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Strain of the Month: Primus

 (Courtesy Sweetwater Farms)
(Courtesy Sweetwater Farms)
By Rick Misterly EVERCANNABIS Correspondent

Primary, Prime Minister, primeval, Prime Rib. All words beginning with the Latin root “prim,” which means first, either in chronology or in terms of importance, or both Primus, which roughly translates to “foremost,” is aptly named, as it is one of the top strains produced by Sweetwater Farms – and for good reason.

Grown in live soil using organic methods, the aromas of this cultivar can’t be contained in the jar. Coming within its range, it will reach out to draw you in for a fine relaxing yet alert experience. No matter what time of day you chose to indulge, Primus will convince you it’s time to kick back and watch the world go by.

After a few hits it will become evident that there is no sense to pursue anything other than what brings you pleasure. The space between sun and shadow becomes a perfect color. The moments are enhanced when time begins to slow and everything becomes a finely composed scene, where either silence or your favorite music becomes profound.

These observations are completely subjective, but I can’t imagine anyone willing to smoke a little Primus and not allow the relaxation-heavy effects to simply take their cares away. I have it on good authority that the uninitiated should use great caution with this strain: you might find yourself in new territory. But if you end up in the unfamiliar, be assured that if you surrender and learn your limits it may be the break you have been promising yourself.

Appearance: A dark green with a nice leaf-to-flower ratio. The color is obscured by a thick frosting of fully erect undamaged trichomes, which shows the care taken in the slow cure and hand trimming. Golden, orange pistils contrast the green on this semi-dense yet supple bud.

Aroma: So much of the flavor is determined by aroma. The hit before it’s lit brings out an earthy richness with a little bite to the nose, reminiscent of cheese – a ripe cellar-aged beauty with a complex range from slightly fruity to my Grandfather’s socks. It is this sweet earth scent that comes to the forefront when Primus is in the room, very full and fresh.

Effects: Novices should already be on notice, but I would urge everyone to take the first hour or so to do nothing. From lighting up, an uplifting feeling takes hold in the mind and it will be perfectly all right for your body to become a boulder. During your time of inactivity concentration can fade but the new focus becomes equally as astounding. Being out in your backyard comfortably enjoying the landscape would be a suggestion.

Once the level of the waves and rushes attain an equilibrium you should find that anything can be accomplished with an engaged mind and relaxed body, although time might still be misconceived. Expect long-lasting effects.

Rick Misterly is a Washington resident whose interest in cannabis dates back to the 1960s and has taken him around the world. He’s the cannabis and hashish curator for Green Barn Farms in Addy.

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