IC Collective – Oakland, CA
Founded in California in 2009 by owner Benjamin Brown, IC stands for “Integrity Code.”IC Collective creates contemporary cannabis that riffs off the magical strainChem Dog. A genuine love for this strain and its surrounding Grateful Dead culture spurred Brown to plant the seeds that would sprout into IC Collective. Brown’s love of Chem Dog started at a Phish concert when he was in his teens: “That Chem Dog terpene, the uniqueness of it . . .this was 1992, ’93,” he recalls, “and, of course, there was nothing like it on the East Coast. It smelled so strong; I had to have it.” Chem Dog is a 27-year-old strain steeped in lore, and is known as the parent of Sour Diesel.“Chem Dog smells like roadkill in the best of ways,” insists Brown. “[It] provides the type of pure high akin to discovering marijuana for the first time. You’ll be blinded by the light.”
As part of the Chem family, IC Collective carries on this strain’s torch as the official California cultivator of Chem 91 and Chem D. In fact, all of IC’s plants usually incorporate the verified Chem 91 through cross-breeding projects. These innovative combinations produce IC-exclusive strains, such as: Cali Chem, Chem Scout, Chem Fruit, Bay Berry Chem, Lemon Chem and Cookies N Chem. IC prides itself on doing things a bit differently and sticking to their Chem Dog roots. Brown says his “unique cultivation process is all about being persistent. You cannot slack for even a day on addressing issues with the plants.”
Foreseeing upcoming regulations and trying to remain a step ahead, Brown’s plan in 2014 was to build an effective teamand work with the best concentrate makers “to consistently provide the highest quality product at all times, and to be on the top shelves of the world’s leading dispensaries.” The IC team has worked tirelessly in the inner city of Oakland over the past three years, preparing the brand to thrive in California’s new recreationally legal marketplace.