Strain Reviews

Strain Reviews

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!

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.

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.

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.

Lemon Blues Cannabis Strain Review

Today on ISMOKE we are taking a look at the Lemon Blues Cannabis Strain. Lemon Blues is a cross of Blues and an unknown Haze Strain, originally bred by UGORG as a test strain named “UGORG Beta-C”.

This particular phenotype was found in a bag of UGORG Beta-C seeds by Roadrunner, who then gave the cutting to Kush Family Collective at the 2015 Dopefiend Cup.

This strain ticks a lot of boxes: Great flavour? Check. How about the smell? Check – lemony goodness. And the effects? Check!

Super Lemon Haze Strain Review

Today on ISMOKE we are taking a look at yet another classic cannabis strain as we present our Super Lemon Haze Strain Review.

Super Lemon Haze is a cross of Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze, bred by Greenhouse Seeds.

S5 Haze Cannabis Strain Review

S5 Haze is a clone-only strain from The Netherlands. We take a look at this strain in this week’s ISMOKE Cannabis strain review.