The Most Expensive Strain in the World

The most expensive strain in the world

Somewhere, in some deep, dank corner of the internet, word leaked about the best marijuana strain in the world: Oracle. This strain has a whopping 45% THC, which for scale, is almost double the 20% found in all other high-THC strains. Not only is it unbelievably strong, it has an unbelievably short life cycle, about 45 days, or half that of any other Cannabis strain on the face of the earth.

As word traveled, demand surged underground. Today, seeds being sold through online exchanges still go for up to $200 each; a single Oracle clone could fetch up to $1,000.

But, according to a little-publicized finding by Los Angeles-based laboratory The Werc Shop, Oracle, the most expensive marijuana strain in the world, is genetically identical to AC/DC, a strain that is readily available in Southern California dispensaries and retails for less than $10 a gram of dried flowers.

While the price inflation of the Oracle strain is a byproduct of an underground prohibition economy, generating “scarcity” to inflate prices is not exclusive to the marijuana industry. Wherever there is a hole in regulation of the “legitimate” market, capitalism dictates that companies rise to slip through it in order to increase profits. Ever heard of blood diamonds? They are legal to buy in any strip-mall jeweler in America although the diamond industry is rife with international political and social scandal.

Diamonds are big business because the industry has created artificial “scarcity.” DeBeers, the largest diamond manufacturer in the world, hoards diamonds in order to keep the market price high. Although, in reality, diamonds are far from scarce, nor do they have any practical or functional purpose to drive necessity. Yet, just the illusion that there is not enough to go around creates high demand.

The irony of the Oracle (aka AC/DC) saga is that the strain, which probably does not contain 45% THC nor does it probably not grow at the biologically confounding rate of 2:1, is that it is a high-cannabidiol (CBD) strain. High-CBD strains are those that aren’t known for their psychological effects so much as their healing abilities for a wide variety of illnesses ranging from childhood epilepsy and autism to Alzheimer’s, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders.

The marijuana industry faces a unique problem, one that has been the cause of heated conflict since the first full-legalization initiative, Proposition 19 in California, hit the ballot in 2010. When we legalize the recreational use of marijuana, how do we preserve the integrity of healing built into the medical marijuana models that already exist?

The Oracle story is one that frightens those who exclusively use marijuana to treat medical conditions. This is where we should again look at the first major prohibition to find the answer. In Frankfort, Kentucky, the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery proudly displays framed medicinal-bourbon prescriptions, a now laughable relic of American alcohol prohibition. Buffalo Trace was the only distillery that did not shut down in Kentucky during prohibition, in order to provide “medicinal bourbon”, of course.

Today, alcohol is found in small quantities in a variety of over-the-counter drug prescriptions such as mouth wash and cough syrup. But unless you are a desperate teenager, you probably go straight for actual booze when you want to drink. The price of alcohol varies from very cheap to very expensive, explicitly based on the purpose of consumption. Fine wines fetch thousands while cough syrup tops off at a couple dollars.

So, don’t be so afraid of legalization. While alcohol still is regulated differently state-to-state, the kind you need for medicine is never scarce, and never worth the price of the most expensive strain in the world.

Angela Bacca is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer, journalist, photographer and medical cannabis patient. She has been published in a wide variety of print and digital publications including Cannabis Now Magazine, Alternet, SFCritic Music Blog, Skunk Magazine, West Coast Cannabis, Cannabis Culture Magazine, Ladybud Magazine and Opposing Views, among others. She has a Bachelor's in Journalism from San Francisco State University and a Master's in Business Administration from Mills College.

4 Comments

  1. bongstar420

    January 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Most screen hash is around 40% THC with only a few percent of actual photosynthetic material. The max THC content for screened hash is about 60%. Most BHO is 70-90% THC. You do the math

  2. jim butler

    November 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

    CANNABIS always help me with server PTSD and pain .Combat veteran from Vietnam war.It really helps me sleep at night and my PTSD.In Vietnam 68-69 always in the bush(field.)USMC combat veteran in Hue,Danang,An Hoa,AND DMZ just a few places an many other places.Lots of mountains and rice paddies.From DMZ and down below danang.(south).Proud to be MARINE and AMERICAN…SEMPER FI BROS take care OOORAH…’Here a little late…Happy BIRTHDAY MARINES

  3. Simon Babbs

    November 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    How? REally? I’ll tell you how. YOu juice the fresh cannibus… Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…

    You don’t get high! YOu get 600 percent more of the canibinolids!

    Get current with your information…

  4. The Clean Game

    November 5, 2013 at 2:57 am

    You mention that it has a high CBD content… but not what that content is.

    Seriously “Medicinal” Cannabis must have at least a slightly higher percentage of CBD than THC… reason being is at that point you won’t get ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ in any way.

    Being able to use as much cannabis as you need for pain relief without getting inebriated is big news.

    Prohibition is mainly responsible for the extremely low CBD strains that are readily available today.

    Keep it Clean! :D

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