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Bordello Strain Review

Bordello Strain Review

11:30 am on a Tuesday is the perfect to time to stop in to Kind Love. The rear parking lot is accessible and ample. It’s empty at the time of my arrival but I’ve seen overflow-parking spill into the neighboring Petsmart lot before. Most notably on Thursday’s when new Green Dot flavors drop. I haven’t visited Kind Love in quite some time. Months when I think about it. I used to shop here once a week when my office was located just down the road.

Kind Love is perched at the top of East Alameda Avenue and Leetsdale Drive in Denver. The building is discreetly tucked into trees and utility poles that in another life were also trees. From the exterior one cannot readily tell that this structure houses one of Denver’s most loved dispensaries. It looks more like a fine place to put a dental clinic. Once inside these hallowed walls, medical patients and recreational consumers are treated to an out of this world experience.

Check in was a breeze and I was offered a Kind Love Red Card protector when the receptionist saw the crumbling imitation brand Post-it note I’m currently using to keep the integrity of my card in tact. I accepted fully well knowing that it would not fit in my wallet. As if the state wants to make thing even tougher on cannabis patients, the current ID cards were made without such precautions like making sure that the ink would not rub off leaving a valid card unusable.

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Immediately upon entering the medical dispensary I was greeted by Matt whose bushy red beard dwarfed my own manly scruff. After some brief facial hair talk and catching him up on what I’ve been doing my name was announced and I excused myself to make my purchase. He let me know that the Cookie Wreck had just hit the med side and was looking primo.

The shelves are always stocked to the max at Kind Love. They have enough infused topical cream to slather a million bodies’ head to toe and their selection of edibles and drinks runs the gamut. Kind Love has the best selection of hash on the market. They carry Concentrated Remedies, Craft 710, Essential Extracts, Incredible Extracts, Viola, Green Dot, The Lab as well as their own house line of wax, shatter and live resin.

Mary motioned for me to walk to her station and she’s never steered me wrong before. She put a jar of Triangle Kush in front of me and opened the lid. The smell hit me like an open hand slap to the face and sent me tumbling back. If one is good then two is better. I went in for another whiff this time keeping my footing. It was tasty; as was the Cookie Wreck I checked out. But I had come with a hankering for something specific.

Boredello has been knocking me on my ass since I first smoked it a year or so ago. I’ve gone back for it several times since without the slightest sense of disappointment. It’s a cross between Blackberry Apocalypse and Alexis with its roots taking hold in the firm red dirt of Texas and its Texas Resin Company. Bordello is a pungent and pretty bud begging to be rolled up into a fat blunt.

The bottom of the jar is not a place a connoisseur would rather not consume cannabis from. It’s akin to taking the last swing out of a warm bottle of whiskey that has been sitting in the corner all night; it will still do the job but taste and appearance are lacking and the experience is shot. I’m all about the aesthetic. Mary knows me and knows my preferences. She retrieved a brand new jar of the magical strain and sent me packing with a fat gram.

Kind Love is and will forever a cannabis institution. It’s a place where the brightest minds in the cannabis community shop, work and congregate. As I left the store I struck up a conversation with Chris, a grower from a competing dispensary. He comes into Kind Love to pick up clones from the clone bar for his home grow. He left me with his personal opinion of the dispensary.

“Kind Love is the fucking best!”

I couldn’t agree more Chris.

Strain

Bordello

bordello strain review

Genetics

Blackberry Apocalypse x Alexis

Dispensary

Kind Love, 4380 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246.

Aesthetic

One of the things I most enjoyed about this sample of Bordello was the variation in nug size, shape and color. Shades of purple stood out sporadically among the dark and light greens with ample scatterings of burnt-orange hairs and kief.

bordello strain review

Aroma

A complex terpene profile, these Bordello flowers smelled earthy with undertones of fuel and citrus before being broken up, but then I was greeted with the sweet aroma of berries and flowers as soon as I tore one in half.

Consumption

Smoking a bowl of Bordello out of a less-than-squeaky-clean glass pipe was not able to mask the surprising berry taste in the smoke. I felt slight throat irritation and choked out a couple of coughs after the first two hits, but it was relatively smooth sailing. Just as expected, the cultivation team at Kind Love flushed the plants properly because the ash left in the bottom of bowl was white.

Effects

My eyes felt a little heavier by the time the bowl was finished, and a comfortingly-restrictive, imaginary headband had magically appeared above my ears. My limbs felt heavy and light at the same time while a mild tingling sensations tickled my skin. (Yes, seriously.) If I had to describe the effects I felt from consuming Bordello in one word, it would be serene.

Because it provides intense limb and body relaxation coupled with an almost energizing mental stimulation, I think Bordello would be an ideal pairing for creative pursuits, catching up with friends, meditating or something more sensual like getting a massage.  In the best way possible, concentrating on writing this review became slightly more challenging after a bowl of Bordello. While it is a good option to relieve pain and stress, Bordello may not be a good choice for those seeking relief at work.

 

Afghani Strain Review

Afghani Strain Review

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.

afghani strain review

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.

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