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420 Weed Reviews: Ghost Train Haze

Interested in a super stinky, super strong weed? Try out Ghost Train Haze. It may not be the prettiest bud you have ever seen, but its icky sticky sweet and will take you on a journey. Have you ever tried the Ghost Train Haze or GTH before? Let us know in the comments.

I was lucky enough to be chosen (for the third consecutive year) as the official photographer for the 2014 U.S. Cannabis Cup in Denver. The event, which was held April 19-20 at the Denver Mart, was the largest cannabis competition ever in a variety of ways; not only did it shatter attendance records with close to 40,000 attendees reported over the weekend’s festivities, but it also had the most entries to date. Thus, over a bleary-eyed and frantic five days of shooting, I made my way through 221 strains, 97 solvent-extracted concentrates, 46 edibles and 26 non-solvent concentrates — a grand total of 390 entries.

The upside to this seemingly endless task is that once the marathon shooting is done, I have 390 Cannabis Cup entries sitting around the ol’ office to graze through. I decided there was no better way to kick off my strain reviews for The Cannabist than by reviewing the Ghost Train Haze from Denver-based Green Man Cannabis, which took home the claimed top honors in the U.S. sativa category.

Ghost Train Haze by the numbers: Medical sales only, $12.85/gram, $45/eighth at Green Man Cannabis (two Denver locations)

I am acutely familiar with the Ghost Train Haze strain, as I remember receiving some of the first seeds of this now-legendary hybrid from Scott Reach (founder and head breeder at Colorado-based Rare Dankness Seeds) all the way back in 2011. Scott said he was working on a special project using nearly all of his super-rare OG Kush mothers, and the Ghost Train Haze series of releases that followed were the result of that work. Using a selected Nevil’s Wreck male (another RD creation, a very sativa-dominant hybrid of E-32 Trainwreck and Neville’s Haze), Scott pollinated each of his mothers, including the Ghost’s OG Kush that became the namesake for the series of GTH releases. The Ghost is my personal favorite OG and I also love Haze weed, so this was a match made in heaven.

Fast-forward to three years later. Rare Dankness has released well over 20 seed varieties since then, the GTH had been named the “Most Potent Strain on Earth” for 2012 by High Times, and here I am shooting it once again, this time grown by Green Man Cannabis.

I am familiar with Green Man, as they won first-place Hybrid in 2012 for their Skunkberry and have two locations in the Denver area, one at the fringe of downtown and the other  near the Denver Tech Center. This particular sample of Ghost Train Haze caught my attention both because I’m familiar with the strain and because I’m familiar with the grower, who himself has won four first-place awards at the events since they started in 2011.

Upon cracking open the plastic jar holding the sample, I was immediately smacked in the face with a sumptuous, sweet Haze odor that indicated I was in for a pleasant experience. Due to the Nevil’s Wreck side of the hybrid, the nug itself wasn’t the most attractive to the eye compared with some of the other big-bracted samples that I had examined when deciding which strain to review. However, upon closer inspection through my camera lens, the trichomes were well-preserved and the coverage was dense.

The smell became even more pronounced when I snapped off my first piece of the bud and began breaking it up for a joint. “Wow, that smells strong,” said Zack, the director of photography who is part of the “Rolling Papers” documentary crew that was on hand to capture my first strain review for The Cannabist. I smiled and told him that I was practically drooling as my face hovered over the pile of tantalizingly sweet Hazy goodness.

As a general rule, if you can clearly smell a bud when you simply hold it up to your nose, it is of above-average quality; if breaking up a joint causes an entire office building to reek like Haze, you know you’ve got a real winner on your hands.

The texture of the flower was also perfect; the stems snapped readily and yet the flower itself had just enough give to it, absolutely coating my fingers in sticky resin as I broke it apart. I struggled to roll the joint due to my flypaper-like fingers, and eventually resorted to washing my hands with isopropyl alcohol. A few minutes later I got the approximately one-gram joint sealed up. The “dry hit” (inhale on the unlit joint) was stellar and just as pungent as the aroma … I wish I could carry that joint around with me like a terpene inhaler, taking a little “puff” every time I wanted life to be just a little more pleasant.

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