Plushberry Strain Review

Plushberry Strain Review

I’ve only been to Colorado Springs twice in my three years as a resident here in the Centennial State. One night was spent rather regrettably at one of the “vape lounges” in town that operated and looked more like a childhood friend’s basement than a tax paying business. My other evening in The Springs was a delightful Thanksgiving (Dabsgiving) celebration filled with singing and musical instruments, wonderful food, family bonding (not my family), drunken arguments and temper tantrums.

I always envisioned the next time I visited would be to see the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame or training for the Olympics. Sadly that is not the case. The intended purpose of this journey was to drop of a rig to be repaired by the glass artist G-Off. The female piece met its demise while I was attempting to remove an e-nail after weeks of non-use. The residual oil hardened to create a cement-like bond between the metal and glass. As I put a flame to the rig to loosen up the reclaim and wiggle the nail out I knew instinctively that it was a mistake and that regret would be my next emotion.

The prospect of driving 2.5 hours south was made more bearable when I realized that Colorado Springs is only 65 or so miles from Denver and would take far less driving time. It was like time traveling when I received those few extra hours back. Deciding to make a day out of the affair, I rolled a fat cone and jumped on to I-25 South straight into the morning rush. My timing couldn’t have been worse. I had forgotten that normal people keep normal hours.

Armed with a collection of the best rock CD’s from the mid-nineties and a healthy memory of the lyrics, I cruised the highway echoing the sentiments of Cake, Green Day and The Presidents of the United States of America. I was all by myself and no one was looking, belting out the songs of my youth while barreling down the road put me into a trance and the next thing I knew, I didn’t know where I was.

There is no shortage of cannabis is Colorado Springs. Over 100 dispensaries are licensed in the area with scores of infused products and hash coming from the region as well. I have blunts, will travel. But its quality bud that I’m after, so I’ve got some detective work to do.

First time impressions and shopping experience make all the difference to me. I’ve walked out of shops without making a purchase because I didn’t like the vibe, the bud or both. Cannabis is a very personal thing and I like many connoisseurs am quite discerning with the places I frequent.

Strawberry Fields MMJ occupies an old residential location on Colorado Ave on the West Side of Colorado Springs. Around to the back of the property a covered patio with bench seating overlooks modest greenery and the surrounding neighborhood. Inside the store John Fogarty rails ‘Born on the Bayou’ across the sound system. The reception area is inviting with its leather couch and non-cannabis publications to thumb through in the event of a wait time. On the walls hang many ‘Best Of Colorado Springs’ awards.

plushberry strain reviewInside Strawberry Fields’ cultivation facility. (Photo by Strawberry Fields.)

Chelsea greeted me and took my credentials to check me in as a first time patient. Quick and easy, no muss no fuss; I was back into the patient room in a jiff. The two large rooms that make up the dispensary are smooth. Custom carpentry impressively frames the picturesque store. The entry room is filled with shelves, racks, and cases featuring Colorado’s most trusted and well-known brands — edibles, tinctures, topicals, sodas, patches, pens, cartridges, and clones from SF’s own garden ache to go home with you.

The second room is filled flower and concentrates. Their house line of wax, shatter, butter and live resin shares the space with a few third party vendor offerings. The jars of bud run the gamut from classic strains to new fangled hybrids and are presented on upon request or suggestion. Northern Lights, Headband and Amnesia Haze sat comfortable next to Plushberry and something called Viper Cookies. The walls are adorned with local art depicting iconic movies; The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona and Pulp Fiction all get the Pop Art treatment. The vibe is strong at Strawberry Fields.

Guiding me through the shopping experience was Michael from East Texas. He’s 4th generation military and was brought up with a less than liberal viewpoint on cannabis and its place in society. The U.S. Army brought him out this way and he hadn’t ever tried cannabis before in his youth. He was highly against it.

“That’s how I was raised. I couldn’t have seen myself doing this back then.”

He bluntly put it.

After educating himself on the benefits of cannabis he jumped head first in to the talent pool and has proudly been working at Strawberry Fields ever since bringing his military precision to an exciting new career.

Michael sent me on my way with a few stinky nugs of the Plushberry I had been eying earlier in my visit. He left me with the knowledge that Strawberry Fields has a recreational location in Pueblo, Colorado that offers medical pricing to patients shopping in the retail store. My day was just getting started and I couldn’t wait to continue exploring Colorado Springs.

plushberry strain reviewMacro image of Plushberry.

Strain

Plushberry

Genetics

Black Cherry Soda X Space Queen

Dispensary

Strawberry Fields, 3404 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

plushberry strain review

Aesthetic

The deep green hues of these flowers are sparsely broken up by dark magenta color that doesn’t look quite as purple in person as displayed in the image above. The amber hairs decorating this sample of Plushberry is complimented by an average covering of shimmering kief.

Aroma

Boasting a terpene profile similar to it’s parent strain, Black Cherry Soda, Plushberry also smells sweet like berries. Once a nug is broken up, the earthy and floral scents come forward.

Consumption

Preparing to roll a Plushberry blunt, I was able to use my fingers to break up these flowers. With fingers smelling like sweet berries and cannabis, I inhaled thick, smooth smoke that tasted more earthy than sweet but still like berries. The blunt burned evening and mostly white ash was all that remained.

Effects

I grinned lazily as the day’s stress dissipated after my second hit of the blunt. In true creeper fashion, my limbs followed suite about halfway through the sesh. Not quite drowsy and definitely not couch locked, I was thoroughly relaxed by the time I finished. Plushberry may not be suitable for daytime use, but it’s perfect for after work or a day off.

 

Alien Bubba Berry Strain Review

Alien Bubba Berry Strain Review

In musical lore Maggie’s Farm is one of Bob Dylan’s most divisive tunes. It represented his change from folk music hero to burgeoning rock genius. The consensus on his new approach was mixed. That is not the case with Maggie’s Farm of the cannabis world.

Maggie’s Farm, based in Colorado Springs is universally well-liked and constantly raising the bar for dispensary operations and cannabis cultivation. Of their six locations the most convenient to my current position was the Fillmore Street outpost. I pulled up Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival rendition of Maggie’s Farm on my phone and cruised on over. This location is medical only but recreational shoppers can head to the Manitou Springs or either Pueblo location for the same top-notch experience.

The folks over on Maggie’s Farm do it little different than the boys and girls in Denver. To begin, everything grown on the farm is started from seed. No clones are being propagated for Maggie’s bud. This methodology is counter to common commercial practices but has been producing quality cannabis since 2010. To further differentiate Maggie’s Farm from other kids in the sandbox, natural sunlight is the only source of illumination for their plants. The farm is Clean Green certified four years running which mirrors USDA Organic criteria while they grow their crops in all natural soil. They even use spring water to feed the plants opposed to the run of the mill and impure tap water growing the majority of bud in Colorado.

alien bubba berry strain review

The interior of the Fillmore location is clean and professional. Black leather chairs and modern coffee tables warm the reception area. The wall mounted HD TV playing the Summer Olympics is reminiscent of my family practitioners office. Luckily there are no screaming babies here, just Screamin’ OG’s. The walls held many best of awards from The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Behind the closed doors of the bud room I was exposed to the labor of love on the farm when Gabe started to pop the lids off of the jars filling the display cases. Each selection had been hand trimmed and presented beautifully. I arrived too late to take advantage of the early bird special (15% off the entire order before noon) but made a mental note for the next time I visit Maggie’s Farm.

After a bit of internal back and forth I couldn’t make my mind up between Bubbleberry and Sour Nightmare. I put myself in this type of decision-making dilemma quite regularly and will more often than not choose whichever strain my budtender prefers. Gabe suggested I take a look then at the Alien Bubba Berry we had neglected to look at prior. Blueberry crossed with Alien Bubba put my senses into frenzy. I coughed manically after a large whiff, unprepared for the ferocity that would fill my face.

bubba berry strain review

The strain was new to the shelf and had only been harvested once prior. Gabe hadn’t even had the chance to try this one. I would try it for both of us. Leaving the dispensary with the new release had me clicking my heels like Ron Santo and salivating to burn the Alien Bubba Berry down.

Strain

Alien Bubba Berry

Genetics

Blueberry X Alien Bubba

Dispensary

Maggie’s Farm, 818 E Fillmore St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

alien bubba berry strain review

Aesthetic

Reminding me of the grass in late fall, a dense covering of shimmering trichomes and burnt-orange hairs decorate the mostly light green flowers in this sample of Alien Bubba Berry.

Aroma

The sweet, scent of berries dominates the terpene profile in these Alien Bubba Berry flowers. Likely from beta-caryophyllenemyrcene and linalool, I also smelled spicy, herbal and floral notes.

Consumption

Consumed out of a glass sherlock pipe, the smoke was smooth, and the fruity herbal taste remained on my palate for several seconds.

Effects

A mild onset of effects, I almost didn’t notice the weightlessness creep into my arms and legs. After the third hit, my eyes narrowed and a lazy grin spread across my face. Colors became brighter, a sensory effect that I tend to enjoy. Fifteen minutes later, intense skin tingling sensations covered my body, and I was cool, calm, collected and content. I could have easily floated off to sleep, but the urge was easy enough to resist.

Activities

  • Hammocking
  • Netflix marathon
  • Sunset stroll
  • Museum or planetarium visit
  • Theater or comedy show

 

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