Medical Marijuana review: Queen’s Curse

For those who may need a lift yet aren’t looking to take any kind of ride

It’s always slightly more exciting when I know going into a new strain that it’s sativa dominant, an approach I should get over, because of the many things I’ve learned in my time at Cannabinthusiast it’s that the indica/sativa divide is not nearly as, well, divisive as I once believed. There have been plenty of indica or indica leaning strains that worked potent magic on me and did not just put me to sleep. Likewise, there have been numerous sativa dominant strains that ended up not nearly as magical as I’d hoped. Queen’s Curse is one such sativa dominant strain that left me slightly crestfallen, based strictly on my expectations over trying a new sativa.

But some of this may have been my “fault,” which is placed in quotation marks because when it comes to mental health, the sufferer is never to blame. I was in an anxious state when I first tried Queen’s Curse, and maybe I should have known better than to try a strain that could ratchet up that anxiety a notch or two, which is what happened. I started to focus heavily on an issue that’s been weighing on me and once I got in that groove, it was tough to get out of it. I was listening to tunes and none of them were gelling in my head as I would’ve expected with a new sativa strain. At one point in my mix, I hit a Burt Bacharach glut, and much as I love Burt, his tunes weren’t helping. Skip, skip, skip – wait a minute, what’s that gem in the midst of all this melancholy?

While still melancholy because almost all Bacharach is, it was one of his masterpieces, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.” One of the earliest songs I can remember falling for, I believe I first heard it on “Sesame Street” as a little kid. Instantly I was certain that this would be the song to get my brain back on track, and indeed, it worked like a charm. Perhaps the tune has been in my life for so long that I’d never stopped to consider it being a metaphor for trying to work through depression, which is what so many of us who medicate with cannabis are trying to do: address issues resulting from wonky brain chemistry. So many of this song’s lyrics read like a roll call of trying to cope, but none more so obvious than “the blues they send to meet me won’t defeat me, it won’t be long ’til happiness steps up to greet me.”

Later the same afternoon, I sampled the Queen once again before hopping a bus to the grocery store. The grocery store is always a great experience to judge a strain by: Did I wander aimlessly? A bit. Did I get everything I needed? Yes, save for one item, which I remembered right before I started to check out. Did I have a little bit of fun along the way? For sure, with a special shout out to Kool & The Gang’s “Misled,” one of those almost forgotten songs that once you hear it you’re 100% caught up in its groove. (See, my grocer programs a steady stream of only 80s tunes.) Even later in the evening I sampled Queen’s Curse once again, though by that point I’d already eaten a cannabis cookie, which it worked in concert with splendidly.

From grower Ilera and partner Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Queen’s Curse is an easy, undemanding sativa dominant hybrid strain that has a 17.40% THC level, so not too strong, but also not weak. Recommended to those who may need a lift yet aren’t looking to take any kind of ride.

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