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!
Chem Roll from Panacea Farm via OC 3 Dispensary on 10/29/2020 (Huge shoutout to awesome folks and Panacea and OC3 for making it happen). THC tested out to 32.6%. This goes for $55 pre-tax but if you pick up an ounce of Panacea you get 25% off at OC3 which should basically wipe out the tax. As soon as I read the review @1s_th3_hype_r3al put out on Panacea’s Chem Roll I knew I needed to get my hands on some, so needless to say, when I found it in my OC3 sample pack I was hella stoked. This particular batch consisted of two nugs that, visually, reminded me of Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger on the poster for the movie Twins. The surface of this obvious champion and his little pal are a patchwork of lime and fern greens, tightly matted cream orange pistils, and an understated coating of triches that run the gamut from canary yellow to crystal clear.
The nose out of the jar is a sweet must with fruit and a baked good quality that almost comes off similar to a homemade marmalade on toast. Busting open a bud, that sweet pastry takes center stage with a touch of cream, a mint pine backing and a hint of must. Breaking it down by hand I get the sense of sweet pastry, floor cleaner and a distant hint of creamy must on my fingertips, while the grinds themselves are a complex mix of extremely sweet fruit coupled with a gorgeous gassy tone that tamps down that cloying fruit in just the right way. The baked good and floor cleaner elements are also present on the backend, with the smell coming off as some kind of foriegn candy made from natural ingredients, or a berry pie consisting of something uncommon like Marionberries. A dry pull on the joint comes with a sweet half fruit, half mint floral, with a touch of distant musty cream underneath. The inhale is smooth and on the joint is a semi sweet floral with a fruity echo and a peppery twist, whereas the bong is a less distinct distant peppery cream. The exhale on the bong is a sweet mustiness with that peppery tang, while the joint comes off with a distant sweet fruitiness first, followed by that same musty peppery tang with cream quality lingering in the wings. Cross checking the flavors on my Ghost Vapes MV1, at 170c it hits very piney with just a touch mint and floral kicking around in the background, while at 180c the pine still comes through but is offset by a strengthened floral taste yet the pine remains dominant as it lingers for an inordinate amount of time after the hit. The headchange comes on quick with a pleasant hazy headed slap with a bit of an ASMR like tingle down the top of the spine. Mentally, I found that I could maintain focus easily but I quickly realized my awareness had been obliterated. At one point I’d let the cat outside to watch some dogs beefing on the street and then went back to writing. Normally I’d be cognizant enough to check on her frequently to make sure she hadn’t bolted, but I’d been so focused on the computer that when I snapped back to reality, it felt like some massive amount of time gone by and I thought I’d neglected her. I went to check the deck and she was gone but after a moment I realized she was just chilling in the kitchen. The point of this little anecdote being I still can’t tell you how much time passed between the time she’d gone outside and the point I found her in the kitchen and I found that to be a recurring theme with this batch. Over time a sedated feeling starts to kick in, and while I don’t exactly feel sleepy, I do feel like kicking back and getting some use out of my Netflix account. All of that said I enjoyed my time with this Chem Roll and I could see myself picking it up again, especially if I were in the market for some lazy Sunday or rainy day kind of herb, as the buzz is quite conducive to those times when it’s best to stay inside and relax. Great job once again Panacea. Keep up the fantastic work!
Purp DDV (Purple Double Deja Vu) from Panecea 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 26.39%. This goes for $55 pre-tax but if you pick up an ounce of Panacea you get 25% off at OC3 which should basically wipe out the tax. After a great experience with their lower tier offering, I was absolutely stoked to get my hands on these jars with the fancy wax emblem on top, and having heard praise for Purp DDV in particular I decided to dive into it first. The surface of these two big beautiful Christmas tree shaped nugs are a mix of pear and sea green, with large veins of rich wine purples that dip into darker hues of midnight blue, coupled with clandestine copper pistils that are present but nearly go unnoticed due to the copious amounts of attention stealing canary colored triches that give the budscape as a whole a light golden glow.
The nose out of the jar hits like an overripe sickly sweet fruit, sort of like how a melon will smell right before it goes bad, with a touch freshness in the background. Busting open a bud, a flat sweet pastry emerges up top, but there’s still a fresh “gassiness” right behind it. When breaking it down by hand bits of bud stick to the fingers leaving a sweet fruity must on them, while the grinds also come hard with that sweet fruitiness, the freshness is amped up simultaneously and really attempts to dominate the scent profile resulting in this overall old school waxy fruit candy kind of smell that’s reminiscent of cherry wax lips. A dry pull on the jay has a deep rich fruit that’s hard to pin down, but comes in somewhere between mixed berry and maybe honeydew, but it’s hard to say as it’s all sort of clumped together flavor wise. The inhale is smooth and on the joint comes off as a sweet floral mint whereas the bong is essentially the same but a bit more subtle. The exhale on the bong is a creamy must with a hint of mint pine in the background, whereas the joint really brings out that freshness, with a sweet cool minty quality that temporarily lingers on the tongue. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from @ghostvapesofficial at 170c, I get a minor cooling effect and a light fresh floral with a hint of fruit, where at 185c I get a stronger cooling effect but the taste is a muddled combo of sweet floral and fruit that’s definitely there but once again hard to pull apart. The headchange comes on quick and has a wonderful anxiety blasting smack that completely obliterates any ill feelings you may have had just prior to smoking it. It seems cliche to say, but in these trying times, this Purp DDV definitely helped me achieve some welcome calm and perspective. Physically, I felt a nice ASMR like tingle from the neck down into the lower spine, and a bit of that classic stoney weightlessness that gives you a general warm fuzzy vibe while you’re just existing. It doesn’t hamper your ability to be present, and doesn’t really interfere with your capacity to think, but there is this carefree aspect that one should be cognizant of as it may cause you to not feel the gravitas of certain subjects. That, admittedly, is part of the reason I really liked it though. All and all I really enjoyed my time with this strain, it puts me in a chill “forget all your worries” mindset with a soothing body buzz to boot, and for the ticket it goes for at OC3 I’d have no problem copping it again (especially with the volume discount in play). Great job on this one Panacea, you guys are definitely putting out some top notch heat and I can’t wait to bust through more of your library, excellent work!