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Granddaddy Purple Strain Review (GDP)

Granddaddy Purple Strain Review

Granddaddy Purple Strain Review (GDP)

Granddaddy Purple Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Ruby Farms/ Dispensary – Somewhere Dispensary

Indica THC 22.16% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes – Linalool, Humulene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz:  Granddaddy Purple strain is a beautiful and potent cannabis strain that sneaks up you, in a good way. There is about 15% Sativa in this cannabis strain. It’s a perfect amount to keep a good head buzz going but this strain is mostly a body buzz type of high.  With large dense buds that are a muted green mixed with all hues of purple tones and some orange, Granddaddy Purple is dripping with trichomes. Once you break up these huge buds, they are not too sticky and make for easy grinding.  The aroma and taste is similar and you will first notice the earthiness with some sweet berry and very light floral as the undertones.  The smoke from this cannabis strain does linger so plan your smoke session with that in mind.

Buzz Effects

This cannabis strain is somewhat of a creeper weed.  If you smoke a few hits and stay seated you may not notice how high you are until you have to move, speak or really do any type of activity. It’s best to start off slow with this strain until you know how it will affect you.  The first sensations with Granddaddy Purple strain are a chilled and relaxed feeling. Mostly felt as slow moving and almost rhythmic body waves.  The head buzz is slightly euphoric and happy but takes a back seat to the body buzz.  You will feel sleepy with this strain. For some people that feeling hits right away and for others it builds slowly over the course of an hour or two.

It’s not the longest lasting cannabis strain. You can expect your buzz to last about 3 hours or until you fall into a deep blissful sleep, whichever comes first. Can easily become a couch lock cannabis strain unless you stay active and move around.  If you decide to chill on the couch, expect to feel a heaviness to your buzz, in a good way.  It almost feels like the couch is pulling you from within.  A bit strange in terms of sensations but overall very relaxing.  Granddaddy Purple is good for mild to moderate pain, especially muscle pain.  It is also great for stress, anxiety and insomnia.  The negatives are dry mouth and red dry eyes. Eyedrops are a must.

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Drinkables – You will probably want to pre hydrate before your smoke session with water and then move on from there.  As this cannabis strain can be a couch lock one, keep those drink options within easy reach. If you lose motivation to visit the kitchen you can still manage any dry mouth.  If you want to boost your energy during your buzz and hold off sleep for a while, caffeinated drinks are the best way to do it.  Or, if you want something refreshing try a spiced chai with ice, delicious.

Munchables – The munchies will come on fairly quickly, even before 30 minutes and for most people, are intense.  Granddaddy Purple is known for stimulating the appetite so you may want to prepare some snacks before you smoke so that you have easy to reach options.  Cheese dip with chips or pieces of bread are an excellent savory choice.  If you are craving something sweet, a brownie sundae with all the toppings is the way to go!

Doables – Granddaddy Purple strain is a pretty mellow cannabis strain and is best for evening use or on a lazy day when napping is part of the day’s schedule.  For some people this cannabis strain is known to increase feelings of arousal and if you are one of those lucky people, it should be easy to decide how best to spend your buzz.  If this cannabis strain does not get your libido going, then it may be time to relax with a good movie or some music and enjoy your buzz solo.

Be sure to check out: Miracle Alien Cookies Strain Review and Chocolate Hashberry Strain Review

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Miracle Alien Cookies Strain Review

Miracle Alien Cookies Strain Review

Miracle Alien Cookies Strain Review

Miracle Alien Cookies Strain aka MAC

Factoids:  Grower – Dragon Smoke/ Dispensary – Somewhere Dispensary

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 25.30% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes- Limonene, Pinene and Caryophyllene

Bud Buzz:  Miracle Alien Cookies strain aka MAC is an Indica dominant hybrid strain that is only slightly Indica dominant making it a fairly balanced hybrid.  This cannabis strain has smallish round buds that are a light green with plenty of orange hairs and absolutely covered with trichomes.  The buds are extremely sticky so if you want to grind your cannabis before packing a bowl or rolling a blunt, you will need to dry it out for an hour or two before grinding it. The smell and flavors are complex.  Think of a combination of oranges, light floral, earthiness with a slight mint finish.  Delicious but quite the complex flavor profile.

Buzz Effects

You can expect your buzz to last nearly for about four hours with this cannabis strain.  MAC comes on strong from the first hit or two with what can only described as a relaxed upbeat happiness.  With this cannabis strain you will feel that body buzz and head buzz equally and the feelings of intense happiness are amazing.  All is right with the world with this strain.  The body buzz is also very intense but you are in no way couch locked. The very pungent smoke from MAC lingers for quite a long time after your session is over so be sure to air out your smoke spot or head outside if possible.

Both a talkative and creative strain, it’s excellent for collaborations with fellow stoners, or anyone that is open to interesting ideas and projects.  Miracle Alien Cookies strain also gives some people fits of laughter making it great for movie night, maybe not as great for work Zoom sessions, unless you happen to be a screenwriter of comedies.  If you smoke a lot there is a possibility you may feel a little dizzy when you stand up so keep that in mind if you are planning on an extended cannabis session. The perfect cannabis strain for depression, stress and anxiety.  MAC can also help with mild pain.  The only negatives are dry mouth and slightly dry eyes.

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Drinkables – As Miracle Alien Cookies has such a complicated flavor profile, you may want to stick with simple ways to keep yourself hydrated, starting with plain water.  You can also boost your buzz a bit with a caffeinated drink like soda or an energy drink.  Orange juice in particular is also refreshing with this cannabis strain.  If you plan to drink alcohol, be careful how much you consume as it might increase your dizziness when you stand up.

Munchables – The munchies are common with MAC and usually hit after about 30 minutes to an hour.  As this cannabis strain is complex, consider having some complex or unique snacks.  Chocolate hummus with sliced apples or mangoes is a delicious way to satisfy your sweet cravings.  For savory food lovers, get creative with your sandwich making skills and list of ingredients.  If it can fit on bread, consider adding it to your sandwich.

Doables – Miracle Alien Cookies strain is such a versatile cannabis strain that provides a longer lasting buzz so make use of that time and do a variety of things.  Maybe begin your buzz with a Zoom collab session with some creative friends who enjoy a good laugh.  Then settle in for a movie night or explore some music you have been meaning to listen to as you relax in a comfy chair.  You can choose a physical activity but nothing too strenuous.  A nice stroll around your neighborhood is a good way to enjoy the last hour of your high.

Be sure to check out: Chocolate Hashberry Strain Review and Godfather OG Strain Review

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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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Godfather OG Strain Review

Godfather OG Strain Review

Godfather OG Strain Review

Godfather OG Strain

Factoids:  Grower – TLO Farms/ Dispensary – The Herb Center

Indica THC 23.20% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes – Myrcene, Caryophyllene and Humulene

Bud Buzz:  Godfather OG strain is a heavy hitting Indica strain that provides a long lasting body high, assuming you stay awake long enough to enjoy the full four hours of stoned happiness.  The buds are dense and muted light green in color, with a lot of orange hairs throughout as well as a ton of icy trichomes.  The buds are not overly sticky so you can grind them easily. The smell and taste are similar, and all about earthy goodness with a hint of pine and the taste has both earthiness and pine with a surprising grape aftertaste.

Buzz Effects

After you smoke just one or two hits the feeling of total and complete body relaxation follows immediately.  Waves of happy contentment wash over you as you ride the beautiful body waves.  This cannabis strain should not be underestimated in terms of potency. Newbies should be careful the first few times as too much Godfather OG can cause dizziness for some stoners.  You will want to be cautious when getting up. Even cannabis connoisseurs may be surprised by the power of this strain.

Godfather OG strain is definitely a couch lock cannabis strain but extreme sleepiness does not come on right away. You can chill for a few hours before falling into a blissful and long night’s sleep.  Another side effect of this cannabis strain is hunger and extreme munchies. It’s great for anyone who suffers from nausea or problems with a poor appetite.  It is an obvious powerful medicine for insomnia. Also great for mild to moderate pain, especial headaches and body aches.  Godfather OG is the perfect strain for stress, anxiety and depression.  Even if you are not a huge Indica fan, this strain is good to have around for those times that you just need to relax and unwind after a stressful day.  The negatives are dry mouth, some dry eye issues and if you smoke too much, dizziness.

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Drinkables – To help with the dry mouth that accompanies Godfather OG, drink some water before you start smoking and keep other liquids close by as the couch lock can be fairly intense, especially the first hour and you may not feel motivated to get yourself something to drink until you are dealing with Sahara like conditions.  Carbonated drinks are really a refreshing choice, so if you are a soda person, grab your favorite kind and if not you can always go with LaCroix or a similar brand.  As this cannabis strain is quite sedative, if you need a caffeine boost, try coffee, tea or an energy drink.

Munchables – The munchies are a big part of a Godfather OG strain high and you can expect to feel those first hunger rumblings after about 30 minutes.  As you will not likely be super motivated to prepare a multi-course meal from scratch, think convenient but relatively healthy. Pasta with some chicken and veggies or just veggies is a great savory option.  Still hungry?  Did you forget to heat up the garlic bread?  If you are craving sweetness, berry pies are a nice way to end a pasta feast or even berries with whipped cream or ice cream, or both!

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Doables – This cannabis strain is not going to inspire you to go for a hike or practice your new dance moves.  That does not mean you should just lay on the couch until you fall asleep, unless you really want to.  Music and colors are a special companion to this cannabis strain so take advantage of this and listen to some new music, maybe break out those paints or colored pencils and sketch something.  Even watching a movie that has colorful special effects can be an amazing experience.

Be sure to check out: Gelato #45 Strain Review and Girl Scout Cookies Strain Review

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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Ice Cream Cake Strain Review

Ice Cream Cake Strain Review

Ice Cream Cake Strain Review

Ice Cream Cake Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Cloud 9 Farms/ Dispensary – Hashtag Cannabis

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 21.33% CBD 0.03%

Terpenes- Beta Caryophyllene, Limonene and Linalool

Bud Buzz:  Ice Cream Cake strain is an excellent cannabis strain for when you just need to clear out all of the day’s stress and negative energy and have a relaxing night.  A decidedly Indica dominant hybrid that has relatively small but dense buds, bright green in color with some purple in the mix as well. Ice Cream Cake is a super frosty cannabis strain, just dripping with trichomes. The smell and flavor are similar, think earthy cheese or a smoked Gouda type smell and flavor.  The smell if you are smoking a joint, or from a pipe or bong tends to linger so make sure you plan ahead for that.

Buzz Effects

From the first toke you will start to feel your body relaxing and the slight head buzz hits almost right away too, which makes it a perfect hybrid.  Ice Cream Cake allows you to feel relaxed, euphoric with a little bit of energy. As your buzz progresses you will lose some of that head buzz and the body waves will become much more dominant.  Enjoy this part of your high, it will last for quite a long time, up to four hours, with the last hour leaving you pretty sleepy and ready to chill out in bed or on the couch.

No real couch lock with this cannabis strain though, just a gentle progression from being super stoned and alert to stoned and sleepy. The perfect strain for stress, anxiety, depression and those who struggle with insomnia.  Also this strain works well for people who need help with nausea.  There is a significant issue with dry mouth but as long as you stay hydrated it improves over the course of your buzz.  No other negatives.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– You will need to hydrate a little bit before you begin getting stoned with this cannabis strain, just to keep that initial dry mouth under control.  Plain water is best for that and then you can move to other liquids once you are nice and baked.  If you want a little more energy to your buzz, go with a caffeinated drink like flavored coffee or a soda.  If you want to embrace the full Indica effects of Ice Cream Cake, you could have a glass of wine or beer, not too much alcohol though, you don’t want anything to interfere with your high.

Munchables– The munchies are part of the experience with this cannabis strain and you can expect them to hit pretty hard at around the hour mark.  If you want to satisfy a craving for savory food, embrace the cheesy aroma of the strain and go with some loaded nachos.  If you need something sweet, carrot cake is a delicious way to end your day.

Doables– As Ice Cream Cake gives you a pretty chill buzz you may want to plan some chill activities like a movie night on Netflix with some friends or an evening listening to or playing music to help you completely unwind.  You won’t need much additional help with this cannabis strain though.  It is not a super social strain but you may be in the mood for games, either online or actual board games.  Laughing comes very easily with Ice Cream Cake, which is always a good thing in a cannabis strain.

Be sure to check out: Mangolicious Strain Review and Gold Goat Strain Review

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Why Cannabis Strain Reviews are Important

cannabis strain reviews

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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The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego California

Best Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Best Marijuana Dispensaries in San Diego

Goldn Bloom 

Goldn Bloom began as solely a medical cannabis dispensary however now they serve both medical and recreational customers in and around San Diego.  They are open from 7 am until 9 pm seven days a week.  Currently Goldn Bloom offers in store shopping and pickup is available but you will need to place your order through Weedmaps for their pickup service.  This dispensary has a fantastic website which showcases not just their cannabis but their very cool merch as well as special deals each day of the week plus a daily happy hour between 7 am and 9 am and then again from 4:20 pm to 5:20 pm on weekdays.  Clearly being an early riser is beneficial to you cannabis budget.  In addition to all of that they have loyalty program that you can sign up for when you visit their dispensary.  Which you should do as it’s definitely one of the best marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.

The outside is fairly typical of the area but inside is all wood and glass and is extremely spacious, allowing for plenty of social distancing.  There is something that is reminiscent of a high end cosmetics store meets cannabis dispensary vibe but it works. As Goldn Bloom was previously solely a medical dispensary, they have chosen to keep the standards high, pun intended, for their budtenders. You can expect professional and extremely knowledgeable budtenders who seem to really enjoy their job.  Who can blame them? One of the most recommended strains was a pricy hybrid flower called Cereal Milk.  It is super potent at a little over 30% THC and yes does smell and taste like a bowl of cereal.  Well worth the extra money as this is a truly premium strain and should be on everyone’s list to try, as it will easily become a favorite.  If you are an edibles fan the Smokiez Sour Watermelon Fruit Chews are amazing, just don’t forget they actually contain THC!

Urbn Leaf 

Urbn Leaf is a small chain of dispensaries in the southern California area with the newest location in La Mesa.  This review will focus on the San Diego location. This dispensary is open from 7 am to 9 pm every day and has specials galore.  Keep in mind in order to qualify for the daily deals you must be a California or Tijuana resident or a medical marijuana cardholder.  All early risers can take advantage of the early bird specials from 7 am to 9 am and if you are a veteran be sure to visit their dispensary on Veteran’s Day as they have some spectacular deals. Urbn Leaf is currently offering in store shipping and store pickup plus delivery for a small fee. Their website is very cool and easy to navigate and in addition to offering some superior cannabis, you can pick up some really great shirts, hoodies, jackets, hats and other items that will keep you connected to that stoner vibe.

Speaking of vibe, this dispensary has a very special vibe, inside and out, which makes it one of the best marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.  All beautiful glass on the outside and the inside is all glass and wood with beautiful marble like floors that will remind you of an old school pharmacy but much bigger and with better lighting.  The budtenders are friendly, ask good questions and give very specific information that not only answers the question you asked but the next potential question as well.  Translation, they are so good at their jobs they can anticipate the next question.  The Vanilla Frosting hybrid flower was so sweet and dank that it’s hard to believe how reasonable the prices were.  The recommended Banjo Shake Sativa flower was much better than even the budtender promised.  Excellent prices for some absolutely outstanding cannabis.

Klover San Diego Dispensary 

Klover is not just a dispensary with amazing cannabis products, it’s an artistic space that is visually distinctive not just in the San Diego area but in the dispensary realm in general.  Klover is open from 9 am to 9 pm every day and offers early bird specials for the not so early risers from 9 am to 11 am and a nice long happy hour during the week from 3 pm to 6 pm.  Klover also offers veteran and senior discounts plus a great loyalty program.  All that plus one more very unique discount.  If you take a selfie in front of the stunning mural in the parking lot, post it to your Instagram and show it to the budtenders, you will get a 10% discount.  They take their art and cannabis pretty seriously at Klover.  They are currently offering in store shopping, curbside pickup as well as delivery.  Their website is well done and easy to use, offers a great look at what you can expect and be sure to check out their FAQ section before you go.

The dispensary itself is light bright and massive as well as an art lovers dream come true.  There is plenty of space to make the rounds and check out the artwork done by local artists like Panca.  The vibe in this dispensary is chilled, relaxed and beautiful.  A great place to talk about cannabis with the budtenders who are pretty reflective of the vibe themselves.  Knowledgeable, relaxed, never pushy and know their cannabis inside and out.  What more could you ask for?  The recommended King Louie OG was a perfect hybrid and exactly as described, plus more. The Mango AF Sativa did provide that happy creative energy that all Sativas should plus it was tasty AF! If you are a chocolate lover and even if you’re not, don’t leave without getting some Coda Burnt Caramel Truffles, the best of any dispensary in terms of high quality beautiful chocolate that gets you stoned!

Be sure to check out: 5 Qualities of a Great Marijuana Dispensary

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The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas Nevada

Recreational Dispensaries in Las Vegas

The Best Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas

Recreational Dispensaries in Las Vegas

Planet 13 Las Vegas 

There is a lot to love about Planet 13, besides the cannabis.  Of course the cannabis itself is the star but coming in next is the overall environment, there is a restaurant and café so if you want to grab some food to satisfy your inevitable munchies, they’ve got you covered.  This dispensary is open from 9 am-1am Sunday –Wednesday and from 9 am to 3 am Thursday through Saturday.  These are reduced hours as they are normally open 24 hours a day.  Located just off the strip, they offer shuttle services from a variety of hotels and other locations throughout Las Vegas and you can call to check and reserve a place on their shuttle easily.  Currently they have limited Orb shows, as they draw too many people but if you are lucky enough to catch one of these shows, it is unforgettable and the perfect thing to do after you are nice and baked.

Planet 13 has daily discounts which you can check out on their website as well as an excellent loyalty program.  They are one of the recreational dispensaries in Las Vegas that have curbside pickup, in store shopping with good social distancing in place and offer free delivery with a $50 purchase.  The dispensary itself is massive and is a bit like visiting a planetarium but with lots of cannabis and some beautiful glassware.  The budtenders here know their cannabis and seem to really enjoy talking strain knowledge so feel free to ask any questions when you visit.  The budtenders recommended Irene, a top shelf Indica that was even more potent and delicious than promised.  Exceeding expectations is always a good thing!  The Chem 91 Sativa was an out of body experience and not to be missed.  Also check out their edibles, their Salted Carmel Macarons are worth the trip all by themselves.

Essence Cannabis Dispensary 

One of the best recreational dispensaries in Las Vegas located right on the Vegas Strip and is one of 5 in the state as well as two in Southern California. The company obviously knows what they are doing in terms of making the cannabis customer feel welcome and special.  Plus it’s Las Vegas, a city known for some of the best customer service on the planet.  They offer in store pickup from 8 am to 10 pm, curbside pickup from 8 am to 5 pm and delivery from 9 am to 8 pm. Essence has a super user friendly website and if you can’t find a product or have a question that can’t be answered on their site, you can always give them a call.  They offer plenty of discounts including ones for veterans, seniors and locals.  They are giving deep discounts to all veterans in the month of November so if you are in the area make sure to take advantage of the deals.

They have a good loyalty program called High Risers you should also join if you plan to frequent this dispensary.  The outside of the dispensary glows a cool green so you can’t miss it and the inside is all white and clean lines that really serves to showcase the products that you came for, namely cannabis.  Also whoever did the inside lighting is a creative genius but in a city like Las Vegas, good lights is probably the norm. The budtenders are friendly and knowledgeable and are not trying to upsell you, which is always appreciated.  The recommended Banana Treez hybrid flower was tropical, delicious and an excellent balanced high. The Latte hybrid was super potent despite it having 19% THC.  A great daytime hybrid just as the budtender said.  The Orange Betty Eddies were great but at 10 mg THC per candy, if you have a high tolerance, you may need to eat the entire pack, also it would be fantastic if they offered a mixed flavor pack of these edibles so people can try the Grape and Strawberry ones as well.

Jenny’s Dispensary North Las Vegas 

This dispensary is a little off the beaten path in terms of it not being right on the strip but it is well worth a trip, or ten.  Located in North Las Vegas with two other locations, one in Henderson and other marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Jenny’s Dispensary strikes the perfect balance between large chain advantages and small dispensary personalized attention to their cannabis customers. They are open from 9 am to 9 pm every day except Sunday and their Sunday hours are 10 am to 6 pm.  Jenny’s is currently open for in store shopping and curbside pickup.  If possible you are going to want to visit the store, it’s stunning!  Their website is easy to navigate and with a special section for first time dispensary customers, there is no need to feel intimidated. Jenny’s Dispensary cares about the environment which is an obvious plus and customers can add that to the list of pros for this dispensary.

There are daily specials and a rewards program that you can sign up for that offers further deals. The interior of Jenny’s Dispensary is so inviting you may not want to leave, from the herringbone wood floors to the museum quality display cases to the eclectic lighting, there was clearly a lot of thought not to mention talent that went into the design of this dispensary.  The budtenders are kind, knowledgeable and have great senses of humor.  Anna in particular was a true professional and made the experience way more fun than expected. The recommended Desert Unicorn hybrid flower is some of the greenest dankest bud around and the potency hits perfectly for day or evening.  The Kosher Haze Indica Badder sends you right into a happy place and how you choose to spend your time in that happy place is entirely up to you. Overall Jenny’s Dispensary is just like their cannabis, topshelf.

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Welcome Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota & Mississippi

States with Legal Weed

States with Legal Weed

We are thrilled to welcome you to the recreational cannabis club.  It’s not easy getting into this club, but you guys did it. A special welcome to Mississippi as well for getting medical cannabis legislation passed in your state.  You can all now proudly say your are now one of the growing number of states with legal weed. Depending on your state’s certification process and the timeline for passing cannabis decriminalization legislation, the road to the day when dispensaries open in each state differs considerable from the first of 2021 all the way until January of 2022.  It seems like a long time for some states, especially Montana but it will pass quicker than you think and before you know it dispensaries will be popping up in your city or town.  No doubt cultivation licenses as well dispensary licenses and permits have been applied for or soon will be in all four recreational states.  Once dispensaries start to open there will be a period of time when the industry in your area experiences some growing pains.  It’s normal and will settle down usually within six months but there are certain things you can expect to encounter.

Limitation on Cannabis

Each state has their own laws regarding how much cannabis an individual can purchase within a 24 hour period.  Your state’s laws may be slightly different but generally speaking you can purchase up to one ounce of flower, 7 grams of concentrates, 18 ounces of edibles or 72 ounces of liquids.  As many people purchase multiple types of cannabis in one dispensary trip, it is up to the dispensary to make sure you don’t exceed the legal limits.  So expect a little confusion about how this all works but remember you can’t go from one dispensary to another and buy up to the limit in one or more types of cannabis because when you show your ID to get in the door, your purchase will be tracked and most dispensaries require you to show your ID a second time as you are making your purchase.  So no gaming the system please.  Also prepare for there to be cannabis shortages and additional limits placed on the amount of cannabis you can buy in the first few weeks or months of dispensaries opening their doors.  This seems to happen in all states with legal weed so you would think the industry would be prepared for the demand, they never seem to be but fear not as this problem is always short-lived.

Give Your Budtenders a Break

The requirements for budtenders are different depending on the state but all budtenders are required to know or learn about not just the different strains of cannabis and various cannabis delivery methods but the entire cannabis industry as well as have good sales and people skills.  For cannabis consumers, a job as a budtender may seem like a dream come true but it’s not as easy as you might imagine to be a great budtender.  When dispensaries begin to open in the newly legal states, don’t expect your budtenders to know everything on day one.  It takes time, and even additional training for budtenders to grow into their roles and shine.  If you have specific knowledge about a product and feel like sharing it with your budtender, they usually appreciate this, especially when things are still so new.  Anecdotal information is normally welcome by most budtenders.  Above all, be nice and patient, they are new at their jobs and the learning curve can be steep.

Prepare to Wait

Once the dispensaries open, unless there has been some citywide coordination there will be one dispensary that opens first, and then week by week others will open.  Imagine being the only dispensary open in a city that has been waiting years, well decades really, for cannabis to become legally available.  To say it will be crowded is a vast understatement.  Expect long lines at those first few recreational marijuana dispensaries for a few weeks. Be super chill and patient because if the security personnel sense any trouble you will likely be asked to leave.  No weed for you which would be tragic after such a long wait. The other issue that will increase wait times is that dispensaries will be practicing social distancing so that will drastically limit the number of people allowed into a dispensary at a time.  Dispensaries don’t like to rush their customers so they allow plenty of time for questions and menu browsing, which adds additional wait time for others.  Of course it’s all worth it when it’s your turn and hopefully you made good use of the wait time by checking out the dispensary’s online menu so you have a general idea of what you want to buy or at least what questions to ask.  It’s all part of the dispensary experience in states with legal weed, coming to your state soon!

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New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

On Tuesday, voters in both New Jersey and Arizona legalize marijuana with strong support from on the ballot. They join the other 11 states and Washington D.C. who have already legalized marijuana.

New Jersey

The ballot vote passed 67.2% to 32.8% with strong turn out at the ballot. Under the change, only those 21 and older can legally buy and use cannabis.

Executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Steve Hawkins, stated “This victory will have a rippling effect in the Northeast and increase the rising pressure in neighboring states to take action on cannabis legalization.”

It is uncertain when marijuana will be accessible because laws should first be passed in order to prepare the new cannabis industry. It’s estimated that recreational marijuana could bring New Jersey $210 million in additional revenue.

The change is expected to move relatively fast because the Democrat-led Legislature and Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, both support cannabis legalization.

Arizona

Proposition 207 in Arizona will allow individuals 21 years of age and older have up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or a smaller amount of ‘concentrates’ such as hashish. It also allows recreational marijuana sales at accredited retailers and will let people grow their own cannabis plants.

The Smart and Safe Arizona Act also will levy a 16% excise tax on marijuana over the normal sales tax which will go to state and local authorities.  The new tax is estimated to bring in an additional $166 million annually. It will be used to fund police and fire departments, community colleges, public health and criminal justice initiatives and Arizona state transportation projects. The additional tax revenue combined with other state revenue opportunities, is estimated to bring in an additional $255 million in revenue.

The measure is backed by the legal cannabis industry and supporters argue it is time to rescind Arizona’s punitive penalties on cannabis, ensure high quality control through effective state testing and lower crime connected with marijuana smuggling and illegal sales.

When proposition 207 passes as election results are certified, marijuana will become officially legal in Arizona and retail sales could start as early as May.

Now that New Jersey and Arizona legalize marijuana, surrounding states will feel the pressure to follow suit if they haven’t already, to ensure they share in the increase tax and industry  revenue and job grown. Federal cannabis legalization has been a hot topic in this years election and should continue to be so in 2021.