Ohio Strain Review:
Josh D OG
Another Josh D classic comes to Cleveland!
Review & Photos by: Randy Shaffer
Packaging: First Impressions
Josh D Tier II cannabis comes from the cultivator, Calyx Peak, out of Akron. We’ve talked about Josh D packaging before. While the thick, white glass jars are impressive, the labels are a little haphazard in their placement, and sometimes wrinkle around the edges. This tempers the classy aesthetic of the glass jars.
Josh D cannabis is well packaged in a durable container that’s a few steps beyond other Ohio medical marijuana competitors, at least in terms of feel and functionality. There’s also very little smell emanating from these jars, which is a plus as well. Hopefully, in the coming months we’ll see improvements to the label. But given how hard the state can be with label restrictions, it could be a while.
Cannabis Look: Out of the Bottle
OG is right. This cannabis is about as classic as the name itself. There’s rich, deep greens from the leaves, each accented by white and brown trichomes. The orange pistils are minimal, almost disappearing into the lush greens.
The structure and overall amount of trichomes is a little less than some of the other Josh D or Song strains I’ve tried. Less trichomes doesn’t mean a cannabis strain won’t be potent. But it does mean that less trichomes will fall off when being ground.
Nugs are relatively small here, less than the size of a dime. This isn’t an impressive looking cannabis, at least in terms of color. But if you’re looking for a quintessential strain in terms of cannabis look, Josh D OG is exactly that.
How Does It Grind?
This strain grinds a little sticky, making it more difficult than average to grind this weed. Ohio patients with pain in their hands may want to ask a caretaker to do the grinding for them. This strain doesn’t kick off too many trichomes, so a multi-layered grinder with a kief catcher is not a must … though you really should get one if you don’t already have one.
Some strains can grind to nothing, while others are like a giving tree — producing seemingly endless amounts of ground up cannabis. This is definitely one of those strains. Josh D OG grinds down to a great consistency for vaping. I ground up about 4 or 5 dime-sized nugs and was able to enjoy 3-4 bowls from that amount. Not too shabby.
Smell Before Vaping
That OG name once again makes a lot of sense. This strain smells about as classic as one can get in terms of cannabis aroma. It’s bold, earthy and floral.
I was immediately hit with the Cymene, which added a cumin-like scent. This is complemented by the Myrcene, which offers a floral smell, like lavender. The combination is almost like a fresh beach scent Yankee Candle. I found myself returning to the grinder for more whiffs as there was a familiarity to this strain that I found quite enjoyable. That said, just a hint of limonene and this would be an even better aroma.
The Taste Test
I vaped this medical cannabis with an Arizer ExtremeQ vaporizer and a Pax portable vaporizer. I like to start my first bag at a lower temperature to open the terpenes, and work up to a higher temp to vaporize the cannabinoids.
Perhaps the biggest trouble with the Cymene terpene is that sometimes a spicy aroma can result in a spicy, or earthy, tasting cannabis. That’s what Josh D OG tasted like to me — a bit like placing too many dry spices on the tongue.
There’s a tinge of curry, coriander and cumin that dominate over the pine and floral notes. These accents become more obvious with later bags, as the spice taste begins to yield (some of) its time for other, less pronounced terpene profiles. But an earthy aftertaste remained on my tongue for several minutes, and persisted with each bag. I was able to vape 4 bags before the strain felt cached.
Personally, I’d go to the source of this hybrid and try out Josh D’s Triangle Kush for a slightly better tasting cannabis. And if flavor is really your thing, give Forbidden Fruit from Farkas Farms a spin. That’s the Cadillac of excellent tasting cannabis strains. However, if you love indulging in a spicy strain, Josh D OG will do the trick. This strain would also pair well with a fruity white wine, or perhaps a cup of coffee or tea, to add those spicy accents to your drink.
Medicinal Benefits and Side Effects I Noted
The medicinal benefits noted below are for educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for the advice of a medical practitioner or licensed budtender.
Josh D OG packs an impressive 29.52% THCA. This strain is a hybrid, a combination of Triangle Kush, SFV OG, and Angels OG. It leans about 70% indica and 30% sativa. There is also a respectable .9% CBDA in this strain, which should deliver plenty of relaxation.
Stiffness was plaguing my morning the day I medicated with Josh D OG. Stiffness of the body from running the day before, and stiffness of the mind. My family is enduring a lot of heartache in 2019, and the stress has proven taxing. My budtender had directed me to the Josh D indica hybrids to help ease the symptoms of PTSD while relaxing the muscles to reduce pain.
Josh D OG didn’t quite match Triangle Kush in terms of relief, but it did ease my muscles and help with depression and anxiety during my medication period. Euphoria is present, but takes a backseat to relaxation. This is a pretty good strain if you plan on being productive.
While I did feel relaxed, I didn’t feel very tired. For sleep aid, I’d again stick with something like Triangle Kush. However, as a good morning or midday strain, Josh D OG gets the job done. It can bring relaxation and a slight euphoria. And the Cymene, though spicy, does a great job with anti-inflammation.
Final Thoughts on Forbidden Fruit
This is a classic OG strain, and it’s got a lot to offer for Ohio medical marijuana patients. The Cymene terpene in Josh D OG is very powerful in the taste and aroma, but it also is very powerful on the body, so patients should find relief while medicating with this strain.
While I wouldn’t place Josh D OG in my favorites category, I would definitely recommend patients visiting an Ohio marijuana dispensary give this strain a shot to see how it works for them. Josh D OG is spicy, evocative and quintessential.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve tried this strain, and how it worked for you. And stay tuned as we’ll have more strain reviews in the coming weeks!
THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is found on raw, live cannabis plants. As THCA is dried, the compounds slowly convert to THC.