I’m not saying that when I walk into my registered dispensary the employees blurt out my name as if I’m Norm Peterson from Cheers (look it up, pups). But most of the employees at NuEra Urbana know my first name, and the last time I visited, four of them waved at me from behind the glass wall.
This might speak to the frequency in which I visit, but it is also the reason I drive an extra fifteen minutes beyond the closest dispensary near me. The NuEra Urbana employees (with a special shout out to Luis and Tyler) are, from what I can tell, dedicated workers who care about their customers. NuEra Urbana also has lower prices and monthly sales, not just holiday sales, that rival any other dispensary in the state. So when NuEra launched its own flower, concentrate, and pre-rolls, it was only a matter of time before I reviewed one of them.
After catching up on a backlog of reviews, I wanted to review NuEra’s rosin concentrate, but to better fill out each review series before the end of the year, I needed to add more pre-rolls. So on “Green Wednesday” I opted for three 2-packs of .5g pre-rolls. This also allowed me to review three of NuEra’s strains in one review: Pillow Factory, The H.O.G., and Strawberry Banana Sherbet.
Out of the three of these strains, I most looked forward to reviewing was The H.O.G. I’m glad I did. The H.O.G. has unknown parentage because of breeder secrecy, but the leading terpenes included beta-myrcene, alpha-pinene, and elemene, beta-pinene.
The aroma and flavor were similar with strong sour pine from the pinene mixed with an earthy citrus from the myrcene. The flavor also provided notes of mint and pepper from the elemene, especially on the exhale.
The pinene, I’m guessing, delivered a surprising alertness for the start of the cerebral high. Fifteen minutes later the heavy body buzz settled in, and the cerebral high shifted from alert to unfocused. The more doses and the longer into the buzz the more sedated I felt. The body buzz increased, and eventually couchlock was a precursor to a good night of heavy sleep.
This batch clocked in a 16.46% THC and again proved high levels of THC percentages are not as important as the entourage effect. I’d be interested in sampling a higher THC percentage of The H.O.G. flower in the future to compare and contrast the difference, but this batch delivered strong effects, especially the muscle relaxation.
Pillow Factory is a cross between Mandarin Sunset with Black Fire. This batch tested at 16.85% THC and 0.31% CBD, and though the strain delivered a great body buzz, the cerebral high could have been heavier. The head high was extremely relaxing though. The prevalent terpenes of beta-myrcene, elemene, and beta-caryophyllene added up to a body buzz that came in heavy waves.
Pillow Factory was perfect for late evenings and at night to decompress with a .5g joint on the back porch. One of the strain’s other most prevent terpene, limonene, provided a citrus to the smell and flavor that dominated the sweet spice and pepper musk from the myrcene and caryophyllene. I most enjoyed binging television after smoking each joint, and I developed an appetite about ninety minutes after smoking. Relaxing and distressing were two words I kept think about when reviewing this strain.
I’d also be interested in sampling a batch of Pillow Factory with a higher THC percentage, because I really enjoyed the body buzz but could use more cerebral effects. On the other hand, these two joints were perfect for beginning smokers who want to partake in joint smoking without becoming overwhelmed.
Strawberry Banana Sherbet
Strawberry Banana Sherbet (or Sherbet), boasted levels of 21.77% THC and 0.12% CBD, but I felt stronger effects from The H.O.G. joints. Then again, as mentioned several times, I am bipolar in preference to strain. I want a high-energy focused sativa for day or a heavy body buzz knock-me-out indica at night, so personal preference plays a big part in recommending the indica strains to the hybrid.
Strawberry Banana Sherbert is a cross between Strawberry Banana and Banana Sherbet. Though it’s more difficult to savor the aroma and flavor of a strain from a joint, the Sherbet had an earthy banana and tart citrus smell and taste from its beta-myrcene and limonene terpenes. The alpha-pinene and ocimene also added notes of mint and pine. I’m interested in sampling some premium flower of this strain to fully appreciate the terpene profile for a better review.
The cerebral high was euphoric and boosted my mood. Until the very end of the buzz, I felt relatively focused and energetic and was productive. The body buzz settled in late for me, toward the end of the buzz, but it was surprisingly heavier than expected.
Out of the six joints, one of them ran terrible, which is about the average for me with dispensary pre-rolls. And I probably pulled too hard and too fast on the joint, because it was freezing outside, and I wanted to get my recliner.
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