Wine, Dope, CNBC, Critics and My 30 Seconds of Fame
This was lots of fun. It’s always nice to obtain your 30 seconds of fame.
However, the discussion of the similarities between wine and marijuana discussed in this CNBC segment to which I was asked to contribute (see 40 seconds in..) raises a lot of questions. The most interesting issue raised is that of “Dope Critics”.
Were it legal to buy and sell Marijuana in California, would a crop of “marijuana critics” rise up and flood us with their opinions? Of course they would. And though I haven’t looked, I’d be willing to bet that the very best URLs for this purpose have already been snagged.
And if it’s legal, why shouldn’t dope be poked and prodded and critiqued just like wines?
But what I think will be the primary difference between wine reviews and pot review will be the inclusion of the character of the high that will be presented in the latter. It seems to me reviewing a 2011.5 vintage of Humboldt Indica without characterizing the high it produces is akin to reviewing a Cabernet without mentioning its body, flavors or aroma. In fact, if you want a preview of what the explosion of reviews of marijuana might sound like if it is legalized in California, take a look at these critiques from MarijuanaReviews.com:
Looks: Medium green, with lots of small crystal covered leaves and orange/red hairs.
Smell: Fresh lemon zest strong scent.
Taste: Exactly how it smells…fresh with no unpleasant aftertaste. Tastes like Lemons all the way to the end of the joint.
Buzz Type: You had better be sitting down to enjoy this. It has a quick couch lock that is pure relaxation after a couple drags.
Buzz Length: Very Long. 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
Overall: Love this strain so much I added it to the
garden. It’s is definitely worth seeking out if you enjoy your eyes
The only drawback to this was the slightly harsh smoke. I coughed
my ass off after the first drag and the second and the third. But
after that I was so tore up it didn’t matter.
The buds are sticky as hell, had to wash my hands after breaking up
the bud to keep the rolling paper from sticking to my fingers. The
smoke was heavily scented.
This is definitely one of the best I’ve found in a long time.
From: Reseda Discount Caregivers
Price: $20/G, $60/8th 425/oz
Looks: Big nice juicy buds that have some orange
hairs. After breaking up the buds they have a nice fuzz of trichomes
covering the whole inside of it.
Smell: Sweet with a nice citrus woodsy floral smell
– the only way I can describe it. The smell is not too over powering
but very nice none the less.
Taste: It tasted sweet leaving your mouth with a slight musky floral after taste. Smooth smoke.
The smoke barely made me cough through a small bong…and I do not have the greatest lungs.
Buzz Type: Creeper. It took about 20 minutes for it to fully kick in. When I exhaled I felt a mellowing sense which I expected.
The buzz kept going making my body feel like it was floating and would receive little jolts of butterflies
kind of like a mini bump that gets your stomach in a car.
Buzz Length: Long. About 2 and a half hours which was led by at least 20 minutes of creep time.
Overall: One of my new favorites that had me
feeling like it was one of the first times I had been high. The
comedown is so easy and almost non-existent.
My only hesitation to giving it an A+ is the fact I don’t know what an A+ is yet. Hopefully one bowl will let me know – till then I am on a mission!!!
So, why isn’t wine evaluated for the buzz in produces? I’m not a chemist, so I don’t know if the same level of alcohol from a Cabernet induces the same buzz as identical levels of alcohol in a Chardonnay. But now that I think about it I’d like to know. For that matter, is it possible for the buzz produced by a wine varies based on where it was grown, as well as on the varietal? Now that I think about it, I’d like to know.