This strain is the perfect example of the pitfalls of black and white thinking that we often fall into as autistic people. The information on Leafly is incredibly sparse, and the reviews have some conflicting information. Apparently this strain is supposed to be super calming, while someone else said that they were able to get stuff done. As always, it’s important to remember that weed affects people differently. Also important – there is another strain called Sugar Cookie (singular). This is not that strain. Before we get into my experience with this strain, let’s break it down:
Consumption Method: Dry Herb Vape (Arizer Solo 2)
Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Limonene, Humulene
Scent: Pine, skunk, gasoline – when ground smells like sugary weed
Taste: Starts out skunky and piney but I can taste sweet, toasty undertones
Feelings: Tingly, focused, calm, heavy, stimmy, bodily dissociation(?), sleepy
Negative Effects: Mild dry mouth, dry eye, stammering/speech issues, heavy dissociation
How Was the High?
The first time I tested this strain was yet another day where I woke up at 4:30am on a weekend and couldn’t return to sleep. I was extremely tired, but I need to get some laundry done, as well as some writing. As we have learned, setting intentions with cannabis is important – so as I was vaping, I was thinking about my to-do list.
As I vaped, I started feeling slower, but in terms of calmness, not sleep. My temples tingles, and that sensation moved into the rest of my face. My head also felt pretty heavy. Eventually I was feeling the effects of a fully body high, with slow heavy feelings, but in a good way. My mood was pretty uplifted considering I was running on maybe 3 or 4 hours of sleep. From there, I fell into what I call The Focus Hole™. I managed to write two whole blog posts and get most of my laundry done. I also did a fair bit of work in the kitchen.
As I went about my day I had frequent feelings that my body wasn’t real. Not in the literal sense, I just felt very disconnected from it. I powered through all of these tasks with a bit of dry mouth and the feeling that I was wondering through a fog. I had enough mental capacity at the beginning of the high to write normal blog posts, but I gradually lost that and was basically just a physical being doing things after a while. It felt sort of robotic but not bad. I blame a lot of this on lack of sleep to be fair. I needed stimmy music blasting in my ears to keep my momentum going. I did feel like the effects of stims were enhanced.
When the effects of the high wore off I did find myself feeling extremely exhausted, but again – I had a poor night’s sleep. I decided to test this on another day when I had less responsibility.
Over the next few days I vaped this strain after getting off work. That heavy feeling became a heavy sleepy feeling. My executive functioning basically got shut off. There was even one high that honestly made me feel like crap despite having a lot of energy before vaping. I stammered and stumbled over my words and my mind had trouble following what my husband was saying to me.
So here’s the verdict – I don’t really like this strain on an normal day, but on a day where I need to just put my head down and power through, it does the job. I can see myself using this strain again but only as a pre-bed thing to help me sleep.
TL;DR – Did it Help Manage My Neurodivergence?
Overstimulation: Yes, it narrowed my vision to only what I was doing. It put me in a dissociation bubble.
Understimulation: No – I found myself needing extra stimulation to get going like high-energy music
Executive Function: Only when intentions are set beforehand – honestly it kinda felt like I was fighting the high when I tried it that first day.
Focusing: When intentions are set it drops me right into a focus hole
Sleep: Yes, this strain made me very sleepy on days where I had energy