Mellow Review: Deep Space Indica

Deep Space

Strain Type: Indica

The lineage for Deep Space is as hardy as it comes: Romulan and Deep Chunk. Together, they result in heavily crystal-coated,  light-green, dense nugs with some nice purples, thick hairs and a strong rusty-orange colour. Breaking it up unleashed a tangy pine aroma with what also seemed like a hint of light coffee.

The indica heritage was immediately obvious,  with a very hashy flavour as soon as I had a taste.  As it burned, flavours became more enriched, almost bright, with a gentle flower-like sense that blended nicely with the not-so-subtle hash taste. Cough triggers were a bit stronger than recent strains, but not so much as to make it uncomfortable. Coughing was easily managed by taking more conservative hits. Ash was a bit on the dark side and dense.

One of the best thing about doing these reviews is being surprised from time to time and this was one of those occasions. I settled in, expecting a hash-like body buzz and likely couch lock. I was pleased when it sneaked up on me and ever so gently settled on top of my head. This sensation is known as the silk parachute effect. As I was noticing the sativa level of cerebral activity taking place, a nice, mellow body buzz also set in. This indica is complex. The couch lock often associated with indicas was not really present. In fact, I ended up taking the dog for a very long walk.

Almost 2 hours after consuming, the high was still strong and still very cerebral for the most part. For being creative or for social occasions, this would be an excellent choice. A cold night, warm partner, candle light dinner and some roses would also accompany this strain very well. Later into the evening, the gradual wearing off was not at all crash-like and made for a most comfortable, relaxed state that made falling asleep pretty easy.

Overall, the initial effect is very sativa-like, with just a hint of the indica body high. Over time, the effects change places and the almost couch-lock levels of body buzz become dominant. Even with cerebral clarity and activity, it was still a very relaxed, overall state, making this possibly a good choice for anxiety, depression, appetite enhancement and sleep.

Cough index: 1.5 of 5

Taste: 4.8 of 5

Effect: 4.7 of 5

Overall: 8 of 10 (A lower cough index would see this an easy 9.5.)

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Manage Pain with Cannabis Instead of Opioids

Opioid prescriptions are reaching all-time highs and many sufferers of acute- and chronic pain are looking for alternatives to help manage their pain. With conventional approaches to pain management, many chronic sufferers face the all-too-real risk of opioid addiction, detrimental side effects and reduced efficacy over time. For people who require effective pain management, medical cannabis may be a viable alternative that unbinds them from the chains of potential opioid addiction.

Pain-Relieving Effects of Marijuana

The reason that cannabis is so effective at relieving pain is that we have a great many cannabinoid receptors throughout our body! Cannabinoids are naturally occurring and the human body utilizes them in a vast number of processes that includes regulating metabolism, pain, cravings, immune function and even bone growth. Our body naturally produces its own cannabinoids as a part of its endocannabinoid system. Scientists now believe that the endocannabinoid system may be the largest receptor system in the human body.

Marijuana contains the plant analog of cannabinoids, known as phytocannabinoids. There are at least 113 active phytocannabinoids in cannabis. Phytocannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system, which is the reason why we experience a high from THC strains. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the most prevalent of the cannabinoids found in cannabis, representing up to 40% of the cannabinoid payload.

CBD, unlike THC, does not appear to have psychoactive effects, but its strong interaction with the human endocannabinoid system means that it has far-reaching effects on the human body. One of the areas that CBD appears to be wonderfully effective is in pain management. Because cannabinoids are naturally implicated in how the body reacts to and manages pain, ingesting cannabis products may help users manage their pain.

What A Reception!

THC binds with the orthosteric site of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor. CBD binds to the allosteric site. What this means is that CBD alters the way that THC binds to the CB1 receptor and, therefore, alters how both THC and endogenous cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system. From a medicinal cannabis perspective, it’s worth taking notice of CBD’s influence here.

One of the key points for users who are prone to experience anxiety with high THC-content strains is that CBD appears to have a downregulating impact on anxiety. As such, consider looking into strains that offer 50:50 ratios of THC:CBD. Alternatively, consider supplementing your herb with a quality CBD oil supplement.

Another interesting feature of CBD is that it appears to inhibit certain proteins and enzymes in such a fashion that the duration of THC effectiveness may be increased. The suggestion here is that we may be able to extend the pain relief experienced through ingesting our high-THC strain by supplementing with CBD products.

A Final Note

The function of the endocannabinoid system is to bring homeostasis (balance) to the body’s tissues and biological systems. It serves to inhibit excessive stimulation in cells, which can have far-reaching consequences from everything from how we experience pain to reducing the incidence of seizures. Mammals have well-developed endocannabinoid systems, which suggests that cannabis has played a role in our evolution and well-being throughout our entire existence.

If you’re considering alternatives to opioid-based pain management, consider medicinal cannabis for its widespread health benefits and lack of detrimental side effects. In fact, if you’re part of the aging population, you’ll be delighted to note that cannabis use in the elderly brain actually enhances cognitive ability!

Health. Healing. Herb. It really is the way forward.


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Mellow Review: Blue Dream Sativa

Blue Dream

Strain Type: Sativa-dominant 60/40

This strain is one of the most enjoyable reviews I have done to date. Before I could even get a nug out of the bag and onto the table, a bright, fruity odour hit my senses. The scent is beyond pleasant; it should be a room freshener choice. The aroma is rich, without the pine or citrus that tend to dominate the stronger cannabis smells. Fresh meadow, green grass and fruit orchard hints combine beautifully, making this one of the very best smelling strains I have ever experienced.

The nug broke down nicely into the perfect size for a bowl or joint, but texture really took a backseat in focus to the even richer aroma released by the hand grinder. The blueberry scent was now more present and up front. At this point, I was eager to try it.

Disappointment was no where to be found. The first taste delivered what I was expecting and more. The blueberry taste was subtle, combined with an overall fruity note and sweet melon. Smoking features a very low cough trigger and inhaling the rich, smooth, aromatic cloud is an enjoyable experience in and of itself. This strain is a real treat for those who enjoy a more tactile approach and wish to savour each aspect of the experience from start to finish as a connoisseur of fine wines might.

The initial high comes on fairly strong from just one good hit and is very cerebral. If being active and busy is on your agenda, that one good hit may be where you might want to hold for a while. As my initial puffs were taking effect, very uplifting is the best way I can describe the high. Mentally, it was quite energizing and it led to me getting a bunch of stuff done, which my wife always loves. If you are on a schedule of any kind, be mindful of how this strain may affect your sense of time. Once I was up and busy, two hours went by without me even noticing. Had I not stopped to work on the foundation of this review, two more hours would have passed in a haze of productivity.

Even after two busy hours, the high was still almost as strong as at the onset with no come-down crash becoming apparent.  It was more out of curiosity than anything that had me reach for and finish the rest of the doobie.  It was about finished when an old classic rock favorite hit the speakers. The next thing I knew, my trusty, old, acoustic guitar was in my arms and I spent the next couple of hours banging away in some delayed, mid-life crisis delight on an imaginary stage for “Everyone’s Got Talent”.

I rate this strain highly, but suggest it is for daytime use only. Trying to sleep under its full effects would be pointless. It would be a good choice for daytime pain relief, enhancing appetite and general motivation.

Cough index:  0.7 of 5

Taste: 4.3 of 5

Effect: 4.5 of 5

Overall: 8.8 of 10

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Mellow Review: Rock Steady Indica

Rock Steady

Strain Type: Indica-dominant 80/20

Upon opening the package and breaking it up a bit, the initial smell reminded me of Play-Doh with a side of earthiness. The colour of this bud is a mix of light and darker greens, as you would expect with most indica strains. A thick coating of kief was clearly visible, as were the light, rust-coloured hairs.

This batch was a bit on the dry side, so the count was rich with nice big nugs that required a more gentle touch breaking it up. Despite being dry, it burned nice and slow, with a very smooth but thick dense smoke.

Initial taste was a subtle-yet-flowery perfume combined with a nut shell and slight hashy overtones. There was a soft, almost sweet, nutty aftertaste that was reminiscent of the holiday nuts we scarfed as kids.

Cough reflex was as low as I had ever experienced with any strain. Having consumed about half a joint with no hint of needing to cough caught my attention. Having pondered that for a bit longer than I would have expected, it became clear the head high was already kicking in and had arrived gently but steady, almost stealth-like. At this point, I became aware of the full body relaxation effects taking hold. Soon there was a complete relaxation of body and mind that almost felt like a soft, silk parachute of mellow had drifted down over me. The effects were long lasting; two hours later, I felt just as buzzed as I did after 30 minutes.

Couch lock was minimal to almost zero, even being very relaxed. Long deep philosophical discussions are likely, as is inspired creativity. This strain is a great choice for a movie night or dinner party.

This would a great choice for conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, RLS and pain relief.

Cough index: 0.2 of 5

Taste: 4 of 5

Effect: 4.5 of 5

Overall: 8.5 of 10

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Cannabis History: A Brief Summary

Twelve thousand years. One hundred and twenty centuries. Four hundred-plus generations.

While the number may actually be much larger, archeological records confirmed that we have cultivated cannabis for at least 12,000 years. How much longer is impossible to say, as it predates any form of recorded history. Prehistoric hunters found with hemp clothing and cannabis itself open the possibility that humans have always used cannabis.

The first known medicinal use of cannabis dates back to 4,000 B.C. in China. Cannabis was used as an anesthetic for surgery. Throughout the B.C. era, period cannabis flourished from Asia and Siberia into the Middle East and Europe. The plant was widely used for many purposes, with hemp and fibre production being the vast majority of use.

From the A.D. era, cannabis spread first into the African continent, followed by the U.K and, later, South America. While it may have landed in South America as early as the 1600’s, it did not find its way to North America until the 1800’s. In North America, Cannabis flourished as a miracle medicine whose main ingredients were components of thousands of medical elixirs sold by everyone from doctors to snake oil salesmen. Hemp farms were commonplace and provided significant quantities of valuable fiber and oils at low cost.

Our history with this ‘weed’ has been quite peaceful one, save for approximately the last 100 years. With social and industrial pressures turning against Cannabis use and hemp production, the war on cannabis has been a tragedy of epic proportions. We’ll discuss prohibition as the topic of a future blog post.

Until then, may health, healing and herb be with you.

Stay Mellow.



Welcome and Congratulations on Finding MellowMeds

Welcome and congratulations on finding MellowMeds! Life only gets better from here.

I have been pondering what the 1st blog post should include. My nature is to get right to the point and blow past the fluff. So, let’s go with that.

MellowMeds is about Health, Healing, Herb; being healthy, continued healing in all its forms and the many benefits of herb. We will be providing ongoing original articles and podcasts on topics related to all aspects of herb and herb life. Our goal is to you help you find the best answers to your questions and to empower you with the knowledge to make the best choices for you.

Wow, that sure is straight to the point. But in terms of an entire blog post? Weak sauce.

So, let’s fill in some gaps.

At my age — more than 5 decades — and through being an avid believer in the health benefits of cannabis from an early age, I have learned some things. Well, a lot of things.

I grew my 1st cannabis plant at 14 years old in the window sill of my bedroom. The seed came from who knows where. It germinated and, before long, there was a nice, 8-inch plant looking like it wanted to get bushy.

Cool I thought I was. No-one else I knew had a pot plant in their room. Add to that the joy of thinking I had one over on my parents; they would never know what it was, right? The higher we elevate ourselves, however, the harder the crash.

My bubble burst one afternoon under the swift might of indifference. As I was about to head out of the house it happened, my mother says to me in perfect dead pan “if you don’t water the pot plant in your window, it is going to die”

Moms always know how to take the fun out of things don’t they? I lost interest in that particular plant and it soon withered and died.

My track record since then has been anything but withered. For the past 30 years I have grown many, many amazing crops. I have also helped many others learn the craft to facilitate providing themselves with the best medicine for their own needs.

As much as I’ve had an interest in herb, I’ve also been interested in technology,
specifically computers. For years, my income came from big, corporate IT department gigs, head tech and manager of private, end-user tech support companies. As the internet grew, I also immersed myself in various gaming communities. Over time as I acquired more skills, my helpful nature saw me increasingly involved at the higher levels of various communities, even completing an accredited online gaming community management course.

As much as I enjoyed technical pursuits, herb has always been my passion.

Our great nation adopting some sense of sanity has created a wonderful opportunity to combine the experience and information I have gathered over the last 30+ years. I’m looking forward to sharing it with a burgeoning herb community.

The truth is, there is a massive amount of cannabis information on the internet. Some posted with noble intent, some not so much. Filtering through what is legitimate and what is bunk will be a big part of what we do at MellowMeds. We’ll help you see through the smoke, so to speak.

Your questions are not only welcome, but are encouraged.

Over the coming days, look for new articles and blog posts, as well as information on the latest deals in our dispensary. Recommendations will be made based on the catalogue of products available at that time.

We are planning many surprises, special guests, giveaways and much, much more. So, come on in, relax. Let’s take a journey to health, healing and herb. Together.

Stay Mellow.