As I entered Mindful on Colfax for the first time, I was quickly greeted, my ID was checked, and I was guided to sit in the cozy waiting area until the only budtender working at the time was available.
Luckily for me, Jared, a new yet knowledgeable member of the Mindful team is a fellow indica-enthusiast, so he was quickly able to recommend some of his favorite strains. After only minutes of discussion, I settled on Hell’s Angel OG.
Hell’s Angel OG
Debatable, but believed to be OG Kush x Blackberry.
Mindful, 5926 E Colfax Ave, Denver 80220
Being one of the driest states in the US, most cannabis found in Colorado is on the dryer side. While that is true with this sample of Hell’s Angel OG, the flowers are dense and break up into a much larger quantity than expected from the size of each nug. The calyxes are well developed. As you can see from the image below, the trichome coverage in dense, the pistils are on the shorter side and burnt-orange or amber in color.
These Hell’s Angel OG flowers have a complex terpene profile. Without breaking it open, the first aroma to hit the nose is largely earthy, herbal and spicy with a slight hint of pine. Once broken apart, however, a floral scent of sweetness and fruit becomes more apparent. Because of the aroma of Hell’s Angel OG, I would have to assume that this sample contains a decent amount of myrcene, linalool, and beta-caryophyllene.
Deciding to use my hands instead of a cannabis grinder to pack my glass pipe with Hell’s Angel OG left my fingers covered in resinous kief. One of the smoothest hitting strains I’ve ever consumed, I felt no irritation in my throat and I barely noticed I was exhaling smoke. I felt no irritation in my throat nor did I cough. The smoke tasted subtly spicy like black pepper.
The same strain of cannabis can produce completely different effects in different people. In my experience, indica strains that are known to leave one couch-locked leave me feeling just right. A slight smirk moved across my face and my eyes squinted almost immediately after the second hit of Hell’s Angel OG. Initially a little giggly and even talkative, the effects settled into mild cerebral relaxation, reduced muscle tension and an overall sense of calm.
Known for being beneficial in the treatment of such conditions as insomnia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and chronic pain, Hell’s Angel OG also relieved some of my symptoms of ADHD.
It’s always nice when a dispensary employee is able to make the perfect recommendation for a new strain. Tom, at The Haven: A Strainwise Dispensary in Denver, recently recommended that I try his favorite strain — Tres Star.
While Tom didn’t believe Tres Star was exclusive to Strainwise, he did mention that it was not readily available at any other dispensary in Denver of which he was aware. Although I was already convinced by Tom’s explanation of the effects he feels from this indica-dominant hybrid strain, I was pleasantly surprised when his colleague Racarra made the same recommendation as one of her favorites.
Stardawg x Tres Daughter
The Haven: A Strainwise Dispensary, 777 Canosa Ct #102, Denver, CO 80204.
These Tres Star flowers were dense and surprisingly not dry at all, something that those of us living in Denver have become accustomed. Tom did mention that it was freshly harvested, and just arrived on the shelf. Clearly hand-trimmed, both nugs faded from darker green on the outside to lighter green on the inside with an above-average amount of kief. These flowers also had a nice covering of burnt-orange colored hairs.
This sample of Tres Star smelled sweet and earthy with undertones of fuel and citrus fruit. The smoke had a similar taste, but the fruitiness was more prominent in the smoke than the aroma.
This Tres Star broke up easily, and the resinous trichomes stuck to my fingers like glue. I smoked it out of a glass spoon pipe using a hemp wick instead of a lighter to preserve the integrity of the taste. This was one of the smoothest-hitting strains I’ve ever smoked. With absolutely no coughing or throat irritation, I barely even noticed I was exhaling smoke. A good sign that the plants were flushed and cured properly, the ash left in the bowl when I was finished was almost completely white.
After just two hits of Tres Star, I no longer noticed the post-operative pain I’d been feeling in my foot for weeks. Within minutes, I felt extreme relaxation throughout my entire body, including muscle tension relief, and a light tingling sensation on my skin. Tres Star definitely enhanced my sense of touch, so it may be a good one to add to your list of strains to bring into the bedroom.
The cerebral effects were minimal, leaving me relaxed yet clear-headed with the ability to focus on work. In-line with the typical description of an indica strain, the effects I felt were much more body-heavy than cerebral. Based on the effects I felt and the aroma of this Tres Star, it likely contains a decent amount of limonene, a terpene known to be beneficial in the treatment of conditions like anxiety, depression and inflammation.
Tres Star would be a good strain for an evening out with friends, or for those seeking daytime pain-relief. It would also likely be a good choice for those suffering from PTSD or PMS.
While the most popular strains seem to be forever-stocked on nearly all cannabis dispensary shelves, it is always nice to discover lesser-known or proprietary genetics that deserve more attention. I recently had the pleasure of discovering one such example in the Sour Apple Maui strain grown and sold by Oasis Cannabis Superstore in Denver, Colorado.
I entered Oasis Cannabis Superstore on 44th Ave without a specific strain in mind, which could easily become an overwhelming situation considering that they keep more than 100 strains on hand at all times. I was lucky enough to be helped by Lanai, a friendly and knowledgeable veteran member of the Oasis team, who was able to quickly point me in the direction of Sour Apple Maui. (Big thanks, Lanai. You rock!)
Lanai selects flowers of Cherry Lime Rickey after filling a gram of Sour Apple Maui at Oasis Cannabis Superstore.
Sour Apple Maui
Sour Diesel x Power Plant x Maui Waui
Oasis Cannabis Superstore, 5430 West 44th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212
Sour Apple Maui flower from Oasis Cannabis Superstore.
This sample of Sour Apple Maui is reminiscent of flora found on a tropical island. These dense flowers fade from dark green at the core to lighter, lime-green on the edges. Each bud was speckled with bright orange hairs (pistils) and shimmering concentrations of kief (trichomes). Once ripped in half and upon closer inspection, I noticed a few tiny leaves that were slightly purple in color.
These flowers smelled sweet and earthy with strong undertones of fuel and citrus. It likely contains higher quantities of limonene, a terpene found in cannabis, citrus fruits, juniper and several other plants, known to help to increase mental focus and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Full disclosure, I was slightly nervous about trying Sour Apple Maui for a couple of reasons. First of all, it tested highest for THC out of all strains available at Oasis, maxing out at 27 percent, and strains super high in THC often leave me with a racing heart. I usually prefer heavy indicas, but Sour Apple Maui is an 80 percent sativa dominant strain. I may have been skeptical, but I will forever trust Lanai’s recommendations because she was spot-on with this one. It provided me with just the right amount of cerebral relaxation to remain calm and clear-headed, in-the-moment, and therefore able to concentrate on one task at a time.
Just as the label very clearly stated, this strain is perfect for those, like myself, who suffer from ADD. I also found it to be a phenomenal pain reliever. It eradicated the headache I woke up with almost instantly. The Oasis team also, understandably, recommends this strain in the treatment of depression, fatigue and muscle spasms.
Officially on my list of favorites, Sour Apple Maui has become my go-to strain for summer. If it were a song, it’d be “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin because whether you’re relaxing by the pool, hiking a new trail or playing frisbee at the park, Sour Apple Maui will leave you carefree and in-the-moment. It may also be a good option for those seeking daytime pain relief at work, or for anyone suffering from PTSD.
White Fire OG x Kuchi
Simply Pure, 2000 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211
This Rolex OG Kush strain is wonderfully developed, with firm buds that taper from fat bottoms to slender tips. Cosmetically I find it very pleasing when buds resemble the family Christmas tree, or Holiday tree if that better suits your viewpoint. The color of green is quite dark like a typical pine, which contrasts pleasantly with the robust trichome development so typical of most Kush strains. Red hairs and shimmering crystals (kief) pop from the darker canvas to create an overall aesthetic of potent potential. I would also add that there are few to none loose leaves or shake with this sample from Simply Pure.
These Rolex OG Kush flowers have a complex terpene profile. They smell floral with the faint scent of Pine-Sol and fuel.
I noticed that the Rolex crumbed deliciously when loading a glass spoon with even more trichomes revealed within. This is conducive to easy loading and rolling if you are in a tight spot, coupled with a fast, even burn Rolex is convenient to manage anywhere. Actually, it is so easy to pull on this strain that I found myself drawing in a larger hit than I had planned.
Rolex is a head changer no question. My first hit was a whopper, but after repeated consumption I noticed that no matter the amount inhaled the effects are largely the same. I don’t mean this to be a disclaimer but you might not want to have anything too serious planned for the roughly thirty or forty-five minutes after consuming this particular Kush strain. That is not to say there is a certain, “befuddled” quality to this high however. I felt in reasonable control of my faculties and was able to enjoy the altering effects without unpleasant side effects like anxiety…or the simple animal fear that sometimes accompanies a dalliance with real head changers.
On the whole this a very solid bud. I very much enjoyed the exterior with its contrast between dark green leaf, deep red hairs, and a growth of crystalline trichomes which, when taken altogether, conjure images of the mine in Snow White, or the previously mentioned non-denominational Holiday tree. The mind altering effects were impressive, and I really enjoyed the cerebral high that actually stuck around for longer than I expected. At least an hour after smoking I was still feeling the burn. Because this strain provides more cerebral relaxation than body, I would recommend this for parties or just hanging out with friends. Once again, you might want to reserve some time after consumption to let the initial effects of Rolex OG Kush play out before doing anything like operating heavy machinery.
Have you ever had the opportunity to view more than 150 different strains of cannabis in one day? What about in one room? If you’ve never had the overwhelming pleasure, make the trip to one of the Oasis Cannabis Superstore locations in Denver, Colorado. It’s quite the sight, and with a motto like “Relax. It’s all here,” expect to take some time making decisions.
Lanai was working at the Oasis Cannabis Superstore on 44th Ave when I visited. After asking questions to find out what effects I typically like, she suggested two strains — Cherry Lime Rickey and Sour Apple Maui.
Click here to read the Sour Apple Maui Review and continue reading to learn more about Cherry Lime Rickey.
Cherry Lime Rickey
Cherry Lime Haze x Unknown
Oasis Cannabis Superstore, 5430 West 44th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212
Cherry Lime Rickey is a sturdy strain with heavy, solid buds. This sample is devoid of any extraneous leaves that have a nasty habit of filling up orders with fluff rather than substance. Due to the robust development of trichomes these gems look like they have been dusted with confectioner’s sugar, something you will surely notice when handling. Overall CLR is a cosmetically attractive strain with impressive amounts of red hairs coupled with a healthy glisten from its globule growth (kief).
The olfactory makeup of Cherry Lime Rickey is unmistakably pastoral. The first impression is one of fresh growth on the farm, evoking images of green life under the sun. When you break CLR open there is an added dimension of skunk and ammonia that speaks to its potent effects. Although CLR does not share many scented similarities with its namesake, you will nonetheless find an undercurrent of citrus (limonene) that makes its presence known, if only intermittently.
I smoked this sample of Cherry Lime Rickey in a small glass chillum pipe. It burned evenly throughout, providing a well-rounded and easy-to-pull hit. Although not always the case, with CLR the flavor profile matches its odor to a surprising degree. I would offer that the skunky and ammonia flavor comes through a bit stronger during the initial inhale, and then remains in the aftertaste. The combination of everything is a pleasant rich draw, and it burned down to white ash which is a good tell for proper flushing and curing.
Take note of its strong head change in the first five minutes, Cherry Lime Rickey packs a mean punch up front. Despite that shock bit at the beginning however, CLR transitions into a surprisingly clear-headed state where 15 minutes after consumption I was able to enjoy a genuine state of relaxation coupled with reasonable lucidity. The largest noticeable effect was of that to the body. A release of tension is palpable, with an emphasis on easing muscle tightness. For a solid hour after smoking there was a continued loose feeling that I found quite comfortable. The effects taper off largely around the hour to hour and a half mark.
The claims by Oasis Cannabis Superstore that Cherry Lime Rickey is an ideal strain to relieve symptoms of muscle spasms, anxiety, PMS and pain seem correct. It would also likely be a strain beneficial in the treatment of PTSD.
Lab Tested Cannabinoids: 21.6% THC, 0.06% CBD
Dispensary: Nectar Cannabis 4125 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Chemdawg (also Chemdog) is a renowned cannabis strain of legendary, yet mysterious, origins. The story is that sometime before 1991 a man named Chemdog bought an ounce of high-quality cannabis for $500 at a Grateful Dead Concert in Noblesville, IN at the famous Deer Creek outdoor amphitheater. They exchanged numbers, and Chemdog later received two more ounces in the mail. One of those ounces was seedless, and there were 13 seeds in the other. What I have here is purportedly an offspring of one of those legendary seeds that produced viable female plants. While Chemdawg’s parentage is unknown, its progeny are famous, including classic cannabis strains like Sour Diesel and OG Kush.
Nectar Cannabis, N. Mississippi Ave., Portland. (Alison Gary/Whaxy)
I picked up this Chemdawg sample from Nectar Cannabis dispensary in North Portland. Nectar is one of the biggest dispensary chains in Oregon with four Portland area locations and one in Eugene. The Nectar dispensary on N. Mississippi Ave. is in a charming old house. You walk into the living room, which is separated into two spaces, one for recreational users and the other for medical. They were doing so much business while I was there, and had so much product turnover, that it was impossible to keep the menus current. But the budtenders were good at recommending strains similar to what customers had come in looking for.
The kief coverage on this Chemdawg, grown by Flying Eagle Farms, is so dense it almost sparkles in the sunlight. The flowers are many different shades of green riddled with subtle rust colored hair trichomes. This sample had a pungent diesel aroma (terpenes) when pulled apart, with soft hints of sweetness. Through my G Pen Elite vaporizer the flavor was a distinct chemical diesel flavor that lingered in the mouth, giving way to notes of earth and pine (pinene). Smoked in a glass pipe, the flavor was much earthier with only back notes of pine and diesel.
Chemdawg cannabis strain from Nectar Cannabis, Portland. (Alison Gary/Whaxy)
Chemdawg is known for being a potent strain that often leads to couch lock. But after enjoying my first bowl, I found myself happily cleaning and doing chores around the house. I felt like a Stoner Queen, being productive while using the ‘infamous’ motivation-killing Chemdawg.
Then I decided to have a second bowl. My productivity dropped precipitously and a nap became the only option. The high, while very strong, was also very relaxing with tingling in the face and extremities. It also stimulated my appetite.
I believe Chemdawg’s reputation is warranted; I would not recommend this strain to a novice cannabis user. An indica-dominant hybrid, I would say dosing matters for this cannabis strain. At first the cerebral high hits with a wave of creative energy, but in true creeper-strain fashion, it may give way to powerful couch lock or nap with more consumption. With only 21.6 percent THC (and 0.06 percent CBD), Chemdawg is proof that there is more to a smoking experience than THC lab results.
Inside Nectar Cannabis, N. Mississippi Ave., Portland. (Alison Gary/Whaxy)