I almost forgot I ordered some Stanley, also known as Mango from the Licensed Producer, Organigram based out of Moncton, New Brunswick.
I generally don’t like to use pure or more Indica dominant strains as most of my arsenal consists of sativas, but I do like to keep a few around in case I need some sleep, and I guess I need some to keep my reviews a bit more balanced as well.
Stanley is likely named for the small village just about 30km north of Fredericton, NB. Interestingly, when the area was first settled, it wasn’t looked upon favourably for the rocky soil and its remoteness, which is the opposite of my first impressions of the strain Stanley.
This one has some very nice container appeal – favourable, indeed.
If you are familiar with Indica strains, this one looks similar to most buds you have seen. Small-ish rounder buds, but the light green of the buds and burnt umber hairs are actually a bit hard to see from all the trichomes that are literally covering each bud. It actually glistens.
Mango has some heft in the cannabis cornucopia as it’s been around in one form or another since the 1960s.
The most recent version comes from a cross created back in 1991 when dutch seed company KC Brains (He ditched the Sunshine Band and is now shaking his booty in Amsterdam. Just kidding of course, but I couldn’t resist.) crossed the strain KC 33 and an Afghani.
The combo sets off a terpene interaction that resembles, well, you guessed it, mango!
It smells sweet and has a slight tropical thickness to it that just hangs there. If it was a dessert, it would be something that would appear on a Top Chef menu because it would be complex and elegant.
Speaking of complex and elegant, I’m going to use The Herbalizer to vape this strain first. The Herbalizer is a stationary vaporizer that was designed by former NASA engineers and uses a halogen heat source. It can be used with either a whip or a balloon. I’m going to use a balloon, as I really like the quality of the vapor I get from the bag/balloon-type of system. I open the lid to heat it up and I’m greeted by the words, “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads” and chuckle to myself as this line resonates more with me from the movie, Knocked-Up than the movie, Back to the Future.
Yet another reason I love The Herbalizer, every time it powers up, it greets you with a phrase that’s always somehow appropriate.
But alas, this review is about our good friend Stanley and not Herb(alizer). But then again, it kinda is about herb….(OK brain, focus!!)
The vapor from Mango (Stanley) has that thickness and creaminess I was describing earlier, it’s easy on the intake and the flavour of sweetness is more pronounced on the exhale.
This strain performs equally well in the clean glass water bong. There’s definitely a thickness to the smoke and there’s a hint of tropical flavours on the tongue.
Referencing dessert in this review seems appropriate as I would most definitely use this strain after dinner. With its mid-range THC content (16%), Mango is a great strain to use for relaxation and spark some interesting conversations.
Medicinally, I would recommend for stress relief, pain and possibly mild depression.
On the whole, I would absolutely come back to this strain again. I guess there’s a reason mangos are a ‘stone’ fruit.
Four coughs out of five.
- Review written by Hart Steinfeld, Education Manager at Natural Health