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Not to be confused with the popular Hawaiian raw fish dish poke, Pokie is an indica-dominant hybrid with a robust, earthy flavor. This relaxing bud is a cross between two unnamed hybrids: a cross of Juicy Fruit and Sweet Tooth and a cross of Pure Kush and LA Confidential. Pokie clocks in with a THC content measured at between
Pokie is distinguished by small, spade-shaped flowers that taper down from a broad base into a pointed tip. These buds have a decidedly indica internal structure, with small leaves that curl tightly inward toward their central stems. The leaves themselves are a mossy green and are offset by bright orange and yellow hairs (which are actually pistils, intended to collect pollen from male plants). Finally, a high concentration of gooey white trichomes dots the inner and outer nooks and crannies of these flowers.
When it’s cured, Pokie gives off a sweet, almost candy-like aroma. A second whiff of these solid buds may also pick up on earthy scents of wet soil and dried leaves. Breaking open Pokie’s flowers, meanwhile, releases a hashy, incense-like odor that may bring to mind indica landrace Afghani. When burnt in a pipe or a joint, Pokie gives off a smooth and palatable smoke. On the exhale, this smoke has a sweet taste and leaves behind a rounded, creamy mouthfeel.
Pokie can be a creeper, taking up to 15 minutes before starting to exercise its effects. Signs that the strain is doing its job include a pulsating feeling around the eyes and temples; consumers also report flushing in the cheeks or a stimulation of the salivary glands. These strange sensations come with a subtle uptick in mental processes, in which ideas may flow more quickly than usual. Thoughts may also jump from one to the next in free association. In social situations, this buzzy frame of mind can translate into camaraderie and free-flowing conversation. Pokie’s head high may also be put to use with work on complicated, problem-solving scenarios or on open-ended projects like brainstorming sessions.
After some time, Pokie’s high begins to melt into a deep body stone. Users may find their limbs and eyelids weighed down in equal measure and any concerted physical activity may feel like walking through peanut butter. Fortunately for those looking to stay engaged with their surroundings, mental clarity persists and lucid conversation is still possible. That said, any feverish productivity may be somewhat diminished by Pokie’s heavy sedation. If dosage is increased, these feelings may progress into full-on couchlock -- or even sleep, if smokers are sufficiently relaxed. At this point in the high, Pokie is better suited to kicking back with a movie or some snacks. Because of its gradual decline in energy levels, this strain is recommended for late afternoon or evening consumption, when it can be fully appreciated.
Pokie’s multifaceted effects can have medical applications to complement its recreational uses. For one, the strain’s initially cerebral character may help those with attention deficit disorders to zone in on one task at a time. Additionally, its elevated mood may provide temporary relief for those suffering from mild to moderate stress, depression, and anxiety. On the physical end of the spectrum, Pokie may alleviate aches and pains, whether they’re temporary, as due to injury, or chronic, as due to conditions like fibromyalgia or lupus. As noted, this calming bud may even put users to sleep in the right circumstances, making it a weapon in the fight against insomnia. Because its head high may result in some obsessive or recursive patterns of thinking, Pokie should be consumed with caution by patients who are prone to panic or paranoia.
Seeds of Pokie have not been made available online by any commercial-grade breeders. Those looking to cultivate the strain at home should obtain clippings from mature, healthy plants. These clippings (also called clones) can be fostered indoors or out, although outdoor success requires a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Although there isn’t much information available on best practice specific to cultivating this strain, its indica-style flowers imply that Pokie’s plants grow short and bushy and may have strong patterns of lateral branching. This indica character also suggests that crops reach the flowering stage with a short 8 to 9 weeks.
Pokie makes an excellent option for indica fans who’d like to sidestep a mental fog. It’s just the thing for winding down at the end of a long day or week.