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Red alert: 22Red drops four new live resin strains

22 Red Live Resin

Last week was a red banner kind of week for Nature Med marijuana dispensary up on 5390 W Ina Rd, Tucson.

On June 10, it was the exclusive home in Southern Arizona for the unveiling of four new live resin strains from 22Red, a California-based cannabis company founded by System of a Down’s bassist Shavo Odadjian.

“Being a rock star, he’s been around the world, he loves cannabis and has seen lots of different strains,” said 22Red spokesman Gustavo Briseno about Odadjian. “And he's really about just finding the highest quality and best terpene-rich profile flower to bring out to the canna-stores.”

The strains, Papago Punch, Shred 22, Portuguese Kush and K9, are both pungent in smell and powerful in punch.

Live resin, a type of cannabis concentrate that can resemble crumbly butter or sap, is high in cannabinoids like THC like most cannabis concentrates. But, since it is derived from live (instead of cured, hence the name) marijuana flowers (and often times, whole plants), it retains a terpene profile not found in most other concentrates.

Because of federal law that makes trafficking any cannabis is cannabis-derived over state lines a federal offense, 22Red partnered with Sonoran Roots out of Tempe to help cultivate the cannabis necessary to pass 22Red’s certification.

While Arizona is the second market to receive these new 22Red live resin lines, Briseno said they’ve “saved the best for last,” and he anticipates that by the end of the next month, 22Red live resin lines will be more widely available throughout Arizona.

“We definitely also are looking to branch out into other categories,” he said. “Hopefully here in the near future, something like a pack of pre-rolls or something along those lines as well.”

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