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.

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!

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. 

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!

Pancake Ice from Houseplant

Pancake Ice from Houseplant (aka Crescendo from THCDesign) via The Peoples OC on 04/15/2021. THC tested out to 32.21%. Purchased for $70.35 out the door. 


When Seth Rogen announced that his weed brand was coming to California my phone basically blew up. Message after message from the casual smokers in my life started to pour in asking me if I had heard the news. Everyone was stoked, me included, we all wanted to get in on what we thought were special phenos that Seth had helped in hunting himself. However, in drips and drabs, information started to trickle in and paint a different picture. These were not special strains that had been painstakingly massaged to perfection for the purpose of bringing something new and unique to the California marketplace by America’s Favorite Stoner, they were simply the same 3 strains that THC Design had white labeled for Method Man’s TICAL brand months earlier, and that were readily available on the shelves of tons of dispensaries at a lesser ticket in THC Design jars. Furthermore, at the time, there seem to be a concerted effort from Houseplant to obscure the fact they were simply rejarring white labeled weed as they were being hush hush with journalists about who their partners were and even went so far as to change the batch IDs (which originally had “crescendo” in it) to a series of numbers and letters that further distanced themselves from the herbs’ origin. They have since corrected that issue and have just recently been fairly open about their partnerships on their instagram page which was nice to see. This should have been their MO from the start as it establishes trust with the consumer, but now I just see Houseplant for what it is, another white label powered celebrity cash grab. That said, let’s get to the review. 


The surface of this fairly big nug and his smaller counterpart is mostly a mix of mint, sage and tea greens that dip into forest at times, with gangly veins of amber pistils, all of which are awash in a sea of white and egg cream colored bird spike triches. 


The nose out of the jar is a semi-sweet thyme like mustiness, almost like a dimmer version of thyme itself, but has this musty spice cabinet quality with a hint of vague pepper. Breaking open a bud it sweetens up a bit and introduces a bright floral with a touch of fruit and a bit of a “tongue a 9volt battery” electric edge. Busting it down by hand my fingertips get a freshness on them that leans heavy on the pine but the mint is very present as well. The grinds are a mix of sweet floral and freshness with some distant fruit that when combined, come off like some hipster wax lips made with all natural ingredients, while a mustiness kicks around way off in the background.  

A dry pull on the joint hits with a sweet floral and light chalk with an underlying herbaceous tone and a peppery lilt. The inhale is smooth, and has a peppery mint tang on the joint, whereas the bong is more of a vague floral must. The exhale from the bong is a musty peppery cream with a hint of that 9volt action, whereas the joint is much more complex and hard to pin down, but comes through with a semi sweet floral and a musty fresh underpinning with a spicy zing that hits the septum and a cream quality that seemed to phase in and out of existence. Cross checking the flavor on my GhostVapes MV1 at 170c, there’s a light sweet floral and very distant pine with a muted fresh aftertaste where at 185c, that sweet floral remains but it’s still very light and has an even lighter hoppy beer aftertaste. 


The headchange is fantastic and exactly what I look for in a sativa which makes absolutely sense as Crescendo is still one of my all time favorites in that category. So this batch, even though it bears a new moniker, is really no different. The headchange comes on quick with a racy paranoia that causes me near instantly to get up and pace around in search of an outlet for the surge of physical energy. There’s a discomfort that develops from sitting still and before I even realized what I was doing I was up and moving and I didn’t even know why. When out for a joint walk, as I burned through the first part, I felt my stride pick up speed and an added bounce in my step. Mentally I was moving a bit too fast to focus. My mind kept jumping from task to task, and while it did help me get through some planning that I’d been avoiding and happen upon some solutions I hadn’t thought of previously, I was a little too amped to be able to sit down at the computer and actually follow through on them. 


All and all, while maybe not the most eye popping or tastiest herb (which could have degraded faster than normal due to this poorly designed tin), the effects from this batch of Pancake Ice are the real prize here. In a sea of gelato crosses the headchange really stands out, and being a sativa head, I really enjoy the heart pounding get up and go that it provides. The real question is, would I buy it again? The answer? Absolutely not because I can just go get Crescendo in a THC Design jar for less and get the same exact experience. Minus the struggle of opening this tin of course and knowing that the money is going directly to the grower, as opposed to a brand that’s trying to dig extra cash out of my pocket for no added incentive outside of a slightly bigger nug and making me feel “cool” due to the parasocial relationship I have with Seth Rogen because I thought Pineapple Express was funny. Houseplant ditch the jars, get some unique phenos and I’ll be back, but until then deuces! 

Sweetz from Cali Kush Farms

Sweetz from Cali Kush Farms via The Kind Center on 1/12/2021 (shout out to Cali Kush Farms for making it happen!). THC tested out to 30.02%. This was gifted to but regularly goes for less than $50 out the door at The Kind Center. Everything that I’ve had from Cali Kush thus far has been pretty damn awesome so without further ado, let’s get into this batch of Sweetz. 


The surface of these hulked out buds is mostly a mix of sage and hunter greens with lime and midnight blue accents that dip into deep aubergine at points, coupled with pumpkin orange pistils, all of which is frosted over in a beautiful blast of white and egg cream colored triches. 


The nose out of the jar is a sweet minty must with a touch of grungy fruit and a distant chalk. Busting open a bud that sweet mint amps up, as does the fruitiness, but it leans slightly sweeter as the musty aspect dips off completely. Breaking it down by hand it leaves a light minty pine with a far off dingy herbaceous note on my fingertips as well as a sticky trich grime, whereas the grinds themselves have a dirty sweet fruit quality with a nearly off putting sour note, it’s a sweetness with an earthy zing that almost hits my nose like a toned down freshly chopped ginger root. 


The dry pull on the joint comes across with a subtle chalky sweet floral and a vaporous mint that lingers on the lips. The inhale is smooth, and also has a chalky sweet floral with a slightly fresh must underneath on the joint, whereas the bong is more of a light sweet floral with a fruity lean. The exhale is a muted fresh floral must with a minor herbaceous zing on the joint whereas the bong is a very light sweet fruit that hits me sort of like a watermelon flavored Hint water with a minty pine aftertaste. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c it’s a light sweet floral with a strong pine aftertaste whereas at 185c, it’s essentially the same but the pine seems to shift into more of a piney mint giving it an overall fresher taste. 


The headchange came on fairly quick but also took some time to fully ramp up. At first, I felt capable and cognizant but in a short amount of time I started to question myself, stumble over my words, my memory recall was absolutely shot, and it became intensely difficult to hold on to thoughts as they would manifest and then mere seconds later would evaporate. While I found myself thoroughly stunted, it’s stranglehold on my cognition did taper off to much more manageable levels about 20 minutes in.  Physically I felt a mild weight throughout my entire body, mostly on the shoulders and upper back, and a slight numbing effect across my forehead and sinuses. There’s also a small dose of feel good energy that had me swaying back and forth and bobbing my head to the beat of the music I had playing in the background as I tried to finish up what I was working on at that moment. Over time that too fades, and while I would tend to save smoking this for the evening, I found myself caught off guard by how sleepy I got seemingly out of nowhere to the point I’d start nodding out on the couch before heading off to bed in a heavy-eyed stupor. 


All and all, I dug this batch of Sweetz, it’s got a solid smack that throws you for a hard initial loop, but settles into a warm comfortable buzz that’s excellent for that post work transition period into a relaxing evening. For the fair ticket it goes for at The Kind Center I’d be on board to grab more no doubt. Excellent work once again Cali Kush Farms, y’all are great at what you do, keep these bangers coming!

Dosi Mac from CAM

Dosi Mac from CAM via ShowGrow in Long Beach on 2/21/2021 (shout out to @dude_doing_things on instagram for making it happen!). THC tested out to 32.63%. This was gifted to me but it averages in that 50-60 pre tax range from what I have seen. I’ve heard a lot of great things about CAM, so when my boy Travis aka dude_doing_things offered me a jar of their Dosi Mac, I found it to be an offer I simply could not refuse. The surface of these dense shrub shaped buds are a mix of sage, tea and hunter greens coupled with tracts of cantaloupe orange pistis, all of which is hazed over in a wash of white and crystal clear triches.

The nose out of the jar is a sweet must with a distant spice cabinet edge. On busting open a bud, that sweetness brightens up a bit and gets more sugar-like in nature, while also bringing with it a touch of fruity cream and an echo of herbaceousness. Breaking it down by hand a very muted must and freshness lingers on my fingertips, whereas the grinds themselves carry more a sweet fruity flat cream that hits my nose sort of like a strawberry yogurt, but with the strawberry aspect being emphasized over that one dimensional cream.

The dry pull on the jay is a toned down sweet floral with an herbaceous lilt and a hint of cream. The inhale is smooth and on the joint comes with a very light sweet floral cream, whereas the bong is essentially the same but has a hint of that herbal characteristic. The exhale on the joint is a sweet floral cream with a spicy herbaceous edge whereas the bong is more of a straight sugar sweet floral with distant fresh fruity nod on bong. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I get a very light sweet floral with a faint pine, whereas at 185c it’s an even lighter sweet floral with a minty pine follow up.

The headchange comes on quick with a healthy initial slap but also has a creeper effect that ramps things up even further over a short period of time. Mentally I didn’t feel too worse for wear, I was able to focus if need be, although there were a few moments where I’d have the realization I was completely spaced out and cognitively miles away from what I was working on. I also noticed that over time, especially in the early evening, my drive to accomplish tasks on my to-do list waned hard to the point where I’d tell myself “welp, there’s always tomorrow”. Physically, right after smoking my body felt lighter and I got a bit of that floating chest sort of feeling, and over time there’s a slight ASMR like tingle that radiated from the base of my neck out to the edges of my shoulders.

All and all I dug this batch of Dosi Mac from CAM, even though it’s age is a bit higher than ideal when it comes to reviewing, it held up surprisingly well so I can definitely see myself grabbing a fresher batch at some point to contrast and compare the experiences. Great work CAM, your reputation is well deserved, and I’m definitely hyped on getting in on more of your library in the near future. 

Levels from The Ten Co

Levels from #thetenco 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 but it’s if you know you know status, I am not aware of a store with this currently on it’s menu. It’s coming up on two years since I first reviewed a Ten Co strain (Blue Zushi) so when RoldbyG offered to hand off some fresh Ten Co flavors I was more than on board to check them out. 

These big bulbous buds are a mix of tea, lime and hunter greens that frequently dip into deep rich aubergines, coupled with abundant bunches of marigold colored pistils, all of which is iced over in a thick blanket of bone white triches. Looking at the buds under bright light with the naked eye, there’s also this warm amethyst glow that the camera fails to pick up on no matter the angle I try, but it’s something that doesn’t fail to catch my attention in person every time.  

The nose out of the bag is a fresh floral and sweet syrup with a minor perfume edge, and what I’d describe as a medicinally herbaceous background that smells similar to sarsaparilla.  Busting open a bud that sweet fresh floral amps up with a slightly fruity vibe, while a savory or spicy element also emerges, but it’s hard to pin down as my nose’s perception keeps flipping between muted chocolate, root beer candy, or maybe even a vague baked good. Breaking it down by hand, I get a minty floral with sugar sweet syrup in the background on my fingertips which ended up coated in a sticky trich grime, while the grinds themselves come hard with that root beer candy, which morphs into something heavily savory and a bit confusing. It’s a complex mix of soy or beef jerky up top but also has that very sweet floral backend which at times has a faint touch of lemon. Every time I sniff I feel like I take away something new, sort of like when I re-watch episodes of Arrested Development, I notice some new subtle detail that enhances the experience over all. It’s rich and sweet and savory, almost to the point where if I came across it in a food I’d wonder if it’d gone sour or if it was supposed to smell this way, but it’s unique to say the least. 

The dry pull on the joint is a deep rich freshness that has a minty yet savory aftertaste. The inhale is smooth but hits with a hearty smoke, it comes with a fresh sweet floral on the bong whereas the joint is essentially the same, but finishes out with a musty tang. The exhale from the bong is a musty fresh floral with a vaporous quality and a touch of anise and an occasional light chocolate finish, while the joint is a fresh floral similar to the inhale, but the tang comes off more savory, even to the point where it hits slightly sour but it’s very mild and distant. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c it’s an extremely fresh floral whereas at 185c it’s not as extreme, but the fresh floral still dominates while a sweet quality makes itself known with a carbonated edge that gives it an overall “sweet flower soda” characteristic. 

The headchange comes on quick with a solid hazy eyed slap and some happy go lucky energy, but as time marches on, that energy peels back as a more chill, laid back vibe starts to settle in. While I found myself easily distracted, even to the point of forgetting what I was just doing, I also experienced a minor bout of creative euphoria that was very beneficial in getting through some tasks I’d been putting off for some time. Even though a weight was settling in over my body, from my forehead down into my shoulders, I still found myself working at my standing desk swaying to the beat of some music I had on with the purpose of helping me focus. As more time passed the chill vibe intensified to the point it bordered on sleepy while my motivations became much less task oriented and much more food oriented. Overall I have to say I enjoyed my time with this batch of Levels. It packs an enjoyable hard hitting punch that works well for those late afternoon seshes where you still have some chores to knock off your To-Do list but are ready to start unwinding for the evening. Be forewarned though, if you’re at all tired, you may end up looking at the back of your eyelids for the rest of the night before you even know what hit you. Nice job on this one Team Ten, it was no doubt a solid showing, keep up the great work!

Z-41 from Cali Kush Farms

Z-41 from Cali Kush Farms via The Kind Center on 1/12/2020 (shout out to Cali Kush Farms for making it happen!). THC tested out to 30.93%. I was gifted this sample but The Kind Center usually has deals and I’d say you could most likely get this for around $45 out the door if not less. Having had an awesome experience with everything from Cali Kush Farms thus far, I was absolutely stoked when they hit me up and told me they had a care package of fresh flower waiting for me at The Kind Center, so I swooped in as soon as I possibly could. These buxom buds appear entirely Space blue with only the smallest of patches being a forest green coming through, accompanied by pale cantaloupe orange pistils, all of which is difficult to discern because the surface is absolutely shrouded in a thick canopy of bright highlighter yellow triches.

The nose out of the jar is a sickly and sugary sweet fruit coupled with a floral musty undertone and some distant freshness. Busting open a bud the sugary sweet fruit amps up a bit as that fresh mint quality makes its way to the foreground. Breaking it down by hand, my fingers are absolutely coated in sticky bits of bud and a floral sweet freshness, while the grinds themselves are essentially that same sweet fruit and bright mint with a vaporous backing that comes off like a fruit version of a Halls lozenge.

The dry pull on the joint is a very sugary sweet minty floral with a bit of candy fruitiness in the background and leaves me with a slightly mentholated lip. The inhale is smooth and is a muted sugar sweet floral on the bong, whereas the joint is essentially the same, but that sugar sweet floral is sharper and more clearly defined. The exhale on the bong is surprisingly a sweet musty cream with a touch of light fruit in the background whereas the joint comes with a sweet fruity floral and a touch of freshness. Cross checking the flavors on my Ghost Vapes MV1, at 170c I get sugar sweet floral and pine with a touch of mint, whereas at 185c the sugar sweet floral remains as the pine falls off a bit with an aftertaste that’s reminiscent of a strange mix of skunky beer and light sugar cookie.

The headchange comes on quick with a hazy headed smack that left me cognitively stunted and has a minorly energetic paranoid edge. Seriously, if your brain is required to be in working order in any capacity then I’d advise avoiding this strain until a time where you have absolutely nothing of consequence to accomplish on your agenda and you’re able to let your mind wander into the depths of outer space. I was able to conceptualize with ease however I could not stay focused no matter how hard I tried, and when talking I’d find myself constantly experiencing that tip of the tongue feeling and having to settle for another word because the one I wanted would simply not manifest in the moment. Physically I felt my eyes lower a touch, as a little weight settled into my shoulders, and a slight tingle made its way down my spine.

All and all I really enjoyed my time with Z-41, it’s a tasty brain crippling smoke that pairs excellently with a cup of coffee on a wake and bake, and works well as an anytime smoke when you’re looking to get mentally obliterated without fear of knocking out prematurely. I’d definitely grab it again if I saw a fresh drop at The Kind Center. Great job on this one CKF, another solid heater, keep up the fantastic work!

Forty One from Panacea Farm

Forty One from Panacea Farm via OC3 Dispensary on 10/29/2020 (Huge shoutout to awesome folks and Panacea and OC3 for making it happen). THC tested out to 26.35%. This was gifted to me but it goes for around 55$ plus tax at OC3, and if you buy a full ounce you get 25% off, so that basically makes up for the tax aspect if you go hard. I know some followers out there are sick and tired of how prevalent Gelato is in the current rec marketplace, but at this point with it being essentially a modern classic, I look at it as a benchmark strain that can be used as one facet of determining the ability of a grower. As I said in the first impressions video on this batch, Gelato is a bit like fried rice in the sense that every Chinese restaurant may have one one the menu, but the enjoyment of the dish can vary wildly from place to place and depends greatly on the quality ingredients and the skill of the chef. That said, this is a fine specimen in regards to the strain. The surface of these two chunky buds is a patch work of fern, forest, and jade greens that seamlessly transition to shades of indigo and midnight blue coupled with ample bursts of twine orange pistils, all of which is washed over in a considerable amount of spiky goldenrod triches.

The nose out of the jar is “classic” gelato, that rich grungy sickly sweet fruit scent that I always refer to as “that foreign fruit market smell”, and a bit of vague mint far in the distance. Busting open a bud, the fruity scent brightens up a bit and loses it’s grungy quality, while that mint amplifies and gets sharper in tone, and when taken in all together comes with some Sweet Tart or Mentos like vibes. Breaking it down by hand I get a sweet mint with a touch of fruit on the fingers, while the grinds themselves have a rich fruity sweetness that struck me as some sort of grenadine made with real pomegranate and cane sugar, a very pleasant natural sweetness as opposed to an artificial cloying one. The dry pull on the joint is a very light fruity sweet with a touch of that grunge and a vague freshness which was surprising given the strength of the terps off the grinds. The inhale is smooth, and on the bong I get a light sweet minty floral, whereas on the joint it’s a muted fruity sweetness with a touch of chalkiness. The exhale is a light sweet floral with mint and a hint of cream on the bong, whereas the joint is essentially the same, but the mint comes in slightly sharper as the cream drops off all together. Cross checking the flavors on my GhostVapes MV1, at 170c I get heavy pine with mint and a semi hoppy beer aftertaste, where at 185c I get heavy pine floral with a lingering mint pine aftertaste. The initial headchange comes on quick but takes a minute to ramp up and is fairly mild in nature. Mentally it’s very functional, I am able to focus as needed and am very present, not that I’d want to take a math test in the wake of smoking it, but if that were the scenario I think I’d do just as well as I would sober. Physically it puts some weight on my body, but again it’s not so overwhelming that it makes me want to take a seat, I feel like I could maintain a slow pace on a chill bike ride with ease. It’s a very mellow middle of the road kind of stone and I found myself often ripping back to back bowls in order to get to the level I wanted to be on. That said, it’s a beautiful and well grown example of Gelato #41, but taste and effects wise there wasn’t enough of an impact made on me where I felt like the experience bears repeating. However, if I happen across a fresh batch in a shop at around $50 out the door I’d be compelled to pick it up again and see if it fared any differently, as I did sit on this sample for a few months before being able to examine it thoroughly. Still a solid showing from Panacea on this one, great work!