Origin/Backstory: Seeds of this variety were given to me by @alohagrown420. These seeds were produced in Hawaii. Both Lotus Larry and Sunshine Daydream are from Bodhi Seeds, and none are related to one another in the slightest. This creates a pretty complex polyhybrid, allowing for instability. This would normally be considered a no-no in breeding, as it does not purposefully lock down any desirable traits. However, all of the parentage is of such a high caliber that the progeny are nearly guaranteed to be of excellent quality. In my case, I was just looking for some unique cannabis--it didn't matter whether or not it had specific traits.
Appearance: Very chunky, the platinum-blue colored flowers from this incredibly resinous variety tend to spike and stack on top of each other, very similar to Gorilla Glue #4. Trichomes glisten all over the flower, making it appear like a Christmas ornament in the sun. Above-average size calyxes stack on top of one another into fat, chunky, pine-cone like flowers. Small leaves are found all over, difficult to trim out. Even these leaflets are appetizing to the connoisseur however, and are gladly packed in a bowl with the flower itself. Very high bag appeal.
Aroma: While mild, this particular variety has a lot of depth and complexity. Sour blueberries, old basement, and brewer's/cereal grains dominate the foremost nose. It is mildly sweet, but more of a been-wet-for-a-day-carpet sort of sourness is noted. Other middle-ground tones of stinky, funky, french cheese and sour ale are met with iron, copper, and other metallic scents. While not overwhelming when inhaling from a jar, an opened jar can be sniffed across the room nearly instantly in the form of super fresh, old-school, raw, skunky cannabis.
Flavor: Mild like the aroma, the sour ale, brewer grains, and mild berry notes make their way into the flavor. Depth and complexity is lost in the translation unfortunately, and not much of the funky cheese and skunk make it through into the flavor. All in all, not the most intense experience.
Effects: While Lotus Larry x Sunshine Daydream (what a mouthful!) comes on immediately, it also creeps into a full effect after about 25-35 minutes. Within seconds of exhaling, the user immediately feels a very dreamy effect come on. Mild euphoria couples with relaxation, anti-anxiety effects, and a sedation--I would imagine this variety would have quite a bit of medical potential for nerve issues. Bodhi himself describes Sunshine Daydream as a "nervous system harmonizer." I can absolutely see why, and imagine that the effects of SD are dominant in this hybrid. It is very much calming and grounding, thrusting a user deeply into their bodies and minds. An increased awareness and sensitivity of the bodily aches and pains is more prevalent, but they are paradoxically numbed and calmed at the same time. It is a really unique effect, but subtle as well. Felt behind the eyes strongly, I would imagine this would be a great variety for glaucoma as well.
Overall Experience: This particular phenotype of Lotus Larry x Sunshine Daydream seemed to lean toward Sunshine Daydream, but I wonder if it was really improved on. The resin, potency, and bag appeal is of excellent quality, with an interesting nose. However, the mild scent does not come through in flavor much at all, giving this variety a fairly one-dimensional experience. I also would argue the effects of this strain are more medicinal than recreational. While this is incredibly valuable, I don't find it to be my favorite effect. It is numbing both in mind and body, while also increasing certain aspects of one's awareness. I would rather smoke more of a sativa variety and remain lucid and interested in the world, but can certainly see why someone would want or need the opposite. This strain sort of withdraws the user from the world, thrusting them inward to themselves. All in all a decent experience, but not my favorite.