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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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The Neutralizer Pro – Professional Odour Elimination Kit Review

I was first introduced to The Neutralizer via London Smoking Club. One day they showed up at an event, set up a pro kit and left – leaving us impressed as the cannabis smell in a hot-boxed room began to neutralise.

Since then, I’ve seen them at numerous events, finally getting to sit down and talk to them at Green Pride last weekend.

The Neutralizer currently sells three kits. Starting with the Road Kit (£45) which is designed to neutralise (yes, I’m British) the odours in your car. Next up they have a compact kit which will cover a small room (£50), and finally the Pro Kit (£95) which covers up to 375m3 or 13,000ft3.


The Neutralizer Pro Kit

The oil will last 6 weeks with 24-hour use. It only requires 60 minutes for the room to be fully neutralised and smell free.

What’s In The Box

1 x EME-120
1 x PRO KIT CARTRIDGE (TNRC-100 100 ml / 3.38 US ? oz)
1 x Instruction Manual
1 x wall fittings

I opened up the box and carefully read the instructions, which mainly talk about making sure not to damage the wick during the set-up process.

The Neutralizer

Once I’d put the device together (I was really baked and managed it in a few minutes), it was as simple as plugging the EME into the wall and letting it do its business.

Even before plugging in The Neutralizer Pro Kit I could detect a nice smell. Plugging it in makes it warm up, evenly dispensing the smell throughout your room and covering up any smoke smell.

My room isn’t the biggest, and after 30 minutes I felt comfortable sparking up a joint. After smoking the joint the room was left quite hazy, and I vacated to return and check the smell 10 minutes later.

Upon reentering I could not detect a cannabis smell! I had deliberately left the windows and door closed to keep the smoke in, but I couldn’t smell weed at all. Because the room was not aerated I could detect some smoke, but not weed smoke. Opening a window or keeping a window open while smoking is recommended as the fresh air circulating will remove any stuffiness.

Overall, I’m really impressed with The Neutralizer for general, everyday use. I’ll certainly be smoking joints inside from now on! I also wonder if it would be good to put one between the source of the smell and any external place e.g. in a flat corridor to cover any smell coming out of the room.

As I’m not growing I can’t test this for the plant smell, but let me know if you have tried it and what the results are. As a smoker, I’m really impressed and will be using this from now on.

Watch the video review:

If you want to own a Neutralizer, you can grab yours via The Neutralizer website here: www.theneutralizer.eu

Use the Coupon Code ISMOKE at checkout for 10% off and free UK shipping!

 

 

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:

Telegrass by Telegram is an app to anonymously buy weed in Israel

Yes, you read that correctly. There is a public app that has been set up by private messaging company Telegram in Israel that lets tourists connect with weed dealers.

And now, thanks to the addition of an English-speaking-bot, tourists are able to use it.

Apparently, it is as simple as visiting http://alhakefak.com/ which is the name of bot allowing to buy weed for non-hebrew speaking people in the Country.

Al Hakefak


The app is also due to start accepting Bitcoin soon, making it even more anonymous. Built on the same technology as Telegram makes it pretty discreet.

Please be aware that recreational cannabis remains illegal in Israel, and we assume so does using this app to buy weed. We are simply relaying the information we found in this Steemit Post.

 

Wake and Bake with Tyler Green [Episode 28]

Hello and welcome to another wake and bake session hosted on the ISMOKE Youtube Channel.

This week I am coming to you fresh from Green Pride last weekend and have a couple of new strains to sample.

Blackberry Kush and Shoreline are the two strains featuring this week, and also two of my favourites, so I really enjoyed filming this one!

Watch this week’s Wake and Bake session 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.

FireFly 2 Vaporizer Product Review, Overview and Tips

Written by Tyler Green

I’ve had the pleasure of using my white FireFly 2 for just over two weeks now. And as I sit here looking at it, I can’t help but feel a sense of attachment. I’ve been using this device regularly and I’ve gotten to know the ins and outs of this vaporiser which is one-third smaller and under half the weight of its predecessor.

Immediately from when I opened the box, I knew that the FireFly 2 was going to be a premium product – the box itself has excellent presentation with the tools and accessories neatly packed into little mini-boxes inside. In the box you get a cleaning kit (including wipes, plastic tools and brushes), charging kit (USB 3.0), concentrates pads and even a spare battery in addition to your FireFly 2.

The FireFly2 has a magnetic lid which uses borosilicate glass for extra durability. This allows you to see the chamber, a great feature which most vaporisers on the market seem to lack.

To prepare this vaporiser for use is as easy as filling the chamber (coarsely ground material is advised), tapping it down just under the rim and replacing the lid.

The FireFly 2 has two touch sensors – one on either side – which, when pressed, begin and maintain the heating process. It heats up to its low temperate setting in just 3 seconds, which feels pretty instant, and is certainly the fastest heat-up I’ve seen.

While we are on the subject of temperatures, here is a breakdown of what the different temp settings are for the FireFly 2:

  • Low – 171 degrees Celsius
  • Medium-Low – 182 degrees Celsius
  • Medium – 193 degrees Celsius
  • Medium-High – 204 degrees Celsius
  • High – 215 degrees Celsius
  • Concentrates – 260 degrees Celsius

These temperature settings can be accessed and changed using the FireFly app, which is a free download. I also found it really easy to use – it’s nothing fancy, but lays everything you need out in an easy-to-understand way. In addition to temperature flexibility, the app also gives you information like current battery life, whether the device is connected via Bluetooth (if it’s not, simply touch both touch sensors on the vaporiser to wake it) and also more detailed device info if you should need it.

Using The FireFly 2

After using this vaporiser for a while, I can say that the FireFly 2 excels when vaporising both flower and concentrates.

When using it to vape dry herbs the chamber should be stirred at a “half-way point” of around five tokes, with the optimal number of tokes per filling being around 10.

When using your Firefly 2 to vape concentrates, the extract can be placed directly on the pad provided, and they recommend a few cigar-style tokes to get the vapour flowing on this setting.

The battery is expected to last for 40-80 inhalations (depending how deep you breathe in and on what temperature setting), so even without the spare battery you should be all set for plenty of vaping,

My favourite setting for vaping dry herbs is the high-temperature setting (215 degrees Celsius) – ensure you switch it back from concentrates to a lower temp setting to avoid accidentally combusting your flowers!

Cleaning The FireFly 2

Cleaning this device is actually really simple – to clean the Firefly 2 you just use the included cleaning kit – the wipes are 70% IPA (which means you can replace them easily when they run out – just look on EBay).

All you need to do to keep this clean is give it a wipe after use and use the included brush to get the little bits of ABV material out that may want to hang around.

Tip: Don’t throw away your AVB! Store it in a jar, and use it to make cannabutter!

Conclusion

I have really enjoyed using this vaporiser over the past fortnight. During that time, I’ve sampled a few of my favourite strains including Stardawg and Blue Cheese, and even some homemade kief rosin which was a combination of all the strains I’ve put through my grinder.

Each and every time, the FireFly 2 has delivered solid vapour production coupled with great flavour, making it difficult to fault it!

The FireFly 2 is available to purchase via Namaste Vaporisers at https://www.namastevaporizers.co.uk/products/firefly-2-vaporizer

RRP: £299 / €349

Watch our videos featuring the FireFly 2 below:

Initial Unboxing

Wake and Bake 25

Product Review and Overview

 

Cannabis MythBusters : Challenging myths and stereo-types

Today on ISMOKE we’ll be taking a look at how the mainstream media’s negative stereotyping and far too often derogatory portrayal of Cannabis consumers is causing far more harm than good.

In some ways, we have come a long way from Reefer Madness and the days of “One puff and your hooked” propaganda. However, misinformation and Cannabis demonetisation continue with the proliferation of these negative stereotypes that do nothing but continue to perpetuate the stigma around Cannabis consumption and of those who enjoy it.

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:

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – The etymology of the word “Marijuana”

This week on ISMOKE we’ll be looking at the etymology, the origins of the word Marijuana and why this antiquated and racist term should be removed from our vocabulary.

Cannabis, as you will well be aware, goes by many names all over the UK and indeed around the world. Weed, Dope, Bud, Reefer, Green, Ganja, Herb, Pot, Grass, I could go on – its correct botanical name, however, is Cannabis, which we get from the Greek word kánnabis.

Cannabis has been the standard term in botanical vernacular since the publication of Carl Linnaeus’s Species Plantarum in 1753 which was the first major attempt to list all the known plant species with the now commonplace, two-part Latin naming system known as Binomial nomenclature.

Although it isn’t as prevalent a term here in the UK as it is in the states, the term “Marijuana” is still being used in the global vocabulary, also to describe medical Cannabis. In fact, our cousins across the pond have taken to calling it “Medical Marijuana” or MMJ for short, but where do we get this strange term for weed? Where does the word Marijuana come from? And why does it continue to persist in the public vernacular?

Most people would point back to Harry J. Anslinger as the man who popularised the term.

Anslinger, who was a firm advocate for alcohol prohibition, believed that if only the government could crack down hard enough and arrest enough people then they’d be able to rid the country of alcohol. Alcohol was, at the time, the preferred scapegoat to all societal ills. Currently, this scapegoat has evolved to include drugs in general, with special attention being paid to any substance that can expand consciousness, induce empathy or one that threatens the pharmacological cabal in any way.

 

Anslinger would later adopt this extreme ideology and methodology when in 1930 he was tasked with being the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), which in 1968 merged with the Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (BDAC) to become the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. This was the predecessor to what would later become the modern day DEA, The Drug Enforcement Administration, which was founded in July of 1973 by prohibitionist hero and avid Cannabis adversary Richard Nixon.

Following his employment as commissioner of the newly created FBN, Anslinger set about trying to convince individual states to police all drugs the same way that they were now regulating Opium and Cocaine. His first attempt failed to convince the population of the dangers of the Cannabis plant which up to this point had enjoyed a reputation as a rather benign substance with a myriad of medicinal and industrial applications.

Prior to the end of alcohol prohibition, Anslinger had even himself claimed that Cannabis was not a problem, did not harm people, and that “there is no more absurd a fallacy than the idea it makes people violent”.

This changed when unemployment loomed for Anslinger, as prohibiting opium and cocaine alone wouldn’t justify his department’s continued existence.

Not being satisfied with just enforcing opium and cocaine prohibition, which was done as a way to control the Asian and African American populations in the early 1900’s, Anslinger drafted the Marihuana (Yes, we spelt that right) Tax Act of 1937. This was the first federal law to ban the possession and sale of the drug, with the exception of approved medical and industrial uses. The Bill put a tax of one dollar on anyone who sold or cultivated the cannabis plant, aimed primarily at the poor and lower classes mainly Mexican immigrants. It also allowed them to ban Hemp as an industrial resource.

In that address to Congress, Anslinger stated that “We seem to have adopted the Mexican terminology, and we call it marihuana.”

This may seem at first like the simple adoption of pre-existing terminology, but ultimately it was a deliberate tactic chosen to put emphasis on the Mexican immigrants who were seen as the primary consumers of Cannabis at the time in the South West USA.

It is also around this time the nomenclature began to change. Cannabis which up until the early 1900’s had been primarily been know as “Indian Hemp”, became more commonly known by the Spanish word for Cannabis, Marihuana. This was now also spelt with a J, Marijuana, as in Tijuana to emphasise Anslingers narrative that the plant was a foreign scourge brought in by immigrants.

This is further evident as when Anslinger or other government agencies discuss the medicinal or industrial applications they used the terms Cannabis or Hemp.

So Anslinger set his sights firmly on cannabis, which at the time was mainly being imported into the southern ports from overseas and brought across the Mexican border. It was being enjoyed by travelling Jazz musicians, celebrities and other various cultural movers and shakers, who were predominantly minorities who were helping to popularise its consumption.

Anslinger, who I feel its safe to say at this point was clearly a racist, spent a great deal of time collecting some 200+ rather dubious anecdotes, which he referred to as his “Gore files” of reefer induced violence, and sex crimes by mainly minorities to shock the mass media and politicians.

Anslinger took every available opportunity to promulgate the terms marijuana and reefer madness while he continued to escalate the levels of propaganda, misinformation, scare stories and flat out lies spread amongst the American public about Cannabis, some of which persists to this day.

It is a testament to Anslinger’s skills at media and political manipulation that the primary nomenclature in the US is still Marijuana, some 40 years after his death.

There are signs emerging of change on the horizon. Hawaii recently passed a bill that states that the word “marijuana” “carries prejudicial implications rooted in racial stereotypes” dating back to the early days of prohibition and seeks to replace all mentions of “medical marijuana” with “Medical Cannabis” so steps are being taken to address this outdated and unnecessary term and replace it with the correct and ubiquitous term, Cannabis.

If you’d like to learn more about the early days of Prohibition and Harry J Anslinger, Then I’d highly recommend you read Johann Hari’s book, Chasing The Scream: The first and last days of the war on drugs. Buy it here.

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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.