Mr. Nice Guy from The Clinic medical marijuana review

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This indica dominant hybrid is a mix of G-13 x Hash Plant.  Named Mr Nice, it was established in honor of famed author and pot smuggler Howard Marks.    While not judging him personally, Mr. Nice was just one of many aliases Marks took, and not a compliment to his benevolence.  This particular moniker came after he bought the passport of convicted murderer Donald Nice.  Marks was eventually convicted of his involvement in the moving of drugs, and since completing his sentence, he continues to write and conduct lecture tours.

The flowers of this harvest are pretty thin and stringy.  There is a purple hue to the buds, especially at the tips, and the greenery comes mostly from leaves.  Deep brown hairs cover the nuggets in bushy chunks.  Overall, each bud was kind of stemmy and were thin fingers of a bud.  Not to be counted out though, the flowers were sparkly under LEDs and a bit sticky from the Hash Plant influence, alluding to a hidden potency.

Mr. Nice Guy has a complicated palate, helped nothing by the variety of its phenotypes.  The first impression is of funky earth and sweetness.  I’d possibly describe it like wet ground and tropical flower.  There is also a possible purp terp scent of over-ripe or rotten berry in play.   There are other smells too: burnt oak ash; a mildewy basement or wet leather; dense resinous wood.  There is also a musky spice that is difficult to pin down.  Yet so familiar.  I’d say it has a manly scent–a dirty gruffness.  This taste complexity comes from the Hash Plant.  Some simply call it a hashy scent, but that’s a bit of a cop out.  The smoke tastes just as layered as it smells.  The pungent berry and musk are most evident, but that indescribable spice is there as well.

An indica dominant hybrid, I expected a real stoney high.  However, it had a pleasant groovy nature to it, making it work as a daytime indica.  I caught some super red eyes, which made me look more medicated than I was.  Mr. Nice Guy was clear headed overall, and I found it pretty helpful to work under its use.  It gave me a nice body high without the inhibiting psychedelic effects. This is the effect of the G-13, aimed to maximize usefulness as medicine and minimizing intoxication.  Watch as the Hash Plant wants to work against this though.  And at larger doses, it will.  Regardless of the potency of your harvest, be sure to respect this strain, lest it bowl you over.

$35/ eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave., suite 130

Santa Ana, CA

GT Dragon medical marijuana review

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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 indica dominants, this strain can couch lock, but offers superior relief from both pain and insomnia.

$30/ eighth

Organic Grower

High Times LA Cannabis Cup

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

SFV Grape from OCPC medical marijuana review

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After eyeballing SFV OG at several different dispensaries, I finally settled on SFV Grape from OCPC.  San Fernando Valley OG is really just a phenotype of OG Kush, SoCal’s beloved strain.  In picking up SFV Grape, I’ve located a hybrid that brings in the traditionally sunny and euphoric high of OG Kush and the indica relief of a purple strain like GDP or Grape Ape.

SFV Grape is an evenly colored strain, mossy green with short brown hairs tucked into the flowers.  The buds were incredibly fresh and downy and lightly frosted with cloudy trichromes.  The scent comes in two parts, first is the SFV OG’s resinous skunk and dusty earth aromas.  The indica half brings in the purple’s luscious baked berry or mulled wine scent.  The smoke is harsh and thick.  Even in the green hit.  However, the exhale tastes like raisin and turned earth, sweet and skunky.  This is gone after the first hit or two, though.

This is a terribly unproductive high.  The purple indica does bring with it effective pain relief.  It is also drowsy and body melting, which is perfect for drifting off to sleep. OCPC has SFV Grape classified as an indica, and rightfully so.  I was surprised how little of SFV OG comes through in the high.  There is some elated mood effects and the peaceful feeling usually associated with phenotypes of OG Kush.  However, I would recommend this strain as an evening strain.  The anti-stress properties and mental disconnect are great to ease your mind, while the purple will work to ease your body, helping you to settle in for a snug and serene night’s sleep.

$45/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA

Grand Daddy Purp from SC Greenz medical marijuana review

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Whether it is the Ken Estes original genotype or one of many subsequent knock-offs, Grand Daddy Purp is a highly prized indica strain for people who suffer from severe insomnia or pain at night.  One of the old school strains of the early days of Prop 215, GDP pops up quite frequently in area dispensaries, and it is often worth picking up along the way.

This particular harvest of Grand Daddy Purp is an oddly bright specimen.  Containing none of the trademark purple in the leaves and flowers, this phenotype showed only the topaz hairs and the emerald greenery that usually offset the deep purple of a high grade GDP.  The smell of this harvest is also a bit off-putting.  Instead of the sweet grape cotton candy smell, there is a pungent, rotten grape or berry aroma, like a walk through an orchard in late fall.  There is also an earthy sweetness known to Big Bud that thankfully evens out the otherwise acrid scent.  The buds dried out after even a few days, though they weren’t exactly pillows when I picked them up.  Overall, the look and feel of this bud is unimpressive.

The high too left something to be desired.  At $10 a gram, I didn’t expect top shelf effects.  However, it felt as if I couldn’t smoke enough to get the high I wanted.  GDP is largely felt in the body, as it is best known for helping pain, insomnia, and loss of appetite.  There is little to no cerebral effect, and I found it to be very one dimensional.  However, when looking for physical relief, without the intoxicating side effects, I would steer you toward an indica such as this.  Either way, I would still avoid this harvest of Grand Daddy Purp from SC Greenz.  Even at the price, it is just too little medication in too rough a package.

$50/ 5g

SC Greenz

2433 S. Broadway

Santa Ana, Ca

Gold Rush from PSA medical marijuana review

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This time out, we are reviewing Gold Rush picked up from PSA in Santa Ana.  PSA has a wide range of prices, from $60 down to the typical bottom of $35.  I settled in at the upper middle class donation of $50.  My budtender, always on point at PSA, pulled out a trio of really nice indica strains, and it was no simple matter to pick from among them.  Gold Rush stood out only for the size of its buds and the warm sunny day smell.  There is little written about this strain, but it most likely comes from Spliff Seeds mixture of their Polm Gold strain and an Afghani Kush.

Gold Rush is indeed the perfect name for this strain.  From a distance, you might not pick out anything aesthetically special.  However, when you bring it up to your eyes, you see the brilliantly glittering amber of the trichromes, along with the topaz brown pistles and bright greenery, making Gold Rush a ruddy, golden yellow nugget.  If the look of the buds makes you think of digging through the muddy hills to find your lode, then the scent will as well.  Musky earth and fresh cedar mix with a slight pepper tree spice.  It’s outdoorsy fragrance translates to an equally foresty taste.  If you could capture a walk in the California woods as a flavor, this would be pretty close to it.  The smoke was very smooth for an indica, and the ash held very little tar.  Gold Rush was a delightfully pleasant smoke.

As with any indica, Gold Rush works best for body pain, and the high has a relaxing effect in the shoulders and neck.  Perfect for migraines and stress headaches.  Appetite is induced as well, and it can help significantly in this point.  Gold Rush is also very mellow, similar to a sativa like Maui Waui, and this could signal a possible hybrid.  Despite this, when used over the length of the day, red eyes and drowsiness will set in, making this a fine sundown high.  It will help you to unwind and gain pain relief without putting you straight to sleep, as some indicas can.

$50/ eighth

PSA

1536 E. Warner Ave, Suite B

Santa Ana, Ca

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