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Strain of the Week: Hazelberry

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Berries may bloom best in spring, but they have their place in our hearts during this time of year. In winter, berries are more prominently seen in warm pies, or in the decorative use of holly. And then you have cranberries, a staple of holiday dinners, which CULTURE staff only recently found out are not really berries at all. In fact, cranberries are a semi-close cousins to the blueberry plant, but the major difference is how cranberries group beneath the rest of the flower parts. Finally, there are Hazelberries, which are also not closely linked to the berry family. Never heard of them before? Well you may not be surprised to hear that Hazelberry is actually a cannabis strain, but it’s terpene profile will certainly remind you of the traditional scents of the holiday.

No berries are in sight when you first get a glimpse of Hazelberry, but the first thing anyone notices is the strain’s bright orange pistils and frosty green leaves of the lime-colored variety. Some report this strain as a descendant of Blue Dream, and others believe it stems from the Haze family tree, such as Super Silver Haze. Blue Dream is notorious for its balanced 50/50 hybrid status, allowing patients to enjoy sedative effects without falling asleep. If Super Silver Haze has a play in this as well, then Hazelberry has a leg up on the sativa competition. No matter the combination, Hazelberry has a lot to offer holiday celebrations.

This strain smells exactly as you’d expect—notes of pine that are overshadowed by delicious berry aroma. It’s effects begin to take hold with a light cerebral feeling, which slowly extends into body relaxation. Reviewers noted that they felt calm, chill and euphoric, when the strain worked its magic. Relief is just a moment away with Hazelberry, which allows patients to enjoy the holidays without feeling stuck to the couch.

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Concentrate of the Week: Blueberry Kush CO2 Crumble

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The threshold of springtime has officially begun, which means that we’re about to experience an abundance of good weather (rain or shine, it’s all good weather compared to snow) and plenty of blossoming fruit. Although the world is very different in 2020 versus years past, it won’t stop the progression of the seasons across the globe. Even in isolation, it’s difficult to not think about warm spring days and the freedom that comes with being able to frolic out in public—but, c’est la vie. For now, the best you can do to bring a little bit of that springtime feeling home is to try out a concentrate like Blueberry Kush CO2 Crumble.

Although it wasn’t confirmed who the authentic parent strains were of the Blueberry Kush concentrate sample that CULTURE reviewers received, it is likely that by breaking down the name, we can assume that Blueberry and OG Kush had something to do with it. Blueberry is a simple but epic strain that originally won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2000 for best indica. Its name is undeniable when considered this strain’s tell-tale scent and flavor profile. OG Kush is equally legendary on a different scale. As a powerful hybrid, OG Kush offers part indica and sativa properties and has been included as a parent in numerous other strain varieties. Crossing the two strains created the wonderfully light and fruity Blueberry Kush that has strong, spice-infused aftertaste.

Of course, someone had the genius idea to turn that strain into a concentrate and thus, the Blueberry Kush CO2 Crumble was born. Created through the method of clean extraction, using additive and solvent-free methods to turn it into a delicate CO2 crumble. This dark amber substance has many uses in vape pens, atop bowls and in joints, as well as dabbing too. Complete with clean cannabinoids, this concentrate is perfect for those looking to wind down after a long day, or to help treat a handful of medical conditions and symptoms.

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Strain of the Week: Ancient OG

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For years, post-apocalyptic books and films have attempted to predict how the world could end. From zombies to the planet Earth “attacking” its most harmful inhabitants, aka humans, there is a fascination with the theme of “what if?” Some of these ideas include an ancient power awakening beneath the Earth’s crust—whether it be Godzilla emerging from the deepest depths of the ocean, or a population of lizard people reemerging onto the surface. Forget the exaggerated-yet-fascinating plots of authors and filmmakers, and touch something ancient for real. Like Ancient OG, for instance.

Realistically, cannabis could be considered “ancient.” Evidence of its use in rare archeological finds reveal that our ancestors found use for it in numerous ways, just like we do today. Ancient OG is a particularly proud indica-dominant sample. One of its parents is assumed to be a popular Iranian landrace strain. Strains in that family usually have down-to-earth scents and flavor. Think of earth, spice, pine, with perhaps a hint of citrus. All of these are enhanced once consumed, and a finishing touch of sweetness rounds it all out.

Ancient OG’s parents are also known for their flower’s beautiful hues of purple and orange. Ancient OG’s most dominant coloring is orange with an abundance of pistils jutting out of its exterior (and a variety of green hues to fill it out).

Most importantly though, Ancient OG is a hard hitter. It has a clean smoke that leads to a hearty cough, which shows signs of it being well-flushed. Soon after partaking, CULTURE reviewers experienced a relaxed, euphoric feeling for both the body and the mind. It provides a perfect balance between the cerebral and physical effects. There are few better ways to settle down the nerves of anyone worrying about the end of the world—a bit of ancient medicine will put your mind at ease.

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Strain of the Week: Lucky Charms

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Lucky Charms is by no means an unfamiliar brand. Owned by the General Mills food company, Lucky Charms has been a staple in breakfast cereals since 1964. Along with this comes the decades-old mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun, and a sweet cereal featuring marshmallow bits, aka “marbits.” Countless kids have grown up looking at the imagery of this cereal brand and enjoying marbits in the shape of rainbows, horseshoes, moons, hearts and so much more. With a slightly indirect tie-in to St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on Tuesday, March 17 this year, we’re taking a look at a strain called Lucky Charms that is also magically delicious.

When one thinks of Ireland, it usually conjures up images of rolling hills and lush, green landscapes. However, looking at a strain sample of Lucky Charms provides quite a different feeling. The bud is actually covered in vibrant orange and red pistils, with about 90 percent of coverage compared to the green hairs that lie beneath. Although CULTURE reviewers were not provided with information regarding the parents of this lovely looking strain, however other sources claim that two hybrid strains, The White and Appalachia, are to thank. Both are likely leaning in on the dominant side of their properties, offering a relaxed and uplifting experience.

Lucky Charms is reported to have a scent of candy, but not overpowering in the way that perfume might be. There’s a hint of citrus and earthiness underneath that sweet smell that really brings out the pleasantness of the terpene profile. The flavor is similar, with sweet berries and crisp citrus relaxing the senses.

Lucky Charms offers a few unique properties, similar to its reported parent strains. Patients have felt euphorically happy and physically relaxed after trying this strain out. It’s a well-balanced strain that is considered to be ideal for patients with a variety of medical conditions. Ultimately, when you think of that feeling when you dive into a bowl of nostalgia-filled Lucky Charms, that’s what you’re feeling with a strain like Lucky Charms.

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