The Cannabist’s retiring strain reviewer Jake Browne offers his essential guide to critiquing marijuana.
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The Cannabist’s Jake Browne kicks off his farewell tour with an ode to his four essential marijuana strains.
The Panama Punch strain is a fruity sativa, with the high shifting from chatty at the start to focused, making it perfect for a toke before yoga class.
Ideal for the canna-curious, this high CBD strain shines in joints you can actually finish without feeling anxious or paranoid.
As a precocious teen, you never imagine the night you’ll be trying on dad jeans in a Ross Dress for Less. And, sadly, being high was the worst part of the experience.
Our ever-intrepid marijuana critic takes the Snowcap strain for a ride at an amusement park and sets himself up to get burned by the hybrid for the second time.
Tommy Chong’s new line of weed hits a little harsh but does the job – and even gets a top-shelf rave from our reviewer.
This legacy strain, named after a counterculture legend who wrote about cannabis prohibition, was a lifesaver the morning after a little too much tequila.
Willie Nelson’s five specialty cannabis strains from Willie’s Reserve is now available in pot shops. Our weed critic gives his take on tastes and more.
Our reviewer does not get lucky on his first date with Primus OG; in fact, the date couldn’t end soon enough with the wild swing it inspired.
OG 18 is touted as one of the most potent strains of cannabis in the world, but this marijuana might be a letdown for those expecting a strong Kush high.
At The Herbal Cure, Frankenberry is a house cross of Banana Kush and a sativa-leaning Blueberry pheno, resulting in a pungent, foxtailing masterpiece. But it isn’t “Frankenberry” in the traditional sense.
Anyone who has heard five minutes of hack comedy about being high has heard the old adage about not shopping whilst stoned. Speaking as someone who loathes every part of the consumer experience, from an abundance of mediocre products competing for attention to the malaise of strangers going through the…
Sage N Sour is a sativa that comes with a strong feeling of hyper-focus that is a perfect choice if you’re getting serious about cleaning the house.
The clear winner in Snoop Dogg’s new Leafs by Snoop line of marijuana, Tangerine Man is a summertime joyride that won’t let you down.
The worst of the Leafs by Snoop flower line, Blueberry Dream fails to deliver the typical fruit notes while having the opposite effect of what’s advertised.
The recently released Leafs by Snoop brand, touting eight signature strains of cannabis, is now available. Our pot critic checks out the collection.
The fragrant Glass Slipper is solid daytime or happy hour smoke for someone looking for a boost in mood. To call the aroma intoxicating doesn’t do it justice.
Aromas of nutty chocolate and fresh roasted coffee beans make this mentally engaging hybrid a standout for 2015.
This cut of Banana Kush from a Colorado dispensary disappoints, as it’s flat-out poor on every level, from genetics to over-trimmed presentation and flavor.
In honor of the corpse flower blooming at the Denver Botanic Gardens, here are five weed strains that exemplify how truly awful pot can smell.
While it’s not the most consistent strain on the market, the lushly green hybrid UK Cheese provides a racy mental edge tempered by a heavy body high.
A sativa-dominant combination of Chocolate Thai and Cannalope Haze, Chocolope is just weird enough to exist, the kind of strain only a stoner could love.
While often touted as a 50/50 hybrid, the indica nature of the Spirit of ’76 takes over for the morning with an uneven high.
The subject of much lore and pop culture fascination (‘American Beauty,’ anyone?), this sample of G13 from a Denver-based caregiver has a Zen-like effect.
Ideally, Sour Kush is a hybrid that helps you remain incredibly functional while still having that narcotic, pain-numbing effect of a great OG. This wasn’t a bad cover or even karaoke attempt at the strain: it was Muzak.
Pot critic Jake Browne offers a list of the 10 best tasting weed strains. They may spin you out or have you chasing an ice cream truck, but they will taste divine.
The high from Amnesia Haze is focused, but occasionally your brain hits the pause button without letting you know. If I was a video, I’d be intermittently buffering. Instead of the citrus zest I’ll get from a favorite like Super Lemon Haze, it’s more of a candied peel or my memory of those gummy lemon slices we’d eat as kids.
The Dawg’s Waltz marijuana strain, named after a David Grisman song, initially provides focus and pain relief, followed by an energy-sucking crash. As I wasn’t expecting my furniture to grow invisible tendrils to tether me, Dawg’s Waltz would be much more suited to zoning out to a movie than being a productive adult.
As much as I’d like to project the effortless energy of Blue Dream onto its purple relative, it never pans out. Instead, Purple Dream is an intensely moody strain.
Review of marijuana strain The White: If The White is dinner, the beginning of your high is a flashy amuse bouche that elicits a few “oohs” and “ahhs.” When the second course drops, be ready for a more happy, sedating high.
A great choice for spring cleaning, Lemon Skunk is always perfect for providing a nudge in the right direction, that being directly below the kitchen sink. All of a sudden, I found myself dusting the ceiling fan.
For a hybrid, Space Queen draws out the more playfully sativa headiness of the Romulan in the same way your old dog still surprises you with a spry day every now and then. With winter drawing to a close, I love strains like this to boost my mood.
Bio-Diesel usually has two distinct waves for me: Holy $%*# I’m feeling it, followed by a more attentive high and heavy body stone. The former can be a shock, as if it shakes your head like a giant Magic 8 Ball with the singular answer “Reply hazy try again.” The latter is ideal for poker, so I usually smoke 30 minutes prior to our 8 p.m. game.
Tangie typically stands above the rest of other “orange” strain offerings in terms of smell. It’s an orchard flush with Cuties clementines that was hit by the spray of a skunk a few days prior. I’m usually looking for muted green foxtails, but it’s usually the bright orange hairs that will catch your eye first.
Usually landing your dream job comes with the caveat that you’ll need to quit smoking pot. At least until you pass that pesky drug test. Instead, I spent 2014 packing bowls, vaping and, on occasion, rolling up some of the best weed in the world. Here are my “Top 10 strains I smoked this year.”
Review: Gorilla Glue #4 is an indica-dominant hybrid marijuana strain with a deep body stone to match a calmer concentration.
A vape sesh at an Amsterdam coffee shop with the widely-available Tangerine Dream provides a more reserved high than anticipated: “Usually, this is a strain that floors me with euphoria. Euflooria, if you will. Instead, I was unremarkably even.”
Afghan Haze is the kind of strain that makes everything a skosh more fun. You’re engaged and situations are amplified. And it comes with a fair measure of pain relief and muscle relaxation, to boot.
While Herijuana is great for pain relief, I recommend reserving it for the end of the day. This is a strain that gives you a bear hug you don’t want to end. It’s a head-over-heels kind of high in that I’m flat on my back, warm from the numbness that becomes increasingly more pervasive.
Where a buzz hits you can tell you a lot about what you’ll be in for. Here, the 303 Kush sat in the center of my head — right behind my eyes — and camped out. This is the kind of “Magic Eye High” where you find yourself looking at something, but also through it at the same time. And, to be fair, this is exactly what I was looking for.
Sour Diesel — a.k.a. Sour D — is a ubiquitous sativa strain that won’t knock out heavy pain, but will provide a focused energy.
Strain Theory: I usually love sativa-dominant hybrids like this for the mood and energy stimulation. Instead, the high-CBD Harlequin proved contemplative and internalized a lot of my energy.
Alien Napalm has an unfortunate name that I’m sure is an attempt to describe the feeling of having your entire body coated in THC. There’s an immediately sedative buzz that hits every limb and some people’s tongues.
Strain Theory: There’s a decent mood elevation that makes this passable for daytime smoking. However, as I mostly use it before bed, it’s kind of become my “sleep number” strain. No matter what’s going on with me, it adjusts.
Borrowing its name from a tribute strain named for the late Jack Herer that was crossed by Sensi Seeds, Jack Flash is at its core a beautiful cross of haze and skunk.
Strain Theory: This Black Rhino smelled more like I walked into a grow room. I was catching nutrients and old trim, managing to coax the smallest waft of that rubber band smell when grinding it between my fingers.
Strain Theory: For people who haven’t smoked in a few years and think there’s a certain novelty in buying a Willie Nelson-themed type of pot, start with one hit and hold on.
Two hits of the Grape Stomper and I had a very Headband-esque buzz pulsing through my face and body, with my mind racing and everything else coming to a screeching halt. It was as if I was the guy revving his engine at a stoplight that wasn’t turning.
For the first time I can remember (insert memory joke here), I’ve felt like I’m too busy to get high lately. As a daily toker for years, this makes frighteningly little sense. I point to examples of high-functioning peers all the time when confronted by the “Pot makes ya dumb!” crowd, yet here I find myself apprehensive to indulge.