If the fallen apple trees from my neighborhood are any indication, harvest season is officially here. And just in time, too. If you’re anything like me, the wave of August heat waves makes you desperate for some sweater weather.
Regardless of the temperatures, Oregon is arguably at its best in the fall, and for more reason than the dazzling leaf colors, greasy zucchini, and vast corn mazes. Our state is incredibly fertile, it produces not only a variety of products, but also an abundance of weeds.
However, despite prolific production, cannabis use declined in Oregon. You might even say that recreational weeds are going through some slack. But during the harvest season, we can reconnect with the herbs by celebrating the planting process alongside the growers whose hard work touches our daily lives.
To get started, here’s a roundup of exciting new strains you can use to stock your fall canals when you start hitting dispensary shelves.
This cross of Wedding Cake and Sunset Sherbet was sourced by Seed Junky Genetics only this year and offers the best of its parent strain. Dream Cake has clarified the indica genes, and as such, it clearly provides calming effects. Users report romantic and dreamy highs that are best suited for low-risk home use. Looking at this breed’s genetics, you can expect the stunning tranquility of a wedding cake and the sensual relaxation of a sorbet sunset, both of which are gently elevated by the profile of a peppery terpene, the forward-looking carophylline.
He buys: Port Roots Infirmary, 5816 Northeast Portland Highway, 971-865-5176.
Zoap is a relatively new, well-balanced hybrid with a complex genetic story. This crossover of Pink Guava, Rainbow Sherbet and F2 Pheno 21 hits it with high power (25% THC and above), producing a thick, cottony body sensation with users able to settle deep into the couch or herd toward the kitchen for a sleepwalking snack adventure. Depending on their resting state, users report social upheavals and laughter as well as deep relaxation of the body. Possible therapeutic effects include relief from depression, nausea, and chronic pain.
He buys: Club Sky High, 8975 N Lombard Street, 503-719-5801, clubskyhigh.net.
Georgia Pie is a very cool, calming hybrid that was bred from a cross of Gelati and Kush Mint. This variety is said to be robust enough to keep stone pickers in a literal and figurative haze for the rest of the harvest. Effects include euphoria arousal, heavy extremities, soft introspection, and a strong state of munchies. By most accounts, this strain smells and tastes like a sweet, frothy pie crust, which is so characteristic of the brand for a season dedicated to pumpkin spice and apple picking.
He buys: Nectar, 2422 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-719-6106, nectar.
If high-octane strains dominate your stocking bin, Durban Soba will be your wake-up and bread for fall. The strain is a haze cross variation of the already fiery Landrace sativa, so users should expect a bright-eyed head up high and a blood-pumping body buzz. Pro tip: Use this item with intent. It has a strong “revamp your bathroom” vibe that can leave unprepared stones feeling very sore. Take it slow and keep some colored pencils at the ready.
He buys: TreeHouse Collection, 2419 NE Sandy Blvd. , 503-894-8774.
Zuyaqui is a softer variety that offers strong, calm bodies and cashmere fluff behind the eyes. Born from a cross of two crossbreeds, Dogwalker and Horchata, Zoyaki expresses her genes with a daydreaming start that dissolves into a thick velvet body. Users detail classic effects, such as heavy eyelids, reckless snacking, and Netflix even relaxing naptime-style. Stones that herald the arrival of autumn as you leave for work and come home in the dark, the Zuyaqui just might be the perfect breed to unwind and let loose of attachment to.
He buys: Today’s Herbal Choice Barbur, 9220 SW Barbur Blvd. , #107, 503-208-3042, todaysherbalchoice.com.