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Blues Cannabis Strain Information & Review

Blues Cannabis Strain Review

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.

Can Cannabis Consumers Give Blood?

The donation of blood is a selfless, kind act that has the potential to save someone’s life. Give Blood UK say they need around 200,000 new blood donors every single year.

With over 50% of donors being over 45 years old it’s younger donors they need. Most people between the ages of 17-70 are able to become blood donors.  Members of the UK cannabis community may be surprised to learn that cannabis use doesn’t rule you out in becoming a donor.

We spoke to Raymond Miller, corporate communication manager for NHS Blood & Transplant to clarify a few things.

Firstly there are other health and eligibility requirements a potential donor must pass before being accepted to make a donation.

Miller says

The safety of our patients, as well as our donors, is number one priority which is why we carry out a donor health check for each donation.”

He states clearly though to the cannabis community that

We do not test blood for THC

He was also clear in mentioning that

Give Blood UK would never accept a blood donation from anyone who tells them they are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.”

Miller went on to add that

Blood donation is an altruistic  act and we thank all donors for their commitment.

What does donating involve?

The first step in becoming a donor is to visit the Give Blood UK website to check that you first meet all the donor requirements. Provided that the criteria is met you will then be able to register online and make your first local appointment. Women are able to donate blood every 16 weeks whereas men can donate every 12 weeks.

Upon arrival for your first donation, you will first be asked a few health questions. You will then have your iron levels checked by providing a small blood sample.

The Donation process

Can Cannabis Consumers Give Blood?

Provided all is well the next stage will be the donation process, as soon as available you will be asked to sit down in a chair that’s perfectly set up to efficiently take the donation.

Blood will be taken from your chosen arm and a clean sterile needle will be inserted into a vein. A collection bag is then connected up it will then usually takes around  5-10 minutes to donate the required 470ml of blood.

Once you’ve given the donation you’ll have your donating arm fully cleaned and dressed and will be asked to rest.

You’ll need to take a few minutes out to relax as you’ve just lost some of your blood supply. You will be sat down and offered a hot or cold drink and a selection of biscuits, crisps and snacks.

After around ten to 15 mins, provided you are in good health and have had your fill of biscuits you will be free to leave. You can also make your next blood donation appointment too before you go. You’ll also be advised not do anything too strenuous for the next few hours.

What happens to the blood donations?

Donated blood or components are given to a patient in a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions are given via an intravenous line into a blood vessel.

How blood was used in 2014, according to hospital usage:

  • 67% was used to treat medical conditions including anaemia, cancer and blood disorders
  • 27% was used in surgery, including cardiac surgery and emergency surgery
  • 6% was used to treat blood loss after childbirth

Usage varies between hospitals depending on their particular specialities.

So, to sum-up, you can indeed give blood as a cannabis consumer.

If you want to give blood you can call 0300 123 23 23 or visit to find out more

Tahoe OG Cannabis Strain Information & Review

Tahoe OG Cannabis Strain

This week I got to sample Tahoe OG, an Indica strain that’s a phenotype of OG Kush.

I was excited to try Tahoe OG after finding it in lists of top indica strains and also reading about it’s heavy sedative effects.

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Cannabidiol CBD in the UK

CBD in the UK

There is a lot of info online about CBD in the UK, most of it coming from CBD companies providing a variety of products to consumers.

Because of this, it can be difficult to navigate this market of products containing CBD in the UK, and so we have put together some info about this wonderfully beneficial cannabinoid.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural, non-psychoactive cannabinoid, a compound which is found in cannabis. It’s one of over 110 such cannabinoids that are currently known to science.

In fact, CBD is one of the most prevalent cannabinoids found in cannabis, along with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the most commonly occurring and well cannabinoid which is responsible for the “high” that is traditionally associated with consumption.

CBD doesn’t get you “stoned” in the same way as THC does but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t useful in many other ways.

All Humans and mammals have what is called an Endocannabinoid system, (ECS) a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems that interact with cannabinoids.

Recent studies have found that utilising this internal system CBD can act as an:

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) reclassified CBD in the UK as of January 2017 meaning as far as the British government is concerned CBD is a medicine. MHRA Issuing the following statement in October 2016:

“We have come to the opinion that products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) used for medical purposes are a medicine. Medicinal products must have a product licence (marketing authorisation) before they can be legally sold, supplied or advertised in the UK, unless exempt. Licensed medicinal products have to meet safety, quality and efficacy standards to protect public health” 1)

This meant that as of the start of 2017 CBD in the UK could only be sold as a medicine under license and under strict regulatory controls. There was, however, a legal grey area created by this reclassification. CBD in the UK cannot be sold as a MEDICINE without a license, but it can be sold as a food supplement as long as the proprietor doesn’t make any medical claims about the product or imply that it will do X or treat condition Y when there are no “approved” studies of CBD’s efficacy in the UK. (The same bullshit argument that is made in general around the legal status of cannabis in the UK despite the mountains of international research showing cannabis’ efficacy)

This grey area means that patients and consumers are left in the dark about how CBD could benefit their particular ailments, illnesses and conditions or simply how regular ingestion of cannabinoids could help to improve their general health and well being.

This legal grey area is a continued indictment of the failures of successive governments to acknowledge the truth about Cannabis and a constant reminder why it desperately needs relegalising in the UK and globally!

The restrictions on advertising and publicising the medicinal effects of CBD in the UK is being negated by the sheer volume of international studies and trials taking place around the globe.

Research and that most invaluable of communication tools, the internet is revolutionising the way the world views cannabinoids/cannabis in general and the way it accesses information about it.

This allows even the most hardened prohibitionist instantaneous access to valid scientific information which is slowly eroding the foundations of reefer madness and the failed war on drugs.

A Patient or consumer can now within 30 seconds look up all of the potential benefits of CBD for their condition and purchase a plethora of preparations online legally and increasingly in high street locations too, as companies scramble to capitalise on the recent commodification of this cannabis compound.

Companies currently cannot legally confirm, deny or comment on the potential medicinal application or benefits of CBD. The recent reclassification means it has to be marketed strictly as a food supplement, as Holland and Barrett have done recently and many new companies are popping up intent on following suit.

Consumers are left to experiment with it, titrating dosages and varying ingestion methods seeking to optimise their consumption. They’re also free to swap notes on their condition and how CBD affects it with other consumers creating community consensus on some conditions.

Cannabidiol is non-toxic, non-psychoactive and as with all Cannabinoids, non-addictive so there really is no risk to including CBD into your health regiment or into your diet as a nutritional additive.

Cannabis is, after all, one of the oldest medicines and most studied plants on the planet. As we’ve discussed previously in ISMOKE Magazine, cannabis has been cultivated and utilised by humans for at least 5,000 years, with evidence of its use in nearly every culture on Earth.

There is a growing issue around the sale and use of single cannabinoid medications. Again as with THC oils, there are a large number of “snake oil salesman” and conmen seeking to cash in on the government’s failures and charm sell useless and inferior products to too often the most vulnerable in our community.

There are also companies providing Synthetic, Hemp based or Cannabinoid only preparations and medications which do not benefit from the entourage effect and may, therefore, leave consumers with products that aren’t as beneficial as their full-spectrum counterparts.

Indeed, whole plant extracted products are most effective because they keep all the chemical compounds found in cannabis such as 100+ cannabinoids, The plethora of Terpenes and Flavoroids and many other chemical constituents that all combine to become greater than the sum of their parts, working together synergistically to maximise the benefits of each compound.

Terpenes have been discovered to work in tandem with cannabinoids. Myrcene one of the most prevalent terpenes found in cannabis has been found to reduce resistance in the blood-brain barrier, enabling easier passage of other beneficial chemicals to the brain.

Pinene another commonly occurring terpene has been found to help negate some of the cognitive impairing effects of excessive THC consumption and a combination of Linalool and Limonene with CBD is being examined as a possible anti-acne treatment 2)

This just goes to show the importance of the entourage effect and utilising the whole plant in extractions for preparations and medications. It further highlights the urgent need for further unbridled research into the 10,000+ strains and hundreds of thousands of potential combinations of chemical compositions for future treatments of conditions we cannot yet even imagine.

The recent bill proposed by Paul Flynn, unfortunately, seems like a push by pharmaceutical companies to gain easier access to research cannabinoids to produce patented profitable drugs that they can make billions on continuing their domination and monopolisation of the legal UK cannabis market.

The new bill would seek to put Cannabis in schedule 2, alongside such dangerous drugs as, Amphetamines, Cocaine and Benzodiazepines. This is spitting in the face of cannabis consumers regardless of their reasons for consumption and means that the general population continues to be persecuted and criminalised for growing or utilising cannabis, one of the safest plant medicines on the planet.

It is also worth noting that the largest survey on CBD usage to date found that women were more likely than men to use CBD and once they started using it, were likely to drop their traditional medications. 3) This is another motivator for big pharma to seek to control the inevitable classification of cannabis.

It is a disgrace that in the twenty-first century we’re still having to fight our own elected officials for access to a substance that has not and never will kill a single consumer.


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East Coast Sour Diesel Cannabis Strain Information & Review

Welcome to another ISMOKE Cannabis Strain information feature. This week we have East Coast Sour Diesel, a classic Sativa strain with a strong reputation and even stronger genetics.

East Coast Sour Diesel is a phenotype of Sour Diesel bred by breeding to choice Sour Diesel plants together. It is a fast-acting strain, with cerebral effects kicking in quickly.

Organic White Widow Cannabis Strain Information & Review

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.

White Widow Cannabis Strain Information & Review

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!

Organic White Widow

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.

Watch our Organic White Widow review below:

Read our previous cannabis smoke report featuring El Chapo OG here

Consuming 4 forms of the same cannabis strain – Lemon Showdown

This week I got to do something a bit special for the ISMOKE channel.

Thanks to our good friends and sponsors over at TG Botanical Extracts I was able to get my hands on 4 different expressions of the same cannabis plant.

In this video, I’m sampling some flower, bubble hash, rosin oil and shatter all from the Lemon cannabis strain.


I’ll be comparing the various forms of extract, as well as letting you know my favourites in order of preference.

Oh, and I’ll be getting quite high in this video, just FYI.

Watch the video below


El Chapo OG Cannabis Strain Information

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.

El Chapo OG


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.

Watch our El Chapo Review below

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The Cannabis Consumer’s Guide to Quitting Tobacco

As someone who suffers from Asthma, I was always told that it wasn’t a sensible idea to smoke.

Perhaps it’s my age; I was born in the late 1980’s, well after the public health worries and anti-smoking movement began, into a world where a lot of people smoked, but at least they knew it was bad for them.

Gorilla Glue #4 Cannabis Strain Information & Review

Welcome to another UK cannabis strain review by ISMOKE.

This week I’ve got a strain which I covered before as part of a double feature, but which today I’ll be covering it by itself… It’s Gorilla Glue #4.

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.

Our Patrons get to vote each week on which strains we review next in our Patron-only strain review showdown. Click here to find out more

Can Cannabis Save Us From Global Warming?

This week for ISMOKE Magazine I’m looking at an important issue that affects everyone on the planet, global warming. In particular, I’ll be looking at how cannabis can help to reduce the detrimental effects of climate change.

Global warming is a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular, a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels and other human activities.

Although there is much debate in the political sphere there is a growing consensus in the climate science community with a nearly unanimous 97% believing that global warming is happening – scientists agree that the trends observed over the last past century are probably due to human activity.

There are many repercussions of global warming: Rising sea levels, Ocean acidification, increased frequency of natural disasters and catastrophic weather events like the four “1 in 500” level hurricanes that have been (and are) battering the Caribbean and the US east coast recently, Coastal and onshore Flooding, Longer and more destructive wild fire, more frequent and intense heat waves and global temperature rising.

Researchers have found that economic, emissions and population trends show that there’s only a minute chance that the Earth will avoid warming more than 2 degrees centigrade by the end of the century. 

One of the first scientists to warn of the dangers of climate change, Professor Jim Hansen, warns that “shit is hitting the fan”. In a recent presentation, he is quoted as saying:

“We’re too late to stop global warming with just renewable’s, we need to do something much more drastic”.

An international team of researchers, led by Professor Jim Hansen, Nasa’s former climate science chief, said that the world has already overshot targets to limit global warming to within acceptable levels and was “sufficiently grim” to force them to urge “rapid emission reductions” They also warned that efforts would need to be made to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by about 12.5 percent.

A paradigm shift is urgently needed if human life is to continue to prosper and to function in the way we have become accustomed to. For there to be a brighter future than this grim outlook, we need a drastic overhaul of our cultural and personal consumption habits in the present.

Cannabis can replace many products to help reduce global warming

The daily depletion of destructive resources such as petroleum, plastics, wood for timber, paper etc, petrol for machinery, polyester and other synthetic materials used in clothing, textiles and industry is playing a pivotal role in the acceleration of climate change. These products could be produced from cannabis without the environmental cost, and the fact that they’re not is likely byproduct of the global prohibition and demonisation of the cannabis plant.

Other environmentally detrimental human include behaviours such as the mass exportation of industrialised animal agriculture by countries like Brazil, India and Australia, the three largest exporters of beef.

Cattle ranching is an activity that requires vast areas of land to be deforested to create space to graze them and tens of thousands of gallons of water and tons of feed to sustain and raise the cattle.

Did you know that cattle ranching is now the biggest cause of deforestation in the Amazon? Nearly 80 percent of deforested areas in Brazil are now used for pasture and the remainder mainly being mono crops such as Soy, which is largely used as feed for the cattle.

A large proportion of these trees are felled illegally and with little regard for local wildlife or preservation of endangered species.

It is a symptom of the modern world tragedy, we find ourselves cast in that one of the most bio-diverse places on the entire planet is being decimated to graze cattle ultimately destined for a quarter pounder, happy meal, or milk on our morning cereal.

There is hope yet: India, previously a large exporter has banned the slaughter and sale of cattle which will reduce the global availability by 20%. However, this is likely to be quickly capitalised on by the Australian market ramping up its operations, negating potential beneficial offset to the environment.

Incentivising the farming of Hemp/Cannabis on an industrial scale would massively help to offset a lot of the destructive environmental consequences of climate change. For example, switching all toilet roll, newspapers/magazines, greetings cards, wrapping paper other packaging to Hemp would not only save billions of trees annually, but also in the process would literally suck in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The net carbon sequestration of an industrial hemp crop is estimated at 0.67 ton/hectare annually.

Humans fell something like 15 billion trees each year (wow, more than two for every person on the planet, nice one humans) and the global tree count has fallen by 46% since the beginning of human civilization.

This is a problem when you consider that trees are vital in capturing carbon and turning it into oxygen through the process of photosynthesis.


They also drill water deep into the ground helping to avoid surface flooding and provide an ever-replenishing biomass for ground soils, providing nutrients and the perfect conditions for other flora and fauna to flourish in a rich base that is held together by the root structures of the tree preventing soil erosion and desertification.

In England, we have lost half of our irreplaceable ancient woodland since 1930

“Forests are being lost to development and infrastructure; we are cutting a lot and planting so few, so it may be that England is technically deforesting,” said Stuart Goodall, chief executive of CONFOR the trade association for the UK forestry industry.

Only 1.35 million trees were planted in England in the 18-month period from April 2015 to September 2016 this steep decline in tree planting means the current government is almost certain to miss its manifesto commitment to plant 11m trees in the UK in the lifetime of this parliament.

The 11 million target is neither ambitious nor linked to any policy objectives. It is simply a continuation of the number of trees planted by the 2010-2015 government. We should be planting exponentially more than 11 million trees in the lifetime of this parliament and future governments.

The legalisation of cannabis is coming whether anyone likes it or not and its industrialisation is a necessity when you’re faced with the fact that the UK is currently heading for deforestation.

Another result of deforestation is the massive amounts of pollution that cannot be captured and stored leading to the situation we have here in the UK where we have high levels of pollution and air quality so poor that it is causing 40,000 deaths every year. 

Deforestation is also one of the main contributory factors to onshore flooding as it drastically alters the flow of waterways, streams and rivers coupled with drastically more powerful storms leads to flooding in locations that previously had been untouched by seasonal rains for generations.

The number of people exposed to flooding each year is at risk of tripling from 21 million to 54 million by 2030, according to a study by the World Resources Institute
This would result in the economic cost of flooding increasing from £65 billion to around £340 billion.

This could in part be negated by the immediate ceasing of the felling of billions of trees and the mass planting of cannabis/hemp and switching from the former to the latter for all potential fabrications that we produce.

If done on a large enough scale, this would help to combat climate change through not just deforestation, but also, phytoremediation, a process that using green plants removes, contains or replaces contaminated soil. Cannabis/hemp can be utilised to detoxify, desalinate and remove irradiated and heavy metal contaminants. It is considered to be one of the most cost-effective and environmentally-safe cleanup processes available.

The cannabis plant was even utilised in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster with thousands of industrial hemp plants being planted to help deal with the radiation in the topsoils.

Japan is considering using the same method to aid in the cleanup of the Fukushima exclusion zone. However, this is impeded by the draconian hemp licence laws enforced on Japan by the US in 1948. 

Global warming will create millions of climate refugees in the coming century, all of whom will need housing, food and other resources. Unless nations and international organisations start acting now we simply will not have what we will need.

How Cannabis can help

Designing and creating new homes out of hempcrete is a carbon negative process – Hempcrete is a mixture of hemp hurds and lime used as a material for construction and insulation. Its sustainable, recyclable, carbon negative, lightweight, mould, moisture resistant and non-flammable.

Hemp plastics can make anything traditional petroleum-based plastics can without the need to fabricate a war in order to secure a resource through foreign interventions and the game changer hemp graphene.

Hemp Graphene: Graphene is comprised of a lone hexagonal honeycomb lattice layer of tightly packed carbon atoms, it is one of the strongest, lightest, and most conductive compounds ever discovered.

It’s a British invention that was first discovered in Manchester, where they built an institute for developing the technology that was supposed to build the northern powerhouse.

It is 100 times more effective conductor than copper, lighter than air and stronger than steel. It’s currently being made from graphite/coal and is retailing at around $2000 per gram. However, when produced from cannabis, its $500 per TON, To put that into perspective, that’s 907,185 grams at a saving of $1,814,369,500

Hemp graphene cannot do everything graphene can do, but for energy storage, it is equally efficient at a fraction of the cost.
Hemp graphene superconductors could literally be grown to store whichever renewable is most suitable for that location, be it Tidal/Wave, Solar or Wind.

Utilising this technology would negate the need to secure vast amounts of Lithium what is now a proven inferior battery technology and could save the Afghanistan from its impending “liberation” as it has been discovered to have a trillion dollars worth of Lithium deposits.

Wider adoption of various Hemp technologies could provide the energy needed to ensure that no country would be forced to exploit one of the most dangerous, detrimental, dirty and destructive energy production processes, fracking.

If at this point in human history we deny cannabis as a tool to help prevent climate change because of successive decades of reefer madness and propaganda then we deserve to reap what we have sown.


Girl Scout Cookies Cannabis Strain Information

Welcome to another cannabis smoke report brought to you by the ISMOKE channel.

This week I’ve got a sample of some US-grown Girl Scout Cookies to take a look at.

Each week I sit down with a brand new cannabis strain to review and uncover information about its background, appearance, smell, taste, and effects.



Girl Scout Cookies is a cross of OG Kush X Durban Poison. It’s the same genetics as the Platinum Cookies we reviewed recently.

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.

Girl Scout Cookies Cannabis Strain information

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.

Watch the Girl Scout Cookies strain review below:


Deathbed Kush Cannabis Strain Information & Review

Welcome to another cannabis information feature brought to you by ISMOKE.

Each week we sit down with a new cannabis sample to review, and this week Deathbed Kush is in our strain spotlight.

This strain is a mystery feature, as we do not know the genetics/parents of Deathbed Kush. So this week we will be going on our own experiences of the appearance, smell, taste and effects.

United Patients Alliance Medical Cannabis Conference & AGM 2017

Here’s a date to add to your diary… The United Patients Alliance are holding a Medical Cannabis Conference at the end of this month in Birmingham, UK on 30th September.

DAY ONE will be a Medical Cannabis Conference at Maple House
DAY TWO will be Workshops and a chance to join the UPA team at the Irish Centre in Maple House, Birmingham.

Speaking at the event will be a whole host of medical cannabis professionals and patients who are on the front line of medical cannabis legalisation.