Blue Cheese from Zen O.C. medical marijuana review


After getting a great little gift bag from Zen O.C. for Halloween, I was anxious to do the same for their Black Friday event.  The flyer said they would be giving them away “while supplies last.”  I arrived at 11:00a, an hour after Zen opened, and already there was a line of 15 before me.  In no time it was my time to go in.  I knew I had to spend $40 to get my free edible, hash, and pre-roll in the gift bag, so I only had forty in cash on me.  Zen O.C. has a great selection of strains at all price ranges, and I was immediately upset I didn’t bring more, as Girl Scout Cookies was in at $55 an eight.  This is my favorite strain right now, and Zen’s is always fire, as they say.  I asked the budtender to recommend between a few forty dollar strains, and he immediately suggested Blue Cheese.  He was dead on.

The flowers are light and fluffy, crumbling nicely when broken up.  This bud is sticky and fragrant, and I always enjoyed breaking it up by hand.  The smell was skunky and sour, like mushy fruit, but also sweet like vanilla.  The green hit wasn’t flavorful and was even a bit harsh.  It smoked heavy, as an Indica can, but it burned very evenly throughout the bowl.   The high was up and euphoric.  Not what an Indica usually is.  It was fantastic for depression and anxiety.  However, there was also a great pain management aspect.  My joints didn’t ache and my back wasn’t sore, despite periods of demanding physical work.  To say it bluntly, this strain made me feel great.  I would recommend it for everyone, for help with everything.  Not being high on this strain is unfortunate and should be prevented with a charitable fund or marathon.  I couldn’t thank the budista more for this suggestion  and at $40, it is an absolute steal.

Blue Cheese (Indica dom. Hybrid):  $40/ eighth

Zen OC

9535 Garden Grove Blvd, Suite # 202

Garden Grove Ca 92844

(714) 636-3153

Grape Wreck from ABC Cooperative medical marijuana review


This week we are reviewing Grape Wreck from ABC Cooperative in Garden Grove.  I’ve driven past this collective many times headed to Zen O.C. and other nearby dispensaries, but I had no idea it existed until a few days ago.  I get paid every other week, so I go from rich to poor and back in my weed habits pretty quick.  Last week I was smoking $55 eighths; this week I have forty bucks to my name.  After checking weedmaps for a menu fitting my tighter budget, I came across ABC Cooperative.  They had a wide variety of strain prices, including several at $20 an eighth and under.

I chose an Indica dominant hybrid, as I tend to do, as well as a couch lock Indica, Blackberry OG.  Each 1/8 cost me a twenty, and I felt like I made out well.  Grape Wreck is a mix of Grape Ape and Trainwreck.  A heavy Indica dominant hybrid, this strain will give a weighted stoned effect.  I was often dazed and forgetful.  Physically, the high was quite present as a pain killer.  It wasn’t overpowering though, and of the two strains I picked up, I felt it was the better daytime pain relief.  Thanks in part to the Trainwreck lineage, there is an uplifting, talkative quality as well.

The nuggets I got in my eighth weren’t spectacular or interesting.  They were average in size for most dispensary strains, and although you could see a shine to them under the light, they weren’t very frosty.  They were, however, very sticky to the touch and often pieces would stick to my fingers when I broke it up.  It had a white grape scent, like a flavored cigarillo or a poor white wine.  It was funky and sour smelling.  Not very pleasant.  However, for $20 an eighth, it is an exceptional deal.  It took a bit extra to get a satisfactory high, but at that price, I didn’t feel guilty throwing it in a blunt or joint.

Grape Wreck= $20/ eighth

ABC Cooperative

13139 Brookhurst St. Suite D

Garden Grove, CA 92843


Deadhead OG from Zen OC medical marijuana review


My arthritis had been wrecking havoc this week, so I decided to try out another potent Indica to try and help dull the ache.  This time an Indica hybrid, Deadhead OG.  The parenting of this strain is Chem Dog ’91 and SFV OG.  Fabled to be a very strong Indica high, I was eager to go home and put it to work.

The buds were dense and thick, about the size of a Sacajawea dollar.  The trichromes glittered in the light, and there seemed to be an abundance of them.  The buds were spotted with light lime green and dark forest green areas.  The hairs were a burnt sienna for any artists or crayon aficionados.  The smell was both skunky and citrus.  It wasn’t a noticeable or distinct smell, but it was certainly there.  The taste was a mimic of the smell, but also seemed earthy, even a little musky.  The smoke was milky and harsh when concentrated in say a bong.  Like most Indicas, there was quite a bit of tar to the ash, and it collected in the blunt’s roach.

This jar from Zen OC was very dry.  I often make the argument for using small sample jars for customers to handle rather than allowing the handling of the selling stock.  I have yet to run into a bait and switch situation, and the quality of the medication is greatly improved.  Usually when I get a dry eighth, I drop it in a glass container with my humidifier stone, so this is rarely an issue.  However, I lost my humidifier recently and have to suffer in knowing how the other half lives.  The buds were so brittle that the trichromes cracked off when I broke up to medicate. This said, after I was done packing my bowl, I had a nice little pile of kief to sprinkle on top, speaking volumes of the potency and THC content of this strain.

I would recommend using Deadhead OG for pain relief and insomnia.  Works great on my arthritis and is purported to reduce pain from migraines, sore muscles, and surgery.  The high is heavy, like most Indicas, giving that couch lock effect.  However, the Sativa, Chem Dog  ’91, in it also brings a secondary uplift and mood enhancer.  This is a secondary effect but is the reason I enjoy hybrids.  I also tended to doze off after medicating and would use this for insomnia due to pain, stress, or other symptoms. Treat this strain as you would most prescription pain medications.  Be cautious of driving or handling heavy equipment after use.

Deadhead OG  $50=1/8

Zen OC

9535 Garden Grove Blvd, Suite # 202

Garden Grove Ca 92844

(714) 636-3153

Girl Scout Cookies from Zen O.C. medical marijuana review


Zen O.C recently moved from Anaheim to Garden Grove, and they seem quite comfortable in their new home.  I chose them in the back of OC Weekly because they were open until 10pm, and I hadn’t planned ahead.  Suddenly in need of medication, I started north just before nine.  Zen OC is not a top shelf dispensary but what I call a “variety” pharmacy.  This doesn’t mean they don’t carry some fine strains, as we will see in a moment.  However, they are one of the few places in Orange County where you can walk out with a $25/ eighth mid grade and $50/ eighth top shelf and be happy with both.

On this recent trip, my $50 eighth was Girl Scout Cookies, an Indica dominant hybrid popular in the Northern California area.  This is one of the few strains I had heard of before I moved here from a non MMJ state, and I was excited to try it.  Would it really taste like thin mints as they say?

The short answer to this question?  Meh.  Maybe?  When you have been told the snozberries taste like snozberries, your mind makes them taste like snozberries.  This bud was tight but puffed up when ground.  It was a darker flower with brown hairs.  A nice strain to handle: just the right amount of sticky and a sweet smell left on the fingers.  I’ve come to expect interesting flavors from Indicas and their hybrids, and Girl Scout Cookies was no exception.  I wanted to believe that the thin mint taste was perfected in this smoke, but that may be subliminal suggestion.  The dark green and brown color certainly suggests chocolate mint, but I’ve heard other interpretations as well.  Remember that Indicas are noted for their taste varieties.  Some have said they have picked up in Girl Scout Cookies hints of berry, cotton candy, and cherry.  I seemed happy with describing it as a chocolate cherry.

An Indica hybrid, the high was physical and euphoric.  Others say the dry mouth is horrible, but I experienced red eye far worse.  I was often tempted to hide my eyes at home, which worked because of the nature of this buzz.  All I wanted to do was sit on my butt until it wore off.  Definitely not an active stone.  I describe this high as being like hugs from a flock of butterflies.  It is warm and tingly.  I assume that’s how butterfly hugs feel.  Worked wonders on my anxiety and stress.  The problems were still there, but I couldn’t care less.  I could see this being a problem if used persistently or long term.  However, for a day off from worry and an uplifting Indica stone, I suggest this strain.  I sat outside with this weed several mornings in a row and just listened to the birds and watched the lizards run around.  A nice side effect is its Indica pain relief properties.  Good if you need to lay down with a migraine but can’t afford to fall asleep.

Girl Scout Cookies- $50= 1/8

Zen O.C.

9535 Garden Grove Blvd. #202

Garden Grove, Ca