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Blue Dream

from Oregon Roots

A complex bakery profile that sidesteps the typical cookies-and-milk scents that dominate the category.

“This is what all the trappers and rappers were going on about for a long time – Blue Dream helped put Oregon on the map,” my friend asserted, reassuring me that Blue Dream had an unfair reputation. With a good yield, a structure conditioned for this climate and a pleasing nose, I could see why it was the box-shipper’s favorite and the West Coast’s top-selling strain for the first 10 years of quasi-legalization. 

I just wasn’t too excited about it.

Then I nonchalantly opened a jar from Oregon Roots and had my face blown so far back I’m still looking for half an eyebrow. After years of pot snobbery, I took to this profile with renewed enthusiasm. Damn. I had been missing out. We’re talking big and bright blueberry bush scents like it’s summer and you’re lucky enough to find the first few ripe berries, followed by the earthy and herbal top notes of fresh sage and concord grape. The aromatics finish with brown butter and sweet notes that give the bouquet a complex bakery profile that sidesteps the typical cookies-and-milk scents that dominate the category. 

While the lineage is lost, DJ Short’s Blueberry and Super Silver Haze are prime suspects. The nose leans heavily toward the Blueberry in this mix, but the matte-silver trichomes and candy-sweet undertones betray the Haze. While the effect highlights the soaring highs we’ve come to expect from cerebral strains, the heavy dose of relaxation keeps the mood grounded.  

I spoke with partner Charlie Christopher on keeping this classic around since 2011. “Blue Dream going from almost a punchline during the first couple of rec years to the fastest-selling and most pre-ordered strain we have, has been a fun ride to be on,” says Charlie. “I think it stands as a testament to the enduring effectiveness of the strain itself. Particularly our cut. I’d put it up against any other Blue Dream in the state. Period.” 

Snobs and folks who like a bright and bubbly profile, consider this your reminder to grab a jar, roll up, and see for yourself what makes this the most popular strain of this century.


This article was originally published in the March 2024 issue of Oregon Leaf.

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