An exotic California strain that has since migrated east and found a home at Denver Relief in Colorado, Lemon Diesel smells and tastes like an overripe lemon was infused with gasoline.
Strain: Lemon Diesel
Genetics: West Coast Sour Diesel x Lemon Skunk
Dispensary: Denver Relief, 1 Broadway A150, Denver, CO 80203
Lemon Diesel has a pure-hybrid look with lime green buds streaked with dark bronze highlights throughout. The dense flowers form a narrow triangular shape that does not crumble under pressure. A kiefy bud, this Lemon Diesel has swollen calyxes an abundance of trichomes. No leaves remain on this properly trimmed sample from Denver Relief.
The terpene profile of Lemon Diesel smells like a tire with a lemon rind stuck to it ran over a skunk, poured gasoline all over it, and then set it on fire. On the first whiff, the Lemon Diesel smells like straight lemon zest (limonene). The second sniff adds in the funky, vociferous skunk odor. When you break her open to pack a bowl, the distinct petrol smell that can only be attributed to the Sour Diesel within her genetic profile becomes more apparent.
This Lemon Diesel burned smoothly and evenly in my glass spoon pipe, and delivered an unusually flavorful first hit. The diesel taste unsurprisingly overwhelmed the initial lemon punch, but both terpenes remain present throughout the exhale. This sample turned to white ash, a sign that it was flushed and cured properly.
Lemon Diesel delivers an instant head-rush of euphoria that lasts 15 to 20 minutes before transforming into a balanced relaxation of both body and mind. After about 45 minutes, the effects remind me more of those from a potent indica with a light, floaty sensation that settled in my limbs. About 90 minutes after smoking, only a general daze lingers. A potent strain, I recommend novice users not take more than a couple of hits at first.
Denver Relief nailed the lemon on the head with this interpretation of Lemon Diesel. The citrus and gas balance one another both in flavor and effect. The well-balanced effects of Lemon Diesel make it a great choice for almost any occasion, whether you’re wake-and-baking on the weekend or using it to unwind during an after-work stroll.
Interested in trying Lemon Diesel for yourself? Support Denver Relief, the oldest operating dispensary in Denver, and consider purchasing from their store. Click here to browse Denver Relief’s current menu.
Any cannabis strain with the word “Skunk” in her name has the legacy of one of the more unusual, fragrant, and potent old-school strains to live up to. The Skunk gene, believed to have also contributed to the ever-popular Sour Diesel strain, has withstood time for a reason and this ancestor of Skunk #1 has come to rest in Denver, Colorado in the form of Island Sweet Skunk.
Strain: Island Sweet Skunk (aliases: ISS and Sweet Island Skunk)
Genetics: Skunk x Unknown
Dispensary: Denver Relief, 1 Broadway A150, Denver, CO 80203
This sample of Island Sweet Skunk from Denver Relief looks like freshly watered grass. It was obviously flushed and cured properly. These Island Sweet Skunk flowers boast a unique bright green sheen that almost overshadows the shimmering trichomes (kief). Dark bronze and bright orange hairs (also trichomes) make a dramatic imprint on the bud’s physique by consistently jetting out and curling around the flower structure. The contrast between the green and orange make this sample particularly fun to inspect. As expected from a Skunk descendant, these nugs are quite dense, meaning what may look like a small quantity turns into more than expected once broken up.
The scent or aroma of cannabis (and most other plants) is attributed to molecules called terpenes. At first, my olfactory system was met with an abrasive, skunk-like aroma from these Island Sweet Skunk flowers. The more subtle fruit undertones combine with a musty, herbal aroma on the finish to form a smell that takes you to the beach — an island mixture of pineapple juice and mango. This strain definitely contains myrcene, the terpene known to reduce pain and inflammation while producing uplifting or energizing effects. When the nugs are cracked open, the funk–think goat cheese– smell resurfaces.
The first green hit from a glass spoon pipe tastes like a mixture of fresh fruit, nutmeg and that same goat cheese funk. The fruity terpenes really shine through once combusted. These perfectly dried ISS flowers quickly burn off, leaving behind white ash — again signifying that they’ve been flushed and cured properly.
Island Sweet Skunk is very sativa dominant. Some Skunk varieties are known to test higher in CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can help to buffer the psychoactive effects of THC, allowing for a more functional high. This sample of Island Sweet Skunk definitely falls into that category. This strain won’t overpower a person after one hit. A very smooth, balanced high, this strain may enhance your music listening experience, motivation and ability to focus.
As a properly grown version of Island Sweet Skunk, this strain is appropriate for those seeking pain or stress relief throughout a long work-day or it may even be useful before (or after) hitting the gym for a smooth workout or a long-distance run. Kudos to the cultivators at Denver Relief for doing this strain justice.
Interested in trying Island Sweet Skunk for yourself? Support Denver Relief, the oldest operating dispensary in Denver, and consider purchasing from their store. Click here to browse Denver Relief’s current menu.
Coming off of what was arguably the most successful year in the cannabis industry, the state of Colorado is justifiably tightening some of its regulations. Feb. 1, 2015 brought new rules concerning the potency and packaging of THC infused edibles. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana known to produce the feeling of being high.
Amendment 64, the law allowing adults 21 or older in Colorado to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana or THC, was adopted on Nov. 6, 2012. Since then, the laws have been subject to careful scrutiny as they are setting an example for the rest of the nation. This change is probably one of many to come this year concerning the mid-western state’s evolving cannabis industry. The Marijuana Enforcement Division of Colorado is in charge of researching and formulating these new regulations.
The New Rules
- Recreational cannabis edibles must be packaged individually, in child-resistant wrappers and in standardized servings consisting of 10 milligrams of active THC.
- Packaging must comprehensively delineate the serving size.
- Labels must include all of the pertinent information as well as warnings, such as “This product is unlawful outside the State of Colorado,” and “The intoxicating effects of this product may be delayed by two or more hours.”
- The Marijuana Enforcement Division is trying to dissuade companies from producing edibles with 10 to 100 milligrams of THC by offering incentives for the production of edibles at 10 milligrams of psychoactive content.
Below is a photo of the new Lift Citrus Acai THC- infused drink, one of the ways that one Colorado manufacturer, Dixie Elixir, has responded to these new packaging regulations. This 1 ounce beverage contains 10 mg of THC in one serving.
The Community Reaction
The Marijuana community and distributors are generally unified in welcoming the new regulations. They are mostly of the understanding that for decriminalization to be successful it must be approached as responsibly as possible. The new rules have been a little bit of a setback for those stores with a large inventories of high potency cannabis edibles. However, over the course of the month leading up to the new regulations various vendors and manufacturers have come together to offer non-compliant edibles at a unified discount.
There has been national concern surrounding the safe use of cannabis, both medicinally and recreationally. Many physiological factors come into play when determining the appropriate dose for any given person. Up to now, laws concerning label information and child-resistant packaging had been somewhat lax. Even so, there have been only a handful of cases of kids being hospitalized due to unknowingly ingesting cannabis edibles, but that is enough to cause a concern as the edibles market makes up about 45 percent of Colorado’s marijuana industry. Ean Seeb, co-owner of the dispensary, Denver Relief, reported to CBS, “Putting [marijuana edibles] into child resistant containers is one measure we can take as an industry to try to prevent that from happening.”
In a city where there are more dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined, Denver Relief has become a go to shop for local cannabis connoisseurs and tourists alike.
As the longest continuously operating marijuana dispensary in Denver, Denver Relief is located on the South end of the street that has been industry branded the ‘Green Mile’.
Catering to both medical and recreational patients, Denver Relief is a great destination for a first time dispensary goer. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about their product selection, making choosing the right option a breeze.
Upon entering the medicine room at Denver Relief you immediately notice the large product selection. Denver Relief has a number of award winning strains from multiple industry publications, including the 2013 U.S. Cannabis High Times Cup Best Hybrid – OG18. Some favorites from our visit include the classic sativa Durban Poison and hybrid Blue Dream.
If flowers aren’t your forte, the vast selection of edibles, topicals, and concentrates are sure to please. Some of the more popular brands of products Denver Relief carries include Dixie, Green Dot Labs, White Mouse Concentrates, Incredibles, and many more.
One thing that is prevalent throughout Denver Relief is their community involvement. From the large non-perishable food collection barrel in the waiting room to the college donation jars at checkout, it’s clear they are stewards in the local community.
For those looking to gain a little bit more from their dispensary experience Denver Relief is a great destination. Friendly and knowledgeable service, with top shelf product makes Denver Relief truly unique.
Visit their website here and browse more pictures of the shop below.
(Disclaimer: Members of the Denver Relief ownership are business advisors of Whaxy. Regardless, the shop, people, and product are great.)