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

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G-13 from Emerald Care Collective medical marijuana review

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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

Shishkaberry O-pen from Emerald Care concentrate review

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Some days you want to be productive and engaging and reach for your favorite sativa.  Other days your pain seems unmanageable or you yearn for a solid night’s sleep, leaving you smoking a dense, weighty indica.  However, this past week required a bit of both.  Normally I’d just split my order between the two strains, busying myself by medicating double to get all the effects, but today I decided to hit the two birds with a single stoned.  I swung by Emerald Care in Santa Ana after work and donated for one of the disposable O-pen cartridges in Shishkaberry, a hybrid strain.

Before I get too far in, I should tell you that Shishkaberry is an indica-dominant hybrid, a fact I did not know ahead of time, and it has had an effect on my medicating.  The high starts euphoric and warm, and the taste is rich and fruity, bearing its DJ Short Blueberry heritage.  You may feel clear headed and focused at first.  However, DJ Short Blueberry is a very heavy indica, and once you peak, you will struggle to keep from couch locking.  Although there is some anxiety control with the Afghani, the main profile of this strain for me is pain and insomnia.  After a long day of computer use, my arthritis is quite severe.  Shishkaberry was a perfect way to unwind after a day of work, watching some TV before bed, or listening to music with the lights off.

No matter how you decide to medicate, the pain relief will be substantial and sedative.  If you haven’t used the O-pen disposable cartridges, the taste begins on the exhale and is clean and true to the strain, as most oils and concentrates are.  However, there is a clear glycerin follow that can be unpleasant if you aren’t expecting it.  It is a tradeoff for the discretion that the O-pen allows.  Emerald Care carries a selection of disposables in indica, sativa, and hybrid for just $25 each, $5 less than most dispensaries.  Just remember, as I failed to do, that hybrids don’t mean an even mix of strains, and you may end up with more than you intended.

Shishkaberry O-pen disposable: $25

Emerald Care Collective

1820 East Garry Ave #204
Santa Ana, CA, 92705