Typically, knowing as little as possible about strains before trying them – so I don’t go in with any bias – is my preference. But I knew upfront this Berry was sativa dominant, so armed with that knowledge, the hope was for something uplifting and euphoric (if for no other reason, it’s easier to write a review in that frame of mind). My first attempt – in a less than ideal state of mind – was via DynaVap, and for reasons still not understood, Bayou Berry and I did not mesh, but it felt clear that it was less the strain and more my brain.
Round Two, the next afternoon, was a much different experience. Recently I wrote about the DynaVap Bonger, but had yet to test it on a review strain. Enter Bayou Berry and the potential of some sativa-driven magic. I’ve been having some great highs using the Bonger, but the key seems to be moderation. Don’t use the device every time; mix it up.
In this instance, the Bonger and the Berry mesh harmoniously. Was it the difference between Bonger and no Bonger? Or was it being in a much better frame of mind? Maybe some of both. Whatever the case, after DynaVaping a capful through the bong and the Bonger accessory, Bayou Berry and I are wonderfully, joyously in sync. It’s such a glorious high that it’s a shame to waste it sitting here at the keyboard, but alas, that is the job.
While I’ve got your attention, let me tell you about The Tubes, a band whose music was no doubt created under the influence of all sorts of recreational drugs. They formed in San Francisco in the mid-70s, so making that claim on their behalf feels like a no-brainer. I’ve been listening to a lot of Tubes lately, which has led to me talking about the Tubes, and I am typically met with blank stares. If they’re a forgotten band, they sure as shit do not deserve to be. They recorded seven albums of a sort of cross between punk and pop between ’75 and ’83, and are excellent stoner music – truly, music to get high and really listen to.
Their biggest hit – an early MTV staple – was a catchy little tune called “She’s a Beauty,” which only barely scratches the surface of everything that’s special about The Tubes. Maybe they’re closest to Devo… or perhaps The Vapors. I don’t know. Comparing them to any other band probably does everyone a disservice. Try the album “The Completion Backward Principle” from ’81. It is a perfect pop recording with a sound and structure unlike most anything else and yet instantly recognizable as of its time. It positively screams early 80s. If you enjoy that record, the hardcore Tubes fans really dig their ’79 offering “Remote Control,” so try that one next.
Bayou Berry has been a great fit with my Sunday afternoon, and after yesterday, I was skeptical about this strain. Perhaps my recommendation is to make sure you first try it when you’re in an already somewhat elevated frame of mind. Maybe this is not a good strain to feed a downer or a depressed mood with.
Bayou Berry is a Sativa-dominant Hybrid with a THC content of 17.81%. It is said to have “energetic, blissful and creative” effects, which I’d agree with. It may relieve “stress, anxiety and fatigue,” also none of which there’s any reason to dispute. In addition to the loose flower, keep an eye out for Bayou Berry pre-rolls.
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