Hawaiian Cookies from Farmer and the Felon

Hawaiian Cookies from Farmer and the Felon via CannaCraft direct on 4/16/2021. THC tested out to 20.58% THC (thanks to Jim Walsh for making it happen!). This was gifted to me but should be sub 30$ before tax. It’s been about a year since I last reviewed some Platinum OG smalls from Farmer and the Felon, so when I saw this jar in my Cannacraft 420 Giftbox, I stoked on the chance to check out another batch from this mission oriented budget brand. 

The surface of these bitsy spongy buds are a mix of pine, juniper and chartreuse with occasional hints of aubergine, sporadic pops of rusty copper pistils, and a fairly thick coating of butterscotch colored bird spike triches.  

The nose out of the jar is a sweet and sour fresh must with a rubber edge that hits me almost like a faint minty rubber cement. Busting open a bud the scent morphs into a sugar sweet mint pine with just a touch of that rubber cement quality kicking around in the background. Breaking it down by hand my fingers are left with a semi sweet mustiness on them, whereas the grinds themselves had a bit of a tamped down sweetness with a fuzzy chocolate leaning must behind it and a touch of mint pine freshness rounding it out, but overall it seemed less pungent when ground. 

The dry pull on the joint comes with a sweet fresh floral and a bit of lingering mint. The inhale is smooth and on the joint has a musty sweet perfume floral with a hint of freshness whereas the bong is more nondescript and comes with a vague light floral. On the exhale I get a sugar sweet floral with a touch of a sour musty undertone, as where the bong is a bit more vague and was a little hard to pin down, but essentially hits me with a shifty musty cream. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I get a a minty cool sensation on the way in and on the way out it morphs in to a minority sweet chalky floral whereas at 185c its a light sweet floral. 

The headchange comes on quick and has a surprising thwap. It had me wrapped up cognitively as I occasionally stumbled on my words, and there was a complimentary element of paranoid that made me wonder if people knew I was high, which isn’t a thought I typically have when stoned and in public. While on my own I found myself spacing out regularly, I’d come up with an idea and began to approach it with determination when all of the sudden I’d find myself just staring at the floor for an unknown (albeit small) amount of time, completely lost in thought until I snapped to with an “oh yeah that’s, what I was doing” moment. Those moments came frequently as my mind jumped from topic to topic with uncontrollable zeal, clearing all short term memory cache in the process. I bounced back and forth between tasks and got caught up on my phone in between. Physically I felt a haze across my eyes, a gentle hand’s worth of weight on both shoulders, and a general rubberiness in my limbs. 

All and all, this batch may not be comprised of the prettiest buds, it’s not the best smelling herb around, but it’s got a really solid slap that threw me for a loop that I’d say is on par with some higher end batches I’ve had in the past. If you’re a bargain hunter that isn’t stuck on indoor, and you can find it at a rate you’re comfortable with, I’d say you really can’t go wrong with these Hawaiian Cookies. A nice smack at an affordable ticket with the added benefit of helping a good cause (@lastprisonerproject). Great job on this one Farmer and The Felon!

Sugar Cake by Jungle Boys

Divorce Cake x Jungle Cake

Well, I fell for the “don’t miss this absolute fire” post put out by Jungle Boys and scooped Sugar Cake. The bag appeal on this one was crazy. So much so that I couldn’t really get a picture I liked of it. It was almost like the shimmer of the frost was fucking up the color settings or something, very weird…. but, I don’t know jack about photography as probably can be seen by my inconsistent results. The buds were all kinds of green with arrays of orange pistils, mostly at the tops. They were heavily coated in resin, so much so that the flowers actually came out looking odd.

When smelling you get a sweet and skunky, earthy smell. Not really a very exciting aroma, kind of reminded me of Jungle Cake terps but not as good, and nothing discernible from the Divorce Cake. When smoking it came across as earthy skunk or basic weed taste, and there was nothing wrong with how it burned. The high with this was solid and definitely did what it needed to do — relaxed me and elevated my mood. Overall, this strain was very boring and not at all what I was expecting. Nothing Exoticz about this one.

Gummy Gas by NorCal Nemo

Pretty stoked to have the opportunity to review this one, as I know it’s a pretty limited release and a very expensive one! The flower is a pretty even shade of green all the way through, with some very faint orange pistils sprung out in a way that reminds me of some kind of sea urchin. I noted lots of great trichome coverage on this. The structure and appearance really have the “well grown cannabis” look to me. There was more sugar leaf left after the trim than my preference, but wasn’t horrible. With that said, when you get to these price points, you really want to be picky.

The aroma was enjoyable in a way that makes you want to go back to the jar over and over again, to revisit the delicious smell — a tropical fruit mixture, not over-ripe or rotten like the guavas or papayas, but fresh, with mostly citrus fruit notes and some exotic twist. There’s also this minty gas, like a nice sweet menthol, that gives this some artificial candy smell, so I can comfortably say this is one of those strains that smells like it’s named. When smoking, it does do a decent job of maintaining its taste. It’s not super strong, punch-you-in-the-face — it’s more the “terps under the smoke” type vibe. This smokes and burns really clean and damn near perfect, although I did receive it a slight bit wetter than my preference. Normally I’m cool with all that, but again, at this price point I’m being super picky. The other thing is, you taste the extra sugar leaf and it really adds un-enjoyable bitterness. Not overwhelming, but definitely there. I properly trimmed a nug and smoked the sugar leaf on its own, and then the bud on its own. First, no question that’s where the bitterness is coming from, and second, the sugar leaf by itself had quite a strong head change (and it was a clean enjoyable one) so I could see the argument for the trim based on that. The high on this one was pretty strong. It comes on reasonable at a good comfortable head change, that slowly transitions into a pretty strong euphoric high. This one really got my mind rushing and had me feeling a sort of buzzy head pressure (not uncomfortable but there). It eventually mellows into a fairly active high that, for me, made tackling some much-needed and physically-demanding yard work quite doable. For sure much more enjoyable of a job than it typically would be. Overall this is some very well grown weed, that you could argue needs a slightly better trim job. Not overwhelming in flavor, but solid. For me, an experienced smoker, it delivered a substantial and enjoyable high. It boasts some cool and really unique genetics that you can’t really get anywhere else. Plus there’s that little bit of pride from scoring elusive flowers that not everyone gets to smoke. If those boxes checked make it worth the ticket, I’d say grab it. Otherwise, you can find some flowers here and there that I would say smoke at similar quality, and often times with punchier terps, at a more reasonable ticket.

French Laundry from Kingston Royal

French Laundry from Kingston Royal via Eaze on 4/23/2021 (shout out to Jake at Eaze for making it happen!). THC tested out to 32.99%. This was gifted to me but goes for $65 pre-tax on Eaze. When Jake from Eaze hit me up and asked if there were any brands they had on deck I was interested in, I jumped on the site and Kingston Royal caught my eye (admittedly mostly on the ticket and a somewhat fancy looking jar), and since I’d never heard of the brand previously I was definitely on board to check them out. 

These slightly trident-esque buds are a mix of fern and forest greens contrasted against eggplant and byzantine purples, paired with tightly coiled veins of rusty bronze pistils, all of which are flocked in thick coat of goldenrod and crystal clear triches. 

The nose out of the jar is a sweet must with a faint grape lingering in the background. Busting open a bud, the grape brightens up and brings a sugar sweet quality into the mix as well, relegating that mustiness to the backend along with an echo of freshness. Breaking it down by hand, the grinds have a deep sweet candy like grape that reminds me of some old school Big League Chew, while on my fingers lingers notes of a more subdued grape with a much more pronounced must. 

Taking a dry pull on the joint I get an extremely muted grape candy with a fresh edge. The inhale was smooth initially but got a little harsh about a quarter of the way through the joint, and although it started with some decent bubblebum grape flavor, it quickly lost steam and reverted to a plain nondescript smoke. The inhale on the bong was also very nondescript and could be characterized as a light sweet floral at best. The exhale on the joint was a smokey floral with a very very distant chalky grape, whereas the bong had just a touch of sweet floral grape, but it too was fairly faint. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c there was an extremely faint mint and floral with a muted skunky beer aftertaste, whereas at 185c there was a mild sweet floral but again very muted and almost indetectable. 

The headchange comes on quickly and in a way that is best described with the use of the word “serviceable”. It works but it’s not particularly remarkable in any sort of way. I feel hazy headed and stoned but for some reason I was also constantly underwhelmed by the effects of this batch. Mentally I was present and had no issues focusing, and while it did help manage to quell some anxieties, there was just something flat and lackluster about the buzz. Physically there was a slight pressure on my body, an extra bit of weight in my shoulders, that over time managed to amplify to the point of eventual couchlock. If anything, the persistent quality that seemed most evident in regard to this batch was its ability to put me to sleep about an hour or so after smoking it. It’s such a strange state to be in, not exactly ripped, but just extremely sedated to the point I just couldn’t manage to keep my eyes open. 

All and all, while this batch looked great, it absolutely lost me on taste, smoke and effect. I can’t say I’d be excited to repeat the experience regardless of the ticket, and while some extremely sedative non-psychoactive smoke may be right up some folks alley, it’s not something I personally enjoy. Sorry Kingston Royal, this one just wasn’t it for me. 

Frosted Gelato by The Jungle Boys

Gelato 45 x Mike and Larry

So there’s a lot of Gelato in here, and if it hadn’t been for a buddy saying he really enjoyed it, I probably wouldn’t have scooped it. The flowers were pretty striking, with lots of purples and just enough green and orange to give it some contrasting looks that really appeal to the eye. Nugs had good shape, nice structure and cure, and were really easy to work with.

When smelling this flower, you get a nice gassy sweetness that definitely reminds me of Gelato — but there’s this almost-artificial candy terp there too, that makes it sweeter and more enjoyable than a typical Gelato. When smoking, you really taste the sweet gas of the Gelato, with some extra earthy and sweet notes I don’t typically think I’d taste with a Gelato. Although the taste didn’t blow me away, it was still quite solid and enjoyable. With this flower the notable thing was the head change — came on quick and strong. Not too long before I felt like my extremities weighed twice as much and was feeling clumsy walking around the room. I have to say, it was an outstanding high that lasted a good amount of time. Definitely had me couch locked once too. Overall, not the most unique terps and not really up my alley taste-wise, but I would definitely grab this one again just for the high.

Lemon Cherry Gelato by B Easy Buds

Ok so was super stoked to contacted by Beasy himself and that he enjoyed my reviews and was interested in having his flowers reviewed. It’s a bit of a nerve racking experience when you meet these people before reviewing their product because I’m very aware of the work and risk involved and plus they’re usually very nice people so I don’t want to disrespect that but also balancing that with not disrespecting the trust my followers give me. With that being said all these reviews will be honest and any criticism will be as constructive and respectful as possible. The appearance on these flowers was crazy so much so I posted to my story just to show them off. Dark purple flowers for the most part. Some bits of darker greens on possibly the inside of the plant where it might have stayed insulated and warmer than the rest of the environment and not turning purple. Great solid structure with a crazy amount of trichome coverage. When I say crazy I mean some of the most I’ve seen on any flowers I’ve had. It’s quite spectacular looking. The cure was perfect not wet but sticky easy to work with and break apart.

When smell the flower it’s a sweet and gassy lemon treeish smell that’s really in my wheelhouse of lemon terps. With the sweetness it also reminds me a bit of the lemonade terps I really enjoy just not as tangy. When smoking the taste really transfers over very well. I really couldn’t find anything thing missing from the flavors that I was smelling. The smoke and burn was clean and really burned just right. The terps also had a decent punch to them that left my coated in that sweet lemon terp. The high was a pretty medium high that was uplifting and relaxing. Definitely not a good smoke if you got a lot to do but will still allow you to be creative or enjoy some video games or funny tv. Overall I was really stoked on the quality of flowers and even I’d say pleasantly surprised by the all around solid offering here. I can give it a strong recommendation to the pickiest of smokers.

Grapes of Wrath by Wonderbrett

Grape pie x Jet fuel gelato

So I’m a pretty big fan of Wonderbrett they have some really strong unique flavors that come at a real reasonable price compared to flowers that are less consistent and more expensive. I kept hearing Grapes of Wrath was one of the best so was super stoked to do this review. The flower really was quite nice looking with a good variety of green colors and even little bits of purple in there too. A nice coating of trichomes that gives it the nice salted appearance.

Upon smelling I was really surprisingly underwhelmed by the smell and really only got a little bit of sweetness and dusty earthiness. This flower really had pretty near perfect structure of flower great shape good size. But when handling I noticed right away it was pretty dry. And I guessing that’s why the lack of smell. Now since I post my reviews a little slow there’s always some confusion on the packaging dates and when I smoked and handled this flower. So to make things clear this flower was packaged on 3/18/21. I first opened and smoked this flower on 4/28/21. I’ll admit that’s a little past my typical one month rule but still well within a range I feel should still have someMoisture. Definitely interested in your thoughts and experiences on this. When smoking not a lot of flavor came through mostly tasted like smoke and the earthiness I could smell. Maybe a little bit of sweetness too but very faint. The high was a sedative one that really made it easy to settle in and relax. I instantly felt my eyelids get heavy and an overall feeling of calm wash over me. I could also see it being very useful for sleep. Overall not the best representation of Wonderbrett or probably of this strain. If I can get a chance to get it fresh I’ll definitely try again. This is a good example of why those dates on the back matter. They just need to be more consistent so we really can have a threshold in place that works for us.

Yellow Zushi from The Ten Co

Yellow Zushi from The Ten Co on 3/19/2021 (Huge shout out to @roldbyg for making it happen). No testing info available on this batch. This was gifted to me and I’m not exactly sure what it would go for in a shop if you could find it. I imagine it’d be somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60 pre-tax. It’s coming up on two years since I first reviewed a Ten Co strain (Blue Zushi) so when RoldbyG offered up this Yellow variant I was more than on board to check it out. 

The surface of these bulbous buds are a mix of sage, hunter and fern greens with occasional specks of midnight blue, complimented by bursts of rusty orange pistils, all of which is hazed over in a coat of parchment white triches. 

The nose out of the bag initially hit me with a wave of fruity candy, very much like Skittles, but also has a savory almost soy sauce-like quality lingering in the background.  Busting open a bud the citrus really opens up and brings an acidity with it. It’s been a while since I’ve had one but it’s very reminiscent of a Pamplemousse LaCroix with the flavoring kicked up just a notch. Breaking it down by hand was challenging as it was fairly squishy in nug form, but dense on being deconstructed, and it did not want to break down as easily as most of the herb I typically come across. There’s a bright sugary citrus that lingers on the fingertips while the grinds themselves have that amped up Pamplemousse LaCroix scent with a distant mint pine freshness in the background. 

A dry pull on the joint comes through with the grapefruit uptop but has a grungy edge and a fresh undertone that repped a little harder than it did in the grinds. The inhale is smooth, and on the joint has a subtle sweet freshness, whereas the bong had that sweetness as well but leaned more floral than fresh. The exhale from the joint is a sweet floral mustiness at first, but the Pomelo makes itself known although muted and has a touch of freshness underneath, whereas the bong is a lighter grapefruit with a fresh mint pine backing. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I get a sweet fresh floral with a hint of citrus and a pine that lingers momentarily, whereas at 185c I get a fresh sensation on the way in and on the way out it’s more of a light citrus floral. 

The headchange comes on quick and brings with it an immediate calm. With a single bowl the anxieties of the week that existed mere moments earlier completely vanished, washed away by a wave of chill soothing energy, the type that makes you want to take a seat and just start contemplating life. I was impressed with its staying power as it managed to last through a walk to the store and back to grab a last minute veggie for dinner. As I cooked it felt like I was on some sort of autopilot, present enough to navigate through an easy dish, but my mind constantly wandered from one topic to the next without me being fully cognizant of the fact. It stayed with me for an hour or so even after dinner, and it wasn’t until then I was able to muster enough power for a follow up bowl. I decided to spend a full day with it, starting with a wake and bake, and by about 11:30am I was scarfing down an early lunch followed by a 3 hour nap. I woke up again only to smoke more, and found myself ordering dinner even though it was really early and I wasn’t all that hungry, but the munchies had taken hold and I was fiending for a Bionico so I pulled the trigger on Uber Eats with priority delivery. 

All and all I really enjoyed this batch of Yellow Zushi, and while it may not win any bud beauty contests, the long lasting effects and fairly unique flavor make up for it in spades. I could definitely see myself copping this again if I found it at the right ticket. Great work once again Team Ten!

Cookies and Cream by WookSauce Winery

GSC x Starfighter

So there was a lot of hype when this was dropping and it got me excited to try it. Right away looking at it there’s no doubt that this really clean 6* hash. I instantly think of the white sands of a tropical beach but even more pure in color. When opening and taking a smell your immediately hit with this creamy vanilla cake gas and sweetness that really stands out and is surprising loud after a fresh thaw. The consistency once thawed started to stick together even when there was no evidence of greasing up. Made it a little like working with a more manageable fresh press.

When dabbing it’s this creamy cake flavor that really is sweet like a dessert with this gassy element that really makes it something I want to dab again and again. I remember reading a previous review that really had me excited that this was going to be a heavy dab I don’t remember who it was but really doesn’t matter because it wasn’t that for me. It was a nice relaxing high and definitely substantial enough for me to be stoked on it and really made watching tv a much more engaging experience and my movie quite a bit funnier. Overall I’m stoked on this one great looking hash that has awesome terps and melts super clean with a very enjoyable high. I would say if you get a chance to try this one do it.

Rose Runtz by Rose Gardens Ca

Zkittlez x Gelato

After smelling some good stuff by Rose I was eager to try. Unfortunately they didn’t have what I got a look and smell of but was pretty stoked they had just dropped Rose Runtz. Beautiful looking buds that I’m not sure of the grow method but based on the structure I’m guessing organic living soil. Striking contrasting colors of greens and purples with so much resin coverage that it gives it a silver shimmer. The rust orange pistils really make the colors pop and give this flower a really nice look.

When smelling you could smell a little sweetness similar to gelato but so much of the runtz sweetness. Also lots of gas and then some odd burning rubber chem smell. It was honestly a concerning and and not appetizing smell. The structure was nice and easy to work with but when picking it apart was still unfinished and a little too damp. When smoking it tasted like it smelled for better or worse. The ash wasn’t great but not black. It didn’t burn dirty but didn’t really burn clean. The high was pretty standard I felt relaxed pretty quickly and in a better mood but the taste was distracting and kept my mind ruminating on it as I sat there high. I think a lot of my problem was personal preference as I had a fairly picky buddy grab the rest from me because I didn’t enjoy enough to finish. Overall it looks fire smells interesting smokes like it smells and although a little wet I don’t think any of the issues were grow or chemical related. So if I could get the right strain and smell it ahead of time would possibly get again but at the price tag would have to be just right.