biggest weed nug ever
In total, the completely smokable joint weighs in at 1.5 pounds and measures 30 inches long , which Corwin says will be “a multi-day endeavor.” Among the invite-only crowd of 150 guests, it was ultimately auctioned off for $4,000 to one of Stone Road Farms’ original investors.
And while the winning bid didn’t exceed it’s actual value, Corwin is happy that it’s “staying in the family” and says, “ I’m just honored to be donating the proceeds of this event to support AWF’s important work to stop elephant poaching and end the horrific practice of trafficking ivory and other wildlife parts from threatened species. Tusks belong on live, healthy wild elephants and nowhere else.”
Stone Road Farms, a Los Angeles-based cannabis startup specializing in organic pre-rolled joints and hand-crafted concentrates, hosted an exclusive, one-night only benefit on Thursday celebrating the company’s new compliance status in California. It was a picture-perfect pot party, but a custom joint valued at $24,000 that was commissioned for the soirée’s auction has stolen the spotlight.
With a background in real estate development, Corwin entered the cannabis industry in 2017 to launch the luxury line and has also had a lifelong obsession with elephants thanks to his family, who has worked with the conservation organization since his childhood.
Courtesy: Stone Road Farms
Held at Fig Earth Supply, an organic nursery in Downtown Los Angeles, the evening included vegan bites, cocktails, a joint-making bar and private performance from Gabriel Garzón Montano—all in support of the African Wildlife Foundation. Stone Road Farms founder Lex Corwin also toasted to the 11 dispensaries across the state now stocking their Grass Valley, Calif.-grown strains hand-rolled in clean-burning plant cellulose paper imported from France and packaged in gorgeous glass tubes.
“Beyond throwing a party to celebrate our expansion, I wanted to incorporate a social cause element, so I decided to create a joint in the shape of a giant elephant tusk to signify the detrimental toll the ivory trade takes on wild elephants,” says Corwin.
2 Chainz has made headlines for his high-rolling habits in a video series for GQ, once embarking on a mission to smoke the most expensive joint in the world with Dr. Dina back in 2015, but it doesn’t come close to the tusk. Weavers already holds the record for the world’s largest blunt, in the form of a five-pound rocket launcher and Corwin claims that his latest creation is the world’s most expensive joint.
The world’s most expensive joint weighs in at 1.5 pounds and measures 30 inches long.
Stone Road Farms commissioned a smokable elephant tusk for an auction benefiting the African Wildlife Foundation.
So it’s fitting that the reaction to the 37 percent result for their latest harvest ranged from surprised and curious, to skeptical and concerned. “We knew that this could be a contentious issue,” 7 Points wrote in an email. “MRX is an ORELAP accredited lab, and our relationship with them has been nothing but professional and consistent. They were rightfully cautious when the results came in. Quality control tests were run four more times to calibrate equipment and validate the number prior to reporting. They did their due diligence.”
I viewed all four of the variations of Future that 7 Points harvested during a visit at their lab. All looked like frosty, light-green weed, but their scents varied considerably. Between the four, I was actually least drawn to the nose of the super-potent Future (#1). It’s quite good, but the others better captured my interest and attention.
My reaction was, “Huh. I bet that’s some strong weed. Good for them.”
It seems 7 Points had similar questions. “For most of our team, a cultivar that hits 30 percent or above is too potent,” they wrote. “And we are big advocates of the concept that THC percentage is only part of the story regarding cannabis. Lesser-known cannabinoids and terpenes play a vital role as well. We acknowledge that THC numbers do matter to consumers in the Oregon recreational market—some look for terpenes, some for THC. As far as we’re concerned, both perspectives are valid.”
Before I tried the weed myself, I tried the patience of those involved, along with a big brain regarding bud: Mowgli Holmes, CEO of Phylos Bioscience. “What about the scoffing dismissals that cannabis physically can’t test at 37 percent THC?” I asked Holmes, who actually knows WTF he is talking about in these matters.
Future is a strain that was crossbred by Exotic Genetix from Gorilla Glue #4 (or whatever we are legally obligated to call it now) and Starfighter F2. From the initial 12 seeds in the packet, 7 Points found nine females, retaining four different cultivars with distinct growth characteristics, terpenes, aromas, tastes, and potency. They discovered that Future (#1) was the most potent of the four, and it went on to win second place in the category of Most Potent Flower at the 2017 Oregon Dope Cup, with 32.5 percent THC.
“The general consensus seems to be that the physical limit is gonna be around 35 percent,” he replied. “But we don’t really understand that, or why it is. We’re just guessing. So could a plant get to 37 or 38 percent? Maybe. Probably. Not impossible. It is pretty unlikely, though. The main point here is: Why the fuck would you want a plant that strong? That’s like going to 180 proof from 150.”
But there were some people in the comments section of both posts who had different reactions—angry, accusatory reactions, some of them coming from fellow growers whose underpants had gotten painfully twisted. Their carefully thought-out feedback included accusations that the results were doctored by the lab, that it wasn’t physically possible for a strain to have that much THC, and how the highest THC doesn’t mean the best weed. (To be fair, that last point is spot on.)
There are strains grown by 7 Points and other growers with half this potency that would also do similar things. Getting such a high THC level is a fine achievement, and I’m glad I tried it, but I’d be just as interested in trying a strain that scores, say, the highest recorded terpene levels, for instance.
7 Points Oregon’s Future (#1) broke lab records for THC content. But strength’s not the only thing that matters.In total, the completely smokable joint weighs in at 1.5 pounds and measures 30 inches long , which Corwin says will be “a multi-day endeavor.” Among the
44% THC – Does Berlin have the strongest weed in the world?
Since 2007, extremely high peak values of THC content have been regularly found in Berlin. Statistically speaking, Berlin is the record holder since 2010, with an active ingredient level of 44% THC in cannabis. What is really behind this?
A question from a Berlin FDP politician about the THC content of the cannabis products seized between 2007 and 2017 revealed some surprising peak values. Although the average level of active ingredients in the cannabis seized in Berlin was only between 11.1% and 13.7%, the peak values were surprising: Although the 46% THC level for hashish is credible, the peak value of 44% THC in a batch seized in 2010 is almost unbelievable. And 37.9% and 39.7% THC in respectively 2009 and 2011 also caught our attention. Except in 2016, cannabis buds with more than 30 per cent THC content have been found every year.
Given that values like this are not even achieved when growing medicinal varieties, and that you will search in vain in the Dutch coffeeshops or in a Californian dispensary for buds with more than 30% THC, the peak values in Berlin are puzzling to anyone who has taken the time to look more closely at the active ingredient levels of different varieties of cannabis. The strongest medicinal strain in Europe currently has 22%, and in Canada 26%.
Master growers or miscalculation?
Even Godfather OG, the strongest ever tested weed in the world and High Times Cup Winner in the category “Highest THC content” could “only” go up to 34% THC when measured. With the exception of these varieties, only bred recently, even the cup winners in this category never reached 30% until 2016. In light of this, the continual high values in Berlin cannabis, grown illegally and under worse conditions than all the medicinal strains or cup winners, is astounding.
Overall, except in 2016, the top values for Berlin weed showed higher THC levels than all other varieties that were tested worldwide under medicinal programmes or for Cannabis Cups. A good enough reason to ask the Berlin police what might have caused these glaring differences; the Press Office for the Berlin police replied as follows to a question along these lines:
“The occasional high values for marijuana (cannabis weed) can be explained by occasional measurements of a combination of cannabis weed and cannabis buds with a high proportion of buds.[…]. A “glaring difference” to measurements in other countries around the world cannot be asserted, as the figures are not seriously comparable without a precise description of the measuring methods and an exact description of the material being evaluated (leaves, buds or a mixture of both). […].”
With a mixture of buds and less potent leaves, the buds would have had an even higher THC content than the already questionable 44%.
WHEN WEED WAS… WEED!
The Test Criteria
To the question as to how the seized cannabis products were tested, the Press Office replied:
“For many years now we have had an accreditation from the German accreditation authority (DAkkS) under DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025, covering among other things the testing of narcotics and determination of levels of active ingredient THC, under the registration issued by DAkks number D-PL-13241-01-00. The samples are examined according to the provisions of the “Guidelines on quality assurance for forensic chemical testing of narcotic and medical substances” from the Society of Toxicological and Forensic Chemistry (GTFCh), […].”
As a comparison, when asked, they referred to the test results of medicinal cannabis from Canada and The Netherlands, which are supervised by the German ‘The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices’. Medical cannabis from Canada or the Netherlands is also tested in DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 certified laboratories, and the laboratory also needs to be approved under DIN EN ISO 15189. Voicing doubts about these comparative values does not make the statements from the Berlin police about the THC content of their seized cannabis any more credible. When this was pointed out to them, the Press Office added:
“[…] the results of measurements of the samples seized from illegal cannabis plantations with a large number of different varieties cannot (be) compared to the hemp grown under controlled conditions for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, following a ruling by the upper regional court, the measurement of cannabis products containing the psychotropic substance THC is carried out in most forensic laboratories using gas chromatography, in order to include the non-psychotropically active THC acids that become THC at higher temperatures. Alternatively, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) can be used to measure the cannabis products. As this analysis technique involves the separation in liquid form using a separation column at approximately room temperature, the THC acids are not converted into THC. Cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol (CBD), THC and THC acids are recorded and measured separately. Adding together the THC and THC acids following conversion then yields the actual THC content. This THC content may then end up being higher than using the methods you mentioned at other laboratories.”
Two different measures or just different methods?
Even if the total THC acid level was converted into THC, the presence of these high THC levels over the years cannot be explained, especially if they were found in a mix of buds and leaves. Variances of 10% to 20% in test results from medical laboratories cannot only be the result of different ways of measuring the THC acid content. To yield a peak value of between 33% and 44% it would have to be almost as high as the actual THC content.
If that were really the case, then patients could also increase the THC content of their medication to such high levels using simple decarboxylation. There are no recorded instances where medicinal cannabis has shown a THC content as high as the peak values found in Berlin, even after full decarboxylation.
If the values really do meet the criteria of the law, then either they are random and far from precise, or even worse: Two different standards are used to measure for patients and for offenders. The values in Berlin lead inexorably to the suspicion that the THC content for criminal offences does not reflect reality, but is inflated using unrealistic measurement methods because that affects the level of the sentencing.Since 2007, cannabis buds with THC contents of up to 44% have been measured in Berlin. This is stronger than the strongest medicinal strains. It seems likely that something is wrong here. Could it be the way it is measured? Or could it be that cannabis users are being unnecessarily criminalised? ]]>