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Strain review: Mob Bo$$ 

click to enlarge Mob Bo$$’s high is “defined by a certain focused skitter that is almost bi-polar.” - PHOTO BY BAYNARD WOODS, ILLUSTRATION BY DUSTIN GLATZ WITH ASSETS FROM SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
  • Photo by Baynard Woods, illustration by Dustin Glatz with assets from Shutterstock.com
  • Mob Bo$$’s high is “defined by a certain focused skitter that is almost bi-polar.”
The more I try to determine the differences between strains, the more I think that reviewing weed has more in common with reviewing art than it does with reviewing food or alcohol. Or maybe that’s the way I’ve felt lately, where every high is like a song, a mix of emotion and intellect and groove. There is a rhythm to strains, a tone. Some have a wide range, swooping first in one direction and then changing keys and moving another way, while others hit the same note beautifully and well.

And if highs were songs and strains were artists, the producers, and namers, of Mob Bo$$ clearly wanted it coming off as hip-hop. But the high is kind of drifty, lacking a pulse and more defined by a certain focused skitter that is almost bi-polar. It is hip-hop in the way RZA’s soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog is hip-hop. Except now imagine it overlaid with Neil Young’s soundtrack for Dead Man, by the same director. And that’s a good thing, like Danger Mouse’s “Gray Album” felt in 2004, familiar and surprising.

A combo of Chemdawg D and Tang Tang, this hybrid is Sativa heavy, with a big hit of limonene pep and some pinene focus. It lifts you quick and chill. But then it has a drop. It’s almost like the heavy cruddy comedown that used to come with swag has almost been bred out of cannabis in recent years. The chill aftereffect of this strain almost has that same groggy feel — it’s just that it isn’t burnt-out and unpleasant, but like finishing something where the tension drains out of your shoulders.
It’s not, however, the most social of strains. So if you are looking for something good to take home for the holidays to help you deal with your family, this might not be it. You’ll find yourself first staring at the angle of the light in wonder and later, perhaps at the television. But it’s not one of those get all talky and bare your soul or at least be pleasant and surface shallow strains. It tends to send you on a deep dive that comes up for a big breath to float on the surface of the water.

It is, though, a great strain to toke up on before, say, a long train ride through the snowy countryside where you want to sit and think, or for sitting by the fire reading, or walking in a wintry landscape. It is high as soundtrack, stretching on kind of endlessly.

The Mob Bo$$ genetics produce big, beautiful, Christmas-tree-looking flowers that have an intense, piney odor played over a heavier smell, almost like when someone would put an apple slice in their cruddy dry weed to freshen it up a bit. It lacks every hint of the nearly ubiquitous diesel. There’s also a hint of ginger somewhere. It is a beautifully wintry mix.

Strength: 8
Nose: Pine, rotting apple, ginger
Euphoria: 8
Existential dread: 3
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 3
Drink pairing: Guinness stout
Music pairing: Soundtracks to Ghost Dog and Dead Man played together
Rating: 9

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