Everything about Purple Cotton, also called Purple Cotton Candy, falls squarely into my indica comfort zone. With the all-star Granddaddy Purple as one of its parents, it’s hard to imagine how Purple Cotton could stray too far from GDP’s widely-loved legacy. However, there is an element of the unknown with its other parent, Cotton Candy Kush.
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Confidential Cheese is an indica strain, the progeny of LA Confidential and Cheese - a strain well-known for its unique aroma. Both these strains are well-loved and highly sought after. However, does Confidential Cheese retain the trademark sour cheese flavor profile of its ancestry? And, how about the low-key, easy going and adaptable indica effects of LA Confidential?
W Vapes, based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, produces top-notch CO2 oil cartridges with a high terpene content, striving to capture the individual essence of each specific strain. With a wide selection, lab-tests available on their website, and a small batch, strain-specific extraction process, W Vapes’ cartridges accomplish that goal beautifully.
For a Valentine’s Day pairing, we wanted a combo that would lay the groundwork for a holiday dedicated to spending time with one’s significant other. To celebrate this couple’s day, a great wine is high up on the checklist for many people. While wine might traditionally be paired with chocolate or a fragrant cheese, (and either one would make a great follow-up to this pairing) we wanted a combination for a different kind of Valentine’s Day.
The award-winning Ghost OG is a somewhat stoney, slightly indica-leaning OG known for a nice balance between both the indica and sativa elements. Much of what people love about Ghost OG overlaps with the appeal of other classic OG Kush strains, but it has some other special features and distinguishing characteristics as well.
As with the rest of the Kush family, Master Kush traces its roots back to two strains from the Hindu Kush region. In fact, this strain hasn’t strayed genetically far from these roots, since both of its parents are landrace strains from this part of the world. The effects of the strain are considered to be an exemplary hallmark of the Kush strains - and indica more generally - with a predominant body effect that is great for relieving anxiety, insomnia, and pain.
Doctor Tahoe is an indica-leaning hybrid, with genetics from two strains in the popular OG family, Tahoe OG and the lesser known Doc’s OG. The result of this blend is a relaxing and mellow strain without the heavy-hitting sleepiness and couchlock of heavier indicas. With these traits, and a familiar mild piney and sour lemon aroma, the strain is really a great example of what people love about the OG Kush family of strains.
Despite some 80-degree October days, fall is here in full blast. As an east coaster, the reliably chilly days and changing fall colors are conspicuously absent in California. However, cold breezes, fallen leaves crunching underfoot, ever-cooler nights, and the first rains of the season have arrived to give a sense of the season, but fall is really all about certain flavors, raising the unavoidable question - can we find those flavors in a pairing of cannabis and craft beer?
Blue Dream is legendary strain, but unlike many other legendary strains, such as Blueberry, Northern Lights, or Sour Diesel, Blue Dream is a product of the 21st century. With relatively recent origins, and having achieved its current celebrity status in just the last 5 years or so, Blue Dream has been adopted as a flagship strain by the current generation of cannabis fans from the novice to the connoisseur.
Superglue is a deceptively balanced hybrid strain with surprisingly heavy indica origins and a distinctive taste profile. This Superglue was ordered from Goddess Delivers delivery service, and in this case was an indoor batch from Funxional Farms. Delicious and well rounded, this strain is likely to appeal to almost any cannabis fan.
Grape Ape typically offers a mellow indica body experience, but without heavy couch lock or sleepiness, blending genetics from hallmark indicas Mendocino Purps and Afghani with the classic hybrid, Skunk. The result is a balanced body effect with a focus on relaxation and stress relief over heavier properties like couch lock, sleepiness, and lethargy. Leafly traces Grape Ape’s origins to Apothecary Genetics and Barney’s Farm.
The new Blue Zkittlez strain arrived on the scene just this year, combining genetics from thepurple indica strain Zkittlez with those of the indica Blue Diamond. While labeled an indica dominant strain with predominantly indica leaning genetics, Blue Zkittlez offers some noticeable sativa-like properties alongside the more reliable sedative and body-focused indica effects.
Purple Punch is a heavy hitting, yet also forgiving and versatile, evening strain that brings together indica classic Granddaddy Purple with a southern Californian OG hybrid favorite, Larry OG. While the strain qualifies as a somewhat heavy indica experience, it also offers an element of cerebral, functional effect, making it somewhat more nuanced than the super-heavy, couchlock inducing indica strains.
For this week’s pairing we are combining the indica dominant hybrid Berry White with anotherSierra Nevada beer. This time we are going to try out Sierra Nevada’s Old Chico Crystal Wheat, a beer that breaks out of the craft beer norm to mix high quality with high drinkability. This pairing is fun and easygoing, and great for almost any occasion.
The White OG is a heavy yet activating indica hybrid, bred from two hard-hitting strains, SFV OG Kush, and a Floridian hybrid strain, The White. Strong and sedating, like its SFV parent, it also brings a mildly stimulating and euphoric element to the mix. The White OG won awards in both the 2010 and 2014 Cannabis Cups. It gets its name from the dense coverage of trichomes that gives the nug an almost morning dew/ light snow on grass look.
For this week’s cannabis pairing, we’re trying Blackberry Kush with Louis Jadot’s Beaujolais-Villages, from a French company who has been producing wines in the Burgundy region since 1859. Paring wine with cannabis offers different challenges than pairings with beer. Most, (though not all) wine, packs a strong, fruity, and at least somewhat acidic flavor, calling for a strain with a distinctive, full bodied flavor for a balanced pairing. The taste of most cannabis strains would be lost alongside red wine.
Northern Lights is the epitome of a classic indica strain, with deep roots in a time before legal - and even medical - cannabis in the US. Today, Northern Lights - particularly the phenotype Northern Lights # 5 - are treasured in cannabis friendly regions all over the globe for their resinous buds and dreamy, numbing effects.
For this week’s pairing, we’re trying Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - a classic, hearty, winter beer - alongside an old-school favorite indica strain, Mango. Together, the deeply sedative effects of the Mango and the high hop and alcohol content of the beer offer a heavy dose of intense relaxation, perfect for late night insomnia.