Emerald Care is one of several dispensaries tucked just below the 55 fwy on Garry Ave. Their low key atmosphere lures me away from their competition time after time. The minimalism of their waiting room and bud room are part of the beauty of this place, since it helps them keep their prices competitive, even for their fine quality medication. I haven’t visited them in a few weeks and made a stop on my way home from work. They keep a rotation of their strains on special for $45/7g. This week it was a bag of the legendary G-13. While most strains brag of their genetics, this mysterious strain is shrouded in story.
Marijuana historians speak of a program at the University of Mississippi involving the FBI, CIA, and any number of other government agencies. Here in the late 60’s, hidden away in the university laboratories, scientists collected together the strongest strains of marijuana and crossed them with the goal of created the world’s strongest weed. G-13 is the 13th created hybrid and the strongest of the experiment. A single clone was smuggled out by a researcher, so that it could be shared with the public. Or so one version of the story goes. The truth may never be known.
What is also a mystery is the genetics of this storied strain. Believed to be an Afghan hybrid, it is then most likely an indica mix. The nuggets are thumb-sized and a uniform green. There are some fine brown hairs, but visually, the buds are uninteresting. However, they are in good shape, if not a bit woody. Emerald Care uses sealed bags for their products, and although the nuggets were fresh when opened, they quickly dried out. Moving them to glass jar or dropping in a humidifier should take care of this. The aroma is sweet citrus followed with a hint of fuel. This is similar to the Chem-91 and not at all off putting. The green hit is sweet and the follow is smooth. For the price, this batch should not smoke this enjoyably. The high is light for an indica, though it may be the potency. It is mellow and enjoyable. I became a bit muddled, and there was a clear downward pull, as if I was melting. As is typical of Afghani indicas, G-13 is perfect for pain and insomnia. Be careful when medicating with this strain because the come down is drowsy. I often never made it from the chair to the bed before nodding off. It also has severe red eye effects and can be difficult to hide being medicated for the discerning user.
For the price point, it is hard to argue against donating for 7g of G-13. While it won’t knock you out or set you faded, it will help you control minor pains and trouble sleeping, as well as stress and related anxiety. If you work a hard job and need something to help you unwind your day, this might be the strain for you.
Emerald Care Collective
1820 East Garry Ave. #204
Santa Ana, CA 92705