Strain Gauge: Flow Kana's Small Batch Gorilla Glue
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: This gram of Gorilla Glue came to us courtesy of a trip to Los Angeles’ great Med Men dispensary — I specifically asked for an indica, and though I’ve had Gorilla Glue before (it’s famous as an indica, both for being powerfully relaxing, and for getting sued by the company that shares its name; these days you can find it as GG or Original Glue), I jumped at the chance to try this, a small batch version put together by TSO Farms for Flow Kana. Flow Kana is a business that connects California farms (in Mendocino and Humbolt counties, according to the attractively-designed jar) to dispensary owners and other distribution channels. This Gorilla Glue strain is a strong hybrid indica, based on a mix of Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel, and it’s designed to knock you out into a nice deep, chill state. We grabbed it with a mix of a few other great indicas…
…And then left it in the container for a month or two. Sorry, Flow Kana, but we had other things to try. Unfortunately, that means this wasn’t the freshest sample we’ve ever come into contact with. But that happens sometimes! If anyone from Flow Kana (or any other farm, for that matter) is reading this and wants to send us some fresher samples, by all means, drop a note and we’ll try what you’ve got and write about it here for sure.
Sniff Test: This one smells good, just like a deep indica should. The dark green buds are almost like a forest you can get lost in — the scent has notes of dark green hills and big, old trees, along with an earthy foundation. There’s a bit of sourness as well. The smell is just plain heavenly — this is what you expect and hope a nice indica should smell like. Honestly, the smell was one of the best parts of the whole experience of this strain — Flow Kana does have strong relationships with some of the best farms in cannabis, and you can tell that just by looking at the product. Their packaging is slick, and the experience of opening it up, getting that deep scent of dark forest trails and mossy outcroppings is almost worth the price of admission itself.
The High: But of course we can’t just sit and smell it all day. The high on this one started out a bit too introspective. I took notes as I went along, and though there was some fun music playing as I went (Billie Eilish’s new album is great), most of my notes are pretty dark and introspective: I got to thinking about the past, and how it might define me, and how I might be locked into certain patterns that got set in long ago. Dark stuff! It felt more heady than I expected for Gorilla Glue — maybe that’s because the buds were a little drier and older than they probably should have been, but if the goal was to send me down, the strain definitely did that
Fortunately, a hero appeared: Bob Ross. After a little too much of this thinking, we decided that a lighter mood was needed, and Bob Ross appeared on the TV screen, painting away at his happy little trees. Before long, a much more relaxed state was reached — Bob just has a way of calming you down and making you feel like everything is going to be okay, and the Gorilla Glue helped quite a bit, also. I sunk into the couch and just let Bob’s hypnotic voice take me away. By the end of the high, my notes got a lot more positive: “Trust people. Be kind. Anything is possible.” Slightly dry buds aside, that’s a great message to carry away from almost any experience.
The Verdict: Fine. I have to say, I don’t think this one lived up to its reputation — I’ve had Gorilla Glue that I liked better in the past, and while I like what Flow Kana is doing, I don’t think this strain quite stood out from the crowd the way they meant it to. It was a fine experience (especially once Bob Ross got involved), but it wasn’t exactly life changing. And for a strain that’s so indica dominant, I was surprised that it sent my mind running for a bit the way it did. If you’re looking for a strong indica, GG will be it, but I can’t say I see any reason to seek out Flow Kana or TSO’s version in place of any other respectable option. That smell is great, though!
Stay tuned for more Strain Gauge posts as soon as we get a chance to try something interesting. 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.