Hash Plant (Lola Montes) by Organigram4 min read
Organigram creates a new low for this reviewer’s experience with cannabis containing suspicious foreign growth. Marginally sub-par in structure and lacking in projection, Organigram’s Hash Plant has average looks but ultimately does not meet the minimum standard for a full review.
I’m bumping this review to the front of the queue because of what I observed here. This is the lot information for this product. Lot: 16972, Packed on: 2018-8-28. This cannabis was purchased in Alberta, from the AGLC website. I have not contacted the vendor or the producer about this issue (Edit: AGLC was contacted via email Jan 7 2019. AGLC replied within 8 hours to arrange return shipping and a refund). This website is independent, written by one person– I do not work for/with any licensed producer or any vendor. My method of operation is to acquire dried cannabis flower and provide my observations at the macro level, in 42 mega-pixel, full-frame resolution, which we will move into directly.
Photographs of Hash Plant were taken immediately after opening, one day after it was received from the shipper. I discovered the spot during editing, I did not notice the spot with the naked eye. Pictures were posted to Twitter immediately and I did a bit of research on cannabis mold and fungus growth. After confirming my suspicions, I emailed the macro photos to a GMP certified lab and their contact told me it “looks like mold” but 10 grams of flower would be needed to fully determine the presence of foreign growth. This is as far as I took it. I bought this cannabis to review it, found what I thought looked like mold and confirmed my suspicions to a reasonable degree.
The growth spot is located in a crevice of the largest Hash Plant flower I received in this container. It appears to have grown within the crevice. There are some visible trim marks surrounding the area but I do not see evidence of the spot being part of a larger section of mold that was cut off during trimming. I circle the trim cuts below and note there is no planar trim across the surface of the bud in this location.
The spot in question is a collection of hair-like structures, much thinner than the trichomes observed elsewhere on this particular flower (and every other flower shown on this website). If I manipulate the clarity and contrast of the photo to an extreme degree, these filament structures can be observed throughout the material.
The spot also appears to be covered in a semitransparent layer towards its left face. Coverage looks only halfway around the semi-sphere, limited to the face with the most exposure to the air.
Bud structure of Organigram’s Hash Plant looks rounded for larger buds and triangular for the lowers. This is indica taxonomy but bud density is a bit looser than typical. Trim is ok, sufficiently mid-range, no complaints. Besides the small amount of foreign growth, this flower looks more than passable. Had I not photographed this with a macro lens, I likely would have been unable to detect the growth otherwise.
The scent of Hash Plant demonstrates a decent crescendo of earth tones, starting smooth and ending rather jagged. Obviously, I will not sample the flavour but I leave slightly disappointed that I cannot safely do so.
Hash Plant grows rather compact, has above average yields within a 40-45 day flowering time. Being close to landrace, it’s known to be disease and pest resistant. Resilient, high yielding, within a flowering period ~25% less than average. One does not select Hash Plant for its taste, or stellar market demand but more likely, for its performance in yield over time.
Organigram does give you a break on price for this Hash Plant, $10.26 per single gram, which is below the average price for my purchases so far.
For potential consumers of Hash Plant, consider growing it yourself, it’s a perfect beginner cultivar, especially outdoors in our Canadian climate. If you can grow any plant, you can likely grow this plant as well.
For lovers of earth-type flavour profiles, look over to THC BioMed’s Landrace Indica around $6/gram, or spend a bit more for CannTrust’s Gold Kush. MedReleaf’s Pink Kush is also priced similarly and shares some adjacencies with this profile (but ramps up with some aggressive spice).
Collectively, my Organigram reviews can be generalized as decent quality defaulted by some critical error in planning or production. Only 1 of 4 of my Organigram purchases met the basic standard for use, and that one was bred by Barney’s Farm, which I’d say makes it worse than moldy bud (jokingly, somewhat).
Myclobutanil recall, subpar critical, foreign growth and highly seeded— that’s my Organigram purchase history. Tune in again for the highly seeded episode, I’ll trudge through more Organigram flower, unenthusiastically dissecting their Mongolian from the large collective of hermaphroditic seeds growing inside of it. And then I’ll attempt to form that experience into something readable. Can’t wait.