Marijuana Strain Review: OG 18 at Denver Relief

OG 18's barky notes and powerful high reminded me of Peak's Phantom OG right up the street.
OG 18's barky notes and powerful high reminded me of Peak's Phantom OG right up the street.

Since opening its doors at 1 Broadway in 2009, Denver Relief has made quite an effort to get involved with the community. I’m not talking about persistent self-promotion or hyping roles in cable “documentaries” about Colorado’s pot industry, but by pushing true community projects, like helping local kids through college and cleaning up garbage after the 4/20 rally. Despite Denver Relief’s do-good reputation and proximity to the Westword office, though, I’d never tried any of its flower before now. In need of some bliss after a weekend trip and the rough Monday that followed, I stopped by one of Denver’s oldest pot shops looking for an indica to help me catch up on sleep.

The selection inside made things difficult — but in a way that persnickety potheads like. The seductive smells of the fruity Hashberry and fuming Chemdawg charmed the shit out of my nose, but I was looking for something a little heavier. My budtender recommended some OG 18 (a potent indica off the OG Kush web), and given Denver Relief’s OG status as a Broadway dispensary, I decided to go with some classic genetics.

I'd previously seen an OG 18 phenotype of the OG Kush strain, but Denver Relief’s was a hybrid of OG Kush and Chemdawg. My top-tier gram ($16 after tax, but bring a childproof bag or it’ll cost more) was made up of two adorable forest-green buds oozing with resin. Breaking off a chunky calyx pushed out the skunky earthiness I’ve come to expect from the OG family, and some spicy diesel notes lingered behind. Vaping a Volcano bowl at 350 degrees provided three potent bags, and I probably didn’t need the last one.

The earthy taste really came through during the vape sesh, with a tart, rubbery aftertaste rounding it out. Its THC content might’ve been a little too high for 350 degrees: The hits killed my lungs and had me coughing hard. But I immediately felt a groovy sensation take hold of my body, as if it were moving to a Marvin Gaye song only I could hear. I zoned out on the Rockies game before falling asleep in my armchair like my old man after a long day. Denver Relief lived up to its name with this OG 18: The drool on my recliner proves it.

Strain Gang is our weekly critique of a cannabis strain at a recreational store. For MMJ reviews, go to westword.com/news. Have a suggestion for a strain review? Send it to marijuana@westword.com.

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