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

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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

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

Redwood Kush from OCPC medical marijuana review

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John Muir, while discussing the redwood forests of Northern California, remarked, “Going to the woods is going home.”  The comforting, warming high of Redwood Kush is reminiscent of sitting by a campfire, surrounded by friends and the company of looming sugar pines.  Cozy and satisfying, there is something familiar about this strain, like it’s taking you home.

While I wouldn’t classify these nuggets as popcorn, they are small, bite sized buds.  Redwood Kush would be a deep forest green color if it weren’t absolutely drowning in pale amber trichromes.  The buds look like a pair of dirty khakis after being worked into Sequoia National Forest for a hike.  The aroma continues this theme.  Much of the scent is pepper tree and cedar.  However, the scent is so sweet in its woodiness, that there is even some over-ripe berry and musky earth, turning it sour in the end.  I was pleased by how this indica smoked.  It wasn’t harsh at all, and it had fine moments when it was like balsam or sandalwood incense.  Everything about the aesthetic side of this weed reminded me of northern California.

The high of Redwood Kush is noticeably indica, meaning it exists mostly in the body.  I prefer the cerebral effects of sativas and sativa hybrids, and don’t often donate for pure indicas.  However, Redwood is a breezy body high that is perfect for minor aches and pains.  It helped ease my arthritis and shoulder pain considerably, but did little for a migraine I came down with one night.  I also enjoyed this strain because there is no couch lock, no laziness, and no drowsy yawning.  This was the most dynamic indica I’ve smoked, since coming to Southern California, and it is perfect as a sunny daytime medication.

$35/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA

Grand Daddy Purp from SC Greenz medical marijuana review

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Whether it is the Ken Estes original genotype or one of many subsequent knock-offs, Grand Daddy Purp is a highly prized indica strain for people who suffer from severe insomnia or pain at night.  One of the old school strains of the early days of Prop 215, GDP pops up quite frequently in area dispensaries, and it is often worth picking up along the way.

This particular harvest of Grand Daddy Purp is an oddly bright specimen.  Containing none of the trademark purple in the leaves and flowers, this phenotype showed only the topaz hairs and the emerald greenery that usually offset the deep purple of a high grade GDP.  The smell of this harvest is also a bit off-putting.  Instead of the sweet grape cotton candy smell, there is a pungent, rotten grape or berry aroma, like a walk through an orchard in late fall.  There is also an earthy sweetness known to Big Bud that thankfully evens out the otherwise acrid scent.  The buds dried out after even a few days, though they weren’t exactly pillows when I picked them up.  Overall, the look and feel of this bud is unimpressive.

The high too left something to be desired.  At $10 a gram, I didn’t expect top shelf effects.  However, it felt as if I couldn’t smoke enough to get the high I wanted.  GDP is largely felt in the body, as it is best known for helping pain, insomnia, and loss of appetite.  There is little to no cerebral effect, and I found it to be very one dimensional.  However, when looking for physical relief, without the intoxicating side effects, I would steer you toward an indica such as this.  Either way, I would still avoid this harvest of Grand Daddy Purp from SC Greenz.  Even at the price, it is just too little medication in too rough a package.

$50/ 5g

SC Greenz

2433 S. Broadway

Santa Ana, Ca

Gold Rush from PSA medical marijuana review

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This time out, we are reviewing Gold Rush picked up from PSA in Santa Ana.  PSA has a wide range of prices, from $60 down to the typical bottom of $35.  I settled in at the upper middle class donation of $50.  My budtender, always on point at PSA, pulled out a trio of really nice indica strains, and it was no simple matter to pick from among them.  Gold Rush stood out only for the size of its buds and the warm sunny day smell.  There is little written about this strain, but it most likely comes from Spliff Seeds mixture of their Polm Gold strain and an Afghani Kush.

Gold Rush is indeed the perfect name for this strain.  From a distance, you might not pick out anything aesthetically special.  However, when you bring it up to your eyes, you see the brilliantly glittering amber of the trichromes, along with the topaz brown pistles and bright greenery, making Gold Rush a ruddy, golden yellow nugget.  If the look of the buds makes you think of digging through the muddy hills to find your lode, then the scent will as well.  Musky earth and fresh cedar mix with a slight pepper tree spice.  It’s outdoorsy fragrance translates to an equally foresty taste.  If you could capture a walk in the California woods as a flavor, this would be pretty close to it.  The smoke was very smooth for an indica, and the ash held very little tar.  Gold Rush was a delightfully pleasant smoke.

As with any indica, Gold Rush works best for body pain, and the high has a relaxing effect in the shoulders and neck.  Perfect for migraines and stress headaches.  Appetite is induced as well, and it can help significantly in this point.  Gold Rush is also very mellow, similar to a sativa like Maui Waui, and this could signal a possible hybrid.  Despite this, when used over the length of the day, red eyes and drowsiness will set in, making this a fine sundown high.  It will help you to unwind and gain pain relief without putting you straight to sleep, as some indicas can.

$50/ eighth

PSA

1536 E. Warner Ave, Suite B

Santa Ana, Ca

Blueberry Kush medical marijuana review

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Blueberry… sometimes it feels like it is everywhere.  Popping up as genetics in some of my favorite strains.  Ever since its Cup win in 2000, Blueberry has been worming its way through the medical marijuana world, depositing its superior genes in dispensaries across California.  Blueberry Kush doesn’t just bring one widely popular strain, though.  It brings two, buddying up OG Kush with DJ Short’s beloved Blueberry, a pairing also seen listed as Kushberry.

My quad sample, picked up from a private grower, was almost entirely one perfectly trimmed bud.  Much discussion has been floated about the benefits of machine trimmed buds, and it is hard to argue against with results this fine.  With no extraneous leaf material, the dense structure of the nuggets and the smattering of brown hairs and fine white crystals made this strain aesthetically pleasing.  The long bud was bright green and may have been been protected from the lights by its taller friends, preserving its color.

The buds broke down fluffy and soft.  And talk about sticky.  I had a hard time rolling Blueberry Kush into a blunt or joint because it clung to my fingers and the outside of the blunt itself.  Even after given a chance to dry out after a few days in a baggie, the nuggets were airy but gummy and no easier to handle.  I am hardly listing this as a negative, but I do encourage you to use a grinder.  Along with the stickiness, the smell seems to adhere to fingers as well.  OG Kush brings a sweet pine scent, while Blueberry includes its typical pungent dark berry aroma.  When mixed, the OG Kush mellows and softens the berry flavor of the smoke and makes for sweeter and smoother medicating experience.

Blueberry Kush is an indica dominant hybrid, and even with the presence of some sativa traits, it is clearly best used as a sundown strain.  The high is immediately cerebral and, at higher doses, becomes spacy and euphoric.  I often found myself floating off into a dreamy state, reminiscent of the moments just before or after sleep.  When used later in the day, it makes for a pleasant and seamless transition from your hectic day to a relaxed night’s sleep.  As with other indica dominants, there is also effective pain relief and appetite stimulation.  My achy old knee injury has been feeling the colder weather blowing through, and Blueberry Kush was an effective mask for the joint discomfort I felt.  I experimented with dosing through the day, and at lower levels, this strain is manageable as a daytime high, matching the introspection with an electric body buzz.  However, it won’t take much, so watch out for the daydreaming.  When used in higher amounts to medicate at bedtime, Blueberry Kush proves its worth as a repose from insomnia and stress, banishing the nagging reminders racing in our mind that keep us awake nights.