Only ten minutes out from Logan International Airport lies Happy Valley East Boston. A recreational and medical dispensary, we found it to be a premium example of the Massachusetts weed experience.
While most dispensaries we visited in our travels to Boston Cannabis Week showcased a blend of store and third-party brands, Happy Valley cannabis is exactly that. The cultivation of flower and manufacturing of extracts and other products is overseen by Happy Valley and performed by their own teams of experts. At the time of writing this, the only exceptions are brands for stoner accessories and, more specifically, Hi-5 cannabis seltzer.
Inside Happy Valley East Boston
During our visit to the Happy Valley Boston dispensary, we acquired a couple products including pre-rolls and an eighth of their premium flower. The shopping experience in the store is thoroughly informed and cleanly presented, including terpene breakdowns as well as strain bios. Glassware, specials, and all Happy Valley products are on display and accessible to customers.
After careful deliberation, we decided to pick up a multitude of items. In our visit, we tested out their Lemon OG Haze in the form of a pre-roll, also viewable at the link below. Additionally, we grabbed Grape Diamonds, a high-tier indica-dominant strain.
Lemon OG Haze by Happy Valley
Grape Diamonds Premium Cultivar by Happy Valley
Upon opening the eighth of Grape Diamonds, it’s more than obvious Happy Valley commits to their cannabis all the way down to the box. The buds themselves sit in a branded glass jar with a plastic lid. When unscrewed, the terps of the cultivar wash over you.
According to Happy Valley’s own website, Grape Diamonds is a strain providing “a long lasting, strong cerebral effect and offers flavors of grape and grapefruit with propane undertones.” Meanwhile, other accounts of Grape Diamonds claim that it kicks off on a sativa-like head high, giving way to a tingly body high.
As far as terpenes go, we haven’t tasted anything quite like it. Strains like Grape Diamonds and Chocolate Bananas dazzle stoners by smelling true to their names. It blows our minds, in fact, just how grape-y Happy Valley’s Grape Diamonds are. In both scent and flavor, we found it to resemble its namesake with dank weight.
If you’ve been reading with us long enough, you already know THC percentage certainly isn’t everything. Happy Valley’s Grape Diamonds are an excellent example of this principle, since the strain contains 18-20% THCA and TAC on average. There is plenty of quality cannabis within 18-20% guys!
The primary terps in Grape Diamonds are beta-caryophyllene, humulene, and myrcene. These terpenes contribute peppery, hoppy, and herbal flavors respectively. Wielding the power of essential oils from both indica (myrcene) and sativa (caryophyllene) genetics, these dominant portions of the profile may have a distinct influence on the broader effect of the Grape Diamonds high.
To better examine these flavors and effects, we tested the Grape Diamonds in a dry-herb vaporizer. In our accounts, the high was like that reported by others. You may find, in fact, that the onset of Grape Diamonds kicks off like a sativa, with a prominent, all-encompassing head high. As time went by, we then found ourselves returning to a more body-wide experience, soothing and sedating.
All in all, we can safely say Grape Diamonds from Happy Valley is quality, well-priced cultivar. It’s likely the rest of their cannabis products meet the caliber, especially when you consider the brand’s end-to-end diligence and quality control. Check below to see where to find Happy Valley cannabis, as well as some of our other Massachusetts cannabis reviews.
*All photos taken by Sean Devaney