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Cascadia Blooms Sour Space Candy Flower (8.3)
Cascadia Blooms Bordeaux Flower (8.25)
Cascadia Blooms Merlot Flower (7.8)
Cascadia Blooms Sour Space Candy, 13.6% CBD, .12% delta 9 THC
If you’ve been shopping for hemp flower online, you may have noticed “farm to table” has made the leap from upscale restaurants to CBD websites. “Farm to table,” at least in the hemp world, is flower that is grown, harvested, processed, sold, and shipped by the same company. That’s precisely what Cascadia Blooms does. In the past 2 years, they’ve made a name for themselves with their nicely grown – and processed – outdoor hemp flower. The surge of upstart hemp flower vendors and quality indoor flower has spread the love beyond some of the early leaders in hemp flower – Cascadia being one of them. However, in a relatively short period of time, Cascadia Blooms has built a devout following of outdoor flower smokers that swear by their quality and maybe, more importantly, their consistency.
Five Senses (8.0 out of 10)
Sour Space Candy is known as having one of the best and most distinct smell profiles in the hemp world. Any well-grown and cured Sour Space Candy features its signature smell of lemon lime soda, – and this cut from Cascadia Blooms does have that smell – it also has a sort of sweet, earthy smell about. The complete profile is hard to place until you break down the flower, much in the same way Cascadia’s Bordeaux strain also reacted. When we smoked our sample of SSC, we felt it was a fairly “standard” hemp taste, with some subtle hints of gassiness and clove. The smoke is mellow and easy to inhale without coughing or feeling any kind of throat burn. When we ground it up and put it in a dry herb vape, the vapor that was produced was much brighter tasting than the smoke, with a distinct terpene rich flavor that we got on the very first hit.
Bag Appeal (8.5 out of 10)
While Sour Space Candy is known to come in a variety of hues and colors, this one is just a kind of nice looking medium green, with a thick coating of dark amber pistils. From a distance, it has an almost brownish look. The buds are robust and plump, though not necessarily super dense, but still far from airy. One thing we did note is that this flower was frosty. It had a thick crust of trichomes throughout the bud, much more than the Cascadia Blooms Bordeaux. This abundance of crystal trichomes makes these nugs sticky, too. A grinder is definitely recommended to break this one down. Cascadia Blooms typically does a respectable trim job on their flower, and this was no exception. It was by no means perfect or super manicured like the buds we’ve tried from Hemp Hop, but its good enough with just a few pieces of sugar leaf lingering.
Potency (7.5 out of 10)
If you’re an avid reader of the reviews here at CBDTop10, you of course know that we acknowledge and appreciate when vendors give full COAs and terpene reports and criticize and encourage the ones that don’t to do so. Thankfully, Cascadia Blooms provides both on their website, with a great little graph showing the breakdown of the terpenes. This is something we’ve only seen from one or two other companies, but it is really appreciated. This Sour Space Candy comes in at 13.6% CBD. We don’t consider this to be a “high” amount, but as we’ve seen plenty of times, the CBD percentages often have a minimal correlation to effect, especially when a flower is rich in terpenes. As far as THC is concerned, this Sour Space Candy comes in at a very low .12% Delta 9 THC. The handy terpene infographic breaks down the terpenes visually and neatly, allowing us to immediately look and determine what kind of entourage effects we might get from the flower. This particular cut of Sour Space Candy has a super high concentration of Myrcene, which explains the ‘sweet earth’ smell we talked about earlier. Honorable mention terpenes include; Linalool, Humulene, Pinene, and Limonene.
Effect (9.0 out of 10)
It’s funny, because this Space Candy actually leaves you feeling kind of spacey, as the name would suggest. After seshing with it, we got a noticeable head effect right away. It’s the kind of feeling where you walk into a room and forget why you went there, but you’re too relaxed to be annoyed. That may sound unattractive to some, but is probably exactly what others are looking for. After using half the amount we usually do for testing, we stopped. “Potent” was definitely the word around the table. This Sour Space Candy actually feels really reminiscent to the effects of Delta 9 THC, watered down of course, but man is it there. After awing over the general feeling of goofiness, some of us did notice a body numbing sensation in the torso and limbs. It’s not everyday that we can say the effects of a hemp strain actually left little to be desired.
Price (8.5 out of 10)
A half ounce of top buds from Cascadia Blooms costs $69, which, honestly, is more than most outdoor flower vendors with similar quality. Cascadia Blooms got out of the gates quickly in the hemp flower space, but as more and more vendors enter with quality products, price ultimately is going to get driven down. That’s natural and good. If you do buy this flower, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It’s a great outdoor flower and has really commendable effects. We just hope Cascadia Blooms can adjust their prices over time in line with the market so that more people will get to experience the “spacey” goodness of this Sour Space Candy.
2nd Highest Rated
Cascadia Blooms Bordeaux CBD Flower, 13.7% CBD, <.3% THC
Last year Cascadia Blooms had quite a big presence in the hemp flower community, and you’d be hard pressed to find a regular hemp user that hasn’t heard of them. They’ve built a reputation on having decent outdoor flower for reasonable prices, grown by them and shipped directly to the user. While some might turn up their nose at outdoor flower or want for more exclusive strains, Cascadia has built a loyal following. Their website and presentation isn’t fancy, but it’s clean, simple and gets right to the point. Their flower lineup consists of many standard Oregon CBD strains such as Lifter, Elektra, Suver Haze, and Sour Space Candy, but they do have a couple of standouts, such as Bordeaux, which is the subject of our review today.
Five Senses (8.0 out of 10)
When you hear the name “Bordeaux” most people think of wine and presume that a strain of flower named that will smell like, well, wine. Bordeaux from Cascadia Blooms does not. Or maybe it does? It’s actually kind of hard to pinpoint the aroma. This flower has a very unique scent. Our reviewer described it as having the sourness of a freshly opened bottle of wine, with a little earthy kicker. Not so similar to wine, but also not entirely different. When smoked, it has a light diesel flavor, with a subtle sweet finish. When vaped, it has a mellow vapor with various terpene notes but nothing really distinct from smoking. Overall, even if difficult to place, we thoroughly enjoyed smoking this flower.
Bag Appeal (8.0 out of 10)
Bordeaux comes as a big bag of plump nuggets, which we love. The buds are a medium green color, with a few leaves and calyxes scattered about that have a darker, purplish hue to them. There are long red and orange pistils all over the flower – the hair-like strands – that, when contrasted against the green, combine into an almost brown color in some areas. There is a respectable coating of trichomes on the bud, not the absolute frostiest, but decent enough. This flower is hand trimmed, with adequate sugar leaf taken off, but just a few pieces intentionally left here and there. One thing we noticed when inspecting the flower is the density. The nug structure of this Bordeaux is tight and compact, leading to long smoking times and big clouds. Overall, this flower has a solid bag appeal for outdoor.
Potency (7.5 out of 10)
Cascadia Blooms provides both paper COAs with their shipments, as well as scans available on their website on the product page. Nice! Bordeaux clocks in at 13.7% CBD with no detectable Delta-9 THC and .54% THCA. That’s on the lower-middle range of most hemp flower, but definitely still enough to get effects and the CBD relief we all seek. Cascadia Blooms also gives a full terpene analysis on their product pages, which we always encourage vendors to do. The more you look at the terpene reports, the more we believe, you’ll understand what kind of entourage effects a given strain will have before you buy it. Bordeaux is high in Limonene, Caryophyllene, alpha Bisabolol, and very high in Myrcene, Humulene, and Farnesene. The information about terpenes might not be of interest to everyone, but there are many people that are looking for particular effects that are associated with particular terpenes, and that’s why its important to point this out.
Effect (8.75 out of 10)
Most of the “wine” varieties of hemp flower are indicas or indica dominant, and that’s in both the genetics and perceived effects. Bordeaux from Cascadia Blooms falls right in line with those expectations. Almost immediately after use, there is a slight head fog and light, sedated relaxation that sets in. At that point, you already want to sit back and settle down, just like having a nice glass of red wine. As we continued using the flower, body effects started to creep in. A slow chill settles in, and the muscle tension eases nicely. Not as extreme as some other strains, but we could definitely feel it. After the session finished the majority of the perceivable “feeling” was in the head and upper shoulders. This strain is quite relaxing, and is very appropriate for winding down after a long day – just like a glass or two of some fine wine, as the name suggests. The unique smell of Bordeaux pays off with a unique effect in our book.
Price (9.0 out of 10)
Cascadia Blooms only sells in half ounce and ounce bags. Well, technically they sell eighths and grams, but only in a sampler. Their flower comes in at $69 for a half ounce, and $108 for a full ounce. This is a bit pricey for outdoor flower, but they do sell their “smalls” or popcorn nugs for $69-$79 an ounce. “Smalls” generally have no discernible difference in quality or potency, just in size, so if the price is an issue for you, they have an option for you. That means, your pricing ranges from 3.6 cents per milligram of CBD on the high end (regular, ½ oz.) and 2 cents flat on the low end (smalls, full oz.) One thing to keep in mind is that Cascadia Blooms set these prices last year when there wasn’t so much competition, variety, or indoor flower available for connoisseurs, so we’ll be keeping an eye on what they do this year. But, from where we sit, the quality is there at this price point and we expect Bordeaux will find its way into many a stash.
3rd Highest Rated
Cascadia Blooms Merlot CBD Flower, 13.64% CBD, <.3% THC
At this point, we’ve reviewed Cascadia Blooms a few times now and have a general idea of what to expect in terms of the way Cascadia presents itself, it’s products and the company in general. To recap, Cascadia Blooms is a grower and a vendor, meaning that the flower you get from them is farm-to-door, with no brokers or resellers putting their hands on it in the process. They’ve got some good quality outdoor flower, with a decent selection of strains. Customers can choose between full size nuggets and smalls, which is a nice feature for any sized budget.
Bag Appeal (7.0 out of 10)
Right off the bat, this Cascadia Blooms Merlot doesn’t have quite the same appeal to the eyes and nose as some of their other strains we’ve reviewed from the company. The initial impression starts with the trim job, which leaves something to be desired. It’s passable for smokable flower, but definitely could be much better. Perhaps, this was quickly ran through a machine trimmer. Looking beyond the trim, the flower still has visual appeal with average density, mostly purple buds and a few green calyxes interspersed within. The pistils are a dark clay color, bordering on tannish-orange. One standout feature of this Merlot is the size of the trichomes – they are HUGE! That said, this isn’t a particular frosty strain in terms of being coated. Rather, the trichomes that are present look like absolute units compared to most strains. The gland heads on this literally remind us of rock salt, with regular table salt being the gland heads on other flower. The smell on this flower is just OK, with an earthy, sour-pine forest smell. The buds are a bit on the dry side, unfortunately. If it weren’t for the dryness and the trim, we could have been swayed higher on the bag appeal score.
User Experience (7.0 out of 10)
The smoke on this flower has a reasonably good taste and mellow consistency. No throat burn on the hit or coughing fits, which is good considering the drier state of the buds. Ran through a vaporizer, the flavors brighten up and have a smooth pine taste. As it gets down past the terpenes, it transitions into a toasted hops taste. This flower won’t offend anyone, but it didn’t blow us away either. In our opinion, with more attention to detail on the cure or storage of this flower, the user experience scores would be higher.
Potency (7.5 out of 10)
Thanks to Cascadia Blooms, full COAs and terpene reports can be found on their website alongside pictures of the flower. Vendors, if you’re reading this, stuff like that is so appreciated! This Merlot comes in at 13.64% CBD, which is decent, but not in the 15-20% we like to see. However, the entourage effect is very real. Sometimes, even with flower at less than 10% CBD, we have experienced very potent effects from the terpenes working in tandem with CBD and THC. There is no detectable D9 THC, but a .54% THCA. That’s around the average, across our review. The full and easily readable terpene reports show that the Cascadia Blooms Merlot is high in Caryophyllene, Limonene, Humulene, Farnesene, and very high in Myrcene at .45%. Nice!
Effect (8.5 out of 10)
This is one of those strains that has a near instant onset of effects after use and we love that. Stuff like this comes in handy when you need some CBD relief NOW and don’t want to play a guessing game on when the flowers effects will kick in. After smoking and/or vaping, an immediate sense of relaxation flows over the body. We felt chilled out right after the start of our session with this Merlot. There are some great muscle relaxing properties with this strain. It’s not a crazy body chill, but a general sense of relaxation and coziness. The Bordeaux strain, also from Cascadia, gave an effect similar to a glass or two of wine, but this flower didn’t meet that mark, even with a similar wine-inspired name. The effects are still solid and desirable, though. Used at night, it brought upon a deep spell of sleep that left the reviewer feeling refreshed in the morning. Overall, a nice indica effect.
Price (9.0 out of 10)
As with all the previous Cascadia Blooms reviews, although the flower isn’t bad, it’s priced a bit higher than we’d consider to be the industry standard range for outdoor flower. Potency, smell, looks aside, the fact of the matter is that you can get higher quality indoor flower for a similar price. However, Cascadia Blooms does offer smalls options on some strains for a discount, which is a nice feature for the budget conscious. We definitely recommend giving the smalls a shot if you want to try a flower and don’t mind not having the bigger top cola buds.