C.R.E.A.M. from Cannatique Farms

C.R.E.A.M. from Cannatique Farms via Calma West Hollywood on 10/20/2020. THC tested out to 26.49%. I got this for about $70 out the door with the first time discount, otherwise it would have ran around $100. Huge shoutout up top to Abstrax Labs and The Growers Collection for reasons that will become clear later in the review.  When I stopped at Calma West Hollywood to pick up a sample pack, I spotted this C.R.E.A.M. on the shelf and while the ticket was extremely high, it looked absolutely stunning so I decided to throw down and see if its bang matched its beauty. The surface of these fairly small buds are mostly a pear with subtle shifts to lime green coupled with aubergine accents, contrasted against pops of golden bronze pistils, all of which is heavily obscured in a hazy sheen of an eye poppingly thick coat of egg cream colored triches.

It’s seriously some beautiful stuff, but unfortunately, that’s where the positive experience ends. The nose out of the jar is extremely vague, it’s nearly blank, and the best description I can muster is that it comes off like plant and spice with a hint of must but it’s very muddled and muted. Busting open a bud the smell remains weak, it does seem to morph slightly adding some fresh elements as well as a distant echo of cream and floral, but it’s very flat and thin. Breaking it down by hand I get no smell on my fingers which is really out of the ordinary. The grinds themselves have an indistinct minty plant smell, there’s a bit of pine in there too, it sort of smells like walking through a forest but with the volume on your scent receptors turned down to the lowest detectable levels. A dry pull on the j offered a really faint and flat floral sweetness. The inhale on the joint was initially smooth, and had a vague floral sweetness with a muted freshness, but got slightly harsh toward the end. I didn’t notice the same issue on the bong, where I got a slightly more perfume-like floral with a hint of spice and sugar sweetness, but it was all very muffled. The exhale on both the bong and the joint had a suppressed creaminess with an acidic sour quality. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from Ghost Vapes at 170c I get a very light sweet floral with a flat finish, and at 185c the floral gets a little stronger to the point where it has that skunky beer taste, but it’s still fairly meek. I’ve always had a hard time doing write ups in regards to taste and smell because they’re inherently subjective, so I’m excited to add a new layer of information in that arena thanks to the awesome folks at Abstrax Labs. Utilizing advanced chemical techniques far beyond my understanding, they’re able to take small samples of bud and run it through a process that reveals every terpene and aroma compound within it and make it into an easy to read data sheet, which I thought would be fun and informative to compare against my subjective experience with any given strain. While it may not align perfectly with my individual take on the strain, it is interesting to go over the data and see how it matches up with my experience, and maybe give me some better and broader understanding of flavors that are difficult to pin down.

This brings us to the headchange which I found to be middle of the road effects wise. Shortly after smoking you feel cool, calm and relaxed even if you had been anxious moments earlier. Given the body buzz it’s surprisingly clear headed, I never found myself lost or confused, I was always present and able to work without losing track of what I was doing even with the occasional short lived spacy distraction. If instead of putting a bit of weight on your body it brought a bit of energy, it would be a pretty good sativa, but it has just a bit too much of a chill vibe to help you get that motivational edge and get shit done. I’d say it’d be best paired with video games or a movie that requires a lot of your attention as it will keep your mind occupied and your body sedentary. That said, for $100 out the door more or less, I simply would not pick it up again. When I saw this herb I had high hopes for it but the reality is that you can get much better on the recreational market at half the rate. My fellow reviewer @rip.215 had a great experience with the same batch, one I wish I had, but as it sits that is a huge miss for me. Sorry Cannatique, I wish I could give it a positive review, but you probably won’t see this since you have me blocked anyway. 

High Jump from 3C Farms

High Jump from 3C Farms on 7/14/2020. THCa tested out to 28.5%. (Shoutout to Matt at 3C for making it happen!) This was gifted to me but it goes for $35.50 at 3C’s DTLA shop. High Jump was actually the second 3C strain I smoked with Red Rodriguez back in the Cannabis Cafe era, but we practically cleared the jar that day so I was hella glad to get another one in the rotation for review, although admittedly I let it sit on my shelf much longer than I intended. The surface of these huge buds are a patchwork of olive drab and chartreuse with dark slate blue highlights, ubiquitous yam orange pistils, all of which are enrobed in an impressively thick layer of egg cream colored triches.

The nose out of the jar is a sweet musty funk with a heavy emphasis on that sweet must. Busting open a bud, the sweetness remains but shifts to a much more floral tone, pushing that mustiness to the background. Breaking it down by hand is an easy task as the bud is fluffy and dry, which is mostly on me due to the fact I sat on it so long, but the grinds still come through smelling of a mild sweet floral with a minor citrus tone. The dry pull on the joint is a very delicate sweet floral with a lightly fresh edge, and a very distant hint of fruit, but that particular aspect was hard to pin down as it was inconsistent. The inhale is smooth and comes with a musty semi-sweet floral on the bong, whereas the joint is more of a sweet floral up top with a musty spice underneath, and a chalky twist. The exhale is a musty cream with a muted spice on the bong, where the joint has a very sweet floral taste that rounds out into a flat paper note, accompanied by a very light minty fruit quality. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from GhostVapes at 170c I pick up on a faint fresh floral that leans a little more pine than mint whereas at 185c I get a sweet floral with a touch of a perfume like aftertaste. The headchange comes on quick and puts a haze behind the eyes and absolutely wrecks your ability to stay present. Shortly after smoking a single bowl I found myself spacing out, frequently going on autopilot, but in a way that had a lot of unexpected results. For example, as I got ready for a shower, my mind was completely elsewhere and by the time I’d made my way out of the bathroom I could not for the life of me locate my glasses. After near a half hour of going in circles, dumbfounded that my glasses weren’t in any of my normal spots, I finally found them high on a closet shelf where it really made no sense but on picking them up did have some vague neuromuscular recollection putting them there in the first place. As I battled through the haze, I attempted to get some work done but my motivation was completely shot, so I found myself gritting my teeth to complete the bare minimum for the day and hitting the couch to ride out the rest of the buzz on the couch in a fuzzy stupor. All and all, I think this batch of High Jump held up pretty well for the amount of time I forced it to sit on my shelf, and I’d really like to compare it to a fresher batch if it hits me any different. 3C consistently puts out high quality herb, and it goes for a very fair ticket at their DTLA shop, but as it stands I wasn’t a huge fan of the headchange so if a fresh batch hits the same I probably wouldn’t pick it up again. However, if you’re a fan of that sort of spacey energy sapping effect, this one might be right up your alley.

Cereal Milk from Cannabiotix

Cereal Milk from Cannabiotix via The Spot Fountain Valley on 10/22/2020 (Huge shoutout to Jake and Blake at The Spot for making it happen!). THC tested out to 33.01%. This was gifted to me by The Spot but it goes for $75 pre-tax on their menu but that’s about par for the course for the Brand. CBX has quickly gained a reputation over the past year for putting out some solid heat, but time and time again various people have been telling me Cereal Milk is THE one to try, so I was stoked to see it in my care package from The Spot . These surprisingly dense buds are a mix of emerald and asparagus greens, tight sporadic pops of ginger orange pistils, and a fairly thick layer of snow white triches that are so abundant at points they look like snow drifts contrasted against a wintery forest landscape.

The nose out of the jar is a musty spice with a semi-sweet cream in the background. Busting open a bud that cream shoots to the foreground and amps up that sugar sweetness, totally blasting out any semblance of must, and smells very similar to MAC but without that familiar berry component. Breaking it down by hand I really get the sense for its density. It leaves a minty heavy cream and a nice stick on the fingertips, where the grinds themselves hit super sugary sweet, to the point where my notes say “if someone made a sugar flavored starburst, this is probably how it would smell”. It also has this vaporous quality to it but it too is extremely sweet. When trying to sort through the scents I felt like I was experiencing olfactory hallucinations as I kept catching whiffs of “fruit” but they’d quickly be overwhelmed by straight sugar. The dry pull on the joint matched up with that experience perfectly, it was pure sugar with just a touch of cream and a hint of freshness, and I might even go so far as to describe it as sugary gas. The inhale is smooth and on the joint comes with a floral spice and a minty twist whereas the bong is more of a generic semi-sweet floral. The exhale on the joint is a sweet cream with extra sugar and a hint of spice, whereas the bong is a flatter more musty cream with a spicy backend, but it’s not nearly as well defined or flavorful. Cross checking the flavor on my MV1 from Ghost Vapes at 170c, I get a generally fresh mint pine floral that leaves a minor aftertaste on the tongue, as where at 185c it’s more of a heavy sweet floral with a perfume edge. The initial headchange comes on quick and has a feel good yet very spacey and forgetful buzz. On multiple occasions I’d be having a great time handling whatever task I was working on at the time, only to come to a point where I’d completely lose track of what I was just doing, and have to take a few moments think it out and hopefully remember so I could pick back up where I left off. At the start of my joint walk I felt lighter and there was a slight pep in my step, but over time I started to feel a weight settle into my body as well a slight headband effect, which was followed by a huge deep-breath-taking sense of relief. I’m sure the fact that it was Friday also helped, but there’s no doubt I found myself sighing in a satisfied way several times, glad that my work week was behind me and the weekend was just around the corner. Overall I really enjoyed my time with this batch of Cereal Milk, while it’s far too heavy for a wake and bake on days you hope to be productive, it’s a solid strain to end the day or kick off your weekend with and get your head in the right frame of mind. I can definitely see myself picking it up again, and while $75 pre-tax is more than I’d personally pay, it’s well within the proper bracket for its quality when compared against other menus out there. Excellent stuff CBX, you guys are definitely putting out some top quality for the rec market, keep up the great work!

Headbanger from Cali Kush Farms

Headbanger from Cali Kush Farms via The Kind Center on 10/20/2020 (shoutout my dude Cary for making it happen). THC tested out to 27.03%. This was gifted to me but I believe goes for $50 out the door or less depending on the deals The Kind Center is running that day. Cali Kush has been on my radar for a long time now, I’ve been told by more than one trusted peer that I needed to get them in the rotation, so I was stoked when I found myself in the area and able to swing by the Kind Center for a fresh batch of flavors. These buds are mostly a dusty pear with splashes of hunter green and near onyx sugar leaves, coupled with cream orange pistils, all of which is coated in a thick frost layer composed of multitudes of both white and goldenrod triches.

The nose of the jar is a semi-fruity candy sweetness with a chalky twist. When busting open a bud, that sweet candy fruit brightens up a bit while also getting louder, and brings with it a brisk minty freshness. Breaking it down by hand a brilliant fresh pine mint with a minor chalky quality is left on the fingertips, while the grinds themselves have a sugary fresh candy vibe accompanied by a present yet vague fruity sweetness, but it’s fairly obscured by the dominance of that pine mint freshness. A dry pull on the joint also matches up with the scent as it has that sweet candy freshness in spades. The inhale is smooth and has a sugar sweet floral on the bong, whereas the joint is essentially the same, but there’s a hint of mint that makes its way forward as well. The exhale is an extremely sweet grape jelly paired with a strong perfume-like floral off the bong, whereas the joint hits more like a sugar sweet mint candy, and surprisingly lacks any semblance of fruit. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from @ghostvapesofficial at 170c I get one of the most intense pine experiences I’ve ever encountered. There’s a minor cooling effect on the way in, but the exhale is so powerful, it left a piney aftertaste on my tongue that I haven’t experienced since getting my mouth washed out with soap as a kid. It left me with a bit of a twisted face just due to the flashback and how overwhelming it was, but I have to admit I was thoroughly impressed by its sheer power. At 185c, it’s still extremely piney but it’s tamped down a bit which allows for a sweet floral to be detected, but the aftertaste remains mostly pine with a touch of mint. The headchange comes on quick and brings some solid energy with it as well as an uplifting smack. It compliments a morning cup of coffee perfectly, it helps wipe the sleep from your eyes, gets you bright eyed and bushy tailed, and puts you in a positive state of mind ready to take on the challenges of the day. It’s the type of herb that murders your apprehension about difficult tasks you’ve been putting off, and before you know it, that thing you’ve been dreading taking care of for the past week is handled and you’re free to move forward to kick ass on the next task. I loved the experience I had with Headbanger as it’s exactly what I look for in a sativa. Truth be told, I had to cut myself off at one point and stop dipping into this batch for my morning ritual as in the end, I barely had enough to finish the review properly because l leaned so hard on it as my go to wake and bake strain. For the ticket it goes for at The Kind Center I’d definitely pick it up again without hesitation. Fantastic job on this one Cali Kush Farms, it’s definitely worthy of joining the ranks of my headstash, and I’m looking forward to tearing through the other offerings I have on deck from your library.

#freebritney from Lolo Cannabis

freebritney from Lolo Cannabis via Catalyst Santa Ana on 10/2/2020. THC tested out to 22.16%. Purchased for $29 out the door. I’m always interested in getting the most bang for my buck, so when I saw this brand/strain pop up on my dude Red Rodriguez’s stories, I was intrigued and decided if I came across it in store I’d cop it without hesitation. The surface of these mini yet mighty nugs are a mix of dingy lime and forest greens with the occasional rash of midnight blue, coupled with pale orange and twine brown pistils, and a significant smattering of white and goldenrod triches.

The nose out of the bag is a sweet semi-perfume like floral with a touch of must underneath. Busting open the largest of these smalls, that backend mustiness shifts to a sweet pastry that takes center stage, pushing that floral scent into the wings. Breaking it down by hand, the buds leave a faint musty floral on my fingertips, while the grinds themselves have a mild sweet yet slightly acidic pastry scent. The dry pull on the J has a surprisingly strong sweet floral taste with a minor fruity backing. The inhale is smooth, and comes off like a semi-sweet floral on the bong, whereas the joint is a slightly sweeter floral with a touch of mint. The exhale on the bong is a chalky dough with an extremely faint acidic quality, where the joint is floral with a faint fruity sweetness, and just a hint of pastry. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from @ghostvapesofficial at 170c I get a semi sweet floral with a touch of fruit and a very faint near lemon like aftertaste, but at 185c that floral broadens and flattens out, and has a bit of sweetness but is a lot less defined than at 170. The headchange comes on quick and immediately hits you with a wave of calm. Over the past couple weeks I’ve been racked with anxiety, and any time I smoked #freebritney, it blew my worries away and made them seem like a distant memory. Instead of being distracted by the dread at hand, I was able to kick back and relax, and enjoyably engage in conversation without my worries even so much as making a 10 second cameo in my thoughts. Physically it puts a weight on your body, but it’s in a comforting way that doesn’t feel like it’s holding you back, and you can still get up and handle tasks if need be as long as you’re not under a strict deadline and can afford to be chill about it. Overall I really enjoyed my time with #freebritney, despite it being smalls it’s a solid smoke that has the ability to flip your mood from hella stressed to ultra chill within no time flat, especially for something that comes in out the door for under $30. For the ticket it goes for at Catalyst I’d have no problem copping it again. Excellent job Lolo, you guys are definitely living up to your name, keep up the great work. #lolo #catalyst #weshouldsmoke #okcool

Blueberry MAC from Maven

Blueberry MAC from Maven via Showgrow Long Beach on 9/17/2020 (shoutout to Travis at Showgrow for the swoop). THC tested out to 28.092%. With a discount I was able to get this for about $45 out the door but I’ve seen it go from about $45-60 pre tax depending on shop. I’m a huge fan of all things MAC so when I saw that Maven put out a special Blueberry variant I knew I had to get my hands on some. The surface of these small yet hardy nugs are a mix of pear and forest greens with rashes of raisin and eggplant, coupled with whips of dark twine and light orange tinted pistils, all covered in that signature MAC frost comprised of an army of egg cream colored triches.

The nose out of the jar hits like musty unwashed berries and spiced cream, very similar to the typical MAC scent, but this one leaned a bit more musty than usual. Busting open a bud the mustiness takes a back seat and a that sugar sweet spiced cream takes center stage, reminding me of an Horchata somewhat, but one that’s made with fresh natural ingredients and doesn’t have that saccharine sweet artificial bite you often come across in a mass produced powder based Horchata drink mix. Grinding it down by hand you get a sense for how very dense it is, leaving heavy notes of mulled spice on the fingertips with echos of sweet cream, while the grinds themselves come off like classic MAC with that delicious berries and cream scent popping off in spades. The dry pull on the joint is a sweet creamy floral with a musty spice back end and just a hint of freshness. The inhale is smooth, and has a surprisingly sharp cheese taste on the bong, whereas the joint is more of a floral sweet cream experience. The exhale on the bong is a sweet cream with berries and just a bit of spice, whereas on the joint the berries really come through up top, with a heavy spiced cream and floral follow up. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from @ghostvapesofficial , at 170c I get slightly piney floral, whereas at 185c it’s a heavier near perfume like floral with a skunky beer aftertaste. The headchange comes on quick and with a decent smack but it’s a bit hazier and less spacey than I expect from a MAC. There’s a physical drain accompanied by a “meh” feeling that really saps any motivation or will you have to do anything of consequence. Typically when smoking MAC I’ll go through a bowl or two and be able to reach a satisfying state, but with this batch I found myself attempting to reach for a 3rd and 4th bowl not too long after the initial smoke, as something just felt like it was missing from the effect and it never quite materialized. That said, on its own merits, this batch of Blueberry MAC is pretty good but still has that mentally depleting high of which I’m not a personal fan but many people seem to enjoy. If you’re a MAC fan then you may not find the type of effects you’re expecting, but if you’re looking for more of a Blueberry type body buzz with a MAC twist, then I have a feeling you’ll really dig this batch. Sorry Maven, you guys continue to put out some well crafted and high quality herb, but as a MAC enthusiast this one missed the mark for me. 

Lemonatti from Connected

Lemonatti from Connected via Catalyst Santa Ana on 10/9/2020. THC tested out to 24.71%. Purchased for $85 out the door. In the distance, I could see huge plumes of smoke shooting out from the Hype Train, and today it was carrying Lemonatti. These foxtailed buds are a mix of deep aubergine and midnight blue along with shades of office and shamrock green, coupled with both fiery and cream orange pistils, and and a fortified layer of frost comprised by copious amounts of gently yellowing triches.

The nose out of the jar is a sweet lemon with a zesty edge and a musty pastry-like back end. Busting open a bud, a sugar sweetness with a cookie undertone takes center stage, with the lemon being pushed far into the wings but remaining present. Breaking it down by hand I found a minty lemon stuck to my fingers, while the grinds themselves have a semi-artificial lemon slushie/slurpee scent, but it’s hard to pin down exactly because the lemon seems to widen out beyond citrus into more of a general fruit vibe to the point it comes off vaguely similar to a Simply Lemonade with Blueberry. The dry pull on the j has a muted sweet lemon that ended up being milder than I anticipated. The inhale is smooth, and has a sweet and musty lemon on the joint, where the bong is a much more muted lemon experience.  The exhale is a heavy grungy lemon with a minty pine aftertaste on the joint, where the bong has a lighter lemon quality with that muted pastry cookie undertone, and via either method it ends up tickling the septum just a little bit. Cross checking the flavor on my MV1 from @ghostvapesofficial at 170c, I get a slightly cool piney lemon that gives me some muted cleaner vibes, which finishes out by leaving the ghost of a lemon aftertaste on the tongue. At 185c, there’s a minor cooling effect that occurs with a lemony zing on the way in, while the exhale is an overwhelming lemon that has some staying power and rounds out with a paper like finish. The headchange comes on quick, is heavy on the eyes and forehead, and saps me of any sort of motivational momentum that I may have had just moments earlier. It leaves me feeling dough faced and pretty meh and wondering why this experience cost $85. I thought that maybe my disdain for the buzz was partially due to my state of mind at the time so I decided to write up my thoughts, shelf it until it was time for my final write up, and revisit it in earnest. Between that time and now I’ve come across a couple very high ticket batches from other brands that had such poor showings, that in comparison, it’s given me a newfound respect for this Lemonatti. In my original rough draft review that was posted to Patreon, I was much harsher in my final verdict, while now I’ve softened it up to this: While I am still not a fan of the near depression like headchange, the taste and overall quality was fairly superb, but I can’t say those qualities were enough to push me to the point of saying I’d cop it again for $85. There’s just too much good stuff out there for less. Sorry Connected, this was some quality herb, but it just missed the mark for me. 

Triple Scoop from Your Highness

Triple Scoop from Your Highness via Jungle Boys OC on 9/26/2020. THC tested out to 26.89%. Purchased for $64 out the door. Your Highness has been on my radar for years now, but for some reason I was never in the right place at the right time to get cop any, so when I noticed Jungle Boys OC put this Triple Scoop on their menu I decided I wouldn’t let another opportunity go by and hopped on it. The surface of these trident-esque buds are a mix of juniper and sage greens that shift into hues of midnight blue and light aubergine with the occasional dot of chartreuse, coupled with sporadic varied bursts of sunset orange and pale orange juice colored pistils, all heavily coated in a thick glimmering layer of icy white triches.

The nose out of the jar is that gelato like grungy sweet fruit with just a slight sugary candied vibe. Busting open a bud, that foreign fruit market scent remains dominant, but it gets a touch brighter and brings a mint-pine freshness with it that makes it’s presence known but stays relegated to the background. Breaking it down by hand, my fingers are overrun with a thick trich grime as I work through the fairly dense buds leaving a creamy sweet fruit with minor eucalyptus vibes on my hands, as the grinds themselves have that grungy fruit scent in spades with a creamy mint base. The dry pull on the joint is a sugar sweet fresh floral that tastes great but surprisingly lacks any semblance of fruit. The inhale is smooth and on the bong is a mild cream with an echo of chocolate so distant I thought I imagined it, but the joint reinforced that experience as it was mostly a fresh floral, but had a slightly louder note of chocolate hanging out in the background. The exhale had a creamy sweet freshness on the bong, whereas the joint had a similar flavor, but it had a spicy bite on the back end. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from Ghost Vapes at 170c I get a slight cooling sensation on the way in, and a strong yet equally balanced floral mint exhale, where at 185c the floral takes command and has a sugary candy edge to it at first but eventually the mint comes through in the aftertaste. The headchange comes on quick and has an enjoyable slap to it. There’s a heaviness you feel in the body near right away but it’s not so strong that it’ll couchlock lock you up, and it has a feel good tilt to it that I wouldn’t describe as peppy exactly, but definitely uplifting as it has you living in the moment and feeling generally positive about existing. I’m able to stay focused and on task for the most part, but I did find myself spacing out briefly on occasion, and without an energetic component in play I was more apt to want to kick back on the couch as opposed to kick ass on my to-do list. Over time the effect really settles into the body and you start to feel the weight increase on your shoulders, while the muscles in your neck seem to get a bit more rubbery, and a bit of an asmr tingle makes its way from the base of the skull down into the upper part of your spine. All and all, I enjoyed my time with Triple Scoop as it’s a pretty solid middle of the road smoke that pairs well with a chill afternoon of video games and movies, and I could definitely see myself picking it up again if I could find it at around $55 out the door. That said, this was a fantastic first time showing by Your Highness as it’s evident that they are capable of putting out some high quality skillfully cultivated product, and I’ll definitely be looking to get more of their offerings in the rotation as soon as possible. Awesome job your Highness, keep up the great work.  

Keisha from Green Dragon

Keisha from Green Dragon via Catalyst Santa Ana on 9/16/2020. THC tested out to 30.3%. Purchased for $48 out the door. Having had an excellent experience with Green Dragon’s Malverde, I knew I had to get them in the rotation again soon, so when I saw there was a fresh drop of Keisha at Catalyst I made sure to cop some asap. The surface of this giant champion bud (and it’s small companion) contains a mix of fern, forest, and lime greens, coupled with intermittent patches of copper red pistils, all frosted over in a tremendously thick shimmering layer of egg cream colored triches.

The nose out of the jar is a sugar sweet perfume-like floral that brings to mind images of a foreign candy shop, where it all smells great, but is also so unfamiliar and new. Busting open the bud, there’s this intense vapor wave that overwhelms the pallet initially, but falls back into a warm sugary fruity sweetness with an aromatic floral backside and a light astringent freshness.  Breaking it down by hand my fingers are resinated and coated in triches near instantly as I work through the dense bud, they smell of sweet floral perfume with a light freshness underneath, while the grinds themselves have a sweet fruit quality while Vicks Vaporub like fumes and floral touches fill out the background. It’s very complex, and even though I try to be thorough as can be, my description feels as if it’s still incomplete. The dry pull on the joint comes off like a sugar sweet vaporous floral that makes me think of a mild sugar coated Halls lozenge. The inhale is smooth, and on the joint hits with a sweet floral and an easy going mint, as where the bong is essentially the same but the mint is a bit more aggressive. The exhale is a sweet floral must on the joint, but the bong really comes through with a deep floral perfume-like taste that brings a touch of honeysuckle sweetness along with it. Cross checking the flavor on MV1 from Ghost Vapes at 170c, I get a cool floral on the way in while the exhale is an extremely strong piney floral, that tastes how I imagine pinesol mixed with perfume might. At 185c that intense floral takes center stage, but the pine is still very much present, and hits my tongue like a heavily floral hand soap. The headchange comes on quick and slaps with the authority of a disappointed grandmother. Anxiety ridden, I decided to head out for a joint walk, and within moments of lighting up all of the stress I was racked up on moments before felt like a distant memory. The causes of my anxiety were still there, but instead of feeling a level of dread over it, my attitude flipped to more of a que sera sera mode where I was able to manage them with ease. As I walked my body felt slightly heavier, and while I wasn’t dragged down to the point of needing a nap, I started to feel the call of the couch and altered my route to get home just a smidge quicker. Even then, I didn’t mind the rest of the walk as I was able to go on autopilot, as I cheerfully spaced out and was back at my front door before I even knew it. While you can focus and get things done if need be this strain comes with a heavy dose of the “I don’t give a fucks”, and while you may be capable of working and staying on task, if there’s any possibility of you being able to put it off and just chill you’re going opt for that route. It’s definitely not a wake and bake strain unless all you plan to do is watch TV and take weed naps. That said, I really enjoyed my time with Keisha as it’s a solid evening strain with a welcome enjoyable smack that makes your troubles seem miles away, and for the ticket it goes for at Catalyst or Green Dragon’s shops I can definitely see myself picking up more in the future. Excellent job once again Green Dragon, your herb is of the highest caliber, it’s hella affordable, and you’ve got a ton of unique genetics that you simply just don’t find anywhere else. Keep up the fantastic work!

Macaron from Balanced

Macaron from Balanced via @showgrow.official on 9/17/2020 (shoutout to Travis at Show Grow for the swoop). THC tested out to 27.63%. I was lucky to get this for a little under $50 but going price for Balanced jars at Catalyst is $57 out the door. Having only seen Balanced pop up on @theblacklistxyz now and then, when I saw their herb was hitting recreational shops in SoCal, I made it a point to get my hands on some. The surface of these banana shaped buds are a mix of pear and office greens coupled with deep rich indigos, intermittent pops of sunset orange pistils, and is absolutely inundated with a flood of well preserved brilliant yellow triches that give the buds a jaundiced dusty glow.

The nose out of the jar is a very muted grungy fruit scent that’s similar to gelato, but paired with this air of vanilla and a chalky freshness, all wrapped up in an overall musty sugar sweetness. Busting open a bud that fruity sweetness amps up but also brings with it a warmed sugary baked good sweetness. Grinding it down by hand my fingers are coated in a trich grime that smells of equal parts fruity sweet and must, while that warm baked good sweetness takes center stage on the grinds themselves, pushing the formerly dominant fruity sweetness to the background. It has a smell similar to a thumbprint cookie but one made with fresh berry chutney as opposed to a preserve. It should be noted that I came across two seeds in this batch. Not a huge deal to me personally, and a come up for some without a doubt, but worth mentioning nonetheless. The dry pull on the joint had a muted deep sweetness that came across like a vague pancake syrup with a bit of herbaceous fruity must underneath. The inhale is smooth, and has a toasted sugar quality off the bong, whereas the joint is a mix of sugar sweet and fresh with a floral lilt. The exhale is a soft sweet cream with a winterfresh edge off the bong, where the joint is more of a caramelized sugar, underlined by slightly fresh and sour herbaceous must. Cross checking the flavors on my MV1 from @ghostvapesofficial , at 170c I get a minty pine freshness with a sweet floral backside, whereas at 185c it’s a very light caramel with a fresh floral underpinning. The headchange comes on quickly and puts some pressure behind your eyes while making your head feel lighter and like it’s losing contact with your shoulders ever so slightly. There’s also a feel good aspect to it that had me busting up with rosy cheeked laughter at things I’d probably just crack a smile at typically. Over time, that joyful energy fades slightly as a haze settles in across the eyes and a weight makes it’s way into the body, which doesn’t leave you couch locked exactly but you’re not going to want to run any marathons either. All said and done, I enjoyed my time with Macaron as it’s a solid smoke for a chill Sunday afternoon, but at $57 out the door there’s a lot of great herb to choose from so I might lean towards something else depending on what’s available. Great job on this one Balanced, even though there were a couple stowaways, it was still an enjoyable experience and has my curiosity piqued as to the rest of your offerings.