Chemdawg Strain Review

Chemdawg Strain Review

Strain: Chemdawg

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 portlandNectar 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 strain reviewChemdawg 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.

chemdog strain reviewInside Nectar Cannabis, N. Mississippi Ave., Portland. (Alison Gary/Whaxy)

Alison Gary

Why Do We Celebrate “420”?

Why Do We Celebrate “420”?

Four-twenty, or “420,” is more than a mere date. It extends beyond a simple time of the day. It’s a manifestation of the plant itself. In a digital world of social media shortcuts, 420 is the perfect symbol of all things cannabis. A terse four-character text message, “420?,” is probably the most efficient means of asking a friend if they want to get high.

Fans of the culture tend to smoke up at 4:20 pm. Millions around the world celebrate the kind herb on April 20 when they gather for rallies, smoke outs, trade shows, and backyard bar-be-ques.  But how did this term truly originate? Who is to thank for this after school afternoon ritual cum national holiday?

Although there are conflicting stories, the only one with any credibility or evidence behind it is from a group from San Rafael, California calling itself the Waldos. In 1971, members of the group had a tradition of meeting at 4:20 pm after school, when they would get high and trod off in pursuit of a mythical pot field based on their possession of a hand-drawn map. The pot field, unfortunately, was never found.

“We were smoking a lot of weed at the time,” said Dave Reddix, known within the group as Waldo Dave, who is now a 59-year-old filmmaker. Said Reddix:

“Half the fun was just going looking for it.”

Based on the group’s geographic location and personal interests, use of the 420 reference spread to the hippy rock band the Grateful Dead. After use of the term became common within the band’s dedicated legion of Deadhead followers, it got some real traction in society.

The next boost to stardom for “420” came when former High Times editor Steve Bloom saw the term defined on a Grateful Dead concert flyer in 1990. This lead to the term being adopted by High Times staff. Because of the magazine’s influence on the culture — and the fact that it publishes both a popular magazine and a website — 420 was truly released into the wild.

While the term no longer holds its ability to act as secret code (it’s commonly recognized), it is a powerful social emblem derived from a pre-internet meme that represents power to the people and everything counterculture.

Epicenters of cannabis celebrations on April 20 include Denver, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver — as well as hundreds of more discrete events across America. Denver, however, has became the de facto center of cannabis celebrational activity, due mostly to the state’s pioneering legal recreational marijuana and its healthy network of cultivation facilities, independent dispensaries, and retail outlets.

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