Green Dream shatter from Second Story concentrate review

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This sample of Green Dream shatter comes to us from HGH extractions, a multiple award winning LA based extraction company.  Over the last few months, I’ve come to recognize HGH as the absolute leader in creating quality extractions.   This concentrate is a BHO extract, which many people fear to be unhealthy.  When done right, BHO extraction is safe.  And this is shatter done right.

Green Dream is a cross between two sativas: Green Crack and Blue Dream.  I’ve also seen it on menus as Blue Crack.  It is a well designed hybrid looking to capitalize on each parent’s dominating effects–both in taste and effect.

When I first picked this up from Second Story, it was a real glass-like shatter.  My half gram was made up of one big burnt-amber colored chunk and some smaller slivers and shards that had broken off it.  When I got it home, it became soft and tacky in warm weather, and my office sits in our powerful Orange County afternoon sun.  The longer I had it, the more the consistency changed to that of a wax, feeling soft and buttery.  It became cloudier as well.  The taste profile again is balanced between the two parent strains, combining Blue Dream’s dark berry flavor with the tropical sweetness of Green Crack.

This strain hits at mach speed as a concentrate, and I felt the effects on the exhale.  Blue Dream brings a spacey and creative high, that doesn’t hesitate to add relief and comfort to the body, too.  Green Crack, on the other hand, can be energetic and productive sativa.  Either late at night or in the early morning, this medicates like a cup of coffee.  But relaxing, so with a little added whiskey for good measure.  I found it to be all at once dreamy but engaging.  It is much more clear headed than Blue Dream alone.  More stoney than just Green Crack.

Sadly, I only got a half gram this trip.  If I knew the kind of high it spawned, I would have donated for more.  Be sure to swing by Second Story and grab yours quick.  It won’t last long.

$40/ .5g

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave., #221

Santa Ana, CA

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Mr. Nice Guy from The Clinic medical marijuana review

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This indica dominant hybrid is a mix of G-13 x Hash Plant.  Named Mr Nice, it was established in honor of famed author and pot smuggler Howard Marks.    While not judging him personally, Mr. Nice was just one of many aliases Marks took, and not a compliment to his benevolence.  This particular moniker came after he bought the passport of convicted murderer Donald Nice.  Marks was eventually convicted of his involvement in the moving of drugs, and since completing his sentence, he continues to write and conduct lecture tours.

The flowers of this harvest are pretty thin and stringy.  There is a purple hue to the buds, especially at the tips, and the greenery comes mostly from leaves.  Deep brown hairs cover the nuggets in bushy chunks.  Overall, each bud was kind of stemmy and were thin fingers of a bud.  Not to be counted out though, the flowers were sparkly under LEDs and a bit sticky from the Hash Plant influence, alluding to a hidden potency.

Mr. Nice Guy has a complicated palate, helped nothing by the variety of its phenotypes.  The first impression is of funky earth and sweetness.  I’d possibly describe it like wet ground and tropical flower.  There is also a possible purp terp scent of over-ripe or rotten berry in play.   There are other smells too: burnt oak ash; a mildewy basement or wet leather; dense resinous wood.  There is also a musky spice that is difficult to pin down.  Yet so familiar.  I’d say it has a manly scent–a dirty gruffness.  This taste complexity comes from the Hash Plant.  Some simply call it a hashy scent, but that’s a bit of a cop out.  The smoke tastes just as layered as it smells.  The pungent berry and musk are most evident, but that indescribable spice is there as well.

An indica dominant hybrid, I expected a real stoney high.  However, it had a pleasant groovy nature to it, making it work as a daytime indica.  I caught some super red eyes, which made me look more medicated than I was.  Mr. Nice Guy was clear headed overall, and I found it pretty helpful to work under its use.  It gave me a nice body high without the inhibiting psychedelic effects. This is the effect of the G-13, aimed to maximize usefulness as medicine and minimizing intoxication.  Watch as the Hash Plant wants to work against this though.  And at larger doses, it will.  Regardless of the potency of your harvest, be sure to respect this strain, lest it bowl you over.

$35/ eighth

The Clinic

1805 E. Garry Ave., suite 130

Santa Ana, CA

Auntie Dolores Caramel Corn edible review

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When it comes to edibles, it is a largely unregulated field.  Auntie Dolores uses Halent Scientific, one of the most popular cannabis testing labs, to test their edibles for both cannabinoid content and contaminants.  This ensures even, reliable medicating with every use.  It is this trustworthiness and transparency that creates repeat customers in this market.  And I know I’ll be a fan of Auntie D for life.

Auntie Dolores has a wide variety of edibles on the market: including brownie bites, pretzels, and nuts.  The caramel corn contains 127 mgs of thc and a total of over 145 mgs of cannabinoids.  I broke the bag into two doses of about 65 mgs of thc.  This proved to be more than enough for half a day of medication.  A patient could easily get 4 doses per package, depending on tolerance.

 Auntie Dolores uses all natural, gluten free ingredients.  This doesn’t mean that these snacks are good for you, but at 160 calories, they are more healthful than most treats out there, medicated or not.  Sweet, smooth, and tasty, each piece melts in the mouth.  There is a very limited smell and taste of cannabis.  The caramel is decadent, and the popcorn is high quality.  There are no small pieces or unpopped kernels to get stuck in your teeth or crack a crown.

The high offered from this edible is very uplifting and talkative.  It then transitioned into a euphoric and pleasing haze, the potency of which depended on dose.  The body relief is overshadowed, but still effective, and very energetic.  This is clearly a sativa leaning high, and like other Auntie Dolores products, it is known for being long lasting.  I found this edible to be most efficient when using it to find respite from stress, anxiety, and depression.  Its cerebral and mood altering expressions are just what those suffering from mental illness need to function day to day, and it is less invasive than a Zoloft each day.

I had the pleasure of using this medicated popcorn during work and out on a boat off the OC coast.  Edibles are convenient in their discretion, and I felt like I could comfortably medicate any where.  The long lasting sativa high also transitions well between work and play, making these treats an essential addition to my day.

$15/ bag.

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

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

XJ-13 from Elevated Dreams medical marijuana review

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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.  

 

$45/ eighth

Elevated Dreams

413 W. 17th St. #106

Santa Ana, Ca

Maui Wowie from Second Story medical marijuana review

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I’ve been on a bit of a tropical themed run here as of late, and Maui Wowie, often seen as Maui Waui, adds to this ongoing motif.  After enduring a month in frigid Chicago and getting to know the term polar vortex well, I’ve been spending as much time under the palm trees of SoCal as possible.  It isn’t the taste, but the spirit of this strain that makes me think of warm, sunny beaches and bathing suits.

These buds were lumpy and long and markedly sticky.  This is no surprise since an abundance of cloudy amber-colored late harvest trichromes can be seen across the nuggets.  Maui Waui is a ginger lady, and orange hairs stick out like cowlicks.  It wasn’t the look but the the scent of this strain that sold me in the dispensary.  Diving your nose into the jar grabs thick wafts of pine and lemon cleaner, similar to Chemdawg strains, but sweet like Super Lemon Haze.  There is also a minimal baking spice aroma as well that comes through in a big way in the aftertaste.  The smoke is thin and not expansive, making medicating a pleasurable after thought.  I love a flavorful strain, and this is as fragrant and tasty as they come.

Popular among the hippy crowds in California during the late sixties, Maui Waui was an early high THC plant, desired for its potency and uplifting sativa high.  I place it in a category of what I like to call brain strains: sativas so erudite and sophisticated that they make you more capable.  I love to work on strains like this, since they pique your creativity, expand your imagination, and enhance your problem solving.  With no noticeable indica effects, strains like Maui Waui will drive your productivity and are exceptional daytime, mid-week highs.  However, it is just as appropriate a medication for your times of repose.

$45/eighth

Second Story

1820 E. Garry Ave. #221

Santa Ana, CA