G-13 from Emerald Care Collective medical marijuana review



Emerald Care is one of several dispensaries tucked just below the 55 fwy on Garry Ave.  Their low key atmosphere lures me away from their competition time after time.  The minimalism of their waiting room and bud room are part of the beauty of this place, since it helps them keep their prices competitive, even for their fine quality medication.  I haven’t visited them in a few weeks and made a stop on my way home from work.  They keep a rotation of their strains on special for $45/7g.  This week it was a bag of the legendary G-13.  While most strains brag of their genetics, this mysterious strain is shrouded in story.

Marijuana historians speak of a program at the University of Mississippi involving the FBI, CIA, and any number of other government agencies.  Here in the late 60’s, hidden away in the university laboratories, scientists collected together the strongest strains of marijuana and crossed them with the goal of created the world’s strongest weed.  G-13 is the 13th created hybrid and the strongest of the experiment.  A single clone was smuggled out by a researcher, so that it could be shared with the public.  Or so one version of the story goes.  The truth may never be known.

What is also a mystery is the genetics of this storied strain.  Believed to be an Afghan hybrid, it is then most likely an indica mix.  The nuggets are thumb-sized and a uniform green.  There are some fine brown hairs, but visually, the buds are uninteresting.  However, they are in good shape, if not a bit woody.  Emerald Care uses sealed bags for their products, and although the nuggets were fresh when opened, they quickly dried out.  Moving them to glass jar or dropping in a humidifier should take care of this.  The aroma is sweet citrus followed with a hint of fuel.  This is similar to the Chem-91 and not at all off putting.  The green hit is sweet and the follow is smooth.  For the price, this batch should not smoke this enjoyably.  The high is light for an indica, though it may be the potency.  It is mellow and enjoyable.  I became a bit muddled, and there was a clear downward pull, as if I was melting.  As is typical of Afghani indicas, G-13 is perfect for pain and insomnia.  Be careful when medicating with this strain because the come down is drowsy.  I often never made it from the chair to the bed before nodding off.  It also has severe red eye effects and can be difficult to hide being medicated for the discerning user.

For the price point, it is hard to argue against donating for 7g of G-13.  While it won’t knock you out or set you faded, it will help you control minor pains and trouble sleeping, as well as stress and related anxiety.  If you work a hard job and need something to help you unwind your day, this might be the strain for you.

G-13: $45/7g

Emerald Care Collective

1820 East Garry Ave. #204

Santa Ana, CA 92705


Sour Dub Purple from Southern California Patient’s Association medical marijuana review

Sour Dub Purple

Sour Dub Purple

I try to avoid going up to Garden Grove when Santa Ana has some fine local dispensaries.  However, if anyone is going to tease me onto 22w, it’s going to be SCPA.  Southern California Patient’s Association has some of the toppiest top shelf strains in Orange County.  Less than a month ago SCPA offered 4-5 strains pulling in incredible cannabinoid levels.  I was lucky to get Sour Dub Purple several times out of this storied batch.  Tested at exactly 30%  by SCLabs, it was their highest rated bud on the shelf, surpassing most top shelf strains in Orange County by close to a third.  While their menu currently doesn’t boast these same numbers, I would try the always reliable 29% Chem-D and watch for their other sell out strains to come back around.

There seems to be zero genetic information on Sour Dub Purple.  No one else sells it, and almost no one has heard of it.  Even the budtender wasn’t sure it’s origin or if there would ever be more. Lengthy research has pulled back only Purple Sour Diesel as a variation of the name, and although hours could be spent lining up possible sours and purples for the paternity test, I feel a physical description would be a better sell.  The light green buds were absolutely frosty with tricromes.   There were few “hairs”, and overall, it was uniform in composition.  The plant broke up and smoked like a Sativa.  It ground uneven and leafy, as a Sativa is oft to do, and would be best used in a pipe or bong.  I did roll up a single blunt of it though, and it smoked very airy and sweet, if not a bit on the thin side.  I am reminded of Cookies and Dream and wonder if there may be some strain similarities there.  The high was euphoric and talkative, very anti-anxiety.  A great head high that reminds you of why you smoke to begin with.  Problems disappeared and hours flew past.  This is a great bud for playing video games or watching a movie with friends.  There was a secondary body effect, as well, but nothing like a couch lock Indica.  Limbs felt soft and, when smoked at night, it left me drowsy.  Coordination was low, and I was forgetful over the whole high.  My eyes were a dry burning red almost immediately.  Although I wish I knew more about this fantastic strain, it defines itself as a Sativa dominant hybrid by its effects and structure.

When I first bought this strain about a month ago, it was fresh and moist.  Handling it was a charm, and it stuck to everything.  My last eighth purchased this past Saturday, however, is dry and brittle and down on it’s potency, very clearly the end of the bag.  Since removed from the menu, I fear it may be gone for good.  Writing now, I am smoking my last bowl of Sour Dub Purple.  I don’t get sentimental over strains.  I agree completely that weed is weed.  I agree, that is, until a strain like this comes along.

Sour Dub Purple= $50 an eighth

Southern California Patients Association

12882 Western Ave.

Garden Grove, Ca 92841

Super Lemon Haze from Southern California Patients Association medical marijuana review


Super Lemon Haze
Since moving to California and getting my recommendation, I’ve tried a lot of “flavored” strains: pineapple, blackberry, banana, bubblegum, and even pumpkin.  However, the one strain I looked at over and over but never donated for was Lemon Haze, or any lemon strain for that matter.  It never looked great, smelled great, or seemed worth the price.  This changed when I walked into Southern California Patient Association (SCPA) last week.  I went there specifically looking to grab their much touted 30% Chem-D.  I got there late (they close at 8pm), but they let me come in anyway.  The staff was extremely friendly, and the dispensary, though small, was comfortable and inviting.  They set out a rather large magnifying glass and encouraged me to “get in there”.  I went straight for the top shelf.  These last few weeks have been tight on my medication budget, so now that I had a few bucks to spend, I wanted the best.

SCPA did not disappoint.  I went straight for the Chem-D, a glistening pale green bud, and decided on two grams (at $10 a gram for FTP).  I also got to do a 5 gram eighth for being a FTP, and so came the difficult task of finding two more strains to split.  I eventually worked my way down to the Super Lemon Haze, and as soon as I opened the jar, I was hit with a sugary sweet lemon scent.  Not at all what I experienced with the sour, imitation smelling lemons I saw at other more popular collectives.  The buds were haired with deep orange pistils which contrasted nicely with the forest green leaves.  Over all  of this aesthetic beauty was a thick covering of shiny tricromes.  Seeing all this under the magnifying glass and bright lights solidified my choice to take this strain home.

The strain, about a 50/50 hybrid, brings the best of both parents: Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze, a hybrid itself.  The buds were denser than the rest of the top shelfs and puffed up like an Indica when ground.  Sticky to the touch (and the grinder, and the bowl, and my clothes), it was slow to burn at first, but then flamed up.  When I tapped it out with the lighter, it stuck to the lighter too.  The first hit reminded me of when I was a bartender in college.  One friend of mine used to do lemon drop shots and was heavy on the sugar.  Super Lemon Haze had all the flavor of a fresh lemon piled with sugar and sucked dry.  The smoke was dense and a bit harsh, and although this strain lives in the green hit, the sweet lemon taste persisted throughout the bowl.

The high was euphoric and showed well why this strain is known for its anti-anxiety qualities.  It was talkative and easy, like taking Xanax, but with a thoughtful quality and a slight body high.  It worked well for social anxiety and stress.  The day flew by, and I enjoyed interacting with others and my environment.  The smell of this strain is noticeable when smoked, and I received quite a few glances after smoking as it clung to my clothes, hands, and beard.  Eating everything you can reach is also telling when trying to be discreet, and the munchies from Super Lemon Haze are prevalent.

Super Lemon Haze is a definite take home in this quality a bud.  Although the test results weren’t in when I picked it up, most of SCPA’s top shelf strains came in between 21% and 30%.  I would expect the same here.  It was a powerful smoke, and usually one bowl was more than enough if I hoped to function afterwards.

Super Lemon Haze= $50 an eighth

Southern California Patients Association

12882 Western Ave.

Garden Grove, Ca 92841

Blue Cheese from Zen O.C. medical marijuana review


After getting a great little gift bag from Zen O.C. for Halloween, I was anxious to do the same for their Black Friday event.  The flyer said they would be giving them away “while supplies last.”  I arrived at 11:00a, an hour after Zen opened, and already there was a line of 15 before me.  In no time it was my time to go in.  I knew I had to spend $40 to get my free edible, hash, and pre-roll in the gift bag, so I only had forty in cash on me.  Zen O.C. has a great selection of strains at all price ranges, and I was immediately upset I didn’t bring more, as Girl Scout Cookies was in at $55 an eight.  This is my favorite strain right now, and Zen’s is always fire, as they say.  I asked the budtender to recommend between a few forty dollar strains, and he immediately suggested Blue Cheese.  He was dead on.

The flowers are light and fluffy, crumbling nicely when broken up.  This bud is sticky and fragrant, and I always enjoyed breaking it up by hand.  The smell was skunky and sour, like mushy fruit, but also sweet like vanilla.  The green hit wasn’t flavorful and was even a bit harsh.  It smoked heavy, as an Indica can, but it burned very evenly throughout the bowl.   The high was up and euphoric.  Not what an Indica usually is.  It was fantastic for depression and anxiety.  However, there was also a great pain management aspect.  My joints didn’t ache and my back wasn’t sore, despite periods of demanding physical work.  To say it bluntly, this strain made me feel great.  I would recommend it for everyone, for help with everything.  Not being high on this strain is unfortunate and should be prevented with a charitable fund or marathon.  I couldn’t thank the budista more for this suggestion  and at $40, it is an absolute steal.

Blue Cheese (Indica dom. Hybrid):  $40/ eighth

Zen OC

9535 Garden Grove Blvd, Suite # 202

Garden Grove Ca 92844

(714) 636-3153

Grape Wreck from ABC Cooperative medical marijuana review


This week we are reviewing Grape Wreck from ABC Cooperative in Garden Grove.  I’ve driven past this collective many times headed to Zen O.C. and other nearby dispensaries, but I had no idea it existed until a few days ago.  I get paid every other week, so I go from rich to poor and back in my weed habits pretty quick.  Last week I was smoking $55 eighths; this week I have forty bucks to my name.  After checking weedmaps for a menu fitting my tighter budget, I came across ABC Cooperative.  They had a wide variety of strain prices, including several at $20 an eighth and under.

I chose an Indica dominant hybrid, as I tend to do, as well as a couch lock Indica, Blackberry OG.  Each 1/8 cost me a twenty, and I felt like I made out well.  Grape Wreck is a mix of Grape Ape and Trainwreck.  A heavy Indica dominant hybrid, this strain will give a weighted stoned effect.  I was often dazed and forgetful.  Physically, the high was quite present as a pain killer.  It wasn’t overpowering though, and of the two strains I picked up, I felt it was the better daytime pain relief.  Thanks in part to the Trainwreck lineage, there is an uplifting, talkative quality as well.

The nuggets I got in my eighth weren’t spectacular or interesting.  They were average in size for most dispensary strains, and although you could see a shine to them under the light, they weren’t very frosty.  They were, however, very sticky to the touch and often pieces would stick to my fingers when I broke it up.  It had a white grape scent, like a flavored cigarillo or a poor white wine.  It was funky and sour smelling.  Not very pleasant.  However, for $20 an eighth, it is an exceptional deal.  It took a bit extra to get a satisfactory high, but at that price, I didn’t feel guilty throwing it in a blunt or joint.

Grape Wreck= $20/ eighth

ABC Cooperative

13139 Brookhurst St. Suite D

Garden Grove, CA 92843


Deadhead OG from Zen OC medical marijuana review


My arthritis had been wrecking havoc this week, so I decided to try out another potent Indica to try and help dull the ache.  This time an Indica hybrid, Deadhead OG.  The parenting of this strain is Chem Dog ’91 and SFV OG.  Fabled to be a very strong Indica high, I was eager to go home and put it to work.

The buds were dense and thick, about the size of a Sacajawea dollar.  The trichromes glittered in the light, and there seemed to be an abundance of them.  The buds were spotted with light lime green and dark forest green areas.  The hairs were a burnt sienna for any artists or crayon aficionados.  The smell was both skunky and citrus.  It wasn’t a noticeable or distinct smell, but it was certainly there.  The taste was a mimic of the smell, but also seemed earthy, even a little musky.  The smoke was milky and harsh when concentrated in say a bong.  Like most Indicas, there was quite a bit of tar to the ash, and it collected in the blunt’s roach.

This jar from Zen OC was very dry.  I often make the argument for using small sample jars for customers to handle rather than allowing the handling of the selling stock.  I have yet to run into a bait and switch situation, and the quality of the medication is greatly improved.  Usually when I get a dry eighth, I drop it in a glass container with my humidifier stone, so this is rarely an issue.  However, I lost my humidifier recently and have to suffer in knowing how the other half lives.  The buds were so brittle that the trichromes cracked off when I broke up to medicate. This said, after I was done packing my bowl, I had a nice little pile of kief to sprinkle on top, speaking volumes of the potency and THC content of this strain.

I would recommend using Deadhead OG for pain relief and insomnia.  Works great on my arthritis and is purported to reduce pain from migraines, sore muscles, and surgery.  The high is heavy, like most Indicas, giving that couch lock effect.  However, the Sativa, Chem Dog  ’91, in it also brings a secondary uplift and mood enhancer.  This is a secondary effect but is the reason I enjoy hybrids.  I also tended to doze off after medicating and would use this for insomnia due to pain, stress, or other symptoms. Treat this strain as you would most prescription pain medications.  Be cautious of driving or handling heavy equipment after use.

Deadhead OG  $50=1/8

Zen OC

9535 Garden Grove Blvd, Suite # 202

Garden Grove Ca 92844

(714) 636-3153

Pumpkin Pie OG from Aloha medical marijuana review


Sad Halloween is over?  The larger harvest season still has plenty to offer, as attested to by the many pumpkin flavored products on the market.  Pumpkin lattes, beer, shakes, muffins, coffee creamer, donuts, and now marijuana.  Kind of.

Last Friday I headed up to Aloha in Santa Ana to grab an eighth.  I knew I was going to get a nice Sativa hybrid, Bubbleberry most likely, but if I split my eighth like I usually do, what would the other strain be?  The patient in front of me had out Pumpkin Pie OG, and I was intrigued enough to try it out.  Those of you who follow my reviews know I am a sucker for flavored strains,  and I am a big fan of the pumpkin flavor in general.  The nuggets were dense and dark green, and the brightest orange hairs grew in great clumps on every side.  I exhausted my research skills trying to find the lineage of this strain with no luck.  Several local and out of state dispensaries were carrying some variation on this name: such as, Pumpkin Pie OG, Pumpkin Spice OG, or Pumpkin Kush.  However, no one seemed to know the mix.

After bringing it home and preparing it for a smoke, I decided it was either an Indica or Indica dominant hybrid.  The small, dense buds and earthy, almost nutty smell certainly supported this intuition.  Alas, nothing about this medication other than its color suggested pumpkins.  I have recently seen strains of both California Orange Bud and Orange Crush that seem close matches genetically to Pumpkin Pie OG.  This may suggest possible parenting.  However, most likely these pumpkin themed buds are just renamed variations of orange Indicas.

The smoke was thick and overpowering.  To put it plainly, this weed stinks.  Not in quality, but in smell.  Both my strains this week are skunky smokes with noticeable aromas.  I am sure my neighbors are pleased.  I coughed quite a bit using both bowl and blunt, and the ash was sludgy with tar.  Because of the way most Indicas fluff up when ground and their tendency to smolder when lit, I suggest smoking this one in either a blunt or joint.

The high was heavy in the shoulders and eyes.  I felt stoned, dozy  and unproductive.  My mind was foggy, and I kept walking into rooms and forgetting why.  Great as a pain killer or sleeping aid; I slept soundly and untroubled for 8 hours, and my arthritis was less invasive in my daily routine.  This is a personal high, not a social high.  I suggest medicating only when you have no responsibility forthcoming or before bed, as this strain will quickly end any plans you may have had.

Pumpkin Pie OG= $50/eighth