Elevate Cannabis Co. started eight years ago in Colorado, when Shane Reece, Corey Lord and Jessica Fort started talking about cannabis. Eventually they “went for it,” and dove into cannabis cultivation. Two years in Colorado and they felt the market was over saturated, the Elevate team headed to Washington in 2012, Lord said. Lord is the Cultivation Manager of Elevate Cannabis Co.
After I-502’s “herky jerky start,” Elevate entered Washington’s recreational market in 2015, hit their stride and haven’t slowed down since. Finding a good team to work with took more time than they would have liked and they went through a lot of employees, Lord explained. Eventually the right people found their way to Elevate. People that respected the company and the plants in equal terms. Now you’ll find Elevate in stores all over Washington. Their products constantly keep up with the competition.
“I hate to look at it as competition,” Lord said.
He believes every producer is unique, and enjoys the observing different apporaches. Elevate’s strain selection sets them apart, Lord says. If each strain doesn’t leave Lord and his team on the edge of his seat, it’s not getting grown. They offers 12 strains consistently, with 6 more on the way. It’s a process to put a new plant in the garden; dialing in a phenotype from seed to flower can be over six months, Lord said. Elevate takes the time to ensure everything they produce is high quality and potent.
Favorite Strains In The Garden
A few of Lord’s favorite strains are Key Lime Pie, Sin Mint Cookies, and Bruce Banner.
Key Lime Pie is a short and stocky high yielder. She wields a loud and sweet citrus gas aroma.
Sin Mint Cookies towers over her neighbors in the garden. The high is super stony like a classic cookies, with an added vibrant sweetness.
Bruce Banner is a classic strain that will be in Lord’s garden until the end of time. A Strawberry Diesel and OG Kush cross. It’s a mellow hybrid that low and high tolerance smokers can handle it.
What’s New at Elevate?
They have a new batch of Sour Cookies live resin terp sauce that for all of the terp chasers. With 11 percent terpenes detected, their concentrates are getting closer to tasting how harvest smells. Imagine if a day taste similar to the ripe smell of a grow room at day 62.
They’re also releasing limited batches of two new strains: The Sauce and Extreme OG. Both are crossed with Green Ribbon. The other half of the crosses are Gorilla Glue 4 and Fire OG respectively. Look out for these strains where ever you find Elevate Cannabis Co.