Your boy got a big new TV for Christmas. She’s a real beaut, with all the apps. So many that I feel like a king, conquering the cable swine with my ability to use other people’s Dish and Xfinity accounts to watch cheesy action movie after cheesy action movie. Muscles, explosions and one-liners from Cruise, Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Give them to me. Now. With a blunt of Beijinho.
A Portuguese term for “baby kiss” or “little kiss,” the word "beijinho" is also associated with a Brazilian birthday candy made with coconut. I first found the strain on a hung-over Sunday morning, while wearing a sheen of self-regret and my clothes from the night before. A gentle kiss sounded like exactly what my lungs needed. Beijinho was sold to me as a 50/50 hybrid, bred from pure Afghani and Thai landraces for a simple yet effective high and delicious Durban-like flavor with a salty back end. But it wouldn’t be the only strain I’ve tried with such parents, as OG Kush and Northern Lights strains are rumored to share the same lineage, and several cuts from DJ Short’s collection also carry heavy Afghani and Thai influences.
My first test of Beijinho was a mini-blunt after I got home and threw a pizza in the oven. If Beijinho were a true hybrid, it’d get me hyped on whatever Wesley Snipes movie was on for about thirty minutes while I crushed my pizza, then lull me to sleep like the man-baby I am. Sure enough, I went down like Pacquiao about ninety minutes later, asleep on my couch with pizza sauce on my face and one of the Blades blaring. It was much more sedating than Flo, with a sweeter, more citrus-heavy flavor than OG Kush or Northern Lights.
Future sessions of Beijinho showcased powerful flavors akin to other classic sinsemilla strains like Durban Poison and Hindu Kush, with clear notes of rubber, pine and citrus on each toke. The hybrid’s high was stiff, two-sided, and much less even-keeled than that of Flo, another hybrid with similar Afghani and Thai genetics.
I’ve seen Beijinho flower for sale in RiNo at Botanico, and around town as a concentrate from Binske, a wholesale extractor that also grows its own flower. Botanico’s buds are full of old chronic aromas sure to please OG and Afghani fans, and Binske’s live resin only magnifies that.
Looks: Beijinho’s spread of calyxes and gnarled leaves speaks of its old-school lineage, but it carries some modern qualities, with bright-peach pistils and pearled trichomes giving the strain’s pine-green, amber and purple tones a needed sparkle.
Smell: Layered but easy to understand, this invigorating blend of aromas encompasses almost every scent in the book. Blasts of pine and tangy rubber slap you in the face, followed by salty, fresh and herbal notes, almost like ocean water. The entire blend is blanketed by a subtle yet sweet coat of citrus.
Flavor: Like Durban Poison but with more pine and zest, Beijinho carries strong, tart flavors up front with hints of orange and lemon, followed by piney, earthy notes and a smooth, sweet bubblegum taste to remind you of its Afghani heritage.
Effects: The high is a volatile walk down the hybrid line, and I could see it easily going either way, depending on the individual. The 50/50 designation is more of a roller coaster than a seesaw, taking me up with euphoria and interest, only to drop me back down with muscle relaxation and strong bouts of the munchies.
Home grower’s take: “You’ve got to be careful with some of these strains, because sometimes they’re just different phenotypes of other strains with Afghani and Thai genetics. But with all the different growing conditions and genetics floating around nowadays, it very well could be its own strain. It probably requires some decent topping in the grow, because those old strains get thick and long, and their buds reflect that.”
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