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New Cannabinoid On The Block THCV Makes A Strong But Brief Impression

These days, the idea of purchasing cannabis based solely on aroma or appearance is madness. Intuition may have been a pivotal piece of the puzzle before regulations set in, but now we’re analyzing our cannabis on a much deeper level.

First, we were told to pay close attention to whether our pot was an Indica or Sativa. Today we may not place much value this distinction — the concept of Indica as putting one “in da couch” is indisputably reductive — but it was the start of a knowledge evolution that continues to this day. After we learned about CBD and the host of cannabinoids beyond THC, researchers are sharing discoveries about the vital role terpenes play in how our cannabis tastes and affects us. For many consumers, becoming familiar with THC, let alone CBD, is enough of a challenge. However, as the industry continues to evolve, expect to hear a lot more about these so-called “minor” cannabinoids.

Enter Flow Kana.

As a respected brand, Flow Kana has the trust and reputation required to do a limited-edition launch like Pink Boost Goddess. It’s the brand’s first release of a high THCV strain, which was cultivated by Emerald Spirit Botanicals, a cannabis farm located near Willits in Mendocino county that has partnered with Flow Kana. With an emphasis on sun-grown, small batch, multi-generational farmers, Flow Kana is the rare brand in the industry that’s name is synonymous with consistent quality. That’s partially why they are so well-suited to usher in the age of THCV.

You might be wondering those letters mean. Scientifically speaking, THCV stands for tetrahydrocannabivarin. According to California cannabis testing company Steep Hill, THCV is the “sports car of cannabinoids.” The jury is still out on what exactly differentiates THCV from its more famous cousin, but some research has suggested that while THCV does not produce psychoactive effects at low doses, it does activate cannabinoid  receptors in the brain— which in turn cause the sensations collectively referred to as “being high” — in more concentrated amounts.

Flow Kana’s Pink Boost Goddess (a cross of the Pink and Boost Goddess F2 strains) clocks in at 4.24 percent THCV. From a flavor standpoint, the strain is reflective of its award-winning siblings at Flow Kana. It’s delicious, with light notes of strawberry and mint. The packaging suggests that sweet cream and rosewood are also in there, although I didn’t sense much of either. Regardless, it’s a tasty flower, a pleasure to sniff and to puff. Aesthetically, the nugs weren’t eye-popping in terms of trichomes, coloring, etc., but in this case, it would definitely be a mistake to judge a book by its cover.

After smoking a joint of freshly ground flower, I felt noticeably physically relaxed. However – and true to what’s been reported about THCV – I did not feel sluggish or otherwise tired and unmotivated. The tradeoff for the latter is that the effects from a high THCV strain often don’t hit very hard or last for too long. For those who have a high tolerance when it comes to THC, Pink Boost Goddess will likely be particularly subtle in its potency.

That doesn’t mean that Pink Boost Goddess is only for lightweights or those who desire more control over their experience. I can imagine this strain being an excellent option for a heavy user to turn to before or after meditation and exercise.

This THCV-rich strain didn’t make me feel especially social, so it’s not a great party option. Instead, from a mental perspective, Pink Boost Goddess actually made me feel inquisitive and thoughtful. That’s part of the reason I feel it could really pair well with yoga or running – something that keeps you active but also leaves your mind free to process and unwind. If potency is your focus, this one won’t be for you. For everyone else, go out and grab a jar while this limited-edition release is still around. You can thank me once you’ve landed softly back on the ground.

Potency: Pink Boost Goddess is 18.7 percent THC, 4.24 percent THCV. It does have psychoactive properties, but they are subtle and short-lasting.

Smell: Sweet aroma of strawberry and mint

Effect: This strain produces a pleasant but fleeting body high and also serves as a mood lifter. Consumers can expect to retain their mental clarity when consuming small to moderate amounts.

5/5

Available for a limited time at Bay Area dispensaries. Learn more at flowkana.com.