Dispensary: Weed Express

Recommendation: 4. 5 leaves

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Gruntz is one of three strains specifically selected for me by the kind bud tenders/owners of Weed Express (more on the owners and the shop in a subsequent dispensary review).  The aroma emanating from the flower is similar to a freshly open roll of smarties; the original chalky citrussy sweet American smarties, not the bizarre chocolate candy with the same name.  The odor becomes more apparent and remains pleasant while grinding the flower.  A gentle sweet taste, corresponding to the smell, prevails over the hint of citrus when vaping the flower. A tasty, tongue smacking aftertaste remains with the user once vaping concludes. Of note, this is a strain which creates large vapor clouds at relatively low temperatures (C 185).         

Gruntz is a hybrid strain with multiple personalities which takes its passenger down unexpected paths.  The initial effects are that of a strong sativa with a very a powerful head high coupled with a focused alertness.  Soon after the head high maximizes—it then travels down into the chest followed by the rest of the body—strongly resonating in the loins and legs while easing off the head. The focus and alertness, so evident a short period earlier, floats off into the ether leaving the user with a detached but unexplainable in control state. This conscious dreaminess then takes another turn with the senses fully heightened: Food, music and YouTube are seemingly discovered and experienced for the first time once more.    

At the conclusion of my evening sampling Gruntz, I went to bed with the intention of watching a bit of Netflix.  I turned the lights off and then could not be bothered to switch the TV on.  For an undeterminable period of time and I lay with my eyes closed in a relaxed but alert state, thinking, chilling, enjoying and eventually sleeping.  

Gruntz is a trip; it is not a strain for amateurs. However, if you are an experienced user open to and looking for twists, turns and surprises, this alert but relaxed and thoughtful but dreamy strain is for you. 

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Mendel Menachem

Mendel Menachem is a curious and well-known cannabis commentator in Thailand, with a particular focus on locally grown flowers and their growers. His unwavering support for the local industry has earned him widespread respect within the Thai cannabis community. Mendel also regularly reviews cannabis from throughout the country, which he expertly reviews thanks to his renowned palate. Follow him on Instagram