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 butthe 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.
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.
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.
After the release of the popular stoner flick by the same name, many people assumed that Pineapple Express was a fictional strain, but the truth is it is a very real bud, a cross between Trainwreck and Hawaiian, both heavily influenced by sativa genes. It is this background that makes Pineapple Express such a popular strain. The jubilant sativa high can completely change your day and is very different from the mostly indica based strains popular on market. You will want this medication in your life, and you will become giddy when you see it on a menu.
Pineapple Express is a shiny bud, bright with trichromes, making for a pale green bud. Juxtaposed against this pastel flower are orange hairs grouped in thick clumps. When I broke it up, a fine layer of kief was left on the bottom of my dish, speaking to the number of crystals covering these buds. The smell of this strain is sweet and succulent and lingered on my fingers long after I handled it. There is a mouth watering effect when the tropical aroma is deeply inhaled. While pineapple is assumed, it is more mango and pear: both luscious and juicy. Tearing into this bud is like ripping into an off-the-branch-fresh fruit. The flavor, although sweet in the green hit, is astringent in the exhale and can be harsh. This can be the case with some sativas types.
Although Pineapple Express has some Afghani indica in its Trainwreck heritage, this is a predominantly sativa high. It’s been touted as the happiest of highs–completely relaxed and carefree. Medicating with Pineapple Express is a bit like going on vacation. Even though it is mellow and cheerful, there is little chance you are going to get much work done. This strain is distracting, and I had a hard time achieving much of anything. It is much better enjoyed when responsibility can be shelved and the high can truly be enjoyed. I’d strongly recommend this strain as an effective antidepressant. It helps you forget yourself and unwind. In today’s hectic world, it can be your stolen moment to center yourself.
As is the case with many strains on the market these days, the genetics of Key Lime Pie are a bit fuzzy. Usually the best places to check for strain lineage are with the grow boards or seed banks, both of which are extensive sources of information. The consensus seems to be that it is a mix of three strains: Durban Poison, Fire OG, and either Cherry Pie or Cherry Kush. I’d pick up any one of these strains if I saw them on the menu. But when bred together, they near transcendance.
Key Lime Pie has small pyramid shaped buds, about the size of marbles. However, each of these buds is incredibly dense before being broken up. Once torn apart, they prove to be soft and fluffy and easy with which to roll. The nuggets are a beaming lime color with pastel orange hairs. They are luminously bright, especially in the sunlight. The lime green isn’t the only reason this strain has taken its namesake. There is a sweet citrus to the aroma, from either the Cherry Pie or Fire OG, that explodes from this strain when ever I grind it up. The Durban offers a refined, nutty earthiness, like soy or almond milk. Together, it is easy to see how this complex hybrid creates Key Lime Pie. The taste is equally sweet to the smell — full of citrus, berry, and spice.
I have long appreciated 50/50 hybrids, and Key Lime Pie seems to be as balanced as they come. At no time did the high become so cerebral that it was overwhelming. I was still able to work and hold conversations with ease. At the same time, there was no couch lock or drowsiness. Whether I medicated in the morning or at night, I was up and moving and getting things done, albeit with a smile on my face. But as they say: accentuate the positive. Key Lime Pie certainly seems to do that. While you get many of the positives from both sativa and indica, you seem to get none of the negatives. The high was chatty and creative, mellow and relaxing. There was also nice pain relief in the joints. The body goes jiggly and soft, adding to the mellow feeling. Worries and pain both just melt away.
After reviewing four straight indicas, I’ve lately felt run down and tired. I have always preferred uplifting sativas, the type that set you going and give you the feeling like you can take on the world. OCPC has grabbed a winner with their Strawberry Diesel. Although there is some Afghani indica tucked into the NYC Diesel, overall, this was the euphoric sativa for which I was looking.
The buds of this strain are a flush green. Blended in among the flowers are hairs so faintly red that they are almost pink, a nice touch for a strain with strawberry in its name. If you think you see a seed pod in the picture above, you are correct. It has just been the one seed so far, and it has gone in my drawer for a future grow. One seed aside, this is a nice looking strain. It is slightly sticky from the dusting of trichromes. There is a clear odor of strawberries, fresh and organic, not sweet like artificial candy flavors. Unmistakably, fuel and grapefruit are also present in this strain’s profile. The taste favors the diesel flavor of NYC Diesel. Much of the fruitiness you notice in the smell gives way too harsh fuel when burnt. However, even with this gruffness, there is little smoker’s fatigue.
What I missed most during my run of indicas was the cerebral relief that sativas bring. Along with arthritis pain and migraines, I often use my medical marijuana for work stress, anxiety, and at times, depression. Strawberry Diesel is perfect for all three. The high is happy and energetic. The truest sign for me of whether a strain’s effectsfall sativa or indica is what I do immediately after smoking. If I sit there, mindlessly watching tv or messing around online like I have been all week, it’s most likely an indica. If I get up, grab my keys, and get out the door or take out my computer to start working, like I have been with Strawberry Diesel, then we are dealing with a top notch sativa. I’d recommend this strain as a daytime treatment for any number of psychosomatic symptoms. It will leave you hopeful and excited, roused to take on the day.
I don’t follow marijuana terminology popular with the cool folks, but I have heard the term “stress” to describe poorly grown buds. I assume it is because plants that are poorly grown must fight harder to produce flowers and the grow conditions stress them. However, unlike wine growers who purposely stress their vines to produce better grapes for fermentation, marijuana growers want their plants to be happy, producing big happy buds.
This batch of Sour Diesel from SC Greenz are not happy buds. These are anxious, underperforming buds who need a hug and some positive encouragement. The bud I brought home to sample was thin and stretched, with only small flowers growing in clumps on the stem. The pistils are mostly a clear white, though there were some brown tipped ones scattered here and there. The buds weren’t very well trimmed, and there were many unnecessary leaves left. Overall, I’d say these buds were just picked too early. They remind me of a harvest I grew on my back porch one summer in a planter. I had to yank it a week or two early to save them from frost. The buds are stringy and immature. They do have a nice dusting of trichromes, but there is far too much chlorophyll left. This harvest is a bit harsh to smoke. It has a pungent fuel aroma, but the taste, after the green hit, is all burnt greens.
Sour Diesel offers a clear headed and uplifting high. It seems to awaken your forehead and enlivens your thinking. There is almost a caffeine buzz that fills your body, and it certainly isn’t meant to be used before bed. This strain will make you want to get up and go. I love a good doer strain, and this is one of them. Perfect for a day downtown, exploring a zoo, taking a hike, or playing down the beach, Sour Diesel is a perfect activity companion. Although I wasn’t completely satisfied with this harvest, I am a believer in Sour Diesel as a potent and effective medical strain.