Between a staff of researchers and a top-notch grow facility, Caliva is refining the process behind incredible bud.
On a stifling hot day in July, I headed to San Jose for what I thought would be a straightforward tour of a high-end cannabis grow operation. Having never toured a grow-op before, I pictured a glorified garage filled to the brim with plants and too-bright lights. But to my pleasant surprise, Caliva’s grow-op was anything but average. Compared to the warehouses full of weed you might find on Instagram, Caliva’s indoor setup was more of a Wonka-esque funhouse of botanical miracles.
Caliva, in case you didn’t know, is a cannabis brand and dispensary boasting a wide range of product offerings from flower to low-dose pre-rolls to sleek, strain-specific vape cartridges. Housed in what used to be a Wonder Bread factory, Caliva grows thousands of plants at any given point, relying on a large team of market researchers, chemists, and data scientists to cultivate top-notch flower and extracts. And because they take flower seriously, visitors and employees alike need to suit up in lab coats and hair nets before stepping foot in the facility. I just have to say that as a professional smoker and wannabe scientist, the tour was a dream come true on all kinds of fronts.