Today we are looking at Platinum Blackberry from a Mail order Marijuana service, The Chrono.
I’ve had many platinum strains, but I have yet to try Platinum Blackberry. It... is a cross of the classic Platinum OG Kush and Blackberry Kush.
It is an Indica dominant strain with a 70 to 30 ratio. The regular price is $11 a gram, which is quite reasonable for a bud like this. Straight out of the bag, it smells like a sweet berry with a little hint of grassiness. Reminds me of camping.
The surface of the bud is dense, and has a frosty rough exterior. The glistening trichomes all packed in together with a nice distribution of orange hairs. It’s a hard bud, but has some give when you press down on it while also being fairly sticky.
When we crack this bud open, we can see that there is a hidden cave of frostiness. Its fairly light on the inside compared to the outside. The leaves go a much lighter green as it goes towards the middle. The orange hairs aren’t visible on the inside, but you can also see theres a thicc layer of them coming from the surface. The trim on this bud is decent, I wouldn’t change much about it.
When ground up, the color is more of a mute green. The orange hairs are distributed evenly and looks quite nice. Up close you can definitely see how frosty it was prior as its quite dusty. The smell has more of a pine scent along with more of a grassy smell. The sweet berryness is still there, just not as prominent. Without the gloves on, it feels damp and but not as sticky as it was before grinding.
When vaping it, you can definitely taste the berry flavor. It’s probably the most prominent flavor. The other flavors you can taste while vaping this is a slightly harsh but not bad diesel taste. And then theres an undertone of pine which brings it all together. The taste is there throughout the experience but gets harsher as the flower heats up. The high with the vape isn’t bad, its a very even level headed high. I’m sure if I smoked more I would have trouble speaking. Based on vape alone, its a good flower to vape. It’s pretty flavorful but I have tasted this flavor many times before, it’s nothing new.
Unfortunately I can’t smoke any of this right now, but earlier when I smoked this in a joint, the larger amount of flower is what made this bud show its true colors. The high starts in the head and then slowly takes over your body with a sedating come down. Very good for people with insomnia or having trouble sleeping. The smoke was pretty smooth. Not a harsh smoke, but I did cough a couple times. No big deal. The taste had a more pine/diesel taste to it than vaping. The berry flavor was buried quite good. But the smell of the smoke had much more berryness than that of the vape. The clouds were nice, decent thick clouds based off how much I rolled which was about .5 grams.
The ash burns fairly white. A little darker towards the more packed parts. But overall in a joint or bowl the ash is almost paper white.
All in all, this is a fairly good flower for the price. $11 per gram, especially if you catch it on sale is decent. If the berry-like pine flavor and aroma interests you, then you should give this a shot. I would probably buy this again, maybe to share with friends.
Another delicious sounding strain from a craft grower I’m usually pretty excited to try. Being fortunate enough to get larger nugs it should provide a better examinatio...n of the strain. Grown by Archive Seeds it’s labeled a Hybrid Indica which is one of my favorite types.
Out of the jar we get some of the sweetest, citrus-y, lemon-y, delicious / candy smell we’ve experienced in a long time. Smells delicious and very unique which probably also has to do with the freshness. The buds are quite hairy, quite frosty, having the crystals transforming the dark bits to a lighter tint. I’d say about 50/50 red hairs which also were quite covered by crystals.
Breaking it open yields a much lighter color (light green to white) but also significantly less crystals. Perhaps due to the density of the bud it didn’t allow a uniform covering of crystals to the core. Not a very hollow center (so quite dense throughout). The bud is extremely sticky maintain the shape when squeezed or handled (and leaving hands sticky). We also get a new smell, still citrusy, but much more DIESEL/GASSY than how it was out of the jar. The buds we examined weighed about 4-5grams each demonstrating just how dense the bud was. Hopefully these tastes are maintained when vaped.
Once grinding it up the bud turns and even LIGHTER color green, a mixture of the center-whitish color and the crystals on the outside. Still quite a few visible red hair that are quite contrast to the light green, white colors of the bud. Once again quite a very sticky bud (sticking to hands, sticking to itself, almost as playdough) leaving quite a few crystals between the fingers as well. The smell turned into a much more acidic, sour smell slowly being overpowered by a gassy, diesely smell. Not quite as sweet as we were expecting it straight out the jar. Still candy-like sour hints but slowly being overtaken by the darker gassy smells.
In the vape the best way to describe the experience was above average. Lower temps (185) yielded gassy, diesely, bitter, darker flavor, but not SUPER strong, a much milder flavor. Shortly after was the sweet, baked goods taste but once again not super flavorful, but there. At 195 we still got diesel, bitter and still a bit mild. Only at the very end did we get a sweet, citrusy flavor like we wanted to from the get-go. Would have been nice if that sweet citrus flavor was there from start to finish (hence the name of the strain) but if you’re into the gassy flavors it might be your thing. Personally I was expecting a taste closer to the original smell and name which made me feel a tad disappointed.
Having smoked it from the pipe we’re left with a light grey/dark grey ash. The experience itself was a bit harsh, not AS smooth as I wanted it to be. It was def. fresh so we did get a bit flavor while burning which is usually not a common occurrence. THe best thing about blazing it was that it was quite a STRONG feeling. A very indica effect: couch lock, relaxed, laid back, not really socialize, something you would want to do at home and not necessarily go out and party... even chores may be a bit difficult.
So to summarize we had a GREAT smelling / looking bud that was quite dense, fresh yet crystals diminished toward the center. It vaped unexpectedly very diesel-y/gassy, more than sweet/sour as the original name and smell was concerned. Finally it burned a bit harsh but had a great strong indica buzz. A bit of room for improvement but at the same time could be a smell/taste/experience that some may crave.
Another fruity strain from one of my favorite craft growers with a delicious name: watermelon. Although a trade I felt happy to finally get around to trying this as it’s described as a hy...brid indica with great feedback. Hopefully this strains tastes as good as it sounds.
Right out of the jar this strain smells sweet, a bit of a cookie, a bit of a floral smell. Tons of crystals, light in colors (with some dark green in between), quite a few red hairs (tho stuck down by the crystals) and looks solid, caked, well trimmed. The bud was fluffy, not super dense, but when cracked open smells even STRONGER candy / sweet smell. The bud remains dense and crystally even down to the stem which ensures a stronger buzz when we do eventually get down to smoking it.
When grinding it up we get a sense of just how dense it was before. Tho still light in color the crystals give it an overall even/dull/shine to it. The stickiness is where it shines; sticking both to my hands and to itself and we are able to feel the crystals between our fingers even after. Now that it was ground up we get a much more PINEY smell (overpowering the sweetness). A very light, fresh, summer-time piney smell with a hint of tropical/fruit/sweet smells we had originally but now a much more piney, zesty, smell. Tho still candy-like it’s interesting to see how much the bud changes when ground up vs fresh out of the bag.
In the vape was (at first, 185) not that interesting. Low temps we got sweet cookies, not living up to the ’Watermelon’ name. We raised it to 195 and got a very sweet, very fruity (hard to tell if watermelon persay) but tropical and sweet for sure. It ended up being 50/50 cookie flavor and sweet tropical flavors. The only disappointing part was when it was finished and you just wanted more ;) ... a good problem to have. Could be one of the new ’favorite’ strains alongside pineapple or other fruity flavors as the taste simply got stronger the more we vaped.
After smoking it the ash was left white with light grey ash. For the actual smoking experience it was light on the lungs, smooth smoke, very SHISHA-like, lots of vapor. The effects kicked in almost immediately (even around the time we were vaping) which is nice. It’s def. an indica leaning (lazy, relaxed, euphoric good mood) but not something you’d wanna go out in public with or go do chores. Probably best to leave it as end-of-night kind of smoke. Some visuals as well (things look sharper, hearing is improved) so def all the checkboxes for a solid indica.
Overall looking at the bud as a whole there’s nothing to complain about. Smells great, looks shiny and well kept, great taste in the vape (and what we expect from a name like watermelon) and a smooth, strong smoke while blazing. A bud I’m glad I received as a gift to review as it’s probably something I’d buy again whether from the same grower or other craft growers to compare and see if others are a 5/5 like this one.
Girl Scout Cookies GSC Hybrid Indica Review | 4.7/5
Girl scout cookies (GSC) is probably one the most household pot names I remember even before legalization .. but have had mixed results with it in the past. Either flavorless,... too harsh, or too weak (or in OCS 56$ / 3.5g) so I never understood why people liked it so much.
This hybrid indica (60/40 with up to 28% THC) is marked as AAA. Right away when opening up I could smell wine, alcohol, spirit, the smells I associate with very high end bud. I didn’t really get a cookies but smelled a sweet, pleasing smell (not baked goods) which is a nice combination nonetheless. Pretty light in color it was really crusty, lots of orange, long red hairs, pretty dense. Near the center the crystals lessened up but yielded a nice green stem. Breaking it open also gave a bit of a different smell, a bit of a food-spice smell. Sticky as when pinching it maintained its form with no bits and pieces falling off.
When grinding it up we really see how shiny, crusty the buds are. The bud themselves are very light green, some tints of purple (minor) and a VERY sticky bud (to itself, not to my hands). The smell now is very SHARP, burns the nostrils: a bit lemony, almost burning the nostrils with that wine, alcohol smell. Lemon, wine, and stinkyness is the best way to describe it. Possibly one of the most unique smell we’ve seen recently. Think sodapop, lemon pledge smell that really stands out among other acidic/lemon strains.
In the vape it was a very delicious experience. At 185 we got hit with a very sweet taste (sugar, sweet, bit of honey) and very flavorful. Cranking it up to 195 we got a cookie taste (Sweet as well) which was nice to taste and lasted throughout the entire vape session, the taste didn’t dissapear right away. As well the effects kicked in almost immediately even after vaping which is not a super common occurence as we usually only feel buzzed after burning it.
Burning it yielded a light grey, to light dark ash with some specks of white. Smooth-wise was a bit harsh (whether its the high THC or the actualy flush/curing of the bud). I would lean toward the fact that it was high THC as the effects really kicked in right away. Yet despite this we got nice thick smoke which filled the air quickly and made me want to go back for more right away. Def. a more indica leaning bud with couch lock, daydreaming, zoning off, no anxiety, but no body buzz. It also left me feeling in a good mood, euphoric, whether it was due to the good taste or the nature of the bud (or both). A very end-of-day sit back and relax kind of feeling.
Overall probably one of the best GSC we’ve come across (considering price of others too) I can see why this was/is a really go-to strain. From the unique spirit/wine smell, the sweet aroma both out of the bag AND while vaping and strong effects despite the semi-harsh toking it was a great experience. If I had to nitpick anything about it it would be the minor-harshness but due to the taste and the effects it could be quickly forgiven. Makes me want to research more on GSC strains and see how other growers do it ... perhaps adding it to my daily rotation (hence giving it 4.5 / 5).
First review of shatter and purposely chose one of the same strain to the earlier ’Budder Honeycomb’ we did of God’s Green Crack.
Had similar color and consistency as we ...saw before with a dark amber color (see-through in some spots) but perhaps due to there being multiple layers stuck on top. It was easy to snap off but also easy to pull yielding stringy formations.
Vaping it at 320 it bubbled instantly melting to a see-through golden color which quickly turned into a darker brown color. Smell coming out was very similar to the budder before (floral, baked cookies).
Taste wise this shatter had a stronger taste compared to the budder (baked goods, cookies, sweetness, some aroma but not lots and at lower temps, but more flavor overall). Not sure if that’s the nature of the shatter in general but will compare in the future.
The effects were also stronger than the other... buzzing behind the eyes, energetic, body buzz, everything’s sharper, lots of energy, sense heightened. So similar buzz to the budder but just stronger and better taste.
So it’s interesting to kind of compare directly to the two forms and finding a preference. Hopefully trying lower grade (darker shatter) and higher end (see through golden) shatter will help us kind of narrow down the differences in quality.
God’s Green Crack Hybrid Budder Honeycomb Review | 4.?/5
Being the first review on a concentrate it’s gonna be tough to rate it or give it too serious of a rating ... just like the hash it’ll take a few to get a basis for compari...son.
This hybrid strain of God’s Green Crack came in budder honeycomb, with a golden, pastel-yellow color that closely resembled honeycombs themselves. Brittle when touched but still quite waxy which made it easy to work with.
To keep things consistent we use a vape capped at 320F in order to get as much taste out of it as possible. After tossing a bit into the Pico vaporizer it quickly bubbled and melted to a darker brown tint.
After vaping it left a dark brown circle on the inside of the vape. Taste-wise we got incense, baked goods, not too much floral, maybe a bit woodsy which (after checking online) closely resembled the flower form of this strain. The taste was NOT that strong, not as much as fresh flower on the vape.
It felt more sativa-heavy as it made you social, energetic, got you up-and-moving, with SOME body buzz but not couch lock. The effects (obviously stronger) kicked in right away which gradually evened out to a mild buzz for over an hour.
Knowing the taste and the strength it will be interesting to see the shatter form of it and whether it differs in any significant matter. That and cheaper shatter of various qualities will probably give use a sense of just how good this budder may or may not have been leave it at 4.? / 5
Do-si-dos is another familiar strain name I hear a lot about and wanted to try out so luckily I received a sample from HSP which tend to specialize in higher-end, boutique strains.
Even before opening the jar you could tell it was... really crystally, light in color. When opening the jar right away we’re hit with that alcoholic, spirit smell you associate with high-end strains. Not too many red hairs, lots of crystals (hand trimmed?) and just white overall due to the lust and shine.
Breaking it open you can tell it is indeed BRAIDED foxtails which I love to see, but sticky so it simply looks like a bud when it’s not ;). The red hairs, tho few, are long and rap around the tip of the bud. This kind of bud structure we’ve seen before with the chocolope and is almost typical in high end HSP strains. The benefit is due to the structure there is no change of color in the center, there is no hollow-ness, so we get consistent, shiny crystals right down to the middle. Now that we cracked it open we get a VERY piney, acidic, stings-the-nose alky-acidic smells. That lime, lemon pledge smell is really sharp and the smell alone wakes you up.
Grinding it up leaves a very light green, fluffy, crystally, few-redhairs material. Emphasizing JUST how light green it is you can tell the 0.5 grams ground up nearly fills up half the grinder. Tho not SUPER sticky (sticks to itself not fingers) its the smell that really makes it stand out. You get a very sour, acidic, similar to the Sour Jack we had not too long ago. Sweet, sour, lemony, candy, very very in-your-face and strong. Probably one of the strongest smells we’ve seen despite this bud being so little amount and from a few weeks ago with a boveda.
From the vape we get a good, but not THE best vaping experience. Lower temps (185) we got a lot of the sour taste similar to the smell, very in-your-face with slight hint of baked goods and cookies. At higher temps (195) we got a ton of vapor (signifying freshness) and eventually transitioned to a sweet-cookie taste, not the sour taste we expected. Def not a bad thing (in fact quite tasty) just a bit unexpected, a pleasant surprise.
Smoking it left a light-grey to dark-grey ash. It was a bit harsh (but whether its due to the high THC or how it was grown its hard to tell) but by far not painful harsh, just not shisha-smooth. The taste was nice too, no burned-ash taste. Effects kicked in right away: behind-the-eyes buzz, euphoric, a bit of body buzz... pretty 50/50 hybrid. Relaxed, not couch locked. Social, but stay-at-home. Def. a late night end-of-day effect.
Overall really happy with this strain having tried it for the first time. Great bag appeal, great alcoholic smell, braided foxtails once again, good in the vape, good in the pipe. Really nothing to point and say ’I didnt like this or this’ and in fact would make me want to try other do-si-do even more just to see if all the strains are as great as this.
This is only the second time we reviewed hash and is a very top shelf hash ... so we’ll hard to compare until we get cheaper stuff (Like the mercedes hash).
Similar to the ’Wheres my bike...’ sativa hash, this one we easy to massage like Playdough but also easy to break off into tiny bits when smoking. The color, also black on the outside, lighter brown on the inside, seemed to leave a bit more residue on the gloves than the other top shelf hash.
It maintained a very baked-goods, cooked smell with a hint of sweetness.
Smoking it left a light grey ash, I’d say a tad bit darker than the ’wheres my bike’ but not by much. Lighting it and letting it burned maintained an even and CONSISTENT smoke stack; didn’t flare up nor did it extinguish itself easier. This makes it easy to smoke without the need to constantly be lighting it. Again, even just letting it burn by itself the smell tasted like baked goods rather than burned-weed like we do with flower. It did have a bit of a blueberry/sweeter taste while smoking, but not very strong.
The effects were def. more of an indica feel than the last hash providing an instant body buzz, relaxation, good mood, that kind of thing. I would say its more of a couch lock than the other (tho both hashes gave a body buzz and relaxation) this one seemed to be a bit more.
Tho not a very interesting thing to compare (two high quality hashes) we’ll be checking out some really cheap hash and trying to see the difference between the two.
Always been a fan of fruit flavors (pineapple, berry, apple) but this is the first time I’ve had anything named banana.
Even before opening you can tell is nice and whole, crystally,... with a pretty nice dominant green stem. Upon opening it’s not quite banana smell but more along the lines of baked goods, cookies, similar to the mimosa we had before. Looking closer you can see it’s caked in crystals, long red hairs (not too many, maybe 20% red hairs) and an overall shine over what would be a green leaf. The buds are not too dense but not fluffy either, with each of our sample buds weighing about 1.5g. Well trimmed (looks like hand trimmed) as there were leaves but the ones that were left were crusty.
Cracking it open yielded a way darker color (perhaps the natural color of the bud) and you can see a clear difference between the center and the outside (night and day). The smell now comes in much more citrusy, much more tangy, a lot more scents than when it was a whole bud.
Upon grinding it up we can see just how light color the bud is. Very sticky when pinched (to hands and to itself) and yielded a VERY strong, citrus, sweet, tangy, maybe banana / tropical smell. Good to see as was a bit worried was going to be boring cookie smells throughout.
Having tried it from the vape at low temp we only got a bitter, baked goods taste which is pretty common among all strains. Once at 195 we immediately got a sweet, tropical, fruity, maybe not banana, but def a very pleasant experience, one of my favorite combinations (we’ve seen many time before but def nice to have). Even more so, perhaps due to the freshness of the bud, it produced a lot of vapor.
Smoking it from the pipe yielded light grey-dark ash. The smoking experience was not the smoothest, dare I say a bit harsh, but still pretty easy on the lungs, thick smoke, and satisfactory to smoke. It had big plumes of smoke which was satisfying to see.
The effects kicked in right away: euphoric, happy, blooming, sharp, bright colors, kind of dumbfounded so good for sitting back, socializing, having a good time. This kind of happy feeling is not always there when blazing so its nice to see it once in a while.
Overall really good experience, great taste, great bag appeal, if only it was a smoother smoke I would have loved it even more. It was nice to see the experience matched the name of the strain which brings me hope in finding other banana flavored bud and perhaps finding something that is closer to a 5/5.
We’ve had the purple punch before from another MoM so we kind of knew what to expect. This hybrid indica (80/20) had a similar bud structure as the last time we saw it: longer, slender... buds with a healthy stem.
Out of the jar it smelled 50/50 fruity and cookie/baked goods taste. This was especially pleasing it it caused it to smell very sweet, almost tropical, so mixing it with the cookies was really nice. The buds were had a good mix of purple leaves, red hairs, and green buds with white from all the crystals (I’d say even 1/3rd each).. Well trimmed with no fan leaves or extra branches the bud itself was not dense so the colors were maintained down to the slightly-green stem.
Having it ground up provided a nice coloring of green, purple, and lots of shine. It was pretty sticky but nothing too crazy. The smell really came out with a strong berry, sweet, fruity flavor which I like to see.
In the vaporizer was ok.. berry, tropical, sweet, fruity, but sadly a bit mild. Perhaps due to the lower rating is understandable ... and not sure if due to genetics or if the bud was a bit fresher. Tho short lived, the berry taste quickly transformed to the baked-goods taste we usually get once its near spent. So overall a nice set of flavors similar to what it smelled like.
Smoking from the pipe left a blacker, light grey ash. The good parts about it was that it was a strong effect, kicked in right away, and was about 50/50 hybrid sativa. Was a bit anxiety and not social so probably good for chores or activities to keep your mind busy rather than going out and socializing. As well it was a bit harsh so we didnt get nice big clouds of smoke like we want to see.
Overall an OK experience ... good taste in the vape, nice bag appeal, strong effects, but not super smooth with darker ash. Either way it’s interesting to see the differences in the same strain name between different sources to compare.