Bubba Kush, OG Indica for Ultimate Sleep

Indica Cultivar, Product Review

[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.

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Cherry Pie Cannabis Strain to Relieve Stress & Anxiety

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[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.

Acapulco Gold Cannabis Strain Review

Product Review, Sativa Cultivar

[Mexican Landrace Sativa]

Smelling a strain is important. Whenever I had a patient at the dispensary that was unsure about a strain I would just tell them, “Your nose knows.” and I’d raise the jar to their face and have them choose only with the smell and not their rational thinking. Acapulco Gold is one of those strains that would sell to any patient despite their personal preferences because of the utterly seductive aroma it emits. Pair this delicious Sativa strain with a cup of coffee in the late morning for a productive and blissful afternoon. This is also a strain name that popped up a lot with old timer stoners at the dispensaries. If these beloved patients ever listed off the strains from the “good old days” for me Acapulco Gold would be thrown in there.

How Does It Hit the Senses?

Once the jar is open you will truly become overcome with the aroma of sharp sandalwood embedded with sweet saffron. It is immense, and it is one of those scents that embodies the sativa aroma and engulfs a room when you open the jar or bag. The fat & chunky buds grow in a bulbous structure. They’re generally semi-dense and appear in a rich dark green hue with some light green notes. The taste is rich and vibrant that is quite reminiscent of the aroma but with a nutty almost almond aftertaste.

What Are The Effects? 

At first, your mind will wander. It will wander off to weird crevices that you didn’t know existed in your own realm of thought. But then! Then something fantastic happens, all of that creative energy that has sent your thoughts ablaze comes to a fine point. Every time I’ve medicated with Acapulco Gold I’ve become a woman of words. I have finally opened up my floodgates to write poetry, I find streams of immense work flow from my fingers to the laptop and I feel …simply put… lighter. In every sense, Acapulco Gold will alleviate dark feelings and emotions, it will help you to put aside the gloom and just be. Don’t expect too much pain relief from this one, I’d supplement with CBD tincture or mix with a good Indica if you deal with pain. Also don’t worry about munchies, this isn’t Girl Scout Cookies, you won’t have any horrible need to eat half a pie (last night got weird) when medicating with Acapulco Gold.

Hindu Skunk Hybrid Strain Review

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[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

Black Diamond Cannabis Indica Strain Review

Indica Cultivar, Product Review

[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

Cannabis Strain Review: Qrazy Train Hybrid

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[Space Queen x Trinity x Purple Urkle x Train Wreck][50/50 Hybrid]

I am such a huge fan of this strain, it’s a beautiful hybrid with awesome properties for healing. It is such a great choice for pain relief and relaxation. Any stress case can appreciate this amazing hybrid strain for it’s properties of release. It helps you to relax the mind and body together, to fully mellow.

Adequate for those that are sensitive to both Indica or Sativa since it sits right in the middle of the hybrid realm.

How Does it Hit the Senses?

I love the way that this bud looks, it might be one of the main reasons that I wanted to review it. Each of them is more round and semi-pine cone shaped. You’ll find the color to be an endearing bright light green with extremely vibrant, light orange hairs. Seriously, the pistils are absolutely beautiful and so electrifying in color. Now for the scent, you’ll almost smell cheesy notes. I believe it’s a combination between a sweet clove smell and a slight tropical citrus scent.

When growing Qrazy Train expect an 8 week flowering cycle. The buds will shoot up like bean stalks and can be recommended for any level of grower.

What is the Effect?

Inhalation really brings out the cardamom smell in your taste buds. With the taste you lose a bit of the sweetness and gain flavors of rich saffron. The effects will take place in mere moments deeply behind your eyes. I first felt the strain’s relaxing properties in my facial muscles and then in my neck and shoulders. Shortly after the relaxation an uplifting mind effect takes place, first it is accompanied by some anxiety but that begins to melt away and you just feel layers of happiness roll over you. As the initial effects wear off and you ride out your high you’ll simply feel light. This lightness is both in your fascia body, relieving your pain; and in your mind relieving the worries you may take on in your life.

Enjoy the feelings of relief for daily woes for about 2-4 hours. Definitely settle in for some intensity just after medicating and then settle in for a very comfortable experience.  Anyone who has high anxiety or worry would benefit from this hybrid in high stress situations. A person who does not manage stress well or is going through adrenal fatigue will definitely find benefit from Qrazy Train as well. Train Wreck is a strain in the genetics of this hybrid and it can be really intense for some patients. Be careful to try this strain when you aren’t in a high stressful situation before using it to medicate in your daily life.

Use to Aide with: Depression, Stress Management, Pain Management, Anxiety, Panic Attacks

Caramel Ice: A Cannabis Strain Review

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[Genetics Unknown][70% Indica][12.1%THC]

Our dispensary lists this truly phenomenal strain as genetics unknown, but in my other research I have found some Caramel Ice from seed companies. It makes me curious about further following up on where this came from, but I haven’t gotten an answer from our cultivation team yet. The research I have done has Caramel Ice listed as a mixture of Caramela and Red Skunk or Caramela and Super Skunk. Until I hear from our specific team I won’t change this post, but the effects are true to the genetics that I’ve listed here.

With Caramel Ice you will find a most phenomenal Indica dominant cannabis hybrid. It is great for those not susceptible to drowsiness with Indica strains. A patient who takes a lot of opioids will find this a great pain relief for day time, as their tolerance tends to be a bit higher.

How Does It Hit Your Senses?

This beautiful cannabis strain creates large, delightful smelling flowers. Buds will be a forest green with tinges of frosted brown. The pistils are orange brown in color and spread equally throughout the botanicals. They grow into spindly but dense pine tree shaped cones and give off an unmatchable aroma. One whiff of Caramel Ice and you first receive a sharp, astringent smell of eucalyptus followed by a heavy, rich vanilla hazelnut. The flowers literally smell like caramel and ice, which could totally be word association with my sub conscious but where is the fun in that! As the flower cures the smell becomes sweeter and sweeter. When you take a hit, my preferred method is a water bong, it tastes like saffron patchouli as the brightness and sweetness of the smell combine.

The strain is said to have a large resistance to mold and take about 70 days to flower. I believe it should be alright for beginner growers. Beware of the thin stems while flowering as the big buds won’t always be supported.

What Is The Effect?

Effects will take place within 10 seconds to a minute starting by floating right up to the brain. My initial feelings were release from stress and a great relaxation in the mind. Slowly I felt pain relief drip down my spine and deliver itself to the areas in need. It relieved my constant nagging shoulder pain within moments and my truly bad neck pain in mere minutes. After about 5 minutes the thick ocular stone begins to set in, and you get that familiar droop eye of an Indica smoker. This ocular effect I’m speaking of is also really intense in the Blueberry Cough I reviewed a while back. As the strain works its magic you will find yourself void of life’s daily stresses AND life’s aches and pains.

You will experience these effects anywhere from 2-5 hours, it is an intermediate hitter when it comes to length. Keep this one handy after a really intense day at the office or when you’re in need of instantly hitting the relax button. This is fantastic for anyone who deals with intense anxiety or stress, especially related to adrenal fatigue. It is a fantastic choice for daytime pain relief, and gives a minor bit of munchies but only if you’re already hungry.

Use to Aide with: Anxiety, Stress, Day Time Pain Relief, Anorexia, PMS

Moby Dick: A Cannabis Strain Review

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[Haze x White Widow][65% Sativa][18.2% THC & 3.5% CBD]

I’ve been meaning to write this review for awhile now, mostly because this strain is so absolutely wonderful for almost EVERYONE. Not only have boyfriend and I play wrestled for almost an hour like joyous little kids after medicating with this strain, but it can uplift any ornery mood while also giving some pain relief with very little to no lethargic side effects. After running into my favorite lemon faery at the farmer’s market this morning I decided today’s the day to finally review her favorite strain.

Moby Dick first got attention when it won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1995 on behalf of creator Dinafem Seeds. It was originally bred specifically for medicinal use and is a fabulous option for anyone undergoing chemotherapy since it has epic appetite stimulation.

How Does It Hit Your Senses?

This cannabis strain can range from a more loose bound bud to an extremely dense one depending on grow cycles. I guarantee that your grow will harvest at least one behemoth show bud. The nuggets are vibrantly light yellow green with deep hints of dark forest green sprinkled delicately throughout. Trichomes glitter all over and nugs are straight up dank. It will always hit your nostrils abruptly with a lemony pine scent that is unmistakable. The aroma finishes with a deep sandalwood for a very rounded smell scape. Your first hit will entirely retain all of the brightness that assaulted your senses when you smelled the strain, inhalation and exhalation are equal in bright lemon piney goodness. The flavor sends a richness throughout your sinus passages that is warm and inviting.

It is an intermediate strain to cultivate that takes about 10 weeks to flower. It grows well both in and outdoors but I’d recommended indoors as it requires specific lighting wattage. Test your pH twice daily if possible to avoid anything too high as it greatly effects these genetics. If you pay attention and treat her right, Moby is an extremely high yielder.

What Is The Effect?

For me Moby Dick takes immediate effect directly to my mind, I can actually feel pressure in my brain release in the first couple of moments after medicating. After the initial mental lift the release moves through the face to release eye and facial muscle tension. Slowly in the next five minutes you will feel the body pain and muscular tension slowly drip out of your system. I want to be clear about the special nature of this strain, it not only tests with the best of them in THC content but it also has an extremely high CBD level in comparison to almost every other sativa dominant strain. This combination of mentally uplifting euphoria (THC) and anxiety & pain relief (CBD) creates the perfect storm of happiness and relaxation. The coming hour after medicating with Moby Dick you will feel, as lemon faery puts it, like a cartoon in the most welcome way. You feel playful, joyful and most of all pain free.

Effects will take hold for about 2-5 hours. You will most certainly feel the hunger, just have some healthy snacks made and a big bottle of water near by. Moby awakens the tummy and can help to relieve any nausea; making it a great choice for anyone in need of help with their appetite. I also recommend this to any patient who has issues with mood imbalance, depression, anxiety or heavy stress. And I especially recommend it to all my ladies out there during their moon. It will make you stop hating everything for no reason, crying when you see things for no reason and basically all those ridiculous signs of PMS.. except the ones that compel you to eat a whole package of oreos.. it just helps that one out. It is possible you could feel drowsy about 4-6 hours after medicating, test for the first time in a safe zone in the afternoon as to not upset your sleeping cycle.

Use to Aide With: Depression, Anxiety, Nausea, Day-Time Pain, Anorexia, secondary effects of Chemotherapy, PMS

Super Skunk Cannabis Strain Review

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[Skunk #1 x Afghani][90% Indica][18% THC]

I find that a lot of strains that people only consider for sleeping, I prefer all day long. Super Skunk is one of those, for the sensitive Indica smoker it may knock you right out for a peaceful night’s sleep. However for me it provides a calmness and relaxed state that makes me able to start my day, continue on with my day OR pass out after my day is through.

The strain first appeared in 1990 in Amsterdam and by 1992 had won the Cannabis Cup there in the mostly Indica genre with a 3rd place appearance in the all around. With the genetic parentage of an Afghani Indica and classic Sativa Skunk #1, the hybridization is old school in the friendliest sense. You’ll feel a familiarity in the effects as the Afghani relieves all your stresses and the Skunk lifts your spirits.

How Does It Hit the Senses?

These buds generally grow slightly rounded and densely packed, they’re like rocks and should definitely be ground up for the best use of your flower. The color is more of a forest green lightened by a visible array of trichomes. Dark orangey brown hairs are sprinkled methodically throughout each nugget. The first whiff delivers a layered bergamot citrus scent which finishes with a sweet cocoa aroma. The familiar skunk is not lost in this smell scape but it’s also certainly not highlighted. That skankiness found in most Skunk #1 hybrids combines with the Afghani in this cannabis strain to create the rich cocoa undertones. When you take a hit the taste is all to familiar of the wonderful scent. The richness layered in the musky orange flavor stimulates the palate. It almost delivers that sweet earth flavor on inhalation and morphs into a bright citrus on the exhalation.

Super Skunk will grow like the squatty little Indica plant that it is. It takes about 45 to 50 days to flower and is an easier strain to grow. She will perform well indoors and in a greenhouse setting located in temperate zones.

What is the effect?

For me the effects take hold in seconds by directly relieving all ocular pressure. As the muscles in the eyes begin to unwind you’ll feel a smooth wave a pain relief run first through your face and then melt down your neck and shoulders to inevitably relax your entire body. After noticing the initial physical realm of calmness you’ll begin to realize that your mind is also releasing all of the anxieties that formerly took weight. You will get anywhere from 1-3 hours of effect from this flower, as I said if you are sensitive to Indica this may be a sleepy time only strain for you.

It will lighten your mood and give you the ability to let go of the little things, personally a welcome feeling in my daily existence. Riding out the effects of Super Skunk is a pleasant experience, like taking a little row boat out on a calm evening. For your first time medicating with Super Skunk make sure you test it in the evening in a safe, comfortable setting. Everyone’s body is different and it is best to try anything 70% Indica or above with the ability to remain safe if you feel a wave of sleep coming on. Safety is key!

Use to aide with: Chronic and severe pain, PTSD, stress and anxiety, appetite stimulation, insomnia

The Classic Hybrid Blue Dream: A Cannabis Strain Review

Hybrid Cultivar, Product Review

[Haze x Blueberry][80% Sativa][Generally 15-20% THC]

While working at the dispensaries these last four years I have watched the classics dwindle as growers started experimenting with gnarly triple and quadruple hybrid strains like Girl Scout Cookies. I grew weary of these super high THC contents and hoped to see some beautiful, sparkly well grown Blue Dream hit the market again.

EUREKA! Yesterday our cultivation released some of the most glorious Blue Dream that I have seen from the Arizona cannabis industry. After working the sales floor yesterday I spoke to a patient from Santa Cruz that said Blue Dream hit the scene in the 1980’s, which sparked this entire review and descent into the history of what I consider the best sativa dominant hybrid ever to be grown.

The History of Blue Dream

The strain was originally created to combine the beautiful, heavy pain relief from classic Indica strains and the uplifting feelings of classic Sativa strains. It was first sprouted in Santa Cruz, CA for the purpose of fueling the medicinal market. Northern Californians have coveted the strain for years for its amazing effects and the long duration of those effects.

My research has not pinpointed the year of origin but I can tell you that the original Blue Dream was the baby of DJ Short’s Blueberry and Santa Cruz Haze. What we can all agree upon is that it is some seriously quality utility herbal medicine.

How Does It Hit The Senses

Blue Dream genetics are strong, and the buds are so beautiful that you’ll always be able to identify a Blue Dream hybrid. Bud structure is rounded and bulbous with adorable points, like fat little pine tree cones. The color is light and bright green with little tufts of yellow-orange hairs. If you’re sitting on quality Blue Dream your buds will be riddled with sparkling trichomes visible to the naked eye.

When you take a big ‘ol smell of the flowers you will get an immediate bright lemon cream aroma that finishes with a deep sweetness of Blueberry. A reason I love Blue Dream so much is because you don’t lose any aspect of the genetic parents. You can smell, taste and feel the effects of both Haze and Blueberry throughout your whole session. I packed mine up in the bong, as per usual, and experienced a flavor profile of deep, sweet dankness.

Blue Dream plants will generally be high yielders. It flowers in 9-10 weeks and grows like a full sativa plant, all spindly and tall. It will perform best indoors but can do well anywhere with intermediate growing skill.

What Is The Effect?

Seconds into medicating I can feel relief. True to it’s hybrid nature it will begin with the effects traveling quickly up the your ocular system and dissipating into the mind relieving anxiety and delivering purely uplifting joyous feelings. While this is happening the Indica portion of the party will slowly slide down the back of your neck and into your body, relieving pain and relaxing tension throughout the muscles. Your mind will be fully active, although semi-relaxed and easy breezy. It is an active enough effect to function while working and will not cause drowsiness for anyone comfortable with strains below 90% Sativa.

After the initial effects take place you are cruising, anxiety and pain are non existent. For those who are weary of anything above a 50/50 hybrid because of the freakiness that happens with Sativa, I understand you, I’m one of you, and this strain will be ok. In fact it will help you feel less freaky than you already do on a daily basis. Blue Dream is just that, life becomes… but a dream. Enjoy the length of effect, you can get a solid 2-4 hours of relief from your ailments with this heavy hitter.

Use To Find Relief From: Day-Time Pain [Fibromyalgia, MS, arthritis etc.], Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Inflammation, Nausea, glaucoma, migraines