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Tasting Guide

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Cannabis contains hundreds of molecules that directly affect our minds and bodies. Cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids interact with different cells and receptors, influencing our experience with cannabis. These phytochemicals share similarities in therapeutic value and how we perceive cannabis through our senses. Many similarities suggest that these phytochemicals may interact or have synergy with each other. Dr. John McPartland, a well-known cannabis researcher, has stated that “cannabis is polypharmaceutical,” meaning diversely medicinal, and the “synergy arises from interactions between its multiple components.” Our intent in providing this information is to introduce and support a more holistic view of cannabis consumption and aid our customers in selecting cannabis strains and products that will fulfill their particular needs and desires.

Every strain of cannabis we cultivate, by law, is tested for cannabinoids and its total THC and CBD content provided to the consumer. Additionally, we have all strains tested for terpene content a minimum of three times to establish an average terpene profile for each. Based on our lab test results, we created a tasting guide for our in-house strains, dependent on their terpene profiles, that provides each strain's genetics and average total THC content. We hope that these groupings will help our consumers identify the terpenes and strains they are drawn to and discover other strains to try based on desired flavors and potential therapeutic effects.

Higher Grade’s goal with providing this education is to expand our customers' and budtenders' conversations about cannabis beyond individual flavor preferences and Sativa/Indica classifications, to include the phytochemically rich and diverse nature of cannabis and its connection to flavor profiles and effects.

Strain Groupings

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Strains the Contain 
Significant Levels of
Pinene
 

Pinene is potent in both its fresh piney flavor and cognitive effects, and very few of our strains contain significant amounts. For this reason, we grouped all strains with substantial levels of Pinene together. In this graphic, alpha and beta-Pinene content percentages are combined, as they have similar effects on the body, and the strains are displayed top to bottom by their Pinene levels. The higher the content, the more pronounced the flavor and effects will be over the other terpenes.

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Sueño

THC 22.7%

(Blue Dream x OG Male)

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.83%

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.33%

ZMO

THC 20%

(GMO x Zkittlez)

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.58%

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.37%

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.23%

Slurricane

THC 25.4%

(Dosido x Purple Punch)

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.71%

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.28%

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.20%

Apple Fritter

THC 21.1%

(Sour Apple x Animal Cookies)

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.43%

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.38%

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.23%

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.14%

Double Banana Fuel

THC 26%

(Banana OG/Modified Bananas x Paris Larry F8)

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.21%

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.38%

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.17%

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.31%

PINENE

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Caryophyllene and Limonene are most prevalent 

This grouping contains strains that have a Caryophyllene and Limonene combination that dominates their terpene profile. This combination provides an earthy flavor with mild citrus and spice. Both terpenes are soothing to stomach discomfort and can be mood-lifting. The Humulene in the Ice Cream Cake will offer a gingery element to the flavor profile and additional relaxing potential. Papaya Punch has sweet and floral features to its flavor, unlike others in this group, due to its Bisabolol content.

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Koko Puffs

THC 17%

(Kimbo Kush x Triple OG)

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.35%

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.13%

Ice Cream Cake

THC 22.8%

(Wedding Cake x Gelato 33)

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.35%

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.18%

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.19%

Zookies

THC 21.7%

(Animal Cookies x GG4)

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.29%

.19%

Bubba Fett

THC 24%

(Pre98 Bubba Kush x Stardawg)

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.36%

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.25%

Papaya Punch

THC 22%

(Purple Punch x Papaya)

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.22%

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.28%

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.13%

Sundae Driver

THC 24.6%

(FPOG x Grape Pie)

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.31%

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.12%

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.10%

Rare Candiez

THC 23.6%

(FPOG x Grape Pie)

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.34%

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.13%

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.13%

 CARYOPHYLLENE 
 

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 LIMONENE 
 

 
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Strains that are a Combination of Myrcene, Caryophyllene & Limonene

This strain grouping contains terpene profiles with combinations of significant levels of Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Limonene. In terms of flavor, this combination will have musky elements from Myrcene, spicy/peppery elements from Caryophyllene, and zesty citrus elements from Limonene. The content of each terpene will determine which one in the combination is most pronounced in terms of flavor and effects. Strains with high levels of THC and a Myrcene dominant terpene profile have the potential to provide a very potent high

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Skywalker OG

THC 25%

(Hierloom OG Cut)

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.63%

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.37%

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.29%

Yuck Mouth

THC 27.9%

(GMO x Dosido)

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.52%

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.46%

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.24%

Strawberry Banana

THC 24.8%

Banana Kush x Indiana Bubblegum

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.51%

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.32%

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.29%

Layer Cake

THC 23.4%

Wedding Cake X (GMO X Triangle Kush)

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.22%

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.29%

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.23%

Sour Paris Larry

THC 19.1%

Sour Diesel x Paris Larry OG F8

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.30%

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.24%

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.13%

MYRCENE MOST PREVALENT
 

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LA Kush Cake

THC 25%

(Wedding Cake x Kush Mints)

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.33%

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.24%

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.23%

Biker OZ

THC 22.9%

(Biker OZ x OZ Kush)

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.26%

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.23%

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.15%

Strawberries & Cream

THC 22.6%

(Strawberry x Cookies & Cream)

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.26%

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.25%

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.15%

CARYOPHYLLENE MOST PREVALENT
 

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Strains with a combination of Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Limonene, & Humulene

This strain grouping has terpene profiles with Caryophyllene most dominant, followed by a combination of Myrcene, Limonene, and Humulene. With Caryophyllene most prevalent and the addition of Humulene, strains in this grouping will have a flavor that contains elements of spice, pepper, ginger, and herbs. Strains with Myrcene next to Caryophyllene have additional skunky, musky features to their flavor and can be more sedative and psychoactive. Strains with Limonene next to Caryophyllene will have more substantial zesty citrus and diesel fuel elements in their flavor profiles and can be more mood-lifting.

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The Glue

THC 24%

(Sour Dubb x Chem Sis) x Chocolate Diesel

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.61%

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.31%

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.19%

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.19%

Scooby Snax

THC 20%

(GSC Forum x Star Dawg)

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.38%

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.27%

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.23%

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.11%

Birthday Dawg

THC 27%

(Birthday Cake x Star Dawg)

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.36%

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.28%

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.26%

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.19%

HUMULENE
 

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Strains that are a Combination of Linalool,
Limonene, and Caryophyllene 

Strains in this grouping contain Linalool, a floral, tropical terpene with relaxing and soothing effects. Combined with Limonene and Caryophyllene, Linalool produces a flavor profile with floral, spicy, and zesty citrus elements. The terpene content of each in the profile will determine which flavors and effects will shine through the others. Strains with more Limonene will have more citrus and uplifting elements, and those with more Caryophyllene will be spicier with more soothing effects.  

Dosi Sherb

THC 20%

(Dosidos x Sunset Sherbert)

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.38%

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.31%

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.19%

Blood Orange

THC 18.7%

(Trop Cookies F2 x Orange Zkittlez)

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.27%

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.16%

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.13%

Peach Crescendo

THC 27.5%

(ChemD/I95 x Mandarin Cookies) X Peach Ringz

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.34%

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.30%

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.12%

Purple Marmalade

THC 23.3%

Tropicanna Cookies x Why U Gelly?

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.27%

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.22%

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.12%

Garlic Cookies

THC 25.7%

(GMO x Sophisticated Lady)

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.46%

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.21%

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.13%

Party Foul

THC 22%

(GMO x Birthday Cake)

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.36%

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.30%

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.12%

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LINALOOL
 

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 Strains with Linalool and Myrcene in Terpene Profile  

Strains in this group contain Myrcene and Linalool, both of which can be sedative terpenes. This combination also provides tropical and musky hints, like overripe fruit, to a strain's flavor profile. Strains with dominant Limonene will have more citrus to their flavor and be more mood-lifting than those with dominant Myrcene. Dominant Myrcene will provide a skunky element to the profile and a more sedative and psychoactive effect.

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LIMONENE
DOMINANT WITH
LINALOOL
 

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Chemmy Jones

THC 28.8%

(Chem Dog D x Casey Jones)

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.61%

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.30%

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.25%

.20%

Sunset Drive

THC 25.4%

(Sunset Sherbet x Sundae Driver)

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.48%

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.25%

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.19%

.14%

M.A.C. (Miracle Alien Cookies)

THC 23.6%

Alien Cookies F2 x (Colombian x Starfighter)

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.35%

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.15%

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.15%

.14%

Raspberry Beret

THC 20.6%

Forbidden Fruit x White OG

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.32%

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.20%

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.09%

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Kush Mints #11

THC 29.6%

Bubba Kush x Animal Mints

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.50%

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.20%

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.21%

.17%

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Doc's Cake

THC 20%

Wedding Cake x Doc's OG

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.21%

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.21%

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.21%

.19%

Grape Tropicanna

THC 28%

Tropicanna Cookies x Grape Pie

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.56%

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.11%

Grape OZ

THC 22.5%

Grape Stomper x OZ Kush BX1

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.29%

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.16%

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.08%

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MYRCENE
DOMINANT WITH
LINALOOL
 

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Phytochemicals

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In depth information on Phytochemicals, their effects and how they relate to the way we consume cannabis.

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