Bubbleberry from Aloha medical marijuana review

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Aloha was the very first dispensary I visited after getting my recommendation.  I am, however, an FTP gift slut, so despite loading me with freebies and kindness, I hadn’t made it back around for a second visit.  When I first stopped by last month, I signed up for their text notification list.  Every Friday I receive a message outlining the weekend specials.  Like clockwork at 10:30 I check my phone to see if I’ll be taking a trip to Santa Ana.  This week the offering was Bubbleberry for $45/ eighth.

I grabbed an eighth of Bubbleberry last visit to Aloha, and it stood out among the other strains in my white bag.  After getting my text, I quickly decided to get going to avoid traffic on I5.  Unsurprisingly, Aloha was not busy at 11am on a Friday, and I had some time to chat with the budistas and sniff some jars.  Eventually I settled on a split eighth (4 gram 1/8s at Aloha) of Bubbleberry and Pumpkin Pie OG.  Because I split the eighth I lost the $5 off but was not upset because both strains looked good under the lights and I wanted to try the Pumpkin Pie.

Bubbleberry is a Sativa dominant hybrid of Bubblegum and Blueberry and brings flavors and traits from both parents.   At about 80% Sativa, the high is talkative and cheerful, and at times even intuitive and thoughful.  This strain is good for personality enhancement and social anxiety.  A close friend of mine often brags about how he got his job after showing up for the interview stoned on Bubbleberry.  The flavor is rich and fruity and representative of both the Blueberry and Bubblegum.  The taste stays noticable right up until your bowl is cashed and never comes across as burnt or woody.  I’ve also used this strain in a vaporizer, and the flavor is just as powerful and, dammit, tasty.  Of the flavored hybrids I’ve tried, Bubbleberry remains my favorite.  I don’t seem to be alone in this opinion.  I have heard Bubbleberry recommended and praised by a number of budistas, customers, and friends and have even passed this recommendation on to others.  Do not expect pain relief with this mostly Sativa hybrid.  My arthritis was persistently achy.  One final bit of warning: Bubbleberry has an incredibly potent smell.  There is no way to be covert when using this medication.  Bong, blunt, joint, bowl, or vaporizer-Bubbleberry is impossible to hide.  Although rich and enjoyable, remember that not everyone shares your love of fine marijuana smells.

Aloha

603 N. Park Center Dr. #107

Santa Ana, Ca 92705

714-834-1234

*This is a new location.  They had not moved yet as of my last visit.  Be sure to call to verify which location is active.

Bubba Kush from OCPC medical marijuana review

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Orange County Patient Care (OCPC) usually keeps a jar or two of $35/eighth buds in addition to their usual top shelf strains.  For the last few weeks, the featured sale Indica has been Bubba Kush.  I don’t usually buy pure Indicas since they tend to put me down early, especially when from a quality dispensary like OCPC.  However, my budtender assured me that Bubba was a more mellow body high and wouldn’t overpower me.  Relaxation-yes.  Uncontrollable weed lock and naps-no.  It sounded good, but I’ve woken up on my couch with a half smoked bowl of Indica in my lap enough times.  The nuggets didn’t look like anything award worthy, slightly brownish and not overly sparkly under the lamp.  They were small buds but lacked all of the stickiness I expect in an Indica.  I was about to pass when I took a large whiff of air from deep in the jar as I tend to do when meeting my weed.  Scents and tastes are a strong factor in my choices of strain.  This harvest of Bubba Kush had a distinct pepper smell.  Very strong, like red chili peppers dried together in a clump.  For $35 bucks, I had to see what this tasted like.

Bubba Kush broke up soft and pillowy, as a good Indica will.  I’ve found that Indicas and Indica dominant hybrids are the best strains for rolling even, steady burning blunts due to the way they break up.  The taste was not peppery like the smell suggested (disappointing), but it was herby and still with some spice to it.  I took my bottle of Bubba Kush to the LA Kush Expo a few weeks ago.  It was a hit with several smokers I met over the day.  The high was dreamy and physical.  One blunt at sundown had me watching the shadows change across the buildings in downtown LA for an hour.  I was lost in a stoney stare.  I sometimes use my medicine to treat my arthritis pain, and Bubba Kush was an effective mask.  Bubba also carries all of Indica’s appetite stimulation.  After one blunt early in the day, I spent $20 at a bakery treat food truck on the Expo grounds.  Brilliant product placement.

Final judgement on the Bubba Kush: worth $35 for the eighth, but not a cent more.  A good mellow high that won’t make you miss the end of your movie due to sudden weed naps.  An excellent pain relaxer.

Bubba Kush- $35 = 1/8

Orange County Patient Care

1921 Carnegie Ave. Suite 3H

Santa Ana, Ca 92705

949-752-6272

Girl Scout Cookies from Zen O.C. medical marijuana review

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Zen O.C recently moved from Anaheim to Garden Grove, and they seem quite comfortable in their new home.  I chose them in the back of OC Weekly because they were open until 10pm, and I hadn’t planned ahead.  Suddenly in need of medication, I started north just before nine.  Zen OC is not a top shelf dispensary but what I call a “variety” pharmacy.  This doesn’t mean they don’t carry some fine strains, as we will see in a moment.  However, they are one of the few places in Orange County where you can walk out with a $25/ eighth mid grade and $50/ eighth top shelf and be happy with both.

On this recent trip, my $50 eighth was Girl Scout Cookies, an Indica dominant hybrid popular in the Northern California area.  This is one of the few strains I had heard of before I moved here from a non MMJ state, and I was excited to try it.  Would it really taste like thin mints as they say?

The short answer to this question?  Meh.  Maybe?  When you have been told the snozberries taste like snozberries, your mind makes them taste like snozberries.  This bud was tight but puffed up when ground.  It was a darker flower with brown hairs.  A nice strain to handle: just the right amount of sticky and a sweet smell left on the fingers.  I’ve come to expect interesting flavors from Indicas and their hybrids, and Girl Scout Cookies was no exception.  I wanted to believe that the thin mint taste was perfected in this smoke, but that may be subliminal suggestion.  The dark green and brown color certainly suggests chocolate mint, but I’ve heard other interpretations as well.  Remember that Indicas are noted for their taste varieties.  Some have said they have picked up in Girl Scout Cookies hints of berry, cotton candy, and cherry.  I seemed happy with describing it as a chocolate cherry.

An Indica hybrid, the high was physical and euphoric.  Others say the dry mouth is horrible, but I experienced red eye far worse.  I was often tempted to hide my eyes at home, which worked because of the nature of this buzz.  All I wanted to do was sit on my butt until it wore off.  Definitely not an active stone.  I describe this high as being like hugs from a flock of butterflies.  It is warm and tingly.  I assume that’s how butterfly hugs feel.  Worked wonders on my anxiety and stress.  The problems were still there, but I couldn’t care less.  I could see this being a problem if used persistently or long term.  However, for a day off from worry and an uplifting Indica stone, I suggest this strain.  I sat outside with this weed several mornings in a row and just listened to the birds and watched the lizards run around.  A nice side effect is its Indica pain relief properties.  Good if you need to lay down with a migraine but can’t afford to fall asleep.

Girl Scout Cookies- $50= 1/8

Zen O.C.

9535 Garden Grove Blvd. #202

Garden Grove, Ca

714-636-3153

Cookies and Dream from OCPC medical marijuana review

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Orange County Patient Care (OCPC) is fast becoming my dispensary of choice in central Orange County.  Located just off of Red Hill Ave in Santa Ana, I found OCPC while trying to locate a dispensary that provided easier access to my south Orange County location.  Aside from the easy access off of the I5 and its clean, welcoming waiting and viewing rooms, the quality of OCPC’s medication is the reason for my return business.

My budtender checked me in as a new customer and then welcomed me at the door to the viewing room.  She asked if I knew what I wanted, and I played dumb to gain her most honest suggestions.  I tend to lean towards hybrids for their encompassing highs, and after I showed interest in a few blonds, she suggested Cookies and Dream, a hybrid pulling heavily from the sativa strain, Cookies and Cream.  Immediately I noticed the light scent- not weedy at all.  The color is a very pale green, almost white, with sugary crystals.  I am a stickler for ripe, fuzzy flowers.  OCPC keeps their buds in smaller storage jars and use sample jars for inspection of the buds to keep their selling stock fresh.  This particular strain was sticky to the touch, leaving a residue on hands, grinders, and scissors.

I primarily smoked Cookies and Dream out of a glass pipe.  When smoking a bowl of good greens, an old toking buddy of mine used to light only one half of the packed bowl at a time in order to save the fresh flavor for other smokers in the circle.  I found myself practicing this approach with the whole eighth of medicine.  Each time my flame touched untoasted greens, the sweet flavor of vanilla bean filled my lungs.  However, unlike most potent buds, the smoke is unassuming.  After two 1.5 gram blunts, my friend’s home was warmed as if by an expensive Yankee candle rather than fouled by a skunky herb.

Cookies and Dream was an airy, cerebral high.  I never felt too high, even after smoking a few blunts.  Video games, writing, and working socially with others were all unaffected by this delightful smoke.  I was talkative and cheerful.  This medication did wonders for my depression and social anxiety.  My thoughts would often wander while using this medication, and I found it difficult to focus on reading or watching tv.  This wasn’t necessarily a negative.

Cookies and Dream- $50 = 1/8

Orange County Patient Care

1921 Carnegie Ave. Suite 3H

Santa Ana, Ca 92705

949-752-6272