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Washington: Blue Dream Most Popular Strain In State According To Analysis


Flower is booming, concentrate sales are growing at an even more rapid pace and Blue Dream is the No. 1 flower strain in Washington state. This represents a small look at the sweeping range of insights released on Thursday by BDS Analytics, the cannabis industry’s most reliable source of data analytics.

Among other things, today’s in-depth analysis of the Washington State cannabis market between Q3 2014 and Q4 2015 finds:

• Sales in Q4 2015 were up a whopping 430 percent compared to the same quarter in 2014

• Ten of Washington’s 31 counties account for 81 percent of cannabis sales

• Concentrate sales vaulted from less than $2 million in Q3 2014 to $15 million in Q3 2015

• Among all edible categories, candy is the most popular, capturing 30 percent of sales

“We have now normalized and categorized millions of transactions in Washington State in our GreenEdge™ database and that forms the basis of this report,” said Roy Bingham, BDS Analytics founder and CEO. "We are very impressed by the rapid pace of sales growth and fascinated with a wide range of valuable data points.

“The flower strain Cherry OG, for example, barely registered in popularity until July of 2015, when it began a steady climb to second place, just behind Blue Dream, which has held a commanding lead for much of the past 18 months," Bingham said. "For analytics nerds like us, cannabis data is absolutely engrossing, especially because it provide actionable insights for our clients.”

U.S.: Steep Hill Releases New Test For Cannabis Market: 'Sexing Made Simple'


Steep Hill, which specializes in cannabis testing and analytics in the United States and internationally, on Monday released GenKit, a new testing product to assist the growing cannabis industry. GenKit is a proprietary sexing test kit to quickly determine the sex of cannabis plants.

According to Steep Hill, this testing product allows outdoor seed-based growers to speed up the process by which male plants are identified and culled from the crop. Steep Hill’s GenKit allows sex determination at a very early stage in the plant’s development, and shortens this process from several weeks to several days.

GenKit is an industry breakthrough that allows crops to be grown more intelligently, conserving resources and expanding yield, according to the company.

Steep Hill said GenKit works by analyzing genetic information early in the cannabis growth cycle, enabling the removal of unwanted plants from the garden, lowering plant counts, and saving precious resources and cultivation space.

"This revolutionary test, built in modular format, utilizes DNA based diagnostics to very accurately determine the sex of a specific cannabis plant, all of which is made possible by our new long read sequencer," said Reggie Gaudino, Ph.D., director of Intellectual Property & Genetic Analysis at Steep Hill.

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