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Environmental Stewardship (0 / 5). Indoor cannabis is pretty, but the electricity required to produce it is very costly. Indoor operations pay large sums for electricity to flower plants under controlled conditions. The higher prices mean the average consumer favors indoor cannabis at this time, but that may change if sun-grown cannabis comes into fashion as it has with connoisseurs.
2. Freshness (5 / 5). The freshest buds are the best, so since the soonest a producer can get high-quality buds to the retailer is one month, a sample being evaluated at one month is at its best. Most of our field ratings will take place at exactly one month after harvest as producers are packaging the product.
3. Terpenoids quantified on the Label (5 / 5). Label has the four most dominant terpenes (those most responsible for LB’s unique aroma) quantified on the label, plus total terpenes, which is extremely helpful in Washington since consumers are not allowed to sniff the goods before purchase. A more detailed list, or a graphic could help the consumer understand what they’re purchasing.
4. Producer uses “True Earth” techniques (5 / 5) to achieve what would be called “USDA Organic” and details much on their product labeling. Producer also welcomes and stands ready for a Seattle Bliss Tour.
5. Grower has hosted or welcomes a future Seattle Bliss tour and inspection (5 / 5).
All producers are given benefit of doubt until decided otherwise. This means every grower gets these 5-points until we decide at our sole discretion that the points cannot be awarded. A brief tour demonstrates compliance with laws and improves consumer confidence.
Cannabinoids Labeling, one quantity missing; (4 / 5). THC is listed on the label at 17.42%, which is actually Total THC (a calculated value). The average consumer wants to know Total THC and will be satisfied to have it accurately presented as such. For the sake of clarity to the consumer (not just what the law requires), a perfect five out of five would indicate a very informative label that has no less than FOUR of the following: 1) CBD, CBD-A, or Total CBD, 2) THC and/or THC-A, 3) Total THC, and 4) Total Cannabinoids (Lacking space? FOUR ITEMS: CBD, THC, Total THC, and Total Cannabinoids) clearly and accurately quantified. CBG, CBN, etc. may be included on the label as a bonus. Lastly; Though it may seem a great deal of labeling, best practices for this jewel would list THC-A, THC, Total THC, Total CBD (zero for this strain), CBG-A, CBG, Total CBG, and Total Cannabinoids.
7. Terpene Presence (5 / 5) is evaluated with the First Sniff and is indicative of Concentration as an undetectable sample would rate at 0 and a very strong one at 5. Standard sniff evaluation includes the combined sniffing of the newly opened container AND subsequent grinding of 1 gram and sniffing the freshly-ground product. This step is for evaluating the whole buds in the newly opened container. The sample was purchased in a 3.5g size. Terpene Presence was rated 5 out of 5 and the aroma bears a spicy, freshness reminiscent of cloves, Eastern cooking and incense.
8. Product Purity is evaluated with the First Sniff and Microscopy (5 / 5). Any impurities may cause an unexpected odor, but should be detectable under the microscope. None were detected via either detection method.
Product Color (5 / 5). The intensity of green color in the epidermis of cannabis flowers is an indicator of plant vigor, which could be due to nitrogen availability during late flower, and translates to elevated chlorophyll concentration (R.C. Clarke, 1981). The more white flowers have matured and cured slowly, then allowed chlorophyll harshness to dissipate. Flowers white with trichomes can achieve top ratings here, too. Product is evaluated again for smoothness in the final smoking steps.
10. Product Quality is evaluated during bud inspection (5 / 5). Points can be lost for male flower sites (more common recently due to the feminized seed market), insect or animal evidence, abusive handling, etc. One 2.5 mm, pale, somewhat soft, unfertilized seed was found in this sample. A hard, fertilized seed, or more than one would have cost points in this category.
11. Product Moisture is also evaluated during bud inspection (5 / 5). The most ideal buds, this sample inclusive, are sponge-like, mostly dry, but a little bit sticky. The consumer will be able to open a bud, spreading the seedless bracts to reveal and snap the central stem without breaking the bud.
12. Trim Quality (5 / 5). Sample has had all sugar leaf stems, most pistils and all leaf matter removed; bud stems < 3 mm.
Trichome Density (5 / 5). Flower is densely covered with capitate stemmed glandular (CSG) trichomes. This degree of density is exactly as it should be for this strain.
14. Harvest Timing (5 / 5). Over 66% (two thirds) of glandular heads are milky-white or turning amber, Less than 33% (one third) are dark amber in color; few clear: 5.
15. Terpene Presence, 2nd Sniff (5 / 5). This step is for evaluating the freshly-ground buds and should garner a higher rating than the first sniff of the buds (unless both rate 5).
16. Smoke Terpene Presence, 1st, 2nd taste (4 / 5). Sample was rated only upon how fragrant the smoke was; not how well it was liked, though it was most delicious.
17. Smoke Smoothness was rated (5 / 5) with no undesired pops, crackles, or unavoidably fast/hot smoke to affect this score.
18. Smoke Pleasantness, 1st, 2nd taste (5 / 5). This evaluation criterion exists because some buds taste/ smell like feces, hay or vomit, perhaps a pesticide or soil amenity influences the taste; the pleasantness of the whole smoke requires rating.
19. Effectiveness (5 / 5). Laughing Buddha being a THC strain with CBG and no CBD was quite effective. Increased appetite due to the CBG content was observed as slightly elevated, but not more than just being noticed. A rating of five in this case indicates a high THC potency observed as intense euphoria.
20. Price-Value Rating (PVR), (3 / 5). PVR is calculated based on the price per gram versus the calculated average price regardless of potency. As is the case with this sample, those under the average earn the full 5 points, while those equal or above the average price earn according to the richness of the value. This one, at $12.29 per gram, was just a bit above the average price of $11, so its calculated Price-Value Rating is 3.
This sample earned an overall rating of 91 out of 100 possible points. Outdoor cannabis operations, greenhouse grows and those with light-deprivation greenhouses impose a much smaller carbon footprint on the Earth. This indoor operation could earn up to 5 points on the Seattle Bliss scale by powering its operation with solar, wind, or other green solution. The Producer could provide more detail in listing cannabinoids and terpenoids (as described in items 3 and 6 above), and possibly some easy-to-interpret graphs on its label.
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Thanks to Raven, Ravengrass.com, for providing the full lab report from Praxis Labs.
Laughing Buddha by Quincy Green (LB001; 2018 Review; pre-Seattle Bliss scale)
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