Cresco Labs has earned this month’s featured concentrate for their rendition of Nurse Jackie live sugar, serving to show that you don’t need the highest THC to get the high you want – it is the terpenes that deliver that to you via the beautiful, collaborative dance known as the Cannabis entourage effect.
Nurse Jackie is a cross between Jack the Ripper and Medicine Woman, bred by Homegrown Natural Wonders. To be perfectly honest, I have not smoked it in flower form. This doesn’t really matter these days, since what I am looking for are specific ratios of terpenes and cannabinoids – rather than a particular strain name. What makes a good Cannabis product is the ratio of terpenes in relation to one another, in relation to the cannabinoids, and in relation to your own personal biochemistry.
Now some of you might look at Nurse Jackie and say that a 4.35% total terpene concentration is pretty low for a live dab, and you wouldn’t be wrong. I chose Nurse Jackie specifically because it has the right ratios for me! Breaking down this profile, we see it is dominated by myrcene and caryophyllene, but tempered by pinene and limonene. As a chronic pain patient, that mellow pain relief but still functional headspace is something I require in my Cannabis products, and I have found that I get this type of relief when I have heavier terpenes stacked on lighter ones.
The coloration of the sugar is a gorgeous, deep golden hue and the crystal structure itself is on par with the highest quality sugars available in Maryland. The smell is as robust as any dab, and reminds me of a grape/mango fruit wrap that has been lightly coated with lavender oil and kerosene. The bouquet of creamy rich fruits is complemented beautifully by the floral gas and provides a succulent dab that anyone can appreciate.
Always bear in mind that no single variety or product is likely to ever give you exactly what you need, so please be patient with your process and embrace trying new things. Try starting with Cresco’s Nurse Jackie and see what this profile can provide – it’s never about the most of anything, it’s about the right recipe for you.
This article was originally published in the October 2021 issue of Maryland Leaf.
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