Strain Integrity

According to Leafly, ” Introduced in 2003 by Ken Estes, Granddaddy Purple (or GDP) is a famous indica cross of Purple Urkle and Big Bud. This California staple inherits a complex grape and berry aroma from its Purple Urkle parent, while Big Bud passes on its oversized, compact bud structure. GDP flowers bloom in shades of deep purple, a contrasting backdrop for its snow-like dusting of white crystal resin.

Its potent effects are clearly detectable in both mind and body, delivering a fusion of cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation. While your thoughts may float in a dreamy buzz, your body is more likely to find itself fixed in one spot for the duration of GDP’s effects. Granddaddy Purple is typically pulled off the shelf for consumers looking to combat pain, stress, insomnia, appetite loss, and muscle spasms. GDP blesses growers with massive yields which are ready for harvest following a 60 day flowering time indoors.

According to the informative description from the OCS website, ” RIFF’s Subway Scientist is a greenhouse-grown indica-dominant strain with very strong THC potency. Subway Scientist’s berry scent is created by a complex terpene profile that includes myrcene, limonene, linalool and beta-pinene. This strain is greenhouse-grown in a natural and ecologically friendly environment and has a very strong THC potency.

Heavy Indica bliss

Granddaddy Purple hit us like a runaway train the first time we tried it in January 2019.  At 16.83% THC, this batch is at the low end of the scale.  There were actually stalks as you can see in the picture.  Overall visual appeal is low.   The buds were dry.  There is a hint of pepper scent.   We were disappointed with what we saw.

The high starts slowly with a sense of relaxation along with increasing cerebral activity.  It ramps slowly all the way to a peak cerebral creative mind at the 30 minute mark.  There is a strong relax body effect where sitting down is simply divine.   Yes, turning into a couch potato is a real danger.   The first hour fly by quickly.

In the second hour, the heavy indica traits comes to full fruition.  The creative mind drifts to a hazy place and your body feels even more relaxed.  The lingering euphoria is a little bit stronger.  Be careful because sleep is now at your door steps.  After two and a half hour, we could still feel the effects.

Activity pairing should be limited to night time activities with sleep just around the corner.  The first activity to come to mind is sex.  We do like Indica for sex because of the strong body effects and time dilation.  It is a perfect pairing.  Other activity for Subway Scientist may include TV watching, listening to music or just the perfect end to a hard day.

Conclusion

Subway Scientist (Granddaddy Purple) by RIFF

We enjoyed Subway Scientist but it failed to live up to our memory probably because it was lower THC with this batch.  Consistency is a challenge for all LPs.  THC level has been dropping significantly.  A quick glance at Broken Coast would see a 3% THC reduction across their product offering.  It’s the same story with Whistler Medical where it is hard to see products in the 20%+ range.  Yea, there is a few with increasing THC content on some products but the trend appears to be downwards.  And, those increasing THC levels are coming from low levels products to begin with.

THC level is not the be all and end all.  It does, however, determines intensity and the degree of time dilation.  Accordingly, this Subway Scientist is an excellent rendition of Granddaddy Purple.   It delivers all the genetic expressions expected.  If the THC level was higher, it would be better, off course.  At slightly below $10 a gram, this is a reasonable valued product even with the government markup.  We were happy with it.  But, we were ecstatic with RIFF’s DT81 (Super Lemon Haze).

THC: 16.83%

Quality: 7.2

Intensity: 7.9

Duration: 8.5

Total: 7.9

Cost:  $31.70 for 3.5 grams

We are disappointed in the treatment of the product by RIFF.  Did you really need to include stalks? literally little useless parts of the plant for additional weight? what are you thinking?  Is this RIFF or Aphria?  spend sometime curing it?  The stuff looks like it came from Good Supply, which is the low end offering of Aphria’s recreational brand.  Fortunately, the high delivers the goods.  We like Good Supply, a low cost vendor with surprising effects.

Our admiration for Aphria’s product offering is increasing with every review of their products.  It is becoming one of the more interesting cannabis consolidators.  If you could only see the smile on our face 🙂