It all began in 2012 for this medically-focused seed company. Though not much is known of the company’s origin story or motivation, passion is listed at the forefront of their drives.
2012 was the year Washington state legalized cannabis for recreational use. It was the year the Amsterdam tourist ganja ban was vetoed by the mayor (thank you very much!). And it was the year an enormous plant was found in an elderly British couple’s home (they convinced everyone they had no idea what it was - sure you didn’t!).
Likely the driving force behind Top Shelf Elite’s creation was a lifelong love of Mary Jane, perhaps it was a sense of the shifting tide of pot perception, all we know for certain is that Top Shelf was born.
The Medicinal Mission
The aim for Top Shelf Elite has always remained the same - to provide the most jaw-droppingly beautiful and exceptional medical-grade marijuana the world has ever seen.
While little is readily available about the founder(s), what is decidedly apparent from a look at their offerings is not only an understanding of the fundamentals of the plant itself and the breeding process, but of business as well.
Top Shelf’s response time to the rising demand for medicinal weed shows an entrepreneurial spirit fully aware of the benefits our beloved Mary Jane brings to sufferers from the widest array of ailments reacting almost instinctively to the rest of the world waking up.
What’s clear is these guys had a clear target materializing in their sights, sensed the opportunity and had the skills and the know-how to get the job done.
From Strength to Strength
The Top Shelf Elite team secured success for themselves by forging lasting relationships with the finest dispensaries of medical marijuana springing up throughout the United States of America and investing endless hours into research and development.
Their passion put them in the prime position, but it would take something special to push the boundaries and deliver premium pot capable of ticking every one of the discerning cannabis collective and new-to-the-arena medical users’ boxes.
In order to fulfil on their golden goal of creating the most exceptional hybrid strains ever seen, Top Shelf knew the building blocks they started with had to be perfect.
Through their partnerships, they secured for their breeding projects only the rarest and most coveted phenotypes they could find. Unique strains from private custom reserves entered their gene pool alongside legacy legends and old school genetics.
Of course, that took care of the vintage, but Top Shelf always kept one eye on the future and added the spice to their cannabis collections with today’s most premium, prodigious, potent and praised strains.
Fusing the best of the best from every carefully assessed corner of their rich gene pool, it’s not a wonder Top Shelf Elite sprang straight to that top shelf, but they weren’t alone.
A Critical Partnership
Perhaps without their partnership with Critical Mass Collective, Top Shelf might have remained a humble seed bank with large aspirations and a talent for breeding which never hit the mainstream.
Thankfully this was not the case, and said partnership proved the key for Top Shelf Elite to upscale their operations, reach a wider array of consumers and allow production and distribution of their premium seeds on a commercial level.
The two seed banks have worked closely since the early days to develop their high-end genetics and open the doors for anyone in the world to own dispensary-grade ganja seeds.
With the aim of only ever pushing to market seeds capable of creating the dankest, most desired weed imaginable, worthy of no less than prominent positioning, it should be clear that the offerings from Top Shelf are pretty special.
The company claim that their strains push boundaries and deliver exceptional quality and power. What you might not expect is there are strains here for even the novice grower - yes, quality does not come only after years in training.
With 9 different strains to choose between (each strain comes in feminized and auto feminized varieties, so actually 18 total), here are a few well worth your attention. For the novice growers among you, I suggest trying your hand at the autoflowering varieties.
A Sativa to salivate over. Pineapple Crack blends the infamous Pineapple Express with Chunky Cherry Malawi, Glass Slipper and Snoop Dogg’s favored Green Crack.
Described as the perfect fruit cocktail, get ready for sharp hits of cherry, grapefruit, mango and papaya on the hit.
For those unaware, Chunky Cherry Malawi is a rare hybrid born from breeding African Malawi Gold with Hawaiian genetics, Maui Waui and Cherry Ak47 - so is it any wonder that the moreish, genetically stacked hybrid of Pineapple Crack is so popular?
This super sedative strain comes to us through breeding Lost Coast Hash with a Southern California G13 cut and Afghan Ghost - some of the dankest Indica genes the Pacific North West has to offer.
Dark and seductive while she grows, Black Valium carries a strong scent of plum and blackberries and delivers a whopping yield guaranteed to delight.
A hybrid strain created from the crossing of a stupidly potent Skunk named Vintage 76’ Skunk #1 and the world-renowned OG Kush.
Top Shelf cites this strain as a ‘foundation hybrid’ who exemplifies all the finest traits their hearts desired. She grows swift and dense, covered in resin and giving off tantalizing whiffs of berries and Hash.