Origin/Backstory: I received 5 of these seeds with my purchase of Greedo's Stash. Synergy is a cross of Pinequeen and Bodhi's Appalachia male. Pinequeen is from Sonic Seeds, a cross of a UK Pineapple clone and Shimla. I can only assume Shimla is a landrace from the Shimla area in India. Appalachia is Bodhi's famous Green Crack x Tres Dawg male, and I am under the impression that this male is now discontinued. This makes the full lineage look like this: [(Shimla/UK Pineapple cut) x (Green Crack x Tres Dawg)]. Like the Moonwalk, I stupidly did not take cuts of Synergy either. Luckily, I've since been gifted a full package of synergy courtesy of the Seed Vault of California aka Holistic Nursery. I plan to look for a nice female when space is available.
Appearance: Buds are somewhat loosely structured, pine-cone shaped with fox tail/dread lock tops. The color is a green varying from bright lime to dark forest, and cold temperatures late into flower caused some purple accenting on the thin, sativa-like leaves. This looks like some very fresh herb, even after spending months in a jar. It just has that classic bag appeal.
Aroma: Synergy's aroma is truly something beautiful, and its scent alone often enticed me to endulge. Based on the smell, I would've named this strain "Pineapple Chem." It is a sweet and fruity aroma, with heavy tropical notes accented by those of solvents. Perhaps most noticeable is the unmistakable scent of sugar cookies and pineapple juice/syrup from a can. It is nearly sickly-sweet, and some complexities behind the pineapple are noted as well: mango, starfruit, and orange zest. The strong fruitiness is complimented by tones of fabric softener, silly putty, crude oil, velvet, skunk, and the classic chem smell. If Chem were the equivalent of Coca-Cola or Pepsi, Synergy would analogously be one of the spin-offs, like Cherry Coke or some other "jazzed up" flavor.
Flavor: Synergy's bouquet translates well into taste, allowing some complexities into the foreground. The velvety, fabric softener seem to come forward as the pronounced fruitiness fades to midtones of tropical plants and classic skunk. Some chemical flavors are present as well, but far from offensive or overwhelming. The flavor is like some bright and fruity chem sativa, and is truly a delight for the connoisseur.
Effects: Surprisingly bright, uplifting, and positive, Synergy quickly became my favorite "wake 'n bake" choice. Somewhat dreamy, while remaining vibrantly euphoric. Synergy creeps slowly into a giggly, super-happy, confident and springy-stepping high that lends optimistic thoughts and positive emotions to the user.
Overall Experience: This was my strain of choice this year for enjoying the Winter X-Games. With the events beginning in the morning, friends and I would partake in a few tokes of Synergy. We were always careful about dosing--binge smoking this strain turns it into a dreamy, mind-numbing and dumbing stone. However, when taken in moderation, Synergy is a perfect choice for early imbibing. Reeking of pineapple and chemical solvent smells, the appeal was heavy--the purple-tinted and trichome-covered flowers helped the case for incredible bag appeal. I smoked a bowl or two with a friend in the parking lot prior to entering the Aspen winter event. The flavor is a fruity and floral chemical flavor, very pleasant and enjoyable. The flavor alone makes the "danger" of overdoing Synergy even more relevant. However, we stayed true to our limits and entered the event. The walk to and through security became more interesting and goofy. Conversations from other event-goers inspired giggles. The security officer asked if I had been smoking weed because I smelled like it. Without hesitation, I told him I had, but that I wasn't bringing it into the venue. After being patted down, I was admitted with a goofy smile on my face. My friend and I happily bounced around the venue, everything feeling a little bit trippier, dreamier, and funnier than normal. The effect lasted for several hours, but eventually the average stoner wants another pick-me-up. Naturally, I would reach for Synergy again, looking for that beautifully happy effect. However, it was only to be had as the first smoke of the day, particularly in the mornings. The mood-improvement from Synergy is universal as long as it is the first smoke of the day--Synergy would rarely have much effect on me if it was used as a nightcap or something similar after smoking earlier in the day. All in all, a delicious and incredibly stinky and unique Chem hybrid. I look forward to popping more seeds and finding a beautiful, euphoric morning chem phenotype again.