Leafs by Snoop is an excellent example of the predictable direction in which the U.S. cannabis market is headed. Those famous individuals who have allowed their pervasive cannabis use to bask in the limelight beside them are now cashing in on their cavalier cannabis stance by tying their name to cannabis products. Given the cannabis endorsement trend, who could have possibly been surprised that Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg to traditionalists; Snoop Diggidy-Dogg to the uninitiated) would find a way to stamp his name on some cannabis? Thus, I present to you Leafs by Snoop, a line of cannabis flower that is the product of a strategic alliance between Colorado’s LivWell and Snoop Dogg—I’m not calling him Snoop Lion anymore; it is an absurd name for a dogg.
On the flip side, as consumers, we are quickly learning that spending your entire life as an avid cannabis consumer is no guarantee of success as a cannabis supplier. New brands also often face growing pains, and Snoop’s cannabis line, Leafs by Snoop, is no exception. The first expert review of at least one Leafs by Snoop strain — Blueberry Dream, Snoop’s version of Blue Dream — was less than positive.
Needing to see it to believe it, I decided to “test” the product myself, but I chose Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush for this review.
Cali Kush is a hybrid strain that tends to produce dense, light green flower with minimal leaves and pistils and maximum trichome coverage. Cannasseurs expect Cali Kush to have a fruity, citrus scent with robust coffee and spice notes, indicative of Kush genetics. The flower’s Kush qualities, a spicy robustness for example, should also be very apparent in the flower’s flavor.
I was happy to find that Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush exhibited many of the strain’s expected characteristics. The flower is indeed dense, devoid of leaves (leaf’s plural form, Snoop…), and only exhibits small clusters of orange pistils. The flower has a vibrant, light green color that shines through a semi-dense, steady layer of trichomes (also known as kief).
After multiple whiffs, I would describe the flower’s aroma, or terpene profile, as starting with peppery diesel and a hint of pine but finishing with a citrusy dankness. I am not totally sure where the diesel scent comes from, but the rest of the flower’s aroma hits the mark. The flower also tasted like typical Cali Kush in that it initially exhibited an almost piney, tobacco or coffee-like boldness with a subtle sweetness, and then it finished with a sneeze-inducing spiciness that lingered in the back of my nasal cavity.
While it did not knock my socks off, Leafs by Snoops Cali Kush produced a potent and expected effect as far as hybrids go. I felt very awake and aware, and I was able to clearly focus on one thing, albeit only one thing. Contrastingly, the flower also induced a physical weightiness in my chest and head that kept me firmly planted in my couch. I did not feel tired, but I also had no desire to move. Based on these effects, I would say that Leafs by Snoop’s Cali Kush has been released just in time for the winter movie season. Feel like watching a movie? Wanna get high? Snoop’s Cali Kush offers the pleasure you seek while keeping you focused on the reason you paid $13 to get sticky shoes; or, you know, just Netflix™ and chill. This movie season, pass the Cali Kush and stop bogarting the popcorn!