This was a rather solidly-built Headband compared to some of the long-calyxed wispy ones we’ve seen in the past. While the stout structure was nice, it seems to have been mechanically trimmed or otherwise roughly-handled, as quite a few trichomes were missing heads. There were no signs of stress like seeds, yellow leaves, or hermie flowers, but the harvest was slightly early (only a scant number of ambers). Still, it was an attractive-looking and frosty sample.
The highlight of this strain, the aroma was a very distinct sharply spicy citrus with a slightly sweet and musky fennel-like background after grinding. It lacked the fuel found in many Headbands, but we actually like this better overall — reminded us of a Mexican Sativa in both smell and effect.
Much like the smell, but with more of a skunky and fuel twang to it, the taste was mostly citrus-pine sharpness. As it burned down to the end of the bowl it became rather harsh, and it was very expansive the whole time — not one for people who can’t deal with coughing. Take very small hits at first to get used to it… The final ash was a medium gray, showing that it could’ve used a more thorough flush.
(We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY) Energy, ocular attention, mood elevation, some relaxation as it wore on, and possible migraine relief (lots of cycling head/eye pressure).
Headband is definitely a connoisseur strain rather than one for beginners — it has a tendency to get rather rushy early on, which could be overwhelming for those struggling with anxiety. That buzzing energy also seemed to aggravate back tension at times, but that eased up towards the end. This was a very cerebral strain, causing moments of spacing out and flighty thoughts — not very productive, more mental gymnastics than anything. The damaged trichomes and slightly early harvest seemed to hurt the overall potential, while the flush could’ve also been improved. This one is recommended for veteran patients who appreciate highly Sativa meds that provide mental uplift.
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