Miss USA by California Bud Co Labelled as a Hybrid Indica, Miss USA’s was tested by Cannalysis Labs and has a total cannabinoid profile of 24 percent. Each package contains an eighth, or 3.5 grams, of flower.
You may be hard-pressed to find a cultivator that doesn’t claim to produce top-notch flower using top-notch grow methods, but not all of them deliver a high-quality final product to back it up. Fortunately, it was clear to me upon first glance that Miss USA was cultivated with precision, passion, and care. My eighth of Miss USA was all sufficiently dense buds sporting a vibrant light-green color, peppered with well-manicured mint-green sugar leaves and evenly distributed tiny orange hairs. And every bud glistened with sugary crystal trichomes.
Miss USA was tested by Cannalysis Labs at 24 percent total cannabinoids, including 808.5 milligrams of total THC with 0 g CBD. That means this is a sufficiently potent strain, resting at the higher end of the 20-to-25 percent THC range of the quality bud you find at most California dispensaries.
The Smell Test: ‘Like Unwrapping a Magical Starburst’
Before I ground the flower and packed my pipe, I took the time to really indulge in Miss USA’s aroma, which I highly recommend to any of you lucky Californians out there who can get your hands on this sweet bud. A hybrid cross between Strawberry Banana and Kosher Dawg, Miss USA has resulted in a delightfully intriguing fruity scent with subtle hints of mint upfront and dark traces of mocha underneath.
After taking one, two, or three too many whiffs from the jar, I put a nug through the grinder and found that its fruity aroma had become louder, tangier, and spicier after it had been agitated. Grinding this nug was like unwrapping a magical starburst.
Flavor Saver: ‘My First Coughless Smoke Sesh in Ages’
Once I finally lit up and smoked Miss USA through a pipe, I found the strain’s flavor to be slightly less pronounced than its delicious aroma, but no less distinct and intriguing. Strong herbal and piney hints, perhaps from its Kosher Dawg parent, broke through and rooted the strain’s sweetness in a classic cannabis taste. The smoke was exceptionally smooth, not only carrying the flavor beautifully, but also affording me my first coughless smoke sesh in ages. As far as smoke, smell, and flavor are concerned, Miss USA is a true dessert strain akin to the type of new-age confection you’d get at a hip, upscale restaurant.
Is This The Real Life?: ‘My Body Was Relaxed, But My Cerebral High Was Nothing Short of Electric’
After two or three tokes of Miss USA, I felt a clear, tingly buzz creeping up my head and shoulders, and growing at the base of my spine. It was the end of the day and I was more than happy to feel a solid body high coming on to carry me through the rest of my evening at home. I decided to put on some tunes from my Queen playlist (having just seen the new Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the night before and still high on Queen songs) and that’s when the full effects of Miss USA took center stage.
With “Action This Day,” a dance beat-heavy track from Queen’s disco-influenced 1982 album “Hot Space,” booming in my ears, I was engulfed in the “cultivated happiness” that California Bud Co. promises, getting about as close to full-on dancing as possible without getting up from my seat. My body was relaxed, but my cerebral high was nothing short of electric — dense and hazy between my temples and behind my eyes, but flighty and invigorating everywhere else.