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!

Holy Moly! from Fig Farms

Holy Moly! from Fig Farms via direct to consumer delivery on 8/11/2020. THC tested out to 26.78%. Keith at Fig Farms was generous enough to gift this to me, I only paid the tax on this one so a little over $10, but normally this goes for about $65 on the site I believe. If you’re in their coverage area for delivery you can get 15% off your first order by using code FIGFIRST. I don’t get anything for that, just want to give you the heads up so you can get the best deal possible. If you aren’t in the delivery zone, then your best bet price wise is to probably find it in stock at Catalyst store if you can. Fig Farms has some of the most pristine herb I’ve seen on the recreational market so when I saw they had a strain called Holy Moly!, a phrase I use regularly when looking at amazing weed, I knew I had to get my hands on it. These buds are definitely befitting of the name, they look so alien that if you saw it in a glass container amongst a whole host of strange specimens in the laboratory of some mad scientist, it wouldn’t look out of place at all. The surface of these mega foxtailed buds are mostly a deep rich aubergine with the remainder being filled out by sea foam and forest greens, roguish wispy orange-brown pistils, and a armor of triches so hefty it would seem to comprise half the weight of the nug itself.  The champion nug, which made up the majority of the batch, looked like a weed version of a monkey’s paw with only one outstretched boney finger of a wish left on it.

The nose out of the jar is musty ripe sweet bananas coupled with a rubber funk on the back end. On busting open a bud, the banana really comes out and has this bright and delicate fruit candy quality overall that ends up pushing the must and rubber even further into the background. Breaking it down by hand, it leaves a nice stick on the fingers as well as the scent of sweet banana and a bit of mint, while the grinds themselves smell like a banana hi chew up top but I also catch light whiffs of chocolate tootsie roll occasionally when working with the material as well. The dry pull on the jay is a deep sweet fruit, with the banana playing a big role in that, along with a pronounced candy sweetness and a funky rubber undertone. The inhale is smooth, slightly mentholated and chalky sweet on the joint, where the bong has notes of caramelized fruit and rubber that sort of remind me of a nearly burnt thumbprint cookie. The exhale on the joint has that banana sweetness with a minty undertone, where the bong comes off surprisingly creamy with the banana itself remaining present but taking a bit of a backseat. When I paired the bong smoke with a cup of coffee, the flavor clarified further and hit me like a muted banana pudding. Cross checking the flavor on MV1 from @ghostvapesofficial  at 170c I get a light cooling sensation, and a subtle yet rich floral and pine with a hint of mint, whereas at 185c the floral gets stronger, slightly sweeter and has a touch of banana. The headchange comes on fairly quick but is stronger than it lets on at first. I had a laundry list of tasks to get through, and in preparation for the monotony ahead, I figured it best to smoke. Within moments, I’d go from being highly motivated and ready to smash my to do list, to absolutely forgetting I had a to do list all together. I’d find myself in a blissful state, enjoying the buzz, and thinking about how cool it was that I had nothing to do. A minute or two went by and I eventually remembered my task list and got to work. After that initial hurdle I felt present and mostly able to focus without issue, except for a couple occasions where I found myself blank out momentarily, but I was able to pick up right where I left off. I will say that I personally found this herb to have a creative yet cruel lean as I would come up with something perfect, like happened with a scent description for this very review, and then blank out shortly afterward losing the thought forever after. While that only happened a couple times and wasn’t too detrimental it was sort of a bummer, so if you’re the type to smoke and write, just a heads up that you should be quick with your notes. Physically speaking, there’s a mild haziness on the eyes with a slight headband effect across the forehead, and a general sense of comfort and well being. I really enjoyed this batch of Holy Moly! and I could definitely see myself copping it again just to have in my headstash and show off to guests on occasion. if you’re looking for something to slap you into outer space this probably isn’t going to do it for you. However, if you’re looking for some breathtakingly unique, flavorful, meticulously crafted, expertly cultivated flower then look no further than Holy Moly as it checks all the boxes in that regard. Great job Fig Farms, your passion for the plant shines through in everything you do, keep up the excellent work!

Animal Face from Fig Farms

Animal Face from Fig Farms via Connected Santa Ana on 1/31/2020. THC tested out to 25.21%. Purchased for $65 out the door minus 20% for happy hour. I’ve heard some fantastic things about Fig Farms, so when I saw Connected Santa Ana had a good amount of their library on deck I decided to swing through and see what’s good. I ended up walking away with this beautiful jar of Animal Face. These semi dense nugs are comprised of mostly of sage and olive greens with sporadic pops of lime, the occasional appearance of stout creme orange pistils, and an impressive showing of yellowing spiky triches that certain angles remind me of those strips they put on building ledges to keep birds from landing on them and shitting everywhere.

The nose out of the jar is a musty rubber with a hint of cream and a lightly fruity backend. On busting open a bud the sweetness moves to the foreground and that musty rubber widens out into a fuel in the background. When breaking it down by hand there’s a sweet mint and pine that emerges and takes center stage with the creaminess returning to the fill out the background while the mustiness seems to have vanished completely. When dry pulling the joint I get a sweet minty floral fuel that seems to linger slightly on the lips. The inhale is smooth and has an earthy hash like taste from the joint while being a much more “fresh” mint and pine experience on the bong. The exhale from the joint is a floral sweet rubber with a cilantro/soap like aftertaste, while that soapiness seems to come out up top on the bong, widening out into more of an earthy after effect. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from @ghostvapesofficial I get an intensely rich freshness. It comes off as mint and pine all the way and leaves a pleasant “cleaner” like sensation to linger on the tongue. The headchange comes on fast but is misleading in the sense that you don’t feel as lit as you actually are. At first I thought “This is a very functional effect and I’m clear headed and capable of any task” but then I started to notice little things that I was doing that said otherwise. I made a series of small mistakes of which I was completely unaware, and on realizing what I’d done, it made me shake my head and do a double-take. It was only then I realized how buzzed I was and that the effect was still on the climb. This one is definitely a creeper. My eyes felt low while my head simultaneously felt floaty. It puts a good amount of pressure on the neck and shoulders and gives you those near ASMR tingles in the back of the neck. This belongs in the class of what I call “hydraulic press” weed as it starts with a good amount of power and continues to push until you’re completely smashed. That said, on a wake and bake I didn’t find myself tired in the least, just feeling that very healthy thwap. I really enjoyed this batch of Animal Face, and while I might personally wrestle with the ticket at Connected, if you’re able to find it at a rate you’re comfortable with I’d say you can’t go wrong with swooping this one up. This was a fantastic introduction to the Fig Farms library and I really can’t wait to get more familiar with their line up. It’s apparent this batch of Animal Face was expertly cultivated and handled with the utmost care from harvest to jar and it shows in every aspect of the final product. Excellent work by the whole Fig Farms crew!