It’s safe to say nuEra devotes more of its resources to solventless concentrate production than any other cultivator in Illinois. Yet, despite a steady supply of bubble hash, the smaller operator’s rosin rivers have run dry since last year’s batch of LSD hash rosin sparked some intrigue ahead of the current influx of high-end options from Rev and Floracal. I, for one, hope this latest pair of nuEra hash rosins, Lilac Cookies Bx2 and Granny MAC, foreshadow more regular drops, especially at a competitive price point lower than much of the BHO on the market.
I’ll be reviewing both the Granny MAC and Lilac Cookies Bx2 hash rosins, as I felt they complemented each other well and could serve as an effective AM/PM pairing, respectively. The two full-spectrum rosins had greatly differing appearances but were essentially identical in their waxy handling consistency. Whereas the Granny MAC was a darker, almost rosy color (a pinkish hue, if you will) and was presented in a smooth, circular patty, the Lilac Cookies looked more like an explosion at a sandstone quarry, with crumbs of rosin filling up the Calyx container. Both grams had a distant smell of sweet baked goods, like walking by a panaderia a few hours after the trays have all been set in the window, though the Granny MAC offered a more prominent note of sliced green apples as well.
Between the two, the Granny MAC tested higher in total terpenes (7.78% vs 5.16%) and marginally higher in total cannabinoids (86.21% vs 85.57%), with over 3% limonene and sub-percent amounts of b-myrcene, linalool, and a-pinene. On the other hand, the Lilac Cookies contained slightly more CBGa (2.06% vs 1.77%) and a more balanced terpene profile with 1.80% b-myrcene, 1.07% b-caryophyllene, 0.90% limonene, and 0.33% a-humulene. Neither extract contained any CBD, CBDa, or THCv.
The rosins were manufactured nine days apart, Lilac Cookies on 6/06/22 and Granny MAC on 6/15/22. They were packaged about a week or so later and arrived in my bag two weeks after that, with the assurance from a nuEra Chicago manager that they had been kept refrigerated since receiving them. Considering the relative freshness and point-of-sale handling protocols, I was hard-pressed (pun intended) to figure out why they both had such a dry texture. That said, anytime I chose to Katamari together some rosin fragments into a dab, it was more than satisfactory.
While the two grams shared a detracting back note of “cooked” trichome stalks and excess lipids, I could derive a pleasant flavor from each at vaporization temperatures below 515F. The Lilac imparted a warm snickerdoodle impression upon my palate with its earthy spice and mild sweetness, the Granny MAC a tart yet comforting taste of apple pie. Given the greater lab results, relative stability and appealing flavor of this Capulator-bred strain, it may be time for nuEra to look elsewhere from its fervent loyalty to Ethos genetics, of which Lilac Cookies Bx2 is just one in the brand’s roster.
The Granny MAC’s effects suited me well for the daytime, allowing me to think organizationally, communicate concisely, and power through more tedious tasks with a steady, non-frantic level of energy. In the same productive vein, I appreciated the appetite suppression I experienced for several hours following a dab. Later on in the evening, the Lilac Cookies delivered heavy-handed sedation that could easily transition to an unintentional doze-off if I was comfortable enough.
Though the dryness of the concentrates did induce a cough when I got greedy and crept up to higher temperatures, I found them both much lighter on the lungs when I took some advice from Biggie: “stay low and keep firing (up more dabs).” For more Illinois News Joint reviews, click here.
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