Gourmet Hash: Death Pepper

Photo of finished Death PepperWelcome to the next installment of Gourmet Hash.

The recipe this time around is super simple and super rewarding. We used just two ingredients this time, Death Star Sugar Crumble and kief.

The kief we get from TrueMeds is very consistent, making a project such as this a little easier and our results more consistent. The kief has a nice bright aroma with a hint of floral and spice.

Photo of kief atop melted Sugar Crumble
Kief atop melted Sugar Crumble

Death Star Sugar Crumble is a very enjoyable smoke on its own. Bright terpenes dominate the scent giving it an almost fuel-like smell. Like any fuel with high octane, it has some kick. It produces a very bright high as would a strong sativa, with a very energetic influence. It’s great for daytime use and getting stuff done.

photo of sugar crumble
Death Star Sugar Crumble

Gentle warming of our crumble caused the wax-like appearance to give way to a thick brown semi transparent goo. Warming a bit more to just below the bubbling point made it thin enough to stir in the kief. The warm Sugar Crumble was very absorbent of the kief. I added additional kief twice to reduce the super sticky nature of the warm crumble.

Photo of melted sugar crumble
Death Star Sugar Crumble melts nicely after applying the right amount of heat.
photo of hot mix on dab tool
Our hot mix is shiny and dark.
photo of new Death Pepper hash
Fresh Death Pepper mix isn’t sticky, so it’s now ready to cure for a day.

It’s always fun to open the jar and experience the scent released by our newly cured batch. After opening the jar, a strong and very pleasant scent greeted my sinuses. The aroma was spicy and a touch earthy. The scent was somehow familiar, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.

This batch remained softer and more flexible than previous recipes and showed no tendency towards wanting to crumble. The colour lightened overnight to a medium brown and was more tan on the inside when broken open. It really appeared to be enjoyable to smoke!

photo of the finished product
The finished product: Death Pepper

Sample time was very enjoyable. The mix was still very melty and bubbled a fair amount. Once it started to combust, the hit was super strong with a flavour that was earthy, spicy and something I could not quite figure out. The high was a very pleasant balance of head and body high, which was a surprise since neither ingredient alone has such effects. Both are very sativa like. The body high was very hash-like and surely had to be a result of mixing the ingredients.

The only noticeable difference in the high compared to a good black hash was strength. The higher THC content of the Sugar Crumble naturally made for a very high-THC hash. Because of the high THC content, the effect was strong and lasting. This hash is a great companion for a soft seat, a big bowl of popcorn and a good movie or, perhaps, a relaxed evening of conversation with friends. This mix has been a great after dinner treat. Late into the evening, it would not be so suitable, as it would inhibit sleep.

I reached the end of the process for this edition of Gourmet Hash, but something was still gnawing at me: The scent. What was that familiar part? I spent a good 2 hours over a couple of days just sniffing this creation trying to identify it. I finally took the chunk to the Mrs to have her give it a sniff. It only took her about ten seconds to solve the mystery! “Pepper,” she announced. That was a very unexpected twist. The name “Death Pepper” came right behind the epiphany. How fitting.

I really love mixing terpenes. Thank you for joining us for another edition of Gourmet Hash. There is something special in the mix for the next episode so be sure to tune in.

Until then may you be blessed with Health, Healing and Herb

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Gourmet Hash: It’s All Falling Apart

Hindu Resin HashWelcome to the third installment in the Gourmet Hash series! We’re venturing further and further from our comfort zone and heading deeper into the unknown. Since the last article, there have been some interesting developments.  Mainly, everything has fallen apart. As I mentioned in the previous installment, the UK Cheese/kief hash was fairly crumbly. I was a bit surprised to see that the shatter itself became crumbly.

After some research and seeking advice from well informed extract specialists, I was relieved to learn this is a very normal outcome. It turns out that by removing the shatter from its wrapper and placing it inside silicone containers, the shatter is able to absorb moisture from the air. The increased moisture causes the material to crystalize. The crystallization is not a bad thing in terms of potency or taste. In fact, the major upside is that the shatter is much easier to work with due to it not sticking to the paddle end of the dab tool. That enables it to be scooped up in small amounts, much like you might with kief.

Ok with that out of the way, on to the ingredients for today’s Gourmet Hash. The kief used was a higher-grade, lighter-colour and slightly more expensive kief that was selling for $14/gram at the time this was written (late February).  The light kief has a less earthy smell than others and it offers a very nice taste on its own. It is rich in mild terpenes, which results in almost a skunky spice flavour.

Light Kief
Light Kief

 

The chosen extract was Hindu Kush live resin from Diamond Concentrates. The aroma of the Hindu Kush live resin is bright with overtones that are more like cedar than pine, and a hint of pineapple. Terpene-rich, the resin looks very wet in the jar, like a mass of tiny globs suspended in a thick oil. Sampled on its own, the flavour very much matches the smell. It has an earthy, almost spicy, exhale. It is very enjoyable on its own.

Hindu Kush live resin
Hindu Kush live resin

We started with close to a half-gram of the resin placed in the mixing jar and warmed it to just shy of being too hot to touch. I expected better kief absorption than we saw with the shatter, so I went started with 1/4 gram of kief. I put the kief in the jar and closed the lid to allow everything to come up to temperature.

The dab tool atop the mixing jar
The dab tool atop the mixing jar

Using my trusty dab tool, I stirred the mix together. The rosin, as expected, absorbed far more kief than the previous batch I made with shatter. After I thoroughly stirred the mix, I compressed it by hand into a nice clump. I then sealed it in the mix jar and left it to cure for 24 hours.

When I opened the jar the next day, there was a wonderfully complex aroma that much more closely resembled a bud of premium flower than hash. The hash was a nice. light colour with an almost translucent appearance that showed the kief was well wetted and absorbed. It was very soft and was easily pressed and played with without sticking.

I placed a sample of this new hash in a bowl and gave it a try. Under heat, it maintained the properties of resin, bubbling and melting into the little bit of kief underneath. Getting a thick rich draw was very easy, featuring a very smooth smoke with wonderful flavours of soft spice, earthy cedar and, perhaps, even a hint of skunk. Very enjoyable.  The name I gave it is simple: Hindu Resin Hash.

Hindu Resin Hash
Hindu Resin Hash

The onset of the high was fairly fast, with an initial cerebral rush that was followed by a mellow, body-relaxing wave of calm. In small doses, this would be a wonderful companion to almost any task. In higher doses, it would be perfectly suited to a relaxing evening with friends, a movie and a pizza or candle light and dinner for two.

A couple of days and a fair amount of exposure to air, it happened: The hash went from soft and shapeable to a drier texture and began to crumble. Worked and poked with the dab tool in the container, it totally crumbled very much like the shatter hash did.

The crumbling really doesn’t present an issue, as the potency and flavour remained unaffected. Adding a pollen press to the process, however, seems like it would be a good addition. A press might reduce or even prevent crumbling in some of our final products.

Until next time, may you be blessed with Health, Healing and Herb.

 

 

Gourmet Hash: Planned Madness

Hash made from UK Cheese Shatter and OG Kush KiefFrom the very start, the first “Gourmet Hash” session was a really fun experience. Browsing the dispensary selection alone took hours. With four kinds of kief and forty five types of shatter, wax and resins, live and regular on the menu, there are tens of thousands of combinations possible. If we play with the ratios of each ingredient we decide to use for a blend, we literally wind up with a near-infinite number of permutations of Gourmet Hash. Oh, the possibilities! Narrowing down our choices to just a few ingredients was tough, only made a little easier by the reality of having to work within budgetary constraints.

As this is very much a learning curve situation — and everything we are doing is, if not unique, quite new to us — we decided on a balanced mix of ingredients. I ordered  2 grams of Kief, 2 grams of OG Kush Kief, 1 gram Death Star Green house Pull&snap Shatter, 1 gram UK Cheese Green house Pull&snap Shatter and — saving the best for last — 1 gram of Hindu Kush Live Resin. The total cost of the order was a little less than $200.

Ingredients ordered for our 2nd Gourmet Hash blend
Two kinds of shatter, two kinds of kief and a wonderful live resin was our order for this Gourmet Hash extravaganza.

After a few days to get everything individually sampled and evaluated, it was time to create the first batch. For this run, I chose the OG Kush kief and the UK Cheese shatter in large part because the UK Cheese is a hybrid. I hoped it would be Sativa-like and suitable for daytime use and periods of activity.

The tools and accessories I used were basic, as this was an unexpected offshoot of a bigger, ongoing project. As the series progresses, we will learn what the needs are, look at what the market has to offer and then obtain and review the best choice for a given task. We started this batch having a small torch; two metal dab tools; a glass, 1-gram wax jar for warming and mixing; and a marble container, which is used to hold and transfer heat to our glass jar.

Pull&snap shatter is soft at room temperature and is pretty sticky stuff. Hand rolling the shatter into little balls, as some shatter users do, is not possible with this shatter. Even when cooled, this shatter warms very quickly with hand contact and begins to stick. To counteract this tendency towards warming, I used a margarine container out of the freezer as a working surface to gently cut away the desired amount with a clean razor. The result was quite effective.

We started with close to one third of a gram of the shatter and placed it in our glass jar. The marble was heated until hot to the touch, but short of being too hot to touch. I then heated the jar by placing it on the hot marble and gently warming the jar with a low and small torch flame in a continuous circular motion. As the desired temperature is neared, it is good to stop and let the heat equalize. It takes a few seconds for the heat to transfer to the inner part of the glass.

Once the shatter was up to temperature, we added a bit less than a quarter gram of kief to the jar. We then placed a cap on the jar for thirty seconds to let the kief get up to temperature. This is where the marble shows its value. Because marble maintains its temperature well, we do not need to use the torch often.

Photo of in-progress hash brew
OG Kush kief sprinkled atop the heated UK Cheese shatter base.

When I took the cap off to give the blend a stir, the first hint of what this blend would smell like filled the air as the warmed kief added its colour to the scent palette. While taking a moment to enjoy the aroma, the realization of what was about to happen struck me: “You are taking these wonderful extracts on their own and mixing them together. This is planned madness”.

That hint of madness did not stop me from grabbing the dab tool and mixing the warmed ingredients together anyway. Should someone suggest I am crazy for doing this, just tell them, “He knew and he did it anyway”.

It was obvious almost right away this batch was mixing a little differently than the first batch did. This batch was a lot less sticky. Our first gourmet hash included a rosin and it absorbed the kief like a sponge. The shatter mix, when cooled, was a nice looking dark hash, but very crumbly. It could not be packed into a stable mass at all. The best option? Add more shatter.

I rewarmed the batch and added a small amount of warm shatter. This brought the amount of shatter in this mix up from 0.25 of a gram to 0.40 grams. This made the mix much more sticky warm and it packed together nicely. When cooled, it was again not as sticky, but it could now be pressed into a stable chunk. When trying to remove small amounts from the single piece, there was still a lot of crumbling. I decided to leave it in a crumble state, as working with it was easier.

While working with this batch and adjusting to the loose texture, it became clear that one of the first tools we need to add to the Gourmet Hash kitchen is a kief press. For the amounts we are working with right now, a small one will do. Since they are reasonably inexpensive, I should be able to order one fairly soon.

As with any great dish, the best part comes when served. After letting it sit for a day, it was ready. Well, even if it wasn’t ready, I was and was not waiting.

The UK Cheese shatter / OG Kush kief final product!

Opening the jar was a treat! The aroma blend that came about from this mix was pure magic. The UK Cheese shatter is mild and piney on the scent side and the OG Kush Kief is an earthy, piney blend that proudly reflects its Kush heritage.

What the final mix produced was nothing like either of the ingredients, which was very pleasant surprise indeed. Imagine the most pleasant, soft sandlewood fragrance with the barest hint of fruity melon. Sitting and just smelling it for ten minutes made it no less sensational. If there were a cologne with that fragrance, I would buy it.

Risking my elation to get an unbiased opinion, the wife was recruited to offer her thoughts on its scent. Immediately, she had a pleasant reaction. After taking a few really good whiffs, she told me if there were an incense with that scent, she would love it. I did not share my cologne thought; why risk walking away with less than a win?

Sampling this hash was just as enjoyable. The flavour was once again a unique blend, very much tasting as it smelled with a notable exception: an added earthy, old-school hash flavour. It was smooth and mild to smoke in conservative amounts. The effect was much as I’d hoped, with a mild yet present body buzz that was very relaxing and a cerebral head high that was very suitable for energetic or mentally engaging tasks. This was a strong high. It was clear that getting engulfed in a task for long periods and losing track of time was very possible with this very potent mix.

Coming out of the first planned Gourmet Hash making session, the results are exciting and encouraging. I had hoped to come up with something unique that exceeded the qualities of the separate ingredients. In this case it was a complete win! What came out of the proverbial oven was a half a gram of unique wonder that smells and tastes amazing along with a wonderful kick.

I am naming this creation: UK SandleKush.

I very much look forward to making the next batch.

Thank you for reading. Please, feel free to comment.

Until then may you be blessed with Health, Healing and Herb.

 

Gourmet Hashish: And So It Begins

Homemade gourmet hashOh, the times we live in.

I was born in the sixties and started to become aware in the seventies. By the time the eighties rolled around, we were kinda lost. The hippie movement had come and gone and the biggest influencer it left behind was Cannabis. Cannabis was everywhere; even our parents smoked it. For many like myself, Cannabis itself became the culture. Merely getting high was the goal of many. For others, there was something magical and mysterious about this funny looking plant.

For the most part, any next-level Cannabis interest involves experiencing as many different kinds as possible. The early eighties most certainly provided far fewer varieties than we have today, but some of those options were every bit as potent then as the modern versions are today. In truth, things such as hash and the few different oil varieties were often far more reliable in terms of quality than the weed of the day. Back then, the weed of the day would range from dark, very earthy, pressed brick and ten dollar bread bags of leaf to buds that we would today consider tastes great, but just OK potency-wise.

peace sign made from sea shells

While weed was always easy to find, the most potent options of the day — Honey Oil, Cherry Oil and the best hash varieties — were much harder to come by. Decent hash was widespread and sometime in the mid 80’s there was a significant quality drop. What used to be a malleable, aromatic and pleasant tasting, knock-you-on-your-ass black Hash became a hard chunk that was difficult to work with and tasted like nylon brick.

Things stayed that way for many years. Good Hash rarely ever made it out of the big cities, but when it did, it was a real treat. Oddly enough, I found out during a five year adventure to the Maritimes that all the good hash was there. Perhaps that was part of the reason I stayed so long.

Fast forward to today and we find ourselves in a modern, hash lovers paradise. The varieties we have now are more numerous than at any time previous. If black sticky Hash is your preference, it can easily be found in most any dispensary. Along with the old school flavours, modern techniques such as ice and Co2 extraction allow for strain-specific varieties that combine all the best of old school Hashish with the broad range of effects found in what now number in the hundreds of Cannabis strains.

LA Confidential hash
LA Confidential Hash

I was browsing the site of my preferred dispensary and something caught my attention: While there were perhaps eight or ten varieties of Hashish, there were three or four times as many extract products. It made perfect sense. The popularity of dabbing extracts among the ‘baby bonger’ youth culture of today is not only prevalent, it is big business.

I thought it was a shame that there were not that many varieties of hash. The solution immediately followed: “Melt extracts, mix them with kief and make your own”. I very nearly dismissed the idea. Later, however, I remembered a conversation with a good friend where he was telling me how he loved the strong and different flavours of shatter. That got me wondering whether I was missing out on something because I don’t dab.

When it came time for my next dispensary order, I made some adjustments and ordered a gram of Gorilla Goo rosin and two grams of kief in two types. When the order arrived, there was a hint of excitement as I opened the package and it was time to inspect this rosin stuff. I have little experience with modern extracts; my only previous exposure was a little bit of shatter a couple of years ago and a more recent purchase of a gram of RAW distillate.

Gorilla Goo Rosin
Gorilla Goo Rosin

 

I opened the little jar of Gorilla Goo and released an attack on my sense of smell I was not expecting at all. It was a very strong terpene scent with all the rich wonderful overtones found in the best buds. I spent the next ten minutes just enjoying the thick rich aroma that very much reminded me of the terrific, bright smell that was produced in curing jars. So this is what I was missing! I smeared a bit on a paper so it could be sampled before mixing it. The flavours were as the odour, bright and brilliant. To a trained palette, however, there was something missing on their own. It almost tasted like the most premium flowers. Not to take anything away from it, mind you; it was very pleasurable to smoke. The taste and smell were fantastic, as was the effect.

The next day, I decided it was time to make my first, homemade, gourmet hash. I placed a gob of Gorilla Goo rosin equal to less then 1/4 gram inside a small, preheated, glass jar  and allowed it to slowly melt. Once the rosin melted, I added about an eighth of a gram of OG Kush kief to the jar and stirred it using a dab tool. The warmed rosin quickly absorbed all the kief and I gradually added more until the blob of G-hash was not sticky to the touch. The little jar was then sealed airtight and allowed to cool for 24 hours.

OG Kush Kief
OG Kush Kief

When I opened the jar, the odour was strong and very pleasing.  The smell was much the same, but somehow a little different. The chunk of hash now looked very much like a chunk of hash, except for the colour, which was a light brown/tan that did not seem to darken on the outside when handled and stored like finer grade ice hash does. The volume was considerably more than I expected and I ended up with a pretty nice chunk that was almost spot on a half gram. The texture was firm yet malleable and it softened with hand warmth. The texture was ideally suited to rolling into a long thin insert for putting inside a joint.

And Now To Smoke It

When consumed, the smell and taste are a bit richer and fuller than they were with the rosin alone. Combining the rosin with kief changes the flavour profile for the better. It tastes a bit more natural and maintains its very strong potency. Clearly, any end product is only going to be as good as the worst ingredient.

photo of gourmet hash
My gourmet blend is soft and malleable.

This initial test has created an area of interest that was unexpected, fun and exciting. There are many aspects that are of interest: How extracts are created, how kief is harvested, what combinations and methods result in the most desired end product, etc. Look for more stories in this series as we delve more into creating our own gourmet hashish from the best varieties of waxes, rosin, shatter and kief products.

Until then, may you be blessed with Health, Healing and Herb.

 

Mellow Review: Grapefruit Sativa

Grapefruit

Strain Type: Sativa 70/30

Right out of the bag, the strong terpenes intrude the senses with a strong aroma of citrus that is almost lemony. As I was breaking it up, the scent became stronger and a bit sweeter. The smell is very pleasing to the senses.

The texture was fairly dense and had the perfect amount of humidity. The nug was easy to break up into the ideal size for easy rolling. The initial taste was incredibly smooth. Combined with a very low cough tendency, it makes for a very enjoyable smoke.

Nearing the halfway point, the flavours became more pronounced and the profile changed. The namesake, Grapefruit, became much more prevalent, as that was the taste that dominated more and more through to the end.

As the effect started to kick in, it became quickly obvious this is a day tripper’s dream smoke. The head high is the only real noticeable effect, as there is little to no body high whatsoever. A nice sense of relaxed energy settled at the top of my head in what I described in my review notes as an “energetic halo like an electric mushroom cap”.

Grapefruit is a definite mood lifter and a complementary companion to anything creative. Strength and duration are both very strong; getting lost in an enjoyable task for a couple of hours would be very easy. As the day progressed, there was no real crash at all and the duration was long and slow to fade. This strain makes for an excellent day starter for mood and motivation.

Ailments that would benefit from Grapefruit fall along the typical sativa range: hunger, pain, anxiety and, in particular, depression.

Cough Index: 0.4 of 5

Taste: 4.9 of 5

Effect: 4.9 of 5

Overall: 9.5 of 10 A strong and predictable sativa.

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Mellow Review: RAW Distillate

RAW Distillate

This review was an interesting experience for an old dog who matured long before the dab and shatter generation. The most potent product we ever saw in the ’70s and ’80s was Honey Oil. RAW may look a lot like the sweet, paper grease of old, but that is where the similarities end.

I have to admit, the passionate enthusiast in me really was excited to try this as soon as it arrived. Looking at the box label and seeing the 95% THC was almost unbelievable. I’ve sampled some of the best herb there is here and there over the years. Knowing that even a 30% THC bud is not carboxylated, you might think I would have had a better sense of how potent this product would be. The truth is, I underestimated its strength.

Getting a paper ready I set out to roll a nice old-school spliff. The almost solid at room temperature RAW took a little warming to allow it to squeeze out of the nice glass syringe, and a big old gob went on the paper. One thing that stands out is the lack of odour. There are no terpenes to provide aroma, so the unflavored RAW is almost fully devoid of scent.

Once rolled and lit, the almost complete lack of taste combines with a lack of smell to give the false impression of an inert oil being smoked. A medium-strength cough trigger and thick exhaled clouds were the first real indication this was far from inert. The second came after about the one third mark of the spliff as a clean, strong high began to set in. That’s usually a good indication to stop for a bit and see what the next few minutes bring.

On this day, I was not as conservative as I should have been and kept going until about the two thirds point before stopping. By that point, a very strong head high had set in, as well as a very strong body high with full couch lock mode engaged. The next little while was spent almost stunned by how high the RAW high was.

I would not recommend strong doses of RAW if you had stuff you needed to get done. The only thing I accomplished after 30 minutes was finding something to watch on Netflix. Thirty minutes after that, I was asleep.

After an hour-and-a-half weed nap, I was awake, but foggy and was still under strong couch-lock effects. The next day, there was a very real weed hangover for the entire day. The hangover was not so much uncomfortable as it was a day in slow motion.

RAW would be a great choice for many different ailments such as pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression. I strongly suggest, however, starting with very small amounts to truly gauge personal tolerance and required effect dosing.

Cough Index: 2.0 of 5

Taste: 0 of 5

Effect: 5 of 5

Overall: 9.5 of 10

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Mellow Review: Sour Puss Sativa

Sour Puss

Strain Type: Sativa

This review was a ‘savour every aspect’ experience from the very start. Upon opening the pouch, there was a strong, earthy-flowery smell that was very pleasant. A dense layer of bright clear trichomes that sparkled in bright light made for a very pretty sight.

Breaking up the nug released a very strong, almost skunky aroma. The mix of light and dark greens were almost blended together by the heavy crystal coating. Getting it rolled was made easy due to it breaking up just the right amount and the initial smooth soft flavour was very pleasant.  Subtle herb garden would be how I could best describe it, with an almost-sweet aftertaste.

The burn was medium duration and was very even, leaving a light ash.  Putting  down the doobie would see itself extinguish fairly quickly. Like all the best strains, the flavour profile changed as it burned, with hints of mint and a nutty taste that became stronger as the end neared.

The high comes on a bit slow, but isn’t quite a creeper, so it won’t sneak up on you. Very heady is the best description, as there is little body effect while being very mentally uplifting.  Do not, however, let the slow approach have you believe this strain is anything but a Mack truck. While it may be slow to kick in, it kicks in hard. For 10 minutes after I finished smoking, the high became more and more intense. Had I smoked the whole thing, I would likely have ended up binge watching Netflix and propping up microwave popcorn stocks.

In moderate amounts, this would be a great companion to a nice dinner and good conversation. If you are looking to become Forrest Gump for a couple of hours, however this would be a good way to get there.

Anti-anxiety and appetite-stimulant requirements would be well met with this strain. Pain and depression sufferers would also find this beneficial.

Cough index: 1 of 5

Taste: 4.5 of 5

Effect: 4.8 of 5

Overall: 9 of 10 A very enjoyable strain.

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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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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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