Feria from Green Dragon

Feria from Green Dragon via Catalyst Downtown Long Beach on 2/19/2022. THC tested out to 35.2%. Normally goes for $48 out the door but I was able to scoop it for 40% that off due to a 3rd time visit coupon I was using. I found myself at Catalyst in Downtown Long Beach with an awesome 3rd time visit discount to use and I was determined to make the most of it. As of late, a few people had mentioned Feria to me as a flower they’d like to see reviewed, and being a fan of Green Dragon myself, when I saw this on the menu it was a no brainer. 

The buds in this batch were on the smaller side but were fairly dense to the squeeze. The exterior of the bud is comprised of tea, lime, and parakeet greens with irregular spots of violet and aubergine. Burnt orange pistils wind their way throughout every crevice and grip tightly to the surface as they’re obscured into near oblivion at points by a thick coating of frosty white and egg cream colored triches. 

The nose out of the jar hits me with a combination of what I’d describe as floor cleaner and a grimey old linoleum up top, there’s a sour aspect to it, as well as a peppery must that reads like an old wooden chest. Busting open a nug a slight fruity sweetness emerges, one that’s very mild in nature and reminiscent of an apple skin, along with a touch of cream and a distant minty freshness. Breaking it down by hand my fingers are left with a warm apple smell, leaning towards a baked spiced apple quality but not that well formed, while the grinds themselves smell of a light sugary sweet yet spiced apple scent with an underlying complementary fresh element and a hint of chalky sweetness. 

The dry pull on the joint comes with a sweet chalk and a mild freshness with a hint of those floor cleaner vibes as well. On the inhale from the joint I get an herbaceous floral mint, whereas on the bong, it’s essentially the same but much lighter. On the exhale from the bong I get a mild sweet chalky floral with an herbaceous tang, whereas the joint is a musty semi spiced chalk, with this flat paper-like quality in the background that was difficult to pin down. I could only cross check the flavor on my GhostVapes MV1 at one temperature (170c), as the phone with the app I used to control it died, and since the company isn’t in business you no longer download it. In any case, on the way in there was a punch of mint-pine to the tongue, and the exhale was extremely piney to the point it lingered for a minute or so afterward. 

The headchange hit with a quickness and absolutely obliterated any semblance of my priorities that existed just moments earlier. In one instance, I hit my smoke spot while dinner was finishing up for a pre-meal blaze and instantly forgot all about dinner and was completely sucked into my phone. Luckily my girlfriend was keeping an eye out and was able to give me a gentle reminder, to which my response was a quick shake of the head and an “oh yeah!”, as I headed back to the kitchen. I decided to see how it would hit as a first smoke of the day, and after I got back from my walk the pull of the couch felt nearly magnetic. I had to fight through all of my natural inclinations in order to fill up another cup of coffee and finish this review as I’d made a promise to myself to do so this morning. It’s only through sheer willpower (aforementioned coffee) and determination that I am writing this as even now I feel the want to stop what I’m doing, throw a pizza in the oven, and kick back on the couch for some Evil Dead 2 remastered action. Interestingly enough, physically while I feel calm, I don’t exactly feel weighed down in any way. There’s just a motivation sapping chill that is permeating my state of mind and attempting to give me a case of the IDGAFs. 

When all is said and done, I’d say Feria’s real strength is in it’s high as it’s the type of herb that can completely vanquish the negative feelings of a challenging day, wiping my emotional slate clean and which grants me the ability to relax and mentally reset. I’d say it comes in at a really fair ticket and has a solid effect that works for me in  a “day ender”  sort of capacity, which is extremely useful during those types of stressful weeks that life can throw at us all occasionally. I can definitely see myself picking this up again to keep on deck for those occasions, or any time I just feel like leaving the planet behind for a little bit, especially at the price of $25 out the door (last I checked) their smalls go for at their home shops in NoHo and Coachella Valley. Keep up the great work Green Dragon!

Dark Karma from Fig Farms

Dark Karma from Fig Farms acquired on 3/05/2022. THC tested out to 32.58% (although I am not sure if that’s THC or TAC) Huge shoutout to the Fig Farms Team for making it happen, as well as Dylan at Upnorth Distribution, and my dude @rip215 for the strain recommendation. This was gifted to me by Fig Farms via their distributor Upnorth but a typical Fig 8th goes for $62 out the door at a Catalyst shop. Wanting to get Fig Farms back on the page I grabbed some Triangle Sunset from Catalyst Long Beach, but as luck would have it they no longer run that strain, so in the interest in reviewing something you can actually get your hands on they offered to furnish me with something from their current line up. 

This jar of Dark Karma consisted of two nugs: one beefed out champion nug and its stout companion. The surface of the buds are mostly a mix of olive, hunter and lime greens with subtle pops of violet and aubergine, entangled in gangly bunches of cantaloupe colored pistils, all of which is flooded over in copious amounts of snow white and daffodil yellow triches.

The nose out of the jar is a sweet minty must with a hint of dim fruity sweetness, there’s a savory spice aspect to it as well, and overall it hits my nose sort of like a peppered mango but enrobed in a fresh herbaceousness. Busting open a bud that spiced fruitiness is still present but is backed by a strong vaporious mint that’s reminiscent of a mild Vic’s Vaporub. Breaking it down by hand was challenging as it was very dense, it really put my fingers to work, and left them smelling of light sweet mint and a touch of fruit. The grinds themselves managed to amp up both the fruity sweetness and the vaporous aspects to a point where it smelled like a mango Hi Chew that was hit with a splash of Ice Drops, a spicy yet fruity sweet bite with a peppery fresh zing, with those sweet and savory qualities punching at my nostrils for dominance.  

The dry pull on the joint comes with a chalky sweet floral and a touch of that fruitiness but it’s relegated to the distant background. The inhale on the joint had dough like musty floral whereas the bong had a surprisingly sweet yet brief note that at some points hit my tongue like a gassy hostess powdered donut. The exhale on the joint came with an astringent floral and a muted minty background, there was this sort of rubbery aspect that was hard to pin down, but to put it roughly my notes say “almost feel like it tastes like band-aids and hydrogen peroxide, but in a flower type of way”. The flavor from the bong was a much more familiar musty sweet chalky cream. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c there’s a sugar sweet floral with a fairly strong minty aftertaste, whereas at 185c there’s a mild floral and pine mix with a light yet noticeable piney echo. 

The headchange comes on quickly initially but also has a slight creeper ramp up overtime. Mentally I didn’t feel too worse for wear. I was able to maintain focus with some minimal effort, but if I relaxed my concentration for even a brief moment I’d find myself easily distracted, drifting off into a world of wholly unconnected thoughts. When I managed to snap back to reality I’d just be staring at some cat video on my phone or doom scrolling through reddit on autopilot. However, I should note that over the course of about 30 minutes it did become increasingly difficult to stay present but never felt impossible, it manages to have a very chill effect without passing into IDGAF territory. Physically there was a touch of pressure in my forehead and a general sense of calm that ran throughout my entire nervous system. My torso started to feel just a little more weighty than usual as well. I’d save this one for an evening with some engaging TV and a pizza or maybe a lazy Sunday morning paired with some coffee and story based gaming.

All and all I enjoyed this batch of Dark Karma, it’s another fantastic and unique offering grown to perfection by Fig Farms that definitely stands out in a sea of Gelatos that is the California recreational market. The ticket is extremely reasonable at Catalyst shops to boot, so under the right circumstances I could see myself picking it up again, especially if there were some rainy days on the horizon as I feel it would make a good companion in that type of weather. Awesome job Team Fig, keep up the great work!

Dinosaur Food from L.A.Made

Dinosaur Food from L.A.Made via Peace of Green on 1/17/2022. THC tested out to 26.328%. Purchased for $25 out the door. If you’re unaware, there’s a somewhat hidden gem in Downtown LA called Peace of Green that hosts jars exclusively from Capulator’s brand, L.A. Made. It’s a no fuss no muss sort of spot with the best deals you’re going to find on indoor herb pretty much anywhere in Southern California. 

The surface of these bitsy yet dense buds are a mix of emerald and shamrock green with sparse sporadic specks of deep aubergine, wild bunches of dark copper pistils that look as if they’re exploding through the canopy of the nug like solar flares blasting off the sun, and dense collections of triches that get so thick at times they form brilliant crown like ridge lines along the outermost exterior.  

The nose out of the jar hits like straight MAC at first, there’s a general mustiness that’s paired with spice, and a minty vapor on the backend that zings the inside of my nose just a little. Busting open a bud, a berry sweetness pours out but the mustiness remains present, yet has a creamy lilt with that vaporous sensation still making itself known in the background. Breaking it down by hand, there’s a sweet sugary mint with a musty cream underpinning on my fingertips, while the grinds themselves have a sharply sweet minty berry quality. It’s as if the mint kicks down the door allowing that berry sweetness to swarm your sense of smell. It’s hard to describe but in my notes I stated it “smells delicious, as if someone mixed a tropical hi chew and a piece of winterfresh gum and dropped it in a dollop of whipped cream”. 

The dry pull on the joint came with a sweet floral and spicy grungy tang, coupled with a distant hint of sweetness that’s somewhat blown out by that spice, and a minor minty cooling sensation. On the bong the inhale had a sweet yet perfume-like floral, whereas the joint had more of a sweet chalky candy taste that beared a slight resemblance to a candy cigarette. The exhale on the bong was a spiced floral sweet cream with a touch of must, hint of fruitiness, and a fuel like tang on the bong. The joint was very floral and sweet, but also has a spiced baked good element to it that hit me sort of like a pumpkin roll, along with a chalky overtone and a minty finish. The taste profile was definitely complex and hard to pin down but enjoyable all around. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c there’s a light sweet floral with a hint of mint on the way in while the exhale is mostly pine wrapped in a light mint. At 185c it’s mostly a straight floral with an astringent mint and a lighter sense of pine. 

The headchange came on quick and slapped with a spacy thwack. There’s a bit of an ASMR tingle that ran down the back of my neck, and into my shoulder blades, as well as an easy going calm that permeated my whole body and put a bit of weight at the edge of my limbs. Mentally, I was completely lost in the sauce. I was so spaced out at one point that I was reading articles on my phone when suddenly remembered I was expecting a text that I didn’t want to miss, so I looked up and started scanning the room for my phone and for a brief moment couldn’t remember where I’d put it, when all the sudden it dawned on me that it was on my lap with the article loaded up on it that I was just reading a second ago. It was a bit of psychological peek-a-boo that caught me completely off guard and I had to laugh at myself a good few seconds afterward. While it’s not quite one hitter quitter status, it is fairly close, as I didn’t find myself needing much to get thrust to the edge of space and beyond. 

If it wasn’t evident in the review so far I really loved this jar of Dinosaur Food, and even though most of the buds in my particular batch were a bit popcorny, for the $25 out the door I absolutely cannot complain. Fantastic work on this one L.A. Made, you are putting out unique and excellent quality indoor at an Old Pal sort of rate, which is extremely cool of everyone involved and gives the whole op that “for the community” kind of vibe. Thanks for existing. I will definitely be popping back over to Peace of Green to stack up on some of those $20 holler specials ASAP. 

Candy Chrome from 710 Labs

Candy Chrome from 710 Labs via Butter in Santa Ana on 1/30/2022. THC tested out to 20.83%. Purchased for $55 out the door due to first timer discount, normally would be around $75ish out the door. Recently I found myself window shopping at Butter Santa Ana as my lady was in the market for some concentrates, and as my eyes wandered around the store while she was making her selection, I spotted this batch of Candy Chrome on the shelf. I had heard some mixed opinions on it from some reviewer pals of mine so my curiosity was definitely piqued, and with the first time customer discount in play, it came in at a ticket I simply couldn’t resist. 

710 Labs flower is always straight up beautiful and this batch is no exception. This bud is so heavily inundated with frosty white trichomes that aiming to take a detailed look at its surface is like trying to make out your surroundings through your windshield while driving in whiteout conditions on a rural mountain highway. Through the blizzard you can make out various aspects of the olive and pear green budscape, along with sizable swaths of aubergine, but all of the details are obscured by the intensity of the trich-squall.

The nose out of the jar is predominantly musty but also brings a light fruity sweetness with just a touch of chalk. On busting open a bud, that musty sweetness really widens out and becomes a little less fruity while somehow maintaining it’s sweetness level, and a vaporous mint makes itself known. Breaking it down by hand my fingers are left with an earthy pine and a hint of mint, whereas the grinds themselves are much more complex, with notes of overly ripe melon, sugar cubes, chalky necco wafers, all of which is underlined by a gassy adjacent freshness. 

Taking a dry pull off the joint I get a light melon-ish/mango-ish sweet cream that leaves a hint of sugar on the tongue. The inhale on the joint comes with a musty chalky sweet floral whereas the bong is less descript and just has general light mustiness. The exhale on the joint brings a gassy sweet floral with a musty underpinning, whereas the bong is a musty semi-sweet cream with a hint of vaporous spice. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I felt a slight cooling sensation on the inhale which brought a sweet mint pine taste with it, while the exhale was extremely piney with a minty backing and left that pine lingering on the tongue. At 185c the mint pulled back and became more floral, with the exhale consisting of an even mix of floral mint pine, but this time it was the floral note that ended up lingering on the tongue for a bit afterward. 

The headchange came on quick with a nice gentle thwap that immediately brings any situation down a few notches. Physically I felt some pressure in my forehead, behind my eyes, and a little weight on the edges of my shoulders and often before I knew it, the tension I typically carry with me through my work day had melted away by a large margin. Mentally I was able to follow various media without issue, TV nor games presented any sort of challenge, but when it came to putting together my thoughts it felt like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle with two locally anesthetized arms. Just sloppily bashing ideas together in hopes it’d make sense at some point down the line. I would often stop mid sentence and ask myself “where am I going with this?” while another part of me would try to continue writing, but with that crucial aspect of my cognition locked up I’d end up hitting a sort of mental “blue screen of death” where I’d shake my head in an attempt to “restart” to no real avail. However, even as incapcitated as my brain may have been, I still felt like I wasn’t quite on the level I wanted to be. Even though I was feeling it I found myself wanting to smoke another bowl in short order, I was just shy of a certain mark of comfort, and while it made the monkey on my back much smaller, it was still there like an itch needing to be scratched. 

All and all, this was some great smelling gorgeous looking flower, and for the ticket I got it at I’d pick it up again in a heartbeat. That said, at the normal rate I’d have a hard time copping this again because, while it ticked most of the boxes, it didn’t quite check them all and at that top tier level that’s what I’m looking for when graduating strains to re-up headstash status. 

Tangieland from Curated Cannabis

Tangieland from Curated Cannabis on 01/05/2022. THC tested out to 31.954%.This was gifted to me but checking the menu at Mother Nature’s Remedy you can get an 8th of Mendo Breath out the door for $31.39 if the site is accurate. At the start of the year I found myself lucky enough to be invited back down to the Curated Cannabis facility to chat it up about all things cannabis, and while there I was gifted a couple samples to review, one of which was this Tangieland grown by Cathedral Green. 

This single giant beastly bud is mostly a mix of lime and sage greens with subtle blooms of aubergine dotting nugscape, accompanied by gangly flare ups of ginger and burnt orange pistils, and a beautiful deluge of intact white and egg cream triches that fuzz over the landscape like snow on an old CRT TV. 

The nose out the jar is overwhelming Jack Herer due to the high amount of Terpinolene I’m guessing, but there’s also a bit of a sweet musty tang that kicks around in the background as well. Busting open a bud the jack dissipates and has a sort of flat musty scent with a touch of floral, but comes off surprisingly muted overall. Busting it down by hand, the nug smoothly breaks apart as that jack scent amps back up, but also brings a hint of fruity sweetness to it that reminds me of a weak mango hi chew.

The dry pull on the joint is hard to discern, it’s very light, and hits with a peppery tang and a touch of mustiness underneath it. The inhale on the bong comes with a very light floral spice whereas the joint was fairly nondescript. The exhale on the bong is a muted peppery musk with a faint distant wisp of fruit whereas the joint is an extremely light spiced floral. While not particularly flavorful it should be noted that the smoke is incredibly easy on the lungs. It’s hard to describe but I’ve found myself saying it’s the closest you can get to the feel of vaping flower while still actually smoking it. Speaking of, cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I get a light semi-sweet floral followed up by a distant peppery jack bite, whereas at 185c it’s more of a generic musty floral. 

The headchange hit with a near immediate sense of calm but left my ability to think and focus intact. One time in particular prior to smoking I found myself ramped up over the challenge of the day and afterward, the physical anxiety I felt moments earlier was completely obliterated, although the thoughts that generated that anxiety remained, I felt I was better equipped to work through them more efficiently. Over time that sense of calm ramped up and I found myself in a really easy going state, with a que sera sera attitude, and where all of my movements felt much more deliberate yet moderately delayed. Overall I’d say this is a good strain to keep on deck for a lazy Sunday or the start to a chill evening at home. It brings that really mellow vibe that will allow you to enjoy kicking back on the couch, but doesn’t wreck you cognitively, so you can consume your favorite sort of media without losing the thread and having to constantly rewind/reload. 

All and all this is another visually stunning live cured entry from the fine folks at Curated Cannabis, and while the nose didn’t translate to the flavor on this one, if you like the effects as I’ve described them, for the ticket this goes for at Mother Nature’s Remedy (when in stock) I say you really can’t go wrong. 

Jealousy from Flightpath

Jealousy from Flightpath via Inspectorganja562 on 1/2/2022. THC tested out to 31.33%. This was gifted to me but I believe this is supposed to go for somewhere right around $50 out the door. When Inspector Ganja threw down a few bags of FlightPath strains on the table and said take your pick, I decided to roll with this Jealousy as it’s the only one I’d had any previous experience with and I was curious as to how it would compare. 


These taut pointed buds are mostly a deep indigo with chartreuse and emerald green accents, accompanied by tightly coiled fiery orange pistils that seem to struggle to break through the dense surface, all of which is covered in a fairly thick coating of white bird spike like triches. 


The nose out of the bag is a chalky gelato like fruity sweetness with a strong vaporous minty underpinning. Busting open a bud, the fresh mint amps up and brings a mustiness with it that dominates the scent profile near completely, aside from this faint soy sauce like savoriness that is detectable but buried in the menthol of it all. Breaking it down by hand you get a feel for just how incredibly dense these nugs are, it gave me a lot of resistance, and left my fingers smelling of musty mint and a touch of chalky cream. The top note of the grinds has a peppery quality followed immediately by that strong mint and a chalky sweetness along with a distant hint of that fruitiness from earlier. 


The dry pull has a rich sweet fruit with an immediate strong mint follow up to the point it leaves an astringent zing on the tongue. The inhale on the joint comes with a light floral sweetness whereas the bong is a slightly mintier version of the same. The exhale on the joint is a semi sweet chalky floral with a bit of a distant grape lean, whereas the bong has more of an all encompassing musty chalky sweetness. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I get a minor mint pine on the way in and more of a piney floral on the way out, whereas at 185c the mint gets much less pronounced as a standard floral quality fills in the gaps on both the inhale and exhale.


The headchange comes on quickly and smacks with authority. On more than one occasion it took me from a state of high energy and focus to one completely sapped of motivation and losing the thread at every turn. Even with the best intentions of staying on task I felt it near impossible, the want to chase every shiny object put a constant toll on my stamina, and my determination challenged by an ever strengthening feeling of not giving a single fuck about anything. There was a slight physicality to it, a weightiness that ran down through the base of the neck into every limb, but mostly it felt like it was grappling with my cognitive abilities which was mentally draining. I didn’t want to think about anything, I just wanted to sit and stare blankly into the distance and let my mind wander unchecked. I would definitely save this one for some evening smoke when you’ve got nothing to do, no one to interact with, and are ready to just zombie the hell out. Most days I need my brain to work as best it can, but there are those nights where I just need to wipe the slate clean and forget everything I’ve been through, and this batch of Jealousy would be a good companion for those situations. 


All that said, if I were in the market for a day ender type herb I might consider picking this up again, the look and nose are on point but the flavor didn’t exactly translate, and the effect for me in particular has such a specific use case that it would highly depend on the rate I found it at out in the wild. I think $50 out the door is fair. It’s apparent that Flightpath has the chops to put out a pretty darn good rec market product, I’ll definitely keep my eyes peeled for more of their offerings in stores, solid work Flightpath!

HitchHiker from Connected

HitchHiker from Connected via Catalyst Cherry on 12/22/2021. THC tested out to 28.31%. Purchased for $80 out the door. After taking a break at the end of last year, I wanted to get back into the swing of things by grabbing some new hype, so when @nathan.avila gave me the heads up on this Hitchhiker drop at Catalyst Cherry I figured it fit the bill perfectly. 


The outward appearance of these light and fluffy shrub like buds are indigo and aubergine mixed in equal parts with shades of lime and parakeet green, sporadic bursts of shiny copper colored pistils flare along the ridges of the of the calyx and especially pop when contrasted against the richest purples of the nugscape, all of which is flocked in a fairly thick coating of white and egg cream colored triches. 


The nose out of the jar is a subtle floral sweetness, with a very minor touch of fruit, and what hits me as a cheesy lean. Busting open a bud there’s a deep musty funk that emerges, with a sweet yet sharp vaporous quality that zings the nostril, and is slightly reminiscent of the feeling I got from breathing in car exhaust when I was a kid. Breaking it down by hand my fingers are inundated with a very minty must, while the grinds themselves have a deep rich funk that comes off similar to GMO but less acrid, while a sweet vaporous mint keeps its presence known and battles for attention against that show stealing rank. 


The dry pull on the joint has a light grungy chem-like taste that hits as overall savory with a touch of floral sweetness and chalk on the backend. The inhale on the joint has a slight gassy bounce off the tongue, whereas on the bong it dials it back, and comes with a light gassy floral and a very distant hint of rubber. The exhale on the joint is a sweet chalky floral coupled with that vaporous zing, and a sweet musty exhaust aftertaste that brings a bit of a raw dough quality with it as well. On the bong there’s a grungy funk with a slightly musty dough aftertaste and an occasional, but not always present, muted minty tang. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1 at 170c I get an extremely strong minty zing on the way in, while the exhale comes out like a straight minty Pine-sol, with an aftertaste that stuck around my mouth for an inordinate amount of time, and only dissipated when I went back to drinking my coffee. Turning it up to 185c the strength of the mint wanes on the inhale, but becomes more pronounced on the exhale against the pine, yet it still retains that forceful chemical aftertaste. 


The headchange comes on fairly fast but is subtle in nature. Physically I felt a slight headband effect which translated to a haziness that sat on top of, and behind the eyes, while a touch of weight hit my shoulders and a chill vibe set in. There was also this feeling of lacking coordination, nothing too debilitating, but I wouldn’t want to be challenged to a fight or a foot race in that state exactly. Mentally I was alert and able to focus when needed, however there were occasional bouts of hardcore spaciness would take me off the rails, but they wouldn’t last all too long and when regaining presence it wasn’t too hard to get back on track. It also seemed to have a slight creeper effect where it took about twenty minutes to fully take hold, but wasn’t all too overwhelming or powerful even at its height.


Overall, this is a beautiful herb with a funky yet pleasing terp profile, and a gentle thwap that’ll stay with you for a couple hours. While I enjoyed it, I can’t see myself personally picking it up again at the current ticket as there’s a lot of fantastic herb out there within that bracket I haven’t tried yet, and there was nothing particularly unique about the smoke or effect that has me foaming at the mouth to get my hands on more. The vape experience was one of the most flavorful in recent memory though, so if your primary method of ingestion is a vape and you like what I’ve said about it, it might be right up your alley but it’s just a little shy of re-up status for me. 

Zoap from Wizard Trees

Zoap from Wizard Trees via LA Kush Klinic on 7/17/2021. THC not listed on this batch. Purchased for $70 out the door. On the very same day that I picked up a sample of Jawbreakers from @russianassassinboyz / @losangelestraditional I also put in an order for this batch of Zoap for delivery by LA Kush Klinic. It was my first time using the service and it was awesome. I set the delivery point for across the street from Traditional and was sent an ETA, as the time was approaching I crossed the street and sure enough a car pulled up right at the designated time, I was seriously impressed. In any case, even though I picked this up a while back, all of my notes were done back in July (outside of the vape ones), but I am only getting time now to pull them together into this write up. 


The surface of these semi-portly buds are a mix of aubergine and wine purples coupled with olive green and chartreuse hues, accompanied by ubiquitous apricot orange pistils that wildly wind through the upper most canopy of the nug, all of which is gently obscured by a spate of white and goldenrod triches that give the herb an overall fuzzy look. 


The nose out of the bag is a sweet yet incredibly grungy fruit with an earthy quality and hints of freshness. It’s a bit confusing to be honest, there’s a very unique delicious sort of sweetness but also a gassy quality and this dirty, sort of grimey off putting element which would make you think twice if you smelled it in your food. Busting open a bud, that sweetness widens out and becomes a combo of sugar sweet floral and perfume floral, in addition to the introduction of a vaporous quality that zings the nostril and an overall candy sweetness. Breaking it down by hand the sugar sweet candy quality remains, but the fruit scent from earlier shifts into a more well defined sugary orange with a faint mint underneath, giving the grinds a harmonious orange and sweet floral scent. 


The dry pull on the joint brings a sugar sweet floral and a hint of chalky sweetness with a touch of gas in the background, and maybe a hint of faint citrus, but that note was inconsistent. The inhale on the bong comes with a strong soap like bounce off the tongue which really raised my brow, my notes say “wow, does sort of hit like soap” as I wasn’t expecting that from how it smelled. The joint however is all floral which ranges from strong and perfume like at the start and leaves a semi-sweet floral finish. The exhale on the joint comes with a cacophony of floral citrus zest, sweet candy, a faint hoppiness, all of which is enveloped by this omnipresent vaporous quality. On the bong I get a saccharine fruity cream and chalky sweet floral with a pine forward mint underneath. It really rides a fine line between candy and floral, and yes, even a bit of those soap characteristics shine through. Cross checking the flavor on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I get a sugar sweet mint on the way in, with a pinesol like freshness, and a hint of citrus on the way out. At 185c I get a more muted mint on the inhale whereas on the exhale there’s this muddled minty pine freshness. These vape notes were taken much more recently with the very last bit of Zoap I had, so I’d try to not put too much emphasis on them as the experience most likely would have been different if I’d gotten to it sooner, but it still stands up fairly well given the circumstances. 


The headchange comes on quick, leaves me feeling lost in the sauce, and has some pretty decent staying power to boot. I found myself spacing out hard, even a couple hours after smoking, and in general felt fairly slow witted and sapped of motivation. While the body high was mellow, it did affect me enough to the point that I lacked confidence in my physicality, so I can’t say I’d recommend smoking this before taking on activities that require stellar coordination. In addition, my body got more weighty over time, to the point where the couch really started to look attractive, but not to the point where it made me take a seat exactly. 


All and all Zoap is some unique tasting smoke with long lasting stupefying effects, and while the ticket may be on the higher end, I think it’s worth the cost of admission and trying at least once. This was a great first introduction to the Wizard Trees library, I can understand why they have the rep that they do, this was some quality work and I look forward to checking out more of their strains asap.

JawBreakers from Russian Assassin Boyz and Traditional Los Angeles

Jawbreakers from The Russian Assassin Boyz via Los Angeles Traditional on 7/17/2021 (big thanks to them both for making it happen!). THC not listed on this batch. This was gifted to me but looking at the menu at Traditional in DTLA I’d estimate this would go for about $46 out the door. Way back in July Russian Assassin Boyz gifted me this jar of JawBreaker as it was just about to hit store shelves and they wanted to get my opinion on it. I went home, shot my first impressions video, went through all of my normal note taking over the course of a week, and here it sat waiting to be written up into a full review. When my instagram page was disabled I took it as a sign that I needed a break, one which went a little longer than I intended, but I wanted to pick back up where I left off so here we are. So when you look at the date at the start of this review don’t let that fool you, while the notes are old, the herb was fresh when I took them. That said, on to the actual review. 


The surface of these dense bulbous buds is a patchwork of forest and lime greens with light siphoning midnight blues that are so deep it nears black in some spots, coupled with bunches of tightly coiled creamy melon orange pistils, and a thick coating of bright white and clear triches that when contrasted against the background look like a galaxy of stars in a Joshua Tree night sky. 


The nose out of the jar has a strong chem/gmo smell with a minor chalky sweetness in the background. On busting open a bud the chem gets louder and that grungy savory funk is definitely dominant, but it leaves just enough room for a distant shifty mint and a hint of fresh dough. Breaking it down by hand it leaves a sweet semi minty must on my fingers, while the grinds have a sugar sweet floral with a chem backing, and this savory sour lean that hits me almost like a funky BBQ sauce. The scents are all tumbled together and hard to differentiate, but there’s this mix of freshness and chem that when taken together has this dental antiseptic quality to it, like a familiar yet foreign mouthwash. 


The dry pull on the joint comes with a sweet chalky chem and a minty lilt, almost like a minty candy cigarette with a floral kick. The inhale on the joint has a chemy gas that bounces off the tongue, and I’m one to use the term “gas” sparingly, but was truly surprising how close it came to a legit “car exhaust” taste. The inhale on the bong was a bit more faint, had a slight snickerdoodle like taste, but that’s all I could glom on to at the time. The exhale on the joint was a sweet floral with a musty chem tang, whereas on the bong it was more of a sweet floral cream, with that chem like zing coming through on the back end. Cross checking the flavor on my Ghost Vapes MV1 at 170c I get a really strong sense of pine on the way in and on the exhale the pine remains strong with just a hint of a floral backing, whereas at 185c the pine is still dominant but has a chemical twist where it comes off closer to a pinesol like taste with that floral still lingering in the background. 


The headchange came on quickly with a touch of haze across the eyes, a numbness in the face, and a slight weakness in my knees that didn’t exactly force me to take a seat but made the idea of taking one that much more tempting. Mentally I felt cognizant but spacey, it put me in a place where I was easily sucked into my phone and absolutely lost track of everything going on around me, only to look up and realize 20 minutes had passed in what felt like the span of just a few moments. I could remain aware with a concerted effort, but lacking exterior motivation to do so, it simply felt better to allow my mind to wander unchecked. Over time, the pull of the couch got stronger, and while I still felt alert I could feel my body settling in hard with zero intentions of an exit strategy. 


All in all, I really enjoyed my time with this batch of JawBreaker and could definitely see myself picking it up again in the future. It’s a tasty solid smoke with an enjoyable smack that’s perfect for rainy day lounging without putting you down for the count. If you’re a chem/GMO fan, but looking for something in that vein that won’t absolutely obliterate you, I’d say this is right up your alley. Great work on this one Russian Assassin Boyz/Traditional, keep cranking out these hits, I’m looking forward to seeing what you put out next! 

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.