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Cultivating excellence: Luma California Farms' quest for hash and rosin perfection

Nestled within the picturesque Petaluma Gap in Sonoma County, California, Enzo Peterson, a dedicated visionary farmer and Director of Cultivation at Luma California Farms, promotes sustainable cannabis cultivation.

With two decades of hands-on experience, he’s on a mission to produce exceptional cannabis, guided by nature’s rhythms and a deep respect for the plant’s potential to create high-quality hash and rosin.

Luma’s mission is rooted in earth stewardship

Luma California Farms was founded in 2017 by Curtis and Alexa Wall, but it wasn’t until 2020 that their first cannabis plants graced the earth under the guidance of Peterson’s green thumb. What united the trio was their shared passion for microbiology. This partnership, born from profound conversations about microbes and sustainable farming, paved the way for the farm’s thriving, lawful business that defined its place in the industry.

Enzo Peterson, a dedicated visionary farmer and Director of Cultivation at Luma California FarmsGina Coleman/Weedmaps
Enzo Peterson — Director of Cultivation at Luma California Farms

“The mission that brought Luma California Farms to where it is today was the pursuit of truth,” Peterson said, “The team I work with wanted to do the very best job they could cultivating cannabis. The pursuit of truth led us to this cultivation style, focused on living soil, organic practices, microbe-driven techniques, data-driven decision-making, and creating our own fertilizers … Microorganisms are one of the main cornerstones of our approach.”

Microbes, soil health, and regenerative cultivation

Central to Luma California Farms’ cultivation philosophy is recognizing microbes’ vital role in nurturing plant growth. A true microbe enthusiast, Peterson champions their transformative impact on nutrient cycling and soil health. Microbes, often unsung heroes of the soil, work tirelessly behind the scenes, breaking down organic matter to create a nutrient-rich environment for plants, reducing the need for additional fertilizers.

In soil, microbes are responsible for enhancing resin production in cannabis. As they break down organic matter, they release compounds that nourish the plants and trigger the production of valuable resin. This collaboration between microbes and cannabis plants results in a rich, trichome-laden splendor. “Our commitment to producing exceptional cannabis resin, with a particular focus on hash and rosin, is rooted in this partnership.”

Sungrown cannabis from Luma California FarmsGine Coleman/Weedmaps
Sungrown cannabis from Luma California Farms

One of the fundamental principles Peterson wholeheartedly embraces is regenerative cultivation. At the heart of this approach lies the emulation of natural ecosystems, where nutrient cycling and self-sustaining processes take center stage. Using techniques such as JADAM and Korean Natural Farming, Peterson crafts his fertilizers sourced from local materials. JADAM, an innovative organic farming technique established in Korea, means “people that resemble nature.” The method minimizes the carbon footprint and shows a self-sufficiency loop that harmonizes with the essence of the land, also known as a “closed loop.”

The farm embraces full sun exposure, nurturing crops exclusively in the ground throughout the season without using greenhouses. As Peterson puts it, “The goal is to showcase the power of terroir. The aim is to underscore the value of a product cultivated in a specific location that is impossible to replicate. This goal cannot be reached within a greenhouse or an indoor setup.” This commitment to terroir-driven cultivation showcases the farm’s dedication to presenting a product that embodies the authentic essence of its origin.

Hash and rosin: Crafting the ultimate expression of cannabis

While many cannabis farms prioritize flower production, Luma California Farms takes a distinct approach by dedicating itself to creating exceptional hash and rosin, “Everything you see here is devoted 100% to hash and rosin,” Peterson said. In this dynamic landscape, it’s fascinating to see how the California market has shifted towards channeling entire crops into rosin production, revealing a new facet of the cannabis industry.

Luma California FarmsGina Coleman/Weedmaps

Luma California Farms doesn’t go at it alone in this journey. It collaborates with trusted brands like Rosin Tech Labs and others in the hash and rosin industry, creating pristine products for the California market. Farmers focus on factors such as yields, terpene profiles, resin behavior, and cultivar selection to excel in cultivating solventless concentrates.

Among these practices, Peterson highlights the value of companion planting for resin cultivation, stating, “We like to do a lot of interplanting with other highly aromatic plants like dill, cilantro, chives, and similar options. There’s evidence suggesting that these aromatic companions foster an ecosystem that encourages neighboring plants to produce more oil. This approach is notably common in lavender fields.”

Lemon Limez: The award-winning strain

Peterson’s passion for his craft led to the creation of an exceptional strain known as Lemon Limez. It made waves at the 2022 Emerald Cup, securing the third-place position. Building on this success, it proudly earned the eighth-place title in 2023. Peterson’s journey with Lemon Limez began in 2017.

Lemon Limez is a strain bursting with vibrant flavors. It’s a fiesta for the taste buds, boasting zesty lime notes, a groovy skunky twist, and a touch of that classic gassiness. These unique and bold flavors set it apart in the world of hash and rosin.

Lemon Limez Live Rosin Cold Cure BadderWeedmaps
Lemon Limez Live Rosin Cold Cure Badder from Luma California Farms

Reminiscent of iconic strains like Sour Diesel and OG Kush, Lemon Limez exhibits distinctive characteristics. It grows tall and stretchy, with well-spaced leaves that optimize light exposure. But what truly distinguishes Lemon Limez is its resin – often likened to the cannabis equivalent of super glue. “This sticky resin makes it perfect for crafting top-notch oil and melt, aligning with the farm’s hash-focused vibes,” shared Peterson.

Embracing the future of cannabis cultivation

As the cannabis industry evolves, Luma California Farms remains steadfast in its pursuit of excellence. The farm’s upcoming plans involve expanding its cultivation footprint and further integrating its operations. Peterson envisions a future where the farm becomes synonymous with high-quality hash and rosin production, guided by sustainability principles, diversity, and a profound connection to the plant.

In a world where trends often drive cannabis cultivation, Luma California Farms is a beacon of authenticity. Peterson’s journey from a young cultivator to a visionary farmer has led to a cultivation methodology that not only produces exceptional cannabis but also fosters a profound connection between the plant, the land, and those who partake in its magic.

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Facts About Cannabis That Will Astonish You

A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed that cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance. After years of being viewed with aversion, a number of health benefits that accrue out of marijuana use have made it extremely popular among the medical community of the world. Moreover, it’s interesting to note that marijuana seeds were initially cultivated by ancient cultures as herbal medicine, and using it to get high is a relatively newer development.

Here are some interesting facts about marijuana that will help you understand it better:

Growing marijuana is a highly scientific process

Like with any other plant, in order to ensure a sizeable harvest, marijuana plants need to be grown under controlled conditions. The specificity of the desired conditions makes the process of cultivating marijuana a challenging one. Moreover, the legal aspect of the plant makes the process even more difficult, by allowing only a selected number of people to have access to marijuana seeds.

Some people prefer growing marijuana indoors, where it’s easier to control plant diseases and changes in weather conditions. A special requirement of the marijuana plant is that it requires 12 hours of light and 12 hours of total darkness in order to flower and produce THC – the chemical which is responsible for getting people high. It’s also important to note that some marijuana strains are more difficult to grow than others: while strains like Columbian Gold have a long flowering period, others can prove to be problematic with their specific feeding needs. Therefore, your marijuana plants can only be a success if you’re ready to dedicate time towards taking care of all the technicalities while keeping up with the changing laws.

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Only female marijuana plants offer a high

It’s quite easy to differentiate between female and male marijuana plants: females have small translucent hair at the joints, while males do not. Differentiating the two is crucial because if you’re looking to get high, male plants will be completely useless. The only purpose of growing male plants is to enable breeding as the weed that is smoked or eaten is always gotten from female plants.

Marijuana affects men and women differently

A research conducted by Rebecca Craft of Washington State University revealed that males and females experience cannabis differently. It was found that females build up a tolerance to THC faster than men, therefore increasing the likelihood of them becoming dependent on the drug. More importantly, her research also revealed that females are more sensitive to the pain-relieving qualities of marijuana. With further funding, Craft believed that a number of other differences could be found through medical research.

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The two most popular cannabinoids found in marijuana counter each other’s effects

THC and CBD are the two main cannabinoids found in marijuana. Their popularity has to do with the world coming to know about a number of medical properties that they possess. THC has psychoactive properties, which makes it more desirable from a recreational point of view. CBD, on the other hand, is not only non-psychoactive but also responsible for counteracting the effects of THC. Since different strains have varying levels of THC and CBD, the ultimate purpose of using the drug determines the selection of the strain. However, it’s surprising to note that despite not having any psychoactive properties, CBD is largely illegal.

William Shakespeare liked to smoke marijuana

This fact may not be as serious or helpful as the others on this list, but it’s quite interesting to note that the world’s greatest playwright may have had some help from cannabis.

Upon analyzing Shakespeare’s 400-years-old tobacco pipes which were excavated from his garden, a team of South African scientists found residue of cannabis. The findings of the study were published, thus, bringing an end to the debate on whether Shakespeare smoked weed or not. Even though this finding may not really change our opinion of the great bard, Shakespeare’s splendid literary work forces us to think about whether it’s actually true that cannabis inspires creativity.

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Despite the immense popularity that cannabis enjoys, the spread of misinformation and myths has gone a long way in tampering with its reputation. However, at this point in time, it’s almost impossible to deny the popularity or the usefulness of the drug, especially since it was found to be the largest cash crop in the United States during the period of 2003-2005. Since then, a number of other studies have been conducted by scientists all over the world – with Israel being the global leader in marijuana research. It can be observed that more and more countries have decided to dedicate their resources and time to research on marijuana because of the immense potential that they see in the drug – not only in the field of medicine but also as a means to create an improved lifestyle.

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