Grape Ape (Nedicate)

Written by KindReviews on July 23rd, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Indica-Dominant Hybrid, Nedicate, Reviews

Grape Ape Medical Marijuana Strain Review


Grade:  A-

Type:  Indica-dominant hybrid, Afghani x Skunk #1 (from Apothecary Genetics)

Price:  $50/8th

Appearance:  (9/10)  This sample appears to be the “real” Grape Ape, with deep royal purple tones everywhere, which are contrasted by greens.  The bud was a little wet for our liking, but it was harvested at the perfect time, with mostly cloudy trich heads.  Moderate trichome coverage (many of which were purple) and above-average density makes this a looker, maybe the prettiest purple strain we’ve had.

Aroma:  (8/10)  “Dark” fruit  notes dominate here, with a strong smell that reminded us of raisins.  There was a hint of the candy grape sweetness that the strain is known for, but it wasn’t nearly as strong as the Oregon Grape, which is our new gold standard for that scent.

Taste: (7/10)  Tasted mainly on the exhale, this was an almost saccharine sweetness… on the inhale it produced a strange and unique gingery taste.  No real trace of the typical “purple” taste, which was a welcome change for us.  The smoke was moderately harsh and caused some coughing, while the ash burned down to a medium gray (about a 7/10 on the cleanliness scale).

Effects:  Starting with a quick hit to the eyes and forehead, this strain worked its was into a heavily Indica feeling early on, with a strong body component that felt like pleasure waves shooting up and down the limbs.  The eyes feeling turned to the burning end of the spectrum early on, making them want to close even though it wasn’t exactly tiring.  Iffy motor skills but an elevated mood made this a bit of a goofy strain — mentally we were capable, but when physicality was required, it was a little more dicey.  The potency went on a steady downward slope until it returned us to a normal energy level.

Duration:  Long, 2.5 – 3 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  General relaxation, body tension relief, mood elevation, anti-anxiety,  possible sleep aid later in the day.

Overall: This is one of the top purple lineage strains we’ve had the pleasure of trying for sure — a nice taste/smell/appearance package led to good things in the effects.  Patients who seek a fairly heavy medicinal Indica should always give purples a look, but this Grape Ape was never overwhelmingly strong, leaving room for some functionality and a relatively clear head (and eyes, for that matter).  Due to the dryness level, this strain didn’t burn great even when ground-up, so we’d be interested to see how it smokes minus the excess moisture… might push it into the A range.

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Comments (7)

  • Thomas Bong
    May 26, 2011 at 8:14 am |

    Great Review! I don’t understand why the medicine from dispensaries is so moist. Marijuana must be dried and cured completely for optimum smoking, taste, high, and weight.(Which are important factors if you are evaluating a strain) Dispensaries must have such demand that they have to sell uncured medicine, or they do it because they make more money from the excess weight, or option 3, so that the medicine doesn’t dry up and crumble leaving patients with shake instead of buds. Which option do you think? High Demand, More Money, or Freshness?
    Either way uncured buds from dispensaries is bullshit. I got some of this $200 a half. Completely cured, amazing dense fluffy buds, with strong fruity skunk smell. It’s unfortunate that you have to cure your medicine for a month or so from dispensaries to get the optimal

  • Ballzley
    May 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

    Great review, much kudos – keep rockin’!

  • rlp
    May 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm |

    As someone who’s personally done 200+ strain reviews and seen probably at least 500 samples total from Colorado dispensaries, I don’t find that to be the case at all. Most meds are too dry if anything, especially in Colorado, where a proper slow-dry and cure often is a challenge in itself. It’s almost refreshing to see some meds that are gooey or sticky, though obviously we frown on downright “fresh” meds.

    Shops that do leave their meds on the wet side are reaping all of those benefits though — they can harvest and get product on the shelf sooner, they can re-plant sooner, and they benefit from the added moisture weight. However, I haven’t really seen that much here in Colorado… Overall we tend to have well-dried meds, but the curing is where shops take shortcuts, simply because a well-grown strain will still smell and taste okay enough for 90% of patients without a proper cure… There are shops that take pride in having well-cured meds, and we applaud them for that… they’re for the most part in the minority though, as most dispensaries cure for only a week or so before putting buds on the shelf.

    Thanks for the thorough comment, we appreciate the dialog!

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