Witches Weed Cultivar Review

Witches Weed Cultivar Review

Witches Weed Cultivar Review: Total Score: 81

Witches Weed is a “sativa” cultivar that I had never tried before. Called sativa by the dispensary and grower, it has a good mental effect. It also has a pleasant body effect as well. The uplifting and open mental effect was nice as long as it lasted; about 2 hours. After that, it got a bit heavy. Heavy in the body that is. My mind stayed mostly open and alert even as the body effect made me feel tired.

Witches Weed – Appearance

Witches Weed

Teensy nugs of Witches Weed

The buds were very small, tight and dense. I’m guessing it was grown outdoor, although the dispensary didn’t know. This batch of Witches Weed was heavily trimmed, which I find distracting. With a too heavy a hand on the trimming machine there’s not a ton of character left. In fact, these were teensy buds and I thought they were terrible. As you can see here. The buds were frosted with some pale orange stigma.

Appearance Score: 15/20

Witches Weed  – Aroma

The flower had some terpenes, but wasn’t hugely aromatic. The most notable aroma was garlic…as in the cultivar Garlic Cookies. What was there was OK, but I’m not a fan of the smell of garlic in my cannabis flower. The aroma of garlic is not one terpene, but several. When it’s in the genetics of a cannabis cultivar, it’s unmistakable. It overpowers just about everything else. I do like garlic…in my food. Just not sure I like it in my buds although some people swear by it.

Aroma Score: 15/20

Witches Weed – Taste

While the aromas of this strain had a lot of garlic in them, there wasn’t a lot of it in the taste, which I’d have to call neutral. were not distinct, neither was the taste. It tasted like uh, weed! That’s it. This strain tasted like weed. The smoke was just slightly harsh, but the bud was decently cured and had a bit of a vegetative taste.

Taste Score: 14/20

Witches Weed – Effect

Witches Weed Cultivar The Witches Weed cultivar is called sativa. The body effect and a mind effect seem to be distinct from one another. Not like a unified whole. The body effect is relaxing and gave my body a feeling of well being. The mind effect is energetic and happy. It was very easy and relaxing to laugh, if such a thing is possible. I guess it must be as that’s exactly what it felt like.

The effect started about 5 or 6 minutes after we had a puff. First, my body started to feel relaxed. This would be a great buzz after the gym. As my body started to relax, my mind seemed to sharpen. It wasn’t a hugely focused effect, but it was very pleasant.

Effect Score: 17/20

Witches Weed Strain Review Summary

I can’t say I was overly impressed with Witches Weed. (Annie- “I loved this cultivar. It was a very spiritual high that is hard to explain. But it truly felt magical.”) It was pretty good, but not a go back to strain or grower. The other thing I didn’t like was the packaging (here on the left). It’s wasteful. And it’s opaque. Most dispensaries either package in transparent packages, which are also wasteful, or let you see the bud as you buy it. Witches Weed was made by a very large company in Michigan. WANA edible gummies are packaged in the exact same plastic container as the buds came in. It’s not how I want to buy my weed.

Witches Weed did not create a memorable effect, but it was OK. If you like an OK brain buzz, you’ll enjoy this strain. If you want a strain that enhances creativity, and gives lots of energy, Witches Weed is not that strain. A light session of 1 or 2 puffs will get your brain going for a few hours, but won’t give you that burst of creativity you might want.

Witches Weed Strain Review Total Score: 81

ZuZu #19 – Strain Review

ZuZu #19 – Strain Review

ZuZu #19 Strain Review: Total Score: 86

ZuZu #19 is a hybrid strain that was new to me. It was called sativa by the dispensary. And while it did have a good mental effect, there was also a component of body effect. The mental effect was uplifting and open. The body effect was relaxing. It lasted, about 2 hours, but after that, the body effect got a bit heavy. My mind stayed mostly open and alert even as the late body effect began.

I have no idea where the name ZuZu #19 comes from. A web search turned up almost nothing except some other dispensaries listing ZuZu #9 and ZuZu #10. No ZuZu #19 was reported anywhere on line that I could find.

ZuZu #19 – Appearance

ZuZu #19 Bud

Bud of ZuZu #19

The buds were small, tight, and dense. The dense quality of the buds tells me it was outdoor grown although the dispensary didn’t know. The bud was machine trimmed with a somewhat heavy hand, which is always a bit of a distraction for me. Too much trimming takes away most of the character. In fact, as with most dispensary buds I see these days, they’re trimmed so much that they lose their character. The buds were unevenly frosted with pale orange stigma. In my opinion, this went a little too far on the trim.

Appearance Score: 16/20

ZuZu #19 – Aroma

The flower some terpenes, but the most notable aroma was garlic…as in garlic cookies. It’s an OK aroma, but I generally don’t care for the smell of garlic in my weed. It’s not one terpene, but several that make up that smell. When it’s in the genetics, it’s unmistakable. It overpowers just about everything else. I do like garlic…in my food. Just not sure I like it in my buds although some people swear by garlic strains (like Garlic Cookies). It’s a personal thing.

Aroma Score: 15/20

ZuZu #19 – Taste

While the aromas of this strain had a some garlic in them, there was almost none in the taste, which is fine by me. The taste wasn’t really special, but it was somewhat floral with maybe a bit of pine. The smoke was a bit harsh, but the bud was decently cured. Perhaps it was cured a bit too fast because of the trace of harshness.

Taste Score: 12/20

ZuZu #19 – Effect

ZuZu #19 is mostly sativa. It doesn’t matter if it’s called a hybrid. Garlic cookies is supposed to be ‘indica’ dominant. This wasn’t. There’s a body effect and a mind effect that seem to be distinct from one another. The body effect is relaxing and gives a feeling of well being. The mind effect is an energetic and happy effect. It was very easy and relaxing to laugh, if such a thing is possible. I guess it must be as that’s exactly what it felt like.

The effect started about 5 or 6 minutes after I had a puff. First, my body started to feel relaxed. This would be a great buzz after the gym. As my body started to relax, my mind seemed to sharpen. It wasn’t a hugely focused effect, but it was very pleasant.

Effect Score: 16/20

ZuZu #19 Strain Review Summary

I can’t say ZuZu #19 created a truly memorable effect, but it was good. If you like a good combination effect, this is a strain you might really enjoy. If you want something to propel you through a creative day, ZuZu #19 is perhaps not the right strain for you. A light session of 1 or 2 puffs will keep you relaxed for two or three hours. As you move through the effect, you’ll just stay relaxed.

ZuZu #19 Strain Review Total Score: 79

Glue Trap Strain Review (Hybrid)

Glue Trap Strain Review (Hybrid)

Glue Trap Strain Review: Total Score: 79

Glue Trap is a hybrid cannabis strain. Called sativa by the dispensary (and probably the grower), it has as much body effect as mental effect. I would call this a hybrid, no matter what the label. The uplifting mental effect combined with the relaxing body effect was quite nice. I enjoyed a very calming body feeling allied with an energetic head buzz. Maybe not the best or the most defined strain I’ve had recently, but still very nice. It’s time to let all know about Glue Trap with an official Glue Trap Strain Review.

There are many growers and breeders of Gorilla Glue…oops, we have to call it GG#4. This is a hybrid of GG#4 and Guard Dog. I’ve consumed GG#4 before, but had never heard of Guard Dog.

Glue Trap – Appearance

Glue Trap Bud

A nice bud of Glue Trap

The buds were smallish and somewhat tight, but not really dense. I don’t know if this was outdoor or indoor grown. It was also heavily trimmed in a machine, but that’s the way most buds are delivered to dispensaries these days. The labor involved in hand trimming is huge and isn’t really economically feasible except for boutique growers. The buds were frosted all over with lots of pale to bright orange stigma. It wasn’t overly trimmed, but this is about as far as I like to go with machine trimmed bud.

Appearance Score: 16/20

Glue Trap – Aroma

The flower had nice terpenes, but there was nothing noteworthy. It was a good aroma, just had nothing that jumped out of the bud and into my olfactory. Don’t misunderstand, it was a nice aroma, but it wasn’t an extraordinary aroma. There’s lots of myrcene, some pinene, linalool and perhaps some camphene in the aroma, but nothing was dominant.

Aroma Score: 15/20

Glue Trap – Taste

As the aromas of this strain were not distinct, neither was the taste. It tasted like uh, weed! That’s it. This strain tasted like weed. The smoke was just slightly harsh, but the bud was decently cured and had a bit of a vegetative taste.

Taste Score: 12/20

Glue Trap – Effect

Glue Trap is a true hybrid. There’s a body effect and a mind effect that’s distinct from one another. The body effect is relaxing and gives a feeling of well being. The mind effect is an energetic and happy effect. It was very easy and relaxing to laugh, if such a thing is possible. I guess it must be as that’s exactly what it felt like.

The effect started about 5 or 6 minutes after I had a puff. First, my body started to feel relaxed. As my body started to relax, my mind seemed to sharpen. It wasn’t a hugely focused effect, but it was very pleasant. This would be a great buzz after the gym.

Effect Score: 16/20

Glue Trap Strain Review Summary

I can’t say Glue Trap created a truly memorable effect, but it was good. If you like a good combination effect, this is a strain you might really enjoy. If you want something to propel you through a creative day, Glue Trap is perhaps not the right strain. A light session of 1 or 2 puffs will keep you relaxed for two or three hours. As you move through the effect, you’ll just stay relaxed.

Glue Trap Strain Review Total Score: 79

Princess Nikita Strain Review (Sativa)

Princess Nikita Strain Review (Sativa)

Princess Nikita Strain Review: Total Score: 94

Princess Nikita is an unusual strain in the legal cannabis market. There are no other complete strain reviews of the Princess I’ve been able to find online. And…I’ve only seen Princess Nikita in one dispensary…in 4 states! It’s time to let the world know with an official Princess Nikita strain review!

There are few strains that truly stand out for the quality of their effect. There are even fewer strains that you’d want to go back to again and again because they offer an unique experience. Princess Nikita fits in the very few category. And the effect has what I call ‘edges’. It doesn’t mean it’s sharp. It means the effect is well defined. These buds were obtained from an Ann Arbor, MI medical dispensary, The Om of Medicine. This is one of my favorite dispensaries in Ann Arbor and the Om of Medicine is also the distributor for Tree Town Seeds, who bred this strain. Surprisingly, Tree Town Seeds is based in California even though Ann Arbor is also called tree town. And The Om of Medicine is the only distributor of their seeds outside of California. There must be a connection, given the name and their only distributor outside of California is in Ann Arbor.

Princess Nikita – Appearance

Princess NikitaThe buds were mid-sized and fairly loosely composed. There were small leaves on the outside, which isn’t always a bad thing. They buds didn’t seem to be trimmed to death in a machine and I liked the look. Frosted all over with lots of pale orange stigma inside the flower, protected by the few leaves. Many people expect an overly trimmed bud, but I like natural. And this was natural. I believe it was indoor grown because the buds were so loose, but it doesn’t matter as you will find out below.

Appearance Score: 17/20 (mostly because I like Princess Nikita)

Princess Nikita – Aroma

WOW! This flower has a very complex aroma. Even before I ground up the bud, it had a pronounced sweet spiciness in the foreground. The background had pine, and perhaps a faint aroma of violets. Very pleasurable. After grinding the flower the nose was even more pronounced with a big sweet spicy bang in my nose. The aromas are amazingly clear. There was even a hint of lemon terpene in there.

Aroma Score: 19/20

Princess Nikita – Taste

The taste followed the nose. It had a sweet spicy foretaste as soon as I lit it. A notable component of the taste is that it lingered. In wine it’s called the finish. The finish was nice, not smoky at all. The sweet spicy taste continued for several minutes. A finish is a rare thing in cannabis. I wonder if a grape grower or winemaker grew and cured this plant. I’ve rarely had cannabis with a finish. This was one of those times.

Taste Score: 19/20

Princess Nikita – Effect

Real sativa, or what I attribute to sativa, effect. Energizing. Focusing. Creative. And that’s by myself. In a group, I became a terrific stand-up comedian. Actually we all became good at stand-up together! I just loved Princess Nikita.

Focused, I wrote and edited some stories including a bit of this article. It doesn’t take long to identify that you’ve smoked something different than the run-of-the-mill cannabis you find in most stores and in most states. The effect really starts almost immediately, but really comes on at the 5-6 minute mark.

Effect Score: 19/20

Princess Nikita Strain Review Summary

If you want something to propel you through a creative day, Princess Nikita is a strain well worth seeking out. It doesn’t get tiring and a light session of 1 or 2 puffs will keep you going for several hours. As you move through the day, you’ll just stay engaged. I don’t believe I’ve ever had any bud before that had this many different strong effects. I liked it a lot. The effect is as complex as the aroma of this bud.

Princess Nikita Strain Review Total Score: 94

Managing Pain with Cannabis – A Personal Story

Managing Pain with Cannabis – A Personal Story

When I found out I had cancer, I freaked out. Good old fashioned 1970’s style freak out. F.R.E.A.K.E.D. O.U.T.!!!!! Cancer? I can’t possibly have cancer! What am I going to do? I decided to get it treated, that’s what. This is my story on managing pain with cannabis.

I needed an invasive procedure. The only thing ‘western medicine’ offers for pain relief are opiates.  While opiates do ‘kill’ the pain, they make me feel nauseated. I decided to try cannabis for pain relief after surgery.

This is My Cannabis Pain Relief Experiment

Would cannabis work to control or mitigate my pain? What kinds of cannabis would work best? I wanted to find out for myself if cannabis could do the job of ameliorating my post-procedure pain.

I had the procedure a few weeks ago. It wasn’t exactly surgery because I wasn’t cut open and it didn’t involve general anesthesia. There was an anesthesiologist and he did knock me out and numb me up. The physician didn’t cut, he punctured; Four pretty big needle-like things digging around inside, through my back. That’s enough detail. This already borders on TMI. I liked that my procedure didn’t involve open surgery or general anesthesia. Issues have been reported with cannabis and the drugs used in general anesthesia.

Research on Managing Pain with Cannabis

Research was necessary to find my answers. There are pain studies with serious scientific grounding, but mostly they were about chronic pain for diseases like arthritis. There are some older studies, as well. None appear to address situational pain, such as pain associated with surgery or injury. Hopefully, my post-surgical pain wouldn’t become chronic.

There are several articles and studies warning against cannabis use before surgery. These pre-surgery studies state that cannabis users take up to 220% more anesthesia drugs to put a cannabis user under for surgery. Since I wasn’t going to get any of the anesthesia drugs, I wasn’t concerned about pre-surgical consumption. Other articles claimed cannabis can help with recovery pain.

I should also tell you I only like to smoke flower, having never cared for vape cartridges, or pens, or BHO, or CO2, or whatever concentrates. I like bud. Why? Because I believe this plant, in particular, is meant to be consumed whole. It’s a holistic thing for me. Since science hasn’t yet figured out what is actually in the plant, there’s a lot to learn still regarding healthy uses of cannabis. Whole flower fits the holistic bill…as long as it’s pesticide, fungicide, and herbicide free, and doesn’t have mold or little bugs in it.

Day and Night #1 (Tuesday), Managing Pain with Cannabis

I went for the procedure at 10am. Before the surgery, the radiological interventionist said there would be some discomfort afterwards. He was both right and wrong. He was absolutely correct about the discomfort. I was very uncomfortable. But he missed the pain. There was a lot of PAIN! OUCH! He had proactively prescribed an opiate. As I said earlier, I’m not fond of opiate-based drugs. I do not feel better after I take them and they make me nauseous.

Which Strains Would be Effective Pain Relief?

I had just read studies about managing pain with cannabis and wanted to see if those studies and anecdotal stories were true. I decided to try three common types; indica, sativa, and CBD. Then I stocked up (3 grams each!) on; Mango Puff and DoSiDos for indica; Blue Dream and Tutti Frutti for sativa; And In the Pines for CBD. I haven’t tried a lot of CBD genotype flower, so went with the one I knew. My experience with the THC containing strains taught me how they worked and what their effect was, mentally at least. However, I hadn’t really paid attention to their pain relief properties.

It was the day of surgery and I thought all I’d want to do was sleep, so I decided to try some indica first. The most effective indica for me has been DoSiDos. Mango Puff also works, but I decided to try DoSiDos. DoSiDos generally puts me to sleep after about 1/2 hour.

After the surgery and after the anesthetic wore off, I started to feel a lot of pain. It was ramping up to a 7 on a 10 point scale. I packed my first bowl at 3pm. As I lit the bowl and took that hit, the pain disappeared. Just like that. No pain. None. It almost instantly disappeared. Pain = 0. It was amazing!

DoSiDos did the job. No nausea, no strange drowsiness. And my brain felt fine. The downside was the pain relief only lasted about 30 to 45 minutes. As the pain reasserted itself, getting to a 4 or 5, I had more DoSiDos. I needed to medicate fairly frequently, sleeping most of the day and through the night, waking to have a puff of the DoSiDos.

Day and Night #2 – (Wednesday)

Day and night #2 was a completely different story. The day was mostly fine. Because I wanted to get some work done, I didn’t want indica. Lately my favorite sativa strain has been Tutti Frutti. So when the pain hit about a 3 or 4, I took a hit from the bowl.

The pain was very manageable with a puff here and there, but the pain relief wasn’t as strong as it was with the indica strain DoSiDos. I didn’t have many problems coping or working during the day, although it was a bit more painful than the night before.

Night Time Pain

Into the evening and night was a different story. I went to bed feeling a bit more pain than I had previously, maybe a 6 or a 7. I switched back to indica with Mango Puff. With just a few puffs the pain mostly went away, but not like on night #1. It was worse. At about midnight, the pain became unbearable…an 11 on the scale of 10. It was almost the worst pain I’d ever experienced, except perhaps for sciatica or kidney stone.

I couldn’t turn over on my side and could barely move.

I took a few more puffs and the pain subsided somewhat, but came roaring back in 15 or 20 minutes. Soon, I took  a couple of Advil, which started working in about 1/2 hour. It didn’t end there however. At about 1am, my side by the kidney became noticeably warm to the touch. The rest of me was fine as far as temperature. My forehead was cool to the touch and my kidney was inflamed. I didn’t want to take opiate medication, so I took another couple of Advil after I had a few more puffs. The puffs helped immediately with the increased pain, but didn’t seem to help very much with the inflammation. The ibuprofen helped after a half hour or so, but not by much.

I was mostly up all night with a lot of pain on my right side radiating around to the front. It was obvious where the pain was coming from. My right kidney. Nothing I did touched it. I did finally fall asleep around 5am or so and was up at 7am.

Day and Night #3 – (Thursday)

First thing this morning, I tried to get in touch with my radiologist who actually did the procedure. I also tried to contact the nurse. Both eventually called back and said my kidney pain wasn’t 100% “normal”, but still fell in the “normal” range of symptoms. Inflamed kidney isn’t good, but it’s also not deadly either. My fear was that if my kidney got too hot or too inflamed, it could cause kidney failure. That wouldn’t be good. Thursday was definitely the worst day of my recovery.

The 2nd day after surgery is the hardest, I’ve been told, and I now believe it. It was just plain hard. But my cannabis pain killing regimen worked perfectly. It did kill the pain, but it really couldn’t quell that much inflammation. I had to rely on the Advil to do that for me. I got through the day, but with a lot of difficulty. I used the Blue Dream a lot, as it allowed me to focus. Even if the pain relief wasn’t as good as DoSiDos or Mango Puff, it did enough of a job to keep me going through the day.

Day and Night #4 (Friday)

Things are getting better. I didn’t take any opiates any time during my recovery and I’m down to Advil twice a day – total. Managing pain with cannabis was working. Tomorrow will be a challenge as we’re headed to Taos NM from Durham, NC. It will be a day-long trip with flying and then 3 hours of drive time. But today was a good one. There was some pain, but nothing that wasn’t manageable with cannabis and Advil. Personally, I prefer the cannabis, but recognize it has a limited time span of killing the pain.

Day and Night #5 (Saturday)

I woke early after a not so good night’s sleep. The pain returned in a big way overnight. I got to sleep late and woke up early to catch our flight. Thankfully, I was upgraded on one of the flights. That helps, if for no other reason than I get more space and can get into a comfortable seated position.

After landing, we got a car and drove to Santa Fe, a less than 1 hour drive. That weekend was Santa Fe’s largest annual event – Indian Market. Couldn’t miss that, if parking was to be had. It was! So we spent about 2 hours at Indian Market, which was fabulous. Freakin’ fabulous. I felt somewhat enervated after that, but we still had grocery shopping to do. After the market we drove 2 more hours to Taos.

When we arrived in Taos, I was beat and in pain again. The first two things I did were to liberally dose myself with indica cannabis and take a couple of Advil. We fried up some crab cakes, and along with salad, had dinner. Then I promptly went to sleep, but woke up Sunday morning at 6:30am. Well okay, it was 8:30am east coast time.

Day and Night #6 (Sunday)

Sunday was almost as bad as Wednesday. Intense pain in my kidney. There was no heat from inflammation, thankfully. Just pain. Puff. Poof! Gone! That’s sort of become my relationship of late with cannabis. I have a puff from my bowl and Poof! The pain is gone! OK, it’s not gone for long, but it is gone and the enervation that pain brings to our bodies is also gone. For the inflammation, Advil works better.

Day and Night #7 (Monday)

This will be the last entry because my pain is pretty much gone and I think I’ve proven, to myself anyway, that cannabis really does eliminate pain. It eliminated my pain, even if it was for only 30-45 minutes at a time.

No pain is a good thing. With no pain, I can get my work done. With no pain I can concentrate. With no pain, I feel more like a normal person. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel “normal” again though. Cancer changes your perspective on what is and what isn’t. It changes my thoughts on what my life expectancy might be. I’m not whining. I’m just stating facts from other cancer patients I’ve known and two cancer videos I’ve made with a variety of patients. Having cancer changes your view of living.

A Note about CBD

I never did use any of the CBD. The cannabis with THC was taking care of the pain. I’d have tried it, but the sativa was doing what I wanted during the day and the indica was doing its job at night. And like most people, We all can be creatures of habit. In this case, up = daytime and down = nighttime. Simple.  Thankfully, the period of pain and writing about it was so short that I just didn’t get there. Maybe the CBD would compound the effect of the cannabis with THC. That will have to be a different experiment and hopefully not one involved with pain…or cancer.

My Conclusion on Managing Pain with Cannabis

Managing pain with cannabis works. That’s it. That’s all. It works. Cannabis doesn’t work as long as something like ibuprofen or maybe opiates, but it works. And it works well. Just expect to keep dosing. It was easy enough to regulate on my own. If I had pain, I lit up. If i didn’t have pain, I didn’t feel the need to light the bowl.

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