Strain Gang is our new weekly critique of a cannabis strain at a recreational store. For MMJ reviews, read Mile Highs and Lows at westword.com/news.
Pre-rolled joints have quickly become the hot dogs of Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry. They’re cheap to make, easy to consume and extremely convenient — but do you really want to know what’s inside? Customers leaving dispensaries with a complimentary joint may feel as if they’ve just won the lottery — but they may not feel the same after smoking it.
L’Eagle’s organic cannabis won our Best Sour Diesel award in the Best of Denver 2015. I wondered if its pre-rolls would be up to the same high standards, so I stopped by the shop at 380 Quivas Street last Friday. When I purchased an eighth of some exceptional flower, the budtender was kind enough to include a free, pre-rolled cone of Sour Diesel, which normally sells for $6, because it was my first time in the shop.
He warned me not to expect the same smooth burn and pungent taste I’d get if I rolled my own joint of the award winner. I was disappointed to learn that the crop’s bottom of the barrel had gone into my freebie, but the news wasn’t surprising — and his honesty was appreciated. So was the cone’s smell: The bottle it came in couldn’t contain the vapors, and my car reeked of skunky afternoon delight by the time I got home.
While the budtender’s candor had tempered my expectations, the quality was still more than strong enough to justify the standard price tag. The leafy burn was a little harsh at the beginning, as many cones are, but the diesel notes were evident. My cottonmouth was accompanied by a piney, citrus aftertaste, and the instant, face-melting high assured me that this was the sativa that had been advertised. My plans for laundry and TV-watching were ruined. I found myself zoned out, shooting hoops at the park for an hour instead.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
Perfect for vacations, stoned adventures and chores, Sour Diesel is a popular choice for daytime smoking, and this was a pre-game treat I’d gladly spend $6 on before a hike or concert. As with most pre-rolled cones, you should burn this with a friend or save some for later. Puffing it all at once would get most of us way too stoned, and the higher percentage of leaves inside makes for a more irritating smoke that your throat won’t enjoy.
Have a suggestion for a strain review? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.