North Star CBD By AltaVie

from MedReleaf under Aurora
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Overview

Musky, slightly sweet-citrus scent. Not too dry. Tasted subtle sour notes at low temps in the vape. Pretty smooth, but very little flavour to it.

Star CBD unboxed, showing one well trimmed large bud, a very small bud, and a bit of shake.
November 2019 – 1g order of North Star CBD

Upbeat, jovial, stimulating effects nicely contrasted by serene sensations. Can add a dash of excitement/exhilaration to whatever you are doing. Particularly if you get the blood flowing with some physical activity.

Felt my appetite may have been increased.

Fairly dense cloudy white trichomes
North Star CBD Trichome Macro

CBD Dosage Experiment

After smoking full joints of Solei Free, I continued experimenting with how to consume CBD dominant strains. I had heard from various sources that it can take some time to experience the full benefits of CBD. In theory the levels of CBD can build up in your body over time and provide more benefit over time. The half-life of CBD in your body is “estimated to be about 2-5 days“, with little CBD found after a week.

So I tested out daily use of this strain. Initially, I did I five day run with doses at around .03g-0.05g. On another occasion I did 5 days at 0.09g. By the end of each 5 day period, I no longer felt much of the floating on a cloud sensation. I also experienced less of the mood enhancing effects. It’s possible that by consuming daily, it became more a matter of routine, and change in experience had to do with consumption being less of a special event. What I suspect is more likely, is that my body was developing a tolerance to the aspects of the effects related to the mild THC content.

Some evidence suggests that while we develop a tolerance to THC, we do not develop a tolerance to CBD. I feel the alertness/focus promoting effects, as well as the sensation of relaxed face muscles were still noticeable at the end of my experiments. Particularly during the higher dosage period. I can’t, however, say for certain if these effects had increased or decreased after my short trial.

Irregularities With My First Order

This review has been in the works for a long time. I found small amounts of molds in my initial order last March. To my knowledge, nobody else has reported a problem with mold in there North Star CBD. So, I waited until I could test out a new batch before publishing my review.

Close up view of the mold found in my initial order. The growth of mold is distinctly webby compared to trichomes, and appears more furry or fuzzy to the naked eye.

The Majority of my second order came as one large bud. Ignoring the mold, it was still a dramatic improvement over my first order (pictured below). Is the most recent batch more representative of what we can expect going forward?

March 2019 – 1g order of North Star CBD

Captain’s Log

Stone Date: March 16th 3:56pm
Dose: 0.09g vaped

Not as dry as some. light smell?

4:12pm
Fairly innocuous taste. Slight hint of harshness at first higher temperature hit but pretty good over all. Likely I’m peacefully drifting on a cloud.

4:49pm
Made some email inquiries to a company about a purchase I’d like to make. Filled up the dehumidifier. Not particularly hungry, but a juicy ambrosia apple was delicious. Feels my mental alertness is activated with a noticeable intensity.

5:44pm
Have been able to diligently focus on work. Effect is really fading. Light sense of excitement. Overall mood has returned to baseline.

6:49pm
Started making a batch of playdough for the little one. Once I was up and moving to get everything organized I felt like the impact was a little more pronounced again and my mood improved. I was short on salt so finishing project playdough will have to wait until tonight. I proceeded to put away dishes and wash our drying rack.

I am still feeling a touch relaxed, a lingering cerebral lightness, and a smidge of an elevated sense of contentment.

11:00pm
Continued to notice some level of positive effect until at least 8:30pm. Had a nice time running around the house while playing with the little one.

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