Tangieland from Northwest Grown

Cannabis, Indica Cultivar, Product Review

Full body relaxation hybrid made by crossing cannabis cultivars Tangie and Candyland.

Being a budtender at a cannabis dispensary is a mixed bag. Many people come in and exclaim that it must be an amazing job to have, and in some ways it totally is. Actually, one of my favorite things about working in a recreational cannabis shop is the ability to talk directly to the growers. In the case of Northwest Grown, I had the opportunity to meet their team on multiple occasions while budtending. They were simply upstanding people and they were very stoked to tell me about their pheno hunting last Summer. So when I saw the Tangieland that the Northwest Grown team specifically. mentioned on the shelf at Smoking Crow I had to pick up an eighth.

Northwest Grown is a Mount Vernon based producer. Their cultivation team one third-generation grower from the coveted Emerald Triangle in California and a greenhouse tradesman with a degree in Horticulture. They grow with a tight eye on each crop, ensuring the plants are in the most comfortable environment for growing big, beautiful nuggets. Eighths are packaged in jars for peak freshness and each batch is tested at an accredited third-party lab. At their Northwestern Washington indoor facility, they grow in a coco medium without pesticides.

When it comes to the nugs, they’re densely packed and shaped like chunky fat pine trees. Buds are so drenched in trichomes it is like a blanket of white atop a forest green. Tufts of burnt orange pistils are evenly dispersed on each robust nugget. The aroma is just as strong with Tangie as the taste. I hit my Tangieland with a bong and experienced a deeply Tangie-focused flavor which is reminiscent of orange musk. The finish left a sweet lemon balm flavor on my palette. Immediately after the hit, I felt a jolt to my brain before a slow relaxation fell over my jaw and shoulders. Despite this gooey feeling in my muscles, I felt a steady focus permeate the high. The focus wasn’t pinpointed on any goal, however, but more of an airy grasp on reality. Tangieland was effective in helping me de-stress but it did have just the slightest anxious vibes.

 

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Bellringer by Khush Kush

Cannabis, Indica Cultivar, Product Review

Hindu Skunk x Stardawg x Pre 98 Bubba

Last week when I was picking up some bud from Smoking Crow I was lucky enough to meet Meg from Khush Kush on a vendor day. Khush Kush is a tier 3 i502 processor, which means that they operate in a 10,000 square foot facility.  Even though they’re a larger processor they take time to ensure each nugget is well-grown, trimmed, and tested using absolutely no pesticides. It was also nice to have two relaxing varietals for sale at my favorite dispensary and I ended up choosing the Bellringer due to the intriguing back genetics.

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The bud is sold in a jar so not only is it fresh, but also a little bomb of aromatics the first few times it’s opened. Take a whiff of Bellringer and enjoy an abrupt bouquet of spiced calamus and lemon. Smoked out of a bong the flavor was akin to dried clove and musky cocoa. The buds are a vibrant lawn green with burnt orange pistils and a dense bulbous bud structure. This is definitely a cultivar that should be ground up and not finger ground as to not waste weight.

As mentioned I hit this review bowl out of a bong and felt it almost immediately directly behind my eyes. The pressure relief dripped like honey from behind my eyeballs and down my spine. There’s a space between my shoulders that aches after cleaning, chopping veggies, and climbing all weekend and the hit helped me to gently release that persistent ball of tension. This relief doesn’t come without side effects, however. Focus and thoughts diverge easily while high on Bellringer. It’s possible to become completely enthralled with Instagram or a news story when attention should be elsewhere after taking a hit of this Khush Kush flavor. For the anxious ones, take it easy for the first 10-20 minutes after inhaling to avoid catching anxious thoughts during the come up of this ‘indica’ strain from Washington.

Relieve aches, pains, and stress with Bellringer from Khush Kush.

 

Lavender Kush by Ravengrass

Cannabis, Indica Cultivar, Product Review

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.

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Why Ravengrass?

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 

Linalool 1.05

αPinene 0.63

Δ3-Carene 0.42

βMyrcene 0.07

Total Cannabinoids 23.43%

THC 21.28%

CBD 1.54%

CBC <.01%

CBG 0.33%

CBN 0.27%

Afgooberry by FDG

Cannabis, Indica Cultivar, Product Review

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. 

 

Sunny G from Gabriel Cannabis

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[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.

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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.

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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.

Sunny G 

16% THC

18% THCA

0.05% CBD

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.

 

Cannabiotix Blueberry from Essence Dispensary

Indica Cultivar

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. 

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Northern Lights Big Bud Strain Review

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[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.

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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.

SFV OG Kush Cannabis Strain Review

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[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.

SFVOG 2How 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.

Bubba Kush, OG Indica for Ultimate Sleep

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[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.

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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.

Vanilla Kush for the Stress Prone Mind

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[Kashmir Hash Plant x Afghani Kush] [90% Indica]

When life is delivering the lemons far to fast to keep up with the sugar it’s sometimes appropriate to turn to cannabis as a means to cope. Of course this isn’t healthy all the time, but dealing with stress can be too intense for some to do sans medication and in my opinions cannabis is far more healthy than prescription medications. Cannabis can help to relieve stress and anxiety simultaneously, it is a great herbal remedy for these extremely common ailments and has very few side effects aside from hunger and lethargy.

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How Does It Hit the Senses?

This robust nug is rounded and bulbous with an intoxicating scent. You’ll be overwhelmed with earthy cocoa and hints of sweet guava that creates an almost vanilla aroma. Dark forest green and indigo cover each beautiful bud. Vanilla Kush won’t be the densest but it isn’t leafy either, just a nice mixture of the combination of the two. I always recommend breaking up the buds with a grinder but you won’t lose anything aside from keif breaking this one up with your fingers.

What Are The Effects?

The first relaxation of Vanilla Kush kicks in the mandibles, the jaw starts to loosen and relax about 3-5 minutes after inhalation. Immediately after this jaw tension dissipates the mind will begin to release anything from the day, week or month that it might be grasping tightly onto.  Eventually the pain relief moves throughout all of the tendons, muscles and joints as if it is a wave of comfiness. Feel complete and utter relaxation in mind, body and spirit; let your cares completely melt away in every sense of the word. The effects sit heavily in the face and eyes and will definitely make you feel couch locked high if you let it.