Strain review: Jolene OG

by DGO Pufnstuf

I’m not going to lie. I may be a slightly impartial judge regarding this strain, because anything that even sort of seems like a nod to Dolly Parton is perfection in my book. And Jolene OG just so happens to have the very same name as the best Dolly song ever. I have no idea if that song was the inspiration for this strain’s name, but that’s what I’m going with.

Now, on to the review. The first thing I noticed when I got my hands on this strain were the bright orange strands peeking out through the clumps of deep green buds. I love dense pops of color in my weed, and Jolene definitely has ’em.

Shortly after, it was the smell. Holy orange skunk. I picked up Jolene on my lunch hour and figured I’d be able to just stash it in my desk without drawing too much attention to myself (or my weed). That, my friends, is an impossible task with even a quarter ounce of Jolene OG. This stuff is DANK. By the day’s end, my entire desk smelled like we’d made it out of citrus-laden skunk pelts, and my drawer still has a slight musk to it 24 hours later. In other words, the terpenes are strong with this one.


Not that the strong, citrus-meets-skunk terpenes are a bad thing, mind you. I really like the earthy, pungent smell of this strain, but if being inconspicuous is your thing, this may not be the one for you.

Jolene is an indica-dominant strain that clocks in at 24.1 percent THC, so I was a little worried that it would knock me on my proverbial ass. In general, sativas or sativa-heavy hybrids are my thing, as I am prone to the ol’ couch-lock. I’ve also found that indica-heavy strains cause me to hyper-focus on specific instrumental sounds, like the four repetitive chords in NOFX songs. It is not fun.

Turns out those fears were all for naught, friends. Jolene is a fine indica lover.


A bit of background on this particular strain: This strain was brought to life by the good folks at Prohibition Herb, and the genetics stem from OG Kush and Chem 91. It was named one of the Top 10 Medical Strains from the 2014 High Times Denver Cannabis Cup, and for good reason.

The effects of this strain feel like the cannabis equivalent of a prolonged catch-up session with an old friend. Everything about it is comfortable and warm, and life just feels good.

It’s also pretty darn badass for elevating your mood. A couple of hits in and I started to feel like the Grinch in his post-heart-growth phase. My lips kept curling into an uncontrollable grin, which at the time felt like it was stretching to the ceiling (or at least my eyeballs). I don’t have photographic proof, but I am 85 percent sure I looked like a grinning jackass. Jolene is worth it, though. Yes, you’ll be a smilin’ fool for a while post-session, but you’ll also be relaxed and pretty darn happy about yer damn life. All good things.

I can’t imagine disliking this strain. I guess if you hate being at a functional level of stoned, or you dislike being super happy and chill, you should stay away from Jolene OG. The rest of you? You’ll dig it.

DGO Pufnstuf


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