Starting October 1st all products sold in Oregon dispensaries have to go through what is know as "ORELAP" testing procedures, which is increasing the cost and lowering the reported potency.
To understand these changes it helps to keep in mind that although labs have been open for several years, no one has been in charge of inspecting them and making sure they are testing correctly. With the beginning of Recreational stores being approved and opened, the OLCC sought to change that and instituted "ORELAP" testing (Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.) Their intention was to make sure that the labs had the correct machines, training for their staff and ability to interpret said results accurately.
Unfortunately, this has increased the back end testing costs for growers and processors by three to five times, as labs are having to invest more in this process and are charging more to recoup.
Now grower costs are going up and their potency numbers are going down, through no fault of their own, while labs are struggling with the increased workload (hence the lack of available product this October.)
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that while potency numbers are easy to rely on they are in no way a true indicator of how the cannabis is going to make you feel. Genetic differences (Indica vs. Sativa,) ratios of cannabinoids (THC vx. CBD) and terpene content (what gives the cannabis its aroma one strain to the next) all work together when combusted to give you the unique experience you are used to.
While the labs may have changed, this is still the great Oregon grown flower you know and love and we appreciate your patience during this transitional period.
The Cura Family