Blue Dream (Delta 9)

Written by KindReviews on June 28th, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Delta 9 Caretakers, Reviews, Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

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Blue Dream Medical Marijuana Strain Review

FromDelta 9

Grade:  A-

Type:  Sativa-Dominant Hybrid [DJ Short's Blueberry x Santa Cruz Haze]

Price:  $40/8th for members

Appearance:  (9/10)  Simply put, this is the best-looking Blue Dream we’ve seen to date — absolutely loaded with tall clear-cloudy trichomes, made up of fat, bubbly calyxes, and with no flaws so speak of.  This sample was well cared-for after harvest, as it was in pristine condition and perfectly dry and dense.

Aroma:  (8/10)  A floral berry sweetness with a slight bite reminded us quickly of the lineage… smells almost exactly as you would expect.  It’s not super-sweet, but just enough to remind you that it’s a Blueberry, which is perfect to go with the slightly spicy and sharp notes provided by the Haze.  This sample was also nicely pungent, broadcasting its scent easily from the jar or when ground up.

Taste: (8/10)  The taste was sweeter than the smell, giving off an almost “purple” sweetness to go along with a floral Haze background and a distinct fruitiness.  The smoke wasn’t that expansive or harsh, making it a nicely-predictable experience.

Effects:  This one was strong at the onset (though one reviewer reported some “creeper” tendencies), with a flushed face, a bit of sweating, and pressure in the head/face.  Definitely a Sativa-dominant start, and that continued with a very cerebral state, with thoughts running rampant and small tasks turning into analytic riddles to be solved… heady indeed, and probably very suitable for creative pursuits.  It felt a bit narcotic as well, with a lolling head and a relaxed, warm body.  As it went on, it calmed down a bit mentally, producing a relaxed yet clear and thoroughly awake state that finished extremely clean.

Duration:  Medium-Long, 2 – 2.5 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Anti-depression, appetite stimulation, mood elevation, anti-anxiety, mild body pain relief, possible ocular relief.

Overall:  Although it ties in grade with this sample and this one, this is the best Blue Dream we’ve had so far in several areas, certainly in regards to the appearance and peak potency.  Aside from the first 10 minutes or so, which were a little on the extreme side, this strain was thoroughly enjoyable for all of our review staff and provided a host of medical benefits.  It was immaculately grown, well-timed, and well-kept — great job by the guys at Delta 9.  Though we see a lot of this strain, this one made us really pay attention and pay it some respect… it really has great potential along with being a big producer.

Hash Plant (Delta 9)

Written by tlh on June 20th, 2010. Posted in B+, Blog, Delta 9 Caretakers, Indica, Reviews

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Hashplant Medical Marijuana Strain Review

FromDelta 9

Grade:  B+

Type:  Indica, thought to be an Afghani landrace that ended up in the Pacific Northwest

Price:  $50/8th non-member, $40/8th member

Appearance:  (8/10)  Indica-dominance was clear here, with dark greens in leaves and calyxes as well as deep blood red pistils.  Generous and well-timed trich coverage (~15-20% amber heads) combined with above average density gave this a classic look.

Aroma:  (8/10)  Surprisingly fruity and sweet-smelling when ground up, this Hashplant was more aromatic than most, but also carried some of the signature earthy/hashy/piney smells that the strain is known for.  Though it was only average in terms of pungency, it was well-received by our review team and was a nice surprise in this category.

Taste: (5/10)  Like most Hashplants, this one didn’t really impress with the flavors.  It’s a blend of earthy and hashy flavors that hits heavy despite being rather smooth on the throat.  It burned away to a decently light-colored gray ash, which indicates a solid flush.  When you pick up a Hashplant, don’t ever expect much taste-wise, as we’ve never seen one that we really like in that regard.

Effects:  This Hashplant was a bit of a creeper, reaching its full effects approximately 20 minutes after ingestion.  The heavy and warm-feeling body and the corresponding feeling in the eyes set the tone for this strain’s Indica-dominant effects.  A distinct lack of motivation, some spaciness, and the urge to sit around were the main mental feelings this strain caused along with a bit of run-of-the-mill tiredness.  However, it did a good job with body effects, delivering a narcotic-feeling experience that left the body very loose, relaxed, and pain-free.  As it finished, the urge to sleep became even stronger, leaving our review staff in a sort of dazed state that was not conducive to productivity or even socialization.

Duration:  Medium-Long, about 2.5 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  General relaxation, sleep aid, anti-anxiety, muscle tension and pain relief.

Overall:  Like any good Hashplant, this one will knock you out if you’re not careful with dosage.  But if you can manage not to fall asleep, you’ll experience a pleasant body warmth and pain relief along with a relaxed and lazy mind-state that will see the hours fly by.  Not suggested for daytime use except for patients that don’t have much to do, this would make a superb nighttime smoke for those who struggle with sleep and pain issues in the evenings.

LSD (Delta 9)

Written by tlh on June 15th, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Delta 9 Caretakers, Indica-Dominant Hybrid, Reviews

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LSD Medical Marijuana Strain Review

FromDelta 9 Caregivers

Grade:  A-

Type:  Strongly Indica-Dominant, Mazar x Skunk #1 from Barney’s Farm Seeds

Price:  $50/8th

Appearance:  (8/10)  A rather appealing sample, this strain was a dark Indica green that looked almost yellow or white due to the amount of trichome coverage.  There was also some purpling on the guard leaves, leaving us to guess that the plant including vegetation would likely have had a very pretty dark purple cast.  The color experience is completed by a collection of long, thin, tendril-like orange and red pistils that snake themselves throughout the calyxes.  Moderately dense but rather dry, this sample sent trichomes flying everywhere whenever it was handled.  Very nice sample overall, though it didn’t “wow” us.

Aroma:  (7/10)  Though we found it lacking in pungency, this strain still packed a very pleasant aroma that was mostly reminiscent of pine cleaner and a bit of citrus with some smell of vegetation.  It didn’t broadcast much at all, but rewarded us with some pungency after being cut up or ground.

Taste: (6/10)  Again not a particularly pungent strain (perhaps the Mazar’s Afghanica lineage put the brakes on some of the Skunk’s normal flavors), our review staff mostly picked up on a strange sort of hickory/smoky taste along with a bit of skunkiness and hashy flavors.  It was never a very pungent taste and left one reviewer wondering what he had actually tasted, so look elsewhere if you want a super-tasty strain.  We have had this strain before from a different non-dispensary grow (and most likely a different phenotype) and it had a very pleasing and sweet taste, so don’t totally write the strain off as lacking taste, but it isn’t ever going to impress you the way a tropical Sativa would, as Indicas simply often lack the complex terpenes that allow for more complex and pungent flavors.  The smoke was quite expansive and of moderate harshness, but was thought to be pretty neutral overall, getting middle-of-the-road marks all-around.  The sample burned to a pretty clean-looking mix of white and dark gray, an 8/10 on the cleanliness scale.

Effects:  True to its name, this strain had a bit of a trippy cerebral quality to it, with an increase in visual acuteness and energy as well as a sense of mental spaciness, which made doing simple tasks a bit more difficult than they would’ve been otherwise.  This strain weirdly seemed to reside almost entirely in the face and body, with sensations experienced in the teeth, jaw, and face, especially in the early portions (enough so that one reviewer said it made him somewhat uncomfortable and caused some tension).  The spacey feeling in the head died down after the initial attack and left the review staff with a very relaxed body that was capable of standing and being active or sitting and being lazy.  An almost analgesic and numbing feeling came on as it wore on, and our reviewers noticed great relief for back pain and tension – along with that came a late-arriving feeling behind the eyes that carried into the somewhat ‘down’ ending of the effects.

Duration:  Long, 2.5 – 3 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Rather strong analgesic properties, felt numbing in face, mouth, and lower back.  It was also good for fatigue (initially), general relaxation (as it wore on), and body looseness (we felt it would be good before exercising).

Overall:  A strain that would really be great for patients experiencing pain (we imagine that it would help with dental work and toothaches, given its strong focus on the mouth area), this Mazar and Skunk cross is a weirdly cerebral and energetic Indica-dominant strain.  The initial impression is trippy and mind-altering but gives way to a supremely medicating but fairly clear-headed body high that lasted a solid 2.5 hours.  Leaving our reviewers feeling loose, relaxed, and ready to encounter the world, this is a great choice for all but the most Sativa-leaning patients and would be especially good for day-to-day aches and pains without leaving a cloudy or sleepy cloud hanging over your head.  While the taste was a bit of a mixed bag, we’ve had very tasty versions of this strain in the past, so the possibility is there for an A or A+ type of sample given this strain’s strong medicinal properties.

Colorado Cough (Delta 9)

Written by tlh on June 14th, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Delta 9 Caretakers, Reviews, Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

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Colorado Cough Medical Marijuana Strain Review

FromDelta 9 Caregivers

Grade:  A-

Type:  ~60/40 Sativa-Dominant Hybrid, NL #5 x Haze #17

Price:  $50/8th

Appearance:  (7/10)  Not a super-pretty strain, this one was comprised mostly of bumbly dense round nugs that were covered in an above-average amount of trichs.  It was mostly a darker green with deep red pistils and it had a very professional manicure and a classic look.  What was most impressive about this strain were the massive amounts of ambered trichomes, which were all that could be seen in some instances with the scope.  Unfortunately, with that longer harvest time came some immature seed development, which may have negatively affected the smoking experience and flavor.

Aroma:  (7/10)  Not a very pungent aroma, this strain smelled like an odd blend of earthy smells (especially wet leaves and loamy soil) with a strange citrusy fruity bite.  There wasn’t much smell to speak of in the jar/bag, but it blew up a little bit when ground or cut up… it was never a room-filling scent though.

Taste: (5/10)  Fairly major disagreement on the flavor here… one reviewer really enjoyed it, and the other did not.  But both picked up many of the same earthy qualities as the smell, with the one who didn’t like picking up more on that and the hashy qualities.  The reviewer who enjoyed it picked up more of a citrus taste that reminded him of lime zest.  There may have been any number of reasons for the taste differences, but our guess would be the smoking method, as it was IncrediBowl vs. normal pipe (good flavor through IncrediBowl).  As far as the smoke itself, it was thick and made us cough badly, both from a moderate harshness and possibly due to the lineage, as there was that familiar cough throat tickle.

Effects:  There was no disagreement here – this strain is a certified creeper.  After nearly 15 minutes of relative inactivity, we weren’t really sure how this one was going to turn out and were worried that it was lacking potency or something.  That concern was short-lived, as a spacey Sativa mental state and a buzzing relaxed body high began coursing through the cheeks and head about 20 minutes in.  As the high wore on, it turned into more of an Indica profile, with a somewhat strong feeling in the eyes and a relaxed physical state that made our reviewers want to sit around.  A few fits of yawning and stretching and the desire to go to sleep are to be expected with this one as it develops, finally dying off and leaving the patient in a very relaxed but likely groggy state.

Duration:  Medium-Long, 2 – 2.5 hours

Medicinal Traits: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  General relaxation, mild pain relief, possibly ocular relief, anti-insomnia, big time sleep aid as it wore on.

Overall:  This strain left our review staff somewhat perplexed, both because of the different taste experiences, but also because of the dual nature of the high.  About an hour in, it was like something flipped a switch and turned it into a Hashplant, because it pretty much knocked us out and carried a strong body high with an undeniable urge to sleep.  A rookie patient might feel that this one is too much, but it would be a solid choice for the majority of MMJ patients.  It had a pretty direct purpose in the end, and that was relaxation and aiding sleep – so if that’s primarily what you’re looking for, definitely give this strain a try.

Green Crack (Delta 9)

Written by tlh on May 24th, 2010. Posted in B+, Blog, Delta 9 Caretakers, Reviews, Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

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Green Crack (Crunk) Medical Marijuana Strain Review

From:  Delta 9

Grade:  B+

Type:  Sativa-dominant hybrid, rumored to be Skunk #1 x a Sweet Leaf Afghani Indica – will exhibit both Sativa and Indica traits

Price:  $40/8th Members

Appearance:  (7/10) Very dark green coloration, common indica trait.  Orange pistils are nice but an overall low level of visible trichomes.

Aroma:  (8/10)  A nice fruity, sweet scent with a touch of soil.

Taste:  (5/10)  Hashy and earthy tasting, just a hint of sweetness.  Did not taste like it smelled.

Effects:  This strain gave a potent expectation with its big expansion, but the overall effect was not as strong as expected.  It does affect the mind’s ability to focus and you will find yourself wandering out of conversations.  It is strong but manageable for a movie, video games, and general relaxation.

Duration:  Medium.  1.5 – 2 hours

Medicinal Use: (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Insomnia, muscle cramps/spasms, relaxation (mind and body).

Overall:  The Green Crack has caught a lot of flack for its name, and we’ve decided to refer to it as Crunk since this is an MMJ site and not just MJ.  It is a strong strain with many desirable effects, but I expected a little more with all of the publicity.  It blends some mild sativa attributes into an otherwise heavy indica experience.  The KR.com team did enjoy the strain, but none of us are “addicted”.