Strain of The Month: Granddaddy Purple

Written and photographed by Annie McVay 

Granddaddy Purple is a #strainofthemonth designed to impress the senses, especially considering the fruity and sweet floral notes. From nearly a foot away, you can still smell this glimmering nug like a fragrant indica flower. Granddaddy Purple has surprisingly bright green, dense nugs, yet goes through the grinder smoothly, further releasing the distinctive and delightful aroma. The plethora of crystals sparkling in the light and the bunches of orange pistils make this strain an absolutely stunning sight to behold.

From local family farm Cannassentials, Granddaddy Purple is the outcome of Mendo Purps and a Skunk and Afghanistan crossover. The top terpenes of this indica strain are linalool and limonene. Also found in birch bark and lavender, linalool is known for creating a floral aroma and promoting a calming and soothing effect. Linalool may also help encourage decongestion, a perfect boost to the immune system when the pollen levels rise dramatically in spring. Interestingly enough, linalool is found in over 200 plants, and even those who do not use cannabis can consume over two grams a year.

Originating in the flower’s resin glands, limonene creates the other half of this strain’s particularly fruity and citrusy aroma. Limonene is also found in juniper, lemon rinds, and orange rinds and contains mood enhancing and anti-anxiety properties. Lab studies of high doses of limonene have also discovered many anti-cancer characteristics, causing tumor cell death in breast, lung and brain cancers. Along with antifungal and antibacterial properties, limonene can even help with gastric reflux and heartburn.

After a long day of running errands, scrambling to finish applications, and writing essays, Granddaddy Purple is the perfect way to unwind. This strain is delightfully delicious and smooth to smoke, whether using a piece or rolling a blunt with the roommates. At a THC level averaging around 22.95%, this is a hard-hitting strain for those who don’t smoke often, so please use your best judgment. However, this is not an anxiety inducer, as all your worries simply melt away. Perfect for enjoying some Cards Against Humanity with friends, this is a great strain to have on hand for any 4/20 celebration. Even smoking alone, Granddaddy Purple makes any comedic or creative activity much more engaging and enjoyable.  

Granddaddy Purple is available from Cannabis LLC, located at 1936 Main St, Springfield, Oregon. Accessing the parking lot is a breeze while driving West on Main street, and inside the store is divided into two halves, so even in the era of COVID-19 customers can admire interesting glass pieces and other odds and ends while disinfecting and waiting their turn. The budtenders here have charming personalities and provide exceptional customer service. Whether you get the Granddaddy Purple or prefer a different strain for this spring, you will be in good hands at Cannabis LLC. 

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Ride The Unicorn

written by Guthrie Stafford

It’s 4:19 in the afternoon, and you are about to lose your mind. No, not from the copious amounts of cannabis you are about to smoke, but from being cooped up with your family and/or roommates for what feels like forever. Sure, you love them. They’re great people. But then you discover that someone ate all the Girl Scout cookies but left the empty boxes in the cupboard, and you’ve had enough. So you sneak out to the back yard, hunker down in your favorite lawn chair, and light up a fresh, aromatic joint of Unicorn. This strain of the month will take you for a fantastical ride of mellow, self care to soothe any global pandemic or quarantine-related worries you might have. 

At 21.5% THC and a whopping 0.00% CBD, Unicorn is an unabashed sativa dominant hybrid which delivers a whimsical yet thorough head high. With earthy notes of forest moss, a velvety body and a crisp, floral finish, this strain is easy on the palate yet unbridled on the brain. And, like the mystical horn of its namesake, this flower is packed with both mental and physical healing properties. In addition to alleviating muscle aches, anxiety and insomnia, this month’s strain has been known to bend the fabric of reality itself, so be prepared for some light time slippage. If the spirit moves you, consider letting Unicorn whisk you off into a little waking dream. Imagine the fantasy version of yourself. You are not merely a humble stoner. No! You are [your name here]-iadór the bold, scavenger of munchies, maintainer of hygiene, payer of rent, and emotionally mature resolver of interpersonal conflicts. Before your wisdom and intellect, no conundrum is too daunting. Remember how you fixed the drier last week with that pair of pliers? Or how you made that delicious sauce out of random ingredients when you ran out of sriracha? You didn’t even use a recipe! Bottom line is, you can basically do magic. 

Still, your natural abilities can use a boost from time to time. A closer inspection of the mystical herb reveals a richly textured landscape of golden stamen, fine as mane hair, intertwined with tightly packed, purple tinted flowers which turn almost indigo towards their tips. Hidden in the nooks and crannies, glittering trichomes refract the light with a sticky opalescence, giving the impression of tiny gems dusted over the nug. Unicorn is a hybrid cultivar of Chemdog and Blackberry Widow, both famous strains in their own right. Through Chemdog, Unicorn traces its lineage to such timeless classics as Sour Diesel and OG Kush, and on the Blackberry Widow side, to the legendary White Widow, the prize of Amsterdam coffee shops. Through this holy union, the pungency and potency of Chemdog and the uplifting euphoria of Blackberry Widow have combined into a sultry and deeply majestic strain.

So light up, kick back, and let the silvery haze of Unicorn carry you away from all your worries. As the purple clouds scud across the sky, you think you can hear, far off, a mischievous whiny. It was probably just the wind. 

Strain of The Month: Chocolate Chunk

written by Skyla Patton, photographed by Kimberly Harris

As an avid lover of chocolate (my fifth grade class photo was taken in a shirt that said “I love chocolate!” with a stain from a Hershey’s bar on it), my heart just about jumped out of my chest when I first heard of the strain Chocolate Chunk. A direct descendant from Afghani, this pure Indica strain from TH Seeds has a classic earthy aroma with hints of woodiness and sweet cocoa. 

Chocolate Chunk mirrors it’s namesake with rich colors and a decadent sweet smell from seed to smoke. This lush dessert is not to be truffled with (get it?) and is best saved for the later hours of the day, making it the perfect strain for a good night of sleep… or a good night of not sleeping.  

The real outstanding feature of this chocolatey bud comes from it’s relatively low levels of THC. Ranging at a low of around 10% to a high peak of 22% THC, the potency for Chocolate Chunk is significantly less than the intense, high-level strains that are flooding the dispensary shelves these days. While a little known fact, high levels of THC can actually inadvertently negatively impact your “freak in the sheets” goals. 

A preclinical study determined that THC can block the release of GnRH, more commonly known as the production of hormones like testosterone, and while the science is less known for the ladies, it’s also considered to have similar impacts on estrogen. Along with this, there have also been connections between higher levels of estrogen, like during ovulation, and incredibly heightened sensitivity to THC. 

Whether you’re a stoner in the sheets or tend to keep your cannabis out of the bedroom, it might be worth trying a strain like Chocolate Chunk for some good ol’ fashioned experimentation. The smooth blend of low-level THC and a classic aphrodisiac like chocolate is sure to lead up to the midnight romping (or sleep) of your dreams. 
The relationship between our endocannabinoid system and our hormones is a closely intertwined one, and while there are plenty of people who love the high headspace during intimacy regardless of the intensity, it’s worth trying a low-potency strain like Chocolate Chunk while experimenting in the bedroom.