By: Collin Lee Johnson
Within the last year, Tier-3 producer/processor CannaGenesis operating out of Bellingham has been putting out some truly unique cannabis aptly named, Space Weed. What makes their weed aptly futuristic is the way they go about curing it. They were already flash freezing cannabis post-harvest for live resin, and thought to themselves—can we make this frozen weed smokeable again? This is where they began thinking of all the different problems they could solve.
The result of their scientific research and development is cannabis unlike any I’ve ever felt before. I got my hands on a gram of their XJ-13 that had the looks of a full eighth. The reason for this is there’s no moisture content in the weed at all, which means more flower by weight. CannaGenesis uses a process called sublimation to immediately remove any moisture from the cannabis within two days of harvesting. After a conversation with CEO Eric Young I found out why this weed was hands-down the easiest to break down and roll-up.
How Does Sublimation Work?
Eric told me that within an hour of harvest their product will be Flash Frozen Cured. That means they’ll go into a freezing-chamber of sorts that will quickly bring the cannabis to sub-zero temperatures. The process they then utilize that involves dropping the pressure in the chamber to create a vacuum that induces a phase change called sublimation. This will turn the ice crystals immediately into a gaseous state while preserving the flower’s taste, color, and shape. The patent-pending method CannaGenesis uses removes over 80% of the water weight!
I’m not joking when I say I took nugs of this pleasantly potent XJ-13 and crumbled it in my hands and was immediately able to twist it into a blunt. Usually people associate high-quality weed with stickiness and resiny goodness, but Eric said that this is a byproduct of high levels of moisture, not potency.
Moisture leaving cannabis that sits in packaging is the reason it will change colors, and lose potency over time. Space Weed has essentially a never-ending shelf-life since it contains such trace amounts of moisture. “If you want to hold on to it a bit longer, flash freezing is the way to go,” Young said.
The XJ-13 itself was a credit to its genetics. The 70/30 sativa-dominant strain is known to induce a pleasant cerebral high while stimulating the body. I found this to be the case as I quickly rolled the condensed cotton candy-like buds into a blunt and got terribly lost in thought after a few smooth rips.