If you’ve never visited Oregon, I highly recommend it. I visited several times over the years, even working the cannabis harvest season in the early days of the state’s decriminalization efforts. While we lovingly mock the culture there as though Portlandia is real life, Oregonians are extremely tech- and business-savvy.
Brands like Nike, Freightliner, Harry & David, LaCrosse, Rogue Ale, Tazo, and Tillamook are all based in Oregon.
And when I spoke with medical dispensary owners and other industry professionals out there, they all echoed the same sentiment that everyone in Oregon knows how to grow cannabis. You need to provide something worth buying if you want people to get it from you instead of their own yards.
And a family farm a few hours outside Portland and Tillamook, hidden away in the Clatsop State Forest thinks it may have a secret weapon. Tweedle Farms is bringing a unique CBD product to the market that meets all the legal requirements of hemp.
It’s similar to the Charlotte’s Web strain developed by Colorado-based Stanley Brothers.
The company is very careful to follow all applicable regulations to not make any medical claims that haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It’s a lot easier to grow, manufacture, sell, and use hemp in the U.S., thanks to the provisions of Mitch McConnell’s Hemp Farming Act of 2018 that were rolled into the 2018 United States farm bill known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. So long as cannabis has less than 0.3% THC, it is known as hemp.
Legal and scientific definitions of hemp differ a bit thanks to the long road we’re taking to legalization. The law differentiates industrial hemp and the drug cannabis by classifying them as two different strains of the cannabis plant. In reality, there are thousands of different strains, but they’re all still cannabis plants.
Hemp is actually the description of products made from the stalks and seeds of the cannabis plant. Hemp fibers and oils have a ton of benefits that are derived from the terpenes and cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant. The structural integrity of the hemp fibers are also quite strong and fast/easy to grow, making them ideal building materials.
Because growers are more interested in growing stalks and seeds over non-flowering buds, industrial hemp grows typically require not only different strains, but also different growing techniques. Since Mitch McConnell’s money is the only involvement he’s ever had in cannabis, he wouldn’t know such a thing, so growing technique is not specified in the HPA provisions
The family behind Tweedle Farms clearly recognized this and collected as many industrial hemp strains as they could to open a new lane not yet filled by Stanley Brothers and the long (and I can’t even begin to describe to you exactly how long) line of CBD peddlers, imitators, pyramid schemes, frauds, shams, scams, and other companies.
Tweedling My Thumbs
I can’t even tell you how excited I was to receive the CBD flowers from Tweedle Farms. I understood the concept as soon as I saw it online, and their website is very well made. Their business model exists in a really good zone where they’re not held back by the regulations that hamper recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t operate under just as strict of quality guidelines from seed to sale. And while we’re on that subject, allow me to jump on a quick soapbox about cannabis quality control.
Even though cannabis was legalized medically before recreationally in states that allow it, testing is not as stringent as you would think. This is because Mitch McConnell is not the only out-of-touch politician who doesn’t understand the intricacies of cannabis, and that industry already had a powerful activist lobby behind it that’s now fueled by over $55 billion in annual profits.
Some businesses in every industry will always go exactly as far as the government forces them to keep customers safe. Testing for heavy metals, mold, and other toxins is not always mandatory, but Oregon and Nevada are pretty well recognized as having some of the best voluntary, third-party testing rates.
To put it in perspective, I saw local residents in Eugene and Springfield up in arms about a Whole Foods opening in the city because it wasn’t Oregon-owned. And do not ask anyone in Oregon where to find a Starbucks, as they’ll likely recommend you check up your own ass.
So it’s not surprising that in true farm-to-table form, Tweedle Farms offers extensive information regarding every batch of CBD they harvest.
Long before ordering, you can see the most recent harvest date, along with all sorts of testing information. That way you know exactly what you’re putting in your body and even which farm sowed the seed.
We got an eighth of three different outdoor-grown strains: Cherry Wine, Lifter, and Suver Haze, which would each set you back $25-30.
Cherry Wine seems to have come from Charlotte’s Web genetics, with The Wife x Charlotte’s Cherries listed as its parentage. The smell is like fresh cannabis. In fact, everything about this strain looks and smells like cannabis. Farnesene and β-Myrcene are the main terpenes, and it contains 15.4% CBDa and 0.07% Δ9 THC.
Suver haze came from Suver #8 x ERB, and it’s a cheesy, fruity strain with 19% CBDa and 0.07% Δ9 THC. It’s a sativa-dominant strain that has β-Myrcene, farnesene, and β-Caryophyllene.
Lifter is derived from Suver Haze #50 x ERB. It has a very earthy, almost sweet smell and contains 18.46% CBDa, & .07% Δ9 THC. The buds are light and fluffy, helping them burn well if you choose to smoke them.
And speaking of which, let’s talk about what these buds can be good for.
Cooking with CBD
Thanks to shows like Vice’s Bong Appetit and Netflix’s Cooking on High, the process of making medicated marijuana edibles is pretty well known these days. All you really need to know is decarboxylation still applies to CBD buds.
As you probably noticed, I wasn’t listing straight CBD levels in each strain. I was actually listing CBDa, which is the acidic precursor to CBD. You must first heat CBDa to 230 degrees to activate it before incorporating into your food and drinks.
With that said, you can pretty much replace cannabis flower buds with CBD hemp buds in anything. They can be vaped in a Volcano, extracted to create CBD isolate or concentrate, or whatever you choose to do.
And they’re the cleanest herbal supplements you’ll ever see, with no heavy metals, pesticides, or molds.
Overall I’m impressed with Tweedle Farms. They managed to create a product that seems obvious and intuitive. I’ll definitely buy from here again.