Hello! hope everybody is well and enjoyed the holiday last week. I'm sorry I haven't been keeping up on the posts. Things have been crazy in the lab lately. We're setting up a new room, and taking one down at the same time. Along with spring cleaning outdoors, we're left with little time to ourselves. Recently a friend of mine dropped off a few nugs of Northern Lights to try out, and I was able to get a good review of it for you guys to check out. 
Light up, Lay back, and let's get to business.

Let's face it... we all have heard of Northern Lights. It's one of the most popular strains in Cannabis Culture. Almost all smokers can say they have had a run in with Northern Lights, or at least one of it's descendants. Behind Skunk #1, and Haze, Northern Lights is one of the building blocks for the many strains around today like Sour Diesel, and Shiva. It's almost a pure Indica strain, making it a very heavy hitter and some consider this a couch lock strain. Many seed companies have different stock of Northern Lights seeds, making it a fairly accessible strain. 

When I was first introduced to Northern Lights, I was first impressed by the density of the buds. All of them were tightly formed, dense, and sugar coated. I noticed there was a distinct lack of hairs on these compared to the other strains I review. This can be due to over handling of the product, or it could be the strain its self. When I open the jar I got a slight earthy and pine aroma. The smell isn't overtaking until you break open a nug. From what I've heard, it's not the smelliest in flowering either, making it a prime candidate if you're trying to keep your grow under the radar in a small environment. I broke open my first nugs to roll up a joint. They were cured to perfection, and once I broke into them the smell protruded the room. I took a dry hit off the joint before lighting it, and was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It's earthy flavors give way to a sweet after taste. 

    As I lit up the joint and inhaled the smells of pine and earth  into the flavor of the smoke. It was a mild taste, with a slight burn on the exhale. This could be caused by improper flushing. Almost immediately the high set in behind the eyes. As i continued smoking the high crept down into the rest of my body until I was tied down to the couch. Recently we've been doing a lot of physical labor, and smoking this made me forget all about my back pain. As the high set in I could feel a wave of relaxation set over me, and my eyelids get heavier. I would recommend this strain to anybody suffering from chronic pain, insomnia, or stress.  

 POTENCY: 7.9/10
TASTE: 7/10
SMELL: 7/10
OVERALL: 7.5/10

Can blueberry withstand the test of time?
I'm going to go out on a limb and say blueberry is a fairly popular strain. Originating around 1970, blueberry rose to prominence when it won the Cannabis Cup in 2000. In those thirty years, many seed banks attained access to Blueberry, and breeders did their magic. The result is many crosses and different strains, making it tough to pin down a specific cut to review it.
          The review
The first time I came across Blueberry, I was introduced with small but dense sugar coated buds. A dark green with prominent yellow and orange hairs. What appealed to me most was the smell. If i told you to close your eyes and smell, you would swear we just walked through a blueberry patch off the coast of Maine. The high was almost immediate and I could feel it behind my eyes. It was relaxing and euphoric. I did not experience any couch lock, but noticed I had more of an appetite than usual after smoking. Overall it was a pleasant high, and I would medicate with Blueberry again, especially for appetite stimulation, and anxiety.
If i told you to close your eyes and smell, you would swear we just walked through a blueberry patch off the coast of Maine.
     How's it grow?

 Due to how well the blueberry performed on our road tests, we decided to take a cut of it and give it the old college try. What we found was different than expected. Although it is a dark plant, we never got the blue or purple hues we heard so much about. The plant rooted and grew quickly, with hearty stalks. Unfortunately our good fortune stopped when we put her into the bud room. Blueberry sure did live up to it's reputation for smell and taste, but she didn't yield much compared to other strains grown similarly.  The buds were small popcorns spaced out throughout the plant, with no obvious top colas. She was a joy to trim, with very few secondary leaves. What was there was sugar coated and produced concentrates that held the taste of the plant. 
 -Grown under 1000wHPS
-GH nutrients
-Vegged under t5 flourescent
-ALWAYS grown with love

       Does it hold up?
Overall, I believe that blueberry is as competitive a strain as it was 16 years ago, or 46 years ago, for that fact. This strain is priceless for it's genetics, and the history behind it. By growing blueberry, you're growing a piece of cannabis history.  Overall, I would suggest this plant for your grow. Give it time to dial her in, and you'll be pulling out some smelly, sugary medicine.

Stay safe, stay medicated! -Destin

 Is BHO safe?
   An interesting topic at hand that got brought up recently by a friend of mine.
Some say yes, Some say no. Lets chop this up while we medicate and get down to the roots of this topic...

So how is BHO made?

     BHO, or Butane Hash Oil is a Super Critical extraction of marijuana. Generally people take trim and small buds and put it into a glass or plastic tube, with a tiny opening on one end and an open end. They pack the open end with trim or nugs, and cover it with a coffee filter or mesh screen. In the other end, they place a can of butane, and run it through into a dish that can withstand the temperature. They will get a liquid butane with a sticky yellow hue. The goal now is to heat the substance to a temperature warm enough to release the volatile butane, without releasing terpenes or THC. This can take quite awhile, and can be quite dangerous. Obviously, butane is a flammable substance, and when in liquid form, it stays flammable.
      IT IS IMPORTANT that you do not introduce any flame or spark in or around your work area while making BHO. Using warm water usually, you heat the product to a temperature where the butane will evaporate off, leaving a sticky honey like substance. Depending on temperature and handling, you can end up with crumble, shatter, honey oil, wax. The next and most important step is to use a vacuum oven to finish your product, and remove any remaining butane left in your product. 
So, why is this unsafe?

   There's always going to be butane left over in your BHO. Even contestants in the high times have had products disqualified due to too high PPM of butane in the product. There are other alternatives to BHO which offer the same potency and taste without the need of a solvent, or a less dangerous solvent. Some extract artists are tried and true to their ways. 

   On a personal note, i beg to argue that there is more butane inhalation when you light a bowl, or light a bong, or even take the first hit off a joint. I could be wrong, and please correct me if I am. Also the physical amount of smoke you inhale when you smoke extracts compared to flower is significantly less. With potency levels from 45%-65%, you can take one hit where you took 10. We may agree to disagree, but i believe smoking extracts is healthier than smoking flower. Edibles aside! 

             Enjoy your Medicated Monday!

Welcome fellow patients, closet smokers, stoners, survivors. Whatever brings you to this page we're all united by one thing. Our love for Cannabis. I decided to make my first official Blog post about Sour Diesel, one of my long time favorite strains. 
From Leafly- 
"East Coast Sour Diesel is a fast-acting attitude lifter that patients love for its truly sativa effects. This strain has a sour lemon smell and taste that’s crisp and uplifting. East Coast Sour Diesel is powerful so new patients should be cautious. Those looking to alleviate anxiety or get some sleep may want to skip this high energy medicine."
East Coast Sour Diesel is not for the amateur smoker. Heavy hitting high with pungent diesel and citrus tastes and aromas. Tastes just like it smells, with a throat coating diesel after taste. The effects are almost immediate. After a few hits you can feel it in the back of your eyes. After a few minutes you're couch locked. ECSD would work well for pain management, appetite, and sleep. Sour diesel is known as a clone only strain. Meaning that seeds from the original mother are no longer available. Efforts have been made to recreate the ESCD, by back breeding, and Rezdog from Reservoir Seeds has come up with a stable seed which is very close to the original.
From potguide-

When Original Diesel was accidentally crossed with a DNL plant that hermied, it created seed stock that produced the East Coast Sour Diesel (ECSD) clone.  Many seed companies have released crosses with the strain, and some (like Reservoir Seeds) have attempted to reproduce the strain in seed form, releasing a variety of backcrosses and IBLs with varying results.
Flowering time on the East Coast Sour Diesel is 9-11 weeks. They can triple in height in flower, making it a very tall plant. Also due to the long flower time it is unsuitable for outdoor growing in Maine. Yield is worse than the original Sour Diesel, or it's New York City Diesel counterpart. But the effects and aromas are unmatched. Notoriously hard to grow. It takes time to veg and produce a viable root system. Once mastered, a well taken care of ECSD plant will quickly work it's way up to the top of your favorites list. 

POTENCY: 8.9/10
TASTE: 9/10
SMELL: 9/10

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