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Medical Marijuana: Purple Passion

January 25th, 2007 by Alex

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Right on the heels of dropping our Strawberry Soda review, it’s time for another tFS first – medical marijuana reviews. The inaugural herb to go under our microscope is Purple Passion. An indica dominant strain with a bite much bigger than it’s bark.

theFreshScent Product Recap
Strain Purple Passion
Type Indica dominant
Pros Long, relaxed body high
Cons None
Price $20/g, $65/8th
tFS Rating 8.5/10

The leaves are slightly sticky with a light coating of crystals. The purple isn’t very evident in each bud, but there is a medium-sweet smell that verifies this plant’s purple background.

Lighting up is when everything starts to improve. The flavor is light & smooth with no funk in the aftertaste.

Effects start around your back/shoulder areas and progressively move outwards until a nice, relaxed high kicks in. This is the perfect time to cue up some chill beats and take a seat, you’re going to be kicking it for a while. The high lasts a long time, well over 2 hours. The indica settles in and really pulsates your shoulders, body core and upper arms.

Overall, this strain has surprised me. The exterior hides what the smell and taste let you know instantly – this is some high quality bud.

Juicy Jay’s: Orange

January 24th, 2007 by Tim

Juicy Jay's: Orange

Juicy Jay’s is a heavy hitter in the papers industry, so you know their offerings are going to cover the basic flavors: strawberry, blueberry, and (of course) orange.

theFreshScent Product Recap
Category Papers
Company ZenSmoke
Made In Spain
Pros Smokes well, better glue
Cons No real taste or smell
Price $2.49
tFS Rating 7.0/10

I tried Juicy Jay’s Orange papers and they’re exactly what you’d expect. The papers themselves have oranges embossed on each leaf and they smelled like a washed-out citrus ’scratch and sniff’ sticker.

The glue has a sweet taste and bonds very well to lock in the air tight seal. Each pack is regular Juicy’s style, sized at 1¼” and holds 32 leaves.

Per usual, the smoke’s smell is as unidentifiable as the taste. Nothing really jumps out, it’s your typical Juicy Jay’s offering. Being as big as they are, I’d like to think they’d have the potential to excel in this department but these papers fall slightly short with this basic fruit flavor.

Site Takes Money from Cannabis “Addicts”

January 24th, 2007 by Alex

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In the internet advertising industry there are many different ways to scam people out of time and money. You can promise Free $500 Gift Cards, offer Debt Consolidation or sucker people into completely worthless programs. It’s not hard to spot these sort of operations and one happened to come across my inbox the other day – Cannabis Addicts.

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Advertising efforts like this are half-thought out at best. More than 9 out of 10 are completely bogus with false promises and the goal of getting as much cash out of you as possible. Cannabis Addicts is similar to many other ‘program’ type offers that fall into different industries. Here’s an example of one for Trump University (with a cheesy signature at the bottomn just like Cannabis Addicts) and a slightly better designed Stop Smoking offer. Simple to build sites like this can earn upwards of $5,000 a month by preying on gullible people.

All these bogus sites tend to share the same characteristics:

  • Long, overblown product explanations
  • Plenty of fake “customer” endorsements
  • An expert system creator to add credibility
  • Some random advertising company hiding behind it all

So, what’s the end result of all this? If you want to quit smoking pot, which is totally cool by me, do it the right way. Talk to a doctor or a friend who’s done it successfully. Don’t be another victim and pay out of pocket for some lame attempt to rip people off.

Update: Turns out that Cannabis Addicts has their own weblog. The posts seem genuine enough, but you can always tell the real motivation by how many times the owner links back to his own products. In the end, it’s all a money grab.

Roor User Gallery

January 24th, 2007 by Alex

Roar!

Roor is one of the premier glass manufacturers out today. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find or see any of their designs beyond what your local headshop stocks.

Un Sacco di Canapa (translation: a bag of hemp) has created one of the largest Roor user galleries on the internet.

With well over a hundred pictures in the gallery, you really get a feel for how Roor has branched off from their beginnings of spartan, no-nonsense design. From percolators to ash catchers, beaker shaped to hookahs – this gallery covers the whole spectrum of Roor products.

Read on to see more images.

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Strawberry Soda

January 23rd, 2007 by Alex

Obey your thirst.

tFS is happy to present our first in a long line of medical marijuana product reviews. We believe that patients should know what is available at local dispensaries and know the difference between what is worth purchasing and what isn’t.

Our first review is a ‘drinkable’ simply called Strawberry Soda. It contains 45×660mg of active THC ingredient. This is not a small amount, and that’s reflected by the soda’s price – $25 a pop.

theFreshScent Product Recap
Category Medicinal Beverage
Company Generic
Pros Tastes good, Body high
Cons Subtle effects
Price $25.00
tFS Rating 5.5/10

As far as taste goes, this soda is very similar to diet Cherry 7-Up but with less carbonation. It’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t tried drinkables before, but you can almost feel the cannibinoids inside the soda. There is a definite dankness that becomes more pronounced once the aftertaste hits leaving a THC film in your mouth.

These beverages are for medicinal use only and enable patients who are unable to smoke or in situations where it is inappropriate to smoke the ability to stay medicated. The soda takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1½ hours to settle in. Depending on your body size/weight and if you’ve eaten recently, the effects can vary, but generally involve a subtle body high that lasts for a couple of hours.

Debris: Monday, 1.22.07

January 22nd, 2007 by Tim

  • See? Michael Vick Has Never Smoked Pot, Ever! [via Deadspin]
  • Grover Beach Police Ordered to Return Patient’s Pot [via SFgate]
  • Valley Drug-Fighters Honored [via Fresno Bee]
  • Boy Killed Allegedly Trying to Steal Pot Plants [via KTLA]
  • How Not to Be a State Representative [via Homeland Stupidity]
  • Joseph Becomes Ninth Bengal Arrested in Nine Months [via ESPN]

Aftermath: Los Angeles DEA Dispensary Raids

January 22nd, 2007 by Alex

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As many people in the Los Angeles are aware, the DEA raided 11 Los Angeles dispensaries on Wednesday, January 17th. Despite these co-operatives being legal in California under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, they are not legal under federal law. This creates a see-saw of struggles between co-ops to stay open and the DEA to shut them down.

How exactly the DEA chooses it’s victims is still a mystery. Maybe they go after dispensaries with too large a client base, maybe they infiltrate all dispensaries and raid the ones they believe are breaking the law. We just don’t know. An anonymous patient who walked into a dispensary during the raids had this to say:

I went by H.I.P Sherman Oaks. They buzzed me in and I was greeted by a federal agent. He was in FULL GEAR, freaking mask and everything. He told me I could turn around and leave or come in and join them, what do think I did.This sucks…

After talking with one of the raided dispensaries, I learned that the DEA has Ok’d them to continue selling medical marijuana. The catch is that they can’t sell hash, pipes or pieces. Looks like the DEA believes just the plant is good enough and all the extras like edibles, hash and others aren’t part of the deal.

Dispensaries are now taking steps to increase their safety measures. In Van Nuys, one co-op has beefed up security with 2 full-time armed guards. Other effects of the raids are increased marijuana pricing across the board. Premium is now going for up to $85 an 1/8th while regs are hovering around the $60 – $65 mark. This is going to make it much harder for patients to afford their medicine.

Overall, these raids have delivered a serious blow to the Los Angeles medical marijuana community. I expect it will take at least a few months for everything to return to normal. In the meantime, let’s hope that attitudes and laws continue to progress so that this doesn’t happen again.

Read on to see more pictures from the DEA raids…

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Cyclones: Honey

January 22nd, 2007 by Alex

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It’s Monday morning, so let’s start this week the right way with a blunt wrap review. I didn’t want to kick us off with a normal-style blunt, but instead something a little different – Cyclones.

theFreshScent Product Recap
Category Blunts
Company Zensmoke
Made In Philippines
Pros Pre-rolled
Cons No flavor, bad taste
Price $1.00
tFS Rating 3.0/10

Cyclones are cone shaped, pre-rolled blunt wraps. They’re protected by a patent pending design that allows for a quick fill and easy smoke. Today’s review flavor is Honey but ZenSmoke also makes Peach, Sour Apple, Fruit Punch, Strawberry-Kiwi, Blueberry, Natural, Mango and White Chocolate. Developing this many flavors shows a significant investment on the manufacturers part.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s move on to the details. First, they are extremely convenient and easy to roll. As long as you have a grinder ready, these take less than 2 minutes to pack nicely and take out the door. Other than usability, the honey smell is relatively on point, but that’s where the good features end.

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Complete patent pending Cyclones schematic.

The most important aspect of these wraps is that they don’t taste like honey. They taste more synthetic than anything I’ve encountered in a long time. What’s worse is they eventually start tasting bad. Almost like there’s some sort of acidic film in your mouth and on your lips. This has to improve in future versions.

Cyclones wraps also add a level of harshness to your smoke. The treatment and texture of the leaf itself is considerably different than that of Juicy Jay’s, Blunt Wrap or Da Bomb Blunts. This is due to the fact the leaves need to be hardened and dried so they maintain their cone shape.

There are going to be some people out there who don’t agree with this, but Cyclones Honey are one of the worst blunts we’ve tested so far. Being convenient is a positive, but not at the price it costs. I hope other flavors bring more to the table for the next pre-rolled blunt review.






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