It's been a while since we talked about mary jane. The reason is twofold. For one, I've been trying to save money and haven't bought anything worth writing home about. The second is even mooching off of friends; I haven't experienced anything noteworthy. I'm like the food critic from Ratatouille. If I don't love it, I don't smoke it. The whole point is to enjoy it, right?
Luckily for both of us, I embarked on a city-wide hunt for better flower. Unfortunately, I didn't progress much, trying mostly the same strains disguised as something different, that is, until a particularly warm day in the dead of winter. After a long grey spell, the sun was out, and I don't make the rules, but if the weather is nice, I want to smoke.
So, I traveled to my favorite smoke shop, and while picking up some wraps, I interrogated them about where they get their weed. I figured they were as close as I'd get to an expert opinion.
They told me a place called Craft Cannabis had what I wanted, but the store was a town over. The warm weather and anticipation gave me the motivation to make the trip. Craft had their own grow and a terpene chart to follow detailing the contents of each strain. I chose a few and rushed home to try my goodies.
The man of the hour, a strain called Gushers, was a recommendation from my budtender. It comes from a cross between Triangle Kush and Gelato #41.
Triangle Kush is one of the most significant strains we see today. Originating in 1989 out of Amsterdam, the plants gave way to Triangle Kush and OG Kush, some of the cornerstone strains in your favorite indica crosses.
Gelato #41 is a cross between Thin Mint Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. It's a hybrid strain that gives off notes of berries and flowers. However, it's also grounded in the more earthy, gassy flavors of its indica lineage.
The buds on Gushers were big, frosty, and structured beautifully, with purple, orange, deep, and bright greens hues surrounding them.
Ironically, Gushers did not smell like candy. Instead, the smell was very dank and potent—a mixture of gasoline, a fart, and a steak and onions dinner.
As you broke the bud apart, the smell filled the room and evolved to include some earthy notes. It was some of the stickiest flower I've had in a while. I had to use a grinder because I couldn't break it up with my fingers without having residue on them for the rest of the day.
Gelato 41 is the culprit behind Gushers buzzing head high, while Triangle Kush keeps the body relaxed and at ease. Together you get the best of both worlds, a creative, engaged, and euphoric feeling in the head, with a calming body high to ease anxiety and stress.
The feeling of Gushers resembles that of strains like Runtz and Zkittles, euphoric and light but also very relaxing and giggly. Invigorating at the beginning and sedative on the tail end.
Terpenes Found in Gushers
Myrcene is the terpene most likely responsible for the sedative effects of cannabis. It produces that "couch-lock" feeling and can be found in other fragrant plants and fruits like mangos and basil.
I wrote about caryophyllene in my article "3 Terpenes That Alleviate Anxiety." I'll put an excerpt here.
"Caryophyllene can also be found in black pepper and is responsible for the spicy scent and taste found in strains like Harlequin. It is behind the bitter tingle that creeps into your nose when you inhale pepper or a season containing it.
It may annoy you and make you sneeze, but your body welcomes its soothing effects. Caryophyllene works with the CB2 cannabinoid receptor, which functions within the nervous system. In a study that monitored anxiety levels in mice undergoing stress, caryophyllene was found to decrease symptoms."
Caryophyllene and myrcene work together to deliver the relaxing element of Gushers. While the high THC levels and less concentrated terpenes bring on the head high.
If you the feeling of Runtz, Mac 1, or Zkittles, then you'll like Gushers. I would recommend smoking it in the evening or at night. It's a little too heavy for the daytime. The strain has earned itself a spot in my rotation, and I hope you get to try it too.
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