One of the questions I often field from non-cannabis friends that read my reviews is “Do you really smell that?” when referencing the various aromas I list when I breakdown the scent of flower or concentrates. My answer is always a resounding, “Yes, yes I do.” While I draw my olfactory assessment skills from my days in the wine industry, cannabis is so much more expressive, creating aromatic complexity that wine could only dream of. I often reflect on this question myself when I see interesting cultivar names pop up on menus. When I saw Banana Dance by Legends on the menu at Mission South Chicago, I instantly thought “Does it smell like bananas?”.
Banana Dance is a sativa-leaning cross of Banana and Dancehall. This batch of flower tested at 22.21% THCa, 0.35% THC, 0.44% CBCa, 0.47% CBGa, and 23.48% total cannabinoids. Terpenes reached 1.99% of the total weight and led with β-myrcene, limonene, β-caryophyllene, and β-pinene being the heaviest.
The flowers in this eighth were small popcorn buds almost exactly the same size as actual popcorn. The nugs varied in shade from forest green to a bright turf color randomly and there were just a few orange hairs visible. The trichomes were visible with the naked eye, giving the edges of leaves a milky frost coloring that glistened in the light. The trim fell just a bit short, as there were still several sugar leaves at the base of most of the buds.
The aroma opened on a sweet and spicy note, and while I detected the namesake banana (in its candied artificial flavor form) there was also a strong black pepper note that came with it. Underneath, I found hints of pine, toast, cream, and freshly turned earth on the finish.
The delicate sweet banana candy didn’t translate to the flavor profile. Instead, the pine and toast ruled the front of the palate while the earth notes were the highlight of the finish. This was a notably savory smoke profile for such sweet smelling flower.
I smoked a sizable bowl of Banana Dance, and it took a while for the effects to fully set in, about half an hour after dosing. I was overcome with a burst of energy. Focusing on my to-do list was easy, and I knocked a few chores around the house without stopping. I also enjoyed an uptick on my creativity, helping me work through a few larger problems I’d been turning over for a few days. Banana Dance definitely fit our Work Sativa review series.
The headspace retained this open and energetic profile throughout the experience. Physically, my joints and back benefited from some pain relief, but there weren’t significant body sensations, something that compounded the ability to focus on knowledge work.
Overall, I found Banana Dance to be a highly functional work smoke I could start my day with or use as an afternoon boost to get me through. For more Illinois News Joint reviews, visit here. To qualify and receive a medical patient card at a discounted rate, visit here.
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