I tried out some Chemdog that’s grown by Verdelite Sciences, under the Souvenir brand (a Quebec brand under Emerald Therapeutics). I had to grab some of this after reviewing their Grapefruit GG4, which I enjoyed a lot, this was a little different, but you can tell right away that the same company grew it. This sativa-dominant cultivar had 20% THC (the range is 18% to 24%). There are a few different stories out there of how this strain was created and became popular, from a complicated seed exchange at a Grateful Dead concert to a parent strain called Dog Bud, so I’ll just stick to reviewing MY experience with this weed and leave all the myths and legends alone.
Lineage: Unknown (may be a cross between Thai and Nepalese sativa landraces).
Terpene Profile: Myrcene, limonene, linalol, caryophyllene, pinene.
Packaging Details: Packaged on 8/3/2020 and tested/reviewed on 9/7/2020, exactly 35 days later.
Pricing Details: Purchased 3.5 grams for $27.90 at the SQDC in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ($7.97/gram)
I felt like there was some decent bag appeal to this, although the buds were all small to medium-sized, they looked very frosty, and they were sticky. A little leafy-looking, but that silver/white coat of trichomes made it seem like the weed was dipped in icing! You can see many of the trichomes in the microscopic pic below, with some glands still intact. You can also see some light green leaves covering the relatively loose buds, with dark orange pistils threading through. Now even though it seems a little loose, you’ll be surprised at how much weed you get when it’s bid up. The RH was at 60%, which kept the buds nice and moist.
There was a subtle floral and spicy aroma accented with notes of diesel. The peppery/diesel combo came out a little more after using the grinder. It wasn’t bad; I would just like more. The caryophyllene felt quite dominant.
Once again, there was nothing wrong with the flavor; I just wanted more of it. It felt a little muted overall, but I did get some diesel notes on the inhale. There was even a bit of sour on the exhale; it just wasn’t enough for me. The above-average score came from the smoothness; it was soothing and enjoyable.
The effects were slightly above average for me; the peak “high” came in after about 10 minutes and lasted a good hour. I found that the linalool terpene made a huge difference, and this is where terpenes start to come into play. Although I felt an uplifting and somewhat energizing vibe initially, I began to feel pretty sluggish once the effects started wearing off. Linalool is part of the dominant terpenes, and it’s good for insomnia, so even though this is a sativa-dominant strain, I found it to be better during the evening once everything “important” was taken care of.
I would describe this Chemdog strain as slightly above average, something that I would be curious to try in the future to see how it comes out. The price point is fair as well; I would recommend this to both beginners and everyday users. If you’ve tried out some of this Chemdog, let me know how you feel about it in the comments below!