Working in a Chicago dispensary, when patients ask for a sativa flower, I often feel confined to a short and repetitive list of Diesels, Hazes, Jacks, and Skunks with the occasional Durban or “Durban-adjacent” cultivar such as Rollins or Bear Dance. Add the requirements of strong intensity and appealing taste, and the options dwindle even further. Thankfully, Cresco Labs’ Shortbread arrived on the shelf at Greengate Chicago just in time to disrupt the “daytime weed” monotony.
The cultivator’s official site listed Shortbread’s parents as Animal Mints Bx and Kush Mints 11, all but confirmed by the herbaceous minty smell that wafted from the jar. Limonene, b-caryophyllene, and linalool dominated the strain’s terpenoid profile, which made for an uplifting and empowering experience.
Though nearly bleached by a blizzard of trichomes, the fairly dry buds contained hues of lavender and olive green with copper-colored pistils that enticed my eyes. Before lighting up a joint, I had to take a longer-than-usual series of dry hits to decide whether the 24% THC flower’s robust, gassy flavor leaned more toward savory biscuit or the namesake shortbread cookie but ultimately remained on the fence, as a hint of anise added a welcome complexity.
A textbook red jar sativa, Shortbread produced a high that was both mentally stimulating and physically invigorating with plenty of motivation to direct as I pleased. After my first trial, I did my dishes with unprecedented enthusiasm; after my second, I wrote detailed pages of backlogged review notes from memory.
While I found the energetic strain’s acute focus ideal for creativity and organization, my enjoyment was maximized against a scenic outdoor backdrop where my mind felt free and unrestrained.
Despite an insignificant amount of THCV in the flower’s cannabinoid breakdown, I noticed some appetite suppression along with a cerebral buzz that individuals with lesser tolerances may find too racy for comfort, particularly those with cardiac conditions requiring the maintenance of a low heart rate. Sights and sounds pulled my attention in a dozen directions at once, and it appeared as though the brightness in my overall field of view was turned up.
This eighth served as my reintroduction to Cresco flower, having been largely off my radar for the past year or so. I was pleased to discover white-burning nugs with plenty of potent resin that imparted a remarkably satisfying and versatile high.
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