- Baynard Woods
- Memory Loss is a misnomer — it actually enhanced focus on the task at hand.
Memory Loss, a Sativa-heavy hybrid, actually has one of the more mild, focused highs I’ve experienced this year. And far from erasing short-term memory, it enhanced a focus on the task at hand.
Perhaps that’s what Memory Loss is really about. As we all “let old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind,” it’s important to remember the positive qualities of a certain sort of amnesia. In order to focus on the present, and the future, we have to forget and let go of parts of the past and too much memory. As the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued, active forgetting can be essential to living a productive, resentment-free life.
Most often at this time of year, people over-indulge in booze in order to forget, and while that can be fun it can also lead you to a lot more shit that you wish you could forget. But Memory Loss, the strain, is especially good for dealing with post-traumatic stress, bad break-ups, an end-of-the-year sense of failure, middle-aged misery and youthful ineptitude, whether you are a medical patient or just a regular-ass person who spends roughly half of your time failing.
Memory Loss ends almost as subtly as it began, drifting away like the sun on a day when you don’t even realize it’s setting but find yourself suddenly sitting in the dark. Memory Loss isn’t a knock-you-out nugget to toke when you want to feel ripped. But it is a subtle, steady strain that will surely come in handy during the torturous year full of tyrannical tweets that we have to look forward to.
Nose: Cinnamon, rosemary
Existential dread: 2
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 1
Drink pairing: Mint tea
Music pairing: Tierra Whack, “Fuck Off”