Gas Mask (Indica)
Gas Mask is named for its funky fuel aroma, a pungent indica-dominant cross of Cherry Pie and a special phenotype of Alien Kush. The result is a seriously dank strain with an exceptionally long-lasting high.
The buds have quite an aroma, a gasoline-like scent loudly wafting with a skunky overtone should let you know this strain is explosive. Grinding the buds releases more of a mellow, earthy perfume. It burns with an acrid, sour smoke and the exhale tastes tangy and slightly nutty, with a cocoa-like flavour.
Like many indica strains, the effects of Gas Mask can take a minute to reveal themselves. Some of the first indications could be a constricting feeling around the face, flushing in the cheeks, or increased salivation. As these tics pass, the altered state begins to kick in, and smokers report visual and auditory distortions, flattening of depth perspective, and other trippy phenomena like a sense of time passing more slowly. Those who enjoy these psychedelic experiences can intensify these effects with moody media like a favourite playlist or a visually dynamic movie. These spacey, dreamlike properties do not give much clear-headedness, and Gas Mask may not be ideal for thoughtful contemplation.
Later on, intense physical feelings creep up and sluggishness will have users seeking comfort. Those who are already lounging may begin to feel like they’re sinking into the furniture. Higher doses can result in full-on couch lock, eliminating the desire for most activities other than media consumption or snacking. Because of this steady decline into sedation, Gas Mask is recommended for evening or nighttime consumption.
Gas Mask’s downbeat vibes make it great for medicinal applications. The strain’s ability to regulate mood can help to temporarily improve symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. Gas Mask can also dull physical pain, inflammation, and headaches, as well as chronic conditions like COPD or lupus. This bud’s ability to stimulate the appetite can also help those suffering from diminished hunger, whether due to digestive conditions or to treatments like chemotherapy. In a sufficiently relaxed set and setting, Gas Mask may even be an effective remedy for insomnia. Because it has a lower than average risk of obsessive, recursive thinking, Gas Mask is a good option for patients who are prone to paranoia or who have a low THC tolerance.
This heavy indica is a luxurious way to take the edge off of a long day or work. If you’re toking in public, though, be wary of Gas Mask’s extreme pungency!