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Roastin’ with Rick: Blackberry Kush

Disclaimer: Under Colorado law, the use of marijuana is restricted to those aged 21 and older or those with a valid medical marijuana license. Colorado State University does not allow the possession or consumption of marijuana, recreational or medical, anywhere on campus. The Collegian does not condone underage consumption of marijuana.


Edited by Julio Becerril.

Organic Alternatives' Blackberry Kush beside Kind Creations' Quad-cylinder oil drum. (Photo credit: Rick Cookson)
Organic Alternatives’ Blackberry Kush beside Kind Creations’ Quad-oil drum. (Photo credit: Rick Cookson)

For the first Roastin’ with Rick of the 2015-2016 school year, I’ll be reviewing the oh-so pretty indica strain, Blackberry Kush.

Being a cross breed between Afghani indica and Blackberry hybrid, this strain from Organic Alternatives has a lot to offer including a THC percentage of 21.21 percent. Although I wasn’t a big fan of the Afghani indica I reviewed in April, I found this hybrid to be pretty great.

With its dark purple hue livened with orange hairs and crystal-ridden ins and outs, the buds of this strain are some of the best I’ve seen. Breaking it open was like opening a decorated treasure chest to find a mother-load of straight THC.

The earthy scent wasn’t too skunky and had a hash-like aroma mixed with hints of citrus (particularly lemon). There was somewhat of a berry smell, but it may have just been because I was looking for it considering the strain’s name. Either way, I loved it, and the moment I got it I took a sniff every 10 minutes.

Breaking open the buds was a breeze (and they made that beautiful crunch that I love to hear), but grinding them up by hand was not only rigorous, but far-too sticky. They’re firm and incredibly dense so I’d recommend using a grinder with this one.

I happily smoked the Blackberry Kush out of Kind Creations‘ Quad-oil drum. It might be a piece meant for dabs, but smoking flower out of it is just as pleasant. The large chamber allows for bigger, more full hits, and with the four-cylinder percolator, each hit is smooth and enjoyable.

The dense buds of Blackberry Kush aren't very easy to break apart by hand, but pulling pieces from the stem gives a good display of the THC crystal-ridden interior. (Photo credit: David Martinez)
The dense buds of Blackberry Kush aren’t very easy to break apart by hand, but pulling pieces from the stem gives a good display of the THC crystal-ridden interior. (Photo credit: David Martinez)

The sweet and earthy, vegetation-like scent truly came through in the smoke’s flavor. Along with that, there were small tinges of a sweetened berry flavor and noticeable amounts of citrus in the aftertaste. The flavor was delicious, but it wasn’t the strongest tasting marijuana I’ve enjoyed, and what it didn’t have in flavor was made up for in effects.

To say the absolute least, the high was powerfully heavy. The predominantly strong indica effects gave me deep, physical relaxation in combination with toned-down giddiness and intense drowsiness. For the most part, this type of high isn’t usually my favorite, but I found it to be perfect for post-physical activities and bedtime preparations.


Overall, another great strain of marijuana that I proudly give 8.5 leaves out of 10. For the next Roastin’ with Rick, I’ll be reviewing the famous sativa hybrid, Super Lemon Haze.

Thanks for reading and I wish all of my fellow Rams good luck on the first week of the 2015 fall semester.

Organic Alternatives’ Non-member Prices (w/ tax)

1 Gram $23.48
1/8 Ounce $69.27
1/4 Ounce $138.53
1/2 Ounce $277.06
1 Ounce $554.13

This column is sponsored by Kind Creations.

Collegian Print Managing Editor Rick Cookson can be reached at or on Twitter @RickCookson1.

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