Picasso OG for the Anxious Insomniac

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[OG Kush x Picasso][Indica Dominant Hybrid]

I did a lot of research on what the back genetics of Picasso OG are and I am pretty sure my

listed OG x Picasso is correct but please do let me know if you have information that I couldn’t access. It seems that the strain Picasso gets it’s name because after medicating you will feel like a cartoon character. I found the strain relaxing and care free with a bit of a heavy couch lock stone.

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How Does It Hit the Senses? The bright and fresh aroma will overcome all competing smells in the room when you open the jar of Picasso OG. First breathe in exuberant wafts lemongrass followed by a rich and sweet cedar wood finish. Army green and chartreuse colors combine throughout the leaves of the flower and the bud structure is my favorite, miniature pine trees with fat little bellies. On inhalation cedar wood really shines in the flavor profile which is a telltale sign of Indica effects to come, smoke will be thick and potent.

What Are the Effects? After inhaling, the smoke or vapor from Picasso OG effects are imminent. They begin in the very back of the skull moving forward through the temples to the frontal lobe to release tense nerves and thoughts. The effects also creep down the spine to relax aching muscles and joints. This is definitely a sort of braindead stone, it is possible that you will have plans that don’t get accomplished after medicating with Picasso OG. Although it does relieve pain that isn’t what I’d cite as the main healing property of this strain. This is definitely an option for the heavily stressed individual that has a hard time shutting down their highly active cognitive functions in order to truly relax. The anxiety prone, massively stressed out patient will appreciate this strain. Also, the light sleepers and insomniacs will find pleasure climbing into bed after medicating with this one. It definitely has a heavy, red eye side effect which I always find helpful when I’m dealing with bouts of insomnia but do be sure to get some eye drops if you’re nervous in public after medicating or a DL patient.

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Skywalker OG Strain Review

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[Skywalker x OG Kush][Indica]

Usually with strain reviews I prefer to sit with the laptop in front of me, take a bong rip and write the post backwards from there. That process wasn’t really possible with Skywalker OG. I sat staring at my computer only able to take rudimentary notes on the way that the strain was effecting me, other than that I went into zombie mode. This is that classic Indica feeling and I can’t get enough, but you must remember to save this strain for the appropriate times. Don’t medicate with this one until you’ve accomplished your chores and goals for the day, it will suck the motivation right out of you.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

This is a pungent strain whose aroma hits you right in the face with a musky spiced clove with hints of lime. The spiciness is the immediate smell but the finish becomes sweet with just a hint of citrus. Bud structure will be that familiar pine tree shape with pointed tips, fairly dense but not like a rock. It will be dark, forest green with small bits of dark black purple with bright orange yellow pistils throughout. These buds won’t stick to the lid of the jar or sound like  rock when they hit the table because they’re so dense, but they are quality and the effects can take you out.

What Are The Effects?

Immediately after hitting the bong feel relaxation in the jaw and delicate tendons throughout that migraine causing area of the head. As the effect continue the relaxation moves to the mind and then disperses both to the ocular system and down the spine. Full body relaxation and complete stress relief will take hold within 10-15 minutes of medicating depending on mode of medication. This is definitely a mouth breather strain, the kind that you’d smoke in college with your buddies and then watch 4 hours of How It’s Made before realizing how hungry you were. The dry mouth and red  eye are also very real here, get some water and some eye drops. Oh, yeah, beware dieting ladies. This is a munchie strain, you will poke your head in the fridge and the pantry multiple times. Try this strain to combat anorexia, stress, chronic pain, migraines, lockjaw, anxiety attacks and insomnia. Don’t attempt this strain before work or operating heavy machinery.

 

Gorilla Glue for Deep Introspection

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[80% Sativa][Sour Dubb x Chem Sister]

Once in awhile a strain comes around that absolutely blows my mind, and trust me after 5 years working in the medical cannabis industry this is truly rare. Joesy Whales accidentally created this strain when a Sour Dubb plant got a little to handsy with Chem Sister in his grow room, so I guess that we can thank the universe for this happy accident. Although it is a Sativa and Chem based, I don’t get headaches or anxiety from this heavy hitter. If you’re sensitive to Sativa strains I would take a long, relaxed look at Gorilla Glue.

Not since I lived in San Francisco have I been so pleasantly surprised by the well roundedness and sheer audacity of strain as I have been with the Gorilla Glue that I’m slowly parcelling out right now. We put a small nug on the top of the jar it was in and it actually stayed stuck there even when the jar was turned upside down. Sticky, stanky and transcendental; everything I look for in a cannabis strain.

How Does It Hit The Senses? 

The Gorilla Glue bud structure can only be described as turd like, you know those strains, don’t make that face at me. The buds are longer and reaching but still have that thick bulbous body with a dense compaction of calyxes. Rolling dark green and white green combine to make the buds almost seem to hold a green white sheen. That sheen is also probably due to the epic trichome seas that are washed over the entire bud. In fact the strain gets it’s name from how the trichs “glue” up the trimmer’s scissors after curing. Their aroma is absolutely breathtaking. The aroma overwhelms the senses with a strong lemon citrus that finishes with the tiniest hint of mint, much like Durban Poison but with more lemon than pine. As you inhale the vapor or smoke from Gorilla Glue the taste buds are enlivened with a rich chocolate flavor that finishes with the unmatchable diesel aftermath just lingering around as the effects come into play. If you are attempting to grow Gorilla Glue be patient you’ll get a moderate yield after 9-10 weeks.

What are the Effects?

Immediately after inhalation you’ll feel the ocular and brain systems dissipate any pressure that you may been holding onto. Unlike a lot of strains that I feel drizzle down my spine to deliver their pain relief, this one slides into the heart space to release shoulder tension and lighten the hearts connection to the mind. Feel relief from depression and anxiety as worries seem to just melt away within minutes of medicating. As the effects kick in you will certainly maintain your mental faculties, although I tend to get lost within them so I don’t recommend driving or handling any heavy machinery before medicating with Gorilla Glue. This is where the introspection comes into play, Oh Man. I’ve had writers block, I’ve been feeling hopeless about many of my career plays recently and I’ve been downright lazy; Gorilla Glue changed all of that. Medicate with this strain and write an epic poem or enjoy an enlightened conversation with a loved one; and if you’re feeling so inclined it will facilitate some epic TV watching. Also, don’t worry too much about munchies with this one. I’m immensely impressed because Sativa strains don’t generally get me this hard but I’m converted now after some serious time with Gorilla Glue.

Tyson OG Cannabis Strain Review

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[Mike Tyson x OG Kush] 90% Indica

Coming out of CA to AZ I am always surprised if I see something with an OG attached to it that I haven’t heard of yet. I guess I was sleeping because Tyson OG is right up my alley. I like to get it from the dispensary because it’s almost a full Indica which falls right into my wheel house and also because something about it makes it the perfect strain for cowboyfriend while he works all day with his arthritis.

For some patients this is a great sleep aide but I turn to other strains for that. The Mike Tyson back genetics is what provides the knock out Indica properties but in my opinion the OG Kush influence gives the strain a bit of an upswing which makes it a fantastic daytime pain relief strain and simultaneously the perfect strain for unwinding in the evening.

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How Does It Hit The Senses?

The nuggets grow in a frosted light green hue with light brown hairs distributed throughout. Their structure should be conical and the buds will be tightly bound and dense. It definitely features that dense bud structure of OG Kush. Inhale the light smell of parmesan cheese, seriously, parmesan. I think it’s the combination of a deeply wooded skunk aroma lightly tangled with the scent of sweet sandal wood that make it smell cheesy. On inhalation, the woodsy flavors are highlighted along with a lingering sweetness.

What Are The Effects?

Immediately after inhalation Tyson OG hits the eyes first before slowly overtaking the mind, melting away any anxiety from the realm of conscious thought. Next you’ll feel the effects flow down through the neck and shoulders relieving any tense muscles that may exist in the body. Aches and pains will just dissolve with out a second thought. Let the mind wander away. In the long run the mind is floating both in a physical sense and in a meaning that it’s hard to stay on task at first. As soon as the mind decides to snap back into reality the ride is mellow with Tyson, you’ll be comfortable and relaxed. This is a great strain for the manual laborer that deals with arthritis (like cowboyfriend) or anyone who works a tense job and needs serious help to unwind after work.

WARNING: As always I’d recommend trying a strain at home in a comfortable setting when there isn’t anything left to do that day before ever trying it during the day or while trying to work. This will ensure that you understand how YOUR system responds to Tyson OG.

Lavender Cannabis Strain Review

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[Super Skunk x Big Skunk Korean x Afghani Hawaiian]

Like most of my most favorite strains, it is so dang hard to find Lavender in a well grown, not genetically bred bud. I found some that was pretty poorly cured here in Pinetop, but despite poor curing I still loved reliving this classic. I love everything about it’s delicate nature. From the smell to the appearance the whole nug seems purely feminine, I dig that about this lady plant.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

When looking at the flower the name makes complete sense. Lavender nugs are always long spears that appear in the same color that you would think, lavender. They’re a delicate light purple with blankets of trichomes on each nug. The aroma, riddled with terpene Linalool, is purely floral. The scent alone can ripple relaxation through the spine. The taste is reminiscent of the smell, it is floral and vibrant.

What Are The Effects?

Almost immediately after inhalation effects begin to take hold in the ocular region and dissipate throughout the body. Pain relief begins to melt out of the bones and muscles as a relaxed state blankets the usually active or anxious mind. This is the perfect strain for a heavy medicator to use to relieve daytime pain. It also works well as a mild sedative and anxiety reliever. It definitely isn’t a heavy hitter like GDP or Holy Grail Kush, you won’t pass out right after hitting it. You will, however, enjoy relaxing as anxieties melt away.

Top 10 Indica Strains for Insomnia

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One of the most common problems that can make anyone’s day just crap is a poor night’s sleep. Cannabis is not only helpful for inducing sleep, it also helps to keep you asleep all night. Smoking and vaporizing can be a great option for getting a nice high to get a good night of rest. But I’d recommend edibles for getting a long lasting effect suitable for sleeping. These strains are my most favorite for night time; they’ll relax, relieve pain and help work as a sleep aid.

  1. Blueberry [Purple Thai x Afghani]

Do you have pure Blueberry? Call me. Seriously, it’s so hard to find regular old Blueberry cannabis that isn’t crossed with anything. Blueberry nuggets create more of a bulbous bud structure with a blueberry patchouli aroma. It is one of the strains that commonly has high CBD quantities. Generally there won’t be immensely high amounts of THC so the effects will be mellow and relaxing. Feel gently lulled to sleep by Blueberry and also feel immense relief from aches and pains.

2. Grand Daddy Purple [Purple Urkle x Big Bud]

One the purple heavy hitters, GDP is a classic that I grab whenever I find it at a dispensary. It is one of those Indica strains that just slaps you right in the face. GDP smells sweet and earthy, like most wonderful indica strains, and has a dark purple dark green hue with a bulbous, pine tree bud structure. Take a hit and then immediately feel relief from pain, stress and a need to go to sleep. This is a great one for the anxious mind that keeps you up at night because it hits you with a freight train of tired moments after inhalation. Find an edible with this strain and get ready for the most intense sleep of your life.

3. Northern Lights #5 [Afghani Indica x Thai Sativa]

This is another of those comfortable, relaxing Indica strains that slowly lulls you to sleep after relieving any stress, pain or discomfort. I love this strain because it calmly pushes you into a river of tired before bed. It runs through the body with a light, airy sense of pain relief that eventually reaches the brain. The nugs will usually be bright green, dripping in trichomes and ball-like fat, dense structure.

4. Romulan [North American Sativa x White Rhino]

I’ll preface this saying that this is a favorite to have on shelves as a budtender. Not just because it is a classic Indica for pain relief and sleepiness but also because it helps you spot all the Trekkies in the crowd. Pronunciation is key. Pine entwines with sweet earth to create a scent that is distinct and pungent, buds will be light green fat spears with long, dark brown pistils. This is another lull comfortably to sleep options. It gives you a little kick in the rear but is still a mellower option in comparison to GDP and Black Diamond.

5. Black Diamond [Blackberry x Diamond Kush]

The teeny tiny percentage of Sativa in this strain shoots you up into the air upon first inhalation. It almost tricks you into thinking that you’re awake, which is why I wouldn’t recommend this strain for the severely anxious before bed. The aroma that the nugs emit is pure blackberry, sweet and bright. They grow in a dark purple and kelly green hue with light orange pistils littering the little pine trees. Effects will shoot you to the moon making you feel on top of the world, this is partially due to the amazing pain relief that the strain provides. You could get immensely hungry and then all of a sudden BOOM you’re tired, and asleep. Depending on the batch of bud, you could just pass out like a narcoleptic person when smoking Black Diamond.

6. Blackberry Kush [Blueberry x Afghani]

Enjoy the most melty, delicious pain relief with just one inhalation of Blackberry Kush. A lot like Black Diamond, a child of this beautiful mother, the smell of these nuggets is sweet, delightful blackberry. They grow in fat, purple balls that are so dense you’ll want a grinder. You’ll feel any pent up anxiety or deep seeded stress release and the tension in joints and muscles will relax; everything is hunky dory after some BBK. All of these things (pain, anxiety, stress) can lead to insomnia, Blackberry Kush can help solve that problem.

7. Afgoo

When I first got my medical cannabis card in 2009 in San Francisco I walked straight to the original Green Room and picked up some Afgoo. It will always sit so comfortably in my heart for this reason. Combining an earthy Afghani with sweet strawberry cedar wood of Goo; Afgoo is unmatchable for pain relief combining with relaxation. What better to lead to a good night’s sleep. The buds will be light brown/green and spear like with a smell that is both pungent earth and sweet as sugar.

8. Holy Grail Kush

This former Cannabis Cup winner can do it for me every time. I love the pain relief provided by Holy Grail, and the intensity of the effects given combined with the Kosher Kush parentage can have the same sleep inducing properties as GDP. That’s right, it’ll punch you right in the face! Sorry I just love that analogy. The buds smell like a lemony pile of delightful dirt and grow in fat balls with little points in a light greenish brown dense chunky nug. True effects are felt immediately, making this a wonderful option for the intensely anxious cannabis medicator.

9. Purple Kush [Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani]

If you can get your hands on true Purple Kush then you’re in for a delightful, relaxed evening. I’ve seen this strain run anywhere from a light purple hue with a vibrant green undertone to a dark purple hue that was so covered with trichomes that the spear shaped nuggets almost shone white. The pleasant aroma emits a rich cocoa and deep blackberry. Effects are relaxing and comfortable. There are no spikes in energy or intense ups and downs before the inevitable faceplant. This Indica strain is like snuggling in a warm blanket that gently lulls you to sleep. It is a great option for the anxious insomniac with a spiraling mind that keeps them awake.

10. Bubba Kush [OG Kush x Maybe Northern Lights #5]

Ooooh yum Bubba Kush, it is one of the most melty and comfortable Indica strains. It can relax the most tense of muscles which can really help when attempting to get some shut eye. Generally I’ve seen this bud with a structure like little bowling balls, not too dense but definitely not loose. The aroma is of deep, rich soil with sweet plum undertones. Taste resembles the smell pretty closely. Bubba Kush is bound to create a lethargic effect but beware calorie counters, you will probably get the munchies.

Blue OG Indica Cannabis Strain Review

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[Blueberry x Blue Moonshine x OG Kush][70% Indica]

Now that I don’t work at the dispensary it’s been fun finding my flower from different sources. This Blue OG is a friends home grown that I was super impressed with. It is a strain that is once again picking up steam because it translates quite well into extractions. I love OG and am thankful for the comeback of Blue OG, because it smells and tastes amazing. It also delivers a pure, delicious Indica high that can mellow the most tightly strung of nerves.

How Does It Hit the Senses?

It is so wonderful to put your nose in a jar of Blue OG. The aroma hits you immediately and the flowers grow beautiful and blanketed with trichomes. Short, fat and squatty bud structure with light green calyxes that shine with an ethereal blue hue. Small light brown orange pistils are coated across each nug evenly. The aroma hits you first with a sweet blueberry then a sharp, pungent geranium. When you break the buds up a pure sticky sweet berry aroma fills the room.

What is the Effect?

Floral terpenes take immediate hold when you first inhale the smoke from Blue OG. Effects are first felt in the ocular system where the relaxation congregates. Slowly the seeping release of tension moves from the cranium and down the back to the rest of the body. Feel immediate pain relief as anxieties drift away from the slowing mind. Nestle into this effect as it wraps around you. You will get lethargic if you’re not a regular Indica smoker, so save this strain for evening times after your work is finished for the day. This is a great strain for appetite stimulation, you’ll get hungry due in part to the Blueberry genetic parentage. A great option for PMS and any mood swings or pain.

Use to Aide With: Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood Swings, Pain, Migraines and Headaches

Motavation: The Indica Strain that Does Anything But Motivate

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[Sensi Star x Warlock][90% Indica]

Although pain relief is generally my go-to effect when choosing a cannabis strain, sometimes I like to delve into the other delightful Indica effects. When it comes to Motivation I do get some warm, comfortable pain relief but the main vein of the feelings from this one are fun, silly and tiring.

This is definitely not a beginner strain for daytime medicating, if you’re new to Indicas or cannabis it will surely make you drowsy and inhibit your ability to get work done. This is a house strain at High Mountain Health in Flagstaff, Arizona and is a classic strain in the entire cannabis community.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

First off, when you lay your eyes upon Motavation you’ll agree that this is one of the densest buds across the board. It forms in long, bulbous rocks that are equally as round as they are long. The color is a dark forest green, sometimes I swear that I see a black sheen to the bud sometimes from small spots of a deep purple. Use a grinder when breaking these up, you’ll get way more out of your stash than breaking it up with your fingers. The smell is rich in saffron with a deep black pepper undertone. Some different batches have a back drop of citrus making them a more bergamot scent with that same black pepper finish.

What is the Effect?

Just like a lot of beloved Indica strains, this one begins with a mellowing pain relief that first travels gently down the spine. I like to describe this one as a three part stone. First you feel your body relax and relieve any stress which induces phase one; open mouthed laughing. You’ll feel uplifted and relaxed simultaneously which is just downright pleasant. This cocktail of emotions may give some minds anxiety, ride it out because that will pass. Next you’ll feel an immense appetite Augustus Glutestimulation that can be described as insatiable. Seriously, I just dig through the refrigerator sometimes and then realize that I’m not hungry after some rifling. After either your food coma or the couch lock kicks in, you’ll experience immense lethargy. Eyelids will begin to get quite heavy and a relaxation will take over all of the other effects that have been happening. This is warm blanket phase, or phase three. At this point you’ll feel ready to go to sleep despite insomnia, active mind or anxiety. If this still doesn’t cure your insomnia I’d recommend adding some Indica bubble hash or switching to wax pens or dabbing in the evening.

Use this to aide with: Insomnia, Chronic Pain, Stress, Anorexia

Black Diamond Cannabis Indica Strain Review

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[Blackberry x Diamond Kush][100% Indica]

There are two ailments that I would commonly hear at the dispensary that always warranted at least a sample of Black Diamond: Nausea and Pain. The strain is High Mountain Health grown in Flagstaff, Arizona and has been a house strain at that dispensary for years.  Black Diamond is aptly named for being an expert only Indica, it will make a beginning patient feel sleepy. I like to tell the story of when I got cashew poisoning or the flu (I stopped trying to decide which thing happened). I dealt with stomach cramps what I can only image being compared to growing an alien baby inside of you. Long story short, a bong rip of Black Diamond cured all of my nausea to the point that I was able to sit down at a restaurant and eat for the first time in 3 days. It is a magical cure for stomach ailments and the full body pain relaxation doesn’t hurt either.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

The first thing you will notice every time you’re in the vicinity of Black Diamond is that the whole room fills with a sweet, blackberry aroma. That smell of Blackberry cannabis brings back so many memories of being a young patient in San Francisco that perhaps there is some nostalgia associated with Black Diamond sessions. Seriously though, nothing but the smell of sweet, sweet fruit fills the nostril. Buds are structured like perfect little Pine trees in a mixture of dark purple and kelly green hues. Long, light orange hairs are blanketed over the buds along with icy trichomes. On inhalation the sweet blackberry taste remains, but is paired with a rich cocoa.

What is the Effect?

Effects from Black Diamond take hold first in the spine, slowly creeping up and down the body to relax muscle tension. You’ll feel aches and pains that have become normal slowly dissipate in the first moments of inhalation. Once the creeping effects reach the head you’ll begin to feel a brief relaxation of the mind quickly taken over by a curiosity of thought. The mind always begins to wander for the first moments of a Black Diamond high. Eventually while thought is illuminated the strain begins to hit the ocular nerves and muscles around the eye. Once this effect takes hold it is a quick free fall into Indica territory. I like to describe this strain as one of those rides at the County Fair where you’re strapped into a chair on a giant tall mechanism that slowly brings you up to a peak where you can see just for a moment pure clarity and then BANG!! you’re down. It will take you up to an almost Sativa feeling and then just drop you to a deep Indica effect, this is why I wouldn’t recommend this for all Insomniacs. If you’re mind cannot be stimulated before sleep then choose a more pure relaxation oriented strain like Granddaddy Purple or Purple Kush. Otherwise enjoy sleep almost uncontrollably depending on the potency of the batch with Black Diamond.

Use this to aide with: Stress Management, Pain Management, Sleep and Nausea