Chemdawg by Humboldt Seed Organization

Humboldt Seed Organization’s Chemdawg is a large stature indica that shines with all the beauty and grace you’d expect from the Grandmother of OG Kush, along with the fiercely potent petrol flavours that many of her offspring bare.

Humboldt Seed Organization’s (HSO) Chemdawg was grown from regular seed outdoors in soil and sun. The plant vegetated until mid-September and was moved indoors mid-October because of snow. Indica hybrid leaning in taxonomy, it grew much like a christmas tree in shape, with large arms that nearly broke with the weight of the buds they grew. Height reached about 0.75 meters, but no more. the breeder notes this can reach 3 meters tall. I didn’t see the need to top this plant outdoors, it grew fairly uniform naturally.

Yield was 109 grams for this Chemdawg, likely suffering some due to flowing indoors under LED light. Flowering finished early November, a bit late in the season. A 100 gram yield is really tiny for an outdoor plant, I look to do better this upcoming summer. Costs were maybe $50, indoor power included, or about $0.46 per gram.

Ease of growth was fairly high (really easy), but Chemdawg requires a few tactics like light support and periodic defoliation. I used a wire support structure to surround this plant during growth, which came in handy as the lower arms became heavy in late flower. The plant grows large fan leaves and many smaller leaves along the branches, which need to be removed to allow light to hit the plant evenly. I didn’t defoliate as much as I should have, which is why the yellowing leaves are seen in the photographs.

HSO calls their Chemdawg the result of their elite Chem ’91 clone and notes, multiple times, that it is Chemdog’s lineage, the original creator of this cultivar. Seedfinder gives a nice little story on the origin, it’s worth a read. The cultivar provides average yields indoors and flowers in just shy of 70 days on average. Again, outdoors this can grow very large, producing 2000 to 3000 grams.

Lovers of Chemdawg will find some adjacencies with the Chem ’91 Skunk VA cut offered by Cali Connection, I stop at noting the two genetics are exactly the same, but I suspect they both offer very similar profiles.

The scent of the Chemdawg doesn’t wear its petrol notes on the shoulder, instead oil tones and wood are prevalent. With a bit of heat the gas flavours open up, greeting with soured edges amongst dense fuel vapour. The previously mentioned wood tones play supportive, much like kindling to the flaring fuel notes.

The Chemdawg buds are larger sized and cylindrical. Lowers are conical and peaked upwards, nearing golf ball diameter in some cases. Trimming goes fairly quick. Two leafier buds are shown below, much of the required manicuring lays in shaping the lower sides of the buds.

Chemdawg is an integral chapter in the history of cannabis, especially American cannabis in the 90’s and 00’s. Its story has unfolded into the Diesels and OGs you may already know and love, the history begs you to experience the place it came from.

There are a few licensed producers that carry a Chemdawg. I believe Tweed has a rebranded version, but the one I would recommend from James E Wagner, which does not yet appear to be available in the legal recreational market. Still might be worth chasing down if you are able.

In the open market, Chemdawg is pretty popular, I can find more in Canada than the United States. Compared with the Blue Cheese or Mataro Blue we just looked at, Chemdawg listing counts are conservatively double in Canada, with average prices creeping to the higher side of a standard deviation from the average. At the time of writing, there are over 200 Canadian listings for Chemdawg under 41 distinct store names, likely due to online operators listing duplicate offings in various cities.

In the US, there are more bricks and mortar stores, so we see this reflected on the map. Price varies a bit more here too, Oregon brings down the average but the East coast maintains some higher prices.


Let’s close this out with a rough trend. There are 25.000 personal and designated growers in Canada, I rounded it off. The December 2018 numbers for cannabis sold is 7200 kilos, or 7.2 million grams. What’s it take for the growers to reach 7200 kilos? 288 grams each, barely above a half pound. That’s nothing. More people are going to grow their own this summer, who knows how large that grower number will get?

We’ll adjust this to a 62 day window, two months or the average flowering time of a hybrid cannabis plant. Including November 2018 numbers, it’s about 14,000 kilos sold in about 62 days, or 560 grams per designated/personal grower for the window. By extrapolation, how many growers are needed before each person can give away 100 grams and rival the amount sold by the licensed producers in the 62 day window? About 5.6 times the amount we have now, or 140,000 growers.

I do retail cannabis reviews, and some people will tell me to stop buying or comment boycott the licensed producers. That’s cool. I respect everyone’s opinion and I thank you for engaging with my work. If you’re upset about what’s going on, or you just want to be disruptive, I think the best thing you can do is grow the most cannabis you can and give away what you don’t need, for free. Loads of people told me they already do it when I mentioned it last year, Dr Cannabianski told me he donates to his trim team. I’ve donated this Chemdawg and several other plants this year. Don’t worry, this work didn’t have an effect on my general self-centredness, but it did double up my plant count and earned some points with the big G.

Summertime is coming up, plan accordingly everyone.

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