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Product Description

Banjo is our signature strain and all-time best seller. This tasty hybrid is a cross of Boost and Tangelo with tangie zest and pine flavors. Its uplifting euphoric effects are great for a mood boost, while its mellow after effects can offer significant pain relief. A great daytime strain to enhance mood and help with daily aches and pains. Banjo tests at 4.5% terpenes! Pinene alone makes up 2% of the terpene profile. This cultivar also regularly tests over 30% total cannabinoids.- Coastal Sun Website




[Based on the transcript of video, edited for clarity]

Welcome back to the red bench – it’s time for another Red Bench Review!

I want to thank you for joining us this week, because we are going to look at something special. This is a Sativa-dominate hybrid strain called Banjo, and it comes from Coastal Sun Farm up in Northern California. This is their signature strain, so I’m expecting there’s going to be a lot of goodness in here… let’s get in and do some close-ups and see what we’ve got.


Alright, here’s the jar from Coastal Sun that contains the Banjo… as we spin it around we see we’ve got a little label here that says this has 26% THC. Now we go back to the top where it says that we’re going to have some pine, we’re going to have some tangie zest… I want to find out what tangie zest is going to be like! Let’s get into this… let’s open this up, and check it out.

We’ve got a flavor-seal on the jar… [Jon opens the jar an inhales] oh, that has a really great smell! It’s not orange, it’s not lemon, it’s in-between there… it’s not tangerine, it’s tangelo! It is exactly what it says… a zest, I would say, and in there is a hint of pine… I imagine that’s going to come out more in the taste. [Genetics: Boost X Tangelo]

Let’s dump this out on the tray and see what it looks like… oh my, there’s some nice looking little nugs in here… they feel really nice… lots of frostiness, that I can see. Let’s do some close-ups, weigh this out, and we’ll be back in a minute.

As you can see from the close-up, that’s a nice looking nug… it’s kind of frosty, very tannish-green color – I really like that… it’s unusual.

We’re going to cut up this little nug and get a feel for the cure… as we cut this up, the scissors have a certain resist that they feel from the nug because the nug has a good cure, not dry at all – breaking up very fresh. That tangelo smell is just popping up there… it really does smell like you have taken the tangelo peel and you have zested it! I’m liking that smell! Let’s put this in the bong and check it out…

[Jon muses while lighting the bong]

Yeah, so I researched this strain about a month ago and got really excited about it, and I can’t believe the moment is actually here that I’m about to taste the Banjo… so let’s get into this and check it out!

[Jon takes a bong rip]

Smooth… very smooth. That was like a nice, cool drink of orange juice… that’s what that tasted like as it just slid down my throat… like I was sipping on some orange juice. Wow, I’d like to have this for breakfast in the morning! That is really good – it’s already tingling the synapses in my brain… they are just starting to pop a little bit – oh my goodness, let’s take a second hit and see where this goes…

[Jon muses again while lighting the bong]

Oh my… such a great aftertaste right now in my mouth… very orangey, tangerine – a tangelo taste…

[Jon takes a second bong rip and starts coughing]

Oh wow – that hit the back of my throat – bounced right back out again. Oh my gosh… yes, this is smooth, but if you take too big a bong toke I guess that’s what’s gonna happen… wow, oh boy – that like hit my brain like a hammer. Oh my gosh… a good hammer.. a nice, you know, happy marijuana hammer. Let’s take 10 minutes… I’m gonna like sit on this and I’m gonna fully soak in the Banjo. I will be back and I will tell you where this is taking me.

[ten minutes later… condition: feelin’ good]

Wow… I am four hits into this one, and I am loving it! In a word, this is what I would say about this strain – “soothing”. Complete body comfort has come in and has taken over, but I am not feeling hazy one bit – because when that soothing feeling came in, it came in with a pronounced clarity. My mind is feeling alert, it’s feeling sharp, it’s feeling creative, it’s feeling like getting stuff done. This is good herb for that “get up and go” kind-of-feel, but at the same time your body is like “oh man, I am… I’m feeling the stone… I am feeling the stone on…” good times.

This is definitely on my list of herbs to buy… anytime I’m shopping and I come across this – if I’ve got the money to buy it, I’m going to, because this is a great one! I thank you so much for joining us this week…

[Jon spaces out for a second]

I was having so much mental clarity, I forgot what I was doing! Let’s take a last bong toke… this is a happy herb, a feel-good herb…

[Jon takes a last bong rip]

Pure citrus goodness… the aftertaste, as I mentioned before… so brilliant. You can’t beat that. You just want to let that just sit in your mouth and hover on that for a while.

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Thank you so much, and until next time, best of health!


The Follow-up

I have been going very slow on this herb like I’m hoarding a precious object. There is none currently available near where we live, and yet, I have probably come across one of the best herbs I’ve ever smoked. What a dilemma! What to do?!? I will be hounding my favorite collective to get this one in stock – ASAP.

The high is as near to perfect I’ve ever had… if it would just last longer than an hour (given my high tolerance) I would have given this a five for effects – a first for me. Banjo has a certain positive vibe that is unique to this strain…

When I think about what I consider the Holy Grail of herb, I am looking for a high that is focused, with a great mental clarity and a creative burst – accompanied by a body high that completely puts the body at ease. These are effects that come up again and again when trying out new strains, but the mix of effects is where the cannabis high magic happens. Some strains have it, and Banjo has the magic.

I’m attributing a lot of the Banjo good vibes to the creator of this strain – Parker Sullivan. Coastal Sun Farm has made a nice video about the origins of the Banjo with some thoughts from it’s creator about this strain… check it out below!

I want to make one last comment about the smell of this strain, and I need to say this because it didn’t get noticed in my first impressions of the herb captured on the video.

Cheese… the more I smell the herb the more a nice stinky cheese smell comes through. The pine smell, which I was really expecting, was practically absent. I kept smelling for it, but smelled it only faintly. The overall smell is, without a doubt, fantastic.

Put this one on your list? I recommend it, with two thumbs up!! ??


The Lowdown

TypeHybrid – Sativa Dom.
GeneticsBoost X Tangelo
BrandCoastal Sun Farm
THC Level26%
Purchase Weight3.5 grams – 1/8 oz
Actual Weight3.49 grams
Look & Feel
PackagingGlass Jar
ColorTan, Bright Green
FreshnessWell Cured
TouchMedium Sticky
Look & Feel Rating4.25
Look & Feel ImpressionsA unique color – a tan and bright green mix with a light frost of trichomes.
Base SmellSour
Secondary SmellsFruity, Citrus
Secondary Smells – OtherTangelo! All the way! The citrus is strong in this one… with a hint of vanilla
Strength – SmellStrong
Smell Rating4.5
Smell ImpressionThe smell is so clean and fresh with a strong citrus smell. The smells totally narrows down to a Tangelo smell that is amazing, especially on the fingers after cutting up a bud.
Flavor – OtherTangelo!
Smoke TextureSmooth
Strength – TastePronounced
Taste Rating4.5
Taste ImpressionsTotal tangelo flavor – like you have taken the skin and zested it. Amazing aftertaste. It’s worth smoking just for the aftertaste.
How Much Injested?4 hits (1/4 gram)
Speed of OnsetImmediate
Where Do You Feel It?Head
Main EffectsCerebral, Relaxing, Motivating, Creative
Strength – EffectsPronounced
Duration30-45 mintues
Effects Rating4.75
Effects ImmpressionPronounced clarity – better than coffee, not jittery. Very calm, positive vibe. The body high is near perfect! Completely comfortable.
Total Rating4.5
Total Rating – Why?This is such an exceptional herb. Closing in on the Holy Grail!
Would I buy this again?Yes
Rating Scale1 (Poor) 2 (Average) 3 (Very Good) 4 (Exceptional) 5 (Holy Grail)


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