Moby Dick (Alpine Herbal Wellness)

Written by KindReviews on November 21st, 2010. Posted in A-, Alpine Herbal Wellness, Blog, Grades, MMCs, Reviews, Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

Moby Dick Medical Marijuana Strain Review

From: Alpine Herbal Wellness

Grade: A-

Type: Sativa-dominant hybrid, White Widow x Haze from Dinafem Seeds

Price: $50/8th

Appearance: ( 8.5/10)  This sample was a very bright green with ropey orange pistils, and a lovely layer of mostly-clear and undamaged trichomes — very attractive in the jar.  The Haze-style columnar calyx formation gave it a unique look and shape, but the overall structure was solid yet ‘open’ rather than wispy as some Sativas can get.  We did spot some tiny seeds and the manicure could’ve been a little cleaner, but otherwise we were very pleased with the appearance of this one.

Aroma: (9.5/10)  This was one of the best sweet-smelling strains we’ve ever encountered –the absolutely wonderful tropical fruit sweetness with hints of vanilla and flowers seemed equally pungent pre and post-grind.  This is one of those strains that will stick in your memory years down the line when you smell something similar… the others will probably always disappoint though.  It reminded us of Durban, Jack Flash, and Stevie Wonder in a blender, but better than the sum of its parts.

Taste: (8/10)  Almost exactly like the smell but just not quite as amazing, the taste was very reminiscent of the better Haze samples we’ve had with its blend of almost soapy flower-infused sweetness… again it had some smooth vanilla-meets-eucalyptus qualities as well.  It was a very easy smoke as well, with a low level of harshness and expansion that kept us from coughing much at all.

Effects: A Sativa rush of pressure to the eyes and head/face/sinuses started things off, and there was some heart-fluttering as well.  Some vision affects had one reviewer feeling some tunnel-vision while another felt super-aware of everything around him visually — had us all feeling fairly cerebral though, with lots of near-frenzied thoughts and a sense of mental energy/focus.  As the initial effects left around 1 hour, it shifted gears to a floaty, relaxed state where work could be accomplished if necessary — we much preferred to just mill around and relax though.  The second half of this experience could easily lead into sleep later at night.

Duration: Long, 2.5 – 3 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Strong head effects (possible benefits with sinuses, headaches, and ocular relief), boost of energy to start, appetite stimulation, relaxation, and possible sleep aid as the experience wore on.

Overall: We wish we could bottle the scent of this strain and sell it for a million dollars — it’s absolutely top-notch for those who enjoy the sweet end of the Haze spectrum.  The look and taste were also both very above-average, with only a couple minor flaws keeping it out of total ‘A’ range.  We liked how head-centric and potent the effects were to start — it felt like an almost pure Sativa and then dropped into a hybrid experience rather quickly.  The combination of Indica and Sativa effects seemed to work together at times, and battled eachother at other times.  We like this strain as a ‘day off’ daytime med or an after-dinner type of thing, as it can easily lead into restful sleep and was a little too cerebral and distracting for focused tasks.  Also, it’s not a ‘stealth med’ — it was very evident that we were medicated, so professional situations are probably not advisable.

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Comments (4)

  • Pat McGroin
    March 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm |

    LOL. Here’s Dinafem’s description of this strain (from the Attitude seedbank site): “Moby Dick is a psychoactive plant, with a THC concentration of up to 21% and presence of THCV, a compound from equatorial sativa and which occurs in response to solar ultraviolet rays and which enhances the effect of THC to such an extent that with 2 or 3 Cal[sic], the effects of Moby Dick are incredibly powerful.”

    Yet the FSL chemical analysis shows 0% THCV.

  • tlh
    March 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm |

    Pat, is your supposition that FSL can’t test for THCV or that this isn’t actually Moby DIck?

  • rlp
    March 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm |

    Heh, yeah… let’s just say that seedbanks will oversell their product at times. I like Dinafem myself, had good luck with their Power Kush… but to say that any given strain contains any given amount of any cannabinoid is just short-sighted given all of the variables that can come into play with any given grow.

    By the same token, just because FSL didn’t detect any THCV in this sample doesn’t mean that Dinafem is lying, just that this particular Moby didn’t have that characteristic. As a seed company (feminized or not), they should be plenty aware of genetic variation and its effects upon potency, flavor, smell, and the actual chemical compounds within the plant.

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