Medical marijuana dispensary review: Northern Lights Natural RX
Since the shop's a TGA Seeds vendor, it was almost a given that Northern Lights would run some of Subcool's seeds. Though there were a few other lookers on the shelf, this cross of Jack's Cleaner and Vortex was by far the prettiest. Full, bulbous calyxes had room to spread out and develop and were coated with long, slender trichomes that gave the crevices a sugary appearance. Light orange pistils lightened up the the otherwise emerald green appearance from a distance . The strain name alone was enough to catch my eye, but what really got me was the lemony pine-scented, sweet-hazy smell out of the jar. Breaking up the bud brought out a pungent, dry-erase-marker high note -- it was like a hippie had bathed in a mop bucket of Clorox PineSol, then danced around my office drawing peace signs on whiteboards. As I hoped, the taste was nearly identical to the smell when smoked and it left a pleasant, sweet perfume around my house. Medicinally, this was a THC-racing sativa hybrid that woke me up like a can of Coke, and a bowl got the stomach grumbling and churning in anticipation of the dinner-destroying munchies.
(My apologies for the clearly lackluster Kaboom photo. My camera somehow erased the shots I took pre-smoking and I was left with only a small chunk to photograph by the time I realized the error.)
Death Star: $40/eighth
Capable of obliterating an entire planet with one blast of the laser beam, the Death Star is a formidable fortress, albeit one defeated by a very precise shot from an X-wing fighter down an overlooked security hole in the form of a vent chute (I know, I know, it's absurd). The strain, on the other hand, is capable of obliterating your entire afternoon with one bowl. What can defeat it you ask? Seeds, and this sample had enough to blow up my bowl several times over. Keep in mind that what I found weren't huge beans, but tiny underdeveloped seeds that were harder to spot and pick out. I spent a good five minutes packing my one-hitter bowl and still managed to get a few snaps, crackles and pops when lighting. It's a real shame, too. Aside from being somewhat underdeveloped and wispy, no doubt due to energy going to seed production, the bud's lemon-rubbery, Chem smell, strong taste and trichome development were on their way. When I called the shop for a follow-up, the owner I spoke with said she hadn't had any of the Death Star recently and was unaware of the underdeveloped stowaways. Now the staff is, however. So hopefully that problem will go away, or at least this strain will be put in a lower price bracket.
William Breathes is the pot pen name for our medical marijuana dispensary critic. Read more of his reviews in our Mile Highs and Lows archive and keep up with all your marijuana news over at The Latest Word.