bluntly magazine visited Tweed (now Canopy Growth Corporation) is known as the largest cannabis company in the world. Headquartered in Smiths Falls, Ontario, the iconic industrial building, the former Hershey Chocolate factory, but they now operate in around 700,000 sq. ft. and 70-acre facility and property has ample room, both indoors and outdoors. Canopy Growth and its first national cannabis brand, Tweed, have established themselves as leaders in a cutting-edge industry and are shaping the future of cannabis in Canada and around the world.
Inside the Company
The company’s communications team accompanied us. We had to put on lab coats, shoe covers, hair nets and wash our hands Then we went to see the Mother Room, Carly Pickett, Jr. Communications Specialist, said “We spend most of our time cleaning this room, pruning and caring for plants, and cutting clones. We organize the mothers, according to their production schedule so that specific strains are ready for cloning when we need them. Each mother can produce 50 to 200 clones. After about 4-5 reproductive months, the mother is replaced by one of her clones and the cycle continues.”
Then after the clones are cut, they bring them to the Clone Room. They place them into rooting plugs and provide them with softer lighting and higher humidity. Rooting takes 1 – 2 weeks (10-18 days). They monitor the clones and move them to the Vegetation Room when their roots are well established. Carly Pickett said: “When the clones are ready, we plant them in pots. They will grow in the Vegetation Room for five to six weeks until they are large enough to flower. We give each plant its own ID bracelet so that we can track it from seed to sale. Most of our time here is spent preparing the pots and planting and tending the clones before they move to the Flower Room.”
In the Flower Room, they use a 12-hour light cycle to trigger flowering. As the buds form, each plant undergoes shoot selection, where they identify the hardiest stems and remove the leaves that aren´t going to produce flowers. This directs the plant´s energy into its best buds. They also add support to hold up heavy, bud-laden branches. Cleanliness is critical, because the sticky flowers can be contaminated by dust and other small particles. After eight to 10 weeks, the flowers are ready to harvest and the plants are cut down.
Then the flowers are ready for processing. Carly Pickett explained: “From here, the plants go to the Trim Room, where we trim off the flowers, making sure to remove all protruding stems and leaves. Then we lay them out on a drying rack. Once the flowers are dry, they are bulk packaged and tested before being sent for processing into the final product.”
Before finishing the visit inside the company, we learned about the different Cannabis Formats: Dried flowers, this is cannabis in its most genuine form-100% natural with no added preservatives, flavours, or other constituents. Oils, designed for oral consumption, cannabis oil are produced by diluting cannabis resin with food-grade carrier oil and Softgel capsules, engineered with precision, and each softgel capsule is filled with cannabis oil containing a measured dose of active ingredients.
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Tweed Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre is more about an educational experience. The tour started in the History Hall, where we watched a 15-minute video detailing about the history of cannabis around the world, and its journey Canada from the first shipment of marijuana confiscated by Mayor Jean Talon, to the legalization of the plant in Justin Trudeau present-day.
Next, we enjoyed spending time in the Cannabis 101 section, exploring the ABCs (and CBDs) of the plant and its properties, they have and interesting table about the Gene pools around the world for example in Canada has the biotype: Narrow-Leaf Hemp with the seed and crude fibre uses. The Sensory Experience is very interesting because there are more than 200 known terpenes in cannabis, which is why different varieties can have distinct scents and flavours. Would you dare to smell some?
From the elevated Hi-line catwalk offers clear views into licensed production rooms in various stages of the growing process, from Mom plant all the way to the mature, flowering cannabis plant. On the other side of the catwalk, visitors can watch as chocolate is manufactured, just as it was during the days of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. In the future, the Company hopes to have the license to make cannabis chocolates.
The tour finishes in the library study room and in the general store with interesting books, T-shirts, hats, postcards, artifacts, photos for more info on cannabis. But finally ¿What is the mean of Tweed? The answer is: “The fusion of two words Therapy and Weed”
Sebastian Navarrete Aldana, hails from Bogotá, Colombia, former press coordinator of the International Poetry Festival of Bogotá. A journalist and backpacker who volunteers in hostels in-order to live in a traveler’s community. While working as a correspondent from Chile, Colombia, Brazil, United States and Canada. Former, avowed pothead in my high school and university times.