I knew that Gorilla Glue #4 was a hybrid, but based solely on the name, I assumed that it was going to be a stoney, indica dominant strain, poised to stick me to the couch. But well, as we all know, assumptions can be wrong.
This 2014 Cannabis Cup award recipient, said to have been bred accidentally, personifies the saying, “whats in a name?”.
These particular buds, procured from Good Chemistry in Aurora, CO, were top-notch. Good Chemistry’s Gorilla Glue #4 was dense, well trimmed, and covered tip to stem with orange hairs and glittery trichomes. It was well cured, too. Dry enough that I could easily crush a nug into a bowl with no fuss, but not so dry that it crumbled in my fingers. Once the bowl was packed, I fired up my hemp wick for the ultimate flavor experience and went in for a rip.
Tickling the flame over the bowl, I inhaled slowly. As the bong began to fill up with thick, white, milky smoke, my heart rate began to flutter in anticipation. Once the bong was opaque with smoke, I pulled the slide, and was instantly greeted with a mouthful of sour, earth, cheese, and pine. On the exhale, I was left with just an earthy pine taste. These flavors led me to believe there to be some strong concentrations of terpenes, especially earthy and sedating myrcene and pinene, which is piney and improves alertness. It was a little harsh on the way out, but I had taken a generous rip.
In just about five minutes, I realized why they called it Gorilla Glue — my eyelids felt like they were stuck shut and I was moving ever so slowly. My mobility felt very deliberate and heavy, as if I had just smoked a stoney indica strain, but surprisingly, I lacked the drowsiness and lethargy.
The heaviness I was feeling dissipated after about 25 minutes, and my thoughts began to lift into the definitely un-glue-like characteristics of a sativa high. Once again, I was able to blink, and a light pressure formed behind my eyes — similar effects displayed by the aptly named Headband strains (707 Headband, Blueberry Headband, 818 Headband, etc). One notable difference, however, is the Gorilla Glue placed pressure on my whole head, as opposed to just a band around my eyes.
I didn’t have any pressing responsibilities, which as it turns out, was certainly a good thing for me. Before my initial smoke, I was sitting at my computer casually watching music videos. Then I took a hit, and suddenly I was downstairs doing something totally different clueless as to the transgression of events. I did notice, however, that the stiffness in my joints was dulled.
Gorilla Glue #4 is definitely well-balanced, wavering between head and body, while never pushing the bounds too far in either spectrum. I decided to take another hit, albeit a more reasonably sized one; this one came out smooth, and I was on to the next thing free of joint pain.
When planning to consume Gorilla Glue #4, a free schedule would be ideal because it may not be the best facilitator for marking tasks off the to-do list. Unless of course your to-do list consists of playing video games, listening to music, relaxing or wandering without any overly sedative indica effects or too much of the cerebrally stimulating sativa, then Gorilla Glue #4 may be perfect. And remember, that which we call Gorilla Glue #4, by any other name would smell just as pungent.
I’ve sold the Incredibles Chocolate Affogato Bars hand over fist at work, but until recently, I had yet to actually try one for myself.
For the purpose of this review, I was handed a silver foil pouch labeled with the iconic green “e” and a sticker reading “Affogato – Chocolate Latte, Espresso Beans, & Caramel Swirl.” The fact that the whole bar contains 300mg of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for producing the euphoric feeling of being high, is also clearly marked on the outside of the resealable package. Giddy with the excitement of finally having the chance to try this gluten free edible, I ran to my car, tossed the bar on the seat, and headed toward home.
Upon my arrival, I feverishly ripped open the attractively branded pouch. Much to my dismay, chocolate latte, espresso beans, and caramel swirl had turned into exactly that — a goopy, swirled, chocolaty mess. While it was no longer a solid bar with dosing indications (as shown in the photo below), I was not to be defeated by something as trivial as the sun’s harsh rays and dosage uncertainty in my expert pursuit to try this Incredibles for the first time. With the Chocolate Affogato Bar being a powerful 300mg cannabis edible, it was imperative that I was careful. A novice user should not attempt eye-balling the dose of any cannabis infused food.
Incredibles Chocolate Affogato Bar
Grabbing a spoon, I scooped out an approximate 50mg THC dose with confidence. When I popped it in my mouth, instantly I was greeted with a burst of chocolate, the crunch of coffee beans, and a hint of caramel. Much to my surprise and delight, I tasted no hash or cannabis. A taste which, despite my love of a high, I have come to dislike. As the package implies, the flavors swirled about in my mouth with the beans offering a delightful change in texture.
I hadn’t eaten much prior to the Affogato Bar, and only a short 45 minutes later, I began to feel the familiar sensation of a come up. Tension in my muscles released, calming pressure settled behind my eyes, and I knew I was in for a treat.
I like to think of myself as an experienced cannabis consumer, but edibles can still be tricky, especially when going in blind. Too little and I feel nothing, but too much makes me sleepy. This time I seemed to have gotten it right — maybe I guesstimated the right dose, maybe the espresso added some pep, maybe the stars aligned — but in any event, the Incredibles Chocolate Affogato provided an excellent high without drowsiness.
I didn’t have any plans for the day, other than sprawling out in my chair and perusing the internet, but the Affogato Bar would be a nice option for any occasion. Whether you want to be on the couch or go high in the mountains, just remember to keep it from melting.
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Typically, topicals are not at the top of my list of therapeutic products. I prefer to spend my hard earned cash on products that have a track record for easing my pain — and feeling stoned isn’t an objectionable side-effect either. All the moisturizing lotions and cooling creams that I’ve tried in the past have failed to meet my expectations on both fronts.
Unfortunately, my joints are more akin to a 90 year old than that of a 22 year old, so the idea of finding a good salve was appealing to me. One fateful day, I decided to take a gamble, and purchased a jar of Dixie Synergy Relief Balm. A 50/50 blend of THC and CBD, the Synergy is a lot more potent than other topical offerings — the result of THC and CBD having a “greater than the sum of their parts,” entourage effect when combined in a 1:1 ratio.
I wanted to get the most out of the salve, so I asked a nurse friend of mine where she recommended that I apply the salve. As per her suggestions, I rubbed the balm on my wrists, inner elbow, armpit, neck, and on the tops of my feet. To be honest, I was pretty skeptical, but less than five minutes later, I knew I hadn’t wasted my money. It was as if I had been wrapped in a warm blanket of content. The aches in my knees, shoulders, and back melted away and a smile crept on my face. The crushing anxiety caused by my approaching finals lifted, and life was good. I didn’t feel as though I had smoked a joint — there was no mental fogginess associated with the therapeutic effects I was experiencing.
I use the Synergy balm daily, and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with aches and pains, or any kind of anxiety.
It’s now my go-to recommendation for people looking for the therapeutic benefits of THC and CBD, without the intoxicating effects associated with smoking or eating cannabis. After extensive testing on myself, I have found that the THC/CBD infused Dixie Synergy Relief Balm offers a nice, therapeutic and general all-over effect, as opposed to a local effect. Because it is transdermal, the cannabinoids are absorbed through the skin, directly into the bloodstream.