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Strawberry Crusha Weed Report

Strawberry Crusha

I had the pleasure of trying a brand new cannabis strain this week which I am excited to share. This is a UK-bred strain whose name is inspired by a strawberry milkshake!

Strawberry Crusha - ISMOKE

Sitting Down with some Strawberry Crusha

When I first saw this strain I think my jaw dropped a bit. The colours are amazing, with the sample giving off shades of green, purple and red! Certainly more colourful than your everyday bud.

As you will know if you read my strain reports or watch my cannabis videos, I am a sucker for differently-coloured cannabis strains. I am also a sucker for well-cured strains, and the Strawberry Crusha fits the bill for both.

I’m already appreciating this, and I haven’t even smoked it yet!

One thing to note about the appearance of this Strawberry Crusha sample before we go any further is that it hasn’t been trimmed to what I would call a high standard. As you can see from this sample, the leaves protruding cover most of the bud, and it looks like the size would diminish quite a bit if they were removed.

However, all the leaves are dripping with trichomes, making it glisten with cannabinoids!

Strawberry Crusha

The smell of this strain contains complex notes of fruity sweetness (or sweet fruitiness) initially, giving way into actual strawberry as I crack open the bud and almost stick it up my nose in excitement.

Grinding up this sample, I’m getting even more of the fruity aroma that I’m already growing to love. I quickly load it into my Weed Star Wasabi-Line bong, and away we go…

The hit is smooth, as expected, and I get a good hit despite the airflow of my bowl of choice being bad this morning.

The taste of Strawberry Crusha retains some of the sweet fruitiness of the smell on the exhale, but some of it does get lost. It tastes nice, but isn’t as apparent a sweet taste as some Hazes I have sampled.

 

As the effects begin to kick in, the first thing that hits me is a cerebral uplift, making me feel talkative and chatty.

The buzz settles down into a nice hybrid-stoned feeling that isn’t overpowering but is very enjoyable.

Overall I have enjoyed this cannabis strain sampling session featuring Strawberry Crusha. I find myself wondering if there are other crusha strains; banana perhaps?

If not, Dead Bananas X Strawberry Crusha = Banana Crusha maybe?

This is something I’d definitely smoke again.

Watch my video review below:

Have you tried Strawberry Crusha? What did you think?

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Chocolate Kush Strain Review

Chocolate Kush is an indica mix of Mazar and an unknown indica strain. While a sativa-dominant variety exists, this is sometimes referred to as Chocolope Kush, and not to be confused with the strain featuring in today’s review.

Appearance

The Chocolate Kush plant has a Christmas tree structure, and the buds of this sample are small but with a crisp structure that hasn’t been compacted during transport.

I don’t get anything chocolatey from the appearance of this strain, and the milky trichomes do not glisten The pistils are wild and cover spots of the sample. The nug quality was good, and the trim job was ok with only small spots of leaf dotted around the bud.

Smell

Before grinding up the Chocolate Kush, I found it difficult to distinguish the smell.

After Grinding and increasing the surface area, I’m, getting pungent earthy notes that remind me of a sweet, old school Kush strain.

No hints of chocolate can be detected in the smell of this sample, but it does smell very nice!

Taste

I wanted to try this out in a couple of ways, so I’m using my bong (glass Widow Maker) and my Green Spiral.

Through the bong I’m impressed with the smoothness of the hit. Lovely! However, the flavour was more watery than anything.

Smoking this Chocolate Kush through my Green Spiral, however, I get hints of chocolate, finally understanding where the name comes from – success!

I prefer this strain through the Green Spiral as opposed to through a bong.

chocolate kush

Effects

After smoking this I can be sure that it is the indica variety of Chocolate Kush. The main effect is a strong relaxation, paired with a happiness that chills me out and slows me down.

I’m not in any sort of rush to get up and do anything after smoking this one!

Conclusion

Overall, I enjoyed the Chocolate Kush and it was a pleasure to review this strain.

I’d definitely smoke this again; perhaps it would be nice to try through a vaporiser to try enhancing that chocolate flavour!

Watch the Review Video below:

Animal Cookies US Cannabis Strain Review

Animal Cookies is a cross of Girl Scout Cookies X Fire OG originating in the USA. I got my hands on some this week to sample exclusively for the ISMOKE channel.

Appearance

Really frosty, cloudy trichomes – no glisten. The colouration is actually skewed a bit more white than you’d expect because of this. Light green, dusty white..

The Animal Cookies sample definitely looks imported – like it has been compressed-  specifically vac packed at one point during its journey. I have nothing against this – I find this style particularly good for vaping

Smell

Animal Cookies has a sweet cookies aroma that is difficult to gauge directly – it’s the lovely indirect smell that gets you.

I’m finding it really hard to describe this one, but it reminded me of Girl Scout Cookies, and I haven’t tried Fire OG.

Not the strongest smell, but one which smells lovely when you crack open the pop jar after 5 minutes!

Taste

Hitting this sample through my bong I’m immediately impressed with how smooth it is, I am able to hit the bowl in one breath with little coughing, and I didn’t struggle with the hit.

The flavour was mild, but again, I got a bit of sweet cookies, although it wasn’t particularly apparent for an imported strain.

Effects

This is where the Animal Cookies comes into its own – it’s a hybrid strain, and delivers a potent stoned feeling. The ride starts about 4-6 minutes after consumption.

I felt good physically – like, I was conscious that my body felt nice. Strong relaxation is the main effect to shout about – this left me wondering where it is on the hybrid spectrum – perhaps more on the indica side?

Overall

I enjoyed sampling this Animal Cookies, but it doesn’t match up to the Apple Jack that I reviewed from the US recently.

While the bong was smooth the flavour was a bit lacking. The effects were lovely and make up for a lot of the less impressive features of this sample.

I’d certainly smoke this again.

Watch the review below

 

 

Super Orange Glue cannabis strain review

Every week we release a new cannabis strain review on ISMOKE, the UK’s No.1 Cannabis channel.

This week we have a powerhouse of a strain – Super Orange Glue – a cross of Gorilla Glue #4 and Orange Diesel V3, bred by Lady Sativa Genetics.

Having featured both of these strains previously, I was excited to get my hands on Super Orange Glue for this video.

Dolato Cannabis Strain Review

Every week we present a new cannabis strain review, which you can watch via the ISMOKE youtube channel.

To accompany the videos, I write a written strain review/smoke report for those who want a bit more detail on the strains I’m consuming and reviewing for this video series.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a completely new strain this week  – one which I hadn’t heard of, let alone tried. Dolato is a cross of Dosidos and Gelato, and with both parent strains from the cookies’ family, I was eager to try this cross.

Appearance

This is one of the most beautiful strains I’ve come across this year. I saw three phenotypes of this when I picked this one up, and this was the “purple pheno”.

Just look at those rich purple colours in the close-up…

The bud is frosty with tints of green, white and purple throughout. This Dolato cannabis sample is made up of small, dense nuggets.

Smell

I am disappointed with the smell of the Dolato, considering it’s appearance. While it smells clean, the smell is almost entirely lost.. I get hints of a subtle and delicate sweetness, but not much more.

Grinding up the dolato doesn’t create much more of a scent either. At a push, I’d say a slight pungency, but different to the traditional skunky smell.

Taste

Hitting the Dolato through my Weed Star Wasabi-line bong I immediately get a sense of how smooth this goes down – it’s very clean weed.

However, following in the footsteps of the smell, this strain’s taste is also lost on the hit – I struggled to define a distinct taste. Despite the lack of intensity on the hit, I can’t give this great marks for taste.

I also tested the Dolato cannabis strain through my Yoda water pipe, which I was hoping would give me more flavour. It didn’t, but the hit was pleasant.

Effects

The effects of the Dolato cannabis strain are on the indica-dominant side, I’d say. I got a slight relaxation but coupled with a slight cerebral nudge that reminded me I wasn’t sober.

This isn’t a particularly strong strain, and so one I’d think would be nice to consume during the daytime.

Overall

While I enjoyed the look of the Dolato more than most strains, I was disappointed with it overall, perhaps more so because I had such high expectations going in! I look forward to trying out other phenotypes to see whether I can get a better idea of the Dolato flavour.

Watch the video review below:

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.

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:

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:

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!

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.

Orange Diesel V3 [ODV3] Cannabis Strain Review

Hello and welcome to another ISMOKE cannabis strain review! In this edition, we are focusing on a strain which has been making its way through the UK cannabis community of late – Orange Diesel V3.

Also known as ODV3, this strain is an orange blast of sativa-dominant power that is certainly a strain to watch out for.

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!