(the samples pictured above are from Natural Remedies)
ISAAC HAZE STRAIN INFORMATION
Type: Sativa-dominant hybrid
Genetics: Giesel (ChemDawg D x Massachusetts Super Skunk) x Ace Seeds Bangi Haze (Congo x Nepalese)
Geographic Origin: Unknown — Giesel comes from the Massachusetts area, Bangi Haze has diverse origins
Seed Company/Clone: Bodhi Seeds
Description: A worldly fusion of inter-continental proportions, this cross from Bodhi Seeds fuses a very rare clone-only creation from Chemdog (of the ChemDawg strain family fame) in Giesel with Ace Seeds’ exotic but relatively quick-finishing Bangi Haze. The various phenotypes range from the expected stank of the Giesel to the complex spicy incense-heavy aroma of the Haze, but the most choice phenos will exhibit an almost sweet lemony-fuel spice bouquet that is truly something extraordinary. It produces fairly large nugs which often have a uniquely greasy resin profile and normally have moderate leaf coverage.
Story: A recent (2011) hybrid by Bodhi Seeds, this strain’s origins are somewhat unclear except that it went up for international sale during 2011. The story of the Giesel revolves around the breeder known as Chemdog, the same man who is responsible for popularizing and breeding the majority of the ChemDawg family line. The Giesel combined his Chem D (germinated in 2001 from the original seed stock which produced the original ’91 Chem) with the notorious clone-only Massachusetts Super Skunk, which was involved in the creation of Sour Diesel as well. This serious pedigree made a great match for the exotic Bangi Haze, which comes from the worldly Ace Seeds, a firm which specialized in unique landrace varieties.
Flowering Time: 65 to 80 days depending upon phenotype (most finish around 70 days)
Preferred Growing Medium: A vigorous plant which responds well to netting and other low-stress training methods, this hybrid will product fairly large colas even if topped, continually reaching for the light despite having relatively close node spacing.
Appearance: A mostly pale green plant as it grows, the finished product is equally light in coloration, exhibiting an array of almost golden tones mixed with light green leaves and creamy orange pistils. It is extremely resinous and tends to leave an almost greasy feeling on the hands (when live, it feels almost like WD-40 sprayed on the fingers, then dries to a superglue-like tackiness after about 30 seconds) — the bag appeal is very high due to the thick trichome coverage and open structure. Flower shape varies slightly depending upon phenotype, but they tend to be fairly slender but come to a rounded tip, often with a healthy “crown” of calyxes.
Scent: Again, it depends quite a bit upon phenotype what sort of aromas come out of this complex cross — however, most plants tend to have a unique citrus incense profile which tickles the nostrils, especially when freshly-ground. Notes of sandalwood, tea, fuel, and softer floral notes all intermingle into what is a dream combination for many Sativa-lovers. Pungent without being overwhelmingly stinky like the Giesel mom, this strain’s smell is both exotic and familiar while remaining very pleasant. Some phenotypes do exhibit the pungent Chem end of the spectrum, with skunky chem-fuel elements which come in at varying amounts.
Flavor: The taste mostly matches the aroma of the various phenotypes, with the Giesel-dominant examples normally having a more pungent aftertaste than a frontal taste and the opposite existing with the more lemony-incense Haze varieties. A bit of hashiness creeps into the flavor at times simply due to the thick trichome coverage which is present, but the smoke is very smooth and not particularly expansive.
Effects: Not a “creeper”, the Isaac Haze quickly fills the user with a buzzing mental throughout both the mind and body as well as sending a burst of cycling pressure into the eyes and face. It’s a strain which increases the overall mood as well as the activity level of the user, especially early on when the effects are at their strongest. As it settles into the bulk of the duration, it becomes more of a smoothly functional Sativa, with a continued body presence that keeps the user feeling at-ease but mostly active. Some of the more Giesel-dominant phenotypes hit a bit harder to the eyes and face and may cause a bit more mental fogginess, but even they don’t really inhibit function in all but the most detailed situations.
The variety has strong ocular properties and definitely provides a boost of energy and mental positivity. Though the early stages of some more Haze-dominant phenotypes can be a bit anxious and speedy, it falls short of being considered “racy” and that stage falls to the wayside rather quickly regardless, paving the way for an anxiety-free experience replete with appetite stimulation and anti-nausea properties.
SOUR GRAPE STRAIN INFORMATION
Type: Hybrid (leans Indica)
Genetics: Grape Ape x Sour Diesel
Geographic Origin: California, USA
Seed Company/Clone: Apothecary Genetics
Description: Different from the Gage Green Grape Stomper which was renamed “Sour Grapes” by Blue Sky Collective in Oakland, this cut is from Apothecary Genetics and is their Grape Ape crossed with a Sour Diesel. The hybrid produces larger nugs than the Ape and demonstrates the hybrid vigor one would expect from such a cross. The mottled purple coloration and tangy sour grape-meets flowers aroma is immediately enticing to users, while the flavor and potent effects keep them coming back for more.
Story: Bred by Apothecary Genetics from their Grape Ape mother, this strain is often confused with “Sour Grapes”, an alternate name for Gage Green Genetics’ “Grape Stomper”, an entirely different cross. This confusion has not stopped either strain from gaining major popularity in both the California and Colorado medical markets.
Awards: 2011 High Times Denver Medical Cannabis Cup – 1st Place Hybrid (Mile High Green Cross)
Flowering Time: 55 to 62 days
Preferred Growing Medium: A robust plant, Sour Grape branches well and responds positively to SCROG setups but can also be grown untopped for a fairly large single cola and moderate side growth. This plant can take fairly heavy feedings and grows equally well in soil or hydroponic setups.
Appearance: Like its parent strain Grape Ape, Sour Grapes tends to be a mottled purple rather than turning entirely purple, with a collection of soft almost pastel-like colors blending into a harmonious whole. The nugs are of medium density thanks to a bit of Sativa influence added from the Diesel, but they still mostly retain the Grape Ape shape and overall structure. Trichome coverage is above average but there is still enough room to let the color shine through (it doesn’t look white to the naked eye).
Scent: An engaging mix of the two parent strains, Sour Grapes has a fairly soft grape sweetness in the bag but blows up into a complex sour fruit aroma with hints of flowers and incense lingering in the background. It doesn’t tend to have outward Diesel elements, but the added sharpness can definitely be detected among the Grape-dominant package of smells.
Flavor: Sweet and sour grape dominates the flavor, and the Diesel takes a definite backseat, never really being picked up except in that the taste is unlike the standard Grape Ape. It has an expansive, thick smoke which can often cause coughing.
Effects: As would be expected with the parental lineage, the effects feel almost like a 50/50 hybrid of Indica and Sativa, with both seemingly coexisting peacefully rather than pulling the patient one way then another. A balanced mix of facial and head effects blend with a buzzing body that tends to be most comfortable when immobile, resulting in a relaxed but mentally-aware state that is suitable and fairly productive for sedentary mental tasks, but not particularly suited to more strenuous activity. It hits hard early on and then peters out quite a bit after the hour mark, converting into more of a base relaxation but still retaining mental clarify and not reaching into the heavy, sleepy end of the Indica spectrum.
Sour Grape has shown promise in relief of digestive problems, nausea, anxiety, and mooderate muscle tension. It also stimulates the appetite quite a bit while improving mood in an even-handed manner, making it suitable for patients seeking versatile relief for either day or night.
(Ghost’s OG Kush x Blue Moonshine)
This sample is from Green Dream Health Services in Gunbarrel, CO — this particular phenotype selection from seed stock leans heavily towards the Ghost’s OG side of the spectrum. Blue Moonshine adds an interesting musky sweetness to the zesty ginger-lemon OG flavor of the Ghost, and serves to thicken up the smoke as well as increase the heaviness of the effects. This cross was originally made by Scott of Rare Dankness Seeds when he was operating Stone Mountain Wellness in Longmont, CO.
A light and floaty feeling throughout the head and body starts things off, feeling very Ghost-influenced at first, but some body heaviness creeps in later in the duration and grounds the experience a bit. Ghost Moonshine is a very relaxing strain but is still somewhat “up” mentally, keeping the mood of the user elevated though steady. The latter parts of the duration can have the user drifting off to sleep, so we recommend this strain primarily as an evening relaxation aid, perfect for an after dinner treat – it aids with muscle pain, anxiety, insomnia, appetite, and relief of migraines.
(the samples pictured above are from Natural Remedies, Green Dream Health Services, Southwest Alternative Care, The Herbal Cure, and Nedicate – the BHO was made by Top Shelf Extracts for Green Dream Health Services)
GRAPE APE STRAIN PROFILE
Type: Indica-dominant hybrid
Genetics: Afghani x Skunk #1
Geographic Origin: California, USA
Seed Company/Clone: Apothecary Genetics
Description: Possibly a sister phenotype of Granddaddy Purple and several of the other popular Purple strains that have floated around California for the better part of 15 years, Grape Ape is one of the most famous and beloved. Its smooth and relatively clear-headed though narcotic effect distinguishes it from the often heavy-feeling Purple family and make it a more versatile choice for daytime use. Its rock hard buds smell of sweet grape incense and turn a mottled to deep royal purple by the time it finishes flowering.
Story: The exact origins of this strain are unclear, but Apothecary Genetics (the most common source of the strain over the last 10 years) claims it to be Afghani x Skunk #1. There are a variety of Purple strains that share similar qualities, and many believe them to be different expressions of the same genetics, while others see some additional Sativa influence in the Ape that doesn’t exist in the GDP, Mendo Purps, and Purple Indica varieties.
Flowering Time: 52 to 58 days
Preferred Growing Medium: Grape Ape responds well to moderately heavy feeding and fourishes in both hydro or soil mediums. The purple coloration comes out naturally but is encouraged by cooler temperatures. It’s a plant of short stature and grows most commonly as a small low-lying bush, responding well to topping but not normally needing it. Netting and other methods of keeping the canopy even will reward the grower with an even canopy of medium-sized but extremely dense flowers.
Appearance: There are a couple of different phenotypes of Grape Ape in existence — it’s unclear if some are S1 versions or simply mislabeled, but some phenotypes are completely purple and others (more commonly) are a mottled green and purple. The entirely purple phenotype is often referred to as “True Grape Ape”, but both share a similar structure and deep orange pistil color. Grape Ape has rather large calyxes with moderate to high trichome coverage — it’s not quite as frosty as its possible cousin GDP, but most people enjoy the flavor more. The leaves are medium-wide and often turn from deep green to purple as flowering progresses.
Scent: Grape Ape has a sweet but still musky scent which has strong notes of grape Kool-Aid with background hints of nag champa incense. From a distance or through a bag, it often has a skunky element to it, but the sweetness and grape qualities really come out once its broken apart.
Flavor: A fairly direct translation of the aroma, the flavor is the same mix of grape sweetness and musky incense notes, offering both a fairly strong initial flavor and a lingering aftertaste. The smoke is normally thick and can often hit the throat somewhat hard like many Purple strains.
Effects: Grape Ape starts off rather strongly, with a package of eye and facial effects which signal the start of a rather potent experience. The early heady effects blend with a creeping body buzzing into a harmonious whole by 30-45 minutes, making Grape Ape feel like a true hybrid for the most part. It’s a strain which is definitely relaxing but also uplifts the mood and at times provides a slight burst of energy to start, simply because it makes the user feel good. As it progresses though, the more Indica side of the effects dominate and the mindstate becomes more sedate and meditative. Muscle relaxation, light pain relief, mood elevation, anti-anxiety properties, and appetite stimulation are all parts of the Grape Ape experience, making it a favorite medical choice for patients seeking a middle-of-the-road Indica experience replete with flavor and bag appeal.
SUPER SILVER HAZE STRAIN INFORMATION
Type: Sativa-dominant hybrid
Genetics: (Skunk #1 x Haze C) x (Northern Lights #5 x Haze C) , making it 50% Haze, 25% Skunk #1, 25% Northern Lights #5
Geographic Origin: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Seed Company/Clone: Green House Seeds and Mr. Nice Seeds (Shantibaba was the original breeder along with Neville Shoenmaker, and left Green House to form Mr. Nice Seeds)