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Cherry Bomb Cannabis Strain Review

Join me for another ISMOKE report, this week featuring Cherry Bomb.

Appearance

This particular sample of Cherry Bomb has a bit of a wild, crazy look with faded orange popping pistils and trichomes dotting the bud that are dull rather than sparkly.

The bud looks like it’s UK-grown, no compression or the density you’d expect to find with some imported buds. The trim job on this sample isn’t the best, with plenty of bits of leaves to pick off.

Cannabis and sleep

cannabis and dreaming

It will come as no surprise to the initiated amongst you that the consumption of Cannabis before bed will have you sleeping on a cloud of smoke and will often result in you getting a great night’s sleep, but is this really the case?

This week on ISMOKE we’ll be looking at how consuming Cannabis affects your sleeping pattern, your dreams and the length and quality of sleep that you get after you light up before heading off to the land of nod.

Headband Cannabis Strain Review

This week we are looking at Headband, a cross of OG Kush X Sour Diesel.

Appearance

This strain gets good marks from me on appearance. It has a great trim job and looks like it’s been dipped in crystals or snowed on.

The colour is a light green, with less apparent pistils than some other strains I’ve seen recently.

Smell

I’m disappointed with the smell of the Headband, which isn’t really coming through at all before breaking it open.

Grinding the headband up, a light, almost floral and delicate cannabis scent is released – it is certainly not how I pictured a cross of OG Kush X Sour Diesel to turn out!

Taste

Hitting the headband cannabis strain through my bong, I found it to be quite an intense strain – the intensity perhaps comes from the sheer number of trichomes expanding in my lungs.

The taste came through ever-so-slightly (mostly a watery aftertaste) – inoffensive, floral and almost imperceptible apart from the intensity.

Effects

Some users report that headband hits you quite slowly, and can cause a tightness around the head that reminds people of a headband. The sample I have to smoke was a strong strain, but I didn’t get the tightness.

It took a few minutes before I began to feel the relaxation setting in. Then feelings of happiness and creativity began to shine through.

Conclusion

Overall I enjoyed sampling this strain – particularly the appearance and the effects. Unfortunately, it looses marks for me in taste and smell, which were both lacking.

As an indica-dominant hybrid strain, Headband delivers a nice high that isn’t too overpowering, perhaps suited to those who prefer moderate indica effects. I’ll stick to my Holy Grail, Kosher Kush and OG strains, as these are my favourite gassy crosses, something that the Headband fails to encompass, despite its parents.

Watch my Headband review video below:

Psychoactive Substances Act – One Year On

One year ago, the Psychoactive Substances Act came into force after months of legal wrangling, set-backs, and delays. The law has been widely ridiculed by policy experts, scientists, and even the police, but despite this the Home Office still consider it a success. Their aim was to shut down headshops and appease the Daily Mail, and they succeeded on both of those fronts; the increased strength, availability, and subsequent potential for harm of many of the substances outlawed by the Act is therefore irrelevant. The countless deaths merely collateral damage.

Most of the public discourse surrounding the PSA in the year since its inception has focussed, perhaps unsurprisingly, on ‘Spice,’ the generic name given to Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists, or SCRAs. Spice use has become ever more visible in the last year, particularly amongst the homeless population of the UK. Countless ill-conceived news reports have painted users as ‘zombies,’ due to the almost catatonic state that their drug use can cause them to enter.

Attempting a challenge : Bank Holiday Wake and Bake with Tyler Green [Episode 23]

Hello folks, welcome back to ISMOKE and to the start of a new week. Falling on a bank holiday, this Monday is a bit of a special one as it extends the weekend ever so slightly, giving people an extra day to relax before returning to the grind.

This week I have some Grand Daddy Purple to consume through my new Wasabi bong. I also wanted to attempt a challenge which I haven’t completed before: a bong and a dab at the same time. To do this I used Stardawg flower and Lemon Cherry Pie shatter. But how did I get on? Find out by watching the Wake and Bake video below.

Apple Jack ISMOKE Report – California Weed Review

Join us for this week’s strain review, featuring Apple Jack (Jack Herer X White Widow). This hybrid strain delivers a great high.

For our international readers who may not know- there is a bit of a bubble around US-imported weed in some parts of the UK at the moment.

Candy Cream Cannabis Strain Review

Each week I review a new cannabis strain for the ISMOKE youtube channel. To go alongside this, I write a weekly feature for ISMOKE Magazine discussing each strain I review in a bit more detail.

This week Candy Cream is in the cannabis strain spotlight – join me as I take a look at this bud and let you know all about the appearance, smell, taste and effects.

Appearance

This sample is sparkling with trichomes – they look like glitter in the light. The bud is 90% indica and the sample seems to reflect this.

Candy Cream
The Candy Cream Cannabis Strain

It is not as dense and compact as some of the other samples I’ve seen, and there are also some bits of popcorn leaf. However, the overall appearance of the Candy Cream is good and I’m looking forward to smoking it!

Smell

This didn’t smell very much initially. Searching for a scent I get subtle hints of sweetness, but not much else.

Breaking open the bud I get a sweet skunkiness that is quite an old school scent.

It is a scent which is hard to describe, but which is definitely sweet, skunky and quite complex – there are Earthy notes which come through but no gas like the earthiness in some of the kush strains.

Taste

The bong of this was quite intense – it tastes quite sweet and creamy, but the smoke is a bit acrid.

I enjoyed the hit on this one, although it did make me cough. Not a particularly big taster, this batch, but inoffensive and I’d certainly smoke again.

Effects

Being 90% Indica, I was expecting the Candy Cream to hit me hard in the relaxation department.

It didn’t disappoint, with the Indica effects kicking in from about 3-4 minutes after I hit the bong.

The Candy Cream makes me feel happy, relaxed and gives an enjoyable stoned feeling that I could certainly get used to.

Candy Cream Cannabis Strain
Candy Cream sample

Conclusion

I enjoyed reviewing this sample of the Candy Cream cannabis strain grown by an unnamed Hampshire collective.

My favourite thing about it was the look – those trichomes look like they’ve literally been magnified. The sweet complex scent was nice although not very apparent, and the taste and effects were both enjoyable.

My Candy Cream ISMOKE Report is out now! Watch it below:

Holy Grail Special : Wake and Bake with Tyler Green [Episode 21]

Hello ISMOKE and welcome to the start of another week!

In our video today I’m kicking off the week in style with a wake and bake Holy Grail Kush special.

Join me as I sample the B28 Genetics phenotype of this strain in both flower and extract form.

Watch the video below:

Hawaiian Haze Cannabis Strain Review

This week we have Hawaiian Haze in the cannabis strain spotlight for our ISMOKE report.

Hawaiian Haze mixes the Hawaiian and Haze strains to create this sweet-smelling sativa.

Lavender Cannabis Strain Review

Welcome back to ISMOKE and another cannabis strain review.

Today we are taking a look at an Indica strain which combines great genetics from across the globe.

Lavender, bred by Soma Seeds, is a combination of Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean and Afghani Hawaiian. Also referred to as Soma #10, Lavender has been growing in popularity of late. This is the second time I have encountered it this year. The first was in Remedy Cannabis Club Barcelona, but I missed my chance to purchase it then!

An Interview with Stormin MC

Few people can lift a crowd the way Stormin can.

One of the most distinctive voices in grime and DnB, he is a masterful solo MC and was a member of one of the grime scene’s founding collectives, N.A.S.T.Y Crew.

Image: storminmc.com

An east London native, Stomin’s family brought him up with jungle. From a young age, Stormin understood that it would be difficult for an MC to break into the drum and bass scene.

Why is alcohol legal when cannabis isn’t?

This week on ISMOKE we are comparing two of the most popular drugs that are consumed recreationally by the British public, alcohol and cannabis, and comparing the effects that these substances have on the consumer, society and on British culture in general.

In 2015, there were 8,758 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, an age-standardised rate of 14.2 deaths per 100,000 population.

Also in 2015, there were 1.1 million estimated hospital admissions where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for admission or a secondary diagnosis. Men accounted for two-thirds of those admissions.

MOAB Vs. Purple MOAB – Lemon Glue Shatter – Wake and Bake with Tyler Green [Episode 19]

Happy Monday, and welcome to a brand new week. I’ve filmed another Wake and bake session to share with you today, featuring some great new bits.

In this video I explore Mother of All Berries Vs. Purple Mother of All Berries which I was given after our review on Purple Mother of Berries a short while ago.

Forthcoming UK cannabis events – add these dates to your diary!

The event numbers for 420 this year were huge! Well over 10,000 people attended throughout the day.

When people gather in groups of that size they are completely unpoliceable – despite there being lots of police at the event, attendees were in relative safety in numbers, as it wouldn’t make sense to arrest someone for something everybody in the immediate vicinity is doing.

Blue Cheese Cannabis Strain Review

Hello and welcome to another edition of our cannabis strain reviews series. This week I’m taking a look at Blue Cheese, a potent cross of Blueberry X UK Cheese.

This strain has been one of my favourite heavy indicas for ages – I first tried Blue Cheese from Barney’s Coffeeshop, Amsterdam back in 2010. I remember smoking it in the early evening and cutting our day short as we headed back to the hostel to grab some shut eye, it was that strong.

This sample of Blue Cheese was grown by Kush Family Collective.