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Lavender Goo brings the cool

Barbary Coast’s Lavender Goo draws you in with striking colors and aromas, then opens the door to subtle bliss, with a fresh perspective that inspires relaxed philosophizing.

It is generally believed that Lavender Goo is a hybrid of Lavender (a mix of Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean, Afghani and Hawaiian genetics bred by Soma Seeds) and Afgoo (an old-school mix of an Afghan indica and Maui Haze) .

Located on Mission Street near Mint Plaza in the rapidly gentrifying South of Market, Barbary Coast is a San Francisco pharmacy with the club-like atmosphere of a craft cocktail lounge.

There is an extensive menu of flowers, concentrates and edibles, but the decor seems to place an emphasis on style over substance. Flowers are weighed to order rather than prepackaged, which is nice, but it’s not so nice to see budtenders using their fingers instead of chopsticks or tongs. The thin plastic bags used for packaging are strangely incongruous in this luxurious environment.

Flower quality can be hit and miss, but top shelf selections are often excellent.

Potency: 20.7% THC, 0.4% CBD.

Appearance: A thick layer of shimmering resin gives these long, shapely flowers a crisp look. They are predominantly purple, with hues ranging from dusted lavender to rich aubergine, alongside dark earthy greens, lime bursts and a small scattering of lightly browned pistils.

Flavour: Sharp pine with a hint of lemon and sharp petrol fumes fade into powdery purple sweetness. These scents intensify when the flower is taken apart and are accompanied by sweet grass, sour pomegranate and hashish, savory wood flavour.

Taste: A medley of contrasts includes sweet grape, sour apple, spicy dandelion greens and savory sage. There are undertones of lemon zest, black currant, shaved cedar and brut champagne, with a soapy aftertaste and a hint of menthol and lavender extract that lingers in the back of the throat.

Effect: The first pull is like a mental reset button, providing an immediate sense of contented calm. This soft stone is somehow both light and heavy at the same time, soft but not calming, with a slight sensation of chest compression and an overall sense of snug comfort. There is a subdued euphoria combined with slow thoughtfulness, until the meditative and mood-enhancing high gradually dissolves into dull drowsiness with a sticky mouth.

Medical Applicability: The mental and physical stoniness soothes aches and pains, relaxes muscles and relieves anxiety. Some may find it sleep-inducing, but the mild cerebral stimulation isn’t ideal for reliably overcoming insomnia. Overmedication can cause dizziness.

General impression: The pleasantly calm effect of Lavender Goo is loose and clear, but eventually culminates in a hazy haze.

Barbary Coast
952 Mission St.

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