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Strain review: Black Jack


Count on getting the munchies after smoking Black Jack, a fruity strain. - BAYNARD WOODS
  • Baynard Woods
  • Count on getting the munchies after smoking Black Jack, a fruity strain.
Tracking down the genealogy of weed strains can be time-consuming and, ultimately, not particularly fruitful. The names proliferate like kudzu fever dreams. Based on its name, Black Jack could be the result of breeding Jack Herer either with Blackberry Kush or with Black Domina. All of these have their own dubious lineages to complicate things further.

It turns out that it is Black Domina, which is itself a combo of four heavy-hitting Indicas, which, when mixed with Jack Herer, one of the best Sativa-dominant strains around, gives you a hard-charging, soft-drug speedball. I’m not advocating illegal drugs like coke and smack, more like coffee and whiskey for me, but there is something about the simultaneous ingestion of stimulants and depressants (to the extent that Sativa and Indica fit that bill) that is unbeatable. Black Jack gives you a gliding pep in your step that slides as much as it bounces.

When I offered some to a friend, he took the small, long and dense bud. “It doesn’t really smell,” he said.

“Break it open,” I said.

“Holy shit,” he said as the sticky bud pulled apart between his thumbs and forefingers, releasing a damp floral smell. “It smells so fruity now.”

He had just been in the library and he told me a story about how he opened his bag up and the entire section of the library he was in started to smell like his weed — Blue Dream. We’ve all been there, smelling some super loud shit, wondering who is holding, and realizing that the smell is coming from your pocket. But if the buds aren’t broken, the Black Jack is pretty discreet and chill, without being weak.

That fruity smell hits the back of the palate hard, especially from a vaporizer, making this one of the tastiest buds I’ve tried in a while. That along with the body relaxation plus the mental invigoration makes this a great bud for holiday burning, when you have all kinds of things to get done and a lot of BS stress to deal with. It isn’t too speedy with the Sativa, causing your mind to run wild, and it isn’t too sleepy with the Indica, sucking you into the couch. In other words, it will help you deal with your family.

Black Jack also kicks in the appetite something fierce, and it made my Thanksgiving food taste far better than it might have otherwise, as I stepped on the porch to take a few hits before loading up my plate.

Strength: 8
Nose: Banana and muddled mint in mud
Euphoria: 7
Existential dread: 3
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 4
Drink pairing: Rye-rish Coffee (rye whiskey in coffee)
Music pairing: “A Quick One While He’s Away,” by The Who
Rating: 7

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