Each week, I navigate one of the nation’s most expensive medical cannabis program to find Philadelphia’s best and most affordable eighth. I try to keep it over 22% THC. This week I found two!
Grape C Organic Remedies (Premium Flower)
Curaleaf City Avenue $22.50
Top terps are Caryophyllene, Myrcene, humulene, Limonene, and Linalool.
The smell is actually diesel-y to me?
After the grind, it is still very diesel-y. I’m trying to pick up any hint of this grape I am expecting and still, nothing.
Looking at the label, I do have one theory.
The diesel smell in cannabis happens when the terpenes myrcene and limonene are present in equal amounts. This strain was named “Grape C” and the label indicates it should have about twice as much myrcene as limonene.
But, limonene is a hardier terpene than myrcene.
I suspect some of the myrcene has degraded. The two terpenes are most likely closer to balanced in this particular sample. They are expressing more of that diesel-y funk found in chem phenoms.
A sweeter grape scent should be present, given the higher myrcene listed at the time of testing.
Let’s Give it a Vape!
This strain reminds me so much of a diesel phenom! It’s sort of earthy. But not that flavorful.
It has that signature flatness to the vape that diesa and flat with dense, smoky vape bags. I have to check it’s lineage.
Here’s what I Heart Jane has to say about its genetics:
“Grape C is a hybrid strain that delivers a relaxing euphoria that keeps you happy and energized throughout the day. Grape C genetics are the famed Grape Stomper, Cherry Pie, and Wedding C”
Grape Stomper is a cross of Chemdawg Sour Diesel and Purple Elephant, so we didn’t have to dig hard to locate that diesel lineage.
I have noticed Wedding Cake can often finish like a diesel, with a bit of a peppery bite.
The flavor of this Grape C is starting to make a lot of sense.
I love a diesel strain, so I enjoy this! The vape is cloudy and thick. I get a full 4 bags of vape before I re-pack. That’s a pretty good standard for quality buds.
This strain is energizing. I am clear-headed and optimistic, And notably good for my pain. My shoulder is feeling pretty mobile and I haven’t needed any RSO yet today.
My chronic, almost daily migraine is at bay. I would definitely pick this Grape C up again. I will have a productive afternoon.
Great stuff for $22.50!
Lemon Mintz | Curaleaf (Flower)
Curaleaf City Avenue $30
Top terps caryophellene, myrcene, pinene, b. pinene, limonene, linalool, terpinoline, and humulene
THC 23.646 | CBG 0.165
This Lemon Mintz from grower/ producer Curaleaf is definitely not small buds. The entire thing was one big bud. Incredulous, I weighed it. It was exactly 3.5 g.
I laughed with the budtender at the ridiculous name when I bought this. Cannabis, while in the mint family, smells like weed. I have never in 30 years of smoking encountered refreshing, minty cannabis.
So I stick my whole nose in there and I give it a good whiff. It is refreshing, but as expected… not minty. Actually, if I were blindfolded and you asked me what I was smelling I would tell you it was lemon thyme.
This bud smells exactly like a fresh sprig of lemon thyme.
Let’s Give it a Vape!
This sample is on the dryer side, which isn’t always a bad thing. There was a lot of poorly cured, moldy weed sold in our nascent medical program.
I get nice clouds of thick vapor…. But how does it taste? I am sorry to disappoint you, my friends, I have nothing verbose to say.
Because this bag of vapor simply tastes exactly like a Meyer lemon.
It has a sweetness, a lemonade-y flavor. I would have named this strain ”Old Thyme Lemonade” instead of “Lemon Mintz.”
It’s a distinct scent. Specifically the smell you get from a bag of Meyer lemons that sat on the countertop a little too long, and are now heavy with juice.
A heady, summer smell. Just on the edge of spoiled. The kind of lemon you turn over carefully because there is a real danger that the other side might be covered in powdery mold.
According to Leafly, this strain is a cross between kush mintz and lemon meringue pie.
While this strain smells nostalgic- like being ten and walking along the beach- it does little for my chronic pain. I end up taking too much RSO to compensate and then napping. Now my sleep schedule is all thrown off.
This one is probably my fault. I know when strains are limonene-forward they have about a 50% chance of not working well for me. But, I took the chance.
It was tasty, but I will probably look this one over if it comes up on the menu again.
A Final Word
I first started this series because these high-quality, low-priced eighths were abundant. I notice lately that great $25 eighths everywhere except Curaleaf are impossible to find. There are abundant $30 eighths under 18% THC. Dispensaries are literally selling leaf at $50 an eighth as long as it has higher THC. Deplorable.
But I keep writing about Curaleaf like I work for them or something. I do not. Notice I don’t include backlinks in my articles. I am not an affiliate of any dispensary or brand. They’re just consistently providing me with a decent product at a good price lately.
My best $25 eighth was a 29% THC strain purchased at AYR Bryn Mawr. They’ve joined the low-THC club lately though. I keep checking their menu, but I never end up there.
Restore in Elkins Park has the new $200 ounces from Supply. I was literally the first person to buy one there. I wanted to blog about it. It was… awful.
I blew right through it. I wanted to encourage and reward them for stocking that price point, but I had nothing at all nice to say about the product.
So I will keep checking, and keep crossing my fingers that Curaleaf doesn’t join the low THC club in 2023.
That’s all for today! It’s time for another quote about our favorite flower from a lazy stoner in History.
This guy used cannabis to help get him through a stressful time in his youth. I am pretty sure he hasn’t amounted to anything. Has anyone kept up with him?
Inhale frequently, I will see you next week!
“When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”
About the Creator
Chef-turned-writer, currently living in Philadelphia with two children and a spoiled dog who thinks she is a person. You may remember me from Ron Howard and Jay-Z's "Made In America" documentary on Showtime.