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

Lemon Drop wax from OCPC concentrate review

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When I was in my graduate program we used to drink a shot called the Lemon Drop.  Vodka was shaken over ice and then strained.  The shots were chased by biting on a sugared lemon.  I used to love them.  Citrusy sweet, and slightly sour.  While browsing through OCPC’s waxes this week, I was looking for something more glassy.  I’ve just had a real dry Blue Dream wax that was troubling to use in my pen, so I was looking for something that would vaporize easier.  However, hidden behind a stack of darker budders, I saw this golden gram of Lemon Drop wax and decided to take it home.  I’m a sucker for the Limonene terpene that gives some strains their lemony flavor, and I was hoping to get a big dose with this donation.

This Lemon Drop wax melted well in my Cloud Pen, if not a bit slow.  I had to make sure to get it right down on the heating coil to get a full hit.  Although it was wetter than some waxes, I still ended with crumbles in my Oil Slick jar when breaking pieces off the rather sizeable 1g moonstone I picked out.  Like clay from a cave, it was pliable but grainy.  Having a light brown color, it wasn’t the purest of waxes I’ve seen, but it was clearly free of most particulates.

There was a nice and sweet lemon scent, similar to Super Lemon Haze, but less aromatic than a well cured flower.  The vapor is thin, and so is the taste, both of which were a disappointment.  However, it hits heavy to the cheeks and forehead when it does finally heat up enough to vape well.  I had lazy, drooping eyes that made me look higher than I was.  Lemon Drop was actually quite clear headed and creative in low doses.  But giggly and euphoric during longer sessions.  The medication seems to lean sativa, but it is clearly a sativa/indica hybrid.  It offered a two part high.  While there was good tension relief in the head and neck and I found it effective for migraines, Lemon drop also worked well for stress and anxiety relief.  The relaxing of both the mind and body is perfect to make it through your tougher days at the office.

$35/ g

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA

MJ’s Wild Nectar: Natural Raw Honey edible review

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MJ’s Wild Nectar is my first foray into the world of tinctures.  Although I have seen tinctures by many brands in the dispensaries, I had always been told they are mostly effective for body pain.  This has turned me away from them, since I use cannabis primarily for psychosomatic symptoms.  This week, however, my arthritis has been flaring up much more than usual.  I have been on my computer non-stop for work, and my wrists, elbows, and shoulders have all felt the ache.  I went out to OCPC looking specifically for pain relief, and that is what I found.

MJ’s is a glycerine-based tincture, so since it doesn’t have the shelf life of an alcohol base, you should plan on placing it in the refrigerator once you get it home.  You can leave it out, but I wouldn’t wait forever to use it all if you do, considering it is all natural and doesn’t contain preservatives.  Also due to its glycerine base, these tinctures are overwhelmingly saccharine to taste.  I donated for the raw honey flavor, and when dropped on the tongue with the included dropper, it was a rush of honeycomb sweetness.  For those without an inclination for sweets, this might be too much to take.  When dropped into a cup of hot tea, however, the sugariness takes on purpose, gently adding to the drink.  And because it is vegetable glycerine, diabetics can feel comfortable using it as a sweetener as well.

Whether enjoyed from the dropper or mixed into a beverage, MJ’s Wild Nectar will provide potent body relief, due to its high concentration of CBD.  More effective than a pair of Aleve, this tincture won’t affect you cerebrally and stays in the muscles and joints.  A few dropper fulls will also help bust migraines or more severe headaches.  It is not a narcotic, overwhelming high, and leaves you feeling healthful, not medicated.  More and more, companies are focusing on CBD and  CBC, now known to spark brain cell growth,  rich products.  With the numerous health benefits they provide without the intoxicating effects of THC, there is little surprise patients have grown keen on the health returns medications like MJ’s Wild Nectar can offer.

$15 a bottle/ OCPC

Super G-13 shatter from Elevated Dreams concentrate review

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Everybody’s favorite government grown strain is back: this time as a nicely purged shatter.  G-13 was supposedly being grown for the government in secrecy by the University of Mississippi in the 1960’s, when it was smuggled out by a disgruntled employee.  Or so the story goes.  However, the real mystery for this sample isn’t whether or not the stories are true.  Rather, the question is where did it obtained its “super” status from.  Could it be picked up from Super Silver Haze or Super Skunk?  Or is it just an added moniker to set it above the rest, a ploy to trick me into buying it?  The only way to find out is to bring it home and try it.

This Super G-13 shatter is a lovely, light amber color.  It was very hard, almost glass like, which made snapping off dabs a cinch.  It rolled easily into little balls before I dropped it into my Cloud vape pen.  On warm days, it became a bit more like taffy, making it more difficult to handle.  The vapor was dense and hit straight to the forehead.  It tasted of sweet, fragrant redwood, like cedar or balsam.

The high was very potent.  There was a strong downward pull.  Even if the super in its name does come from a sativa hybrid, this high is almost all indica.  Perfect relief for joint, muscle, and nerve pain, Super G-13 is a very stoney, drowsy strain.  After a long week, I found it to be a wonderful Sunday medication.  There is some anxiety relief and a great sense of relaxation.  Used late enough in the day, it will knock you out.  Whether you plan for it or not, Super G-13 will solve your insomnia.

I never did solve the riddle of this G-13’s “super”.  However, I did find an outstanding indica concentrate for pill free pain relief.  I also found a substitute for Nyquil Zzz to help me get a full night’s sleep.  Finally, I also found a dynamic anti-anxiety medication that affords a physical calming effect to help overcome panic attacks.  Who says the government never did anything for the pot smoker?

$60/ gram

Elevated Dreams Collective

413 W. 17th St. Suite 106

Santa Ana, CA

Sensi Star from the Clinic medical marijuana review

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Sensi Star, just about since its inception in ‘95, has been an award winning indica strain.  Over the years it has taken home numerous wins at the Highlife Cup, the Cannabis Cup, the Growers Cup, Spannabis, and even the coveted High Times “Plant of the Year” in 2003.  Even though I’m not normally a fan of indicas, I have heard too many good things about this strain not to bring it home with me.  And I’m glad I did.  

The buds of Sensi Star were lumpy, imperfect cones, marbled in light and dark green hues.  Pale, almost yellow hairs sprout across the nuggets.  Sensi Star is covered in dense, white crystals that significantly lighten the plant.  Aesthetically, it is a very intriguing strain.  The buds are sticky to the touch, and the smell lingers on the fingertips after handling.  Starting sweet, the taste ends skunky and exotically spicy.  

As with many indicas with Afghani Kush as their base, the pain relief is premier.  Quickly upon medicating, their is a loosening of tight muscles and an easing of pain.  There is also a lightness in the cranium, almost a floating, that is perfect for migraines or headaches of any seriousness.  This strain gives great overall body relief; however, unlike most indicas, Sensi Star won’t couch lock you or put you down to sleep.  This is due to the rumoured stripe of an unknown sativa in its genetics.  Instead, it is a delightfully caffeinated body high.  Perfect for daytime pain relief.  

$35/ eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave. #106

Santa Ana, CA

Blackberry OG from Elevated Dreams concentrate review

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I haven’t used my Cloud vape pen in some months, so I decided to drive to Santa Ana and grab some shatter to drop into it.  I threw my vape pen on the charger, so it would be ready when I got home.  Since Rite Greens closed its Santa Ana location, the best place in town to grab some perfect dabs is Elevated Dreams.  Forget those dark budders and honeycombs you see piled on each other at other dispensaries, here you can grab perfectly purged, honey-golden glass.  On top of what I feel to be some of the best quality around, Elevated Dreams also takes the time to put their concentrates on parchment paper, making sure that none of your donation is wasted stuck to the sides of plastic jars.  While their selection was extensive, I ended up deciding to go with some Blackberry OG by Gold Coast Extracts.  This is a Los Angeles collaboration that makes some of the purest, healthiest products in Orange County’s dispensaries.

Blackberry OG brings together Blackberry Kush and OG Kush.  This extract is a brown tourmaline color, translucent and glowing under any form of light.  Shatters like this tend not to be very fragrant, and it gives off very little scent.  However, the moment I lit the coil in my vape pen, the two dominant terpenes awaken, creating a pine and dark berry aroma that will fill the room.  The taste is light and the vapor thick and milky.

Blackberry Kush is a great late day pain relief medication, thanks in large part to the Afghani kush I find to be so effective in other strains I’ve reviewed.  It will want to distract you, and at its worst, will pull you down like quicksand into an unbreakable couchlock.  These negatives just tell you that the narcotic like pain management of the kush is doing its job.  The OG Kush, however, is mellow and spacy, bringing with it fantastic mood elevation.  Together, these genetics make Blackberry OG an all around feel good strain.  Headaches, arthritis pain, cramps, and chronic aches disappear.  If you are looking for late night stress relief, it can do that too.  Just beware of trying to make this a daytime medication.  Although it will add to your physical well being, it will make responsibility difficult and slow your pace to a crawl.

$60/ gram

Elevated Dreams Collective

413 W. 17th St. Suite 106

Santa Ana, CA

Golden Nugget from OCPC medical marijuana review

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While sitting in traffic on the 405 leaving work this week, I decided to slip off at the 55 fwy and visit my favorite dispensary, OCPC.  I had just made a pick up a few days ago but was in the mood for a nice even hybrid to address both my stress and work fatigue from the hump day grind.  Listed as a hybrid, I was excited to get this strain home and see what it could do.  There wasn’t much information online about Golden Nugget, but a seed seller claimed it was a 50/50 mix of Jack Herer and an unknown indica mother.

Golden Nugget has cloudy amber crystals making its appearance to be golden tan.  Peeking through this is some dark green vegetation and deep, mulch brown hairs covering the digit sized buds.  Much like Gold Rush, this seems to be a very earthy strain.  The aroma is sweet wood and pepper, and the taste in the exhale is the same tune, spicy and resinous.

Balanced hybrids have helped over the years to add a new answer to the question: indica or sativa?  Why not both?  I love an indica for it’s pain management effects, but sometimes I’m left medicating and medicating without ever really “feeling” high.  Sativas give me the stoned, euphoric feel I need to control my depression and anxiety, but lack the body buzz that helps soothe my aching joints.  Golden Nugget seems to toe the line perfectly.  The high is a rich mixture of effects from both sides of the spectrum.  The high is at once relaxing.  The physical vibrations seem to light up the nerve ends and excite the body.  Pain slips away, and extremities feel loose.  Next the hazy cerebral high takes over, setting you to daydreaming and general staring off into the distance.  I most enjoyed this strain when smoked one evening down the shore watching the sunset, but it is equally in place as a wake and bake with your coffee or before the late night talk shows with your tea before bed.  On a tight budget, it’s nice to have a single medication that works for all your symptoms, and Golden Nugget will do just that.

$45/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA