The Most Expensive Strain in the World

The most expensive strain in the world

Somewhere, in some deep, dank corner of the internet, word leaked about the best marijuana strain in the world: Oracle. This strain has a whopping 45% THC, which for scale, is almost double the 20% found in all other high-THC strains. Not only is it unbelievably strong, it has an unbelievably short life cycle, about 45 days, or half that of any other Cannabis strain on the face of the earth.

As word traveled, demand surged underground. Today, seeds being sold through online exchanges still go for up to $200 each; a single Oracle clone could fetch up to $1,000.

But, according to a little-publicized finding by Los Angeles-based laboratory The Werc Shop, Oracle, the most expensive marijuana strain in the world, is genetically identical to AC/DC, a strain that is readily available in Southern California dispensaries and retails for less than $10 a gram of dried flowers.

While the price inflation of the Oracle strain is a byproduct of an underground prohibition economy, generating “scarcity” to inflate prices is not exclusive to the marijuana industry. Wherever there is a hole in regulation of the “legitimate” market, capitalism dictates that companies rise to slip through it in order to increase profits. Ever heard of blood diamonds? They are legal to buy in any strip-mall jeweler in America although the diamond industry is rife with international political and social scandal.

Diamonds are big business because the industry has created artificial “scarcity.” DeBeers, the largest diamond manufacturer in the world, hoards diamonds in order to keep the market price high. Although, in reality, diamonds are far from scarce, nor do they have any practical or functional purpose to drive necessity. Yet, just the illusion that there is not enough to go around creates high demand.

The irony of the Oracle (aka AC/DC) saga is that the strain, which probably does not contain 45% THC nor does it probably not grow at the biologically confounding rate of 2:1, is that it is a high-cannabidiol (CBD) strain. High-CBD strains are those that aren’t known for their psychological effects so much as their healing abilities for a wide variety of illnesses ranging from childhood epilepsy and autism to Alzheimer’s, cancer and gastrointestinal disorders.

The marijuana industry faces a unique problem, one that has been the cause of heated conflict since the first full-legalization initiative, Proposition 19 in California, hit the ballot in 2010. When we legalize the recreational use of marijuana, how do we preserve the integrity of healing built into the medical marijuana models that already exist?

The Oracle story is one that frightens those who exclusively use marijuana to treat medical conditions. This is where we should again look at the first major prohibition to find the answer. In Frankfort, Kentucky, the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery proudly displays framed medicinal-bourbon prescriptions, a now laughable relic of American alcohol prohibition. Buffalo Trace was the only distillery that did not shut down in Kentucky during prohibition, in order to provide “medicinal bourbon”, of course.

Today, alcohol is found in small quantities in a variety of over-the-counter drug prescriptions such as mouth wash and cough syrup. But unless you are a desperate teenager, you probably go straight for actual booze when you want to drink. The price of alcohol varies from very cheap to very expensive, explicitly based on the purpose of consumption. Fine wines fetch thousands while cough syrup tops off at a couple dollars.

So, don’t be so afraid of legalization. While alcohol still is regulated differently state-to-state, the kind you need for medicine is never scarce, and never worth the price of the most expensive strain in the world.

Angela Bacca is a Portland, Oregon-based writer, journalist, photographer and medical cannabis patient. She has been published in a wide variety of print and digital publications including Cannabis Now Magazine, Alternet, SFCritic Music Blog, Skunk Magazine, West Coast Cannabis, Cannabis Culture Magazine, Ladybud Magazine and Opposing Views, among others. She has a Bachelor's in Journalism from San Francisco State University and a Master's in Business Administration from Mills College.


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  2. gerald

    January 10, 2016 at 5:43 am

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  3. Lilwayne situart mark weed

    January 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

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    January 4, 2016 at 4:54 pm


  5. Dr. C.C.

    January 4, 2016 at 3:41 am

    weeds is easy to grow if you got the spot ,ever body knows this . But WHY does it cost so much ,is it because of the Man has to have his cut. just say,in , i,m a poor soul ,but like to smoke it,well who dont lol or is the poor folk going to pushed out. just say,in . now smoke,m if you got,em lol

    • TRIP

      January 5, 2016 at 5:43 am

      Sir you are a idiot. And weed is easy to grow if your growing shit weed. Top shelf and private reserve weed is high art to make. It’s a delicate process to make amazing weed. And that’s not the reason it’s so expensive but good try. Go back to school and actually study when in botany class

      • Graeme Higgins

        January 5, 2016 at 11:48 am

        Good weed is easy to grow. It takes care and attention but it certainly isn’t difficult and I would hardly call cultivation of a crop art!! Don’t throw words like idiot around especially when ur not as well versed on this topic as u claim to be

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  7. Dianne MorrisonI

    December 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I was on Marinol, which is medical. It is THC MIXED IN SESAME SEED OIL. It does not get you high.

    • Jeff Gerrow

      January 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Yea marinol get’s u fucked try taking 12+ capsule’s lol even nabalone get’s u high When u take a few.

    • Imanoid2

      January 4, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Doesn’t do any good either. I know.

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  9. atom

    April 8, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    whoever publicize this is not stupid but what are you thinking if this is a serious problem then why are you continuing to spread the word the best thing to do is shut up about it and let it die down not keep it going by doing stuff like this that is my opinion

  10. carlton von whoopie

    September 1, 2014 at 6:11 am

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  11. Roman Firsov

    August 6, 2014 at 5:56 am

    What is Oracle? Tell me more! Give somebody full information about it!

    • DesertGrown

      December 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

      It’s purely made up! There are NO proven cannabis strains over 30%THC yet. Think for yourself and quit letting others put this kind of nonsense in your head… they’ll tell you whatever you want to hear, if you’ll buy their seeds.

      Just another rip-off company in the shady seed business.

      • Vince

        April 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

        There is a strain called Quantum Kush from TGA subcool. It’s like 30/30.5% THC. Strong material 🙂

        • Austin

          March 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

          Ya gettin some morrow, wondering use for medical but basically burned out coz of that hoping this will b nuff of boost I can get off Dr meds f’n pills it’s the opiods I stay on em they’ll kill me. Trying

      • Matt

        April 8, 2015 at 7:56 pm

        Not true at all. Tilray is a licensed medical marijuana producer in Nanaimo BC which has produced 3 separate strains over 30% THC. Bubba Kush, Rockstar and Master Kush have reached between 30-35% which proven lab testing done by Health Canada approved tests.

      • Daniel

        April 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

        There are strains hitting just over 30% here in Pierce Co Washington….if you check Google analytical 360 or integrity labs my sour kush I created has 31% by back crossing (ibl) My one male out of the 5 pack with the desired female(4 were female 1 male) I instantly found a winner…It’s also called sour& white and Seattle Sour came from a pack of cleric seeds who is a known partner of HSO. My cross came out of a truthband cross of chem…I have decided to keep my strain private …while I work on back crossing my female quantum kushes.I have 4 phenotypes and one male quantum kush…we will then take my rodelized female pollen and put it on my white&Sour to see what comes from going backwards down the genetic line…

  12. nightingale

    August 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Can someone tell me where I can order ACDC seeds. Looking for the high CBD ratio. I live in Maine. Bought my last seeds from Spain.

    • Pablo

      December 7, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Txt me 4082218277 high CBD top shelf meds

      • Joseph

        December 15, 2014 at 4:07 am

        How can I contact you, what is your email?

    • Aaron

      March 10, 2015 at 9:40 am

      I have acdc clones in Maine

      • Ashley

        May 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm

        Do you still have clones?

  13. bongstar420

    January 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Most screen hash is around 40% THC with only a few percent of actual photosynthetic material. The max THC content for screened hash is about 60%. Most BHO is 70-90% THC. You do the math

  14. jim butler

    November 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

    CANNABIS always help me with server PTSD and pain .Combat veteran from Vietnam war.It really helps me sleep at night and my PTSD.In Vietnam 68-69 always in the bush(field.)USMC combat veteran in Hue,Danang,An Hoa,AND DMZ just a few places an many other places.Lots of mountains and rice paddies.From DMZ and down below danang.(south).Proud to be MARINE and AMERICAN…SEMPER FI BROS take care OOORAH…’Here a little late…Happy BIRTHDAY MARINES

    • Karen Smith

      January 3, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Dear Jim,
      I am an Australian also suffering from PTSD. We are not prescribed Mary J for PTSD here which I am upset about. In fact we are treated as parasites on society and told to suck it up.
      Do you find your anxiety levels are easier to control after a cone or two? Thank you for your bravery and taking the time to answer me.

  15. Simon Babbs

    November 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    How? REally? I’ll tell you how. YOu juice the fresh cannibus… Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…

    You don’t get high! YOu get 600 percent more of the canibinolids!

    Get current with your information…

    • Ben Reed

      February 28, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Cannabanoids are not water soluable, juicing provides fresh chlorophyll alone, does not provide cannabanoids.

  16. The Clean Game

    November 5, 2013 at 2:57 am

    You mention that it has a high CBD content… but not what that content is.

    Seriously “Medicinal” Cannabis must have at least a slightly higher percentage of CBD than THC… reason being is at that point you won’t get ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ in any way.

    Being able to use as much cannabis as you need for pain relief without getting inebriated is big news.

    Prohibition is mainly responsible for the extremely low CBD strains that are readily available today.

    Keep it Clean! 😀

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