A Tropical Sleigh Ride of THC

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It
is
the
middle
of
September
and
the
heat
is
intense,
sweat
is
dripping
down
my
forehead
as
I
walk
down
rows
of
plants
that
seem
to
never
end.
Myself
and
my
crew,
which
includes
my
bandmate
Bleezy
from
our
rap
group Mendo
Dope
 and
our
business
partner
Mark
Greyshock
of Greenshock
Farms
,
are
just
finishing
up
the
biggest
pheno
hunt
that
any
of
us
have
ever
done.
Our
noses
are
covered
in
resin
after
closely
examining
about
800
plants,
searching
for
the
next
top
strain
among
the
phenos.
We
literally
cannot
smell
anymore,
our
nostril
hairs
are
sticky
and
the
tips
of
our
noses
are
raw.

As
the
sun
sets,
the
colors
in
the
sky
are
unreal,
almost
as
if
the
clouds
themselves
were
on
fire
glowing
in
a
bright
orange.
We
roll
up
a
Backwood
of
Sour
Apple
bud,
pack
our
gear
and
get
ready
to
head
out,
reeking
of
fresh
ganja.
The
road
is
winding,
swerving
through
the
rolling
hills
with
such
sharpness
that
it
almost
feels
like
we
are
on
mushrooms
as
we
drive
into
the
night
sky.

“We
found
some
winners
today,”
Bleezy
says,
still
smelling
the
tips
of
his
fingers
that
are
completely
covered
in
resin.

The
Road
Before
Us

Pheno
hunting
and
creating
new
strains
is
a
lengthy
process.
Greyshock
explains
that
creating
the
award-winning
Tropical
Sleigh
Ride
strain
came
after
many
years
of
hard
work.

“It
all
started
with
the Purple
Candy
Cane
,
which
has
placed
in
the
top
three
at
the
Emerald
Cup
two
years
in
a
row,”
he
says
of
the
strain’s
lineage.
“We
got
a
hold
of
a
Pineapple
plant
from
[noted
California
cannabis
breeder] Mean
Gene
 and
just
out
of
intuition,
I
knew
that
there
was
going
to
be
a
winner
by
crossing
these
two
plants.”

The
strain
was
created
in
2016
and
grown
for
the
first
time
during
the
2017
harvest.
Greyshock
says
he
had
more
confidence
in
this
particular
breeding
project
than
others
he
has
worked
on
in
the
past.
This
confidence
was
due,
in
part,
to
the
strain’s
unique
terpene
profile.
In
fact,
in
2017,
Greenshock’s
Tropical
Sleigh
Ride
won
the highest
total
terpene
content
award
at
the
prestigious
Emerald
Cup
,
with
4.8%
terpenes.

The
fruit-forward
Tropical
Sleigh
Ride
has
an ocimene-dominant
terpene
profile
,
something
that
is
also
found
in
other
plants
such
as
basil,
bergamot
and
lavender.
In
addition,
it
has
a
high
level
of CBG (a
cannabinoid
that
is
a
precursor
to
both
THC
and
CBD),
generally
2
to
2.5
%.

“It
has
an
overall
very
high
cannabinoid
ratio
with
the
THC
itself
in
the
neighborhood
of
17%
at
its
lowest
and
all
the
way
up
to
27-28%,”
Greyshock
says.
“With
high
levels
of
both
terpenes
and
cannabinoids
in
one
plant,
it
makes
this
strain
a
very
dynamic
combination.
The
smell
and
flavor
of
this
flower
is
unlike
any
other.” 

It’s
an
uplifting
strain
with
a
woodsy,
floral
and
tropical
smell
(think
oranges,
mangos,
guava,
pineapple, papaya,
lemons
and
hints
of
pine)
that
could
be
applicable
to
lift
a
depressive
fog,
he
says.

“Tropical
Sleigh
Ride
makes
you
feel
happy
to
be
alive.
It
crushes negativity
and
brings
out positivity.
I would
say
its
best
medical
trait
would
be
treating
depression,”
Greyshock
says.
“The
flavor
is
truly delicious
and
just smelling
it
will
make
you
feel
good. Smoking
the
Tropical
Sleigh
Ride
is like snowboarding
down
a mountain
of
fruit,
carving
through oranges
and mangos
jumping
over
pine
trees.”

And,
in
terms
of
its
growth,
Greyshock
says
the
vigorous
fast-growing
Tropical
Sleigh
Ride
is
extremely
adaptable.


It
handles
a
variety
of
conditions
very
well,
performing
great
in
all
environments,”
he
says.
“Here
in
California,
we
have
grown
it
in
the
Sierras
at
4,200
feet
[elevation] and
it
grew
very
nicely.
This
year,
we
are
growing
it
in
San
Luis
Obispo
County
in
a
very
hot
and
dry
climate
that
reaches
temperatures
of
110
degrees
regularly
and
it
is
performing
great.”

Greyshock
says
the
strain
also
possess
a
strong
resistance
to
both
bugs
and
mold,
something
that
becomes
very
important
when
picking
the
winners
from
a
new
batch
of
plants.
The
buds
themselves
are
generally
very
solid
and
chunky.

“Even
with
the
sativa
influence,
these
buds
are
not
loose
at
all

they
are
very
tight
sativa
buds,”
Greyshock
says.
“We have had
plants started
from
seed
that have
grown
over
12
feet
tall
and
10
feet
wide, towering
over
our
heads,
so
she
can definitely
grow
big. One
of
this
strain’s
best
traits
is
its
ability
to
fight
off
mold.”

Two
Birds
of
a
Feather

When
it
comes
to
the
variations
in
phenotypes
on
this
strain,
Greyshock
explains
there
are
two
basic
types:
the
green
pheno
and
the
purple
pheno.


The purple pheno
shows
a
lot
of color
on
the
leaves
and
stalk
and
a decent
amount
on
the
bud,”
he
says.
“About
40%
of
the
phenos exhibit the
green
version
of
this
strain.
One
pheno
that
we
love
is
the
Passion
Orange
Guava
(POG)
and that
is
an example
of
a
green
variation.
Another
pheno
we
have
took
sixth
place
[in
the
sungrown
category] at
the
2018
Emerald
Cup
and
this
one
has
more
of
a
purple
influence
that
we
call
the
Hawaiian Punch
pheno.”

And
when
it
comes
to
picking
which
pheno
is
best,
you
might
as
well
ask
a
mother
which
daughter
she
favors
more.

“It
is
hard
to
say
which
variation
is
better,
both
purple
and
green
phenos
are phenomenal,”
Greyshock
says.
“In terms
of
the
overall
size
of
the
buds,
I’d
say
about
10%
of
the
phenos
have large
big
buds
and
those aren’t generally
the
ones
we
keep.
It
seems
to
be
the
tighter,
medium, chunky
phenos
that
we are
after
a
lot,
which fortunately the majority
come
out
to
be.”

Even
though
the
Tropical
Sleigh
Ride
is
a
fabulous
smoke,
cannabis
breeders
are
almost
always
interested
in
taking
their
strain
further.


Once
you have these type
of
plants
in
your
collection,
it
is
always
about trying
to
make
new
and
better things
if
you
can,”
Greyshock
says.
“Right
now,
we
are playing around with
the
Tropical
Sleigh
Ride.
This
last year, we
crossed
it
with
another phenomenal California
plant
that
was
bred
right
here
in
Mendocino County
called the
Long
Valley
Royal
Kush.
Both
of
these
plants
have
won
awards
at
the Emerald Cup,
so
the
combination
of
these
two plants
is
making
for some
really
exciting
stuff
this
year.”


Breeder:
Greenshock
Farms


Genetics:
Purple
Candy
Cane
x
Pineapple


Yield:
Medium
to
Heavy


Height:
Medium
to
Tall


Harvest
Time:
56
to
60
Days


Profile:
Sativa
70%/Indica
30%


TELL
US,
 would
you
be
interested
in
trying
a
strain
bursting
with
tropical
terps?


Originally
published
in
Issue
40
of
Cannabis
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