Thick with candy-sweet smoke, stepping down the stairs at The Bulldog coffeeshop was like entering another world. I suppose for a young guy in the early 2000s, Amsterdam was another world entirely. Bikes ruled the streets, space cake of mysterious potency was widely available, and a robust coffee shop scene with some of the best herb on earth was blowing my mind.
Twenty years later, sitting in my living room and cracking this jar of Amnesia Haze brings that first syrupy hit right back – leaving my mind blown all over again. This batch was cultivated by Green Bandit, who have a similar love for this transportive cultivar. Hunted from seeds smuggled back from the Netherlands, this cut of Amnesia has been a star in their garden since way before Measure 91. And it continues to win over old heads and new fans each harvest season.
Green Bandit’s Sarah and Brian Niestrath take full advantage of the stellar Rogue Valley microclimate available to them – building compost and teas, and enriching the soil with farm-foraged amendments and local spring water. This epitome of Cannabis terroir expresses a sense of place, while still allowing the cultivar’s profile to shine.
Featuring juicy and tart green-apple flavors at the forefront, there’s a sharp tomato leaf scent that plays off the aroma of just-opened tennis balls – all subtle compared to the distinctive note of comic-wrapped bubblegum. Terpinolene dominates the profile and fills the room with its unmistakable perfume the moment the bright green buds take a spin in the grinder.
The tacky texture and lithe stems make twisting one up a breeze. An easy draw, clean and even burn complete white ash encourages one to roll this flower into a joint. Though my Dutch stoner counterparts would likely add tobacco to their spliff, I’m certain this herb tastes best on its own.
Uplifting and spacy, I found myself staring intensely at nothing in particular. Anything but sedative, this cultivar might help with focus – though I wouldn’t expect a boost in productivity. Instead, this timeless Haze is best suited for touring the city by bike, or simply settling into a pile of blankets and touring a stack of magazines.
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This article was originally published in the November 2022 issue of Oregon Leaf.
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