Meeting with the french grower of Los Angeles, California, J. de Botafarm
This exceptional cannabis grower breeds cannabis like the French winegrowers, from whom he has inherited. His vision of cannabis does not quite comply with industry standards, on the contrary for him, it is a question of art, passion and cooking ...
J. of Botafarm Génétics
We met J. de Botafarm, the meeting was fruitful with information and advice that we share in this article.
J. is a French grower who now lives in California, his Botafarm company is famous for producing grand cru cannabis… Its similarity to viticulture is not trivial. Indeed, J. from a very young age has been passionate about the vineyard. He got this from his grandfather, a winegrower in Saint Émilion.
“So it's true, my grandfather had a small vineyard in Saint Emilion, since I was very young I saw him take care of his vineyard and his garden with passion and tenderness. I even believe that at this level, we can speak of love. The taste of what grows has been in my family for generations. ”
For this exceptional breeder, cannabiculture is more subtle and varied than viticulture (or at least equal compared to the production of grand cru). Between producing THC, CBD and performing a good curing, the steps producing good cannabis would be an art, and specifically for Botafarm, a secret technique (playing with time) that will not be revealed in this article (Revolutionary technique but not patentable…)
Cannabis, a plant to master
The ideal of a good plantation for J. de Botafarm, occurs indoors. Indeed, due to irregular conditions, cannabis outdoors develops a flower / leaf ratio that is too low), in addition, many soils can contain heavy metals that cannabis ingests very easily, which obliges the grower to pay close attention to its production. .
As we know, a good cannabis crop must be organic, organic and pesticide free. Data to master, which would be preferable indoors.
Like the vines, outdoor cannabis is exposed to pests and pests, as well as the famous late blight (Plasmopara viticola), which is a parasitic fungus specific to grapevine, but also cannabis.
It develops in favor of rainy and mild springs, contaminating the herbaceous organs, it can lead to significant crop losses, as well as quality and weakening problems… Current research in biology describes the symptoms and damage as more and more aggressive ... Downy mildew is a poison for cannabis, and according to J., many crops are threatened, or even canceled by this contaminant.
A history of terroir
Botafarm mainly recommends outdoor harvesting for extraction, always in the right conditions, ie with total control of pesticide-free production.
The quality of the land (part of the terroir), intervenes firmly in the cultivation of cannabis, and as would a good winemaker, the choice of land is more than valuable ...
According to J., so in Oregon and California we will probably find the best wines, plantations of the best cannabis outdoors (plants rise to + 10 meters high), and this is due to this famous terroir.
The inspiration of Botafarm
J. de Botafarm takes the example of the famous grower Dj Short. This world-renowned cannabis grower is sort of the Willy Wonka of cannabis.
Daniel John (who is not a DJ…) Short, who currently lives in Oregon (no coincidence) is a must for cannibiculturalists, in addition to his scientific background (and in cognitive psychology), he has participated in the development of the best varieties of cannabis, from which Botafarm draws heavily and methodically.
We owe him the “Blue” family, like Purple Thai, BlueBerry. To tell the truth, unbeatable classics with a light and fruity taste (berries, forest fruits, grapes…). DJ Short's herbs are currently cultivated in over 60 countries ...
"It's quite a trip to think that each of my breaths, there is someone in the world who gives a taffe to some kind of grass from my work". Dj Short
J., with his vision of cannabis cultivation and his inspirer, offers us strains in the same vein as the indebted Dj Short.
The Blueberry Muffin is a perfect example.
The Blueberry Muffin is a cross between a DJ Short Blueberry and a Sour Diesel. It is a small, robust plant like an Afghanica strain with indica leaves (formerly sativa). Its flowers are very dense and are paradoxically light. The fantastic aroma of Frozen Yogurt and Blueberry, very tangy, even has hints of strawberry, black cherry and grapes.
The effect is stimulating, followed by a rather relaxing descent. However the effect is surprising, novices must be very careful not to be surprised by the effect of dissociation it can cause ...
OG Kush Master Yoda
Another selection of Botafarm, the OG Kush Master Yoda ... The master Yoda is an "elite" category clone that J. himself has collected. It is a cross of SFV OG and Master kush, a hybrid with very Sativa traits, and therefore a very fragile plant with environmental variations.
Its earthy taste is very pronounced. It has an aroma of land pine, lime and a touch of sweet anise. Probably one of the best OGs on the market ...
Urkel Electric is an Afghan (formerly Indica) a cross between Mendocino's Purple Urkel and an OG kush.
The THC level ...
As a general rule J. does not look at the THC level; a bit like we would for wine, we do not look at the alcohol content in a good vintage ...
“In addition the THC level is not a good indicator of the potential of the effect, we can find land race Sativa with 10% that will give the worst anxiety attacks and dissociation than varieties with 25% very relaxing ”says J.“ They all come out around + 25% thc + or - 1% CBD. But the ratios change from harvest to harvest, and depending on the part of the plant and the time of harvest… ”
Rant against the cannabis industry
In addition, J. reminds us that the cannabis industry and specifically that of Big Pharma is not without its dangers. We know that synthetic and even pharmaceutical products produce some pretty unwanted side effects.
So is the famous Marinol (or dronabinol), which is a synthetic form of THC found in Cannabis Sativa. This medicine is used in the treatment of weight loss and appetite associated with AIDS and in the treatment of severe nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy for cancer.
But this kind of drug produces quite spectacular side effects, like burns and others… In addition, this synthetic product does not contain terpenes, these molecules so precious to the specificity of a good strain of cannabis. Cannabis without terpenes is a bit like very bad wine, at a very low price ... piquette in short ...
Obviously, for J. the big production companies, even if high tech, serve more the producer than the consumer. Large manufacturers tend to produce plants that are harvested far too early, dried too quickly, and cured on clinic shelves.
Industrial standards a little too established ...
In contrast, our Botafarm french grower sells its production directly in California dispensaries, its herbs are famous as would be good wine ...
Criteria and profile of a good strain according to J. de Botafarm
In spite of the attractive side of the events, J. did not have much fun with the idea of proposing his strains to the "judges" of the Cannabis Cup. For the simple reason that his "self-proclaimed" judges can only bring at best incomplete results and at worst an erroneous report
This could surprise many, accustomed to competitions of major providers of the weed ... But logically, J. reminds us that a "judge who says expert (or not), smoking (so already smoking you burn 3 / 4 of the terpene profile) of the grass all day, saturates these olfactory receptors (olfactory fatigue).
They must test sometimes 20 dab, 20 strains, edibles, vapepen etc ...
From the point of view of taste it's just an enormity. But then from the point of view of the judgment of the effect of each strain one is in the most total masquerade ...
If I am "fasting" that I spray a GO, the effect of this one will be very easy to judge, now in the hour that follows, I consume another strain, the effects of this one will be completely erroneous ...
How to have an impartial and precise judgment in these conditions? "
A stoner is not a connoisseur in the same way that an alcoholic is not a sommelier
The opinion of cannabis sommeliers is more favorable, and more precise in establishing the profile of a good weed. These professionals are trained, and rightly so, to establish the terpene profile of a good cannabis plant.
In order to establish this good profile, J. de Botafarm recommends a few points, which prove to be invaluable for the cannabis grower.
First, the visual aspect of the plant. That is to say the rate of crystallization (of the trichomes), the color and the structure of the head which must be compact and protruding.
In prevention, you need to establish if your plant does not have diseases or predators. If your plant is in poor health, you will not get the desired result, or worse you will have cannabis cannabis, unfit for consumption.
This crucial step is often sabotaged by the use of pesticides or hormone regulators (pgr) to obtain more compact flowers
The organoleptic properties of cannabis can be defined as all of its characteristics perceived and evaluated by the senses of the consumer or those of an expert.
The organoleptic properties of cannabis play a key role in its perception before use or consumption. The main elements contributing to organoleptic quality are:
- the smell
- the aromas
The organoleptic properties can be evaluated when vaping your weed. Tobacco takes away the flavor of cannabis, if you really want to smell the “dress” of your production, spray on low.
Test your weed after the harvest
Like wine, it may be necessary to test your crop after harvest. This 2 weeks to 1 months after drying. Trichomes are present, and your grass is ready for low temperature spraying.
Because of this, you will be able to test your herb. This is important to evaluate its taste, and its aromatic essences.
The active and passive effect
This is the time to test your weed frankly, in its final version ... Do not hesitate to bring you a stopwatch to measure the "active" effect (the time given before feeling the first effects) and the effect passive (the duration of the effect). In general, it can be observed that Indica (formerly sativa) strains may take slightly longer to "go up", while afganica strains (formerly Indica) may sometimes be faster.
But that depends on many other factors.
It should be noted that Indica (formerly Sativa m) is more favorable during the day, and Afghanica (formerly indica) heavier, in the evening ... The time / effect ratio, determines the potency and veracity of the strain of cannabis.
Noted that the market is essentially flooded with hybrids which creates a multicolored array of effects, hence the need to understand each plant.
So you calculate the time of the rise, and the effect in its duration (the passive effect). The time / effect ratio determines the potency and veracity of the cannabis strain.
The physical and psychological effect
You must know that the well psychedelic strains tend to attract a very specific clientele ... It all depends on the person, but in general the favorite herbs are subtle and not necessarily brittle ...
(What is paradoxical here because in LA the queen variety is the OG Kush ...)
Notice the state of your face, your eyes, and if possible contemplate yourself in a positive way.
If your skin makes you mentally or physically unsuitable for the action, either you want it or your herb is not adapted ... J. recommends testing 2 3 times the strain, to be sure!
A good herb will be tasty, powerful and easy to tasting.
You have to find your favorites is very important to make the most of your experience.
A good herb will be tasty, powerful and easy to taste (without deforming your face ...)
THC in the kitchen
French heritage requires, cooking is also part of the skills of J., and cannabic cuisine for precision.
J. and also the organizer of “Cultured create & Destroy” an event which blends gourmet cuisine and elite cannabis for the pleasure of the senses.
These dinners are organized in LA with the complicity of Chef Nate Santana.
Nate and J. work primarily on the olfactory and spiritual experience.
The dishes are microdosed, each plate contains 2 mg of cannabinoids for a total of 12mg / people.
We use concentrated but also pure flower. (The aromas of blueberry muffin blend perfectly with fish on the embers.
The goal is to have a good time not to make people sick.
The meal and accompanied by vape pen Organic Botafarm, terpenized according to the menu.
A fantastic experience for the body and mind that awakens the senses!
Don't worry if this all sounds complicated, because it is meant to be! Researchers are still trying to understand how the activation and inhibition of these receptors and enzymes affect us. But in terpene cooking with cannabis, the thing is simple and the effects subtle, like a good wine ...
Thus, J. from Botafarm Genetics, reminds us that cannabis is surely the most subtle and most prominent foodstuff for our coming years. We thank the French grower of California for his example, and the pleasant interview he provided us.