Sour Sage from OCPC medical marijuana review

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Sour Sage, often listed as Sage n’ Sour, is a combination of two potent sativa expressive hybrids, Sour Diesel and S.A.G.E.  As we saw in a previous review, Sour Diesel is much like sex.  Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.  Mixing with this euphoric sativa is S.A.G.E. (Sativa Afghani Genetic Equillibrium).  S.A.G.E was bred to be the perfect 50/50 hybrid.  I feel a bit dirty messing with perfection, but the addition of Sour Diesel is simply the refining of an otherwise impeccable strain.

The buds of Sour Sage are light and airy.  My budtender had to practically shove the pop top closed, as the nuggets were overflowing the container.  They are oddly misshapen, almost pyramids, but only in the minds of the most devout cubists.  A blueish greenery is accented by topaz hairs and a fuzzy frosting of crystals.  When I dipped my nose into the jar, I was hit with the scent of herb garden greenery.  There was hardly a hint of the astringent lemon or diesel smells common of Sour Diesel.  Instead, there was an herbal tea aroma and a warm, pungent earth smell.  It was quite sweet and enjoyable, like a big bowl of mother nature.  The taste was imperceptible until the exhale.  Especially with the green hit, the smoke was sweet and organic.  There is little smoker’s fatigue, and the smoke is thin and vaporous.

S.A.G.E.’s perfect equilibrium is ruined by the addition of Sour Diesel, making for a sativa to indica ratio of 3 to 1 in its genetics.  However, you will hardly feel like you have anything less than an improvement on your hands.  The high is expansive and dreamy.  There is a strong disembodiment and a disconnect from the world.  Highs like this are an experience all their own.  Slightly hallucinogenic at high doses, a blunt made me lose myself for hours at a time.  Sour Sage is a great daytime high, but save it for weekends.  It will help you escape your troubles, and any stress will simply recede.

$45/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave. 3H

Santa Ana, CA

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Key Lime Pie from Second Story medical marijuana review

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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.

$35/eighth

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave. #221

Santa Ana, CA

Salmon Berry Kush medical marijuana review

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Most of the time, one can identify a strain’s genetics by the name it is given.  An OG, Kush, or Haze in the name tends to tell me exactly where to begin looking into a strains background.  Same with Jacks or Widows and a Blueberry or Strawberry moniker.  However, I haven’t a clue as to what a Salmon Berry is, and that is the central difficulty in this post’s strain, Salmon Berry Kush.

Let’s start with the Kush in its name.  If it is Afghani Kush, then most likely the strain will exhibit body heavy indica effects.  However, if it represents OG Kush, a strain that may not contain a lick of Kush at all, then the effects will be more blended, engaging both the mind and body, and won’t at all hold you back like an indica can, similar in effect to Blueberry Kush. In fact, I recently obtained some Blueberry Kush from a private grower, and I see a lot of similarity with Salmon Berry Kush.  There is also a possible link to Salmon Creek Big Bud, from the favored Salmon Creek growers once popular in the Pacific Northwest.

The buds themselves are pyramidal in shape, the biggest the size of a thumbwell, someone’s thumb.  They were finely trimmed and may have been machined.  Salmon Berry Kush is a dark green strain and forested with brown hairs.  This sample wasn’t terribly sticky, but this made it easier to break up by hand.  The scent is earthy and sweet from the incense like OG Kush.  Add to this a strawberry linger, and Salmon Berry Kush completes its rather complex signature.  The taste is much of the same and carries through even when rolled in a blunt.  I found it a delightfully flavorful smoke: saccharine and fruity.

Salmon Berry Kush seems to be a nicely balanced hybrid.  The OG Kush brings with it a sativa dominant effect range that is loose and lazy.  If Strawberry or Strawberry Cough is indeed the berry strain present here, then the social and chatty nature of the high makes sense.  Although the high can be hazy and red in the eyes, the cerebral and visual effects are the biggest draw.  For those with work stress or social anxiety, this would be the strain for you.  Salmon Berry Kush will help spark your creativity and encourage group interaction within your team.  However, at higher doses forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating can become negatives, so medicate carefully.  There are some mild pain relieving properties, but I wouldn’t rely on them.  This strain leans sativa and is best used for mood.

Juicy Fruit from Emerald Care medical marijuana review

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Juicy Fruit (aka Fruity Juice) comes in this week from Emerald Care in Santa Ana. I love an uplifting sativa or sativa dominant hybrid, but at times in Orange County, it feels like we are swimming in indicas. Southern California is certainly the land of the OGs. While I’m not adverse to the weighty effects of indicas, I smoke throughout the day, so I can’t be going off for naps every few hours. Thankfully, with just a bit of digging, some sativa gems are found on menus around the OC, and just as I was thinking I wore out the current strain trends, I came across Juicy Fruit.

When I pick my medication from the dispensary, I like to drop my nose into the jars to get a real sense of how the strain will taste and smoke. Unfortunately, Emerald Care some time ago began to prepackage their eighths in sealed bags. I knew most of the buds on their shelf: the Blue Dreams and Super Lemon Hazes and GDPs. I’ve seen them before and know their unique smells. Juicy Fruit though was a mystery. All the reviews in the world can’t justify that first moment of interacting with a strain, and I was eager to get my donation home.

Juicy Fruit is a dark green bud with very light orange hairs. This harvest is a bit under-trimmed and the buds are lightened by the undersides of a few extraneous leaves. However, they are pleasantly frosted and become visually soft. Although this bud is mostly sativa, you can sense the Afghani indica in the nugget’s shape and the fluffiness with which it breaks down. The taste and smell are tropical and sweet: a fruity concoction sipped beachside. However, when smoked, this harvest loses much of that flavor after the green hit, and a few times I even caught a sour burning note at the end, a familiar smell. Sure enough, I found a seed. Then I found a second. By the time I finished my eighth, I had nearly a dozen striped seeds, enough to grow a nice little hedgerow. When I was buying goodness knows what strain from a dealer, I could expect to find a quantity of seeds. However, at $40 an eighth, finding this many seeds is unacceptable. In the previous year, I’d found a total of 3 seeds in my medication. In this bag-11.

The high was unexpectedly heady. Based just on aesthetics, I figured this to be an uplifting sativadominanat hybrid. I was wrong. There is much more of that Afghani than I anticipated, and when smoked late in the day, Juicy Fruit twice put me down for an unplanned nap. I enjoyed it as a lazy morning smoke on the weekends and relished in the joyful, introspective high, but I had a hard time accomplishing a thing during the work week. Juicy Fruit is effective for pain relief and insomnia, though not as heavy and incapacitating as a full indica. Like most indica/sativa hybrids, this balanced strain brings in qualities of both to create a rounded body and mind medicating experience.

$40/ eighth

Emerald Care Collective

1820 E. Garry Ave. #204

Santa Ana, Ca

Sucker Punched from Orange County Patient Care medical marijuana review

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I have many times in the past picked up Sucker Punched from OCPC intending sincerely to review it.  The problem is I enjoy smoking it so much that I always finish it before taking the time to pause and write the review.  It almost happened to me again, and I was about to rip apart my last bud when I made myself stop to take a picture and set to writing.

Sucker Punched is a dark green bud that is absolutely striped with orange hairs, looking everything like Cringer from He-Man.  The sample I got is frosty white and gleams in natural light.  The nuggets were soft and fresh, perfect little pillowy clouds.  They are a bit difficult to break up, as they tend to collapse down and become dense when forced.  Using a grinder is the way to go if you have the means.  Once ground, the scent of balsam wood permeates from this strain.  You can also pick up some warm baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a slight cleaner sting at the end.  It reminds me a bit of the Chem-Jack I review a few weeks ago, but with a woodsy indica spliced in.

Sucker Punched is a very heavy hybrid.  There are some uplifting sativa effects, but I’d have a hard time calling this a daytime or social strain.  Sucker Punched is best used after work, after dinner, after responsibility, when you are ready for some tv or videogames to wind down your night.  It won’t put you to bed, but it will couch lock you.  The high is heady, and there is a dazed, stoned effect: perfect for watching a blockbuster on your big screen.  I felt it most in the eyes, and there was no end to the redness.  I also had cotton mouth, which isn’t normally a problem for me.

Sucker Punched works best for work stress and work related soreness and fatigue.  It doesn’t swing far enough indica to qualify for real pain relief.  I would more than recommend Sucker Punched as a sundown strain.  I have donated for it a dozen times, and it never disappoints.

$50/ eighth

Orange County Patient Care

1921 E. Carnegie, 3H

Santa Ana, Ca

Queen Bee from The Clinic medical marijuana review

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Queen Bee comes to us from The Clinic in Santa Ana.  I was looking to split an eighth, and my budtender pulled out a few decent top shelf sativas for me to examine.  She seemed especially excited about Queen Bee and proudly remarked that it smelled like honey.  Upon diving my nose into the jar, a pungent sweetness overcame me.  I wondered if the taste profile would match and had to take it home.  A sativa dominant hybrid, I’m unsure as to the exact genetics coming together in this strain, but as with just about every Queen strain out there, its roots must lie in Cinderella 99.  Cindy in any of its forms is not a bud to be taken lightly.  She brings Jack Herer with her to the table, and this is part of why Cinderella 99 makes Queen strains so potent.

When I got Queen Bee home, I noticed the dark tone to the greenery and the abundance of amber hairs.  Decidedly darker than Cinderella 99, it seems that this mystery hybrid gained some indica aesthetics as well.  The nuggets were loose and flakey when handled and filled a blunt evenly.  Nothing is worse than a sativa that breaks down unevenly and makes for a lumpy blunt.  The buds aren’t overly sticky and visually seem pretty plain.  However, Cinderella is about surprising you, and the scent and taste were where this bud buckled on her fancy shoes.  Queen Bee is quite sweet, almost sickly so.  I liken it to a tropical flower’s nectar.  It is sensual and engaging.  However, an attentive nose will notice a rotten berry scent as well.  The taste mimics this, and Queen Bee is an intriguing smoke.  Honey isn’t exactly what comes across, but I could certainly see where that originates from.

Queen Bee is a delightfully silly high.  I laughed often, and who doesn’t need that?  It was uplifting and energetic.  I was able to accomplish quite a bit for a daytime smoke, which is exactly why I always bring home at least one sativa each trip to the dispensary.  However, the more I smoked, the more intense the effects exponentially became.  Before long I became hazy and dream like, but my mind raced with ideas.  I had the pleasure of smoking this strain across a full day, and like sunlight on the canyons here in the OC, the high seemed to change by the hour.  Yet as strong as the effects became, I never felt tired or unable to focus.  It didn’t couch lock me like an indica would, and I was able to remain useful throughout the day.

$50/eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave. suite 130

Santa Ana, Ca.

Trinity OG from The Clinic medical marijuana review

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I haven’t been to The Clinic in Santa Ana off the 55 fwy in quite some time.  It wasn’t that I had a bad experience: in fact, their budtenders have never steered me wrong.  I had just found more convenient dispensaries with the same or better quality medication.  However, the other day I was specifically looking for a handful of O-pen cartridges, and my other dispensaries were out.  I hopped on Weedmaps on my phone and searched for somewhere nearby that kept them in stock, and The Clinic was tops on the list.

I figured that, while I was there, the smart thing to do would be to grab my flower for the week as well.  Opting for my normal split eighth, I found a wonderful Queen Bee that I’ll be reviewing later this week.  Before I could even glance at other indicas, my budtender said, “For your indica, you’ll want Trinity.”  She took the jar out and screwed off the top.  Her confidence in the strain was encouraging, and I donated for it without a second glance at the rest of the shelf.

Trinity OG is a bit of a rarity.  It does not come around often here in SoCal, though it does make its cameo appearances.  The lineage is unconfirmed and not a lot of information could be found online.  It seems to be an indica dominant hybrid, but the ratio seems awfully slim.  On looks alone, you can see traits of indicas and sativas mixing in the appearance of the buds.  They are dark green with amber hairs and light green leaf bottoms, fluffy and soft.  Yet over all of this is a frosty white sheen that is reminiscent of sticky sativas.  It crumbled apart pretty easily when worked between my fingers, letting off a pungent earthiness.  It reminded me of a musky incense, like patchouli or nag champa.  Sweet when smoked, it seemed to have a warming scent.  The taste was equally sweet but grounded, like a nutty flavored coffee.

The earliest effects of the high are cheerful.  I found myself laughing out loud and smiling to myself.  It is an internal high, and I was quiet and thoughtful.  There was a comforting body high that eased away pain I’d been experiencing in my back this week from sitting too long at the computer.  At higher doses, the indica effects fully took over as I had expected they would, and I began to experience dry, droopy eyes and a stoned haziness to my head.  A nice combination of the body/mind effects of each of the parent strains, Trinity OG brings the best of both worlds.  I’ve touted middle of the road hybrids before based solely on the completeness of the high, and I feel that, although Trinity OG leans indica, it is a well-rounded medication for those who need to remedy a variety of symptoms.

$50/ eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave. suite 130

Santa Ana, Ca