Phenom (Altitude Organic Medicine)

Written by KindReviews on February 26th, 2011. Posted in Altitude Organic Medicine, B+, Grades, MMCs, Reviews

Phenom Medical Marijuana Strain Review

From: Altitude Organic Medicine

Grade: B+

Type: Sativa-dominant hybrid, unknown lineage (our best guess is that it includes Jack Herer/Jack Flash)

Price: $45/8th


Appearance: (6.5/10)  While we had no complaints about the overall structure, density, and dryness, this sample was entirely too leafy for our tastes, and we found ourselves pruning it before grinding it up.  It is a pale army green with orange pistils and only moderate trichome coverage, and it seemed that most of the trichs were hidden underneath the leaf cover.  Under the microscope, the trichome heads were swelled and larger than most, but many were broken off or otherwise mutated by the time the sample made it to us, and it was simply difficult to find nice ones deep inside the bud structure.

Aroma: (8.75/10)  This strain really reminded our crew of something from the Jack Herer line, as it had that familiar (yet sweeter, more in the Jack Flash vein) citrus Haze aroma that we all love — another reviewer mentioned Dutch Durban as another similar aroma profile.  It was certainly noticeable in the jar, but it really developed when it was handled or ground up, getting a little more aggressive and taking on an almost Diesel-like backing musk that competed with the sweetness for attention.

Taste: (8/10)  Giving off a rather thick smoke, this strain mostly matched its aroma in the flavor, bringing a slightly more floral, eucalyptus-influenced flavor with many of the same citrus elements.  It left a pleasantly hashy aftertaste in the mouth, and the actual flavor maintained well as it burned away.  As mentioned, the smoke was rather thick, moderately harsh, and rather expansive — in short, you’ll probably cough on this one from one or the other.

Effects: About 5 minutes following the start of the review session, the typically Sativa onset of a buzzing body and changes in head/eye/face pressure set the tone for the majority of the experience.  Our heads felt light and floaty, even a little disoriented or dizzy at times, while our bodies were lightly energized, buzzing strongly in the upper legs, forearms, and ears.  A familiar Haze-influenced “sensory blanket” seemed to have us a little bit duller and slower than normal in a variety of mental processes, though the mood elevation it provided made us not particularly care.  As it moved on, our bodies became more relaxed and it moved into the standard Sativa comedown, where the couch is more attractive than movement… this state seemed to go away and come back several times over the final 1.5 hours.

Duration: Medium-Long, about 2.5 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Mood elevation, some muscle relaxation late, and ocular effects.

Overall: We wish we knew the origins of this strain so that we could better see where its potential lies medically — this one just seemed like it wasn’t quite what it could be, and making judgments on the strain as a whole would be difficult.  We saw huge potential in the smell/flavor package, which reminded us of some of our favorite fruity Hazes — but the iffy trim, overall “blah” visual appearance, and lack of visual trichomes knocked it down a peg.  The effects were definitely Sativa-dominant, with a familiar Haze-influenced dream-like effect and some moderate muscle and mental relaxation.  We sort of vacillated between active and sedative states, making the medical uses once again a little confusing and varied.  We see this as a late daytime type of med for patients who want to retain functionality and energy but can still use a mental vacation.

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