Strain Reviews

Strain Reviews

Dolato Cannabis Strain Review

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

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

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

Appearance

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

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

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

Smell

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

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

Taste

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

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

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

Effects

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

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

Overall

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

Watch the video review below:

Cherry Bomb Cannabis Strain Review

Join me for another ISMOKE report, this week featuring Cherry Bomb.

Appearance

This particular sample of Cherry Bomb has a bit of a wild, crazy look with faded orange popping pistils and trichomes dotting the bud that are dull rather than sparkly.

The bud looks like it’s UK-grown, no compression or the density you’d expect to find with some imported buds. The trim job on this sample isn’t the best, with plenty of bits of leaves to pick off.

Headband Cannabis Strain Review

This week we are looking at Headband, a cross of OG Kush X Sour Diesel.

Appearance

This strain gets good marks from me on appearance. It has a great trim job and looks like it’s been dipped in crystals or snowed on.

The colour is a light green, with less apparent pistils than some other strains I’ve seen recently.

Smell

I’m disappointed with the smell of the Headband, which isn’t really coming through at all before breaking it open.

Grinding the headband up, a light, almost floral and delicate cannabis scent is released – it is certainly not how I pictured a cross of OG Kush X Sour Diesel to turn out!

Taste

Hitting the headband cannabis strain through my bong, I found it to be quite an intense strain – the intensity perhaps comes from the sheer number of trichomes expanding in my lungs.

The taste came through ever-so-slightly (mostly a watery aftertaste) – inoffensive, floral and almost imperceptible apart from the intensity.

Effects

Some users report that headband hits you quite slowly, and can cause a tightness around the head that reminds people of a headband. The sample I have to smoke was a strong strain, but I didn’t get the tightness.

It took a few minutes before I began to feel the relaxation setting in. Then feelings of happiness and creativity began to shine through.

Conclusion

Overall I enjoyed sampling this strain – particularly the appearance and the effects. Unfortunately, it looses marks for me in taste and smell, which were both lacking.

As an indica-dominant hybrid strain, Headband delivers a nice high that isn’t too overpowering, perhaps suited to those who prefer moderate indica effects. I’ll stick to my Holy Grail, Kosher Kush and OG strains, as these are my favourite gassy crosses, something that the Headband fails to encompass, despite its parents.

Watch my Headband review video below:

Apple Jack ISMOKE Report – California Weed Review

Join us for this week’s strain review, featuring Apple Jack (Jack Herer X White Widow). This hybrid strain delivers a great high.

For our international readers who may not know- there is a bit of a bubble around US-imported weed in some parts of the UK at the moment.

Candy Cream Cannabis Strain Review

Each week I review a new cannabis strain for the ISMOKE youtube channel. To go alongside this, I write a weekly feature for ISMOKE Magazine discussing each strain I review in a bit more detail.

This week Candy Cream is in the cannabis strain spotlight – join me as I take a look at this bud and let you know all about the appearance, smell, taste and effects.

Appearance

This sample is sparkling with trichomes – they look like glitter in the light. The bud is 90% indica and the sample seems to reflect this.

Candy Cream
The Candy Cream Cannabis Strain

It is not as dense and compact as some of the other samples I’ve seen, and there are also some bits of popcorn leaf. However, the overall appearance of the Candy Cream is good and I’m looking forward to smoking it!

Smell

This didn’t smell very much initially. Searching for a scent I get subtle hints of sweetness, but not much else.

Breaking open the bud I get a sweet skunkiness that is quite an old school scent.

It is a scent which is hard to describe, but which is definitely sweet, skunky and quite complex – there are Earthy notes which come through but no gas like the earthiness in some of the kush strains.

Taste

The bong of this was quite intense – it tastes quite sweet and creamy, but the smoke is a bit acrid.

I enjoyed the hit on this one, although it did make me cough. Not a particularly big taster, this batch, but inoffensive and I’d certainly smoke again.

Effects

Being 90% Indica, I was expecting the Candy Cream to hit me hard in the relaxation department.

It didn’t disappoint, with the Indica effects kicking in from about 3-4 minutes after I hit the bong.

The Candy Cream makes me feel happy, relaxed and gives an enjoyable stoned feeling that I could certainly get used to.

Candy Cream Cannabis Strain
Candy Cream sample

Conclusion

I enjoyed reviewing this sample of the Candy Cream cannabis strain grown by an unnamed Hampshire collective.

My favourite thing about it was the look – those trichomes look like they’ve literally been magnified. The sweet complex scent was nice although not very apparent, and the taste and effects were both enjoyable.

My Candy Cream ISMOKE Report is out now! Watch it below:

Hawaiian Haze Cannabis Strain Review

This week we have Hawaiian Haze in the cannabis strain spotlight for our ISMOKE report.

Hawaiian Haze mixes the Hawaiian and Haze strains to create this sweet-smelling sativa.

Lavender Cannabis Strain Review

Welcome back to ISMOKE and another cannabis strain review.

Today we are taking a look at an Indica strain which combines great genetics from across the globe.

Lavender, bred by Soma Seeds, is a combination of Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean and Afghani Hawaiian. Also referred to as Soma #10, Lavender has been growing in popularity of late. This is the second time I have encountered it this year. The first was in Remedy Cannabis Club Barcelona, but I missed my chance to purchase it then!

Blue Cheese Cannabis Strain Review

Hello and welcome to another edition of our cannabis strain reviews series. This week I’m taking a look at Blue Cheese, a potent cross of Blueberry X UK Cheese.

This strain has been one of my favourite heavy indicas for ages – I first tried Blue Cheese from Barney’s Coffeeshop, Amsterdam back in 2010. I remember smoking it in the early evening and cutting our day short as we headed back to the hostel to grab some shut eye, it was that strong.

This sample of Blue Cheese was grown by Kush Family Collective.

Orange Diesel V3 [ODV3] Cannabis Strain Review

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

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

Silver Bubble Strain Review

Silver Bubble comes from Skunk No.1, Haze and Northern Lights – the result is a beautifully balanced hybrid strain which delivers the best of both indica and sativa effects.

I first sampled Silver Bubble in Amsterdam in November 2016, picking it up from Gray Area Coffeeshop shortly after it won the Sativa Cannabis Cup that month.

Today I got my hands on some more Silver Bubble to review for ISMOKE, so here we go!

Headbanger Strain Review

This week we are taking a look at Headbanger, a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain bred by Karma Genetics.

Headbanger is the result of crossing a Sour Diesel female with a Biker Kush 2.0 male, resulting in an extra gassy OG-inspired offspring that is known as Headbanger.

We were lucky enough to get a sample of the Gman_Grows420 cut via East London Cannabis Club, which I had previously smoked and so knew was going to be a strong one!

Headbanger Plant
Headbanger Plant. Photo: Gman_Grows420

Appearance

This bud looks great, with a good trim job and dense buds packed with lots and lots of trichomes.

I also got to see and include some videos of the headbanger plants themselves. This showed just how many trichomes were dotted about, covering the buds and leaves (see the video for more details).

Smell

This bud smells like one of the strongest instances of OG that I can remember. It is a really strong smelling strain, and again, doesn’t disappoint in this area. One of my favourite things about the Headbanger is the smell.

Headbanger
Headbanger Bud

Taste

This gets top marks for taste in my opinion. The gassy, earthy OG taste came through a treat through my bong, a lot more than 99% of other strains I’ve smoked through it. Reminds me of the quality from B28’s Green Crack – top notch.

Effects

From the trichome coverage I guessed this was going to be a strong one, and yes, it was. The bong itself was quite intense, causing me to cough a bit before the effects kicked in. When they did I got a mix of intense uplifted, relaxed and possibly creative (although I felt too high to be sure).

Overall

This is a really good grow of a really good strain, and I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing it. Very impressed!

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.