8 Of The Best Cannabis Strains For Creativity

8 Of The Best Cannabis Strains For Creativity

Cannabis is or it can be creative. There’s pretty solid evidence that cannabis can open neural pathways that allow a creative mind to take advantage of a creative brain. Here are some strains that help with that creative impulse most of us have from time to time.

Cannabis has always helped my creativity. I’m creative with or without it, but with cannabis, creativity is just more fun and sometimes more productive.

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Lancaster County Sheriff Challenges Nebraska Medical Cannabis Initiative in Court

Lancaster County Sheriff Challenges Nebraska Medical Cannabis Initiative in Court

This sort of infuriating story is still sadly, all over the news. These are people who consumed the Kool-Aid that was first mixed in the mid-30s about how cannabis is bad. This is nonsense and it needs to finally stop.

Every doom and gloom naysayer since the first legalization of medical cannabis at all in the 1990s has been proven wrong. Not just wrong, but so far off base that it defies logic. There is only one reason to keep cannabis illegal and that’s racism. Pure and simple. In cannabis legal states people are not running naked and wild in the streets. Kids are not getting and consuming all the reefer they can find. In fact, teenage consumption has gone down in states with legal cannabis, crime has gone down, and neighborhoods where cannabis shops are located have had increasing property values.

I don’t know this sheriff, but if he’s trying to keep the initiative off the ballot, he’s going against the will of the people. And this is an elected official. Yes, even elected officials have their own agenda (really?) but this agenda is getting to be a tired trope.

Read the story here on Nebraska TV

Cookies n’ Cream – From The Spot, Pueblo, CO

Cookies n’ Cream – From The Spot, Pueblo, CO

Cookies & Cream Strain Review: Total Score 93

Cookies & Cream sounds like a yummy snack…or meal. Once upon a time, I loved my Oreos and milk. Smooth, unctuous delicious. I used to be able to eat a whole bag of Oreos and drink a quart of milk, but no more. I don’t know if it’s wisdom or age. But this isn’t the weed, Oreos are real cookies. But Cookies & Cream, the cannabis strain, really is reminiscent in several ways of those old Oreo and milk sessions. Smooth, mellow, and satisfying. First a word about The Spot dispensary .

I’ve been to lots of dispensaries in many of the legal states. The Spot (there are 2 outlets and a grow operation in Pueblo and 1 in Trinidad) is among the very best I’ve ever visited. Their Pueblo West store is also a grow operation that was open for arranged tours before COVID changed our lives. They appear to grow their own and it’s good indeed. Companies who grow their own have a much greater incentive to produce good products. The budtender who helped me was quite knowledgable and told me that all their flower was grown hydroponically. I don’t know that but will take him at his word. Much of the flower in jars looked great although it’s hard to tell in a big jar of buds. They did not look like they’d been treated with PGRs (Plant Growth Regulators) which supposedly can lead to health problems. Back to our main event; the strain.

Cookies & Cream – Appearance

The buds, while small, were fairly loose with the original structure easy to determine. The leaves were easily discernable so the buds weren’t over-trimmed. There were lots of pale orange stigmas all over the buds and they were generally frosted with trichomes. Leaves can include trichomes, which have most of the good stuff. The buds were a pale to medium green with different parts of the plant displaying different shades. The only detraction was the size of the buds. All were very small. I’d like to see a selection of sizes. The plant itself should express its trichome and THC genetics about the same all over the plant. It would be nice if I could see where the bud came from on the plant; Was it high or low? How big were the original buds? The appearance score is based on the lack of size and differentiation.

Appearance Score – 16

Cookies & Cream – Aroma

There were many aromas in Cookies & Cream and they were wonderful. The initial dominant scent was sweet with undertones of creaminess, and a suave mix of berry, vanilla, and an earthy element. I like bud that possesses complex and distinct aromas. Too much cannabis in the marketplace just has a blah aroma. Not this. I just loved the scent and kept smelling it. The first notes were sweet and smooth.

Aroma Score  – 19

Cookies & Cream – Taste

If I could write this review with just one word, it would be smooth. That’s it. smooth. The taste started out smooth and ended smooth. What was in-between. was a creamy texture in the mouth that is very difficult to describe. It actually seemed to taste of cookies and the cookie taste combined with the smoothness had this strain truly living up to its name. Loved it! The taste was very much like the aroma. No complaints there. There was a certain purity of the flavors that didn’t go unnoticed. Loved it.

This bud was very well cured. The ash was almost pure white. I don’t know if it would have been harsher or whatever if it had been cured poorly. But I’ll take this kind of cure any time at all.

Taste Score – 19

Cookies & Cream – Effect

As smooth as the taste was, the effect was just as smooth. As creamy as this was to my nose and as creamy as it was to my palate, the effect was smooth and creamy as well. I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered a strain where the aroma, flavor, and effect all meshed like this. It was a supremely mellow and smoothly energizing experience. Mellow…not a wacky brain buzz, but just smooth. And again for lack of a better word, smoothly energizing. No big burst of “clean up the entire house…NOW” kind of energy. But a good feeling like I was up to the task and had plenty of energy to do it. I personally found this effect to be wonderful. It was just as the budtender advertised. Terrific stuff.

Rarely does anything I get from a dispensary live up to the hype I frequently get from uninformed or uneducated budtenders. This one was just terrific.

Effect Score – 19

Cookies & Cream Strain Review Summary

Cookies & Cream is supposed to be a ‘hybrid’. I don’t know exactly what hybrid means anymore because some hybrids are energizing and some are couch-lock inducing. This strain is a real hybrid. It seems to take the best of what we call Sativa and the best of Indica and combines them into something really different and wonderful.

This is perhaps the best cannabis I’ve had since I purchased some Acapulco Gold at The Green Room in Telluride in June or July. Since nothing is probably an old landrace strain anymore, I really didn’t know what the Acapulco Gold was…other than excellent. But this is about Cookies & Cream.

If you find yourself driving on  Interstate 25 in Colorado passing through Pueblo, get off at exit 101 (U.S. 50) and make a left at the first light to the west of the highway and it’s right there next to the 7-11 on the left.

Cookies & Cream Total Score 93

Willie Nelson and Chip Carter – Stoned on the White House Roof

Willie Nelson and Chip Carter – Stoned on the White House Roof

Jimmy Carter was a proponent of decriminalized cannabis and actually tried to get congress to consider decrim in the 1970s!!! Yes, the 1970s. Amazing. And Willie Nelson was both a friend. In this revelation, President Carter admitted that his son, Chip was the one on the roof when Willie famously (as admitted in his first autobiography) that he consumed reefer on the roof of the White House.

For many reasons, Jimmy Carter is underrated and misunderstood during his term in office as President. He was reviled by many and it’s becoming clear that one of the main reasons he’s been shunted aside was because of his belief in equality for everyone.

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Buying Weed During COVID in Michigan

Buying Weed During COVID in Michigan

I’m just finishing a stay in Ann Arbor and stopped at two of my favorite cannabis vendors to see what the state of this State is. There are some really disturbing trends that I saw.

COVID Buying Procedures

Buying cannabis has changed during our COVID experience. I used to be able to go into a dispensary, look at the different cultivars, and even smell them. No longer. In one place, Om of Medicine, you can order online or go into their ‘lobby’ and place an order on a tablet. Then what I’ve selected magically appears from downstairs. The other dispensary is Exclusive Provisioners. Their COVID procedure has mandatory ordering online.  Then you pick up your order in your car. For both dispensaries, delivery is available … for a fee. I get it. We all need to stay away from places where we might get exposed to the virus. That’s good. The bad part is what’s happened to quality. It has deteriorated significantly. What’s going on? I believe I do have a partial answer.

The Quality Factor

Both dispensaries and I admit this is only an “n” of 2 in a city that has 20 or so shops, have seriously gone down in quality. The quality of cannabis and the product they deliver are not up to the standards they had previously. Why? I believe there are several reasons for this.

First, both shops were independently owned and operated before COVID. Now they’re both part of larger chains. I get that. These are businesses. In business profits are important. Profits are what keep a business going. But…it can get carried too far, and apparently that is what’s happening in Ann Arbor. In Colorado, I can still walk into a dispensary and at least look at the bud and decide from there. But not in Ann Arbor. The quality in Colorado has, if nothing else, improved. Quality in Ann Arbor (and most of Michigan too, I’d guess) it seems to have deteriorated.

Om of Medicine

I got two varieties of cannabis from Om; Heavy Trichome and Hash Haze. Heavy Trichome was not. Heavy in trichomes that is. I tried it and it’s not even worth a review. It had no flavor to speak of and definitely not heavy in trichomes. Trichomes have much of the good in a cannabis flower. Terpenes, THCs, CBDs, and other compounds are found there. A bud heavy in trichomes should look like it’s frosted all over. Heavy Trichome had no heavy frost and in fact, had fewer trichomes then I’ve seen in a long time.

Hash Haze seems like it might have promise. Decent aroma, but I have yet to try it. My problem is that it’s prepackaged. I got two ‘jars’ of the product to make an eighth but was delivered in 2-1.75 gram jars. Who buys 1.75 grams of anything? If it’s good, I’ll write a review. If not, you’ll never hear about it again.

Exclusive Provisioners – Ann Arbor

Exclusive had been the source of many happy buds I’ve consumed in the past. While I get the COVID ordering system. what I don’t get is the conga line of cars backed up into the street driving in to pick up orders. OK, their order and pickup system isn’t the most sophisticated. I get that. Pickup is not their primary business. When I got to the store, there was a traffic jam that was backed up into the street. Not only is this not a way to show appreciation to customers, but it’s also dangerous. But to sell bud that looks like shake leaves me feeling ripped off. And I do!

Professor Chaos Shake

An eighth of Professor Chaos was mostly shake.

My online order was for an eighth of Professor Chaos, mostly because I liked the name and I’d never had it before. Really. I couldn’t see the flower. I couldn’t smell it or see it until I got it. What I received was a vial that was mostly shake. Or almost so. Not only was the little plastic jar filled with mostly shake, but Professor Chaos wasn’t very good. Very frustrating experience. While I loved the name of the cultivar; “Professor Chaos” but I sure didn’t like the result. If a dispensary is going to offer flower, they should deliver flower, not shake. Sell shake as shake and sell flower as flower. This was reminiscenet of 30 or 40 years ago when cannabis was purchased by the ounce (for $40!) and you actually got about a quarter of an ounce after the seeds and stems were taken out.

I cannot call this was not a good experience. Why purchase cannabis that’s substandard, especially in 2020.

Next week, I’m on my way to Taos, NM via Colorado where I’ll check out Colorado’s dispensary activity. Let’s see if those dispensaries are still as good as they were in the past. Check back.

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