Since moving to California and getting my recommendation, I’ve tried a lot of “flavored” strains . However, the one strain I looked at over and over but never donated for was Lemon Haze, or any lemon strain for that matter. It never looked great, smelled great, or seemed worth the price. This changed when I walked into Southern California Patient Association (SCPA) last week. I went there specifically looking to grab their much touted 30% Chem-D. I got there late (they close at 8pm), but they let me come in anyway. The staff was extremely friendly, and the dispensary, though small, was comfortable and inviting. They set out a rather large magnifying glass and encouraged me to “get in there”. I went straight for the top shelf. These last few weeks have been tight on my medication budget, so now that I had a few bucks to spend, I wanted the best.
SCPA did not disappoint. I went straight for the Chem-D, a glistening pale green bud, and decided on two grams (at $10 a gram for FTP). I also got to do a 5 gram eighth for being a FTP, and so came the difficult task of finding two more strains to split. I eventually worked my way down to the Super Lemon Haze, and as soon as I opened the jar, I was hit with a sugary sweet lemon scent. Not at all what I experienced with the sour, imitation smelling lemons I saw at other more popular collectives. The buds were haired with deep orange pistils which contrasted nicely with the forest green leaves. Over all of this aesthetic beauty was a thick covering of shiny tricromes. Seeing all this under the magnifying glass and bright lights solidified my choice to take this strain home.
The strain, about a 50/50 hybrid, brings the best of both parents: Lemon Skunk and Super Silver Haze, a hybrid itself. The buds were denser than the rest of the top shelfs and puffed up like an Indica when ground. Sticky to the touch (and the grinder, and the bowl, and my clothes), it was slow to burn at first, but then flamed up. When I tapped it out with the lighter, it stuck to the lighter too. The first hit reminded me of when I was a bartender in college. One friend of mine used to do lemon drop shots and was heavy on the sugar. Super Lemon Haze had all the flavor of a fresh lemon piled with sugar and sucked dry. The smoke was dense and a bit harsh, and although this strain lives in the green hit, the sweet lemon taste persisted throughout the bowl.
The high was euphoric and showed well why this strain is known for its anti-anxiety qualities. It was talkative and easy, like taking Xanax, but with a thoughtful quality and a slight body high. It worked well for social anxiety and stress. The day flew by, and I enjoyed interacting with others and my environment. The smell of this strain is noticeable when smoked, and I received quite a few glances after smoking as it clung to my clothes, hands, and beard. Eating everything you can reach is also telling when trying to be discreet, and the munchies from Super Lemon Haze are prevalent.
Super Lemon Haze is a definite take home in this quality a bud. Although the test results weren’t in when I picked it up, most of SCPA’s top shelf strains came in between 21% and 30%. I would expect the same here. It was a powerful smoke, and usually one bowl was more than enough if I hoped to function afterwards.