Strain Review Liberty Haze

Strain Review: Liberty Haze

Liberty Haze fazes over you like a thick, fluffy green blanket of tingling warmth. The nuggets do smell of bright limes, but to the more sensitive nose, subtle flowers and sharp tangy cheese come through. On first inhale (provided you don’t cough and splutter immediately), the taste is near divine. Liberty Haze is more powerfully citrus in flavor than it is in smell, and on the exhale you may be able to taste the earthy tones it gets from it’s Chemdawg roots. Before you’ve even consumed it, just a whiff from the bag is enough to make you grin and feel giddy.
Created by Barney’s Farm, Liberty Haze also has parentage in G13, an indica strain with legendary pain relief. Liberty herself is often very potent! 25% THC content–though some test at 34% THC– tested and approved by many. It’s commonly reported as providing heavy relaxation, and in my personal experience, it really brings on the giggles. I’d recommend this strain to someone who has difficulties falling asleep at night, from having too many thoughts or an overactive imagination.
The high is both creeping and long-lasting. Two hits from a pipe had me off and doing the tasks I’d been putting off the day before. If you smoke during the day, you might find the energy to complete that project, beat that video game level, or get outside and explore a hiking trail. Keep breathing in deep, clean lungfuls of oxygen between hits, and you’ll escape the insufferable paranoia that too much smoke can bring on. My only issue with Liberty Haze is the intense dry-eye and cotton mouth that came on after only the first bowl. However, that really only speaks volumes of its potency!
My favorite way of intake tends to be through a water pipe, but experiment and experiment variably with how you consume your cannabis! Try Liberty Haze through a vaporizer, low setting, to experience in full the pinene and limonene terpenes that give the strain her distinct, lime forest smell. Or, grind a few nugs and roll them up into an apple-flavored blunt wrap, and enjoy the sour-green serenade while puffing your troubles away.
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Strain Review Big Buddha Cheese

Strain Review: Big Buddha Cheese

I’ve encountered Big Buddha Cheese several times across coffeeshops in Amsterdam. The strain Cheese, cloned from Skunk #1 seeds, has been around since the 80s. Very popular and common strain in the UK, until grower “Big Buddha” crossed Cheese with Afghani to create a new seed. From there, it won the High Times 2006 Cannabis Cup, and has since garnered recognition as an exceptional hybrid amongst cannabis users across the world.
All variations of Buddha claim for big laughs and smiles, and Big Buddha Cheese is no different. In fact, the bud tender at one particular coffeeshop said, “You like the big belly laughs? Buddha Cheese. You’re uplifted, one hit, I swear.” He was not far from the truth. Smoking it brought on some good laughs, and was much better enjoyed in a group of friends. Though relaxing, it’s a very social weed.  As most cheesy strains go, Big Buddha falls right in line. It manages to be both a sticky-sweet fruit flavor, and the sort of sour cheesiness that feels like to coats your teeth. It was hard not to eat nuggets straight from the bag.
Most would describe BBC as ‘dank.’ If you live around sensitive noses, I suggest keeping this weed tightly bagged and sealed in a mason jar. Both to keep you safe, and to preserve bud freshness. Not everyone enjoys the potency of flavor and smell. I mean it when I say this strain is cheesy–all the odor, pungency, and sharpness of cheddar included. Physically, the nuggets are often compact and loaded with orange hair and trichomes. The batch I found in Amsterdam had beautiful tinges of blue, and broke apart like clumps of sugar in my hand.
The high lasts a few solid hours. I don’t recall how I felt physically after it wore off, but some users report feeling well-rested. Several say they feel it “right behind the eyes”, so you might experience some pressure, or that feeling of a head stuffed full of wool and white noise. If that’s what you’re looking for, great! If you want to stay coherent and cerebrally functional, either go easy on the Cheese, or avoid the strain entirely.
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15 Most Popular Cannabis Strains

Have you ever wondered what the most popular cannabis strains are? The best of the best. What the cannabis connoisseurs are smoking.
Well, wonder no more! Feast your eyes on 15 of the most legendary, most potent, most aromatic and delicious cannabis strains on the planet:

1. Blue Dream

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Blue Dream has been named the most popular strain in the U.S., for a variety of reasons — it’s easy to find, easy to grow, yields an abundant crop, etc. But the biggest reason why it’s so well loved, is that it is a pure delight to smoke. This sativa-dominant strain is a cross between the popular Blueberry and Haze strains. The result is an extremely balanced, berry-scented bud, which offers the best of both worlds: the body high and symptom relief of an indica, and the uplifting and euphoric effects characteristic of a strong sativa.

2. OG Kush

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OG Kush is the common ancestor of many, if not most, of the most popular West Coast strains — including several on this list. It’s been around for more than 20 years, and yet it continues to be a favorite. It’s lineage is uncertain, but most believe it to be a cross between the Chemdawg and Hindu Kush strains. The result is an intoxicating hybrid with a strong earthy and piney scent, that delivers an intense, euphoric and relaxing high.

3. Girl Scout Cookies

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This cross between Durban Poison (one of the few remaining strains of pure sativa) and OG Kush is not for lightweights. It has a sweet, earthy, often minty aroma, and some of the highest THC levels around. One hit will have soaring on an intense, cerebral high, that can result in anxiety — even paranoia — if you’re not careful or experienced. But manage your dosage, your set and setting, and you should enjoy the ride.

4. Banana Kush

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This is an indica-dominant hybrid, born from the combination of Ghost OG and Skunk Haze. Easily recognized by it’s fruity, banana scent and flavor, it also delivers maximum euphoria and relaxation. A great choice for those dealing with stress and/or depression, this strain is sure to mellow you out and put a smile on your face.

5. AK-47

This award winning creation from Serious Seeds is a sativa-dominant mix of several different cannabis strains from around the world. The result is pungent, earthy and slightly sweet, while packing an uplifting and long lasting head high that will have you alert, creative and energized. But don’t let the scary-sounding name fool you; this bud is known for having pleasant, happy and relaxing effects.

6. “Green Crack”

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Originally known as Cush (with a “C”), this strain was dubbed Green Crack by none other than Snoop Dogg. Descended from Skunk #1, this sativa-dominant hybrid has a hoppy, citrus taste and aroma. And as the name suggests, it delivers a powerful, energizing mental high that makes you intensely alert and focused.

7. Strawberry Cough

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As you might have guessed, Strawberry Cough is most famous for the powerful taste and aroma of fresh strawberries. And while it is both a smooth and delicious smoke, it’s also known for an expanding sensation that tickles the lungs, that can wring a cough out of even the most seasoned smoker. This sativa-dominant hybrid delivers an uplifting and euphoric high, that is sure to leave you satisfied.

8. Flo

One of the most popular strains in the Colorado markets, Flo is a cross between Purple Thai (a potent sativa) and Afghani Indica — and offers the perfect blend of the two. Known for it’s purple coloration and sweet, piney scent, and loved for it’s light, pleasant and bubbly high. This is a true “feel good” bud, not at all heavy. Just pure relaxation, and gentle, uplifting euphoria… you can’t help but love it.

9. MK Ultra

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Named after the covert mind control project of the CIA, this potent indica-dominant hybrid has been called hypnotic and mind bending. Bred from OG Kush and G-13, this is one of the strongest cannabis strains in the world, period. These dank, sticky buds will leave you laid out on the couch, super relaxed yet flying on an intense, cerebral high. Best not make plans to go out anytime soon.

10. Grand Daddy Purp

A West Cost classic, Granddaddy Purple (or GDP) is a heavy, indica hybrid that’s a cross between the famous Purple Urkle and Big Bud. It has distinctive color, and grape and berry scent characteristic of it’s parent. It also delivers one of the most powerful, relaxing body highs of any indica out there, combined with an intense cerebral high as well.

11. Trainwreck

This popular strain from northern California is one of the hardest hitting sativa hybrids on the market. It has a spicy pine and lemon scent, and is famous for it’s extreme, high energy head high, characterized by intense euphoria, creativity, time distortion, and overall blissed-out happiness.

12. Sour Diesel

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Another classic hybrid, Sour Diesel has been around since the 90s. This strong and skunky sativa dominant strain gets it’s name from it’s aroma: the dank and pungent smell of diesel fuel. It also packs an intense, cerebral high that comes on fast and strong. Uplifting, energizing, and mind-expanding… it’s no wonder this strain has such enduring popularity and legendary status.

13. Golden Goat

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This popular was created by accident, the story goes, by the unintended crossing of a Hawaiian sativa with Sweet Island Skunk. The result is complex, in scent, flavor and effects. Simultaneously sweet, sour and spicy, with a tropical citrus taste, and a full body high that is both uplifting and relaxing, happy and euphoric and altogether pleasant and enjoyable.

14. Skywalker OG

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This cross between Skywalker and OG Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid, with the pungent, earthy, spicy scent characteristic of most kush strains. The effects are extremely relaxing, with a powerful body high and pleasant numbing, tingling sensation from head to toe. But there is also a good head buzz, that hits you right away. The perfect bud for when you just want chill, relax, and drift off while listening to some good music.

15. Bruce Banner

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Named after the incredible Hulk, this cross between OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel can be found in at least 3 different varieties. It’s known for a sweet and pungent aroma, skunky diesel with berry undertones. It also gives an instant, energizing, cerebral high that is pleasant and euphoric — if a bit short on duration. But that can be a good thing, sometimes.
Well, there you have it! Have you tried any of these strains? What did you think? Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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Mad Dream Strain Review

There’s a new cannabis strain called Mad Dream, a mix between the popular hybrids Blue Dream and Mad Dawg.
Blue Dream is a sativa-dominate hybrid. It has become one of the most widely consumed and critically acclaimed strains available, and for good reason. The mix of Blueberry and Haze is the perfect combination of full body relaxation without the overwhelming kick of certain indica strains.
Mad Dawg is an impressive hybrid in it’s own right. Another sativa dominant strain, Mad Dawg is a mix of Starfighter and Lemon Alien Dawg.
Mix the two together, and the result is glorious!
I was able to pick this strain up from Green Leaf Therapy, located in the Northwest Cannabis Market in White Center, Washington. Immediately noticeable is the strain’s beautiful exterior, brimming with crystals.
The smell was less sweet than I expected, but was still entirely pleasant, with a great earthy note that reminded me a little of standing in a heavily wooded forest. When you break the bud apart, however, you can smell a subtle hint of the Blueberry passed along from the Blue Dream.
The taste is almost identical to the smell; earthy, with a perfectly sweet backdrop.
The strain immediately brings forth a nice, heady high, and sends a warm feeling of relaxation through your whole body. Few strains are as well suited as this one for taking a few tokes, and sitting back and watching some movies, reading a book or even getting some work done. Although the strain perfectly relaxes you, it doesn’t make you drowsy.
I did find that the strain gave me the munchies more than most. Which could make it perfect for those wanting to stimulate their appetite.
Overall, Mad Dream is a wonderful combination of two great strains, and one that comes highly recommended.

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Review: Mary's Medicinals Transdermal Patch

There’s a brand new product that has taken off the last couple years in the cannabis market: Mary’s Medicinals transdermal patch.
Available throughout Colorado dispensaries and now being introduced into the state of Oregon, these award-winning patches administer specific doses through the skin and straight into the bloodstream—which is the most efficient way to medicate.
They’re offered in doses of 10/20 mg and retail for around $10-15 each. So far they offer CBD, CBN, THC (indica/sativa), THCa, as well as blends of CBD:THC (whatever suits your liking). Each one has a recommendation for a specific application and/or symptoms.
We’ll focus on the THC (sativa) 10mg patch, suggested for the following; for relief from pain & anxiety, reduction of muscle spasms & nausea, promotion of sleep, & appetite stimulation.
Here are my findings:
The size of the patch is 2 in x 2 in, so fairly petite in size — a definite plus for the discreet user. I applied the patch to my wrist, which felt surprisingly comfortable and light on my skin. The adhesive didn’t feel heavy or sticky and my skin was still able to breathe.
There is a warning in the instructions stating that “burning or itching” may occur upon application, but I felt no such effects. It seems Mary’s went above and beyond with using high quality materials to manufacture their patches — Very nice!

  • 30 min later — I felt a very subtle ‘sativa’ high, but nothing extravagant. I must admit, I was skeptical of the dosages and delivery system because I couldn’t imagine feeling a “high” from something that resembled a Band-Aid®. After slowly transitioning into the first “peak”, the patch seemed to have plateaued to a moderate type high. Perfect for the casual user, with little to no paranoia.
  • 60 min later — At this moment, I felt another ‘wave’ of dosing enter into my body, another “peak”, if you will. This was a HUGE surprise for me. These “peaks” would last about 10 minutes, then the plateauing would follow. And for the next 6 hours the waves were like clockwork, releasing doses every 30 min.
  • 6 hours later — Removing the patch from my skin was surprisingly easy and comfortable.  Once the patch was removed, there was a bit of redness that lasted a few minutes, but I experienced no itching or irritation. The residuals from the adhesive was easily removed with little to moderate effort using soap and water.

Overall, an excellent pharmaceutical grade, cannabis product! Strongly recommended for the traveling consumer and/or those suffering from chronic illness or long-term debilitating symptoms; especially pain, inflammation, insomnia, and cachexia.
Pros: The ease of use, discreet application, long-lasting effects and a relatively stable delivery system make for an incredibly efficacious product.
Cons: You don’t get the instantaneous “slap in the face” high you do from smoking or vaping. It just depends on what your preferences are.
A HUGE “Thank You!” to Mary’s Medicinals for their ingenuity in creating and distributing such a wonderful and viable product. These are exactly the kind of cannabis novelties we crave!
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