"Is this like the difference between wines? Will I notice a difference in flavor and experience, say if I had an OG Kush from an industrial farm vs. OG Kush from a Flow Kana farmer? I’m trying to understand the difference."
Terroir is the French term that describes the unique attributes that occur in wine based on soil, slope, aspect (South, East, etc), fertilizer choices, harvest date, and myriad other factors. We would go as far as to include the intention and energy that the individual farmer puts into the medicine. Our farmers use ecologically sound practices and do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. As in most industrial agriculture, large scale cannabis cultivation often includes the use of chemicals and poisons. FlowKana farmers utilize Integrated Pest Management strategies and natural processes to create unique results. A chardonnay grape grown in different locations will produce subtle differences. OG Kush grown in places by different farmers will do the same; still identifiable as OG, but with subtle variations in flavor, structure, and effects.
This portal has had such insightful questions, but I think this one takes the cake! You kind of hit the nail on the head, likening the differences to those in wine. For better, or for worse, policy makers, industry stakeholders and patients alike, have been drawing a lot of comparisons between cannabis and alcohol, especially as we move towards a more tightly regulated marketplace.
Cannabis is particularly similar to wine, in that there are many subtle differences that can be easily expressed and distinguished by consumers. The cannabis plant is cultivated, harvested, processed and stored in so many different ways that there is incredible variety to the flower or hashish that makes it to the consumer. Through the decades of senseless prohibition and the devastating effects of the drug war, cannabis cultivation has been twisted and contorted into a small dark closet of our world, but with changing regulations and the guiding efforts of groups like Flow Kana, cannabis farmers are finally going to see the light.
While conventional agriculture would have you think all tomatoes are the same; this is far from the truth. The booming organic food industry, and the overwhelming success of company’s like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s should give you some insight into just how wrong conventional Ag is. Now it might be hard to imagine, but there is a significantly more stringent system of farming that far exceeds the standards of today’s organic programs, and it is that standard that Flow Kana demands from it’s farmers.
This nature focused, biologically driven approach to farming, practiced by all Flow Kana farmers, works symbiotically with the intrinsic functions of the plant, allowing the plant’s truest expression to be revealed. When I say truest expression, I mean in all forms, but most notably, and desirably, in the smell, taste and aroma. These delicate subtle notes that delight the senses are produced by a complex, volatile group of essential oils, called terpenes, that are capable of a myriad of medicinal and therapeutic effects. The natural farming systems employed by Flow Kana farmers enhance the oil production of their flowers, making them stronger smelling, tasting, and in many cases, slightly more potent. The subtle flavor notes present in organic, heirloom vegetables, are the very same differences Flow Kana farmers are able to coax out of their craft, small batch cannabis flowers.
In short, the differences between industrial OG Kush and Flow Kana OG Kush is intention. Industrial products are always focused on volume and economies of scale, while Flow Kana farmers focus on quality and sustainability. The farmers who give back to the land, see a cyclical return back from the earth; in this case that return is the beautiful cannabis inflorescence. Flow Kana has dedicated themselves to working with the farmers who’ve nurtured the strongest relationships with the earth and through this amazing synergy something special is forming, we’d love to have you along for the ride!
There isn’t any industrial grown flowers in our industry yet. If there was any industrial grown flowers in California today it would be Flow Canna. You see Flow Canna is sun grown which means outdoor grown . When the industry becomes more mainstream you will see fields of outdoor marijuana everywhere . Like vineyards , also like vineyards produce grapes to be processed into wine outdoor cannabis will be used to make oil for vape pens, edibles and so on. Flowers that are sold in their whole form will most likely be grown indoor or in advanced greenhouse. The reason for this is cannabis flowers are very oily and sticky. Any dust , mold spores , mites or even ash from forest fires will stick to the buds. Cannabis flowers are impossible to clean (believe me I have tried several products in my 20 years of cultivating) so the only way to produce clean high end organic pesticide free flowers is to cultivate indoor where the master grower has full control of the crop. For a complete range of our strictly indoor, hydroponic, organic and vegan flowers please follow this link https://greendoorwest.com/collections/all-flowers
Finally let me suggest you compare our OG Kush strains (indoor hydro genetics we have stabilized over 20+ years) ) versus any (and I mean any) outdoor strains…the proof is in the pudding 🙂 Yes you’ll be able to taste the difference like thousands of patients in Southern California already have!