In Greek mythology, Medusa was one of the three monstrous Gorgons. With a face so beautiful, she lured men to gaze into her mysterious eyes – and when they dared to sneak a peek – they were turned to stone. All “stoned” puns aside, it’s not a bad metaphor for Cannabis. So, when a strain pops up with such an enticing name, there’s no way we aren’t going to tempt fate and take a look.
True to her name, Sweet Matanuska Green’s Medusa is a beauty. Packed with color – featuring rich, green-tipped nugs with purple and furred orange hairs – her most mesmerizing trait is her prominent, icy crystals. It almost felt like a sin to even touch the buds, let alone break them apart. But when we did, they broke down nicely as we eagerly packed our bowl.
Like the mythological creature’s perplexing nature, Medusa’s flower presented quite the quandary when trying to nail down the flavor profile. Initially, we picked up on floral and earthy notes, which would explain her parentage of a three-way cross of Misty, White Widow and Skunk. However, the longer we sat with our first toke, the more we noticed the subtle hints of spicy, yet fruity, undertones of the strain. The spice was a pleasant surprise at the end of a very smooth draw.
Although Medusa is an indica and we did get stoned – that’s the last pun, we promise – we didn’t find ourselves stuck in couchlock. Instead, Medusa left us with a relaxing body high and a peaceful head high. We were going to share the artistic fruits of our high, but decided it best to keep our attempts at drawing lady heads packed with snakes under wraps. After all, you might find yourself locked in a perpetual state of laughing if you gaze at the hot mess that is our drawing skills.
This article was originally published in the June 2021 issue of Alaska Leaf.
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