Bubba Kush (Southwest Alternative Care)
Bubba Kush Medical Marijuana Strain Review
Lineage: Unknown, likely an Afghani/Pakistani landrace — this particular Bubba is a “Pre-’98″ cut
Appearance: (9/10) When we think of “Bubba Kush”, this is almost exactly what we think of; the minty green + purple coloration, the pinecone shape, the large pointed crown of calyxes at the top of the nugs, and the suitable level of frostiness. This was a very well-done Bubba, with no visible grow flaws such as tiny seeds. We would’ve liked to see slightly more amber trichome heads, but other than that, there were no real complaints from the staff.
Aroma: (8.5/10) Again, this is much like the Bubba of our imaginations broadcasting a dark aroma with hints of chocolate and spiced oranges along with the more standard Kush spice. When ground-up, it takes on an even more pungent aroma which is heavy on the musk and Kush spice notes (minty, piney), even reminding one reviewer a bit of Sour Diesel at times.
Taste: (8.5/10) This was a very smooth-tasting Bubba, both in terms of the flavor and in terms of the actual smoke. More like the pre-grind smell than the post-grind smell, the flavor had hints of vanilla, chocolate, and spice — the aftertaste and mouthfeel seemed to have a very minty quality as well, with one reviewer reporting a cool, clean feeling in the mouth for nearly 30 minutes. The flavor was also enduring, remaining even as the bowl was black and beginning to turn white. The final ash was a very light gray with patches of white, showing a very good flush. This Bubba is highly-recommended for those who don’t want to cough and appreciate a thoroughly pleasant smoking experience.
Effects: While Bubba Kush is never really a “smack-you-in-the-face” type of effect like some of the more aggressive Kush and Diesel varieties, this one’s smooth smoking experience carried right over to the effects. It took about 5 minutes to really be noticed, when a warming sensation began creeping up through the body and limbs, eventually moving into the head (the ears especially). A strong massaging/vibration feeling in the legs felt particularly therapeutic, but the relaxation was spread throughout the body and carried over to an even-handed mental relaxation that kept focus and faculties intact. One thing that we all noticed is that this was definitely not a stealth med, as the eyes appeared glazed and low, burning a bit internally. Because of that and also due to the fairly sedate nature beyond the mood-elevated first hour, this strain would be best for at-home activities that require some focus but not a lot of communication or movement. The effects were smooth and began to dwindle slowly around 1 hour, but stayed at medicinal levels through 2 hours, continuing a long decline through hour #3.
Duration: Long, 2.5 – 3 hours
Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY) Mood elevation, mental and physical relaxation, appetite stimulation, some relief of digestive issues, and light pain relief.
Overall: If we graded upon “bag appeal” alone, this Bubba would be A+ material, because it’s simply beautiful to look at, smell, and taste. It hits all the proper Bubba notes at different times, with the prototypical dank, spicy smell but an unusually-smooth smoking experience and mouthfeel that we loved. The effects however were more mild and less sedative than many Bubba Kush samples that we’ve had in the past. We think that the slightly early harvest may have contributed to the light-feeling experience and that letting it go a bit more amber might get more in line with what most users think of in terms of the Bubba Kush experience. Essentially, this one’s effects hinted at the deep medicinal value that Bubba holds, but just never got quite there in terms of overall potency — though at a high dosage (0.3 grams or more), the effects certainly increased in strength and would do the job for most people. We’d like to see this one again with a little more maturity and see if things change, but the experience was still wholly enjoyable and the lighter effect actually served to make it a more versatile med… we can easily see this one as a daytime choice despite Bubba’s reputation for a more heavy-handed experience.
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