Remember; If it sounds to good to be true...Then it probably is. I wish I would have heeded this advice when I came across Herbal Smoke Shop's web site announcing 'legal herbal buds'.
It looked good, the description was convincing, and the testimonials were incredible. I was convinced that this would be a great alternative product to 'illegal buds'.
I placed my order for a 1/2 ounce of the Hawaiian Gold Bud on the 15th of April, yesterday May 9th I got my order. Not the ULTRA fast shipping that the claim. I tore open the package and inside was a small bag of Lactuca Virosa (it says so right on the package).
I didn't know what to expect. I knew it wouldn't be pot, but the statements and advertising on the website led me to believe I would get something Very similar. It wasn't even close. The testimonials, descriptions, and pictures are very desceptive and misleading. Had there been a statement that this is product is WILD LETTUCE I would have never purchased it.
A web search for Lactuca Virosa yeilded me this statement; Also known as Wild Lettuce, the Biennial, growing up to 2-4 feet, maximum height of 6 feet (cultivated plants usually smaller). The erect stem, springing from a brown tap-root, is smooth and pale green, sometimes spotted with purple. Leaves are from 6 to 18 inches long, flowers are pale yellow, with large open clusters. Commonly found along river banks and waste fields.
The package was the smallest half ounce I have ever seen. It did not look, smell, or taste like anything familiar. After smoking 2 bowls of this 'alternative product' I had a very light buzz, a headache, a sore throat, and my lungs hurt later that evening. Contrary to other reports, this product was not glued or dyed, it is a real plant.
The description for the "legal bud" "Hawaiian Gold Bud" taken directly from the website Herbal-Smoke-Shop.com reads as follows... I will interject where I feel necessary. I will mark all interjections with capitol letters
#1 Returning Customer Favorites
Home of the The highest quality, strongest legal herbal smokes in the world.
With more repeat customers every day, our best selling and strongest legal buds and herbal smoking product rankings are made with the recommendation from countless satisfied repeat customers. Our legal buds and hydroponic hybrids are specially bred bud for optimal potency and are the absolute highest quality in the world. X DOES IT TAKE A BOTANIST TO CULTIVATE WILD LETTUCE?X
Seriously big Buds with a seriously Potent Smoke. SERIOUSLY BIG BUD...*&*&, THERE WAS NOT A BUD IN MY PACKAGE BIGGER THAN A DIME X
An ultra potent all bud smoke. Hawaiian Gold is a rare strain of exotic hawaiian herbal buds grown in the rich volcanic soil of Hawaii. X THIS STUFF GROWS ON RIVER BANKS AND WASTE FIELDS. I HIGHLY DOUBT IT GROWS IN RICH VOLCANIC SOIL IN HAWAII. I CALL *&*& The world's strongest legal bud. Ultra Potent. Hawaiian Gold Bud is sure to provide any smoker an extremely pleasurable smoking experience!
IT WAS NOT A PLEASURABLE EXPERIENCE
Over 100 lbs a month flown in FRESH from the island of hawaii! Grown from our huge reserve in hawaii and seen in our ad in high times and voted the world's best 100% legal smokes by top smoking magazine readers 7 years in a row for it's extremely potent smoke and uncanny smell & appearance. X UNCANNY TO WHAT? NOTHING UNCANNY AT ALL Freshly Picked and bagged directly from our 2000 acre reserve in Hawaii!
Unlike any other herbal bud available today, the smoke is ultra potent, and very fresh. THIS IS A TRUE STATEMENT, IT WAS SO FRESH YOU COULD ALMOST WRING THE WATER OUT OF IT
Tastes great NO, DOESN'T TASTE GREAT. and purchased by thousands of satisfied repeat customers, making this one of our top herbal smokes and the #1 selling legal bud in the world! Hawaiian Gold is all bud and always Ultra Fresh. Hawaiian Gold Buds burn smooth in a pipe THEY HAVE A STRANGE DEFINITION OF SMOOTH , or rolled with paper or smoked in your favorite smoking device.
Herbal Smoke Rating: Incredibly enjoyable, substantially potent smoke, that is extremely satisfying. The world's best legal herbal bud, period. Only available at Herbalsmokeshop.com!
The testimonials are also a load of crap. I am sure they were written by someone within the company.
The disclaimer that says CAUTION, DO NOT OPERATE HEAVY MACHINERY OR DRIVE A CAR AFTER USING THIS PRODUCT is a deceptive misleading statement again.
If you are looking for an alternative to pot, go out in your backyard and pick some grass you'll be better off and money ahead.
Shame on you Herbal Smoke Shop.
I will be demanding my money back for this product. Wish me luck