So I’m obviously not a solventless only dabber as I do like me some Bho/solvent based concentrates. I enjoy them for a few reasons. Certain strains don’t wash well so will never be available in solventless form. I also feel the diamonds get me higher than rosin and the same as melt. Badders are stronger than rosin but seem slightly weaker than melt. Hard to really compare without the same plant being concentrated to all forms but that’s my anecdotal experience. Now that I got that out of the way this one particular was a little disappointing. It looked beautiful with big Thc-a chunks in a light colored bath of terps.
I don’t break up my diamonds I look for the biggest one and hit it for that blasting effect. This one was no different was a nice elevated high great for daytime fun and creativity. The problem with this one was the taste. There was none! No sour no sweetness no fruit no water almost cucumber terps I’m used to with watermelon strains. One thing I’ve noticed with these refined diamonds is the terps are very similar and even though my last one was better and had some unique terps there was still way too much in common with this one. When I spoke to Raw garden they said that there are no added ingredients or non cannabis derived terpenes. Also not ran through Crc equipment but somehow they remove all “impurities” with some kind proprietary tech that I couldn’t get any specifics about. All in all I will try more of these because even though they don’t have the best taste it’s never been a bad taste or a harsh dab and always super stoney at a reasonable rate of $55 a gram on avg.
This one had a lot of hype behind it and did not disappoint. The appearance is a nice lime green with big grouping of orange hairs sprouting out everywhere. Healthy covering of trichomes and a wonderful trim job that rounds out these beautiful nugs.
The smell on this was surprisingly pleasant with expected gas notes but also combined with sweetness and nuttiness that really made it a pleasurable experience. The high on this was really strong but kinda catches you off guard first because it doesn’t have that heavy gas smell but also because it seems to come on slower than I’m used to. All in all this flower covers all the bases for some really enjoyable flowers as a reasonable price of 49 an eighth for medical or 64 recreational at Jungle Boys Oc location.
Bananalato from Cream of the Crop on 12/12/2020 (big thanks to @betterthangood.la for making it happen!). THC tested out to 37.31%. This was gifted to me and I am not sure of the price point on it to be honest. The gift sets were around 150 if I remember correctly but I don’t think these 8ths were ever sold seperately. In December, Cream of the Crop released a beautiful gift box set just in time for the holiday season, and in an effort to promote it they gave them out to a bunch of reviewers just prior to their release so I was admittedly very curious about its contents. This jar of Bananalato was the single eighth of flower chosen to be featured in the gift box. The surface of these beefy buds are a mix of lime, pear and hunter greens with occasional rashes of midnight blue, sporadic pops of light twine colored pisitils, all of which is heavily obscured by an impressively thick coat of egg cream colored triches.
The nose out of the jar has a very pleasant natural sweetness that comes off like some hipster artisanal candy made of all natural ingredients using recipes from the 1850’s. There’s a faint fresh mustiness underneath, but it’s mostly dominated by a gentle fruit with minor anise like vibes. Busting open a nug, an even softer fruity sweetness emerges that hits me like a mix of red delicious apples and your standard cavendish banana all rolled into one, with a distant fresh backing. Breaking it down by hand it leaves a mint pine freshness on the fingertips, while the grinds themselves are very similar to the jar scent, having a sweet yet subdued fruitiness with a mint pine backend and a musty undertone. The dry pull on the j has that subtle sweet fruit in spades. There’s a very natural tasting banana candy that really comes through. The inhale is smooth on the bong and hit with a very quick fruity burst that bounced off the tongue, and while the joint had a nice musty sweetness with a fruit twist, over the course of the sesh it got a tad bit harsh. While it wasn’t anything unmanageable it should be noted. The exhale on the bong was a musty fruity sweetness, whereas the joint was more of a subtle sweet fruit with a minor freshness on the backend. Cross checking the flavors on my Ghost Vapes MV1, at 170c I get a slight cooling tingle on the way in and a very piney exhale, while at 185c it’s a strong sweet floral and pine. The headchange comes on with a quick slap that left me dazed and slack jawed near immediately. As I walked, I found myself with my head tilted upward staring up at the sky and admiring how blue it was on that particular day, as my mind happily wandered from thought to thought. Physically, I felt very light in the chest like my torso wanted to float upwards, while contradictorily my shoulders felt heavy like they were what was keeping me pinned to the earth. It’s a very classically blasted feeling, a sort of buzz that exhibits all the traits that you’d expect from being stoned, an old welcomed jazz standard form of being lit. While it may not be ideal for a wake and bake, I’d say it’s suitable for any time of day, and it doesn’t rock you so hard that you’re not able to focus and concentrate if need be. All and all I really enjoyed this batch of Bananalato, while it did have that harshness issue on the joint I dug how it smoked from the bong, and the smell/flavor experience was fairly unique despite it being born of two staple strains in today’s cannabis space. Depending on the ticket I’m able to find it at, I could see myself picking it up again but I’d be hesitant to roll another joint with it, although I’d happily pack bowls all day. Good work on this one Cream of the Crop! #bananalato #creamofthecrop #weshouldsmoke #okcool
I love Mimosa and I’ve really enjoyed the sweet and savory crosses of #gmo and fruity strains that have been popping up. This one is probably my favorite with the mimosa being the dominant flavor provider and the Gmo putting an amazing funky spin on it. Ends up tasting like a savory 50/50 bar and although that may not sound appealing once I tasted it I instantly loved it! The smell is crazy too with all the orange creme and crazy Gmo stink oh man! The melt is slightly darker in appearance than some of his others but still super clean with no sign of contamination and melted perfectly.
The high was a perfect high to chill out and play some music or socialize as it was very euphoric and uplifting and allowed me to play music creatively and without anxiety anticipation of timing. Definitely a strain I want more of and need to try the flowers of. As for the #therealcannabischris brand I will definitely be buying more of his terps they’re hands down some of my favorites out there right now.
Ice Cream Cake from Fresh Baked via The Circle in Long Beach on 12/10/2020 (big thanks to Fresh Baked and The Circle for making it happen!). THC tested out to 27.37%. I was gifted this jar but it typically goes for $50 at The Circle. Huge shoutout up top to Abstrax Labs for reasons that will become clear later in the review. When I saw that Fresh Baked was putting out a limited edition Ice Cream Cake right before Christmas I knew I had to get my hands on some, so when they reached out and asked if I wanted to give it a shot, I excitedly jumped at the chance. Two beautiful beefy buds comprise the entire jar. The surface is mostly a deep rich eggplant purple with occasional patches of kelly green, tightly coiled bursts of copper colored pistils, and an astonishing deluge of fully intact parchment white triches.
The nose out of the jar is a sweet vaporous must with a touch of pastry on the backside. It really jumps out at me, as soon as I pop open the jar it elicits a visceral gut reaction that signals to every part of my body that this is some GOOD shit. Busting open a bud, a sweet creamy sugar emerges coupled with a sweet pastry that pretty much obliterates the musty element that was present moments earlier. Breaking it down by hand, it leaves a smattering of triches on the fingers as well as a sweet musty cream with a slightly mint backing on the fingertips, while the grinds themselves come off like a gassy berry danish with a sweet cream finish. The dry pull on the joint hits with a sweet vaporous minty cream that left a york peppermint patty like freshness on my lip. The inhale is smooth and comes with a sweet creamy perfume like floral and a touch of mint on the bong, whereas on the joint, it’s more of a musty near eucalyptus like mint. The exhale is a delicious musty sweet cream with a mint twist on both the bong and the joint. Cross checking the flavors on my Ghost Vapes MV1, at 170c it comes with a very minty floral coupled with a strong piney tang, whereas at 185c it’s more of a straight piney floral with a skunky beer follow up. Enter the awesome folks at Abstrax Labs. Utilizing advanced chemical techniques far beyond my understanding, they’re able to take small samples of bud and run it through a process that reveals every terpene and aroma compound within it and make it into an easy to read data sheet, which I thought would be fun and informative to compare against my subjective experience with any given strain. While it may not align perfectly with my individual take on the strain, it is interesting to go over the data and see how it matches up with my experience, and maybe give me some better and broader understanding of flavors that are difficult to pin down.
The headchange comes on quick and with an extremely healthy smack. There’s an aura of feel good energy that immediately enveloped me, along with a broad hazy feeling that sat right on the top of my eyes, as an ASMR like tingle made its way across my skull and into the base of my neck. Mentally I feel a bit stunted, fumbling for the proper vocabulary in the moment, and getting a near uncomfortable amount of that “tip of the tongue” feeling depending on how much talking I’m having to do. In my notes I describe it as a sort of “drunk” high as I feel rosy cheeked, happily discombobulated, and am laughing my ass off at some incredibly dumb thoughts. I’d recommend avoiding activities that require extreme focus as you’ll not be able to pull it together after smoking this, but it’s perfectly suited for a small chatty gathering amongst a few friends, although you might find yourself running out of steam as time goes on and looking for a couch to kick back on and rest your eyes for a few minutes. All and all I really enjoyed this batch of Ice Cream Cake, and while I might avoid smoking it first thing in the morning, it makes a perfect complement to agendaless day where your only concern is getting lit and being happy. Fresh Baked continued to impress, they are definitely putting out some of the best weed on the recreational market, and if you haven’t tried anything from them yet you are truly missing out. Excellent job Fresh Baked, the level of care and expertise is evident in everything you produce, keep up the fantastic work!
Another special one from the man himself Cannabis Chris. On a seemingly run of the mill strain I began hearing rumors of some unique terps and quite the punch it packs. So as always his melt looks fantastic and flags up quite nicely. The smell on this sweet and fruity with a fresh doughnut smell lingering in there.
The taste was awesome as it basically tasted like a grape doughnut. And really shocked me because garanimals always came off as a blander wedding cake for me. Knowing it was crossed with grape pie this was always confusing. The high packs a nice euphoric punch that leaves you easily getting couch locked and losing track of time. My best advice is do not get sidetracked to the bed or the couch or whatever plans you had are gone. This is another prime example of why most of what I’m purchasing right now comes from this brand. The price is steep on this when you consider it’s a daily medicine averaging at about $90 a gram but when you consider it’s competitors in that market and their prices and quality this is priced more than fairly.
So of all the flavors I was able to get by Lionboldt Farms this one was my favorite. The flavor profile was all gas and was rough on your throat in that good this shit is fire way. With that burning rubber gas terps and slightly minty spice on the exhale. Still slightly bitter as the cure wasn’t 100% on this one either but I don’t want to obsess. The look of this flower was almost as intimidating as the rumors of the powerful high that comes along with it. A combo of dark purple almost black pedals and a nice forest green pedals. With sparatic orange hairs popping everywhere. Nice propperly dense nugs not overdone and well trimmed with a healthy amount of frost to get you excited to smoke.
The high on this was absolutely fantastic. Nothing unique or different just strong as fuck and smacks you in the face. This strain is the reason I would like to catch some other flavors at a different batch. The price on this $70 an 1/8 all the way up. For black market flowers where no taxes or licensing fees are being paid there’s a lot of profit in there so that’s why I am judging this brand to hard. At prices well over Doha’s Rs11 I expect that same quality or better. This one almost hit that mark.
Rippz from Seed Junky Genetics / Qanabliss via @calmawesthollywood on 10/20/2020. THC tested out to 21.8%. Huge shoutout to Calma for making it happen! I was gifted this bag by Calma but the price tag says it’s $52 pre-tax. Seed Junky Genetics is essentially a cannabis “household name” these days, so when I saw Calma threw a bag of Rippz in my sample pack, I was hella stoked to jump in and see how she smoked. The surface of these beat up buds are a mix of rich aubergine and lime with hints of a darker forest green, pops of sunrise orange pistils, and a healthy frosting of mostly headless snow white and egg cream colored triches.
The nose out of the bag is a delicious deep grungy fruit that comes off like Gelato, however it has a very strong freshness in play that demands attention. Busting open a bud, the sweet and fresh elements merge and take center stage, and while that fruitiness is still present the sheer force of the piney mint pushes it slightly into the wings. Breaking it down by hand, it leaves a little bit of stick on the fingers as well as a muted scent of Lifesavers and Winterfresh gum, while the grinds themselves have a deep rich fruitiness that fades quickly after being broken up, leaving a mix of natural and artificial smelling fruit candy that’s a bit hard to pin down. In my notes it says “if Blue Razz were a real fruit, this is how it might smell” and also “like a minty airhead” which just goes to show how the profile bounces all over the place. It’s all very pleasant smelling but also very muddled. A dry pull on the joint comes with a sugar sweet fruit and a touch of minty floral. The inhale is smooth, and on the bong has muted chalky floral sweetness, whereas the joint is rather nondescript. The exhale is musty chalky sweet on both the joint and the bong but it has a creamy characteristic on the latter. Surprisingly none of the fruity aspects from the scent came through in the smoke. Cross checking the flavors on my Ghost Vapes MV1 at 170c, I get a cooling effect on the way in and the exhale is full on pine, where at 185c it’s still extremely piney but a floral quality manages to make its way through the flavor canopy. The headchange comes on quick and has a hazy semi-lazy buzz. It’s very middle of the road in all regards. Mentally I get that sort of ho-hum meh vibe, I’m very present and don’t feel in any danger of spacing out or losing the thread, I’d almost say it was a sativa except for the dour mood it consistently brought with it. I smoked a few bowls back to back in hopes of chasing the effect I was looking for but it always fell short. Physically, it puts a slight weight on the body and over time you’ll feel a little tired, but that’s probably part and parcel with that mundane feeling it inspires. In my experience, these Rippz would probably compliment the mood of a rainy day, but I’m struggling to find a good use case for it otherwise. Overall, the scent had a lot of promise, but every other aspect of this batch was a let down. I don’t think I’d pick it up again at any ticket. Sorry Seed Junky/Qanabliss, I wanted to like it, but from presentation to smoke it just wasn’t for me.
So this one was a bit disappointing for me because I was really excited by the cross but was really let down by the flavor. The appearance is great but if anything a little boring as being a nice lime green with a little bit of orange hairs sprouting out here and there. But it does have a nice coating of frost to make up for the lack up contrasting colors that i normally love to see.
The smoke was clean and smooth and burned perfectly. The high was relatively strong and had a relaxing chill vibe to it. Definitely good late afternoon smoke for me as I want to wind down and relax. The taste and smell is where it really let me down. It was as if the 2 strains combined and muted each other out because it was very generic with none of the hints orange or fruit undertone from the Mai Thai or gassy earthiness of Jungle Cake. At $50 an eighth I’m ok with this miss but wouldn’t grab again unless I heard the next batch had a better terp profile and was much louder coming out of the bag.
Strawberry Lemonade from Cannabiotix via The Spot in Fountain Valley (RIP) on 10/22/2020 (Huge shoutout to Blake at The Spot for making it happen!). THC tested out to 27.96%. This was gifted to me by the Spot in Fountain Valley which has since closed. It also looks like they don’t have an CBX on the menu currently at their Santa Ana shop but I remember it being fairly pricey. Honestly I’d stick to Catalyst for CBX as it seems like they still have the cheapest tickets. Being a sativa head, and only having ran through CBX’s heavier strains so far, I was hella stoked to see that this Strawberry Lemonade was in a part of my sample pack from The Spot. The surface of these big light fluffy buds are a mix of forest, fern and pear greens, with bunches of gangly light brown sugar colored pistils shooting across the budscape looking like hastily hung streamers in prep for a surprise birthday party, all frosted over by a multitude of hooked and spiky egg cream colored triches.
The nose out the jar is a subtle must, accompanied by a fruity sweetness that strikes me with a strawberry banana vibe, or even something akin to that of an overripe melon. Busting open a bud that fruity sweetness really kicks it up a notch, it hits sort of like a Mamba or a Now and Later, and has a notable citrus twist that dissipates quickly afterward. Breaking it down by hand, the grinds get even more intensely sweet and it really does smell like a strawberry lemonade at first, but it fluctuates and quickly flips back into Mamba territory while leaving a bit of a stick on the fingertips. The dry pull on the J comes off like a fruity sweet floral with a distant hint of chalk and a little bit of a vaporous undertone. The inhale is smooth and on the bong is very fruity with a well defined lick of strawberry, while on the joint it’s a chalky sugary sweet, with a fruity kick off the tongue and a gassy twist. The exhale on the joint is a fruity sweet floral where on the bong it’s more of a musty semi-sweet floral. Cross checking the flavor on my Ghost Vapes (RIP) MV1, at 170c its a very piney floral with a mint backing, whereas at 185c the floral intensifies but it still has a semi sweet piney side as well. The headchange on this is absolutely fantastic and checks all the boxes for me as a sativa fan. Within minutes on a wake and bake walk I noticed my energy was up and my mood was boosted, and even though I smoked through the joint faster than I expected, I was feeling awesome and decided to try to put that many more steps on my pedometer. I found myself clear headed and full of mental energy, happily crushing tasks I’d put off in the days before, and thoroughly relished in the sense of accomplishment I’d get when crossing something off my list. It felt almost like being a movie montage where Ludacris’ Money Maker plays in the background as the protagonist is just killing it at whatever is they are doing, high fiving their coworkers, and throwing stacks of cash around etc. Real TCOB shit. In a rec market full of heavy hybrids and indicas, this was a welcome breath of fresh air, and I started leaning on it as my daily driver in the morning until it was gone. I really enjoyed my time with this Strawberry Lemonade, it’s a fantastic sativa and I can for sure see myself picking it up again, especially if I can find it for around $50-$55 out the door. Solid work once again CBX, you guys are definitely putting out some high quality herb, and I can’t wait to get more of your library in the line up!