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.

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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.

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.

Trinity

Image Source: High Mountain Health

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

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

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

Cannabis Strain Review: Qrazy Train Hybrid

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[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

Pineapple Queen: Cannabis Strain Review

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[Shimla x Pineapple][65% Indica]

We play a fun game at the dispensary that I work for where we like to ask ‘What is your spirit fruit?’. It all stems from the lovely lemon faery that I mentioned in my review of Moby Dick. Basically it’s like a spirit animal, but a fruit! Well I tell you all of this because my spirit fruit is a Pineapple, and Pineapple Queen (also known as Pine Queen) could also be called my spirit strain.

It has a divine fruit filled smell and harnesses all of the beautiful Indica properties that heal my heart while still keeping an active mind. We slowly toked on a gram of this nug while cowboying on horseback for six straight hours, let me tell you that my sit bones would not have made it without the queen involved. I believe there is a dispute between growers between the name Pine Queen and Pineapple Queen, but since I’m a pineapple I will go with the latter.

How Does It Hit Your Senses?

Each bud is so dense it’s a waste not to use a proper herb grinder when preparing it for toking. Each fat pine tree changes between a dark forest green and a frosted emerald green. Pistils are dispersed in light orange brown tufts throughout each nugget. When you get your nose into it you’ll first experience a rich tropical pineapple aroma followed by a sweet sandalwood finish.  The taste is just as delicious as the smell. You can taste the pineapple notes and rich musk so intensely when you finally take a hit.

Pine Queen is an easier strain to grow, it gets huge quickly and flowers in 9-13 weeks.

What is the Effect?

Effects take place almost immediately and are quite strong. You will immediately feel sedated and relaxed, these things combined can create a silliness in your mood. Attempting to do work or any task that requires complete focus can be hard when medicating with Pine Queen. You will definitely experience a heavy eye and a release of pressure in your cranium. In my experience I feel the pressure in my brain release and melt way the neck and shoulder pain that haunts my daily existence. This is very welcome, if you couldn’t tell. Ride out the effects, it may be intense at first to feel the release of your tensions and for a beginner it can get a bit uncomfortable at first. This is why I recommend trying a strain when you are in a completely comfortable place with people you trust, if not alone.

You’ll get a solid 3-5 hours of effects from Pineapple Queen, she’s a strong lady. Enjoy this beauty if you’ve been very stressed out. She will help to stimulate your appetite if you’re body actually needs food, no unnecessary munchies here. As you reach the middle hours of the effects you’ll feel a soft relaxation carry you through until they wear off. An advanced patient can use this for daytime pain relief but beginners should always stick to the evening with this one.

Use to Aide With: Anorexia, PMS, stress, depression, inflammation, pain, anxiety

Caramel Ice: A Cannabis Strain Review

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[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

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[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