Guava IX Nature’s Heritage

STRAIN: Guava IX
MEDIUM: Flower
POTENCY: Med-High
(THCa 27.85% THC 0.81%)
PRODUCER: Nature’s Heritage
CLASS: Sativa/ Indica Hybrid (Nature’s Heritage says “Indica dominant hybrid”
PURCHASED: Ethos Medical Dispensary Catonsville

LINEAGE: StarDog (aka “StarDawg” )X Guava

Guava= Gelato phenotype ( “Cookies” family)
Gelato =thin mint gsc x sunset sherbet)
Stardawg = chemdog 4 x tre dawg

diagonal view of guava ix strain by natures heritage

EFFECTS (MIND + BODY):
Guava IX’s complex set of effects has a delayed onset, characterizing it as, what is commonly referred to as a “Creeper” strain.

It took a few minutes or so maybe as much as 5, for the full effect of Guava IX to  develop.
After this initial “creeping” onset,
Guava IX’s effects begin atypically with the physical  presenting itself first, reporting an inner-warming sensation which helps to soothe residual tension and stress.

Guava IX’s cerebrally stimulating head buzz is soon to follow,  providing an uplifted and energizing influx of creative stimulation, augmented focus, and an elevated mindset. It is capable of improving mood and distracting from negative recursive thinking.

However, in higher doses or repeat sessions, Guava IX can be sedative and will ultimately induce a deep and restful sleep.

 

MIND;

  • Medium level cerebral uplift
  • Some increase in ability to focus
  • Stimulates creativity

BODY;

  • Light to medium cranial and facial pressure
  • Dry Mouth/ Dry Eyes
  • Medium level physical euphoria but rather short lived compared to most Indica hybrids
  • Minor appetite stimulation

SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Dry mouth at higher doses
    minor appetite stimulation
  • Dizziness and confusion haze-daze
    Sedation and sleep inducing

“… an uplifted and energizing influx of creative stimulation, augmented focus, and an elevated mindset…”

APPEARANCE, AROMA + TASTE:

APPEARANCE:
buds of guava ix strain

It seems when Stardawg meets Guava its shiny star-like trichomes for which it’s named, seem to take a backseat against the bright light green leaf material.

So trichome coverage isn’t obvious but a bit occulted. Stigma/pistils/”red hairs” are light orange and plentiful. 

PACKAGING:
Wow talk about stepping it up. The last few times I purchased any flower by Nature’s Heritage it came in a generic in-house pre-pack container.  The opaque jar which houses this quarter ounce of their Guava IX is definitely better for your flower as it blocks light which can only diminish potency. 

Also, the faux wood grain lid was not cheaply fabricated and is rather effective at conveying a natural organic healthy aesthetic. The simulated burnt wood etching on the lid which reads “In Trees We Trust” seems ironic since the lid, although faux, is purposely putting out the message of natural and organic – maybe they mean trees as in “yo, lets smoke some trees” …not sure but the one word I am sure of “CANNABIS”, is written in the middle, but the indica hybrid designation label is occulting any other word or words that may be nearby.

The opaque darker green of the jar provides a darkened environment, away from natural light, preventing the premature breakdown of the flowers’ trichomes and overall potency.

Good For Bowls and Rolls…
Guava IX popcorn buds are so easy to breakdown to a soft grain that you may not even need a grinder for these little nuggets.

I love this format- the smaller buds -they are perfect for single use or small to medium sessions even longer sessions. This size bud allows you to be able to almost modulate your flower use to a refined level.
Pop the cap, pick a bud (the are all fairly uniform in size) and break it up into a bowl.
Again, dig it.

wooden lid of natures heritage 7 gram jar with buds of guava ix strain on top

AROMA;

  • faint thread of guava fruit
  • Generic citrus
  • Fuel
  • Earth

TASTE;

  • Musk-generic hash-type flavor
  • Slight herbal lemon

INHALE:
Woody, fuel, almost mentholated

EXHALE:
Somewhat thin and acrid smoke/
A bit harsh but well worth the scrape
This is another area where the Afghan genetics shine through in a dank perfumed hashish sweetness

detail closeup of guava ix strain buds

MEDICINAL APPLICATIONS:
Guava IX is a smart choice for Patients seeking relief from symptoms associated with Depression like negative recursive thought patterns as well as ADD. However, Patients should be aware of Guava IX’s cerebral intensity potentially causing or aggravating anxiety for Patients sensitive to cerebrally stimulating, high energy cultivars.

may help mitigate or temporarily alleviate symptoms associated with:

  • Muscle inflammation
  • Generalized minor aches and pains
  • Anxiety
  • Stress relief
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Nausea
  • Depression or depressive thoughts

“…in higher doses or repeat sessions, Guava IX can be quite sedative and will ultimately induce a deep and restful sleep.”

A CLOSER LOOK INSIDE:

Top Terpenes:
1. Beta- Caryophyllene 0.77%
2. Limonene 0.46%
3. Myrcene 0.45%
4. Humalene 0.30%
5. Linalool 0.23%

It seems that Myrcene is acting as a catalyst for the other terpenes within the entourage here. The cerebrally energetic character of Guava IX’s overall effect is more prominent than its more sedative qualities on the whole.

With Guava IX the Myrcene seems to be amplifying the effect to an almost pyschedelic stoney haze rather than inducing sleep.

Humalene is an appetite suppressant but I would say Guava IX’s did seem to activate my appetite when micro dosing. However, anything beyond that does seem to dampen hunger.
I tend to seek strains high in Limonene, Caryophyllene, and Linalool but I found Guava IX to be almost as effective for elevating mood and sharpening focus with what seemed like a low potential for paranoia or mental distress.

detail image of guava ix strain on wooden lid
The body high that can be achieved after higher levels of ingestion and/or successive sessions is quite impressive as body buzz seems to work its way inward raising the level of core warmth and creating light ocular and cranial pressure that swells the eyelids and dehydrates your mouth and eyes.

Guava IX’s high winds down with a gentle glide as your mood remains somewhat elevated to the end. After a few locked stares or perhaps a nap your mind can reset and Guava seems to have very little residual effect or lingering haze-daze.
Much like an Afghan Hash high. Gently putting you back where it found you just feel a little wiser.

MACRO PHOTOS:
In the following macro photos of Guava IX,  you can see the trichomes a bit closer, not as focused as I would’ve liked, but nonetheless, you can still see that the clear headed trichomes vs cloudy trichomes seems almost to be 50/50. take a look:

buds of guava ix strain with natures heritage 7 gram jar in the background

CONCLUSION:
Guava IX by Nature’s Heritage, is typically a 50/50% balanced sativa /indica hybrid (Nature’s Heritage states: indica dominant) of the infamous StarDog aka “StardawgX Guava. Guava IX’s complex set of effects has a delayed onset, characterizing it as, what is commonly called a “Creeper” strain.

Flavors and aromas of sweet tropical fruits and berries courtesy of its Guava parent blend with Afghani 1 genetics offer a musky perfumed hashish and fuel scent as a thin somewhat acrid smoke holds the promise of an elevated mind and a serene state of being.

The genetics of the potent and prodigiously resinous Stardawg shine through to Guava IX’s effects which greatly resemble that of its galactic canine ancestor. Beginning with a wave of cerebral stimulation, the heady high brings with it an increase in mental acuity and focus, some perception distortion/intensification in higher doses, and a heightened sense of humor

And although this shift toward a higher mental state takes center stage, a full on body stone rooted in the influence of the Chemdog/Afghani 1 genetics creates a soothing wave of warmth and a progressively euphoric body buzz.  This Afghani Indica influence helps ease residual stress and muscular tension while the mind remains in a state of elevated focus.

THE LONG WAY HOME (my toke…)

With an earthy, floral, skunky aroma and diesel-hashish tasting exhale, Guava IX’s complex set of effects has a delayed onset, characterizing it as, what is commonly referred to as a “Creeper” strain.

Guava IX’s effects begin atypically with the physical effects presenting themselves first reporting a euphoric inner warming sensation which helps to soothe residual mental and muscular tension and stress.
Guava IX’s cerebrally stimulating head buzz is soon to follow providing an uplifted and energizing influx of creative stimulation, augmented focus, and an elevated mindset capable of improving mood and distracting from negative recursive thinking.

However, in higher doses or repeat sessions, Guava IX can be quite sedative and will ultimately induce a deep and restful sleep.

guava ix strain in front of jar displaying terpene levels and potency

I love StarDog or StarDawg or Star Dawg or whatever you would like to call it or however you’d like to spell it…I love the stuff…I also enjoy strains that contain StarDog genetics …so by transitive properties of cannabis strain appreciation I figured I’d like Guava IX…and I did.
buds of bud of G6 Jet Fuel by Verano
Although more of the overall effect of StarDog made the trip to Guava IX than did StarDog’s infamous shiny star-like trichomes that it’s named for, which seemed to be in conspicuously fewer numbers or absorbed by a sea of Guava green. Upon closer inspection they are

plentiful but rather small and their luster dulled.
Nature’s Heritage has something here…personally it feels more balanced of a “sativa /indica hybrid” and less Indica dominant as they so ascribe.

However the gravity pull of Guava IX is hard to resist after awhile and after some heavy session the attenuated focus and cerebral uplift seem less desirable than taking a long Afghan kush nap.
If I named this strain I would call it Chem Lava or Chem Guava or Chem Lava or …wait no …Chem Kush Guava …yep that’s the one … but Guava IX is cool too 😉

I say this to make that point that, despite its optics and aroma and in this case, its nug size, the characteristics of Afghani genetics is undeniable present in Guava IX.

buds of guava ix strain on wooden natures heritage lid

Clearly more from the StarDog/ChemDog/Afghani 1 lineage than from the Guava line. But, still I think it’s somehow important to the bigger image for some people to see how far the Afghani genetics reach into present day cultivars of all varieties.

Many mistakenly relegate strains of Afghan lineage to the “Indica” side of the fence filled with cat naps and full on cat sedation, aggressive late night eating binges, and an IQ comparable to spicoli …nothing can be further from the truth. The sheer number of strains that contain genetics which hail from these Afghan Kush lines is proof in and of itself of their genetic versatility and vitality.
After all, this is the birthplace of Chess, hashish, and the hookah you smoke it with. Acknowledge and respect please fellow Tokers.

guava ix strain in a dish with wooden lid behind

Leave a Reply