Mandarin from OCPC medical marijuana review



The strain we review this time out is Mandarin coming to us from Orange Coast Patient Care (OCPC) in Santa Ana.  It is a strain of some questionable genetics.  OCPC has it listed as a hybrid, and it was recommended by my budtender as sativa dominant.  One look at the buds reaffirms this, with a loose moist structure that is a fluffy cloud to handle.  Mandarin is a light avocado green dotted with orange hairs regularly spread across the surface.  All this is fuzzy with trichromes.  Like a pure sativa, it breaks up chunky both in a grinder and by hand and was sticky to handle as I loaded my bowl.

The smell is sweet and warm, and there is a slight candied orange flavor that may bring its name.  It’s not overpowering or pungent.  Unlike most strains I find in SoCal, I can leave some out broken up without fear of smelling up a whole wing of the house.  When medicating it is much the same.  There is no extraneous odor, and the smoke is light.  The green hit is a bit harsh, but this subsides quickly.  As a whole, the smoking experience is, if not remarkable, completely satisfactory.

The high hit almost immediately.  For a mid-shelf, I was surprised by the quality.  It was cerebral, and when I wasn’t daydreaming, I was giggling to myself.  I had begun my morning on the wrong foot, and Mandarin made a real metamorphosis.  There is a warm vibration feeling across my skin, an effect that I lovingly refer to as butterfly hugs.  Lightheadedness began upon heavy medicating.  There is also some minimal pressure in the sinuses and red eye is a severe side effect.  However, the body effects are minimal: it is clearly a sativa that way.  The most noticed negative was forgetfulness, and I was easily distracted.  It took me three trips downstairs before I could successfully get a drink.  A smiley high, Mandarin is perfect for depression and all its symptoms, or even just a cloudy cool day in need of some sunshine.

Mandarin- $45 = 1/8

Orange County Patient Care

1921 Carnegie Ave. Suite 3H

Santa Ana, Ca 92705

Pumpkin Pie OG from Aloha medical marijuana review


Sad Halloween is over?  The larger harvest season still has plenty to offer, as attested to by the many pumpkin flavored products on the market.  Pumpkin lattes, beer, shakes, muffins, coffee creamer, donuts, and now marijuana.  Kind of.

Last Friday I headed up to Aloha in Santa Ana to grab an eighth.  I knew I was going to get a nice Sativa hybrid, Bubbleberry most likely, but if I split my eighth like I usually do, what would the other strain be?  The patient in front of me had out Pumpkin Pie OG, and I was intrigued enough to try it out.  Those of you who follow my reviews know I am a sucker for flavored strains,  and I am a big fan of the pumpkin flavor in general.  The nuggets were dense and dark green, and the brightest orange hairs grew in great clumps on every side.  I exhausted my research skills trying to find the lineage of this strain with no luck.  Several local and out of state dispensaries were carrying some variation on this name: such as, Pumpkin Pie OG, Pumpkin Spice OG, or Pumpkin Kush.  However, no one seemed to know the mix.

After bringing it home and preparing it for a smoke, I decided it was either an Indica or Indica dominant hybrid.  The small, dense buds and earthy, almost nutty smell certainly supported this intuition.  Alas, nothing about this medication other than its color suggested pumpkins.  I have recently seen strains of both California Orange Bud and Orange Crush that seem close matches genetically to Pumpkin Pie OG.  This may suggest possible parenting.  However, most likely these pumpkin themed buds are just renamed variations of orange Indicas.

The smoke was thick and overpowering.  To put it plainly, this weed stinks.  Not in quality, but in smell.  Both my strains this week are skunky smokes with noticeable aromas.  I am sure my neighbors are pleased.  I coughed quite a bit using both bowl and blunt, and the ash was sludgy with tar.  Because of the way most Indicas fluff up when ground and their tendency to smolder when lit, I suggest smoking this one in either a blunt or joint.

The high was heavy in the shoulders and eyes.  I felt stoned, dozy  and unproductive.  My mind was foggy, and I kept walking into rooms and forgetting why.  Great as a pain killer or sleeping aid; I slept soundly and untroubled for 8 hours, and my arthritis was less invasive in my daily routine.  This is a personal high, not a social high.  I suggest medicating only when you have no responsibility forthcoming or before bed, as this strain will quickly end any plans you may have had.

Pumpkin Pie OG= $50/eighth