Strain Review: Canndescent Charge No. 508

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Smell plays a large role in the effects of cannabis.


Mornings are a great time to use the powers of aroma therapy to bring oneself back into the waking world. Whether it’s the invigorating citrus burst from the soap during a shower, or the aromas wafting off a cup of coffee, scent can play a key role in recharging motivations and directing the path a day will take. The same can be said of the aromas that burst off our favorite strains, sometimes simply smelling buds is enough to feel a boost in mood.

Canndescent’s offering, Charge No. 508, is a strain with scents and effects catered to early mornings. The Santa Barbara-based company is taking a new approach to cannabis and, instead of indicating strains by name, categorizes them by their intended outcome. The company says Charge No. 508 is designed to start, “your day exceptionally, keeping you keen, focused, composed and clear-headed without a mid-day crash.”

The aromas that come off of a jar of Charge No. 508 reflect these intended effects, the cannabis smells subtly floral with a hint of fresh cleaner, like an all-natural Simple Green, and likely stands as a derivative of Jack Herer. Jack Herer and its decedents typically fall on the vegetal side of the cannabis taste profile spectrum and this selection carries over the piney and floral aroma into its taste profile with a hint of char, like pine needles dripping resin into a campfire.

The buds are a shade of khaki green. While the leaves themselves are a darker olive hue, the amount of trichomes on the the nugs lightens the overall look. Examining the Charge No. 508 in a Smokus Focus looks like the murky underwater scene at the bottom of a lake, only instead of reeds there are burnt sienna hairs extending in wild loops.

The effect of sampling Charge No. 508 is ultimately calming without a groggy undertone, meaning that enjoying it in the a.m. shouldn’t result in a hindrance in getting tasks accomplished. At Cannabis Now we occupy a space where consuming large amounts of cannabis is a part of our everyday routine and a key element in being a successful, accomplished cannabis enthusiast is finding a strain for the daytime alongside a strain that will help to quiet the mind in the evening after bubbling with ideas all day. Charge No. 508 occupies the former category and is designed to help, not block, productivity. A key element of seizing the day can also be seizing the appropriate smoke. Happy hunting, friends.

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