Summer is here in full force, so it’s time to kick back and treat yourself with some tropical buds. This week I bring you Washington’s own Hawaiian Dutch, by Sub X, purchased at Have a Heart in Fremont*. This strain, and most of the producer’s product, goes for around $50 an eighth. Considering the cost, I expected a solid experience – I was not let down.
Sub X stands for “Subdued Excitement”, which is a clever way to describe being high; enjoying the duality of euphoria and sedation. The producer is based out of Washington, “near Canada” apparently. Their buds are 100% pesticide and gluten free (I’m pretty sure the gluten thing is meant to be a joke, but it’s on their website), no mention of organic testing though.
Also from their page, “our ultra efficient growing methods and state-of-the-art technologies allow us to use no more sweatshop labor than is absolutely necessary” (uh, I’m hoping that would be 0% sweatshop labor?) Grammatical slaughter aside, with so many producer’s “About” pages being similar, it’s nice to see a playful personality – even if slightly chaotic (Ian Malcolm would be proud).
Let’s get serious here, hit me with the Specifics:
THC A: 23.3%
Strain: Hawaiian Dutch
Species: Sativa Hybrid (70/30)
Smell: Bubblegum + Cheese
Taste: Sweet + Sour
Launch Point: Right after smoking.
High: Potent + Functional + Walkin’ on Sunshine
A cross of Hawaiian x Dutch Treat, accolades include placing 2nd at the 2014 Seattle Cannabis Cup (for best domestic Sativa). Being a hybrid, the strain is known for it’s energetic and creative high. Medically, it is prescribed to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Hawaiian Dutch is a NorthWest regional strain, primarily being sold in Washington state.
Sporting a golden tint, these were some nice-looking nuggets. Purple, green, orange? Check. Trichomes out the wazoo? Sticky and fresh. Those photos don’t lie. Using a pipe, Hawaiian Dutch burned smooth.
Popping open the jar, there was immediate tropical funkiness. I picked up on bubblegum, and cheese. Flavor-wise, there was a distinct sweet-and-sour thing going on. A sharp taste that lingers, using a vape and smoking out of a pipe.
Hawaiian Dutch clears the cobwebs of my mind, after an oh-so-long day. While many types of nugs may deplete your energy, getting stoned with this strain comes about a second wind. Good for day and night, even the veteran smoker will dig the brightness and feel like a kid again.
The low CBD level gives way to mild sedation, not super burnout. Functionality is in grasp, as well; this isn’t the bud to make you stupid stoned – but it’s just the right amount. All and all a solid experience, it’s easy to see why this strain is award winning. If you’re feeling lavish and want to treat-yo-self, Sub X products can be found at: Clutch Cannabis (Renton), Green-Theory (Bellevue), and Have-A-Heart (Fremont/Ocean Shores).
*Have a Heart is an advertiser on High Above Seattle. This is no way impacts my perception, or enjoyment of product that may be sold there.