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Strain review: Tangie Dream 

click to enlarge A beauty of a bud with a tart limonene terpene smell also evocative of a hot toddy. - BAYNARD WOODS
  • Baynard Woods
  • A beauty of a bud with a tart limonene terpene smell also evocative of a hot toddy.
Sometimes, when people are super hyped about the smell or flavor of a particular strain, I start to roll my bloodshot eyes. The categories at the end of these reviews were created to mock the overly refined palate — or imagination — of wine reviewers rather than advancing it into other areas.

On the other hand, people who act like the taste and smell don’t matter at all are even bigger fools. A big part of the experience of smoking weed is something like aromatherapy. For me, that is especially true of the Tangie varieties that are characterized by a beautiful tangerine flavor and the zesty and voluble kick of fresh fruit in the morning.

Tangie Dream, sometimes called Blue Tangie, is a hybrid of Tangie and Blue Dream and it has a beautiful smell that has that tart burst of the limonene terpene and something sweeter, almost like the odor of a steaming hot toddy with both lemon and honey. And if you can smoke it from a vape, you really get that fresh tangerine flavor, or maybe more like tangerine-flavored candy.

Dr. Stuart Titus, a scientist and the CEO of the first publicly traded medical cannabis company, Medical Marijuana Inc., is quite interested in the effects of terpenes, and says that, in folklore, the chemical compounds responsible for flavor and smell in plants were considered to be “the life force or spirit, in us and in plant chemicals.”

He says there are more than 20,000 known terpenoids. Limonene, one of the most common, is partially responsible for the tangy, citrus flavor of the Blue Tangie. Limonene, Titus says, also “seems to have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects” and is “quite good for gastric reflux.” It even, Titus says, could kill cancer cells.

But mixed with whatever other terpenes are found in the Tangie Dream, it also has a sort of swimming high that makes you feel like you are in a David Hockney painting, everything iridescent and warbly and burning white or pool-lit blue. It is an especially good feeling for early summer when things still feel fresh and vibrant and alive and nothing is suffocating and dead in the heat yet.

It starts with a sort of initial peak, one of those, “whoa, that changed my day” vibes that keeps rising for a few and then plateaus with a mellower slow-rolling shuffle that kinda makes your shoulders slump even as you’re talking fast and loose and feeling goofy.

Sometimes, the heady Sativas like this make people paranoid. If you’ve got that going, get some of the straight CBD gummies or whatever — you can even order that on Amazon now — and pop a couple of those. The CBD can counteract the THC and make your high a little less edgy and a little more groovy.

The Blue Tangie name may be a better fit, because in the end it leaves you with the same slack-jawed balance between precision and recklessness that defines the blues, and the hybrid is a sort of blue note, resting between spaces.

Strength: 6
Nose: Tangerine candy soaked in a tea-less hot toddy with lemon, honey and whiskey
Euphoria: 8
Existential dread: 4
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 4
Drink pairing: Tecate with lime
Music pairing: Led Zeppelin’s “Tangerine”
Rating: 9

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