Dying Breed’s Parker said GAK grows well indoors, outdoors, and in a greenhouse. “She’s a very large-producing, fast-finishing hash plant. The flowers look like a glistening disco ball of resin and its main flavors are pineapple, watermelon, and strawberry puree. We’re calling it #thenewfruit. We have a jar right here in the car, so I can open it up and smell those terpenes and put them in the air. It smells that good, and it’s what I pride myself on.”
Award-winning hash comes from terpy, icy-looking buds; the more unique-smelling, the better. That’s what you’re dialing up when you run GAK. Its lineage is not public, but there’s GAK Nana (GAK x Banana Pudding), GAK Smooovie (G.A.K. x 4 Locoz), and GAK Gas (GAK X OG Eddy), for when you’re ready to get out of the Prius and into a Maserati.
Over in Washington, DC, cannabis activist Adam Eidinger recommends any autoflowers to medical growers—as well as adult-use growers living under decriminalization. Autoflowers are user-friendly; fast-finishing seeds and clones for in or outdoor growing.
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“It’s probably one of the most strong terpene strains we’ve ever had,” said Humboldt’s Pennington.
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Always a crowd-pleaser, Cookies descendant Gelato—and its offshoot Runtz—is number one because it delivers. It’s darkly colorful, dense, icy-looking, and loud.
Since weed is legal, breeders can be more open about the work that goes into a new strain. Thanks to nationally available legal brand Humboldt Seed Co.’s 10,000-plant “pheno hunt,” anyone can stand on the shoulders of cannabis genius and grow something legendary.
The wax/shatter/resin/dab segment is the largest (55% of categorized observations) and the fastest growing. The average number of transactions per store per day of a wax/shatter/resin product grew from 5 in June of 2015 to 17 a year later. Cartridge/oil transactions – the 2nd largest segment – also increased, but more in keeping with the rate of growth in Washington’s legal cannabis market overall (from 7 to 12 transactions per store per day).
Categories that appeared similar in Fig. 2 in terms of price and potency in that one month also tended to have similar trends in price and potency over time. For example, hash and kief both experienced decreases in potency over time, whereas wax, shatter, and resin all have high potency rates that are stable over time.
Voters in eight U.S. states have passed initiatives to legalize large-scale commercial production of cannabis for non-medical use. All plan or require some form of “seed-to-sale” tracking systems, which provide a view of cannabis market activity at a heretofore unimagined level of detail. Legal markets also create a range of new matters for policy makers to address.
The unit of analysis here is perhaps most properly called an “item-entry” not a “transaction” because one purchase can produce multiple observations (Smart et al., 2017). For example, if a customer simultaneously bought two grams of one type of cannabis flower and one gram of another, that would generate two separate observations in this data set. However, the observations are also not simply items because multiple copies of the same item can appear within a single observation. If that person bought two separate one gram packages of the first type of flower for $10 each, that could appear as a single $20 observation with a “usable weight” of 2 g and a ‘2′ in the “weight” field which, for retail transactions, indicates the number of items in that item-entry. Nonetheless, for brevity we will abbreviate “item-entry” to “item” in the sequel.
Partitioning extracts for inhalation
Technical details pertaining to the database complicate finding the price a producer (farmer) was paid by a processor for a particular unit of cannabis, so the present analysis compares the price customers paid the retail store with the (wholesale) price the retailer paid the processor for that same unit of cannabis. One might view this as a lower-level wholesale price to distinguish it from producer (farm gate) prices or prices that pertain to transactions between processors.
This illustrates the value of partitioning extract observations. The number of extract transactions overall grew by 100% (from 15 to 30 transactions per store per day), but if someone harboring particular concerns about the health consequences of dab/shatter/wax/resin only had access to that figure, they would have underestimated the growth (240%) in the submarket of greatest concern to them.
We collapse these eight into four broader categories ( Table 3 ): 1) “cartridge”, 2) “oil”; 3) wax, shatter, dabs, and resin; and 4) hash and kief.
Broader market overview
Fig. 2 replicates Fig. 1 for these eight categories of extracts and reveals some patterns in price and potency.
Major product types observed in June 2016.