Squid Pants here with another TCLEWSI entry.  TCLEWSI; The only thing you stand to lose is bragging rights among a small group of people whereas the only thing you stand to win is bragging rights with the same small group of people.

To catch people up The Clew was first held within a small growers discussion group in spring of 2021.  We all had so much fun we are ready to let the wider community of home growers in Canada join in for the second taking place late fall of this year, 2021.  Maybe these write-ups will help get you excited.

Pancakenap told me it’s my quest to finish this series.  Normally I would dismiss that as metaphor but very quickly after the declaration I encountered a goblin who demanded I answer a series of riddles in order to get an enchanted keyboard and mouse set to add the spirit of the fertile soils to my writing.  Let’s just say the riddles are heavily biased in favour of those who went to Elvish schools and my mouse and keyboard are still made in China.

I first sought out Remo Chemo when it won several 1st place awards at the Karma Cup a few years ago.  Which prizes?  I may have indulged too much that day to have noticed anything about any winners, or even where I was or what was happening at all.  Good times.  In fact I was told by the friend I went with later that it had won several prizes and did I want to split a pack of seeds?  I did and if I knew how much I was going to love it would have bought more seeds at that time.

Remo Chemo is a hybrid of Bubba Kush and the so-called UBC Chemo.  The actual story of Chemo is unknown but there are some incredibly silly urban legends about its origins and even what university it’s supposed to be affiliated with.  Since this exact cross is from a Canadian (Urban Remo) they went with the UBC/David Suzuki version of the story.  That’s just one version of many, all of which are as unlikely as all the others.  Do note that this opinion is mine alone and anyone else on this site might think me naive for not believing one of the stories, so yell at me directly, not at the site in general.  I have a hypothesis that Chemo is just a really nice Northern Lights, but it’s all circumstantial evidence and I won’t actually defend my version very hard.

This entry is from a cutting from one of my plants from those seeds.  I will admit that at half a glance I knew what it was since I was so familiar with that specific plant.  One would worry it would bias the results but taking my scoring out the ordering didn’t change the placement of anyone’s entry so my evaluation of it was fair enough here.  My understanding from the grower is this grow ended up being severely over-dried.  This heavily affected scent and taste.  It came out good, but just wasn’t as loud as it should have been.  So, solid enough but just not top shelf.  Let’s look at the numbers and see how it stacked up.

Review Protocol

For these reviews, I’ll be providing my own comments side by side with Squid Pants. We’ll show our respective rating for each entry, and how far it was from the contest average decided by all the judges.

Qualitative data for each entry is also shown summarized:

  • Combustion Rating – How well it burned on a 5 point scale
  • Potency Rating – How strong you thought it was on a 7 point scale
  • Longevity Rating – How long the effects lasted on a 7 point scale
  • Anxiety Rating – Amount of anxiety felt, 7 being the highest
  • Stimulation Rating – Sedative to stimulant on a 7 point scale

Notes on the grow from the grower

Remo Chemo

This entry placed eighth out of our 13 entries

I am sorry to do this to you kind readers, but we are going to talk math for just a few seconds.  Don’t worry there will be no equations, there’s no quiz at the end and this isn’t on the final.  Just some quick ideas used in statistics.

There are multiple ways to decide what average is, and two of those are mean and median.  The mean is what you are likely to think of when you think average; sum all the values together then divide that new number by the total number of values you summed.  Median is a little less intuitive.  Take all your values, arrange them in order and whatever the value sitting in the middle of that list is is the median.  Most who aren’t already interested in this and understand it have started tuning out right now but the takeaway is those are both types of averages but for the same set of values the mean and median are not necessarily the same.  Now that all that is said, this entry’s scoring by judges beat the mean (which is the more traditional average) but was less than the median (the middle value in a list of values).  So if this was average or not is all in what you mean by average.

This was another mid-pack entry, but without controversy.  In no one’s top nor bottom 3, hard to be more mid-pack than that.

What did people think they were smoking?  I will note that the taste profile of this one is complex, elements from all over make their presence known.  Fuel?  Yup.  Sweetness? Yes indeed.  Earthy?  Not obnoxiously so.  Body odor, garlic and onion?  Yeah, and it works in composition.  Not a surprise that guesses like Trainwreck and Garlic Breath are given.  Did our old friend Blue Dream show up?  Yes.  A few people just feel it’s a safe guess so it was their default.  Finally, correct guesses?  Indeed, 3 guessed right.  Well two did, one was me and it wasn’t a guess on my part.  I knew for sure.  Several in our group have grown and shared that plant so I am surprised it was that few correct guesses.

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