Blunts are my go-to for smoking, but trying this Aliens on Moonshine Pod by Heylo Cannabis during a yoga and meditation session was such a pleasant surprise that I found myself sneaking vaporized tokes on the way inside movie theaters, on neighborhood walks to the coffee shop, and all sorts of times and places that a vaporizer is highly convenient. Of course, blunts are still my preferred method of consumption, but I do also enjoy the advantages of a pen like taking a single hit at a time, being able to discreetly toke indoors or outdoors, and with processors like Heylo, being able to have a clean taste of the strain and smooth smoking experience.
The strain, Aliens on Moonshine (AOM) has been one of my favorites in flower since working in the recreational shops—I loved the signature smell, and the blend of THC and CBD always made it one of my favorite highs. Coming to this PAX pod with this knowledge I was geeked (literally) to see that Heylo provided a full terpene breakdown of the concentrate, far beyond other producers’ protocol of just labeling THC percentages. The full terpene breakdown is a much more helpful tool than just the number report, because it tells you more about the kind of high that you’ll experience than only knowing the THC content or even if it’s an “indica” v “sativa” will. I put those terms in quotes because Heylo themselves do not use them. By knowing which terpenes are present and in what percentages, you can start to pretty accurately pinpoint what type of effect you’re in for.
For example, this AOM contains 20% THC and 31% CBD with 9.7 % Myrcene, 1.4% Alpha Pinene, and 1.3% Limonene. What this tells us is there is a significant amount of Myrcene—a terpene also associated with mangoes, and known to produce calming, anti-inflammatory, sleep aid effects. There is also significant amounts of Alpha Pinene, the most common terpene in pine trees that produces pain-fighting, focus aid effects, and Limonene, a terpene present in all citrus with mood-elevating, uplifting properties. All this to say that this strain is tasty—sweet citrus pine flavors combined with the highs of THC and CBD make this whole-bud, full-spectrum extract highly effective and enjoyable.
As I inhaled, I felt an instant rush of joy and appreciation for the plant, and felt my social butterflies flutter away as I exhaled, more easily able to welcome in an energy self-acceptance and peace. I felt buzzed, but totally clear-headed and in control of my emotional landscape and thoughts. Because of this, I have since used this strain successfully before meetings, before teaching yoga, and while reading. It is a good start of day high as it doesn’t make you groggy or foggy, but it also works really well at night for a subtle wind down. Of course, varying the number of hits affects results ;)
One of the best things about this product, though, is the company itself. Many companies in the cannabis industry look for the cheapest, fastest, easiest way to churn out products, but Heylo instead offers full transparency for their production and some of the most environmentally responsible approaches toward handling the plant. To start, Heylo welcomes public tours of their facility—everything is done on site from sorting the sourced flower, to watching the closed-loop extractions take place, to seeing how EVERY part of the plant is used—either in concentrate, vapor cartridges to oils, it is good to know as a customer that what you’re smoking was produced in a low-impact way. And honestly, the quality is noticeable—this strain gave me no coughs, had no chemical taste, and no sizzle and popping.
After years of sampling vaporizers and pens, I found a concentrate product that I fux with and can organically incorporate into my life. Stay tuned for updates <3
~ Kenya Ku$h ~