A few months ago during the California Medical Cup I met a really nice older grower who was a friend of Dioxides. Before introducing me he explained that the guy was a really laid back and passionate grower who had been running a good bit of our genetics up in Oregon. He introduced himself as "Ray" and immediately started pulling out flower after flower grown to perfection. During the event he told me about some of the strains he was growing like Elephant and Medicine Woman a strain bred specifically for people suffering with MS. One of the strains he described really peaked my interest, a purple diesel that finished outdoors in early September. I was very busy at the cup speaking with everyone so I asked Ray to hang out with us and he did so all weekend loading bowls for people and helping us out folding rolling treys and such. A few weeks ago Dioxide told me that Ray had invited us to drive up and see his garden and document his creation called Oregon Diesel a strain that buds in 17 hours of light but does not auto flower indoors under a standard 18/6 light regiment. From a journalist perspective it was an exciting story but as a grower and breeder I couldn't wait to see, smell and learn as much as possible about a strain that finished early. I supply a few medical gardens with clones each year and a strain that finished in early September would really help prevent the mold and mildew that is such a problem in the PNW when normally plants don't finish normally until mid October. A modest but well kept garden was inside in the basement and what a collection of genetics to look at. I saw strains I had never even heard of before like Elephant and Sweet Irish Kush. There were hybrids that Ray had made himself like Sweet Silver a cross between Sweet Tooth and Super Silver Haze. There were Dutch based hybrids like AK-47 X Bubblegum as well as a few TGA strains like The Flav, Void and Vortex. Then there was the plant we had traveled so far to see, Oregon Diesel. Ray explained to me that it was a hybrid cross made using pollen from an auto flowering, hermaphroditic female Black Berry plant that he claimed was so potent it made you stupid. He used the pollen on a New York City Diesel female plant because his patients loved its potency and density. As Ray told me this project was 5 years in the creation and his goal was to make something that would make you stupid and have no ceiling. Over that time he has started close to 80 seeds most of them producing female plants and I was surprised to hear a very low tendency to produce hermaphrodites. After checking out the indoor garden we headed outside to a fenced off area with 10 nice sized plants inside. The plants are actually in the ground inside large holes filled with super soil. In half the holes they used super soil with blood meal and the other half they used feather meal just to see if there was a difference. I first saw the Elephant strain with its unique Sativa look up top but total wide Indica leaves down low. I wondered why the strain had been named Elephant but when you see it in bud it actually has a curvy trunk look to it.