Living in Bellingham is a dream for so many reasons. One of these reasons is the immense pride that Bellinghamsters have for locally made products.
The same goes for cannabis flowers, edibles, and concentrates in the city of subdued excitement. Literally any type of cannabis user can find a cannabis product valuable to them that is made within a stone’s throw of Bellingham-city proper. Verdelux Chocolates is one of those local Bellingham cannabis companies that remains a favorite both to the locals and visitors alike. The company is located right in the artistic Sunnyland neighborhood and can be found in tons of local shops like Satori and Smoking Crow. Being local isn’t the only reason I find Verdelux chocolates worth supporting, the company is also focused on using the highest quality, health-filled ingredients. No palm oil or high fructose corn syrup here, just raw ingredients you’d find in your local grocer or co-op.
Talk about transparency!
When it comes to my favorite offering from the confectionary company, having a package of CBD Illuminations lemon hard candies on hand is a must. Each candy contains 10mg of CBD and anywhere from 0.9-0.5mg of THC depending on the flowers used in the distillate. Wondering what flowers are in each batch? Not to worry, they also label the back of every package letting us know exactly what flavor and grower the original flowers came from.
So how do I use these little drops of CBD magic? There are so many ways. Those who have been reading for awhile know that I struggle with anxiety throughout the day. Some days I just know that I’m going to have a rough go of it with anxious thoughts, and on those days I keep a CBD candy in my pocket. When it gets weird I just pop that 10mg of CBD into my mouth and keep on truckin’. They’re also phenomenal when dealing with inflammation or muscle soreness. If I’ve been on a crazy long hike, hucked through some gnarly problems at the rock gym, or pushed it hard in yoga 10-30mg of CBD can be just what my body needs. These little candies offer just what I need in lots of ways, and I’m thankful they’re made right down the street from where I purchase them.
Whenever I get the chance to try Lavender Kush from Ravengrass I take it, find out why in this i502 product review.
This relaxing cultivar from Ravengrass is a personal favorite. Actually, almost any Lavender cannabis that I meet becomes a must-try for me. That’s because Lavender cannabis is the perfect oil for my engine, or in this case, my endocannabinoid system. Lavender Kush from Ravengrass is up there as one of my favorites I’ve found in my travels. Ravengrass is an Olympia, Washington based i502 company focused on providing us with ‘Guaranteed Good Vibes’, their company motto.
Another reason Ravengrass is so wonderful is because of their attention to detail. Each batch is tested for terpenes along with both major & minor cannabinoids. Even the grams come in sealed jars frosted to protect buds from the light while they’re in the store. They’re also each stamped with the Vera Terra stamp. This indicates that they are running a transparent brand utlizing pest deterrents that are approved for USDA Organic certified farmers.
Now, Let’s Talk Bud
Each bud is fluffy, that means they’re not the densest, but that’s no issue. Flowers are light green with small tinges of dark forest green. The aroma is a complex convergence of mint and musk that ends in a pleasant almost floral bouquet. Buds are fluffy and loose, not the densest. Light green with slight touches of dark green. Aromatically musky with a minty undertone that converges into a pleasant floral bouquet. The flavor is very on trend with the smell filling us to the brim with a sweet mint.
Moments after hitting a brimmer of Lavender it feels like there is a little balloon blowing up in the cranium. As that imaginary balloon deflates it leaves behind simple space where there was once anxiety and/or stress. Right after hitting the bowl there is a supreme high and lethargy coinciding with the come-up. When we’re not too careful it can induce laziness, but that can be avoided with proper planning. Just stay focused on whatever task is at hand before taking on Lavender Kush. I personally love this one for anxiety & depression, I’ve also found it quite lovely for stress relief and muscle tension. Check out the terpene and cannabinoid content below, and if you’re in Bellingham stop by Smoking Crow on Pacific Highway for some before it’s gone.
Total Terpenes 2.18
Total Cannabinoids 23.43%
Afgoo (Afghani x Maui Haze) x Blueberry
A wonderful thing about the legal cannabis industry is knowing exactly where our cannabis is coming from. We feel lucky living in Bellingham where there are multiple companies in the city growing premium cannabis flowers. Fine Detail Greenway is one of those local businesses, and the Afgooberry is a favorite from the i502 cannabis producer. This strain was grown indoors hydroponically.
The buds are fluffy and loose with a stunning with a robust purple hue resting in a bright green bed. Despite the combination density, Afgooberry does grow in a bulbous structure. Take a whiff of the bag for prominent pine aromatics with a sweet berry undertone. This is an ideal kind of bud for beginners as it won’t require a grinder and has a pleasant, familiar scent.
When smoking Afgooberry feel the initial effects come on in the temples just moments after exhalation. Slowly the effects will melt through the frontal lobe as tension releases. The eyes begin to relax and feel heavy as we settle in for the ultimate stress relief. About 10 to 20 minutes after smoking the effects are exceptionally mellow with this very gentle euphoria making for a pleasant but heavy experience. Expect munchies.
On the negative side, this is definitely a cultivar that can cause couch lock, dry eye, and dry mouth.
[Sherbert(Pink Panties x Girl Scout Cookies) x Gummo(Bubblegum x Orange Bud)]
Gabriel Cannabis is available all over Washington state right on down to the Northern Oregon border. It is the strain that circulated in the company’s ‘Name That Strain’ campaign. The effects could be called Indica-dominant as its a great choice for anyone dealing with chronic stress, anxiety, and pain. This brand is also a good choice for the connoisseur as they follow good practices, maintain their licenses with the state, and grow simply impressive cannabis flowers.
The Gabriel Cannabis Process
The company produces indoor grown cannabis flowers fed with all-organic nutrients. Gabriel cultivation rooms are sealed off from other environments for full control over free radicals. Their mantra is to provide the plants with the ideal environment so that pesticides aren’t even needed. They also use a humidity system that recaptures the water given off in the room and uses it to rewater the plants for a more sustainable approach to indoor farming.
After harvest, branches are hung in a unique cedar cellar for seven days to cure before being hand trimmed. They are then sealed up in handcrafted cedar boxes and cured for another 14 days. After that last cure each bud goes through one final inspection to ensure that it is trimmed to those high Gabriel standards. Once buds are deemed ready for sale it’s time for packaging, and Gabriel packaging is eye catching to say the least. Glass jars with sustainable and airtight bamboo lids are graced with stickers that identify both the brand and strain. THC and CBD potency are also clearly labelled on the side of the jar in the style of a food label’s nutritional breakdown. The bottom of each jar is outfitted with nugnifying glass that can help us get the full view of those sparkling trichomes.
How Does It Hit The Senses?
Visually the Sunny G is an absolute stunner, but she’s so much more than just a pretty face. The buds are a deep, dark purple with the smallest hints of dark green. Bright orange brown hairs are sprinkled throughout each nug alongside a complete blanket of sticky sweet trichomes. Once we get past this initial wow factor we can break down the complex aroma of sharp calamus root and mandarin oranges that develops into a rich bergamot and bright camphor flavor after being ripped through the bong.
I hit my Sunny G through a clean glass beaker bong with an Herb Iron ceramic wand. Just after exhalation that gratifying feeling of a cloudy brain begins to move in as stresses melt away. There is a slight clinging in the temple in those first moments of the come up, but that initial uptick mellows quickly into a heavy, happy stone. This familiar relaxation comes alongside a heavy eye and loose jaw. In about 30 to 45 minutes the high has hit its stride and the mellow mood is real. The ability to keep it together and function is there but stresses and daily aches and pains are quelled for about 2-3 hours.
Keep an eye out for a drop of Sunny G resin from the i502 processor very soon!
To find Gabriel Cannabis throughout Washington state cannabis dispensaries check out their website for a comprehensive list of stores.
This THC-infused coffee flavored dark chocolate from The Goodship Company is one to write home about.
Walking into Satori in Bellingham, Washington on that delightfully dreary day I knew that I wanted to leave with some dark chocolate. Since I can’t have dairy it is always a toss up whether or not they’ll have what I need. As I perused the edibles counter I saw them, the cutest little packages of chocolate infused with 10mg of THC. When the budtender told me that the dark chocolate was Vegan AND made with coffee I knew it was a match made in heaven. Once I got in the car and took a bite… it became crystal clear. This chocolate is so good that you’ll wish there was a whole pile more than it, and coffee lovers, you’re in for a treat.
The delicious nature of these goods are surely due in part to the fact that The Goodship was founded by those who craft the beloved recipes at Seattle fave Cupcake Royale. They use sustainbly sourced ingredients and this bar is made with Sightglass coffee. In total, the brand manufactures and distributes baked goods, chocolates, and confections that promise deliver a clean, uplifting high. And guess what, that it does.
The crisp, clear effects that I felt after the chocolate bar kicked in provided me with exactly what I needed to take on the rest of my day. To infuse them, they use an ethanol washed extraction which removed the cannabis flavor but leaves behind that crisp effect we were describing. It also lasted about 5 hours when combined with 10 mg CBD, which was phenomenal for my current tolerance.
Coffee Dark Chocolate, Regular Dark Chocolate, the Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie, the Saigon Snickerdoodle Cookie and more can be found alongside other beloved products from The Goodship in around 100 dispensaries across the state of Washington.
Learn more about The Goodship Company’s cannabis products and find some near you on their website.
It has been so long since I wrote a strain review which is sad because they’re cowbae’s favorite thing that I write. Since a strain name means very little to the increasingly scientifically minded individuals that are in the field I decided to take my focus to terpenes. And you know what, it’s been ages since I wrote one of those for you guys either. That is because I’ve been working really hard with a core team creating the very first print magazine focused on testing and extraction laboratories Terpenes and Testing.
Luckily after the newly legalized states entered the ring of recreational cannabis my access to my medicine and to the name of the grower has become simple as growers across the nation brand their buds. On our somewhat recent 20-hour drive home from a week long trip to Lake Tahoe I had an elbow the size of a grapefruit throbbing from slapping the ice when I slipped like I was in a slapstick comedy. Going up and down through altitudes was killing me and when we hit Vegas, a state where I could use my AZ medical card, I knew we had to stop in at Essence Dispensary. We went to the Henderson location but you can find three different locations that serve up the same amazing product and selection.
When I saw Cannabiotix Blueberry on the menu I had to have it. First of all, I know from my days in San Francisco that Blueberry had a high CBD content so I knew it would work wonders on my elbow. Secondly, the aroma, bud structure, and even appearance are just perfection. Blueberry will generally have a musky but sweet aroma that I have personally only smelled with this strain and the flavor matches. Buds usually grow in a small, ball-like bud structure in purple-blue hues.
Ideal Strain For: Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, MS, and Any Painful Disease, Anxiety, Stress, & general unwinding.
When I saw this cannabis coffee company on Instagram I had to reach out to them in hopes of trying my own brew. The brand is bright, fresh and seems to value safe dosing which is a trait in the industry that I really appreciate. On the other hand, K-Cups are one of the leading contributions to landfills and are kind of killing the planet. For that reason I was glad they included a loose tea that can cut back on the environmental waste a teensy bit since I use a metal tea ball. I’ll post that review in the coming weeks.
That being said, I popped over to the future mother-in-laws place to try this little pod out in their Keurig coffee maker so I could understand what CBD coffee really was. Cowbae and I are kind of coffee snobs. He makes his morning java in a stovetop Italian espresso machine and I use a french press, so as far as the flavor of coffee goes it’s not an artisanal brew. But don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t suck. It reminds me a lot of Folger’s if you made it in a Keurig, nothing to write home about but definitely does the job. I made the largest cup possible, so that might have something to do with it. The real shining moment for this product is the mind blowing effects.
As I drank the cup and watched Cowbae cook some lunch the music became a part of my energy, I could feel the sounds moving through me and just bobbed my head along with out thinking about it. That’s when I knew that the CBD kicked in. All of my anxiety had melted away but I was still alert and certainly awake. There was absolutely no jittery feeling that I usually get from my afternoon coffee, just mellow but vibrantly awake. As for my inflammation, it melted right away as it usually does with this magical cannabinoid in my system. I have been isolating and opening up my upper back and shoulders for a couple of months now and it’s been a sore, painful experience. But a few sips in absolutely all of the sore, yucky gunk had completely dissipated and I was left ooey gooey. These effects almost make the environmental impact disappear, almost.
All in all, I loved this amazing combination of caffeine and CBD but I cannot wait until there are fresh grounds available outside of the K-Cup option. Also thank you to Pot-O-Coffee for the samples, absolutely brilliant job.
[Northern Lights x Big Bud][90% Indica]
Northern Lights #10 is one of my favorite strains, it’s relaxing and lulls us into sleep just ever so gently. Big Bud is one of those Indicas that I like to compare to a big huge WWE star sitting on you, it just hits hard and then stays there. So, naturally, mixing these together is a recipe for success, heavy Indica effects that can end with us intently staring at nothing, open mouthed. Save this strain for those sleepless nights or after work on a hyper stressful day.
How Does It Hit The Senses?
These nugs are chunky but still in pine tree shaped bud structure. Dark purples and light forest green are complimented by light orange but slightly brown pistils all garnished by a blanket of sparkling trichomes. The bouquet of aromas is prominently aligned with the Northern Lights genetics. Full frontal sweet floral geranium mixed with ripe blackberries. The finish rings true of Big Bud with a small bit of woody cedar to finish. Definitely don’t expect wispy or heavily packed chunked bud, this is definitely a combination type nug.
What are The Effects?
Lift the spirits while dropping down the adrenaline for a relaxed but semi-aware stone. This one can definitely be the perms-high stuck in the couch sort of effect so save it for the evening time unless you have immense pain to deal with. Definitely, as always, try it out for the first time in a safe space after the day’s work is finished. After toking you’ll find yourself immediately relaxed in the ocular region and that relaxation quickly seeps into the brain to mellow out all stress and anxieties that are left over from the day. Initial reaction is a bit of face contortion for some followed by possible hyper awareness of the hands, eyebrows, etc. These effects will slowly seep into pain relief and release muscle tension. Enjoy a long, heavy stone for about 2-4 hours depending on tolerance.
[San Fernando Valley OG x Afghani Kush][90% Indica]
This one is a classic in Southern CA and that is probably because it’s an Afghani crossed with the Valley’s best Ghost OG phenotype. It is a fan favorite across the country but the origins are right where the phrases such as “like, totally freak me out!” originated. They also grow this amazing OG Afghani hybrid whose effects have greatly influenced the not so recent outbreak of designer OG strains in California. SFVOG is heavy with a bit of brain buzz. I so love the effects because they remind me of my brief stint moving back to Southern California back in 2013. For me the nostalgia is enough to indulge but I am confident the effects will be enough to convince anyone who needs a bit of help releasing stress or pain.
How Does It Hit the Senses? SFV OG Kush will always be found in super dense pine tree shaped buds with flaming looking leaves protruding up towards the tip of the nug. Sometimes the nugs are a bit smaller but ground up they will expand exponentially. It will appear in a dark green bud with dark brown pistils evenly distributed through out. The absolutely classic aspect of this strain is the smell. Deep piney undertones with hints of cedar are finished by a light lemon note that shows the small limonene properties that will give a slight but not overwhelming uplifting quality in effect.
What are the Effects? After about 2-3 minutes the effects begin to truly take hold creating an equal stimulation and relaxation in the mind. Sit back and relax as this confusing mixture of relaxing stimulation moves through the system to the muscles and joints. As your body travels through these effects it will ultimately end up feeling heavy and relaxed while the mind wanders. Enjoy a deep focus but be sure to give it some direction. For some this strain can completely take you out of focus altogether so be careful. But I’ve found that when I have a plan and I’m ready in my work space I can utilize the heavy stone to stay on the right direction instead of Facebooking while I should be working. The effects are long lasting and don’t let up too much as the day moves on.
[Bubble Gum x Kush][90% Indica]
Deliciously heavy Indica strains really make me happy and Bubba Kush never really disappoints. With back genetics of earthy Kush and heavy sweet smelling Bubble Gum the buds are pungent and unmistakably say: Bubba Kush. This is definitely a strain to try at home before taking on the world as it can be a sleep inducer with majorly lethargic effects. Use this strain to help with sleep, pain relief and stress release. It’s perfect for the insomniac, both the one with issues getting to sleep or staying asleep.
How Does It Hit The Senses?
One thing that will always be with all Bubba Kush strains is the big round bulbous bud structure. The next is the dark brown pistils that appear in bushes all over the individual dark green nuggets. Each bud is drenched in trichomes and super densely wound so that they almost feel like rocks. It is a great idea to grind this strain up rather than breaking it with your hands. Bubba Kush is a classic strain and because of that I feel like the aroma is classic as well. The overpowering scent of Bubba Kush features a robust but slightly sweet skunk that finishes with a spicy black pepper. It is unlike many other strains.
What Are The Effects?
Just like its classic smell, Bubba Kush delivers that classic Indica effect that many of us have come to love. Almost immediately begin to get a heavy deep stone in the mind, the kind that makes your eyeballs feel like they weigh 100 pounds and dried out like the Sahara. Full relaxation is imminent and welcome when medicating with Bubba Kush and if you fight it you’ll probably induce quite a bit of yawns. It is the perfect strain to help you get to sleep and the long lasting heavy effects are perfect for keeping you asleep. Definitely great for after dinner while relaxing with a mellow book.