Green Dream shatter from Second Story concentrate review

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This sample of Green Dream shatter comes to us from HGH extractions, a multiple award winning LA based extraction company.  Over the last few months, I’ve come to recognize HGH as the absolute leader in creating quality extractions.   This concentrate is a BHO extract, which many people fear to be unhealthy.  When done right, BHO extraction is safe.  And this is shatter done right.

Green Dream is a cross between two sativas: Green Crack and Blue Dream.  I’ve also seen it on menus as Blue Crack.  It is a well designed hybrid looking to capitalize on each parent’s dominating effects–both in taste and effect.

When I first picked this up from Second Story, it was a real glass-like shatter.  My half gram was made up of one big burnt-amber colored chunk and some smaller slivers and shards that had broken off it.  When I got it home, it became soft and tacky in warm weather, and my office sits in our powerful Orange County afternoon sun.  The longer I had it, the more the consistency changed to that of a wax, feeling soft and buttery.  It became cloudier as well.  The taste profile again is balanced between the two parent strains, combining Blue Dream’s dark berry flavor with the tropical sweetness of Green Crack.

This strain hits at mach speed as a concentrate, and I felt the effects on the exhale.  Blue Dream brings a spacey and creative high, that doesn’t hesitate to add relief and comfort to the body, too.  Green Crack, on the other hand, can be energetic and productive sativa.  Either late at night or in the early morning, this medicates like a cup of coffee.  But relaxing, so with a little added whiskey for good measure.  I found it to be all at once dreamy but engaging.  It is much more clear headed than Blue Dream alone.  More stoney than just Green Crack.

Sadly, I only got a half gram this trip.  If I knew the kind of high it spawned, I would have donated for more.  Be sure to swing by Second Story and grab yours quick.  It won’t last long.

$40/ .5g

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave., #221

Santa Ana, CA

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Blue Diamond nectar from Second Story concentrate review

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Before I tried this strain, the only blue diamond I had ever seen was the famous Hope diamond kept at the Smithsonian, made blue by trace amounts of boron in its crystaline structure.  Second Story’s Blue Diamond would be a completely different stone, as it were.  And “hope”fully lacking in any boron.

Blue Diamond is a cross between Diamond OG (OG Kush crossed with a pure indica) and Blue Dream.  I’ve long been a fan of Blue Dream: just take a look at my review.  Beyond its aesthetically pleasing look and its delectable smell and taste, I’ve always seen Blue Dream as the perfect mental health strain.  All cares simply disappear after medicating.  Diamond OG, however, is a totally new experience for me.  Although I’ve seen plenty of OG Kush hybrids, one this indica dominant is usually outside of my preference, yet any friend of Blue Dream is a friend of mine.

I found the taste to be predominantly piney and nutty from the Diamond OG.  The Blue Dream also lends a dark berry and lightly floral flavor.  The vapor was sometimes harsh in the throat when the coil in my Cloud pen was real hot.  Otherwise, there is an earthy sweetness that seems to temper the vapor.

This concentrate isn’t really a nectar.  It’s more like a taffy, light honey in color.  It is very pale, almost white, and absolutely glimmers under the lights.  While I was thankful it was stored on parchment paper, it was also put into far too small a container and was pressed quite tightly when sealed.  When it got hot and then cold these last few days and nights, the consistency turned to a hard rock.  Some oil seems to have been pressed out by the heat and pressure, but this had no effect on the potency.  I eventually moved it to my Oil Slick jar, now that it was drier.

The high offered hazy anti-anxiety relief from the Blue Dream.  It was also good for depression, thanks to the dissociative effect.   OG Kush brings a great mellow high, sneaking its way in through the Diamond OG.  There was quite the significant indica high from Diamond OG: relaxed and body dominant.  I felt it first in the arms and legs, then across the back and shoulders.  Blue Diamond offered nice headache relief.  Although at times I had tired eyes, I experienced no lock and remained active while medicating.  I became tired at night, which may go without saying, but the Diamond OG certainly helps with unwinding before bed.  On the nights I had the hardest time sleeping, it didn’t cure my insomnia, and I had to resort to a pure indica to get the job done.

$40/ .5g

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave, #221

Santa Ana, California

Lemon Drop wax from OCPC concentrate review

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When I was in my graduate program we used to drink a shot called the Lemon Drop.  Vodka was shaken over ice and then strained.  The shots were chased by biting on a sugared lemon.  I used to love them.  Citrusy sweet, and slightly sour.  While browsing through OCPC’s waxes this week, I was looking for something more glassy.  I’ve just had a real dry Blue Dream wax that was troubling to use in my pen, so I was looking for something that would vaporize easier.  However, hidden behind a stack of darker budders, I saw this golden gram of Lemon Drop wax and decided to take it home.  I’m a sucker for the Limonene terpene that gives some strains their lemony flavor, and I was hoping to get a big dose with this donation.

This Lemon Drop wax melted well in my Cloud Pen, if not a bit slow.  I had to make sure to get it right down on the heating coil to get a full hit.  Although it was wetter than some waxes, I still ended with crumbles in my Oil Slick jar when breaking pieces off the rather sizeable 1g moonstone I picked out.  Like clay from a cave, it was pliable but grainy.  Having a light brown color, it wasn’t the purest of waxes I’ve seen, but it was clearly free of most particulates.

There was a nice and sweet lemon scent, similar to Super Lemon Haze, but less aromatic than a well cured flower.  The vapor is thin, and so is the taste, both of which were a disappointment.  However, it hits heavy to the cheeks and forehead when it does finally heat up enough to vape well.  I had lazy, drooping eyes that made me look higher than I was.  Lemon Drop was actually quite clear headed and creative in low doses.  But giggly and euphoric during longer sessions.  The medication seems to lean sativa, but it is clearly a sativa/indica hybrid.  It offered a two part high.  While there was good tension relief in the head and neck and I found it effective for migraines, Lemon drop also worked well for stress and anxiety relief.  The relaxing of both the mind and body is perfect to make it through your tougher days at the office.

$35/ g

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA

Super G-13 shatter from Elevated Dreams concentrate review

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Everybody’s favorite government grown strain is back: this time as a nicely purged shatter.  G-13 was supposedly being grown for the government in secrecy by the University of Mississippi in the 1960’s, when it was smuggled out by a disgruntled employee.  Or so the story goes.  However, the real mystery for this sample isn’t whether or not the stories are true.  Rather, the question is where did it obtained its “super” status from.  Could it be picked up from Super Silver Haze or Super Skunk?  Or is it just an added moniker to set it above the rest, a ploy to trick me into buying it?  The only way to find out is to bring it home and try it.

This Super G-13 shatter is a lovely, light amber color.  It was very hard, almost glass like, which made snapping off dabs a cinch.  It rolled easily into little balls before I dropped it into my Cloud vape pen.  On warm days, it became a bit more like taffy, making it more difficult to handle.  The vapor was dense and hit straight to the forehead.  It tasted of sweet, fragrant redwood, like cedar or balsam.

The high was very potent.  There was a strong downward pull.  Even if the super in its name does come from a sativa hybrid, this high is almost all indica.  Perfect relief for joint, muscle, and nerve pain, Super G-13 is a very stoney, drowsy strain.  After a long week, I found it to be a wonderful Sunday medication.  There is some anxiety relief and a great sense of relaxation.  Used late enough in the day, it will knock you out.  Whether you plan for it or not, Super G-13 will solve your insomnia.

I never did solve the riddle of this G-13’s “super”.  However, I did find an outstanding indica concentrate for pill free pain relief.  I also found a substitute for Nyquil Zzz to help me get a full night’s sleep.  Finally, I also found a dynamic anti-anxiety medication that affords a physical calming effect to help overcome panic attacks.  Who says the government never did anything for the pot smoker?

$60/ gram

Elevated Dreams Collective

413 W. 17th St. Suite 106

Santa Ana, CA

Blackberry OG from Elevated Dreams concentrate review

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I haven’t used my Cloud vape pen in some months, so I decided to drive to Santa Ana and grab some shatter to drop into it.  I threw my vape pen on the charger, so it would be ready when I got home.  Since Rite Greens closed its Santa Ana location, the best place in town to grab some perfect dabs is Elevated Dreams.  Forget those dark budders and honeycombs you see piled on each other at other dispensaries, here you can grab perfectly purged, honey-golden glass.  On top of what I feel to be some of the best quality around, Elevated Dreams also takes the time to put their concentrates on parchment paper, making sure that none of your donation is wasted stuck to the sides of plastic jars.  While their selection was extensive, I ended up deciding to go with some Blackberry OG by Gold Coast Extracts.  This is a Los Angeles collaboration that makes some of the purest, healthiest products in Orange County’s dispensaries.

Blackberry OG brings together Blackberry Kush and OG Kush.  This extract is a brown tourmaline color, translucent and glowing under any form of light.  Shatters like this tend not to be very fragrant, and it gives off very little scent.  However, the moment I lit the coil in my vape pen, the two dominant terpenes awaken, creating a pine and dark berry aroma that will fill the room.  The taste is light and the vapor thick and milky.

Blackberry Kush is a great late day pain relief medication, thanks in large part to the Afghani kush I find to be so effective in other strains I’ve reviewed.  It will want to distract you, and at its worst, will pull you down like quicksand into an unbreakable couchlock.  These negatives just tell you that the narcotic like pain management of the kush is doing its job.  The OG Kush, however, is mellow and spacy, bringing with it fantastic mood elevation.  Together, these genetics make Blackberry OG an all around feel good strain.  Headaches, arthritis pain, cramps, and chronic aches disappear.  If you are looking for late night stress relief, it can do that too.  Just beware of trying to make this a daytime medication.  Although it will add to your physical well being, it will make responsibility difficult and slow your pace to a crawl.

$60/ gram

Elevated Dreams Collective

413 W. 17th St. Suite 106

Santa Ana, CA

Super Lemon Haze wax from OCPC concentrate review

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Reviewed before in a marvelous flower from one of my favorite shops, now closed, in Garden Grove,   Super Lemon Haze is a perfectly blended indica/sativa hybrid of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze.  This time out, we are reviewing a wax medium of this person favorite strain from Orange County Patient Care in Santa Ana.

There isn’t much of the original sweet citrusy zest that you can taste when smoking Super Lemon Haze as a flower.  All thicker wax seems to have an aftertaste for me that takes away from the original essence.  Although it’s not as flavorful as a shatter or a nice green hit of flower, it’s still a light vape with slender hints of sweet citrus and cleaner.  Even out of my Cloud, it was fresh and expansive in the base of my lungs.  It’s not nearly as harsh as a darker wax would be.  This sample from OCPC is a bright brown, but it is visibly shiny with crystals.  It is a great working consistency, where at room temperature it can be handled by hand.  I easily pulled out pieces of this concentrate and rolled it into a small ball to load my vape without a hint of mess, yet it isn’t too dry to create a lush cloud of vapor.

The high off of Super Lemon Haze is well balanced between both sativa and indica effects.  There is a fine social quality to this strain, and even a practiced introvert like me was looking to chat up strangers.  There is a fun quality to SLH that I thoroughly enjoy.  It is a great for mood elevation, and joined with its pain relieving properties from its indica genetics, I could see this strain helping anyone getting over injury or chronic pain that is also experiencing depression as a side effect.

$25/ .5g

Orange Country Patient Care

1921 E. Carnegie, 3H

Santa Ana, Ca

Skywalker OG wax from Emerald Care concentrate review

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The world of marijuana strains is becoming ever more complex, as OGs are mixed with kushes, which are crossed with purples, Afghanis, and skunks.  Hybrids of all types are making gains in the market, since they allow users to medicate for the widest range of symptoms.  This week’s strain comes from Emerald Care in Santa Ana and is a hybrid of hybrids of hybrids, covering just about every effect marijuana offers.  It would take pages to run through the long genetics of this powerful hybrid.  What we are primarily looking at is a mix of two very popular strains: Skywalker and OG Kush.

Skywalker (indica-dom) is an absolute knockout for pain, and after a warm, physical peak, it will set you down ready to sleep.  It is in itself a cross of indicas: Blueberry, which sets the base in almost all my favorite strains; and Mazar, a true Afghani grown in the fertile northern Afghanistan.  It offers a wonderful fruit flavor, and as a wax, it is smooth vaped out of my Cloud pen.  The high is quiet and contemplative.  I’ve used it first thing in the morning, and it has a soft lazy morning feel that is perfect for cooking weekend brunch.  Mazar’s high is described as narcotic, attributed to its high CBD levels.  This is where its exceptional pain relief properties derive.

The other side of Skywalker OG is OG Kush.  Its naming is slightly ironic because it is not actually a kush.  Being a sativa dominant hybrid, if there are any kush genetics, they are minimal.  This is a classic sativa in its creativity, outward social tendencies, and anti-anxiety effects.  I find it perfect for dealing with stress related anxiety.  It is wildly popular in LA and Orange Counties and can be found in its original form in many area dispensaries.  As the story goes, and the story is varied, it is second generation to Chemdawg and made its way from its genetic origins in the Rockies to Lake Tahoe before settling in SoCal.  Like its mother, it is a beautiful pale flower, smelling like Pine Sol and hitting light and citrusy.  Little wonder Orange County is so crazy for it.

Combining these two strains gives us the complex profile of Skywalker OG.  It immediately hits with a heady, cereberal high.  My thought patterns shifted and my mind relaxed from its normal rapid pace.  This is the OG Kush heritage at work.  As you medicate, this is followed by a floating body high.  There is little down pull and the pain seems to lift from your body.  I do get drowsy if I use Skywalker OG late in the evening, but otherwise it can be an efficient daytime smoke if you aren’t looking to be energetic.

The wax I picked up from Emerald Care was lighter in color than most of the concentrates they had in and was a golden brown about the shade of dark wildflower honey.  Typically, it is a good rule that the lighter the color, the less impurities and plant matter were left behind in the finished product.  Emerald only carries CO2 concentrates, so I always feel comfortable using their products.  I usually try to get a dryer consistency wax for my Cloud and micro-G pens to keep the mess to a minimum.  This batch of Skywalker OG was a bit wetter than I would have preferred.  I immediately transferred it from the plastic screw top jar they package it in to some parchment paper when I got home, and I’m glad I did.  Kept in my upstairs office, the warm weather this week softened it to apple butter like thickness.  It’s not ideal to handle when loading my pen, and I probably wouldn’t donate for it again for that reason alone.  Otherwise, this is a perfectly acceptable representation of this area favorite.

Skywalker OG wax: $35/1g

Emerald Care Collective

1820 East Garry Ave. #204

Santa Ana, CA 92705