This week we’re taking a look at a rare variety of cannabis from the North of England. The Blues Cannabis Strain is also known as “Livers”, and was originally bred around the Sheffield Area of the UK.
Starting its life as a Skunk No.1 phenotype in the late 1980s, the Blues cannabis strain has since cemented itself as a favourite of many experienced growers – it won the Dopefiend Cup in 2014 and the cutting that provided this sample was gifted to Kush Family Collective that year.
I’ve been lucky enough to pick up Blues three or four times since I first tried it, and I have never been disappointed. It’s a hybrid strain, maybe a bit more on the sativa-dom side, and comes in at under 20% THC, making this one a medium-strength strain.
I’m covering a classic cannabis strain for the second time today for the ISMOKE channel. Yes, that’s right – I love White Widow so much that I’ve decided to cover it twice. Also, we now have a new format, 4K camera and this time it’s organically-grown white widow, so that all helped in the decision for a re-covering too.
Jumping straight into the review then, my thoughts on the Organic White Widow are as follows:
This phenotype retained its bud structure – the imported version I had last December has lost some structure (and a lot of trichomes), maybe due to being compacted/vacuum-sealed.
The organic White Widow sample I’m covering today is dense and well-developed, showing strong genetics.
The bud sample itself is nicely-sized, weighing in at approx 2.2g. It’s a light-green colour and has a reasonably good trim job. There are wildly apparent pistils with distinct copper colouration dotted around this sample in so much abundance that I cannot remove any more of the leaf without pulling multiple pistils away with it.
This sample has earthy, woody notes that make it smell rather old school in relation to a lot of today’s modern strains.
This organic White Widow also has a bit of an interestingly sweet aroma; it is the sweetest phenotype of this strain I’ve smelt, reminding me slightly of a haze cross.
When broken/ground up the bud produces a lovely pungency that makes me excited to get some into my bong to consume!
Hitting this through my bong, at first I didn’t notice too much of the smoothness I usually associate with organic bud, perhaps due to a contaminant in the bowl.
However, during the second hit, I notice the familiar wood flavour that had become apparent smelling this sample. I got a much nicer smoke through the second inhalation – very old school tasting, woody, earthy (not so much sweetness in taste).
White Widow is an indica-dominant hybrid, delivering 60% indica to 40% sativa and often up to 20% THC.
It won the High Times Cannabis Cup and Bio Cup in 1995, and has stood the test of time, still readily available in 2017 alongside many of its descendants – those are some good genetics!
I feel the relaxation hitting first, alongside some cerebral effects but this phenotype is noticeably less uplifting than a lot of the strains I’ve smoked recently.
My body feels good, but it’s not coming with the joy I usually get as the bong kicks in.
That being said, I still enjoyed it a lot – it’s great to be able to sample an organic expression of one of my favourite classic cannabis strains and to once again enjoy those old school Amsterdam genetics!
With great bud structure and smell this strain is certainly one to keep an eye out for. And grown in the UK, this phenotype of White Widow gets good marks from me.
I’ve got some El Chapo OG to cover this week. I love reviewing OG strains.
El Chapo OG is named after Mexican Kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
It’s a cross of SFV OG X Face Off OG, which is then crossed with a 90s phenotype of OG Kush. Originally bred in California by Boss Status Genetics.
This is an Indica strain (Afghanica) well-suited to the evenings, as it delivers a heavy stone.
This sample looks like an OG strain – the colour is light green mottled with darker spots and almost red-golden pistils that cover the bud and are more visible in the close-up shots than when it’s sitting in front of me.
It’s been given a reasonable trim job and also has good trichome coverage, although the sample doesn’t sparkle in the light.
This sample has piney and earthy notes, with a bit of the OG power apparent even before the buds are broken.
Breaking the sample apart, I get a delicious pungency and OG scent coming out of the bud. This smells great!
I also get some floral, sweet notes from El Chapo OG, but the pine notes are the most apparent scent once the bud has been ground up.
This week I’m using the Weed Star Wasabi-line bong to consume the El Chapo OG sample for this review.
Loading this into my bong and taking a hit, I get some taste coming through without much intensity – there’s no acridity to the smoke, allowing me to finish this without difficulty.
It’s got the taste of clean and cured weed, but this El Chapo doesn’t have the gassy profile I was expecting after smelling the sample. Yes, I get a bit of pine and it is sweet, but I’m still a bit disappointed with the taste of this, as it is lacking the OG I was expecting.
The effects of this strain are on the indica side. Despite this, the first thing to kick in is a cerebral happiness, paired with some relaxation.
The high doesn’t come with the intensity of some of the stronger Sativa stains; this is a calming and enjoyable high delivered by the 19-23% THC that El Chapo OG provides on average.
Hitting a second, bong I don’t get any more flavour, but it does result in even more of a nice feeling brought on by this cannabis strain.
I feel my words per minute dropping as I explain the effects during the video. Looking back during editing I can also see how droopy my eyes are getting by this point!
Overall I enjoyed sampling this strain, particularly the appearance, smell and effects, which were all on form.
The taste was lacking but not in a bad way, I just expected more.
I’d smoke this again. It would be nice to try a different phenotype as well – I love those strong OG genetics.
This sample of Gorilla Glue #4 has been grown organically. That means that the plant was only water-fed. It was grown by Kush Family Collective, who also grew the Blue Cheese strain that I reviewed previously for the ISMOKE channel.
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This sample came from the US, imported to the UK before being given to me in sample form for the review.
This sample is incredibly frosty, as you can see from the close-up shots.
It has been given a good trim job, with only the smallest hints of where the leaves once were.
This Girl Scout Cookies also feels dense, with just a slight bit of give as it’s squeezed. There are also hints of purple spread across parts of the bud which come out more as you break it open.
The sample generally looks great: although I haven’t been given a particularly well-sized bud to review, I can still gauge the appearance of this cannabis strain fairly well, and I’m impressed.
I’m getting a dusty cookies scent off of this sample initially. As I break it open, a dank pungency comes out in full-force, minus the sweetness I was expecting to experience with this strain.
This is the second phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies I’ve tried that doesn’t seem to capture much of the OG Kush from its parenthood.
That being said, it smells great. Due to the sample being slightly older the smell comes out a lot more once broken/ground up.
I decide this week to smoke this Girl Scout Cookies through my Chongz Widow Maker bong.
Taking the first hit, I’m immediately impressed with the flavour and smoothness of the smoke; I begin to taste it before I’ve even begun to exhale!
Blowing out the smoke I’m not feeling any need to cough. This is some high-quality ganja right here.
It tastes so good I go back for a second bowl, and once again I’m not disappointed.
This Girl Scout Cookies tastes fantastic: Well-cured, pungent and with solid cookies strain flavour – this is a real treat.
As a hybrid cannabis strain, I’m expecting effects on both end of the spectrum after consuming the Girl Scout Cookies for this week’s smoke report.
The first thing to kick in is the elation, this strain makes me really happy. I’m convinced that part of the elation comes from how good this tastes, but as it kicks in more and more I’m getting the uplifting sense that comes with a nice hybrid strain.
As the second bong kicks in and the first continues to work its magic, I experience the more chilling effects of this strain as I begin to feel good all over my body. It feels good to stretch.
This is a strong sample and I feel rather stoned after a couple of bong hits, but minus any intensity. I could certainly get used to smoking lots more of this one (if I had more to smoke!)
The balance in effects of the Girl Scout Cookies are also wonderful; it delivers a pleasant and enjoyable hybrid high.
One of the best strains I’ve reviewed this year. This sample of Girl Scout Cookies has secured the strain a spot in my top 10, after a bit of much-needed top-ten-spot jiggling.
I could smoke this all day, every day, and still not get bored. It’s a pleasure to smoke and the effects are great.
If all US-imported bud tasted like this I fear my bank balance would be considerably lower, as this really was something special I don’t encounter every day.
Would love to smoke again, soon, and it beats the Platinum Cookies I reviewed recently.
Welcome to our weekly cannabis strain review and information feature. This week we are covering OG Reekn [OG Reek’n], a cross of Wardereek’n X Kuchi bred by Devil’s Harvest Seeds.
OG Reekn (Actually it’s OG Reek’n, but for SEO-purposes the apostrophe is best left out) is a strain which I first had the pleasure of sampling down at a top-secret London-based coffeeshop earlier this year.
I remember the gassy flavour and aroma coming from this sample and that I was excited to try it, but it was still months before I got my hands on some for this review series.
Fast-forward to today, and the review is finally here, and recorded/uploaded in 4K for your viewing pleasure!
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Want to know more about OG Reek’n? Read on…
This is a hybrid strain (60% Indica, 40% Sativa). The breeders note that it is a medium-difficulty grow, so experienced horticulturists should have no issues. The flowering time is listed as 65-70 days.
This sample was grown in the UK. Somewhere down South, I believe.
This OG Reekn looks great – it’s been given a good trim and is covered in frosted trichomes.
The colouration is a light green, with some darker spots around where the leaves have come off. The pistils are a rich golden colour and the bud is nice and dense, grinding out well.
Fuel. Gas. OG. Those three words are the first that come to mind as I smell this sample – the OG Reek’n strain stinks like the name suggests, releasing a strong scent which you’d probably smell from across the room.
Breaking open the bud I get more of the jet-fuel scent, and I’m reminded of Holy Grail Kush, which is currently my favourite cannabis strain. Also perhaps a bit like OG Kush/headbanger in it’s scent.
The strong taste of the OG Reekn [OG Reek’n] comes through the bong nicely, particularly on the exhale.
The hit comes with a bit of intensity, probably because I packed a rather large bowl, leading to a bit of coughing.
The taste is nice and captures that gassyness that I keep going on about – it’s the main part of the flavour profile and reminds me a lot of the Holy Grail (which as you know I love).
OG Reek’n delivers 20-23% THC on average, and I am getting that from the first bong which takes me all the way up to about a 7 or an 8 out of 10.
The effects feel like a hybrid strain – a mixture of cerebral energy and waves of calm leaving me a bit spangled for about 15 minutes or so. Just what I like from my cannabis strains!
As the intense hit settles into the high I’m feeling rather good, so I decide to hit another bong.
The second bong is less intense and also tastes great – because I’m already high from the first bowl the come-up is also less intense, and I find this one more enjoyable than the first.
Overall, it was a pleasure to review this well-grown sample of OG Reek’n.
I liked everything about this strain, from its appearance to its effects and everything in between.
If I had to pick out some criticism I’d say it was a little intense and the sample wasn’t the biggest bud, but the quality of the OG Reekn really made up for this.
I can’t wait to smoke this one again! I want to shout out London Dank Father, keep up the good work.
Ladies and Gentleman, it’s time for our weekly smoke report and cannabis strain information feature. This week we have Wedding Cake in our strain spotlight. Let’s see how it smokes…
I first sampled Wedding Cake at Remedy Cannabis Club, Barcelona when we travelled to the City for Spannabis earlier this year. My initial thoughts were positive, and I remember enjoying (and getting quite stoned) from a gram of this one.
This strain is a cross of the famous Girl Scout Cookies and Cherry Pie, making it a hybrid, perhaps leaning on the Sativa-dominant side, although in reality delivering effects on both ends of the spectrum.
The sample I’m smoking today comes from an unspecified part of the US. Speaking to my source, I would doubt this batch came from California. I also don’t know if it originally came in a tin or vac-packed.
The sample of Wedding Cake I’m reviewing is incredibly dense, like a little green boulder. The whole bud is uniform in its overdevelopment, looking like it has had some PGR influence.
The trim job is great, no leaves to be found anywhere on this bud. The pistils are small, light-golden and woven into the bud, not easily seen or protruding wildly.
The colouration is a light green with flecks of darker green and gold, with lots of frosted trichomes covering the whole Wedding Cake sample.
I am not impressed with the smell of this cannabis strain, at all. I think it’s this particular sample, which fails to give off much of a detectable scent at all – I could have this in my pocket on public transport and it wouldn’t even smell.
Breaking open the sample (twice – the first time didn’t result in any smell) I finally get a little of the scent- it’s a sweet, earthy cookies scent that leans more towards the Girl Scout Cookies than the Cherry Pie.
Grinding up this sample I get more of the same – a little sweet, delicate scent, but nothing comes out in full force.
How disappointing for US-imported bud!
I have decided to go for two methods of consumption today – first up it’s my trusted Chongz Widow Maker, still my favourite bong for size, shape and hit. I’m also going to roll up some of this Wedding Cake into a joint.
The bong goes down well – good flavour, and not much intensity. I would say this is a good method of consumption for this strain. Definitely more flavour than I was expecting based on the smell, plus marks from me.
Smoking this in a joint, I get more of a slight peppery taste that didn’t come through my bong.
Both methods deliver a sweet, enjoyable flavour that suggests this sample of Wedding Cake is well-cured.
The Wedding Cake effects are strong, and kick in from about 4-5 minutes after consumption – Sent me on a bit of a ride all the way up to 7/8 out of 10 after the bong hit, but it doesn’t come with any sort of anxiety-inducing intensity.
The joint is less inebriating, but still enjoyable and I find myself wanting to go back for more and more! The flavour comes through a joint well.
The taste and effects brought this strain back for me a bit, although I stand by my concerns about PGRs in this sample. The appearance is a little too uniform, and it doesn’t smell like it should.
Overall, I enjoyed the review, loved the high (and the flavour) and would like to try another batch of Wedding Cake to compare differences.
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Welcome to another strain review feature. This week Blackberry Kush is in our strain spotlight.
Blackberry Kush is an indica cross of Afghani X Blackberry cannabis strains, which come together to form this beautifully-coloured variety that cannot be mistaken.
This bud looks fantastic! The purple colouration is total – before grinding this up I couldn’t see any green, save for the stalk.
Did I mention how impressed I am with the colour? I just don’t see bud like this every day, it’s a real treat to look at! The vibrant pistils are a bright golden yellow.
The trim has been done well, and it has been cured for while. That along with the genetics has resulted in a well-formed and well-cured sample that I am excited to try!
This strain is known for its fruity-jet-fuel aroma. The scent of Blackberry Kush is strong, especially so once broken up or ground.
I get really, really fruity scents from this one, so much so that it makes me think of the Shoreline – my favourite smelling cannabis strain in the world!
Blackberry Kush is now my 2nd favourite cannabis strain smell.
Loading some of the Blackberry Kush into my Weed Star Wasabi bong, I’m ready for a nice big hit.
Wow, the intensity isn’t there at all! I’m able to consume this without coughing or getting any sense of discomfort from the smoke in my lungs, something which quite a few strains do come with due to acridity of the smoke in thicker proportions.
And the Blackberry Kush tastes great – the flavour come through the bong nicely – although not as much as some gassy strains I have sampled.
Great flavour, low intensity, top marks from me.
As the Blackberry Kush begins to kick in I feel the lovely indica relaxation setting in.
This strain doesn’t come with any intensity (that I detected from two bongs in quick succession) in its effects, instead making my body feel physically good.
I remember thinking if I was in pain, this would potentially alleviate that as my body feels lovely.
Overall I really like Blackberry Kush – so much so, that I had to film a second review!
If you’ve been watching the channel since the beginning, you may remember our old review of Blackberry Kush back in September 2016 – I had to revisit it with this sample as it was just too good to pass up!
Welcome to our weekly cannabis information feature. Prepare to learn all about another strain this week as we delve into the wonderful world of Platinum Girl Scout Cookies, or Platinum Cookies for short.
Did you know that Platinum Cookies is a phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies? That means that Platinum Girl Scout Cookies is a powerful 50/50 hybrid strain is the result of crossing OG Kush X Durban Poison (plus an unnamed strain).
According to my reading, the Platinum Girl Scout Cookies goes even further than GSC in terms of its effects. Being a fan of this family of strains this news got me quite excited.
Today I’m going to see how it smokes…
Durban Poison X OG Kush X Unnamed Strain
Phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies
50/50 hybrid strain
First up, let’s talk about the appearance of this sample. Platinum Girl Scout Cookies has a strong, well-developed bud structure with bright golden pistils protruding wildly.
This particular Platinum Cookies sample is incredibly dense, and as I squeeze it I hear the bud start to crack in a way which suggests to me that it is both perfectly dry and well-cured.
The colouration of this bud is a strong green, but with the gold of the pistils shining through.
The trim job isn’t the best and the leaves that remain aren’t squished in, leading me to believe this Platinum Girl Scout Cookies sample isn’t imported and has probably been grown in the UK.
As I pop open the pot to retrieve the sample I’m immediately hit with a delicious cookies scent, which continues to grow in intensity as I handle, break open and finally grind-up the bud.
The Platinum Girl Scout Cookies has earthy, sweet notes to it (not the same as OG Kush, none of the gassy aroma).
It is a particularly pungent-smelling cannabis strain, the pungency actually sticking inside my nostrils after I smelled the sample.
This bowl isn’t nearly as smooth as I was expecting – the intensity comes through, but so does the flavour, and wow, it tastes great!
I surprised myself as I thought I’d easily be able to handle this hit in one breath, but couldn’t as the bong got very milky!
The taste of the Platinum Cookies is strong, with the sweet, earthy and pungent notes all coming through on the exhale.
Really, really strong flavour. Perhaps in part because this particular sample has been curing for a while!
OK, so on to one of my favourite bits..how does this strain make me feel?
As a 50/50 hybrid, I’m expecting both indica and sativa effects to hit me simultaneously, but it doesn’t quite work like that! I can feel it begin to kick in a few minutes after consumption, giving me the inkling that this is going to be a strong one.
The first (and main) thing to hit me is the relaxation – I feel like I’ve smoked more of an Indica strain, but can feel the cerebral effects also, particularly after the 10 minute mark – they seem to hit me after the indica-side of this hybrid cannabis strain.
And it’s a strong one! This Platinium Girl Scout Cookies delivers a solid high after one bong hit, so much so that I didn’t need to go back for a second straight away.
In conclusion, I really like Platinum Cookies. Of course, this was a great sample, but the genetics in this one are strong as well. I find myself wondering whether this could make my top 10 this year!
If you’re looking for a powerful strain that delivers good flavour and potency then Platinum Girl Scout cookies could be a strain for you!
Have you ever tried this strain? How does it compare to Girl Scout Cookies in your opinion? Tweet me your thoughts on Platinum Cookies @HighTylerGreen
You can watch our Platinum Cookies smoke report below:
This week I had the pleasure of reviewing an absolute classic. This is one of the first strains I was introduced to by name, and its origins date back to 1992 when Serious Seeds released it to the market.
Ladies and Gentleman, this week is all about the AK-47.