I am working on an article / story about legal cannabis in Colorado, and I have written this sentence regarding the smell upon entering a large, industrial grow room:
The only way I know how to describe it is as if the very essence of the best, medicinal grade cannabis in the world were fused into my olfactory receptors via stem cells, and this was simply the way things were.
This seems very long and tedious, and though it is eloquent, I want to edit it down a bit to reduce the number of words. It isn't technically a run-on, but it definitely looks that way, and something about it seems incorrect (maybe I'm overlooking something obvious).
The general template I'm looking for is:
(The only way I can describe it)
(as if the very essence of the best, medicinal grade cannabis in the world had been fused into my olfactory receptors via stem cells),
(this was simply the nature of my reality.)
First of all, is the original sentence actually grammatically / syntactically correct?
If so (or even if not), how can I shave it down while still maintaining its original level of sophistication and eloquence?