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Chocolate Hashberry Strain Review

Chocolate Hashberry Strain Review

Chocolate Hashberry Strain Review

Chocolate Hashberry Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Dragon Smoke/ Dispensary – Somewhere Dispensary

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 37.36% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes – Myrcene, Caryophyllene and Limonene

Bud Buzz:  Chocolate Hashberry strain is a delicious tasting Indica Dominant hybrid. Depending on the grower and the batch, it can pack a seriously powerful punch.  This particular batch is a mind-blowing 37% THC.  The large super dense buds of this cannabis strain are a light green mixed with some orange, yellow and forest green. Also, covered completely in trichomes.  The buds are perfect for grinding once broken up and are not overly dry or especially sticky. The smell and taste of Chocolate Hashberry is all in the name. It smells and tastes similar, and has a very strong chocolate smell and taste with some spicy earthiness and a hint of berry.  Overall a very tasty cannabis strain. It does leave a lingering smell so plan accordingly if you need to be discreet about smoking. 

Buzz Effects

Once you take a few hits the first feelings are of relaxation and happiness.  It is not a creeper weed but your buzz does build over time so with a cannabis strain this strong, wait at least 30 minutes before smoking more.  The body waves are fairly intense and the head buzz will hit you a few minutes after the body buzz and definitely makes for some creative thinking.  Not the best strain if you require mental focus but a great strain for stream of consciousness type thinking or writing.  Chocolate Hashberry strain is a long lasting strain. You can expect to enjoy your buzz for a good three and a half to four hours with the last hour being a fairly sleepy period of time. 

This potent cannabis strain will not leave you couch locked but you will be very stoned which is usually the goal of most cannabis connoisseurs but not all. An excellent cannabis strain for stress, depression, anxiety and mild to moderate pain management.  For some people Chocolate Hashberrry brings on the munchies but not for everyone.  The negatives are dry mouth and very dry red eyes, so keep some good eye drops around.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – You will of course want to hydrate with water before smoking Chocolate Hashberry. After you are good and baked, light refreshing drinks seem to work the best.  If you have any fruit juice, mix it with some sparkling water and throw in some lemon or lime.  If you have any cranapple, cranberry or really anything “cran”, that is the best. Craving something chocolate to drink? A nice cup of hot chocolate works with this strain.  Don’t forget the little marshmallows!

Munchables – As mentioned before, this cannabis strain gives some people the munchies but not everyone. If you are someone who does not feel hungry but you still want a snack, choose something healthy. Try an apple with some peanut or almond butter or maybe a handful of nuts.  If you are someone that does get the munchies, Mexican food, especially enchiladas or tamales really seems to hit the spot.  Still hungry?  Churros with some honey and a little ice cream is the perfect way to end a meal.

Doables – If you are a creative person or aspire to be more creative, Chocolate Hashberry strain is the strain to try.  It allows you to put aside any mental roadblocks so your ideas can really flow.  Writing is an excellent activity to try.  If you like to paint or draw, you will likely be inspired by this strain and its heavy but strangely light buzz.  This cannabis strain is not super social but that doesn’t mean you should avoid other people, you will be super relaxed and some of the most interesting conversations take place when people are feeling relaxed and chill.

Be sure to check out: Godfather OG Strain Review and Gelato #45 Strain Review

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More Great Dispensaries in Seattle

dispensaries in Seattle, Washington

More Great Dispensaries in Seattle

Dispensaries in Seattle

Hashtag Cannabis 

This beautiful dispensary is located in the Fremont area of Seattle and is just another of many great dispensaries in Seattle. They are open from 9 am to 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday and 9 am to 11 pm Thursday through Saturday.  Currently Hashtag Cannabis is open for both pick up and in store shopping, with limited customers in the store to ensure social distancing.  There is a second location in Redmond. However, the Fremont location is bigger and more established in the community.

Speaking of community, Hashtag Cannabis has been a leader in various social programs including BLM and immigrant assistance.  They are also very involved in the LGBTQ community and their most recent project is with a non-profit called The Last Prisoner. The project is dedicated towards bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry.  This dispensary does not just talk about community action, they do something about it. You can feel good spending your money at a place that cares so deeply about the area and the people that live here. Their website is easy to navigate and answers most questions you may have about both dispensaries.

Amazing Experience

The inside of the Fremont dispensary is huge, mostly white with some soothing water prints and excellent lighting.  With so much space there are no concerns about social distancing. Plus you can really see the products, which is a bonus!  Each week Hashtag Cannabis provides deep discounts on specific vendors. They also have Shatterday Saturdays and late night Happy Hour Specials from 9 pm to close.  Additional discounts for veterans, seniors, and industry professionals as well as a loyalty program that is the best around. This means you will definitely get some great deals.

The budtenders are knowledgeable, super friendly and helpful and it is clear they actually like their jobs.  Andrew is a fantastic budtender and made some excellent flower recommendations. Sundae Driver, which was, wow, thanks Andrew as well as Alien Surfer Cookies that is just as cool and chill as it sounds.  The budtenders here take the time to listen to customers which makes Hashtag Cannabis a special dispensary and not to be missed.

Great Dispensaries in Seattle

Grass & Glass! 

This amazing dispensary is located north of downtown at 15th Ave. NE and 143rd.  As the name suggests, they have both grass and some very beautiful glass. You can get all your cannabis needs taken care of in one place.  Grass & Glass is open every day from 8 am to 11:45 pm except Sundays when their hours are 10 am to 10 pm.  They are currently open for both pick up and in store shopping.  Grass & Glass takes social distancing seriously. You can feel safe shopping in store at this dispensary.  Their website is pretty basic and if you have specific questions you will definitely need to call. Which is fine because they are very response on the phone.

They have some deals and a great Happy Hour every night at 9 until close. You should definitely take advantage of. these when you can.  Great for doing a store pick up or even if you’re not and just want to check out the menu, it is powered by Dutchie. The menu is likely one of the most extensive menus in Seattle.

Customer Loyalty

They do have a rewards program however their prices are so spectacular, they might not even need one to keep customers coming back.  The dispensary itself is large with slightly worn wood floors and seemingly endless glass display cases. They have even more product on nearly every wall space.  Essentially it is a cannabis paradise. Another element that makes Grass & Glass stand out is their budtenders.  It is such a laid back and cool atmosphere that you just feel like you are talking with a good friend. Learning about what bud to get from a very knowledgeable good friend.

Julio is a standout budtender and his recommendations of Purple Kush and Paris OG hit just perfectly, as he suggested they would.  Another great find was God’s Gift flower. The price is so good, you really can’t leave without it.  The only problem with this dispensary is that you may spend too much money. Not because the budtenders are pushing sales, they’re not, simply because the options are endless.

Another Must Visit Dispensary

Pot Shop 

This dispensary is near Westlake on Dexter and is a fantastic place to either visit in person or pick up an order from. They are currently offering both and is just another one of many great dispensaries in Seattle.  Pot Shop’s hours are 10 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.  This dispensary is a little on the small side but they are great with social distancing. Just keep in mind you may need to wait if you visit during peak hours.  The dispensary has nice wood floors and plenty of display cases.

Also, more products behind the counters displayed on the walls.  It could easily become cluttered but it’s not and the atmosphere is relaxed and chill.  To offset the relatively small size issue Pot Shop is offering a 20% discount if you order online. You then need to pick up your products, which is a very generous way to ensure everyone’s safety.

Fun Specials

They also offer a wake n’ bake special of 10% off from open until noon for you early risers! Additionally, Pot Shop offers weekly discounts on various products as well as add on specials. Their website is very user friendly and has some of the most delicious looking recipes. A great addition for those who possess any level of culinary skill and want to introduce cannabis to your cooking or enhance your cannabis cooking game.

The budtenders are wonderful and Thomas in particular is an expert at asking the right questions. He can make the best possible recommendations.  Orange Blossom and Face Off were delicious and potent strains, especially for the price.  Another popular and amazing find is called Fucking Incredible.  Why is that the name you may ask, well because it actually is fucking incredible.  Pot Shop is truly a great dispensary and well worth a visit.

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Gelato #45 Strain Review

Gelato #45 Strain Review

Gelato #45 Strain Review

Gelato #45 Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Million Elephants/Dispensary – Progressive Collective

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 20.90% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes – Caryophyllene, Limonene and Humulene

Bud Buzz:  Gelato #45 strain should be nicknamed the laughing bud, because you will laugh after smoking this excellent strain. And then you will laugh some more! A fairly balanced hybrid, this cannabis strain leans towards being Indica dominant. However, it may depend on the local grower and your dispensary.  Slightly fluffy medium sized dark green buds with plenty of various blues tones mixed in. It also has plenty of icy trichomes coating the buds. Gelato #45 can be sticky so plan accordingly if you want to grind your bud with any success.  The smell is spicy and earthy with a slight diesel aroma that lingers.  The taste is a bit different and is more sweet and earthy. The earthiness being what you will taste the most.

Buzz Effects

This is a fairly potent cannabis strain that hits you right away with feelings of relaxed euphoria.  As Gelato #45 strain is a hybrid you will get both a body buzz as well as a head buzz. However, the head buzz does not last nearly as long as the body buzz, so enjoy it while it lasts. Which should be about an hour.  The strain is not super long lasting. You can expect your buzz to start winding down or you may fall asleep after about three hours.  A very social and generally communicative strain for most people. Especially people that you can laugh with. Definitely not a couch locked kind of cannabis strain. But also not great for intense physical activity, think light stretching rather than running.

A good daytime into evening strain for when you want to be social for a period of time and then retreat into your own thoughts later and just chill. Excellent for depression and stress as well as mild pain management. The only negatives are dry mouth and dry eyes and for some people a bit of anxiety if you smoke too much.  If you are a newbie start slow with this cannabis strain until you know how it will affect you.  If you do experience anxiety, it is generally short-lived and can be greatly reduced by finding something to do, listen to music for example.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – The dry mouth that accompanies Gelato #45 is not too bad but it is an issue that you will need to keep on top of with plain water or favored water to start.  Clear juices are great with this strain, like apple juice or a white grape juice.  Speaking of grapes, you can enjoy a small amount of alcohol, like a glass of wine or a beer, just not too much or it may interfere with your buzz, and who wants that?

Munchables – You will get the munchies with this cannabis strain after about 30 minutes or so but nothing too overwhelming so try to stick with healthier options.  A homemade veggie pizza is a fun and creative way to satisfy your savory food cravings.  Popcorn is another great possibility and the topping choices are only limited by your imagination, and taste buds!  If you are craving something sweet and don’t want to add chocolate or caramel to your popcorn then think donuts, especially cake donuts with a glass of milk.

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Doables – Gelato #45 strain is the most laugh producing cannabis strain so please take advantage of this fact and laugh until tears are running down your face and your stomach hurts!  We all need the release that laughter provides, it is great for your health so plan a social Zoom hour and watch a movie with friends, play a trivia type of game or even better something that requires physical action like charades or Pictionary.  Once you’re done being social and chatting away then take things down a bit with some music or a crafty project, if you like that type of activity.  The key with Gelato #45 is to laugh and that should be your top priority.

Be sure to check out: Girl Scout Cookies Strain Review and Strawberry Banana Strain Review

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Girl Scout Cookies Strain Review

Girl Scout Cookies Strain Review

Girl Scout Cookies Strain Review

Girl Scout Cookies Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Trout/ Dispensary – Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis

Sativa Dominant Hybrid THC 27.20% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes – Caryophyllene, Limonene, Linalool and Humulene

Bud Buzz:  Girl Scout Cookies strain is said to be an Indica leaning hybrid. However, more recently and with certain growers, sometimes the batch at your local dispensary may be a Sativa leaning hybrid. So if knowing that information is important to you, be sure to ask your budtender.  Generally though, GSC is a fairly balanced hybrid, giving you the best of the Sativa and Indica worlds. This cannabis strain has medium size buds that are a darker green than most other cannabis strains. It has rich purple leaves, with plenty of orange hairs and drenched in an icy coating of trichomes.  The buds are a little on the sticky side so dry them out before grinding.  The taste and smell is similar. It’s very earthy with a pungent minty chocolate finish, similar to the Thin Mint Cookies that is this strains namesake.

Buzz Effects

Girl Scout Cookies strain is a very long lasting cannabis strain, over four hours. The first feelings you get after smoking are a euphoric relaxation.  You will feel the head buzz first and it is an intense one as this is a very potent strain. If you are prone to dizziness, get up slowly after smoking.  The body buzz and waves of general happiness with some tingling sensations will hit you next.  For most people just a few hits is plenty but if you want to really explore the cerebral aspect of your buzz, wait about thirty minutes and take a few more hits.

A good balance of effects but by far the most prominent is the mental focus. At the same time, a mental sort of expansion. If you are a person who likes or who has ever wanted to try meditating, this is the strain you should try.  An excellent cannabis strain for anxiety, depression, stress and moderate to severe pain. Girl Scout Cookies is powerful medicine for those who need it. The negatives are dry mouth, slight dry eyes and for some people, dizziness if they smoke too much and then stand up rapidly, don’t do that.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – You will get some fairly serious dry mouth so of course down some water before you even load that pipe.  After you are nice and stoned, flavored water goes well with this strain. For some reason grape and orange are the best flavors to try.  If you need a little pick me up towards the end of your buzz, try some flavored coffee drink and if it’s a cold day or night, hot chocolate is the perfect way to finish up your session.

Munchables – The munchies are just part of your buzz with the Girl Scout Cookies strain, especially salty and savory food.  For some people the munchies are so powerful, they use this cannabis strain for any appetite problems they may have where a healthy appetite is important.  So if you are craving salt, you could go full force and make yourself some Ramen to really get that salt fix.  If you want to try and be marginally more healthy, a cheeseburger or veggie burger with a side of sweet potato fries is great. You will also have more control over the salt you are consuming.  If you need a sweet dessert, you could try salted caramels, delicious and slightly salty as well.

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Doables – Girl Scout Cookies strain is a real hybrid in that you have a number of options for things to do when you are stoned.  For many people this cannabis strain makes them feel very talkative and is great for small gatherings or Zoom calls with friends.  Laughter comes easily as well so why not watch that comedy you have heard so much about.  If you want to really utilize the cerebral benefits of this strain you could try a guided meditation, followed by some dancing or just chill out with your favorite music.

Be sure to check out: Strawberry Banana Strain Review and Forbidden Fruit Strain Review

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Strawberry Banana Strain Review

Strawberry Banana Strain Review

Strawberry Banana Strain Review

Strawberry Banana Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Solstice/ Dispensary – Green Fire Cannabis

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 26.10% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes – Limonene, Myrcene, and Caryophyllene

Bud Buzz:  Strawberry Banana strain, sometimes called Strawnana is an Indica dominant hybrid. This strain is extremely potent as well as very complex in terms of its effects.  Strawberry Banana has small very bright green fluffy buds that are completely coated in trichomes. It has plenty of orange hairs interspersed through the buds.  The buds are very sticky and not easy to grind unless you dry them out for a while first.  The smell and taste is just like bananas plus a little extra spiciness. Also, some other tropical smells in the background but the main taste and smell is bananas, and it tastes delicious!

Buzz Effects

When you first smoke Strawberry Banana the overwhelming feeling is relaxation and an uplifted happiness.  You can build on your buzz with this cannabis strain. Your buzz will change after about 30 minutes into something more cerebral and focused. However, if you want to keep the body buzz at the forefront for longer, just smoke a little more.  This cannabis strain has a long lasting high of about 4 hours. Depending on how you want to spend your time, Strawberry Banana is one of the more versatile strains out there. You can smoke a bunch and ride that body buzz and then enjoy exploring your own thoughts or anything that requires an open mind. Feel free to keep smoking more to extend the more Indica part of your buzz.

There are lots of options with Strawberry Banana strain.  You will definitely notice some changes in your sensory perception. Music will sound different for most people. Movies, especially ones with a lot of special effects seem even more intense and interesting. Strawberry Banana strain is a truly unique high and should not be missed for cannabis connoisseurs and newbies alike.  An excellent strain for mild to moderate pain, stress, anxiety and depression.  The negatives are dry mouth, slight dry eyes and for many people this cannabis strain brings on a raging case of the munchies.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – You will experience dry mouth with Strawberry Banana but it is not too bad and can be easily managed especially if you hydrate with water before smoking.  Once you are stoned, keep that tropical vibe going and drink pineapple, grapefruit or even a strawberry banana smoothie.  If you feel like you need a little caffeine go with tea and lemon, either hot or cold.

Munchables – The munchies are super intense with this cannabis strain and you should have plenty of options available so you have choices.  Feel like a small meal, go with a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich and throw some avocado in there for the extra vitamins. If you want just a snack then go with nuts and olives, maybe some cheese and crackers as well.  If you need a sweet treat, try waffles or crepes with some maple syrup or even better, Nutella.  All stoners should keep a jar a Nutella around!

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Doables – Strawberry Banana is a perfect daytime or early evening strain.  Most people start to feel sleepy after about three hours so be sure to schedule nap time into your session plan.  The perfect cannabis strain to do so many things from normally boring chores to exploring new music, or enjoying old favorites.  You will likely be fairly in your head with this strain so it may not be the most social of all cannabis strains.  That being said, you can still enjoy a movie with friends on Zoom, as long as they respect your buzz and don’t expect you to be too talkative.  Strawberry Banana is one of the best strains to explore your artistic side with and really take chances with creating new art, you may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Be sure to check out: Forbidden Fruit Strain Review and Jack Herer Strain Review

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Forbidden Fruit Strain Review

Forbidden Fruit Strain Review

Forbidden Fruit Strain Review

Forbidden Fruit Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Agro Couture/ Dispensary – Grass & Glass!

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 23.80% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes – Myrcene, Caryophyllene and Limonene

Bud Buzz:  Forbidden Fruit strain is a heavily Indica dominant cannabis strain that may just be the most delicious tasting flower out there. Small to medium fluffy buds that are a deep purple and dark green mix interwoven with orange hairs. Also, trichomes a plenty, you will need to break up the buds and leave them out for an hour or two. Do this before grinding because these buds are sticky. If this cannabis strain could become a perfume it would be super popular.  The smell is floral, with some grapefruit earthiness. The taste is very similar to the aroma but you will also taste just a hint more of the earthiness than you may expect.  Overall the smoke does linger. Although it is a shame to cover up or rid your smoke spot of the smell, it may be necessary depending on your situation.

Buzz Effects

Forbidden Fruit strain hits you hard right from the first toke and you can literally feel your head and body relax. Almost to the point of a melting feeling.  Other feelings are happiness, euphoria and later sleepiness.  The waves of relaxing happiness will keep most people fairly couch locked. If you take more than a few hits, especially as a newbie, you can easily just fall asleep right away.  So to properly enjoy being this stoned, take it slow with this cannabis strain. At least until you know how much you can comfortably smoke.

If you can stay awake, expect your buzz to last almost four hours. Good luck staying awake that long! Forbidden Fruit is not a social or energetic strain. However, you may find yourself extra prone to laughing so it is definitely a movie kind of strain. Perfect for stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression and is good for sore muscles and headaches.  The only real negatives are a slight dry mouth and dry eyes.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – Forbidden Fruit strain does cause some dry mouth. It’s not too bad so as long as you sip on some water from time to time you should be fine.  As you will likely be super stoned, put the water or any liquids you plan to drink in your line of sight or you may just forget to hydrate completely. If you find you are getting sleepy before you want to actually sleep, get a caffeinated beverage into your system.  Coffee, iced or hot is a good choice or if you need the sugar, go with an energy drink.

Munchables – This cannabis strain will have you craving both sweet and savory food so plan ahead.  You can expect the munchies to hit after about 30 minutes and since you will likely be couch locked, easy or limited prep time options are best with Forbidden Fruit.  Think sandwiches, chips, fruit, especially tropical fruit like mangoes or pineapples are great with this strain.  Any type of food that is easy to prepare is going to be your friend.  Delivery is also your friend!

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Doables – As mentioned previously, this is a hard hitting Indica dominant cannabis strain so you should not expect to feel super motivated, either physically or mentally.  That does not mean you must live on the couch and watch movies, although there are worse ways to spend an evening.  You can take advantage of the intense body buzz and take a bath, just set a timer or alarm on your phone so you don’t call asleep.  Chilling with a like-minded friend or two over Zoom is also a good option, especially if you can coordinate a good comedy to watch.  Just laughing with people you like will make your buzz even better. Add music to your buzz and discover how much more intricate all music sounds, it’s pretty incredible.  Last stop, a seriously great night’s sleep!

Be sure to check out: Jack Herer Strain Review and Sour Diesel Strain Review

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Jack Herer Strain Review

Jack Herer Strain Review

Jack Herer Strain Review

Jack Herer Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Sacred/ Dispensary – The Reef

Sativa Dominant Hybrid THC 23.00% CBD 0.02%

Terpenes – Terpinolene, Caryophyllene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz: Jack Herer strain is one of those cannabis strains that most people have heard of but is sometimes not easy to find.  If you do run across this strain at a dispensary, definitely pick some up.  This cannabis strain can vary considerably depending on the dispensary and cultivator. Some places insisting it is a straight Sativa and others a more balanced but slightly Sativa leaning hybrid.  You should ask about this when making your purchase so you know what you are getting.  Jack Herer buds are medium sized and quite dense.

Once broken up you may need to dry the flower out a bit before grinding.  The buds are lime green to light green in color. They have plenty of frosty trichomes and dark orange hairs throughout.  The smell of Jack Herer is interesting. It’s slightly nutty with some pine and earthiness but also has a chemical aroma as well.  The taste is similar but the pine taste is more of an afterthought.

Buzz Effects

The famous Jack Herer strain head buzz hits you right away after just one or two tokes. The lighter body buzz comes on after just a few minutes. You can expect your buzz to last well past the 3 hour mark.  The initial feelings with this cannabis strain are euphoria and happiness. You may experience some slight jitters for the first ten minutes or so but this does go away.  Jack Herer is a super energetic creative strain. It makes you want to do and think, hopefully at the same time so it is an excellent daytime strain.

For most people Jack Herer can have a slight calming effect while still being fairly uplifting, making it truly unique in the cannabis world.  This strain is very potent so for newbies, exercise caution the first few times you toke up and remember you can always smoke more but you can never do the opposite. Great for stress, depression, mild pain management and fatigue.  The only real negatives are dry mouth and dry eyes.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – Jack Herer, like most cannabis strains, does cause dry mouth so start your smoke session with plenty of water.  A little fruit juice or a lemon or limeade is a good refreshing drink option and if you simply must have caffeine, any dark soda or energy drink will do but those with a touch of citrus are just better.  For some people the combination of this cannabis strain and alcohol can cause dizziness so it’s best to avoid alcohol unless you have a lot of experience with the strain and know how it will affect you.

Munchables – You will get the munchies with this strain but they won’t be too intense and should come on after about 30 minutes.  Spicy snacks or meals seem to work best with Jack Herer so if you are not overly hungry just go with some chips and a spicy salsa but if a full meal is what you need try Thai or Indian food with at least a medium spice level.  If you are craving something sweet, dark chocolate with chili peppers is a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get a little spice at the same time.

Doables – You will definitely feel like doing things with this cannabis strain.  Even the most mundane activities become much more interesting and entertaining with Jack Herer.  Now that does not mean cleaning the bathroom will somehow become a life changing experience, even Jack Herer has its limits.  This cannabis strain is perfect for both mental and physical activities and if you add music into the mix can really provide a cerebral experience that will be memorable.

Be sure to check out: Sour Diesel Strain Review and Pineapple Express Strain Review

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Sour Diesel Strain Review

Sour Diesel Strain Review

Sour Diesel Strain Review

Sour Diesel Strain

Factoids:  Grower – HPL3/ Dispensary – Pacific Gold Cannabis

Sativa THC 25.00% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene, Myrcene and Limonene 

Bud Buzz:  Sour Diesel strain is one of the most popular cannabis strains around and for good reason.  If you are a Sativa fan and looking for a solid daytime strain that is super potent, Sour Diesel is for you.  However, if you are a cannabis newbie and concerned about negative side effects such as paranoia or increased anxiety, Sour Diesel might be a strain to hold off on. At least until you have more experience with Sativas in general.  The buds themselves are medium sized, not overly dense but not sparse at all.  The buds can be light to medium green with red hairs throughout and a very light trichome coating.  The smell is almost pure diesel with a little earthiness and a hint of citrus.  The taste is similar to the smell but much more of an earthy flavor than the smell.  

Buzz Effects

This cannabis strain hits fast and hard! You can expect your buzz to last around 3 hours, sometimes a little more.  The head buzz is very unique and the most dominate feelings are happiness and euphoria.  Sour Diesel is also known for its ability to provide plenty of creative energy. Plus you can expect some tingling sensations, especially during the first hour as well as sexual arousal.  How Sour Diesel reacts to your own unique brain chemistry varies. Some people find it easy to stay focused and others find thoughts slip from their mind quickly. It can be next to impossible to stay focused.  This is a social cannabis strain and laughing comes as easily as breathing. All these amazing effects make Sour Diesel perfect for a wake n’ bake session or an afternoon or early evening talk with friends. 

One of the best strains for depression, stress and mild to moderate pain.  Sour Diesel does help some people manage their anxiety, but not everyone. If you are looking for a strain to manage anxiety, you may want to try a hybrid first before moving to a Sativa.  Besides the potential negatives mentioned above, dry mouth and red dry eyes are common with this cannabis strain.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – Plenty of hydration is part of the Sour Diesel buzz, so keep water around throughout your smoke session and beyond.  Any type of carbonated drink is also great with this cannabis strain.  If you like alcohol, don’t overdo, two drinks should be plenty for most people.  If you really want to boost your energy level beyond what it already is, go with some cold brew or hot black tea.

Munchables – Sour Diesel strain does not really bring on the munchies for most people. It is actually used by many cannabis connoisseurs to help control their appetite.  That being said, you may want to have some healthy snacks around to fuel your creative pursuits while you enjoy your buzz.  Any type of fruit and nuts are always good choices.  Eating fruit, especially citrus fruit like oranges is said to elevate your buzz and certainly worth giving a try.

Doables – This cannabis strain sparks some serious creativity and can be used as part of a brainstorming session, especially if you are looking for truly out of the norm ideas.  Sour Diesel also increases sexual arousal for many. Use that plus your creativity and see where it leads you!  Also a super social cannabis strain and excellent for those who struggle with social anxiety.  If you have a Zoom session coming up that you are apprehensive about, this strain is an excellent way to decrease the stress associated with talking to random, or known people online.

Be sure to check out: Pineapple Express Strain Review and White Tahoe Cookies Strain Review

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Pineapple Express Strain Review

Pineapple Express Strain Review

Pineapple Express Strain Review

Pineapple Express Strain

Factoids:  Grower – GreenRidge Agronomy/ Dispensary – Brothers Cannabis

Sativa Dominant Hybrid THC 20.50% CBD 0.03%

Terpenes- Beta Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Limonene and Linalool

Bud Buzz:  Pineapple Express strain is a pretty famous cannabis strain, thanks in part to the movie of the same name but also due to the strain itself.  This strain is a heavily Sativa dominate hybrid with somewhat sparse medium sized buds. They have a light frosty trichome coating and are of a slightly dark green color with some orange mixed in.  If you don’t smoke right away, store your buds in a glass container to avoid drying out very quickly.

This cannabis strain does smell like pineapple a bit but also smells slightly earthy and also a little cheesy. This makes for a unique aroma.  The taste is pretty similar and you will detect a bit of the pineapple namesake flavor. However, the taste is also sometimes unpleasant, especially that first hit.  Think moldy cheese mixed with a cedar tree and pineapple.  Please don’t let this dissuade you from giving Pineapple Express a try because the effects are fantastic!

Buzz Effects

You will first feel that euphoric head buzz and feelings of overwhelming happiness.  Then the intense body buzz follows pretty soon after the head buzz.  This is an energetic creative cannabis strain that is social and makes laughing come very easily. It also increases sexual arousal in some users, all excellent attributes for any Sativa hybrid. The Indica side of the strain keeps your body buzz going and towards the end of your high. You may start to feel a little sleepy but never couch locked. An extremely popular strain for medical marijuana patients who need to treat their stress, anxiety or depression.

Pineapple Express is also great for mild pain management and fatigue.  The buzz from this cannabis strain could last a little longer, a little over 2 hours being standard and the other negatives are serious dry mouth and some slight dry eye issues.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – You are going to want to stay extra hydrated before you get stoned as well as during your buzz.  Water to start and then you can transition to something more flavorful later like fruit juice with seltzer or if you want to increase your energy level further, a caffeinated soda or tea.  Alcoholic drinks are also an option with this cannabis strain, just exercise care and don’t overindulge.   With Pineapple express, you may also want to keep some hard candy around if you get tired of consuming liquids, just to keep your mouth from getting too dry.

Munchables – The munchies are not super intense with this cannabis strain but there is something about Pineapple Express that makes you want to get creative in the kitchen.  Go with that feeling and open your fridge and cabinets, take stock of what you have and let the ingredients inspire your creative cooking skills.  If you are not much of a cook and don’t enjoy it, no worries you can still think of creative ways to mix your existing snack foods.  The key is discovering something new, and hopefully delicious.  Whether it’s still delicious once you are no longer stoned is half the fun.

More Buzz Effects

Doables – Pineapple Express has a reputation for being a fun, energetic and creative strain that is perfect for socializing and laughing with fellow stoners or really anyone.  In these times of social distancing a good way to enjoy your buzz is with a stoner Zoom session during which each person describes their buzz and then everyone has to guess which strain they are smoking, dabbing etc.  No completely exotic cannabis strains allowed or no one would ever guess.

If you want to keep your high solo, you can always tap into your creativity and write some music, create a new piece of art or take a walk in your neighborhood and collect some leaves, pine cones or anything natural that catches your eye, and is not in someone else’s yard and then make a stoner stroll collage.  It will always remind you of that day and your incredible Pineapple Express buzz!

Be sure to check out: White Tahoe Cookies Strain Review and Purple Punch Strain Review

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White Tahoe Cookies Strain Review

White Tahoe Cookies Strain Review

White Tahoe Cookies Strain Review

White Tahoe Cookies Strain

Factoids:  Grower – High Winds Farm/ Dispensary – Pacific Gold Cannabis

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 26.80% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes- Beta Caryophyllene, Limonene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz:  White Tahoe Cookies strain is an excellent quirky Indica dominant hybrid strain that will change the way you spend your evenings.  Bright green dense buds interlaced with dark orange and perfect for grinding. So, not overly dry or too sticky.  This cannabis strain has a nice frosty covering of trichomes and the smell is sweet and spicy with a bit of citrus.  The taste is similar to the aroma, the only difference is the slight diesel finish.  The smoke smell will hang around longer than most strains so either ventilate your smoke spot well if it’s indoors, or step outside.

Buzz Effects

The first feelings that you will notice after just one hit is happiness and relaxation. You can keep building your buzz by smoking more over a period of time. However, newbies be cautious as this is a pretty potent cannabis strain.  White Tahoe Cookies strain is not a couch lock strain and you will feel a sense of euphoria. You will also feel an overall enhanced body and mind awareness.  You will literally be aware of just about everything when it comes to how your body is feeling.  This cannabis strain in known as a good way to enhance sexual experiences, whether you are with a partner or alone, go for it!  After a few minutes you may also feel the urge to laugh and that feeling will stay with you for hours.  The White Tahoe Cookies buzz is long-lasting at close to four hours.

The last hour or so will likely leave you sleepy but not couch locked. The perfect cannabis strain for a quiet chilled evening in and perhaps some sexual exploration as well. Excellent for depression, anxiety and stress, this strain also helps with insomnia and mild pain management.  If you are having difficulties with nausea or a poor appetite, this is a good strain to try.  Dry mouth and slight dry eyes are the only negatives.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – White Tahoe Cookies will leave you with some dry mouth to manage.  Of course the best way to keep it under control is to hydrate with plain water before you start your smoke sesh.  Once you are good and stoned, flavored water or tea if you want a little caffeine. The Sativa side of this hybrid should be enough so that it’s not really necessary to down massive amounts of caffeinated drinks.  If you are feeling the amorous vibe, maybe some champagne or mimosas. Just go easy on any alcohol you consume with this cannabis strain.

Munchables – The munchies will come for you pretty quickly and can be intense for some people so keep some healthy options around.   Putting a snack plate together with some cheese, crackers, hummus and veggies is a perfect way to start.  If you need to satisfy that sweet tooth, melt some dark chocolate and dip some fruit into it. Then let it cool and you have yourself the perfect sweet snack.

More Buzz Enhancers

Doables – As mentioned previously, White Tahoe Cookies will likely bring out your sexual side. Lowering inhibitions and just making the physicality of touch a new and very memorable experience.  This cannabis strain is not super active but rather psychologically active so why not have a movie night with someone you love, or at least like.  Share some laughs together watching a comedy before things start to heat up.  Massage is another truly great way to take advantage of the benefits of this cannabis strain.  If you are solo, you can still do your own spot massages, your feet and scalp are the best places to really simulate nerve endings.  After a few hours, you will likely drift off to sleep so enjoy your buzz as much as possible before that happens.

Be sure to check out: Purple Punch Strain Review and Green Crack Strain Review

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Purple Punch Strain Review

Purple Punch Strain

Purple Punch Strain Review

Purple Punch Strain

Factoids:  Grower – High Winds Farm/ Dispensary – Pacific Gold Cannabis

Indica THC 25.40% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes- Myrcene, Beta Caryophyllene, Pinene and Limonene

Bud Buzz:  Purple Punch strain is a potent Indica cannabis strain that is even better than it looks, and it looks fantastic.  Huge dense buds that can be slightly sticky when you break them up. So if you are grinding your cannabis, leave it out for an hour or two before putting it in the grinder. This will be just enough to dry it out a little.  The buds are dark green with plenty of purple throughout and frosty trichomes covering nearly the entire top half of each bud.  The smell is pure grape Kool-Aid or if you remember the purple chewy Sweetarts than used to be so popular. Either way it’s a very sweet candy smell and the taste is a slightly earthier version of the smell.  Overall delicious! Purple Punch is a true Indica but it hits more like a hybrid at first.

Buzz Effects

You know the game when someone pretends to crack an egg on the top of your head and you can almost feeling it running down your scalp onto your shoulders and beyond?  No?  It’s a cool trick and you should try it.  If you are familiar with this game, then you will know exactly what to expect from this cannabis strain. You will feel it as an intense head high that slowly spreads down to your body. Leaving you fully relaxed, happy and slightly uplifted but only for the first hour or so, then progressively more and more sleepy.  If you manage to stay awake, you can expect your Purple Punch buzz to last a little over three hours.

For most people, that last hour might be a battle to keep your eyes open and stay awake.  Why fight that urge, this cannabis strain is extremely useful for insomniacs or just anyone that wants a great night sleep. Especially if you have trouble quieting your mind at night so you can fall asleep.  Purple Punch is the absolute perfect strain for this problem.  This cannabis strain is also good for stress, anxiety, depression and mild to moderate pain management.  The negatives are some serious dry mouth and to a lesser degree red dry eyes.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – Purple Punch strain requires some good hydration to keep the dry mouth under control.  Start with plain water and keep sipping that from time to time.  This cannabis strain is a fairly sedative Indica. If you want to feel a bit more alert, add something caffeinated to your drink plan.  Either an energy drink if you really want a boost. Or an iced coffee or tea, hot tea or coffee works too. It just depends on your mood and preference.

Munchables – You will experience the munchies with this cannabis strain and they usually hit pretty quickly about 30 minutes or so after you first smoke.  Unless you want to snack off and on for another hour, choose some sort of protein rich food to start with. You may find you won’t end up overeating, which is very easy to do with Purple Punch.  A veggie omelet is a great way to get some protein and should keep you full longer than straight carbs.  If you need something sweet, you can always make some oatmeal cookies and use dates instead of raisins. This is a game changer taste wise plus the cookies will be nice and chewy.

Doables – Purple Punch is an Indica so you are not going to be running a half marathon and should not expect to feel super motivated to use this time to get your cardio in.  On the other hand, it is not really a couch lock cannabis strain so if you feel like some physical activity, stretching with a few simple yoga poses will feel amazing.  Also amazing is a long soak if you happen to be a bath person, just don’t fall asleep.  The perfect strain for low key gaming and chill talks with close friends or even a movie.  Just don’t choose a 3 hour epic movie because you will likely have to re-watch part since you fell asleep and missed the ending.

Be sure to check out: Green Crack Strain Review and Biscotti Strain Review

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Green Crack Strain Review

Green Crack Strain Review

Green Crack Strain Review

Green Crack Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Toking Blunts/ Dispensary – Attis Trading

Sativa Strain –  THC 22.60% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes – Myrcene, Beta Caryophyllene, Pinene and Linalool

Bud Buzz: A delicious daytime cannabis strain, Green Crack strain is not a good relax at the end of the day buzz.  This is the “I need to be mentally sharp but I also want to be super stoned too” kind of strain. Green Crack buds are medium sized and fairly dense. Once broken up or ground up, they work well in a joint or blunt. These buds are a very deep shade of dark green with amber to dark orange pistils interwoven throughout.  The taste and smell are similar, very earthy and fruity but with a touch of lemon taste as a finish.  The smoke does linger, maybe a little longer than you might want so this is a good cannabis strain to smoke outside or in a well ventilated room.

Buzz Effects

The effects hit right away and this is a potent strain so be prepared and if you are prone to anxiety, start slow with Green Crack.  The first noticeable effect is an intense cerebral rush of euphoria and kind of a mind clearing sensation.  It is nearly impossible to feel sad or depressed with this cannabis strain.  Next up are some brain and body tingling sensations that don’t last long so enjoy them while you can as they are fantastic.  Green Crack gives you a mental clarity that lasts about 3-4 hours and slowly dissipates after that time period. The absolute perfect wake n’ bake strain if you need positive energy to go about your day.

As mentioned before this is a highly potent Sativa so for those who are sensitive to Sativas and experience paranoia or anxiety. You can still enjoy Green Crack, just don’t smoke too much the first few times until you know how your brain and body respond.  Excellent for depression and fatigue as well as mild pain management. Dry mouth and dry eyes are common with Green Crack. When you first are stoned you may experience a bit of dizziness, so stand up slowly.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – As dry mouth is a definite problem with this cannabis strain you are going to want to hydrate even before you smoke, plain water is perfect for that.  Depending on how much energy you really want, most people don’t need or want anything with caffeine. This is likely to give you a short term jittery feeling.  If you want something beyond plain water, go with a carbonated flavored water or a fruit juice.  Alcohol can interfere with your buzz so if you choose to drink, keep it minimal.

Munchables – Sativa cannabis strains are not known for producing the munchies and Green Crack is no exception.  That being said, you still have to eat so go with light snacks rather than a full meal.  Cheese and whole wheat crackers are always a good option.  If you want something sweet go with dried fruit like mangos or apples.  If you are feeling like a meal is the way to go, grilled cheese is a tasty option with some cookies to finish the meal.

Doables – Green Crack strain is a cannabis strain that gives your brain and body an energy boost so find ways to use that energy.  If you want to take on something physical, hot yoga is an excellent way to expend some of that energy.  If you’re not feeling the yoga vibe, a walk in the sunshine will feel like bliss.  Don’t forget to enjoy your surroundings while you are outside!  To get the most of your happy energy, have a meaningful or even silly talk with friends.  Solve the world’s problems together or at least laugh together, which will come super easy with this strain.

Be sure to check out: Biscotti Strain Review and Miracle Whip Strain Review

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Biscotti Strain Review

Biscotti Strain Review

Biscotti Strain Review

Biscotti Strain

Factoids:  Grower – ReUp Farms/ Dispensary – Five Zero Trees

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 22.50% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene, Limonene and Linalool

Bud Buzz:  Biscotti strain is an amazing hybrid cannabis strain that gives you all the great things of a true Indica strain. It also has a few of the best Sativa benefits as well.  The buds are extremely dense but a little on the small side and not overly sticky so easy enough to grind.  Covered in icy trichomes with some orange and purple mixed in with the forest green color of the buds. The smell and taste is a mixture of sweet and diesel. This sounds far worse than it actually is and the first hit or two takes some getting used to but after that you will come to love this unique flavor profile.

Buzz Effects

Biscotti is a creeper weed so after the first two or three bong hits, give it a few minutes to really hit you before you smoke more.  You should be incredibly stoned after just a few hits unless you have a super high tolerance. The first and most prominent feeling after smoking this cannabis strain is relaxation.  Total body and mind relaxation.  Not to the point of couch lock but you can almost visualize your muscles and mind letting go of any stress that has built up.  Next comes a rush of happiness that hits you hard and settles in for the long haul. In the case of Biscotti should be just over 3 hours.

The energy and focus of a good Sativa is also there but both of these effects are more subtle than the relaxation and overall euphoria.  The perfect strain for day or evening if you need to release the stress of the day and still want to have some energy leftover to enjoy your high.  Biscotti is a great strain for depression, anxiety, stress and for mild pain management.  You will experience dry mouth but no other negatives.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– With the vast majority of cannabis strains, dry mouth is a factor you will need to deal with and Biscotti is no different.  The dry mouth is not overwhelming so keeping water around and sipping it for the first hour or so should effectively handle the dry mouth issue.  If you plan to be active and need an additional boost, iced or hot tea will give you just a little caffeine to stimulate your buzz a bit.  If you plan to just relax the night away, go with an herbal tea or even better, green tea.

Munchables – For a distinctly Indica dominant hybrid, Biscotti strain does bring on the munchies but not that out of control eat everything in sight variety of munchies.  This is a pretty unique quality for a mostly Indica cannabis strain.  Take advantage of this and keep your snacking on the healthy side if possible.  Black corn tortilla chips with a nice spicy salsa will work perfectly. If you need more sweet in your snacks, you could add some pineapple or kiwi. If you have both, live it up and enjoy that boost of sweet tasting vitamins.

Doables– As Biscotti does have some Sativa properties, you will have energy and focus along with a fantastic buzz.  How you use that energy and focus is completely up to you.  Not the most social of cannabis strains but good for lighthearted chatting with close friends.  If you are a fan of painting or drawing, this is the perfect strain for you, as colors seem super saturated during the peak of your high and making use of that to create something beautiful, or at least interesting, is the perfect way to spend your time.

Be sure to check out: Miracle Whip Strain Review and Serious Happiness Strain Review

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Miracle Whip Strain Review

Miracle Whip Strain Review

Miracle Whip Strain Review

Miracle Whip Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Cascadia Gardens/ Dispensary – Dockside Cannabis

Indica dominant Hybrid THC 22.45% CBD 0.02%

Terpenes- Terpinolene, Myrcene, and Beta Caryophyllene

Bud Buzz: Miracle Whip strain is tough to find but if you happen to run across some at your local dispensary, grab it!  A rare combination of not two but three great strains. Cookies and Cream, Starfighter and Columbian, Miracle Whip is the best of all three put together.  A fairly balanced hybrid but slightly Indica dominant strain with beautiful bright green buds that have fuchsia colored hairs throughout plus some visible trichomes.  The buds themselves are small and dense but not super sticky so they grind very easily.  The smell of Miracle Whip strain is absolutely nothing like the name.  The smell is very strong and sweet with a lot of citrus, and some earthiness as a secondary element.  The taste is very similar to the smell and is slightly tart but not in a negative way. It’s just a little surprising considering the strain name.

Buzz Effects

This cannabis strain is a creeper weed, meaning you will not know just how stoned you are right away. It will creep up on you slowly, like in 15 minutes so start slow and don’t smoke too much right away. The overall feeling is a light head buzz but an extremely deep body buzz followed by body waves.  You will feel happy, relaxed but not couch locked at all.  There is a unique clear headed focus that comes with this cannabis strain. Normally  this does not come with such relaxation at the same time.

A very unique buzz that you will likely want to repeat again and again. You can expect to feel a little sleepy towards the end of your high, which should last close to four hours.  Miracle Whip is excellent for mild to moderate pain management, depression, anxiety and stress. Some dry mouth but no other negatives with this cannabis strain.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– You will of course want to start with some plain water to keep your hydration levels good before you get stoned.  Once you are properly baked you can do the following if you want to keep your energy up as you enjoy some activities. Add some coffee or tea into your plan, either cold or hot according to the weather and your overall mood.  If you are planning to go with the food suggestions below, consider some fruit juice as well.

Munchables– You will experience the munchies after an hour or so with Miracle Whip. There is something about this strain that makes breakfast food even more appealing and let’s be honest, breakfast food is good anytime.  Pancakes or waffles with some Nutella or maple syrup if you need to satisfy a sweet tooth.  A scrambled egg and veggie burrito if you are craving something savory

Doables– You will feel some happy energy with this cannabis strain.  Not an extreme amount of energy so save that 5 mile hike for another day and consider a neighborhood stroll instead.  You will enjoy all the visuals as well as the exercise.  Miracle Whip is also a great gamer cannabis strain and you can take advantage of the focus you experience to try a new game alone or online with friends.  Not the most social of strains but also a very chill buzz so you can communicate without any stress or problems at all.

Be sure to check out: Serious Happiness Strain Review and Vortex Strain Review

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Serious Happiness Strain Review

Serious Happiness Strain Review

Serious Happiness Strain Review

Serious Happiness Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Boggy Boon/ Dispensary – Dockside Cannabis

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 26.80% CBD 0.00%

Terpenes- Myrcene, Pinene, Caryophyllene and Limonene

Bud Buzz:  Another excellent cannabis strain that lives up to its name.  Serious Happiness strain causes, yes you guessed it, serious happiness. A true hybrid that seems to cause a debate as to whether it is an Indica dominant hybrid or a Sativa dominant one. This particular batch leans a bit Indica but is fairly evenly balanced.  The buds are super sticky and bright green, a little on the small side but covered in icy trichomes.  The smell is fruity and earthy at the same time and the taste is similar but with a spicy and pine finish. This is a super potent cannabis strain that hits you hard right from the first toke with feelings of unparalleled happiness and uplifting euphoria.  One of the most social cannabis strains around,

Buzz Effects

Serious Happiness strain will encourage you to let down your guard, as your anxiety evaporates and you will feel comfortable talking, to pretty much anyone about anything.  Although friends and family who like to keep the conversation light and full of laughs will be a welcome addition to your buzz.  This is a long lasting strain and you can expect to enjoy your enhanced state of happiness for well over 3 hours.  The perfect balance between a good head buzz and a warm happy body buzz is what makes this cannabis strain a favorite of so many stoners.

It is worth noting that a few people have mentioned an increase of anxiety for the first 10-15 minutes after smoking however that does not seem to be an issue for most people.  A great strain for depression, pain management, stress and nausea.  The negatives are some initially bad dry mouth and red dry eyes so make sure you have drops.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– As this is a seriously social cannabis strain, as always start your hydration process before you even fill that first bowl.  Water is always a great place to start and this is a strain that you could also enjoy a glass of champagne with your social circle or a mimosa if you want to add some Vitamin C to your buzz, why not.  Keep the alcohol to a minimum as Serious Happiness is a very potent strain.

Munchables-You can expect the munchies to call your name fairly quickly, about 30 minutes or so after you first smoke Serious Happiness.  If you are socializing, why not make a good social food part of the plan and make or order some pizza.  If that doesn’t sound appealing why not break out that fondue pot that someone gave you years ago and you threw in the pantry and never touch.  Add a few types of cheese and then break up some bread and you have a fun, social and delicious snack.

Doables– As mentioned many times, this is a social, happy and relaxed cannabis strain.  If you have any issues with social anxiety, this should be your go to strain.  Plan a socially distanced Zoom night with family, friends or anyone you want to spend time talking with.  Serious Happiness is excellent for creative projects with others or alone and plan to end your buzz with a funny movie or TV series.  Laughing is just another bonus that goes along with this cannabis strain.

Be sure to check out: Vortex Strain Review and Ice Cream Cake Strain Review

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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Weekly Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Former NBA Player Larry Hughes to Open Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in St. Louis

Larry Hughes, a St. Louis native is teaming up with fellow NBA player Al Harrington to bring two medical marijuana dispensaries and a cultivation and processing center to St. Louis.  The Viola Brands, named after Harrington’s grandmother who has found relief in cannabis for her medical conditions including glaucoma and diabetes will be called VMO and one of the two locations will be a drive-thru dispensary, although both will adhere to Covid social distancing guidelines when they open in April of 2021.  Larry Hughes has spent much of his free time off the court devoting himself to causes that better his local community and is especially concerned with those that have mental health issues, including PTSD, which cannabis has been shown to be especially helpful in treating. St. Louis Alderwoman Cara Spencer gave her congratulations to Hughes and Harrington on their important business partnership and stressed that these two dispensaries as well as the cultivation and processing center marked the first black-owned cannabis businesses in Missouri. In 2018 Missouri became the 33rd US state to legalize medical cannabis.  The legislation passed easily with 66% voting for the Amendment to 34% voting against.  You can read more here.

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

UK Doctors Need Cannabis Education

Despite the change in the status of cannabis in the UK in 2018 from a Schedule I drug, which means it is seen as having no medical value to a Schedule II drug, allowing for specialist doctors to prescribe cannabis to their patients, only two people have actually been prescribed cannabis since 2018.  The reasons for that are somewhat complex however one of the main reasons is the lack of education medical professionals in the UK have received regarding the benefits and methods of using cannabis to treat a vast number of medical conditions.  Despite the fact that over 80,000 doctors in the UK are allowed to prescribe cannabis, none are doing so in part due to lack of education and confidence in the efficacy of cannabis in the treatment of patients.  The lack of training is at least partly due to the policies of the National Health Service (NHS) which has made it clear they prefer to rely solely on studies conducted within the UK.  The problem is there are very few studies regarding cannabis taking place in the UK.  One promising study, Project Twenty21, plans to provide cannabis to approximately 20,000 patients by 2021 which will hopefully open the door for UK doctors to have access to additional information regarding the benefits of medical cannabis for their patients.  Check out more here.

 

Cannabis News Update November 15, 2020

Cannabis Officials from 19 US States to Work Together

This group of cannabis officials have decided to move forward with plans to create a 19 state non-partisan coalition to provide and share expertise when it comes to all things cannabis and hemp related.  The initial members include regulators from Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington State.  Norman Birenbaum, who is currently the director of Cannabis programs for New York state after serving as the top cannabis industry regulator in Rhode Island will be the first president of the newly formed association.  The group has quite a few goals including establishing best practice standards within the industry, creating more of an open exchange of information, including cannabis and hemp research, between states as well as with appropriate federal agencies. The group has made it clear they will not be taking an official position regarding the legalization of cannabis, rather they will facilitate communication and information exchange regarding all things cannabis.  Read more on this Topic here.

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Mangolicious Strain Review

Mangolicious Strain Review

Mangolicious Strain Review

Mangolicious Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Zuni Products/ Dispensary- Kaya Shack

Indica dominant Hybrid THC 19.75% CBD 0.06%

Terpenes-   Myrcene, Limonene and Beta Caryophyllene

Bud Buzz: Mangolicious strain is a seriously tropical delight.  The smell is, yes very much like mangoes or really any tropical fruit and the taste is fairly similar to the smell but with a slight diesel finish.  Nothing overwhelming though.  The buds themselves are a little furry but dense with some orange hairs mixed in, maybe mango colored!  This cannabis strain has all the benefits and more or a great Indica plus some of the qualities of a premium Sativa.  From the first hit or two you will experience serious and profound relaxation.  Literally a feeling of muscles and tension melting is apparent from the start.

Unlike some Indicas, there is no real couch lock and you will get some of that Sativa head buzz but mostly you will be swept away by the body waves.  As your buzz progresses and this cannabis strain provides a 4 plus hour ride, the sleepiness will become more obvious but for the first hour or two, not so much.

More Buzz Effects

In addition to feeling relaxed and happy, you may feel a little “electric”, especially in the first hour or so.  How you use this feeling, completely up to you! If you are lucky enough to get a massage while you’re high, it is absolutely blissful. Mangolicious may be one of the best cannabis strains for pain management, especially muscle and joint pain but it seems to work for most types of pain.  It is also excellent for stress and anxiety as well as insomnia.  You will definitely experience dry mouth and dry red eyes with this stain so drops and liquids are a must.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– As you will have to deal with some significant dry mouth, try drinking water before you even get stoned, that way you will already be working on staying hydrated.  It is easy to forget to sip on water with this cannabis strain so keep it and other liquids in plain view.  Flavored water is a good option, and if you want to carry on with the whole tropical vibe, some fruit juice is really tasty too.

Munchables– The munchies will hit fairly hard after about 2 hours or so and if you are a carnivore, BBQ is the way to go.  If you want to put a full meal together, try and get something healthy on your plate in addition to BBQ, maybe some mac and cheese with coleslaw, maybe healthier than that like salad.  If you are not a meat person, you can still enjoy a tofu BBQ, make sure to use extra firm tofu or the texture will be too much like the mac and cheese.

Doables- Mangolicious strain is an evening or nighttime strain unless you want to take a nap during the day. That said, this is the perfect strain for chilling out and either watching a movie, listening to music or just enjoying the good “feels” that come with this buzz.  The Indica is strong but not so strong that you can’t do things, especially in the first two hours so if you want to take an evening walk, followed by a bath and then some delicious food and drink, this cannabis strain has you covered.

Be sure to check out: Golden Goat Strain Review and Cereal  Milk Strain Review

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Golden Goat Strain Review

Golden Goat Strain Review

Golden Goat Strain Review

Golden Goat Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Wykanush Ventures/ Dispensary- Kaya Shack

Sativa Dominant Hybrid THC 20.23% CBD 0.05%

Terpenes- Terpinolene and Humulene

Bud Buzz:  Golden Goat is a beautiful looking cannabis strain. The decent sized buds are very dark green with a little bit of red mixed in and a thick coating of golden colored trichomes. This leading to how this strain got its name.  The smell is a mix of tropical and floral but the taste is not either of those.  It has a hint of diesel and is pretty skunky in taste and the smoke seems to linger for a longer period of time compared to other strains so if you plan to smoke inside, break out that incense or scented candles.  This cannabis strain hits hard so if you are smoking this out of a bong, ice is recommended.

This is what used to be called creeper weed. Meaning that you won’t feel the effects for a little while and this particular stain was far more potent than the just over 20% THC would indicate so if this is your first time smoking Golden Goat. So go easy and wait at least 15 minutes before smoking more.  You will feel the head buzz after about five minutes and the feelings of happiness and energy are there as well.  This is a very happy cannabis strain!  You will feel the relaxation of the Indica elements but they are secondary to the intense head buzz.

More Buzz Effects

Golden Goat strain is a very “trippy” high and for some people that is a great quality for a cannabis strain, others do not like that much intensity.  Compared with other strains, your buzz won’t last too long, as you can feel the effects start to dissipate after about 2 hours.  A perfect daytime or early evening strain that is good for stress, depression and very mild pain management.  You can expect some dry mouth as well as dry eyes so keep liquids and eye drops around.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– If you are smoking this cannabis strain in the daytime and want to enhance your energy even more, go with something caffeinated in addition to sipping on water.  If you are a fan of energy drinks, and need to stay focused for a few hours while you are doing something creative, a nice fruity energy drink works well.  If you don’t want caffeine and plain water is not doing much, try green tea, hot or cold.

Munchables– Whether or not you experience the munchies with this cannabis strain seems to depend on what time of the day you consume it and what you are doing.  If you smoke during the day and are busy with a project, you might even forget to eat something.  The munchies are more likely in the early evening.  Regardless, you will not be super hungry and some dark chocolate peanut butter cups are perfect for those with a sweet tooth.  If you are craving a salty snack, go with walnuts or some hummus and pita.

Doables– As Golden Goat is a pretty high energy cannabis strain, take advantage of that fact and use that energy.  You may even feel motivated to tackle projects you have been procrastinating.  Not saying you have to clean your house but if you need to rearrange a room, you may actually be more inspired than ever before!  Golden Goat is not a super social strain but if you need to collaborate with someone, you will more than hold your own.

Be sure to check out: Cereal Milk Strain Review and Latte Strain Review

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Why Cannabis Strain Reviews are Important

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Why Cannabis Strain Reviews are Important

If you have ever read cannabis strain reviews you will know that there are good ones that provide basic information about a strain and there are great ones that go into detail, not just about the strain itself but offer in depth experience about what the strain user might expect, both good and bad, from the strain.  Of course then there are the emoji strain reviews that are entertaining and do say something about the strain but are not especially useful.  There are so many cannabis strains and that number will continue to grow so adding information to be used by both medical cannabis patients as well as recreational users is becoming increasingly essential.

Experience Wanted

If you are a cannabis newbie and want to sample a few new strains, you can jump in, give them a try and more than likely you will have a fantastic time however if you want to be an informed cannabis consumer from that first toke or edible, you will likely want to check out some strain reviews before spending money on any particular strain.  This is true even for cannabis connoisseurs. With each harvest introducing new strains to dispensaries around the US and Canada, you can use your cannabis expertise to write about a new strain, giving your honest thoughts and also any concerns you have about side effects.  Marijuana dispensaries appreciate this type of information as well as other cannabis users.  You certainly don’t have to write a book each time you get high but a good description for new cannabis strain reviews will be welcome information to other stoners and anyone in the industry.

Medical Marijuana Patients

In the US, the recent election ushered in even more states that have legalized medical marijuana and that will likely be the trend with each subsequent election.  As there has not been enough research done on the specifics of treating various diseases and medical conditions with marijuana, if you are a medical marijuana patient, your opinion is extremely valuable.  For example if you use marijuana to treat a condition like migraines and have found an excellent strain or two that provides relief to you, sharing that knowledge can help others who are also migraine sufferers.  Conversely if you have found that a recommended strain did not help your migraine at all, that is also very important information to share.  Each person has a unique chemistry and not every medical marijuana patient will experience identical results however no matter what condition you have that marijuana has helped, you now have the ability to potentially help others with that same condition.

Join the Cannabis Community

No it’s not an official club or anything like that.  If you like cannabis, like getting stoned and the lifestyle in general, why keep it to yourself?  By contributing your knowledge and experience with cannabis strain reviews, you can be part of a larger community, one that is growing every single day.  You may even find you have a talent for describing the effects of cannabis strains and others begin to look forward to your reviews.  You can choose to focus on Indicas, Sativas, hybrids or anything that appeals to you on your next dispensary trip.  Even the most tried and true cannabis strains that have thousands of reviews deserve a fresh look.  Strains can change considerably over time and that once perfect strain that has always been a favorite may not be as good as you remember or the cultivator has changed their grow process, therefore changing how that particular batch hits.  This is useful information you can include in a review so that not only other stoners know, but the dispensary where you got it and the growers as well.  Most cannabis strains improve over time however that is not always the case and a thorough review will benefit so many people, not to mention save stoners money, which is just good stoner etiquette.

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Nug News – Weekly Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Weekly Cannabis News Update November 8, 2020

Cannabis News Update November 8

Minnesota Eyes Neighbor South Dakota’s New Cannabis Legalization

Most Minnesotans, especially those living in towns and cities that border South Dakota were surprised at the outcome of their neighbors vote to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.  It seems there are red politics, blue politics and now green politics and for those living in Minnesota it is frustrating to see changes happening close by that they are not a part of.  In 2014 Minnesota voted to legalize medical marijuana however the restrictions were and have remained some of the toughest in the nation in terms of dispensary availability and conditions that the state considers to be qualifying for medical marijuana use for citizens of the state.

Each year since 2014 these restrictions have eased, little by little, with new dispensaries opening and more medical conditions qualifying for inclusion in the state’s medical marijuana program.  Next month the state will decide whether anxiety should be a qualifying condition.  With the passage of legalization in South Dakota, there may be increased pressure for Minnesota to pass more expansive legislation sooner rather than later.  In the meantime, law enforcement will not ease up on punishing those in possession of marijuana, especially concentrates, which it considers more dangerous than flower.  Read more here.

Cannabis News Update November 8

Aurora Cannabis and other Cannabis Stocks Seeing Records Gains 

With the green wave of cannabis legislation that was approved by voters, the stock market has finally given cannabis stocks some attention, and some support.  Starting with Aurora Cannabis, that saw a 100% gain since Election Day with over 56% of that gain coming before the closing bell on Friday.  All states that has cannabis legalization, either medical, recreational or in the case of South Dakota, both, on the ballot saw success.  This clearly took Wall Street by surprise but now that surprise has turned into financial support.  Other cannabis companies Tilray and Canopy Growth saw their stock surge on Friday as well by 23% and 11% respectively.

Traders will also be ready for more movement in the cannabis industry as Joe Biden was named the projected winner on Saturday and will be the 46th president of the United Sates.  President elect Biden has made it clear that he supports broad legislation that would decriminalize cannabis but has not made his position clear yet regarding his support for full legalization at the federal level.  Smart traders will be keeping an eye out for hints of how the newly elected president will address the issue come January. Check out additional information here.

Cannabis News Update November 8

Medical Experts Looking at CBD to Help Repair Lung Damage Caused by Covid

As we enter what will likely be a long winter and an increase in Covid cases, the medical community has continued to learn a lot about this mysterious virus.  As part of the treatment protocols, medical experts are looking at the benefits of CBD to help repair the damaged lungs of many Covid patients.  Scientists from the Dental College of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia have determined how CBD can be useful in reducing the lung inflammation seen in so many Covid patients.

CBD helps to regulate apelin levels, which is a  natural peptide made by blood cells, brain, lung, heart and fat tissue in the body.  It regulates blood pressure and is essential to reducing inflammation.  The study looked at patients who were suffering from ARDS and saw this peptide plummet to zero and then with the use of CBD increase approximately 20 times.  Additionally, CBD was found to aid the normalization of oxygen levels, swelling, immune responses and lung scarring.  Similar studies have been conducted in Israel regarding the efficacy of CBD with very promising results.  Read more details here.