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Fairly big review inbound.
I placed two orders with SN in the past month, the first of which was shipped out on 5/7/18, which contained two 5lb bags of the UK, and the second was shipped out on 5/14/18, which was a 25lb case (five 5lb bags).
Because of the way I pick my packages up and the shipping times meant that they arrived within a day of each other. I paid full price (what is it now, $56/5lb?) for the first shipment of 2x5lb. I placed the second order because my finances allowed for it and they had a 15% off deal going on, so I wanted to take full advantage of it (though it now seems I got taken advantage of ).
I picked up the first package of 2x5lb bags on like a monday, and I left it in my trunk for 3-4 days because I had other bags I was going through (prior to this, almost every bag I got from SN was a solid 7/10, so I was going through them much more slowly). I think it was a friday or saturday that I picked up the second package that contained the 5x5lb bags that I got 15% off of. It was only then that I took both inside.
Now, I live in Texas, and we're already pushing 100 degree days, so I'm curious if leaving the bags in the car could have possibly degraded them. I know that morphine begins degrading physically at 80 centigrade, and I doubt it got that hot in my car, but I can't help but wonder if improper storage had something to play in this situation.
Upon opening them, I threw them into a huge pile because I never paid attention to anything other than the expiration date prior to this event. To make matter worse I stored the pile in three different locations because I've never had this many seeds at once.
The following weeks fucking sucked. I finished the last bag and a half I had that weekend, then made a fairy stout tea out of a new bag. I noticed the color was kind of pale, but chugged it just as well. There was no bitterness at all, apart from the lemon juice I put in it. I got nothing out of it, just barely felt straight. I went to bed and woke up at 07:00 feeling alright. I had to work through 18:00 that day and was withdrawing hard, something that hadn't happened to me, well, this year.
I went home and eagerly prepared an even stouter tea, looking forward to some relieve, but was left wanting more - I didn't even get itchy.
Anyway, out of the 7 bags I got, I've thoroughly tested about 4, and preliminarily tested 3.
Here's the breakdown:
1/20/19 - t1r11138 Very dark, incredibly bitter, 8/10 effects
1/26/19 - t3r31278 see above, but slightly less, 7/10
1/26/19 - t1r1348 fairly dark, thin tasting, but still bitter, effects felt, but weak 5/10
1/26/19 - t2r1278 pale, no bitterness, barely kept me from getting sick, even when dosing double twice a day
1/26/19 - t2r1278 exact same as above
1/26/19 - tr1288 super dark, super bitter, as described above, 8/10
I'm doing this after a few weeks, so I combined and threw out one ofthe physical bags, but the missing seventh bag was another 2/10 that was complete crap that I had combined in the first week because I had tried doing so much to try and get just a little bit high off it that I went through it so fast.
I'm picking up another 2x5lb package today (Friday 6/1/18) if I get off work on time. I honestly didn't find the good bags until the past three days or so, I was miserable for a solid week, so even though I was sitting on over 20lbs of seed, I placed an order for more hoping to get some better seed in.
I'll test brew some of the new product and see how it goes.