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.

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.

Skywalker OG wax from Emerald Care concentrate review

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The world of marijuana strains is becoming ever more complex, as OGs are mixed with kushes, which are crossed with purples, Afghanis, and skunks.  Hybrids of all types are making gains in the market, since they allow users to medicate for the widest range of symptoms.  This week’s strain comes from Emerald Care in Santa Ana and is a hybrid of hybrids of hybrids, covering just about every effect marijuana offers.  It would take pages to run through the long genetics of this powerful hybrid.  What we are primarily looking at is a mix of two very popular strains: Skywalker and OG Kush.

Skywalker (indica-dom) is an absolute knockout for pain, and after a warm, physical peak, it will set you down ready to sleep.  It is in itself a cross of indicas: Blueberry, which sets the base in almost all my favorite strains; and Mazar, a true Afghani grown in the fertile northern Afghanistan.  It offers a wonderful fruit flavor, and as a wax, it is smooth vaped out of my Cloud pen.  The high is quiet and contemplative.  I’ve used it first thing in the morning, and it has a soft lazy morning feel that is perfect for cooking weekend brunch.  Mazar’s high is described as narcotic, attributed to its high CBD levels.  This is where its exceptional pain relief properties derive.

The other side of Skywalker OG is OG Kush.  Its naming is slightly ironic because it is not actually a kush.  Being a sativa dominant hybrid, if there are any kush genetics, they are minimal.  This is a classic sativa in its creativity, outward social tendencies, and anti-anxiety effects.  I find it perfect for dealing with stress related anxiety.  It is wildly popular in LA and Orange Counties and can be found in its original form in many area dispensaries.  As the story goes, and the story is varied, it is second generation to Chemdawg and made its way from its genetic origins in the Rockies to Lake Tahoe before settling in SoCal.  Like its mother, it is a beautiful pale flower, smelling like Pine Sol and hitting light and citrusy.  Little wonder Orange County is so crazy for it.

Combining these two strains gives us the complex profile of Skywalker OG.  It immediately hits with a heady, cereberal high.  My thought patterns shifted and my mind relaxed from its normal rapid pace.  This is the OG Kush heritage at work.  As you medicate, this is followed by a floating body high.  There is little down pull and the pain seems to lift from your body.  I do get drowsy if I use Skywalker OG late in the evening, but otherwise it can be an efficient daytime smoke if you aren’t looking to be energetic.

The wax I picked up from Emerald Care was lighter in color than most of the concentrates they had in and was a golden brown about the shade of dark wildflower honey.  Typically, it is a good rule that the lighter the color, the less impurities and plant matter were left behind in the finished product.  Emerald only carries CO2 concentrates, so I always feel comfortable using their products.  I usually try to get a dryer consistency wax for my Cloud and micro-G pens to keep the mess to a minimum.  This batch of Skywalker OG was a bit wetter than I would have preferred.  I immediately transferred it from the plastic screw top jar they package it in to some parchment paper when I got home, and I’m glad I did.  Kept in my upstairs office, the warm weather this week softened it to apple butter like thickness.  It’s not ideal to handle when loading my pen, and I probably wouldn’t donate for it again for that reason alone.  Otherwise, this is a perfectly acceptable representation of this area favorite.

Skywalker OG wax: $35/1g

Emerald Care Collective

1820 East Garry Ave. #204

Santa Ana, CA 92705