Created by the mad geniuses at Exotic Genetix, this strain is a cross between Green Ribbon BX and Mystery Cookies. In addition to relaxing, well-rounded effects, Mint Chocolate Chip provides users with a singular mint flavor.
Trimmed flowers of Mint Chocolate Chip impress with a large, distinctly tapered shape, resembling miniature pine trees. The inner makeup of the buds leans more indica, with all leaves curling closely inward to form a solid core. The leaves are short and wide, and come in an array of mossy green. Curly orange pistils and translucent trichomes finish off these eye-catching flowers.
When properly cured, Mint Chocolate Chip’s flowers emit a sweet herbal aroma that may bring to mind eucalyptus or potpourri. A closer whiff detects notes of mint, though these lean more toward tangy menthol rather than mint chocolate chip ice cream, as its name suggests. Breaking up or grinding these flowers, gives off a pungent skunky odor. When combusted, it burns with a smooth and easily ingested smoke. On the exhale, this smoke tastes minty and slightly sour.
It isn’t long before smokers start to feel Mint Chocolate Chip’s effects. At first, the high can manifest as a head rush, creating sensations like flushed cheeks or an increase in salivation. Many consumers also report a tight, “headband”-like feeling around the lower forehead and temples. As users become accustomed to these tics, they will start to ease into an altered headspace. Thoughts may occur to them with a new frequency or intensity, creating a sense of interconnectedness. Indeed, many smokers may launch into bouts of categorical thinking or free association. All this cerebral energy can enable productivity on detailed analytical tasks as well as open-ended creative endeavors. In certain circumstances, it can also exert some sensory distortion, leading to mild hallucinations or feelings of time dilation.
After about an hour, depending on dosage, Mint Chocolate Chip’s vibe gradually transforms into a deep body stone. A tingling feeling starting at the nape of the neck and trickling down through the spine and core may release any lingering knots, and help facilitate deeply and restorative breathing. Unfortunately, its relaxing effects may undo some of the strain’s earlier motivation and energy. As such, the strain’s later stages are best reserved for lounging at home with a good movie and some snacks. Because of its two-phase high, Mint Chocolate Chip is recommended for afternoon through evening consumption, when it can be properly appreciated.
Mint Chocolate Chip’s versatile high can also be of use to medical cannabis patients. The surge of mental focus can help those with ADD to concentrate more effectively. Additionally, this strain’s ability to improve mood can temporarily press mute on the difficult symptoms of mild to moderate stress or depression. Physically, Mint Chocolate Chip soothes all kinds of aches and pains, whether due to temporary inflammation or to chronic pain conditions like arthritis or lupus. This hybrid’s ability to induce the munchies makes it a decent appetite stimulant for patients dealing with diminished hunger. Because it comes with an elevated risk of disorienting “mind race”, it should be consumed with caution by patients who are prone to paranoia or panic.
For home growers, seeds of Mint Chocolate Chip can be purchased online and can be cultivated in controlled indoor conditions or outdoors in a hot, humid climate. Plants tend to have a short, bushy stature and can develop strong, sideways-growing branches; growers may need to trim away any broad fan leaves in order to allow for the flowering of any low-growing nodes. Mint Chocolate Chip flowers within 8 to 9 weeks and offers a high yield of buds at maturity.
With a unique aroma and well-balanced effects, Mint Chocolate Chip has a bit of something for everyone. It’s as fun to smoke alone as it is to share with some close friends.