This edition of The Chronisseur is a grinding, rolling, smoking session with Hopper, who decided to go back to basics and break out the wired Randyâ€™s to review this monthâ€™s trio: Starlight OG, Purple Diesel, and Golden Goat. Of course, I couldnâ€™t help but give him a new title. He is now NUG Magazineâ€™s official Joint Chief of Stash, and this is what he had to say about this monthâ€™s strains.
â€œDense little nuggets. Not as much visible purpling as the name suggests, but still a good – looking bud. Itâ€™s fragrant, floral smell reminds me of the GDP. Iâ€™m gonna guess that the diesel cross is NYCD, because I just donâ€™t catch that Sour D note in this one. Smooth hitting, and perfumy on the exhale.â€ Hopper is quick to let me know that, â€œThat sticky line running down whatâ€™s left of the joint is an indicator of a well-grown, highly resinous plant.â€
STARLIGHT OG (Downtown Kush Lounge)
â€œFirst impression: A+. Clearly an experienced growerâ€¦or maybe a really talented first-timer? Doesnâ€™t matter really, this is a beautiful bud and it has that tale-tell OG aroma. Expansion in the chest is nice. Almost pure OG flavor. Euphoric high, may lead to couch lock for some. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™d recommend Starlight OG to someone in need of nighttime pain relief or as a natural sleep aid.â€
â€œTight, stocky bud. Grown well. Seems to be a Sativa dominant hybrid. Has a goldish color to itâ€¦hence the name, I suppose. Obvious lemon, pine, earthy aroma. I smell a little haze in there, too. Smooth hit and still packs a punch, especially for a Sativa. Nice combo. The hint of grapefruit was a nice surprise. I would recommend this as a daytime med for patients who are seeking to manage pain, and still remain productive.â€
While finishing up our â€˜Joint Chiefs of Stashâ€™ meeting, we actually got into a heavy conversation about the patients Hopper sees on a day to day basis at The Green Door Collective. â€œIâ€™ve always believed in the healing power of cannabisâ€, he says. â€œMind, body, spirit. Marijuana has been a God send for so many suffering from mental, physical, and emotional pain. I have learned so much from the patients who are members of the Green Door. Itâ€™s humbling.â€ After a few seconds of thoughtful silence, he looked up, cracked a crude joke, and said, â€œHeyâ€¦I have learned to keep it as light as possible. No one wants to be constantly reminded that they are sick.â€ Then he told me about one of his bud tenders, Dave, who puts it like this, â€œWhenever someone asks what my sign is, I say Iâ€™m a Scorpio with Cancer.â€
â€¦And so ends another chapter of The Chronisseur. Weâ€™ll be back next month to review three more strains provided by the San Diego medical marijuana community. â€˜Till then, keep it kind, and keep in mindâ€¦with rights come responsibilities.
Story by Pamela Jayne
Photos by M.K. Jack