Doc’s Delights Mint Chocolate Cookie edible review

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I’ve had Doc’s Delights edibles in the past, but I thought that this time through, with nothing else to do, I’d take the time to settle in and review one.  I received this chocolate mint cookie as a FTP gift from Second Story.  The packaging is generic and unexciting and gives no product information, other than the name and legal disclaimers.  Typically, I would pass on branding like this, never knowing the product’s qualifications.

Second Story doesn’t keep their edibles in a cooler, and by the time I got this cookie home, it was pretty dry.  The frosting had also melted to the package, as you can see from the picture, which both made a mess and ruined some of the appeal.  Despite being dry, the chocolate mint flavor of the cookie was enjoyable, and the taste was clean of the typical cannabis bitterness.  Enjoyed with a tall, cold glass of milk, I medicated with this edible one night while watching a movie, and it was a delicious after dinner treat.

Since the package didn’t specify the mgs of THC contained in this edible, I wasn’t sure of the dosing.  I took it on a full stomach, and it took well over a full hour to kick in.  After the movie, I enjoyed some records while working in my office.  The high was smooth and groovy at this point, an uplifting sativa buzz.  I was energized and couldn’t sleep.  I also listed red eyes and dry mouth among the negative side effects.  After about four hours, I began to crash, and I feel right to sleep for a solid night’s rest.

$5 at Second Story

Key Lime Pie from Second Story medical marijuana review

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As is the case with many strains on the market these days, the genetics of Key Lime Pie are a bit fuzzy.  Usually the best places to check for strain lineage are with the grow boards or seed banks, both of which are extensive sources of information.  The consensus seems to be that it is a mix of three strains: Durban Poison, Fire OG, and either Cherry Pie or Cherry Kush.  I’d pick up any one of these strains if I saw them on the menu.  But when bred together, they near transcendance.

Key Lime Pie has small pyramid shaped buds, about the size of marbles.  However, each of these buds is incredibly dense before being broken up.  Once torn apart, they prove to be soft and fluffy and easy with which to roll.  The nuggets are a beaming lime color with pastel orange hairs.  They are luminously bright, especially in the sunlight.  The lime green isn’t the only reason this strain has taken its namesake.  There is a sweet citrus to the aroma, from either the Cherry Pie or Fire OG, that explodes from this strain when ever I grind it up.   The Durban offers a refined, nutty earthiness, like soy or almond milk.  Together, it is easy to see how this complex hybrid creates Key Lime Pie.  The taste is equally sweet to the smell — full of citrus, berry, and spice.

I have long appreciated 50/50 hybrids, and Key Lime Pie seems to be as balanced as they come.  At no time did the high become so cerebral that it was overwhelming.  I was still able to work and hold conversations with ease.  At the same time, there was no couch lock or drowsiness.  Whether I medicated in the morning or at night, I was up and moving and getting things done, albeit with a smile on my face.  But as they say: accentuate the positive.  Key Lime Pie certainly seems to do that.  While you get many of the positives from both sativa and indica, you seem to get none of the negatives.  The high was chatty and creative, mellow and relaxing.  There was also nice pain relief in the joints.  The body goes jiggly and soft, adding to the mellow feeling.  Worries and pain both just melt away.

$35/eighth

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave. #221

Santa Ana, CA

Second Story dispensary review

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After leaving an event at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this past Friday, I decided to stop in at one of my regular spots off of E. Garry Ave, just south of the 55 fwy.  I wasn’t being conscious of the time, and when I walked up to the door, it was locked.  Dang.  I knew this area was full of dispensaries, and sure enough, all I had to do was walk down the hall to find another that was still open.  Located at 1820 E. Garry Ave, in suite 221, Second Story is in a hot spot of dispensaries that sit just south of the 55.  It is a convenient location, especially for those of us who live or work in south county.  This clump of dispensaries are the closest walk-ins to anything south of Irvine, and I find myself frequenting them quite often.

E. Garry is a row of office parks accessible near Red Hill by Alton or Dyer.  Park on the north side of 1820, and when you walk up the stairs, Second Story’s door is on the left.  There is no name plaque, but the number is clearly marked.  The glass partition is right in front of you when you walk inside.  First time customers can grab a clipboard with the FTP forms from the table to the right.  Because I was a first time patient, I was able to choose between a free edible or 1g of kief.  The waiting room is sparse, but there are a few chairs and they had a candle burning.  There was a tv hanging on the nicely painted walls, adding to the ambiance.

Once I filled out my paperwork, the wait was minimal before I was buzzed into the showroom, especially for a Friday night.  I was greeted immediately from behind the glass displays by my budtender.  The room was coolly lit, and there was a nice glow from the neon sign in the window.  The layout of the medicine was in the normal fashion: sativas on the left, indicas on the right.  The L of the case contains their concentrates.  Edibles and O.pen cartridges line the bottom shelves.

I found all their prices to be quite reasonable; many popular products, like Bhang Bars, Cheeba Chews, and O.pens, are below the retail prices of other dispensaries.  Their flowers are also well priced.  They had two nice looking sativa strains at $45, Pineapple Express and Maui Wowie, that I took home.  Prices drop from there in $5 increments down to $20.  With few exceptions, their flowers were well grown, well trimmed, and priced to sell.  I also appreciated that they didn’t jack around with the strains and their names.  Second Story is flush with classics: GDP, DJ Short Blueberry, Maui Wowie, Chemdawg, Blue Dream, Super Silver Haze, and a Pre-98 Jack Herer that I am taking home with me next time.  I am a weed nerd, and I love smoking strains like this.  These plants have Cannabis Cup wins, have stories, have a following.  I’ll take all of them over a Duck Dynasty OG, any day.

I was surprised by Second Story.  I had seen their menus on weedmaps in the past, but counter-intuitively, I dismissed them for their low prices.  This was a mistake.  The quality of the experience, as well as the products, was far above what their prices suggest.

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave, #221

Santa Ana, CA

Strawberry Diesel from OCPC medical marijuana review

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After reviewing four straight indicas, I’ve lately felt run down and tired.  I have always preferred uplifting sativas, the type that set you going and give you the feeling like you can take on the world.  OCPC has grabbed a winner with their Strawberry Diesel.  Although there is some Afghani indica tucked into the NYC Diesel, overall, this was the euphoric sativa for which I was looking.

The buds of this strain are a flush green.  Blended in among the flowers are hairs so faintly red that they are almost pink, a nice touch for a strain with strawberry in its name.  If you think you see a seed pod in the picture above, you are correct.  It has just been the one seed so far, and it has gone in my drawer for a future grow.  One seed aside, this is a nice looking strain. It is slightly sticky from the dusting of trichromes.  There is a clear odor of strawberries, fresh and organic, not sweet like artificial candy flavors.  Unmistakably, fuel and grapefruit are also present in this strain’s profile.  The taste favors the diesel flavor of NYC Diesel.  Much of the fruitiness you notice in the smell gives way too harsh fuel when burnt.  However, even with this gruffness, there is little smoker’s fatigue.

What I missed most during my run of indicas was the cerebral relief that sativas bring.  Along with arthritis pain and migraines, I often use my medical marijuana for work stress, anxiety, and at times, depression.  Strawberry Diesel is perfect for all three.  The high is happy and energetic.  The truest sign for me of whether a strain’s effects fall sativa or indica is what I do immediately after smoking.  If I sit there, mindlessly watching tv or messing around online like I have been all week, it’s most likely an indica.  If I get up, grab my keys, and get out the door or take out my computer to start working, like I have been with Strawberry Diesel, then we are dealing with a top notch sativa.  I’d recommend this strain as a daytime treatment for any number of psychosomatic symptoms.  It will leave you hopeful and excited, roused to take on the day.

$35/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA

Redwood Kush from OCPC medical marijuana review

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John Muir, while discussing the redwood forests of Northern California, remarked, “Going to the woods is going home.”  The comforting, warming high of Redwood Kush is reminiscent of sitting by a campfire, surrounded by friends and the company of looming sugar pines.  Cozy and satisfying, there is something familiar about this strain, like it’s taking you home.

While I wouldn’t classify these nuggets as popcorn, they are small, bite sized buds.  Redwood Kush would be a deep forest green color if it weren’t absolutely drowning in pale amber trichromes.  The buds look like a pair of dirty khakis after being worked into Sequoia National Forest for a hike.  The aroma continues this theme.  Much of the scent is pepper tree and cedar.  However, the scent is so sweet in its woodiness, that there is even some over-ripe berry and musky earth, turning it sour in the end.  I was pleased by how this indica smoked.  It wasn’t harsh at all, and it had fine moments when it was like balsam or sandalwood incense.  Everything about the aesthetic side of this weed reminded me of northern California.

The high of Redwood Kush is noticeably indica, meaning it exists mostly in the body.  I prefer the cerebral effects of sativas and sativa hybrids, and don’t often donate for pure indicas.  However, Redwood is a breezy body high that is perfect for minor aches and pains.  It helped ease my arthritis and shoulder pain considerably, but did little for a migraine I came down with one night.  I also enjoyed this strain because there is no couch lock, no laziness, and no drowsy yawning.  This was the most dynamic indica I’ve smoked, since coming to Southern California, and it is perfect as a sunny daytime medication.

$35/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA

Choice Treats Lazy Fruit medical edible review

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As part of a FTP gift, I recently had one of Choice Treat’s gummi candies added to my donation.  I dug around in the jar they were stored in until I found “tropical” as a flavor.  The taste was sharply Caribbean, like a fruity island drink.  Compared to many gummi medibles, Lazy Fruit was not too sour and not too sugary.  It was actually enjoyable to eat, and being so large for only 50 mg of medicine, it is easy to tailor your dosing.

I used Choice Treat’s Lazy Fruit before getting a haircut and taking a walk around the lake downtown.  I took it about half an hour before leaving the house, and although I was chatty and lightheaded by the end of my trim, I didn’t feel the full effects of the edible until well over an hour after taking it.  As is usual for balanced edibles, the cerebral effects hit first, and by the time I was sitting on a bench downtown, I felt spacy and distracted.  There was a dreamy disconnect, and my eyes became red and irritated.  I had brought my computer to work, but I couldn’t focus on any single task and light created distracting visual effects.  Although Lazy Fruit kicks in slowly, it seemingly continued to build for a few hours before eventually breaking and rolling back.  It offered a layered and well balanced high, addressing both physical and psychosomatic issues.  When taken all at once, it left me couched and lazy, confirming the adequateness of the name.  However, at lower doses, I could see this acting a mild, all day medication.

Choice Treats Lazy Fruit: Tropical Flavor

$5 from SC Greenz

Sour Diesel from SC Greenz medical marijuana review

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I don’t follow marijuana terminology popular with the cool folks, but I have heard the term “stress” to describe poorly grown buds.  I assume it is because plants that are poorly grown must fight harder to produce flowers and the grow conditions stress them.  However, unlike wine growers who purposely stress their vines to produce better grapes for fermentation, marijuana growers want their plants to be happy, producing big happy buds.

This batch of Sour Diesel from SC Greenz are not happy buds.  These are anxious, underperforming buds who need a hug and some positive encouragement.  The bud I brought home to sample was thin and stretched, with only small flowers growing in clumps on the stem.  The pistils are mostly a clear white, though there were some brown tipped ones scattered here and there.  The buds weren’t very well trimmed, and there were many unnecessary leaves left.  Overall, I’d say these buds were just picked too early.  They remind me of a harvest I grew on my back porch one summer in a planter.  I had to yank it a week or two early to save them from frost.  The buds are stringy and immature.  They do have a nice dusting of trichromes, but there is far too much chlorophyll left.  This harvest is a bit harsh to smoke.  It has a pungent fuel aroma, but the taste, after the green hit, is all burnt greens.

Sour Diesel offers a clear headed and uplifting high.  It seems to awaken your forehead and enlivens your thinking.  There is almost a caffeine buzz that fills your body, and it certainly isn’t meant to be used before bed.  This strain will make you want to get up and go.  I love a good doer strain, and this is one of them.  Perfect for a day downtown, exploring a zoo, taking a hike, or playing down the beach, Sour Diesel is a perfect activity companion.   Although I wasn’t completely satisfied with this harvest, I am a believer in Sour Diesel as a potent and effective medical strain.

$35/ 5g

SC Greenz

2433 S. Broadway

Santa Ana, Ca