Rare notes of cedar and incense haunt this true landrace strain
Over the past few months we’ve spent some time getting to know a cannabis patient and grower named SpaceSherpa who lives in Ontario, Canada. Having lived and grown weed in Humboldt County, California during the early days of that state’s cannabis legalization regime, Sherpa strikes a fascinating character. That’s why we’ll be profiling him and some of his work in the upcoming Volume 4 of Stash.
Recently, Sherp’s been focused on cultivating and phenohunting Thai landrace genetics. These strains are not available in the legal Canadian cannabis market, nor are they easily attainable in legacy market circles for one simple reason: they take a long-ass time to grow. For some of these landraces the flowering time can be as long as 16-18 weeks. Not something the bankers want to hear, which is a shame because as consumers and cannabis enthusiasts we are missing out on some very unique flavours, aromas and effects.
This particular Thai landrace grew from a seed found in the Doi Chaang area of Thailand and is typical of those found in tropical, mountainous areas having high humidity. Large spaces between its bracts along with stems as thin as fish bones provide maximum air flow through the plant, reducing the opportunities for rot to develop during growth.
While flowering, the plant expressed heavy mango notes but after the chop became much more cedar and incense-centric lending this strain an incredibly unique aromatic experience.
The sample Sherp sent to us does not represent the best expression of this cultivar. According to Sherp the plant began to develop male characteristics at around week 13 of its flowering period. To save the rest of his plants from the throes of parenthood he chopped it early, skipping his typical flush period.
Despite the poor burn associated with this rushed finish, Sherp’s Doi Chaang packed a very thick cerebral high unlike anything available in Canada. With our eyebrows pinned up to the top of our forehead an incredible feeling of physical disassociation swept through our limbs. What filled this feeling’s wake could best be described as a lucid euphoria with a salty dash of the giggles. If this were 2004 we would call this a sativa. Today, a budtender would slide this across to you if you were looking for something “uplifting” but were worried about anxiety.
As mentioned, we’ll be diving into Sherp’s experiences in California and his immense store of growing knowledge in Volume 4. In the meantime, why not go give him a follow on Instagram?