- Baynard Woods
- Mr. Clean carries a strong pine flavor, tempered by an essence of mint.
I smoked some Mr. Clean the other day and I was overwhelmed by sadness and beauty and the passage of time and started thinking, in the crisp fall breeze of Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea of the eternal return of the same. I had planned to do some work because it is called Mr. Clean and a lot of people like to get smoked up and scrub the floor and that sort of thing, so I figured it would get me going. It did focus me, but in an entirely unfocused direction, and it was grand. It was exactly what I needed. After several minutes of standing staring, lost in my thoughts, I was broken off from this deep, almost drowning focus, when my wife said: “What are you doing?”
I burst out laughing. The thing that is supposed to give this strain that focus effect is called pinene. It is one of the terpenes — chemical compounds that give plants their taste and smell — that can account for different highs in different strains. It is, of course, the one that gives pine its ginned-up odor and it accounts for that similar flavor of rosemary. And I think it’s my favorite among cannabis terpenes. Pinene is also supposed to counteract the short-term memory loss that weed allegedly induces. High pinene strains like Jack Herer, Blue Dream and Dutch Treat are perennial favorites. So if you like those strains, it may be on account of the pinene.
The pine flavor of these bulbous, dense buds is evident, but it is also tempered by a minty myrcene — a sort of soporific terp — texture and something almost like miso or if you accidentally get matcha tea dust up in your nose when making tea.
Mr. Clean’s not a widely available strain, but if you can’t find it, settle for some Jack Herer if you want the peppier end and Romulan for the drowsier.
Nose: Pine, matcha, rosemary, miso
Existential dread: 4
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 1
Drink pairing: Matcha tea
Music pairing: “Rollin’ With the Flow,” Kurt Vile covering Charlie Rich