Strawberry Cough the Creativity Booster

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[Strawberry Fields x Haze][80% Sativa]

I absolutely love Strawberry Cough, I know you’re probably like huh? Because I so often say that I don’t like Sativa strains but there are a select few that seriously hit just right. Strawberry Cough is one of them because it tingles my creative muscles and curbs my anxiety ever so slightly while still delivering a slightly heavy stone. This specific strain of Strawberry Cough holds nostalgic feelings for me because it was a house strain at the first dispensary I ever worked at. So, when in California it is a must have because they seriously just don’t grow it like this in Arizona. Experience joyous giggles and silly thoughts while medicating with friends or propel yourself into a meteor of exciting creative ideas.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

Prepare to be astonished with the absolutely overwhelming strawberry goodness smell that comes from just one teeny nugget of Strawberry Cough. The sweet strawberry aroma mingles with a sharp marigold that creates an almost cheese like scent. I’ve really smelled nothing like this strain before in my life, it is truly fantastic. Strawberry Cough buds are a bright, almost lime, green with vibrant orange pistils. There will be some large nuggets from the yield but generally this breed will be tons of crystal trichome packed little buds.

What Are The Effects? 

One very worth mentioning aspect of this strain is that it tastes exactly how it smells, and that’s coming from a girl that smoked it out of a homemade apple pipe. When inhaled you’ll feel almost immediate stimulation in the ocular region. Ride along a soothing wave of balance between stimulation and relaxation as the strain washes over you. Neck and shoulder pain begins to cease and the mind begins to race through creative and exciting new thought patterns. It’s possible that the new brain activity will provide a little bit of facial contortion and then it begins to mellow out. The strain is very active but that activity is hyper internalized so that it can be utilized within the mind itself like creativity generally is. I recommend this for any and every writer that I’ve ever met. Just make sure to keep your pen nearby.

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Cherry Diesel for the Anxiety Free Work Days

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[Cherry Kush x Turbo Diesel][70% Sativa]

I usually don’t choose Sativa strains, but as I’ve begun to balance my body and mind I can throw them into the mix more often. I work from home and can get sidetracked by lounging when there’s tons to do around the house. A good sativa hybrid will help to keep me motivated when other strains just bog me down to the couch. These magical sativa dominant hybrid strains almost make me feel like a rainbow road has appeared ahead of me and I know exactly what to do with my day assuming I stay focused on the task at hand. This medical cannabis strain is perfect for motivating and lifting dampened spirits simultaneously, a glorious balance between Sativa and Indica.

Cherry DieselHow Does It Hit The Senses?

The aroma is pungent to say the least and definitely embodies the familiar diesel smell. Layered on top of the diesel is a fruity cherry that lingers all the way through to the taste. Cherry Diesel grows in a divine spear like structure that is ever so reminiscent of the Sour Diesel back genetics. Cherry Kush appears in the dark purples and light green hues that are complimented by light yellow orange pistils.

What Are The Effects?

This one rises up through the temples to immediately ignite a spark in the mind. Ocular muscles are relaxed and aware simultaneously as the mind follows suit. Euphoric, energetic and uplifted is equally matched with a relaxed awareness about life. The first 10 minutes after medicating are crucial to the train of thought that medicating takes. From this I mean, you have the power to decide what you focus on but a sort of tunnel vision will certainly kick in. For example, you could have work to target but you decide that researching the moon cycles is a good idea and all of a sudden you’re in deep focusing on the wrong task. Just get to work right after medicating if you’re looking to use this strain for that purpose.

3 Kings OG For a Productive & Anxiety Free Day

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[Sour Diesel x Headband x OG Kush][Sativa Dominant Hybrid]

We took a trip to Southern California to see my gorgeous cousin get married in what can only be described as the coolest wedding I’ve ever been to. Since we were going through LA I had to make a stop at a dispensary and get some of that bomb. You see, Arizona is very arid and on top of that very very few growers are taking the time to cure their buds. Seriously they pick it right off of the plant and sell it to their patients, it blows my mind.

So obviously CA buds last longer, taste better and give a more clean effect. Not to mention you can get 3x better stuff for the 1/2 the price due to the saturated market. With all of these powers combined plus the fact that the good homie lived there, Venice was a necessary stop on our trip. Cowbae is a HUGE fan of CA Ocean Grown (OG) strains, when I had just moved from the state I was sooooo sick of them because every dispensary was dying to shove 100 different OG strains down my throat. But now that smell of that real sticky OG makes me salivate, and 3 Kings has the wonderful combination of heavy body high and extra buzzy brain that first made OG Kush so popular.

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How Does it Hit the Senses?

Earthy lemons. That is always what I smell with an inhale of any OG Kush hybrid. And that aroma is only made deeper by the added Diesel and Headband genetics. It is actually kind of fun because the more lemony an OG strain smells the more Sativa it is, the more pungent and musky it smells the more Indica it contains. 3 Kings OG first hits the nostril with a spiced lemon aroma, notes of fresh cardamom and bright bergamot. Buds are as dense as rocks and the structure is bulbous and chunky. Dark and kelly green leaves combine in a sea of brown orange hairs and brilliant white milky trichomes. When inhaled you will taste a spiced bergamot flavor amongst the thick smoke.

What Are The Effects?

 

Within minutes the brain will begin to flutter and the ocular system will start to feel a surge of energy from the Sativa cannabis strain. This is where some people can get some anxiety from smoking Sativas, just ride out this surge because it will mellow out. Don’t allow yourself to get too introspective in the first moments of medicating, be comfortable. As the tension in the mind finds release it dissipates into the body like honey, delivering a heavy dose of muscle relaxation from the neck and shoulders and eventually down to the hips and sciatic nerves. Although there is some great pain relief  associated with 3 Kings OG, it is most well known for the stimulating energy it provides the mind and body. Feel motivated, ready to take on the day and anxiety free. Let the stress fly out the window and just focus on checking things off of your list when medicating with this amazing OG Kush hybrid, a new designer OG on the list for me.

Great for anyone suffering from severe stress or anxiety, a nice strain to try for migraines as Sour Diesel has some anti-migraine properties. Daytime pain relief is accessible with this strain provided your pain isn’t all the way to 8-10 on the scale. 

Cherry Pie Cannabis Strain to Relieve Stress & Anxiety

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[Durban Poison x Grand Daddy Purple][60% Indica]

Sometimes my first experience with a strain is in back genetics, that is how I first met Cherry Pie. I noticed that the strain was a back genetic in Girl Scout Cookies which I absolutely love. So when I finally had the opportunity to medicate with Cherry Pie herself I was so dang excited. Bay Area growers restructured the classic Cherry Kush to create this relaxing and uplifting hybrid strain that is taking the medical states by storm. The strain can be found at different dispensaries in Arizona and is worthwhile for anyone with chronic pain, insomnia or severe anxiety. This isn’t a super heavy strain so don’t worry beginners, you can enjoy this medication too.

How Does It Hit the Senses?

Bud structure of Cherry Pie is bulbous and more rounded than other more spear or pine tree shaped nuggets. It is so blanketed in trichomes that the color appears almost light green with tinges of deep reddish purple. These trichomes that are found generously coated across the bud make each nugget super sticky, you’ll gum up a cheap grinder with this one. In the smell there is a rich blackberry sweetness that is only complimented by a bright saffron that combines to push forth an almost minty aroma. Real Cherry Pie will have a hint of Thin Mints in both the flavor and the taste of the smoke.

What are the Effects?

Medicinal effects will begin to take hold anywhere from 3-10 minutes after inhalation. Effects begin in the ocular region and immediately take hold in the mind where you’ll feel an immense need to just let go. Cherry Pie will have you feeling uplifted and ready to take on the day, no matter what it entails. There will be some minor pain relief as the effects slowly loosen up the intricate muscles surrounding the spine. Manage both stress and anxiety with an extremely alert and active mind for the first couple of hours after medicating. There is a bit of an Indica couch lock that creeps in as the bud begins to wear off, beware of those overwhlemingly lethargic feelings.

Top 10 Cannabis Hybrids for Daytime Pain Relief

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Cannabis is such a powerful medicine, especially when it comes to relieving pain and inflammation. It is proven that the right cannabis strains can remove pain, unfortunately a lot of those strains can cause lethargy and even some semi-narcoleptic sleeping habits. There are some key strains for those dealing with all day muscle or joint pain. Everyone is different so not every strain on this list will be pain relieving for you or available for your mind during the day.

That is precisely why I artfully crafted 10 of the hybrid strains that do the job for me, but I hope that you try them after a day’s work your first time in order to assess their specific effects on you. Also, each batch of a strain is different. For example, sometimes a batch of Blueberry Cough comes out that just blows my mind and makes my brain flip backwards. For that reason please always try a new strain out when you have nothing to do for an hour or so and can just settle into the effects that it may have.

With a proper knowledge of these strains it is possible that those on heavy pain management systems can cut their opiod intake and live off of natural products. This will drastically improve your healthy and help you feel more… yourself. If challenging a strict pain management pill regimen is a goal of yours I’d also recommend CBD tincture supplements along with medicating with cannabis through other methods.

This beautiful little strain was originally grown in Santa Cruz and was one of the first hybrids that I had ever heard about that was about 50/50. Now with epic hydro grows everywhere this strain can be up to 80% Sativa, it all depends on the grow/er. What I love about Blue Dream is that it helps you maintain focus while also dissipating muscle tension and joint pain. The strain will grow in pointy little pine trees that are bright green with undertones of blues. It is a great fit for anyone suffering with pain all day but can’t handle Indica strains at all with out feeling lethargic.

  • God’s Gift [GDP x OG Kush]

I can never find God’s Gift anymore but oh jeez, this was truly named correctly. The combination of Grand Daddy Purple’s legendary pain relieving power and OG Kush’s mellow sativa dominant, airy joy is utterly divine. Enjoy feeling lifted mentally so that the psychosomatic pain is no worry, original OG Kush can create a complete void of anxiety. Layered on top of that wonderful effect is the knockout power of GDP which can make a patient fall asleep but in the case of God’s Gift it won’t because of the back genetics of OG. Definitely try this strain at home in a comfortable setting before trying to function at work, after all effects can all be different.

With the back genetics of White Widow and Haze you wouldn’t think that Moby would deliver the kind of pain relief, but it most certainly does. I think some of the relief from chronic aches and pains in this strain in psycho semantic from all of the happy joy that comes bubbling off of you after medicating with Moby Dick cannabis. It is ideal for those dealing with anxiety and/or depression. The most fabulous of side effects is thanks to the high CBD content. While making you feel so genuinely happy to be alive, Moby Dick will also relieve pain and make your body feel bright and airy. The perfect strain for when you’re dealing with menstrual pain, PMS and cramps.

I hadn’t ever seen this cannabis hybrid until I came to Arizona, when I met her it was love at first sight. A grower that worked at the dispensary I was hired at had created the strain from two seeds. Blueberry Cough ellipses the mind in a decadent layered high, it is truly rich in flavor and it dissipates pain on even the worst of days for me. The Strawberry Cough genetic keeps you just shy of a full on Indica Blueberry brain and just cognitive enough to keep it together during the work day. Blueberry Cough rides the line of the epic pain relief hybrid that is both stimulating and relaxing, like a cup of lavender peppermint tea.

After the famous movie this is a much sought after strain, and I think the movie depicted the devil may care attitude that Pineapple Express most certainly will evoke. Train wreck keeps the mind right, active and alert; perfect for work. Hawaiian genetics are what relieve the pain, together they make what was once an all out painful day livable. Still feel motivated and ready to get some stuff done but no longer worry about those tight shoulders or that ankle that has been hurting lately.

  • Cookie Monster [OG Kush x Girl Scout Cookies]

Omnomnomnom. I haven’t had any Cookie Monster since I moved from the Bay in 2013 but I can seriously remember it like it was yesterday. Oh jeez, it is delightful. The buds are big, beautiful balls of joy that smell like a cookie baked just for you by mother earth herself. This is definitely one of the heavier ones on the list, the Indica of the two back genetics is far stronger than the sativa. What is so noteworthy about Cookie Monster is the complete body buzz and muscle tension relief that is imminent when medicating with it. As a high tolerance patient I was able to medicate with this one during the day but that is not the case for everyone, always test new strains out in the comfort of your home.

  • Harlequin [Colombian Gold x Thai x Swiss Sativa]

Harlequin is a very special strain because it’s a CBD rich option that has very little to no THC. That means that there is no psychoactive effect, in fact you’ll barely feel “high”. You will, however, have an amazing release from inflammation which will create substantial pain relief. With these strains, you could take an entire joint to the face and not have any brain jumbling or lethargy. If you do want a small bit of psychoactive effects I’d suggest topping a bowl with some kief or hash. When you first medicate with Harlequin it will be more obvious when the effects wear off than when they take effect. Be patient and observant, CBD strains are the most medicinal of all cannabis to the mainstream. They’re the gateway to legalization so it’s time to get on board.

Enjoy Pineapple Queen on those days that you just simply can’t, just. can. not. It hits heavy and takes the  edge off of what otherwise would have been a tense day. On the hybrid spectrum PineQueen is a bit more Indica dominant so it’s another that can be too heavy for some during the day. Bliss and relief overcome you after medicating with the earthy sweet cannabis hybrid. It is also an ideal strain for the connoisseur because generally buds grow dense and just packed with trichomes. Pineapple Queen is one of my favorites and most of that is due to the release that it gives my muscles and joints.

  • Cataract Kush [LA Confidential x OG Kush]

One of those strains that is named for the ailments that it cures, Cataract Kush gives just that, release from the inflammation that makes cataracts such a pain. Similarly it releases all inflammation and makes your arms and legs feel as if they’re floating on air. It won’t be the most showy bud but Cataract Kush will deliver the most delightful effect, even when it isn’t cured properly. Don’t worry about being too overwhelmed, Cataract is a gentle strain and won’t overwhelm even a newb patient.

  • Sour Kush / Headband [OG Kush x Sour Diesel]

Last but not least, Sour Kush also known as Headband. I’d call this the most controversial on the list because when I’ve had the strain known as Sour Kush it relieves my pain while keeping my mind sharp. But when I have had Headband I always feel a big out of control with my anxiety and mouth with no pain relief, much like a full Sativa makes me feel. Maybe it is simply the power of suggestion, I”m not sure, either way it is worth a try. Sour Kush pulls my energy down from my shoulders to mellow my entire body, amazing. Sour Diesel genetics allow the medication to bring a clear mind while relieving pain.

Pineapple Express Cannabis Review

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[Trainwreck x Hawaiian][Sativa Dominant Hybrid – About 70%]

One of my most favorite faeries that I’ve met in my travels through various cannabis dispensaries liked to ask everyone what their spirit fruit was. My immediate answer was that I am a pineapple, which is only partially nailed down by my love for all strains pineapple. Pineapple Express obviously became a household name after the feature film came out, but I feel like that took away from the epic value of the strain medicinally. The strong effects combine those found in both Indica and Sativa strains to weave an intricate cornucopia of healing.

How Does It Hit the Senses? Obviously there is a deliciously rich pineapple aroma that emanates from each bud. This smell becomes more complex with the layered bouquet of sweet, tropical lemon geranium with the lightest hint of vanilla almond. The dense bud structure is a bit like a fat pine tree, with a tip at the end of each bud and a thick solid base. Each bud will appear in an almost lime green that is delicately sprinkled with dark green leaves. Pistils are a goldenrod orange and grow in a uniform fashion throughout the entire nug. As far as taste goes the vapor or smoke will be all pineapple, all the time. The musky lemon flavor of train wreck only heightens the pineapple flavor from the Hawaiian genetics.

What are the Effects? Effects take their full hold in about 5-10 minutes and they do so with almost a cyclone of combined relaxation and stimulation in the mind. Feel the temples loosen and stress melt away while also titillating and invigorating the mind to a place of motivation. Tense muscles will relax familiar with the feeling of an Indica but don’t expect couch lock, munchies or de-motivating side effects. This is a Sativa that just so happens to melt away tension and stress like nobody’s business. Pineapple Express is perfect for the cannabis patient looking for daytime pain relief and anyone that is vulnerable to de-motivation when medicating.

Phantom Cookies: Medical Cannabis Strain Review

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[Granddaddy Purple x Cherry Pie]

I really love this strain and covet it as a Sativa dominant counterpart to Girl Scout Cookies. There is a definitely buzzing about the brain but with some familiar Indica effects layered onto this unique and complex medication. Some strains have a specific way that they hit the mind in a physical sense, but this one just gets your dome on an all around scale. There aren’t a lot of negative things to say about Phantom Cookies, perhaps be aware that the strain can cause some anxiety in stressful work situations if it has never been used before.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

Phantom Cookies has the same familiar GSC bud structure with the addition of being delightfully sticky. The buds are almost square and extremely rock dense. They purple out just a little bit sometimes in almost a black purple hue, the nuggets are mostly kelly green with milky white trichomes draped all over buds. The aroma dabbles in a sweet, spicy and rich saffron with undertones of cardamom to create the pleasant scent of a spiced cookie.

What Are The Effects?

Immediately feel the mind buzzing and the eyes become completely aware and then release all of the tension or inflammation that they may be carrying. Relaxation will wash thoroughly over you as the strain begins to really take hold about 5 minutes after inhalation. Phantom Cookies takes hold of the body and mind to relax the entire spirit from a stressful day or before a stressful situation depending on the person medicating. Be sure to try this strain in a comfortable setting because it can create some anxiety and even confusion, making it a bad choice for any job that requires a steady mind.

Trinity Blueberry: The Happy Hybrid Strain Review

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[Trinity County Kush x Blueberry][55% Sativa]

I’m not one for Sativas, but I know that my endocannabinoid system is one of a kind and so is yours. So with that in mind I’ve been searching for some Sativas that I find super intriguing to review here for you. One of the most delightful ones that is available from time to time here in Northern AZ is Trinity Blueberry. Ok, you got me it’s totally a hybrid, but it’s Sativa dominant so I’m getting closer. Perhaps one of the reasons I’m such a big fan is because this strain usually tests with very high CBD, probably because of it’s Blueberry parent genetics. Roll with the Trinity Blue if you’re feeling like having some perfect daytime pain relief or for the Sativa users maybe a bit of an anti-depressant in the late afternoon or evening.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

Buds are a dark rich purple with so many visible trichomes to the naked eye that they lighten the appearance, almost like there was light snowfall on each bud. Each tree has beautiful spear like bud structure and grows extremely dense. Experience a smell of deep, sweet musky blueberry finished with light and airy bergamot. When you inhale the smoke or vapor from this beauty, the terpene profile is represented with a fresh blueberry taste that finishes in a lemon pine.

What is the Effect?

While this strain has high CBD it also has extremely high THC, topping out sometimes in the 20th percentile. After taking a rip all of the receptors in your brain will ignite, making you feel a slight pressure that is in no way painful in your cranium that moves to your ocular system. The face will feel alive and the mind will feel alert and active almost immediately after inhalation. After about 5 minutes you will begin to feel the joints and muscles in your body release in all of those tense places. The relaxation will seep into your body while your mind remains quite stimulated with a very engaged and present sense of energy. With the pain of your body subsiding and the light in your mind’s eye shining you should experience an anti-depressant euphoric effect.

Some inexperienced THC medicaters should  be prepared for the liftoff of the mind or they could experience some anxiety with the onset of this strain. If this is the case mix the strain with a CBD high THC low strain (Harlequin, Cannatonic, ACDC, Harley Tsu etc.). This will counter those THC effects and heighten the pain relief and seizure relief.

Use this to aide with: Anxiety, Depression, Pain Relief, Relaxation, Stress Relief and Light Seizures (Check test results for CBD levels of each batch for medicating seizures.) 

Hindu Skunk Hybrid Strain Review

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[Hindu Kush x Skunk #1][70% Indica]

Functional daytime Indicas are a personal favorite of mine, which I think I’ve made clear thus far. This mixture of classic strains melds into a comfortable and mellow cannabis hybrid. For anyone who needs daytime relief from pain, nausea or adrenal system stress.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

This one is so weird because it actually smells just like parmesan cheese. That’s the only description that I have for it because it so truly smells just like cheese, for some this is off putting but I delight in it. Each nugget is super tightly bound, this one’s suited for the grinder only to get the most out of your bud. The coloring is a light green with bright orange brown pistils all over it. When inhaling the smoke the cheese aroma transforms into a rich patchouli sandalwood.

What is the Effect?

You’ll feel the first effects in the ocular region and in every aspect of the mind. I always feel a slight, semi-pleasant pulse of pressure in my cranium. A stream of loosening muscles flows down from the head, to the neck and throughout the body. Stress slowly melts away and you’ll feel ready to get stuff done, whether that be work or chores. As you ride out the high you’ll feel mellow and prepared to go on about your day as normal but without stressing about the small things. You’ll find little slip ups that remind you that you’ve smoked an Indica like saying a different word out loud than you had originally thought. Hindu Skunk sort of wraps itself around your brain a little bit.

Use to aide with: Stress Management, Anxiety Relief, Relaxation

Blueberry Muffin: A Delectable Cannabis Strain Review

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[Purple Thai x Afghani][50/50]

I think we’ve all realized my love affair with Blueberry flavored cannabis is real life by this point, and from previous blog posts you  may have gathered that Blueberry Cough is one of the most delectable strains that I have come across. BUT ALAS! Health for Life out of Mesa, Arizona brought us some Blueberry Muffin that is absolutely, hands down the most divine hybrid strain that I have smoked in the last year. Genetically you won’t find Blueberry in this strain but the smell and taste bring your mind straight to a freshly baked blueberry muffin.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

As I mentioned, once you smell this strain you will feel as if you’re taking a big whiff of freshly baked blueberry muffins. I have seen three different batches of this flower now and the third batch actually renders a cakey muffin smell along with fresh blueberries. I believe that it is the mixture of the obvious sweet blueberry aroma along with a floral Lilly scent donated from the Purple Thai. The nuggets themselves are quite beautiful, they appear purpled to a slight blue across a dark forest green canvas. Pistils appear in a burnt orange color in tufts throughout each chunky, semi rounded bud.

What is the Effect?

This is not true of all strains, but Blueberry Muffin definitely tastes the same as it smells. It delivers sweet, fresh and vibrant tasting smoke upon inhalation. You will feel effects begin almost immediately in the ocular region but not so heavy as to make you fatigued. The calmness emanates from your facial muscles throughout the entire body to create a delightful feel of muscular relaxation. Enjoy a slow mind meld as your worries, stresses and cares fly away like little butterflies. I find the Blueberry Muffin to reduce my stress and anxiety while also reducing my immense neck and shoulder pain (I’ve been doing some serious work in yoga to balance both sides of my body; it’s sort of creating some healing crises in my muscles). There is also a nice amount of relaxation in the stomach, this hybrid strain can really help with any nausea or stomach issues you may have.

I definitely would not recommend this to a beginner unless they are battling serious issues. Everyone should medicate with Blueberry Muffin for the first time in a safe space when they will not have to take part in any strenuous work, whether it be mental or physical. It can be an intense strain under the right circumstances, so I recommend that you try it for the first time under these conditions to fully understand the effects and then medicate appropriately. Anyone who wants to relax mentally or physically will enjoy this medical marijuana strain to the fullest.

Use to Aide With: Pain Management, Anxiety Relief, Pain Relief, Nausea, Stress Relief & All General Relaxation Needs