Medical marijuana dispensary review: AllGreens on Kalamath step up from ex-tenants
To me, this Trainwreck cross resembles the small, skinny and silver-trichomed buds of good examples of that strain in appearance -- which isn't to say they're identical. The Chernobyl I brought home had some beautiful greens and oranges to the color, giving it a fruity look that matched the easy, fruity smell. Broken up, it let out a sweet citrus scent like the butter-lemon dipping sauce for an artichoke. It smoked with a similar sweetness on the first few hits before rounding out to a more generic ganja taste by the end. For a sativa-dominant strain, this put my head and body down like a double helping of turkey dinner. I had great forehead and eye relaxation after two hits and was put into a nice mellow place for a good hour and a half before being able to properly function again. I wouldn't seek out this strain in particular again, but what I brought home was well grown and worth the purchase.
Kong (connoisseur grade): $50/eighth
Every time I popped open a jar, the smell reminded me of strong diesel fumes mixed with, ironically, the rubbery scent of a new Kong dog chew toy. Oddly, there wasn't an extremely strong smell to the bud itself until you broke it up; then it released a much more pungent, nose-turning funk. Really pretty bud, too: dark green with hues of purple in just the right light and tiny calyxes covered in white trichomes that looked like Velcro under a microscope. Crystals fell like snowflakes on my desk while I was breaking up the herb for a spliff. It had a strong, Chemy (Chemdawg, not chemicals) taste to the first three or four hits, but it lost flavor by the middle of the joint. Smoked in a bowl later, the bud kept its flavor and burned to a white ash.
Now for the big question: Was it worth $50? No. It was a great cut of herb, and definitely better-looking than the cheaper, less-cured and machine-trimmed version Allgrens also sold. I get the extra time and effort that goes into it, and I'm the type of smoker the shop is probably trying to attract -- but paying four-year-old black-market prices for an eighth doesn't make sense to me anymore, especially when the other top-level strains sell for $10 less.
William Breathes is the pot pen name for our medical marijuana dispensary critic. Read more of his reviews over at Mile Highs and Lows and keep up with all of your marijuana news over at The Latest Word.