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- Reviewed 6/27/11
Lifted's Boutique Blue Dream has a uniquely pleasant balance of sativa and indica effects and a sweet, mild flavor. The aroma is fresh, floral, and ripe, and the smoke tastes like berries and flowers with hints of spice and soap.
The high comes on gently and gradually but soon becomes euphoric. It’s a long-lasting, functional high that relieves pain and anxiety. Blue Dream feels comfortable and serene, relaxing and uplifting, like floating on a cloud or in a bubble. It seems to hover on the cusp between sleepy and energetic, between foggy and clear. It’s easy to understand why this smooth, sweet, soothing strain is a favorite of so many.
You can expect this strain to thoroughly obliterate you, physically and mentally. It delivers an extremely heavy body stone and a powerfully distorting mental effect. “Couch lock” is hyperbole, yet feels like an understatement when describing Romulan. This high is as forcefully relaxing as a deep tissue massage or a hot tub. Romulan’s mellow, sedative effect is perfect for relieving pain, muscle soreness, or tension, but it is decidedly not mentally or emotionally uplifting.
The buds have an enticingly pungent piney scent that sticks to your fingers, and the taste is earthy, spicy, and fairly harsh.
Foggy Daze is a 50/50 hybrid with a nice, well-rounded effect. It has a fresh, earthy scent with hints of spice and sweet tangerine, and the flavor is mild and clean. The high hits you all at once, mentally and physically. It relaxes your body and soothes your mind, and becomes surprisingly trippy after a while.
Lemon Diesel is a potent sativa dominant strain with a pungent flavor. The aroma is a blend of pine and diesel fuel, and there’s an intense lemon taste that is neither sweet nor sour, but more like a harsh, artificially lemon-scented soap. Despite this, it burns so cleanly and lightly that it isn’t at all unpleasant to smoke.
The effect is energizing and uplifting. It hits you like a caffeine buzz, then settles into a friendly, functional high that is likely to make you feel giggly, talkative, and hungry. It’s mentally clear, but with a physically numbing sensation that’s good for pain. Lemon Diesel is less debilitating than most strains of comparable potency, but it can distort your perceptions and may cause paranoia. But in moderation, it gives a nice, mood-enhancing boost that could be ideal for physical, intellectual, or social activities.
- Reviewed 2/12/11
Pineapple Trainwreck has a mild, musky fragrance with a hint of pineapple. There’s a very distinct pineapple taste, but the flavor is more musky than sweet. The effect is energizing, uplifting, and mentally stimulating. It starts out cheerfully mellow, but after more than a bowl or two, it becomes wacky and psychedelic. There’s potential for paranoia if you overindulge, but in moderation, Pineapple Trainwreck is a mood-enhancing treat.
- Reviewed 2/8/11
OG Purple Kush
OG Purple Kush is a potent, long-lasting indica with a nice balance of sativa effects. The aroma is minty with some fruity sweetness and a hint of musk, and the flavor is very mild with a faint grape taste. The effect is buzzy and fuzzy at first, but soon settles into a relaxing and comfortable high. It relieves physical pain, but it's also mood-enhancing and mentally soothing. It probably won't put you to sleep, but it can definitely induce appetite. OG Purple Kush is the perfect accompaniment to a cozy blanket and a warm drink at the end of a long day.
- Reviewed 12/19/10
Pineapple Express is an uplifting sativa with a musky flavor and aroma, but apparently it is genetically distinct from Pineapple Trainwreck. Pineapple Express has more of a floral, slightly citrusy sweetness, with a stronger scent and milder taste. The effect is gentler and less crisp than Pineapple Trainwreck. It's smooth and comfortable, relaxed and a bit foggy, but still functional and reasonably alert. A quietly blissful sensation sets in almost immediately and lingers for hours.
- Reviewed 12/15/10
Shiskaberry has a sweet, berry fragrance, and while the taste is initially spicy, there's a soft sweetness to the smoke. Shiskaberry's effect is gently psychedelic, fizzy and faintly surreal. It's mentally clear and uplifting, but more mellow and relaxed than a pure sativa. There's a delicate quality to this high that I really appreciate and enjoy. I didn't find Shiskaberry to have much of a physical effect, though, and would not recommend it for pain relief.
- Reviewed 12/12/10
White Rhino smells sweet and minty, but the taste is hashy, harsh, and musky, with only the barest trace of sweetness. This strain is an interesting hybrid, with strong sativa and indica effects. The buzz, which sets on fairly quickly and then gradually intensifies, is physically stony but mentally stimulating. It relieves pain and anxiety while enhancing focus, and you can feel it pulsing behind your eyes and ears, and throughout your body. But there's something about this high that doesn't appeal to me. It's as though the sativa and indica characteristics are at odds with one another, creating tension where there ought to be balance. While I do appreciate the sharpness and clarity, I find White Rhino's effect vaguely uncomfortable.
- Reviewed 12/5/10
Lifted's Sour Diesel smells, tastes, and feels like a very refined version of a very classic strain. The aroma is literally and unmistakably sour diesel. The intense, unusual flavor, distinctly reminiscent of fuel, with lemon overtones, confirms this. Sour Diesel is a dramatically uplifting sativa, but it's definitely not conducive to quick thinking or productivity. This powerful, long-lasting strain can whisk away anxiety and give you a fresh, friendly perspective. It's perfect for a lazy, carefree afternoon with friends. I can't help but imagine that if you were to enjoy a joint of Sour Diesel on a sunny day in Golden Gate Park, you might find yourself temporarily transported to a different time.
- Reviewed 11/29/10
Day Dream is far and away my favorite strain that I have tried thus far, as well as the most aptly named. This sativa dominant hybrid from Lifted Health & Wellness leaves me feeling…day dreamy, every time. The fragrance is fresh and vaguely floral, and the taste is like mountain pine with hints of flowers and spice at the end. And the high is floaty and dreamy but awake. I feel quite affected, very lifted and mellow and pleasant and relaxed, yet not at all incapacitated. Everything about it is clear, light, and airy. While I am eager to sample as many new and different strains as reasonably possible, Day Dream is a strain that I would gladly revisit.
- Reviewed 10/28/10
The name Sweet Nightmare seems to promise an intense high, but with only 10% THC, this sativa-dominant strain is not astonishingly potent. Upon further contemplation, the name does aptly allude to the unique flavor and aroma, which are both intriguing blends of seemingly contradictory characteristics.
These dense, slightly crumbly buds have a strong, sweet scent with hints of pine and citrus, and a sour, ominous bite at the end. The taste is very distinctive, with a syrupy, almost sickly sweetness up front, quickly followed by a soapy, sour finish, and a faint aftertaste of burnt cookies. It’s surprisingly harsh, but not so harsh that it’s uncomfortable to smoke.
While Sweet Nightmare’s mild effect initially felt like a bit of a letdown, I soon realized how useful and versatile this strain could be. The high is subtle, but unmistakable, with a soothing, blissful sensation that sets in right away and lasts quite a while. It’s energizing and very functional, making it the ideal medicine for a pleasantly productive few hours.
- Reviewed 10/28/10
Orange Velvet OG
Orange Velvet OG, a sativa dominant strain, is known for its sweet orange taste and the velvety texture of the leaves. In a High Times article chronicling the origin of the strain and several descendants, a grower describes it as reminiscent “of a warm summer day, eating creamsicles under the trees in her backyard.” Personally, I find this particular Orange Velvet more zesty than creamy, but the sweet orange taste and smell are definitely there. It’s a little harsh on the back of my throat at the end, but it’s more than worth it for such a delicious, upbeat high. It’s energetic yet relaxing: in my opinion, the best of both worlds.
- Reviewed 10/28/10
Lifted Health & Wellness lists Grape Elephant as 90% indica, 10% sativa. The taste and smell are difficult to describe, but I do detect a hint of grape. And the high, which comes on very smoothly, is steady, solid, and sedate, sort of like an elephant. It's very relaxing, both physically and mentally, leaving you calm and content. This strain didn't blow me away, but it is a nice, basic indica for a very reasonable price.
- Reviewed 10/21/10
If Lifted Health & Wellness’s low prices and free delivery hadn’t already won me over, the free gram of Razzmatazz they threw in with my first order surely would have done the trick. Lifted lists Razzmatazz as 90% sativa, 10% indica, and the high is upbeat and tingly, leaving you mentally alert, but not too alert, if you know what I mean. It’s energetic, warm, and pleasant, like a nice day at the park. The smell is sweet and fruity, the taste is smooth with a soapy, lemony tang, and the smoke reminds me of muffins.
- Reviewed 10/8/10
According to SPARC’s amazing online menu, Green Dragon is a sativa, containing 12.5% THC, 0.34% cannabidiol, and 0.49% cannabinol. The high is described as “energetic, interactive, and mind blowing sativa…perfectly balanced with narcotic indica effects.” A few weeks ago, I found Medithrive’s Orange Velvet “energetic yet relaxing: in my opinion, the best of both worlds.” Green Dragon is similar, but more intense on both fronts. It’s a fantastic daytime high: smooth and friendly and uplifting and comfortable. But extremely potent, so just two or three hits is plenty. The flavor and aroma are mild but pleasantly sweet, and the smoke tastes kind of like a sugary latte.
- Reviewed 10/8/10
Gemstone sounds like a girlie name, but it is not a girlie strain. This indica dominant hybrid, which was emphatically recommended at Medithrive, is actually the first strain that has made me think, “Maybe “robust” is a legit critical descriptor for weed?” The smell is decisive, sharp, almost spicy. The taste is smooth and fresh, with a kick at the end that reminds me of mashed potatoes with lots of garlic. The high is heavy and sedative and somewhat disorienting. Induces endless munchies and a sensation of floating in a bubble. Rough on the eyes.
Big Kahuna is another strain that was recommended to me by a budtender at Medithrive. Unlike Gemstone, however, Big Kahuna is aptly named, since the high washes over you like a big, friendly wave. The first time I smoked it, it took me right back to the beach in Hawaii. The buzz is strong but mellow. It doesn’t cloud your mind or paralyze you on the couch. The smell is nice and sweet, but there’s not much taste. It’s smooth but bland and sort of dusty, with maybe a hint of lavender.
I picked up a gram of Sunset Boulevard because it was surprisingly affordable, and while it isn’t as flavorful or multifaceted as some more expensive strains, I was impressed by the overall quality. It isn’t quite as luxurious to smoke, but it’s a perfectly good strain that does not disappoint. The smell is not particularly striking, just a reassuringly familiar pine scent, syrupy with a hint of citrus. The taste is also unremarkable, but fine. Medithrive lists Sunset Boulevard as a sativa dominant strain, and I guess the high is reasonably energetic. It isn’t terribly cerebral or psychedelic, but it isn’t foggy or debilitating, either. And, although some of the pricier strains I have tried might be slightly more potent, Sunset Boulevard’s potency leaves nothing to be desired, as far as I’m concerned.
When I overheard a budtender tell another customer, “If you really want to get crazy, try Chem 4,” I immediately interjected, “Ooh, I’ll try some Chem 4!” And this sativa dominant strain does indeed deliver a heavy, assertive high. You can feel it descending upon you like a fog as you exhale, and the effect continues to increase, slowly but steadily, long after you’ve finished smoking. Your mind stays fairly alert, but physically, it’s like trying to move through Jello. The smell is pungent and spicy, and there’s a distinct hickory taste that’s sweet at the end.
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