Blue Diamond nectar from Second Story concentrate review

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Before I tried this strain, the only blue diamond I had ever seen was the famous Hope diamond kept at the Smithsonian, made blue by trace amounts of boron in its crystaline structure.  Second Story’s Blue Diamond would be a completely different stone, as it were.  And “hope”fully lacking in any boron.

Blue Diamond is a cross between Diamond OG (OG Kush crossed with a pure indica) and Blue Dream.  I’ve long been a fan of Blue Dream: just take a look at my review.  Beyond its aesthetically pleasing look and its delectable smell and taste, I’ve always seen Blue Dream as the perfect mental health strain.  All cares simply disappear after medicating.  Diamond OG, however, is a totally new experience for me.  Although I’ve seen plenty of OG Kush hybrids, one this indica dominant is usually outside of my preference, yet any friend of Blue Dream is a friend of mine.

I found the taste to be predominantly piney and nutty from the Diamond OG.  The Blue Dream also lends a dark berry and lightly floral flavor.  The vapor was sometimes harsh in the throat when the coil in my Cloud pen was real hot.  Otherwise, there is an earthy sweetness that seems to temper the vapor.

This concentrate isn’t really a nectar.  It’s more like a taffy, light honey in color.  It is very pale, almost white, and absolutely glimmers under the lights.  While I was thankful it was stored on parchment paper, it was also put into far too small a container and was pressed quite tightly when sealed.  When it got hot and then cold these last few days and nights, the consistency turned to a hard rock.  Some oil seems to have been pressed out by the heat and pressure, but this had no effect on the potency.  I eventually moved it to my Oil Slick jar, now that it was drier.

The high offered hazy anti-anxiety relief from the Blue Dream.  It was also good for depression, thanks to the dissociative effect.   OG Kush brings a great mellow high, sneaking its way in through the Diamond OG.  There was quite the significant indica high from Diamond OG: relaxed and body dominant.  I felt it first in the arms and legs, then across the back and shoulders.  Blue Diamond offered nice headache relief.  Although at times I had tired eyes, I experienced no lock and remained active while medicating.  I became tired at night, which may go without saying, but the Diamond OG certainly helps with unwinding before bed.  On the nights I had the hardest time sleeping, it didn’t cure my insomnia, and I had to resort to a pure indica to get the job done.

$40/ .5g

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave, #221

Santa Ana, California

Skywalker OG wax from Emerald Care concentrate review

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The world of marijuana strains is becoming ever more complex, as OGs are mixed with kushes, which are crossed with purples, Afghanis, and skunks.  Hybrids of all types are making gains in the market, since they allow users to medicate for the widest range of symptoms.  This week’s strain comes from Emerald Care in Santa Ana and is a hybrid of hybrids of hybrids, covering just about every effect marijuana offers.  It would take pages to run through the long genetics of this powerful hybrid.  What we are primarily looking at is a mix of two very popular strains: Skywalker and OG Kush.

Skywalker (indica-dom) is an absolute knockout for pain, and after a warm, physical peak, it will set you down ready to sleep.  It is in itself a cross of indicas: Blueberry, which sets the base in almost all my favorite strains; and Mazar, a true Afghani grown in the fertile northern Afghanistan.  It offers a wonderful fruit flavor, and as a wax, it is smooth vaped out of my Cloud pen.  The high is quiet and contemplative.  I’ve used it first thing in the morning, and it has a soft lazy morning feel that is perfect for cooking weekend brunch.  Mazar’s high is described as narcotic, attributed to its high CBD levels.  This is where its exceptional pain relief properties derive.

The other side of Skywalker OG is OG Kush.  Its naming is slightly ironic because it is not actually a kush.  Being a sativa dominant hybrid, if there are any kush genetics, they are minimal.  This is a classic sativa in its creativity, outward social tendencies, and anti-anxiety effects.  I find it perfect for dealing with stress related anxiety.  It is wildly popular in LA and Orange Counties and can be found in its original form in many area dispensaries.  As the story goes, and the story is varied, it is second generation to Chemdawg and made its way from its genetic origins in the Rockies to Lake Tahoe before settling in SoCal.  Like its mother, it is a beautiful pale flower, smelling like Pine Sol and hitting light and citrusy.  Little wonder Orange County is so crazy for it.

Combining these two strains gives us the complex profile of Skywalker OG.  It immediately hits with a heady, cereberal high.  My thought patterns shifted and my mind relaxed from its normal rapid pace.  This is the OG Kush heritage at work.  As you medicate, this is followed by a floating body high.  There is little down pull and the pain seems to lift from your body.  I do get drowsy if I use Skywalker OG late in the evening, but otherwise it can be an efficient daytime smoke if you aren’t looking to be energetic.

The wax I picked up from Emerald Care was lighter in color than most of the concentrates they had in and was a golden brown about the shade of dark wildflower honey.  Typically, it is a good rule that the lighter the color, the less impurities and plant matter were left behind in the finished product.  Emerald only carries CO2 concentrates, so I always feel comfortable using their products.  I usually try to get a dryer consistency wax for my Cloud and micro-G pens to keep the mess to a minimum.  This batch of Skywalker OG was a bit wetter than I would have preferred.  I immediately transferred it from the plastic screw top jar they package it in to some parchment paper when I got home, and I’m glad I did.  Kept in my upstairs office, the warm weather this week softened it to apple butter like thickness.  It’s not ideal to handle when loading my pen, and I probably wouldn’t donate for it again for that reason alone.  Otherwise, this is a perfectly acceptable representation of this area favorite.

Skywalker OG wax: $35/1g

Emerald Care Collective

1820 East Garry Ave. #204

Santa Ana, CA 92705