The Ten Best Marijuana Strains of 2014

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10. OG -18 Personalized Organic Treatments

I knew the OG 18, a Cannabis Cup-winning strain from Reserva Privada, was finding a home in my bubbler the instant I put my nose to the top of the jar and inhaled. The overwhelming rush of lemons on top of wet organic soil and tennis balls had me at a stinky hello. The dark-green buds themselves weren't hugely plump and, if anything, looked a little scraggly and leafy in places. But the silver and amber trichome coverage underneath the green foliage was solid under a scope, and the spongy, well-cured flowers had an intense stickiness to them. A little bit more effort in bloom by the growers, and this could be one of the best finds in Denver. Broken up, buds really stank and left my fingers sticky and waxy, like high-CBD strains, and the powerful, Sour Diesel-on-steroids flavor was a real treat out of a dry pipe and bubbler. Very stoney as well, with instant head-to-toe relaxation that lasted for a good two hours after a small bowlful.
Our marijuana writer, William Breathes, celebrated five years as America’s first newspaper pot critic this past November. In addition to the hundreds under his belt, he’s added another 52 shops to his growing list of reviews in 2014 and smoked nearly 100 different kinds of herb in that time. A few of those still stands out, though and made it easy to narrow down Westword’s Top Buds of 2014.