I HAVE FOUND MY STRAIN! I consider Malawi not so much a recreational herb as My Spiritual Ally From the Plant Kingdom.
Malawi is everything you hope cannabis will be. Music sounds good, food tastes great, your bodily senses come alive and ordinary routines like stretching, massaging your feet and washing your face feel AMAZING. At the same time, your mind sparkles with curiosity and clarity; my first time out I was able to absorb myself in a creative project that I had been putting off for a while because I just wasn’t “feeling it,” but which I now was able to connect with emotionally and aesthetically.
Malawi takes you to a place of 100% honesty with yourself — a place where you can look at your life without fear, shame or wishful thinking, and see clearly what improvements can be made. Malawi gives me the freedom of mind to dream big about my future, while at the same time giving me the clarity to plan, in zero-bullshit terms, how I can achieve those dreams. This is definitely a problem-solver’s strain (and probably also great for playing games of strategy like chess or go, if that's your thing.)
The odor of this flower is wild, strong, earthy, mythic. Definitely smells like something that would grow in Middle Earth, Wakanda or in the magical forest of Princess Mononoke. One whiff of it and you know your nose is plugging directly into some serious Ancient Vegetable Intelligence.
A very smooth, pleasant launch. While some strains might make you feel like you’ve been shot out of a cannon, Malawi lifts you up gently. After vaping a tiny amount, I felt like I was taking off in a solar-powered glider, easing out onto warm thermal updrafts lofting me up into a wide and welcoming blue sky.
Shortly thereafter I had a vision of a female pixie - who looked like young BernNadette Stanis, (the actor who played Thelma on the 70s sitcom Good Times, whom as a kid I had a celebrity crush on) dressed in an amazing green furry faery costume, fluttering around me on emerald green butterfly wings, urging me to smile and relax. And I certainly did! I was suffused with a sense of warm, happy arousal which, as a person living with Depression, I feel rarely, and was most welcome.
At the risk of sounding like a hippie cliche: I live in an apartment overlooking a park, and at a certain point around sunset I looked out at all the people jogging, strolling, walking their dogs, and I felt a crazy Walt Whitman-esque love for EVERYBODY. Cynics may snort at this, but if you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about. The human brain contains many programs, and one of those programs is a feeling of familial love for ALL your fellow humans. You don’t need cannabis to launch this program, but if you’re stuck in day-to-day stress loops, it certainly helps.
Negatives: Cottonmouth comes on strong, so have some water or a tasty beverage close at hand. Your balance will be off so don’t try riding a bicycle or “bouldering” at the rock climbing gym.
Incredibly, this was $10 a gram (the lowest price point) at my local dispensary. I purchased a few other “top shelf” strains (Golden Goat, Holy Grail) for more than double the price, but they did not compare to this humble yet mighty Malawi. Apparently it’s not an easy flower to keep in stock, so if your local dispensary has it, do yourself a favor and snatch some up!