Mr. Nice Guy from The Clinic medical marijuana review

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This indica dominant hybrid is a mix of G-13 x Hash Plant.  Named Mr Nice, it was established in honor of famed author and pot smuggler Howard Marks.    While not judging him personally, Mr. Nice was just one of many aliases Marks took, and not a compliment to his benevolence.  This particular moniker came after he bought the passport of convicted murderer Donald Nice.  Marks was eventually convicted of his involvement in the moving of drugs, and since completing his sentence, he continues to write and conduct lecture tours.

The flowers of this harvest are pretty thin and stringy.  There is a purple hue to the buds, especially at the tips, and the greenery comes mostly from leaves.  Deep brown hairs cover the nuggets in bushy chunks.  Overall, each bud was kind of stemmy and were thin fingers of a bud.  Not to be counted out though, the flowers were sparkly under LEDs and a bit sticky from the Hash Plant influence, alluding to a hidden potency.

Mr. Nice Guy has a complicated palate, helped nothing by the variety of its phenotypes.  The first impression is of funky earth and sweetness.  I’d possibly describe it like wet ground and tropical flower.  There is also a possible purp terp scent of over-ripe or rotten berry in play.   There are other smells too: burnt oak ash; a mildewy basement or wet leather; dense resinous wood.  There is also a musky spice that is difficult to pin down.  Yet so familiar.  I’d say it has a manly scent–a dirty gruffness.  This taste complexity comes from the Hash Plant.  Some simply call it a hashy scent, but that’s a bit of a cop out.  The smoke tastes just as layered as it smells.  The pungent berry and musk are most evident, but that indescribable spice is there as well.

An indica dominant hybrid, I expected a real stoney high.  However, it had a pleasant groovy nature to it, making it work as a daytime indica.  I caught some super red eyes, which made me look more medicated than I was.  Mr. Nice Guy was clear headed overall, and I found it pretty helpful to work under its use.  It gave me a nice body high without the inhibiting psychedelic effects. This is the effect of the G-13, aimed to maximize usefulness as medicine and minimizing intoxication.  Watch as the Hash Plant wants to work against this though.  And at larger doses, it will.  Regardless of the potency of your harvest, be sure to respect this strain, lest it bowl you over.

$35/ eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave., suite 130

Santa Ana, CA

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Sour Candy Apple from SAPA medical marijuana review

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After popping in to visit One Love, I discovered it was now Santa Ana P.A..  New name, same set up.  Though, the shelves seemed less full of the choices I’d come to expect.  After viewing the menu boards, I settled on a blended hybrid.  It was the name, Sour Candy Apple, that appealed to me.  It sounded to me like a special Starburst flavor.  And my mouth was watering before I even made it out of the dispensary.

There have been some beautiful late harvest buds around the OC lately, busty and plump, with coatings of amber trichromes.  Sour Candy Apple has dark leaves and light emerald flowers, flush with pale hairs.  There is a fruit scent similar to an apple or pear.  It’s a bit piney also, but barely so.  The buds I got were really fresh, making them hard to break up.  Once they dried after a moment or two on a dish, they were much more workable.  Smoking it gives a really harsh hit, but the exhale is all fresh apple and slightly sour.  It isn’t overwhelming like a sour patch kid, though.  More subtle.  More bearable.

Sour Apple is a mix of a heavy Kush indica and Sour Diesel.  I’m not sure where the “Candy” in the name comes from, but the obvious choice would be a work in of Candy Kush.  The high left me with a nice warm tingle in body, like a warm spiced wine enjoyed in front of a fire.  It was heavy in the eyes and comfortingly sleepy, a kind of drunk feeling.  I was still able to function on lower doses, and it was mellow and smooth.  I found it to be a great wake and bake strain on a weekend, when you want the dreaminess of morning to continue.  However, it is a bit too distracting for a work day.  The more I smoked, the more couch-locked I got.  When used late enough, it put me down swiftly to sleep.  This hybrid seems to swing far to the indica side, making it perfect for all kinds of pain relief and insomnia.  

$45/ eighth

Santa Ana P.C.

1651 E. Edinger, suite 104

Santa Ana, CA

 

Jack Herer x OG Kush from Second Story medical marijuana review

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What?!  Jack Herer and OG Kush are available in a single hybrid.  Like peanut butter and chocolate.  Like peanut butter and jelly.  Or crackers.  Or celery.  When you think about it, peanut butter and just about anything.  These two strains were practically made for each other, and now they are together at last.

These buds have tons of orange/brown hairs and rich amber trichromes.  Beneath this lies lime green flower and some dark green leaf.  It is an aesthetically gorgeous strain, very earthy, with all the colors of the forest.  The scent is also woody and pine, dominant profiles in both parent strains.  There is a faint sour skunk, but it is an afterthought.  Overall, Jack and OG come together to create a delightfully spicy and exotic smoke.  Like incense, the smell is alluring.  The taste is equally earthy.  The green hit is a rush of resinous pine wood and bark spice, like vanilla or saffron.

After smoking this hybrid, I was all smiles and creativity.  There are really two separate highs going on here: OG Kush’s mellow, no cares attitude and Jack’s clearheaded productivity.  Just like any other sativa dominant, it is a great daytime high.  From wake n’ bake to sundown, and even into a night out on the town, Jack Herer and OG Kush will work together to ease your anxiety, whatever its source, and will even lift your mood.  For patients looking for complete psychosomatic relief, this could be your strain.

$45/ eighth

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave. #221

Santa Ana, CA

GT Dragon medical marijuana review

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When the medical marijuana festivals come around, it is a great opportunity to visit the booths of different vendors and dispensaries and find products that I can’t find in the OC.  While browsing up and down the rows of tents at the recent High Times LA Cannabis Cup, I came across a little organic grower selling $10 eighths.  Never one to pass up a chance to support local and organic, I decided to pick up a couple of grams of GT Dragon.

To start, the buds were not well trimmed, and yellow leaves stuck out over much of the buds.  The flowers themselves were dominated by a purple tint, sharply contrasted by the yellowed leaves and bright orange hairs.  The buds were big and fluffy and easy to break up.  Being a purple strain, there was a fruity smell, like dark berries.  However, the aroma was noticeably sour in the end, almost rotten, like overripe fruit left to rot after falling to the ground.  The taste shared some of this acrid flavor but was still sweet on the tongue.

GT Dragon offers an immediate full body high.  There isn’t much in the head, but it can be a bit daydreamy.  A vibrating body buzz is easy on joints and creates a lasting state of relaxation.  As with most indica dominants, this strain can couch lock, but offers superior relief from both pain and insomnia.

$30/ eighth

Organic Grower

High Times LA Cannabis Cup

Lemon Puff from New Cannabis Republic medical marijuana review

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A cross between Lemon Diesel and Joseph OG (NY OG Kush), Lemon Puff comes to us from strain experts Gage Green Group.  Specializing in strains crossed with their phenotype of OG Kush–Joseph OG— I picked this strain up from the New Cannabis Republic booth at this year’s High Times LA Cannabis Cup.

My eighth of Lemon Puff was a pair of big, fat nuggets.  The name was appropriate, as they looked like large, lumpy clouds.  However, they were also heavy, and proved to be very dense flowers.  The buds were a lovely, light lime green, completely frosted and accented with bright orange hairs–some of the most beautiful buds I’ve seen in some time.  They were also extremely sticky, which made them difficult to break up by hand.  I ended up picking apart the compact nuggets with my nails and wound up with bits stuck to my fingertips and under my nails.

Lemon Puff is absolutely aromatic.  Very reminiscent of Super Lemon Haze, the lemon scent is sweet and sugary.  There is also a slight skunk and some nutty undertones.  They mix well to create a taste like a sweet citrus treat with a cracker crust.  Lemon Puff is like smoking a lemon bar and allows for a pleasant medicating experience.

The high goes straight to the head.  It is cerebral and hazy, fun and giggly.  Perfect for psychosomatic symptoms such as social anxiety, fear, stress, and depression.  The mood elevation and calming effects help to create a new outlook.  Often triggers that bothered me pre-medicating didn’t fade away, as they do with some strains.  Rather, Lemon Puff helped me to reexamine the situation, take a different perspective, and reach a solution.  This strain isn’t escapist.  It’s engaging.  And while allowing for a dynamic and creative inner dialogue, it helps ease the mental and physical ailments that keep you from being who you need to be.

$50/ eighth

New Cannabis Republic

San Diego County delivery available

(805) 419-3227

XJ-13 from Elevated Dreams medical marijuana review

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Sometimes, two strains come together that are so perfectly matched, they realize an ideal.  XJ-13 is just one of those hybrids.  One half of this combo, G-13, is purported to be a legendary indica dominant strain grown for the government at the Univ. of Mississippi in the 1960s.  Added to this is Jack Herer, the award winning sativa named for the marijuana activist of the same name.  These two potent sets of genes set the stage for one of the best hybrids I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy.  

The buds of XJ-13 were tight pyramids and broke up into dense clumps.  The buds were lightly colored by khaki trichromes, although the greenery was dark.  They were scattered by deep orange hairs.  There is a strong, acidic smell, like a citrus salad, but it is dominated by a sharp lime.  There is also a pungent smell, almost acrid, and some of the pine typical of Jack.  The smoke tastes similarly acidic and slightly sweet.  

Work has gotten stressful as of late.  With stress comes anxiety, and anxiety’s friend–sadness.  Then in comes, XJ-13.  The high, although uplifting, is mostly calm and comforting.  It helps erase the mental triggers that are worrying you and gives a nice sense of tranquility.  These mental effects are complemented nicely by a tingly body buzz that dissipates tightness in the shoulders.  It is not nearly indica enough to work for any real pain relief, but it offers enough to enhance the cerebral high.  

 

$45/ eighth

Elevated Dreams

413 W. 17th St. #106

Santa Ana, Ca

Sensi Star from the Clinic medical marijuana review

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Sensi Star, just about since its inception in ‘95, has been an award winning indica strain.  Over the years it has taken home numerous wins at the Highlife Cup, the Cannabis Cup, the Growers Cup, Spannabis, and even the coveted High Times “Plant of the Year” in 2003.  Even though I’m not normally a fan of indicas, I have heard too many good things about this strain not to bring it home with me.  And I’m glad I did.  

The buds of Sensi Star were lumpy, imperfect cones, marbled in light and dark green hues.  Pale, almost yellow hairs sprout across the nuggets.  Sensi Star is covered in dense, white crystals that significantly lighten the plant.  Aesthetically, it is a very intriguing strain.  The buds are sticky to the touch, and the smell lingers on the fingertips after handling.  Starting sweet, the taste ends skunky and exotically spicy.  

As with many indicas with Afghani Kush as their base, the pain relief is premier.  Quickly upon medicating, their is a loosening of tight muscles and an easing of pain.  There is also a lightness in the cranium, almost a floating, that is perfect for migraines or headaches of any seriousness.  This strain gives great overall body relief; however, unlike most indicas, Sensi Star won’t couch lock you or put you down to sleep.  This is due to the rumoured stripe of an unknown sativa in its genetics.  Instead, it is a delightfully caffeinated body high.  Perfect for daytime pain relief.  

$35/ eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave. #106

Santa Ana, CA