Origins and Backstory: I made this cross using several phenotypes of In the Pines and my favorite male from my Copper Chem selection. The parents are extremely different, so one can expect a lot of variation in the F1 generation. I germinated about 40 or so seeds and selected down to 6 by flowering time. Some plants were tested outdoor, and were easily the more impressive—see picture above. Those grown outdoor could have used another week or two of weather, but were harvested the night before a hard frost.
Appearance: Buds are well formed and dense, obviously resinous. When freshly cured, the buds are like bright green pine-cones occasioned with purple and sinister-looking leaf. My favorite plant to smoke made more spear-like buds, while the higher yielding plants made flowers resembling grenades. both indoor and outdoor plants looked similar—mostly green, with purple accents. Every phenotype was maximally covered with trichomes.
Aroma: Between all the phenotypes, the aroma varied heavily. My favorite plants had diverse terpene profiles that are hard to sum up shortly. They tended toward putrid but sweet, perfumey and yet almost rotting—this is real yin/yang complete cannabis. I can smell specific notes of passionfruit, vomit/bile, cotton candy, skunk spray, guava, strawberries, brake cleaner, and botanicals (think fresh greehouse). The best phenotypes had intense aromas exhibiting all of the above, while other phenotypes tended toward much more mild, aloe/teatree/baby wipe aromas, and some others still toward garlic, mango, and gasoline.
Flavor: The flavor of the smoke is extremely rich and complex, very perfumey yet dank at the same time. Like the aroma, it is a wonderfully intriguing balance of what seem like mismatched opposites. tMore dank and funky than fruity, the flavor is like a passionfruit Chemdawg perfume a mechanic might wear. One can immediately taste the passionfruit and guava on the front of the smoke. Every toke is consistently feminine/floral/perfume-like, but the fruits and acidic tones tend to change depending on the weather. Occasionally one gets a taste of strawberry, but there is an acidity that goes with it not unlike solvents or vomit. It is almost caustic, but when coupled with the soft perfume notes, the effect is not off-putting in the slightest. It is really amazingly tasty herb, very unique and yet classic at the same time.
Effects: This is a hybrid-like effect that can be incredibly potent. Immediately after exhaling, one begins to feel a slight tingling in the forehead, and a sensation of motion or beginnings of vertigo—yet it is light, pleasant, and euphoric. It is like a more calm version of a nicotine-fueled head rush. The immediacy and strength of the come-on lets you know this is some seriously strong herb. The effects intensify, the light-headed euphoria eventually giving way to an almost wobbly effect, where one goes about the day in a happy, silly daze. This is Alice in Wonderland herb, so strong it is close to psychedelic, but grounded in its indica leanings—it doesn’t produce paranoia, but might temporarily reduce your IQ in favor of giggles for a time.
Overall: Passionfruit Dakini is a gorgeous, full-bodied, nose-crinkling bell ringer that will either make or break your day. This was all I wanted to smoke after this season’s harvest until it was gone. I really think its primary appeal is in its all-encompassing characteristics. The aroma is balanced between sweet candy and nasty funk, the flavor nestled between masculine mechanical notes and feminine fruits and flowers. The high is psychedelic yet devastating, euphoric yet chill. This really is the whole package. Even when a CBD varietal might have been more appropriate, I chose to smoke this one—the flavor, the head rush, the extreme dankness of it all is just too much to pass up in favor of a mellow high. When this jar was around, the only other herb that was smoked was the Deep Line Alchemy 6 right before bed. This is incredible ganja excelling in every category except yield. I made F2 seeds with this phenotype, and it is probably my favorite creation to date. I hope to stabilize this one as it is really something special.