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GREASEBALL AT A GLANCE

Little has been made public about the heritage of this strain, but I’m confident the founders of Volta Fiore will come forward soon and discuss the lineages more in depth. I can say there are traces of original Lavender, the long-lost Pre-98 Bubba Kush and more within the Volta Fiore crosses of their Greaseball, such as the Flowerpot X, Silly Putty, and others. The Greaseball itself has been rumored to contain several strains from unknown locations in California over 15 years ago, going back to even the original Northern Lights #5. Their genetics are unmatched, unparalled, and in a category of their own. This company has not become public and is rumored to be looking to partner with someone to begin releasing their flower to the public for the first time in Colorado.

About the Breeder: Volta Fiore

A dear and personal friend of mine, Chris and his wife Jess are the beating heart of these special, unique genetics. They truly believe in cannabis as a medicine, that will help people live a better, happier, and healthier life. Volta Fiore genetics are like none other, forming only out of several successive miracles ranging from once in a lifetime seeds making their way to Colorado, to the trials they overcame during their 20 years in the cannabis community.  A soon to be crowned Icon of the strain world, their Greaseball continues to unite people and touch their lives.

Jason Sirotin:
Hello and welcome to the Greenstone Podcast. I'm Jason Sirotin, and today we are graced with a legend, in our opinion at Greenstone, which is Chris from Volta, Fiore Genetics. And Chris, how are you?

Chris:
I'm great. Thanks for having me.

Jason Sirotin:
It is a honor and a pleasure to have you on the podcast. There is so much that we want to talk about. We also have Gary and Mr. Genetics on the phone. Gary and Mr. Genetics, how are you?

Gary:
Doing well.

Mr. Genetics:
Doing good. Glad to be here.

Jason Sirotin:
So, let's just start. How did you get into the genetic space, Chris? Tell us a little bit about Volta Fiore and your journey.

Chris:
Okay. Well, I just fell into the genetics world. In 2004, I guess, it all started when I found 10 seeds in a bag of pot that was unlike any other herb I had ever seen in my life, and I've had a very long career in the weed world and seen lots of flowers. And I found some seeds in a bag that was unlike anything I had seen. And although I wasn't saving genetics at the time, I was always coming across feeds in killer bags of pot, and I would think to myself, "Man, I could save this and grow something really great," but I never really did. And so, there was something telling me, "You've got to save the seeds. There's something special here."

Chris:
And it goes back, actually, there's a little bit more history to that where it was actually a second chance I was given. The weed gods gave me a second chance with these seeds, because in 1992, many years earlier, I had a similar scenario where I was living down in Tucson and I came across a bag of pot that was, once again, something totally different than I had ever seen. So, it's elite as anything you might find but different. And so, I, in 1992, I saved those seeds for three years, and I was convinced that this was going to be something huge for the future of weed that I found something special and I was going to share it with the cannabis community eventually. But one late night paranoia session, at about 1:00 o'clock in the morning, I... You guys probably know what that was like back in the day. We'd have those. And I decided to throw out 99% of anything weed related I had in my house at time.

Gary:
Oh man.

Chris:
And so, I wound up throwing away those seeds, and I always regretted it.

Jason Sirotin:
Yep.

Chris:
And I knew it was a missed opportunity, so somehow, I don't know why, but like I said, the weed gods gave me a second chance. And this herb crossed my path, I begged my buddy for it. I said, "You know me, I'm obsessed with this stuff. You got to let me have this bag." He was like, "No, no, I'm taking it." And he let me have it, and I found 10 seats in it.

Gary:
Oh, man.

Chris:
Yeah. So, similar to that other story, I held onto him this time for four years. Now we're at in 2008, and so now in 2008, I decided to crack these seeds and one of them turned out to be the flower that we now call Greaseball.

Jason Sirotin:
Wow. And that started the journey. How did you start to commercialize it?

Chris:
Well, 2009 was the first harvest of the Greaseball, and when I talk about the bag of weed that the seed came from was so much different than anything I'd seen, well now, this plant that actually was growing and then when I harvested it, it was 10 times that different. I mean, never, ever seen anything like this type of pot. It's going to sound weird, but I started to develop some kind of a relationship with this herb. We started to really become friends, and this herb would tell me, "Chris, I've got a whole universe inside of me," and it was communicating to me, "I've got a whole new universe of urban side of me. If you want it, it's there. Tap into it if you want it."

Chris:
So, when I cracked those seeds, for some reason, I also said, "I'm going to save the males," and I collected the pollen from the males for the first time in my life. Because I just felt something inside of me telling me you've got something here. Then worked with that first pollen and started making a couple crosses with the Greaseball, and immediately, all my thoughts, my gut feeling, and that little voice in my head, it was all vindicated because I started to see the results of what the greaseball was capable of creating.

Jason Sirotin:
So, the Greaseball is basically the patriarch of your seed collection, your genetics collection.

Chris:
The matriarch.

Jason Sirotin:
The matriarch.

Chris:
Yeah. The female. And we have some with some of the male pollen from those original 10 seeds that we work with. But yeah, so everything then derives from our Volta Fiore strains have some Greaseball in them.

Jason Sirotin:
For people who don't know-

Mr. Genetics:
And can we just [inaudible 00:06:12] real quick?

Jason Sirotin:
Yeah. Go ahead, Mr. Genetics.

Mr. Genetics:
Yeah. I just wanted to touch real quick, Chris, if you could talk about where you came up with the name Volta Fiore and how that happened.

Chris:
Okay. Man, it was a long journey. I'll tell you, trying to figure out a name for a company when you are really so concerned about the message you're putting out there and not really concerned with trying to impress people or from a marketing standpoint. We wanted something that represented us. I'm part Italian. Everybody was telling me, "Oh, your last name's so beautiful, you should just use your last name," but I didn't want to do that. But after soul searching and going through all sorts of other possible names, I started thinking about Italian words, and volta means vault in Italian and fiore means flower. So, it kind of means flower vault loosely translated. I think, really, in Italian, if you were to try to say flower vault, you'd say volta di fiori, but we tweaked it a little bit and Americanized it a little bit and just Volta Fiore. So, it kind of means flower vault in Italian. And we've been holding these genetics for a long time, 2004, and we literally put them in a safe in the vault for four years before we germinated them. So, it seemed to make sense.

Gary:
Wow, that's incredible.

Jason Sirotin:
So, for people who don't understand the process of creating a new genetic, can you just walk through the basic steps from an expert opinion?

Chris:
Sure. The process of creating a new genetic. Well, something new, that's what we were going for, that's what I recognized the Greaseball was. Something new, something different. So, I always encourage people to have that as a starting place, is to look to do something new. The new legal cannabis industry is cool because a lot of the underground guys and the crews who had a flower that they worshiped, like us with the Greaseball and now we're bringing it to light, the Chemdog guys and other people who have had flowers that have stood the test of time and that I say have legs. Because it's not just something that you're going to like one weekend or for a few months, it's something that as time goes by, you actually start to appreciate it more and more. And as you use it more and more over time and through different scenarios and things going on in your life, you really build up that relationship with it where you can use it as a tool to make your life better, to make you better.

Chris:
And so, I guess in breeding, that was always the thought I had was, I found this strain that really worked for me, this Greaseball. And that was the thing, too, with when I say it was different. It wasn't just the look, the smell, the taste, it was the feel. Because smoking pot, it's not all just about getting high, getting kind of locked like you would with alcohol or other drugs. It's weird. It flips switches. Getting high, one minute you're feeling like the glass is half empty, and the next minute you're feeling like it's half fall. Is that really technically getting high or what just happened in your brain and your body that now... I mean, one minute you're sitting on the couch and you're not motivated. Next minute, you're up on your feet and you're ready to work for the next five hours tackling whatever task it is. Are you high? What did the herb just do for you?

Chris:
So, I really believe, Volta really believes that cannabis can make us better as an individual, can make us better as a society, can bring us together. So, when you're looking to breed, I would say use your talents as a disseminator of what is good herbs, and find something that you really like, that you could say to the community, "Guys, gals, you got to try this. You got to... And smoke this with the intent of this." With the Greaseball, it's so versatile, so when I want to be motivated, I'll smoke it I'll say, "All right, I'm ready for that motivation Greaseball," and it gives it to me. When I want to be relaxed, I say, "All right, I'm ready to get relaxed," and it gives it to me.

Chris:
So, I think a little bit of dialing in your strain, knowing what you want it to do for you, and then seeing that success with it saying, "Okay, 99% of the time I smoke this strain, it works for me. Whether I want to go up, go down, whatever I want to do in my life, this strain is helping me." So, choose something that you like as a breeder and that you know is beneficial and that's going to help people. So many times... I'm sorry to keep going. But somebody times earlier in my life, I'd smoke strains, and I wound up being in a worse off position than beforehand because somehow it took me off my game. It took me off my focus.

Chris:
So, start with something that you can personally recommend and with your expertise, you being a connoisseur, years of experience, and say, "I know this is good." And then, that, whatever little magic and voodoo that it has that you're really digging on, then you're going to cross it to other things, and you're going to infuse." Maybe you say, "Okay, I like blueberry, and I'm going to infuse this strain that I'm really digging [inaudible 00:11:52] blueberry and keep it in that similar vein." So, all our Volta strains have that. The ones we've decided to move forward with have that user-friendly, comforting, nurturing, it's your ally, it's your best friend, it's going to help you kind of a buzz

Jason Sirotin:
I mean, just hearing it feels good, and I think that's a big thing that I'm catching from what you're saying is, a lot of it has to do with what your purpose is and how you plan on using the flower. So, that's really awesome. Can you take us through your family of strains and maybe just like a brief description of them?

Chris:
Sure, sure. So, the Greaseball is a little bit of a mystery. We know it has California Chemdog, and we also suspect it's got Arcata Trainwreck. Other than that, we know that there's more in it, we really don't know what it is. It's a little bit of a mystery. So, the Silly Putty was the next big one that we made with the Greaseball, and we combined the grease ball with male pollen from a California Wildfire. And now that's a strain that you don't really see around anymore. I don't know what happened to it, but I remember back in the early 2000s this was one of my favorite strains, and it was very unusual too.

Chris:
So, the Silly Putty is totally different than the Greaseball. You can see a little bit of the Volta in there. We say it's got those Volta vibes. It's greasy, it's kind of funky, but it's also real gassy and cakey. And I think people are starting to see other strains like this in the cannabis world that smell like glazed donuts and a pastry and things like that, but just real sugary, cakey, and gassy. And so, that's kind of the Silly Putty. It's one of those where you roll a joint, and it gets better and better as the joint burns down to the bottom. It gets tastier. The end of it is oozing with oil. On exhale, you're blowing out the hit, and it's just like, "What was that?" Kind of in that [inaudible 00:14:15].

Jason Sirotin:
Oh, man, that sounds so awesome.

Chris:
Yeah. In that fuel world. So, that's something, too, that I guess I'll just mention is, when I first got the Greaseball, the first thing that was popping into my mind was it's one of these fuel strains. It's a fuel line. And that was a term I had heard way back, early 2000s, about fuel lines, and that there were strains in the cannabis industry that created these gassy strains and now everybody's falling in love with. And so, three strains are the OG Kush, the Sour Diesel and Chemdog.

Chris:
And so, I had heard somewhere something I read somewhere or heard someone refer to strains as a fuel line, and so I always thought of those three as the three fuel lines. And so, when I found the Greaseball, I had thought I found the fourth fuel line. And so, that's something that we refer to all the Volta strains to is the fourth fuel line, because it's in that similar vein as the Sour Diesel, the OG Kush, and the Chemdog, and it's those strains, they're classic, they got legs, people are never going to get sick of them. But they're also capable of creating an entire herb universes that was in them, similar to the Greaseball. I mean, it's like the Big Bang Theory. They're so dense with genetics and voodoo, and when you start breeding them, who knows what's going to come out of it? There's so much there to offer.

Chris:
And that was the thinking with the Greaseball, that it's another one of these fuel lines, and so we thought, "Man, we got the fourth fuel line." But the Silly Putty really is the one that, we think it's as gassy as anything out there right now on the market. And smoking a joint of it will prove it to you because you just won't believe what happens halfway through that joint. So, that's another big one.

Jason Sirotin:
I will take your advice on that.

Chris:
And I'm going to prove it to you one day, brother.

Jason Sirotin:
I love it. I cannot wait for that day. So, what else you got cooking?

Chris:
So, then those... Yeah, go ahead. Of course.

Mr. Genetics:
Yeah. Chris, man, what you're saying right now is just poetry in motion. And I just want you to touch real quick, because I know the story you told me was amazing, on how you came up with the main Greaseball and what you saw in that flower that caused you to name it that.

Chris:
Oh, okay. Yeah. So, 2009, beginning of 2009, was the first harvest of the Greaseball, and I'm sitting around with my buddy and we're trimming it up. I was always the guy, like I said, obsessed with strains, and so my little three light garden, I've got 16 different strains crammed in there. And this was the end of a long day of trimming, and we'd probably gone through like eight or nine of them are ready.

Chris:
Then all of a sudden when we get to the Greaseball, and it wasn't named that yet, and as you're trimming, you're going through the different strains and you're seeing how your scissors are gunking up each strain differently. You're taking the razor and scraping the scissor cheese off your scissor every 15 minutes, every 20 minutes, every 45 minutes, whatever, depending on the different strain, how [inaudible 00:17:36] they are. Well, we get to the Greaseball, and now our scissors are gunking up every five minutes, and it's like purple gunk. The Greaseball's purple. That's one of the big differences, too, between those other fuel lines. We got like that purple flowery fuel line.

Chris:
But the scissors were just gunking up. We're [inaudible 00:17:56] so greasy, and then we're packing it in the bowl and it's just getting all over our hands. It's so sticky. And the hit was like, "Oh my God, it's just so greasy." That's the word coming to our mind. And I hadn't really heard that term before. I got to say that, too. Because now you hear grease being referred to a lot and greasy, and there's strains that are named that. Back then, I had actually never heard that. I heard oily, I heard gassy, I hears fuel. But it kept popping into our mind, "It's so greasy."

Chris:
And then all of a sudden, we started to see the little, what we now refer to as, the Greaseball, which people now know as guttation, G-U-T-T-A-T-I-O-N, guttation. And it's when the plant oozes this little sap-like resin, a little oil. And like I said, now, if you go on Instagram, you see people posting pictures. I mean, master, amazing growers posting pictures of really dank flowers, these new hybrids that people are creating, that drip these little oil balls. And we're now learning in the cannabis community that it's called guttation, but we never knew that back then. We all of a sudden just, we started proclaiming, "Oh my God, it's got greaseballs. This thing has even got greaseballs." So, it really was unbelievable when it happened, and starting to show people that, like I said, nobody ever saw that in 2009. People accused me of faking it, staging it, and putting little drops of hash oil on there.

Jason Sirotin:
That's awesome. We have a few minutes left. Do you have anything else you want to add?

Chris:
I actually got a farm up in Oregon that we've just started to get some of our genetics too, and they're really into the concentrates and the hash. And we're thinking about getting them some of these porcupine seeds so they can find something real terpy. So, that's one we're excited about, but we also have a lot of seeds. I've, over the years, been just making little one off seed batches that, again, were never meant to be released to the public, but just wanted to increase our own Volta library. My whole life I've been a collector. I've collected all sorts of things. So, me now starting to build the cannabis collection, it was like the perfect fit for me, and so part of that, though, years ago, when I made the decision to keep the Greaseball seeds, I did also start to keep a couple other genetics of some really exceptional California stuff.

Chris:
So, we have some old school seeds, too, that we're going to continue mix in to the Volta Fiore genetics like that California Wildfire. We've still got some of that. Shipwreck. We've got a really interesting Shipwreck cross. Banana Kush. We've got some interesting Banana Kush genetics. Still some of those lavender genetics. Bubba Kush, and old Bubblegum, California Bubblegum. Urkle Berry. I don't know if you guys remember the Urkle Berry. So, we've got some old school California stuff that we're going to cross with some Volta and introduce it. So, that's a lot of the seeds that we created were getting out to people to some testers and a lot of our friends. And then, what we're going to focus on here at Volta headquarters is all our old school stuff, all these seeds that we made many years ago.

Chris:
What we have right now, and all this stuff I'm talking about right now, it's really just the tip of the iceberg. Going back to that whole Big Bang thing with the grease, we're just starting to see the explosion and some of the results. But we've got so much more to do. Yeah. And it's a team effort. That's the one thing I got to say. We got so many people on this team. There's at least a handful of us that believe 100% in the Volta strains, in Greaseball, in our mission, our message, and I could never have ever put this together without all the help from our friends, our teammates. All of us on Volta Fiore, we just believe in this stuff so much, and we've been underground for so long and it's been proving itself over and over again through the years.

Chris:
And so, now, we're trying to find friends, good people to bring this and share this with, because it's not about money, it's not about any kind of success, fame. I could care less about any of that. Oh, I'd rather just be fishing and skiing and hiking in the woods with my dog and my girl. But the Greaseball, we're in this interesting situation where we almost have an obligation to the community. We've got a responsibility. Somehow the grease chose us and said, "Share me with the world." So, we're just doing it. We're exploding it. We've got the Big Bang grease is exploding, and we're just so excited to be a part of this with you guys. I just can't thank you enough for giving me all this air time.

Mr. Genetics:
Oh, hell yeah, man.

Gary:
I agree wholeheartedly.

Jason Sirotin:
I just can't thank you enough for being with us. I mean, it's amazing. We really appreciate it.

Mr. Genetics:
Yeah. Man, I just want to take a second just to say thank you to Chris and choosing to work with us and to work with me. And we've been on a personal journey to go there for a couple of years now, and Chris has become a mentor, a role model for me, and a pillar in the cannabis community that reaches far underground. And it is just a privilege to know him and to work with him. And every time I see him and his girl, I'm just filled with inspiration, and I know that we're all in the light together. And I'm just thankful and excited to see where this ride keeps going.

Chris:
We love you too, brother. I mean, we just think the world of you, and you're like the perfect Volta teammate to help us get this out there to the world. So, thank you so much.

Jason Sirotin:
We're very excited, and I hope that you'll join us again to chat more in the future and give your insights to us and help educate the community about some of the things they might not know. We think that's really important to continue to educate as cannabis evolves. If people want to get in touch with you, is there a way that they can reach out?

Chris:
Yeah. They can reach out to us on Instagram @voltafiore. We've got a website where we're selling shirts and hats, voltafiore.com.

Jason Sirotin:
Awesome.

Chris:
Yeah. So, either one of those two are great. I'd love to hear from anybody. And yeah, whatever you guys need, whatever you guys want from me, I've got a lot of old stories and a lot of information, and it's time to share. The world's changing, we're all growing up, and the industry's changing, and just want to make sure that a lot of these traditional cannabis world stuff get included in the new industry.

Jason Sirotin:
Exactly. Exactly. Well, thank you again. Thank you, Mr. Genetics, and thank you Gary for your time today. On behalf of Greenstone, we will see you next time.

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