A longtime hitter in West Coast dispensaries, God’s Gift is an homage to when purple was king and people were trying to figure out how many different purple cuts we could get.
The story of God’s Gift definitely started a bit with the particular genetic line we’ll cover here. From California’s Emerald Triangle, to Los Angeles, to everywhere in between, growers have named various strains “God’s Gift.” So narrowing the exact lineage of a cross of two of the top five strains of the past 20 years can be tricky. Various versions of Kush and Purple have resulted in many great strains, like the Cup-winning Purple Kush lost in 2011’s DEA raid on Oaksterdam University. But without a doubt, BC Bud Depot and Scorpion Crews’ incarnation of God’s Gift is most associated with the name.
Both original parents selected by BC Bud Depot were part of a partnership with Scorpion Crew, based out of Orange County. The OG selected for this incarnation of God’s Gift was a fabled OGbx4 cut, meaning it resulted from the fourth stabilized generation of OG Kush being back crossed with the original. This version of OG is believed by some to be the parental line behind San Fernando Valley OG Kush in particular, widely considered amongst the best versions of SoCal’s signature strain.
As for the purple strain’s source, Scorpion Crew reports sourcing it at a long-forgotten Bay Area concert, where they smoked with a master cultivator, and received a cut of his Purps. This was at a time when the Bay Area was awash in elite Purples like legendary Mendo Cream.
After a year in development, the collaboration produced what has to be one the top pairings of OG x GDP ever done. It in turn, ended up winning Canada’s prestigious BioCup, and a legend was born.
Today, you can still find elite cuts of the strain, as well as God’s Gift extracts. The strain’s long trichomes and rich oil content make for beautiful kief, dry sift, and bubble hash. Petro-solvent extraction is often less ideal, as Purples tend to do poorly as shatters, but can be good in budder or wax form.
God’s Gift will be a bit denser than many of its Purple sisters. Much of the time it will be represented by trichome-soaked popcorn bud from the heavy branching, but the colas are absolutely to die for. The visual of the final weeks of the flowering period is gorgeous on strains with this kind of deep purple.
God’s Gift has an aroma that’s fairly unique in the purple world. The pine scent of the pinene isn’t quite as strong as a Purple Kush (Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani), but that’s about the only one. While your nose is being tickled by the kushiness, the robust grape flavor of myrcene will fill your sinuses assuming the grow and cure are pulled off right.
Dense, and resinous yet giving in a grinder. Really nicely dried and cured God’s Gift will have a little give in it, unlike more modern Purps crosses — which can feel like fused rocks.
Flavor was just as important as potency in the Golden Age of Purple, and any good version of God’s Gift will bring you back to the good old days. Expect a pinch of scratchiness you’d want to see in any good Kush with a fruity sweet overtone that isn’t quite as purple-tasting as a good Erkle, but you won’t need to be an expert to grow it.
It isn’t complete couchlock, but it’s best to keep moving and grooving. God’s Gift will make it very easy to relax and melt a few hours away if that’s what you’re looking for. OG and Purple blends in general are always a bit more functional than your standard Erkle crosses. This leads to much of the deep narcotic effects of the myrcene interacting with the THC, without the heavy eyelids.
Indica hybrids like God’s Gift have been found to be effective for various conditions including nausea, insomnia, and a variety of anxiety disorders. God’s Gift will act as an excellent gatekeeper for those entering the world of high end indicas. Folks using God’s Gift on a daily basis while functioning in society are often using it as a treatment for chronic pain conditions.
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We all know about delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive cannabinoid of the cannabis plant. Recently, delta-8 THC started making a strong impression as an alternate form of THC, with slightly different benefits. We even know there’s a delta-10 THC. So, how many THCs are there out there, and how are they similar?
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Delta-9 and delta-8 THC
The first guy to synthesize THC was chemist Roger Adams. He was the first to identify the compound in the 1940’s, although he was not able to isolate it. This was done in 1964 by Raphael Mechoulam and his team, although Adams was the first to isolate CBD. Mechoulam was able to benefit from Israel’s less restrictive cannabis research laws. He and his team wanted to figure out what it was in Indian hash that was making people act so intoxicated.
The answer, he found, was THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. To be more specific, he isolated the most common form of THC found in cannabis plants, delta-9 THC. Delta-9 THC itself does not actually exist heavily in any cannabis plant, but is instead produced from THCA which decarboxylates (generally through sun exposure or heat) to become delta-9 THC. It was learned in the 1940’s that there were many different forms of THC, although how many THCs can be created, was a mystery (and still is).
In the last year or so, another form of THC has been getting more popular, partially due to the 2018 US Farm Bill which legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp for certain purposes. As a form of THC which does not exist in large enough amounts on its own, delta-8 THC requires being sourced from delta-9 THC. It’s formed through an oxidation process, which results in a compound that has shown in testing to have less psychoactive response, to produce less associated anxiety and panic symptoms, to be effective for use with nausea and vomiting due to illness and treatments, and which, due to the oxidation process, is actually more stable over time than delta-9.
Some even say it produces a very clear high, and heightens the senses of users. And since it can be sourced from any delta-9 THC, it can just as easily be sourced from delta-9 coming from industrial hemp, as from high-THC marijuana, creating a legal loophole for production. Even this THC isn’t quite as ‘new’ as current interest would have you believe, though. Delta-8 THC has been known about since it was fully synthesized in 1965 by Raphael Mechoulam.
Mechoulam even published research back in 1995 showing how delta-8 THC eradicated the nausea and vomiting of children receiving cancer treatments. Yet, of course, we didn’t hear much about it. What makes delta-8 THC relevant currently, is that it’s being produced in the very gray area of the 2018 Farm Bill, which has therefore permitted – to a degree – legal sales of THC (or gray-area sales). The two compounds are nearly identical, and have similar properties, it is only the sourcing of delta-8 THC from hemp that creates this legal quandary.
What else have we missed about THC? How many other THCs might exist?We know about delta-9 and delta-8, and that they’ve both been around for awhile. We even recently found out about delta-10 THC. Delta-10 also isn’t new, having been first synthesized back in the 1980’s. In fact, it was discovered accidentally by the contamination of outdoor flowers used to make concentrates, with flame retardant chemicals for dealing with wildfires in California, where the company creating the extracts was located.
The company, Fusion Farms, wasn’t aware that their product had issues and went on with the extraction process, just to find strange crystals forming. It was eventually realized that these strange crystals were another form of THC, this time delta-10. Delta-10 THC is an artificial cannabinoid that was formed when delta-9 THC was converted after being exposed to a catalyst, in this case the flame retardant material, though there could be less toxic catalysts out there.
As far as what delta-10 does, it’s hard to say. It came into existence through an accident, and has not been through even the compulsory scientific research that delta-9 THC and delta-8 THC have. It likely has similar mechanisms of action in the brain, attaching to CB1 and/or CB2 receptors, but nothing specific about the molecule can be said, other than that the double bond (the delta) exists on the 10th carbon atom of the chain, rather than the 9th like delta-9, or the 8th, like delta-8. That is, in fact, what defines a type of THC, where the double carbon atom is located.
Delta-3, delta-4, delta-6, delta-7
Now we know that the THC molecule can exist in different forms, depending on where the carbon double bond is located, which is what brings up the whole question of how many THCs are out there. Could that double bond be located on the 3rd, 4th, or even 7th carbon atom? Seems like it.
Delta-3 THC, delta-4 THC, and delta-7 THC were all identified during the 1940’s when THC was first starting to be synthesized in laboratories by researchers like Adams. These are entirely synthetic, and developed as a way to establish a synthetic form of a plant product (likely to get around patent issues). Though research has been done into these compounds, it has remained limited. It is generally thought that these synthetic isomers are less potent than delta-9 or delta-8 THC, but this may not be true all the time.
The more we go into the question of how many THCs currently exist, or can be created, the more we find that there are quite a few, with plenty we don’t know about yet or haven’t worked with. And some, just like the original finding of THC, that just don’t get the attention they deserve.
Take this, for example, a study from 1980 highlighting how delta-6 THC, and some other cannabis compounds, effect mice brains. The study found that several cannabinoids or isomers are correlated with an up-to-60 minute cataleptic effect in mice. Catalepsy is a disorder in which the body doesn’t respond to external stimuli, with overall muscular rigidity, and an inability to move.
While delta-6 THC didn’t create the highest correlation with cataleptic symptoms, it did show to be one of the most potent cannabinoids in the brain. The study authors concluded that psychoactive features of cannabinoids and their metabolites, are more likely related to structural features than pharmacokinetic ones. This was back in 1980, and yet a look at the medical cannabis landscape of the last few decades shows a massive deficit in follow-up research.
We know that THC molecules vary between each other slightly, but what about once THC is metabolized by the body? The reason that THC edibles are so strong is the conversion of THC into 11-hydroxy-THC. When delta-9 THC (C21H30O2) is ingested, it gets processed into 11-hydroxy-THC (C21H30O3) by way of the liver and digestive tract. The difference is explained well by the publication Leafly’s primary researcher, Nick Jikomes:
“The real difference between edibles and smoking or vaping is that with edibles, a much larger fraction of Delta-9-THC makes it to the liver first. There it gets converted to 11-hydroxy-THC.” He continues, “So in other words, if you smoke or vape, the ratio of 11-hydroxy-THC to Delta-9-THC is quite low, and if you take an edible it’s much higher.” This helps explain why edibles can cause very intense highs, and why the high lasts so much longer. 11-hydroxy-THC is not naturally occurring, and requires the body to break down THC to produce it. Perhaps future research will find a way to synthesize it, without consumption.
This isn’t a standard version of THC, but it does go to show the other possibilities out there when asking the question of how many THCs there are.
So, how many THCs are there?
With the ability to synthesize cannabinoids, the ability to create new versions of THC has been available for some time. Research into THC back in the 40’s identified much of this information, but little has been done to effectively use it. By now, years of intense research into THC should have been done, but decades after these forms of THC were found, we’re still asking the question of how many THCs are even out there. The reason things are this way is highly debatable, with some people holding true to beliefs about inherent drug dangers and black markets, a holdover from previous smear campaigns, no doubt.
Others might argue that the pharmaceutical industry couldn’t compete with a plant, and found it easier to suppress information about it, essentially ending research, or bringing it down to a trickle throughout the world, until it could be monetized properly. The latter argument makes way more sense considering the new pharma-cannabis industry, which seems to have no problem with people using the drug and sees no reason for danger, so long as the money goes into pharmaceutical pockets. Of course, that’s just my interpretation.
It could be that hundreds of versions of THC can be created, or maybe there are strictly 15. In a research field so wide open, with so much to investigate, it’s impossible to say just how many THCs exist. It’s not even possible to say if delta-9 is the strongest form, or what other kinds of psychoactive and medical effects could be hidden therein. One of the more interesting things to understand about THC, is just how much more there is to learn about THC.
The same issue that comes up with delta-8 THC is also relevant with other forms of THC that are sourced from delta-9. They can come from high-THC marijuana, or low-THC hemp, which means these compounds are falling into a legal gray area in many places like the US and the UK. They are being ruled illegal by drug scheduling legislation that names THC and all its derivatives as narcotics, but at the same time, they are starting to be sourced from places that are not considered illegal, making it questionable whether products made from them would therefore be legal or not.
Either way, the world of THC is opening up more and more, and proving to be a surprising and interesting place. In the next few years we might even get a better answer to the question of how many THCs are out there in the world.
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Lately we’ve been seeing quite a few new cannabinoids popping up, especially new forms of THC. Most are naturally occurring in cannabis, but some, like 11-hydroxy-THC, aren’t found in the plant at all. Let’s take a closer look at this ultra-potent psychoactive compound and what it has to do with the human digestive system.
11-hydroxy-THC, sometimes written 11-OH-THC, is one of our naturally occurring endocannabinoids; meaning it’s made in the body. After delta-8 or delta-9 THC has been swallowed, the body breaks it down and metabolizes it via the liver. 11-hydroxy-THC is a metabolize of the other tetrahydrocannabinols and is regarded as being much more potent than its precursors. This is why delta-8 THC edibles are just as potent as delta-9 edibles, but the same can’t be said for flowers or vape products.
According to neuroscientist and medical cannabis adviser, Dr. Adie Rae, “The liver is responsible for this transformation, and specifically, the drug-metabolizing enzyme known as cytochrome P2C9 or CYP2C9. Even when you smoke, your liver still sees some delta-9 and turns it into 11-hydroxy-THC, but you get way more 11-OH when you eat cannabis.”
A phenomenon known as “first pass metabolism” is the reason why 11-hyrdoxy-THC has such powerful effects on the brain. Oral administration leads to much more potent and long-lasting effects, compared to inhalation. So if you’ve been wondering why edibles get you beyond baked, this why.
As with other cannabinoids, 11-hydroxy-THC binds to the CB1 receptor; but in this case, it mimics all the known effects of delta-9 THC, but tenfold. The peak concentration of 11-OH-THC is about 1.5 hours after consumption. Effects can last anywhere from one hour to six (and some have reported more) depending on the dose and individual’s tolerance level.
The research on 11-hydroxy-THC
Although limited, the research we do have indicates that 11-hydroxy-THC is considerably stronger than delta-9 THC, the compound in cannabis known for inducing a high. One study in particular published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that 11-OH-THC is “much more potent at producing a subjective high and racing heart than delta-9.” This was observed in both animal studies and human surveys, which placed hydroxy-11-THC somewhere between 1.5 and 7 times more potent than delta-9 THC.
Dr. Rae claims the reason for this much higher potency “is partially attributable to the metabolite’s higher binding affinity for the CB1 receptor which physically binds more tightly to the receptor than delta-9. Basically, the better it binds, the better it activates the receptor.”
Back in the 1970s is when this cannabinoid was initially noted, in radiolabled THC was utilized in labs to allow researchers to better study these compounds. Radiolabled THC (which yes, is radioactive) behaves just like regular THC but it allows scientists to see where all the metabolites go once it’s broken down within the body. This is how 11-hydroxy-THC was discovered.
At the time, very little 11-OH-THC was available, for obvious reasons, so for a very long time only small animal studies could be conducted. Once they had the ability create this compound on a larger scale, in a lab, seminal studies were launched to characterize the effects of 11-OH-THC in humans.
Numerous studies of delta 11 taken intravenously showed it was not only more potent, but onset of effects was much quicker than other forms of THC also administered the same way.
Smoking vs eating cannabis
If you’re anything like me and many other cannabis users I’ve spoken to, edibles hit different than smoking. Even though it takes a while to feel anything, once they kick in, I’m laid out on the couch almost every time. I feel more stoned, I’m laughing at everything, and eventually, I get super tired. This seems to be commonplace when it comes to edibles; but why exactly do they differ so much from smoking, from a scientific standpoint?
It comes down to two factors: the drug-metabolizing enzymes in your GI tract, and blood flow to the liver. When you first eat a cannabis edible, various enzymes in the GI tract begin digesting the food. From that point, blood flow from the GI tract goes through the liver where all these enzymes are metabolized, then the blood continues to general circulation. When the metabolites are formed, that’s when you get the effects of 11-hydroxy-THC.
However, when you smoke cannabis, THC is absorbed through the lungs and distributed directly into the bloodstream. The active compounds make their way to the brain where they interact with the CB receptors that are part of the endocannabinoid system. In this scenario, you are feeling the effects of the phytocannabinoids (plant-cannabinoids) themselves, rather than the compound formed during metabolism.
How to avoid consuming too much 11-hydroxy-THC
When it comes to edibles, it’s easy to go overboard. Because it takes so much longer to notice the effects, a lot of people end up eating more than they should, thinking that the edibles aren’t working, then get surprised when all that THC finally kicks in. According to statistical surveys, the overwhelming majority of ER visits associated with cannabis are because of edibles, and this explains why.
Whether you make them yourself or buy them at the dispensary, if you want to avoid having any of these issues yourself, remember the adjunct “less is more”. That’s very true when it comes to cannabis edibles, especially if you’re a novice user.
It’s also important to remember that not everyone feels edibles the same way. Some people are more sensitive to 11-hydroxy-THC than others. Those people will feel edibles in a much more powerful way than people whose bodies are more resistant to the compound.
“Because 11-hydroxy-THC is made by the liver, and we all have different liver enzymes and genetic mutations in those enzymes, cannabis edibles can affect people very differently. There is a huge range in how individuals metabolize delta-9 into 11-hydroxy-THC, with age, sex, historical cannabis use, concurrent medications, and other factors contributing to variability,” Dr. Rae concluded.
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Although we started off our journey at CBD Testers with a strong emphasis on minor cannabinoids, lately, we’ve been taking a closer look at the most abundant one – THC – and all of its many applications and benefits. Another interesting, and sometimes confusing, point about this compound is how many variations of it exist.
Most people know that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the dominant compound found in marijuana, and also the one that holds the plant’s psychoactive properties. It’s the most popular cannabis compound, for obvious reasons, and it also has numerous medical benefits that we as a society are only beginning to fully understand.
There are 4 major types of THC that are naturally occurring in the plant: THCA, THCV, Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC. There is also another type that was very recently discovered – Delta 10 THC – although this one was accidentally manmade, it still has some interesting properties that are worth covering. All of these different types of tetrahydrocannabinol are chemically unique with different medical benefits.
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THCA – Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid
For the sake of simplicity, we’ll start at the very beginning by looking at THC in its most natural form: THCA. In short, THCA is the type of THC found in raw cannabis plant. So when you walk into a dispensary and start looking at different bud samples and see how much THC is in each one, what you’re actually looking at is the levels of THCA. Once heat is applied, THCA loses its carboxyl acid group (in a process known as decarboxylation) and becomes THC.
THCA is found virtually everywhere in the plant, including the stems, leaves, and flowers. On its own, it has no psychoactive properties. The mind-altering effects come into play after decarboxylation, as THCA is just a precursor to all the other tetrahydrocannabinols.
THCA is believed to have an assortment of therapeutic uses and is commonly used as a nutritional supplement and dietary enhancement. These benefits can be utilized via eating, blending, or juicing the raw cannabis plant matter along with other superfoods, like berries, kale, and avocados.
THCV – Tetrahydrocannabivarin
THCV is basically a cousin of THC and another byproduct of the THCA breakdown process. Up for debate is whether THCV actually gets you high like THC does. Most of the available research indicates that, in low doses, THCV is non-psychoactive, but in high doses, it activates the CB1 receptor and induces a high. THCV also has a much higher boiling point than THC(428°F vs 314°F), so if you choose to vape THCV flowers or other products you will need to crank that temperature up to really experience any of the effects.
As far as benefits go, one of the main points of interest regarding THCV is the fact that it suppresses the appetite, rather than engage it like THC does. It’s frequently advertised as a “diet weed” because, as the promotional material states: you can get stoned and lose weight at the same time. Some research say that, if weight loss is the goal, a strain with a fairly even ratio of THCV and CBD will do the trick. Of course, results may vary on that.
Additional studies found that THCV has the ability to regulate blood sugar levals and reduce insulin resistance, making a promising herbal supplement for patients with diabetes. It has also been shown to contain antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Strains high in THCV include Pineapple Purps, Ace of Spades, Doug’s Varin, Durban Poison, Power Plant, Willie Nelson, Jack the Ripper, and other African Sativa strains.
Delta 8 THC
In chemistry, “delta” refers to the double bond on a molecule’s carbon chain. In the case of THC, we have a few different variations. With delta 8 THC, the double bond is on the 8th carbon chain, whereas with the more common Delta 9 THC, the double bond is on the 9th chain. In cannabis plants, delta 8 is only present in trace amounts. As delta 9 THC ages and oxidizes, it converts to delta 8. As a result of this conversion process, Delta 8 THC remains stable when exposed to air, meaning it could have more potential medical applications than delta 9, although Delta 8 is less potent.
The high you get from Delta 8 THC can vary based on tolerance, personal body chemistry, or strength and type of the product used. For example, if you smoke Delta 8 flowers, the high will be different than delta 9 flowers, but if you eat edibles, all of them will have a similar effect in the body. Typically, a Delta 8 THC high is said to be clear-headed, energetic, and uplifted than D9.
Because of the milder head high, Delta 8 THC is great for helping people deal with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health disorders. And while studies remain limited on this particular cannabinoid, it has been determined to have a few health benefits of its own such has neuroprotective, antioxidant, and analgesic properties. To learn more about Delta 8 THC and try out some products (with exclusive discounts for our subscribers) makes sure to sign up for the Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter.
Delta 9 THC
When people think of “THC”, Delta 9 is what they’re thinking of. Delta 9 THC is the main psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, minus a few CBD-dominant strains. For decades, THC has been a controversial and illegal compound because lawmakers were to heavily focused on its psychoactive properties while completely ignoring all of its many possible uses in the health and wellness sector.
One of the most common, non-recreational uses for THC is to manage pain. Whether that pain stems from inflammation, headaches, injury, chemotherapy, menstrual cramps, injury, or neuropathic pain – cannabis seems to equipped offer relief in every scenario. Anecdotal evidence, as well as some studies that have recently emerged, will tell you that THC is actually one of the best remedies on earth for treating digestive issues such as nausea and wasting syndrome.
Another important use for THC is brain cell regeneration… which is particularly interesting since one of the main points on keeping cannabis illegal is how bad it is for the brain, but that is actually not always the case. This is especially true for elderly patients who use THC products. Studies show that it helps with more than just brain function and improving memory, but THC actually helps change the structure of the brain cells to who traits of cognitive youth.
Other therapeutic uses for THC include: sleep aid, antioxidant, antimicrobial, epilepsy relief, glaucoma, and muscle relaxer.
Delta 10 THC
Unlike the other THCs on this list, Delta 10 is not a naturally occurring plant compound, although it does start off that way. This molecular sibling does have many commonalities with Delta 9 and Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinols, but there are some key differences as well.
As with many of the nation’s cannabis trends, Delta 10 THC started in California too. However, this time, it was purely accidental. An Adelanto-based company, Fusion Farms, bought some outdoor flower to manufacture concentrates. As many already know, California is subject to very large, nearly annual wildfires; and unbeknownst to Fusion Farms, the biomass they purchased was contaminated with fire retardant. Since they were unaware of the contamination, they continued with the extraction as planned but after the distillation process, unusual crystals began to form.
These crystals had a completely different structure than previously observed cannabinoid crystals. After conducting some laboratory tests, it was determined that these crystals were most similar to CBC (cannabichromene), but still not an exact match. They continued testing this structure against all the known cannabinoids and no match was found. This went on for several months.
With all the different articles we have on THC, it seemed logical to combine them all in one place to make things easier for our readers. Tetrahydrocannabinol is such a fascinating compound and it’s incredibly important for people to realize that it’s much more than just a recreational substance. It’s a complex cannabinoid with a long list of possible medical uses, from mental health benefits to pain relief to treatment of neurological disorders, there’s very that all the different types of THC can’t do.
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John Bayes says he’s not like many other growers. He didn’t show up on the scene a few years ago to capitalize on this new age of cannabis legalization. He, and the rest of his team of cultivators at Green Bodhi, have been producing some of the best flowers in Oregon for over a decade and they’re not going anywhere.
Of course, there are many OGs who have been growing cannabis as long as Bayes has, but most of them have a similar origin story: They grew up with hippie parents on a multi-generational family farm, or they left their hedge fund job for something more fulfilling. But Bayes took a uniquely winding path to becoming a top-shelf cannabis farmer, and he says that has made all the difference.
Bayes begins his story, as one does, with his childhood, when he first started laying down his roots in Eugene, Oregon. Today, he’s 44 and he’s completely settled in that picturesque city, where he’s raising his young child and where Green Bodhi is grounded.
“I’d been going to Eugene since I was a kid,” Bayes says. This was the ’70s and the ’80s — when the foundations of cannabis etiquette were being laid in Eugene. The glass scene was filled with legends, the hippie trail was weaving its way north from San Francisco and the city had established itself as the sort of nature-surrounded, cheap-rent-filled city that could be friendly to counterculture artists as they settled down.
The first time Bayes smoked pot was as a teen in Eugene, when he was fishing on the bike trail down by the Willamette River and an older teenager handed him some hash. Bayes also remembered snagging buds from his buddy’s dad as an adolescent, and knowing so little about cannabis that he took the buds from the field and not the drying shed next door.
“He had a huge field, you could see it from the highway,” said Bayes. “So, we took some and we dried it on the roof on tin foil because we wanted it to dry fast and we didn’t want my parents to see.”
Green Bodhi’s signature strain is this Tenzin Kush #4.
During the drying operation, Bayes went on a bamboo hunt and fashioned a pipe for him and his pals
Despite these early flashes of a resourceful spirit and an eagerness to experiment with cannabis, Bayes didn’t head straight into the cannabis industry. After he graduated from high school, he went to Las Vegas to work for a construction company as the Bill Clinton-driven economy boomed around him. After Vegas, he landed a gig at a chemical plant in Southern California that he described as hell. Then, he wound his way to Georgia, where he dreamed of becoming a youth pastor in the military. There, in Georgia in 1997, he says he experienced an event that precipitated a personal and spiritual awakening: He accidentally took 30 tabs of acid at once, and as the world warped around him, he started to consider the military industrial complex, Big Tobacco and what he calls “the criminal industrial complex.”
Completely shaken, Bayes ditched his dream of joining the military — and moved back home to start over.
Tenzin Kush #4
Upon returning to Eugene, Bayes didn’t completely devote himself to cannabis. In the early 2000s, he dedicated himself to searching for ayahuasca, thinking he wanted to be some kind of “urban shaman,” he says. He attempted to discover the fastest path he could to achieve that end goal, which included attending the first International Amazonian Shamanism Conference in Peru.
After the conference, Bayes quickly gave up on that goal, but he maintains the experience of switching life paths can be really valuable.
“You can’t do anything though if you don’t start with yourself and end with yourself,” Bayes says. “The real work happens with self-honesty. And that’s really hard. It’s hard to be really honest about yourself to yourself. It’s almost impossible actually.”
It’s at this point — this moment of deep introspection — that Bayes got a tip from a friend that cannabis would be legal soon. Bayes says he thought his friend was being unrealistic, but he got the ball rolling anyways.
An intuitive nature has always been a part of Bayes’ life, and this approach fit his cultivation style. To this day, Bayes says that he’s not claiming to be any scientist or botanist, but growing based upon his intuition.
“It’s always been easy, man,” Bayes says. “There have been hiccups and whatever, but when you’ve got a good set to start with, a good foundation, it’s usually easy. I was self-taught, but I was in Eugene, and with all the people around, you get little pieces [of growing knowledge] here and there.”
For example, a friend gave Bayes his first soil recipe, which he modified by tossing in some soil from an organic orchard. With a few further tweaks, the soil was supporting thriving plants. After picking up more tricks of the trade to add to his own green thumb, Bayes received his first medical marijuana card from the state of Oregon in 2004.
From there, he started consulting in California, as he began to maneuver towards the legal market he saw in the future.
All along, he kept his focus on building his spread of genetics. Having the pick of the litter much of the time on the plants coming through Eugene didn’t hurt. Bayes says back in the day there were only a few circles in town that held all of the genetics. He was in two of those circles.
“Eugene is like the end of the Silk Road, from San Francisco up to here,” Bayes says. “There’s a lot of traffic coming through. I was always on the outskirts of what other groups of people were up to because I didn’t want to get involved.”
Bayes laughed about how big some folks were growing back in the day. He remembers admiring their guts, but he was glad he didn’t have anything to do with it. However, there were plenty of good genes going around. Strains like Dogwalker OG and Golden Pineapple got into his hands. Cuts like the Sour Best Sh*t Ever and Fire OG were other strains held in high regard that he was able to add to his genetic library.
Besides developing new relationships and growing good genetics, Bayes had plenty left to do to prepare for the legal market. He developed cannabis trainings and took them up and down the coast, while making more and more connections with other people preparing for the legal market.
“You create the right conditions,” Bayes says. “If you don’t have techniques to show your techniques are provable and repeatable, you’re kind of a kook.”
As Bayes developed the techniques and connections behind Green Bodhi, he started to see tangible effects in the quality of the cannabis he was cultivating.
A few years ago, Bayes sent some of his strains to get tested at the Steep Hill laboratory in Berkeley, California. He says his results broke records.
“I’d given them some Golden Pineapple and some other strains and they tested higher than anything they had tested at that point,” says Bayes. “I think they had tested about 35,000 samples or something, and the Golden Pineapple tagged a few percent higher [for THC] than anything they’d seen.”
Tangieland x Hazy Kush
But Bayes doesn’t claim elite testing scores distinguishes him from the crowd. He says he’d rather be educating others on Buddhism and how mindful farming practices can protect the environment. As a Korean-American and a devout Buddhist, Bayes believes the positive energy and connections in his life in cannabis and the wider world are truly karmic.
The name of his cultivation company, Green Bodhi, is in fact a reference to his growing philosophy: trusting the plant’s natural intuition and using regenerative methods that support the earth.
“Bodhi actually means — in a simple terminology — enlightenment,” says Bayes. “But in a more complex terminology, it means a purification of all defilements and omission of ultimate and relative reality simultaneously.”
In simple terms, this means that Bayes removes any artificial enhancements from his growing strategies. In fact, he was the first grower to adopt Clean Green Certified standards in Oregon, according to Willamette Week.
“And the ‘green’ in Green Bodhi is basically representing the wisdom of plants,” he says. “In short, the enlightenment that comes from the wise utilization of plants in your path. That’s kind of where Green Bodhi came from.”
SBSE x 78 Old School Affie #2
Bayes says that cultivating for Green Bodhi is like building his own private collection. In fact, he only smokes his own cannabis. His signature strain is his Tenzin Kush, which he says the No. 2 phenotype is “the most homogeneous plant” that the people at Phylos Bioscience had ever tested to add to their galaxy of strain genetics. This homogeneity means that there would be an extreme lack of biodiversity in the seed stock of Tenzin Kush if it was self-pollinated.
Besides the Tenzin Kush, Bayes says that his Hazy Kush, Best Sh*t Ever and Dogwalker OG are finding their way into the most crosses at the moment.
“This is my revolution in my own way. Every little trichrome head has blessings to some of the greatest masters on the planet,” Bayes said. “The way I look at it, if I can deliver all these encased capsules of good intentions, true vibes, happiness, I’m just keeping it simple.”
Delta 8 THC is one of the most popular products in the recreational cannabis market today. It’s a legal alternative to THC that offers users a mild but fun and uplifting high. But did you know that Delta 8 also has numerous medical benefits, many of which have been studied and proven through scientific research?
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What is Delta 8 THC?
Before we talk about the medical benefits of this cannabinoid, let’s talk about what exactly Delta 8 THC is, and how it’s different from the more well-known, Delta 9 THC. Delta 8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring, minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Although it’s structurally similar to Delta 9 THC, there are some major differences as well.
For example, Delta 9 THC is the cannabis plant’s most abundant psychoactive compound, whereas Delta 8 is only found in trace amounts. As a matter of fact, Delta 8 is not even produced by the enzymes in cannabis, rather, it is created when Delta 9 THC oxidizes and slowly degrades into Delta 8. Further degradation of Delta 9 would create the cannabinoid CBN (cannabinol).
When it comes to the chemical difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9, it all comes down to one molecule. In chemistry, “Delta” refers to the double bond in a compound’s molecular structure. Delta compounds have more electrons and will interact with the body in a different way than single bond cannabinoids. The difference between the Delta THC analogues comes down to where the double bond is located on their chain of carbon atoms. Delta 9 has this bond on the 9th carbon chain, and Delta 8 THC has the double bond on the 8th carbon chain. It seems like a small difference, but it can be significant.
Similar to its more dominant counterpart, Delta 8 THC is a partial agonist for both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, although it seems to have a stronger affinity for CB1. This means there are effects to be felt in numerous different parts of the body, despite having weaker psychotropic potency. The National Center for Biological Information (NCBI) describes delta-8 THC as follows: “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”
What Medical Conditions Could Be Treated With Delta 8 THC
Inadequate sleep can have a profound impact on one’s health. In the short-term, it can affect mood and judgement, the ability to learn and retain information, and it can increase the possibility of an immediate accident or injury. Over a longer period of time, lack of sleep can lead to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even early death.
Extensive research tells us that activation of the CB1 receptor leads to better, longer, and more restful sleep, and keeping in mind that Delta 8 THC directly stimulates the CB1 receptor, one can easily come to the conclusion that Delta 8 is good for sleep. REM sleep is an important part of our circadian cycles because it stimulates parts of the brain that are essential for learning new things and forming memories.
Anecdotal evidence leads to the same conclusion with many users claiming that Delta 8 THC helps them fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer. They also report feeling more refreshed and well-rested when waking up.
It’s believed that Delta 8 THC’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties play a major role in its ability to function as a sleep aid. There is a strong connection between pain and sleep. Obviously, someone who is experiencing a lot of pain will have trouble getting comfortable and thus, have difficulty falling asleep. But the relationship goes even deeper – as lack of sleep increases the perception of pain. Breaking the pain/lack of sleep cycle is incredibly difficult, and having a good night’s sleep with both REM and deep sleep stages is key to making improvements.
While I’m not saying that smoking some delta 8 flowers or popping a few gummies will cure cancer, studies have proven that pharmaceutical products with highly concentrated doses of certain cannabinoids will do the trick.
This was first observed in 1974, in none other than Israel, where a study meant to focus on the immune system inadvertently found that Delta 8 THC alone significantly slowed tumor growth in mice. When combined with CBN (cannabinol), tumors actually began to shrink in as little as 3 weeks.
“Mice treated for 20 consecutive days with delta8-THC and CBN had reduced primary tumor size. CBD showed no inhibitory effect on tumor growth at 14, 21, or 28 days. Delta9-THC, delta8-THC, and CBN increased the mean survival time.” Antineoplastic activity of cannabinoids – PubMed (nih.gov)
Another study in 1995 on children with leukemia, showed a high rate of efficacy for treating the cancer, while also controlling side effects like nausea and vomiting caused by more conventional forms of treatment. The study was conducted at Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital and the Hebrew University located in Jerusalem. The creators of the study, led by Raphael Mechulam, noted that “at the same this research was occurring, there had been 480 successful treatments of cancer with delta-8 THC.”
If you’re prone to anxiety, the mild and uplifting high you get from Delta 8 THC might be just what you need. Delta 8 THC offers all the medicinal effects of THC, and even some minor psychoactive effects, without the paranoia that often comes with Delta 9. The carefree high that comes with weed is often dampened by the anxious, nervous high some people experience.
Studies show that the endocannabinoid system, mainly the CB1 receptor, is centrally involved in regulating anxiety and depression. When the CB1 receptor is blocked, increased anxiety often occurs. Many people successfully utilize CBD (cannabidiol) to relieve their anxiety, but for many others it’s just not strong enough.
According to the National Cancer Institute, “this phytocannabinoid displays anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) qualities similar to delta-9 THC.” There is little in the way clinical research investing delta-8 THC’s potential to reduce anxiety, however, anecdotal evidence suggests that delta 8 products provide a nice, calm, focused, and stress-free high.
There are many more medical ailments that Delta 8 THC can be used for, but these are some of the more studied and most frequently cited uses for this cannabinoid. If you want to learn more about Delta 8, make sure to subscribe to the Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter where you will find more interesting articles and exclusive deals on flowers and other products.