While wandering around the LA Cannabis Cup, I stumbled on a corner booth laden with row after row of vibrant gummy treats. Personally, I happen to be addicted to gummy anything, so my attention was caught. Sliding through the crowd, I concluded to take a closer look.
They were selling C02 infused edibles from MediZen. I decided upon the California Apples, assuming with some sarcasm that they would taste like going to Oak Glen, California, to the apple farms. In truth, they were nothing more than the candies I used to get from the nickel candy shop down the street growing up–non-medicated, of course. These little disks come in sour green and sweet red apple, and now there is a grown up version infused with what the packaging calls “Standard MMJ Extract”. They were a very soft and fresh edible, bursting with either a sweet Red Delicious or a slightly sour Granny Smith apple taste. A rich gummy treat, there was some lingering bitterness from the cannabis.
Each package contains approximately 300 mg of THC. This makes for 20 mg each candy. Using smaller candies as the edible made for an incredibly variable medicating experience. I had total control and could use fewer or more sours to fine tune my medicating. I got three complete dosings of 100 mg. Even those I was able to spread out, by eating the candies two at a time at intervals throughout the work day.
I experienced a body dominant high that manifested first in the neck and limbs. There wasn’t much in head or eyes, and I found psychosomatic effects to be minimal. This made for an effective respite from joint and muscle pain during work, when I couldn’t be too impaired. Although there was noticeable body relief, there was no couch lock at my doses. Instead it was a mellow and relaxing way to ease aches and soreness. A soothing and unwinding edible, it was also useful for anti-anxiety as well. I’ve seen comparable edibles with less THC and higher price points elsewhere in the OC. Instead, grab some of MediZen’s products and get more for less.
When the medical marijuana festivals come around, it is a great opportunity to visit the booths of different vendors and dispensaries and find products that I can’t find in the OC. While browsing up and down the rows of tents at the recent High Times LA Cannabis Cup, I came across a little organic grower selling $10 eighths. Never one to pass up a chance to support local and organic, I decided to pick up a couple of grams of GT Dragon.
To start, the buds were not well trimmed, and yellow leaves stuck out over much of the buds. The flowers themselves were dominated by a purple tint, sharply contrasted by the yellowed leaves and bright orange hairs. The buds were big and fluffy and easy to break up. Being a purple strain, there was a fruity smell, like dark berries. However, the aroma was noticeably sour in the end, almost rotten, like overripe fruit left to rot after falling to the ground. The taste shared some of this acrid flavor but was still sweet on the tongue.
GT Dragon offers an immediate full body high. There isn’t much in the head, but it can be a bit daydreamy. A vibrating body buzz is easy on joints and creates a lasting state of relaxation. As with most indicadominants, this strain can couch lock, but offers superior relief from both pain and insomnia.
A cross between Lemon Diesel and Joseph OG (NY OG Kush), Lemon Puff comes to us from strain experts Gage Green Group. Specializing in strains crossed with their phenotype of OG Kush–Joseph OG— I picked this strain up from the New Cannabis Republic booth at this year’s High Times LA Cannabis Cup.
My eighth of Lemon Puff was a pair of big, fat nuggets. The name was appropriate, as they looked like large, lumpy clouds. However, they were also heavy, and proved to be very dense flowers. The buds were a lovely, light lime green, completely frosted and accented with bright orange hairs–some of the most beautiful buds I’ve seen in some time. They were also extremely sticky, which made them difficult to break up by hand. I ended up picking apart the compact nuggets with my nails and wound up with bits stuck to my fingertips and under my nails.
Lemon Puff is absolutely aromatic. Very reminiscent of Super Lemon Haze, the lemon scent is sweet and sugary. There is also a slight skunk and some nutty undertones. They mix well to create a taste like a sweet citrus treat with a cracker crust. Lemon Puff is like smoking a lemon bar and allows for a pleasant medicating experience.
The high goes straight to the head. It is cerebral and hazy, fun and giggly. Perfect for psychosomatic symptoms such as social anxiety, fear, stress, and depression. The mood elevation and calming effects help to create a new outlook. Often triggers that bothered me pre-medicating didn’t fade away, as they do with some strains. Rather, Lemon Puff helped me to reexamine the situation, take a different perspective, and reach a solution. This strain isn’t escapist. It’s engaging. And while allowing for a dynamic and creative inner dialogue, it helps ease the mental and physical ailments that keep you from being who you need to be.