Lemon Haze from Saddleback Organics medical marijuana review

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After getting off work this afternoon, I decided to swing by a new Santa Ana dispensary that I’ve seen advertised around.  Saddleback Organics is a bit of a hole in the wall just off S. Grand Ave.  Over the last year, I’ve been to many different types of dispensaries, and one of the first lessons I learned was not to judge the book by its tiny waiting room or dark display case.  I went with a split eighth between an indica and sativa.  When asked to see the top sativas, the first jar the budista brought out was Lemon Haze.  Under Saddleback Organic’s dark lighting, it didn’t look like much.  However, many of the other jars were full of popcorn buds, shake, and heavy lumber.  I almost decided against getting a sativa at all, but I usually love my lemon strains and the smell spoke of a fine example.  Reluctantly, I made my donation and left, not entirely looking forward to sampling my pickup.

Once home, I was pleasantly surprised.  Under some natural light, the whole bud took on an absolute sheen.  Under LEDs, they sparkled.  There was the Lemon Haze I know and love, though I have had it in the past under a different name.  Where was the super?  I have reviewed in the past an amazing Super Lemon Haze from the now closed SCPC in Garden Grove.  Would this Clark Kent without its super live up?  Or would I be able to see through the glasses?

Upon first inspection, this strain has all the characteristics of Lemon Haze, super or not.  The smell is outrageously lemony.  It is a very sweet smell, with a slight chemical follow.  People often compare it to a lemon hand sanitizer, but I feel that overplays the sharpness.  I’ve had Super Lemon Haze when it is zestier and even sweeter, which covers up the follow.  The taste is parallel to the smell.  Like a lemon candy, the smoke is light and flavorful.  I cleaned my pipe very thoroughly before I reviewed this strain, just so I could get as pure a sense of the flavor as possible.  If you ever have a brand new piece you want to break in, this is the strain to do it with.  The buds are digit sized and incredibly sticky.  The budtender ripped the buds apart to get them in the smaller pop top jar, which I was none too pleased about, but when it came time to take the picture for this post, I simply “glued” a nugget back together again with its own stickiness.  I typically use a grinder when handling this strain, but every so often, I will break up a bowl by hand just to get the tack and smell on my fingers.  When smoked, this harvest has a harshness in the throat both during the inhale and exhale and a tickle in the lungs in between.  It isn’t entirely off-putting, and I became used to it quickly.

Lemon Haze is a startlingly productive and energetic high.  It is wonderfully sativa in its effects and gets you going right away.  I was able to accomplish way more while using this strain than I could have with just a cup of joe.  Take that anti-drug commercials.  A great daytime high, the anti-anxiety and social quality is perfect for those who have a hard time working with others, as it eases interpersonal communication.  It is also creative and thoughtful, meaning that group projects can be taken in surprising new directions.  Have the day off?  Lemon Haze will get you out of your house.  Errands to run?  Fun to have?  You’ll do both with a smile.

In the end, Lemon Haze from Saddleback Organics was worth the donation.  I was pleased, since I wasn’t expecting much.  Sometimes the hole in the wall places surprise you.  Not all the jars looked as good, but if you are looking for a nice uplifting sativa, this one is worth the trip.

$45/ eighth

Saddleback Organics

1320 E. Saint Andrew Place,  suite G

Santa Ana, Ca

Philly Cheese Steak from Wax-R-Us medical marijuana review

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The purity and genetics of OC dispensary strains have become more and more difficulty to deduce lately.  Often, new growers, hoping to make a name for themselves or their strains, will rename their hybrids with proprietary names- some stick, most don’t.  However, this masks the origins and ultimately the effects of the strains for which we donate.  This is the case with Philly Cheese Steak from Wax-R-Us.  Clearly a Cheese hybrid, it is most unfortunate that the genetics are largely unknown.  That said, even by sight and smell, it is clear we are dealing with Cheese and can therefore begin our experience there.

Great Britain has exported many great things to the states over the years: the Beatles, fish and chips, curry, and a love of teas.  Cheese, often called UK Cheese, was wildly popular in, you guessed it, the UK on either side of the millennium.  It comes to us here in America primarily in hybrids, and I rarely see Cheese as a pure strain in SoCal.

Always open for recommendations pointing me towards strains to review, I told my budtender I was looking for an indica and asked him to suggest his favorite.  He pulled out a few different jars, which didn’t speak to confidence in any one selection.  I like when I ask for the budtender’s favorite, and he grabs a single jar without missing a beat.  That’s confidence.  That’s love of a strain.  After nosing through a few indicas, Philly Cheese Steak stood out, both in smell and aesthetic.

The buds I donated for are perfectly fresh and moist, break up fluffy by hand, and smoke even.  This was a nicely grown strain.  It is marbled light and dark, and absolutely glitters under the LEDs.  It wasn’t overly sticky, which is nice when not using a grinder, though some trichromes and leaf material stuck to my fingertips.   The odor of the flower is musky sweet and pungent.  The name Cheese suits the strain well.  When smoked, it is light and grassy.  The sweetness of the green hit is an interesting spin on most marijuana tastes and is a chief reason that Cheese hybrids have taken off in California.

The high starts out euphoric and warm.  It works well at this stage for anxiety and stress relief, and it makes sense that many people mistake Cheese for a sativa.  Cheese is a hybrid itself and contains Skunk #1, a well-known sativa strain.  These are the most immediate affects you feel, yet when medicated in heavier doses, the indica really takes over.  The high becomes heavy and stoney, but don’t be surprised if you end up chatty and friendly as well.  There will be a narcotic body buzz and a heavy downward pull.  Used late in the day, Cheese can help hastily induce sleep.

Overall, my time spent with Philly Cheese Steak was pleasant.  It was a typical hefty indica, with a nice surprise in it’s more heady sativa effects.  Indica/sativa hybrids are popular with an extensive audience, and I am in agreement here, because they offer the largest variety of effects and make for a more rounded medicating experience.  I would recommend this strain, and most any Cheese strains, as a fine blended effect smoke.

$45/ eighth

Wax-R-Us

1820 E. Garry Ave. #117

Santa Ana, Ca

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