Fruity Pebbles from Blackleaf

Fruity Pebbles from Blackleaf via @inspector_of_all (on insta and this very website) on 5/22/2021. No testing information available on this batch. Inspector and I traded jars on this one so I have no idea what it runs typically.  

I’ve been following Blackleaf on instagram as far back as I can remember, but never came across an opportunity to try his herb, until now that is thanks to my buddy Inspector. He managed to get his hands on this run of Fruity Pebbles and, in a tradition as old as humanity itself, we traded batch for batch (my offer being some 710 Labs Marshmallow OG). 


The surface of these squatty shrub like buds are a combo of sage, hunter and forest greens with occasional bursts of grape and byzantine purple, scraggly spider leg-esque pumpkin and burnt orange pistils, all of which is enrobed in a thick hazy layer of milky white triches.  


The nose out of the jar is a dirty natural fruity sweetness, like a muted rotting pineapple or mild organic cantaloupe still carrying some of the dirt from the field where it was grown. Busting open a bud the fruitiness pushes that earthy musk to the background and widens out into a more complex sweet aroma, while bringing hints of cream and freshness along with it. Breaking it down by hand, the grinds come with a musty fruity cream, and have that pineapple shifting to a more sugary tone although remaining very muted and having a chalky lilt. When taken all together it’s somewhere between a starburst and a neko wafer, or maybe even a toned down all natural hi-chew, as the sweetness is subtle and far from cloying. 


Taking a dry pull on the joint, that light pineapple sweetness comes through, but on occasion hits like a straight red delicious apple accompanied by a soft waxy quality. The inhale is smooth and on the bong is lightly fruity with a carbonated characteristic whereas the joint is also fruity but has more of a gassy undertone. The exhale on the bong is a musty floral sweet cream with a touch of dough, whereas the joint is also a sweet and musty floral, but has that gassy quality as well as a touch of fruit, and a distant creamy backing with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. Over the course of the joint, a notable freshness was present and intensified, becoming the dominant sensation by the time it was finished. Cross checking the flavor on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c there’s a light sweet floral with a minor skunky beer aftertaste. At 185c that light sweet floral gets more pronounced, yet has a piney lean, which rolls into an even more intense skunky beer aftertaste. 


The headchange comes on quickly with a cerebral tingle and a light headed lift. Shortly after smoking I was able to sluff off the weight of the day with ease. Turning on some music, I found myself finishing up chores with a pleasant sway, and entering a comfortable groove where I was no longer bothered by the length of my to do list. Over time there’s some pressure that settles in, but it’s not overwhelming to the point where it makes you take a seat or causes you to fall asleep, unless you were already remarkably tired. There’s also a spacey aspect to it, but the only thing that speaks to that is the absence of description of the effect in my notes. I found myself going back to this herb time and time again, and every one of those times I told myself “ok, time to get some solid headchange notes”, evidently failing that task nearly every round as they were much thinner than they are typically when going through the review process. 


All and all, I really enjoyed this batch of Fruity Pebbles and I’d have no problem picking them up again even if the appearance isn’t eye poppingly impressive, as the smoke and effects are definitely gratifying and on target. Great work on this one Blackleaf, it was awesome to finally get an introduction to your library, and I look forward to getting my hands on more of your work.

Chocolate Mints from Small Boutique Farms

Chocolate Mints from Small Boutique Farms via Greenwolf Bellflower on 5/29/2021 (shout out to The Highly Rated Show , @jr._96_ and @skeemxcream7 [on Instagram] for making it happen!). THC tested out to 34.252%. This was gifted to me but goes for $90 out the door at Greenwolf. When JR from The Highly Rated Show was in town he asked me what strain I was most interested in, at the time it was undoubtedly this batch of Chocolate Mints, so we popped over to Greenwolf Bellflower together and he generously gifted me this jar right off the shelf.


The surface of these semi dense christmas tree shaped buds is a cacophony of mint, lime, and sage greens with eggplant and byzantine accents, plentiful clusters of dark metallic tangerine pistils, and a profuse plastering of clear and egg cream colored triches stacked in every available space like homes in a Brazilian favela. 


The nose out of the jar is a medicine cabinet must, smelling like a mix of antiseptic and fresh bandaids, with a savory soy sauce like element underneath. Busting open a bud, that bandaid smell shifts into a warm pastry sweetness, with a deep minty musk filling out the backend. Breaking it down by hand, the buds feel just airy enough to make them hard to work with by hand, it’s something I come across somewhat often but it’s hard to describe, it feels like breaking down wet paper with how it sort of balls up on itself. After tearing it all to bits, the grinds come hard with that new band aid smell coupled with fresh mint kicking around in the background that when taken all together have this herbaceous healing quality to them, while my fingers themselves are coated in a minty savory must. I’ve never had this experience, but something about the smell flashes to mind images of being injured in the deep jungle and using the one roll of medical gauze I have in conjunction with some native natural herbs, in order to stem the pain and the bacterial infection just enough to make it back to civilization. 


The dry pull on the joint carries an herbaceous mustiness with a minty edge. The inhale is smooth, and has a light herbaceous floral mint on the joint, whereas on the bong it’s essentially the same but loses some of that herbaceousness. The exhale on the joint is a rich floral mint with a slightly soapy aftertaste and a distant lime like lilt, whereas the bong is more of a straight minty sweet floral must. Cross checking the flavors on my Ghost Vapes MV1, at 170c I get a slight cooling sensation on the way in, and a very minty exhale with a strong pine backing as the cool mint lingers for moments afterward. At 185c there’s also a light cooling sensation on the way in but the mint backs off just a little bit as that sweet floral gains traction and lingers for a couple moments as well. 


The headchange comes on quick with a stupefying smack. It’s the type of herb that makes you acknowledge exactly how high you are after smoking it. Toward the end of my joint walk really stupid phrases to describe the feeling started running through my head, “officially lit, loopity doopity, smacked to the max”, and many even stupider ones I’ve forgotten about by now. The point is I was feeling pretty damn awesome and having a good time to boot. Physically, my body felt both slightly heavier and floaty simultaneously, and there was a general looseness to my movements and my nose and cheeks felt particularly numb. Mentally there was this feel good energy that just had me stoked on everything. I was stoked to find food in my fridge, stoked to eat it, stoked there was a new episode of Rick and Morty I hadn’t seen yet; just overall feeling blessed to exist and interact with my surroundings. Over time the intensity of the smack faded but the effect remained with me for a surprising while. I remember sitting on the couch hours after I’d smoked and saying wow, I don’t really feel like I need another bowl at the moment, which is a rarity in the recreational market. 


Overall this batch of Chocolate Mints was some tasty long lasting smoke that’s worth trying at least once if you can get your hands on it. It might put a hurt on your wallet, but when it comes to the exorbitant ticket bracket, it’s placement there is well earned. Fantastic work on this one Small Boutique Farms, it definitely lived up to the hype, and I’m excited to get some more of your flavors in the rotation asap. 

Kyandi by B-Eazy Buds

I had never heard of the Kandy strain, let alone had the opportunity to smoke it, and had no knowledge of the genetics… which is my favorite type of review to write! This flower had a nice combination of greens and purples that gave it a darker overall coloration, with rust-orange colored pistils and a decent coating of resin. The bud structure was small and squatty, still with a nice fluff to them. They were easy to break apart and work with, and the cure felt on-point too.

The aroma on this was unique. I got a funky sweet terp that was like the candy of Zkittlez, with this gassy savory funk, too. A skunky, musky aroma, that had a little bit of the Gelato to it… but then something else too, almost like Chem.

When smoking, the candy terps came through nicely, along with a good amount of the chem gas/funk and some subtle earthiness. To me it seemed like the sweet candy gas that is really popular right now, but with a different twist on it.

The high was decent — a medium one that I found relaxing physically but had my mind going creatively. I really liked that combination so I smoked through this one fairly quickly. Overall, flowers that smoked very well, tasted unique, burnt clean, and with a very useful high. This one checked a lot of my boxes, and I can definitely recommend. I’m three flavors in now sampling B-easy’s flowers, and really impressed with the consistency he is providing.

Fruity Pebbles by Blackleaf

(Green Ribbon x Grandaddy Purple x Tahoe Alien)

Yeee! I’m excited about this one! Since I started reading about and researching cannabis, one of the brands with consistently great customer feedback and awesome sounding strains was Blackleaf. It took me forever to get the opportunity to smoke and review stuff by them, but I finally did, so here we go! Visually, this flower was different than what I’ve seen from Blackleaf in the past. I thought I’d heard they were going Rec, so I was genuinely concerned that they changed their methods and had possibly lost their quality. The main difference was the structure of the buds (small, squatty, dense), that almost give it the PGR look (I said almost!). I found out later they’ve started using LED lights, and apparently dense flowers is one of the outcomes when making that switch. Any PGR concerns quickly faded when smelling and handling this flower. It was a nice medium green, with a few specks of purple scattered in, and the light orange pistils almost give the appearance of yellowing when looking at the bud as a whole. There was great resin coverage, really rounded everything out nicely. When handling the bud, the texture was fluffier than I expected and had a nice squeeze to it. The feel in-hand actually reminded me a lot of Blue Zushi. If you’re familiar with the dense look but soft squish they have, that’s what I’m talking about.

When smelling this flower I was legit blown away. The aroma is a mixture of fruit flavors and gas, and after listening to their podcast I could safely call it the candy gas terps they’re looking for. The fruit flavor was tangy and sweet, with notes of grape, cherry, citrus and melon. I feel like there was more to pick out from it, but I honestly smoked this up so fast I really didn’t sit and think on it as long as I normally do. When smoking, the flavors transferred over really well, and I kept thinking to myself that it was like smoking a fruitier version of Blue Zushi. The burn and smoke was very clean, with all white ash like they claim. The high was solid — not really energetic or sleepy, but a major mood elevator and stress reliever. I was able to relax and chill without feeling overly sleepy. Overall, this is some really great smoke, even if the bag appeal was not what I was expecting (listening and talking with Blackleaf, I really think it’s the lights). Ultimately who gives a fuck? Bag appeal is really not that important to me, other than for the gram. The Fruity Pebbles taste and high were outstanding. Normally I bounce around on whatever flavors I have at the moment, but I kept coming back to this and pretty much smoked it straight through. I will be grabbing more of this and other Blackleaf varieties when the opportunity comes up. If you get the chance to scoop some, I highly recommend it!

Pictures provided by @westcoastweedreviews. 🙏💚

Zen Zai by Way Up and B-Eazy buds.

Super stoked that I was asked to review these flowers by B-eazy himself. I had seen the flavor popping up here and there in my stories and was definitely curious, as it was a strain I haven’t even had the opportunity to smoke yet, let alone review. Visually the flowers were quite striking, with nice contrasting greens, a little bit of purple, and sporadic rust-colored pistils tucked in tightly. This had a healthy coating of resin and great traditional structural appearance. The cure was slightly dry, but still sticky and stinky.

When I first opened the jar, the aroma was creamy gas and sweet candy terps, as well as some savory pepper terps. But interestingly enough, when breaking it apart, some additional aromas came through. I picked up on some tropical overripe terps that I first thought of as papaya, but then realized were closer to the citrus over-ripeness of Tropicana cookies, with hints of the papaya too. Still, quite gassy and has a skunky funk that leads to some complex smells, which I really enjoyed. When smoking, the prevalent flavor was creamy gas, with a slight undertone of sweet fruit, which grew stronger at the end. I definitely appreciated the clean, smooth smoke on this, especially since I was just recovered from pneumonia when I sampled it. If the smoke was rough, my lungs for sure would have reacted from being so sensitive, so it’s been really nice to have this strain to help my lungs get back in shape. The high was relaxing and uplifting, a mellow to medium strength head change that should please new smokers and experienced smokers alike. I definitely felt it first behind the eyes and in heavy eyelids, progressing to a full relaxing warmth over my whole body. Overall, this was a really solid smoke with a high I feel could appeal to a broad range of smokers if the goal is to chill and relax. I enjoyed the unique terp profile and great clean smoke. After taste testing a few flavors from these guys, I’ll definitely be watching for what they’re putting out next.

Bacon Macaroni and cheese by The Mac and Cheese

So when Cali hit me up saying he wanted me to try his edible company that makes mac and cheese, I thought dang what a great idea! I was stoked to get to try it. The package needs to needs to be refrigerated until used, but I and @westcoastweedreviews can both vouch it stays good easily for a couple weeks. There are easy-to-understand directions on the underside of the lid and mine baked up fairly quickly in the oven. Overall it was very easy to make. When the bowl came out of the oven, it had a gorgeous cheese crust that ended up with a perfect cook. Under the crust were large, perfectly cooked noodles, nice size chunks of bacon, and what seemed to be a combination of cheese sauce and melted cheese bits.

I had the bacon version this round, but there are multiple options for ingredients, including lobster! When eating this, you would never guess it’s medicated. It tasted delicious, and was honestly one of the best mac and cheese dishes I’ve ever had. It was very rich and really was a whole dinner portion, or enough to share between a few lighter eaters. Given the portion size and richness, my only complaint is in regard to the strength — I think there needs to be a 500 mg option, or possibly a 1000mg option (especially if planning to share). At 200 mg, I felt a slight relaxation and slightly heavy eyes that lasted me a good couple hours. Overall, this was a delicious, gourmet-quality edible that I would love to enjoy again, especially with options for increased strength next time. Edit… found out 500mg and 1000mg available in single serve and up to 2000mg in catering platters.

Runthol by Pure and Proper

Runtz x Menthol

Pure and Proper is one of the craft cannabis brands that I automatically link to quality and potency when ever I hear it mentioned. So naturally as I’ve seen Runthol around on my Ig stories, my interest was peaked. With that being said, I really appreciate @b_easy and @gulfcoast for helping make this review happen. The flower really looks on-point, with a nice combination of olive green and purples so dark some almost look black, for a nice eye-catching contrast. There is a nice coating of trichomes that look so heavy that it has a nice silver shimmer. The trim job was pretty much perfect, and it had a really nice cure and structure that was easy to work with.

When smelling, I noticed a gas profile that turns to a menthol tingle in the nose with a deep inhale, which I really enjoy, and expected would translate when smoked. The terps were complex with this one. I picked up on a sweet, creamy gas and a slightly minty gas, that combine for an almost spiced gum drop smell. That happens to be one of my favorite candies, so I really enjoyed smelling this. When smoking, you taste more of the herbal component of the aroma and not much of the candy. There was a little bit of black licorice, and a little eucalyptus, with earthy/musty mint notes. Possibly a bit of a sweet finish, but slight and inconsistent. It’s still very enjoyable and burns super clean. Also, this has that nice lung expanding feeling I typically associate with a strong gas-profiled strain. The high was surprisingly strong, something I don’t typically associate with Runtz, so guessing that’s the Menthol influence (but not familiar with that strain so it’s just a guess). I felt it come on heavy behind my eyes, and a nice whole-body feeling of relaxation. I found it was fairly effective at easing pain and relaxing my stress. Soon I found myself just stuck going down rabbit holes on my phone, and a hour had quickly gone by. There aren’t a whole lot of cannabis strains that make me lose track of time and myself that way, and it’s such an enjoyable relaxing time (as long as it’s planned for, haha). So initially I was disappointed with this one, because with the crosses I was expecting a different flavor profile and it took me a little bit to get over that bias. But being past that, I can say this overall is a very flavorful, clean-smoking strain, that is highly effective at medicating me. I kept going back to stick my face in the jar and revisit the smell because I enjoyed it so much. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what flavors pop next from Pure and Proper, and I will be watching and waiting to scoop some.

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 paranoia 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.