From Kind Help in Tacoma, Mendo Afgoo deserves a special nod for its truly inspired name: a morphing of the words “Mendocino,” “Afghan” (one of the parent strains, along with Maui Haze) and “gooey” (because it’s so sticky). In this reviewer’s humble opinion, it also earns the right to be called the mellowest, most serenity-producing variety of the past several years. A 50/50 sativa/indica hybrid, you’d expect the stone to have some stress to it—some edginess, no matter how slight. But there’s none: All you feel is deep and utter relaxation. It’s the closest nature gets to nirvana this side of the poppy. Once you’ve seen Mendo Afgoo up close, you’ll forever be able to pick it out of a lineup of strains—it’s a highly unusual-looking variety. Solidly light olive in color, this strain looks and feels positively frozen in trichome crystals; the blade-shaped nugs radiate upward and outward from the center of the bud like branches on a Christmas tree. The aroma is more fruity than herbal, and you’ll detect an after-note not unlike candied orange rind when exhaling. The powerful, rapturous high it produces and its long duration—about four hours on two hits (OK, maybe three) make it a true gift for cancer patients or those with MS, severe nerve pain or autoimmune disorders.