Matt Mulford, of UV Organics, started out his farm path 23 years ago on Haight St. in San Francisco! Today, his farm cultivates record-breaking CBD flowers grown under advanced sustainable practices in Mendocino County. In 2015, he bred a strain called Ringo’s Gift, which later became “The Gift” after an extensive pheno-type selection and back breeding process. When tested The Gift measures out to be a 25:1 CBD to THC ratio. The Gift has since become the highest CBD potency percentage flower ever recorded by Sonoma Labs Works at 25.02% CBD.
The Gift is ideal for consumers seeking calming, anti-inflammatory effects without much headiness due to its nearly nonexistent THC content. — Leafly
Check out our interview with Matt below to learn more about his farming techniques and what people are saying about The Gift.
Approximately 23 years ago while living in a flat on Haight St. in SF. My roommate and I were growing tired of paying the (then) astronomical marijuana prices and decided to convert one of the five bedrooms into a hydroponic grow room. We were given an incredible blueberry strain and started growing. I quickly became the grower and my roommate became the builder. At the time there were no growing supply shops in SF and I had to drive to Berkeley to get basic General Hydroponics 3 part fertilizers (green, red, pink).
When did you begin to focus your energies on CBD?
I started to shift my focus from high THC strain development to CBD genetics around two and a half years ago.
What gardening techniques have you used to enhance the high CBD percentages in your flowers?
Organic compost tea, building and reusing living soil and a strict IPM regiment. I broke the CA CBD flower potency record using micronized compost tea.
Can you tell us a little bit about the Gift? How did this strain come to fruition?
I was gifted some Ringo’s Gift seeds from Laurence Ringo’s son and started phenotype hunting. I back-crossed a robust male with what I felt was the ideal female (i.e. got lucky) and it grew amazing flowers with great density and a unique nose. I saved a mother and those cuttings became “The Gift” as referenced on Leafly.com.
I have received many heartfelt testimonials from friends, family and strangers alike. I have been told that it has given relief for maladies including migraines, back and neck pain, depression, arthritis, lack of motivation, PTSD, ADD and insomnia. This feedback has been THE true personal payoff and absolute confirmation that I am where I want to be as a farmer. Personally, I find that it helps with physical pain/fatigue, recovery and focus. CBD will seek out the unique issue(s) that are going on inside your body and try to rectify.
Are there benefits to using CBD with THC instead of CBD on its own?
I prefer CBD on it’s own and find that The Gift has enough THC (approximately 1% in flower or 3% in concentrate) to deliver the CBD medicine effectively. Once in awhile I will mix the two or use THC on it’s own. I really don’t enjoy being super high these days and use CBD only about 90% of the time, but everybody needs to find their own “sweet spot”. Currently, The Gift rosin (pressed by Pez Bro) is my favorite!
What recommendations can you give to new patients looking to try CBD or a CBD:THC ratio?
Find a high CBD / low THC flower, concentrate, tincture or edible and go from there. You can always blend in some THC if you prefer, especially with flower or concentrate. I recommend experiencing the CBD without much THC and adjust if you feel it’s needed.
You donate CBD product to various projects, can you tell us what groups you’re supporting and why?
I have donated my flowers to multiple individuals that were suffering from various issues and am compassionate to those that “actually” need CBD medicine, but may not have the financial means to purchase at a dispensary. I also give a percentage of my annual sales to The Wounded Warrior Project. I hope that one day soon we will be able to donate the actual CBD products needed to them versus money.
Being a respected small business that is treated equally and benefiting the community without having to look over our shoulders.
Is there anything you’re not excited about?
How disconnected some of the agencies we have to work with are. The permitting process could be a lot more streamlined. Hopefully some of these growing pains will decrease. I’m excited to see what the future brings!
How can we stay up to date with your work in the cannabis industry?
Instagram UV Organics, thanks!
Matt’s farm, UV Organics, is part of our farm collective, Mendocino Generations. Mendocino Generations provides support to 30+ farms in the Mendocino area. Over the next few months, we’ll be showcasing the work of many of our farmers. Stay tuned in with our socials to keep up with our content.