The recent victory of Mendocino County’s Aficionado Seeds at the 2015 Emerald Cup, Northern California’s most prestigious cannabis competition, was hardly a shock.
The company’s heritage genetics has previously won Emerald Cup awards – including a first-place finish in 2012 for its Chemdawg Special Reserve, a second-place finish in 2014 for Black Lime Reserve and a third-place finish in 2013 – leading to this year’s victory over first with Cherry Limeade, a strain developed by Mean Gene, Aficionado’s lead breeder.
It’s nearly impossible to get hold of the winning species now. But I knew a phone call to Flow Kana – premium suppliers of sun-grown, Pure Green certified boutique cannabis – would get me the best.
Enter the Cherry Lime, an enthusiast developed through Mean Gene, who tells SF Evergreen that it is genetically identical to the winning Limeade. (What’s in a name anyway?) This is an invigorating hybrid with unique citrus flavors, impressively mild smoke and powerful effects.
In a market flooded with strains touting THC levels in the low 20s, Cherry Lime’s potency – just under 18 percent THC – is hardly surprising. But as anyone who really understands the chemistry of cannabis knows, there is more to the desirable effects of ganja than just THC.
Perhaps the unique terpenes contribute to or enhance some of the effects. Growing outdoors in full sun may give the plant more terpenes. (That’s what outdoor growers claim.) But without a doubt, this stuff hits harder and better than many strains with higher cannabinoid concentrations.
One bowl in a bong was enough to fully appreciate the effects, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying a few grams in my vaporizer and an assortment of pipes and chillums. There are no lethargic effects, so repeated use (though not fiscally conservative) is perfectly manageable during the day.
Potency: 17.7 percent THC and 0 percent CBD may not trigger many pulses on paper, but the impact is solid, clean and fast.
Flavour: Bright grapefruit zest and assertive hints of spearmint and juniper dominate the subtle, earthy fruit sweetness in the jar. The dominant tones are sharp and sharp, but the overall intensity is subdued – like listening to thrash metal at half volume. A spin in the mill unleashes a softly spoken yet pronounced whiff of pine cleanser, which weaves surprisingly well into the sweet fruit and citrus base.
Taste: The muted sweetness of lime candies is central to the exceptionally mild smoke. A large blow creates an unusual “cool” feeling in the lungs and throat. It is barely perceptible, but very pleasant and more pronounced when using a bong.
Appearance: Firm, natural bud structure with optimum density; attractive lime green color interspersed with deep emerald green remnants of “sugar leaves” and red pistils, all evenly coated with a substantial trichome glaze.
Effects/medical uses: I’m not a doctor (sorry mom) and so I can’t promise you that smoking will do anything for any particular medical condition. However, the balanced hybrid effects provided near-total relief from the physical tension and psychological stress caused by my chronic deadline anxiety. This mentally uplifting strain boosts productivity and provides muscle relaxation, like getting a shoulder massage from your cosmic life coach.
Bottom line: Aficionado is built on a foundation of encyclopedic knowledge and fanatical dedication, and it shows in the artisanal quality of the cannabis they grow. Cherry Lime is no exception, and given the close genetic proximity to Aficionado’s Emerald Cup-winning Cherry Limeade, it is a must for anyone passionate about truly premium sun-grown cannabis.
Available at: Flow Kana, flowkana.com (check availability).
OTHER TOP TOPS
Emerald Cup winners and their breeders
1. Cherry lemonade, Average gen
2. Lemon Head OG, Josh Pope, THC
3. Purple Candy Cane, Greenshock Farms