I’m a fan of citrus and kush flavors, so last weekend when I noticed Progressive Treatment Solution had a strain called Mandarin Triangle Kush, also known as MTK, I picked up an eighth from Consume Marion.
Mandarin Triangle Kush is an indica strain created through crossing the iconic Triangle Kush (Florida-grown version of the classic OG Kush) and Mandarin Sunset (Herijuana with Orange Skunk). This batch tested at 26.86% THCA and 27.41% total cannabinoids. The primary terpene included an overwhelming blast of beta-myrcene at 65% of all terpenes. Beta-caryophyllene and limonene followed at about 10% each. The minor terpenes included some of my favorites with elemene, alpha-humulene, guaiol, alpha terpineol, beta-pinene, alpha-bisabolol, linalool, alpha-pinene, and fenchyl alcohol.
The buds of Mandarin Triangle Kush came in PTS’s new glass containers. PTS also added two new features Illinois brands should adopt. On the outside of the glass container was a QR code that linked me to the PTS’s Mandarin Triangle Kush page, which also listed the lab test results for all MTK batches. In addition, PTS stuck a small Integra Boost 2-way 62% RH pack against the inside of the lid to keep the flower from drying out. And I’m guessing, without the humidity pack, the flower would have been too dry. In fact, dry flower from Illinois cultivators has been one of main complaints we hear from readers and followers.
Each spade-shaped bud varied in color with combinations of light green, olive green, and purple leaves and burnt-orange pistils. Creamy trichomes covered each bud like fur. Of course, the myrcene dominated the aroma and flavor. The aroma first hit with a blend of kush, gas, earth, and wood. Notes of citrus and spicy fuel permeate the back end of the smell.
The flavor started with the citrus and fueled spice on the front end. The kushy gas and pine dominated the exhale that finished with hints of earthy wood and spice. These flavors, and the other minor terpenes, intermingled differently, as if battling one another, to give it a diverse and unexpected flavor from bud to bud and hit to hit.
The effects hit quickly and lasted longer than most buzzes. The cerebral high was heavy and waned between focused thoughts and drifting off (especially after several doses). The pressure of the high settled in the temple area and behind the eyes.
MTK’s several major and minor terpenes that deliver anti-inflammatory and pain relief did exactly that. The onset of the body buzz took longer than expected and instead of gradually feeling the relief, the MTK hit with one rush that let me know loud and clear the body buzz had arrive.
The heavy cerebral effect was less of a mental sedative than expected. In fact, though strong, the effects were smooth, uplifting, and balanced during the first half of the high. The end of the buzz eventually delivered a sedative effect that matched the body buzz. The strain also boosted my appetite during a few days when I needed it.
Overall, with the uplifting cerebral buzz and heavy body buzz, I found Mandarin Triangle Kush the perfect strain for binging television and listening to music in the evening or at night. For me, the effects were more of a traditional hybrid-leaning indica, especially until the end of the buzz. I’d be interested in trying MTK in one of PTS’s concentrate forms.
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