Strain Gauge: Blood Orange
Strain Gauge is The Elegant Stoner’s ongoing strain taste test feature. For every cannabis strain that comes across our desk, we’ll check it out, give it the sniff test, try a high, and then provide a verdict (between Poor, Fine, Great, or Amazing). If you want THC percentages, crossbreed information, or terpene counts, you’ll have to look elsewhere. We're not interested in testing in a lab. The goal here is to let you know what a certain strain looks, smells, and feels like, and whether it’s worth asking for by name the next time you're at the dispensary.
Origin: During a recent trip to the dispensary, I asked a budtender for a hybrid recommendation, and I got a few grams of this strain. It wasn't the cheapest on offer, but I was intrigued by the name and the smell, and figured I'd give it a shot. Plus, it raised my total to a price level that got me a couple of free prerolls as well, so why not, right?
The Sniff Test: The name is as apt as it can get -- this stuff smells exactly like a fresh orange. I'm not quite nose sensitive enough to say whether it's an actual blood orange smell or just a general orange smell, but the citrus coming off of this stuff is super strong. If you're not into oranges, you might not like it, but the fruity smells mixed with what seems like a pine-y scent is intoxicating here. Just opening the package is a great experience. It might be worth a purchase just for that reason!
The High: I asked for a hybrid recommendation, and once you light this stuff up, you can see why it sits in that category. The high is right in the middle -- it will light up some things in your head, but also kick in a pretty deep body high. You'll want to do math while sitting on your couch. This would be perfect for a nice, repetitive dungeon crawling game (and in fact, that's exactly what I did with it, playing some Neon Chrome on my PS4). The high isn't nearly as impressive as the smell, but it's a fun one that is, indeed, a great example of a hybrid sativa/indica strain.
The Verdict: Great. The smell makes this one pretty unique -- it's not likely to be a regular appearance on my rotation, but it's definitely worth a try if you can find it. The hybrid high makes it good for all sorts of things, but that's not necessarily helpful, as usually I want a strain that's paired pretty closely with whatever I'm doing (whether that's going out, hanging with friends for a laugh, or just sinking into the couch during a movie marathon). The smell on this one, however, has to be experienced, if only once. I might even keep a nug of it around, just to open up the container occasionally and take a citrusy sniff!
Look for more Strain Gauge posts as soon as we can put them together! If you have a strain you want us to test out (whether it's something you grew yourself or a strain you're just a fan of), hit us up on the contact line and we'll give it a look.