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Product Review: Grape Ape Dank Diamonds by Elyon

Strain: Grape Ape

Product Type: Infused Pre-Roll, Indica Leaning Hybrid

Grower: Elyon 

Cultivation Type: Green House

Dominant Terpene: Myrcene 

Price: $16 Infused Pre-roll

 

Grape Ape Dank Diamonds gets 3 buds out of 5 buds.  

 

Introduction & Lineage: 

Grape Ape is a strain that has been around since the early 2000’s. Bred by Apothecary Genetics, it is a cross of Mendocino Purps, Skunk, and an Afghani landrace. This strain is popular for its strong notes of grapes and has won multiple awards including High Times Medical Cup and twice in a row at the Green Cup.

 Grape Ape Dank Diamonds Pre-roll

 

Appearance: 

The packaging looks great, it definitely caught my attention while at the dispensary. But the size of the packaging threw me off when I actually opened it and saw the size of the pre-roll. Now I know that a 1.1 gram pre roll is only going to be so big but perception is a thing, and looking at the joint compared to the packaging kinda gave me a chuckle. 

The pre roll itself definitely looked infused, as you could see the stains in the paper from the diamonds. I really like that this is an open face joint and not twisted shut at the end. I was able to see that it looked like straight up bud (not shake) and I could even see some of the diamonds peaking out. 

Grape Ape Dank Diamonds Pre-roll

Nose: 

The first smell of this pre-roll was kind of off putting to be honest. Super strong smell of grass, which made me really scared of the taste. I’m not sure if the flower was just not dried and cured right or this was just a slip up in quality control but I couldn’t smell anything else through the chlorophyll. 

 

Smoke: 

Although I was scared of the grassy smell, overall it wasn’t a bad joint. The open face made it easy to light. The joint was packed so densely that it was a little tough to drag at first but it burned evenly and finished well. The smoke was cool on the throat and wasn’t super bitter to my surprise. Pretty solid especially with the diamonds in there, as concentrates have the ability to make a joint hit pretty harshly. 

 

Grape Ape Terpenes & Effects:

Doing some research on Weedmaps and leafly, we see that Grape Ape is a pretty popular strain based on reviews, with people reporting the high to be relaxing, hunger inducing and sleep inducing. 

Named for its distinct grape-like smell, this indica is known for providing carefree relaxation that can help soothe pain, stress, and anxiety. .” – Leafly.

Weedmap’s top reported effects from its users are relaxed, euphoric, and happy. With the flower having notes of grape, berry, and earthy. 

For me this was a high that felt pretty light in terms of stonieness but definitely felt a couch lock like effect. No real munchies from this pre-roll, a pretty good joint for a friday afternoon unwinding.

 

From the Weed Library:

Leafly also reports that Caryophyllene is the dominant terpene present; from our research at WeedSociety, we have found that Myrcene provides these unique properties:

– Myrcene, a terpene in cannabis, can predict the type of high you experience; strains with high myrcene concentration (>0.5%) often result in a sedative effect, while strains low in β-myrcene (<0.5%) yield an energetic “high”.

– Myrcene can enhance the effects of cannabinoids, aiding their absorption across the blood-brain barrier.

– Studies show that myrcene has multiple health benefits, including pain relief, sedative properties, anti-diabetic effects, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial capabilities, and anticancer effects.

– Myrcene can be found in a variety of plants, including basil, thyme, mangos, lemongrass, eucalyptus, hops, and cannabis.

– Depending on the concentration, the scent of myrcene can range from earthy to sweet, peppery, or musky.

– Myrcene takes about 30 minutes to an hour to be fully absorbed, with an elimination half-life of approximately 285 minutes. In humans, myrcene reaches peak concentration between 2 and 4 hours after consumption.

 

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