Jilly Bean is not the most potent nug on Portland’s Collective shelves, but it’s among the most genetically interesting hybrids in town. Of practically royal descent, it comes from the pairing of Space Queen (a popular, heady strain) and the rare Orange Velvet. With today’s focus on high THC content, milder strains like Orange Velvet are less widely grown. However, its striking flavor and scent have made it a novelty strain for true cannabisseurs.
Orange Velvet’s sought-after fragrance is grounded by Space Queen’s earthier scent, so that instead of smelling like creamsicle-flavored chapstick, you’re transported to the dusty orange groves of Bakersfield. The best part is that it actually tastes like it smells, even leaving a memorable citrus flavor on the tongue.
Grown by Hug Farms in Central Oregon, the Flora Portland dispensary describes Jillybean as their most “fun” sativa-dominant strain. One feels a slight buzz in the head after the first hit, which plateaus at a steady, stimulating head high. No significant relief of physical pain, if any. Though it never grows jittery, if your lungs are anything like mine, that predictability grows boring. Sure, the day’s stresses lose their priority, but feeling carefree and feeling like I can shoot lasers from my eyes are two very different sensations. Sometimes, I want to get medicated enough to re-visit Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. In fact, I’m still searching for a strain strong enough for Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job.