Pink Boost Goddess is establishing itself as an incredible THCV strain as it continues to gain recognition, this time, at the California State Fair. Submitted as Farm Cut flower, this specific batch came in at 10.1% THCVa and 7.3% THCa with a total cannabinoid content of 19.61%. One month earlier this flower was recognized to have both a unique cannabinoid and terpene profile at the Emerald Cup, where it placed 1st place in certified sungrown flower for the second year in a row. The varietal was bred by a mother in mendocino county who works with the spirit of cannabis as her guide to breed forward new cannabis seeds for the future.
How it Began
In 2014, Katie was working with CBD, exploring the gifts that this minor cannabinoid had to offer. She had found herself first focused on high CBD, before being guided by the plants to explore a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD. This careful breeding work took years to establish and was achieved in multiple varietals including Dancing Sun, Equinox, Crystal Hope and Harmony Rose. With multiple 1:1 varietals stabilized, Katie was ready to work with a new cannabinoid.
She had recently completed a workshop series on plant spirit communication and was curious to put her training to work. Through a prayerful practice of steady rhythmic breathing, conscious clearing of the mind, and a deep desire to commune with the spirit of cannabis, Katie enter a ceremony to ask for guidance. She was asking the spirit of cannabis how she could aide the plant to evolve forward to support humanity at this time.
Her connection with spirit gave her a message to explore THCV. A couple friends of hers, Erin and Jane, had THCV pop up in one plant. The lineage was called Pink Boost Goddess, a cross of a Black Garlic X Boost X unknown goddess. Katie was gifted some seeds from multiple crosses created in that gene pool from the original breeder Linda Lu. With these seed lots, Katie’s breeding work with Pink Boost Goddess began.
In her first year, about 1 in 100 plants contained around 2% THCV. She was able to find a couple males and a couple females to begin her search. Each season she allowed the plants to experience the natural rhythms of the cosmos, growing outdoors, in the soil of mother earth, from seeds that had been produced the previous year.
The male plants grew in her vision quest garden, located in a shady part of the garden underneath the forest canopy. The beds are native soil with very little nutrition. The plants receive less water and experience an environment very similar to how they lived as wild plants on the mountainside. We call this Origin in our work. As the males go out on vision quest, they have an opportunity to experience a sense of origin to where they came from and remember to be resilient and resourceful in the natural, native landscape. It is in this intimate connection with the wild landscape that the pollen forms and brings in new medicine to be carried forward in the seed.
In another part of our garden far away from the where the males are creating their pollen, the females soak up full sun in highly nutritious beds prepped and amended to grow some of the best cannabis in California. Cover crop, compost, amendments and compost teas fill the soil with an abundance of nutrients so the cannabis plant has everything it needs to succeed. Beneficial insects, host plants, companion plants and a diverse collection of fruits, veggies and flowers set the scene for these ladies to thrive.
The pollen is carefully harvested from the vision quest garden and stored. As the females mature and become ready to receive the pollen, it is gently applied by hand to specific branches of the plant. Some of the female plants are pollinated based on lab results, some of them pollinated based on intuition and feeling.
As an annual plant, the whole focus of life for cannabis is to be pollinated. If the plant is not pollinated it dies for ever and no seeds will be left to carry it forward. By pollinating part of the plant, this allows the plant being to experience this great desire while also ensuring we have seed free flower that can go out to market.
Over the last 6 years of working in this process, the THCV content has slowly risen and in 2022 found the average to be around 7%-8% THCV (as low as 5% and as high as 10%). Everything is grown from seed so each plant varies from the other. As new seed lots are created each year, the chances of higher THCV ratios become more and more likely.
What is THCV?
THCV is a cannabinoid that the cannabis plant produces but is very rare in the majority of varietals. Commonly dubbed “the skinny weed cannabinoid” there is a lot of marketing done that this is a weight loss cannabinoid but I remain cautious to jump on that bandwagon. THCV has been documented to help regulate blood sugar in diabetics and has been reported by multiple users to help reduce neuropathic pain.
Stories passed along through researchers rumor that THCV rich cannabis was historically used by hunters and fishermen in Africa and Jamaica. In Africa, some hunters wold bring THCV rich cannabis with them on long hunts as a way to energize them, increase their focus and reduce the amount of food they needed to bring on the hunting trip. In Jamaica, its rumored that fishermen would seek out certain strains of cannabis that would increase their night vision when fishing at night. It was later discovered that this specific varietal was rich in THCV. These two stories came through the grapevine so their accuracy can’t be confirmed, but they are certainly interesting anecdotes that align with the general effects reported when using THCV.
Recreational users trying Pink Boost Goddess report a similar experience to the literature. Shared experiences commonly include an increased sense of focus, a generally uplifting experience and an overall enjoyable time. There have been mixed reports on the munchies. One user who experienced appetite reducing affects explained it as the first time he had felt the experience of being full in a long time. Some report that they eat just as much as they did smoking other THC varietals. There are of course always outliers when studying the affects of a new cannabinoid but so far it seems the majority of people are enjoying it!
2022, The year of Pink Boost Goddess
For Pink Boost Goddess, 2022 has been a record breaking year. It began with a 1st place prize at Weedcon Cup in sungrown flower category. In May, Pink Boost Goddess was recognized in a huge way at the Emerald Cup where it received 3 awards: 1st place certified sungrown flower, most unique cannabinoid profile, and exotic terpene profile. The exotic terpene classification was award to 4 varietals out of the over 700 entries into the Emerald Cup. That same week, Woody Harrelson and has team welcomed Pink Boost Goddess and Farm Cut Cannabis into his new dispensary The Woods.
In June, Pink Boost Goddess became recognized as the most unique flower in California when it received the only “Unique Award” at the inaugural California State Cannabis Fair in Sacramento. The fair will run for 15 days from July 15th to July 31st.
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