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Strain review: Dogwalker OG

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This bud’s smell gets strangely sweet, like a jelly-filled donut... in the forest. - BRANDON SODERBERG
  • Brandon Soderberg
  • This bud’s smell gets strangely sweet, like a jelly-filled donut... in the forest.
Dear Serious Dweebs of Psychiatry, I’ve been smoking a whole lot of Dogwalker OG, which has a THC level hovering around 25 percent, and I haven’t lost my mind yet. I’m being glib I know, and that’s not fair. Though who cares? I’m just really having trouble accepting the fact that it is the year 2019 and we are hearing about how potent strains of cannabis are “linked to psychosis” — or so says, “The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across Europe (EU-GEI): a multicentre case-control study,” published March 19 in The Lancet Psychiatry that has gotten a whole lot of press.

You can read the study yourself, but the basic claim is that potent weed smoked daily “is associated with increased risk of later psychotic disorder.” I’d just add that overall, psychosis isn’t on the increase, though it would seem like more people are smoking weed now than in the past, so that’s kind of a contradiction. And as Columbia University’s Dr. Diana Martinez told NPR, the study straight-up never proves causality — “You can’t say that cannabis causes psychosis... it’s simply not supported by the data,” she said.

Since I’m reviewing a potent strain by anyone’s definition — the study’s definition of high-potency weed is weed with a THC level of 10 percent or more — it seems appropriate to get all that out there before we begin. 
There are people who say Dogwalker OG smells like “wet dog,” though that all feels apocryphal or associative or both to me. The name Dogwalker OG comes from the fact that it’s a jumpy combination of Albert Walker and Chemdawg and I get the sense the wet dog observation got picked up along the way simply because dog’s in the name and it has a persistent scent — and it has a persistent, particularly pungent scent — and at first that’s confusing. Really, Dogwalker OG smells forest-like, so the smell grows more nuanced and interesting. And maybe I’m losing my mind, but to me at times, its smell ultimately gets strangely sweet, reminding me of a cheap powdered donut: cooked, gummy dough and throat-stinging jelly.

Dogwalker OG hits hard and really relieves. Pain sneaks away. Your worries take a long walk around the block and leave you alone, and the overarching feeling from it is enthusiasm. A yammering, giddy goofy feeling where you’re free and very appreciative that it might make you giggle like a pot novice once again. At its most intense, Dogwalker OG will make you feel childlike, though even that has nuance. If you feel childlike, it’s child-like the way Jerry Lewis movies are childlike — a kind of chaotic neutral embrace of acting silly, more than free. Or a Hayao Miyazaki movie, where kindness, good humor and simplicity conflate and become transcendent. The bud even has the ragged cuteness of an anime with its bone-like stems amid brash greens, oranges and yellows that are more like a magic-hour gold. It is a wonder.

Strength: 9
Nose: A donut or the woods or a wet dog
Euphoria: 9
Existential dread: 2
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 1
Drink pairing: Chai tea
Music pairing: Carl Stone, Baroo
Rating: 8

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