Some days you want to be productive and engaging and reach for your favorite sativa. Other days your pain seems unmanageable or you yearn for a solid night’s sleep, leaving you smoking a dense, weighty indica. However, this past week required a bit of both. Normally I’d just split my order between the two strains, busying myself by medicating double to get all the effects, but today I decided to hit the two birds with a single stoned. I swung by Emerald Care in Santa Ana after work and donated for one of the disposable O-pen cartridges in Shishkaberry, a hybrid strain.
Before I get too far in, I should tell you that Shishkaberry is an indica-dominant hybrid, a fact I did not know ahead of time, and it has had an effect on my medicating. The high starts euphoric and warm, and the taste is rich and fruity, bearing its DJ Short Blueberry heritage. You may feel clear headed and focused at first. However, DJ Short Blueberry is a very heavy indica, and once you peak, you will struggle to keep from couch locking. Although there is some anxiety control with the Afghani, the main profile of this strain for me is pain and insomnia. After a long day of computer use, my arthritis is quite severe. Shishkaberry was a perfect way to unwind after a day of work, watching some TV before bed, or listening to music with the lights off.
No matter how you decide to medicate, the pain relief will be substantial and sedative. If you haven’t used the O-pen disposable cartridges, the taste begins on the exhale and is clean and true to the strain, as most oils and concentrates are. However, there is a clear glycerin follow that can be unpleasant if you aren’t expecting it. It is a tradeoff for the discretion that the O-pen allows. Emerald Care carries a selection of disposables in indica, sativa, and hybrid for just $25 each, $5 less than most dispensaries. Just remember, as I failed to do, that hybrids don’t mean an even mix of strains, and you may end up with more than you intended.
Shishkaberry O-pen disposable: $25
Emerald Care Collective
1820 East Garry Ave #204
Santa Ana, CA, 92705