Five strains, five days, and five full sessions made for one very happy Chronisseur this month. As expected, Hopper dove into his workload lungs firstâ€¦and as usual, he had plenty to say about it.
G-13: (Coastal Green Collective)
â€œThis is one beautiful nug. From the green coloring to its red hairs, and every trichome in-between, it shines like a diamond. The smell doesnâ€™t remind me of a traditional G-13 though; itâ€™s more like an OG. Maybe they shouldâ€™ve called it OG-13! However, it is still a very nice aroma. With excellent flavor, it reminds me of San Fernando Valley Kush. â€“Coats the tongue and really opens the lungs! Great expansion; the head and shoulders are where I felt it first. Iâ€™d recommend the G-13 to a variety of patients with different ailments; itâ€™s an all around winner, kudos to the grower!â€
Sour Kush: (Healing Dragon)
â€œThe first thing I noticed about this bud is trichomes, trichomes, and more trichomes! It sparkles like a disco ball! It has a pleasant lemon/pine aroma, which is nice, but not very Kush-like. I really enjoyed the flavor of this one. Itâ€™s earthy and smooth on the exhale and offers a nice head high that continues to creep up. This would be perfect for an evening of relaxation after a stressful day. Overall, this is an absolute beauty of a bud. Good job!â€
J-1: (Healing Dragon)
â€œWowâ€¦I donâ€™t know how else to describe this one, except to say that itâ€™s damn near perfect! Appearance and aroma both get a ten out of ten. I wish you guys could see this one in person. It was clearly grown with care and cured correctly. I have always been a fan of the J-1, and this sample is one of the best Iâ€™ve recently had. It tastes amazing, exactly what I expected; very smooth and well-flushed. Hats off to the grower, I give it full green thumbs up! I would highly recommend this to patients in need of great daytime medication. I feel like golfing a full 18 holes!â€
857 Erkulum: (Sensible Selections)
â€œIâ€™ve never heard of this strain until today. The first thing to catch my eye is the amount of purpling and red hairs. Smells nice with a sweet and floral scent; my guess is that this is a Purple Urkle/Romulan cross. It also has a nice flavor; I taste a hint of the Purple Urkle in there. Itâ€™s not very expansive, but that could be a plus for some patients. Not everyone wants to feel like theyâ€™ve been punched in the lungs!â€
857 Grape Ape: (Sensible Selections)
â€œThis is a really frosty looking nug with lots of trichomes and a slight purpling. Itâ€™s a nice, tight, little nugget too. Itâ€™s not that pungent, but it does have a pleasant aroma; itâ€™s more on the floral tip. Good flavor, great expansion. It definitely creeps up. This one would be great for pain management and for those who need rest in order to heal.â€
â€œOnce again, I have to give huge props to the San Diego medical cannabis community for the consistency of high quality medicine that continues to be grown locally by San Diegans, for San Diegans,â€ Hopper said, as we were finishing the fifth and final session of the month. â€œItâ€™s not just about the meds though. To see the way the community came together during the holidays to collect donations for the San Diego Food Bank and Toys for Tots, really made me proud.â€ It also gave him renewed drive to expand the charity work that The Green Door Collective is known for, which led him to come up with a fun way to get other collectives involved. The first annual San Diego Food Fight challenges several local collectives to get competitive for a good cause. From February 1st to March 1st, each collective will collect as many non-perishable food items as possible, with the winner taking home a custom-made trophy, not to mention the all-important bragging rights. What really struck me is that Hopper is promoting a contest he admits he most likely will not win, because The GDC is a private, referral only, patient resource center, and fewer patients means fewer donations. Does that bother him? â€œNot at all,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s not about me. Itâ€™s about giving back to the city I was born and raised in. This is the least I can do, really.â€ Really? If this is the least he can do, I can only imagine what else he has up his sleeve. In the meantime, be sure to pick up a few extra canned goods to help your favorite collective win the Food Fight. For more information and collection sites, email Hopper at email@example.com.
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