Cheeba Chews: Sativa edible review

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For my job, I have to do a tremendous amount of public speaking.  This wouldn’t be nearly such a big deal if I didn’t suffer from rather severe stage fright.  I’ve never been good at speaking in front of large groups; however, on a daily basis I have little choice but to get up for hours at a time and make presentation after presentation.  I’ve tried many remedies: xanax, liquor in my coffee, even deep breathing and positive affirmation.  However, there is only one cure that ever really worked–cannabis sativa.  Preferably as big a joint as possible.  However, reeking of marijuana smoke rarely works as a real world actuality, and I have had to go to great lengths if I wanted to prepare myself discreetly.  Enter medical edibles.  With a wide variety of edibles available at most Orange County dispensaries, now I have an easier option for medicating before taking the stage.

I began using Cheeba Chews about a year ago to deal with my social anxiety.  Personally, the sativa chews are the bees knees, but you can get the quad doses in indica and hybrid as well.  They have even introduced a CBD only version for pain relief.  Cheeba Chews are just a bit larger than a 6 by 2 Lego piece and are softer than their closest living relative, the tootsie roll.  If they become too sticky in warm conditions, they suggest tossing it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm it up.  The taste isn’t too far off from a tootsie roll either.  A bit more bitter, Cheeba Chews own this unique flavor to their advantage.

A full quad dose will get you 70 mgs of THC, about the potency of a joint, according to their website.  A single dose will get you about 1-2 bowl hits.  These must be some hits of fire bud, because I feel these numbers downplay what these little darlings are capable of.  While a full quad dose is enough to drop me into a dreamy haze, with bursting red eyes, I find that a quad to a third is enough to carry me through half a work day at an even, happy temperament.

Taken 20 minutes or more before I am set to begin a presentation, I find that Cheeba Chews take the edge off enough to ease me on stage.  Choosing a sativa chew also helps because it adds mood elevation to its anxiety control and even makes me chatty and personable.  The high is always consistent, always clean.  This is another selling point for me.  The last thing I want is to become too stoned for a lecture, leaving me unable to perform my job.  While other edibles are poorly labeled or have wildly varying effects between doses, Cheeba Chews are perfect.  Every time.

$12 from The Clinic

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Redwood Kush from OCPC medical marijuana review

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John Muir, while discussing the redwood forests of Northern California, remarked, “Going to the woods is going home.”  The comforting, warming high of Redwood Kush is reminiscent of sitting by a campfire, surrounded by friends and the company of looming sugar pines.  Cozy and satisfying, there is something familiar about this strain, like it’s taking you home.

While I wouldn’t classify these nuggets as popcorn, they are small, bite sized buds.  Redwood Kush would be a deep forest green color if it weren’t absolutely drowning in pale amber trichromes.  The buds look like a pair of dirty khakis after being worked into Sequoia National Forest for a hike.  The aroma continues this theme.  Much of the scent is pepper tree and cedar.  However, the scent is so sweet in its woodiness, that there is even some over-ripe berry and musky earth, turning it sour in the end.  I was pleased by how this indica smoked.  It wasn’t harsh at all, and it had fine moments when it was like balsam or sandalwood incense.  Everything about the aesthetic side of this weed reminded me of northern California.

The high of Redwood Kush is noticeably indica, meaning it exists mostly in the body.  I prefer the cerebral effects of sativas and sativa hybrids, and don’t often donate for pure indicas.  However, Redwood is a breezy body high that is perfect for minor aches and pains.  It helped ease my arthritis and shoulder pain considerably, but did little for a migraine I came down with one night.  I also enjoyed this strain because there is no couch lock, no laziness, and no drowsy yawning.  This was the most dynamic indica I’ve smoked, since coming to Southern California, and it is perfect as a sunny daytime medication.

$35/ 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

Miami White from OCPC medical marijuana review

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A sativa dominant hybrid, Miami White is a synthesis of two very popular palm tree strains, Florida’s White Widow, and California’s own favorite OG Kush.  If you live in either of these warmer climates, you must be familiar with one of these strains by now; however, for those of you in need of some sunshine, Miami White might be just the strain for which you are searching.

The nuggets are a bit small, but hardly popcorn.  I’ve had white strains in the past from OCPC that were certainly frostier, but the aesthetics of this Miami White are gorgeous.  Fine, glittering trichromes dance between light green leaves and scattered brown pistils, a perfect juxtaposition.  The smell is like baking spices and citrus.  The OG Kush brings with it just a touch of lemon cleaner from the Chemdawg in its OG Kush lineage.  All this comes together with a taste reminiscent of Earl Grey tea: sweet and earthy and slightly acidic.  It’s quite enjoyable but can become harsh in the throat after extended medicating.  The ash was thick with tar, and it made for dense smoke.

Miami White is a typical sativa high, euphoric and heady.  I lost hours at a time, and there was a definite stoned edge to it.  My eyes drooped, and my concentration faltered.  For me, this was an internal high.  I was having a hard day, and it worked well as a distraction.  Changing my thought patterns and easing my mind, Miami White helped as an anti-depressant.  There was some body follow after the high peaked, but I don’t think I could classify this for any sort of pain relief.  Like most sativas, the effects are concentrated in the cognizance.

$45/eighth

Orange County Patient’s Care

1921 Carnegie Ave. 3H

Santa Ana, Ca

Lamb’s Bread from One Love medical marijuana review

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Lamb’s Bread, also known as Jamaican Lambsbread (one word), is a wonderfully uplifting sativa.  It was supposedly Bob Marley’s strain of choice, and if there is truth to that, it explains why he was captured beaming wide in so many photos.  It is an energetic strain that has long been grown in Jamaica, and like any self-respecting pure sativa, Lamb’s Bread is light and tacky to the touch.  This sample comes to us from One Love in Santa Ana.  This is a relatively new dispensary, but the strains and set up smack of a relationship with Rite Greens, a popular destination that is now delivery only in Santa Ana.

As a huge fan of sativas, I’ve been yearning to try this strain for some time.  Lamb’s Bread is normally a dark hunter green; however, One Love’s batch is so frosty, it comes across as a soft, pale green.  Bark and pine scents mix with an acidic, skunky after note.  I always pick strains by smell because it speaks to the way it will taste when I get it home, and Lamb’s Bread is no different.  The smoke is peculiar in that it is both light in the lungs but harsh in the throat.  I used a glass piece, and after several bowls, there was little fatigue in my medicating.  I feel like I could have smoked this strain continuously all day.

The high is superb: it hits immediately and is strong but mellow.  There is no paranoia, no edge, no too much.  Lamb’s Bread just picks you up and carries you along, elevated and unbothered.  Stress doesn’t melt away; it vanishes.  There is also a caffeine affect that destroys the lazy stoner stereotype.  Some people swear by this strain for relief from migraines.  I suffer from them much less often now than I had in the past and did not get a chance to test this quality.  However, there was a marked release of tension in my forehead and neck, something I experience from working on a computer all day.  If you suffer from any of the typical anxieties of this modern life we live, Lamb’s Bread will make a substantial difference in your mindset and outward attitude.  I always consider the desert island strain I would be willing to smoke day in and day out forever: Lamb’s Bread from One Love just made the short list.

Lamb’s Bread: $50/ eighth.

One Love

1651 E. Edinger, Suite 104

Santa Ana, Ca

How do I get a medical marijuana recommendation?

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For the better part of my life, I had been obtaining my supply of marijuana, which I have long thought of as medical, on the black market, often putting myself in unnecessarily dangerous situations.  However, living in a non-mmj state afforded me very few alternatives.  Although self-medicating with marijuana was my preferred treatment, I was obliged to also go on a reliable prescription course of Zoloft and Xanax for my anxiety and depression and countless Aleve tablets for my arthritis.  Upon arrival in Orange County, I lost both my doctor and my access to her prescription pad.  With no insurance, it was only a matter of months before my refills ran out.  When they did, I began in earnest researching medical marijuana recommendations and the dispensary system.

The first step was to obtain my California driver’s license, not just because my birthday was coming up and it was about to expire, but because I needed it to establish residency in the state to qualify for my recommendation.  Keep in mind that, although most doctors and dispensaries in the medical marijuana business will be more than happy to accept your temporary license, some have a policy requiring your photo ID.  If you are declined service, know that there are plenty of options in Orange County.  However, if you already have a driver’s license or state ID, then you have all you need to get your recommendation card.

A quick Google search will give you several choices of doctors and offices that specialize in just medical marijuana recommendations.  To simplify my choices among a number of options, I picked up an OC Weekly and tore out the first coupon I saw in the back section.  I would strongly advise this approach, as the coupon saved me $35 and a ton of added research.  The office I chose was 4th Street Medical, a small office in Santa Ana.  I was anxious about going to get my card—mostly because I suffer from anxiety and had been off my medication for a few weeks.  I was worried I would be turned down.  I did not have a local doctor and my prescriptions had expired.  As advised online, I brought my empty pill bottles and hoped it would be enough to convince the doctor I qualified.

I had the day off and was in no rush when I went to get my rec, so I decided to forgo making an appointment and walked in just before lunch.  After some preliminary paperwork, I was guided to sit in the waiting room as the doctor finished with another patient.  The doctor’s office door was open during his previous appointment, which I thought was oddly undiscerning.  However, the easy nature of the process was also comforting.  After a short wait, I was called in and took a seat across from the doctor, an older man with an abundance of diplomas on the wall.  He absentmindedly flipped through my paper work, read me a prepared information sheet discussing the dangers of smoking (he advised edibles as the healthiest method) and transporting medical marijuana, and then we had a frank discussion on how to avoid trouble with the law.  All of which was helpful, but none of it was new to me as I had found it all doing research ahead of time.  He then had me sign off on some more forms and handed me my recommendation, which is not actually a card but an 8×11 letter.  We shot the breeze for a few moments, since he didn’t have any waiting patients, and I found him to be quite affable.  He asked if I knew of a dispensary to visit, and I told him I was new to the area and completely lost in the process.  He then directed me to a place across the street.  Although it is technically against regulation for him to endorse a dispensary, I really couldn’t have appreciated the advice more because I was well taken care of there.   Then I went to the front desk to pay, using cash, though they do accept cards for a $2 fee.  In all, from car door to car door, the whole process took no longer than a half an hour, and when I walked out, I was granted permission by the state of California to obtain and medicate with marijuana.

Sour Dub Purple from Southern California Patient’s Association medical marijuana review

Sour Dub Purple
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Sour Dub Purple

I try to avoid going up to Garden Grove when Santa Ana has some fine local dispensaries.  However, if anyone is going to tease me onto 22w, it’s going to be SCPA.  Southern California Patient’s Association has some of the toppiest top shelf strains in Orange County.  Less than a month ago SCPA offered 4-5 strains pulling in incredible cannabinoid levels.  I was lucky to get Sour Dub Purple several times out of this storied batch.  Tested at exactly 30%  by SCLabs, it was their highest rated bud on the shelf, surpassing most top shelf strains in Orange County by close to a third.  While their menu currently doesn’t boast these same numbers, I would try the always reliable 29% Chem-D and watch for their other sell out strains to come back around.

There seems to be zero genetic information on Sour Dub Purple.  No one else sells it, and almost no one has heard of it.  Even the budtender wasn’t sure it’s origin or if there would ever be more. Lengthy research has pulled back only Purple Sour Diesel as a variation of the name, and although hours could be spent lining up possible sours and purples for the paternity test, I feel a physical description would be a better sell.  The light green buds were absolutely frosty with tricromes.   There were few “hairs”, and overall, it was uniform in composition.  The plant broke up and smoked like a Sativa.  It ground uneven and leafy, as a Sativa is oft to do, and would be best used in a pipe or bong.  I did roll up a single blunt of it though, and it smoked very airy and sweet, if not a bit on the thin side.  I am reminded of Cookies and Dream and wonder if there may be some strain similarities there.  The high was euphoric and talkative, very anti-anxiety.  A great head high that reminds you of why you smoke to begin with.  Problems disappeared and hours flew past.  This is a great bud for playing video games or watching a movie with friends.  There was a secondary body effect, as well, but nothing like a couch lock Indica.  Limbs felt soft and, when smoked at night, it left me drowsy.  Coordination was low, and I was forgetful over the whole high.  My eyes were a dry burning red almost immediately.  Although I wish I knew more about this fantastic strain, it defines itself as a Sativa dominant hybrid by its effects and structure.

When I first bought this strain about a month ago, it was fresh and moist.  Handling it was a charm, and it stuck to everything.  My last eighth purchased this past Saturday, however, is dry and brittle and down on it’s potency, very clearly the end of the bag.  Since removed from the menu, I fear it may be gone for good.  Writing now, I am smoking my last bowl of Sour Dub Purple.  I don’t get sentimental over strains.  I agree completely that weed is weed.  I agree, that is, until a strain like this comes along.

Sour Dub Purple= $50 an eighth

Southern California Patients Association

12882 Western Ave.

Garden Grove, Ca 92841