Posted on November 15th, 2021 by Dan McCarthy


Greg “Chemdog” Krzanowski needs no introduction for anyone that has been a part of, interacted with, or found themselves immersed within cannabis culture – in any capacity – for three decades now.

Maybe you know all about his history, his connection to the Grateful Dead, his legacy as the man behind the parent strain for many of the legendary strains which along with his original Chem 91 helped usher in a new era in cannabis cultivation and quality. As mentioned in the piece which you can check out online at Northeast Leaf Magazine’s website here:

It’s worth hopping back in time to a young, 18-year-old Chemdog, living in Northampton, Massachusetts just down the street from Joe’s Pizza back then. He began growing after moving in and was harvesting the first batch of Chemdog in fall/winter 1991. “That first harvest was very much like the original batch of weed I got in Deer Park, Indiana from Joe B and Pbud at the Grateful Dead show,” Krzanowski says of the historic crossing of destinies. “That classic skunky, gassy flavor, which expanded when I smoked, which made me cough when I took that hit. Back then it was ‘if you don’t cough you don’t get off,’ and that first harvest was very fresh and green. I did a great job.” 

It continues:

That first harvest was cultivated under 600-watt, high-pressure sodium lights in a contraption called Olivia’s Garden – basically a six-pot passive hydroponic system – bought at Wormsway in Worcester, a famous garden supply store for years for green thumbs and underground growers of the age. “That thing grew soda can sized buds,” he says almost wistfully, noting that when he later switched to an even more organic soil-based system, the strain really took off for him. 

Check out the whole story in the November 2021 Harvest Issue of Northeast Leaf magazine. You can find print copies at Canna Provisions Lee and Canna Provisions Holyoke each month.


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