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Welcome to Craft BC Cannabis

The evolution of hand-crafted cannabis in Canada.

Why Craft?

A lot of marijuana cultivators want to call their cannabis ‘craft’. So how do we define craft cannabis? The general ideology is that the cannabis grower needs to show the consumer that the flower is grown with mindfulness and close attention is paid to each plant. Although each growers methods are different, the consensus on what that final product should look like is alike.

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The craft consumer experience has been taking off worldwide. Micro breweries are creating hand-crafted beers for every season and occasion. Coffee is slow roasted with careful attention paid to the achieve the best flavour. Farm to table meals are increasing along with the demand for organically grown produce as the consumer is making a more conscious choice in which products they chose to partake in.

Cannabis is now gaining popularity as more growers are opting to partake in creating high-quality, carefully-cured craft cannabis. The craft experience puts power back into consumer hands. Consumers not only have the option to pick and choose their preferred strain, but which brands and growers appeal to them the most.

To dive in a little deeper – craft cannabis should smell ‘clean’ and give off the aroma from its terpenes that are contained in the strain, the bud shouldn’t smell like the nutrients or medium that it was grown in. The trichomes or ‘crystals’ that carry all of the terpenes should be intact after the cultivation is complete.

Canadian Cannabis Market

It is possible for craft growers to bring BC Bud to the medical marijuana market with a medical sales licence and using an online portal. This loophole along with a strong partnership with a licensed producer can help consumers source their craft cannabis locally and tap into the communities that have been growing cannabis for years and help by supporting the regional economy.

BC Cannabis Culture

The province now has the opportunity to showcase it’s experience, passion and product on both a national and international stage. Through cooperation and collaboration, BC Craft Cannabis ensures the efforts of legacy craft growers at the grassroots of a global revolution don’t go unrewarded.

Less than 30 percent of consumers buy all their cannabis in the regulated market, indicating the majority feel underserved by the current product offerings. This has been reflected in the industry constantly missing valuations and cannabis stocks losing more than 40 percent in 2019.

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Cannabis is not a commodity, and consumers are tired of receiving subpar product from commercial growers. The craft phenomenon has already transformed the beer industry and will do the same for cannabis. In 2010 the US craft beer market accounted for less than 5 percent of market share, it now accounts for just under a quarter of all beer sold and is worth over $27 billion a year.

Drying and Curing Process

Curing is said to be an art in itself. After the plants are cut and dried, curing is a crucial step to ensure consumers get the craft level of quality. Curing can take up to 10 days if done right. Some growers go as far as to use wood fires to cure their cannabis. The wood fire acts as a natural dehumidifier and dries the plants out nicely. This craft ideology can also be applied to at scale, if done properly.

So, what is the craft cannabis market potential? We can compare craft cannabis to wine, food, beer, and coffee as all these industries have evolved to giving consumers an alternative to commercial products. Microbrew beer, specialty coffee, premium wine, and organic food have carved out sizeable share across their respected industries and craft cannabis is no different.

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Master growers that cultivate craft can not only charge a premium, but they are able to yield more product per plant from one harvest than a commercial operation. From an investor standpoint the craft market is a highly profitable one.

BC has a vast history of craft cannabis farming with the infamous BC Bud being around since the 60’s. Not long-ago police would still rappel from helicopters down to hack away and pour bleach on the illicit plant. BC’s interior region has always been a hot spot for these craft cannabis grow operations.

British Columbia has been an epicentre of craft cannabis cultivation and culture for decades, with highly experienced growers dedicating their passion and knowledge to perfecting the best cannabis in the world. This artisanal expertise, coupled with the region’s optimal climate, earned ‘BC bud’ global acclaim and cemented the province as the beating heart of Canada’s cannabis industry.

The craft grown in those interior BC region is labelled as BC Bud and is considered to be the Moet & Chandon of cannabis. Connoisseurs in Amsterdam pay as much as $805 an ounce for these strains that are considered among the world’s finest.

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The average cannabis consumer may not notice the difference between hand trimmed and machine trimmed flower, but these are factors that cannabis connoisseurs take into consideration when choosing their brands. Machine trimmed vs hand trimmed may be a factor that has never crossed your mind, however a machine trimmed bud may lose potency, flavour, and trichomes.

Trimming isn’t the only factor that should be considered. Growing techniques, use of pesticides, and climate control are all part of the process that pays close attention to the growing of the plant. A steady temperature is with proper climate control and good air filtration not only produces a better crop, but could significantly increase the yield as well.

The plant arrangement is essential for a craft product. Giving space as much space as possible will improve the quality of the flower because the plants will get maximum light exposure and increased airflow. The spacing also helps reduce the potential growth in microbial including mold and mildew.

What is Craft Cannabis?

The use of proper soil also contributes to the factor of craft cannabis. Using soil that carries active microbiology and biodiversity without any excessive additives is believed to produce a better yield as well as a better terpene expression. To get the desired craft effect, some growers go as far as brewing their own compost teas to add nutrients to the soil. Growers will also tend to use organic amendments that won’t kill off natural bacteria and other beneficial organisms and avoid any additives that may negatively affect the taste of the flower.

As anyone can tell you, not all strains are created equally. With that being said, a great strain can become even better with the right care and growing techniques of the cultivator. Growers that focus on perfecting each strain can not only maximize the yield but can also deliver a more flavourful and aromatic experience.

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Growing marijuana correctly is only half the battle. Harvesting the crop will separate a master grower from a mediocre one. Drying and curing require just as much time and attention as growing the plant. For a craft grower to preserve the terpenes and THC content they often must harvest the room all at once. The plants are then dried and cured without the re-introduction of new plants to the room. If you introduce new plants in the same room, you risk ruining the curing process as the moisture of the live ‘wet’ product will kill the process of the drying product.

Harvesting the plant right at it’s peak will deliver the most beautiful trichomes and high oil residuals. In the craft growing process growers are not following guidelines and schedules, they are listening to the plants needs and maximizing quality in that way.

While some growers may use machines to trim the plant, the general consensus is that for the flower to be considered craft, it should be hand trimmed. Many avoid using machines because they believe this process damages the trichome and affects the product. Using skilled hand trimmers is said to be the forefront of impeccable quality control.

By using hand trimmers, master growers get another point of view on the flower. This added step helps any undesirable products get caught before they hit the store front.

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BC Cannabis Legalization

Although Canada’s legal market brought in $1.2 in recreational cannabis sales in 2019, many craft growers did not get a chance to bring their products to market. Currently many of BC (and any Canadian) craft growers are having a hard time converting from the ‘grey market’ into the legal space. The two main reasons are that craft growers are limited to a 2,000 sqft of grow space and that they are only allowed to grow a maximum of 1,200 lbs of dried flower per year.

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The 1,200 lbs cap does not enable these craft growers to participate in the recreational market mainly because it does not meet the minimum requirements set by the government distribution centres. Health Canada rules for micro-cultivation of recreational cannabis have kept most of the pot sold in BC – and the expert growers who made BC bud famous – locked up in the grey market. Licensing the approximated 6,000 grey market craft growers and raising production caps could bring in nearly $3 billion in cannabis sales in two years.

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