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.
After popping in to visit One Love, I discovered it was now Santa Ana P.A.. New name, same set up. Though, the shelves seemed less full of the choices I’d come to expect. After viewing the menu boards, I settled on a blended hybrid. It was the name, Sour Candy Apple, that appealed to me. It sounded to me like a special Starburst flavor. And my mouth was watering before I even made it out of the dispensary.
There have been some beautiful late harvest buds around the OC lately, busty and plump, with coatings of amber trichromes. Sour Candy Apple has dark leaves and light emerald flowers, flush with pale hairs. There is a fruit scent similar to an apple or pear. It’s a bit piney also, but barely so. The buds I got were really fresh, making them hard to break up. Once they dried after a moment or two on a dish, they were much more workable. Smoking it gives a really harsh hit, but the exhale is all fresh apple and slightly sour. It isn’t overwhelming like a sour patch kid, though. More subtle. More bearable.
Sour Apple is a mix of a heavy Kush indica and Sour Diesel. I’m not sure where the “Candy” in the name comes from, but the obvious choice would be a work in of Candy Kush. The high left me with a nice warm tingle in body, like a warm spiced wine enjoyed in front of a fire. It was heavy in the eyes and comfortingly sleepy, a kind of drunk feeling. I was still able to function on lower doses, and it was mellow and smooth. I found it to be a great wake and bake strain on a weekend, when you want the dreaminess of morning to continue. However, it is a bit too distracting for a work day. The more I smoked, the more couch-locked I got. When used late enough, it put me down swiftly to sleep. This hybrid seems to swing far to the indica side, making it perfect for all kinds of pain relief and insomnia.
Sometimes, two strains come together that are so perfectly matched, they realize an ideal. XJ-13 is just one of those hybrids. One half of this combo, G-13, is purported to be a legendary indica dominant strain grown for the government at the Univ. of Mississippi in the 1960s. Added to this is Jack Herer, the award winning sativa named for the marijuana activist of the same name. These two potent sets of genes set the stage for one of the best hybrids I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy.
The buds of XJ-13 were tight pyramids and broke up into dense clumps. The buds were lightly colored by khaki trichromes, although the greenery was dark. They were scattered by deep orange hairs. There is a strong, acidic smell, like a citrus salad, but it is dominated by a sharp lime. There is also a pungent smell, almost acrid, and some of the pine typical of Jack. The smoke tastes similarly acidic and slightly sweet.
Work has gotten stressful as of late. With stress comes anxiety, and anxiety’s friend–sadness. Then in comes, XJ-13. The high, although uplifting, is mostly calm and comforting. It helps erase the mental triggers that are worrying you and gives a nice sense of tranquility. These mental effects are complemented nicely by a tingly body buzz that dissipates tightness in the shoulders. It is not nearly indica enough to work for any real pain relief, but it offers enough to enhance the cerebral high.
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.
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.