Sour Diesel from SC Greenz medical marijuana review

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I don’t follow marijuana terminology popular with the cool folks, but I have heard the term “stress” to describe poorly grown buds.  I assume it is because plants that are poorly grown must fight harder to produce flowers and the grow conditions stress them.  However, unlike wine growers who purposely stress their vines to produce better grapes for fermentation, marijuana growers want their plants to be happy, producing big happy buds.

This batch of Sour Diesel from SC Greenz are not happy buds.  These are anxious, underperforming buds who need a hug and some positive encouragement.  The bud I brought home to sample was thin and stretched, with only small flowers growing in clumps on the stem.  The pistils are mostly a clear white, though there were some brown tipped ones scattered here and there.  The buds weren’t very well trimmed, and there were many unnecessary leaves left.  Overall, I’d say these buds were just picked too early.  They remind me of a harvest I grew on my back porch one summer in a planter.  I had to yank it a week or two early to save them from frost.  The buds are stringy and immature.  They do have a nice dusting of trichromes, but there is far too much chlorophyll left.  This harvest is a bit harsh to smoke.  It has a pungent fuel aroma, but the taste, after the green hit, is all burnt greens.

Sour Diesel offers a clear headed and uplifting high.  It seems to awaken your forehead and enlivens your thinking.  There is almost a caffeine buzz that fills your body, and it certainly isn’t meant to be used before bed.  This strain will make you want to get up and go.  I love a good doer strain, and this is one of them.  Perfect for a day downtown, exploring a zoo, taking a hike, or playing down the beach, Sour Diesel is a perfect activity companion.   Although I wasn’t completely satisfied with this harvest, I am a believer in Sour Diesel as a potent and effective medical strain.

$35/ 5g

SC Greenz

2433 S. Broadway

Santa Ana, Ca

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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

Blueberry Kush medical marijuana review

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Blueberry… sometimes it feels like it is everywhere.  Popping up as genetics in some of my favorite strains.  Ever since its Cup win in 2000, Blueberry has been worming its way through the medical marijuana world, depositing its superior genes in dispensaries across California.  Blueberry Kush doesn’t just bring one widely popular strain, though.  It brings two, buddying up OG Kush with DJ Short’s beloved Blueberry, a pairing also seen listed as Kushberry.

My quad sample, picked up from a private grower, was almost entirely one perfectly trimmed bud.  Much discussion has been floated about the benefits of machine trimmed buds, and it is hard to argue against with results this fine.  With no extraneous leaf material, the dense structure of the nuggets and the smattering of brown hairs and fine white crystals made this strain aesthetically pleasing.  The long bud was bright green and may have been been protected from the lights by its taller friends, preserving its color.

The buds broke down fluffy and soft.  And talk about sticky.  I had a hard time rolling Blueberry Kush into a blunt or joint because it clung to my fingers and the outside of the blunt itself.  Even after given a chance to dry out after a few days in a baggie, the nuggets were airy but gummy and no easier to handle.  I am hardly listing this as a negative, but I do encourage you to use a grinder.  Along with the stickiness, the smell seems to adhere to fingers as well.  OG Kush brings a sweet pine scent, while Blueberry includes its typical pungent dark berry aroma.  When mixed, the OG Kush mellows and softens the berry flavor of the smoke and makes for sweeter and smoother medicating experience.

Blueberry Kush is an indica dominant hybrid, and even with the presence of some sativa traits, it is clearly best used as a sundown strain.  The high is immediately cerebral and, at higher doses, becomes spacy and euphoric.  I often found myself floating off into a dreamy state, reminiscent of the moments just before or after sleep.  When used later in the day, it makes for a pleasant and seamless transition from your hectic day to a relaxed night’s sleep.  As with other indica dominants, there is also effective pain relief and appetite stimulation.  My achy old knee injury has been feeling the colder weather blowing through, and Blueberry Kush was an effective mask for the joint discomfort I felt.  I experimented with dosing through the day, and at lower levels, this strain is manageable as a daytime high, matching the introspection with an electric body buzz.  However, it won’t take much, so watch out for the daydreaming.  When used in higher amounts to medicate at bedtime, Blueberry Kush proves its worth as a repose from insomnia and stress, banishing the nagging reminders racing in our mind that keep us awake nights.