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bc budI Remember When BC Bud Was Preferred On The West Coast Of The US

I’m getting that nostalgic feeling again where I want to reminisce of the late 1990’s, early 2000’s when BC Bud was everywhere on the West Coast. There was nothing better than getting a big bag of BC Bud that had some cryptic coding on the upper right hand corner, listening to music, and talking about marijuana news and information with my friends. It’s been since 2006 since I’ve seen any Canadian marijuana in anyway. Trust me, I would know it when I saw it.

I used to get BC Bud by the backpack full for a decade. Ninjasmoker went through more BC Bud than anyone else I’ve ever met in real life. I always called him the ‘King of the Beast’ ha ha. That was back when almost everything came from Canada, other than small pockets of ‘home grown.’ This is not the first time I have wrote about this topic. Here is an excerpt from an article that I wrote back in August:

Every so often, I daydream about smoking Canadian marijuana. I remember back in the day, a lot of the super nugs on the West Coast originated in Canada. Some in California might try to argue that they have never let Canada weed infiltrate their state, due to the awesome weed that is grown in Northern California. I am going to have to ask those people to put their pride aside. All of the BC nugs were grown indoors, and although they weren’t uniform ‘super’ across the board (hence the term beast), EVERY nug I saw from Canada was superior to the outdoor I see coming up from California now.

In this time period that I refer to as the ‘BC era,’ the farther north you went on I-5, the better deal you got. So if you lived in Eugene you went to Portland, if you lived in Portland you went to Seattle, or if you were really smart you just skipped everything and went straight to Seattle no matter where you were at. The weed came in heat sealed bags, with mysterious numbers written in the corner. I remember the best weed always had the number ‘5’ in the corner. I’m not sure why they chose that number, but I know I was really excited every time I saw it on a heat sealed bag. And no it didn’t stand for Northern Lights #5, because I obtained countless strains in heat sealed bags, and the top strains always had a ‘5’ in the corner. I also remember buying it from people off of Foster Blvd in Portland, and it always had the ‘AAA’ in the corner. It was good, but it wasn’t a ‘AAA’ caliber. It was cheap though, and smelled like grapefruit!

Things changed in 2006 DRAMATICALLY. Everyone I ever knew up north went out of business. They didn’t know why they were so unlucky finding anything, until I explained to them what Operation Frozen Timber was about. At the time, these people figured it would pick up, as there HAD to be many other routes across the border. The last handful of years have proven them wrong. I literally have not seen 1 piece of BC weed since that bust. Many have tried to pass their weed off as BC super thunder, BUT I AM NO ROOKIE. I can sniff out a BC bud from a mile away.

So what’s up TWB readers? Do I have any people out there by the border that still get the ‘5’ or ‘AAA’ or ‘fill in the blank?’ Or do they even heat seal them anymore (two half pounds in zip lock inside of the heat seal)? Or is there just so much awesome marijuana in the United States now, that getting it from abroad seems ridiculous? Because that’s how I feel. I can get an ounce of the absolute finest from a zillion people right now, dirt cheap, and it’s the middle of summer. I love the West Coast!

Below is one of the first articles that I ever wrote, talking about Operation Frozen Timber and the drastic effect it had on the West Coast marijuana industry:

Operation Frozen Timber was the most significant marijuana bust in American history. Although it is not the largest (a bammer operation in Arizona takes that title), it certainly had the largest affect on American marijuana supplies. Operation Frozen Timber was a 2 year investigation involving helicopter pilots flying TONS of BC marijuana from the Canada side to the Washington State side (see the attached story). You can read the story for all the dirty details, because what I am interested in is the after affects on American marijuana policy and the marijuana industry.

Back in the day, most of the super nugs on the West Coast originated in Canada. Some in California might try to argue that they have never let Canada weed infiltrate their state, due to the awesome weed that is grown in Northern California. I am going to have to ask those people to put their pride aside. Northern California produces a significantly smaller amount of ‘super’ nugs, even to this day, when compared to Canada in the late 1990’s to 2006. ALL of the BC nugs were grown indoors, and although they weren’t uniform ‘super’ across the board, EVERY nug I saw from Canada was superior to the outdoor I see coming up from California now.

In this time period that I refer to as the ‘BC era,’ the farther north you went on I-5, the better deal you got. So if you lived in Eugene you went to Portland, if you lived in Portland you went to Seattle, or if you were really smart you just skipped everything and went straight to Seattle no matter where you were at. The weed came in heat sealed bags, with mysterious numbers written in the corner. I remember the best weed always had the number ‘5’ in the corner. I’m not sure why they chose that number, but I know I was really excited every time I saw it on a heat sealed bag.

Things changed in 2006 DRAMATICALLY. Everyone I ever knew up north went out of business. They didn’t know why they were so unlucky finding anything, until I explained to them what Operation Frozen Timber was about. At the time, these people figured it would pick up, as there HAD to be many other routes across the border. The last four years have proven them wrong. I literally have not seen 1 piece of BC weed since that bust. Many have tried to pass their weed off as BC super thunder, BUT I AM NO ROOKIE. I can sniff out a BC bud from a mile away.

So what are the effects on American marijuana policy? Although law enforcement essentially won the war on the Canada border, it has resulted in a nightmare they could have never imagined. Instead of smugglers doing risky operations over international borders, ALMOST all of the weed on the west coast originates in the ‘State of Jefferson.’ This is the area of Southern Oregon and Northern California, where marijuana activity has exploded since Operation Frozen Timber. This is much worse for law enforcement, as every state on the West Coast now has medical programs, and it is much more difficult to regulate than ever before. Now instead of BC bud on the West Coast in spurts, I-5 is flooded with outdoor weed that comes in turkey bags all year long. NEVER, and I mean NEVER have I seen super nugs come in a turkey bag…Not in four years. I’m sure there are super nugs in this area, but the locals keep it for themselves. The only thing that gets out to the masses is the outdoor ‘fake dank.’

The end result of Operation Frozen Timber is a system that is more broken than before, way crappier medicine for the weed fans, a problem that is growing exponentially, and a government that now has virtually no options but to maintain the status quo. I have done a lot of research on marijuana over the last decade, both academically and in my daily life, and I can honestly say that Operation Frozen Timber was the most significant bust in American history. If anyone doubts that, just go get a turkey bag of medicine and see if you aren’t convinced!

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  1. I remember getting the “beasters” too. Thats what the BC bud was called here, in the Northeast. Beasters here was considered by many the lower quality stuff. And that wasn’t because it wasn’t better then the other stuff, it was because it was everywhere and easy to get. As someone who sold beasters for a good 5 years I can tell you the stuff was great.

    The BC bud that I sold and that people considered lower quality was actually much better quality then 95% of the stuff that was being sold. The buds were very tight/compact. A small bud went a long way. It was brightly colored. Neon orange and green. I still don’t know why people called it lower quality, but when you went to go sell BC bud to someone you weren’t going to get the price you would if you had something different.

    Now that I think about it, your right. You don’t see Beasters around anymore. I really wish I had some of it now. I remember back in the day when that would be the last thing I would ever say, because I had access to what seemed like a limitless supply. I do miss that bud. Really good taste and got you pretty well medicated.

    Awesome read, it took me back!

    Your friend,
    Cannabis Country

  2. Being from the land of the Northern Lights (strain) in very close proximity to Seattle and it’s funny how little BC bud ever came out our way. Oh sure it was around….everywhere and the price wasn’t bad either. BUT….the quality of the local genetics far surpassed anything coming here across a border, north or south. We kind of had a standing joke about the quality of this BC bud and decided amongst ourselves that this is what you get when they don’t export their best stuff. Overloaded with nutrients that seemed to be fed up to the day of harvest with a poor trim job and I’m afraid to inquire further about any….”organic” standards. Judging from the final product I did see, my bet was that you couldn’t find the guy who grew this as no respectable grower I knew could put out such an overall poor quality product. So it must have been the lore more commonly known as bullshit because the quality reminded me more of what came up from the Mexican border than the mystical, magical BC bud more commonly found in folklore than real life. At least here the real Budland, near Seattle. BC bud was kind of a Sasquatch of the marijuana world in that it was one of those “mythical” strains of yesteryear that you heard a lot about but when it came to the real thing, we didn’t see much of that.

  3. BC Bud made it to the Bay Area but your right~! I have not seen it in some years… Always trimmed the same as my theroy is they use the “industrial trimming machines” that are manufactured in BC. Nice article though , thanks :)

  4. A lot of crappy m39 that’s grown in Ontario and quebec is smuggled across the border and passed off as ‘BC bud’ or ‘beasters’, it’s not, it’s a crappy strain that was most likely grown in a Vietnamese guys basement and fed hydro nutes right till harvest with no flush like you said.

  5. I remember a delivery service in NYC called “weedeliver”
    beasties! they had a menu!
    30/40 years ago

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