Private Reserve Joint
Strain: Private Reserve
Producer: House of Herbal Healing Church
Contributor: Donovan Maltese
Private Reserve Joint
We love a good pre-rolled joint. And while we love big name brands that throw lots of “pomp and circumstance” into their pre-rolls, we really love it when a dispensary rolls their own. Nothing makes us feel better than smoking a homemade joint - especially when someone else has rolled it.
This is one of the most unique looking pre-rolls that we’ve seen in a while. The glass tip rolled into the end of it gave it an almost Frankenstein feel of a twist that’s been stitched together stray parts. It looked appealing to us, but it loses points for not being the neatest joint on the block. Genius isn’t always clean, but presentation does count for something.
As important as presentation is when it comes to flowers, the aroma counts for even more. And this joint gave off a strange odor that reminded us of a recently cleaned bathroom. There was a sweet, tart, even bitter hint of something that also smelled vaguely damp. It didn’t turn us off necessarily, but it did remind us that we needed to clean our bathroom.
Thankfully, that cleaning product smell didn’t translate into soapy taste buds. In fact, this joint tasted earthy while we smoked it, with a slight cocoa aftertaste.
The glass tip also meant that there was a clear passage for every hit. That meant we were getting a lot of smoke with each puff. It was hard to not cough at first, and that forced us into taking shallow puffs the whole time. Thankfully, the flavor wasn’t too harsh, or this thing would have been a chore.
The other reason we were forced to take shallow tokes while smoking this joint is because it was one powerful pre-roll. The glass tip created hits that felt more like a blunt rather than a joint, and we got very baked very quickly.
This was a deep Indica-like high. It made us very focused on what we were doing. But it was also an “Upper” - making us peppy and chatty, as we sunk into our tunnel-vision. There were some nice body tingles to report as well, which rounded out this feeling into a full-bodied bake.
This joint was fantastic. The glass tip gave the flower an extra boost, and we love the idea of reusing it for other joints we pick up. This joint is exactly what we look for when we search the dispensary case for a house pre-roll -- unique, homemade, and powerful. And at $12, it’s a total worth every penny.
If you haven’t already, you must stop by the House of Herbal Healing Church. It’s got a great selection of flower, and some really cool pre-rolled joints that they make themselves. You’ll be the envy of all your friends when you show up with one of these bad boys. And soon, all of your buddies will be heading down there to get their own. So hop on this bandwagon before it gets too crowded.
Private Reserve Joint (with glass tip) - $15
1328 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone number: (213) 706-9402
Hours: 10am - 2am, 7 days a week
Sandwiched in between Downtown LA and Pico Union is this little stretch of Olympic where there’s not much going on, except for one of the best dispensaries in the city. It’s called the House of Herbal Healing Church, and it’s definitely worth seeking out.
This shop (while totally compliant) has an old school, pre-recreational vibe to it. The address leads you to a shuttered storefront in the middle of a strip mall. But if you’ve made it this far, you’ll discover that the entrance is in the rear. Plus, there’s parking (if you need it), but depending on the time of day, meter parking should be available. Street parking seems more difficult overall, so grab a spot in the back if you can swing it.
The waiting room is small, but that’s merely a fake out because the showroom is huge. Inside, there’s a display counter to your right, with additional cases (and the register) directly ahead. Along the left is the dab bar, with couches available for you to chill out afterwards.
Inside the cases, we found lots of flower, along with edibles, vape cartridges, waxes, and pre-rolls. CBD, tinctures, and topicals were very limited.
But that’s okay, because if you’ve heard the word-of-mouth about this shop, you know that plants are the main reason to shop here. They have a ton of variety, at least six jars per strain, spread out among a generous Private Reserve shelf and a minimal “Mid-Shelf” category.
Our budtender was a pretty chill employee. They were relaxed and laid back, but never a slouch when it came to helping us out. They hung back at first, letting us get the lay of the land, before coming over and offering their assistance. We wanted to see a ton of flower, and they obliged us with all the looks and smells that we could handle. Which was very much appreciated.
As we were about to check out, we asked, on a whim, if they made any pre-rolls in house, and boy, are we glad we did. They directed us to their joint selection, which was not only bountiful, but very impressive. HHHC did, in fact, roll their own joints, but they also went above and beyond with them. We decided that our shopping trip wouldn’t be complete without one of those in our final purchase - so we made it happen.
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