For the first proper strain review, I chose a strain that I hadn’t seen anywhere and had only seen mentioned in the Cannabible, “Kenyan”. Now I dug around online and couldn’t find any other information, and unfortunately, I don’t have Cannabible 1 available right now (I’ll update this post if I can find a copy and get more info on the strain). Anyway, the ladies at Botanico said that theirs is a 50/50 Indica/Sativa hybrid and that’s about all I know about it. Now onto the review:
Kenyan (50% Indica/Sativa), purchased from Botanico Care on 1/30/10
Price: $50 (got half an 8th and some Northern Lights for the other half) + tax
Wide shot -- colors didn't come through very well on this one..
Appearance/Texture: The nugs are mostly round and fat, light green calyxes with moderate trichome coverage to the naked eye, average amounts of pale orange hairs as well as slender but short leaves that curl up against the buds. Average density — when you break it between your fingers it crumbles but is fairly sticky, the leaves crumble easier than anything. Probably an 9/10 on the dryness scale, any drier and it would be crispy. In all, the appearance isn’t overwhelming but it has a somewhat exotic look with the variation in texture and color. 7.5/10
A little closer look where you can see the leaves and more gleaming trichomes
Smell: The reason I got this bud was because of the smell. It has a very appealing and unique perfumey-cirtus smell that I don’t remember coming across before. It it slightly sweet but mostly floral/citrus with just a little bit of bite as you’d see in a Lemon Skunk… pineapple notes. It’s not an overwhelmingly strong smell, but when you grind it, the bouquet opens up and it’s really pleasant. 8.5/10
Nice macro look at some impressive tall trichomes
Taste/Smoke/Vapor: Like many strains that don’t have a super-strong taste (i.e. diesel, haze, blueberry, etc.), I didn’t get a ton of taste when smoking in a pipe. It’s what is commonly described as “earthy”, and I also tastes some of the floral notes on the first hit inhale. It was much improved in the Volcano, and I was pleasantly surprised to get a lot more of the floral notes — lavender and a bit of that sweet citrus was noticed, mostly in the front notes/inhale. The vapor was thick and quality through 3 pulls on the Volcano, and when smoked, it was an expander (I coughed big time on the first hit, but it was smooth after that). I’ve definitely had tastier herb, but the subtle floral and citrus notes were especially nice in a vaporizer… 7.8/10
Macro: trichomes on a pistil
Effects: I was surprised at how strong this strain was after not having been overwhelmed by the trichome coverage and look of it. After vaping my usual 0.3 g, I was really quite high in that happy positive kind of Sativa way. I noticed a bit of the body buzz (typical tingly/buzzy feeling), but the high was dominated by the Sativa uplift and positivity. I think this would be a good strain for depression/anxiety sufferers, as it just made me want to smile and laugh. The first hit when smoked left me with a very strong stoned feeling in my head (behind the eyes a bit) that gave way to the general sense of well-being that dominated the rest of the 1.5 hour high. Pleasantly surprised by the potency of this one, I was feeling great. 8.5/10
Duration: Smoked it was a strong 1.5 – 2 hours before I felt it leave me — it was very strong at first then gave way and mellowed out.. very pleasant. When vaped there were no “peaks and valleys”, it was just the calm happy feeling from the get-go, another 1.5 hour high.
Verdict: I don’t really do overall ratings here since so much of the worth of medical marijuana depends on the individual patient’s needs and preferences. But I’ll say that this Kenyan was a very nice choice for someone looking for a nice mellow high that still packs a punch. Botanico runs specials randomly, so if you can find this for anything less than the marked $50, it’s a great deal — but even at the standard price ($50 per 4 g 8th), it’s a nice pickup. I noticed that they have it with several other strains prices at $45 today (2/3), so now’s a good time to try it.
As always, unpublished pictures of strains that I review are in the PhotoBucket album, sorted by dispensary.