March 30, 2011 § 1 Comment
Seattle Cannabis Journal has welcomed local photographer Knottyy to its pages. The great afternoon of good smoke & friendly conversation that was the Farmer’s Market write-up demanded a second collaboration. It was decided an afternoon documenting multiple grows from a single gardener would be just the thing.
We hope you enjoy this project, as it was truly a pleasure to create.
We pegged Diesel as the first course. The foundation laid down by this smoke was a great jumping off point for both Kush and Rainbow. Given our day’s task we tread lightly when using the water pipe. These hits still provided a trace of the glowing excitement and focus that began guiding our conversation.
It was not hard to discern an astringent leaning cedar kept earthy by deep spice. A nostalgic scent, but not necessarily the robust fuel we expected from the Diesel family-this was a more nuanced approach. The second exhale had a lip-smacking finish with great sustain on the palette, leaving ample time to pick it apart. A second toke locked in cedar, but pulled detail out of the spice. I detected cocoa.
Ten minutes after a few tokes in place, we were hard at work. Knottyy manned the photo area while I frantically scribbled notes on smell and dictated his occasional observations. The conversation pin-balled from our feelings on taste, sensory experience, and future collaboration. Throughout the buzz this multiple trajectory conversation was easy to keep up and productive. Knotty found that a few well-timed bowls could extend the peak, which eventually tapers into a soft glow with no hang-over.
Our spirits calmed and appetites whetted, we desired strong smoke. Our handful of pulls on the Diesel still retained some presence, but the Kush effects set themselves apart from onset. This bud produced lung rattling smoke that put a thumping stone directly between the eyes.
The pulsating body sensations & edgy head space were more than I intended on in my dose. Somewhat worthless outside of nodding in agreement and taking notes, I chuckled seeing Knottyy take hits of Kush in stride. When a gripping 30 minutes passed, a deep relaxation set in. This calm sustained until I had become grateful for having endured the initial whirlwind.
Despite our different experiences during take-off, we heartily agreed that the plateau was great for soft conversation and the odd laugh.
Taking this bud to our noses, we agreed on a dominant note that was fresh, like linens or soap. Beneath this was a more familiar citrus that smelled we described as both clean and young. If Diesel was preparation for lift-off, Kush certainly got us to outer space. We thought this bud was light-hearted in appearance, but packed a potent punch. Knottyy’s experience wasn’t overwhelming in the slightest, but the intensity of physical sensations was the same.
Under the microscope I found ‘Rainbow’ most noteworthy, 60x-100x revealed rows of unbroken trichomes. It’s eye-popping bag appeal was front and center for this grow. Demo felt this bud was superior to his previous donation, and I agreed. Among growers in the area, I have found he is the most adept at making the purple pop. He has truly mastered the plant.
Rainbow makes an excellent choice for rolling up. Its sticky, malleable leaves perform great during production and have a burn to match. In our final smoke of the night, the flavor translation was superb. Where I noted grape skins, Knotty sensed a floral note rooted in lilac or lavendar. We could both agree that it had a sharpness that was both pleasant and earthy. I imagined the astringent quality I noted in my first review was the adolescent version of the sharp earth I detected now.
As the first smoke settled in our descriptors became more wildly animated. We noted that this buzz set itself apart, even against all day sampling. Rainbow’s break-neck head change that sedates without being sluggish struck me as a go to for anxiety, or social medicating. Good for comfortable friends that are content with relaxed conversation that gives pause for silence at times-perhaps to note your new found appreciation for music.
Halfway through the joint the excellent taste had subsided in the smoke, but remained on our palette. A deep relaxation that teetered on sedating, had taken hold. So seven hours and countless photos and words later, we kicked up our feet and settled in to Otis Redding’s ‘Dock of the Bay‘, and a collective sigh went out for a day well spent.
All of Demo’s grows were potent if not pleasant, and they sported signs of careful harvesting. They were all palatable smokes the performed well in the water pipe (Diesel, Kush) and in paper (Rainbow). When looking back over notes in the days after, I am excited at how intuitive choice was to smoke which when.
Diesel was a mellow, behind the scenes buzz that stoked creativity and encouraged conversation. Attributes we appreciated given that it benefited our productivity and although neither had ingested Cannabis that day, Diesel was manageable in higher doses. Kush satisfied our eventual craving for a good stone to round out the Diesel. Kush was phase-orientated domination that kept our tasks fresh and entertaining despite their tedious nature.
When it was time to shift out of work and into the evening, Rainbow took home the gold. My share of the 1g joint lifted me out of the fog of all day sampling, and set itself apart with its slow, but clear, high that kept me mellow all night.
A special thanks to Demosthene’s who was kind enough to give these samples to Knottyy and myself. Without him this comparative piece would not have been possible, much appreciated. If you didn’t click above, check out the Journal’s article from last month.
Jack x Knottyy
Written March 7th, 2011