July 9, 2014

Black Diamond Vape Pen

BD Vape

Elegant Discretion: Black Diamond Vape

The recent popularity of both e-cigarettes and hash oil has been difficult to ignore, even for a dedicated purist who prefers fresh flowers and generally eschews concentrates. While plenty of patients have been drawn to the undeniable efficiency of ultra-potent extracts, dabbing doesn’t appeal to everyone. There are risks (toxic residual solvents, butane explosions, fainting) and an overwhelming array of options (wax, shatter, budder) and paraphernalia (rigs, nails, pens). These higher-potency concentrates may be the best medicine for those who suffer from particularly excruciating pain, especially if they are effective enough to replace prescription opioids. But if top-shelf buds and a clean glass pipe or rolling papers are all you really need, why stray from their straightforward simplicity?


There’s a delicious physical sensation that is simultaneously energizing and relaxing, relieving aches and pains, encouraging stretching and movement, with a strong sense of body awareness and presence. Mentally, it’s happy, relaxed, clear, and alert…

One good reason would be to avoid ingesting smoke. Of course, classic standbys like the Volcano, while no longer the most cutting-edge devices available, still reliably excel at vaporizing good old-fashioned buds. But when it comes to portability, discretion, and convenience, nothing compares to a vaporizer pen.

Vaporizing hash oil in an electronic cigarette is astonishingly effortless. Producing hash oil that can satisfy the pickiest of pot snobs, on the other hand, is a serious challenge. Oftentimes, the oil is created from leftover leaves instead of flowers, and the extraction process frequently strips out the terpenes that add flavor and nuance, while failing to adequately purge butane and other solvents.

Black Diamond Vape Pen

BD Vape obtains their cannabis resin from organic top-shelf flowers, using a custom hydrocarbon similar to butane and a process that has been developed and refined over several years, which they claim results in a product that is uniquely superior to their competitors. (Black Diamond was founded by two partners, one a scientist and the other a cook, both of whom have extensive experience processing cannabis into concentrates, edibles, and tinctures.) When I spoke with BD Vape, they would not disclose the precise details of their extraction method, but it was described as “hot and cold,” with an emphasis on taking the necessary time to ensure that the full experience of the flower comes through in the oil. The extracted cannabis resin is then suspended in organic food-grade vegetable glycerin. The resulting concentrate is laboratory tested to verify that there is no trace of residual solvents and that the potency is consistent at approximately 18% THC.

Black Diamond Vape’s cartridges fit on any e-cigarette battery with a standard 510 thread count, or you can use one of their branded pens, which charges via USB and appears identical to the O.Pen Vape and other generic vaporizer pens. What’s inside BD Vape’s strain-specific cartridges, though, is far from generic, with distinctively different effects and multifaceted flavors. All of the cartridges have an initial sweetness in common that seems attributable to the glycerin, but with continued use, the glycerin flavor fades and the terpenes are increasingly apparent.

Their Blue Dream has the smooth, sweet, fresh, herbal taste with hints of fruit and soap that is characteristic of Blue Dream. The effect is felt immediately but not abruptly. It’s potent yet gentle, with the requisite cerebral clarity and euphoria. But it does seem to be an exceptionally sativa-dominant phenotype. It’s surprisingly energetic, and even a bit speedy, and not so physically relaxing or mentally soothing as Blue Dream tends to be.


The resulting concentrate is laboratory tested to verify that there is no trace of residual solvents and that the potency is consistent at approximately 18% THC.

BD Vape’s Jack Herer, on the other hand, is less focused and functional than one would expect from Jack Herer. The spicy pine, lemon, and pepper taste is a more intense distillation of Jack Herer’s usual top notes. But the uplifting mental buzz that Jack Herer normally bestows is more of a heady rushing sensation, eventually becoming a hazy daze that is neither energetic nor clearheaded.

Green Cookies, a cross of Girl Scout Cookies and Green Crack, has a surprisingly complex flavor profile. It’s sweet and earthy, grassy and herbal, with layers of zingy citrus, mint, mild spice, and hops. And the defining traits of both Girl Scout Cookies and Green Crack all seem to be present, yet nicely blended together for a pleasantly balanced effect. There’s a delicious physical sensation that is simultaneously energizing and relaxing, relieving aches and pains, encouraging stretching and movement, with a strong sense of body awareness and presence. Mentally, it’s happy, relaxed, clear, and alert, giving you a reassuring boost as you go about your day.

Double Bubba is even more of a standout, with a yummy flavor that has candy and bubblegum overtones and an earthy, herbal, slightly musky aftertaste. It is instantly relaxing and mood enhancing. The effect is mentally calming, clear and functional with just a slight syrupy thickness to your thoughts. There’s a sensually mellow body stone that becomes heavier over time but is not sedative. Overall, it delivers a really lovely, balanced, comforting effect.

The convenience of the vape pen and the impressive quality of BD Vape’s cartridges inspired the purchase of a fifth cartridge, in preparation for a trip to the East Coast. A 1000 mg cartridge of Blackberry Kush, one of BD Vape’s limited edition strain releases, was well worth the price of $40 at SFFOGG. The blackberry flavor is tasty and sweet, and the sedative indica effect is ideal for relieving aches and pains after a long flight, and encouraging sleep in a unfamiliar hotel bed in a different time zone.

One puff of BD Vape’s hash oil is intended to emulate a puff of a joint as opposed to a dab. It is not staggeringly potent, and not designed to promote rapid inebriation. Rather, these cartridges are best suited for patients who seek functional pain relief and mood enhancement throughout the day. Nevertheless, if you allow yourself to fall into a pattern of mindless inhalation, it is easy to accidentally overmedicate. And even heavy users will find that a 1000 mg cartridge takes an unexpectedly long time to consume.

June 27, 2014

Marijuana Strain Cookies and Cream from Med Men Wellness, San Francisco

Cookies and Cream

Med Men Wellness, San Francisco

GENETICS

Cookies and Cream strain is a 50/50 hybrid bred by Washington-based Exotic Genetix. The mother is an undisclosed Girl Scout Cookies phenotype and the father is Starfighter, from Alien Genetics. Cookies and Cream strain won first place in the hybrid category at the Denver Cannabis Cup this past April. Exotic Genetics boasts that this strain can achieve over 26% THC.

Our Cookies and Cream strain sample came to us from Med Men Wellness, a Bay Area delivery service that delivers 24 hours a day and promises a 25% discount if you don’t receive your order within 60 minutes. Med Men Wellness also offers a generous referral program that rewards you for all purchases made by any patients you refer.

Cookies and Cream from San Francisco Dispensary Med Men Wellness

BOUQUET

These pale green flowers are covered with muted orange hairs and a remarkably thick coating of ivory-colored trichomes. The aroma is extremely appealing, living up to the name Cookies and Cream with an obvious sweetness and an undeniable creamy quality. There’s also a strong pine influence, along with a clean and refreshing blend of zesty lemon, mint, and grass. Handling Cookies and Cream strain leaves an intensely sweet and minty fragrance on your fingertips.


…pronounced creaminess and a fainter sweetness that hints at freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, but so lightly, it’s as though you are merely tasting the air that wafts from the cookies as they cool.

FLAVOR

The flavor of this Cookies and Cream strain sample is surprisingly understated relative to its enticing aroma. It’s quite mild, but with a pronounced creaminess and a fainter sweetness that hints at freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, but so lightly, it’s as though you are merely tasting the air that wafts from the cookies as they cool. Vaporizing reveals more depth to the flavor. It’s grassy and floral, with layers of pine, vanilla, and lemon, a sliver of nuttiness, and a touch of acetone.

Cookies and Cream from San Francisco Dispensary Med Men Wellness

EFFECT

Right away, it’s apparent why Cookies and Cream strain was awarded a Cannabis Cup so shortly after making its debut. The tiniest of puffs instantaneously brings on a powerful mental stone, leaving no doubt about the stunning potency of these crystal-covered buds. The body stone comes along moments later, with an enjoyably tingly massaging sensation that releases tension in muscles and joints. It’s immediately calming and comforting, with a heaviness that seems to ground you ― a slow, sensual, syrupy feeling that weighs down your thoughts as well as your limbs, loosening your spine and pulling at your impossibly droopy eyelids.

There’s an overall softening, both physically and mentally. It’s neither energetic nor sedative, or perhaps its strange fusion of languid complacency and alert clarity is both energetic and sedative. It’s possible to focus, but short-term memory may dissolve and your motivation may veer off into odd directions. It’s subtly psychedelic, shaking out stale thought patterns and inspiring creativity. It’s also likely to inspire hunger, and it seems to expand the lungs and encourage deeper and more deliberate breaths.

This is a long-lasting effect, continuing to relieve pain and anxiety for many hours. It’s fairly functional in low doses, and the tactile awareness of the body effect could be well suited to physical activity, but it can also produce an insistent drowsiness that makes working difficult. It could also be the perfect precursor to a particularly delicious nap.

Cookies and Cream from San Francisco Dispensary Med Men Wellness

June 5, 2014

Marijuana Strain Ingrid from Medicine Bowl Collective, San Francisco

Ingrid Strain

Medicine Bowl Collective, San Francisco

GENETICS

Though she has only graced the scene sometime over the last fourteen years, Ingrid strain carries a name that reminds us of an old soul. Her heritage may be one of great mystery, but her decadent bouquet tells us she is something special. Boasting pure indica genetics, Ingrid strain grows well both indoors and out, with reports of higher yields being cultivated indoors. There isn’t much to find on this jewel of a flower when digging into the soil of her conflicting history. She may be a phenotype derived from a Hash Plant by the name of Big Bud. Some believe Big Bud’s origin of inception is Switzerland, while others lean toward the Netherlands. Perhaps Ingrid strain is the resulting spawn of a Stonehenge mother crossed with Juan Moore’s Dixie Crystal. Before making any conclusions, take the potential parentage of Hash Plant crossed with UK Cheese into consideration as well. However her story is told, Ingrid remains to be a lady of taste and refinement.

Our incredible sample of Ingrid strain was organically grown and nurtured with love. Medicine Bowl Collective provides top grade, organic medicine with consistent standards of the highest quality. If you are going to class it up with Ingrid, let Medicine Bowl introduce you to her first.

BOUQUET

Pleasant and inviting, Ingrid strain’s gentle bouquet asks you to sit down and stay for a while. Her irresistibly sweet and hashy perfume fills the air, graced with the faintest touch of flowering pine. Senses are simultaneously subdued by a warm and woodsy serving of carved cedar chips gliding through soft, buttery cheese. Cracking the flower open releases an effusion of pungent pine and a dash of something savory. When ground up, a light, flowery cheese aroma presents itself in a cloud of powdered sweetness.

From the inside out, Ingrid strain sparkles with clusters of trichome treasure. With a shapely figure that is strong and dense, Ingrid is accentuated by the curves of her voluptuous calyxes. Winding threads of burnt orange pistils carefully climb their way up through the shimmering emerald forest, only resting once they’ve peaked past the flower’s crystal coated surface.


Under the influence of a melty brain and smiley face, Ingrid has the ability to gently lull your busy, worried mind into a peaceful state of serenity. Expressing her need to nurture, Ingrid encourages you to eat, and then insists you eat some more.

FLAVOR

Ingrid strain rolls in with a smooth, tasteful delivery of hash-dipped flower petal incense burning in the woods. A delightful creaminess begins to form in the mouth, accompanying the fine, powdery exhale of honeyed amber generously dusted in fresh pollen. The softness is momentarily interrupted with bold traces of floral perfume clamoring for attention in the aftertaste. It isn’t long before the flavor charade fades, developing into a velvety mouth full of flowering crème.

Ingrid Strain from San Francisco Dispensary Medicine Bowl Collective

EFFECT

This potent lady is healing with a tender touch, ensuring her time spent with you will in some way increase your levels of comfort. Soft massaging waves of creaminess swell deep within the body, expanding outwards into the cracks and crevices of dermal limitations. An electrifying sensation of increased circulation radiates from head to toe, lingering in the feet with a warm, stimulating buzz. Muscles relax, pain is relieved, and sleep is no longer elusive.

Ingrid strain introduces herself with a surprising level of alertness before stripping away any existing traces of clarity. Under the influence of a melty brain and smiley face, Ingrid strain has the ability to gently lull your busy, worried mind into a peaceful state of serenity. Expressing her need to nurture, Ingrid encourages you to eat, and then insists you eat some more. Relaxed and well fed, every great feast deserves a great sleep. Deep, tranquil, sleep.

Calm and soothing, Ingrid strain offers assistance with a number of medical symptoms and conditions including: stress, anxiety, tension, pain, inflammation, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, PTSD, and insomnia. Some patients have even reported benefitting from a substitution of pharmaceutical narcotics with the potency of Ingrid’s medicine.

Ingrid Strain from San Francisco Dispensary Medicine Bowl Collective