The first cannabis strain I ever bought from a dispensary was Strawberry Cream, from Green Goddess on Venice Beach. Since then, I’ve always had a soft spot for that cool, dairy taste with subtle funk that I hypothetically attribute to a pinene-myrcene pairing, along with the disarmed alertness of the associated high. Thus, when I saw PharmaCann’s Hazelnut Cream by matter. at Verilife River North, my arm was all but twisted.
Hazelnut Cream is a cross of Miami Haze and Cookies & Cream. This eighth, harvested January 12 and packed February 16, tested at 25.51% THCa with no other major cannabinoid presence and 2.04% total terpenes, the ones in highest concentration being limonene, b-myrcene, and b-caryophyllene.
These three terpenes translated the strongest aromatically, creating a pungent cheesy scent backed by woodsy musk and a touch of toe jam, though a distinct note of toasted hazelnut was more pronounced when the evergreen buds were ground versus whole. Linalool and b-pinene also made an appearance in Hazelnut Cream’s top five terps, the former standing out for a red-bagged sativa. These would not be as detectable from the smell of the flower but certainly influenced its taste and effects.
The eighth contained one ping pong ball-sized nug and a few smaller buds, which were dense, neatly trimmed and adhesive per their freshness. An incongruous peach marmalade flavor was briefly available on the dry hit of a joint, catching me by surprise before disappearing in a cloud of smooth and creamy smoke chock-full of nutty nuance.
Complemented by a twist of floral soap from the linalool, the b-caryophyllene and limonene brought a spicy front end to the palate that evoked memories of Colombian Haze. The senses never lie; the Miami Haze and Cookies & Cream cross expressed a strong Colombian influence from the mother.
Joints burned white and smoked light, leaving no residual tightness in the chest. Before it was finished, I could feel cranial pressure setting in, as well as a rise in energy and attentiveness with a dip in appetite. My focus could easily be directed deeply into any subject and my movements hastened as my eagerness to move increased in turn.
The perky, enthralling buzz was far from jittery, however, thanks again to the small but powerful linalool content keeping a lid on things. I recommend Hazelnut Cream for studying, writing, gaming, and chatting, as well as to manage the weighty symptoms of depression that impede activity.
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