Being able to choose the right cannabis strain to match your needs or desires—whether it be to relax, relieve pain, or listen to music with friends—is not a skill you’re born with. You have to practice. Like most skills keeping notes and finding the right tools can make a world of difference in your learning curve. Hands down, one of the most useful things I encountered early on in my cannabis journey was the Galaxy created by Phylos Bioscience.
The Galaxy is a beautiful visual representation of different cannabis strains that farmers around the world have submitted and Phylos has sequenced. Each entry is broken down to show its closest and most distant genetic relatives, its genetic variety, as well as its population profile, which continues to evolve as more samples are added to the Phylos Galaxy. This information can be extremely useful to the farmer by verifying what they really have, as well as helping to inform further crosses.
I myself use the Galaxy solely as a consumer. (Someday I hope to grow a green thumb.)
Once I learned about the Galaxy I poured over it for hours, and it opened my eyes to patterns of my favorite strains I had not recognized before like my daytime favorites Dogwalker, OG Kush and Fire OG. After a lot of trial and error, I found two strains that worked well for my end-of-day fatigue:Northern Lights and Bubba Kush. After a little searching, I learned that both of these were genetically similar to each other and also similar to LA Confidential. That is a strain I had never tried but quickly grew to love. Going to a dispensary to find that they don’t have any of your tried-and-true favorites is always a bit disappointing, but with a growing knowledge of the Galaxy my odds of finding something new that I like keep going up.
With that said, I am very excited that Shadowbox Farms’ 2018 lineup has been Phylos Certified and is now up in the Galaxy. Ask for Night Nurse, Valley Fire or any of our strains at a dispensary near you!
“For the first time I saw a medley of haphazard facts fall into line and order. All the jumbles and recipes and hotchpotch of the inorganic chemistry of my boyhood seemed to fit into the scheme before my eyes—as though one were standing beside a jungle and it suddenly transformed itself into a Dutch garden.”
— Baron C.P. Snow
[How the Periodic Table was explained in a university lecture to the central character in the novel by C.P. Snow, The Search (1935)]