Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Marijuana Encyclopedia Episode 7 - Ryan Galford

Ryan Galford has been in marijuana - medical, legal, and otherwise - for a long time.  He's the COO of Rootworx.  Here's a little bit that I learned (and mostly copied) from their website:

They boast of their zero water waste facility, and plan on implementing even more water management systems. Rootworx management and staff all love the cannabis plant. Sharing in the daily physical work they believe the recreational marijuana consumer deserves predictable top shelf products at a fair price.

Combining their watering methods with the highly efficient Rocket Plasmas lighting system, Rootworx believes they are the “greenest” grower in the industry.  Consistently delivering top shelf products at a competitive price. Rootworx is a leader in recreational horticulture.
I've reviewed several Rootworx strains. The first strain I ever reviewed from Rootworx was Grapestomper. I mentioned a bit of a smell lingering in from the heat-sealing. Ryan talks about receiving feedback like that and how responding to feedback helps him stay agile in a competitive, growing marketplace.

Ryan went to his local recreational marijuana retailer, North Bay Marijuana in Allyn, WA. I have not yet - but want to soon - tour and review. All the pot here on the table that has Rootworx label is from North Bay Marijuana.

He arrived with a gram each of Bubba Erkle, Blackberry (which we didn't smoke!), Tahoe OG, and Grape Stomper BHO which was amazing. He also brought a whole eighth of his beloved Blue Dream. Because he's awesome, Ryan jarred these up for us.


Not only all that, but co-host Ryan Smith showed up with 3 different strains that will soon be coming from the Green Vault. We do not have potency information on these strains. They're all great strains and all of them are delicious. They combined for a massive effect.




Don't miss the Aftershow.



We started out with Tahoe OG. This is super-terpy weed. The original cut Rootworx acquired had over 7% terpenes! That's huge.

Brand: Rootworx
Strain: Tahoe OG
Indica-dominant Hybrid

Potency Analysis: TTL 21.38% THC 0.23% CBD 0.04% THCA 24.15%

Cost: $12/gram



Harvested: 12/08/2015
Smoked: 01/30/2016

Packaging: 6" x 3" clear plastic zip-top bag inside 3.75" x 2.25" x 1" cardboard box



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Our next flower was a Bubba Erkel. Rootworx has a cut of some diggity Pre-98 Bubba Kush which is being used to breed some amazing strains. I dither back and forth on whether or not this should be considered "top shelf" or just "premium". Fuck it, it's great! There's a great shot of it when it was still growing.

Brand: Rootworx
Strain: Bubba Erkel
Indica Hybrid

Potency analysis: TTL 21.35% THC 0.3% CBD 0.04% THCA 24%

Cost: $12/gram



Harvested: 01/13/2016




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Next we had an amazing, custom strain that is only available from Rootworx and a friendly medical marijuana dispensary Herb-n-Wellness on the Key Peninsula, owned by Clint Pipkin. Ryan forgot the box for this so we don't have clear potency analysis. Rootworx Plant Manager Anna sent a text with latest test numbers. We also have some shots of this when it was growing, and you can see how huge the bud was.

Brand: Rootworx
Strain: P-51
Indica-dominant Hybrid

Potency Analysis: 27.69% THC

Cost: $12/gram











This unique strain was Dope Magazine's June 2014 Recreational Strain of the Month. Hell yeah. This was just a few generations ago and since the THC is up to 26% and 27%!

 


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This is a classic strain and Ryan has been growing it and loving this strain for most of his marijuana career. His mother has had over 10,000 clones taken. TEN THOUSAND CUTS!

Brand: Rootworx
Strain: Blue Dream
Sativa

Potency Analysis: TTL 21.18% THC 0.05% CBD 0.05% THCA 24.11%

Cost: $42 / 3.5 gram




Harvested: 12/28/2015




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We had three from the Green Vault and all are premium. This one had some ... unique characteristics. It's got a great berry flavor.

Brand: the Green Vault
Strain: Blueberry Haze
Sativa-dominant Hybrid




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This is becoming one of my favorite strains. This is super cerebral, uplifting, smart weed.

Brand: the Green Vault
Strain: Galactic Jack
Sativa-dominant Hybrid









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This is a joy. I love Alien strains and this Tarantula is gorgeous with a huge variety of color and the complex, sweet flavors.

Brand: the Green Vault
Strain: Alien Tarantula
Sativa-dominant Hybrid







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We wrapped the night with the Grapestomper BHO. Bringing this strain, and sharing for the first time openly that he'll be switching to all glass containers in Rootworx tells me essentially everything I need to know about him.

He heard criticism, that sounded accurate. He investigated it, found a valid criticism, and applied a wide-spread, high level solution that solves the problem - not works around it.  I'm impressed. Then he followed up by bringing it full circle with this delicious offering. This was so good it turned co-host Ryan into a scavenger.

Brand: Rootworx
Strain: Grapestomper BHO
Balanced Hybrid

Potency Analysis: TTL 75.2% THC 12.1% CBD 0.63% THCA 72.09

Cost: $30/gram









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