This is the strain we would have picked as the most impact-full in our cannabis experience over the last 45 years. This is the strain Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin may be best able to judge as it was the first joint they smoked when they met in their first movie “Up in Smoke.” Our first and only experience with Maui Wowie was a pinner between 5 graphic designers at the Kootenay School of Art and we were hallucinating. That was in 1978. Something happened between 1978 and now. Either the strain had degraded or we have increased our tolerance, which would be unfortunate. We, however, applaud Hexo for bringing a classic to market.
With the greatest of anticipation, we begin our review. Immediately after inhalation, your mind clears and calmness enters. A slight uplift in mood and happiness slowly emerges. The “high” really starts about ten minutes after inhalation. This is a heady high filled with a strong uplift against a background of happiness. Cerebral stimulation is also present and becoming more absorptive as the high progress. Helios expressions of Leafly’s Maui Wowie is on point.
Helios gives us a classic sativa high. It is of medium intensity, which means you can function. After the initial intense introduction to the cerebral stimulation creating a mild disorientation, the cerebral effects smooths out after half an hour and the high can be weaponized to get things done. The combination of uplift, creativeness and euphoria at a medium intensity level makes this strain an excellent working strain. It could be used as a java jolt replacement with a creativity boost. Helios is highly weaponize-able as in a strain that can help you get many different type of chores done because of it’s medium intensity.
Medium is usually a negative rating but this medium intensity is colourful. All the expressions like uplift, euphoria and creativeness are noticeable, not muted. Activity pairing may include social gatherings and any physical activities.
THC was 15.6%. Test was on 0.26 grams. The bud was dry. There is a floral scent with a hint of pepper in the background. The taste was a bit harsh with some hints of citrus flavour. Overall visual presentation was appealing.
The Helios effect starts to diminish noticeably past the 90 minute mark. At the end of two hours, there is little to no fatigue. It’s a very soft landing.