After meeting Marcel, one of the head cultivators of Paul’s Boutique, and hearing about what a clean grow they have, I just had to stop by. During my visit, I caught up with the CEO, Shaw Dwight, who gave me a few samples of their strains to try from their eco-friendly greenhouse. After a morning of sampling, I decided that my favorite was the Black Dog Kush – a cross of Blackberry Kush and Emerald Headband.
Upon popping the top of the Black Dog Kush, a mixed aroma filled my senses with a sweet berry smell and a hint of earthy pine. The flower boasted a purple tint over a deep green, covered in sparkling trichomes and fine orange hairs. There were so many trichomes that I needed to break open the dense flower to see the color of the leaves – only to find even more trichomes inside. Looking closely I could see a few amber gland heads, along with some clear ones. A ratio of about 30/70, and in my book, that’s perfect!
The flowers broke up nicely with fingers and a grinder. I started off with a morning of casual puffing and enjoyed the taste immensely! There’s a prevailing berry flavor with a mix of earthy pine, plus a hint of citrus on the back end. Upon inhale, my back pain subsided and I felt the anxiety start to slip away with just two to three puffs. The effect was comfortable and relaxed, with an easy flow to the creative thoughts and not overly stoney.
I spent the afternoon getting a bit more serious: Rolling a fatty and puffing a few more bowls before hitting the trail for a hike. I savored the cerebral buzz combined with some relaxed heavier effects. First the pain relief in the body and then a lightness – an almost childish energy – seemed to fill my body. As the head and body highs started to settle in, a deep calm filled me so intensely that I felt like I was part of the sun-warmed stone I was sitting on. By the time I got back to the van, my back issues were still comfortably alleviated – even with a two mile hike over rough terrain.
I’d recommend Black Dog Kush to anyone new to Cannabis for its great taste and soothing pain relief, and also for the veteran smoker who enjoys sharing some great tasting Cannabis with friends. And during the fall pie season, Black Dog Kush provides a perfect complementary puff after dessert!
This article was originally published in the October 2021 issue of Northeast Leaf.
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