Cultivate Dispensary has gotten a lot of mixed reviews online and in the community, so I wanted to travel to their Framingham location incognito to see how they’re leveling up against their competition in Massachusetts. Upon arrival, I noticed the shop’s very clean and minimalist style compared to others. It reminds me more of an office than a dispensary, but I like it.
Cultivate has a very broad menu available for perusing online. I found myself exploring the flower section and scrolled down until I hit on an eighth of Chocolate OG – the staff pick and the highest THC content compared to other offerings. Chocolate OG is a decadent cross made by THClones of True OG and Candy Rain, which are two strains I’m quite fond of.
Cultivate’s packaging is standard, with the childproof container in a white zip-lock bag that is both smell-proof and again, childproof. While branded with their logo on the front, as they outsource their flower production, this package reads that it’s provided by the cultivator Slumber, powered by Cultivate.
Tested by MCR Labs, Chocolate OG comes in at a whopping 28% THCa! However, as I spun the cap off of the bottle, I was surprised with the large assortment of tiny little nugs that comprised my eighth. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing and many people enjoy the ease of busting down little buds, I prefer more bag appeal from my flower.
On the nose, Slumber’s Chocolate OG smells sweet and dessert-like, with subtle hints of gas. A closer look reveals dark green buds coated with light orange hairs, but they also have an off-green and brown hue to them that may have emerged during the drying stage. At the aforementioned 28% THC, this Chocolate OG definitely got me ripped – but didn’t hit the mark flavor-wise when it came to the chocolatey goodness this cultivar can sometimes express.
A top-shelf OG can be hard to come by. While the sweet and dessert-y aroma of this strain gets the mouth watering, and the potency is a plus, the price point feels a little steep for a mid-grade OG.
This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of Northeast Leaf.
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