Ten dankest marijuana strains of 2012

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Time flies when you're flying high, and this year we've managed to stay nice and medicated thanks to more than fifty metro-area medical marijuana dispensaries that we secret-shopped. Here's a look back at the top ten most delicious, potent and appealing strains (and concentrates) we brought home in 2012.

See also: Ten dankest marijuana strains of 2011.

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10) Chemdawg - Denver Kush Club
($25/eighth)
"Though pickings were slim on my visit, I probably would have gone home with this undeniably sweet and earthy-smelling Chemdawg cut in any case. It was bright green, with a dusty coating of trichomes on the dried buds that dropped like tiny snowflakes to the top of the glass countertop as the budtender rolled out a nug and held it in his fingertips for me to examine. Though I didn't get to inspect any big nuggets, the two-grams-plus of a half-eighth that I got was enough to get an idea of how well done the cut was. Round, fat calyxes and cupped sugar leaves that made me do a double take to check for fat seeds beneath, but nothing but trichomes fell out. Rolling it up in my palm to break up the nug for a spliff left my hand sticky and stinky for the rest of the evening. The herb burned clean, though it was understandably somewhat dry and quick to ash, since it had been taken out of the bottom of the stock jar. Usually an uplifting, energetic and munchies-producing strain regardless of what phenotype, this one packed a punch, with small bowls doing me just right before meals and giving me a coffee-like pep afterward. It's very well priced and very well grown as a $40 eighth, but especially welcome moved to $25 near the end of the jar."

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9) Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze - Colorado Alternative Medicine
($40/eighth)
"Now, here's one I haven't seen at many -- if any -- other dispensaries. And while you'd hope it to have this nose-hair-pulling funky haze to the smell and taste, all the blending seemed to do was bring out more of the sour in the Sour Diesel. Sniffing the jar was tart, like putting your nose in a container of powdered lemonade. The hybrid also gets a bit more of its conical shape from the SSH, but underneath the green sugar leaves, amber hairs and purple calyxes are all Sour Diesel. This example was just exploding with trichomes, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone, dispensary or caregiver, doing this much better. Like the Deadhead, the potency was off the charts, but in the opposite way. Instead of putting me down on my ass like baby for a nap, a small bowl pack was a shot of ginseng to my body and head. Very creative and energetic. The taste was a bit lighter than I expected it to be considering how full the smell was, but it still had a distinctly rubbery finish, especially out of a fresh, clean bubbler. Like the Deadhead, the only thing to find fault with on this is the pricing. Otherwise, I'm sure I'll remember this strain when it comes time for my top-ten list in a few months."

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8) Platinum OG - DANK Colorado
($40/eighth)
"I'm not sure there was any more room for trichomes on these chunky, pinecone-shaped buds. Crystals were basically fighting it out with crystals for space, and it had a delicious, fresh-turned-earth richness to it out of the jar that grew stronger the more the bud was broken up. Surprisingly, it didn't taste very strong at first, but a tart, lemony aftertaste surfaced a few minutes after I finished the bowl. As the trichome development hinted, the bud was super-stoney and potent. I made the two grams I purchased last for several days longer than it should have just by taking small one-hitter snaps as needed."

Continue reading for more of the year's best strains.


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reyfelton
reyfelton

looks like dank bud but i bet i can get better


revelinitfb
revelinitfb

Um, Pledge is furniture polish, not dish soap.  I'm just saying.  Must be some good weed.


Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

The one where we get to listen to THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND NIXONLOOPER REGARDING THE IMPLMENTAION OF A64

icetrout
icetrout

Dang,good bud & not having to increase state taxes,tolls, etc..... @ the same time... We need that here in Maryland...

Faycless
Faycless

New Age Medical sells junk buds....

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

A testament to your journalistic abilities.

yikesks
yikesks

@MikeLoBurgio Foodie talk, Wine talk now Hooch talk, and wait for it, Munchie talk.Very informative, Thank you and Have a Happy New Year.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How does "dankness" make the "medicine" more effective?

Ben-F
Ben-F

Would you vote for a constitutional amendment that gives TOTAL CONTROL of weed to the cops? Would you vote for UNLIMITED TAXES on weed? Same stupid stoners that voted for Am. 64 WILL buy products from other stupid stoners that can't spell. Never underestimate the stupidity of Colorado stoners. California saw through the charade that is Colorado-style cannabis control when they voted against Prop. 19 by almost 10-points. What happened to the greedy, lazy Colorado stoners? Can't they read?

Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.

Monkey
Monkey

I get tired of the OG, Diesel, Chem tastes real easy these days, almost burned out on them. I think more and more people are just making up fairytales using notorious strain names with a history of selling well, no matter where it really came from or what the genetics really are. I do love the dank, but I need more than just small variations of the same thing. The biggest problem I have with commercial weed is the increase in poor genetics entering the gene pool, you used to know what Sour Diesel was, now there's something called Sour D on everyones menu, but it's just a name that you buy and say, (it kind of tastes like Sour Diesel.... I think).

Jude2004
Jude2004

@DenverWestword You guys are more obsessed with marijuana than ever. You should read Stand on Zanzibar.

Monkey
Monkey

@timothy_carrier Don't call all my strains "none", that's rude. I know they are better but they have names too.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Ben-F 

Stupid Pathetic Stoners are as Stupid Pathetic Stoners do.

Fucking retards.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey  ... it's all a charade ... and puerile pot clowns are the dupes.


melekalikimaka
melekalikimaka

@Jude2004 18 comments is an obsession? One column in one paper is an obsession? Maybe lots of happy people happily driving past the liquor store because they have an option they can't get arrested for in the state of Colorado. When all you had in choice was whatever your dealer had on hand and hoping it would give you the results you were looking for, coming full circle to an actual newspaper column comparing different strains and growers letting you make an informed choice. Obsession or joy?

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