Island Sweet Skunk (Delta 9)

Written by KindReviews on April 4th, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Delta 9 Caretakers, Reviews, Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

From:  Delta 9

Grade:  A-

Type:  Hybrid.   (Pink Grapefruit? x Shiva Skunk - Sativa dominant  but it sure didn’t feel that way).

Price:  $40/8th

Appearance:  Army green, light shades.  Distinct.

Aroma:  A poison/fuel with lemons.  Exhale is sweet smelling.

Taste:  Lemon on the tongue.

Buzz Type:  Hybrid.  Heavy and relaxing, couch preferred.  A slow roller then came on pretty hard at about 5 minutes.  Increased heart rate.

Buzz Length:  Medium.  1.5 – 2 hours.

Medicinul Use: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Good pain management, headaches and back/neck pain.  Appetite inducer.

Overall:  This strain wasn’t fast but it had plenty of power.  It provided a pain free, couchy relaxation and pretended to offer a peaceful sleep.  The indican dominant buzz was replaced by the familiar sativa “I’m not falling asleep right now” mental stimulus.  It was potent and I wouldn’t mind having this on hand regularly, but I prefer my hybrids as a balanced mix instead of an awkward contradiction.

K2 (CAM)

Written by KindReviews on March 28th, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Colorado Alternative Medicine, Indica-Dominant Hybrid, Reviews

K2 Medicinal Marijuana Strain Review

From:  CAM

Grade:  A-

Type:  Indica-dominant hybrid, Sweet Tooth x OG Kush

Price:  $20/gram – $50/8th mix-n-match

Appearance:  A good visible trich level true to its White heritage, just a hint of purple veins in this sample.

Aroma:  Has a limey, citrus smell with a bit of natural fertilizer.

Taste:  A piney taste with medium expansion.

Buzz Type:  Very quick.  I inteded to watch a movie and immediately passed on the couch and TV, but my head had an Indica stone attached to it.  Definitely mixed buzz.

Buzz Length:  Medium.  1.5 – 2 hours +

Medicinal Use:  (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)   Had no recognition of my back pain (spine and nerve issues) for at least the first hour.  Don’t use with heart problem or blood pressure issues, my heart was going a mile-a-minute for at least a good half-hour.  Appetite increaser towards end of buzz (proof: I ate two English muffin, mayo, cheese and salt sandwiches at midnight…)

Overall:  I really like the K2 and I will follow-up this review with an update from this strain in a couple different settings. From just 3 pipe tokes I was very high from the solid potency and didn’t step down to the 2nd level for an hour.  My body had an enjoyable buzz and my mind was able to shut down or focus based upon the activity at hand.  This is a good multi-use strain with a punch.

Redistribute Bell Curve

Written by KindReviews on March 26th, 2010. Posted in A, A+, A-, B, B+, B-, C+, Grades

Well it’s official, we’ve reviewed 100 strains since our very first site was launched!  It’s the perfect time to revisit every grade we’ve given and redistribute some of the grades to get a proper bell curve.  We know that not everyone likes or understands a bell curve, but after a lot of deliberation we decided it was in the best interest of the patients and the dispensaries to grade under one.  Colorado’s MMJ scene is similar to many other highly competitive and leading environments (law school, med school, MBA school) in that we have collected the best of the best and a normal grading system would just let us know that every strain (or every student) is well above average and deserves a good grade.

The bell curve will spread the bulk of the reviews to the B+ grade and provide for only a handful of A+ and C+ grades (the respective best and worst of the best).  There will be no lower grade than a C+ in our system.  We plan to perform this exercise every 50 or 100 reviews so that we keep consistent to our mission of providing the most rigorous and honest review depository.  Some of the grades will change during this process, but nothing should change more than 1 grade position up or down and we will make a post edit to clearly mark the orginal grade and the modified grade and date.

As always, be sure to make comments below and share your opinions.  We know not everyone will agree with our choices and grading system but we feel this is the best possible grading structure.  As time goes by every reader will know that the review grade on every strain stands against every other strain in our database.  That is how we are different.

UPDATE 9/2/10:  Readers, you’ve probably noticed that we cleaned out our A+ section…  Basically, the A+’s that existed are being classified as historical reviews because the medicine is either no longer available, has since been re-reviewed and lowered, or simply wasn’t reviewed under the current (and we believe the best) methodology of a three reviewer team.  Because we strongly believe that only the very top strains should get a KindReviews A+, we are starting fresh post-HB 1284 and the changes it brought with no A+ reviews.  This way you can be assured that when the next A+ rolls around, it was unanimous among our staff and is truly the absolute top level of medical marijuana you will see in the state.  I hope you understand.

To any shops who have had their A+’s removed, please don’t take it as a sign of disrespect — we (like you) are trying to continually improve our methods and felt that this was necessary in order to keep the intent of the site intact, namely, functioning as a patient’s guide to finding the best medication.  When strains have an A+ but are no longer being produced or are not readily-available, it can send patients on a goose chase that isn’t productive for anyone.  We hope that a fresh start in this regard will help to push MMCs to reach a higher standard… we’ll surely have a new crop of A+’s by this time next year.

We will also be performing another Bell Curve adjustment soon, so if you see grades shifting around, that’s what happened.  As always, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments section — we welcome your feedback!

Northern Lights (The Giving Tree)

Written by KindReviews on March 25th, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Indica-Dominant Hybrid, Reviews, The Giving Tree

Northern Lights Medical Marijuana Strain Review

From:  The Giving Tree

Grade:  A-

Type:  Indica-dominant hybrid

Price:  $55/8th

Appearance:  Dark emerald, almost blue green in some parts. Dense and sugary.

Aroma:  Sweet menthol.

Taste:  Not the most prevalent taste, but if I had to choose I would have to say it had a light Kush taste.

Buzz Type:  A very somatic Indica ride.  Nice and strong for the first hour where I felt my senses to be a little scrambled up, taking focus away from my eyes and ears while my head was swaying around on my shoulders. I was surprised to experience zero paranoia while on such a solid strain.  I found myself drowsy and overwhelmed at times, some mild uneasiness.  Not as much body as I’ve experienced on other NL phenos.

Buzz Length:  Long. 2 – 2.5 hours

Medicinal Use: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)   An excellent med for hypertension and insomnia.  I also found good nerve relief in my lower back.

Overall:  The Northern Lights are always best experienced at night.  A great one to relax on pain free and a perfect strain when sleep is in your near future.

Grunk (Medicine on the Hill)

Written by KindReviews on March 23rd, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Hybrid, Medicine on the Hill

Grunk Medical Marijuana Strain Review

From:  Medicine on the Hill

Grade:  A-

Type: Hybrid – Grape Ape (Indica)  x Skunk#1 (typically heavy Sativa ranging in %)

Price: $20/gram

Appearance:  Beautiful, well manicured, crystal dipped buds.  They were nice and dry and they had hints of the Grape lineage signature color.

Aroma: Very Grape – some small hints of the classic skunk scent.

Taste:  Grape & Skunk (tasted more even split than it smelled)

Buzz Type: Instant starter that gave me a burst of energy, yet a bit too overwhelming to go out into the world with it at first.  Fuzzy headed and a bit dopey, my workload for the day had to suffer a brief delay so could recollect my bearings (a good hour).  When the “storm” calmed down a little I found no problem with function and motivation to get things done.  Drained when done though.

Buzz Length: 2 ½ hours with linger

Medicinal Use: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)   Worked very well for muscular pain with some nerve assistance as well (spinal compression).

Overall:  This is a top notch strain – great representation of its parents. It hits hard with huge expansion. It was strong but fun and made me want to go walking downtown. The only real negative thing I can say is I was left a little tired at the end of my session (the initial buzz is often the part people are looking for).