Strain Gauge: Maui Waui

Strain Gauge: Maui Waui

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: According to the history of the strain, Maui Waui (sometimes Maui Wowie) came from Hawaii in the 1970s, where the volcanic soil there boosted its tropical flavor and power as a very bright sativa. Our exact variant of this strain, however, came from a brand new dispensary just down the street that, to be honest, was probably illegal. Don’t get us wrong — it was a very nice place in a little industrial warehouse, complete with zero outside signage, reggae music blasting loudly inside, and an excellent first-time patient deal (they hooked us up with an extra gram and a couple of edibles). But it all seemed very temporary, and while we’re completely sure that all of the licensing paperwork for the dispensary was all completely in order, it’s also very possible that, you know, it wasn’t.

The Look: As you can see in the photo above, the nugs were small but bright and dense. This strain was picked up specifically for a taste test only, so there wasn’t a lot to go around by design, but what little we got was very tightly grown — almost porous and rocky, like an igneous rock. There’s no question at all why this stuff is called Maui Waui — it definitely lives up to its island heritage. We didn’t ever hear what farm this came from (again, the dispensary we stopped by wasn’t the most formal place), but just looking at the flower certainly makes it seem like it came from a big indoor grow somewhere.

The Sniff Test: As you might expect from a strain described as tropical, the smell is just gorgeous — there’s a solid amount of fruit in there, and an excellent little buzzy note that almost reminds you of the beach or the ocean (more sandy than salty, though). In short, this stuff smells wonderful — definitely better than we got it to look in the picture above. It smells like a luau, with tiki torches and mai tais and people dancing in grass skirts and laughing. Man, this stuff smells good.

The High: This was a real trip. It’s a very humming head high, a feeling just as bright and colorful as the strain itself. Great for creativity and joy — we were almost bursting with new ideas and wild thoughts. It’s true that it can verge a bit on the paranoid (though it’s not quite as wild as a strain like Green Crack or LSD), but as long as you can keep your senses and stay relaxed (and keep yourself from munching too much — there are a few munchies cravings in here too), this is a great ride indeed.

It got us thinking about describing these strains, actually. Some of these descriptions can sound weird or vague, but that’s only because we don’t always have words to describe the experiences that cannabis can give us yet. Maui Wowi’s serious buzz got us thinking about it like a new horizon, a territory unexplored.

People must have sounded crazy when they first explored the western US and came back with what they’d seen: “There was a huge canyon — a grand canyon!” “There were fields and fields of orange trees as far as I could see!” “You won’t believe this, but there was just a big tower in the middle of the desert — a Devil’s Tower!” Those explorers must have sounded nuts to bystanders who hadn’t seen what they’d seen, just like when we say that this strain made us want to recreate a sunset in oils, or plant a new garden, or write a symphony that changes the world. When we say this strain was like a burst of sunlight in our mind, or a wave crashing on a rocky shore underneath a volcano, that might make no sense at all.

But just like those explorers’ ravings, it’s all true! How can you describe something in mere words that’s so profound? You have to invent words just to come close, but even then, to someone who hasn’t been there, it can sound weird, or even plain. What we’re trying to say is: This Maui Wowi experience was aloha-tastic. It was sparkiferous!

Then again, maybe we were just really, really high.

The Verdict: Amazing. That’s right — this is our first Amazing grade! Despite its lowly origins (and appearance), this was quite an experience. It’s true that if a strong sativa will put you too on edge, you might want to stay away from this one, because it will definitely get you spinning a little bit. But this is an excellent strain with a long history that’s probably a must-try for anyone interested in getting lifted. There’s lots of joy and creativity in this strain, and it might encourage you to do that thing you’ve been meaning to do, whether that means just cleaning up the house, or planning a trip to Hawaii.

Just one note of warning: don’t take this stuff before bed. This is a strain that will get you up and moving — a strain for a bright sunny day that makes it feel like all the world’s your oyster and all you have to do is go out and get it. Maui Wowi took us right over to the pineapple fields of Hawaii, and we can’t wait to go back soon.

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 in a future post.

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