Off the beaten path of Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick, 420 fans will find Northern Lights, a cozy little cannabis shop with an array of THC and CBD products.
After taking a whiff from a few top-shelf strains, I purchased a gram of Hot Rick’s Choice for $10. At first, the weed smells like a ripe orange but then immediately takes on the scent of salt and vinegar potato chips. Combined, the two create the most captivating cannabis aroma I’ve ever inhaled. Pleasing and pungent, the smell brings a smile to my face as my mind rewinds to ‘family night’ circa 1990. Steve Urkel is on TV and a bag of Lay’s Salt and Vinegar potato chips is on the kitchen counter. How we shared those chips between a family of five is beyond me. This bag is all mine.
The gram of Hot Rick’s Choice that I take home boasts a layer of pale blue trichomes so thick they look like icing on a wedding cake. The mossy green leaves that are visible glisten.
Hot Rick’s Choice comes to Uptown from Moncton, New Brunswick, according to the shop clerk. The next day, after taking a few more deep breaths of the inimitable indica strain, I decide it’s time to pull the weed apart and roll it into a joint. No simple task without a grinder (or scissors, in my case). A nugget of Hot Rick’s Choice is both tight and tacky, like a piece of chewed gum but I break it up sufficiently and roll an equally compact joint. Lit, Hot Rick’s Choice delivers a red-hot chili pepper-like hit. Your nose may slightly tingle. The flavor is earthy. The exhale tastes like an orange Creamsicle.
It’s not long at all before the strain shows off its eclectic personality. I feel super mellow and chill but also buoyant with initiative and, since it feels more like a hybrid than an indica; I call the shop to be sure.
Other strains at Northern Lights include mid-range strains for $5 a gram and bottom shelf strains for $3 a gram. Yes, you read that correctly.
Cannabis infused edibles, lotions, bath bombs, and cannabis-free Kombucha are also available at this cozy indie-dispensary. I won’t divulge the address of Northern Lights but if you ever find yourself in need of weed in Uptown, just ask any local for Adam.
Otherwise, the nearest Cannabis New Brunswick store is 30 minutes away by foot or seven minutes by car.
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