Name: LA Confidential
Genetics: Afghani x OG LA Affie
Seemingly surrounded by nothing but hybrids lately, I set out to find something pure, something new, yet old. I wanted—no, needed something strong. I was in need of a pure indica experience. Taking a trip down to my local pot shop and telling the budtender all of my aspirations, she quickly suggested a strain I had seen around, but never tried (must be the LA thing...): LA Confidential.
LA Confidential is bred from two pure, unadulterated, Afghani indica strains, OG LA Affie (aka "Afghan Bombay Kush") and Afghani. Both strains are purebred, which makes for a very tasty and heavy pure indica offspring and experience. The strain burst onto the cannabis scene in the early 2000s and quickly gained a reputation as well as awards. Interestingly enough, the LA Confidential strain is one of the few strains in which the genetic makeup greatly assists in reducing symptoms of autism, allowing patients to lead their lives in a more harmonious manner than they were previous to using LA Confidential. The strain is also renowned for exceptional potency, pain relief, and insomnia-relieving qualities.
Looks and Smell
This particular batch of LA Confidential was a very lush neon green that looked almost like a sea-foam green at the base, but changed to pure white in spots due to extreme amounts of trichrome production. From the giant calyxes to the thick high leaf count and all the way to the stems possessed the same lush neon/sea foam/crystal white color, with a few bright red pistils here and there. The nugs are usually smaller in size—about the size of popcorn—rock hard, but there is a natural sponge-like give to the nugs as well.
The smell of LA Confidential is brief but heavenly. The first impression presents a sweet aroma laden with warm, woody spices. When broken up, a delightful burst of fruity diesel and dank earthiness is released into the air. Each of these various aromas have been somehow visually captured in the impressive color display of the nugs I alluded to earlier.
Many smokers who enjoy a heavy hit akin to hash or some other concentrate will enjoy LA Confidential. Upon inhale there was a sweet, hash-like, earthy taste along with a very thick smoke that expands once it hits the lungs. On the exhale, the taste is much fuller—deep, smoky, candied hash with a slight caramelized coffee flavor and a very faint tinge of lemongrass that you will find lingering on the palate for quite some time.
The effects of LA Confidential are different than most 100% indicas. Users that stay rooted in one position will often experience waves of relaxing and calming euphoria washing all over them, and it will occasionally bring on other cerebral effects as well. Despite being a pure indica strain, the cerebral effects can be bordering on the edge of psychedelic, or very thought provoking at least, all the while lifting the mood as well. This is no creeper—the high kicks in quick and tends to come on strong. The indica properties are very noticeable and you can feel the effects all over your body within minutes. It relaxes the muscles and entire body almost immediately, leaving you feeling relaxed, calm, and a bit groggy (even for a vet such as myself). If you like indicas, this strain will deliver.
Remarkably easy to grow, the LA Confidential strain is an excellent choice for first-time growers or the hobbyist, with its considerable resistance to most pets, mildews, and molds. Short indoor adapted plants balance their less than average yields with delicious, long-lasting (2-3 hour high), rock-hard indica nugs that are 100% purebred (though they actually do quite well outdoors and are ready end of September/early October, way ahead of many other OD strains).
As with most indicas, unless you’re an experienced smoker, this strain is mostly recommended for nighttime use. Furthermore this strain is highly recommended to battle insomnia, and the strong indica effects make it a good choice for easing chronic aches and pains as well. Users often go to this strain to help them deal with stress or anxiety, and it is also recommended to induce appetite or even calm nausea.
I think the only reason I didn't give this strain 5/5 Nugs was because LA was in the title, and anyone from California knows about the long running NorCal/SoCal beef. But on this day, kudos to you, Southern California. You done right and made the whole cannabis community proud, and probably really high...