Auntie Dolores 100 Bite triple chocolate brownie bite medical edible review

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Auntie Dolores medible products are regrettably unavailable at my usual dispensaries in Orange County.  Because of this, I have had to wait until the recent Los Angeles Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino to sample these delectable sweets.  I had some trouble locating their booth, tucked away as it was along the outside row, but I’m sure glad I finally did.  The staff working the Cup booth were personable and eager to help me find the best medicated edibles.

The 100 mg brownie bite from Auntie Dolores is the perfect strength single dose when looking for a strong, lasting medication.  I felt comfortable using this all natural product, knowing it was made with only the purest ingredients.  I settled in with my brownie bite and a steaming hot cup of coffee, looking to unwind after a long week.  I found the small, round treat to be a bit dry and crumbly–stale, but not entirely unenjoyable.  It was incredibly chocolaty, with only the slightest notion of a cannabis taste–not bad considering it is the first ingredient.  This trace hint of bitter herbal flavor blended well with the chocolate and left me with a fudgy, decadent aftertaste.

On a mostly empty stomach, the high began after only half an hour and was all smiles.  There was a certain haziness, which created a dreamlike perception, perfect for stress relief and fighting depression.  This disconnect helps to escape triggers, even if just for a few hours.  This head high is mirrored by a buzzing, electric body high.  While pain relief isn’t as powerful as some CBD heavy products on the market, it works if you are looking for a complementing edible that will offer mixed benefits.  After a floating, giggly high, I was left heavy and with drooping eyes.  Eaten after a light dinner, this little bite-sized edible lifted me up for an anxiety free and mellow evening, before dropping me back down for a deep, invigorating night’s sleep.

$10/ 100 mg brownie bite

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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

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

Maui Wowie from Second Story medical marijuana review

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I’ve been on a bit of a tropical themed run here as of late, and Maui Wowie, often seen as Maui Waui, adds to this ongoing motif.  After enduring a month in frigid Chicago and getting to know the term polar vortex well, I’ve been spending as much time under the palm trees of SoCal as possible.  It isn’t the taste, but the spirit of this strain that makes me think of warm, sunny beaches and bathing suits.

These buds were lumpy and long and markedly sticky.  This is no surprise since an abundance of cloudy amber-colored late harvest trichromes can be seen across the nuggets.  Maui Waui is a ginger lady, and orange hairs stick out like cowlicks.  It wasn’t the look but the the scent of this strain that sold me in the dispensary.  Diving your nose into the jar grabs thick wafts of pine and lemon cleaner, similar to Chemdawg strains, but sweet like Super Lemon Haze.  There is also a minimal baking spice aroma as well that comes through in a big way in the aftertaste.  The smoke is thin and not expansive, making medicating a pleasurable after thought.  I love a flavorful strain, and this is as fragrant and tasty as they come.

Popular among the hippy crowds in California during the late sixties, Maui Waui was an early high THC plant, desired for its potency and uplifting sativa high.  I place it in a category of what I like to call brain strains: sativas so erudite and sophisticated that they make you more capable.  I love to work on strains like this, since they pique your creativity, expand your imagination, and enhance your problem solving.  With no noticeable indica effects, strains like Maui Waui will drive your productivity and are exceptional daytime, mid-week highs.  However, it is just as appropriate a medication for your times of repose.

$45/eighth

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave. #221

Santa Ana, CA

SFV OG from Elevated Dreams medical marijuana review

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I haven’t been to Elevated Dreams in some time, so I decided to get a sampling of a couple strains to see how their quality has been keeping up.  After pulling out SFV OG for me to see, my budtender was called away and replaced with another.  The girl asked if I was all set, and I said I’d like to see a few more strains.  She seemed shocked I didn’t want the SFV OG, as if no one who had ever checked it out had declined to get it.  I assured her that it would be coming home with me; I was simply looking for one in addition to, not instead of.

The buds of SFV OG are perfect pyramids and are quite sticky to the touch.  For color, they seem to be marbled by light and dark greens, accented by dark brown hairs.  The smell is instantly sweet, and although there is also clearly a musky scent, it is tempered by pine.  The taste is like walking through a pine forest after a heavy rain.  Although the smoke is thick, it isn’t affecting.

San Fernando Valley OG, much like its closest relative, OG Kush, is widely popular in the SoCal area.  Much of what makes it infamous comes from its mellow, full bodied high.  Both these strains seem to symbolize the region’s breezy personality.  I found SFV OG to be psychoactive in its effects.  Perfect for depression and anxiety, this high will help you to relax and unwind.  It is also physical enough to melt away tension in the neck, shoulders, and back.  I particularly enjoyed this strain after escaping from work for the day.  It was a great way to cast off my tie and welcome my leisure time.

$45/eighth

Elevated Dreams

413 W. 17th St. #106

Santa Ana, CA

Golden Nugget from OCPC medical marijuana review

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While sitting in traffic on the 405 leaving work this week, I decided to slip off at the 55 fwy and visit my favorite dispensary, OCPC.  I had just made a pick up a few days ago but was in the mood for a nice even hybrid to address both my stress and work fatigue from the hump day grind.  Listed as a hybrid, I was excited to get this strain home and see what it could do.  There wasn’t much information online about Golden Nugget, but a seed seller claimed it was a 50/50 mix of Jack Herer and an unknown indica mother.

Golden Nugget has cloudy amber crystals making its appearance to be golden tan.  Peeking through this is some dark green vegetation and deep, mulch brown hairs covering the digit sized buds.  Much like Gold Rush, this seems to be a very earthy strain.  The aroma is sweet wood and pepper, and the taste in the exhale is the same tune, spicy and resinous.

Balanced hybrids have helped over the years to add a new answer to the question: indica or sativa?  Why not both?  I love an indica for it’s pain management effects, but sometimes I’m left medicating and medicating without ever really “feeling” high.  Sativas give me the stoned, euphoric feel I need to control my depression and anxiety, but lack the body buzz that helps soothe my aching joints.  Golden Nugget seems to toe the line perfectly.  The high is a rich mixture of effects from both sides of the spectrum.  The high is at once relaxing.  The physical vibrations seem to light up the nerve ends and excite the body.  Pain slips away, and extremities feel loose.  Next the hazy cerebral high takes over, setting you to daydreaming and general staring off into the distance.  I most enjoyed this strain when smoked one evening down the shore watching the sunset, but it is equally in place as a wake and bake with your coffee or before the late night talk shows with your tea before bed.  On a tight budget, it’s nice to have a single medication that works for all your symptoms, and Golden Nugget will do just that.

$45/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA