Review: Tommy Chims Smokes Illicit Gardens' “Purple Chem” Strain – Riverfront Times


click to enlarge TOMMY CHIMS Illicit Garden’s Purple Chem flower strain comes in the form of beautiful, purple-flecked and keef-covered buds.
In spite of its considerable level of popularity, there’s a persistent air of confusion surrounding Illicit Gardens’ Purple Chem strain.

The problem comes from the moniker of the highly sought-after cultivar. Depending on its provenance, the name “Purple Chem” could refer to either Illicit’s strain, which crosses Stardawg and Purple Punch; or the Cali Connection’s cross between Chemdawg 91 and Pre-98 Bubba Kush, which got first place in the indica category in 2016 in both the Los Angeles and Michigan Cannabis Cups; or Purple Chemdawg, a well-regarded indica-dominant cross between Chemdawg and Granddaddy Purple (and the most well-known variation out of the three).

Even Leafly.com — essentially the online bible of cannabis strains — doesn’t seem to know what’s what in this case. When you search the strain on the site, the Purple Chemdawg variety is the one that comes up, but its description mentions Cali Connection’s variety as well. Making matters even more complicated, its local results for dispensaries at which to purchase the strain are all linked to Illicit’s products. Weedmaps.com, meanwhile, includes this line in its Purple Chem product description: “Purple Chem is sometimes mistakenly called Purple Chemdawg but that’s a different strain.”

It’s confusing, yes, but there is one thing that can be said for sure: Illicit’s Purple Chem is a phenomenal strain of cannabis well worthy of its hyped status.

In an effort to authoritatively come to that conclusion, I purchased an eighth of the strain for $65 at the newly opened Star Buds dispensary in University City. I opted to pick up a half-gram Purple Chem live resin vape cartridge for

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