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Strain review: Blackberry Kush


This Indica-dominant strain makes you happy, hungry and sleepy. - BRANDON SODERBERG
  • Brandon Soderberg
  • This Indica-dominant strain makes you happy, hungry and sleepy.

Blackberry Kush is an Indica-dominant that’s less of the “in da couch” sort and more of the “in da bed” sort, it’s so strong. This mix of an Afghani Indica and Blackberry (an Indica/Sativa mix of Black Domina and Raspberry Cough) enables some of the worst elements of weed though. You’ll feel happy in a way that’s embarrassing, amused in a way that’s distracting, and very hungry and pretty sleepy. All of these effects were once what you got out of most weed and likely wanted or knew were coming at least, but cannabis complexity and smoker sophistication have pushed these kinds of “low” highs to the side. Being goofy, hungry, dumb, and not wanting to do much at all are increasingly rare byproducts of a high — or likely, we’ve all just found ways to elevate these basic elements of being stoned into something more profound and nuanced, all part of weed’s biotechnical turn.

All of which is to say, Blackberry Kush turned me into a couchlocked stoner again, and that meant lots of lying around and watching movies, which led to me pondering the screens I was watching something on as much as what I was watching. I thought about how the Lumiere Brothers screened Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat for audiences back in 1896 and the story goes, as the train came speeding toward the camera, folks in the audience thought the train was really coming for them and got scared, or something, who knows. It seems apocryphal or maybe one ding-dong did it and it became legend. It always seemed like a made-up story to me. The idea that something on a screen could feel hyper-real however, seems impossible now that we’re surrounded by screens and they ostensibly protect us, provide us escape.

Consider the event movies we all are supposed to care about, which as of late nearly all involve superheroes. Paradoxically, it’s those event movies where you feel most passive: Big loud things happen on the screen but you know the formula, accept why a scene is there even when it is boring (see, it’s because this guy is going to get his own movie next year so here’s seven minutes of talking to set that next movie up) or when it’s a mess of quick cuts and goofy angles that communicates “action.” Blackberry Kush turns the world around you into one of these event movie viewings, reality as a blind contour drawing of something thrilling just out of reach. 

I pulled away from the screen in front of me and I grabbed another bud of Blackberry Kush. I looked at its Grimace purples and Pacific Northwest greens, and pulled it closer to my face — an extreme close-up of its coat of trichomes, looking like morning dew. If only I had decided to go outside.

Strength: 9
Nose: Pepper on a fruit leather
Euphoria: 7
Existential dread: 2
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 2
Drink pairing: Cheap Champagne
Music pairing: Weyes Blood, “Movies”
Rating: 7

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