Glass House Farms recently partnered with FRB Genetics to launch a new 1: 1 strain that offers the California cannabis market a flower product that sets the THC and CBD ratios fairly evenly. It’s called Tangelo Flo, and it’s finding its way into the market at a time when industry representatives and consumers are having in-depth discussions about efficacy, chemical profiles, and smaller cannabinoids.
Tangelo Flo offers a balanced cannabinoid profile (a “Type II” chemotype which in parlance finds its way into the commercial realm, meaning it has a mixed ratio cannabinoid profile). While high THC strains and products continue to top the sales charts, the chatter in the industry is interested in a more balanced range of chemicals. This is where FRB Genetics’ R&D work has led the team led by Reggie Gaudino.
The new variety is a cross between Green Crack and Cherry Wine and has a total of around 31% cannabinoids and a rich, citrus-like mango taste. Green Crack is a THC heavyweight and Cherry Wine is a popular strain of cannabis.
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Tangelo Flo in the Glass House Farms greenhouse.
Front Range Biosciences runs a marker-assisted hemp breeding program, and the Cherry Wine options were pretty much limitless for the FRB Genetics team. (FRB Genetics licenses the breeding technology from Front Range Biosciences, a non-plant contact company.) Gaudino’s wanted to showcase some of the fine work that has been done on these cannabis strains – and perhaps introduce those genetics into the wider adult cannabis space.
The cherry wine side of the equation presented an interesting challenge as Gaudino’s team was looking for a high-CBD producer that could also stay compliant as a hemp variety (with a THC level below 0.3%). It’s no small task. This process involved thousands of seeds and countless hours observing the various cherry vine plants. They ended up with an ideal phenotype, which with the THC powerhouse line from Green Crack brought a robust plant structure and a healthy yield to the breeding process.
The parent plants here offered a vitality that would make the job of growers a lot easier – something that is important when incorporating commercial considerations into the breeding process.
“It’s done relatively quickly, so it’s good to work with it in a commercial cannabis setting,” says Gaudino.
At Glass House Farms, this commercial cannabis environment spans more than 500,000 square feet of greenhouse space in Southern California. Graham Farrar, President and Chief Cannabis Officer of Glass House Brands, says Tangelo Flo was a manageable grower – relatively easy to grow, easy on the eyes. More importantly, Farrar thought, looking forward to getting something like this on store shelves. He says many consumers are looking for products with this chemical profile.
“Everyday, everyday cannabis – I call it the ‘missing center’,” he says. “Either we have connoisseurs – people who have been here for 20 years and who jump through all the tires and go to the doctor to get their health card – or we have the people who just came through the door and didn’t know Tequila usage, by Jose Cuervo in 1942, right? I believe that the middle will show itself. “
Lower THC, higher CBD, a more balanced set of effects: there is a certain level of convenience and simplicity to such a strain. Tangelo Flo is one of the first steps into this variation in the cannabis market.
What’s next from FRB Genetics? This certainly won’t be the last 1: 1 strain the team delivers. And Gaudino suggests that more is to come: “Besides this 1: 1, we actually have a number of other 1: 1s in development that are based on tracking down very specific terpene profiles that are very rare in the cannabis industry,” he says .