Jack Herer x OG Kush from Second Story medical marijuana review

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What?!  Jack Herer and OG Kush are available in a single hybrid.  Like peanut butter and chocolate.  Like peanut butter and jelly.  Or crackers.  Or celery.  When you think about it, peanut butter and just about anything.  These two strains were practically made for each other, and now they are together at last.

These buds have tons of orange/brown hairs and rich amber trichromes.  Beneath this lies lime green flower and some dark green leaf.  It is an aesthetically gorgeous strain, very earthy, with all the colors of the forest.  The scent is also woody and pine, dominant profiles in both parent strains.  There is a faint sour skunk, but it is an afterthought.  Overall, Jack and OG come together to create a delightfully spicy and exotic smoke.  Like incense, the smell is alluring.  The taste is equally earthy.  The green hit is a rush of resinous pine wood and bark spice, like vanilla or saffron.

After smoking this hybrid, I was all smiles and creativity.  There are really two separate highs going on here: OG Kush’s mellow, no cares attitude and Jack’s clearheaded productivity.  Just like any other sativa dominant, it is a great daytime high.  From wake n’ bake to sundown, and even into a night out on the town, Jack Herer and OG Kush will work together to ease your anxiety, whatever its source, and will even lift your mood.  For patients looking for complete psychosomatic relief, this could be your strain.

$45/ eighth

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave. #221

Santa Ana, CA

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Lemon Puff from New Cannabis Republic medical marijuana review

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A cross between Lemon Diesel and Joseph OG (NY OG Kush), Lemon Puff comes to us from strain experts Gage Green Group.  Specializing in strains crossed with their phenotype of OG Kush–Joseph OG— I picked this strain up from the New Cannabis Republic booth at this year’s High Times LA Cannabis Cup.

My eighth of Lemon Puff was a pair of big, fat nuggets.  The name was appropriate, as they looked like large, lumpy clouds.  However, they were also heavy, and proved to be very dense flowers.  The buds were a lovely, light lime green, completely frosted and accented with bright orange hairs–some of the most beautiful buds I’ve seen in some time.  They were also extremely sticky, which made them difficult to break up by hand.  I ended up picking apart the compact nuggets with my nails and wound up with bits stuck to my fingertips and under my nails.

Lemon Puff is absolutely aromatic.  Very reminiscent of Super Lemon Haze, the lemon scent is sweet and sugary.  There is also a slight skunk and some nutty undertones.  They mix well to create a taste like a sweet citrus treat with a cracker crust.  Lemon Puff is like smoking a lemon bar and allows for a pleasant medicating experience.

The high goes straight to the head.  It is cerebral and hazy, fun and giggly.  Perfect for psychosomatic symptoms such as social anxiety, fear, stress, and depression.  The mood elevation and calming effects help to create a new outlook.  Often triggers that bothered me pre-medicating didn’t fade away, as they do with some strains.  Rather, Lemon Puff helped me to reexamine the situation, take a different perspective, and reach a solution.  This strain isn’t escapist.  It’s engaging.  And while allowing for a dynamic and creative inner dialogue, it helps ease the mental and physical ailments that keep you from being who you need to be.

$50/ eighth

New Cannabis Republic

San Diego County delivery available

(805) 419-3227

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

Sour Sage from OCPC medical marijuana review

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Sour Sage, often listed as Sage n’ Sour, is a combination of two potent sativa expressive hybrids, Sour Diesel and S.A.G.E.  As we saw in a previous review, Sour Diesel is much like sex.  Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.  Mixing with this euphoric sativa is S.A.G.E. (Sativa Afghani Genetic Equillibrium).  S.A.G.E was bred to be the perfect 50/50 hybrid.  I feel a bit dirty messing with perfection, but the addition of Sour Diesel is simply the refining of an otherwise impeccable strain.

The buds of Sour Sage are light and airy.  My budtender had to practically shove the pop top closed, as the nuggets were overflowing the container.  They are oddly misshapen, almost pyramids, but only in the minds of the most devout cubists.  A blueish greenery is accented by topaz hairs and a fuzzy frosting of crystals.  When I dipped my nose into the jar, I was hit with the scent of herb garden greenery.  There was hardly a hint of the astringent lemon or diesel smells common of Sour Diesel.  Instead, there was an herbal tea aroma and a warm, pungent earth smell.  It was quite sweet and enjoyable, like a big bowl of mother nature.  The taste was imperceptible until the exhale.  Especially with the green hit, the smoke was sweet and organic.  There is little smoker’s fatigue, and the smoke is thin and vaporous.

S.A.G.E.’s perfect equilibrium is ruined by the addition of Sour Diesel, making for a sativa to indica ratio of 3 to 1 in its genetics.  However, you will hardly feel like you have anything less than an improvement on your hands.  The high is expansive and dreamy.  There is a strong disembodiment and a disconnect from the world.  Highs like this are an experience all their own.  Slightly hallucinogenic at high doses, a blunt made me lose myself for hours at a time.  Sour Sage is a great daytime high, but save it for weekends.  It will help you escape your troubles, and any stress will simply recede.

$45/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave. 3H

Santa Ana, CA

Strawberry Diesel from OCPC medical marijuana review

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After reviewing four straight indicas, I’ve lately felt run down and tired.  I have always preferred uplifting sativas, the type that set you going and give you the feeling like you can take on the world.  OCPC has grabbed a winner with their Strawberry Diesel.  Although there is some Afghani indica tucked into the NYC Diesel, overall, this was the euphoric sativa for which I was looking.

The buds of this strain are a flush green.  Blended in among the flowers are hairs so faintly red that they are almost pink, a nice touch for a strain with strawberry in its name.  If you think you see a seed pod in the picture above, you are correct.  It has just been the one seed so far, and it has gone in my drawer for a future grow.  One seed aside, this is a nice looking strain. It is slightly sticky from the dusting of trichromes.  There is a clear odor of strawberries, fresh and organic, not sweet like artificial candy flavors.  Unmistakably, fuel and grapefruit are also present in this strain’s profile.  The taste favors the diesel flavor of NYC Diesel.  Much of the fruitiness you notice in the smell gives way too harsh fuel when burnt.  However, even with this gruffness, there is little smoker’s fatigue.

What I missed most during my run of indicas was the cerebral relief that sativas bring.  Along with arthritis pain and migraines, I often use my medical marijuana for work stress, anxiety, and at times, depression.  Strawberry Diesel is perfect for all three.  The high is happy and energetic.  The truest sign for me of whether a strain’s effects fall sativa or indica is what I do immediately after smoking.  If I sit there, mindlessly watching tv or messing around online like I have been all week, it’s most likely an indica.  If I get up, grab my keys, and get out the door or take out my computer to start working, like I have been with Strawberry Diesel, then we are dealing with a top notch sativa.  I’d recommend this strain as a daytime treatment for any number of psychosomatic symptoms.  It will leave you hopeful and excited, roused to take on the day.

$35/ eighth

OCPC

1921 Carnegie Ave, 3H

Santa Ana, CA

Cherry AK-47 from SC Greenz medical marijuana review

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I had a roommate in New England whose whole family grew AK -47 on their various hippy farms and communes, and much like the way the Virginia kids in college could always be expected to bring moonshine back with them after breaks, AK-47 was a staple in our house after his holiday trips home.  I came to love AK, a strain I have long come to associate with the East coast.  A mostly sativa hybrid, it is a fantastically social high, which worked well in our house of 8 people.

Cherry Ak’s buds were thick pyramids, faded green in color with barky brown hairs.  This harvest was a bit leafy and dry before I even got it home.  When I took it out to get a picture, the slim dusting of crystals could be best seen under LED light.  The smell is strongly ginger and skunk, which is delightfully undercut by sweetwood and dark berry.  Cherry AK is an especially flavorful phenotype of AK-47, equally skunky and fruity sweet.

An enjoyable all day medication, Cherry AK-47 is a smooth and relaxing high, mellow and stoney.  I had a hard time being productive, despite claims that AK is a creative strain.  Patients will find relief from depression and anxiety, as the mind melts away from stressors.  There is some indica body effect, but pain relief is minimal.  The sativa dominance is apparent in Cherry AK.  It fits almost any situation.  Peaceful enough for sunrise or sunset; giggly enough for time with friends.  It has all the trademark laziness of an anti-weed commercial but is enduringly euphoric and happy.

$50/ 5g

SC Greenz

2433 S. Broadway

Santa Ana, Ca

Super Cookie Haze from PSA medical marijuana review

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I’m not one to make the case against interbreeding.  If a man and a woman find love in this crazy world and want to mix their genetics, that’s their business.  But it’s getting out of hand.  Super Cookie Haze brings together no less than a half dozen individual strains, all pushing and squirming their sensuous traits into the genetic makeup.  It’s a damn cannabis orgy.  And I’ll have nothing to do with it.

Except I will.  I will have much to do with it.  Because when you pick it up, you’ll find it hard to put down.  Super Silver Haze brings in a sharp, crystallized bud, darkened by the deep forest green and woody brown hairs of Girl Scout Cookies.  Super Silver Haze overpowers the scent as well, mostly a lemon cleaner aroma.  This is set off by the earthy pine and sweetness from the Durban and OG and a touch of fruit from the Cherry Kush.  The scent and flavor profile is as complex as its genetic makeup and produces an enjoyable medication experience.  It is a bit harsh, even in the green hit, but I wouldn’t count it out because of it.  It is just one of the quirks of the strains you’ll get used to experiencing.

For as dominating as the Super Silver Haze is in the look, taste, and feel, Girl Scout Cookies is all over this high.  There is a noticeable downward pull and surprisingly effective relief from pain and tension.  However, we can’t forget that this is a largely sativa dominant strain.  In addition to the lofty body buzz, there is an euphoric, happy, and creative high, comparable in ways to Blue Dream.  I was constructive but dreamy.  Good for individual work, don’t use this strain before a meeting or serious responsibility.  It is distracting, and when I wasn’t working, I found my mind wandering in and out of daydreams.  This strain is for creation, not implementation.  Keep a pen and paper close, so you can follow through with your plans later.

$50/ eighth

PSA

1536 E. Warner Ave. Suite B

Santa Ana, Ca