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Strain review: Ringo's Gift


Even though Ringo’s Gift has a high CBD-to-THC ratio, it still gets you stoned. - BAYNARD WOODS
  • Baynard Woods
  • Even though Ringo’s Gift has a high CBD-to-THC ratio, it still gets you stoned.
Every quest for a fountain of youth is fraught and ends in failure. That is the nature of life, which forces the wisdom of age upon us at the expense of our physical resilience and pliability. No one ever gets eternal youth. In myth, when someone is unfortunate enough to gain eternal life, it is one of constant aging, until they d/evolve into a cricket or a cicada.

But the aches of age — or youthful over-activity — still need remedy. And CBD is really helpful there. I recently moved and repeatedly screwed up my back. Advil and Tiger Balm and booze and weed made it somewhat tolerable. But then I scored some Ringo’s Gift, which is really popular in Barcelona, and it lifted the knot out of my lower back like a hot iron on a wrinkle.

I also ate some of the CBD gummies that don’t have any THC some days just to boost it. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of the chemical compounds in weed thought to have numerous medical benefits — without making you stoned, while THC is one of the primary compounds that accounts for highness. Even though Ringo’s Gift has one of the highest CBD-to-THC ratios around — it’s like 20 to 1 — it still gets you stoned as shit, while also easing the aches and pains of old age.

I wish this strain were named after Ringo Starr, who knows some shit about getting old — drummers have harsh joints. I imagine he took a bunch of his royalties and developed a strain perfect for aging. “Doo-doo, caca, shiiit.”
But, no, he did not leave us this gift. Instead, it was Lawrence Ringo, who died in 2014 and worked to develop, and gain recognition for, plants high in CBD.

So I started doing some heavy vaping of Ringo’s Gift after moving to a new place as a middle-aged man and feeling incessantly sore. And damn, it really helps. I used CBD a while back to go through a vasectomy and now I’m learning the benefits of daily use.

The thing is, it also has a pep to it. Remember, all this is subjective and a good friend feels sleepy after using it. But for me it has the best effects of a Sativa, the wake-y energy without the anxiety. Instead it’s like an ideal un-sleepy relaxation with pain relief.

It’s a gorgeous flower by almost every measure. Loose and long buds are bright green with touches of red, studded by shimmering crystals. It smells somehow like childhood, like a fort you built in the woods where the sun rarely hits or moss on a big damp boulder. In a bong it’s nice, but its better in a vaporizer which brings out the plummy sweetness of the flavor.

Strength: 8
Nose: A fort by a creek, near a boulder, where graham crackers were left in damp hay
Euphoria: 8
Existential dread: 0
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 0
Drink pairing: Jim Beam
Music pairing: BR5-49 “Lifetime to Prove”
Rating: 9

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