Learn To Discern: The Art of Choosing Cannabis

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There are a lot of cannabis retail shops in Oregon now, and along with that is a lot of cannabis flowers and products to choose from. Consumers ultimately decide which brands and companies will survive these saturated times. This means that now, more than ever, it is extremely important to take the time to research and learn as much as you can about which producers and processors you want to support.

As a producer in the industry, I can’t stress enough that you check out websites and Instagrams behind the companies, in order to find the ones you believe in. Look for podcasts and YouTube videos. Do this for retail shops, producers, and processors. Tese companies need customer loyalty to survive.

One important thing to consider when choosing a retailer is whether they showcase the farms producing the cannabis. A retailer that doesn’t focus on the source and methodology behind the flower likely doesn’t care about where it was grown or who grew it. Any time you indulge in the cannabis experience it can be greatly heightened by having a sense of the story behind the flower. Look for terpene percentages as a sign that the store goes out of its way to share all they can. The best retail shops are those that are focused on education, transparency, and story-telling. Sharing stories and understanding production methods is a sign that you are in a good shop. If the shop is just putting flowers in jars and not getting into the nitty-gritty of production, you can suspect that they are trying to push lower-priced pounds through the shop without any background information.

As for choosing a producer, I suggest spending some time at home researching the options online. Dive deep and seek the stories and methodology behind the cannabis. Look for what is important to you, and pay attention to the messaging behind the producers. Being conscientious is crucial to selection in this day and age. With the environment in its current state, we need to focus on production methods that aim to be regenerative in their practices. We live in a state with a climate that is considered one of the best in the world for outdoor cannabis production. Those concerned with the environment should shop around for quality, outdoor-producing farms—as this would be the best representation of Oregon cannabis available. Outdoor flowers grown from seed will provide a rare treat that is special and worth seeking out.

Our farm is Green Source Gardens. We focus on regenerative practices that specialize in partnering with our southern Oregon climate. We work with nature, and our gardens are ecologically integrated, blurring the line between farm and nature. We grow only from seed, full term, outdoor, without using any grow stores or catalogs. We create all our fertility on the farm with a herd of diverse livestock. We believe in poly-culture and ecological integration as a means to sequester carbon and increase living topsoil on planet Earth.

For more information about our flowers, please visit www.greensourcegardens.com. We post all our test results, including terpenes, every year. Our Instagram page is @greensourcegardens and is packed with the beauty of our homestead. So get out there and support what you believe in.

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Nick and Elizabeth Mahmood

Nick and Elizabeth Mahmood are the founders of Green Source Gardens, Oregon's preeminent no-till organic cannabis farm. They bring a vast amount of knowledge to the cannabis growing industry.

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