Strain Report: King Kush

Whilst grabbing my usual, Pineapple Express, today I came across some nice looking King Kush and decided to give it a try! Boasting >< 20% THC, why not?

Genetics

  • Grape
  • OG Kush

Smell

This stuff smells beautiful, with a great Big League Chew artificial grape smell. Not unlike  Granddaddy Purple, this strain presents a dank but deep fruity aroma. Also a nice pot pourri flowery aroma fills the room once this stuff gets grinding!

Density

This is my first time having this stuff, but the buds are dense and firm for the most part (I bought a bit so you can never expect the whole batch to be peng). It makes a nice ‘Crack’ when you break off a piece. Though it seemed to be a poorer trim than other strains from this supplier… Perhaps this is due to a higher number of small leaves on the plant itself. Regardless its tight and I don’t care.

Smoke

This is a dense smoke. Nice and sweet flavour with a gentle spice on the finish. Again, the floral notes present themselves in the finish. Smooth, especially given this strain can pack super high THC levels.

Effect

This strain is all good vibes, but newcomers be wary of her strength. A little sleepy, making this strain a good choice for evening use, but not overwhelmingly so (like GDP). First noticeable effect is a warm, heady, creative buzz with a sense of wellbeing, followed by a slow melt into the sofa. Maybe not a good choice for morning use (unless you have nothing to do). Some people report experiencing couch lock, but I personally did not find this even after consuming vast amounts. I would expect this strain would be a knockout if it were prepared as an edible.

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Overall

Really great quality cannabis with wonderful aroma and notable strength. I would recommend this for people who seek the more chill aspects of cannabis, as well as anxiety patients. Really relaxing, happy vibes.

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Strain Report: Great White Shark

Great White Shark is everywhere, and it is usually cheap. While at my regular spot, I decided to grab a few grams to write my personal experience with this strain. This hybrid strain boasts benefits from both its indica and sativa lineages, providing powerful pain relief without the indica snoozes.

Genetics

  • Super Skunk
  • Brazilian
  • South Indian

Smell

The aroma is nice and sour on this one. It sounds gross, but there are definite notes of baby vomit in this one as well as skunk, decaying leaves (think autumn) and dried citrus. Very earthy and tangy but also very pleasant, certainly a complex aroma.

Smoke

A very smooth, pleasant smoke. Not too lung cramping so it is an excellent choice for people who’s tolerance requires them to consume larger amounts all at once. A little cheesy and sour in the taste as well, with a lingering after taste of juniper and lime. I can imagine this would taste really good in a vaporizer.

Effect

This strain is super weird, providing a very very strong body numbing sensation. I understand immediately how this can be used for daytime pain. That said, it is still on the sleepier side as hybrids go, so I would recommend taking it slow with this stuff if you are consuming in the daytime. Although the classic sativa creativity is present, there is a lack of motivation to act on it and actually create. Whereas I usually find myself stuck to Logic or Ableton, this strain had me on the couch thinking and drinking tea. Not very productive, but certainly fun.  In my opinion this strain has the wrong qualities from each parent, its has indica that doesn’t help me sleep and  sativa that doesn’t help me create…. Maybe perfect for a rainy day!

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Overall this stuff is good enough, but is most definitely worth the lower price I pay for it (I wouldn’t pay over $10 CAD/g ever). There is a very generic vibe to the effects, which is probably why its such a classic… Grab some next time you see it (if the price is right) and see for yourself what you think of the classic Great White Shark.

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Strain Report: Alaskan Thunder Fuck

I finally found Alaskan Thunder Fuck! This is a sativa dominant hybrid that has quite a curious lineage and a super high THC content up to 25% THC, which is probably why it put me out $16 per gram.

Genetics

  • Unknown Sativa
  • Unknown Ruderalis
  • Afghani

Smell

This stuff smells really weird, there is a definite earthiness to it while still being very sweet, which makes it remind me of a dirt flavoured Bertie Botts Every Flavour Bean. Very specific, I know, but that’s what I’m here for.

There is also a noticeable lemon rind after note in the aroma. Really beautiful stuff here.

Density

This is my first time having this stuff, and I did purchase AAAA grade flower, so this may not always be the case, but what a beautifully dense bud I got. It makes an audible ‘Crack’ as you break a piece away and put it into the grinder. Feels like a moon rock, almost. Crazy.

Smoke

Ok so this is a heavy smoke. Be ready for that, first. Expect an ammonia- sour flavour from this strain on the exhale. A touch citrusy with a strong piney mango and forest floor flavour (no, I have not licked a forest floor).

Effect

This strain snuck up on me, which I am not used to. One dose and I just started doing productive things and singing and having a nice day, whereas usually I am constantly needing to smoke to keep up my energy. The lady at the shop warned me that it is supposed to be snacky, though RIGHT NOW I am not experiencing that any more than your typical stuff.

With Alaskan Thunder Fuck you can expect extreme euphoria, strong mood elevation, and an increased appreciation for music. One small dose made me stop writing this review and go write a few new songs for a while… Similar to Pineapple Express in the way where it seems to encourage me to think outside the box. Extremely long lasting for me, I usually get 45 minutes off of a dose of cannabis, but in this case I was dosing every 2.5 hours! Amazing strength!

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Overall

I need more of this stuff, what an absolute treat. I would recommend this to you any day, any time (except maybe night time). This is an amazing strain to have a fun, free day. Arguably the best sativa hybrid I have ever had. Must try.

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Strain Report: Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream is one of those strains that I buy every time I see it in the shop. An awesome sativa dominant hybrid for relieving pain without knocking you out. This is a super orange coloured, high THC plant. Difficult to grow, and usually pretty tricky to find, this strain is a must have for people who seek a daytime mood boost.

Genetics

  • G13
  • Afghani
  • Neville’s A5 Haze

Smell

Sweet marmalade and cotton candy aromas that take me back to memories of five alive juice boxes and orange crush soda. Really awesome freshness to it.

Density

I have seen this strain get pretty loose, but this is purely aesthetic. The plant, without perfect execution on the growers part, will produce buds that look like mids but smoke way better. I have seen a lot of people take a look at it and decide to buy something a bit prettier- big mistake, buddy. This stuff works a charm.

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Smoke

This is one of those strains that actually tastes like its name. The smoke is sweet and fruity, easy to inhale, with no bitter aftertastes (I get this with a lot of lemon and citrus strains). Many strains have little to no taste when consumed by bong rather than rolled, though this strain has such a powerful flavour that you really get this bowl hit of oranges, so cool.

Effect

This is the perfect recreational strain. Tang Dream can give you the push out the door that you need, that bit of bliss that starts your day out right. It has such a worry-crushing, mood elevating effect, paired with it’s strong pain relief that it makes you live your whole day without getting stuck on the little things that would usually bog you down. A small amount of this strain can last you a very long time, making it a very worth the money strain.

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Overall

I highly recommend you seek out and purchase this strain if you seek daytime pain relief, energy, or a treatment for depression and anxiety, especially depression. If you just want to have a good day, a little bit of Tangerine Dream might be just what you need.

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Ebb and Flow Hydroponics

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Ebb And Flow Hydroponics Systems are becoming more and more popular. Among the many hydroponics systems which are available these days, this is the most popular system. We will today help you understand what exactly the system is and what the components of the system are.

What is Ebb And Flow Hydroponics System?

An Ebb And Flow Hydroponics System consists of a plant tray, reservoir and pump. With the help of the pump, you will be able to always maintain an adequate level of water in the plant tray. This will mean that you do not have to worry about the presence of water while growing your plants. We will now go into the details of each and every one of these components so that you are able to understand them easily.

The plant tray

The plant tray isnothing but the large container. You have to place your plant in it. A good option to plant will be the half gallon pots. You need to make sure that the pots are perforated. The size of the pots ideally should be double that of the plant. The plant tray will consist of water which is dense with nutrients. It is directly connected to a reservoir. The pump, as well as the drain tube, connects the reservoir and the plant tray.

Reservoir

The reservoiris a large container which is directly placed below the plant tray. It is connected with the help of a submersible pump which contains a timer. This pump controls the flow of water to the plant tray at all points in time. With the help of the drain tube, the water can be drained from the plant tray back into the reservoir. You can then reuse that water by pumping it up to the plant tray. You have to just make sure that you are refilling nutrients on a weekly basis.

With the help of this, you will be able to precisely control the water access to your plants. That is why this water system is much more versatile as compared to any other.

Many of the people think that this water system is actually a bit complicated to create. The truth is that all the components of this water system are readily available. Thus, creating this water system is not a problem at all.

The next time you’re looking for a suitable hydroponics system; do make sure that you consider the Ebb and Flow Hydroponics System as it is one of the most versatile hydroponics systems which you can use.

Strain Report: Critical Mass CBD

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Okay so we all know CBD is amazing for our health. Smoke it, eat it, whatever, its awesome. Critical Mass CBD brings the pain relief and anxiety relief hard with a much lower mental effect from the lower THC content. This is an Indica dominant hybrid, so expect the light amount of THC buzz to be nice and relaxing while the CBD works its magic on the pain.

Boasting ><10% CBD, this strain is absolutely perfect for chronic pain sufferers and insomniacs alike.

Genetics

  • Critical Mass
  • Undisclosed Strain by CBD Crew

And the mystery behind this strain’s missing parent makes it all the more exciting.

Smell 8/10

The smell of this strain is very rustic. Think butter toffee or a loaf being baked in a country home. Cinnamon and spice notes with just a hint of citrus. Really beautiful smell

Density 9/10

One of the denser strains I have come across. There is a distinct ‘ping’ noise when it hits a hard surface like a scale. These things are rocks.

Smoke 7/10

The smoke on this strain is very smooth, especially when consumed in joint form rather than through a bong. The higher price point makes me want to sit and enjoy it, anyways. Nice pie crust sort of flavour on the finish, and I get a noticeable hint of cinnamon. Smooth asf. One of the easier smokes for sure. I have not had the pleasure of trying Critical Mass CBD in edible form (one day).

Effect 8/10

Due to its 1:1 ratio, this is not a recreational strain. The THC is super low and I barely feel it at all, but this is also due to me smoking profuse amounts daily. Tolerance for days.

Smoke this strain for pain and inflammation, as the CBD will end that shit real quick. It has the pleasant CBD effect where you can sleep, but you don’t need to by any means. Very relaxing with strong body and muscle relaxation. Do not make plans when you are smoking this, and I really only recommend using this in very small amounts when necessary medically, since it usually comes in at around $15+ per gram in Ontario dispensaries. To this day, this is the strain with the most medical potential and least recreational potential that I have ever consumed.

Overall 32/40

I recommend you seek out and purchase this strain if you seek pain relief. Not recommended for recreational use due to its high price point and low THC. This is a medical wonder strain, you could pretty much say I love it.

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Strain Report: Granddaddy Purple

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GDP is an amazing Indica with intense sedating effects. Huge numbers in both THC and CBD. The colour is so crazy purple to the eye you almost won’t believe it. I have had the chance to consume this strain as flower, edible, and shatter extract, and I keep coming back. As a frequent sufferer of anxiety and depression, this strain can knock me out even from the worst of times. This is so valuable to me as a heavy heavy smoker because most of the time, even the sleepiest of weeds can’t actually put me down because of my tolerance. Granddaddy P can without fail.

Genetics

  • Purple Urkle
  • Big Bud

Smell 8/10

Smells like artificial grape. It has a very sweet, sticky, ‘Big League Chew’ gum smell to it. Not unlike a Grapple, which is just the weirdest fruit. Overall this smells super sweet and of berries and grape.

Density 9/10

Always tight and uniform, I find that with a lot of ‘purple’ strains.

Smoke 7/10

The smoke is a lot. I won’t lie to you, every time I have had this strain I have been taken back by how I have to reduce my portion sizes to accommodate the thick smoke this bud provides. This is likely why it is so popular as a shatter or extract, which reduce the stress on your lungs compared to GDP bud. Be careful with your portion sizes when packing bowls.

Effect 8/10

This strain is strong, sleepy as anything. You will not do anything.

The rise is quick so be prepared, and it goes hard. I usually get pretty snacky with this one, but due to its sedating effects it usually is more of an in bed binge followed by a long nap. An excellent choice for people who suffer from anxiety and need nighttime relief. Very drowsy. Do not smoke this unless you want to sleep, IMO. I don’t recommend if you are seriously depressed, this doesn’t help that at all.

As An Edible 8/10

As an edible this strain is even more potent than when smoked. Do not eat this strain unless you are an experienced user or are very careful with your dosing.

As an edible this strain is great for sleep due to its high content of both THC and CBD. Expect GDP edibles to rise slightly faster than usual edibles or oils.

Overall 40/50

I recommend you seek out and purchase this strain if you need help sleeping. This is a great strain for sleep but also a very one trick pony.

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Strain Report: Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack is an Indica dominant hybrid boasting a strangely sedating creativity and crazy munchies. As a sufferer of anxiety and depression hardcore, this strain provides times of quiet clarity when they are most needed.

Genetics

  • Northern Lights #1
  • Hawaiian

Smell 7/10

This strain has a sweet, forest smell. Pine and Spruce tree aromas, and an almost honey like sweetness in the aroma.

Density 9/10

As with all cannabis, it depends on the grower what your buds are going to look like. In general though this is a nice dense strain. I have personally purchased a single bud weighing in at 40 grams, all tightly packed and beautiful.

Smoke 7/10

Sweet, but a very rich, lung-cramping smoke. Be careful with your portion sizes when packing bowls. Even as a seasoned user I have pushed myself to wheezing with this strain.

Effect 8/10

This strain is strong as heck, sleepy as anything, and super creative. The rise is quick so be prepared, but once you are up it is very sooth and mellow. I have never noticed dry mouth or eyes from this strain. An excellent choice for people who suffer from anxiety and depression and need nighttime relief. Very drowsy, it’ll kick your ass.

There is a very weird duality with this strain because it makes me feel like creating music but also really knocks me out so I end up in this strange place where I create amazing sounds that make no sense.

Expect to have a massive creative rampage ending in a long nap.

As An Edible 8/10

As an edible this strain is even more potent than when smoked. Do not eat this strain unless you are an experienced user or are very careful with your dosing.

Overall 40/50

I highly recommend you seek out and purchase this strain. A beautiful addition to your pantry, this strain gives you creative clarity while preparing you for the nap of a lifetime.

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Strain Report: Pineapple Express

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Pineapple Express has got to be my favourite cannabis strain of all time. This sativa dominant hybrid is a freaking show stopper. Not because of the movie (I actually haven’t even seen it), but because of its overall usefulness. As a musician, I have always loved super exciting, creative strains like this that you can enjoy anytime of day.

Genetics

  • Trainwreck
  • Hawaiian

Smell 9/10

Amazingly, this strain has a sweet, fruity smell. Hints of cotton candy and pine tree, and that beautifully strong pineapple aroma.

Density 7/10

As with all cannabis, it depends on the grower what your buds are going to look like. In general though, after examining a few live plants I have noticed that the slightly higher amount of shake and crumby quality of some pineapple express has lot to do with how the plant itself forms its buds. In other words, if you’re buying bulk, don’t expect 100% beautiful bud from this spindly sativa.

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Smoke 8/10

Sweet, sweet, sweet, though if this strain is not cured properly it can be particularly harsh. When cured incorrectly, pineapple express has a strong ‘Christmas tree’ flavour that is absolutely abominable.

When dried and cured correctly, pineapple express leaves a lasting sweetness with pineapple tastes upfront, and a lingering floral mango finish.

Effect 10/10

This strain is strong, energetic, and creative. The rise is not scary or jarring like some strains, it is very sooth and mellow. I have never noticed dry mouth, dry eyes, or excessive munchies from this strain. An excellent choice for people who suffer from anxiety and depression and need daytime relief. Very non- drowsy, almost invigorating.

Expect to spend hours sketching, creating, singing, cooking, or whatever you love. I find this strain removes your worries without being too debilitating so you can simply enjoy your  day.

The effects aren’t the longest lasting, about 90 minutes, but it is so worth it.

As An Edible 9/10

As an edible this strain is more relaxing and its Indica side comes out a bit. The creativity is still very prominent, but in a more relaxing context where you want to stay in and create, not run around singing, if you know what I mean.

Overall 43/50

I highly recommend you seek out and purchase this strain. A beautiful addition to your pantry, this strain strips you of your woes and lifts you up.

 

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Getting Started Growing Cannabis

Thank’s to new laws passing around the world, more and more people are allowed to grow this awesome plant. As of October 17, 2018 it will be legal for Canadians to grow up to four cannabis plants at a time for personal use.

Growing cannabis inside your home is certainly not a complicated task provided, you are aware of a few basic requirements. Those who follow the proper procedure are able to produce cannabis of superior quality. It is very important to provide powerful lights inside the house for the cannabis to grow. Those who want to grow cannabis indoors may ensure to procure feminized seeds from reliable suppliers. The cannabis plants may be allowed to grow in soil inside the house. However, those who are new to cannabis cultivation indoors may strictly avoid overwatering as well as over-feeding the plants. Overwatering will affect the growth as well as yield of the soil-grown plants. Availability of bright light and fresh air, room temperature at night and a little warmer during the day, water with the correct pH and a proper medium to grow are very important for growing cannabis. It is to be noted that soil is not the only recommended medium for growing cannabis. When soil is chosen, the pH of water must be maintained within the range 6 – 7.

Procuring cannabis seeds

Buying good quality seeds is the best option to grow cannabis indoors. Quality seeds can be purchased either online or from direct suppliers. The seeds that are hard and in dark color are ideal and one should avoid seeds that are small and white in color. Though healthy seeds can be kept in the fridge for short periods, freezing the seeds is not advised. Seeds are to be stored in a cool, dry place away from light.

Finding a suitable space

The cannabis can be grown in the basement, an unused room, a tent or a cabinet. You should ensure that the plants and the equipments used to cultivate the plants must fit the place. Those who are beginners may start with a smaller project. When there are only a few plants, it will be easy to monitor them and the project will be less expensive. New growers are more likely to commit a lot of mistakes which may lead to setbacks and loss. The room must have enough space for the plants to grow and also to keep the lights, fans and various equipments. There must be sufficient space for you to move around and work. Those who grow cannabis for the first time may bear in mind that in its early flowering stage the cannabis plant may double or triple its size. There must be sufficient space or elbow room to remove the plants and perform the various tasks. It is very important to keep the place clean. Raw wood, drapes and carpets must be avoided. In order to ensure that there are no light leaks during the dark periods, the room should be made light-tight. The room must be easily accessible and should be cool and dry. There should be sufficient supply of fresh air from the outdoors. Safety and security of the room should be ensured.

Choosing the grow lights

It is very important to choose the best quality cannabis grow lights for growing cannabis indoors. LED lights are ideal for growing cannabis indoors. They are highly durable and consume less quantity of electricity. LED lights create less heat and facilitate more output and better quality. However, LED lights are about 10 times costlier than the HID setup. HID lights are widely used and are quite efficient. These lights also ensure good yield. HID lights are a little costlier than incandescent or fluorescent lights but are considerably cheaper than LED lights. But, when compared to incandescent or fluorescent lights, HID lights produce more quantity of light per unit of electricity consumed. Fluorescent light fixtures are ideal for the small scale cannabis growers with a small budget.

Choosing the grow medium

Soil is the traditional medium and is the most suitable for the novice growers. Those who use potting soil may ensure that the soil is free of artificial fertilizers. When organic pre-fertilized soil is used there is no need to add nutrients. Instead of soil, cannabis can be grown in soilless hydroponic medium. In this method concentrated solutions of mineral salts solutions are to be fed which will be absorbed by the roots through the process of osmosis.

Watering the plants

Overwatering the plants is a common mistake made by the new growers. If high amounts of dissolved minerals are present in the water, it will affect the uptake of nutrients by the roots and will also contain pathogens that may cause root disease. In case the water contains high levels of chlorine, it is advisable to filter the water. The most important thing to remember is that there should not be overwatering. The frequency of watering must be according to the grow medium, size of the plant and the ambient temperature. Normally, young plants are watered once in a week and grown up plants are to be watered once daily. When the soil is found dry, it is an indication that the plant needs water.

Feeding the plants with macronutrients and micronutrients

Macronutrients required by cannabis plants are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and the micronutrients required by the plants are iron, copper, magnesium and calcium. Those who do not use pre-fertilized organic soil may feed the plants with a suitable nutrient solution once in a week.

Life stages of Cannabis plants and their gender identification

The life duration of cannabis plant is just one year and those who grow them indoors should know about the life stages of the plant. Cannabis plants have two life stages – Vegetative and Flowering. During vegetative stage stems and leaves grow and during the flowering stage buds and flowers will be formed. During the vegetative stage the plants are germinated and they must be put in the pots. The plants must be under the grow lights. For 25 days keep them under light for 18 hours a day and switch off the light for 6 hours a day. Once the flowering stage starts keep the lights on for 12 hours and then keep them off for the next 12 hours. In between, for two days the lights may be kept on for 15 hours.

A cannabis plant is either male or female. Buds are formed only on the female plants and hence the gender of a plant can be identified only at the beginning of the flowering stage. The growers prefer only the female plants so as to harvest the buds. However, a few male plants are also essential to facilitate pollination and seed formation. There are no scientifically proven methods to determine the gender of the plant prior to the beginning of the flowering stage.

Appearance of buds and application of fertilizers

Buds start to form on the cannabis plant after 4 weeks of the flowering stage. This is the time to identify the male plants and eliminate them. Since the plants grow very fast, they require a lot of nutrients. Fertilizers should not be applied directly and always they must be mixed with water. While most of the fertilizers work, the specially prepared marijuana fertilizers give better results. A set of growth and bloom fertilizer will give the best output.

When the plants are 2 weeks old, you can start feeding with fertilizers after mixing them with water. After giving fertilizer-mixed water for 3 times, provide pure water once. In a week, give water mixed with fertilizer on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and on Sunday give pure water. Filtered water is preferred.

In case small white spots are found on the leaves look at the other side of the leaf and in case you find tiny bugs moving around, apply Neem Oil to get rid of the spider mites. Neem Oil should be mixed with water as recommended.

Harvesting

The cannabis plants become ripe within 3 months of the flowering stage. When most of the white hairs appear in brown color, it indicates that the plants are ripe. The plants slow down growing and start smelling heavily. The buds become hard and compact. The plants are ready to harvest. Plants that are harvested earlier will be more activating and those harvested too late will have sleepy effect.

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