July 23, 2014

Marijuana Strain Noshaq Kush from Takoma Wellness Center, Washington DC

Noshaq Kush

Takoma Wellness Center, Washington DC

GENETICS

Noshaq is the one of the highest peaks in the Hindu Kush Range, near the Kush valley famous for its Indicas. Noshaq Kush is genetically derived from the Afghan Kush grown in that fertile valley and is a new strain that has just recently come onto the scene.

The strain is available in the various Washington DC dispensaries, such as the Takoma Wellness Center, Capitol City Care, or Metropolitan Wellness Center. We got our flower of Noshaq Kush from my personal favorite dispensary Takoma Wellness Center, a non-profit dispensary in DC that helps the community in so many ways. They donate proceeds to the local Whitman-Walker AIDS clinic and are active members in the community. Takoma Wellness Center is always adding new strains and improving their presentation of top quality cannabis medicine. I use medical cannabis for my fibromyalgia and have been visiting this dispensary for almost a year now. The entire staff treats you like family, and visiting is always a pleasant experience.


I use medical cannabis for my fibromyalgia. The relatively high CBG (13%) may have a lot to do with the strain’s effectiveness, for my anxiety was eased, and my spirit lifted. My mind relaxed along with my muscles.

I enjoy testing the effects of the various cannabinoids, especially the ones I haven’t tried yet. I have sampled THC and CBD extensively, but I have not yet really sampled CBG (Cannabigerol). When I saw this new strain Noshaq Kush come into Takoma Wellness Center dispensary, I first noticed the 13% CBG (along with 17% THC and 8% CBD) and realized this would be a good chance to try CBG. Stephanie Kahn, a staff member at Takoma Wellness Center said, “This is a very strong Indica!”.

SC Laboratories reports that CBG inhibits cancer and tumor cells from growing, stems the growth of bacteria, stimulates growth of bones and also reduces inflammation. CBG inhibits the uptake of GABA, a brain chemical responsible for the regulation of the reactions of neurons. Those who suffer from anxiety or muscle tension may enjoy relief when GABA is inhibited.

BOUQUET

The flowers are tall, compact, and very dense, with only a slight stickiness. Noshaq Kush has pale green leaves with brownish-orange pistil hairs intertwined. Whitish-amber trichomes sparkle and glisten. I experienced an earthy, grassy bouquet, with a sweet spiciness that tingled the nose. Upon first inspection of the flowers, the Kush “skunk” smell was not overpowering, did make its presence felt. The mild lemongrass and sage aroma is very pleasant and soothing.

FLAVOR

I sampled the fresh Noshaq Kush flowers in a waterpipe. The smoke being drawn in was mild but creamy and had a very earthy, distinct taste, with only a slight tinge of skunk. Exhaling left a moist, fruity taste in my mouth. The lingering smoke is surprisingly strong in “skunk” odor, so be sure to have the windows open or a fan going with this one. I also tasted a tinge of mint, pine, cherry and even cinnamon in the flavonoids that tickled the senses. My experience with Noshaq Kush has been pleasant all around. The “entourage effects”, or the combined effects, of the flavonoids, trichomes and cannabinoids are very powerful on the senses and nose and are a large part of the therapeutic properties of Noshaq Kush. The sensations eased my mind and relaxed my muscles.

Noshaq Kush from Washington DC Dispensary Takoma Wellness Center

EFFECTS

Noshaq Kush is a heavy Indica that definitely lives up to it’s “Kush”, melting muscles and calmin the spirit within a few minutes of use. My head lightened and my headache eased, and a sense of overall wellbeing was felt. It eased the pain in my muscles and joints, and took my mind off the pain. I didn’t feel a need to take a second puff so quickly, as the rush and effects lasted for almost 15 minutes (a significant duration for my fibromyalgia symptom relief).

I felt the effects of Noshaq primarily in my head, around the crown chakra; which is surprising with an Indica. The powerful effects of this truly strong medicinal strain were profound. The relatively high CBG (13%) may have a lot to do with the strain’s effectiveness, for my anxiety was eased, and my spirit lifted. My mind relaxed along with my muscles. The body effect hit second. As predicted, the effect was pretty strong. “Couch lock” wasn’t far behind. I felt relaxation in and around my root chakra.

Noshaq Kush is definitely an Indica for night time only, for it causes severe drowsiness and deep relaxation. Noshaq also causes the “munchies” so make sure you have nuts and berries standing by. I would recommend this potent medicinal strain for heavy pain, severe insomnia, migraines, severe muscle spasms, anxiety and depression. Noshaq Kush is an awesome strain that is good for fibromyalgia and other diseases with muscle spasticity issues. I will definitely try this strain myself again for sure.

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