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December 2018

Dear Reader,

This is the perfect time to reflect back on 2018 and look ahead to 2019. What an incredible year it’s been at Delta 9 and for the Canadian cannabis industry as a whole. We hope everyone has enjoyed some downtime with family and friends over this holiday season and we’d like to wish everyone in the Delta 9 community a very safe, healthy and happy 2019.

In this issue, we’ve got an insightful interview with the Delta 9 Head Grower Bobby Bains. He’ll provide an insider’s perspective about what it’s like to grow cannabis on a commercial scale. We’ve also put together the top 10 tips to help you store your cannabis and keep it fresh.

Look for several new Delta 9 Cannabis Stores opening in Manitoba in 2019, beginning with our next location at 478 River Ave. in Osborne Village. Not long afterwards, we’ll be opening our Brandon store as well, in the Brandon Shopper’s Mall.

Happy New Year!

The Delta 9 Team


An Interview with Delta 9 Head Grower Bobby Bains

Top 10 Cannabis Storage Tips

December Featured Strain – Super Lemon Haze

Upcoming Events

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Delta 9 Success a Result of Teamwork and a Passion for Excellence

An Interview with Delta 9 Head Grower Bobby Bains

Delta 9 Head Grower Bobby Bains

When it Comes to Growing Cannabis – Teamwork is Everything

Delta 9 Head Grower Bobby Bains has a deep-rooted passion for growing high-quality cannabis, and he’s very proud of Delta 9’s successes, but he’s also quick to point out that none of what has been accomplished could have been done without an exceptional team.

“Upper management said they were going to surround me with the best players possible and they’ve done just that,” said the 37-year-old Bains, who is already considered a veteran grower in the Canadian cannabis industry.

“I was ready for this,” said Bains. “But there is a vast amount of communication required between many different stakeholders and departments to make it all work. At peak production, Bobby will have 6-12 junior growers who report on important elements every morning. Is there a compressor or CO2 error? Is there a pump issue? If there’s a plant issue, I’ll try to resolve it. If it’s a mechanical issue, we’ll need one of our specialists. The general contractor, the electrician, the plumber and so on. Light bulbs, ducts, ballasts, plumbing, there are many things to oversee.

“I’m like a coach, and my junior growers are my eyes and ears. They have to be passionate about their work. I can generally tell just by the way they talk about the plants. It’s a very intimate job and everyone has to contribute in order for us to produce great cannabis.”

Delta 9 has opened up a lot of opportunities for young people that in the past might not have been able to get a job. They’re learning from Bains and he’s learning from others at Delta 9.

“You have to become a lifelong student,” said Bains. “I’m always learning from the plants as well as from my contemporaries and the people I work with. I also have to keep up with the constant evolution in growing technologies.”

Blue Venom

Bains has always been fascinated by cannabis breeding and genetics. The Winnipeg-born UBC graduate began to think more seriously about cannabis after his long-time girlfriend developed a serious medical condition. She started seeing a pain management specialist, but nothing worked, so Bains suggested she try cannabis edibles.

“They worked,” said Bains. “She felt like getting out of bed in the morning again. They took her pain away and brought her appetite back. We connected with a doctor we knew and he helped us get access to medical cannabis in Canada. After that I started thinking maybe there was something bigger here.

“I was well versed in government literature and there was a program called the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) for patients, but few individuals could get access to it. I began making more connections in the industry and it just started to snowball. I thought about building infrastructure for both mega grows and licensing, just to help everyone in need, and my grow went from five lights to 10, to 20, to 100 to 500 to 1,000 and finally to a building the size of a superstore.”

A Day In the Life of a Head Grower

Bains starts his day at 8 a.m. doing mechanical checks on the Grow Pods, checking the lighting, making sure the water pumps and feed systems are working, looking for any deficiencies or toxicities. He then meets with the Production Manager and the junior growers, and together they make a game plan for the day.

“Once you have the experience you can walk into a Grow Pod and you can feel if something is wrong right away,” said Bains. “You can sense it. If we notice a problem, we try to nip it in the bud quickly. We figure out a solution and implement it. It would be disingenuous for me to say everything goes perfectly all the time.”

Delta 9 Grow Pods

A good grower learns from everything, and much of the knowledge Bains and his team have gained over the years has come from fixing failures and navigating a lexicon of problems.

What separates experienced growers from someone who is just beginning isn’t how well they can grow cannabis when everything is going well, it’s how they adjust when something falls apart. How fast can you can you assess the problem and fix it? What are the symptoms? Is it the environment, the substrate, the pH, a technical issue or something within the plants themselves?

“In the coming months we’re going to have 300 different grows and each one will be unique,” said Bains. “A different strain, a different hybrid, flowering at a different time, each in their own environment. Depending on the building where the actual Grow Pod is located, there can be a change in humidity or other factors that effect the grow environment. Location of intake and exhaust fans in the building can make a difference, as can the weather.

Young cannabis crop

“Everything has to be adjusted as necessary to produce the best quality cannabis. Environment and genetics are mutually inclusive. Environment may be even more important when you consider that you can take an amazing seed and put it in a poor environment and create a terrible product.

“Everything depends on Delta 9 growing cannabis that people want to buy. The more you produce the more you learn. The industry demands bigger, stronger and faster and Delta 9 is on the cutting edge of achieving that.

Mature cannabis crop

Favourite Strains

Bains likes growing hybrids because you never really know what you’re going to get. He says Indica strains are more for pain management and relaxing, while Sativa strains offer a cerebral high and are preferred for doing things that are more outgoing and artistic. If you have a night out during the summer, or you’re at the cottage, smoke a Sativa strain. You want to be out there relaxing and having fun.

Bains named 13 Dawgs and Super Lemon Haze as two of his favourite Delta 9 strains.

“13 Dawgs (Indica) is perfect for a cold winter night when you want to stay in and relax,” said Bains. “Order some pizza with your friends, chill out, eat some great food, watch movies and play video games. Super Lemon Haze (Sativa) is more upbeat, really nice for having fun, going camping, staying up together all night. It’s more artistic, and people enjoy it for creative pursuits like painting, pottery making, dancing and writing. It’s motivating.”

Inspecting fresh cannabis buds

Creating a Customer-First Culture

“There’s more than just profits behind Delta 9,” said Bains. “We’re a local Manitoba company that believes in providing the best possible product for our customers. We have the safest cannabis and it contains absolutely no pesticides or heavy metals. It’s hand-trimmed, craft-quality cannabis created under very strict conditions.”

You will always be able to find cheap weed produced at large scale, but connoisseur-level cannabis has to be hand-trimmed. Think of it as a distinction similar to the differences between a $2 whiskey and a $10 whiskey. Delta 9 has found a happy medium between growing fast and producing a high-quality product, but we are always striving for better.

Sensory jar at Delta 9 Cannabis Store – 827 Dakota Ave

“I’m driven to be the best,” said Bains. “It’s an obsession of mine. It’s intellectual gratification, a personal challenge. Can you take something, and can you make it the best? Can you be the catalyst to do this. Can you make something that no one has made before and obsess over it to the point where it is so fundamentally exceptional that no one can argue against the fact that it’s one of the very best. It’s not about the credit. It’s about the feeling. The challenge is to prove that an LP has the ability to grow the best quality cannabis. Delta 9 will never be the biggest, so we have to position ourselves as one the best.

“I think the way we’ll come across to the public is that we are always being innovative with our products,” said Bains “We’re constantly evolving with the demand of our market, our clients and our customers. New genetics will find their way to Delta 9, our passion for excellence will shine through in our products, and the public will love them.”

The future is green for Delta 9.

Keeping Your Cannabis Fresh and Potent!

Top 10 Cannabis Storage Tips

Cannabis Storage

All cannabis products sold at Delta 9 have a “Packaged On” date, and with proper storage you can keep your stash fresh and potent for a year or longer! The key factors to consider when storing your cannabis are heat, light and humidity, all of which can degrade quality.

If you store your cannabis properly, it will maintain its fragrance, resin and cannabinoids. It will also burn nice and slow, just the way you like it. If you store your cannabis improperly, it can become overly dry, lose its potency, burn like paper and become irritating to smoke. Conversely, if your cannabis is too moist, you run the risk of introducing mould.

The best way to ensure your stash stays in excellent condition is to store it in a coloured, air-tight glass jar, in a cool, dark, dry place, or in a specially designed cannabis storage unit. But there’s more...

Top 10 Cannabis Storage Tips:

  1. Store in Air-Tight Glass Jars or Specially Designed Cannabis Storage Units – Air-tight glass jars are perfect for keeping your cannabis fresh. Glass also has no effect on the odour of your cannabis, but it does prevent that odour from drifting throughout your home (as much as you might like that!) Dark or coloured glass is best, as clear glass may allow too much light, which can degrade trichomes. Specially designed cannabis storage units are excellent alternatives and make it even easier to maintain ideal humidity levels.
  2. Do Not Use Plastic Containers for Long-Term Storage – Plastic containers can expose your stash to degradation by light, air, and temperature fluctuations. Plastic baggies should also be avoided. Not only do baggies make your cannabis easily crushable, removing potent trichomes, they can also have a negative effect on taste overtime. And they are certainly not discreet.
  3. Store In a Cool Dark Place – Cannabis should stored in a cool, dark place with a temperature ranging from 40-72 degrees F (4.4-22 degrees C). Exposure to light over time can break down cannabinoids, negatively effect terpene profiles and reduce potency. Excessive heat can ruin the potency of psychometric and reduce resin, resulting in harsh smoke and an unpleasant flavor. Think a cupboard, closet, or drawer that is in area with a stable temperature.
  4. Store at Proper Humidity – The ideal humidity range for storing cannabis is between 59-63%, which maintains freshness and resin integrity. Excess moisture can cause dangerous bacteria and mold to form, and conversely, if your cannabis becomes too dry, terseness and cannabis can be degraded. Properly-maintained moisture levels can keep your cannabis fresh, potent and aromatic for up to a year and longer.
  5. Do Not Store in a Fridge or Freezer – Freezing cannabis will make it brittle and psychometric will break off, reducing potency. Temperature and humidity can also fluctuate in your fridge, which in increases the possibility of mold and mildew.
  6. Store Different Strains Separately – Each cannabis strain has its own set of characteristics and should be stored in its own container in an effort to maintain this uniqueness. Cannabis strains should not be mixed with each other.
  7. Store Buds Intact without Excess Handling – Over handling can cause the loss of psychometric and decrease the potency of your cannabis. Use a minimum of handling to preserve psychometric, cannabis and terseness.
  8. Do Not Store with Accessories – The smell of burned cannabis from partially smoked joints, pipes and bongs will have a negative effect on the odors you enjoy from fresh cannabis.
  9. Do Not Use a Tobacco Humidor – Often made from cedar wood, the oil from tobacco humidors can absorb into cannabis, reducing and changing its penetrate profile and flavour.
  10. Consider Specially Designed Cannabis Storage Units – Delta 9 carries a number of specially designed cannabis storage units that can be used in conjunction with humidity control packs. If you’re a cannabis “canvasser” these beautifully designed storage units are definitely worth considering!

Delta 9 Cannabis Storage Products

CVault w/ Boveda

Vault w/ Beloved – The personal Vault is constructed of 18/10 food grade stainless steel; with an airtight container that is impenetrable by light. This personal storage is light weight and durable; this is now the ultimate storage solution container for your personal curing needs.

Stashlogix Silverton

Astrologist Silver-ton – As a tribute to Colorado’s mining heritage and its herbal heritage, the Silver-ton conquers new frontiers, is smell-proof and lockable. Be organized, safe, secure, and discreet. The “silver lining” and rubber seals, blocks odors and is cleanable! Includes a metal poker and an Pandora (odor absorbing packet).

RYOT® Glass Top Shaker Box and  Slim Shaker Box

RYOT® Glass Top Shaker Box and Slim Shaker Box – RYOT® Glass Top Boxes are constructed of quality wood with each layer firmly attached magnetically. Their mono filament screen and ultra smooth base tray make them the perfect option for collecting botanical concentrates no matter what your blend of choice may be!

Integra Boost 2-Way Humidity Control Packs

Integral Boost 2-Way Humidity Control Packs – Integral Boost 2-way humidity control packs are used to control moisture in an enclosed area. Their patented technology will either release or absorb moisture, maintaining relative humidity at 62% in a contained environment.

Super Lemon Haze (SSL)

December Featured Strain

December Featured Strain – Super Lemon Haze

Our signature sativa dominant strain, and one of the most popular strains around the world. Super Lemon Haze is a hybrid of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze. The smell is sweet, citrus and a little sour on opening. There’s also a lemony smell on grind.

The effects are usually uplifting and energetic.

You can learn more about the characteristics of this strain here.

THC: 15.06%
CBD: <0.01%

Terpene Profile:Super Lemon Haze


December Featured Strain – Super Lemon Haze

Come See Delta 9 at Lift Vancouver

When: January 10-13, 2019

Where: Booth #434 (across from the main stage)

Learn more about the Lift Cannabis Expo here.

Osborne Village Location Opening Soon!

When: January 24, 2019

Where: 478 River Ave, Winnipeg, MB

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