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New local strain review guru

In case you haven’t noticed yet, there’s a new cannabis connoisseur in town posting detailed reviews on a variety of marijuana strains. Well, I guess you wouldn’t exactly say she’s new, especially if you’re a fan of this blog.

Nonetheless, she recently started doing something I haven’t seen anywhere else around Vancouver. My former colleague Sue Vorenberg left Cannabis Chronicles two weeks ago, and since then she’s opened up about using marijuana on her own private blog — The Columbian has a policy against it.

Sue Vorenberg at CannaMan Farms in Vancouver, early 2014 before the first stores opened.
Sue Vorenberg at CannaMan Farms in Vancouver, early 2014 before the first stores opened.

In the past couple weeks, she’s posted five reviews on flower and two on marijuana-infused products from Vancouver-based Fairwinds: one on Wintermint Tincture and another on Pineapple Vape. For consumers, the cool thing about Sue’s strain reviews is that she has a system for everything she tries.

For each strain of flower or cannabis-infused product, Sue records her experience on a review sheet. She pays attention to everything from how the marijuana affects her emotions and physical sensations to how long the high takes to kick in and then fade. So far, most of the strains and products she’s written about are locally made.

Here’s a sample from a recent review:

Strain: Dirty Girl
Grower: Smokey Point Productions
Onset time: About three minutes to kick in
Fade: About an hour and a half
Strength: Medium to strong
Tingling (where did you feel it): Mid chest, lower back, across body much more than the head or face.
Control (can you maintain focus, etc): Good
Emotions: Happy
Paranoia: No
Energy level: Relaxed, mellow
Smell: Pine, citrus, berry, lemon
Relieves: Settled my stomach
Positives: Nice chest strain, great on lower body.
Negatives: Munchies
Other notes: Calming, nice sativa – alert but with good body relaxation. One of Smokey Point’s signature strains (their Clone Zone parent company invented it). Could be nice for a mellow hike or picnic.

Anyway, if you’re looking for another source outside Leafly to give you an idea of what to expect from any given strain, keep an eye on Sue’s blog. She’ll have lots of new strain reviews up in the coming months.

– Justin Runquist