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
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: 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
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: 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
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: 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
The 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
[Canniseur: It’s harvest 2019. It’ll be several months before the metaphoric smoke clears and then we’ll see a clearer picture of the quality of the harvest. Just like in wine country, the growers are saying it’s an off the charts season. Every vintage is the best ever…until the critics smoke and offer their reviews. Until then, we’ll sample and enjoy this 2019 cannabis harvest ourselves.]
SACRAMENTO—This time of year, leading cannabis cultivator Ted Lidie, founder and CEO of Alien Labs, lies awake at midnight, obsessing.
Nearly three acres of exotic cannabis—pungent and green Melonade contrasting with purple rows of Sherbacio and Area #41—sit ripening in 100-gallon pots in Yolo County, CA. As a farmer, Lidie’s livelihood is subject to the whims of fate.
By dawn, Lidie is up, one of thousands of licensed California operators bringing in millions of pounds of full-season, outdoor cannabis from the fields.
California is the world’s largest legal cannabis market, and the US’ biggest source of illicit herb. Licensed farmers report a bountiful, beautiful 2019 harvest, with off-the-charts flavors and powerful effects. Legalization is allowing compliant brands to produce at large scale.
Here are Leafly’s Harvest Strains of 2019: combining field reporting with sales and search data, with a focus on commercial cultivars found in licensed stores in California and other legalization states.
Let’s crack this jar and peak inside…
MAC stands for Miracle Alien Cookies, and 2019 is officially The Year of the MAC.
“I said it last year: ‘It’s the year of the MAC,’” laughs Humboldt County, CA, grower Dan “Mr. D” Eagan, part of the Humboldt Sun Growers Guild. He’s standing on the sales floor of the world’s largest wholesale event, Hall of Flowers, on Sept. 17, in Santa Rosa, CA. “But now it’s officially the year of the MAC.”
Consumers have a bottomless desire for high-THC, sedative Cookies strains. So farms across California are harvesting thick, dense, pungent, frosty colas of the MAC cultivar this year.
MAC’s breeder Capulator took Alien Cookies and added more fuel and sour aromas from the strain Starfighter, and then some citrusy landrace Columbian.
MAC searches are surging on Leafly as the first cuts of the 2019 harvest come in, and we expect MAC to elevate seshes into the new year. Available in California from Lit House, Saucey, and many others.
For the entire article go to Leafly.
Original Post: Leafly: The Top 9 Cannabis Strains of the Fall 2019 Harvest Season
[Canniseur: There are so many strains these days that it’s getting silly. Sometimes it seems that sativa morphs into indica with the same strain name or … … well, do you really know what you’re getting? The proliferation of cannabis strains has spun out of control and needs to stop or at least catch its collective breath. Here’s a story that shows how dissimilar strains can have terpene profiles that are almost identical but have very different effects.]
Cannabis strains are made up of cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) as well as terpenes, which are aromatic compounds that give each flower its unique aroma. We’re constantly learning more about these terpenes and how they impact the overall experience of consuming cannabis.
When choosing a strain, we often think of sativas and indicas as being polar opposites in effect, but if you look closely at their chemical composition—again, cannabinoids and terpenes—you’ll notice that many indica- and sativa-dominant strains are unexpectedly similar, chemically speaking. Let’s get into some of these unanticipated similar pairs.
Original Post: Leafly: Cannabis Strains That Are Unexpectedly Similar
Original Post: Cannabis Now: Strains of Summer
[Canniseur: As summer winds down (in the northern hemisphere anyway), these are some of the best strains identified over the course of that wonderful season. I hope you get to enjoy all of these strains. This article also attributes the growers. This is a move in the right direction.]
As the Harvest Moon approaches and we get blown away by another season’s worth of work from the best cannabis farmers in the world, we thought it was a good time to take a look at the strains and cultivators that caught our eye this summer.
Summer is an interesting time in the cannabis world. Some got to enjoy the first waves of light deprivation-grown cannabis which are always a treat. Many watched their gardens, both legal and not, grow and are excited to see the fruits of their season’s work harvested in a few weeks. And we here at Cannabis Now are ready to smoke it.
In our travels this summer we came across a lot of great cannabis, but a few were simply unforgettable and we expect those quality genetics to be with us for years to come. So this is a look back at a few of those moments we had to double-check what exactly was in the jar. All of these picks are absolute heavy hitters, and we’re sure you’ll love any of them you’re able to get your hands on.
It takes a little bit of time for strains to get the wind in their sails and we’re sure Glazed Apricot Gelato’s time has arrived. Early this summer we came across a rendition of this Compound Genetics heater grown out by The Cure Company. It was awesome. The pairing of Legend Orange Apricot and Gelato produced a tangy creaminess flavor that’s as unique as the nose. You can expect an uplifting high, but the Gelato gives it a bit more body than the regular Legend Orange Apricot. We expect the Glazed Apricot Gelato to be on shelves all over the place sooner than later.
The perennial cup-winners at C.R.A.F.T. are up to it again with their newest exclusive house cut grown by their Keepers of the Craft Garden. Dimepiece brings together C.R.A.F.T.’s always popular Girl Scout Cookie and Sour Diesel cross Sour Girl and Acai Gelato. Dimepiece isn’t quite as gassy as mom, but not too far off. The judges at the hyper-competitive NorCal Cannabis Cup (which included our own Senior Editor Ellen Holland) chose Dimepiece as the winner in the indica category. If you can make it to NorCal order some C.R.A.F.T. to your hotel as soon as you get off the plane, trust us.
We first came across Gelonade last summer. As Connected led us on a tour of their outdoor operation, they showed us 30-plus Gelato #41 crosses being grown to maturity under the scorching sun of California’s Central Valley. That day Gelonade immediately jumped out to us and looked to be one of the major success from Connected’s propagation effort. The fusion of Gelato #41 and LemonTree also wowed the judges at the recent NorCal Cannabis Cup where it beat out all the other sativas. Keep an eye out for the new red jars from Connected, that means it was grown in a mixed light setting. It’s still great pot, but without all the carbon footprint.
It’s a real debate if anything this summer came out of nowhere at us quite like Ziablo. When IC Collective presented Cannabis Now’s editorial staff with a sample we knew immediately we had something magical in our hands. It was like all of the best things about Zkittelz and OG Kush had been combined into something unfathomably magical that was in that moment kicking off all-out assault on our nasal cavities. The flavor is in its own league for sure. It’s like some kind of combination of fuel, pine, and the redwoods. The dense nugs break down to a nice fluffy consistency that’s a pleasure to roll, but you’re better off going with the grinder. We won’t be surprised if the Ziablo ends up having the longest time in the spotlight of the group, it’s simply world-class marijuana.
Strains of Summer was posted on Cannabis Now.
Original Post: High Times: The Winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup
[Canniseur: One would never have thought the words Oklahoma and Cannabis Cup would go together. Oklahoma seems pretty well on the way to becoming a truly open cannabis state. The times are indeed changing.]
For the first time ever, High Times brought the Cannabis Cup all the way to Oklahoma! Here are all the winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup:
1st Place: The Pound – Orange Cheddar
2nd Place: Emerald Wholesale – Orange Apricot
3rd Place: Stability Grows – Forbidden Fruit
1st Place: Full Moon Pharm – GG4
2nd Place: New Leaf Medicinals – Tropicana Cookies
3rd Place: Exotic Genetix – Truffle Butter
1st Place: Emerald Wholesale – Chem D x I-95
2nd Place: Green Rush Gardens – Gelato Cake
3rd Place: Korova / Sublime Brands Products / Connoisseur Cannabis – G.A.S.
1st Place: Helix Extract – Snowland
2nd Place: Green N’ Pink – Starmalade
1st Place: Craft Cannabis – HGDP CBD
2nd Place: Sticky Tree Farms – Bronx Goo
3rd Place: Cloudi Mornings – CBDutch Treat
1st Place: Gorilla Gardens – Kief Infused Funk Indica Pre-Roll
2nd Place: Tb4u Farms & Rt. 66 Xtracts – Holy Roller
3rd Place: Fire Leaf – Jeffrey Infused Pre-Roll
1st Place: OK Nice Cream – Strawberry Fruit Bar
2nd Place: Fire Leaf x Outlaw Edibles – Maple Bacon Krispi Barz
3rd Place: Mr. Mack’s – Caramel Pot Pops
1st Place: Too Sticky – Honey Almond Protein Bar
2nd Place: Simple Cure – Helpful Mango Sativa Tincture
3rd Place: EdiPure – Raspberry Lemonade Gummies
Vape Pen and Cartridge
1st Place: Korova / Sublime Brands Products / Connoisseur Cannabis – Grandaddy Purp Cart
2nd Place: Electraleaf – Wedding Cake Cart
3rd Place: Fire Leaf x Oklahoma Dab Lab – White Pineapple
1st Place: White Mousse Oklahoma x Red River Pharms – Grape Ape Full Spectrum
2nd Place: Tb4u Farms & Rt. 66 Xtracts – Wright White Live Sugar
3rd Place: Head of Honey x Diamond Labs – Member Berry Live Diamonds
1st Place: Fire Leaf x Oklahoma Dab Lab – Lemon Cheese Quake
2nd Place: White Mousse x Rock Top Wellness – Oklahoma Mimosa Full Spectrum
3rd Place: Terpenetics – Blue Cookies Live Resin Sugar
1st Place: Fire Leaf x Oklahoma Dab Lab – Fruity Pebbles OG
2nd Place: SoloS Extracts – Canuck Cookies Diamonds
3rd Place: White Mousse x Rock Top Wellness – Kief Chief Full Spectrum
1st Place: Helix Extract – Purple Punch Live Rosin
2nd Place: Kiamichi Skies – KS Blend Live Rosin
3rd Place: Stability Grows X Country Hash – Forbidden Fruit Live Rosin
1st Place: Lotus Gold Dispensaries – Colorado Cures Pain Cream
2nd Place: Redbud Elixirs – R. L. Remedy Healing Lotion
3rd Place: Mr. Mack’s – THC Infused Lotion
Hemp-Derived CBD Product
1st Place: White Mousse Oklahoma x CBD Plus USA – CBD BHO Badder
2nd Place: Terpenetics – Holos Botanica Eye Cream
1st Place: New Leaf Medicinals – Moon Rock
2nd Place: Releaf Labs /ALTRD – ALTRD Moon Rock
3rd Place: Xen Xtracts – Infused Grape Moonrock
People’s Choice Awards:
1st Place: Ethos Genetics
2nd Place: Exotic Genetix
3rd Place: Too Sticky
1st Place: Ethos – Mandarin Cookies
2nd Place: Mystic Magic Seeds
3rd Place: Helix Extracts x High Times Cannabis Cup Shirt
1st Place: Hammerhead w/ Reef Shark Bowl
2nd Place: Indigo Attic
3rd Place: Desert Scene – Windstar x Steve H Collab
The Winners of the 2019 Oklahoma Cannabis Cup was posted on High Times.