Z-Cube from Caliva on 11/07/2020 (Huge shoutout to my dude Red Rodriguez for dropping it to me personally). THC tested out to 27.79%. I was gifted this jar but from what I can tell it should retail for $38 pre-tax at Deli by Caliva in Bellflower. Caliva is one of the bigger corporate cannabis efforts here in California, and while in the distant past I’ve had a couple less than stellar experiences, I’ve heard awesome things about Z-Cube from trusted sources so I was stoked to have the opportunity to jump in and see for myself. These bitsy buds are a bit rough on the eye at first glance, but on closer examination you can see the surface is a mix of chartreuse and pear green with dusty mauve lilts, bunches of copper pistils, and a healthy coat of egg cream and golden yellow triches.
The nose out of the jar is a sugary sweet must that has a slight bright citrus lean. Busting open a bud that sugar sweetness amps up, and brings a fruity candy vibe with it, pushing that mustiness out of the picture all together. Breaking it down by hand, the grinds have a really bright sweet lemon lime citrus scent with a touch of orange zest, while my fingers are left with a semi sweet mustiness coating them. A dry pull on the joint hits with a sweet floral and a citrus twist. The inhale is smooth, and comes with a lemon lime soda like taste off the bong, whereas the joint is more of a sweet yet acidic tang. The exhale is a sweet lemon like must on the bong, where the joint comes through with that sweet lemon lime candy quality, and just a hint of cream on the joint. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from Ghost Vapes, at 170c I get a very strong pine lime floral combo that leaves a bit of a piney aftertaste on the tongue, where at 185c I get an extremely vaporous floral with the lime and pine still coming through heavily but pulled back in comparison to 170. The headchange comes on quick and packs an unexpected wallop that left me starry eyed near immediately. On my joint walk, after a couple of puffs, my sense of urgency completely disappeared as I floated down the street taking in the environment but internally tumbling through a myriad of non sequitur thoughts. By the time I arrived back home I was in a totally different mindset, the tensions of the day thoroughly wiped away, my mind flipping back and forth between being present and spacing out, and my body happily making its way to the couch. It’s far too heavy for a wake and bake on during the work week but if you’ve got nothing on the books for the day and are looking for something that will allow you to forget your troubles, kick back and relax, and just have that general warm and fuzzy vibe while spacing in and out of reality, this Z-Cube will get you there. That said, I’m not sure I’d pick it up again at the ticket it goes for in one of Caliva’s stores as there is a lot of awesome smoke in the same range, and despite being jarred these buds were not up to par aesthetics wise. However, if I were able to find them out the door at the pre-tax rate, I’d be on board to grab more as it really does have a fantastic and satisfying headchange. Passible effort by Caliva, not the best looking buds, but it definitely gets the job done well!