“Strawberry fields forever.” (The Beatles, Sgt. Peppers)
Almost every toker knows the well-worn aphorism, “You don’t get off if you don’t cough.” While that’s not always a true expression, some strains lend themselves to validating the message. One such is Strawberry Cough. True to its name, this sativa-dominant strain (80% Sativa / 20% Indica) was developed as a cross between the infamous Haze and Strawberry Fields strains and won the 2013 Cannabis Cup. But smokers beware: Strawberry Cough Cough takes on an expansive characteristic in your lungs, so it will make you hack, Jack! And, with THC levels reaching a staggering 23%, this is no lightweight bud.
Strawberry Cough has a bit of an unusual taste profile. The scent of the buds is a mixture of fruity notes punctuated by peppery overtones derived from the heavy presence of myrcene, a prominent terpene found in many strains of ganja. You definitely get a sense of the berry aspects on the inhale, making it a bit of a dessert treat. Just be careful about the volume of that intake, or you may regret it. (In other words, don’t load a monster bong hit while using ice water and do a heavy draw, unless you are trying to intentionally torture your weed lobes!)
Strawberry Cough takes on a strong physical presence, so it has potent pain-relieving properties, making it ideal for sore muscles and general body aches, as well as a tonic for anxiety and stress. One All Bud reviewer put it perfectly: “I have MS so it really helps with the fatigue and even helps with all my pain and spasticity too. Elevates my mood as well into a happy place so when I wake up feeling bad a bit of this strain to get the day started is perfection.”
And, if you’re going to keep it a strawberry world, you gotta go with the album Incense and Peppermints, by Strawberry Alarm Clock. With a surreal sound forged by Ray Manzarek-like keyboard riffs, crunchy guitar loops, trippy flute accents, and even some cool xylophone work, this album is a hidden psychedelic gem.
Standout tracks include the opener, The World’s on Fire, in which even the drums and percussive side of the band shine through, Lose to Live, and of course, the title track, Incense and Peppermints, a pop hit that soared to a #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967, the year of The Summer of Love, the year When the Beatles released the album that defined psychedelia itself, The Magical Mystery Tour. This is why All Music wrote of the album,”In all, the album proved to be one of the more delightful artifacts of the psychedelic era, a strangely compelling mix of psychedelia, sunshine pop, garage rock, and California harmony.”
Incense and Peppermints is emblematic of the ethos that pervaded the time period, where intricate, extended jams filled the studios and concert halls, delivering a groovy, multi-layered sonic sound to hippies hungry for an aural fix to accompany their buzzing headspaces.
Now, you are probably going to get the munchies, and you might also need a snack that gives you something to fiddle with, a kinesthetic kick, if you will. Look no further than Betty Crocker’s Fruit Roll-Ups™ Strawberry Sensation! This snack not only delivers a fruity, tart taste but a chewy texture that will be sure to keep your mouth happy and active. What’s more, the act of unrolling, peeling, and stretching makes for an enjoyable way to fiddle the time away. An added bonus is its soothing effect on your throat from taking that monster bong hit I advised you against taking. 🙂
There you go, a strawberry trifecta of legendary proportion.
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