REVIEW: Kush Mints Live Rosin by Papa’s Select
We were super excited to see Papa & Barkley extend their product line into live rosin and ice water hash. Known for being a pioneer for topicals, Papa & Barkley is a trusted name that now produces concentrates and gummies that seem to sell out quickly, and for good reason.
Some of you may be wondering, what is live rosin and how it is made? Papa & Barkley’s live rosin is concentrated solventless extract that is refined by applying heat and pressure to their famous ice water hash made from freshly frozen cannabis. They then refine our ice water hash by applying heat in a pneumatic rosin press. This combination of heat and pressure produces a golden concentrated rosin. The rosin drips onto parchment paper where it is then collected and packaged for sale or refined in a post-production process to produce various consistencies in the material. Some of these consistencies or textures are known as heat-pressed batter, sugar or sauce.
Now onto the review…
The nose provides an earthy yet slight fresh-lemon scent. Appearance is a yellow wax-like crumble with visible sparkle from the pressed trichomes. We used a KandyPens Crystal wax pen, which is known for preserving flavor with its glass and ceramic bowl and heating apparatus. The first hit tasted of lemon infused mint espresso, think of summer in the Amalfi coast, with little to no burning of the throat on exhale. The second and third hits became more earthy and took on more of a roasted coffee flavor on the exhale, with the lemon-mint profile likely burned off in the first draw, as most of the terps likely burn off during the first hit.
The sensation was definitely a sativa-forward experience for the first 20-30 minutes – with a mental clarity and mild boost of energy. The next 30 minutes had some muscle relaxation and a bit of eye area relief that indica leaning hybrids are known for.
Kush Mints is a relatively new strain, but a fast growing favorite hybrid cannabis strain made by crossing Animal Mints with the famous Bubba Kush. The result is a high THC strain with a unique minty taste. Kush Mints provides effects that are uplifting and happy. This strain has a complex flavor profile that tastes like mint and cookies. Growers say Kush Mints grows best when indoors and done hydroponically. Medical patients choose this strain to help stimulate appetite.
The most prominent terpenes in this strain are limonene, linalool and caryophyllene. Linalool is found in lavender and has been used for centuries as an aromatherapy tool for relaxation so expect to feel your tension melt away. Limonene, which is normally found in citrus peels, has been shown in studies to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Lastly, caryophyllene is a common cannabis terpene that has spicy black pepper notes and can also be found in rosemary, cloves and hops. Limited studies conducted have shown this terpene may be helpful in providing mild pain relief and easing of inflammation.
We give this product a 7.5 out of 10.
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