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I wouldn’t call myself a true hippie, but like so many other days, I was starting my day with black coffee and a joint – the ‘hippie breakfast’. However, Natural Remedy’s LA [OG] Kush was an indica and certainly a deviation from my usual morning sativa. I was apprehensive at first, not wanting to knock myself out in the office first thing on Monday morning, but the frosty, trichome-glazed buds and purple accents were very persuasive. The scent of the flower was predominantly earthy and piney with a hint of citrus. In-tact calyxes convinced me that these buds were hand-trimmed.

The nugs were 1-2 inches long, dense, and ground up well. I rolled my usual Raw cone and fired it up. When smoked, the earthy, piney taste dominated the other terpenes. It burned well, although not completely white. The smoke was slightly harsh, although it could have been due to the abundance of sparkling crystals on the flowers.

I could immediately feel a sense of relaxation and light-headedness. But, this wasn’t dizziness – it felt like my head was a balloon, ready to float freely away had it not been secured in place by my neck. Within 20 minutes, I was very comfortable in my needing-to-be-replaced desk chair, my usual morning nausea was obliterated, and I began to feel hungry.

While I made a quick snack, my mind wandered back to the To-Do list sitting in front of my computer. I started to think about all my tasks and began to gameplan how I was going to tackle my day. I got back to my desk and before I knew it, I was breezing through tasks, leading me to believe that the effect of pinene was more significant than the myrcene and limonene that are common in OG Kush varieties.

The high lasted a few good – and very productive – hours, at which point I lathered, rinsed, and repeated.

The elegant balance of pinene and myrcene would lead me to recommend this strain for pain relief, discomfort, and nausea, without the traditionally sedative properties of most OG Kush strains. The lineage of the strain, an LA Confidential x OG Kush child, explains the hints of citrus and the anti-anxiety effect of the plant (linalool & limonen).

Despite having a reputation (and label) as an indica, LA Kush provided the mental stimulation I needed during the workday, while also alleviating the usual discomfort of sitting at a desk for long periods of time. For me, the effects reflected a sativa-dominant hybrid more than an indica. Overall, I would definitely smoke this strain regularly.

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