Buddha’s Best White Chocolate Macadamia edible review

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I have addressed Buddha’s Best’s claim about being the “strongest edible on the market” in the past.  I still hold that both by dose and by total edible cannabinoids, this simply isn’t true.  Chronic Catering has them by over 20 mgs per edible.  However, in the grand scheme of things, who really cares.  Buddha’s Best makes what is frankly one of the tastiest edibles on the market.  They use all natural ingredients, as most medibles do.  In this world of overly processed foods, it is refreshing to eat anything with simple, honest ingredients, instead of chemicals.

Buddha’s Best makes a thick, doughy cookie.  It is a bit messy with the crumbles on top.  But the Ghiradelli white chocolate is melt in your mouth delicious.  There is the slightly unsettling green color to deal with.  But that just means it’s packed with medicine.  It is a very dense cookie, and this keeps you from overeating too much in one dose.  Its decadent flavor is a rich treat to be enjoyed in small, high potency pieces.

This edible gave me a nice relaxing high: perfect for unwinding after a long day.  The high rolls in easy, and it builds rather than hits, making medicating with it less jarring.  It’s a bit heady.  And these cerebral effects were manifested in a very chatty and giggly high.  There were strong aural to body sensations, so listening to music was an intense experience.  I found it to be stoney, but I was still focused with low doses.  A nibble here, a gobble there, and I had tailored medicating all day long.  Because of the strength of the suggested doses, it doesn’t take much if you are looking for minor relief.  I’ve never needed more than half a cookie in any one session, making its price tag all the more reasonable.

$12/ The Clinic

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

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

 

Milf n’ Cookies Luscious Lemon edible review

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I’ve seen the Milk n’ Cookies line of edibles in several area dispensaries in the past, but I was never drawn enough to donate for one.  Something about this particular delight called to me.  It could have been the red lips and the use of a seductive word like luscious.  However, it was just as likely the presence of alliteration in the name and the fact that it rounded out my donation to exact change.  Either way, this lemon treat was coming home with me.

To keep the family away from my medibles and an accidental dosing by someone with a sweet tooth, I tend not to keep them in the fridge at home.  This can unfortunately have a negative effect on the freshness of these baked goods.  This little beauty looked too delectable, so I dug into it right away.  No indicators as to THC or other cannabinoid counts of the product exist on the packaging, and there was no way to know what I was in for.  There was also no list of full ingredients, although there is an allergy warning, so be aware. Helpful advice on the back warns against consuming too much and tells you what to do if you do.  All this can be avoided with a mg count on the label.   The packaging says “Very Potent”, but I’m always up for a challenge.  And like any good reviewer, I ate the entire edible slowly over an hour, with some Earl Grey tea.

The moist, doughy crust and gelatin like lemon top reminded me of a lemon meringue pie, without the meringue.  There was no cannabis taste, which I appreciated.  The Clinic kept it in their cooler, so it was fresh, and the plastic tub it comes in keeps it from getting smushed.  My fingers became a bit greasy when I was eating it, but it was nothing a napkin or wipe on the jeans couldn’t handle.  It had a nice, slightly acidic lemon taste and absolutely deliquesced in my mouth.  Medicated or not, I’d grab one of these from a local bakery just for the delicacy of it.

Eaten on an empty stomach, it worked its way into an easy high within the first 20 minutes.  There then came a melting in the neck and shoulders.  I felt loose in the ligaments.  This was followed by red eyes, and I was a bit light headed.  Then the high became strong in the body.  It was lazy, dreamy, but not sleepy.  It was the high equivalent of laying in a sunny window.  Eventually, it became almost narcotic and disconnected.  The peak was intense, very indica.  Body relief was superior and appreciated after a long week of work.  As I came down, I had a voracious case of the munchies and sativa like happiness again.  It was a broad spectrum high, starting and ending the same.  For the price, if you are only interested in THC content or severity of high, I’d look on the next shelf and grab a Buddha’s Best or Bhang Bar.  However, if you are interested in taste, few other companies do a lemon bar as flavorful as Milf n’ Cookies.

$12/ The Clinic

MJ’s Wild Nectar: Natural Raw Honey edible review

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MJ’s Wild Nectar is my first foray into the world of tinctures.  Although I have seen tinctures by many brands in the dispensaries, I had always been told they are mostly effective for body pain.  This has turned me away from them, since I use cannabis primarily for psychosomatic symptoms.  This week, however, my arthritis has been flaring up much more than usual.  I have been on my computer non-stop for work, and my wrists, elbows, and shoulders have all felt the ache.  I went out to OCPC looking specifically for pain relief, and that is what I found.

MJ’s is a glycerine-based tincture, so since it doesn’t have the shelf life of an alcohol base, you should plan on placing it in the refrigerator once you get it home.  You can leave it out, but I wouldn’t wait forever to use it all if you do, considering it is all natural and doesn’t contain preservatives.  Also due to its glycerine base, these tinctures are overwhelmingly saccharine to taste.  I donated for the raw honey flavor, and when dropped on the tongue with the included dropper, it was a rush of honeycomb sweetness.  For those without an inclination for sweets, this might be too much to take.  When dropped into a cup of hot tea, however, the sugariness takes on purpose, gently adding to the drink.  And because it is vegetable glycerine, diabetics can feel comfortable using it as a sweetener as well.

Whether enjoyed from the dropper or mixed into a beverage, MJ’s Wild Nectar will provide potent body relief, due to its high concentration of CBD.  More effective than a pair of Aleve, this tincture won’t affect you cerebrally and stays in the muscles and joints.  A few dropper fulls will also help bust migraines or more severe headaches.  It is not a narcotic, overwhelming high, and leaves you feeling healthful, not medicated.  More and more, companies are focusing on CBD and  CBC, now known to spark brain cell growth,  rich products.  With the numerous health benefits they provide without the intoxicating effects of THC, there is little surprise patients have grown keen on the health returns medications like MJ’s Wild Nectar can offer.

$15 a bottle/ OCPC

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

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