Cannabis Review: Chemdawg #4 from Conscious Care Cooperative
February 5, 2011 § 2 Comments
Effects: Heavy, thorough, overpowering
Smell/Taste: Sweet, tobacco, hashy
ChemDawg is a name that can boast a lot of things-legend, notoriety, and promise at the top of the list. While I imagine some gave pause at the 20$ price tag, for my money it was worth the gamble for guaranteed heritage and optimal grow conditions. With the entire operation putting their reputation at stake with this ‘hydroponic signature’, I was willing to take the plunge.
ChemDawg #4 is a heavy smoke, in the sense of both its duration and effects. When inhaled it delivers a deep hit that pushes outward on the lungs. When exhaled the smoke may register as acrid-or perhaps ‘kush’ to some smokers-but expect a finish of sweet tobacco. This is followed by a sensation around the eyes and a physical lightness. Next, a change in the visual world enhances the experience, rich colors and lighting-slight but noticeable.
These effects continued to gain momentum for the initial 30 minutes, an attribute that should caution the user towards moderate use. Begining as a pleasant heaviness to the head and shoulders-the resulting full-body stone was active and enteraining. For me, the body high was notable for its lack of accompanying paranoia, despite body effects that were encompassing and thorough. As a night time medicine I ingested 2x-3x my modest daytime dose 30 minutes before sleep. Late at night, this varietal and your favorite album (I chose Otis Redding ‘Dock of the Bay’) perfectly compliment one another to quiet the restless mind.
That said, all but the most seasoned smoker should approach this strain with extreme moderation during initial use. The high builds upon itself for up to a half an hour, I discovered the pitfalls of this potent varietal after a second dose-before I had given ChemDawg time to settle in. The mental roller coaster and extracurricular effects (audio,visual) experienced at this high dose was not conducive to sleep or relaxation. For those who need to medicate heavily, this strain will deliver the THC payload you are looking for (believe the claim to 27.5% ), but I would recommend external visual or audio stimulation to guide the mind. After taking more time to get know my bodies’ interaction with this medicine, I was rewarded with a much more positive experience. At doses customized to my medical needs I experienced an uplifted mood with an active smile and creative spirit completely under my control. In other words, complete relief from physical discomfort and depression.
When you look at ChemDawg #4 the color it so completely diffused by trichomes you will be lucky to see its dark green leaves. Instead they are rendered forest hues of brown and green. At 60x-100x magnification a presence of amber trichomes was not hard to find, a hopeful indicator that the grower saw this harvest to its fullest potential. From these dusted leaves the hairs, ranging from blood orange to a subtle yellow, shoot in attractive bunches reaching towards the tip of the bud. You may detect notes of lemon when drawing ChemDawg into the nostrils, but look also for subtle hints of sage and a standalone sweetness that translates well in the smoke.
February 5th, 2011