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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Area 51 is a sativa-dominant hybrid favored for pain relief and its relatively mellow effect. Although Leafly describes the strain as having “unknown origins,” others claim that Area 51 was an accidental cross of Cannatonic and Alien Abduction, with roots in Las Vegas, around 2010. Unlike many sativa-dominant strains, Area 51 has yielded few reports of anxiety and paranoia among Leafly users, and is an ideal pain reliever and an alternative to opioid medications.
Spliffin is a Los Angeles based cannabis company with a focus on concentrates and vaporizer technology, and a commitment to “safety, purity, and potency,” according to their website. They use a multistage, solvent-free CO2 extraction process, and their products are lab tasted with the results available on their website. A secondary refinement process removes impurities, and every batch faces quality control tests, according to the company.
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.
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.
Nasha’s unpressed Cherry Pie hash is a contender for the strongest hash I’ve had the chance to try since moving to California more than 2 years ago. But, its appeal also goes beyond sheer strength. Instead of hitting like a ton of bricks, it takes effect gradually, allowing you plenty of time to settle in comfortably.
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.
Absolute Xtracts cartridges are a story of good cartridges getting even better. For me, they have always been the standard for a mass-marketed cartridge, widely available, yet without sacrifices in quality, purity, taste, or safety. Without getting into harder to find specialty cartridges, Absolute Xtracts has been my go-to cartridge brand since I discovered cartridges existed, and since then they’ve made some key improvements to their cartridges and added a wealth of information about each strain and the extraction process to their website.
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.
Gold Drops is a highly regarded company, having won more than 28 awards in just two years, including industry awards at the High Times Cannabis Cup and HempCon. Much of that attention has been for their potent shatter, but they also offer pre-filled oil cartridges, which just so happened to come highly recommended at my dispensary.
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.
All vaporizers use either conduction or convection heating methods. However, the G Pen Elite uses both conduction and convection to heat cannabis. What does this mean exactly?
In conduction vaporizers, a heating source touches cannabis directly. This allows for more instantaneous temperature control and usually makes for a less expensive unit.
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.
Sativa-dominant AK-47 is a famous and widely loved strain. Despite its sativa-leaning genetics - with roots going back to Columbian, Thai, and Mexican landrace sati vas - AK-47 is a mellow take on the alert, social, classic sativa buzz. The genetics do, after all, include some Afghani indica. AK-47 offers an interesting set of contrasts between uplifting and mellow effects, sour and sweet aromas, and indica and sativa genetics.
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.
LA Confidential is a renowned, award-winning strain with roots in the early 2000s. It has won several awards, including best indica at the 2004 Cannabis Cup and the 2006 High Times strain of the year. The strain offers a pure indica heritage with an Afghani landrace indica strain on side, and OG LA Affie on the other. OG LA Affie is itself developed from a Pakistani indica landrace alongside other strains. As you might expect, LA Confidential packs a familiar indica punch. But on top of that, it offers some thought-provoking, cerebral effects, often described as mildly psychedelic. In this case, we reviewed POP Natural’s pre-filled vape cartridge with CO2 oil from LA Confidential.