Durban Poison Review

Durban Poison Review

In this day and age, cannabis consumers are inundated with strain varieties that mean very little to the average smoker. No, I do not care about your cool new strain, Jazzy Wallflower (patent pending), which you most assuredly made up on the spot. It is enough to make a man want to kick it old school, which is exactly what I did this week when I decided to review Durban Poison.

Given that Durban Poison is a commonly available strain here in Denver, I decided to seek the best version of the strain I could find. For me, Denver’s Oasis Cannabis Superstore was the logical place to start exploring because they carry an unparalleled variety and quantity of strains grown both by Oasis and other notable Colorado cultivators. If you have not been to Oasis, it is a literal weed emporium. Imagine all the strain varieties your heart desires; now double that mental quantity and put it behind a glass display case that snakes longer than the anaconda that tried to devour Jennifer Lopez for an hour and a half. If you haven’t seen Anaconda, I’ll save you time: don’t. Suffice it to say that if you are looking for a strain, Oasis probably has it. In this case, they actually had Durban Poison from four different cultivators. Based on smell and appearance, I felt that Oasis and Sundance Gardens both had the best Durban Poison. I decided to go with the house strain and review Oasis’ Durban Poison.

As most cannasseurs will proudly explain (despite your pleas for them to stop), Durban Poison originates from the South African port city of Durban and is one of a small number of cannabis landraces in existence today. As such, Durban Poison is a pure sativa strain that has contributed to the genetic lineage of many popular strains found today. Durban Poison is coveted among tokers for its uplifting, energetic effect, which affords cannabis smokers the opportunity to break popular perception by smoking cannabis and then doing something active; you know, if they feel like it.

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Oasis’ Durban Poison flower has a semi-dense, semi-firm consistency and just the right amount of dryness, indicative of a proper post harvest process. The flower is your run-of-the-mill cannabis green with a smattering of small, darker green patches, a steady distribution of small, orange pistil clusters, and a blanket of shimmering trichomes. The flower’s shape is rounder than sativas tend to be, but Durban Poison is weird like that. As for the flower’s bouquet, Oasis’ Durban Poison has the citrus, sweet, and anise aromas I have come to expect of Durban, but it also has pine and diesel in its fragrance. No surprise, the Durban Poison’s sweet aroma dominated its fragrance profile after I broke up the flower.

Upon smoking a joint of the Durban Poison, my taste buds were greeted with Durban Poison’s familiar sweetness as well as a slight hint of diesel. I was ecstatic to find that this cannabis had been flushed properly, which I deduced from the joint’s white ash and the lack of residual metal or chemical flavors. You would be surprised how often cultivators do not properly flush their flower despite Colorado’s “advanced” cannabis industry; Oasis seems to have gotten it right.

I bought this Durban Poison in anticipation of my most recent ski trip. I wanted something that would keep me active and alert while uncontrollably careening down whatever mountain would likely be my final resting place. I was not disappointed and lived to tell about it. As expected, Oasis’ Durban Poison kept me active and awake without feeling over caffeinated. I felt alert and energetic enough to do multiple runs while maintaining a level of control over my faculties that was most imperative for survival. I experienced heady, thoughtful, and focused mental activity that kept the many ski lift-lulls interesting. Oasis’ Durban Poison also offered general relaxation and a pleasant headband-esque sensation around my noggin.

If you are looking for an active sativa or simply wish to explore the cannabis of yesteryear, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Oasis’ Durban Poison. In a time when strains are relentlessly crossbred and then crossbred some more, Oasis’ Durban Poison exhibits the traditional qualities and effects expected of a Durban Poison land race. Sativa smokers rejoice!

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Stevie Wonder Cannabis Strain Review

Stevie Wonder Cannabis Strain Review

I peered through a glass display case protecting cannabis at Denver’s Pure Marijuana Dispensary on Bannock Street; Stevie Wonder peered back at me as I asked myself, “how do strains get their names?”

Moments before, I was waiting in Pure’s oddly soothing, Easter-colored waiting room enjoying some semi-obscure hip hop. At that time, my only concern was “I want the good stuff.” The always-friendly receptionist with a necktie collection that would make Craig Sager blush—this time sporting a red, patterned number—called me into the sales area. Once I began inspecting the cannabis on display, my focus quickly shifted to Stevie Wonder—an affordable sativa cannabis strain.

stevie wonder strain review

Bodhi Seeds breeds a Stevie Wonder strain that is crossed from Sensi Star, Trainwreck, Blueberry, and Bubba Kush. Could this Stevie Wonder be the same strain? I asked Pure’s very helpful staff about their Stevie Wonder’s genetics. As it turns out, Pure’s grower has kept their Stevie Wonder’s parent genetics a proprietary secret; in fact, it is the only strain shrouded in such secrecy. Nothing grabs my attention more than forbidden fruit, so I purchased an eighth for my personal investigation. After repeated “taste testing,” my guess is Pure’s Stevie Wonder is a cross between Durban Poison and Blue Dream and, thus, is different from the Bodhi Seeds strain; but that is only a guess.

Pure’s Stevie Wonder is a fairly dense, well-cured, and hand-trimmed flower. The flower is moss green with the occasional dark green patch, lightly speckled with orange (attributable to the flower’s numerous but small pistils), and has a steady covering of trichomes. Upon first whiff, Pure’s Stevie Wonder has strong pine, pepper, and sweet notes with an undertone of lavender. After breaking up the flower, however, a tide of sweet berry fragrance dominates the flower’s aroma. Not surprisingly, Stevie Wonder’s flavor is sweet overall with berry notes.

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While Stevie Wonder’s physical attributes are certainly pleasant, the strain’s effects really impressed me. I lean towards heady, active sativas; boy, did Stevie deliver. After just one joint, a wave of energy, mental stimulation, and joy washed over me. I felt like doing Stevie Wonder’s patented head bob. I was so mentally stimulated, in fact, that I engaged my friend in a terribly interesting conversation about the modern state of country music; I hate country music. And Stevie did not stop there. In addition to its mental effects, I still somehow felt relaxation in my face and body that was accompanied by a massaging sensation around my brain—as if Stevie himself was tickling my brain with his ever-dexterous fingers the way he tickles the ivories.

In my opinion, Pure Marijuana Dispensary’s Stevie Wonder offers the best of both worlds: an energetic, mentally stimulating experience accompanied by satisfying body stimulation. I am not sure how most strains get their name, but I think I can venture a guess about Pure’s Stevie Wonder. I would absolutely recommend Stevie Wonder to anyone who enjoys a heady sativa or energizing and uplifting effects.

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