Gold Rush from PSA medical marijuana review

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This time out, we are reviewing Gold Rush picked up from PSA in Santa Ana.  PSA has a wide range of prices, from $60 down to the typical bottom of $35.  I settled in at the upper middle class donation of $50.  My budtender, always on point at PSA, pulled out a trio of really nice indica strains, and it was no simple matter to pick from among them.  Gold Rush stood out only for the size of its buds and the warm sunny day smell.  There is little written about this strain, but it most likely comes from Spliff Seeds mixture of their Polm Gold strain and an Afghani Kush.

Gold Rush is indeed the perfect name for this strain.  From a distance, you might not pick out anything aesthetically special.  However, when you bring it up to your eyes, you see the brilliantly glittering amber of the trichromes, along with the topaz brown pistles and bright greenery, making Gold Rush a ruddy, golden yellow nugget.  If the look of the buds makes you think of digging through the muddy hills to find your lode, then the scent will as well.  Musky earth and fresh cedar mix with a slight pepper tree spice.  It’s outdoorsy fragrance translates to an equally foresty taste.  If you could capture a walk in the California woods as a flavor, this would be pretty close to it.  The smoke was very smooth for an indica, and the ash held very little tar.  Gold Rush was a delightfully pleasant smoke.

As with any indica, Gold Rush works best for body pain, and the high has a relaxing effect in the shoulders and neck.  Perfect for migraines and stress headaches.  Appetite is induced as well, and it can help significantly in this point.  Gold Rush is also very mellow, similar to a sativa like Maui Waui, and this could signal a possible hybrid.  Despite this, when used over the length of the day, red eyes and drowsiness will set in, making this a fine sundown high.  It will help you to unwind and gain pain relief without putting you straight to sleep, as some indicas can.

$50/ eighth

PSA

1536 E. Warner Ave, Suite B

Santa Ana, Ca

Sucker Punched from Orange County Patient Care medical marijuana review

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I have many times in the past picked up Sucker Punched from OCPC intending sincerely to review it.  The problem is I enjoy smoking it so much that I always finish it before taking the time to pause and write the review.  It almost happened to me again, and I was about to rip apart my last bud when I made myself stop to take a picture and set to writing.

Sucker Punched is a dark green bud that is absolutely striped with orange hairs, looking everything like Cringer from He-Man.  The sample I got is frosty white and gleams in natural light.  The nuggets were soft and fresh, perfect little pillowy clouds.  They are a bit difficult to break up, as they tend to collapse down and become dense when forced.  Using a grinder is the way to go if you have the means.  Once ground, the scent of balsam wood permeates from this strain.  You can also pick up some warm baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a slight cleaner sting at the end.  It reminds me a bit of the Chem-Jack I review a few weeks ago, but with a woodsy indica spliced in.

Sucker Punched is a very heavy hybrid.  There are some uplifting sativa effects, but I’d have a hard time calling this a daytime or social strain.  Sucker Punched is best used after work, after dinner, after responsibility, when you are ready for some tv or videogames to wind down your night.  It won’t put you to bed, but it will couch lock you.  The high is heady, and there is a dazed, stoned effect: perfect for watching a blockbuster on your big screen.  I felt it most in the eyes, and there was no end to the redness.  I also had cotton mouth, which isn’t normally a problem for me.

Sucker Punched works best for work stress and work related soreness and fatigue.  It doesn’t swing far enough indica to qualify for real pain relief.  I would more than recommend Sucker Punched as a sundown strain.  I have donated for it a dozen times, and it never disappoints.

$50/ eighth

Orange County Patient Care

1921 E. Carnegie, 3H

Santa Ana, Ca

Chem-Jack from One Love medical marijuana review

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When it comes to legendary strains, you can’t get much more infamous than either Chemdawg or Jack Herer.  One Love in Santa Ana has grabbed a good one with this combination in Chem-Jack, and I literally ran in the door when I got home to get this beauty into my bowl.

The citrusy astringent fragrance well known in Chemdawg is all over this hybrid.  Underneath this is the sweet earthiness lent by the Jack. As soon as I put the jar to my nose, I could detect the blend of those familiar fragrances and my mouth began salvating.  The pale, almost white, green typical of Chem strains and the deep multitude of brown hairs recognized in Jack Herer are a perfect match.  These two strains have been seamlessly brought together, playing their best aspects against each other.  When I got it home and began breaking it up, it was chunky and sticky.  I love sativas, but they can be tricky to work with, and always break up thin.  A gram of this strain broken up will barely fill a blunt.

The smoke was amazingly light, and the distinction that is its taste lasts well beyond the green hit.  I absolutely adore the palate of Chem-Jack. The flavor alone makes this strain a must buy.  I’ve donated for a number of strains lately here in SoCal that have this unique earthy, piney, and citrusy mixture.  This might mark a swing away from a Blue Dream and Skywalker dominated marketplace, and it is a welcome breath of fresh air.

The effects of Chem-Jack are instantaneously energetic and productive.  Work related tension melts away as this particular strain promotes both complex thinking and a mellow mood: a real whistle while you work strain.  Forget hump-day, Chem-Jack will get you through the hopeless drag of Thursday, when your battery is already drained and the week isn’t nearly over.  A delightfully uplifting strain, I would recommend Chem-Jack for anyone fighting stress and anxiety or needing something to help carry them along through a protracted day.

$50/eighth

One Love

1651 E. Edinger #104

Santa Ana, Ca

Super Lemon Haze wax from OCPC concentrate review

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Reviewed before in a marvelous flower from one of my favorite shops, now closed, in Garden Grove,   Super Lemon Haze is a perfectly blended indica/sativa hybrid of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze.  This time out, we are reviewing a wax medium of this person favorite strain from Orange County Patient Care in Santa Ana.

There isn’t much of the original sweet citrusy zest that you can taste when smoking Super Lemon Haze as a flower.  All thicker wax seems to have an aftertaste for me that takes away from the original essence.  Although it’s not as flavorful as a shatter or a nice green hit of flower, it’s still a light vape with slender hints of sweet citrus and cleaner.  Even out of my Cloud, it was fresh and expansive in the base of my lungs.  It’s not nearly as harsh as a darker wax would be.  This sample from OCPC is a bright brown, but it is visibly shiny with crystals.  It is a great working consistency, where at room temperature it can be handled by hand.  I easily pulled out pieces of this concentrate and rolled it into a small ball to load my vape without a hint of mess, yet it isn’t too dry to create a lush cloud of vapor.

The high off of Super Lemon Haze is well balanced between both sativa and indica effects.  There is a fine social quality to this strain, and even a practiced introvert like me was looking to chat up strangers.  There is a fun quality to SLH that I thoroughly enjoy.  It is a great for mood elevation, and joined with its pain relieving properties from its indica genetics, I could see this strain helping anyone getting over injury or chronic pain that is also experiencing depression as a side effect.

$25/ .5g

Orange Country Patient Care

1921 E. Carnegie, 3H

Santa Ana, Ca

Miami White from OCPC medical marijuana review

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A sativa dominant hybrid, Miami White is a synthesis of two very popular palm tree strains, Florida’s White Widow, and California’s own favorite OG Kush.  If you live in either of these warmer climates, you must be familiar with one of these strains by now; however, for those of you in need of some sunshine, Miami White might be just the strain for which you are searching.

The nuggets are a bit small, but hardly popcorn.  I’ve had white strains in the past from OCPC that were certainly frostier, but the aesthetics of this Miami White are gorgeous.  Fine, glittering trichromes dance between light green leaves and scattered brown pistils, a perfect juxtaposition.  The smell is like baking spices and citrus.  The OG Kush brings with it just a touch of lemon cleaner from the Chemdawg in its OG Kush lineage.  All this comes together with a taste reminiscent of Earl Grey tea: sweet and earthy and slightly acidic.  It’s quite enjoyable but can become harsh in the throat after extended medicating.  The ash was thick with tar, and it made for dense smoke.

Miami White is a typical sativa high, euphoric and heady.  I lost hours at a time, and there was a definite stoned edge to it.  My eyes drooped, and my concentration faltered.  For me, this was an internal high.  I was having a hard day, and it worked well as a distraction.  Changing my thought patterns and easing my mind, Miami White helped as an anti-depressant.  There was some body follow after the high peaked, but I don’t think I could classify this for any sort of pain relief.  Like most sativas, the effects are concentrated in the cognizance.

$45/eighth

Orange County Patient’s Care

1921 Carnegie Ave. 3H

Santa Ana, Ca

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

G-13 from Emerald Care Collective medical marijuana review

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Emerald Care is one of several dispensaries tucked just below the 55 fwy on Garry Ave.  Their low key atmosphere lures me away from their competition time after time.  The minimalism of their waiting room and bud room are part of the beauty of this place, since it helps them keep their prices competitive, even for their fine quality medication.  I haven’t visited them in a few weeks and made a stop on my way home from work.  They keep a rotation of their strains on special for $45/7g.  This week it was a bag of the legendary G-13.  While most strains brag of their genetics, this mysterious strain is shrouded in story.

Marijuana historians speak of a program at the University of Mississippi involving the FBI, CIA, and any number of other government agencies.  Here in the late 60’s, hidden away in the university laboratories, scientists collected together the strongest strains of marijuana and crossed them with the goal of created the world’s strongest weed.  G-13 is the 13th created hybrid and the strongest of the experiment.  A single clone was smuggled out by a researcher, so that it could be shared with the public.  Or so one version of the story goes.  The truth may never be known.

What is also a mystery is the genetics of this storied strain.  Believed to be an Afghan hybrid, it is then most likely an indica mix.  The nuggets are thumb-sized and a uniform green.  There are some fine brown hairs, but visually, the buds are uninteresting.  However, they are in good shape, if not a bit woody.  Emerald Care uses sealed bags for their products, and although the nuggets were fresh when opened, they quickly dried out.  Moving them to glass jar or dropping in a humidifier should take care of this.  The aroma is sweet citrus followed with a hint of fuel.  This is similar to the Chem-91 and not at all off putting.  The green hit is sweet and the follow is smooth.  For the price, this batch should not smoke this enjoyably.  The high is light for an indica, though it may be the potency.  It is mellow and enjoyable.  I became a bit muddled, and there was a clear downward pull, as if I was melting.  As is typical of Afghani indicas, G-13 is perfect for pain and insomnia.  Be careful when medicating with this strain because the come down is drowsy.  I often never made it from the chair to the bed before nodding off.  It also has severe red eye effects and can be difficult to hide being medicated for the discerning user.

For the price point, it is hard to argue against donating for 7g of G-13.  While it won’t knock you out or set you faded, it will help you control minor pains and trouble sleeping, as well as stress and related anxiety.  If you work a hard job and need something to help you unwind your day, this might be the strain for you.

G-13: $45/7g

Emerald Care Collective

1820 East Garry Ave. #204

Santa Ana, CA 92705