I first smoked Panama Red in Lawrence, KS in 1968, walking down the steep thouroughfare that leads from the rock upon which Kansas University is perched, to the 3.2% beer establishment that sits at it's base, (safely off campus) a honey pot for thirsty students.
In sixties Kansas, we didn't see a lot of really good pot. Our main source were the vast stretches of feral hemp, descendants of the de-activated strain created by the government to produce rope for the second world war effort. It's fortunate that we were starting out with very low tolerance to THC, as there wasn't a heck of a lot in what we were smoking. "Kansas Grass" was notoriously lacking in potency.
The nectar I filled my lungs with, on that afternoon in Kansas, was like nothing I had ever tasted. A rich, robust flavor which seemed to echo the earth it had been grown in, delicious and surprising - and the high that followed was powerful and distinctive.
Back then, all marijuana came from what are known as 'Landrace" strains; grown from seed, drawing their unique characteristics from the land they occupied. Panama Red was a premium Landrace strain, a unique product blending its own genetics with the earth it grew in, the water that nourished it, and the sun and shade that warmed and illuminated it. Be it remote mountain valley or an isolated stream bed, this strain - and the other legendary strain of the time, Acapulco Gold - were unique to the land they grew in, (whether or not it was actually Panama or Acapulco...)
Many Landrace strains appear to be lost forever, although a few have survived thanks to cultivation. But even direct decendants of these strains taste and smell very different from their ancestors, as they are now cultivated in locales remote from their original homes. With the advent of legal cultivation and Medical Cannabis, much of what is produced is through cloning - a tried and true horticultural technique which involves making a cutting of a plant whose qualities are known. As clones are all female, and reproduce exactly the characteristics of the host plant, this has been ideal for producing high quality in volume.
More and more, however, growers are looking at producing Heirloom varieties - locally grown from seed and cultivated by growers in the same way crops are husbanded in any garden, although at a larger scale. Naturally and locally grown plants, in other words, which draw their substance from the soil and water and light and shade of the location in which they are grown, as did the landrace strains which were the ancestors of them all.
We here at BASA are proud to announce our Heirloom strains, grown locally at the BASA collective farm. The first two strains available are BASA Sour Diesel and BASA Headband. These are flavorful and potent strains grown from seed, in the open air and sunlight and are being brought to you at a very reasonable price - $25 per 8th!