Posts tagged indica
Review: Orange Blossom by Falcanna

Living in the city and being synched to the internet makes you a real life, fast-paced, single (or few) task-minded, instant machine-- a robot of sorts. While I am not suggesting the removal of the internet (because, hello, cool), I do think that over time it can rot us especially when we are starved of nature living in cities. Seattle, as far as cities go, has a good amount of access to nature including parks, lakes, and trees, but I remember the unique heat and caustrophobic feeling of cities in the summer when the sun reflects off the skyskrapers and the bodies are all sticky no matter what, and the tempers are short. It is very necessary to retreat into nature whenever possible to help settle your mind and body from all the buzzing and background noise of modern life.

Recently, J-Nasty and I were lucky enough to be invited to a private holistic healing center in the south of Washington, in a rare patch of landscape similar to that of a Californian vineyard. The ground was dry and red, the property was dense with trees and we never saw a neighbor (except for a few cats and heard a few coyotes cackling) throughout our trip. While we brought enough food and weed as if to indulge, the setting of the land, the plants growing on it, and all the marvels of the clear night sky was definitely its own kind of high.

Apple Pie by Princess Nokia...best visualization of us the farm <3

In the late morning, after practicing yoga under the bright sun, reading, and eating fruits, we rolled up a blunt of Orange Blossom, a 60/40 indica-dominant hybrid. The nugs were light green, dusted with white sugar and a few orange hairs like sprinkles, looking like some sort of fruit snack. As soon as we cracked the bag, the gentle citrus scent wafted through the air, more light like an essential oil, than dank or stinky like some other strains. I used a grinder to break down the nugs, but it would've been easy enough to do by hand. Light and fluffy, like the stuffing of a pillow, it was easy to roll up and not so light where you feel like you need to use more weed than usual to fill the wrap.

The taste was in line with the smell, light and citrusy, however the high was surprisingly heavy. After finishing the blunt, both J-Nasty and I drank a strong cup of coffee as we were about to help put some plants in the soil and felt a little too loose and comfortable with this bud to perform that kind of task. However, after some potent sips of delicious, pioneer-brewed coffee I felt ready to play in the dirt, though still super high. The fresh air, bright sun, cool breeze, and sounds of animals acts like an additional terpene in the plant, and with the orange taste lingering on m fingers, I felt like my hands were blessing the plants as we gardened as I knew they were blessing me. 

This plant was testing around 33% THC and though I'm always kind of skeptical of numbers reported over 30%, this was definitely a super potent high. We smoked some of the host's CBD weed afterward and it was a dream with a perfect balance of clarity and calm. I would definitely recommend using this Orange Blossom strain to escape into the woods, to the beach, to the park, a backyard, a creek---whatever piece of nature you can find access to and enjoying some uninterrupted, quiet(er) deep breaths alone or with loved ones. 

~Kenya Ku$h

Review: Cherry Pie
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There are few things more revitalizing than the warmth of the sun and the crispness of new air. This alone is enough to send your brain into an elevated state of consciousness as your physical and psychic senses adjust to new climates, culture, and people. I experience that feeling in many different places and often it is in nature. Something about being so small and instantly humbled to the landscape creates a feeling of awe and god similar to that of moments of deep prayer or meditation. 

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I recently traveled deep into the SoCal desert with my mother, sister, and friend-family and experienced a perfect day among the rare Joshua Trees and during the brief flowering period of cacti and other desert plants, rarely in bloom. While relaxing after getting reset with crystals and sound healing, I rolled up a blunt of Cherry Pie and surrendered even further into the surreal beauty of the moment. Posted up on a log of wood, barefoot, toes in the hot sand with the occasional thorn, the silence of the wind fully encompassed and blessed me. As my THC levels rose, so did the heat of my skin increasingly warmed by the overhead sun, unclouded by anything. Both this time as I sat amongst fellow cacti and tumbleweeds and a few days earlier on the beach, I felt an inherent language being communicated between my skin and the sun. It was as though my melanin was craving the long exposure and time to convene with its god, the one energy source with the power to physically alter our brown skin to a more reflective, effortlessly deeper shade. 

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The Cherry Pie was as its name implies, sweet tasting and smelling, consumed in small stages so as not to comatose. Something about smoking in the sun, especially if I'm sitting out for a long time (in this case, all day) makes me feel similar to a sugar rush --- sleepy, sluggish, and swollen, so I opted to lazily draw out the blunt, rather than burn it all the way down like usual.

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The indica-hybrid coupled with some Fleetwood Mac was perfect for transporting to another time and place completely. I was half futuristic dystopian and half hippie child and the Cherry Pie aided me in our adventures running through brush and climbing up, down, and through stupid tall rocks. I was able to release to the wind as much as I was also absorbing from the sun.

~Kenya Kush ~

Climbed a mountain and I turned around/ And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills/ ‘Til the landslide brought it down/ Oh, mirror in the sky/ What is love?/ Can the child within my heart rise above?
— 'Landslide' by Fleetwood Mac
Review: MK Ultra

Since I have the luxury of being able to choose what strain I smoke I like to mix it up--trying new or rare strains each week. However, it has been about a month and this is the only strain I'm geeked on (I've bought like an ounce in total but in small amounts thinking I'll get tired of it). It started as a chance weed--coming from a grower I wasn't familiar with and a smell I usually DESPISE. However, my fellow budtenders assured me it hit and something in my gut was drawing me to this light green, gold-haired, nuggy variety. Thank god for taking risks because this is my shit.

First, the scent almost knocked me out. I usually like sweet smelling weeds--Blueberry, Blackberry Kush, some Cookie strains, but am super turned off by the cheesy, super dank smells. Opening a quarter of this is like sticking your nose in a plate full of quesadillas...every one I have let smell this weed pulls their head back and says something like, "woah!" "damn!" or from simply walking in a room I rolled up in I frequently hear, "It smells dank in here!" No joke, shit's potent. But luckily for me, the taste is not super cheesy---I tested it in a Diamond Swisher and a bong for purity. 

The effect is like a magic carpet, becoming what you need it to be and when depending on the different scenarios. Smoking this strain after a long day on the grind instantly lightens your burden and helps in letting go of any extra weight you might have picked up throughout the day. When smoking this strain I feel I have more control over my muscles and thoughts--by simply breathing into a place of tension I can easily feel tension dissolve, be it sore muscles or a persistent headache. My world is instantly and totally malleable. 

Smoking this strain during the day helps me brace for another day of navigating situations and people that are less than ideal. I only avoid smoking it first thing in the morning as it makes it a little hard to get into the groove of things, but after I'm dressed and cleared the cobwebs from my head, I find very little grogginess from this strain. 

This strain is a cross between OG Kush and G-13, giving it a super heavy indica effect. However, unlike most indicas it has a lot of cerebral effects as well. As a Taurus-Gemini I tend to have nine thousand thoughts in my mind at the same time almost always, so I like to avoid any strains that promote mental activity. However, the *Mind Kontrol* I feel while smoking this strain is one of my favorite feelings. Usually indicas enable me to come out of my mind, but this strain keeps me there, but gives me the calm and ease I desire. This results in dreamlike clarity, where although I feel heavy indica eyes, they are also able to view the folds on the back of my hands better and with new appreciation. There are so many beautiful and scary changes happening in my world right now, and having this weed that makes me feel like I'm walking on the ceiling is really helping me keep perspective. I am super aware that things are altered and therefore am super receptive to looking at everything and everyone that arises from all angles and inviting them in.

Scary enough, this strain gets its name from the illegal CIA experiments that took place between 1950-1970s that focused on methods of mind control. Though most of the files were destroyed in 1973 by then CIA director Richard Helms, the project used different experimental drugs including LSD to find the most effective methods for breaking and controlling the human psyche during interrogations. Though the program was designed to control the minds of others, smoking some of the weed of the same name is a beautiful resource for fully exploring (and then understanding) the workings of your own mind. 

~Kenya Kush~

Review: Hawaiian Lavender

 

Perplexing revelations occur when you are on the same wavelength as someone or something. One where you bask in a synchronistic afterglow that surpasses perfect timing or “great minds think alike” moments. A shiny breakthrough occurs where any type of causal connections are made with an immense amplitude of consciousness. This atmospheric luminosity helps guide your path.

Pay close attention to these elicit coincidences, my darlings. You may notice your frequency echoes high volumes, calling forth persistent, cosmic actions. Whether it is your weed that aligns with your chakras or your whole squad goin’ up that keeps you alive, both are important medicines. Defining an experience as pivotal as this keeps you high above dormant shallowness.

When you are inspired by an extraordinary event, treat it as a positive attribution to your life. Doing so attracts and magnifies your connection to all things great and small. For instance, many people suffer deep-seated, undeniable feelings of excitement to rush home after a long, hard day of work. I would not blame you if all you could think about at that moment is stripping off your clothes or changing into sweats as soon as your exhausting day was over. At the very least, make getting naked or whatever your degree of comfort is, meaningful.

A draining mood could unwind that string of synchronicity into a downward spiral of spiritual alienation. Do not allow for this to happen, in order to sustain or set into motion a transformative progression toward more exalted frequencies, try the velvety smooth, Indica-dominant strain, Hawaiian Lavender. Its flirty effects toy with your mind, leaving you smitten and desiring more. Every toke is like an innocent kiss, a natural reflex to close your eyes when your lips meet the bong. Oh Hawaiian Lavender, take me now… I’ve already undressed the stress, waiting for you… Your devilish charm provides an intoxicating and alluring haze — enticing me into bed.

Hawaiian Lavender is a leverage to higher frequencies, harmonizing my pulse of great purpose. Being touched by the idea of my romantic affair with life’s synchronicity.

~J-NASTY