This is the first "classic" strain I've ever tried which is exciting. I've always fetishized landraces for their vintage appeal. They tend to be harder to grow, taller & take much longer due to their sativa-dominance & are thus less common these days. Technically this is NOT a landrace but a direct descendant of the "Hawaiian" landrace strain (that's literally its name). Still, the Wowie is old & unique enough to be considered a near-landrace by most heads. Hence the "classic" designation by me. It's certainly older than most of today's strains & comparable to classics like Haze or Skunk #1.
This Maui Wowie was sold at a discount at the dispo & didn't look too impressive on the website but nevertheless, I persisted. It grows naturally in the lava-rich soil of Hawaii & is said to produce a euphoric, relaxing high that goes great with surfing & other beachy activities. My cut claims to have 24% THC, 0.04% CBD and is rich in myrcene, b-caryophyllene & limonene.
Anyway, the smell is pretty stale. Appearance is downright poor, with the nugs being harder & crispier than the hemp buds I've currently got. They're also small af. But they were cheap ($2.50 for half a gram and $5 for a gram) so I wasn't expecting much. But at a medical dispensary you should probably have higher standards than this. I don't know if it's overly dried or what but I'm not impressed with the bag appeal. And for some reason I decided to pick up a full gram rather than half a gram of this. Ugh. I guess the effects will either speak for themselves or not.
|Maui Wowie in a raspberry joint|
As always, I roll up some weed in a joint...this time with about 50/50 Maui Wowie and hemp flower. I put a little more cannabis (THC) in this time since it looked so weak. I spark up around 5 p.m. on a day that's 103 degrees in the shade with terrible wind & humidity. Blech. Surprisingly, the joint burns pretty evenly despite the wind & the super dry texture of the bud. I feel my cramps melting away by the end of the roach. The THC content seems to have not been an exaggeration--this feels more potent than the Durban Poison which came in at 20% THC but this joint was also fatter & contained more weed.
The effects strike a nice balance between mellow & uplifted. I can feel my uterus cramping but my brain doesn't care. This seems like the ultimate summertime strain if there was such a thing. Puts a smile on your face & a spring in your step. It's classified as a "morning" strain on Wikileaf but I actually find it more fitting for the afternoon or even sunset. There's definitely a chill edge to it, but not in a way that will put you to sleep like a full-on indica. You just may not feel like cleaning your house or running errands after a few puffs.
Overall I give Maui Wowie a 4.8 of 5 stars for potency, effects & price. The bag appeal is absolute garbage but the effects are what count. I recommend this strain for anyone who enjoys a cheerful, sunny Sativa or just wants to try the classics. They're classic for a reason & you can't call yourself a connoisseur if you haven't experienced them.
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