

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Chemdawg by Nelson & Co. Organics

(Matt Stangel and Elysse Feigenblatt/Leafly)

Price: $12-16/gram

Related Strains: Sour Diesel, OG Kush, GSC

Why You’ll Love It: Diesel and incense hide citrus flavors that are exposed by the flame, alongside a musky, nutty sweetness. A potent, upbeat, and lucid headspace is tamed by significant body rejuvenation and pain management characteristics. In modest doses, it could even be described as productive when paired with a cup of coffee.

Activity Pairings: Treadmill workouts, creative landscaping, tidying the house for company, and improving Mondays

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Super Silver Haze by Scissortail Farms

(Matt Stangel and Elysse Feigenblatt/Leafly)

Price: $12-14/gram

Related Strains: Golden Pineapple, Black Widow, Jack Herer

Why You’ll Love It: Creamy notes of bubblegum, banana, and a tropical fruit that isn’t exactly pineapple are complicated by a distant tickle of spice and portobello. The candied pool-water finish forecasts a euphoric calm and lush, daydreamy head—creative, conversational, and highly divergent.

Activity Pairings: Suntanning, watching the world go by from a train window, reading a breezy summer paperback, and falling asleep in a hammock at a music festival

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Matt Stangel

Matt Stangel is Leafly's Oregon Product Specialist. His cannabis-related writings have appeared in The Guardian, Willamette Week, Cascadia Magazine, and elsewhere—links to which are available at Cannapinions.com.

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