Origins and Backstory: I bought these in the first round of releases from Greenpoint Seeds. Copper Chem is an incredible cross of Chem 4 and a Stardawg male, making it a Chem 4 backcross. I popped the whole pack as part of a Sour Chem project to breed further.
Appearance: Phenotypes ranged from purple calyx clusters to pistil-dominated dark-green floral clusters. Personally, my favorite was a phenotype that settled somewhere in the middle. Dark green with purple accents and bright red pistils, she is covered in resin and absolutely stunning. She reminds me of Chemdog bags I would get in the early 2000s in the mountain towns of Colorado.
Aroma: This is the epitome of Chemdog. Notes of gasoline, motor oil, gear grease, pinesol cleaner, sour lemon rind, rotten lime peel, diesel fuel, nail polish remover, acetone, and sour rye bread are prevalent among the different phenotypes. Each plant displayed its own biases--one was very much a sour lemon pinesol cleaner with nail polish remover, while another phenotype heavily expressed gasoline, diesel, and sour rye bread. I had a very hard time picking a keeper, as all phenotypes were something to be desired. Very stinky herb, it is even more potent when combusted. This smells like classic old school dank when it's burned. The uninitiated complain of an offensive rotting-dead-body-skunk odor. The nose from this one is incredibly powerful, loved by veteran potheads and abhorred by republicans.
Flavor: The flavor is complex, with strong lemon peel bitterness and a velvety-seeming nail polish remover leading the way. This is followed by a sweet, skunky dank flavor coating the whole mouth, with notes of gasoline and distinct diesel lingering on the tongue. There is really a lot going on, and all of it is intriguing and pleasant. All phenotypes remind me of the bags of Chemdog weed I bought as a teenager. This is a great example of what comes to mind when I hear "dank." I could briefly sum the flavor up as sweet 'n sour lemon peel janitor's closet oil spill cave. This is phenomenally flavored ganja.
Effects: Copper Chem is very body oriented, and is a very sedating flower. It hits hard, immediately, and is very euphoric but a bit dulling. It is how I would imagine opiates. Dreamy and mellowing, the effect of copper chem is very pleasant but not so functional. The whole of the experience in one word would be 'pleasant,' and it becomes immediately clear why the entire Chemdog genetic line and its descendants are so highly-favored. The experience is probably pretty universally loved. Thoughts become more interesting, and new perspectives and philosophies rear their heads. It becomes easier to relate to others, and rational thoughts become abundantly clear. However, this is dreamy herb, the kind that needs *DO NOT OPERATE HEAVY MACHINERY* stickers slapped all over it. It's potency is nearly unparalleled (save for OGs and other Chemdog varieties) and very much has effects that are drug-like. All in all a lovely, warm, sedating experience. Very enjoyable, but not much for engaging in social situations or physical activities.
Overall Experience: The Chemdog genetic line is some of the most coveted in all of cannabis, and this inbred version is an amazing representation of the entire Chemdog family. Chem lovers will rejoice over this strain and genetics being available in seed form. Females capture the incredible essence of Chemdog, the fuel-chemical-sour character that has stoners puckering up everywhere. The bouquet of the Chemdog clone is preserved and maybe even improved on in this cross, giving these beautiful flowers their extraordinarily heady flavor. The flavor, however beautiful, is just the beginning. The warm, happy, sweet effect from these flowers is enticing and dream-like, providing a sort of sedating, trippy experience. It is felt strongly in the body, providing pain relief but also causing drowsiness. The smoke yields a slight grin, little red eyes, and a sweet, happy disposition. I frequently forget things and can be a bit clumsy after smoking this one due to its potency, and I never seem to get any real work done after imbibing with this one. I even fell asleep on 'movie night' about 20 minutes in. While drowsy, Chemdog is perhaps a perfect indica, and has dominated the cannabis scene for the past 20 years with good reason.