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LSD (circa 1963)

Since 1963, “J” made more seeds every decade or so and chose sativa dominant phenotypes. Out of the hundreds of strains he has grown in the last 50 years, he claims that this strain is heads and shoulders above them all. He said he was willing to gift me some seeds so that this sativa dominant version of LSD would not be eventually lost to the growing community.

One batch he grew tested in a lab at 27% THC.

The smell can be described as spiced eggnog. The high is intensely powerful and long lasting. This strain feels like you have been transported to another world.

Description

  • Type: Sativa dominant
  • Flowering Time: 9 weeks
  • Yield: Heavy
  • Potency: Extremely potent
  • Genetics: Skunk x Mazar
  • Seed Type: Regular

The story about how we came to acquire this strain is long but will give an idea about how valuable this strain is.

Some time ago, I met a grower that had a large collection of elite cuts that he was offering to trade for other genetics. The one strain that he had, that he did not give out to anybody, was an older version of LSD. He said that his friends bought seeds but the more current seeds never resulted in a plant as nice as his. Of course, the strain he did not want to give away was the one I was most curious about.

About six months later, an older woman called in from our website to ask about some strains. As we were talking, she mentioned that her favorite smoke of all time was a strain her friend, “J” grew called LSD. She said that he might be willing to talk to me and possibly gift some seeds. About a week later, “J” called me and told me the story about how he had acquired LSD seeds.

Back in 1963, “J” grew in the Sierra Mountains with his friend “B”. B decided to move to Europe to start a seed company but before he moved, he gave seeds that were a cross of what eventually became skunk and Mazar that he had gotten from another grower to J. Years later, the seeds that B took with him ended up becoming an indica dominant strain called LSD.

Since 1963, “J” made more seeds every decade or so and chose sativa dominant phenotypes. Out of the hundreds of strains he has grown in the last 50 years, he claims that this strain is heads and shoulders above them all. He said he was willing to gift me some seeds so that this sativa dominant version of LSD would not be eventually lost to the growing community.

One batch he grew tested in a lab at 27% THC.

The smell can be described as spiced eggnog. The high is intensely powerful and long lasting. This strain feels like you have been transported to another world.

Reviews

Michael Dobbie – April 8, 2021

This is a phenomenal strain. The description is spot on, it’s that good of a strain. :). 23 years of medical use and this is my top strain and new go to. Anyone who’s tried this has been blown away by it. If your looking for an amazing strain this is a gem in the Elev8 collection.

Enso Connect raises circa $2m in seed funding

The financing round was led by early stage fund Mantella Venture Partners, with strategic investments from Michael Hyatt, and participation from Mistral Ventures, Cowie Capital and Wheelhouse CEO Andrew Kitchell.

Co-founded in 2019 by CEO Francois Gouelo, a graduate of the Universities of Toronto and Cambridge, and CTO Peter Sorbo, who paused his EngSci’s Machine Intelligence programme at the University of Toronto to build the platform, Enso Connect says that it answers the need created by the short-term rental market shift towards professionalisation.

To keep up with guests’ demand for hotel-like experiences, operators have to combine multiple softwares and spend more time and money on personalising their offers.

Enso Connect claims to solve the fragmentation of the industry by providing a single operating system for the guest experience that leverages AI communication and smart home technologies. It is also a smart CRM tool which gives operators real-time, micro-detail on their guests’ habits and preferences, allowing them to craft highly tailored offers and win return customers within a few clicks.

The co-founders [Gouelo and Sorbo] are young tech leaders, having built a scalable, global business before they turn 25. With over 12,000 listings live on the platform, the company has grown 17,000 per cent in six months and launched in over 18 countries during the pandemic.

Gouelo said: “Short-term rental hosts are not renting airbeds in their rooms anymore. In return for higher rates guests want quality and delight.

“As of now, no one in the industry knows their customers enough to create real personalisation. We are here to change that and take the guest experience to the next level,” he added.

Hyatt said: “Post-pandemic, the world of travel is going to be very different. The new life / work balance will push a greater demand on the rental markets.

“Landlords of these assets will need to up their game. Enso provides a unique all in one solution. I invested because I like the market direction and also thought Francois is a very smart coachable entrepreneur I can work with,” he added.

Duncan Hill, co-founder and general partner at Mantella Venture Partners, said: “As the short-term rental market grows, evolves and professionalises, property managers are at risk of being disintermediated by a couple of large, Amazon-like platforms. We invested in Enso because they have a vision to help property managers professionalise so they can not only survive, but thrive in this rapidly growing market.”

Ryan Killeen, general manager and partner at The Annex Hotel, said: “Partnering with Enso Connect allows us to further enhance the guest experience through the lens of technology. Staying ahead of the technology curve has been a priority for us since day one and this partnership was a natural fit.”

From individual Airbnb hosts to Fortune 500 hotels, Enso Connect’s vision is to build the future of guest interactions, allowing everyone to build a brand, generate more revenue, and know their guests.

CIRCA Awards Two Research Seed Grants

CIRCA is pleased to announce two new climate research seed grants to the following UConn faculty. These awards are intended to support the development of competitive grant proposals while advancing CIRCA’s mission. Since seed grant projects will be completed in 12 months, results are expected at the end of spring 2023.

Ensemble Backcasting of Wave Heights in Long Island Sound
Dr. Nalini Ravishanker, Professor – UConn Department of Statistics

Understanding patterns in wave heights over time is an important climate resilience task. Knowing these patterns, especially those relating to the occurrence and timing of high waves can provide useful information to engineers and city planners for taking preventive steps to protect life and property. While wave height, wind speed, and wind direction data can be observed from off-shore buoys, these are only available for relatively short time spans such as 10-15 years. On the other hand, coastal stations that are proximal to a buoy may hold wind data for several decades, but lack wave height data. The purpose of this study is to build a reliable statistical model focused on available wind and wave height buoy data along with weather station wind data, and then use this model to predict (backcast) unknown wave heights in the vicinity of the buoy.

This approach is not restricted to data from Long Island Sound. In fact, the method can be widely applied to any buoy-station combination or to analyze and backcast variables other than wave heights, such as temperatures recorded at weather stations (e.g. airports) in order to backcast the latter. This pilot research will help to position a larger proposal for external funding.

Quantifying carbon dioxide and nutrient removal in the presence and absence of submerged aquatic vegetation
Dr. Cara Manning, Assistant Professor – UConn Department of Marine Sciences

Climate mitigation and adaptation strategies in Connecticut are being implemented or proposed, including the planting of submerged aquatic vegetation beds. Submerged aquatic vegetation provides a number of ecosystem services including providing habitat and shelter for fish and other species, reducing sediment erosion (through the rooted structures of the plants), and reducing wave energy reaching shorelines.

The objective of this research seed grant’s pilot study is to characterize how submerged aquatic vegetation conservation and restoration affects carbon dioxide and nutrient removal. This will help quantify and compare net ecosystem productivity and sedimentary denitrification rates in the Niantic River estuary at three sites with different ecosystems. Study results will be relevant to planners who perform cost-benefit analysis for habitat conservation and restoration and will also help better predict the biogeochemical impacts of habitat conservation and restoration. This study will provide researchers preliminary data to support a larger-scale proposal to be submitted to the Connecticut Sea Grant Research Program (Long Island Sound Study) in 2023.