As the Holiday season reaches its height, and Christmas only days away, chances are you really could use a good bong hit. May we suggest you try one of these strains for an extra bit of cheer this holiday season? Be sure to check out part one here!
Black Diamond is the ultimate strain for unwinding. Often used as a cure for insomnia, this strain will leave you feeling like you’re wrapped in a soft, warm blanket. If you ask me, this is exactly what you need when waiting out the first major blizzard of the season. This strain will give you a fairly strong case of the munchies, so be sure to have a bowl of caramel corn, or whatever your desired holiday snack might be. May we suggest baking Black Diamond into a batch of cookies or brownies?
Another member of the infamous Kush family, the sweet and citrusy Mango Kush is the perfect cure for winter time depression. This hybrid will make you feel relaxed, uplifted and of course quite euphoric. One taste of this strain’s mango and banana flavor will allow you to imagine that you have been whisked away on a tropical vacation. What more could one ask for in the midst of all the snow and endless Christmas carols.
Dabs are a great way to chill and cheer this Holiday season. Image Source: Weed Memes
Pineapple Express is most famous for the hilarious stoner comedy that bears the same name. The strain has a strong and sweet flavor of pineapples and what I would describe as pineapple Lifesavers (of course your experiences and opinions may vary). It gives you a good strong buzz that I would liken to a cup of strong coffee. It’s the perfect strain for getting you in an adventurous state of mind. This is absolutely ideal when navigating the mall for last minute shopping.
This powerful hybrid is the offspring of Blueberry, a rather potent indica and NYC-Diesel, a similarly strong sativa strain. Often referred to as Blue City Diesel, the strain will leave you feeling relaxed and calm, with a rather high amount of euphoria. It’s the strain that was made for those days when you want to do nothing but hang around the house and really chill for a change.
GSC, formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies, is a favorite for a reason. This hybrid of all time greats Durban Poison and OG Kush has a sweet and earthy flavor that may remind you of a certain type of cookie. GSC is best for fighting nausea, pain, and of course restoring a lost appetite. The strain is also known for being one of the most attractive when in the flowering stage, with buds of frosty purple and bright green calyxes at the base.
Night Train is truly a strain that lives up to its name. Users who smoke it are immediately issued a ticket to the land of dreams with its heavy-hitting bodily effects. Not only that, passengers enjoy the ride for its calming head high that swarms the mind with a feeling of euphoria.
It was not difficult to create Night Train. Elemental Seeds only had to choose a strain with effects that fully enveloped the body in relaxation. And what better product is there than Jasmine which is named after the brewed leaves that helped users sleep? Trainwreck was later added to enhance potency as well as improve its anxiety-relieving effects.
While it is mostly known for its high THC of up to 22%, Night Train is also an impressive performer in the grow room. It is a hardy strain that yields high and flowers quickly. Not to mention, it eases various mental and physical ailments.
Interestingly, it does not take long for Night Train to work its magic. In fact, despite being an Indica-dominant strain, its rapid cerebral onset that rarely takes 15 minutes to hold. An uplifting head high wraps the mind in a blanket of euphoria. It encourages a clam but happy disposition.
After about an hour or two, a tingling sensation builds from between the temples. It ebbs down slowly in waves and soothes each muscle until the body is fully enveloped in relaxation. In the limbs, a heaviness sets in that makes the eyes droop. Free of tension, users eventually fall into a deep asleep.
Because of its heavily sedating effects, it is better to use Night Train at night. Otherwise, those who choose to smoke it during the day will have difficulty resisting the urge to sleep. Moreover, it will hamper productivity and interfere with plans set for the day.
Night Train is no doubt a pungent strain because of its potent levels of THC. Breaking apart the buds reveal its woody notes of refreshing pine. Combusting it, however, releases a surprisingly strong nutty fragrance that fills the room.
In the palate, Night Train explodes with various flavors of hash, chocolate, and coffee. Overpowering all three, however, are woody overtones that swarm the mouth with the refreshing taste of pine. On the exhale, it leaves a nutty aftertaste.
Dehydration is a side effect that comes with the use of all strains. Its symptoms are reflected in the form of a cottonmouth and dry eyes. Although often ignored by many seasoned users, it is not uncommon for novices to experience discomfort. In such cases, it is better to stay hydrated by downing a few glasses of water.
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Because of its potency, Night Train can sometimes make induce dizziness and paranoid especially when it is used excessively. Most of the time, however, users only experience a headache. Still, it is best to refrain from overindulging and, instead, practice pacing and moderation.
Presumably, Night Train is a recreational strain. Still, this does not mean it is without therapeutic value. Through the combined efforts of its THC, CBD, and cannabinoids like terpenes, it provides a reprieve to users against a variety of mental and health conditions.
Like many Indica-dominant strains, Night Train excels at mitigating physical afflictions. Its soothing buzz eases pain beginning from the temples. In relieving the body through and through, it relaxes the muscles to keep it from contracting and causing sharp spasms.
Apart from the physical, Night Train also has behavioral benefits. It reduces stress by encouraging users to lay back and relax which, if left unattended, can lead to more complicated conditions like insomnia. At the same time, the strain also encourages a good night’s rest while enhancing the quantity of sleep.
Night Train is a wonderful strain for beginners. A hardy plant, it can withstand various environmental problems such as strong gusts of wind, fluctuations in temperature, and sudden changes in weather conditions. Not only that, it is highly resilient in the face of mold, mildew, and moisture-related issues such as root rot.
It may require some protection against pests. And, for this reason, many growers are inclined to grow the plant indoors where there is added protection against critters. Moreover, controllable environments allow one to easily adjust factors such as temperature, lighting, and humidity which are important in bringing out the full potential of a plant.
The strain performs best when the Sea of Green method is used. It increases trichome production, encourages better yields, and saves a lot of time. As for mediums, one may hydroponic or aeroponic systems to get “cleaner buds.”
Night Train has an indoor flowering period of 8 to 9 weeks after initiating the flowering stage. Once ready for harvest, it yields 10 to 12 ounces of buds per square meter.
Garden or farm grown Night Train usually blossoms from the last week of September to the second or third week of October. Once fully mature, it produces 12 ounces of buds per plant.
Have you ever smoked or grown your own Night Train? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.
It is rare for Gremlins to be allowed into the home. After all, the mischievous creatures constantly tamper with machinery either out of curiosity or boredom. Moreover, a simple glance is enough to warm people of its menacing, up-to-no good plans.
Thankfully, the strain inspired by it is not at all troublesome. Rather than annoying users, it induces a soothing head-to-toe buzz that relaxes the body through and through. If anything, the only aspect that Gremlin has in common with the folkloric creature is its power. With a potent THC of up to 20%, it can be quite devious when used excessively.
Though its breeders remain a mystery, the story of its heritage is passed on forever. From King Louis XIII, it garnered its royal scent of refreshing pine and wet soil. Meanwhile, its cookie dough aroma is from the rare Mogwai which is a child of the baked good ’09 Cookies.
Gremlin’s ocean grown genetics are strongly represented in the high that it delivers. Like most OG strains, it introduces powerful euphoria that reflects itself in the mind and the body. Though such an effect has garnered it a name among recreational enthusiasts, it remains therapeutically valuable to patients in the medical marijuana community.
Gremlin performs like a true hybrid. It has an equal mix of mental and physical effects that suit almost any time of the day when dosed appropriately. The onset is much like a Sativa’s in that it begins almost immediately after the first few puffs.
Its high usually starts with an uplifting buzz that wakes the mind from its stupor. Subtle at first, it later develops into a rush of euphoria as more hits are taken. In all likelihood, using too much of the strain at the onset will overstimulate the mind and end in a feeling of paranoia.
Using it within limits, though, encourages a sense of well-being that is immediately obvious in the sudden behavioral change. Users become more upbeat, smiling, and generally carefree as a calmer mindset takes hold.
Without warning, a sense of relaxation introduces itself after a few hours have passed. It soothes each muscle until one feel fully relieved mentally and physically. Depending on the dosage, users will either fall into a deeply refreshing sleep or feel aroused at the freedom from inhibition.
Being such a potent strain, it is not at all surprising for Gremlin to be pungent. It take after its ’09 Cookies grandparent with its sweet cookie dough scent accentuated by hints of citrus. However, the earthy influence of the king shines through with notes of earth that fill the room once the buds are crushed or combusted.
Drawn in, Gremlin floods the palate with the sweet and fruity taste of citrus. Overtones of cookie dough make the bud seem like a baked treat while undertones of wet soil bring out its freshness.
Used excessively, Gremlin can scare users with a subtle feeling of paranoia. It can be quite disorienting as it heightens sensation as well as amplify sounds and sights. Although the chances are slim, it is still best to use the bud with caution.
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Most of the time, however, Gremlin only dries the eyes and the mouth. This particular side effect is often ignored by users for its mildness. Moreover, it tends to go away after a few hours. Should symptoms persist, downing a few glasses of water will ease the irritation.
Stress is frequently mistaken as a minor worker’s woe. But, in chronic levels, it can undo the lives people have built up in seconds. Not only that, it can lead to the early onset of depression and leave one with feeling hopeless about the future. As such, it is important to release the pressure from stressors.
To that end, Gremlin works perfectly. It temporarily brings users to an imaginary utopia away from stress-causing problems. By appeasing the overwhelming dread, it also manages symptoms of depression such as overwhelming anxiety or the looming dread over events in life.
In large concentrations, THC becomes potent enough to relieve pain. Along with the little CBD it has, Gremlin induces a cathartic release from the aches and pains that physical afflictions bring. Not only that, it soothes each muscle to prevent it from suddenly contracting and causing pain.
It is not uncommon for users to feel drowsy as the effects wane off. After all, the liberation from mental and physical inhibition is a great sleeping aid that not only enhances the quality of sleep but the quantity as well.
As an evenly-split hybrid, Gremling is relatively tall. It can fit in most growing spaces but will have to be topped early in limited areas. Not only that, it is also quite resistant to a variety of issues including sudden fluctuations in temperature.
While it is not easily swayed, its branches can break off due to the weight of its heavy buds. And, for this reason, stakes are needed for additional support especially when growing outdoors where strong gusts of wind can add pressure.
To be safe, it is best to germinate the plant indoors and keep it there until it nears its flowering phase. By then, both branches and stalks will have begun to harden, helping it withstand any untoward environmental factors. Still, growers may choose to grow the plant indoors but it will need to be trimmed down to evenly aerate its compact structure.
Indoors, Gremlin blossoms around 8 to 10 weeks from the start of the flowering period. It typically produces 12 to 14 ounces of buds per square meter but will yield even more at the hands of an expert.
Garden grown Gremlin flowers in October, usually between the first to the third week. Under the sun, it yields at least 14 ounces of buds per plant.
Have you ever smoked or grown your own Gremlin? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.
In stories of old, the kraken wreaked havoc upon sailors in the coasts between Norway and Greenland. Its quick tentacles would grab hold of boats and, in one bite, would swallow it whole with its giant mouth. Although this was only a tale of the sea, it inspired a generation of people that went on to continue the legend.
Among them are the breeders of the Spanish dispensary Buddha Seeds, which honored the monster by developing a bud like it. Not literally, of course.
Kraken has the capacity to engulf users with a deep sense of relaxation that can render the body totally immobile. And, rather than being a destroyer, it produces massive yields with its rather intimidating heavy-branching capabilities.
Buddha Seeds has decided to keep its genetics a secret. However, many speculate that its genes contain Ruderalis, Sativa, and Indica varieties that helped bring out its power as a breeding strain.
Its THC, which seldom exceeds 15%, is often enjoyed recreationally. However, it remains a source of comfort on a rather cloudy day.
Rather than the upbeat, energizing onset associated with evenly split strains, it delivers a calming euphoria that gently cradles the mind in comfort. It inspires a happiness from within that, if anything, resembles a self-assuredness that all will be alright.
The mental stimulation carries over to the stomach. It encourages an appetite that heartily matches the mood. Having snacks prepared ahead of time will keep user from having to stand up especially as the Indica high hits.
Enhancing the sensation is its dominating body buzz that, before intensifying, first plants a heaviness from within. It becomes difficult to resist the physical effects with each puff until, eventually, users are enveloped in a deep relaxation that precludes sleep.
Because of its strong hold on the body, it is better to avoid smoking up during busy hours or reserve Kraken on lazy days. Otherwise, users will be forced to adjust the day’s activities.
Kraken carries a strong earthy aroma with floral hints that leave one thinking it has been freshly picked from the ground. The pungent fragrance also contains spicy hints of diesel accentuated by pine.
Drawn in, Kraken overpowers the palate with its equally strong flavors of wet soil. Savoring it, however, reveals mild floral undertones that brings with it a tinge of sweetness. On the exhale, the taste of mint enhanced by pine leaves a cooling aftertaste in the mouth.
All strains cause adverse reactions and Kraken is certainly not an exception. Despite the fact it is not as potent as other strains, it still causes users to “green out” - a condition that combines dizziness with increased anxiety. A bout of paranoia may also come about especially when the bud is consumed excessively. For this reason, users must remember to pace and moderate usage.
Besides what was stated, there’s a large chance of feeling dehydrated when under the Kraken’s influence. The common symptoms that are a cottonmouth and a case of dry eyes. Both are barely noticeable though that most experienced users tend to ignore it completely. Still, if discomfort does arises, downing a few glasses of water and staying hydrated throughout the day will provide quick relief.
In delivering its euphoric effects, Kraken clears the mind. It eliminates stress and calms users overwhelmed by problems or tasks at hand.
At the same time, it instills a sense of inner peace that temporarily alleviates symptoms of depression and other mental health issues such as PTSD albeit temporarily. For long-term management, users must still seek the help of a health professional in order to pinpoint the source and finally ease the distress.
The strain’s ability to relax the body plays an important role in easing pain. By soothing the muscles, it keeps it from involuntarily contracting which often results in users wincing from a sharp sensation.
It is also this same mechanism that weakens spasms in the stomach, stimulates the appetite, and keep users from vomiting. For this reason, it is a great companion for cancer patients who have difficulty eating or users diagnosed with anorexia.
A natural sleep-aid, Kraken entices users to go to bed a few hours after the high all while feeling completely free of any physical or mental burden.
Kraken falls into the intermediate category of growing. It is not ideal for beginners but also not that difficult to master. However, under the expert care of a seasoned grower, it yields even more vigorously.
The strain is also quite a heavy feeder. It needs multiple nutrients and water a day for it to fully flourish. With ample food, its branches and stalks become thick enough to support itself especially as it hardens during the flowering period. Still, aspiring growers can stake the plant as its buds can weigh it down with its density. Otherwise, it is almost certain that the branches carrying the flowers will snap.
Indoors, there should be enough space between pots to allow room for its width especially it is also a heavy-brancher. It will need some trimming though its compact structure can sometimes harbor moisture that will develop into mold or mildew. Moreover, it needs to be properly aerated.
Kraken’s seeds are available online in feminized form which will ease its growing process. Alternatively, those that wish to bypass the process of germination may source clippings.
Kraken performs great indoors and can produce up to 18 ounces of buds per square meter after a mere 8 to 9 weeks of flowering.
In a Mediterranean climate, Kraken thrives and produces abnormally large returns. However, it is not uncommon for the plant to flower a little late in the northern hemisphere where the weather is cold. Still, growers harvest an impressive yield of 18 to 53 ounces of buds per plant by the last week of September or the first two weeks of October.
Have you ever smoked or grown your own Kraken? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.
Magnum is one herb that truly lives up to its name. It has a towering height while its buds are dense, heavy, and large in size. Trichomes dust each nug with a frosty sugar that can sometimes shock users as it almost looks milky white.
Indeed, Magnum is an intimidating strain. In truth, however, it is actually quite friendly. Apart from being a quick-flowerer due to its auto-flowering nature, it is an easy grow that will yield vigorously.
With THC levels averaging between 10% to 15%, it delivers a psychedelic high that beginners and veterans alike can appreciate. It clears the mind and enhances the mood while simultaneously reinvigorating users.
Hailing from sunny Spain, its effects are only expected. After all, a trip to the wonderful country or seeing its lively culture through photos is enough to bring moods up. Moreover, it is a product by top breeders Buddha Seeds who developed Magnum using a Sativa, Indica, and a Ruderalis strain.
Magnum is a social strain that is best used with others. Its rapid surge of energy gets users pumped up for a fun get-together. At the same time, it invigorates the mind with happy thoughts and memories that leave one wanting to share stories for the rest of the day.
Gradually, an uplifting buzz begins to ebb down from the temples. It swarms the body with a warm, fuzzy sensation that loosens muscles from head to toe. The blanket of relaxation is intense, but keeping it from overcoming users with a couch-lock is the persistent mental effects from the onset.
Because of its great wake-and-bake qualities, Magnum is best used in the morning as a mental pick-me-up instead of coffee. However, one can still smoke it during the late afternoons or early evenings for a boost of energy while doing extra hours at work or simply attending an event.
Magnum fills the air with the spicy smell of fragrant herbs. Adding character are piney overtones that come with sweet floral hints. When the buds are broken apart, the smell of wet soil permeates from them.
Drawn in, the harmonious blend of spicy piney and herbal flavors fill the palate. Following that, a nice aftertaste that sweet in earthy in nature can get savored.
Although rare, users sometimes feel slightly paranoid while using Magnum especially in high doses. Most of the time, however, the side effects are limited to the unavoidable dryness in the eyes and the mouth due to cannabinoids interfering with the body’s natural ability to produce moisture. Because it lasts for hours, it is best to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Meanwhile, its soothing physical buzz relieves pain form various parts of the body beginning from the temples. It appeases the sharp pressure from behind the eyes, or intraocular pressure, which eventually develop into glaucoma when left unmanaged.
Feeling completely relaxed and free of disparaging thoughts, users can now freely fall into a deep, unencumbered slumber.
Magnum is one of the easiest strains to grow in the cannabis industry. After germination, it flowers quickly without many qualms. Its hardy structure can handle various problems such as fluctuations in weather, strong gusts of wind, as well as some common pests and diseases. However, aspiring growers must pay heed to various environmental factors as it can determine the amount of yields the plant produces.
The ideal setting to grow this strain is indoors. In such controllable environments, growers can adjust temperature, humidity, and lighting. Installing ventilation systems and fans improves air circulation while drying out excess moisture that can seep into the plant’s crevices before developing into mold or mildew.
Buddha Seeds advises indoor cultivators to avoid placing Magnum in a large pot to control its above-average height. Outdoor growers, on the other hand, may plant it directly unto soil or place it in a big pot so it has ample space to fulfill its potential.
Luckily, its seeds are sold online in both regular and feminized form. The former is great for those that wish to grow males for breeding whereas the latter is ideal for people that are only looking to get females.
A controlled environment is arguably the best place to grow Magnum. It produces a hefty amount of buds that average around 19 to 21 ounces of buds per square meter 11 weeks after germination.
Garden grown Magnum flowers 11 weeks after germination. Once ready for harvest, it yields 4 to 9 ounces of buds per plant.
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The emergence of autoflowering strains has revolutionized the cannabis industry. It streamlined the growing process by reducing the waiting time rather than waiting for months. Additionally, neither yields nor quality is compromised despite the shorter flowering period. As such, it comes as no surprise that it has won the hearts of many.
Early Miss falls under this group of strains. It is a sturdy quick-flowerer that entices many with its dense buds. Each is coated thickly in trichomes, alluding to its potency of up to 21%. While it is leans genetically toward the Indica side of the spectrum, it delivers an impactful cerebral high that increases sociability and boosts creativity without the feeling of heaviness.
In developing the strain, Crop King Seeds used two of best breeding strains from the market. First is Big Bud, which is a heavy yielding strain that produces huge buds. White Widow, on the other hand, was named after its almost white coat of trichomes.
Although predominantly Indica, Early Miss is not a slow starter. Its effects hit users immediately with users enjoying a light pressure that begins from between the temples. Swarming the mind as it intensifies, the euphoric rush leaves users feeling clearheaded and mentally stimulated.
The resulting upbeat disposition is often what pulls users into a creative trance. It inspires innovative ideas and allows thoughts to flow freely so one may see perspectives in a different light. Often, too, people feel more comfortable discussing concepts with peers or friends. Although, some prefer reminiscing happy memories instead.
Gradually, the same buzzing sensation ebbs down to the rest of the body. It soothes each muscle until users are fully enveloped in a wave of relaxation. In spite of its effects, it is not at all sedating. Rather, it keeps one from feeling tired while brainstorming.
Early Miss has a strong hold on enthusiasts with a nose for chemical strains. It has strong overtones of ammonia made even more pungent by cool notes of eucalyptus. Crushing the buds then combusting it releases herbal and spicy notes of pepper.
On the throat, the harsh smoke can sometimes lead to a coughing fit. When savored, it washes over the mouth with the spicy taste of mixed herbs accentuated by notes of pepper. On the exhale, it leaves the same chemical aftertaste of ammonia which rests on the palate for a while even after the last puff.
Even seasoned users should exercise caution when using Early Miss. Apart from causing dryness in the eyes and mouth, it has the capacity to green users out with symptoms of dizziness and a subtle feeling of paranoia especially when used outside of one’s limits. Although users only experience a headache most of the time, it is still important to practice pacing and moderation while staying hydrated throughout the session.
In delivering its head high, for example, it uplifts spirits, instills mental calm, and extinguishes stress. For the same reason, it is also effective at managing symptoms of depression along with other mental health issues such as PTSD.
On the physical aspect, Early Miss induces a soothing body buzz that helps ease aches all over the body. As it reaches the stomach, it relaxes hunger pangs that often interfere with one’s ability to eat. It stimulates the appetite as well as prevent users from vomiting with its antiemetic properties. As such, it is a great companion for users suffering from anorexia or cachexia.
A sturdy plant, Early Miss is great for enthusiasts aspiring to grow their own medicine. It rarely requires support because of its sturdy Indica genes. Fazed with strong gusts of wind, its stalks neither bend or break. Meanwhile, its branches do not snap at the weight of its heavy buds.
Moreover, it blossoms quickly regardless of when and where it is cultivated due to its ruderalis genes which is the main component of its autoflowering structure. Growers may need to prune the plant often though as its compact structure can sometimes harbor moisture brought about by humidity. If left alone, it can attract mold or mildew which possibly destroy the plant.
Like its predecessors, Early Miss is quite eye-catching. While it is not as large, it yields attractive buds that boast deep green colors with purple hues at times. On top of that, a rich coating of trichomes covers each.
To emphasize its flavor, one may take advantage of mediums like soil. For those who prefer producing cleaner buds, using mediums like hydroponics may be utilized. Regardless, the autoflowering feminized seeds from Crop King Seeds will produce an all-female batch.
Big Bud’s genetics has given Early Miss the ability to produce more yields than typical autoflowering strains. It can yield up to 7 ounces per square meter when it’s grown indoors. All of that will be ready in just 7 weeks after its seeds germinate.
Early Miss finishes up in exactly 7 weeks after it first sprouts outdoors. In the right conditions, the strain can produce up to 4 ounces per plant.
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