My passion for CBD and hemp-derived products began with a bag of hemp protein my sister got me for Christmas. As a lifelong sufferer of seizures, headaches, depression, and anxiety, CBD has been a miracle for me -- and I think it can be one for you too!
Just like my last review, Tweedle Farms has mastered the art of packaging and shipping. It comes discreetly in a mylar, air-tight bag, and then vacuum-sealed for extra precaution.
Appearance – 5/10
Tweedle Farms advertises this batch of AC/DC as lightly trimmed, so the colas aren’t entirely bud. There are some stems and some seeds, but not nearly as many as the Otto x Cherry outdoor strain that Tweedle Farms had a couple months ago. A nice even spread of trichomes gives the flower some twinkle, which is always nice to see, but nothing to write home about.
Smell/Taste – 9/10
Like nearly all high CBD strains, AC/DC’s most prominent terpene is myrcene, which gives it an herbal musk akin to hops or lemongrass. The second prominent terpene is a-Farnesene, which is neat since it isn’t a terpene that you will see at such high numbers. Farnesene is most notably found on the skins of apples and serves as a natural insect repellent, but it also gives AC/DC a killer granny smith apple scent as well.
Combusting this stuff is a win in my book. It’s very smooth and it retains a lot of its terpene profile when heated up. It almost tastes like candy, with an aftertaste that is very similar to a strain known as Bubblegum. The apple scent also translates to the smoke very well too.
And for all you vaporizer-users, you will find that the taste is even fruitier and the hits are even smoother.
Effects – 8/10
AC/DC will have you feeling focused, but also with a little bit of an indica-couchlock to it. If cannabis and its varieties tends to make you tired, then this might not be the best strain for you if you’re trying to get things done. However, I believe many users will be able to stomach the effects without falling asleep. In my opinion, AC/DC is a great if you are relaxing or doing mundane tasks on your computer, like sending emails or doing your taxes.
In terms of anxiety and depression relief, AC/DC is average (not “bad” — it still provides some relief and euphoria). This strain is probably a little better at pain relief, especially in higher dosages, as you will find your muscles relaxed with a little bit of a body tingle almost immediately. If you suffer from any sort of chronic pain, AC/DC will probably help alleviate your symptoms.
Overall – 8.5/10
AC/DC by Tweedle Farms is a solid strain. I wish it were a little better in the anxiety department, but it is succeeds at pain relief, focusing, and relaxing. In terms of taste, this batch of AC/DC is one of my favorite for high CBD strains. Whether you are looking to try hemp flowers for the first time, or just looking to restock, AC/DC is probably well and good enough to try.
Tweedle Farms is at it again with a new strain from a sister farm of theirs in Oregon. They call these girls, “Therapy.”
Therapy has 10 terpenes, compare that to TF’s famous Suzy Q strain which only has 7 terpenes. Just like Suzy Q, Therapy is absolutely packed with myrcene (that rich, earthy taste) and caryophyllene (that spice).
The 3 other terpenes that you can find in Therapy (compared to Suzy Q) are:
Bisabolol – also found in chamomile and has anti-inflammatory benefits.
Linalool – while only in trace amounts in this batch, this terpene is becoming increasingly researched and has numerous health benefits. Among those are its anti-anxiety and anti-epileptic properties, which is exactly what I use hemp for.
Ocimene – sweet and herby, this terp helps plants defend themselves in the wild and can also be an anti-inflammatory.
Delivery – 10/10
Tweedle Farms has heard the community and they responded. No more sketchy packaging methods. No obvious return addresses. Not only is it delivered in a heat-sealed mylar bag, but it also vacuum-sealed as well. No scent is going to reek from this stealthy package. Best delivery for flower on the market.
Appearance – 7/10
Therapy comes in dense nuggets and they are beautiful. I definitely recommend grinding this strain because it can get sticky if you only use your fingers. Closer inspection reveals some very nice crystalline trichomes. It isn’t quite trimmed to perfection, but I don’t really mind because the bud is so dense anyways. Doesn’t quite get that bright green tint that Suzy Q gets, but overall, a quality looking strain.
Smell – 8/10
For 10 terpenes, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it all seemed to make sense when I finally cracked open the bag. There are so many aromas happening. They all blend together into a herb-berry smoothie, although the myrcene and the caryophyllene cut through. If I could describe it, it would be a spicy blueberry. The spice is extremely sharp at the end of a big sniff. Seriously, if you want some aromatherapy — stick your nose in the bag and you’ll get a kick out of it.
Taste – 8/10
Combustion – Fresh earthy taste with traces of mixed herbs, and with a little bit of kick at the end. Actually a lot of kick at the end. There is definitely a spicy aftertaste, which is probably from the caryophyllene. You can easily mistake this spiciness for being a hard hit, but if you think about it a little, you’ll realize that it’s actually the taste of the bud.
388 Fahrenheit – Definitely cleaner than combustion, and that caryophyllene is really kicking. This stuff is actually spicy.
430 Fahrenheit – Actually tastes a little hoppy at this temperature, and that caryophyllene is still kicking. Make this stuff into a sauce or something. I seriously need a glass of water after this session.
Effects – 9/10
In low-medium quantities, Therapy is already super sedating. I personally see myself using this strain at the end of the day. It can get a little couch-locky if you aren’t careful and you want to get stuff done on your two feet. From a medical standpoint, I think the anti-anxiety is a little less effective for me compared to Suzy or even Otto. I’m not entirely sure why. I’m also in the process of moving and changing jobs so that could be a big reason too.
Overall – 8.7/10
Quick aside: Because this stuff is so high on myrcene, it will actually synergize very well with THC. I believe that’s where the myth comes from that says if you eat a mango before smoking, your high will be more intense (because mangoes have a bunch of myrcene as well). If THC is your digg, I recommend doing THC:Therapy on a 1:1 ratio and seeing how much more amplified the psychoactive effects become.
The delivery was phenomenal this go-around. Tweedle Farms has really turned its PR around for the better. The double-sealed packaging and quick delivery are unbeatable.
All in all, Therapy is a great CBD strain. I definitely recommend trying it if you are bored of the same old cherry wine strains that have been flooding the market. It tests high for both myrcene and caryophyllene, but I believe the 8 other terpenes amplify the rich, spiciness factor in this strain as well. TF’s Otto strain actually tests for higher caryophyllene, but for some reason, the spice cuts through in Therapy much more. My only qualm is that I wish the anti-anxiety effects were a little more immediate. In the future, I’d love to see TF try and make a strain that tests high for linalool to counter this. Regardless, this strain does a fine job at taking the edge off after a long day — it feels great to kick back on the couch and get a good Therapy session in.
Today, I’m reviewing some PhytoResin by PhytoFamily. I love this brand with all my heart. I think they make awesome CBD isolate and full-spectrum concentrate, so I was excited when I received an email that asked me to try out some of their beta releases. I’ve decided to roll with Batch #2 of their PhytoResin. This stuff is super high on CBG, which can be difficult to find in the market, so I think that this product could be great for people with bladder disorders (definitely click this link if you want to learn more about CBG).
Great shipping and payment. I used my credit card and it was fast. Easy. Shipped in a mylar bag earlier than I expected, and it was also wrapped up nicely in some more durable plastic. PhytoFamily also includes a coupon code and heating recommendations with the order too, which I thought was considerate of them.
Appearance – 9.5/10
This stuff looks and feels completely natural. The glob of resin is both thick and dense. The cube has a deep, translucent orange color to it. It reminds me of the amber that traps ancient mosquitoes with dinosaur blood still in their systems from Jurassic Park. I love me some J Park so that’s always cool, bonus points for that, PhytoFamily.
Man, I need a new camera.
This looks more like how it does in real life.
Smell – 10-Jurassic-Park-Mosquitoes/10
Has a weak tangerine scent. Not that this category matters at all.
Taste – 6.5/10
They recommend heating it low, as you can see in the flyer above (no more than 450F). That’s what I did. Tastes very fresh, not harsh at all. It kind of has a yolky-citrus taste. And it’s weirdly good. I think the rig you use vastly changes the taste of the resin. In a smaller rig with minimal water percolation, the taste has a sharp tang to it. In a larger piece with more percolation, the taste is a lot more neutralized — yolky with hints of citrus. And that goes with any rig in terms of taste–the smaller the better. I think that is definitely amplified with this resin. Go for the small rig and it will taste more tangerine-like. But still, I could see some people not liking this flavor, because it can taste like drinking milk after you just brushed your teeth. Especially if your rig is too large or if you don’t heat it up correctly.
Effects – 10/10
Holy heck this stuff is strong. I wrote a journal entry on my first go-around:
10:30pm – I took the resin less than 7 minutes ago. One tiny glob and I am already feeling super relaxed. I feel an acute muscle awareness, and I can feel that I am carrying a lot of stress in my shoulders and neck area. All I can say is that I really want a neck massage now. I might give one to myself or ask my roommate. I would definitely take some of this stuff before doing yoga.
10:35pm – I’m going to do another tiny glob so I can get another taste test in.
10:45pm – I lied. I did two more because I was really trying to lock down that taste. Definitely tastes better in a smaller rig, in my opinion. That yolky taste is a little weird but it gets better over time.
11:10pm – I meant to keep writing but I ended up petting my dog and playing on my phone for the next 25 minutes. It’s safe to say that three or four hits of this stuff and you’ll be pretty sedated, almost couch-locked. I definitely see this being more beneficial in smaller doses if you want to curb that anxiety and still go about your day. Side note, I usually have pretty tight ankles and achilles pain, but that pain has been stifled.
Overall – 8.5/10
I’m giving this stuff a solid 8.5/10. Great packaging from Phytofamily. The taste can throw you off if you don’t like the idea of biting into an overripe grapefruit or something, but it tastes really natural, fresh, and you know that you’re getting some good cannabinoids in this–especially CBG. Effects are incredible and it definitely does the job for my anxiety. I would look into subscribing to PhytoFamily‘s email list because they have sales all the time.
Long story short: Use a hemp wick. They are super cheap and you can find them on Amazon and have it at your door in 2 days or less. My favorite hemp wick products available on Amazon are linked at the bottom of this page.
Hemp wicks are also extremely easy to use (you’ll get the hang of it in 3 tries or less) — and once you go wick, it’ll be hard to go Bic, especially if you are inhaling CBD products and other herbs daily. Here are my top 4 reasons to use hemp wicks for all your herby needs.
1. Inhaling butane is BAD for your body
Here are just some of the effects that inhaling butane can have on your body…
Increased blood pressure
Obviously, this list is more directed to “sniffing” butane and unleaded gasoline products, and some will argue that butane burns relatively clean. I–personally–spent a lifetime suffering from headaches, seizures, depression, and anxiety, so it was a low-risk high-reward situation for me to switch from gas station lighters to hemp wicks.
2. The fuels contained in cheap, gas station lighters are not well-regulated.
In college and graduate school, I studied government policy and technical documents. Pretty boring stuff, but it did teach me to read behind the lines of every technical sentence that I encountered. Just out of curiosity, I went to the Bic (America’s #1 lighter) site and looked at the packaging information on their products.
Better taste — that’s the most immediate quality that you will notice when you switch from a lighter to a hemp wick. Until I made the switch, I never noticed how much cheap lighter flames were masking the taste of the natural terpenes. Hemp wicks are made of the herb that you are already inhaling, so even if the flame is masking some taste, it comes from the same plant. Once you use hemp wicks, you will notice that the smoke feels way cleaner, tastes more pure, and it will allow you to really dig into those flavorful terpenes, get all the benefits, without any extra chemicals getting in the way.
4. You’re supporting the hemp industry
The most important one of them all! I always say we need to buy more hemp products to increase its demand. Vote with your money. Money talks to politicians. That’s why Mitch McConnell is officially backing the hemp industry in Kentucky. It’s a cash crop, and it literally rakes in millions of dollars. The more we buy hemp products, the higher the stock gets. Buying more hemp will get politicians to ditch their ideals and push for federal legalization–because eventually they can’t resist the money.
My Amazon List:
Super cheap, 50-foot spool for all you no-nonsense shoppers:
I have drastically reduced my anxiety (after years of taking SSRIs and suffering all the side-effects)
I have gone from consuming 8 prescriptions to 2 (and only as a buffer for controlling my epilepsy).
I am more productive.
I no longer have suicidal thoughts.
I stopped taking ibuprofen for pain relief.
I no longer want to sleep as much as I used to.
This little green plant has been an integral part of my journey. If it wasn’t for hemp, my kidneys and liver would still be working on overdrive to process all those pills. I found that CBD was the safe, all-natural medicine that I needed to break the cycle. That’s why I started this blog–it’s my own way of spreading the good word.
But it didn’t always work for me. It took some trial and error on my part, and if you have yet to add CBD into your daily routine, then you will likely go through a similar process. Maybe you have used CBD, but you are finding that it isn’t the cure-all you expected it to be. If you suffer from any sort of physical pain, anxiety, or depression, take a look at these three tips that will help make CBD more effective for you:
1. Change up how you are consuming CBD
Whether that means trying a new brand of oil, or trying an entire new method of consuming hemp — you need to get your body to respond to the CBD. I first started using CBD in the form of CBD hemp oil tinctures that I bought at my local organic grocery store. Since then, I have tried every form of CBD consumption possible (well, not rectally…), and I found that consuming both orally and sublingually is the least effective method for me. This comes as no surprise as there appears to be a drop-off of bioavailability in CBD when consumed orally — about 6% of what you consume by mouth will effectively enter the bloodstream. Compare this to a study that found that inhaling CBD garnered a mean bioavailability of 31%. That being said, CBD effects will change depending on how you consume it.
2. Build-up the amount of CBD in your bloodstream
When I first started on anti-anxiety medications, it took me months to feel any better. Multiple systems in my body had to adjust to the chemical change taking place (in this case, increased serotonin. Dosing CBD isn’t nearly as painstaking–and in my experience, the benefits come much faster–but there is going to be an incubation period, especially if you are treating anxiety or depression. If you are treating for body aches and pains, I would definitely suggest consuming CBD in its highest bioavailable form, which is through inhalation. I have yet to meet a person who feels zero effects after smoking/vaping CBD. That being said, CBD works best in conjunction with other cannabinoids (yes, including THC for some folks). The best way to get other cannabinoids is to smoke or vaporize real flower from the cannabis plant. You can ship this stuff straight to your door, thanks to Tweedle Farms (subscribe to email list for a limited time 10% discount), or find flower at your local headshop, even if you are in an illegal or semi-legal cannabis state (due to the 2014 Farmer’s Bill, industrial hemp is technically legal to sell).
To that, I say find your ratio. I try and consume CBD in a variety of ways. You know your body best. I like to start my day off with some CBD tea before work, or a quick dab of a CBD isolate or full-spectrum slab (these have less CBD, but are more complete with natural hemp terpenes).
Some people like to to use an ejuice vape. The ELF by Honey Stick is my go-to stealth vaporizer for now. Good battery life, great for the morning commute to work, and you can add whatever ejuice you want. It’s also nice for a little quick relief when you’re on the go and can’t make a batch of tea or load up your rig. I recently brought my ELF vaporizer to a two-day ultimate frisbee tournament, and we made it all the way to the finals game, and I did not take a single painkiller. I’ve been playing the sport for five years and I have never not taken at least one ibuprofen for my achilles tendinitis. For me, that’s huge. By the end of the weekend, a couple of my teammates were even asking for some stealth hits.
If you have some money, you could also pursue The Phantom Squeeze Box, which also does wax and concentrates. It’s a great option if you don’t want to fire up a rig with a torch, and if you prefer to not use ejuice, but still need to a dose of CBD on the go.
Mix it up. Find your ratio. For me, I keep an even ratio of 1:1 (1 part flower, 1 part isolate/concentrate).
3. Take care of your body
Probably more important than taking care of your endocannabinoid system is taking care of your body as a whole. Eat better. Eat less processed foods and eat more whole foods. Drink more water. I repeat: drink more water. Water keeps your body oiled up and ready to process vitamins, nutrients, and all those sweet cannabinoids.
That being said, CBD is only a part of the puzzle. If you want to fight anxiety, depression, and other ailments, exercise is key. Do something you physically love doing. I play ultimate, bike to work, rock climb, practice yoga, and I like to think I lift weights. There is no high like a post-workout high. Use your body–you can do it!
Self-care should be a part of everyone’s routine. Just like cooking, taking medicine, and doing chores, self-care should be practiced–even if you don’t feel like doing it.
Deep breathing and meditation. Try it. 5 minutes of quiet, self-reflection. Some CBD will help calm the nerves too!
(If you’ve never meditated before, /r/meditation is always a good place to start.)
Tweedle Farms has been getting a lot of traction lately–and I have to say–they deserve it. They are a small industrial CBD hemp farm from Oregon doing big things for CBD flower fans around the US. A few weeks ago, they had a promotion deal and I was able to snag 1 oz. of their Otto x Cherry strains. Let’s jump right into the content.
A fair amount of people have been giving Tweedle Farms some criticism about their delivery methods. I personally didn’t have a problem. I received two separate half oz. bags in a discreet cardboard box. I couldn’t smell anything, which was nice. They also provided a legal statement and their lab tests, which is an industry responsibility when it comes to shipping flower. I have heard rumors of them shipping with dryer sheets lately, which is the worst idea since M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender Part 2. The Tweedle Folks are active within the community though, and they have announced that they won’t do that anymore. Shipping this stuff can already feel sketchy enough as it is.
It’s a box
Paperwork for those inquiring: 15% CBD, 0.5% THC (total)
Not sure if these are mylar bags, but they got the job done for me.
Appearance/Presentation – 4/10
Pretty much just looks like outdoor mids. The pictures say it all, although I do need to invest in a better camera. I will say, these outdoor strains are seedy as hell.
A cursory separation of stems and seeds in a half oz. bag
Extra trimmings and “shake” that I personally wouldn’t vape or combust
Smell – 7/10
Right when you open the bag, the strain gives your nostrils a gentle love tap. It almost smells like those translucent 99 cent gummy worms that you can buy at gas stations. That might not be the most appealing thing for some people, but I used to love those as a kid. I would buy a candle of this scent.
Taste – 5/10
Average taste and definitely nothing to write home about. I tried vaping this strain in a variety of temperatures, from 380 to 430 to combustion, just so I could taste for different terpenes. Honestly, I couldn’t unlock any distinct tastes at different temperatures — all around this hemp will taste the same no matter how you vape or smoke it. That quality is almost something I have come to expect when it comes to outdoor CBD strains, so I’m not too surprised about that. I really wish I could get a little more of that natural cherry taste that is so dominant in CBD strains. The cherry taste is there, but it’s like eating Taco Bell without sauce. I need that sauce at the end to carry me home. My friend from across the state also bought this same strain from Tweedle Farms and absolutely despises the taste when it is vaporized in his PAX. Keep that in mind if you are considering this strain. I am not super opinionated on it, so YMMV.
Effects – 8.5/10
Great effects. This stuff clears my anxiety in a pinch — and that is the number one reason why I consume industrial hemp. Upon consumption, my head clears up, that gaping feeling of doom leaves, and I don’t even want to look at depressing memes (sorry /r/2meirl4meirl). That’s a win in my book every time. I steeped the extra trimmings into a tea, and even got a little fancy with a lemon. I could drink that tea every night for the rest of my life and be a happy man.