Ghost Train Haze (Southwest Alternative Care)
Ghost Train Haze Medical Marijuana Strain Review
Type: Sativa-dominant hybrid
Lineage: Ghost’s OG Kush x Nevil’s Wreck (E32 Arcata Trainwreck x Neville’s Haze), from Rare Dankness Seeds
Appearance: (9.25/10) This strain had a wonderful Sativa structure which was open without being airy, and had a well-dried, crisp texture with just a bit of stickiness left when broken apart by hand. The light minty green and creamy orange coloration was made even lighter by a thick coating of densely-packed trichomes that ranged from clear to soft amber, with plenty of milky heads in-between. While we did find one large seed, the rest of the sample was free of the tiny seeds that are so common, and otherwise seemed to have been well-grown and cared-for. The trim was a little bit shaggy, but the leaves were so frosty that we didn’t mind much. One interesting note is that we noticed some globes of what looked to be resin or sap on the calyx surfaces of the tip of one of the buds — flip through the gallery to see for yourselves.
Aroma: (9.5/10) Universally loved by our staff, the aroma didn’t have any real hints of the Ghost’s OG side of the lineage, but that didn’t seem to matter at all. The scent is a wonderfully sweet yet fresh scent that has hints of anise, grenadine, and citrus mixed together into what several reviewers described as “cherry-limeade” or a similar sweet-tangy-tart combination. It’s very complex and engaging, and also has just enough of a bite post-grind to remind you of the OG and Haze lineage. Top-notch aroma here, one that Trainwreck and Haze lovers especially will enjoy.
Taste: (8.5/10) After the world-class aroma experience, it’s hard not to be slightly disappointed with the flavor, but this one held up very well. The flavor was a little more OG-tinged than the smell was, giving hints of the pine cleaner type of sharpness combined with a hint of the floral Haze sweetness. One this we really enjoyed about this strain was its extremely smooth smoking experience, which never really gave us the urge to cough and retained flavor to about the midway point of the bowl. The final ash was a very light gray with flecks of white, showing a very good flush.
Effects: We had some slight disagreements on the overall potency of this hybrid among the review staff — some staff felt that it was in the top 10% of medicine potency-wise, while others (one of whom who has had the strain previously) thought that it just didn’t get to that upper level. That said, the uplifting and energizing effects that kick off this experience will make any real Sativa-lover happy, but might border on anxious for those who struggle with the more energizing strains. A strong ‘facial mask’ feeling of buzzing pressure kept up at a high level, and our eyes tended to be rather red during the early parts of the duration especially… not a ‘stealth’ med really. Multiple reviewers reported quite a lot of borderline psychedelic activity, including slight auditory and visual hallucinations and at times felt a bit of sensory overload. At lower dosages than our standard KR review portion, the effect was more manageable and sociable, but otherwise it was a bit too challenging mentally to stay engaged with anything other than one’s own thoughts for the most part. The main effects began their decline at about 1.5 hours, but the energy and mental activity kept up through almost the end, when a little bit of a Sativa crash crept in and we felt a little stunted mentally and in a somewhat dreamlike mental state to finish.
Duration: 2 hours medicinal-level potency, 3 – 3.5 hours overall duration
Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY) Energy (those who suffer from anxiety may want to lower the dosage), cerebral stimulation, anti-depression, creativity, strong ocular effects, appetite stimulation, and minor pain relief. One reviewer reported this strain aggravating his nerves slightly, making him sort of tense and twitchy at times.
Overall: While our most veteran reviewers commented that this particular sample of Ghost Train Haze did not stack up to the one that was entered into the High Times Denver Medical Cannabis Cup in terms of peak potency and flavor, the reviewers who were not jaded by that near-perfect sample really enjoyed this one. One reviewer gave it his first and only ‘A+’ rating , while the rest of us felt it was more situated in the strong ‘A’ area, largely due to the potential we’d seen previously. Regardless of expectations going in, this strain had very high marks in all areas, with the smell and appearance especially drawing our attention. We definitely think that this is daytime medicine, as the mental and physical stimulation it gave would likely keep a patient awake at night with mind racing. We actually liked a lower dosage of this strain in terms of daily use, as the psychedelic elements we experienced at high dosages made it less functional both mentally and socially — but those adventurous ‘psychonaut’ types among the MMJ patient population will likely enjoy those elements of the experience. High marks here, and a great job all-around by the grow and post-harvest team in preserving the great qualities that these genetics hold.
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