Purple Elephant and Tangerine Cream

Tonight is a Full Moon in Sagittarius and I’ve been feeling the Full Moon vibes for days. Full Moons are always a bit of a special event to me. It is a time that everything climaxes, it is a time of culmination and release. But the energy around this Full Moon is said to be super special. This Full Moon is said to enhance the energy of personal development and achievement, like a "high point" in the astrological calendar. This Full Moon is saying to you and me that "If you can dream it, you can do it." . It is a time to let your daydreams totally off-leash and see where they take you.”

So, on that note of dreaming big, the first strain that I choose this week was big, beautiful and purple! Purple Elephant, is a 50/50 balanced hybrid and a child of the well known Purple Urkel strain. Although it is balanced, it is truly considered an indica leaning strain, taking most of it’s genetics from it Purple Urkel parent, which is a heavy handed indica strain.

Just a note before go any further-Purple Elephant is fairly rare strain and there is a good chance that you most likely won’t find this strain in your local dispensary because it is very difficult to grow and seeds are very hard to locate. That being, if you are lucky enough to find this strain like me, it will catch your attention because this strain is stunningly beautiful!. Its buds are colored in shades of green and deep purple and are covered in crystals and amber hairs. Purple Elephant smells strongly of grapes and berries and when consumed it tastes like grape bubble gum.

Purple Elephant effects are felt in both body and brain. It induces moderate cerebral euphoria, improves your mood, prompts laughter and can alleviate depression and stress. However, like many hybrids, after consuming more, the relaxation becomes sedation and sleep. For medical use, Purple Elephant is popular among those with mental health conditions like depression, chronic stress, and anxiety. For me, I just wanted to be set free for a few, hours so I could dream big dreams for my future. Purple Elephant set me free to see all the unlimited possibilities that await me in my future.

The next strain that helped me dream big was Tangerine Cream. Although the strain was labeled Tangerine Scream, after investigating, I found it to truly be Tangerine Cream. It’s lineage is Tangie, a citrusy sativa strain, crossed with Purple Sauce, a heavy handed, indica strain that has “Glue” at its base. The result of that cross is a fruit salad for your mouth and nose. It’s flavor is somewhere between rhubarb pie and freshly cut tangerine.

Tangerine Cream buds are cylindrical and orange just as you would expect from a tangerine. It’s effects hit you quickly with a rush of euphoria, similar to the effects of Tangie. However, unlike the effects of Tangie, this strain also relaxes. This strain is know to be an effective antidepressant and leaves you basking in a "feel good" state. It also provides easy come-down and long lasting high- all great effects for a Sunday afternoon of contemplating my future and for dreaming big! May this Full Moon help you move forward towards a life that is more in alignment with who you desire to be and who you are becoming.



Pre-rolls...mystery solved

I’ve been traveling to licensed dispensaries throughout southern California the past couple of weeks and I have had a hard time finding any flower to buy. Oh, don’t get me wrong there were bushels of cannabis flower, all in little glass containers with childproof wrapping. All pre-rolls say that they contain “premium”, the finest, the greenest, the best cannabis flower available. I, however, can attest to that is not always the truth. So, I thought I would write about my “criteria” in purchasing a pre-roll.

First, let’s get an overview of the pre-roll industry. There is no question about it: pre-rolled joints (or “prerolls” in industry lingo) are one of the most popular cannabis items sold in licensed dispensaries here in San Diego and in most states that have legalized recreational cannabis. And, aside from all the different natural, hemp, and traditional rolling paper choices, pre-rolls can be filled with specific specific strains, a blend of indica, sativa or hybrid strains, or just high-CBD flower. Some pre-rolls can be even be infused with high-THC oils, kiefs or extracts, making them even more potent and costly.

So, the first thing that is important that you know is what you want your pre-roll to do for you-up, down or middle of the road. You, of course, know your weed strains from reading my blog, so be sure to choose pre-rolls that are strain specific-you will know what the taste and effects will be. The generic indica, hybrid and sativa pre-rolls always turn out tasting bland and doing almost nothing to your mind or body.

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Next, always inspect the label to see the percentage of cannabinoids -THC and CBD, the date the product was made and if you are really adventuresome, go to the company’s website and track your lot number to see where and when you cannabis flower was grown. Also, check the weight of your pre-roll-some are a full gram, while others can be as light as .5 gm. Make sure you know what you are buying, as in everything you buy in life.

Finally, do not spend a fortune on any pre-roll! The prices range anywhere from $6-$35/pre-roll and several companies are offering three pack mini joints, which are convenient and seem to have less waste since they can be consumed in two or three sittings. Pre-rolls are my go to in most licensed dispensaries because they are affordable and I have very low expectations so I am rarely disappointed.

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The most popular pre-rolls in San Diego licensed dispensaries are Lowell’s Smokes from Lowell’s Farms. . I know the folks from Lowell’s Farm and they were a part of one of the cannabis paired dinners I did last year. Their pre-rolls are reliable, mid-priced but do not expect fireworks to go when you consume them.

I’ve tried so many brands that they all seem to blend together. However, one brand that did stand out was Lola Lola. I tried a three pack by Lola Lola, called 3 Cone Kits, which came strain specific,Sunset Sherbet in my case, and they came in a fancy box with wooden matches. I liked these pre-rolls and they cost $35. However, when I went back to buy more, I was told the company is no longer in licensed dispensaries. And, that is seems to be the case with pre-rolls, companies come and go. So, use your cannabis knowledge, common sense and always try a couple of brands, one is likely to always be available.

Pre-rolls have there place in my life. I do expect them to be filled with craft cannabis. But, they are convenient, cost effective and sometimes they do the trick in a pinch. One final note: do not buy any house rolled pre-rolls. They will only make you cough and feel kind of ill! Remember, they are cheap and you have no idea what went in them. Don’t bother and don’t waste your time or your money.

Fruit Punch and Space Queen

There are some weeks that I feel like I’m in perpetual motion-running from place to place without many breaks. During those weeks, I reach for my favorite strains to slow me and my thoughts down. This week’s cannabis strains were up to that task-chilling me out without putting me out.

The first strain Fruit Punch was the perfect strain to not only slow me down but also to lift up my spirits and my mood. Fruit punch is a sativa dominant, created by Heavyweight Seeds. The legend goes that the breeder looked at three legendary strains: Northern Lights, (a popular indica strain), Haze,(a sativa strain) and Skunk #1,, (a well-balanced hybrid) and decided that it would be fun to combine all of them. The result is a marvelous strain that uplifts you, and also treats your taste buds.

Appearance wise, Fruit Punch is beautiful to look at with green buds shades of purple and covered in a coating of white trichomes. .The aroma of Fruit Punch is one of the best characteristics, smelling of fruit, especially berries, making you feel as if you are about to eat dessert. However, once you grind the buds or break them up, you will also get earth and pine undertones. Its flavor almost as good as its aroma! Once it hits your taste buds, it is akin to a tropical fruit smoothie. As you inhale the weed, the berry overtones, along with the citrus undertones, are a treat for the senses. There is also a wonderful mild sweetness which blends everything together perfectly.!

The effects of Fruit Punch are just as remarkable as its flavor and its aroma.. Almost immediately, I experienced a rush of euphoria, uplifting my mood and sociability. This mood boost was accompanied by a sense of mental clarity that promoted a spike in creativity. I also got a noticeable ‘buzz’ of energy, which kept me invigorated and happy for hours.

Although Fruit Punch is undoubtedly a favorite of recreational users, it has plenty of possible medical applications too. The high CBD content, coupled with a very high level of THC, and a rich terpene profile, means that this strain is a potentially worthwhile treatment for different physical and mental issues.

For instance, the fact that Fruit Punch boosts your mood means it can alleviate chronic stress, anxiety, and depression. As you may know, stress can cause a host of physical problems such as loss of appetite and fatigue so using Fruit Punch could help you with those problems too.

Additionally, its sativa-dominant properties allow it to combat various pains and aches in the body such as gastrointestinal issues. If you are currently undergoing chemotherapy, you may find Fruit Punch’s possible anti-emetic qualities useful as you try to overcome symptoms of the treatment such as nausea.

Just a warning, as is the case with most marijuana strains, especially potent ones, Fruit Punch may cause a case of cottonmouth (severe dry mouth). In addition, you may develop red and itchy eyes because the abundance of cannabinoids inhibits moisture production in your tear ducts. All of the above are minor symptoms that normally disappear after a few hours. Make sure you have a glass of water to hand to combat dry mouth.

I liked this strain a lot, it stopped me from stressing about the little things and helped me enjoy the simple things in life. If you can find Fruit Punch, pick it up and you and your mood will definitely be picked up too.

The next strain which help me to slow down and unwind was Space Queen. Space Queen, also known as Space Jill, is a 50/50 very well balanced hybrid strain, although it is considered a sativa dominant hybrid. It is a cross of Cinderella 99 and Romulan and was bred by the British Columbia Growers Association. It is one of Canada’s most popular weed exports.

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Appearance wise, Space Queen’s nugs are dense and have a football-type shape. In some phenotypes, you may also see a few specks of purple in the plant’s calyxes. Once you give this strain a sniff, you will love the fruity and spicy aroma which carries several savory notes, too. The combination of smells can be anything including vanilla, cinnamon, berries, and apples, combined with a cheesy scent.

Space Queen has a distinct taste that is hard to describe. It has a sweet and spicy taste of citrus and pineapple, but it also has a barely distinguishable taste of something rotten. Nevertheless, this strain is considered to be one of the best-tasting strains today’s cannabis plants.

Initially, after smoking Space Queen, its indica properties start to manifest itself with cerebral effects, uplifting your spirits and lightening your mood, which is exactly what I needed during my weeks of speed and constant movement. As a matter of fact, it lightened up my mood to the point that I felt like I was cheerfully starting to ‘float’ to the sky-”spacing out” on Space Queen. As its effects continue to creep up, I found myself on a euphoric journey to a serene state.

Aside from being a mood enhancer, this strain also sparks the creativity in your mind. But smoke too much, just like many hybrid strains and that creativity becomes abstract dreams. Even though the Space Queen could hit hard pretty quick, in the beginning, the effects of Sativa follow later and gently brings a balance of mind-body high. Think of it much like you are cruising in a spaceship while glancing out the window to see the beauty of the universe.

This strain is perfect for medicating in the morning and is most often chosen to alleviate the gnawing effects of stress and anxiety disorders, which again I had been experiencing. Its soaring cerebral effects have also been effective in treating chronic depression, adult ADD and ADHD and PTSD. For me, I just wanted to slow down, space out and chill, which Space Queen made happen. This is strain is definitely cannabis royalty so if you see it, give it your royal bow and then buy it.



Blue Nightmare and Purple Dragon

Here in San Diego, we are accustomed May gray and June Gloom. However, this year we not only have had May gray but also May rain and colder temperatures than I can ever remember. This may be our new normal as the rest of country also is experiencing their new normal of serious flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes never seen before in those part of the country. All that being said, the May rains and gloominess called for some colorful cannabis strains to elevate my mood and change my point of view.

The first colorful cannabis strain that I choose was Blue Nightmare and although its name may be “scary”, this strain will make you happy, like a sweet dream rather than a nightmare. Blue Nightmare is a 50/50 sativa/indica hybrid strain, bred by the growers at RNM Flowers by crossing the Southern California favorite Blue Dream and another popular indica strain, Tahoe Og.

Visually this strain is beautiful with big cylindrical, bright green and orange buds that are covered with a nice dusting of trichomes. It definitely inherited its parents’ pine and berry aromas. It’s flavor is fruity and earthy with a bit of skunk as you exhale.

The effects of Blue Nightmare comes on quickly and will initially leave you feeling uplifted, a bit energized with increased creativity and focus. However, consume a bit more and that focus becomes a dreamy cerebral state, letting your mind go free and allowing you to just daydream. Your anxiety will disappear, and your conversation becomes free-flowing and uninhibited. As it continues, you will feel a mild lethargy that might lead to couch lock.

Blue Nightmare is a suitable strain to use for treating pain, inflammation, and fatigue. Those with depression, anxiety, and stress will also benefit from its effects. It is also an excellent strain to change a gray May day into a technicolor dream.

Just a side note: although I really liked this strain, I discovered the RNM Flowers has not made seeds of Blue Nightmare available for commercial sale. As such, prospective growers must obtain clippings from mature plants of the strain in order to grow genetically identical “clones. Meaning that it is difficult to find this strain and it just might be a nightmare to ever find this strain again.

The next colorful cannabis strain that brighten up my day was Purple Dragon. Purple Dragon is an indica dominant hybrid created by an unknown breeder by crossing Blue Dragon (Sour Diesel and Blueberry) and Purple Urkle (a strain of Mendocino purps). And although this strain has some heavy hitting indica lineage, it also possesses some sativa qualities, making it a much more balanced strain than one would expect.

The aroma of Purple Dragon is very sweet and earthy with some berry and floral notes. It’s flavor is also sweet and grape like-similar to the weird grape flavor of grape bubblegum. It’s effects are really balanced for an indica dominant strain. It is known for its cerebral effects, which are uplifting, unlike most indica strains, leaving all that consume with a solid feel-good mood.

Purple Dragon will leave you feeling hazy and euphoric state, tempting you to spend your evening laughing and finding everything to be really amusing. Finally, Purple Dragon is the perfect strain to fill any gray day with fun and relaxation, making you not care that you haven’t seen the sun in days.

Just one quick final note about feeling so fine after consuming Purple Dragon. Purple Dragon can cause a case of the munchies in many users, so be sure you are ready with snack items that are waiting to be consumed, or else you might find yourself in the next vehicle on the search for food.

Blue Hawaiian and Lodi Dodi

May gray with mist and rain has made its way into Southern California and all I can think about is that I need a vacation. All I need is some time to stop, relax and enjoy my beautiful life without the distractions of work, obligations and every day errands. So, although I am in the process of making vacation plans right now, I luckily picked up a new cannabis strain that offered me the “mental” vacation, which I needed so badly.

And that mental vacation started with a couple of puffs of Blue Hawaiian. Blue Hawaiian is a sativa dominant hybrid strain, created by Jordan of the Island through the crossing of Blueberry, an indica leaning strain with an Hawaiian Sativa strain. The results of that crossing is nothing short of a tropical vacation, waiting for you to experience.

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Appearance wise, Blue Hawaiian strain has light green dense buds with orange hues, which are covered in a thick layer of glittery trichomes and red-orange pistils. Its flavor and scent are quite tropical, reminiscent of sweet blueberries with some citrus and earthy tones. It’s effects are uplifting, stress relieving and relaxing. This strain energizes and yet at the same time relaxes-exactly what you want from a perfect vacation.

And, finally, this strain is one of the most perfectly balanced strain that I have smoked in a long time. It is healing for the body and soul and gave me hope and energy to make it to the day that I go on a planned vacation.

The next strain that chased away my May gray was Lodi Dodi. Lodi Dodi is a mysterious, sativa-dominant hybrid with a unique flavor and well-balanced, therapeutic effects, which are somewhat similar to Blue Hawaiian.

Lodi Dodi is the creation of Smokey Point Productions, a group of Washington state-based breeders.  This strain is said to have been named after the song “Lodi Dodi”, first done by slick rick and then remade by Snoop Dog in 1993. In the song, all that Lodi Dodi wants “to party and cause no one no trouble.”Those lyrics describe the effects of this strain to a tee!

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Although this strain’s appearance is lack luster at best and its flavor is familiar but, not noteworthy, its effects are nothing short of party worthy! Lodi Dodi’s high comes on quickly, making its presence known with a pressure behind the eyes and temples. The effects are cerebral in nature and helps increase your creativity and analytical problem solving. As you consume more, Lodi Dodi’s effects become more body focused. The eventual combination of mental and physical effects makes this strain a great way to enhance activities that involve both mind and body. Lodi Dodi’s versatility makes it appropriate for use at any time of day, although smokers should be warned that as dosage is increased, so is the likelihood of couchlock.

Sometimes in Life you must throw yourself your own party! You must be your own best friend and if you are lucky, you find a strain like Lodi Dodi that makes that party happen in your mind each and every time.

Hawaiian Gold and Tangerine Dream

Blessings come in many forms. Sometimes they’re initiated and planned by us through the ending or the completion of something. Those are easily seen as blessings. However, sometimes we don’t see or plan the endings/changes and those aren’t as easily perceived as blessings. Either way, the endings/changes can leave you feeling jarred, even if it in reality, those endings are actually opening you up to new possibilities. In reality those endings/changes will turn out to be blessings.

And, so another week begins filled with expected and unexpected changes.

And, although my weed strain choices change every week, depending on my mood, energy and the tasks at hand, they always open me up to new possibilities and new ways of being. My first transforming strain was Hawaiian Gold. Hawaiian Gold is a sativa dominant hybrid, although the exact ratios are not known. Even though it’s lineage is not super clear, this strain seems to be a cross of Pineapple, an indica-heavy hybrid, and Super Lemon Haze, a powerful sativa.

Visually this strain is stunning and reminded me a lot of Acapulco Gold, with bright green buds with light amber hairs. The taste of Hawaiian Gold is smooth, earthy, and somewhat like “Juicy Fruit” gum. . The aroma also has earthy notes, along with a sweet floral smell like Juicy Fruit Gum. The effects of this strain are just like you want a sativa to be-immediate uplifting of your mood and energy without shakiness. In fact, I actually did a little dance after consuming! This strain just promotes an overall sense of euphoria! But, just like all the other hybrid strains, consume too much and you may just float off to sleep. Medicinally, this strain has enough CBD and THCV to provide fast and effective relief for various ailments including headaches, migraines, and fibromyalgia. I am lucky that I have none of those ailments. But, this strain is really good for whatever ails you.

The next strain that I choose was Tangerine Dream. Tangerine Dream is a sativa dominant hybrid created by the legendary cannabis breeders at Barney’s Farm, by crossing G13, Afghani, and Neville's A5 Haze. That lineage resulted in a potent strain, which won top prize in the 2010 High Times Cannabis Cup.

Tangerine Dream has large, chunky green and amber buds that are heavily covered in sticky trichomes, which in this day and age of “hydro” weed is very rare to find. Unsurprisingly with a name like Tangerine Dream, this strain has a sweet, orange, citrusy flavor which is very pleasing to the palate. Its fragrance is similarly citrusy sweet, but combined with a dank, pungent, earthy, aroma.

Its effects are just as bright and brilliant as its appearance- uplifting, instilling a feeling of happiness and euphoria followed by a more mellow and focused mindset. This positive effect on mood makes Tangerine Dream a useful drug for those who suffer from mood disorders such as depression. Tangerine Dream is also useful for treating chronic pain and inflammation, making it a great strain of choice for those with arthritic pain. Its ability to relax the body also helps to ease muscle pain. Tangerine Dream is exactly what I needed on a sunny Sunday in May. I bet it would even help on a cloudy day in June!

Amsterdam Sweets and Moon Drops

It’s a New Moon in Taurus and it’s time to start a new lunar cycle. And what better way to start this lunar cycle here on earth than with two new cannabis strains! The first strain that I choose was Amsterdam Sweets, a Sativa strain. Although I could find no information on any strain by that name, this strain is definitely related to Durban Poison, a sativa landrace from South Africa with perhaps some Dutch Treat mixed in, thus the name Amsterdam sweets.

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All that being said, this strain wasn’t incredibly beautiful to look. However, it’s flavor stopped me in my tracks. It is a truly delicious strain, which has a very sweet and complex flavor profile, including flavors ranging from sweet lemon candy to spicy anise. It is rare that I just love the flavor of a strain but this strain is like eating a really complex meal that keeps you interested to the very end.

The effects of this strain are just as stunning, leaving you calmly energized, clear headed, focused and creative. Additional this strain made me very sociable and energetic.  It does what a good sativa strain “should” do-uplift your mind and your body without making you feel anxious, shaky or strung out. This new moon I really needed a boost and that is exactly what Amsterdam Sweets, whatever its true lineage may be, did-uplift, energize and get me ready for a new moon cycle.

They say what goes up must come down and so my next strain was intended to bring me down and help me fall fast asleep. And, what better strain to do just that than Moon Drops on a New Moon! Moon Drops is an indica dominant hybrid strain, created by crossing Purple Urkle , a powerful indica strain with Do-Si-Dos , also a powerful indica strain. The result is no surprise a powerful indica strain which will definitely take you down a bunch of notches!

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In addition to its narcotic effects, this strain tastes a lot like it’s parents-grape like Purple Urkle and sweet from it Do-Si-Dos parent. It aroma is like fermented grapes, sort of like red wine with a little bit of weird incense mixed in. This strain will make you spacy and then will take you-body and mind right to the moon. What a great way to usher in my next lunar cycle. Whatever your new moon intentions, be certain to have faith that everything is working out for your highest good and in my case for my high-est at all times.

Purple Tangie and Death Valley Og

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As we finish off April and look towards May, I am astonished how much I learned from last month. But, I am also energized to move onto a new month. A new month of unlimited possibilities and unlimited prosperity. And to celebrate both events, the end of one month and the beginning of a new one, I chose a big bold sativa, Purple Tangie.. This big, bold, beautiful strain was created through crossing the mouthwatering Tangie strain and a "secret" Purple strain. Not only did I find this strain stunningly beautiful, but so did the LA HIgh Times in 2016, awarding Purple Tangie 1st Place for Best Medicinal Sativa Concentrate at the Los Angeles High Times Cannabis Cup.

The aroma and flavor of Purple Tangie is all about its Tangie parent-with bold citrus notes, including lemon and oranges scents and flavors. It’s effects are also about its Tangie parent-with long-lasting and uplifting effects, which kick in almost immediately after the first few puffs and are long lasting. Purple Tangie’s effects begin with a rush of euphoria, then the overall feelings of well being takeover, leaving you feeling cheery, thinking happy thoughts and grinning from ear to ear. This strain is perfect for welcoming in a new month and a new season by giving you a new found zest for life and filling you with new energy, productivity and focus!

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Last month taught me a lot about patience and trust that everything is always working out for my highest good, including my cannabis choices. So, I wasn’t surprised when my next strain did exactly what I needed it to do-put me out at the end of a long day! And that heavy hitter was Kush Kush Death Valley Og, an indica dominant hybrid, not to be confused with Death Valley OG, a rare sativa strain.

Kush Kush Death Valley Og was created by crossing San Fernando Valley x Jedi Kush ( SFV x Death Star ). The result of that cross is exactly what you would expect-a heavy handed indica that is not subtle-it takes you down quick and expertly. Its flavor is similar to most Kush strains-skunky, lemony, piney and hashy.

This strain is what anyone who wants to turn off the world, turn inward and get connected with themselves needs. It put me out but also allowed me to create peace in my heart and my mind. How amazing was that. If you find Kush Kush Death Valley Og pick it up and then allow it to help you to let go of your past and anything else that is holding you back in your life and go away for awhile…

Happy May! May it bring you peace, balance, love, abundance and most of all, good weed!

Jah Goo and Chocolate Hashberry

April is flying by and our taxes are already due today. I filed mine weeks ago but always feel relieved when April 15th has come and gone. But what better thing to celebrate than the 2018 tax season has come to a close. And, I could think of no better strain to celebrate with than Jah Goo. Jah Goo is an very evenly balanced 50% indica/50% sativa, although some sources say it is an indica strain. And it is widely thought to be a cross between Purple Jasmine and Afgani Goo. Although there are some sources that say it is a cross between the Light of Jah, which is a sativa strain (and a strain that I like a lot). No matter what it’s lineage, this strain is thought to have made its way to North America via Vietnam vets, returning to Canada after the war and it remains a mainstay at most dispensaries in Southern Cali.

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Regardless whether this is an indica or a well balanced hybrid, this strain was stunning to look at it -a real eye catcher. The buds of this strain were dense and dark green, dense and laden with trichomes—a trait that I’m told is inherited from its Goo parent. As for the aroma, its berry and pine and the flavor is much sweeter than I expected.

Just as the flavor was unexpected, the effects also were unexpected. Instead of the full body, chill that you would expect to get from an indica strain, this strain was uplifting and actually helped me focus, while also relaxing me. I am always careful with these “hybrid” strains not too over consume them. So, this strain never took on the heavy indica effects that many of the sources I read said I would. I am getting used to expecting the unexpected in my life and I guess it’s even spilled into my choices of weed:).

Expect the unexpected….and thus I found the most delicious chocolatey treat, just in time for Easter-Chocolate Hashberry. Chocolate Hashberry marijuana strain is 50 Indica/50 Sativa hybrid strain and is said to be a rare, Northern California-breed,. It is a cross between Chocolate Thai and Hashberry. and has incredible big, beautiful, multi-colored buds, which smell that like spicy chocolate, which really surprised me. It’s flavor was also chocolatey with berries and some pine. But, chocolate truly is the overwhelming flavor, which again I didn’t expect.

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The effects of this strain are also really balanced-uplifting your mood but relaxing your body. It is known to relieve depression and anxiety and yet also boosts energy, increases creativity and improves focus. I needed a boost today to help me go beyond what feels safe and step out of my comfort zone. Expect the unexpected and you may be surprised at what you find!

Apple Jack and Citrus Boost

April has been a month of action-lots of action and lots of doing! So my weekly weed choices reflected that forward motion feeling in the form of two sativa strains. The first strain that helped me to “spring” into action was Apple Jack, a sativa dominant hybrid. Apple Jack was created by the RDG genetics' main breeder - Hazemaster by crossing two pretty famous strains-Jack Herer, said to be the father of many of today’s sativa strains with White Widow., an old school indica leaning strain that has its origins in Amsterdam.

The original Apple Jack was also a popular strain in the coffee shops in Amsterdam in 2001. Unfortunately, one of the original parents used to breed this strain died and it looked like that that was the end of Apple Jack. And, that’s when the skillful cannabis craftsman, Hazeman, went to work perfecting the art of selfing-creating perfect Apple Jack clones and more importantly their seeds, which can be saved in seed banks. And, that’s how I was able to find Apple Jack in my local not so legal dispensary.

Apple Jack smells somewhat like apples but also has a lot of the characteristic diesel smell of Jack Herer. It is clear that Jack Herer is the big daddy of this strain. The flavor is also quite similar to a Jack Herer strain. The effects of this strain, however, are much more mild than the usual Jack strains. Apple Jack is definitely uplifting but it doesn’t “jack” you up leaving you looking for things to do or feeling jumpy. It is that nice balance between being alert and being calm that makes this strain a great stress reliever and has been used in the treatment of depression and PTSD. They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I would say that an Apple Jack a day may just do the same thing-keep the blues away and keep you moving on.

The next action oriented strain that I found was Citrus Boost, which although I found no definitive information on this strain, it appears, tastes and feels like it is a cross between Citrus Haze, a sativa dominant hybrid, created by crossing Lemon Haze with Citrus Sunshine strain, with Boost, (Sweet Tooth X DJ Short’s Blueberry), which is a powerful indica strain despite it’s name. This strain looks like both its parents-bright green with some orange flecks, like a sativa strain and yet stubby like an indica strain. And despite it’s citrus name, citrus was not the main flavor or aroma that I got from this strain. It was all butterscotch with a bit of citrus and mint, which I’m guessing is from its Boost parent.

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Effect wise, this strain is very well balanced. It elevates your mood but relaxes your body. This strain left me feeling calm and peaceful but still alert and creative. In small quantities, this strain can help with creativity during the day and evening and in larger quantities, it will definitely put you to sleep. Right now, I have no time to sleep, only time for action and I can always count on my cannabis, including Citrus Boost, to help me move forward.


Orange Bang and Acai Berry

Last week had me traveling out of my comfort zones into licensed dispensaries in Perris, CA, Santa Ana and San Bernadino, CA, which are about an hour and half away from San Diego, CA. The licensed dispensaries in San Diego are quite posh and follow the letter of the law, of which there are many. The Perris licensed dispensaries follow a whole different set of rules that include allowing dabbing and bongs to be done right in the middle of their shops, just like the old school medical dispensaries used to allow-legal and illegal.

So, after getting over the initial shock of seeing real flower in jars, loose and not covered in plastic, I went to town finding new strains in these new strange places. The first strain that caught my roaming eye was Orange Bang. Although I could not find any reference or any information on Orange Bang, it looked and tasted very much like a strain I could find called Orange Bud.

Orange Bud, as it was labeled in the dispensary’s jar, is a sativa (65%/35%) dominant hybrid. It is a cross between two types of skunk strains-both sativa leaning, which makes it a 100% skunk strain. So, what’s up with the name orange since it doesn’t have any Tangie in it or any other citrus like terpenes at all. It’s all about its looks and it was covered with a plume of bright orange hairs.

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Historically, Orange Bud appears to trace its origin from California. It is said to then made its way to the infamous coffee shops in Amsterdam during the 80s. Since then, it has become one of the favorite strains in many Southern California dispensaries. At any rate, Orange Bud has made a name for itself culminated by placing second in the Bio category of the 1994 High Times Cannabis Cup.

As you can see Orange Bud looked just like cotton balls of orange threads. . It's aromas to me was all skunk and no citrus. The effects are quite cerebral, a classic Skunk effect and yet the strain also chills you out enough to not get stuck in your head. It keeps you focused on what is important which for me is always about being grateful for what I have and knowing even better is coming to me. So moving out of my comfort zone got me exactly where I need to be-chilled and grateful for being able to try a new strain from a new place.

From another unfamiliar dispensary came yet another unfamiliar strain, Acai Berry. . I found this video which tells you more about this strain than I could write.

To me this strain tasted very much like Forbidden Fruit-with big tangie flavor mixed with berry and skunk. It’s hard to imagine that cannabis can taste so incredibly fruity as if some sort of artificial flavors were added. Although this strain tastes like Forbidden Fruit, it does not have the powerful sedating, indica effects, like Forbidden Fruit. In fact, it starts with an uplift of mood and energy and then after consuming more, mild calming effects take over, without overcoming you. I’ve never seen this strain before so it was a good thing that I traveled out of my comfort zone and found yet another strain to fall in love with. Step outside your comfort zone and I bet you find some surprises too.

Pink Panties and Candy Drop

We are finally almost done with Mercury Retrograde. It ends on Thursday and boy did I learn a lot about where I still was limiting my life, who I was still attached to, unnecessarily and where I need to change. All of that emotional turmoil had me reaching for some peace and perhaps, some sedation!

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And as always, my weed strains always reflect how I am feeling. So, this week I chose two “old school”, indica dominant hybrid strains. The first one was Pink Panties-chuckle, chuckle.

Although the name may make you chuckle, after you see and smell this strain, you will be able to get over its ridiculous name. Pink Panties is a strain created by The Cookie Fam , a group of West Coast growers who are famous for creating strains such as Cherry Pie, Sunset Sherbet, and Gelato. Pink Panties is a 70/30 indica dominant hybrid. It was created by crossing Florida Kush, also known as Triangle Kush, with a Burmese Landrace strain. From that lineage, it is no surprise that this strain is striking beautiful -dark green, dense tight buds just like a classic indica strain. It’s flavor is mysterious just like a Burmese landrace strain-it begins with a musky sweet flavor and then becomes citrusy and floral. It’s aroma is really floral and a bit citrusy but when smoked the flavor morphs into many different notes.

Most of the time, a potent indica will just knock you out . However, this indica dominant strain is different. Pink Panties’ effects are best described as relaxing, euphoric, and creative and oddly enough this strain actually can boost your energy level when you first consume it. When you consume some more, it can also put you to sleep. For this reason and many others, Pink Panties is quite a diverse and accommodating indica strain, which I liked a lot and I needed the diversity of this strain to deal with my many mood shifts during this Mercury Retrograde cycle.

Truth is, I can’t resist candy of any kind, so I couldn’t resist picking up my next strain, Candy Drop. Candy Drop is a slightly indica hybrid (40% sativa/60% indica) strain. It was created by crossing the slightly sativa hybrid Chemdawg Og with a nicely balanced hybrid, Candy Kush . The result is a yummy slightly uplifting strain that will give you the energy to get your stuff done without winding you up or leaving you looking for more to do.

It’s flavor and aroma are quite similar to a lot of other OG Kush strains-floral with a bit of skunk. When consumed this strain is much sweeter than the OG Kush strains that I’ve previously consumed. It’s effects as mentioned previously are pretty balanced, although the more you consume the more the indica side of this strain expresses itself. All in all, I went for the sweet stuff and I got a pretty well balanced strain instead. Goes to show, we are always given exactly what we need, at the exact right time in the exact right way.

Tangerine Sunset and Purple Dream

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Another week has passed and we are over halfway through this Mercury Retrograde and this one has not disappointed. I have seen computers die, appointments cancelled, tax return money weirdly disappear and many old doubts and fears!

All that being said, I’ve been left feeling like I live in a snow globe-you know that transparent sphere, traditionally made of glass, which encloses a miniaturized scene of some sort, often together with a model of a town, landscape or figure-in this case I am enclosed in the glass dome and the snow is beneath my feet. Every day I work at keeping the snow securely under my feet and every day I end up with a blizzard of snow enveloping me. Then, I spend the rest of the day, calming the blizzard!

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But, despite the weather in my head, I can always count on my cannabis strains to bring sunshine into my life and Tangerine Sunrise did just that. Tangerine Sunrise is a 100% pure sativa strain, created by the Colorado Seed Inc.. and named as one of the ten best strain of 2014 in the West. It was created by crossing Tangerine Haze with Hawaiian strain.

Tangerine Sunrise has a delicious aroma of orange with Haze notes. The buds are dark green and covered in red hairs. It has a super delicious aroma of freshly squeezed orange juice and a taste of fresh sweet citrus with a hint of vanilla spice upon exhale. It’s effects are hi-octane, like a heavy sativa. The effects cause an immediate uplifting of energy, focus and mood, which was exactly what the doctor ordered this week. Tangerine Sunrise is great as an eye opener at sunrise and throughout the day and because of its strong uplifting qualities, I suggest that you quit this strain around 3pm, like you would with a cup of coffee. I read that this strain may just cause you a bit of sunburn in the way of anxiety, if you consume too much. So, like all good things, moderation is a good idea with Tangerine Sunrise and perhaps in life in general.

Speaking of moderation, my next strain was created by crossing two very moderately fantastic strains. Purple Dream, is a slightly indica hybrid strain and is considered the '“mild child” of two big parents-Granddaddy Purple and Blue Dream. Of those two heavy hitting parents, this strain seemed to me to favor it’s Purple parent more-possessing w a big grape soda aroma and flavor. It’s effects are pretty balanced with an immediate uplift in mood but a surprising mental feeling of being chilled out. Again, like most hybrids if you continue to consume, you may just be a bit to chilled to do anything more for the day. This strain is said to be good for the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, depression and I’ll add a case of the Mercury Retrograde heebies!

Blue Nebula and Goji Stardawg

The energies of Mercury Retrograde, which began on March 5th, combined with several other cosmic planetary events, have taken their toll on me this week. My energy was low, my self esteem was low and my fear levels were high! Mercury Retrograde energies are known to uncover unresolved issues, which we probably thought we were done with but the energies show us otherwise. That is exactly what I experienced this week!

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And, all of that uncovering of old emotional scars and baggage, however in the end ,helped me to heal and to move forward towards a healthier and hopefully happier future. But, no matter what the cosmos has in store for me, I can always count on my weed strain choices to help me to heal and to be happy . This week's strains ironically all were named for planets or other cosmic elements. Blue Nebula was my first “cosmic” cannabis strain. . A nebula is a giant cloud of dust and it is truly wondrous thing to behold. Named after the Latin word for “cloud”, nebulae are not only massive clouds of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma; they are also often “stellar nurseries”, where other stars are born.

What a beautiful illusion to use for a beautiful cannabis strain. Blue Nebula is a sativa dominant hybrid strain created by crossing Blue Dream x Nebula (Starcloud). If you’ve read any of my other blogs you will know that I love Blue Dream so, I knew I would love this strain. But, I really didn’t know anything about Nebula and I fell in love all over again. Nebula, a nicely balanced hybrid strain, bred by Paradise Seeds in 1996, won many awards, including 3rd place in the sativa category at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1999 and 2nd place in 2005. It also took 3rd place at the Highlife Cup in 2004 in the Hydro category, and 1st place at the Copa La Bella Flor Spain in 2005.

Combine those two stellar strains, Blue Dream and Nebula and you’ve got yourself one tasty treat for any morning you want to get things done. This strain’s aroma and flavor were all blueberry with some hints of diesel. It’s appearance was just as planetary as its aroma-like little purple and green stars that twinkled with white trichome covering. Its effects were balanced and uplifting but not anxiety provoking. And although very similar to the effects of Blue Dream, Blue Nebula transports you to a much “higher” place than just Blue Dream by itself. Those effects had me thanking my lucky stars that this strain had fallen from the sky into my world this Sunday morning.

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My next strain also had me thanking my lucky stars because it boosted my mood and helped me feel over the moon with gratitude. Goji Stardawg is a sativa dominant hybrid created by Dankonomics Genetics by crossing Goji Og, a sativa dominant hybrid, bred by Bodhi Seeds and Stardawg, another sativa dominant hybrid (Chem-4 x Tres Dawg). The result of all those crossings is one of best, balanced sativa dominant hybrid strains that has crossed my path in a long time. It’s aroma is berry with a bit of diesel and it’s flavor is more floral with notes of lavender. It’s appearance is just as star like as it’s aroma with pink and purple strands throughout its tight buds. This strain sent me on a really pleasant journey out of the my Mercury Retrograde funk into a new dimension of happiness and peace. It allowed me to transcend the world I have created in my head into a new “space” and a new galaxy. A galaxy in which I was at peace with the process of life. A new space in which I was patient with myself and the world around me. For sure, there is so much in the Universe that we haven’t yet explored, experienced or understood. Today, my world was expanded by the two planetary strains that entered my cosmos.

Red Velvet Pie and Cotton Candy Kush

It’s a new month, almost a new moon and we are about to experience our first Mercury Retrograde of this year, the two weeks during which electrical equipment goes awry, communication snafu’s and misunderstanding happen and when white can appear to be black and visa versa. I have already been visited by the energies of that trickster energy, revisiting relationships, ideas and beliefs that I thought I was finished with. But, alas I was wrong and that’s exactly what Mercury Retrograde is capable of doing.

However, Mercury Retrograde can also be incredibly healing in that in slows us down long enough to review, revisit and release our past or at least the past that we’ve chosen to become attached to. It is a time to slow down and focus on the present and what is truly important to you and then to let go of the other stuff that really doesn’t matter any way.

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So, as I revisit the relationships that I thought were gone out of my life, old insecurities and fear, I went to find some sweet weed strains, which would help to soothe my soul, as I learn my lessons, once again. The first sweet treat was Cotton Candy Kush. Cotton Candy Kush is a hybrid strain-whether it is sativa dominant or indica dominant, depends on which source you read. So, for sure this is a well-balanced hybrid, possessing effects that are right “In the Middle”. The effects of this strain begin with the cerebral kick of a sativa strain and then, the body relaxing powers of a strong indica hit you.

This strain is visually stunning with short, fat green and lavender buds that have a “candied” look. It’s aroma is all about it’s indica parent, Lavender, a floral and powerful indica. Its sativa parent is the spicy, THC-rich Power Plant. Together those parents created a Emerald Cup winner that will leave you feelings happy, content and relaxed. . And, it is a strain that will sooth your soul and will make revisiting the ghosts of your past, almost painless!

Another thing I always find that takes away my pain is sugar and the next strain that I choose tastes just like it’s namesake Red Velvet Pie. Red Velvet Pie is a cross between Cherry Pie , one of my all time favorite hybrid strains and Burmese Thai, another really well balanced hybrid strain. So, the result of that crossing is exactly what I expected -a very balanced and quite tasty to consume strain, just like red velvet cake and cherry pie a la mode are really easy to consume.

Like Cotton Candy Kush, this strain is visually beautiful and then takes your breath away, when you take a big noseful of it. .The buds are frosty, covered in trichomes with purple and orange hairs around and they were sticky. I rarely find sticky bud anymore so I truly took notice of this strain.

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I also took notice of its aroma- it smells (and tastes) just like sweet cherries, spicy berries, and pungent diesel-all resulting in an irresistible combination that made me want to dive into to more of it. This strain is known to treat stress, nausea, appetite loss, pain, and depression. So, it is suitable for daytime and evening usage. This well balanced sweet strain allowed me to focus on some real things that were present, allowing me to leave my past behind and just be grateful for good weed and in truth a good life.

Ganesh's Garden OG and Tokyo OG

The last two weeks have been cold and stormy here in sunny San Diego. I, along with my other fellow San Diegans, am not accustomed to the gray, cold and rain and so have sought refuge inside, where I’ve had more time to write and of course, to explore new weed strains.

And, as luck would have it, I found two strains that brought me much needed energy during these gray days and then put me down at night, calming my mind and my body. The first strain was Ganesh’s Garden Og. After researching and then consuming this strain, I think it is a sativa dominant hybrid strain, created by the crossing of Yamuna x Afghani Landrace. I qualify that statement because I found one reference to Ganesh Garden OG that said it was a heavy indica strain, taking on it’s characteristics from one of its parents, Northern Lights.

I am sticking with the other sources that say it is a sativa dominant hybrid and a fairly high powered one at that. I am sticking with that description because if it were a heavy indica strain, I would not be writing this blog right now. I would be chilling on my couch!

All that being said, here’s what I found out about Ganesh Og. Ganesh OG is named after the Hindu god, who is said to be “the remover of obstacles”. It is said to be heavy handed on the sativa effects, the chunks buds disguise this flower as an indica and might require a heavy duty grinder to break down, which I did use and found it smoked a lot better. This strain is potent without nervous side effects like a Jack Herrer strain and offers body relaxing qualities-warm and fuzzy feelings are included in the experience. The effects of Ganesh OG allow you to stay very high functioning, while also relaxing you.

Like many of the other hybrid strains, if you up the dose, you will experience heavier body sensation that will ease your tense muscles and tranquilize your mind. This strain has an earthy aroma with notes of skunk and pine. The flavor is sweet with a coffee notes an undertone of pungent skunk. This strain is ideal for the treatment of stress and pain was just what the doctor ordered on a rainy, cold day.

Just as Ganesh’s Garden fueled my energies, Tokyo Og put me right to sleep! Tokyo Og is a mostly Indica 80/20 hybrid. Although you may think by its name that it has its origins in Japan, you would be wrong. This strain was created in Northern California and is a hybrid strain with genetics from OG Kush , which releases a citrus and pine flavor with hints of diesel. The effects of this strain are relaxing and then sedating. This strain is said to be excellent in helping with anxiety, and stress. But to me, it was all about putting me out and allowing be to roll gently to the sleepland. This strain did not disappoint.

Life is truly about balance and some weeks are more balanced than others. This week my strains were balanced and they help me find balance in my life.




Blueberry Soda and Royal Chiesel

Happy President’s Day! I am one of the fortunate folks that actually have this day off. So, what better way to start a day off but with new weed strains!

My day of celebration started with an upbeat and sugary sweet strain, Blueberry Soda. As I dig deeper into what my Apple Music playlists would call the “deep cuts” of weed, I find more and more strains, which are hybrids- a complicated mix of some of the tried and true strains that I previously have written on. Blueberry Soda is such a strain. It seems to me to be a hybrid of Black Cherry Soda , an indica dominant hybrid and Blueberry, also an indica dominant hybrid. And, oddly enough the hybridization of these two hybrid strains creates a very well balanced, sativa dominant hybrid strain. Now, that is some genetic fancy footwork.

The flavor and the aroma of this strain is blueberry all the way. It’s effects to me were quite similar to those of Blue Dream. This strain is energizing in a quiet way. It uplifts your mood and yet doesn’t cause any jumpiness or anxiety. I did not test the limits on this strain since I have lots more celebrating to do this afternoon. But, my feeling is that if I would have continued to consume, I think the indica genes of this strain would have become more dominant , as often happens with these complicated hybrid strains.

Today’s cannabis strains cannot really be easily categorized as either indica or sativa they need to tried by you. All of our endocannabinoid systems are different and what your system need vs what mine needs is definitely different. Today’s cannabis flower are complicated and yet so easy-you just have to try them all!

And, with that mission, the next strain I picked this week was Royal Chiesel, a sativa dominant hybrid. This strain like Blueberry Soda, is another genetic wonder. It is a cross between Chiesel, a sativa dominant hybrid and Royal Kush , an indica dominant hybrid. Again, there are no hard facts about this strain so I am giving you my experience with the strain that I picked up. But here’s some background on the parent strains.

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Chiesel is a sativa hybrid strain that was created by crossing Cheese , an indica dominant hybrid originating in the UK and NYC Diesel , the east coast version of the west coast strain, Sour Diesel. To me, the first thing that caught my attention was this strains aroma-heavy on the diesel, just like Sour Diesel, and I was surprised at how little “cheese” that I smelled or later tasted.

However, the flavor of this strain is really mild and almost like an Afghani strain with a bit of skunk. Funny enough, the other parent of this strain is Royal Kush, which is created by crossing Afghani and Skunk #1.

So, it goes to show you that cannabis strains, just like people, cannot be put in tiny little neat categories. The new hybrid strains, like us, are made up a lot more than what are parents gave us. They like us are much more complicated and because of that “complication” are much more beautiful and unique.

This President’s Day, whether you are working or celebrating, make the intention to stop limiting yourself and your experiences and stay open to this moment and all the next moments to come. Happy holiday!

Strawberry Mimosa and Cupid Cookies

The holiday of love is looming on the horizon and although I may not be feeling the heartfelt feelings that Hallmark and the other holiday makers would like me to feel, love did creep into my weed strain choices this week.

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The first strain of love was Strawberry Mimosa. Although I could not find any real data from my research, the appearance, aroma, taste and effects-all confirm to me that this strain is in all probability a cross between Strawberry Cough (a straight up sativa strain) and Mimosa (a sativa dominant hybrid-a cross between the popular strains Clementine and Purple Punch .)

My assumptions on its genetics were based on its appearance, taste, aroma and effects. First, this strain looks very similar to Strawberry Cough with tight dense buds. On the other hand, it gets its bright green and orange coloring from its other parent-Mimosa. Furthermore, the flavor of Strawberry Mimosa is the perfect blend of those two strains-its filled with berries, citrus and some earthiness, with big fold terpenes of limonene and beta-caryophyllene. Finally, this strain’s effects are just like its parents-instantly uplifting, focusing and a bit giggly too.

Overall to me this was just a delightful sativa strain, even if its genetics are unknown. Strawberry Mimosa is great for daytime use and will provide you with clear-headed relaxation, energizing mental stimulation, and motivation.  All in all, this strain is a perfect way to start of your Valentine’s Day or any day that you want to fill your heart and mind with uplifted love.

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The next strain of love that I choose was Cupid Cookies. Again, I could not find exact genetics on this strain but, it is my assumption that it is a cross between Cupid, slightly sativa dominant hybrid and Girl Scout Cookies, evenly balanced hybrid strain. And, as soon as I opened the container of this sticky sweet sativa, I couldn’t help but fall in love with every inch of this flower. From the bright, fiery orange hairs all the way to this strain’s sour cherry, berry and herbal scent, I knew that this strain was a keeper! It’s flavor is also filled with the sugary sweetness of Girl Scout Cookies and the lavender and berry flavors of the Cupid OG Strain.

This strain is really easy to smoke and it’s effects will leave you chilled but not checked out. You will feel the warmth in your heart that slowly creeps into your body with repeated ingestion, sort like the way that new love creeps into to your heart and spreads throughout your body. This strain will give you the creativity, euphoria and energy to help you make sure that all the Cupid’s Arrows that you send out will definitely strike the bulls eye. Happy Valentine’s Day. May you always be the biggest love in your life and find some good strains along the way that make you feel even better about yourself.



Blue Frost and Double Rainbow

Last week, much of the United States was gripped by frigid temperatures and life-threatening wind chills, with some areas of the Midwest dealing with colder weather than they’ve seen in decades. If you’ve been following the news at all, you probably already know what’s to blame: the dreaded “polar vortex,” which describes a large area of low pressure and cold air that surrounds both poles of the earth.

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I however because I live in America’s finest city, San Diego, only endured 50 degree temperatures and a bit of rain. And, yes I know how incredibly blessed that I am to live in a climate that doesn’t beat up my body and soul.

All that being said, the weather did creep into my weed strain selections this week. The first being Blue Frost. Blue Frost is a 60% indica/40% sativa dominant hybrid strain-a perfect balance of relaxation and focus. It was created by crossing Blue Monster (indica dominant hybrid) and Jack Frost (a sativa dominant hybrid) strains. Blue Frost is both visually stunning and aromatically alluring. I read that it got its name from the beautiful frosting of trichomes that cover it’s big beautiful green and orange buds.

Blue Frost has a rich and smooth flavor - fruity with the sweet taste of blueberries with a little bit of cheese mixed in to keep the flavor interesting. To me, the flavor and the aroma are quite similar to Blue Dream and the smoke that lingers in the air is really clean- smelling and uplifting.

The effects of Blue Frost are balanced and perfect for day or early evening-uplifting but yet relaxing. The effects begin with a soothing overall body sensation and eventually spread and take over the body, leaving you feeling remarkably relaxed. Like most hybrid strain, the result of overindulging, may cause you to feel lethargic and locked on the couch.

Also this strain is known to cause some noticeable dry mouth and dizziness. I however did not experience either one of those side effects. I just got chilled out even though it was 65 degrees in San Diego. No polar vortex here just a bunch of cool breezes and Blue Frost to keep things cool and chilled out.

After every major storm, including the one we had last week, there is always a rainbow. In my case, it was Double Rainbow, the second strain that I chose this week. Double Rainbow is an indica dominant hybrid strain that was crafted by the geniuses at In House Genetics by crossing Rainbow Cookies x Purple Hulk The result is another “Girl Scout Cookie” strain that is balanced and yet definitely has an indica edge to it it.

As I said previously, this strain tastes like a cookie strain -sweet like cookies but with more berry overtones and a bit of skunk thrown in there for good measure. The effects of Double Rainbow are double what you would experience with Girl Scout Cookies and after a couple of tokes, you will be chasing rainbows right to your couch. Relaxed and contented, you will find the pot of gold , as you let go of your stress and become enveloped in a rainbow of gratitude. Always look for rainbows because they are always around!


Superman OG and Super Silver Haze

The word “super” is perhaps one of the most over used words in our language today. We use it as an adverb. We use it as an adjective and we even frequently use it to describe our weed strains, as evidenced by the two strains I randomly choose this week in hopes that they would live up to their “super” names.

The first “super” strain that I discovered was Superman OG. Superman OG is an indica dominant strain, although some sources that I read said that it was a 60% indica/40% sativa strain, which to me means that it is a fairly balanced strain, which is not what I experienced with this strain. Instead, I experienced this strain to be a heavy handed indica. Despite the categorization of this strain, what seems to be agreed upon is that it is a product of crossing the hybrid Tahoe OG Kush and indica Bubba Kush.

The first “super” thing that I noticed about this strain was its beautiful trichomes drenched buds, covered in a mass of dark orange hairs-and those buds were “super” big. Next, when consumed this super strain immediately rescued me from any stress in my mind and my body. It’s aroma is skunk , diesel and and pine and it’s flavor when smoked is almost all skunk with some earthiness.

I read that Superman OG can have THC levels up to 23% , so this super strain may not the best choice for beginners-it’s a better choice for you super stoners. . I myself used it as a sleep aid and it did a super job, relaxing me and putting me right to sleep.

Note: this strain can make you super hungry; i.e. it will give you the munchies, so make sure you’ve got some super snacks to accompany your consumption of this super strain. And, it also causes you to experience super dry mouth, so be sure to have a super-sized drink handy too!

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My next super strain that came from my favorite super weed store was Super Silver Haze (also known as Super Haze or my store called it Super Hazey Daze). I reviewed this strain last year, however, I couldn’t resist trying this particular batch since it looked and smelled so super delicious.

Super Silver Haze is a sativa dominant hybrid strain, bred by Green House Seeds, It has won a bunch of awards including the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997, 1998, and 1999. This strain was created by crossing the genetics of Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze. And it has become one of my all time favorite sativa strains because of its great euphoric head high and mood uplifting effects-always leaving me feeling giggly and happy. It’s flavor sweet and earthy flavor and it’s aroma is pretty much the same. This strain uplifts, energizes but also relaxes your mind so you just feel super good. All in all, perhaps the word super is used too often and too much, however in the case of the two super strains I choose this week-the word super seems to fit, just perfect. They were both super!