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Durban Poison Strain Review:

After reviewing tons of hybrids it is so exciting to finally get the chance to review a land race Sativa Strain such as Durban Poison. Durban Poison is a building block onto what we see through our current Cannabis market. It has been a precursor to many of the hybrids that we see on the shelf, and it still manages to continue to put itself as a direct parent in many Sativa/Sativa hybrids to this day. We think the real question is if Durban Poison still manages to maintain potency and flavor, will it hold up as well as many of the newer genetic hybrids on the market? Land Races are fading faster than ever in the spurring Cannabis Industry, especially when speaking to the legal commercial market. Gnome Grown has continued to carry Durban Poison in its cultivar lineup. Jump on into our review to see if Durban Poison can pass the test.

Durban Poison up close, look at how dense this Sativa is!

                Durban Poison origin story is unique and surprisingly quite clear as to how it came into existence. Durban Poison is a land race Sativa strain that originates from the port city of Durban in South Africa. For those unfamiliar with what a land race strain is; a land race strain is strain that originated from a region that has not been hybridized with other strains. Typically land race strain names refer to the region that they are from, for example Pakistani, Afghani, Thai, and Durban Poison. What makes these strains unique is that since they are grown natively to the region, and they adopt unique traits that suit the strain to its environmental conditions. Durban Poison has gained a lot of notoriety from Sativa fans around the globe specifically for the intense cerebral and uplifting effects. Some even say that Durban Poison is the “espresso”’ of Cannabis. Durban Poison falls into the likely camp of, ‘If you enjoy Sativa strains you will likely be a fan of it.’ However, if you are sensitive to Sativas or prefer Cannabis that is on the mellower side, this is likely not to be one you would be interested in. Even if you are not a big fan of Sativas, Durban Poison has cemented its legendary status in the industry because it has created some of the most popular hybrids on earth. Both G.S.C and Cherry Pie (arguably two of the most important hybrids in the modern Cannabis industry) come directly from Durban Poison. These two strains have created so many of the modern hybrids that we currently see on the shelf. Without Durban Poison; any Cookie Strains, many Cake strains, and the ever popular Forbidden Fruit would not exist. So even if you are not a personal fan of Durban Poison, there should certainly be an appreciation for it, as it has created some of the best hybrid Cannabis that people enjoy to this day.

                Land Races such as Durban Poison do not carry the same modern-day genetics that we typically see, so in terms of appearance it will not carry the look that a lot of the modern-day strains have. What we will say is even though Durban Poison does carry older genetics, it certainly holds its own among many of the popular strains we see today. It carries some quite interesting characteristics for being a pure Sativa. Most Sativas carry a longer, skinnier bud structure and tend to be lighter and not as “packed-in”. Durban Poison, however, carries a very robust, compact and surprisingly more dense bud structure than many other pure Sativa strains on the market. It’s not as dense as some of the more modern hybrids, but its shape and structure certainly stands out especially among other similar Sativas in its class. As for the trichome coverage it’s not the most caked on strain, however the trichomes do lighten the outside of the bud quite a bit, giving it a lighter green shading.

Durban Poison zoomed in, look at those trichome heads!

                While the appearance of the Durban Poison was unusual given the normal source material, the nose on this is spot on to many other heavy Sativa strains. This strain carries a slightly sweet/floral smell with maybe a touch of pine on some notes. But the sweetness will cover up the pine notes quite quickly. If you have ever had any strong Haze strains the notes on it are quite similar. Although compared to many of the other hazes this carries a sweetness that is not seen as much in many of the other pure Sativas. We almost want to say that the sweetness is comparable to the smell of a lot of the “gas” strains, but the floral notes pull it away from that. Whatever the verdict of the exact nose is, it is terrific. This makes Durban Poison stand out from many of the strains that we are currently seeing on the market today.

                Earlier in the review we spoke to Durban Poison being either loved by the people, or hated, depending on how you enjoy the effects of your Cannabis. Sativas in particular usually carry love or hate relationships more so than any other category in Cannabis. The simple reason being that uplifting and euphoric strains tend to cause anxiety, paranoia, or a mind racing effect for newer or more sensitive consumers. Durban Poison can certainly fall into these categories. One thing we will say is that Durban Poison is on the more clearheaded side for a Sativa. So, the mind racing effect is a lot less likely than say Sour Diesel, which is also either loved or hated. If you enjoy Savitas, this strain is awesome. It has wonderful uplifting effects and it can give you a boost, which makes it perfect for a wake and bake. It does not carry any body-heavy effects to it so if you want to be active, it’s a good pairing. It is great if you need to do chores in and out of the house, and it is perfect for going hiking or taking a long walk. It is nice for gaming because of its “clear-headed” yet stimulating qualities. For watching movies, however, it’s not a bad paring, but you would likely want to do something more creative or more engaging with the Durban Poison. So, while this strain is versatile in a lot of activities it is not the most versatile when it comes to the approachability for all consumers. People who are newer to Cannabis or sensitive to Sativas should approach Durban Poison with caution, as it is quite potent and could lead to some instances of discomfort. If you are unfamiliar with Durban Poison and want to try it our best advice would be to start with a micro dose and see how you are affected.

                This Durban was grown by Gnome Grown who has quite a positive growing reputation in the PNW. They have been growing Cannabis in the PNW for over 25 years. They use a greenhouse setup that uses living soil and other beneficial factors of the surrounding area where they are located in Oregon City. They use water from a local stream and use a proprietary mix of soil that has yielded them awesome results. One reason we have carried Gnome Grown for so long is they carry an extensive lineup of fantastic Sativas; Durban Poison, Blue Dream, Allen Wrench, and Mimosa to name a few. They also carry some really unique strains such as Montana Silvertip, Mother’s Milk, and Banana Punch that we normally don’t see on the market. As always, we look forward to seeing what will come next from Gnome Grown.

  • Appearance 3/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 4/5

                Durban Poison has a legendary status for so many reasons and this batch from Gnome Grown nails all the great things this strain has to offer. Even if this strain didn’t help create all of the wonderful strains we have today it, is still deserving of its legendary status. For a strain that is much older it still holds its appeal among many of its children hybrid strains that are out on the market. The nose on this Durban Poison is one to remember for sure. While it might not be that “gas” that many are searching for, it offers a much more familiar sweet/floral smell that many Sativas carry in the past. The diversity of the nose is certainly appreciated in a market that is becoming saturated with a lot of “gas” heavy cookie strains. The effects are certainly not for everyone which makes this strain less versatile than most, but that just comes with the territory of many Sativa heavy strains. If you do enjoy Sativas this would likely end up being one of your absolute favorites. We hope we will continue to see Durban Poison and other land race strains in the commercial market, as having a wider variety of unique strains can only benefit consumers, connoisseurs, and the Cannabis industry as a whole.

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Sour Kush Mints Strain Review

            Sour Kush Mints is an exciting hybrid between the classic Sour Diesel strain, and a brand new up and comer Kush Mints. These two strains are vastly different, but together they create nice uplifted effect, with the typical body you get from the Kush Mints strain. Sour Kush Mints is very new to the scene and in fact Herbal Dynamics is one of the first to bring the cultivar to our market. Can you teach an old dog new tricks, lets jump on in and find out.

Look at those nice dense Sour Kush Mint Buds taken by @Sensigreen_Goddess on Instagram

            Sour Kush mints is a cross between Sour Diesel and Kush Mints. This Sour Kush Mints was bred by Seed Junky Genetics however it hasn’t been released to the public so we don’t really have a good idea how many grows got packs of this strain.  Let us go back into the origin of these two strains, and find out what made these two strains stand out as they do today. Sour Diesel has been around for quite a long time and is still grown quite regularly to this day. There are many variations of  the Sour Diesel strain, and like other strains such as G.S.C there are many arguments as to what the true cut of Sour Diesel is, as well as who really created the strain in the first place. It is suggested that it is from the East Coast when a ChemDawg and Super Skunk were crossed together in the 90’s.However there are so many variations on this story so it is hard to pinpoint it’s true origins. Sour Diesel falls into the camp of strains that people either seem to really love, or it is just not for them. This is understandable as Sour Diesel effects are on the cerebral side of things. People typically note that they feel a head rush as well as mood elevation. If you are not a fan of Sativas you might be best in avoiding Sour Diesel, and trying one of it is many crosses, such as Sour Kush Mints. Kush Mints was created by Seed Junky Genetics and has surged in popularity. Kush Mints is a cross between the popular Animal Mints and an absolute classic Indica Bubba Kush. People enjoy Kush Mints for its deep seeded stoniness and Euphoria. We have found that in the Oregon Rec market that Kush Mint crosses seem to be much more popular than just Kush Mints. LA Kush Cake which we have reviewed in the past, also grown by Herbal Dynamics is a Wedding Cake Kush Mints cross that has seen a lot of popularity in California and Oregon. Kush Mint Crosses are exceedingly popular in California and they are making their way up to Oregon. We really like the idea of the cross of Sour Diesel and Kush Mints as they have vastly different lineages as well as effects, which can lead to a chance at an amazing hybrid. These hybrids allow for people to try strains that they never thought they would try in the first place.

            The Sour Kush Mints has a longer bud structure reminiscent of Sour Diesel, where the buds tend to be skinnier and longer. It does carry a denser bud structure than traditional Sour Diesel. Kush Mints and strains that contain Kush Mints tend to be quite dense. It carries a nice light green color throughout, being brightened up by all those pretty trichomes. Lots of nice little orange pistils on this one to show some color variation. This one carries the Trichomes throughout the flower where it is layered throughout the bud. As well as a nice coating on the outside that lightens up this strain.

            The Nose on the Sour Kush Mints has a tad bit of sour, but mostly this very traditional Kush Mints smell. If you have had Kush Mints before you know what we are talking about, it’s similar to Wedding Cake but less of a gas finish. It’s this floral slightly creamy smooth flavor. Honestly, the nose is not terribly strong, but one thing we really enjoy about the Kush Mints strains is the flavor. This one will give you a serious of case of terp tongue, the lingering flavor is very pleasant and gives off this floral smoothness that a lot of other strains on the current market are not carrying. Where a lot of strains currently are trying to push things like Garlic, Chem, or Gas, and even Fruit notes this goes for something much lighter, and reminiscent of more floral hybrids from the past.   

            Sour Kush Mints could go a lot of different ways with it’s effects. We found that it’s a bit of an edgier or buzzier Kush Mint. It does carry some of the head buzz that the Sour Diesel does, but it doesn’t carry the same intensity in energy. The Kush Mints really comes through, and while Kush Mints can tend to carry quite a bit of stoniness along with it, the Sour Kush Mint provides more of a general relaxation on the body and the mind. This is a really nice hybrid for it’s effects, and just shows how effective and important it is to continue to make new exciting hybrids. If you have been apprehensive to try strains with Sour Diesel, this is certainly more relaxing and mellow than other Sour Diesel Crosses, such as Blue City Diesel, Soco, and especially Chemdog and Headband. Sour Kush Mints is very versatile in what it can do cleaning the house, watching a movie, playing a game, going on a hike. It’s also very calm and relaxing, so it can be a good choice before bed, it might not knock you out but it should put you into a calmer state.

Sour Kush Mints up close look at the beautiful Trichome coverage all over this bud from @Herbal_Dynamics Instagram

            This Sour Kush Mints is brought to you by Herbal Dynamics. In the Oregon recreational market, it may be possible that Sour Kush Mints will only be brought out by Herbal Dynamics. We have had nothing but good things to say about this farm. They continue to put out extremely solid cultivars that are grown extremely well. Their Ice Cream Cake, LA Kush Cake, Sour Power OG and Velvet Glove have all been phenomenal. Herbal Dynamics commitment to using living soil as well as organic practices, and all their experience in growing continues to produce some of the best Cannabis we have reviewed. We as always look forward to seeing what comes next!

  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 4/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 5/5

            Sour Kush Mints really impressed the inner Cannabis nerd within us, this strains combination of old and new school strains is exciting to see. It carries the best of both traits of Sour Diesel and Kush Mints. The Sour Kush Mints certainly take on characteristics of newer genetics with the much more visually trichome exterior. The Notes are of a light Sour yet at the same time it carries this Creamy Kush taste with it. The taste really stands out a lot too, usually the nose seems to get the main highlight, however with this strain we found that the taste is more memorable. Effects are by far considered to be one of the most important parts on reviewing Cannabis and the Sour Kush Mints delivers. The versatility of this strain is on par with popular strains such as Blue Dream. Something that works for all times of day, as well as many indoor and outdoor activities. We hope we continue to see more Sour Kush Mints from Herbal Dynamics in the future, as this is a strain that holds up well as a staple on the shelf.  

Blue Dream strain Review:

            Blue Dream is one of the most well-known strains to the modern consumer. While its origins maybe a mystery, it’s popularity certainly is not. The mixture of a nice terpene rich relaxing Indica and the effects of cerebral heavy hazy create a combination that is loved by so many. We have seen many iterations of Blue Dream come through Spacebuds, this cut of Blue Dream from High Valley Organics is one of our absolute favorites!

This Blue Dream is some of the most dense we’ve ever seen!

             Blue Dreams origins are bit a of a mystery there is not one breeder per say that made the strain. They believe that the strain originates from Northern California in the Santa Cruz region. This strain has been bred by many so there are many different cuts and genetics when it comes to Blue Dream. The original cut should be a cross between an Indica heavy Blueberry and a Sativa heavy Haze. Blueberry might not be the popular strain it used to be however the influence it has in the Cannabis space is still seen to this day. There are many strains that contain Blueberry somewhere along in its genetics. DJ Short is the most well-known breeder when it comes to this strain, while the genetics are not exactly known it’s believed to be a mix of two completely different Land Race strains.  Blueberry’s popularity as a strain comes down to two main factors, the flavor, and the effects. Blueberry has a very strong berry heavy nose, this makes it such a hit for breeding with other strains. The effects seemed to be universally liked as it is a nice relaxing Indica, that carries more of a mellowness to it. Haze on the other hand is a very energizing Sativa, that like Blue dream originates from Santa Cruz. Original Haze on it’s own isn’t to popular, however you see it crossed within many of the Sativa strains that are currently on the market. If you enjoy Savita’s that give that classic Cerebral head buzz/haziness this is one of the most ideal strains to get out there. As it is one of the most pure Haze experiences you will get, what differentiates hazes from other Sativas is they give an alteration to your current train of thought, almost as if you are actually in a haze,

            While Blue Dream is extremely popular, we love to stress the importance of record keeping, and using a Strain Journal for collecting data. We have seen massive variances in the Blue Dreams we have tried. They do not just look or smell different, they effect the entire experience of the high. We have even seen growers try to pass off a cross of Blueberry and Super Silver Haze as Blue Dream, which do not get us wrong those two sound like an awesome cross, but it is not traditional Blue Dream.

            This cut of Blue Dream is different to most of the ones we have seen come through Spacebuds. This cut of Blue Dream almost looks just like Blueberry. The buds are much more circular in appearance and carry a very traditional Indica structure to them. The buds are a nice green color with trichomes layered underneath the flower. While they have this dense look to them, they are kind of hollow throughout the center. It is not the most coated strain in terms of trichome coverage, but it has a lot of trichomes layered into these circular buds, it is like opening up a wonder ball, if anyone from the 90’s remembers those.

            The nose on this puts the Blue in “Blue Dream” the Blueberry notes come through this intensely, you can smell it in the room socially distanced with a masking on, it is like opening Pandora’s box. Honestly, we really wonder if this is not just a cut of the Blueberry strain, because the nose leans so far toward berries. Typically, most Blue Dream strains have a sharpness of the citrus scent of the Haze. In fact there are some Blue Dreams that we’ve even carried that are on the complete opposite end of the spectrum and seem to smell exclusively like haze. And Until you break open the buds and smoke them do you notice notes of the berry.

The way we see it is if the Blue Dream smells more like Blueberry it’s going to be more on the mellow side, where as you find a Blue Dream that has more of a Haze note to it, it’s going to get you more wired like the Haze strains tend to do. We have also noticed with some of the Hazier Blue Dreams that the shape tends to carry a more traditional Sativa Shape, with longer skinnier buds. Whereas this one grown by High Valley Organics is much more Indica shaped and carries the characteristics from the Blueberry plant, is much more rounded and sweet/berry scented.    

            Blue Dream is one of the most well-known strains for a reason, there seems to be a mass appeal to the way it makes people feel. Most people who tend to avoid Blue Dream tend to avoid most Sativa hazes in general. This cut of Blue Dream we argue has more of a mainstream appeal than some of the other cuts we have seen. If you have tried Blue Dream in the past and did not enjoy it, we would say it’s worth exploring this option. This is unlike any Blue Dream we have had before, it’s much more relaxing, than the typical head buzz associated with most Blue Dream. Blue Dream effects people differently so it is certainly worth experimenting, some might find it’s better to just chill on, while others may find it more fruitful to use it when doing outdoor activities. That is the real strength behind Blue Dream is that it is very versatile, and can be used to enhance many different activities.  

            High Valley Organics is an Outdoor Living Soil, Organic grow out in Southern Oregon. They feature quite a few unique terpene rich strains such as Green Thai Dragon, Strawberry Banana, and Sour Apple. While also featuring some staple strains such as Chocolate Hashberry, The White, and of course Blue Dream. High Valley Organics combination of Organic growing methods and use of living soil has made them one of our favorite outdoor farms that we carry. The Blue dream batch to batch only seems to have gotten better and better, and we look forward to seeing what other strains they bring forward in their cultivar lineup!

  • Appearance 2/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 4/5

            There is a reason Blue Dream is loved by so many. Blue Dream as a strain has never been the prettiest strain out there, but it certainly holds its own. Appearance is an odd thing to review because older strains struggle in terms of physical look, for instance not being the most triched-out bud, or having massive variations in the appearance such as Tropicana Cookies. This Blue Dream is not the prettiest we have seen, and we think that is due to the circular indica structure of the flower, it hides all the sugary trichomes on the inside. The nose however blows it away, the nose on this Blue dream beats some of the Indoor we have seen by miles. The notes are so strong on the Blueberry, and it just pierces your nose with sweetness and berries Smokes and Vapes exceptionally Smooth and carries that sweet berry flavor when you smoke it. When it comes to the effects it seems to carry itself as a more mellow blue dream, which we see as actually more versatile than some of the traditional Blue Dream that comes around. We do not think it’s perfect as Blue Dream is still unapproachable by some, but this comes very close. If you have tried Blue Dream and it was too buzzy/hazy for you, this batch from High Valley Organics is certainly worth trying.

White Tahoe Cookies Strain Review:

White Tahoe Cookies has become a bit of a cult classic in the short time of it’s existence. This is a strain that has been on the menu on Spacebuds from many different growers, but this is the first time we have seen top shelf White Tahoe Cookies come around Oregon. We were excited to see this strain on the top shelf, due to the amount of different patrons we’ve had that enjoy this strain. We found that this strain has a nice balance of effects that can be enjoyed medicinally or recreationally.

White Tahoe Cookies up close from Tao’s instagram @Taogardens

            White Tahoe Cookies was bred by Kush4Breakfast, but is distributed by Archive. Kush4Breakfast is known for creating a few popular strains such as Aria, Smarties, and Gushers. Many of Kush4Breakfast stains are very popular in California, but are being distributed to many different recreational and medical states. Kush4Breakfast likely used Archive as a distributor as they have a large seed distributing footprint through Archive Seedbank.

            White Tahoe Cookies is cross between G.S.C x (The White x Tahoe OG). G.S.C is one of the most well-known cookie strains out there, if not one of the most well-known over all. The Origins of G.S.C are debated, and some people even debate it’s lineage. Most people seem to agree that it is a cross between Durban Poison and OG Kush. People love G.S.C for it’s intense mind-altering effects, and body relaxation. G.S.C has been crossed with many classic strains and is still being crossed with new strains to this day. The White is quite different from G.S.C however the origin of it seems to be a mystery as well. Many online say that it is either a phenotype/f1 of a strain called Triangle. Even without it’s true origin many agree that it’s effects and the way it grows puts it somewhere in the Kush family. The White is different from G.S.C as it is much more mellow, and body heavy. The White does not offer much in the way of cerebral effects. Like we spoke about on Episode 2 of the Podcast THC Percentages are not the final story when it comes to flower; The White is typically an extremely high tester, many times reaching above 30%. Most of The White’s effects are in for the form of pain relief, and body relaxation. We find that often times other strain that are crossed with The White mellow out the flavor, and the effects of the strain. It can also help bolster the THC percentage of the flower it is crossed with. Tahoe OG is another popular Indica Leaning strain, being a cross of OG Kush and SFV OG. Tahoe OG is another staple we try to keep stocked throughout the year. People really enjoy the sedative, body heavy effects the strain tends to carry. It can be very helpful for people suffering from pain, or are having issues with Insomnia.

            White Tahoe Cookies is a cross between quite a few different things and to carries quite a bit of OG Kush in it’s background. The nose definitely has resemblance to G.S.C and The White, which as a Kushy odor to it you can tell that it is rounding out the smell. In terms of appearance it resembles a cookie strain. It is a nice bright green with lots of orange pistils throughout the flower. The effects of the White Tahoe Cookies seems to be somewhere close to more of a cross between the White and Tahoe OG. It is very relaxing, and quite heavy on the body. It seems to be rounding out the Tahoe OG, as it isn’t as sedating but it is still good at loosening muscles and providing relaxation.

            The appearance of this White Tahoe Cookies is pretty, nice light green with orange pistils throughout. The Light green can be attributed to it’s nice coverage of Trichomes, it has more of a powdered sugar appearance as opposed to a layer of sugar throughout the buds. This strain however has never been the prettiest at least compared to some of the modern hybrids on the shelf. While it is an incredibly pretty batch of White Tahoe Cookies, we find that this strain compared to some other top shelf is not going to win out on it’s looks alone.         

            This strain is an absolute favorite for people just for to its effects . The Feedback from customers from this strain is fantastic. It is loved by Veterans, Parents, Seniors, people in their mid-20s, connoisseurs, and people who are new to the Cannabis world. We spoke with a regular who is a veteran at Spacebuds why he enjoys the strain, and he said that it is one of the few strains that he feels does not exacerbate his anxiety. We found that a lot of people enjoy this strain because they feel that it can really help them unwind after a long day and feel “Chill”. We found that it has a really great grounding effect, and is a great strain to have if you’re going for a long walk. We really enjoy this strain for the effects as well, and we feel that it is a great strain for people who are new to Cannabis. We found that if the White Tahoe Cookies isn’t giving the cerebral effects you are looking for; that it is a perfect mixer, and can help bring some extra body to some of the more cerebral/Hazy strains that are more popular in the current Cannabis market.         

            This White Tahoe Cookies was grown by Tao Gardens. We were so excited to know Tao Gardens was growing White Tahoe Cookies, as we feel they do an excellent job of showing off the terpenes in the plant. They will even grow certain strains with similar terpene compositions to maintain the flavor of the plant. Tao Gardens is an all Organic No-Till Living Soil grow right here in Eugene, OR. They grow a wide variety strains from Mars Love Triangle, Miracle Alien Cookies, GMO Cookies, Purple Punch, and exclusive to Tao Gardens Chem Skunk OG. Tao Gardens has built quite a reputation for being such a new grow to the Oregon Market.

  • Appearance 3/5
  • Smell 4/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 5/5

            We believe that the versatility of the White Tahoe Cookies is it’s strong suite. Comparing this to other top shelf strains we found that it doesn’t hit the mark in terms of it’s appearance or smell. The Oregon Cannabis market is highly competitive, and features some of the best Cannabis in the world. We feel that Tao did a great job with this strain, however the strain certainly has some limits when it comes to it’s physical traits. We do recommend White Tahoe Cookies, it a strain that lots of people enjoy, and it is a good starting point for people who are getting approaching Cannabis. It is also a fantastic strain to mix with Sativa’s and Sativa Hybrids, as it can help mellow them out. 

Alien Cookies Strain Review:

                Alien Cookies may not carry the notoriety of its offspring M.A.C (Miracle Alien Cookies); notoriety aside what it does share are positively gorgeous buds, and effects. We will dive into why Alien Cookies is definitely worth your time and go into the distinct differences between the two strains.  Even if you are not a fan of Alien strains, this one has some key differences from other Alien strains circulating the market. We will say that if you take away anything from this review; this strain is pretty rare to find, so if you do end up seeing a good batch of it do yourself a favor and get Alien Cookies.

Alien Cookies up close from Pacific Groves Instagram @PacificGrovePDX

            Alien Cookies is a cross between G.S.C (Forum cut) and Aliendawg. Alien Cookies was bred by Jaws Genetics. Jaws Genetics grows many variations off previously established strains, they carry unique cuts of both Banana Kush and FPOG (Fruity Pebbles OG). They have also bred some other rare strains known as Dark Matter, Green Demon OG, and Jane’s OG. G.S.C. as we have spoken about in other reviews is hotly debated, there are many different cuts and versions of G.S.C. that people argue are the true G.S.C. Regardless of which cut is the best many people enjoy the phenotypic traits that the forum cut contains, and many seem to prefer the effects of the forum cut for having more mind altering traits. AlienDawg is much less well known and is a cross between ChemDawg, and Alien Technology. This is a great example of what unique breeding can bring to the industry. If you think of these plants at their core they’re not too different from a GMO Cookie cross, however they are extremely different in the way they make you feel and effect your body. We suspect that most of the mind altering effects that come from this strain is the combination of the Forum cut GSC and the Chemdawg. Both are known for their potent euphoric- mind altering effects.

  One thing that might surprise you as that Capulator the person who is the creator of M.A.C said in an article in CannabisNow. “Cap said the pairing that led to MAC was inspired by the phenomenal genetics of the Alien Cookies F2 #7, which, in his opinion, is probably the most incredible flower many people will smoke in their lifetime. It tastes so good, packs an amazing high and the smoke on the exhale smells like nag champa, he said of the Alien Cookies. “It lingers in a room and just smells so damn good. The problem is, it is incredibly slow growing and doesn’t stretch at all, so yields are terrible.” So this is the likely reason that the strain is so rare, is that because yields are typically low. Many commercial growers would lose interest in growing the strain in the first place as there is a lower return on their investment, as well as a higher risk if the strain grows worse than it’s normal low yield.  

            Alien Cookies sure looks out of this world, this strain is absolutely frosted throughout the buds. One thing that really sets this strain apart is that underneath the Trichomes you have these nice dark green buds, with nice hints of dark purple throughout. The buds have a nice density, dense enough that it will grind well but not crush into powder. The big difference we notice between the Alien Cookies and the M.A.C is that the Alien Cookies are much darker in color. The difference would be a Forest Green to a Tea Green. They however both seem to carry similar trichome structures where the Keif looks just like powdered sugar.

            The nose on the Alien Cookies is vastly different than what we suspected. The first notes that come off of this strain is of vanilla and earth. In a lot of ways It reminds us wedding cake, but heavier on the earth notes. What makes this a unique smell is that typically cannabis strains that exhibit earthy notes tend to have that be the main note. This carries both the vanilla and earth notes pretty even throughout. This is vastly different than the notes that MAC carries. M.A.C has a much more sour smell to it, and if properly executed should smell like sour cherry Yoplait yogurt. It seems though both noses on these strains are on the milder side.

            The effects of the Alien Cookies are on the more hybrid side of things. It has a nice uplifting effect on the mood with euphoric effects. It also has nice relaxing effects on the body, not one to lock you down to the couch but you will certainly feel a nice loosening of your muscles. The difference we noticed between this and the MAC is that the Alien Cookies seems to carry a bit more body than the M.A.C. The effects are very nice and potent, which both strains seem to carry.

Alien Cookies up close as featured by @PacificGrovePDX Instagram

            The Alien Cookies #7 was cultivated by Pacific Grove PDX. They are one of the few growers left that still grow this cut. They are a family owned/operated Indoor grow located in Portland. They carry an extensive variety of high quality Cannabis, and carry unique and rare strains. Many of them you do not see from any other grower in the state of Oregon. Some of their more unique strains are Royal addiction, Billy Idol, and Rhubarb Pie.

  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 4/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 5/5

            Alien Cookies is truly something special, in a lot of ways it is a shame that it is so rare, as we think many would enjoy it. It’s appearance and effects are where this strain truly shines, it has a very unique look. The high is also enjoyable, and much stronger than many of the other Alien strains out there, such as Alien OG. The nose while not necessarily our favorite is different, and pleasant. It is not too common to get strains that have a smooth earthy note to them. We would pair this with more with activities near the end of the day, gaming, watching movies, or a late night walking the dog. If you happen to see some Alien Cookies in your future, do yourself a favor and try it.

References: Devine, J. (2019, October 21). Return of the MAC. Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://cannabisnow.com/return-of-the-mac/

Sangiovese Strain Review:

Sangiovese in the wine world is a more savory variety of Red wine, the meaning of Sangiovese derives from the Latin Sanguis Jovis meaning the “Blood of Jupiter”. Sangiovese is not a very popular Cannabis strain, in fact NW Kind is the only grower we know of that grows it in Oregon. We thought that the most memorable thing from this flower would be the smell, but it turns out to be the effect. Sampling the Sangiovese surprised us in more ways than one.

Sangiovese from NWKind’s Instagram @Nw.Kind

Sangiovese is a cross between Brandywine and GMO Cookies. Sangiovese was bred by Dungeon Vault Genetics; they are also the breeder of Brandywine. Brandywine is a bit of an odd strain when it comes to genetics, it is a cross between Pink Champagne and Grandpa’s Breath (Which means there is a lot of Grand Daddy Purple in its lineage). Pink Champagne is nearly unheard of (Even its origin is not well known), other than in crosses such as Brandywine. Grandpa’s Breath, which is another strain, bred by Dungeon Vault Genetics has begun to see a resurgence. Strains such as Pal-patine, False Teeth, and Hot Rod have been making the rounds through the legal recreational market. Dungeon Vault Genetics origins seem to come from breeding quite a lot of Grand Daddy Purple. Brandywine is known as a more relaxing more mild Indica. It has an incredibly unique scent; some say it’s like tea and others say it’s more reminiscent of hops. GMO Cookies in a lot of ways seems almost opposite to Brandywine. While they are both Indica, the scent, and effects of the GMO Cookies are so different. First of all GMO Cookies happens to have one of the most funky noses around. The effects are very potent, the combination of the Chemdawg and G.S.C makes it much more physically intense. So it is really interesting to see the Brandywine and GMO Cookies be paired together. As we will jump into later in the review it leads to some seriously interesting results.

The Sangiovese did not look how we expected, these are some very light-colored buds. It does not have any of the coloring that GMO Cookies has, as well as scouting pictures of Brandywine; it does not resemble much similarity. The buds are a nice lime green to yellowish color, with smaller orange pistils throughout the buds. The buds are nice and dense, and the flower is cured well. We believe that some of the lightening of the bud is coming from the trichomes. This bud is packed with Trichomes, it is layered nicely throughout the flower, so this should certainly turn out good no matter how you grind it. This is not the first of NW Kind flower that has come out on the light side, we were surprised how much this looks like their XJ-13.

The nose of the Sangiovese seems to be a real love or hate relationship. We believe that it comes down to how earthy the strain smells. The GMO Cookies does not really come through on this one. The Sangiovese smells somewhere between the garden center at your local hardware store, and a tea shop. One thing we will give this strain is that the smell is not very offensive. We found to that using a dry herb vaporizer it has quite a pleasant taste, that is more like tea. One important thing that we do want to mention is that, badly cured flower can have a hay/tea smell. This is not the same as the nose you get on the Sangiovese, the Sangiovese carries this flavor throughout the nose the entire time. Typically badly cured Cannabis the hay/tea smell will hit you right away, and the nose of whatever strain you are smelling is muted.

The effects of the Sangiovese are where this strain shines. Comparing Cannabis to wine is a weird thing but in this situation it seems oddly appropriate. We found that the Sangiovese is quite talkative, and surprisingly stimulating for an Indica. One thing we really liked about the Sangiovese is that while it is stimulating, it is not very hazy. Some of the other GMO Cookies crosses, will just absolutely lay you out. As far as pairings go, video gaming, board games with friends, hanging out on zoom calls. We would not necessarily recommend this strain for sleep, but it can help you get into a more relaxed state of mind and body.

Sangiovese up close look how bright this strain is! from @NWKind on Instagram

NW Kind is cultivator of the Sangiovese. NW Kind is more well known for their extracts than their flower. They make some of the prettiest, high quality shatter in the state. Their Flower is beginning to make its way around the state, with most of their distribution being centered around where they are from Bend, Oregon. NW Kind’s top shelf Craft Cannabis flower is exciting to see, this is certainly up there with their XJ-13. We appreciate the variety of strains that they grow, and they still grow some popular strains that may have gotten lost in the weeds(No Pun intended). They carry some interesting strains such as an interesting cross of Thin Mint crossed with G.S.C and Lemon Gelato. We are excited to see what new strains they will have in their cultivation lineup next!

  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 3/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 5/5

We really enjoyed the Sangiovese, we think that it offers a little something for everyone. The appearance is great, it certainly should be top shelf great appearance with a nice trichome coating throughout.  If you are a terp chaser this may not be the strain for you, but there are plenty of other strains out there to enjoy. If you do enjoy earthier strains, this is right up your alley, this is about as earthy as it gets. Effects wise we absolutely love it, it makes us want to try Brandywine to see if they are similar. We hope to see so more strains from Dungeon Vault Genetics, that have Brandywine in it’s lineage. Not all Cannabis has to be the hardest hitting, finding Cannabis that meets your needs is always the goal. Strains like the Sangiovese show that not all strains that contain GMO Cookies are going to hit you the same, and that is why hybridization in this industry is so fascinating.

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Garlic Sherbet Strain Review:

The simple concept of Garlic Sherbet to a mainstream audience, as well as vampires sounds simply vile. In the Cannabis industry Garlic strains have shown up at the forefront as some of the most popular strains on menu. We have reviewed many Garlic strains in the past, and we have enjoyed many of them. This Garlic Sherbet from Urban Canna however, is special and in total honesty might be the pinnacle of true craft Cannabis. This Garlic Sherbet brings tears to our eyes, and it is not because of the garlic.

Garlic Sherbet up close has more purple and orange, than green!

Garlic Sherbet is a cross between GMO Cookies and Blue Sherbet. It was bred by IN-House Genetics who are best known for their strains Black Cherry Punch, Crystal Cookies, and Slurricane. GMO Cookies has been a staple for many growers in Oregon. Origins are rather washy when it comes to GMO Cookies some people say it was created by Divine Genetics, but because Divine has no tangible base of operations many third parties have claimed they created GMO Cookies.  When it comes to GMO Cookies, we have found that while the scent/flavor is very consistent, the effects can seem to really differ. Some cuts of GMO tend to be far more Indica leaning, while others seem to lean more towards the 50/50 Hybrid side of things. We’ve found that the cuts that tend to smell sweeter and more like cookies tend to be more on the Hybrid side. GMO Cookies that tends to be on the more savory side and have more of the umami notes tend to be on the Indica side. GMO cookies is certainly here to stay, it does some many things well for Cannabis connoisseurs, Growers, and Dispensaries. Being a cross of ChemDawg and G.S.C you have two very potent powerhouses crossed together. In doing so have flower that tests well, potent cerebral effects(ChemDawg), and somehow it attains the flavor of Garlic so it has a great nose. Blue Sherbet on the other hand is almost unheard of to many consumers. Created by ThugPug genetics Blue Sherbet is a cross between Blue Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. Blue Cookies and Sunset Sherbet are both cookies strains at heart, however they are on different sides of the spectrum when it comes to effects, Blue cookies is a more Indica leaning due to it’s Blueberry Genetics, where as Sunset Sherbet has a more uplifting 50/50 effect from Pink Panties. Blue Cookies used to be quite a popular strain but has been phased out by some other indica dominate cookie strains. Sunset Sherbet is making a come back as it is being crossed into many different trending strains.

This Garlic Sherbet is stunning, some truly out of this world bud. It has more purple/blue hues and orange pistils throughout it, than it has green on it. Most of the green on this bud seems to come out on the ends, or on the very insides of the bud when you break it open. This is definitely worth posting on the Instagram feed, its also insanely triched out which lightens up the color of the buds a lot. This is the kind of Cannabis that makes you appreciate how much growers have stepped up their game in the short amount of time that the legal industry has been around.

 GMO Cookies should not be the only one getting love for its flavor. This Garlic Sherbet nose is something that you can only smell Cannabis. It’s has the musky, earthy, umami notes that you get from most GMO Cookies strains; but it then ramps it up with the sweetness from the Blue sherbet and the combination of the two is wonderful. The sweet and savory notes mix from this is remeniscant of some of the better GMO Cookies we’ve had the pleasure of trying, however it is even sweeter than those. This is a reminder for us why we love Cannabis so much in the first place, this strain has something to offer that we have never encountered before.

Garlic Sherbet is not just another GMO Cookies off shoot, the effects of this are much more reminiscent of Sunset Sherbet. It starts off as this sporadic uplifting yet grounded high, almost Sativa-hybrid type of effects. It then begins to transition into a more body heavy relaxing strain that swings over to more of an Indica leaning hybrid. We found that the strains effects are quite long lasting, and would be ideal as something to have later in the day, as it can be a bit weighted after time. We found that while it is not as potent as GMO Cookies, it is also not as limiting. GMO Cookies even from the most seasoned of Cannabis Connoisseurs can be a bit too heavy handed. Some of us noted some nice sparks of creativity and found that it is also a good strain for having a nice chat with some friends, especially over Cannabis talk and conspiracy theories.

Garlic Sherbet up close from Urban Canna’s Instagram @TheUrbanCanna

Urban Canna cultivated the Garlic Sherbet, and as far as we know or they only cultivator of this strain in the state. Urban Canna has been growing craft Cannabis in Eugene for quite some time. They have an almost cult like following from around the state. They put out some seriously unique strains, such as Dirty Bananas, Lee Ann WoMAC, Divine Kush Breath, Blue Pearl, and Gelato Cake. They strive to grow the best craft Cannabis flowers, and the results seriously show. Their Garlic Sherbet as well as their Gelato Cake which we picked up recently are both seriously impressive. We seriously cannot wait to see what they bring to the table in the future.

  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 5/5

Our overall thoughts on the Garlic Sherbet are as follows. In the looks department this meets and or exceeds the rest of the top rated strains that we have reviewed. The Garlic Sherbet is colorful, dense, and just coated in Trichomes on the exterior and interior of the buds. We’ve noticed that the buds tend to be a bit on the drier side, but we sample using a volcano and it still vaped well, and wasn’t overtly harsh like other drier buds. The smell is where Garlic Sherbet shines it just carries this unique sweet/savory funk that cannot be found in anything else, the flavor when smoked/vaped comes off very similar to GMO Cookies but on the sweeter side of things. We enjoyed the effects a lot as well, as the high transitions from a more creative/cerebral high to a more relaxed hits under the eyes type of effect. If you see the Garlic Sherbet from Urban Canna, pick it up we guarantee It will not be on the shelf for long!

Grape Octane OG Strain Review

This is no ordinary grape gas, this is some premium high octane fuel!

Like many Grape strains this strain was bred by Cannarado Genetics. Cannarado Genetics is the biggest grape on the block. They have been absolutely slaying it when it comes to grape genetics. Cannarado’s strains have been really popular in Oregon, you will atleast find one of their strains on every growers menu. Sundae Driver has certainly been their biggest hit, and the amount of new strains that have come from Sundae Driver alone has been pretty surprising.

Grape Octane OG is a cross between Grape Pie and High Octane OG. Grape Pie is a really popular strain for a quick mental engagement, that turns from Euphoria into a nice body sedating effect. Grape Pie is crossed with many strains due to it’s indica like effects, as well as it’s nice sweet grape flavor. High Octane OG is an Indica leaning Hybrid as well however, the effects are more similar to an OG Kush in where the effect is more Cerebrally stoney, on top of the Body sedation. The mix of these leads to a nice body relaxing effect, with some serious mental stimulation.

Grape Octane OG from Cold Frames Intagram @ColdFrameFarms

The optics on this one are bright, literally looks to be coated in frost. Cold Frame did a fantastic job growing this batch of Grape Octane OG. The trichome coverage on these buds actually lighten up the entire look of the flower, to a light green color. There are slight flecks of purple throughout the buds themselves. It’s trichome coverage is similar to Mac in which it seems as if it is just powdered right on.

The Nose on this should appeal to two different groups. People who prefer their Cannabis to have a more floral fruit forward note. If you enjoy grape/berry strains, you will likely enjoy the Grape Octane OG. The other group is for people who are looking for that “Gas”, it’s a little lighter on the notes of Fuel, but you can certainly tell that it is there. It reminds us a bit of GMO Cookies without the funk savory notes, and more of a sweet gas like Gelato #33. It’s exciting to get a strain that has sweet fuel notes, that is neither a GMO cross, or a Gelato cross.

We found the effects on the Grape Octane OG to be different than anticipated. While we got the body heavy effects that you would anticipate from an Indica leaning hybrid. The cerebral effects are quite surprising, this strain has an uplifiting elevated effect on the mind. It’s not racy like a golden goat or Green Cra*k but it certainly comes through and made us feel quite alert. We found this strain would be best for outdoor, active activities. This strain would be great for working out, camping, or going for a hike. We also found that it would be quite good for some competitive gaming, as we found that the strain helped with getting zoned in.

Grape Octane OG up close, nice and frosty buds!

Cold Frame Farms is the cultivator of the Grape Octane OG. Cold Frame is known for growing Exotic strains for the connoisseur. Cold Frame is really passionate about using older growing methods with new technology. They are committed to what they call “Conscious cultivation”, their methodology is creating great flower, while having a minimal impact on the environment around them.

  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 4/5

Grape Octane OG is quite a potent exotic strain. It’s a really nice mix up from Cannarado’s other parings such as Sundae driver which tend to be on the milder side when it comes to effects. Cold Frame did a great job on this strain, it looks great, has flavor notes that other Oregon growers have been neglecting. The effects are certainly exotic, which make it hard to place in a daily rotation. It works well for taking the edge off while remaining engaged and active. The versatility of the strain however knocks it down one point, and with it being grape, those strains are always going to have a love/hate relationship.

Mule Fuel Strain Review

Mule Fuel jumps onto the GMO train with a cross of the Lurch, a strain which everyone seems to talk about but have no real information about. This is one of the most social highs we’ve seen from a GMO cross yet. Muel Fuel is a testament that lower testing flower can hit just as hard as some of the 30% THC strains out on the market.

ThugPug genetics has become really big on the scene for their “Breath” strains. Garlic Breath, Meat Breath, Peanut Breath, and Sherb Breath. They also are known for their popular strain Unicorn Poop (Another GMO Cross). ThugPug’s online presence is through the founders “Gromer” @Gromerjuana instagram, which has a huge following in the industry . But as far as ThugPug’s companies online presence, they do not have a huge following to their consumers,

ThugPug genetics logo

Muel Fuel was created by Thug Pug genetics, it is a cross between GMO and Lurch. GMO has really made a name for itself in the scene, it’s one of the few strains that has managed to keep up with it’s hype. There are so many strains that get over hyped manage to get on a farms grow menu, and then after 1-2 grow cycles completely disappear into obscurity. GMO has notoriously stuck around, and in fact has become a staple for many Oregon farms, any grow menu in Oregon will likely have GMO, or a GMO cross on it’s menu. GMO has become the new G.S.C, and we do not see it going anyway anytime soon. Lurch on the other hand has very little information about it. The closest thing we could find is that it is a male version of Mendo Montage, which is a cross between Mendo Purps and Crystal Locomotive.

Even with a name like Mule Fuel this flower came out gorgeous! It has a really nice slightly fluffy, yet still nice and dense bud structure. It has a really nice mixture of different hues of purple, and green throughout. It’s Trichome coverage is layered within the bud, almost as if there is just these nice pockets of dank throughout.

Muel Fuel is a one way ticket to flavor town. Mule Fuel is a very pungent strain that hits you with notes of gas and earth throughout. This is the gassiest GMO cross we’ve had tried. The GMO really boosts the notes of the gas, and gives it savory notes throughout. It’s very different then say a Gelato which has gassy/fuel notes to it, but is much sweeter in nature. The combination of GMO and the Lurch is wonderful, and if you are a fan of gas this is a must try.

The effect of the Mule Fuel is quite interesting especially for a strain that has GMO in it. We found that out of many of the GMO strains we have tried, that the Mule fuel has the most social effects to it. Mule Fuel has the nice body relaxation that comes from the GMO, but it is not as cerebral. Mule Fuel is not the highest tester, but as we’ve said there is so much more to flower than raw THC percentage. This Mule Fuel hits just as well as any of the other top shelf that tests 10% higher. We’ve been personally enjoying this Mule Fuel in our flower rotations, it is extremely good at mellowing out, without making you feel like your locked into your seat.

Gardens of Odin is the cultivator of the Muel Fuel. Gardens of Odin grows really great indoor flower, and they carry a wide variety of different strains. They carry a lot of strains that you dont normally see such as Dutch Treat, The Purps, Member Berry to name a few. We’ve really enjoyed have Gardens of Odin on our shelf as they have brought a lot of unique strains, with great terpene profiles that we normally do not see in the Oregon Cannabis market.

  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 4/5

Mule Fuel really wowed us, we came into Mule Fuel blind, and we fell in love. The nose on this is so pungent, that umami/gassy mix that it has is so special. It’s beautiful flower with good trichrome coverage, has a really good structure. Novice users should be cautious when giving this one a try, it is very potent like a lot of strains that have chemdawg in them. If you’re a connoisseur give this strain a try it offers a very different experience than many of the other GMO crosses out there.

MAC 2 Strain review

Miracle Alien Cookies Aka M.A.C is one of the most exciting, and most hyped strain to come out in the last five years. M.A.C has become the new G.S.C although they both share cookies in their genetics M.A.C and G.S.C are extremely different. M.A.C is the pinnacle of selective breeding in the cannabis space, the high as well as the bud itself impress consumers, growers, and people who work in the commercial cannabis space.

Miracle Alien Cookies has quite the origin story. Bred by Capulator it is a cross between Miracle and Alien Cookies. Capulator refers to the strain as Miracle because unfortunately after a trip of aquiring said seeds all 15 of them were ran through the washing machine. Out of the 15 only one of them made it through an entire cycle. Interestingly enough Capulator prefers Alien Cookies on it’s own, however he finds that it yields much better when crossed with Miracle, as well as he found the genetics to be much more stable. M.A.C has seen a surge of popularity over the entire United States, it was practically on every growers menu in Oregon. It’s surge seemed to die down massively in concentrates however, due to a distinct lack of terpenes in M.A.C. However it has made a comeback in extracting with the distinct amount of M.A.C crosses that exist such as M.A.C and Cheese, Sunset M.A.C, Peanut Butter M.A.C, and Bernie M.A.C.

Tao’s Mac #2 plants from their instagram @taogardens

M.A.C is an absolute stunner in it’s appearance. It’s has nice striations of purple throughout, with a nice light green color and orange hairs poking throughout. The Trichome coverage on this M.A.C is next level. It is absolutely saturated in Trichomes out of any of the strains we’ve reviewed this one is just bursting at the seams with keif. If you shine a light on this strain it just lights up like a kaleidoscope of crystals, and keif.

Miracle Alien Cookies may not contain the highest Terpene levels, but it is still deliciously tasty. According to Capulator M.A.C should smell/taste like sour Yo-plait Cherry yogurt. The description is absolutely spot on, it’s sour on the main notes with hints of a floral fruit throughout. People may not have been impressed when they extracted it, but in it’s flower form it stands right up there with the best.

The effects of the M.A.C are definitely more Sativa-Dominate in nature. It carries a nice uplifting effect, along with a nice of Euphoria. It has a hint of body relaxation, but nothing that would be couch lock inducing. M.A.C is a very versatile strain it’s good for outdoor activities, parties, gaming, cleaning the house, or even if you’re looking to get into your favorite book. The flower is potent, but we found that even novice users would enjoy the high as it’s not a racy sativa and did not give off any anxiety.

Up close of Tao’s Mac 2 from their Instagram

This flower was grown by Tao Gardens, and it honestly might be the at the pinnacle of what they have grown. It’s not easy saying that as they have set the bar so high. They have the official beans from Capulator himself, this is the best M.A.C we have sampled. In Oregon there are many fantastic batches of M.A.C out there, but this M.A.C #2 from Tao is on another level. Tao’s living soil regenerative growing practices are truly showing in their end product.

  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 5/5

Is there really anything in the world that is perfect? This M.A.C #2 certainly seems that way. Everything about the flower, the look, the density, the flavor, the effects are at the highest level we have seen in Cannabis. This is a connoisseurs dream flower. This is at the highest level of what we have reviewed at Spacebuds. It is at the very top with the Ice Cream Cake, La Kush Cake, and the Super Silver Haze we reviewed. If you have not had a chance to try M.A.C give Tao Gardens M.A.C #2 a try you will not be disappointed.

Narnia Strain Review

What if we told you there was a way to get to Narnia, without having to go through a wardrobe. Narnia is a strain grown by Advanced Growing Technologies, there really is not much known about this breeder. So we’ll just chalk it up to that the strain is so rare that they have to keep themselves a secret.

Narnia off of @Sugartopbuddery instagram

Narnia has very strong Sativa genetics it’s a cross between the popular strain Jack Herer and one of the most well known sativa’s Trainwreck. This is a really interesting combination because Jack Herer is a really well known clear headed Sativa, while Trainwreck is more hazy and eupohric. Sounds like a good combination of work, and play mixed all into one strain.

Narnia is quite pretty, it has a very typical Sativa structure. We like that the Narnia however has buds that stay tight, some other Sativa flowers can be on the larfier side. It has a similar structure to Jack Herer, the difference is Narnia is a little wider, and not as long as Jack tends to be. It has a really nice light green color to it due to the nice coverage of trichromes throughout, similar to the powdered sugar effect we have talked about before. The density of the flower is quite nice, if you were to squeeze the buds they have a little bit of give, but they still certainly hold their own.

Narnia’s Nose is very Piney, and Earthy. It does not really have the flavor of Train wreck, as Trainwreck tends to be on the much more fruity side. If you have had Jack Herer before, it has hints of Jack but it’s far muskier. It’s an interesting clash of flavors, if you enjoy strains that have more of an earthy aroma, this would be right up your alley.

Narnia is great for someone with an active lifestyle. It’s really good at getting the user elevated and boosting your mood. So it’s great for a social gathering, exploring the great outdoors, or even doing a podcast! Narnia might not be the best strain for someone looking to unwind after a long day, unless you unwind by exercising, or doing chores around the house.

Narnia is grown by Sugar Top Buddery, and in fact this might be one of the only farms that currently grows Narnia. Sugar Top Buddery has been a staple in the Eugene community, they have been growing a lot of great indoor sativa’s over the years. Sugar Top Buddery has been a huge sponsor of the arts, and Cannabis in Eugene. Putting on events like Tokes ‘N’ Treats, and having some of the best community engagement of any farm we’ve seen.

Narnia up close in the jar
  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 4/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 4/5

We really enjoyed the Narnia it looks great, it has a nice flavor when smoked/vaped. We felt that the initial nose is a bit muted, if you squeeze the buds however it does show much more of it’s nose. This is one of the better looking Sativa strains in terms of bud structure, and trichome coverage. If you are looking for a strain to give you a pick me up, or you’re getting tired of smoking the same trendy Tropicana Cookies crosses , give this one a shot!

Velvet Glove Strain Review

Velvet Glove shows the true versatility of Gmo Cookies. Gmo Cookies has become one of the most popular strains in the last couple of years. We have seen a rise in the number of strains that have been crossed with GMO, but we have not tried anything like this.

Velvet Glove was bred and developed by Swamp Boy Seeds, a collaboration between krome and Cornbred Ricky. Both are very respected members in the Cannabis space, and they have bred some extremely popular strains to date. GMO / TK Skunk, Layer Cake, Nookies, Georgia Pine, and Helen Back and have received quite a following even in the Pacific North West .

Velvet Glove in the Grow Room from Herbal Dynamics Instagram @Herbal_Dynamics

Velvet Glove is a cross between GMO and Nookies. Nookies was also developed by Swamp boy seeds, it’s believed to be a cross between Nigerian Silver Haze and Animal Cookies. Velvet Glove does not have a huge online presence, and it is just starting to show up on menus in the Pacific Northwest. Velvet Glove’s uniqueness will

Velvet Glove certainly takes on characteristics from GMO, this strain is gorgeous. It’s has nice hues of orange and green, with little specks of purple throughout. This Velvet Glove is sticky, you can see just from the pictures how sticky it really is. One of the prettier strains we have seen this year for sure, it’s very similar to the Ice Cream Cake, with a slightly less dense bud structure.

The nose on this is different, and very unique to say the least. The first thing that hits your nose is it’s very sweet, you then start to smell the GMO but then it gets overshadowed by the smell of the Nigerian haze. GMO Cookies usually is the first thing to overtake other strains when it is crossed, but somehow the Nookies really edges the GMO out. If you end up vaping this one, we found that the GMO started to come through near the the end of the 2nd, to 3rd bag on the Volcano.

The Effects of the Velvet Glove really seem to depend person to person. Some people say the strain is very stoney and is a knockout punch. We felt that it is strong, but the Nigerian Silver haze gives this strain some go. It’s quite a unique experience to have a strain that is quite body heavy, but mentally is quite engaging, and gives your thoughts a bit of a boost. Try this strain out while relaxing, and listening to one of your favorite albums. Velvet Glove seems like a good strain to unwind, and get in the zone of whatever activity you are into. As long as the activity does not involve too much movement!

Herbal Dynamics cultivated the velvet glove, and like many of their other of their cultivars we are big fans. We want to give credit to Herbal Dynamics for actually giving something other than just plain GMO Cookies, and Wedding Cake a chance. There are so man great strains out there, so to see a farm try something new, and not on everyone else’s grow menu is great to see. Herbal Dynamics has continued to grow really great connoisseur grade cannabis, and they have a bit of everything from a strong sativa of Golden Pineapple, all the way to a nice heavy Indica in the Ice Cream Cake.

This Velvet Glove is just as pretty as it is sticky
  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 4/5

Velvet Glove does not disappoint it has everything we search for in good Cannabis. It nails a unique flavor, it looks sticky, and coated in Trichromes, this is some cannabis you want to post on your instagram. The smell is unique to say the least, if you enjoy that sweeter smell of Nigerian silver haze this is right up your alley. The effects are potent but we would not say it’s a knockout punch, the Nigerian Silver Haze does a good job of keep you from shutting your eyes. Herbal Dynamics keeps setting the bar really high, and we look forward to seeing what they grow next!

True Glue Strain Review

Is this the one glue to rule them all? Original Glue formerly known as GG4 is one of the most popular strains of all time. So it was really exciting when we were able to finally find some on the top-shelf. We’ve touched on how great Original Glue is in the Grease Monkey review, for both medical and recreational purposes. And we’ll be diving on into what Makes True Glue so great!

True Glue From Tao’s Instagram @Taogardens

Original Glue’s Origin story actually happened by accident. A rogue Herm plant of Chem sister pollinated a Chem Diesel Cross. The breeder ended up keeping some of the seeds that the plants ended up producing. Out of the seeds planted the 4th stuck out the most, and the rest has been history. This strain is famous for some many reasons, it’s popular in pop culture, among Cannabis enthusiasts, and for the many Lawsuits that Gorilla Glue has had to protect their brands copyright.

This True Glue is hands down some of the best Original Glue we have ever seen. Even though Original Glue is extremely popular, it’s never been the prettiest flower. A lot of the Glue strains tend to have a looser/lighter structure, it has longer buds almost as if it has a Sativa. It’s never seems to have the most triched buds, almost as if someone just lightly dusted it in keif. This True Glue is denser, stickier, and is a lighter shade of green thanks to all its keif coating.

True Glue up close (We wish you could smell it!)

Opening the True Glue Jar reminds us of the Scene in the Witcher were Dandelion, and Geralt open the Djinn’s seal. This stuff just keeps pouring out. It’s a mix of Pine, Fuel, and a mixture of earth tones. The smell is quite addicting, and every time you get another whiff you’re able to pull some new notes out of it that you were not getting before.

True Glue is truly a remarkable strain. If you are looking to have a good time and play some Mario Kart with your friends it’s a great strain. If you are looking to veg out by yourself after a long day, it’s a fantastic choice. It’s definitely some very potent body Heavy/Stoney Cannabis. True Glue can be life changing for Medical patients, it is one of the best strains out there for Nausea, and for people who are having difficulty eating. This strain certainly brings out the Munchies, have snacks close by!

Tao Gardens is the cultivator of this True Glue, and we hope they keep it in their regular rotation. They consistently have amazing flower, the flower tastes the way that it should, and they are incredibly consistent. Tao has done a really good job of making sure that they flush their nutrients out. We’re not naming names but even some so called “premium” growers who still cannot flush out their nutrients consistently. Tao is really doing something special, and we look forward to new strains they have been coming out with such as GMO Cookies, and Seriously CBD.

  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 4/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 5/5

This True Glue gets a nearly perfect score, the only thing that we possibly knock it on is that compared to some of the newer genetics it’s not the prettiest flower out there, but that is more of a reflection of the genetics of the True Glue, and not on Tao. The smell is out of this world, and it keeps you wanting to come back for more. We find that True Glue is a good strain for everyone to give a shot because this one is very divisive, people seem to really Love or Hate the Glue Strains. Trying True Glue as a base can really help figure out what strains work for you, and which ones do not. As Original glue has made its way into many strains new and old.

LA Kush Cake Strain Review

LA Kush Cake is a newer strain on the block, that has seen popularity in California and Oregon, in both Flower and extracts. It’s a strain with unique genetics and flavor, and gives a fresh new take on the already popular Wedding Cake Strain name.

LA Kush Cake was created by Seed Junky Genetics who happens to be also the creator of it’s parents, Wedding Cake and Kush mints. Wedding Cake is one of the most popular strains to hit the recent scene, due to it’s potency and flavor. Seed Junky was also the one to create Ice Cream Cake, which has been our number one review on the site. It was also the Flower that we sampled on the first episode of our podcast. Seed Junkys’ creation of Kush Mints is really interesting as it is a cross between Animal Mints (Animal Cookies x GSC x Blue Power) and Bubba Kush. So you get this really new cross in the Animal Mints which gives off a fresh floral mint flavor, and mix it with a really old school strain Bubba Kush, which has this gassy, sweet, earthy funk to it.

LA Kush Cake as featured on Herbal Dynamics Intstagram @Herbal_Dynamics

If you were to press your nose up to this flower the first thing you would smell would be the familiar and reminiscent notes of Bubba Kush, it then starts to turn into more notes of sour funk, and then at the very end your hit with the sweetness of the Wedding cake. It’s an extremely unique nose, it’s a nice change of pace from many of the gassy Wedding Cake crosses we’ve come across.

Appearance wise it reminds us a lot of the Ice Cream Cake, it’s lighter in Color with different shades of Green throughout. It has Flecks of a darker purple color throughout, it might not be as colorful as the Ice Cream Cake, but it’s Trichome coverage is just as impressive, and the size and density of these buds are no joke.

La Kush Cake is very potent, we found that it’s more of a Hybrid to Indica Hybrid in terms of effects. It will definitely give you the feeling of being stoned, it surprised us though is it’s not as body heavy as something such as the Wedding Cake. This is definitely connoisseur grade cannabis, and it a little goes a long way. If you’re looking to unwind after a long day, and you don’t have much on the agenda, this a great strain to grab for.

Herbal Dynamics grew the LA Kush Cake, and we have had nothing but good things to say about them. We’ve really enjoyed their Ice Cream Cake and Sour Power OG. We find that their Cannabis Nails it in so many ways. They do a good job on the density of their flower, nice sized dense nuggets, a perfect trim on their flower. It hits on potency and flavor (What more can you really ask for). Their living Soil practices, and their growing methods are nailing it, and we look forward to see what strains they grow in the Future!

La Kush Cake up close! (That Bud in the middle is 4 grams on it’s own!)
  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 4/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 4/5

LA Kush Cake nails it in pretty much every way. It looks fire, it has a nose that keeps you wanting to come back to opening up your dram over and over again. After a bowl it does not leave you wanting. We were worried with the Ice Cream Cake that Herbal Dynamics were going to set the bar too high, but they nailed it with this strain. If you’re newer to Cannabis be cautious when dosing, fortunately it’s more Indica leaning nature tends to reduce anxiety. you’re on the fence on wanting to try LA Kush Cake, if you’ve enjoyed Wedding Cake or Animal Cookies this has very similar effects. Connoisseurs will love this strain for both it’s extremely unique flavor, and it’s potent effects keep it at the top.

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Grease Monkey strain review

How can you go wrong with Original Glue (No Gorilla’s in here) and Cookies and Cream? Original Glue is often regarded as one of the most popular strains in Cannabis, in both pop culture, and the actual Cannabis scene itself. Original Glue’s popularity likely stems from it’s effects that the fact that it is enjoyed by recreational, and medical Cannabis users. Cookies and Cream on the other hand has gained a lot of traction, particularly for it’s flavor. There have been many new crosses that add Cookies and Cream to help create a new flavor profile on existing strains. Cookies and Cream looks phenomenal and is a higher tester so it being crossed with other strains can help boost the strains appeal.

Grease Monkey was bred by Exotic Genetix. Exotic Genetix has bred other popular strains such as Black Mamba, Blue Steel, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Oranges, Donkey Butter, Lemon Meringue, and Starfighter F2. Exotic Genetix has a very wide variety of different strains, that cater to very different experiences for the consumer. Exotic Genetix had it’s start in Tacoma Washington from the Medical days. Exotic Genetix goal has been to grow good unique, and stable genetics that are consistent. They have gained quite the following from many farms in the Pacific NorthWest, and you’re very likely to find atleast one of their strains in a farms grow lineup.

Grease Monkey plants from Exoctic Genetix website

Trying out the Grease monkey we were really impressed with the headspace we got put in, we felt that the strain was really good at reducing anxiety. Even though the strain is above 26% we felt that most people would be able to enjoy the strain, even if you’re new to Cannabis. The Grease Monkey does a good job with pain relief and loosening up the body. We actually found that the strain was excellent for watching movies, and playing videogames as it’s a tad less hazy than it’s Original Glue parent. Just be aware that with any Glue strain that you will likely be getting a case of the munchies.

Original Glue has a lot of benefits for medical patients and Grease Monkey is no exception to those same benefits. It offers good pain relief and is helpful if you’re feeling nauseated. One reason to consider getting Grease Monkey over Original Glue, is that with the Grease Monkey your a little less likely to get glued to the couch.

Tao Gardens grew this Grease Monkey, like with most of their strains we enjoyed the look, smell, and flavor of their buds. Their propriety soil blend they have, mixed with their living soil growing practices yield amazing flower. We’ve been sampling their flower for a long time, so much so that we will be featuring their Purple Punch on the second episode of the Spacebuds Podcast.

Up close on the Tao’s Grease Monkey
It carries more phenotypic characteristics from the Cookies and Cream
  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 3/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 5/5

Grease Monkey is a really good strain for medical and recreational purposes. It’s not the prettiest flower we have seen from Tao, but to be fair Gorilla Glue as a strain never yields the most frosted or dense buds. The Smell isn’t a knock out, but Cookies and Cream and generally has a lighter nose. The taste is exactly what you want it to be that smooth Cookies and cream flavor, with the gassy earthiness of the glue. Grease Monkey is versatile in terms of who would be able to enjoy. People new to Cannabis should be careful with dosing as it is more potent, but it’s Indica leaning nature can with anxiety that comes from more potent strains. We see Grease Monkey being a good substitution for people that use Gorilla Glue Regularly. And among some of our Spacebuds it’s becoming a regular favorite.

Tropsantos Strain Review

Is anyone up for Garlic-Fruit Salad? Tropsantos is a very unique st rain that brings a lovely funk, and gorgeous visual aesthetic to the table.

Tropsantos was bred by Oni Seed Co. Oni is by far best known for growing the famous Tropicana cookies, and if you look through their lineup they have been pretty much breeding Tropicana cookies with everything. Oni Seed Co. differentiates itself from a lot of other breeders by focusing on strains with higher terpene content, than maximum potency. Tropicana Cookies hit big for a variety of reasons, it looks amazing, it smells great, and the nice uplifting high has made it really popular in both flower, and concentrate.

TropSantos from Rolen Stones’ Instagram

Tropsantos is grown by Rolen Stone Farms. Rolen stone has made quite a new for themselves with having an extremely impressive menu of unique cultivars. Many of them are from Oni Seed Co themselves, in fact it seems that some of the strains are exclusively grown by Oni Seed Co. Rolen Stone grows a combination of Indoor, and Greenhouse flower. We’ve really enjoyed the variety of new unique strains such as Apple Rock Candy, Mumbles, and Banana Split. Rolen Stone also sets themselves apart by doing their own extractions, and they have a wide variety of different extracts they produce.

There is an interesting story that we have heard from multiple people in the industry even before we even had a chance to see the strain; that Tropsantos is an aphrodisiac, or that it has similar type of effects. Everyone’s body chemistry is different so individual results may vary.

Don’t you just want to dive in to these nice glazed buds?
  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 4/5

We really enjoyed the Tropsantos it hits a lot of the notes we look for in a good strain. It is visually striking the structure of it and many of Rolen Stones’ flower tend to be on the denser side, almost as the buds were pebbles, The trichomes are layered throughout the flower almost as if the buds themselves were glazed. The Smell is incredibly unique, if you take Tropicana and give it this umami funk that just ties it all together. We enjoyed it’s true hybrid effects. It’s a good strain for a wide variety of tasks, from doing chores to hanging out on Zoom calls with your friends. This Tropsantos is potent so novice users should take caution as Tropicana cookies can lead to bit of raciness, and anxiety if not dosed properly. If you’re a connoisseur Tropsantos is certainly worth your time whether, or not you get it’s aphrodisiac effects. If your a fan of GMO, or Tropicanna Cookies you will likely be a fan of the Tropsantos.

Fire OG Strain Review

Does a name like Fire OG live up to the hype? We found that fire OG meets if not exceeds expectations in things such as potency, and in the high of the strain. We found that this Fire OG did not fire on all cylinders in every category however.

Fire OG is a cross between the insanely popular if not the most well known strain OG Kush, and SFV OG Kush. Fire OG is oddly cerebral and gives quite a head rush from being crossed between two Indica leaning hybrids. There can be some confusion in the cross of this strain because there is SFV OG which is more sativa leaning, and SFV OG Kush which is more indica leaning. There is a strong possibility that whatever cut that has been breeding Fire OG could be a more sativa leaning cut. Fire OG has a nice cerebral high that transitions into a more body heavy stoney high.

Tao Gardens indoor grow as featured in the Oregon Leaf

Tao Gardens grew this Fire OG and we have not had anything but good things to say about them. We’ve reviewed their ultraviolence, deadhead, and Dawgwalker. They are remarkably consistent in putting out ridiculously terpy top shelf flower. The Dawgwalker was like letting a genie out of a bottle, the whole room would get lit up by just opening up the jar. Tao is really dedicated to getting the best terpene profiles out of their flower, they will grow strains with similar genetics, or similar terpene profiles in the same room to get the best out of their cannabis.

To be honest we initially were not blown away by the smell of the Fire OG the flower felt a bit muted. We can chalk a bit of that up to Fire OG being slightly earthier on the notes than lets say a Dawgwalker which just has that prime musky dank scent. The fire has slight undertones of that musk, but for the most part you get more of that earthy/woody scent. It’s flavor comes out far better than just its initial scent. The appearance of the Fire OG is really nice, it has a nice dense, but not too dense bud structure. With an inner coating of sugar throughout. It has been interesting to see the mix of Tao’s different flowers, were the trichomes are either sprinkled all over as if someone coated it, or something more similar to the Fire OG where it’s layered throughout the flower.

(Fire OG) Look at all those nice trichomes tucked all throughout the nooks in the buds.
  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 3/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 5/5

While the Fire OG didnt floor us from the initial impressions, and to be fair Tao has set their bar really high. We really enjoyed the high from the Fire OG. First off we were surprised in the initial sativa like effects, it really has a nice head buzz to start. Then you start to get that nice body buzz that OG’s typically give off. We found that the Fire OG would be ideal for connoisseurs, if you are a novice to Cannabis Fire OG could be a bit too intense to start, so go slow!

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Purple Punch Strain Review

The famous Purple Punch shows up on the top shelf once again. Purple Punch is a cross between Grand Daddy Purple and Larry OG, both of these are regarded as old school stoney Indica’s. When you think of the classic weed that people were smoking at parties, Grand daddy Purple is the poster child of that movement. Purple Punch’s popularity comes mainly from it’s flavor, and not it’s potency. Purple Punch has inspired quite a few new strains such as Mimosa and Banana Punch. Both of these have become really popular with consumers in both flower and extracts for the same reasons.

Purple Punch from Tao Gardens Instagram @TaoGardens

The Purple Punch we are reviewing is from Tao Gardens, we’re glad to see that Tao has opened up their menu to quite a few new strains. We’ve been looking through many different grow menus for some top tier purple Punch. If you have not checked out any of our reviews before, we love Tao Gardens. There a Living Soil Grow, that grows a lot of solid genetics. We’ve been really impressed with their consistency of all their flower. They pretty much have nailed every strain we’ve tried from them/

We find Purple Punch really appealing because it is a good strain to try for people who are newer to Cannabis, as well as people who have been connoisseurs for a long time. For novice users Purple Punch is a nice dessert to pass out to after a long day. For Connoisseurs it is a nice mild Indica to help take off the edge that can be enjoyed throughout the whole day.

Purple Punch is a strain that appeared on everyone’s Instagram feed at one point or another. Hightimes even used Purple Punch as their cover page, and centerfold for 2017’s best strains. The picture used was actually from a popular local grower that is based in Eugene “Eugreen”.

Purple Punch really excels in the flavor department, its very fruit forward. It smells like very sweet berries, and it’s very smooth. It reminds us a bit of Blueberry Muffins but it is more berry foreward than sweet, whereas the Blueberry Muffins is more sweet smelling than berry foreward.

This Purple Punch looks like it’s just coated in a fresh layer of snow
  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 4/5

Purple Punch does a great job showing that it deserves a top spot on the topshelf. It checks pretty much all of the boxes we look for in flower. It loses one point in the effect spot because while it is a versatile strain, some people are negatively effected by purples. It’s hard to recommend a strain like Purple Punch to someone who’s body responds negatively to Purples. Because the basic framework of Purple Punch is Purple at it’s core from both parents. If you are effectively negatively by Purples, but want to experience a similar effect give Blueberry Muffins a try!

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Blueberry Muffins Strain Review

Sweet, smooth, and doughy, Blueberry Muffins rises to the occasion of fulfilling a niche that has been opened up in the Cannabis Market.

Blueberry Muffins was created by Humboldt seed Company. Humboldt Seed Company grows a lot of fruit forward strains such as Raspberry Parfait and Magic Melon. Humboldt Seed Co has seen great success with Blueberry muffins genetics, as one of their new flagship strains “Squirt” is a cross between Blueberry Muffins and Tangie.

Blueberry Muffins from the Creators themselves

The Blueberry Muffins we will be reviewing is grown by B Force Farms. B Force is an indoor farm located in Hillsborough, that grows smaller vertically grown plants. They use clean growing practices, as well as a lot of newer growing technology, and automation in their grow.

Blueberry Muffins is one of the few strains the name is actually what it smells like, when you take a whiff of a jar of blueberry muffins. You get those sweet notes of blueberry, caramelized sugar, and vanilla. When you do end up smoking it it loses a bit of the blueberry flavor, and it translates more into a sweet vanilla flavor.

We’ve had different batches of Blueberry Muffins from different growers, and we found that some similarities between them. It seems that for the most part most Blueberry muffins should have color variation throughout the flower, a nice mix of green with hints of purple throughout. Blueberry muffins should be on the denser side, this can vary from grower to grower, but we always found that Blueberry muffins seems to produce denser tightly packed buds. We like this strain for it’s sort of vanilla nature to cannabis. This strain isn’t trying to be the most gassy, or the hardest hitter, it’s easily approachable which makes it a good strain for people who are not big into cannabis.

Blueberry Muffins is an extremely approachable strain, we found that it’s a good strain for people who are new to Cannabis. It’s an Indica dominate Hybrid that seems to share a lot of similarities to a strain known as Purple Punch. They both are incredibly relaxing, both are known in particular for having a very sweet fruity flavor. Where they same to differ is that Purple punch like many of the purples are a little heavier on the mind, where as the blueberry muffins is heavy on the body, but manages to be a bit more clear headed.

These Blueberry Muffins have a little sugar sprinkled on top
  • Appearance 3/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 4/5

Blueberry Muffins is not hardest hitter; or the prom queen of Cannabis strains, and that is a good thing. It fulfills a niche that is needed in the market; a tasty mild smoke that can be enjoyed by everyone. The market is plenty saturated with strains that want to throw a roundhouse kick at you after the first hit, which for many connoisseurs, and medical users alike is appealing. But we also need to remember that everyone is different, and having options like Blueberry Muffins is beneficial to the consumer, and the industry as a whole. We are not able to give it perfect scores on appearance or potency. It does get perfect scores in flavor and taste. Blueberry Muffins is a real treat that can be enjoyed by everyone, and would be worth giving a shot for anyone out there looking for a nice body heavy relaxing smoke.

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Ice Cream Cake Strain Review

Herbal Dynamics Ice Cream Cake (From their Instagram @Herbal_Dynamics)

Ice Cream Cake is an Indica dominate strain created by Seed Junky Genetics. Ice Cream Cake is a cross between two of the most well known, and popular strains on the market right now. It is a cross between Wedding Cake (Which is also created by Seed Junky Genetics) and Gelato 33. Both Wedding Cake and Gelato 33 are powerhouses, and are well liked for their potency, and their flavor.

The Ice Cream Cake Being Reviewed was grown by Herbal Dynamics. Herbal Dynamics is a local grower in Eugene who grows in Living Soil. We have tried their flower in the past in the form of their Sour Power OG. We really ended up enjoying the Sour power OG, we found that it was a wonderful sativa leaning hybrid, had a great get up and go, but just enough body to take the edge right off. We really like that with Herbal Dynamics’ flower that they consistently put out dense tightly packed bud, without it being to dry, or too dense. They do a good job on their cure the Ice Cream Cake comes through, they did a good job of making sure it is sticky but not too moist.

If you’re going to name a strain Ice Cream Cake you better be delicious. Fortunately this one lives up to it’s name. Talk about a wonderful sweet dank flavor all in cased with hints of fuel throughout. If you’re a connoisseur you’ll know the exact taste we’re talking about it, either strains have it, or they do not. This delivers on it’s promise of what you think a mix of Wedding Cake and Gelato 33. To be perfectly honest we felt that the Gelato 33 seems to come out quite a bit more when it came to the flavor, however when it comes to effect it had a good mix of the Wedding Cake, and the Gelato 33. The flavor seems to be Gelato 33 with sweeter notes throughout that is reminiscent of Wedding cake. Effect wise we felt that it is more similar to Wedding Cake with extra hints of body that we are used to Gelato 33. If you like the effects of Wedding Cake and want something that is a tad more heavy, this strain is perfect. This strain is potent, and from what the market has shown you should see it testing above 25%.

  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 5/5
The perk of this Ice Cream Cake is it does not go straight to your thighs.

This Ice Cream Cake was a real treat, we found that it tops the list for strains that we have reviewed and get’s a perfect score. It’s very potent so novice users should take caution and make sure they only start with a little, however we feel that it still should get a perfect score because we did not find that the strain would cause the same level of anxiety for someone new to cannabis. We’ve given lower scores to certain strains in the past because we’ve felt that they can induce some anxiety, Ice Cream Cakes being Indica dominate, and having the body from the Gelato helps curb the anxiety that some higher testing strains have. We really like that the strain is also very versatile it can be used for a variety of different activities such as hiking, social gatherings, watching movies, and playing video games. Ice Cream Cake really out did itself, it looks great with a mixture of green, orange, with flecks of purple throughout, it’s also coated in keif. We wish Smell-O-Vision was a thing so you guys could smell it through the screen.

Herbal Dynamics Ice Cream Cake (Off their Instagram Herbal_Dynamics)

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Alien & Aliens (Hulu)
Solo: A Starwars Story (Netflix)
Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2 (Disney Plus)
The Martian (Hulu)
Starwars Series (Disney Plus)
Moon (Netlflix or Crackle)
Apollo 13 (Starz)

Deadhead OG Strain Review

DeadHead OG is a slightly leaning Indica hybrid bred by Cali Connection seeds. It is a cross between Chemdawg 91 and SFV OG. Cali Connection bred this cross with potency in mind, most Deadhead OG you will find should test 25% THC and above.

DeadHead Up close

The Deadhead OG we are reviewing was Grown by Tao Gardens. We have touched on Tao’s flower in the past in our Ultra Violence Strain Review. Tao uses living soil, and does a great job with curing their products. We find that they nail the true essence of the strain itself.

Deadhead OG has notes of Pine, and a nice rich earthy tones throughout, with a hint of fuel at the end. This strain has a great nose on it. It’s the type of cannabis you could smell if someone opened the container from across the room.

We really liked the Deadhead OG for it’s classic OG pain reliving effects, while leaving us clear minded. If you are looking for a strain to relieve some pain, but stay active this is a great strain to try. It pairs well with Gaming, social gatherings, or working on some projects around the house!

  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 4/5

Deadhead OG is really lives up to it’s name and certainly lives up to it’s title of being an OG. Deadhead really flourishes with it’s unique nose, and potent high. It has a really nice clean flavor, while maintaining earthy and fuel notes which is not easy to do. While beautiful it does not get a perfect score because there are strains more coated in Trichomes and prettier strains out there. It also misses one point from perfect effect as we felt it’s not for everyone because it is on the more potent side, and for some new users ChemDawg strains can tend to be a bit anxiety inducing.

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Animal House (Hulu)
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Ghost Busters 1984 (Hulu)
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons & Doom Eternal review Coming soon

Doom Guy behind the helmet (Credit to Nintendowire.com)

With Both Animal Crossing New Horizons, and Doom Eternal both coming out on March 20th. The amount of hype for both of these games has been at an all time high. With both games being anticipated for years and both of them not coming out on their Initial release dates, fans having been waiting to finally be able to sink their teeth into them. Can both games live up to all of their hype?

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Ultra Violence Strain Review

Ultra Violence, also known as UV is a very unique strain. Bred by Cult Classic who’s is also the breeder of another really popular strain “Cement Shoes”. Which in a lot of ways is like Ultra Violence, other than where they lie on the Hybrid spectrum. Ultra Violence is a Sativa leaning Hybrid, it is a cross between JillyBean x OGKB x Wet Dream. The flower we are reviewing was from Tao Gardens, who grows in all living soil, and has really grown a reputation for some of the best top shelf flower in Oregon.  

Ultra Violence in the Flesh

Ultra Violence excels in two ways. Ultra Violence packs a serious boost of energy, and is very potent. Good Ultra Violence should range in the 20-25% THC Range. Just as most connoisseurs know the percentages are not the best indicator of how potent the high will be. Ultra Violence is a great example of that. The serious burst of energy likely comes from its JillyBean parent which is known to be quite uplifting. The second thing it does really well is flavor, to simply put it’s phenomenal. If you’re a deep chaser this is a must try flower. Flavor notes are a mixture of flowers, and citrus. It has a rather unique taste, which it seems to really take up from Wet Dream.

  • Appearance 4/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 4/5

With the amount of great Top Shelf flower avaliable in Oregon, and such a wide variety of strains, Ultra Violence has certainly fought to be on the top shelf. Ultra Violence does enough to stand out from the rest, and give a very unique cannabis experience. If you’re a cannabis connoisseur it is a must try. It is extremely beautiful flower with nice contrasts of orange and green, however it lacks some of the visible Trichomes that other top shelf strains have . The effect certainly packs a punch, however we avoided giving it a perfect score as we felt that the high is not for everyone. It seems as though it could be a bit too much for beginners, and certain people who get anxiety from Sativa’s should likely avoid this strain, and go for something like Super Silver Haze instead.

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Super Silver Haze Strain Review

The Sativa for Indica lovers, scratch that the sativa for everyone. When we go through strain reviews, we typically get a variety of different opinions on a strain. Super Silver haze is an exception, unanimously everyone we asked loves this strain. Indica lovers like the quick burst of energy that it gives, without some of the anxiety that other Sativa’s give. Sativa lovers like it as a strain that helps them relax without putting them down.

Deschutes Growery Super Silver Haze (Credit to their Website)

Super Silver Haze has been a staple strain since the 90’s. Created by Greenhouse Seeds by crossing a Skunk No 1 X Haze. Super Silver Haze has been a power house winning the Cannabis Cup three years back to back. Super SIlver Haze’s top terpenes are Myrcene, and Caryophyllene. Both of these terpenes have very different effects Myrcene is mildly sedating depending on content, while the Caryophyllene produces an anti-anxiety effect.

People enjoy Super Silver Haze for it’s calming effects without making you crash. Throughout our sample size we found that people enjoyed the flavor, but mostly the effect of the strain itself. It has a lot of Sativa properties in it’s uplifting affect, without the anxiety that some people report with other strains, like Durban Poison, or Golden Goat. Super Silver Haze is a great daily driver for those using it medicinally. It’s also a fantastic recreational strain to have with some friends at your next social gathering. Super Silver Haze is an extremely versatile strain.

The batch we have is from Deschutes Growery and it looks and smells fantastic. Talk about a lovely scent of Pine and Musk. Smaller Nugs with this one as with most of Deschutes’ Cannabis. The bud looks incredibly sugary, and are a nice mix of green with orange hairs that stick out of the bud. Flavor wise the Super silver comes in extremely smooth with lovely hints of clean pine and citrus throughout the hit.

Deschutes Super Silver Haze Cured (Look at those Orange Hairs!)
  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 5/5

We were simply wowed this strain and this batch is a perfect representation of the highest level of craft Cannabis. There is a reason we continue to carry this strain from Deschutes’. This strain should be an absolute staple in any Connoisseurs stash.

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Classic Holiday Movie Pairings

With the busy holiday season in full swing, when you finally are able to get some downtime and want to just relax. Pull up the Disney Plus app and get started. Around this time a lot of the streaming services get over saturated with a lot of holiday content, and unfortunately a lot of it is filler. We’ve filtered out three holiday movies, and three perfect bud pairings for you this holiday season.

The Nightmare before Christmas:

Nightmare Before Christmas does a lot of things really well namely the fact that it ties in two of the most commercialized holidays and blends a perfect mix of whimsical, and a dash of oddness thrown in. This is a great film that can be watched anytime between the fall and winter seasons. If you like Tim Burton you have likely already seen this movie, but if you have not watch it now.

Bring out the OG which is now known as Original Glue, this glue is as OG as it gets no monkey business around here. While not the original name for the strain Original Glue is a fantastic strain if you are looking to unwind. Make sure you have snacks, or Holiday leftovers handy, because this strain will give you a serious case of the munchies. Original Glue flavor is best described as a musky, Earthy, Diesel scent. Get ready to melt in the sofa on this one, because you’re getting couch-lock.

Iron Man 3:

Let’s get this out of the way Iron Man 3 is a Christmas movie, and while it might not be a classic as of yet, it certainly could be (Lethal Weapon vibes anyone). It’s directed by Shane Black who seems to love to set his movies around Christmas time. Out of all the Iron man movies this one is the most funny. The movie is just plastered in with christmas references in the settings around the movie, or in the small city of Rosehill. It brings those warm comfy holiday vibes that we are accustomed to. To top it all off it’s listed as a holiday movie on Disney Plus.

Pair Iron man 3 was some good old fashion SFV OG . SFV OG is a great hybrid, it has a perfect pair of both head and body buzz. It will get your mind focused off the holiday rush and into this movie. SFV OG is good pairing as it will get you into a good headspace, without slowing you down too much, and potentially making you fall asleep. Iron Man 3 does do a good job of mixing the action scenes with the classic comedic timing of many of the Avengers movies. SFV OG’s flavor wise has a lot of Pine and Earth notes. It’s a good strain to add to a lot of activities, and an engaging movie such as Iron man 3 make it a great pairing.

Home Alone Series:

So as far as the series of Home Alone goes, most people are probably going to remember the first one as the most memorable and nostalgic. However the Trilogy are all quite solid movies, and are a great series to watch when baked. The plot is ridiculous, the characters are ridiculous, the traps are again, ridiculous. That is what makes the movie so fun and good for the holidays, it’s nonstop action, and the plot is really different from a traditional christmas movie. Home Alone has been trending a lot online, after quite a few people posted about how Kevin Mccallister’s near attempted murder on the wet bandits doesn’t seem to pose any moral issues for anyone in the movie. If you have not seen it in awhile it would be a good idea to catch up as Ryan Reynolds is putting out ‘Stoned Alone’ soon.

“Merry Christmas You filthy Animal” The third bud pairing is Bubba Kush. Bubba Kush is the heaviest indica on this list. If you need something to help you unwind, or you plan on watching your movies in bed this is a great pairing. Bubba Kush’s flavor is that of Pine with a hint of spice and sweetness, which sounds like the flavors of the holiday in a nutshell. Genetics are not well known for this strain, but it’s believed to have OG Kush as one of the parents.

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Banana Punch Strain Review

Banana Punch is an Indica leaning hybrid bred by Symbiotic genetics, it’s a cross between Banana OG and Purple Punch. Banana Punch is a great recreational strain, as well a great strain for beginners. The effects are very reminiscent of Purple Punch, with the added mood elevation of the Banana OG.

Banana Punch shines in it’s appearance and flavor. Banana Punch is super frosty almost as if the flower is coated in powdered sugar. The smell is reminiscent of Purple Punch with a tinge of the banana’s sweetness. If you enjoy the combination of sweet and skunky, Banana Punch tops the list. The effects of Banana Punch is very similar to Purple Punch, a tendency to relax the muscles but not give the typical stoned-gravity blanket effects that other Indica’s do.

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  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 3/5

The looks and flavor of Banana Punch are phenomenal, we can see why this strain has become really popular in flower, and in concentrate. The effects of Banana Punch are more of a jab, than a nasty right hook. This flower would be a great to bring to a party, or for beginners but I would not necessarily recommend it for someone who is looking for the medicinal side of Cannabis. Flavor and smell are definitely the focus when they were breeding this strain, Symbiotic Genetics is at the forefront of the most popular Cannabis strains today. They have created Mimosa, Kobe, and Wedding Crasher, all extremely tasty Cannabis strains.

Banana Punch Flowering (from U/Bambam1369 on Reddit)

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Volcano Overview

Volcano is considered to be a top of the line vaporizer. But what makes the volcano so great, and what has the volcano done to stay on top of the pack when it comes to dry herb vaporizers.

The Volcano by Storz and Bickel has been around since the year 2000. Making it one of the first and most popular herb vaporizers on the market. The way that it works is pretty simple. There is an herb chamber that you load in a medium to fine grind of your cannabis. This herb chamber attaches to the base of the Volcano. Once your Volcano is preheated to your optimal temperature put the back on the herb chamber, and then you push the “pump” button, this pushes heated air through the herb chamber and puts the vapor into a heat resistant bag.

Classic Volcano Diagram

Pros of the Device:

  • The Volcano is perfect for group settings with the extended size bags, it’s and ideal way to share the vaping experience as all you need to do is pass the bag around, not the device itself.
  • Volcano is really efficient if you use good material, with a nice fine to medium grind. You should be able to get 2-3 extra large size out 0.5 – 1.0 grams of material.
  • Uses a convection Based heater which creates even heating throughout meaning no need to stir your bowl in between bags.
  • The Volcano is one of the few vaporizers to actually receive medical certification, as a medical device. In certain countries you are even able to have insurance pay off most of the device.
  • Volcano is built to last, many users report going 10+ years with product before encountering any issues.
  • Volcano has really good flavor and vapor quality, because of the bag system vapor coming from the bag is not hot.

Cons of the device:

  • Cost is the big con with the device the classic model at it’s cheapest retails for $480 MSRP. Even though the Volcano is expensive it is built a lot better than a lot of its competitors.
  • The device can be considered rather large even for a desktop vaporizer, as you not only have the device itself but a rather large bag that accompanies it.
  • The device does take a few minutes to heat up to temperature, we found this is a good time to grind your cannabis. You are looking between 3-5 minutes for heat up time.
  • Adjusting to the bag can certainly take time especially if you come from smoking, adjusting to the crinkling of the bag, and press your mouth into the piece can certainly change up your ritual.

There is a reason that the Volcano is still at the top spot all these years. With its solid build quality, impressive flavor, and vapor its still hold its own spot at the top after almost 20 years. Minor iterations have led to big improvements, and have removed many of the cons except for the price, and its size.

Dry Herb Vaping

Vaping has become extremely popular in the cannabis world. It’s created an entirely new product line in the cannabis marketplace. Cartridges have become a topic of a controversy in the headlines, namely due to black market practices. What never seems to come up for good or bad however is dry herb vaping.

Dry Herb vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes. Desktop vapes like the Volcano, Exhale Cloud Evo, and Da Buddah. Which all have a different delivery system such as a whip, bag, or through water. Portable vapes such as the Mighty, Pax, and Dynavap. Which use a different style of heater/heating method such as conduction vs convection, while the Dynavap uses a butane torch for vaping. Each device functions differently to fit a niche for the user.

There are many different benefits to using a dry herb vaporizer. First of all dry herb vapes typically run between 350° to 440° which is much lower than smoking which can get as hot at 1650°. Harshness in dry herb vaping typically comes from the dryness associated with the vapor, not the temperature of the vapor. Second is the efficiency, especially when it comes to portables. Bowl size of some of the portables can be as little as .05 – .1 Grams. Giving you much more bang for the buck when it comes to your Cannabis. Third and one of the coolest benefits of dry herb vaping is A.V.B AKA Already Vaped Bud. When you use a dry herb vaporizer the “herb” does not end up combusting, leaving you behind with essentially decarbed flower. Which you can use to make edibles later.

Dry Herb Vaporizers may take a second to get used to, due to the difference in using the product, and have a change in your smoking ritual. However we have seen first hand people who have made the switch, and they and their lungs are happy for it.

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Cherry Pie Strain Review

As the holiday season is approaching what better choice of a strain to review than Cherry Pie. Cherry Pie has been a staple strain for a long time. Cherry Pie is remarkably similar to G.S.C however it does not seem to garner the cult like following that G.S.C has managed to attain.

We’ll definitely be having seconds…

Cherry Pie comes from two legendary strains that are on two opposite ends of the spectrum, the landrace sativa Durban Poison, and the staple indica that is Grand Daddy Purple. We all seem to agree that this strain falls right in the middle as a perfect hybrid. Smelling the Cherry Pie has nice earthy undertones with a touch of sweetness at the end.

  • Appearance 3/5
  • Smell 3/5
  • Flavor 4/5
  • Effect 5/5

Cherry Pie’s effects more than make up for its shortcomings in shelf appearance. The strain gives slight feelings of couch-lock and a nice warmness throughout the body. Cherry Pie never tends to be a high tester, but it still can beat out other strains even if they do test higher. Cherry Pie is a good strain of choice if you’re looking to relax after a long day, or hangout with a group of friends and watch a movie. We also found that it gave us a serious case of the giggles.

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Mimosa Strain Review

Mimosa has become a staple in the Oregon Cannabis community. Bred by Symbiotic Genetics, the combination of Purple Punch and Clementine give great flavor, and very nice daytime Sativa-Hybrid effects. Mimosa is used a lot of times in different Cannabis extracts, especially Rosin due to the nature of the flower being loaded with trichomes. Top shelf mimosa ranges between 20-28% THC, which makes it a good strain all day. Main effects noticed from this strain are elevated mood, and focus. This is a great strain to use if you are out, and about. It pairs quite well with all sorts of outdoor activities, or a great strain to share with a bunch of friends at a party.

  • Appearance 5/5
  • Smell 5/5
  • Flavor 5/5
  • Effect 3/5

Mimosa has some great flavor and jar appeal. My fellow Spacebuds agree that while we really enjoyed the flavor, the effects will never really knock you off your feet. We found that it is a fantastic mixer, or a good strain to hit on all day (Perfect strain for Micro dosing through out the day).

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