Girl Scout Cookie season is upon us! Rejoice fellow victims of the munchies! Now stop rejoicing and pay the girl at your door $5 per box immediately, or she’s liable to break a kneecap. She’s got more sales to make, and Girl Scouts don’t play! But, I digress. In honor of the sinfully delicious confections handcrafted by tiny Keebler elves and hand-delivered by even tinier child laborers, I present to you yet another handcrafted treat (with 100% less child labor):
Girl Scout Cookies by Denver Relief, which is a hybrid cannabis flower strain testing at about 19% THC.
Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies is a cross between Durban Poison, OG Kush, and Cherry Kush.
In my experience, Girl Scout Cookies seems to be one of the more popular strains in Colorado and the West Coast, particularly California. Market demand naturally affects supply and, as a result, the availability of the eponymous strain has noticeably increased over the years. So when I say that Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookie is damn near the best I have had the personal pleasure of witnessing and consuming, please believe that my assessment comes after having seen a nauseating amount of the strain over the years.
The Girl Scout Cookies flower has a smaller, rounded pinecone shape that is quite dense and a dry texture that retains much of the flower’s qualities while easily crumbling between my pressed fingers. The texture, in other words, is indicative of a proper dry and cure process, which is what I have come to expect of Denver Relief. The flower’s primary color is a pale, light green, but this base coat is barely visible beneath a drizzling of vibrant orange pistils, a thick blanket of sparkling trichomes, and the occasional dark green, almost purple, spot.
Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies has overtones of pine, diesel, and a bit of an earthiness and undertones of sour citrus. Upon crumbling the flower, I noticed the sour citrus aroma increased and a general sweetness emerged.
Consumption Method and Flavor
I tend to smoke joints, so that’s what I did. I prefer joints because I can repeatedly taste the flower, and I can determine how well the flower has been flushed by inspecting the joint’s ash—generally, the whiter the ash, the better the flush.
In this instance, the joint’s ash was almost pure white, signaling a thorough flush—again, I have come to expect nothing less from Denver Relief. The smooth, clean smoke reflected Denver Relief’s hard work, but the strain also seems to have its own mellow, flavor qualities. The flower starts of with a semi-sharp, pine flavor but quickly eases into a mellow sweetness that persists solo through the after taste.
Overall, I really enjoyed the productive effect of Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies. The strain does not have a heavy hitting high that will make you dumber than June Shannon—I’m sorry I made you look her up—but, then again, no Girl Scout Cookies flower has ever had that effect on me. Instead, I immediately experienced a cerebral high that actually helped me focus on work while neither imparting much energy nor drowsiness; this effect was welcome considering I perhaps had too much coffee earlier in the day but still needed to get work done. Like a true hybrid, the cerebral effects were accompanied by a slight body high that tingled my extremities and made me feel lightweight overall. After about an hour, I still had not felt the drowsiness that so often follows a lesser flower’s high. Denver Relief’s Girls Scout Cookies strikes an exquisite balance between Durban Poison’s uplifting cerebral effects and Kush’s physical effects.
I don’t normally choose Girl Scout Cookies when shopping for cannabis because, as I previously mentioned, I often find the strain’s high to lack luster. Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies, however, gets you high with a purpose. Instead of turning you into a poorly functioning, giggling buffoon, you will more likely feel focused, functional, and relaxed. If you enjoy smoking while working, I highly recommend Denver Relief’s Girl Scout Cookies.
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If you have read my Mighty Mint Edible Review, you know I’m a flower snob; but I’m also human, which means I’ll never turn down a free buzz. So naturally, when the powers that be asked if I would review Leafs by Snoop’s line of edibles—predictably named Dogg Treats—I sat, shook their hand, rolled over, played dead, and did everything else they asked of me until they confirmed that “I’m a good boy” and gave me my Treats. Reflecting on the experience, maybe I’m not as human as I originally thought.
After I received the Peanut Butter Gem Dogg Treats, I collected what was left of my tattered dignity and inspected the cuboid-shaped packaging. The first quality that stood out to me is the product’s modern box art, which appears to be a plain, white affair with bold, basic lettering, a stylish Leafs by Snoop logo, and the expected novella of ingredients. I next noticed that two of the packages thinner sides have blue and brown patterning. Simple box art right? Au contraire mon frère. Upon closer inspection, one finds an exquisite paisley-cannabis leaf motif subtly imprinted on the package’s white canvas with transparent gloss. And remember the blue and brown coloring? That is actually a woman’s bikini-clad derriere swimming through a pool because I don’t know why. I was actually kind of confused by this image; then again, I didn’t dislike it either, and I’m no art critic.
After thoroughly scrutinizing the packaging, I attempted to open the package by sliding out a plastic container within the box; the plastic container within, however, would not budge and seemed to be caught on something. I cursed under my breath and eventually pulled the interior container out using all my strength, only to realize I had just bypassed the package’s childproofing with brute strength—no easy task, let me tell you. I really must commend Leafs by Snoop on their child-proofing: subtle enough for a half-sober adult to miss, sturdy enough to fluster the same half-sober adult, and damn near impossible for a child to open—the consumer must press two tabs about three inches apart with one hand while pulling the interior container out with the other hand.
After thoroughly scrutinizing the packaging and then destroying it, I finally got my first glimpse of the edibles within. Five pieces of solid milk chocolate, each molded like a vertically bisected, round cut diamond and each perhaps smaller than half of a golf ball; an overall simple yet appetizing chocolate candy appearance. None of these pieces really smelled of cannabis or hash; instead, the Peanut Butter Gems smelled as expected: chocolaty with just a hint of peanut butter.
Each of the five pieces is listed at 8mg of THC and my maximum tolerance is about 50mg of edible THC, so I opted to try three in one sitting for a grand total of 24mg. When I bit into the first piece, I was greeted with the standard chocolate candy bar texture that Americans have come to expect. The chocolate’s semi-soft texture, however, is accented by the crunchiness of tiny peanut butter flakes imbedded throughout the chocolate; the two textures masterfully play off of each other to create a satisfying mastication experience.
Whereas the Peanut Butter Gem’s texture was immediately satisfying, the flavor took a different, yet ultimately enjoyable, path. The Peanut Butter Gem’s flavor immediately slaps the consumer’s face with a hand full of hash, but then quickly apologizes by enveloping the consumer’s mouth with a rich, almost dark, chocolate flavor accompanied with a hint of peanut butter. As the experience continues, the taste of rich chocolate gives way to bold peanut butter until the balance of flavor has totally shifted in favor of the latter. Aside from the initial shock of hash, which exists for only a brief moment, I am pleased to find that the flavor is exactly what you would expect of a decent chocolate and peanut butter treat.
On this fateful night, I ate three Peanut Butter Gems at 8:23 p.m. and then began binge watching Black Sails. Halfway through episode two, 9:20 p.m., the Peanut Butter Gems began to take effect. I felt the beginnings of a body high as my chest grew heavy and my limbs fell limp. By 10:00 p.m., I was in full mellow mode; I felt both physically and mentally relaxed as a sedentary, chill vibe had gotten the best of me. At the peak of my edible high, I did not feel as though the Peanut Butter Gems forced me into a couchlocked state—I could have moved if I wanted—but the suggestion was strong. I suspect that, had I eaten all five Gems, I would have woken up the next morning in the couch divot my body had formed.
If you like chocolate and peanut butter flavored edibles, Leafs by Snoop’s Peanut Butter Gems is one of the best options I have tried thus far. Aside from the initial hash kick, the flavor is on point, and the effect is substantial. Try a piece or three and go explore your world with a mellow perspective; or eat all five and bury your backside in a comfortable couch. Either way, you are in for a good time.
photo credit: Livewell Dispensary
As far as cannabis is concerned, I am a snobby, outspoken, flower enthusiast. If you grant me the option of cannabis flower or one of its many derivatives, I’ll yell “take me to the source!” My old-school sentiments do not, however, preclude me from occasionally trying one of the many cannabis derivatives that grace today’s modern cannabis society, which brings me to the O.penVAPE RESERVE Cartridge.
At first glance, the O.penVAPE RESERVE looks like any other O.penVAPE vaporizer. The new device is the same sleek, discreet, black vape pen that O.penVAPE helped to develop as the standard for basic cannabis vaporizers.
So what makes the O.penVAPE RESERVE Cartridge stand out from the crowd? Until very recently, most of O.penVAPE’s vaporizer pens used cannabis concentrate cartridges that included polyethylene glycol, a common vape product additive which helps to maintain a physical state conducive to vaporizing. In recent years, however, there has been controversy regarding the safety of additive inhalation; and so began the race to find an alternative. The O.penVAPE RESERVE line did away with polyethylene glycol entirely to create a pure cannabis oil cartridge for the choosy cannoisseur.
Unlike many vaporizers currently on the market, the O.penVAPE RESERVE uses cannabis concentrate cartridges that purely consist of cannabis oil. As I mentioned above, the vaporizer maintains the same look, feel, and usability that consumers have come to expect from O.penVAPE products. The pen is still easy to assemble with only two components – the cartridge and battery – which screw into each other. A third, USB component can be screwed into the battery when the device must be recharged.
Once charged, the O.penVAPE RESERVE is incredibly easy to use as there are no buttons to push, and a light at the bottom of the pen signals when the pen is in use, overheats, or needs to be recharged. The O.penVAPE RESERVE has maintained its discreet form (my favorite feature), which allows both patients and recreational users to consume at times and places they may not otherwise be able.
The most noticeable difference in appearance is how much thicker and darker the concentrate in the RESERVE cartridge is without any additives. For me, this is reassuring in that it is looks as I’ve come to expect cannabis concentrates to appear.
Drawing on the O.penVAPE RESERVE requires just a little more strength than the original, given the thicker concentrate, but the RESERVE product rewards you for your extra effort by smoking more like a load-your-own vaporizer or even an actual dab. The pure concentrate has a clean oil flavor that lets the terpenes shine through. The O.penVAPE RESERVE also offers a more robust smoke that the consumer will definitely feel accompanied by an oddly satisfying increase in the amount of smoke exhaled. If you are a seasoned smoker, you probably prefer to feel each drag and subsequent exhale without feeling like you’re inhaling unnecessary chemicals. On these marks, O.penVAPE RESERVE delivers.
For this review, I sampled the Aspen OG 420 mg (420, nice) RESERVE cartridge, which is a sativa concentrate on the sweeter, robust side; O.penVAPE RESERVE also offers other sativa, hybrid, and indica concentrate cartridges that are strain specific, so there is something for all different types of consumers. In this case, the Aspen OG gave me a moderately uplifting high that effectively amounted to an afternoon pick-me-up and was accompanied by physical sensations in my head and chest. I never felt like I was zoned out or ultra focused, but I was definitely high and energized from just a couple tokes.
Overall, I would say the Aspen OG cartridge stoned me without rendering me dysfunctional, which is perhaps the perfect combination for a product that is often used in situations where discretion is necessary. More importantly, I felt good about using the O.penVAPE RESERVE because I knew I was consuming pure cannabis oil. I would highly recommend the O.penVAPE RESERVE products to individuals who currently vaporize but are looking for something cleaner and with a more pronounced smoking experience. I would also encourage those who need to be discreet in their cannabis consumption to check out the O.penVAPE RESERVE as, in my opinion, it is the perfect compliment to the clandestine cannoisseur’s paraphernalia collection.
Leafs by Snoop is an excellent example of the predictable direction in which the U.S. cannabis market is headed. Those famous individuals who have allowed their pervasive cannabis use to bask in the limelight beside them are now cashing in on their cavalier cannabis stance by tying their name to cannabis products. Given the cannabis endorsement trend, who could have possibly been surprised that Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg to traditionalists; Snoop Diggidy-Dogg to the uninitiated) would find a way to stamp his name on some cannabis? Thus, I present to you Leafs by Snoop, a line of cannabis flower that is the product of a strategic alliance between Colorado’s LivWell and Snoop Dogg—I’m not calling him Snoop Lion anymore; it is an absurd name for a dogg.
On the flip side, as consumers, we are quickly learning that spending your entire life as an avid cannabis consumer is no guarantee of success as a cannabis supplier. New brands also often face growing pains, and Snoop’s cannabis line, Leafs by Snoop, is no exception. The first expert review of at least one Leafs by Snoop strain — Blueberry Dream, Snoop’s version of Blue Dream — was less than positive.
Needing to see it to believe it, I decided to “test” the product myself, but I chose Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush for this review.
Cali Kush is a hybrid strain that tends to produce dense, light green flower with minimal leaves and pistils and maximum trichome coverage. Cannasseurs expect Cali Kush to have a fruity, citrus scent with robust coffee and spice notes, indicative of Kush genetics. The flower’s Kush qualities, a spicy robustness for example, should also be very apparent in the flower’s flavor.
I was happy to find that Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush exhibited many of the strain’s expected characteristics. The flower is indeed dense, devoid of leaves (leaf’s plural form, Snoop…), and only exhibits small clusters of orange pistils. The flower has a vibrant, light green color that shines through a semi-dense, steady layer of trichomes (also known as kief).
After multiple whiffs, I would describe the flower’s aroma, or terpene profile, as starting with peppery diesel and a hint of pine but finishing with a citrusy dankness. I am not totally sure where the diesel scent comes from, but the rest of the flower’s aroma hits the mark. The flower also tasted like typical Cali Kush in that it initially exhibited an almost piney, tobacco or coffee-like boldness with a subtle sweetness, and then it finished with a sneeze-inducing spiciness that lingered in the back of my nasal cavity.
While it did not knock my socks off, Leafs by Snoops Cali Kush produced a potent and expected effect as far as hybrids go. I felt very awake and aware, and I was able to clearly focus on one thing, albeit only one thing. Contrastingly, the flower also induced a physical weightiness in my chest and head that kept me firmly planted in my couch. I did not feel tired, but I also had no desire to move. Based on these effects, I would say that Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush has been released just in time for the winter movie season. Feel like watching a movie? Wanna get high? Snoop’s Cali Kush offers the pleasure you seek while keeping you focused on the reason you paid $13 to get sticky shoes; or, you know, just Netflix™ and chill. This movie season, pass the Cali Kush and stop bogarting the popcorn!
For those keeping score at home, I last reviewed Durban Poison from Oasis Cannabis Superstore on W. 44th Ave. in Denver. If you have not read my Durban Poison review, that’s cool I guess. In the review, I mentioned the vast selection of cannabis to be had at Oasis; so it should come as no surprise that when I bought Durban Poison, I also bought a couple other strains from the BevMo!™ of bud. This week, I present to you Afghani grown by Kind Love.
Eponymously named for its originating region, Afghani is widely considered the mother of all landrace strains because cannabis scholars believe Afghani to be the first strain that humans used. Conventional knowledge states that Afghani has always been an indica landrace, but there are those who believe that a sativa Afghani once grew in the region as well. Afghani is a highly resinous strain of cannabis that was historically, and still is, cultivated in the Middle East to produce hashish. Eventually, Afghani found its way to California in the 1970s where it sparked the United States indica invasion. Today, almost all indica and many hybrid strain varieties have Afghani somewhere in their ancestral lineage, such as AK47, Cheese strains, and Skunk strains.
Kind Love’s Afghani appears to be monochrome, pastel green; upon closer inspection, however, I noticed the occasional spot of light green on the flower as well as dark green attributable to minute leaf remnants from the hand trimming process. The flower also has a steady distribution of moderately sized orange pistils and a solid, dense layer of trichomes. I was pleased to see heavy trichome coverage because resinous flower is a defining characteristic of Afghani, which is why the strain has a history of cultivation for hashish production.
Afghani’s terpene profile is unique, as it initially smells earthy with floral notes, and then exhibits a spicy aroma that fades into a sort of haze-pine scent. Upon smoking the Afghani, I was greeted with a kick to the throat. The flavor and smoke is acrid, harsh, and earthy; not so much that it is unbearable, but noticeably more than the average strain. Normally, such a profile would turn me off to a strain, but these qualities are typical of Afghani’s resinous flower and, thus, happily welcomed. No pain, no gain; am I right?
Immediately after smoking Afghani, I felt wave after wave of a most glorious body high wash over me, particularly in my limbs. What made this body high so glorious? While the Afghani tickled my limbs, it also gently caressed my head, convinced my body to relax, and alleviated my back pain. I felt like the Hindu deity Ganesha was behind me using all six of his arms to make my day; do not ask what his trunk was doing. After about 30 minutes, Afghani tempted me to nap, but the temptation was not so strong that I could not resist. Spoiler alert: I did not resist.
If you enjoy indica strains, body highs, seek pain relief, or are simply looking for a strain to help you sleep at night, Afghani is an excellent choice; and very few cultivators grow it as well as Kind Love. Regardless of your preference, I would recommend all cannabis enthusiasts try Afghani at least once because of its massive influence on today’s cannabis gene pool. Do not let Afghani’s relatively harsh smoke deter you; you will be missing out.