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Charles Taggart

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Ithaca OG

from Ithaca Organics Cannabis Company

The first puff reveals a spicy peppercorn taste on the tongue, yet a fruity, melon-lemon twist in the back of the mouth.

A new New York strain, cultivated by Ithaca Organics Cannabis Company.

Bred and cultivated in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State by Ithaca Organics Cannabis Company, the Ithaca OG boasts a heady 25% THC. 

However, for some Cannabis connoisseurs, it’s Ithaca Organics’ connection to the community that makes the coveted strain so attractive. A third generation operation that was originally a dairy farm, the company owned by Trever and Monica Sherman has transitioned to growing USDA-certified organic fruits and veggies, which they’ve sold at local farmers markets since 2009. 

In 2016, the Shermans added hemp to their organic farm and began selling highly sought-after CBD products. This endeavor positioned the company to apply for a cultivation license under New York’s nascent adult-use law, which allows hemp farmers first crack at growing the state’s legal weed. Ithaca Organics was granted one of the first cultivation licenses, and now you can find their Cannabis products in many recreational dispensaries statewide. 

Head Cultivator Tim Lagarry learned his Cannabis cultivating skills in California’s famed Emerald Triangle – but when New York expanded hemp farming in 2016, Lagarry returned to the Empire State. During a tour of Ithaca Organics’ greenhouses, where he had just finished replanting a crop into soil using large fabric pots, Lagarry explained that, “Ithaca OG is our selection of the strain Spice from Twenty20 Mendocino, which is Biscotti x The Whip!” 

Upon opening a sealed container of the Ithaca OG, a slight earthy, spicy fragrance emanates from the solid, light green nugs, which are covered in glistening orange hairs and shining trichomes. The first puff reveals a spicy peppercorn taste on the tip of the tongue, yet a fruity, melon-lemon twist in the back of the mouth. This strain pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee – an ideal way to start the day! Additionally, the Ithaca OG clearly possesses medicinal properties, as just a few hits soothed lower back pain and relieved anxiety.

A quick word to the wise: Don’t be greedy with the Ithaca OG. Larger inhales can definitely lead to coughing fits (and giggling fits as well). 

Ultimately, the strain results in an easy creative flow that is most enjoyable – a great daytime smoke, ideal for get-togethers with good friends, an afternoon hike or sitting around the campfire chatting, giggling and inevitably … coughing.

Web: Ithacaorganics.com

Social: @ithacaorganicscannaco

This article was originally published in the May 2023 issue of Northeast Leaf.

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