An appetizing name of some our favorite strains ... sweet hawaiian and stinky Skunk #1. A sample of 11-17% (medium to high) this bud IS priced pretty high but labelled a quad ... ...r/>Out of the jar the smell is very TROPICAL, SWEET, not far off from pineapple express.. a very candy like smell. The outside is quite frosty and coated with a nice, lighter orange mix of red hairs. A dense (once again similar to other tropical strains) strain that doesn’t leave much room near the core.
In the center is a lighter, orange color overall, still dense, but not as frosty. Cracking it open we start to get that skunky aroma which we didn’t get before. This skunky, sweet, hawaiian smell is a really nice combination but still dominated by the hawaiian.
Grinding it up the bud is quite light in color, with noticeable amounts of red hairs. A VERY sticky bud (to my hand, to itself) and leaves my fingers sticky. The smell is now about 60/40 TROPICAL/SWEET & Stinky, skunky odor ... almost a bitter smell complimenting the candy sweetness. It’s almost a lingering skunk stickiness that hangs in the air after grinding.
In the vape the taste was VERY dominant. No need to get it past the low temperatures of 185 which lasted the entire session. An almost ’overpowering’ sweet flavor throughout, followed by a flowery, perfumy flavor. Finally a bit of bitterness, then hints of skunk (fast food, chinese food flavor) that finished up the vape alongside a spicy taste/sensation. Even left the tongue/throat a bit spicy ... something we’ve attributed before to strong strains (but usually not this spicy). An ambitious thing to say but one of the strongest combination of flavors we’ve seen so far which goes well with the strong effects we’re already feeling.
Burning it in the pipe we’re left with a dark grey, black ash. The smoking experience was a bit harsh but a bit of spice did pull through alongside the tropical and hints of skunk. The effects were a very heavy, pleasant indica: strong body buzz, slows you down, droopy eyelids, but doesn’t get you depressed or deflated, keeps you happy and attentive. This strength goes hand in hand with the very sticky nature of the bud.
Overall, not a quad as advertised, but close to it. Great smell, unique combination of strains, with a nice looking bud, great taste in the vape, and strong happy effects. The only downside was the less-than-perfect smoothness and dark ash color but something that I thoroughly enjoyed simply as they were a combination of some of my favorite flavors.
It’s been a while since we’ve checked out concentrates (shatter, honeycomb budder) so this time was nice we got a free sample of CO2 oil. Even tho we got it in the disposable one time use car...tridges we decided to transfer it to the Pico and save the cartridge for another day.
From the cartridge the oil looks quite darker than the shatter we’ve seen before, more of a dark brown tint. Once we extracted it and spread it out in the container it yielded a much more golden, amber color, tho a bit darker than other concentrates we saw.
Tossing it in the vape (and blast it at 430) the oil instantly liquifies (much faster than shatter/budder) with a pretty clean burn overall .. almost no leftovers visible in the vape bucket. On a q-tip tho the color remains more of a golden color compared to the darker remains we’ve seen before.
The smell is much more sweet and flowery once vaped; a more pleasant smell than other concentrates... a nice change from the usual baked goods smell we’ve come across before.
Vaping it was quite an enjoyable experience ... the taste lasted start to finish (much longer than what we expected). The taste was consistent throughout and didn’t disappear right away. A very minty, floral and quite skunky/stinky flavors. A few tokes were quite ’food’-like with food spices. Despite this the ’floral’ and ’minty’ flavors were the most dominant.
This oil was much harder to work with than shatter and honeycomb (probably why the other two are so popular). With this in mind the taste lasted much longer than the other concentrates (perhaps the others burned faster) but it felt like you were getting more out of less with this.
The effects were a pretty strong hybrid: awake, a bit slower thinking, no body buzz, no anxiety, just a relax, dumbed out, buzzing-behind-the-eyes, hearing enhancements. Not the most mind blowing effects but still satisfactory.
Overall a good first ’oil’ we’ve examined which seemed to be a good choice. With a longer lasting flavor (personally) we enjoyed it more with fewer leftovers and almost instant melt.
Keeping in mind this strain is one of my go-to for daily smoke and is also often crossed with many strains when they need that ’sativa’-ish effect. From blueberry breath to blackberry breath ...it’s quite common to see.
Out of the jar we get a very ’doughy’, ’grassy’, ’fresh’, ’light’ smell ... a bit woodsy but most dominant is that wheat smell. Imagine fresh bread rising in the kitchen kind of smell.
Looking closer at the bud we see it’s composed of long, dominant stems .. a thinner, taller bud with a very light green color of the bud and very dark red hairs (although few and short in count). A very frosty bud nonetheless with a lot of the crystals and red hairs present close to that core, probably due to it’s messy, fluffy looking nature of the bud. It’s pretty well trimmed but not perfect, a bit branchy, perhaps to the rumors I heard it was a Jamaican style strain that naturally is so airy and leafy. Cracking it open also gives us a floral, sweet smell we didn’t get out of the jar.
Grinding it we get very little bud for the nug we put in, meaning its quite an airy, fluffy bud. The color is overall very light green with a good shine from the crystals. A few stems left in the ground up bud which is expected considering how it looked before we put it in. The bud ground up is very sticky, almost like playdough and sticks to my hand and to itself, leaving my fingers quite sticky. Smelling it we now get a very ’spirit’, alcohol smell that we normally associate with higher end strains.
In the vape we get a VERY strong earthy, woods, bitter, flavor that lasts the entire smoke. Even at 185 we don’t need to change the temp as the flavor is so everlasting. The bitterness goes well with a morning coffee which makes it an even better daily morning smoke. We did get a bit of a bread/wheat flavor but not as much as the other strains. Already we feel a bit energetic from the vape which is always a good sign.
Smoking it from the pipe we’re left with a light grey/dark grey ash. The smoking experience was pretty smooth, but not THE smoothest. We did get a LOT of that earthy, woodsy flavor pull through (much better than just getting burned ash taste). We did get a bit of a skunky/pungent taste as well, tho minor, it was def there.
The effects kicked in right away: energy, having your mind race a lot, wakes you up, a GOOD mood, euphoric, a picker-upper perfect if you’re burned out or tired. A good follow up if you’ve been smoking all day OR just started smoking in the mornings. Now because we’ve been smoking this so often we did notice a bit of a burn out but hard to attribute to the strain or the fact that we drink it with coffee. Asking other people about it they said it’s simply ’Jamaican strains’ :D
Overall an interesting strain that def. changes my perception of sativas that normally give me anxiety. This being a much more even-high with controllable effects that don’t get you wrecked for the whole day nor does it make you too anxious. This is a good first step into examining more ’bread’ or ’breath’ strains and seeing how they’re crossed with other strains (even Blueberry, an indica) which is sure to bring in some of these good feelings in with other smokes.
Another nuken purposely chose quite soon after the last to be a proper comparison and pretty similarly priced ... so should be interesting to see how many of the characteristics carried over.
T...his bud maintained more of a traditional ’normal’ looking bud: a dominant stem, quite long, squishy, leafy compared to the last which was almost no stem but very hard like styrofoam. Quite well trimmed (but not perfect) this bud is one of the more common, typical looking ones. Another interesting thing to note is this was much easier to squeeze and handle than the last. Trying to pinch the top allowed it to stick together and had a bit of give, quite different than what we saw before.
Similar to the last, the smell was quite similar: fruity, tropical, lemon/acidic (perhaps pine?) and a slight clay/earthy smell.
Cracking it open we see this color is maintained quite nicely to the core, revealing a nice, strong, green stem. Due to the nature of the bud the red hairs are quite evenly distributed and remain quite frosty even close to the core. They also seem a tad bit longer/brighter but not by much and not so long to be dangling off it.
Grinding it up we get a good ratio of green to red hairs, giving it an off-color brown appearance. The bud is extremely sticky to itself and my hands (a nice characteristic). The smell once again is strong, fruity, tropical, sweet, acidic and a hint of that clay/earth smell. The only big difference between the two strains was this one was much stickier and slightly darker bud color, otherwise nearly identical.
In the vape, once again, an INITIAL strong taste of sweet, tropical, just like how it smelled, but QUICKLY disappears. This, being at 185, left us with a much more muted, oaky, earthy, ’neutral’ flavor. Cranking it up to 195 we still get more of this neutral, earthy flavor. A slight tingling at the back of the throat (perhaps a pepper flavor?) but nothing too drastic or noticable.
After smoking it we’re left with a light grey to dark grey ash, almost identical to the last. Smoking it, once again, was quite disappointing with a very harsh smoke, hard on the lungs. We once again got a BIT of the sweet/tropical taste near the beginning but overall was hard to finish.
On the plus side this strain seemed to have a very indica, body buzz, relaxed, but puts you in a good mood. Furthermore, the effects are much stronger than the last with a longer lasting peak. In that sense I was quite impressed ...
Perhaps due to the low price the two strains turned out to be nearly identical. Having great smells, a harsh smoke and quickly disappearing flavor were by far the main points of these strains. Perhaps in the future we really see what the higher end nukens are like and would be an interesting comparison once we DO come across it.
Nuken seems to be one of the most popular flowers used for concentrates that we’ve seen (shatter, honeycomb, live resin, etc) but haven’t seen too much talk about the flower itself. Figure this 99$... / oz from kingtuts is a good start and should set the foundation for future (maybe more expensive) Nuken herb.
Out of the jar we get a smell almost identical to the concentrates: tangy, sweet, tropical flavors. The buds themselves are very hard, very styrofoam, which from what I was told is a normal thing for it. A very smooth, well trimmed, with a decent amount of red hairs (but shorter). Overall a light green/orange tint to it. Trying to crack it open is also difficult and yields a tropical and ’clay/earth’ smell which differentiates it from other tropical smelling buds we’ve seen before. So far it seems to be a bud grown for the mass/smell/taste as we haven’t seen buds that are quite this dense and packed.
Grinding it up yields a darker brown/green color than before. The dense buds break up to a very large amount in the grinder. We get a more tropical, tangy smell than before (with a hint of that earthy clay smell). Quite sticky to itself and a bit to my hand, tho not THE stickiest we’ve seen.
Vaping at a lower 185 .. the first couple tokes we got a few hints of tropical/sweet taste with some chalky flavors. Shortly after we lost those tastes and got a much more muted/neutral flavor of oak, woodsy, earthy, etc. It was a shame the flavor disappeared so quickly. Even cranking it up to 195 didn’t change the muted flavors nor did it bring that pleasant smelling tropical tangy smell back. A bit disappointing nonetheless.
Smoking it leaves us with a darker, light grey ash. The smoking experience closely matched this as well as it was quite harsh, perhaps the harshest we’ve had in a while, with only a hint of the tropical flavors near the beginning. The effects were a good, solid, strong indica: relaxed, in a good mood, couch lock, laid back. A good effect and smoking experience for day-to-day but maybe not something you’d want to smoke on a daily basis.
Overall with these 99$/oz buds it’s hard to say whether it’s the bud itself that yielded this harsher, less flavorful smoking experience or the nature of the strain itself. This nuken being one of the best smelling, dense, and quite sticky buds it clear that for concentrates this is perfect. On top of that the low price point would def crank this up to a higher-rated bud but we tried to ignore the price point. In the near future it’s important to look at other nukens and compare whether the same smoking experience occurs or does it get better the more you pay for it.
Another honeycomb budder in an attempt to differentiate between the taste and strength of shatter, bud and honeycomb. Last time we looked at it we noticed shatter indeed had a s...tronger taste and about the same effects. The ’Rockstar’ flower we haven’t seen in a while either (in fact never got it post-legalization) so not sure on it’s natural taste or effects. With this lack of past experience we can assume whatever we taste today closely resembles the natural bud.
Once again the budder maintains the ’honeycomb’ shape with a waxy, crumbly, easy to break off texture. A bit of a pine, flowery smell out of the container but nothing too drastic.
Doing a burn test yields an immediate melt with a dark gold tint left over. A strong smell of sweet baked cookies also emanates from it. Swabbing it out also brings out a lighter golden color after it’s smoked which seems to be a bit lighter than the Gods Green Crack we looked at.
Vaping it at about 450 yielded a much stronger flavor than the last budder we saw; pine, flowery (being the most dominant). The effects were quite strong as they woke me up from being burned out (possibly sativaish) but didn’t get any anxiety or mind racing. The Hybrid-Indica is pretty dead on when describing it as it didn’t get me lazy but at the same time didn’t have be feeling like I had to run around and do things with it.
Overall as we review more budder we can determine a better base of comparison between different flowers and concentrates. Whether its shatter vs budder or budder vs the original flower each seem to have it’s own strengths and weaknesses (which some may include the higher price of concentrates vs flowers).
A bit of a mystery bud not knowing much except it was a hybrid and probably smells/tastes like lemon. Not knowing how much THC/CBD either makes it quite an interesting bud to look at.
...>Out of the jar we don’t get a lemony tangy smell as we thought we would but rather a more citrus/pine smell. Interesting as it still bears quite a lemony smell but a bit easier on the nose.
Though decently well trimmed this bud is quite dense with any red hairs attached and flattened to the bud giving it a lighter green color overall (with some pockets over orange). Oddly when cracking it open even tho it maintains the glisten we get much deeper pockets of red hairs to the core. I can only assume it was quite different before it was dried and cured which would explain the red hairs being so close to the center. Due to this we also get quite a lot of crystals down to the core.
Once we crack it open we get a very tropical, fruity, baked goods smell ... one of the more unique combinations (and appetizing) that we’ve seen so far. While looking closer it becomes apparent this bud is quite sticky and hard to pull apart.
What stood apart about this bud was that it was INCREDIBLY hard to grind; a combination of the squished-appearance and stickiness we observed before. Once it was ground up it yielded a very light green color and an overall shine as we saw before from the crystals. Obviously quite sticky when pinched this bud maintains the shape like playdough when squeezed. The smell is very lemony and sweet once again without that burning acidic smell we’ve seen on other buds. In fact this was a much more well balanced tropical/sweet/lemon smell a combination I’m quite fond of.
Vaping at lower temps (~175) we got a very sweet, lemon, CANDY, flavor... a good mix of sweet and tropical. When turning it up to our usual 185 the sweetness was quickly replaced by baked goods/cookies taste (a very common flavor we come across). Even at 195 it was almost completely baked goods taste ... would have been great if the tropical flavor lasted a bit longer at higher temps. Easy to excuse because the effects kick in even after a session of vaping (and quite strong) which is a nice bonus and not that common to experience.
Smoking it we’re left with a light grey with some specks of white. This translated to an average smoke with a bit of harshness ... but didn’t get big clouds of smoke because of it. On the plus side quite a bit of that lemony taste pulled through at the end of drags.
The effects are more indica leaning; lazy, relaxed not very social, hard to think, eyes droopy, stones you out. Probably nothing you would wanna go and party with but end of hard day kinda thing. Not my favorite buzz overall but there are many people who need/like this kind of thing.
Overall smells great out of the jar (even more ground up), an ok-taste in the vape as the baked goods was most dominant, smoking it was ..pretty.. smooth with strong indica-like effects which may be your kind of buzz.
Northern Lights Appalacia The Mad Scientist Indica Review | 5/5
Northern Lights (at least the name) is a familiar strain that few potheads and regular folk have not heard before. We have looked at northern lights before but it’s... been a long time and surprisingly we don’t come across it very often. Rated at 15-21% which is mid-high this bud is rated high and priced accordingly :D
Opening the bag we get a very SWEET, floral, PINEY smell (not as much as the sweetness) with quite a bit of the lemony acidic smell as well. Def a great and appetizing combination as you have to take into appreciation that it has a quite complex array of scents. Up close the buds have very long red hairs (which shows a lil’ care and love) with an overall nice mix of light green, some dark green, some strands of purple as well but if it’s not covered in red hairs it’s covered in crystals.
Tho dense, the buds are quite fluffy, easy to pull apart, and due to the fluffy-ness we get crystals down to the core giving it quite an illustrious shine. Peeling it apart we even see some STRANDS of red hairs poking out, showing how nice it growed / was dried so that it was a good mix of everything together. Broken apart the acidic smell almost burns the nostrils now which is quite different than our initial bag smell (almost no sweetness). Just burning, aciding, lemon-pledge (not chemical)/lemon-zest.
Grinding it up we see the red hairs give it a bit of a darker look overall but is still covered in shiny crystals. Squeezing it is very sticky (hand and to itself) leaving a bit of crystals between the fingers. The smell is even MORE acidic/lemony burning nostrils smell. Not the most unique smell but we haven’t really seen it at this strength (tho quite often).
Having tried it from the vape the taste def. takes you aback. Expecting the taste to match the smell (lemony/acidic) it was quite incorrect. At 185 we got a very food-like, skunky flavor (chinese-food taste). The longer we left it in the vaporizer we got a more PEPPERy taste. It left a bit of a string in the back of the throat and woke up the senses. This skunky, peppery, full-bodied flavor was def one of the most unique flavor combinations we’ve come across. Last time we had peppery like this was from OCS’s DNS Lemon strain ... whereas this one showed a more dominant SKUNKY + Peppery feel. As well even after the vape we’re already feeling the indica effects which is quite fast (as we dont usually get it till burning in the pipe) so we know it’s either a kick-in fast kinda strain or simply high THC.
Smoking from the pipe we’re left with a quite WHITE ash / light grey ash. This closely resembles our very smooth, white smoke that’s easy on the lungs and throat. We actually got quite a bit of that pepper taste pull through. The effects at first were a bit Hybrid-Sativa leaning but quickly leaned toward a heavy indica / body buzz / relaxed but still able to socialize and put you in a good mood (with a bit of cottonmouth). Not something I would personally smoke in the morning but something I could have as a nightcap even with guests.
Overall was greatly impressed and happy to see Northern Lights back in action. From a great smell out of the bag, unique colors and long red hairs, to the smooth and tasty smoke the strain performed well on all fronts. That unique lemon/skunky strain in the vape coupled with the pepper coming through the smoke really made it memorable and perhaps was one of the few times I quite enjoyed this lazier indica experience.
Another ’Pink’ strain which, from what I heard, is supposed to be quite stronger in strength based on the genetics. Thi...s one claims to be up to 26% THC but hard to tell as usually those aren’t based on any tests.
Upon opening it up we get a very DIESEL, GASSY, slight hints of sweetness. The gassy smell is pretty common but it’s nice to come across it when its extra strong and the dominant scent.
The bud structure has that ’foxtail’ look (buds look like hands) and has a nice assortment of long red hairs, darker leaves, some purple, and pockets of frosty THC especially around the corners. This unique bud structure we’ve seen from Broken Coast, HSP, etc and have always turned out to be top notch. Due to the unique shape I can understand why these particular buds were a bit smaller shaped. Also due to the shape you get crystals all the way to the core and it doesnt change color or get more leafy/less crystally. This consisten THC and color guarantees a stronger high.
Even cracked open the bud still maintains a very GASSY, DIESEL, smell, but now the only difference is my fingers are extra sticky to each other (a nice surprise).
Grinding it up yields a lot lighter overall color, lots of crystals, red hairs, but very very sticky. Was actually hard to grind up and maintains that stickiness (to my hands and each other) when squeezed. The smell once again is VERY gassy, diesel. No pine, no sweetness, nothing but gas and diesel. The smell is beginning to lean toward ’fishy’ smell which we’ve seen with the other gassy strains like Blue Tuna.
From the vaporizer the taste was strong, consistent, and there throughout the entire session. Lower temps was a baked goods / bread / non-sweetened cookie taste (185) and after letting it vape in the chamber for a while, we got hit HARD with that gassy diesel flavor. It was quite bitter which was consistent with drinking coffee with that bitter aftertaste. Even though the flavor wasn’t my favorite it was important to note for those diesel enthusiasts. Cranking it up to 195 yielded a more fishy taste but still quite gassy and bitter, Although not the most unique of flavors quite strong overall.
After burning it from the pipe we have a light to dark grey ash. The smoking experience was quite smooth, with a strong diesel flavor the entire burn and def. there. The effects were euphoric, relaxed, good-mood, no anxiety. A good bud to even share with friends or guests while chilling and relaxing. Usually theres couch lock or laziness but this one def leans more sativa and gives you just enough energy to keep going.
Overall impressed with the bud through looks/shape, smell/taste (tho not the most unique), and the smooth, tasty blaze. Overall ’Pink’ strains seem to be living up to their rep