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I was in a quandary. I was doing last-minute research before filming our video review of Purple Chem Dawg from Deep End Farms and I was double checking my facts. It appeared that there are two distinctly different strains, both called Purple Chem Dawg. One was an Indica-leaning hybrid and the other, also a hybrid, was more Sativa… different genetics and everything – literally, two completely different strains. I didn’t have time to contact Deep End Farms… filming was ready to go in moments.
“What do I tell people, because it isn’t clear which Purple Chem Dawg I’m reviewing?” I was talking to Tania, and I was looking for a direction to take the review when filming started. “Just say what it feels like, what it smells and tastes like…” Tania suggested, so that’s where I went – and I decided to treat the review like a blind taste test.
So let’s unbox this herb and look at the packaging, the nugs, the smell, the taste and the effects and then I’ll make a guess about the genetics!
The Look And Smell
Deep End Farms has really delightful packaging, from a graphic artist’s viewpoint. Their product comes in a well-designed box, with a stylish glass jar inside. The label that sealed the box said this herb had been tested at 23.50% THC and to “light it up, smoke it up”…
The nugs were a collection of smalls with a few mid-sized nugs. They were dark green, and when I got them under the lights to photograph them, I could see they had some golden hues.
The eighth weighed in at 3.51 grams, and the nugs were well-cured. When I cut them up I couldn’t help but noticing that they were a little bit dry.
The aroma when I opened the jar didn’t knock me out at all… it was very faint. My immediate impression or association from the smell was of sitting on a hill overlooking the ocean – the jar seemed to contain a hint of that salty air.
I poured the buds out on the tray, and it wasn’t until I cut up a nug that I detected a really noticeable smell. Sweet with a fruity, floral aroma. The floral aroma smelled faintly of roses. There was also some earthy tones detected, along with a sage-like spiciness.
I was wondering at this point, where was the purple smell, and where was the Chem Dawg gassy, diesel smell? From the information I had gathered so far, I couldn’t guess the genetics of this strain at all… it was going to require a taste test to get to the bottom of this mystery.
The Taste and Effects
I loaded up the bong and took my first hit. The smoke had a sweet purple flavor as it rippled over my tongue. When I exhaled the hit I tasted an earthy, sulfuric, gassy, diesel flavor! The flavors were pronounced, and the smoke was thick and smooth… I immediately took a second hit, just to savor the flavor. Again – purple on the inhale, diesel on the exhale! Yum!
We took a ten minute break from filming while I waited for the creeper effects to hit me. Already I was feeling it in my legs… marijuana fuzzies creeping up my body. I took a third hit and the effects increased – at this point I could start to guess the genetic background of this herb!
There was definitely some Granddaddy Purple in the genetics I guessed. I recognized a certain heavy Indica feel that I love so much from GDP. That was the purple flavor, I noted to myself. GDP always hits me with a heaviness that blankets me in the marijuana fuzzies, but leaves my mind clear enough to work on projects – fuzzies for the body but not the brain. A great medicine for those hard depression days when I still have to get stuff done, for sure!
But what was that uplifting feeling… not quite a Sativa, and very familiar? Well, that was the Chem Dawg side of the puzzle, I figured. If you can imagine warm thoughts, that’s what Chem Dawg gives me. To me, Chem Dawg equals cozy, like gathering around a warm fire on a cold evening. The high gave me a focused thoughtfulness… it was creatively stimulating… very motivating and it had the synapses in my brain snapping!
Later, for one sesh, I tried to see how high the high would go and I got in about six hits before I stopped because the effects were hitting me so thoroughly. It was a “high”, but not a “stoned” feeling. Very different… the effects didn’t quite stumble into the stoned feeling, so I’d say the ceiling is high on this one.
So here I had an herb that was well-balanced between a purple-tasting heavy Indica with fuzzies – like some GDP – and the warm, uplifting feeling of Chem Dawg.
Today I had a chance to contact Deep End Farms about the genetics and they replied that this is their own special purple strain they’ve developed over the last ten years. Apparently this is a third version of Purple Chem Dawg! This one has some OG Kush and Great White in the background. It does indeed contain a cross with Granddaddy Purple and then they crossed it with their own Chem Dawg called AV Chem. So there we have it – OG Kush X Great White X GDP X AV Chem!
I would love to keep some of this one on hand. Seriously, this one had my vote with the taste and the balanced GDP/Chem Dawg feel. Now that I know there is some of the much-loved OG Kush in there… and the Chem Dawg is Deep End Farms’ own AV Chem – the whole package of genetics totally works in my opinion, and I would definitely rate the high as exceptional!
I would love to try a jar that was a bit fresher in the future (the date on the jar said it was packaged on July 15, 2020 – five months ago), but I will definitely buy Deep End Farms products again. They have a handful of strains in their catalog so I’ll have to encourage The Joy of Life Wellness Center in Palm Springs, where I bought this jar, to stock more from Deep End Farms…
Until next week, best of health.
|Strain||Purple Chem Dawg|
|Type||Hybrid – Sativa Dom.|
|Genetics||OG Kush X Great White X Granddaddy Purple X AV Chem|
|Brand||Deep End Farms|
|Location Purchased||Joy of Life Wellness Center – Palm Springs|
|THC Level||23.5 %|
|Cost||42.00 + sales tax|
|Purchase Weight||3.5 grams – 1/8 oz|
|Actual Weight||3.51 grams|
|Look & Feel|
|Packaging||Glass Jar in Box|
|Freshness||Well Cured… a Touch Dry|
|Look & Feel Rating||3.75|
|Look & Feel Impressions||Nice packaging, but the herb was a touch dry.|
|Secondary Smells||Fruity, Floral, Sage|
|Secondary Smells – Other||Earth, Salty air|
|Strength – Smell||Mellow|
|Smell Impression||I believe the smell suffered from being in the jar for five months.|
|Flavor – Other||Purple on the inhale, diesel on the exhale.|
|Smoke Texture||Smooth, Thick|
|Strength – Taste||Pronounced|
|Taste Impressions||Nice smoke with a delightful inhale and exhale.|
|How Much Injested?||4 hits (1/4 gram)|
|Speed of Onset||Creeper|
|Where Do You Feel It?||Body|
|Main Effects||Cerebral, Physical, Relaxing, Motivating, Creative, Contemplative|
|Strength – Effects||Strong|
|Duration||Over an Hour|
|Effects Immpression||Thoughtful, focused, creative, stimulating and motivating with a strong body fuzziness. High ceiling.|
|Total Rating – Why?||This was a really good smoke with an exceptional high – loved the high. If it had been fresher I’m sure it would have received higher marks in the smell.|
|Would I buy this again?||Yes|
|Rating Scale||1 (Poor) 2 (Average) 3 (Very Good) 4 (Exceptional) 5 (Holy Grail)|