Master Kush from Emerald Care medical marijuana review

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When I popped into Emerald Cure to donate for my eighth this week, they gave me a pleasant surprise by dropping a generous gram sample of Master Kush in my bag to try. Times are tight, and dispensaries many, so it’s always nice when offered a tasty bribe to encourage numerous returns. Another way to see it is Emerald Care making an effort to build a relationship with their patients and helping them to find the best possible medication. I may not have otherwise tried Master Kush, and I’m glad I had the chance to review it.

Master Kush is dense and this sample a bit dry, making it very difficult to break down by hand. The buds are delicate with crystals and coated in brown hairs, a real dark haired beauty. Master Kush combines Hindu Kush, an indica, with the sativa Skunk. You immediately take notice of the pungent sweetness and vanilla notes from Skunk in this hybrid. When I handled Master Kush, vanilla bean lingered on my fingertips. Hindu Kush adds some floral greenery and a hint of the Cheese smell noted in other Hindu Kush hybrids. The smoke was smooth and enjoyable, if not a bit skunky in the exhale.

The high went straight to my head. Hindu Kush is noted for being unexpectedly cerebral and creative for an indica, and when combined with uplifting Skunk, it makes Master Kush a surprisingly social and productive indica dominant strain. I made the mistake of saving this strain for late in the day, expecting a knockout. Although Master Kush is fully capable of ending your day, it is foolish to save this medication for sundown. It can be an effective daytime treatment for arthritis, migraines, and chronic pain, while keeping you alert and functioning for work.

$40/ eighth

Emerald Care Collective

1820 E. Garry Ave. #204

Santa Ana, Ca

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Juicy Fruit from Emerald Care medical marijuana review

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Juicy Fruit (aka Fruity Juice) comes in this week from Emerald Care in Santa Ana. I love an uplifting sativa or sativa dominant hybrid, but at times in Orange County, it feels like we are swimming in indicas. Southern California is certainly the land of the OGs. While I’m not adverse to the weighty effects of indicas, I smoke throughout the day, so I can’t be going off for naps every few hours. Thankfully, with just a bit of digging, some sativa gems are found on menus around the OC, and just as I was thinking I wore out the current strain trends, I came across Juicy Fruit.

When I pick my medication from the dispensary, I like to drop my nose into the jars to get a real sense of how the strain will taste and smoke. Unfortunately, Emerald Care some time ago began to prepackage their eighths in sealed bags. I knew most of the buds on their shelf: the Blue Dreams and Super Lemon Hazes and GDPs. I’ve seen them before and know their unique smells. Juicy Fruit though was a mystery. All the reviews in the world can’t justify that first moment of interacting with a strain, and I was eager to get my donation home.

Juicy Fruit is a dark green bud with very light orange hairs. This harvest is a bit under-trimmed and the buds are lightened by the undersides of a few extraneous leaves. However, they are pleasantly frosted and become visually soft. Although this bud is mostly sativa, you can sense the Afghani indica in the nugget’s shape and the fluffiness with which it breaks down. The taste and smell are tropical and sweet: a fruity concoction sipped beachside. However, when smoked, this harvest loses much of that flavor after the green hit, and a few times I even caught a sour burning note at the end, a familiar smell. Sure enough, I found a seed. Then I found a second. By the time I finished my eighth, I had nearly a dozen striped seeds, enough to grow a nice little hedgerow. When I was buying goodness knows what strain from a dealer, I could expect to find a quantity of seeds. However, at $40 an eighth, finding this many seeds is unacceptable. In the previous year, I’d found a total of 3 seeds in my medication. In this bag-11.

The high was unexpectedly heady. Based just on aesthetics, I figured this to be an uplifting sativadominanat hybrid. I was wrong. There is much more of that Afghani than I anticipated, and when smoked late in the day, Juicy Fruit twice put me down for an unplanned nap. I enjoyed it as a lazy morning smoke on the weekends and relished in the joyful, introspective high, but I had a hard time accomplishing a thing during the work week. Juicy Fruit is effective for pain relief and insomnia, though not as heavy and incapacitating as a full indica. Like most indica/sativa hybrids, this balanced strain brings in qualities of both to create a rounded body and mind medicating experience.

$40/ eighth

Emerald Care Collective

1820 E. Garry Ave. #204

Santa Ana, Ca

Blue Dream from OCPC medical marijuana review

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My desert island, all-time favorite, one and only stain is, hands down and without hesitation, Blue Dream.  If I could only smoke one strain for the rest of my life, it would be the flawlessness that is Blue Dream.  I remember the exact moment and place when I smelled her sweet, delicate berry scent.  I know how I felt the moment I tasted her sweet berry pie juiciness for the first time.  I indulge in her when I have her.  I long for her when she’s gone.  The very thought of her… well, you get the picture.

Blue Dream is a wildly popular strain, even having its own Wikipedia page.  A combination of Blueberry and Haze, it was designed to be the perfect blend of indica and sativa highs.  However, it’s not just the highs that are perfectly melded together in Blue Dream.  An 80/20 hybrid, Blueberry is the minority in this hybrid, but the dark berry flavor is very specific and can be picked out right away.  It’s not sharp or sour, partly due to the other half of this dynamic duo, the sativa Haze.  Haze is a honey sweet strain that is present in some of the marijuana world’s favorite strains.  In Blue Dream, these two work together to create a blueberry scone taste that is a pleasure with which to medicate.  The buds themselves are soft pyramids, light and fluffy.  Matching the pastel greenery are pale orange hairs.  The color is faint, like it’s been run through an Instagram filter, and seems faded by the sun.  Blue Dream is an aesthetically unique strain, immediately recognizable.

As mentioned, Blue Dream was always intended to be a perfection of indica/sativa fusion.  And frankly, who am I to disagree.  The psychoactive effects are uplifting.  There is immediate mood elevation, and I had an overall feeling of euphoria.  There is also a warming of the nerves and a loosening of the joints.  Blue Dream couldn’t be more mellow a high, a real butterfly hugs high.  It does have the ability to get on top of you, and my brother-in-law remarked that it was too stoney for him.  In the past, medicating with Blue Dream has left me unable to concentrate and hold conversations, starting stories and then forgetting what I was saying.  As always, it is important to know your tolerance to keep from overdoing it.

I would recommend Blue Dream as an anti-depressive, and the Haze is a delightfully comforting sativa.  On the dreariest of days, it can pick you up carry you along with a twinkle in your eye.  However, it would be unfair not to acknowledge the pain relieving abilities of this strain as well.  Stress and tension.  Chronic pain and soreness.  A jar of Blue Dream in your medicine cabinet is like having a cure all, and I suggest keeping  some on hand at all times.

$50/ eighth

Orange County Patient Care

1921 E. Carnegie, 3H

Santa Ana, Ca

Sucker Punched from Orange County Patient Care medical marijuana review

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I have many times in the past picked up Sucker Punched from OCPC intending sincerely to review it.  The problem is I enjoy smoking it so much that I always finish it before taking the time to pause and write the review.  It almost happened to me again, and I was about to rip apart my last bud when I made myself stop to take a picture and set to writing.

Sucker Punched is a dark green bud that is absolutely striped with orange hairs, looking everything like Cringer from He-Man.  The sample I got is frosty white and gleams in natural light.  The nuggets were soft and fresh, perfect little pillowy clouds.  They are a bit difficult to break up, as they tend to collapse down and become dense when forced.  Using a grinder is the way to go if you have the means.  Once ground, the scent of balsam wood permeates from this strain.  You can also pick up some warm baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a slight cleaner sting at the end.  It reminds me a bit of the Chem-Jack I review a few weeks ago, but with a woodsy indica spliced in.

Sucker Punched is a very heavy hybrid.  There are some uplifting sativa effects, but I’d have a hard time calling this a daytime or social strain.  Sucker Punched is best used after work, after dinner, after responsibility, when you are ready for some tv or videogames to wind down your night.  It won’t put you to bed, but it will couch lock you.  The high is heady, and there is a dazed, stoned effect: perfect for watching a blockbuster on your big screen.  I felt it most in the eyes, and there was no end to the redness.  I also had cotton mouth, which isn’t normally a problem for me.

Sucker Punched works best for work stress and work related soreness and fatigue.  It doesn’t swing far enough indica to qualify for real pain relief.  I would more than recommend Sucker Punched as a sundown strain.  I have donated for it a dozen times, and it never disappoints.

$50/ eighth

Orange County Patient Care

1921 E. Carnegie, 3H

Santa Ana, Ca

Queen Bee from The Clinic medical marijuana review

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Queen Bee comes to us from The Clinic in Santa Ana.  I was looking to split an eighth, and my budtender pulled out a few decent top shelf sativas for me to examine.  She seemed especially excited about Queen Bee and proudly remarked that it smelled like honey.  Upon diving my nose into the jar, a pungent sweetness overcame me.  I wondered if the taste profile would match and had to take it home.  A sativa dominant hybrid, I’m unsure as to the exact genetics coming together in this strain, but as with just about every Queen strain out there, its roots must lie in Cinderella 99.  Cindy in any of its forms is not a bud to be taken lightly.  She brings Jack Herer with her to the table, and this is part of why Cinderella 99 makes Queen strains so potent.

When I got Queen Bee home, I noticed the dark tone to the greenery and the abundance of amber hairs.  Decidedly darker than Cinderella 99, it seems that this mystery hybrid gained some indica aesthetics as well.  The nuggets were loose and flakey when handled and filled a blunt evenly.  Nothing is worse than a sativa that breaks down unevenly and makes for a lumpy blunt.  The buds aren’t overly sticky and visually seem pretty plain.  However, Cinderella is about surprising you, and the scent and taste were where this bud buckled on her fancy shoes.  Queen Bee is quite sweet, almost sickly so.  I liken it to a tropical flower’s nectar.  It is sensual and engaging.  However, an attentive nose will notice a rotten berry scent as well.  The taste mimics this, and Queen Bee is an intriguing smoke.  Honey isn’t exactly what comes across, but I could certainly see where that originates from.

Queen Bee is a delightfully silly high.  I laughed often, and who doesn’t need that?  It was uplifting and energetic.  I was able to accomplish quite a bit for a daytime smoke, which is exactly why I always bring home at least one sativa each trip to the dispensary.  However, the more I smoked, the more intense the effects exponentially became.  Before long I became hazy and dream like, but my mind raced with ideas.  I had the pleasure of smoking this strain across a full day, and like sunlight on the canyons here in the OC, the high seemed to change by the hour.  Yet as strong as the effects became, I never felt tired or unable to focus.  It didn’t couch lock me like an indica would, and I was able to remain useful throughout the day.

$50/eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave. suite 130

Santa Ana, Ca.

Trinity OG from The Clinic medical marijuana review

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I haven’t been to The Clinic in Santa Ana off the 55 fwy in quite some time.  It wasn’t that I had a bad experience: in fact, their budtenders have never steered me wrong.  I had just found more convenient dispensaries with the same or better quality medication.  However, the other day I was specifically looking for a handful of O-pen cartridges, and my other dispensaries were out.  I hopped on Weedmaps on my phone and searched for somewhere nearby that kept them in stock, and The Clinic was tops on the list.

I figured that, while I was there, the smart thing to do would be to grab my flower for the week as well.  Opting for my normal split eighth, I found a wonderful Queen Bee that I’ll be reviewing later this week.  Before I could even glance at other indicas, my budtender said, “For your indica, you’ll want Trinity.”  She took the jar out and screwed off the top.  Her confidence in the strain was encouraging, and I donated for it without a second glance at the rest of the shelf.

Trinity OG is a bit of a rarity.  It does not come around often here in SoCal, though it does make its cameo appearances.  The lineage is unconfirmed and not a lot of information could be found online.  It seems to be an indica dominant hybrid, but the ratio seems awfully slim.  On looks alone, you can see traits of indicas and sativas mixing in the appearance of the buds.  They are dark green with amber hairs and light green leaf bottoms, fluffy and soft.  Yet over all of this is a frosty white sheen that is reminiscent of sticky sativas.  It crumbled apart pretty easily when worked between my fingers, letting off a pungent earthiness.  It reminded me of a musky incense, like patchouli or nag champa.  Sweet when smoked, it seemed to have a warming scent.  The taste was equally sweet but grounded, like a nutty flavored coffee.

The earliest effects of the high are cheerful.  I found myself laughing out loud and smiling to myself.  It is an internal high, and I was quiet and thoughtful.  There was a comforting body high that eased away pain I’d been experiencing in my back this week from sitting too long at the computer.  At higher doses, the indica effects fully took over as I had expected they would, and I began to experience dry, droopy eyes and a stoned haziness to my head.  A nice combination of the body/mind effects of each of the parent strains, Trinity OG brings the best of both worlds.  I’ve touted middle of the road hybrids before based solely on the completeness of the high, and I feel that, although Trinity OG leans indica, it is a well-rounded medication for those who need to remedy a variety of symptoms.

$50/ eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave. suite 130

Santa Ana, Ca

Black Out from Saddleback Organics medical marijuana review

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An indica dominant hybrid, Black Out comes to us from Saddleback Organics in Santa Ana.  I had been having a hard time sleeping, so I was looking specifically for a heavy, knock out indica.  After checking Weedmaps, I decided to grab some Louie XIII and check out this dispensary as a first time patient (FTP).  When I got to Saddleback Organics, the jar of Louis was more or less empty of buds and was mostly sticks and shake.  The budtender said he could get an eighth out of it, but I decided to pass and went with their other ultra-top shelf indica, Black Out, since it looked to be in much better condition.

Black Out is a hybrid of Black Domina and Amnesia Haze and carries with it mostly indica traits.  This comes from the Black Domina, a dense, dark green bud that is heavy with brown hairs.  Prevailing in this hybrid, Black Domina is a sedative high—perfect for my insomnia.  There is some pain relieving effect that is helpful for those nights that you are kept up by soreness or aching.  Pooled with this is Amnesia Haze, the sativa dominant hybrid that won the 2004 High Times Cannabis Cup.  Like most sativas, the buds are light and fresh; it is a bright green strain that is floral and herby.  I adore sativa highs for the mood elevation and euphoria, and Amnesia Haze is no different.

When bred into Black Out, these two strains come together with unique saffron like richness in its flavor, with a nice sage after taste.  There is also some slight bergamot citrus from the Amnesia Haze.  It is an easy and pleasant smoke, earthy and smooth.  I felt stoney after a few bowls; my eyes droopy and red.  Because the Black Domina overpowers the Amnesia Haze, this is best used as a night time medication, since it can be narcotic in heavy doses.  If you are already tired or eager for sleep, Black Out is the nightcap you are looking for to get you through the wee hours.  Priced at $55 at Saddleback Organics, this harvest is overpriced, but if you are desperate for a way to end your day and get a good night’s sleep, you may enjoy this strain.

$55/ eighth

Saddleback Organics

1320 E. Saint Andrews Place, suite G

Santa Ana, Ca