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Smell proof bags by Abscent

In our video out today on the ISMOKE youtube channel, we are taking a look at the smell proof “Pocket Liner” bag by Abscent.

Abscent Pocket Liner
Abscent “Pocket Liner” Bag by Abscent.eu

These bags are carbon lined to control smell, but are they 100% smell proof? Watch our video review and product test below to find out our thoughts on the Abscent Pocket Liner.:

Silver Bubble Strain Review

Silver Bubble comes from Skunk No.1, Haze and Northern Lights – the result is a beautifully balanced hybrid strain which delivers the best of both indica and sativa effects.

I first sampled Silver Bubble in Amsterdam in November 2016, picking it up from Gray Area Coffeeshop shortly after it won the Sativa Cannabis Cup that month.

Today I got my hands on some more Silver Bubble to review for ISMOKE, so here we go!

Headbanger Strain Review

This week we are taking a look at Headbanger, a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain bred by Karma Genetics.

Headbanger is the result of crossing a Sour Diesel female with a Biker Kush 2.0 male, resulting in an extra gassy OG-inspired offspring that is known as Headbanger.

We were lucky enough to get a sample of the Gman_Grows420 cut via East London Cannabis Club, which I had previously smoked and so knew was going to be a strong one!

Headbanger Plant
Headbanger Plant. Photo: Gman_Grows420

Appearance

This bud looks great, with a good trim job and dense buds packed with lots and lots of trichomes.

I also got to see and include some videos of the headbanger plants themselves. This showed just how many trichomes were dotted about, covering the buds and leaves (see the video for more details).

Smell

This bud smells like one of the strongest instances of OG that I can remember. It is a really strong smelling strain, and again, doesn’t disappoint in this area. One of my favourite things about the Headbanger is the smell.

Headbanger
Headbanger Bud

Taste

This gets top marks for taste in my opinion. The gassy, earthy OG taste came through a treat through my bong, a lot more than 99% of other strains I’ve smoked through it. Reminds me of the quality from B28’s Green Crack – top notch.

Effects

From the trichome coverage I guessed this was going to be a strong one, and yes, it was. The bong itself was quite intense, causing me to cough a bit before the effects kicked in. When they did I got a mix of intense uplifted, relaxed and possibly creative (although I felt too high to be sure).

Overall

This is a really good grow of a really good strain, and I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing it. Very impressed!

Cannabis vs Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the UK. According to mentalhealth.org, depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide. Nearly 20% of the UK population, aged 16 and over, showed some evidence of anxiety or depression, according to the 2014 General Health Questionnaire.

Following on from our feature by Simpa Carter last week about consuming cannabis for depression, today we want to take a detailed look at the cannabis vs depression argument, incorporating some UK patient stories as well as more studies in this area.

The growing amount of people suffering from some form of depression is evident in the fact that, according to a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), 61 million antidepressants were prescribed in the UK in 2015. That’s 31.6 million more than were prescribed in 2005, and up 3.9m, or 6.8%, on 2014.

The symptoms of depression can often be debilitating. The common mental disorder causes people to experience depressed mood, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, a loss of interest or pleasure, low energy, disturbed appetite or sleeping patterns and poor concentration.

If antidepressants worked, then why are prescription figures rising year after year? Surely there must be something which can better treat the symptoms of depression than pharmaceutical medications.

Bud Facts: Jack Herer

Welcome back to ISMOKE Magazine! Today we are proud to present episode two in our bud facts series, in which we take a detailed look at the history of a world-famous cannabis strain and share it with the world.

In this episode, we are talking about Jack Herer, which is one of the more well-known cannabis strains. We first encountered this strain when we visited Amsterdam years ago, and since then have always made a point to pick it up whenever we could.

Purple Mother of Berries Cannabis Strain Review

In this strain review, we are taking a look at Purple Mother of Berries (MOB). Mother of Berries is known as the strain of Maine, having arisen in that area of the US. Today we are reviewing a purple cross with half unknown origin.

Join us for another cannabis strain review this week in ISMOKE Magazine. If you want to catch up on previous episodes, you can view all our previous strain reviews here.

Remedy Barcelona Cannabis Club Review

Remedy Barcelona

Remedy is the Barcelona cannabis club that we interviewed last year for ISMOKE Magazine.

Located in the La Rambla area, we headed to Remedy Barcelona to check it out for ourselves when we travelled to Spain for Spannabis earlier this month.

Since we interviewed The Remedy club for ISMOKE, a lot has changed. They are now offering 40 cannabis strains (at the time we attended), plus extracts and other forms of cannabis (edibles, vape carts etc).

Spannabis Posters, Casey Jones + More : Wake and Bake with Tyler Green

It is the start of a brand new week, and what better way to kick it off than with a wake and bake session?

In this episode I’m taking you through some of the cannabis posters I picked up at Spannabis, smoking some Casey Jones that just didn’t make the review last week, and talking about forthcoming reviews and videos on the ISMOKE youtube channel.

You can watch Episode 14 below:

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Pipe comparison : titanium Journey Pipe vs. glass Chongz pipe

Well, the old Go Compare theme music is already playing in my head [Pipe Compare!], although it managed to evade me just long enough that the jingle didn’t make the video… There’s always next time!

Today I wanted to try something a bit different and compare two pipes that I own to get an idea of which is superior. I plan to channel this into a new series “Pipe Compare” where I look at different features and hit different pipes to get an idea of what’s out there, and what is best for cannabis consumers.

A Rabbi, a Priest and an Atheist smoke weed together. This is what happens

smoke weed together

No, this isn’t the start of some awful joke. Watchcut have filmed a Jewish Rabbi, a Christian Priest and a homosexual atheist getting lit together for their page, and it’s everything you’d hope for and more.

So, just what happens when a Rabbi, a Priest and an Atheist smoke weed together?

Watch as cannabis breaks down any potential barriers and creates friendships for people from completely different backgrounds who are able to talk about and discuss their religious beliefs without any issues forming.

OG #18 Cannabis Strain Review

This week on ISMOKE we are taking a look at a strain which has quickly risen to become one of my favourites after I first sampled it a couple of weeks ago.

OG #18 is a powerful Indica cross of Chemdawg and OG Chem. This strain comes from Reserva Privada. The plant apparently gives the yield of Chemdawg with the power of OG Chem, all the while with a more sour/fruity taste than traditional OG Kush.

This particular phenotype was grown by Kush Family Collective, who traded their 2015 Dopefiend Cup Winner Blues and their Grapefruit strain for cuttings of OG #18 and Casey Jones.

New Video Series : Bud Facts

We are proud to present a new video series produced by Liz Green exclusively for ISMOKE.

Each episode of Bud Facts will take a detailed look at a cannabis strain to uncover some of the history, as well as all the info you need to know about the strain itself.

Wake and Bake with Tyler Green [Episode 12]

Thanks for joining me for another Wake and Bake session! This week I’m taking a look at two cannabis strains  – Blue Dream and Chemdawg, plus a couple of important ISMOKE updates.

I hadn’t smoked this batch of Blue Dream yet as I had been waiting for it to cure. Blue Dream was one of our favourite cannabis strains last year after we reviewed it on ISMOKE, so I was excited to open up this sample early for the video.

The Chemdawg featured is the same batch as I reviewed last week. I’ve been smoking this strain for a little while and haven’t lost interest in this old school classic yet! Make sure you check out our review if you haven’t already.

Watch Episode 12 of Wake and Bake with Tyler Green below:

We are also heading to Spannabis for the weekend, so the videos may be disrupted from Friday, but we’ll be back with some Spannabis-themed content for your enjoyment the following week.

Get in touch with your medical cannabis stories: [email protected]

Cannabis History of Chemdawg and Sour Diesel

History of Chemdawg and Sour Diesel

While doing some follow-up research after filming our Chemdawg review this week, we learned some really interesting history which gives rise to over 80% of cannabis strains on the market today. Because of this we wanted to present a cannabis history of Chem Dog and Sour Diesel.

To answer what is probably your first question – yes – it was originally spelt ‘D.O.G’ before being changed to the familiar ‘DAWG’ spelling we know today.

Chemdawg Strain Review

Chemdawg is a cannabis strain that is so classic that it gave rise to other classics such as OG Kush and Sour Diesel. Today on ISMOKE we are taking a look at this strain in a bit more detail in our exclusive Chemdawg strain review.

In my video review today I’m taking a look at this old school cannabis strain as I try to get an idea of the appearance, smell, taste and effects of Chemdawg.