Holy Grail Kush is the perfect summer weed 

click to enlarge “The best-smelling strain of cannabis I’ve experienced in ages.” - BAYNARD WOODS
  • Baynard Woods
  • “The best-smelling strain of cannabis I’ve experienced in ages.”

We’ve now moved into what one might call, redundantly for loyal readers, “high summer,” even if the solstice is still a day or two away, and with it comes that mix of action and relaxin’ — swimming say, followed by hours of lazing about on a hammock, puffing on a pipe and staring at the ineffable blue above.

If that’s how you’re going to spend the next month or two — with, you know, work, in between — you could do much worse than Holy Grail Kush, which boasts a rather beautiful balance between the energetic and the indolent.

Just as there is a category of book called the “beach read,” there are strains that we would do best to think of as “beach weed,” and Holy Grail Kush is perhaps its avatar and apotheosis. But it’s not just a beach weed, it is an overall summer weed, faring as well in the Faulknerianly oppressive still heat where you keep the blinds closed in the belief that any movement or light will make the swampy humidity attack you, like the monsters in that movie I didn’t see but read about where Jim from The Office and his family have to be super quiet all the time or some creatures attack them. It’s a fine strain for sitting, doing nothing, and sipping cold iced tea beside an open window by the sea, in the mountains, or in the oppressive overheated city.

And, if you do the latter, the Holy Grail Kush may help cover up the odor of rotting garbage with its power flower smell. This is truly the best-smelling strain of cannabis I’ve experienced in ages, with a bright floral bouquet that conjures up nothing so much as honeysuckle, one of the most glorious smells available to the human nose, mixed with a bit of hot pheromone sweat. It also manages to maintain that taste, even upon combustion. Often I have to vape a strain to say anything at all about the flavor because it just tastes like lighter fluid and ash and fire once you put a torch to it. But the loud odor translates to the taste buds and overrides the burnt carbon flavor. And despite the 21 percent or so of THC, Holy Grail Kush is also the equivalent of a session IPA — it’s got the flavor and makes you feel good, but the kick is not debilitating. That’s one of the main ways this beach weed resembles beach reads, like, say, to stick with the chalice it is named after, Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code (or the more enjoyable “speculative nonfiction” conspiracy book it is based on, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail): It passes the time, distracts from family and heat just enough to make them bearable without distracting you so much that you become unbearable.

Holy Grail Kush was the first strain to win a perfect score in the Cannabis Cup back in 2011. And that’s no surprise. It is not my favorite strain, but it is an extremely solid variety and a beautiful beach weed.

Strength: 7
Nose: Honeysuckle and human pheromone
Euphoria: 6
Existential dread: 3
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 2
Drink pairing: Iced tea
Music pairing: “Summer” by The Carters
Rating: 8


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