Review: DNA Genetics – Sour Kush

  • Strain: DNA Genetics – Sour Kush
  • Paid: $9.00 per gram
  • Type: Indica
  • Ratio: THC 19.6 % / CBD <0.07 %
  • Main Terpenes: Caryophyllene, D-Limonene
  • Cannatrice Rating: 82% (82/100)

Effects + Experience: 43/50
Sour Kush is a potent indica, courtesy of DNA Genetics. Beginners beware, this strain may not be for you. I found the couch-lock effects to be strong with this strain. Sour Kush put me in that YouTube spiral of procrastination. It’s kind of like when you’re watching a short video profiling olympic downhill skiiers, and then 40 bear encounters and an hour of America’s Got Talent “Golden Buzzer Moments” later, you still haven’t moved from the couch. The Caryophyllene and Limonene terpene profile makes Sour Kush a great medicinal strain. It would be good for general pain relief, but I find it great for nausea and stress/anxiety relief. I had to deduct a few points as I don’t find this to be a very functional strain. I should note that while Sour Kush does pack a heavy couch-lock feeling, it doesn’t wind down to an overwhelming tiredness. I wouldn’t suggest it for daily daytime use, but it won’t put you right to sleep either.

Sight, Touch, Taste & Smell: 32/40
Sour Kush buds are medium-sized and earthy green with dark orange pistils that are almost furry. The dense buds are littered with trichomes, giving Sour Kush a moist, bouncy feel (think those Banana Marshmallow candies that seniors buy in bulk). While there is a balanced moistness, the buds aren’t so wet that they leave a lingering scent on your hands after handling. The earthy, citrus scent hits you when you first open the container. While the scent is quite nice, I don’t feel that Sour Kush has the unique or “special” scent profile that I expected it to have. Like most strains, Sour Kush tastes much better when vaped. I was pleasantly surprised by the grapefruit taste after firing Sour Kush up in the vaporizer, considering that it is more earthy tasting when smoked.

In a blind smell test, I rated Sour Kush third out of four strains (Sour TangieBirds EyeSour Kush, and TWD Lot #2). That’s not to say that this strain doesn’t have a nice profile – it was just up against tough competition!

Cost: 7/10
At 9 dollars per gram, DNA Genetics has given Sour Kush a good and competitive price point for this strong, reliable indica.

What I like:
+ The balance of cerebral and body effects is really nice. A true medicinal strain.
+ It has a nice terpene profile and is clearly grown well. Just look at that macro shot.
+  The moisture balance of the buds make this a great strain to vaporize. When heated in my Volcano, the thick vapour tastes sweet and sour – like a grapefruit.

What I don’t like:
– It’s not stimulating. Don’t plan to get much done after using this strain. It was honestly a struggle to get this review done.
– While I would consider this to be a great medicinal strain, it is not at all approachable for beginners. Users would need to have an increased tolerance to THC to benefit from the medicinal values of this strain and be able to go on with their day.

Review: Spectrum – Sun-Grown Orange No.1

  • Strain: Spectrum – Sun-Grown Orange No.1
  • Paid: $7.50 per gram
  • Type: Indica
  • Ratio: THC 13.3 % / CBD <0.07 %
  • Main Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Limonene
  • Cannatrice Rating: 77% (76.5/100)

Effects + Experience: 40/50
Based on the appearance and price, I was actually surprised to find this strain to be very effective and pleasant. The effects peak after about 20 minutes, with a functional and happy, yet somewhat hard-hitting feeling. This strain would be ok to consume during the day, but best enjoyed in the early evening. I doubt this strain would have much of a sedative effect for most people, but it wouldn’t inhibit sleep by any means. I had a bit of a cold virus when I first tried this strain and found it to be effective for that, especially because it’s not harsh on the throat. Unfortunately I find that the effects only last for about 90 minutes for me, which is lower than average for most strains that I have tried.

Sight, Touch, Taste & Smell: 28/40
Sun Grown Orange No. 1 buds are earthy green, airy and leafy. The trichomes and orange pistils are fairly sparse overall. It smells of bitter orange peel and anise seed. It is extremely smooth to smoke and vape – no coughing or chest heaviness at all. The orange zest fragrance is highlighted in the taste. While the smell is nice, I have to admit that it’s not my favourite. I did a blind smell-test with a few other strains (Bedrocan, Bediol, Bakerstreet, Sun-Grown Boaty McBoatface, Sun Grown Orange No. 1) and this strain was my lowest ranked of the 5.

Cost: 8.5/10
I purchased the sun-grown version, which is lower in price due to the leafiness, but I feel the product was good quality overall for $7.50/gram.

What I like:
It surprised me! I really feel that Spectrum (formerly Mettrum) has hit it home with this strain. It sat in my drawer for about a week before I tried it because I wasn’t expecting much, but it is a good strain for the price
+ You can tell this strain is an indica – there is a bit of a couch lock effect, but it is more relaxing than sedating. It can be functional, but with higher doses it could also be great for a relaxing rainy day (Netflix and naps?)

What I don’t like:
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It’s not very good looking. A bit of an ugly duckling.
– The scent and taste are underwhelming. I was really hoping it would taste more like a juicy, fresh orange and less like orange-scented Pledge cleaner.
– The effects don’t last long for me, fading after about 90 minutes.

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Review: Tweed – Sun-Grown Boaty McBoatface (CBD Medihaze)

Effects + Experience: 25/50
I wasn’t expecting much from this strain, and it didn’t deliver much. I guess I can say that I was just satisfied, but not pleased. Sun-Grown Boaty McBoatface is a very mild strain, with a THC content of only 2.3%. This strain would be good for people who need some pain relief during their day, but don’t want the “high”/euphoric feeling that most strains come with. It would also be a good compliment to some higher THC strains. It could be used it combination with a higher THC strain (Bedrocan?) to hit all of the bases. If you are a beginner to cannabis, this strain may be a GREAT place to start.

Sight, Touch, Taste & Smell: 15/40
Sun-Grown Boaty McBoatface is underwhelming to the senses. The dark wintergreen buds are tiny, super dry and lacking trichomes. It smells of black, orange pekoe tea. There is almost no taste except for a slight hint of, again, black tea. It’s smooth when vaporized but surprisingly harsh to the throat when smoked. The only redeeming sensual quality of this strain is that I enjoy the comforting scent of tea. In a blind smell-test, I rated Sungrown Boaty fourth place out of 5 strains (Bedrocan, Bediol, Bakerstreet, Sun-Grown Boaty McBoatface, Sun Grown Orange No. 1).

Cost: 10/10
This metric honestly inflates the rating higher than I’d like it to go. However, at 6 dollars per gram, you can’t go wrong for a low-THC, mid-CBD strain.

What I like:
+ It’s cheap and the name is fun.
+ I can use it when I have some pain (menstrual cramps, muscle pain) and go on with my day.
It can be used in tandem with higher THC strains to achieve more well-rounded effects.

What I don’t like:
– It’s cheap, and it shows (the pictures do it better justice than IRL.)
– It doesn’t really do much for me on it’s own.

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