Critical Jack (Alpine Herbal Wellness)

Written by KindReviews on December 1st, 2010. Posted in A-, Alpine Herbal Wellness, Blog, Grades, MMCs, Reviews, Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

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Critical Jack Medical Marijuana Strain Review

From: Alpine Herbal Wellness

Grade: A-

Type: Sativa-dominant hybrid, Jack Herer x Critical Mass (Afghani “Bug Bud” x Skunk), from Delicious Seeds

Price: $50/8th

Appearance: (7.75/10)  Though this sample probably wouldn’t stand out in a row of jars full of top shelf strains, it certainly belongs there judging from its coating of well-preserved trichomes and overall healthy appearance.  Its manicure was a little shaggy and the structure was a little on the wispy side (seems like it was a light yielder, possibly due to heat stress), but there were no important flaws to the final product.  The harvest timing was good, though we normally like to see slightly more cloudy and ambering heads.

Aroma: (8.75/10)  This strain smelled like almost every other top-notch Jack Herer or Jack hybrid (including Jack Flash) and definitely ranked among the top examples we’ve had in that vein — super fresh and “cool” lemon-pine cleaner smell with a wonderful backing floral sweetness that seemed to come out more post-grind.  The post-grind smell reminded one reviewer of grenadine — very nice.  It wasn’t super-pungent mostly due to its Haze nature, but did majorly increase in pungency when ground-up.

Taste: (7.25/10)  Not quite as “Jack-y” as the smell, the flavor was a little more muted, with some slightly earthy notes at times overpowering the spicy, flowery Haze flavor.  The smoke was very smooth and non-expansive, making this a superb choice for patients who don’t want to cough when medicating.  It burned away to a light gray ash, showing that it had received a proper flush before harvest.

Effects: This was a very cerebral Sativa, leaving one reviewer staring blankly at the TV for 15 minute stretches and the others feeling rather energetic and motivated by their tasks.  The “staring blankly” review wasn’t due to couchlock or mental sedation, but rather due to the way this strain causes your attention to dial into whatever happens to interest you at the time, an almost unwavering focus.  Physically, the strain started with the hallmark Sativa effects such as orbital/eye/head pressure, a slightly buzzing body, and an uptick in both mood and heart rate.  There wasn’t much of a direct body effect, but we all felt capable and pain-free throughout the experience, able and willing to take on almost any task while also looking the part (very ‘stealth’ med — no outward physical effects).

Duration: Long, 2.5 – 3 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Mood elevation, anti-anxiety, appetite stimulation, headache relief — Jack Herer hybrids are known for being helpful for nerve issues such as fibromyalgia as well.

Overall: Despite the long duration, this one didn’t stay at peak potency for very long, only feeling strong for 45 minutes or so , then feeling eminently functional and basically scaling down from there until it was barely noticeable at about two and a half hours.  That said, the effects were great for all of us and made this a pretty perfect daytime medication no matter the activity… it would be good for creative pursuits, data entry/menial type of work, watching a movie, etc. — anything where sustained attention is desirable would be enhanced by this one.  Taste and smell-wise, it pretty much brought the expected Jack Herer bag of smells and tastes, though the smell in particular was top-notch and would be the deciding factor to make us give this strain a try amongst 20 others.  This is recommended as a fairly motivational and focused daytime type of med for those who don’t need serious pain relief or enduring top-level potency.

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