Grape Ape (The Herbal Cure)

Written by KindReviews on August 4th, 2011. Posted in A-, Blog, Grades, Indica-Dominant Hybrid, MMCs, Reviews, The Herbal Cure

Grape Ape Medical Marijuana Strain Review

From:  The Herbal Cure

Grade:  A-

Type:  Indica-dominant hybrid

Lineage:  Afghani x Skunk #1

Price:  $45/8th

See full report here:

Appearance:  (9/10)  As with many bright purple samples, it gets some bonus points for simply being colorful and a change of pace from the greens and oranges that are so common in the cannabis world.  The trichomes were well-preserved and showed a nice array of cloudy heads, which is unusual it seems, as most samples are clear and amber-heavy.  We found no real flaws with this one, it was perfectly dense without being blocky, had no signs of tiny seeds or other grow issues, and arrived in a nicely-cured, crispy dry state.

Aroma:  (8/10)  While it lacked the sweet grapey qualities that some versions of Grape Ape have, this one replaced it with an almost more appealing (to our staff anyway) combination of spicy, almost woodsy aromas, and a backing soft, floral, grape-kissed sweetness.  It was almost Kush-like at times (Hindu Kush) and even had a hint of skunkiness, which converted to more of a spicy sharpness when ground.  It was nicely pungent once ground, but could still be detected from a few inches away pre-grind.

Taste: (8/10)  While some reviewers liked this one more than others, overall it was a well-done example of the Grape Ape flavor, with a mix of sweet grape (like juice or candy, not wine), incense, and floral notes, which even brought to mind high-quality hash, especially on the exhale.  The smoke was expansive and fairly thick, yet hit the throat smoothly and only caused a light amount of coughing.  The resulting ash was a crisp light gray and white, showing that a quality flush had taken place.

Effects:  This strain seemed to be fairly versatile in terms of changing its effects slightly depending on context, especially time of day.  Regardless, it started strong, with a complete package of head, eye, and facial effects that felt relatively Sativa in nature early on.  An increase in heart rate, a general awakening of the senses, and some light visual activity (eye “floaters” and tracing qualities seemed increased, or at least more noticeable), and a surge of creative energy were the main early effects.  However, the ‘pace’ quickly changed at about the 30-45 minute mark, bringing a rather heavy body presence and feeling of calm euphoria to the mix, and overwhelming the initial Sativa-like uplift, especially in reviews that were started post-7 PM.  Relaxed, jellied limbs, and a smoothly relaxed mental state made this one a semi-functional Indica overall, one that came with occasional bouts of memory or concentration loss, but was mostly clear-headed after the initial blast of potency.  This sample’s effect seemed to drop off the planet right around 2.5 hours, but held strong before that — good example of a med that will have strong effects and then clear off without any lingering qualities.

Duration:  2 hours medicinal-level potency, 2.5 hours overall

Medicinal Traits:  (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Mood elevation, body relaxation, moderate pain relief (especially neck and back), anti-anxiety, ocular issues, and sleep aid.

Overall:  Though we wished that the duration was a little longer to kick it into the true ‘A’ range, the quick drop in effect is nice when one wants to medicate with a fairly potent strain, but don’t want any lingering effects creeping into the rest of the day.  Its versatility was appreciated as well, as we felt that we could use this one in the morning for pain without knocking the legs out of our daytime plans, while at night (especially at high dosages), it was a quality sleep aid after an initial period of fun.  The deep purple color with the almost golden pistils and abundant trichome coverage impressed us visually, while the aroma and flavor gave us exactly what we expected from this strain — great job by the grow and post harvest team overall on this notoriously tough-to-grow strain.

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