Captain's Cake is a hybrid strain originating in New England bred by The Captains Connection. Known for It's sugar coated appearance and sweet taste, it lives up to it's name. Heavy hitting parent genetics. It packs an intense, uplifting high, not for the lightweight. Highly recommended to give this one a try!
Captains Cake, a Hybrid bred by The Captains Connection is a fairly new strain. The parent genetics are Girl Scout Cookie X White Fire Alien. With parent genetics like this it's hard to go wrong.
Most of us are familiar with Girl Scout Cookie. For those who are not it's a popular Indica dominant strain originally bred in California. Praised for it's high potency and appearance. Some complaints were the low yields and difficulty to grow. It's grown to be one of the most popular strains, especially on the west coast.
White Fire Alien is another Indica dominant strain bred by OG Raskal of California. Another strain known for it's high potency and sweet tastes.
With parent genetics like this it's hard to go wrong.
The Captains Cake buds are dense and almost white with trichomes. Resin production was decent, enough to make your hands sticky but not too sticky to debilitate you from doing anything with them.
The buds have a pleasing lemon lime smell with vanilla undertones. The smoke followed suit, being very flavorful. You're introduced with a thick lemon diesel sort of taste at first, with a sweet aftertaste taking over on the exhale. The high is almost immediate, you're hit behind the eyes and it works it's way down into the rest of your body. The high is uplifting and chatty, but also sedative. You won't be high out of your mind, but your body will be very relaxed and comfortable.
Captains cake is a 8-9 week flowering strain with a fairly short plant height. Good for both indoor and outdoors. From what I've seen of growth it seems to be a bushy strain with thicker stems. It cloned with a 100% success rate and seems to be fairly forgiving to work with, I have not had the chance to see it in flower yet, but from others I have heard it's a good yielding breed that's fairly receptive to many different nutrient regiments.
This fairly new strain is quickly becoming a favorite among many people. The beautiful appearance is enough to sell me alone on this strain, but the high potency, the ease of growth, and the taste have quickly moved this breed up my list of favorite breeds. I would recommend Captains Cake to anybody suffering from body pain, digestive issues, or headaches. It's becoming more and more available in the New England community. I hope you get a chance to get your hands on some and try it out yourself!
Up until a few years ago when I really got into the cannabis culture, I didn't know there was much more to Cannabis than THC. If it's sticky and sugary it must get you stoned. It must have a high THC% right? Wrong. There's many active compounds in Cannabis. THC and CBD are just two. AC/DC is a strain that is prized for its 20:1 CBD to THC ratio, giving many of the therapeutic benefits to the user without the "high" along with it.
AC/DC is a CBD rich strain bred for medicinal use. Prized for CBD "Cannabidiol" to THC "Tetrahydracannabinol" ratios as high as 20:1, users have praised it for giving many of the medical benefits of cannabis without the high that a THC rich plant will give. Ac/Dc's parent genetics include Cannatonic, an equal part THC to CBD plant. Some will argue that Ac/Dc and another strain, Oracle, are actually one and the same. Taken from Project CBD
It appears that some of these CBD-dominant strains have different names but are actually the same plant. The LA-based Werc Shop analyzed the terpene content of two CBD-dominant strains, “Oracle” and “ACDC,” and found that they were identical.
“A terpene analysis is like a fingerprint,” explains Werc Shop’s president Jeff Raber. “It can tell you if it’s the same strain with different names. We can see strains going by different names that have the same terpene profile. We now know the strains are identical.”
When I first encountered Ac/Dc I was pleasantly surprised by the presentation. Dense, earthy, and very oily buds. It smelled reminiscent of pine sap. It was a light, pleasant high, almost more of a relaxing buzz. Highly recommended for extractions. CBD's are very valuable for a variety of health benefits. Highly recommended for pain relief due to the ability to bind to CB1 receptors in the body, easing pain, and it's anti inflammatory properties.
High CBD extracts have proven anecdotally successful in slowing cancerous tumor growth. Also known to help increase the appetite, mitigate nausea and vomiting. Shown successful to help with anxiety as well.
CBD law in the united states varies from state to state. 25 states have legalized the growing of industrial hemp. CBD products are legal across the united states, as long as they're made with the stalk of a mature hemp plant. We can also import hemp products made this way. This is why you can buy hemp lotion, or a hemp T-shirt. Hemp oil is just the same. Although legal, we are confined to using an inferior product to produce hemp and cbd oil. Here is an in depth article explaining the in's and outs of the laws on CBD and hemp oil.
Ac/Dc is a strain with numerous medical benefits. Whether you're using this to make Rick Simpson Oil, juicing the leaves, making edibles, or just enjoying the flower. Anybody is bound to find a use for this strain.
*- It's a low THC strain.
Hello, and welcome back to the blog!
We're sorry about the long summer hiatus. We've been very busy working on projects at the homestead. Between Setting up a new grow room, Maintaining our old rooms, doing outdoor projects, Preparing for NOvember, and raising our 9 month old, I've had very little time to dedicate to the website. I want to take this time to say
I'm sorry, but I'm back!
The hiatus I've taken has given me a chance to look at the website with a fresh pair of eyes, and a fresh set of ideas. Some of these ideas will be implemented over time, some immediately. I'm excited for all of these, and I think you will be too!
1) Free Caregiver & Dispensary Web Space.
You've heard this right. From now on if you're a Medical Cannabis provider in Maine or Northern New England, I want to hear from you! Instead of charging to highlight caregivers and dispensaries on my website, I want to have as complete a list as possible of the different places people can get the medicine they need, whether its up in Fort Kent, or down in Kittery. If you're a legal provider of Cannabis, Get in touch with us today to have your medicine on our website!
2) Video Reviews
Americans consume more Video now than ever. Youtube used to be a place for funny videos and conspiracy theory. It's now a worldwide tool used for instruction, news, reviews, and much more. 3.25 billion hours are spent watching videos on Youtube per month. Having a direction of that filtered our way can shine light on the beautiful Cannabis cottage industry we've created.
3) Cannabis News
Finally, we will be offering Cannabis related news updates via our facebook page. The key to staying on top is staying informed! Stay updated on local, state, and federal Cannabis stories, and if you hear of anything we should be covering and haven't yet, contact us!
Thank you for bearing with us during this very busy summer season! We're glad to be back and excited to continue working and growing our website, and cannabis community as a whole!
Canna Display Manager
Let's talk politics.
First of all, I apologize for getting into politics on this blog. I try very hard to keep my personal opinion private, but I believe this is a very important and landmark issue effecting Mainers and the access to the medicine we worked so hard to have. I will try to explore both sides equally, to help you make an informed decision this November.
"Legalize Maine is an organization devoted to legalizing marijuana in a way that will provide economic benefit to the maximum number of Maine citizens in the form of jobs and economic development."
Legalize Maine is a group, led by Paul McCarrier who led the Citizens Initiative to put Legalization on the ballot this November. In 2015, There were two groups lobbying two separate bills. The other group was the CRMLA, or Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. Led by David Boyer, and backed my the nationwide MPP, or Marijuana Policy Project. These two groups combined forces in 2015 and were successful in gathering over the 61,000 necessary to get on the ballot.
The vision is recreational legalization. We would join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and Washington D.C, making us the sixth state voting for recreational legalization. Here are some of the highlights of the bill.
-People ages 21 and over may possess up to 2.5oz and may grow up to 6 flowering females, 12 immature plants, and unlimited seedlings.
-There will be 800,000sq/ft of "canopy space" dedicated for growing. 60% of that will be for over 3000sq/ft operations, with 40% going to smaller grows.
-Claiming to not effect the medical community already established in the state.
-Will create Sales shops, Lounges, Testing facilities, Etc..
I'd love to see a Bud Lounge like this!
I feel safe to say a majority of readers want to see Cannabis legalized for recreational use. Cannabis being illegal makes criminals out of innocent people, and forces those people to deal with potentially dangerous individuals. The initiative offers Legalization for all, and increased access to Cannabis for everybody. Current caregivers that have participated in the medical program with over three patients for over a year will be given priority entering the recreational market.
On the other side...
There are many different groups in opposition of Legalize Maine. I'm going to highlight the caregivers, patients, and activists that are against the initiative, and why.
Since the momentum of the Legalize Maine initiative increased, so has the momentum of the opposition. Patients, caregivers, and residents are stepping up and speaking up against the bill. They warn to step back, and think about what is best for the people in our state. Why not legalize?
The concern that gets brought up most between the medical community is not if we should legalize recreational use, it is how we should do it. Legalize Maine offers the freedom from prosecution we all deserve, it does not offer the freedom of the plant it's self, keeping the right to produce and profit for a few. Lets do some math...800,000sq/ft canopy space60% over 3000 sqft, 40% 3000sqft and under60% of 800,000 = 480,000sq/ft40% of 800,000 =320,000sq/ft320,000sq/ft divided by 3000 is 106.67.480,000sq/ft divided by 30,000 is 16122 Cultivation Liscenses
If my numbers are right, the canopy space allotted leaves room for 122 possible producers in the state, if everybody uses the maximum space they are able to. I'm sure not everybody will use every square foot allotted, making room for more than 122. Currently, there are roughly 1000 caregivers operating in Maine. My first concern is how 120-200 cultivators will keep up with the recreational market. The first one in New England, to boot. Take a look at the other states...
The following excerpt taken from http://thecpc.org/
In February, Colorado’s Senate passed SB-14, increasing oversight on medical caregiver grows. Prior to SB-14, caregivers went largely unregulated. Product didn’t require testing, which triggered anxiety in an industry where regulations are king and safety is paramount. Public perception, after all, is everything. However, SB-14’s supporters were only partially concerned about quality control. During the senate hearing, lobbyists addressed black market cannabis as a consistent problem plaguing the legalization movement. Larisa Bolivar, former co-owner of Colorado’s first dispensary and current CEO of the Cannabis Consumers Coalition, attended the SB-14 hearing to defend caregivers. She said ever-fluctuating regulations unnecessarily drove caregivers into debt, and laws like SB 14 could legislate the system out of existence. But she added the dispensary vs. caregiver conflict wasn’t really the issue.
“It’s the fact that marijuana is still illegal federally and in surrounding states,” she said. “As long as there’s prohibition, there’s always incentive for a black market. It’s behavioral economics; it’s very simple.”Washington
Washington State, the second state to legalize recreational use, is experiencing similar growing pains. SB-5052, which passed through the legislature in March, regulates the collective grow system much like Colorado’s SB-14. And just like Colorado, supporters of SB 5052 cited the black market and contaminated meds as causes for concern. The bill’s original text eliminated medical altogether, but after successful negotiations, the final version kept collectives in place—for now.
Jeremy Kaufman, owner of Absolute Oils and co-founder of The Center for Palliative Care in Washington, cautioned against business interests crafting laws against their competition. “Money is money,” he said. “It’s hard for a lot of small growers that are disenfranchised to lobby.”
Of course, medical collectives/caregivers don’t have to be at odds with “Big Marijuana.” This fight isn’t inevitable; it isn’t even necessary. Subsidizing medical grows from cannabis taxes could compromise low-cost access with big business profits.
“I would love to see legislation that allows money from tourists to funnel research to truly sick people,” Kaufman said. “That sounds like utopia.”.
What to make of all this?
I'm not going to tell you how to vote this fall. I believe it's your duty as a citizen to do your research, and be informed as to what you're voting for. We deserve to live our life without the fear of prosecution. We also deserve the best for the residents of the state. Caregivers are right to be worried about the future of the medical community. Patients are right to be worried about the Cannabis industry, and how this bill will change it. I'm concerned the limited amount of space available will be quickly accounted for, creating a legal monopoly controlling the cannabis market. The goal is to regulate marijuana like alcohol. We don't limit the amount of breweries in the state. If you abide by the law, and produce a quality product you can craft and sell your own beer, and make a living at it. I wish to see the same for marijuana, and Legalize Maine does not provide adequate language to assure me of that. Because of that, I am voting NO in NOvember.
I truly tried to stay as fair and balanced as possible. This isn't a political blog, but this issue is so tightly intertwined with the community we're in, we had to bring it up. I hope I didn't turn anybody away and strongly advise to further research the subject for yourself, before you vote one way or another. I've collected some helpful links for information to both sides of this argument. Legalize MaineMPP
Compassionate Caregivers of Maine
You need to register for the forums, but many caregivers voice their opinions here.Portland Press Herald
Stay informed. Stay educated. Don't vote for something you don't understand. No matter what way the votes fall this November, cannabis is out of the shadows. It's being talked about on a statewide and national level. Every step we take is a step forward for legalization, and the acceptance of our lifestyle. It's a long fight, and we will have a long way to go regardless. Thankfully next week I can go back to reviewing sweet flowers and not be so political.Stay safe, stay medicated!-Destin
A review of Maine Red Bud
A reclusive, old hybrid strain from the woods of Maine. Large dense buds, and a pungent earthy smell. Very disease and pest resistant. A joy to grow and even more so to smoke. Roll one up and burn down this review with me.
Red Bud has been one of my long time favorite strains. Maine Red Bud has a long history, starting from genetics brought from California in the 70's. The unknown strain was crossed with seeds brought back by Veterans from the Vietnam war. In the late 90's seeds brought from the Afghan wars were crossed into the genetics. The result was a clone only breed we today call Red Bud. Local breeders in the Lake Region are still using Red Bud genetics to this day to cross-breed and create new strains. It has been prided on it's disease resistance, yield, and medicinal effects.
An old breed with a long history here in the Lake Region.
The first thing that caught my attention was the density and size of the bud. The bud has an intense earthy smell with a citrus undertone. Trichomes coated the whole bud. The trim job was decent. If the bud was broken down more it would have been complete. As the bud broke down the citrus intensified. The buds had a high resin content, very sticky. As I lit up I was greeted with a very pungent earthy taste. The smoke was smooth with no noticeable nutrient burn through the session. The joint burned a clean white ash. I was pleased with the immediate relaxing feeling that came over me. A wonderful mix of body high and pain management, and a relaxing head high without causing anxiety.
Overall I was impressed with the Maine Red Bud. I was happy with the old school, earthy flavor and the overall wonderful high. It is an old breed with a long history here in the Lake Region. I feel safe calling it one of my all time favorite strains.
A review of organically grown Medusa from Maine.
Whats going on everybody, hope all is well in the world you're tuning in from. Earlier this week I was given a sample of Medusa. It's a strain I've never personally smoked before. I got home and immediately broke it down into clean glass and tried it out. Needless to say I'm pleased with the results.
Image thanks to Leafly
I was told the grow was completely organic. I've always been a fan of organic growing methods, both in the cannabis community and for what goes on to my plate. Eating clean is the key to good health, and ingesting clean meds is just as important. I also believe that organic methods are harder to master indoors. Generally there are more pest issues, and flushing can be tricky. Props to those who do it!
I personally found the high as quiet relaxing, with the only side effect being my intense desire for a huge bowl of cocoa crispies after.
When I first cracked a bud open of this Medusa I was enticed by a strong citrus smell, followed by a diesel, or gasoline aroma. This only intensified as I ground the bud up. I was pleased with the density, and the trichome formation was beautiful. Whoever trimmed and handled this bud, did so with care.
The first hit that I took resembled the citrus smell, with a distinct sour after taste. On the exhale I noticed a mild burn. This followed with every hit that I took. Everything burned evenly, although it produced a dark ash. As I continued to smoke, I could quickly feel the effects stacking behind my eyes. Within 10 minutes I had a very nice head buzz, and the worries of the day had faded away. The high seemed to stay in the head for me, as I didn't feel lethargic, or couch locked.
The high was intense, once it reached it's peak. I would not recommend this strain to a new smoker, as the intense head high may cause anxiety. I personally found the high as quiet and relaxing, with the only side effect being my intense desire for a huge bowl of cocoa crispies after. I would recommend this strain for insomnia, appetite stimulation, and stress relief.
Stay tuned. Soon we'll be looking into the differences between organic, and hydroponic setups, and why some people swear by each. It's a big topic to tackle with many opinions on it. We're going to do our best to separate fact from fiction, and find out what's best for what setup.
Enjoy the rest of your week, and stay medicated!
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.
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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 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
-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.
"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.
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. GRADE: A+POTENCY: 8.9/10TASTE: 9/10SMELL: 9/10GROW DIFFICULTY: 9/10 Helpful Links: https://potguide.com/strain-profiles/sour-diesel https://www.leafly.com/sativa/east-coast-sour-diesel