Ya boy came across Blueprint in the first Zalympix winter competition when the brand's Triple Lindy won Best Overall. Then, I tried Blueprint's Item #9 and P90 at Hall of Flowers: Palm Springs in May and was once again blown away by its quality and consistency.
Being unfamiliar with Blueprint's story, I reached out to Jordan Aguilar, the brand's co-founder and cultivation king to talk about its history and the weed it's known for.
Blueprint's short origin story
Blueprint was co-founded by Jordan Aguilar, Joe Stanger, and Tom Sheridan. Though the brand itself has only been on the market since September 2021, the owners have decades of cannabis experience between them all. “I originally started with Collective Efforts," said Aguilar, "which then turned into Connected Cannabis Co. Connected acquired Alien Labs, so I was the [Director of Indoor Cultivation] for Connected and Alien Labs. I started on the ground floor sweeping and cleaning and worked my way up to Director over 10 years. I've been in the commercial side of it for over 10 years now."
On the name Blueprint, Aguilar shared, “I feel like we have the blueprint to the industry. It's simple: let's grow good weed, understand what strains, why, who we're targeting, how it should smoke, and all these factors that people should look for when they go get weed. The foundation is cultivation. Cultivators are with the plant so much that they come up with cool ideas, good marketing, good understanding of everything. We need to highlight the cultivators. The blueprint is just to grow good weed, show what we do, show the world our art, and be consistent. Let's roll with that name."
These are the strains that made Blueprint.
The strains that made Blueprint
2014 - 2019: Gelato
When he was growing weed for Connected, Aguilar was growing a lot of Animal Cookies, Sunset Sherbert, and most importantly, all of the Gelatos — #25, #33, #41, and #45.
“Gelato #41 arose as the godfather of that whole era. It's the backbone of a lot of breeding programs. Gelato #41 taught me a lot about growing. You have to really pay attention to the plant. It was this plant that you had to nail, so it taught me a lot about how to curate a plant from A to Z."
Gelato comes from Sunset Sherbert and Thin Mint GSC. It's known for its dessert-like flavor profile. There is a multitude of Gelato phenotypes that each have their own distinct characteristics. Those include Gelato #25, Gelato #33, Gelato #41, and Gelato #45.
2019: Alien Labs strains
Around 2018 - 2019, Aguilar told me that he was helping grow a bunch of strains for California cannabis legend Alien Labs. Those strains include many of Alien Labs' classics, like Do-Si-Dos, Melonade, Area #41, and Gelonade — just to name a few.
2020 - present: Triple Lindy, P90, Jesus Shuttlesworth
Blueprint's first run of genetics included the Triple Lindy, P90, and Jesus Shuttlesworth. It worked those strains for a year before releasing them in the fall of 2021. “With our menu, we're really cognizant of flavor profile and effects. We want to offer a wide range. Triple Lindy is super euphoric candy gas, P90 is super heavy gas OG, and the Jesus was Umami bubblegum flavors."
On the effects, Aguilar said, “Triple's euphoric like daytime, P90 will make you go to sleep, and Jesus Shuttlesworth is super chill."
Triple Lindy won the first Zalympix winter competition at the top of 2022. It shows how well Blueprint grows weed if its first product launch is already winning awards amongst some of the biggest and best brands in California. On how it felt to immediately win Zalympix, Aguilar remembered, “Zalympix was especially cool as a tournament overall, the People's Choice. It was just a bunch of consumers who bought it, smoked it, and this is what they thought. For consumers to go out and be like 'Wow, I've never heard of these guys, but this is great,' that's super cool. We're super blessed and super happy to be in this position that we're in."
2022: Item #9, Backyard Boogie, and Dr. Freeze
Some of Blueprint's newest creations include Item #9, Backyard Boogie, and Dr. Freeze. On naming these strains, Aguilar said, “Dr. Freeze was super icy on the plant, like it was frozen. Item #9, we were like, 'This strain is bomb ass shit.' Item 9 was off of Pineapple Express, so that was the inspiration we took there. Backyard Boogie was a bag seed. I was in my backyard rolling up and a seed popped up. I threw it in a little succulent plant and scooped water out of my dog's water dish. Somehow a cut showed up at the facility, we tested it out, and we were like 'Dude, this is bomb ass shit, this is some backyard boogie.'"
Be on the lookout for anything that comes from Blueprint. If history serves as any indication of the future, they'll be giving us a lot of fire weed for a long, long time.
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