It's summer in Portland which means its time to hit a swimming hole, take a hike and grow some weed.

At least here at WW, where its a new tradition to grow some of our own cannabis—last year we had a competition and gave away the winning bud.

We don't know what we'll do this year, but it's time to start growing. Yesterday, three of our clones arrived from our friends at Cultivated Industries and Satchel dispensary. They join a Texada Timewarp plant grown from seeds purchased through Vancouver Seed Bank. All will be growing here at Willamette Week World Headquarters.

Because they are so small right now and we got them out pretty late into the season, our three new specimens are probably not going to be the most impressive. But, I have hope for our Texada Timewarp and I'm staying positive about at least the BC Pinewarp, as it's meant for being a hearty outdoor grow.

Texada Timewarp
Texada Timewarp

Genetics: Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

Flowering Time: Late September

Yield: 100-600 grams

This big girl—who I've taken to calling Tex—was our first arrival this year, sprouted from seeds purchased at Vancouver Seed Bank last summer and lovingly smuggled into the United States. The sativa-dominant hybrid should hopefully survive well on our roof as it is known as a favorite among outdoor growers. High Times included this strain in their Top Strains of 2010 list for its mold- and pest-resistant qualities, emphasizing its reliably stocky branches, which can withstand wind while continuing to support big, piney colas of fruity bud.

BC Pinewarp
BC Pinewarp

Genetics: Hybrid

Flowering Time: Late September

Yield: Up to 3 lbs

Looking at this little girl in her early stages of development is probably a lot like looking back in time at the Texada Timewarp's sprouting days, since BC Pinewarp is a cross between Texada Timewarp and Purple Pineberry. This cross pairs two of British Columbia's lowest maintenance and highest yielding strains for a potential 10- to 13-foot result, sporting orange streaked, dense buds with thousands of sticky trichomes. Like its cousin, Tex, this is a favorite of guerrilla growers for its super low maintenance, great mold resistance and ability to produce up to three freaking pounds of of piney bud.

The Purps
The Purps

Genetics: Indica-Dominant Hybrid

Flowering Time: Late September

Yield: 100-125 grams

This chick is a two-time winner of both the High Times Cannabis Cup and BC Bud Depot's annual Cannabis Cup, stealing stoner hearts with her soothing, grape flavor, which BC Bud Depot regards as "some of the best tasting smoke the world has ever seen" (or tasted, I guess). The Purps, also known as Mendo Purps, is a highly regarded medical strain known for its ability to effectively induce drowsiness in people with insomnia and a numbing body high which can be great for pain relief. It's tinted purple coloring can be seen as a symbolic warning that you should probably use this strain at night.

The Big
The Big

Genetics: Indica

Flowering Time: Late September

Yield: Up to 550 grams

Our clone of The Big is the one sprout I am a little worried about. A cross between G13 and Butterscotch Hawaiian, this is a plant intended for growers who are already a bit experienced at growing. It gets its name because it produces Big (heh, heh…), naturally thick trichomes and huge yields. BC Seed Depot says getting high on The Big is like getting punched in the face by The Incredible Hulk—"a one-time devastating knock-out punch without any technicalities." This strain is recommended as a wonderful solution for chronic pain and relaxation.