A cannabis strain’s popularity can be predicted best by looking at its lineage. When it comes to Thin Mint Cookies, one of its parents has won a ton of cannabis cup championships. It was bred from the classic strains Og Kush and Durban Poison. Og Kush is part of so many phenotypes that its many variations have won countless awards in cannabis competitions. It could possibly be the most popular strain ever. This is due to its paralyzing buzz that leaves many users in a kush induced coma. When this variety started popping up, it began a transition period to higher quality cannabis. Breeding it with a pure sativa like Durban Poison leaves a perfectly balanced hybrid. However, just because it isn’t indica dominant doesn’t mean it won’t overpower a lot of casual smokers. Like both of its parents, THC levels can reach over 20% when grown correctly.
I know several people that prefer this strain for pain relief whenever it is around. This is because it can provide comparable results to indica strains that end up relaxing the whole body. Using this strain doesn’t always result in drowsiness. The beauty of hybrids is that they can be used in a variety of ways. Thin Mint Cookies is also a great choice for those fighting the side effects of cancer. This variety is known to be great at combating nausea and stimulating the appetite. Unfortunately CBD levels are low, so it is likely not ideal medicine for those suffering from seizures.
Personally, there are a few characteristics about this strain that makes it one of my all time favorites. When it is rolled into a joint the flavor it produces is next level. The name accurately represents the earthy mint terpenes that can be tasted on both the inhale and exhale. In addition, recreational users love it because the euphoria and stress relief are outstanding. A long day at work brings lots of stress, but users forget all about that after just a few rips. Trying to stay under the radar in a public place can be very difficult thanks to its pungent odor. You could easily smell someone smoking this from a good distance. Every stoner knows that scent is a great indicatior of quality, and one sniff out of the jar will have people reaching for their money.
The most recent strain in my rotation that I have had the chance to grow several times over the past year is Wonder Woman. This indica dominant hybrid has a fruity/piney taste on the inhale that cannot be ignored. The flavor that this strain brings to the table is the reason why it has been a repeat in the garden this year. Yes, the yields are on the heavier than average side when compared to other strains, but it definitely isn’t the highest I’ve seen even in my own small garden. It likes to grow short and bushy like most indica strains tend to do. If you give it enough time in the vegetative cycle, it can grow some monster branches. The typical 2 months in veg 2 months in flower time frame has yielded as much as 8.5 ozs per plant. This is really impressive considering the premium quality of the buds it is capable of producing in the right growing conditions.
Wonder woman originates from breeding the 1998 cannabis cup winner, Ice, with a strain known as Top 44. Ice is sativa dominant and Top 44 is a pure indica strain. This results in wonder woman initiating more of a heavy body high than an energetic one. It’s an extremely relaxing feeling that also comes with a strong appetite boost. It’s best used for medical conditions like depression, insomnia, anxiety, and PTSD. This is because the mind is put at ease and there isn’t a ton of racing thoughts that many people experience from sativa strains. For those who don’t suffer from any medical conditions, it tends to bring a lot of euphoria and laugher. I know that it will stick around the rotation for years to come because it is extremely popular among consumers for the flavor and growers for the shorter flowering period. Expect it to be ready after 8 complete weeks although I have seen better results from adding an extra week.
When I think of strains that are always in rotation at local medical marijuana gardens, one that quickly comes to mind is Chocolope. This sativa is not hybrid-like in its effects at all. Its genetics come from two parents who are known for having clear energetic highs. Chocolate Thai was bred with Cannalope Haze to create this patient favorite. From the growers’ point of view, it is a great choice because it has a short flowering period of around 9 weeks. That time period is more common in indica strains that grow short and bushy. Leave space in the grow room because the branches will grow tall and reach high come flowering season. It has all the characteristics people expect out of a sativa besides a quicker harvest.
The buds are relatively dense but not to the degree of a kush strain or something like Green Crack. The name fits perfectly because in my experience those buds are usually as heavy as rocks. The potency is everything you could ask for and it is astonishing to me how I can stay motivated in this state of mind. I also noticed that I can still use it after a long day at work to unwind and easily fall asleep, while other times my mind will run for hours with a sativa. Opening up a jar results in a very sweet coffee-like scent, which I find hilarious. Matching up the scent of the bud with another stimulating drug is a perfect way to show the consumer what they’re in for effect wise. A lot of times its easy to tell what the flavor might be like based on scent, but this is next level. Flavor isn’t so much coffee-like, but it has more of an earthy piney taste. My grower hasn’t gotten the medicine tested for cannabinoid percentages but based on experience and the degree of trichome coverage, it won’t disappoint when it does.
When it comes to medical uses, I would say it shouldn’t be the first choice for those trying to alleviate pain. That is unless the pain originates in the head due to migraines or another condition. There are other strains that do a better job of relaxing the entire body and removing painful discomfort. It is very uplifting in even small doses so someone with depression could greatly benefit from using Chocolope. It worked great for me when I was under lots of stress in college worrying too much about deadlines and performance. I would highly recommend students to use this strain during their daily routine because they can lower anxiety levels without losing the drive to get things done. Food definitely tastes great like with all types of weed, but this one isn’t anywhere near the strongest of appetite stimulators available to those struggling to eat food regularly. This strain will always be one of my go-to strains for energy for as long as the growing community keeps it around.
The northern lights when grown correctly will have you staring up at the night sky as if you really were in Alaska enjoying the northern lights. Besides an amazing hybrid high that you can feel throughout the entire body, the most notable trait is the flavor. It’s best described as very piney and organic and has a sweet aroma to it, especially when burned. I’ve done two separate runs of this strain now and have been impressed by the yield that these plants give. Even though she won’t reach very tall heights because of their indica dominant nature, it will branch out and still produce tons of budding sites if pruned correctly.
The flowering time for this phenotype is in the 8-9 week range although I have harvested after week 8 both times because the trichomes are really milky already at that point. If you read my previous article you’d know I’m using coco coir as my preferred grow medium and this plant responded great to it. I would definitely classify this strain as a good beginners strain for those starting out in growing because it really doesn’t pose many problems and is quick to recover from errors with nutrients, ph, etc. It definitely needs to be up kept as it will grow extremely bushy and may take up too much of your grow area if you don’t trim it up regularly during veg. Out of the 3 different strains that I have grown it is my favorite so far across all important categories. As long as you flush the plant properly at the end, the flavor should be hard to match, it’s very unique. If you’re a medical cannabis grower I would definitely add this to your garden if you have patients that are dealing with severe pain. This one works very well for those that need relief in different parts of the body. It relaxes the muscles much more then your typical hybrid or sativa strain and you can find yourself asleep before you know it with higher doses.
This strain is extremely popular and most likely would not be hard to find at your local compassion club. I have come across this strain a number of times outside of my own stash of seeds and I’m sure many of you readers have had the pleasure of trying it as well. What other medical uses have you guys found this particular phenotype to help deal with? Share your experiences with growing/sampling this strain.
Everyone has heard that a joint helps the day after you have a hangover and the worst headache. This actually can be applied to those of us who suffer from the physical pain involved in migraines headaches. I thought it would be helpful if I shared my own personal experience and how I’ve found what type of cannabis treatment works best to treat the horrible side effects from migraines. To this day, I’m still experimenting with the different available plant forms and strains to see what works best for not only the pain but the horrible nausea that can accompany them. The funny thing is that even if I took any of the many popular strains that are being grown today, it would still work far better than the pharmaceutical drugs I got prescribed or could have got prescribed had I continued traditional treatment. If you are in a similar situation and all you have tried are painkillers or other drugs with negative side effects, try whatever form of marijuana consumption you would be most comfortable with obtaining. There are many places even in the United States still today that don’t make it easy to find specific strains to fit your medical needs by continuing prohibition. Unfortunately all you can really do is take whatever Bob the black market dealer has, or gain the skills and equipment to produce your own medicine. It may not only reduce the discomfort you experience during an episode, but more importantly prevent the frequency that they occur in my experience. There are also new studies supporting this idea popping up the past few years.
For those of us lucky enough to live in a place where locking people in cages for having a plant has lost its popularity, we have a wide selection of not only strains but edibles, oils, drinks, lotion, and anything you could imagine. The general rule that I live by when it comes to treating my migraines is that indica dominant hybrids work best. They provide the most pain relief while relaxing the whole body making the pounding sensation much less intense and manageable. There are most definitely specific strains in this category that work better than others, but when in doubt or lacking specific info, go with this category of strains. By sedating the body and providing a lot of pain relief it makes the dizziness subside and patients able to relax. As far as consuming these strains I find smoking and vaporizing far more ideal then edibles or other methods because they take a while to produce effects. Migraine suffers much prefer immediate relief because in 40-50 minutes the worst of it likely has passed in most cases. It’s often hard to anticipate one coming until you’re already experiencing the symptoms.
Before I was being more general by saying to look for a indica dominant strain, but I would like to get more specific and point you in the direction of some strains I’ve found help me greatly. One of these are sativa dominant and that’s why the indica/sativa differentiation is only applicable in general and is not a cut and dry rule whether your talking about treating migraines or any condition. First to start off, if you can get your hands on it, is the classic and arguable most popular marijuana strain OG Kush. I think that this may be the best strain ever, not only for how much it has helped me with pain relief and nausea but it amazes me with the best effects ever. When this is professionally grown and is the authentic genetics it doesn’t get any better. Most of the good strains that took off in popularity have this in it’s genetics. It packs the punch required to treat severe pain and makes you feel extremely euphoric. Another good option that won’t put you out for the night is Tangerine Dream. I would use this if I had to work or go to college because it really finds a way to kill the pain and give motivation. There are a lot of strains that do this but the flavor on this one is amazing! Hopefully this info can lead you to the same relief I have experienced since discovering medical cannabis for myself.
The short answer to the very general question of how long it takes to grow weed is around 3 months. This is just an average number and is accounting for around 1 month in the vegetative stage followed by 2 months in 12/12 light schedule for flowering. This is not taking into consideration preferences or the other countless factors that you have with different strains and different grow room set ups. I’ve never gone more than a month and a half in the vegetative stage but know that patience is very beneficial when it comes to yields. The plant will get most of it’s leafy and structural growth in this stage and the longer it is drawn out the larger it gets to an extent. However, you could also switch over to a flowering life cycle very early on to initiate a faster harvest. This is also ideal if you are limited on space or are growing from a clone instead of starting from the seed.
That is where the 3 month answer stems from. It’s just a general rule of thumb. It is very important to either know the exact genetics and strain information or have access to equipment that allows you to examine the trichomes extremely close. If you know the strain, you know how long it will have to be in flowering to get the appropriate bud development. Most strains are around 8 weeks while hazes and sativas tend to take longer and up to 11 or 12 weeks sometimes. This is of course if you are strictly controlling the environments temperature, humidity, and other growing conditions.
This time frame is not taking into account drying and curing which adds a substantial amount of time before your medicine is ready to be consumed. Drying only takes around 4 or so days where curing takes at least 2 weeks. Many growers cure longer then 2 weeks due to the improved taste that comes from properly cured buds. To be a grower you have to be patient, but if you do it right the wait will make the crop that much more rewarding then purchasing it every time you want to consume.
Hope this quick answer gave you an idea of how long you should expect to spend during the satisfying grow proccess!
The current strain I’ve been using medicinally lately is known as the gorilla glue. It definitely gets it’s name for the sticky resin covered buds. I prefer to use this one later at night, especially if I plan on using high doses of it. It’s definitely a quality strain worth trying if you haven’t already. It’s a well known strain that has won the 2014 Los Angeles Cannabis cup. Will be ready to flower in 9-10 weeks in correct growing conditions. It produces a moderate but potent yield.
Genetics: It’s always noting the parents of a quality plant like the gorilla glue. It’s a cross between Chem Sister and Chocolate diesel qualifying it as a indica heavy hybrid. I think that the diesel contributes heavily to its earthy natural smell. I can’t imagine what the plants smelled like flowering… Scent control must be top of the line.
Looks: Huge thick chunky buds that are consistently dense and equal in size. I’ve seen buds this big plenty of times but usually it’s not the whole bag. The bag appeal of this strain grown indoors is stunning. Combined with the smell the light green buds will be disappearing fast. Also noticeable is the density of the colas. 10/10 on looks.
Effects: The effects hit fast and are impossible to ignore. Sitting down/relaxing will feel very good and muscles become very loose. Great for pain management of any kind and a great nights sleep. Relaxation is the number one word I would use to describe it. Although it is a hybrid, this one makes me pretty tired if used late at night and cuts homework short on occasion. If you have a high tolerance, use it whenever but it is definitely a body high. 8.5/10.
Flavor has a bit of lemon but mostly is really piney from the diesel genetics. Take precaution with the scent if travelling/growing. Must try for those who haven’t had it and will definitely keep this around for the coming weeks. Let me know what experiences or problems you’ve had growing this one and anything it does medically for you! Love hearing about that.
The current strain that I’ve been using and enjoying lately is called the Sour OG. It is a very relaxing strain and one that is also well balanced. It really can be used any time of the day and still be enjoyable.
Genetics: One of the most heavy influences on the outcome of your crop is the genetics of the plant. Sour og is a cross between the well known strains of Sour diesel and Og kush. The name reflects the combination perfectly and these two strains are originals that every smoker has either tried or heard of. Og kush brings the strength to the high and definitely the relaxation factor that is felt. The sour diesel is whats responsible for the diesel flavor and helps balance out the relaxation with more of an upbeat energetic high. These two extremes really go well together and it’s what makes this strain flexible and easy to smoke mid day or late at night.
Looks: It’s one of those brighter green looking strains that is also covered in white trichomes. The one thing that I did notice is that there were a lot more smaller sized nugs in the batch. The medicine is relatively dense because its an og strain, and a picture is attached in the heading for a close up. 8/10 on looks.
Effects: The effects are very pleasant and not the complete heavy body high that og kush is known for but still a warm feeling throughout the body. I’ve found that this makes it really easy to sleep at the end of the night pain free. When used in the day before completing tasks, its not debilitating. I found it easy and enjoyable to get some things done around the house on different occasions. I wouldn’t classify the high in the category of some of the strongest highs such as og kush and tangerine but definitely can be overwhelming for occasional users. 8/10 on effects
Overall I would definitely choose this strain again for its flavor and nice balance of effects. Although it is very relaxing, there are a lot of things going on in my mind and I feel relatively creative at the same time. Not in my top 5 or so favorites but I would definitely pick up some more if my grower does another cycle.
For people who hear many of the ridiculous and creative names people use to describe their type of flowers it often sounds stupid. Many uniformed people think weed is weed. Or they think there is just high quality and a lower quality. The truth is there have been so many breeds that have been crossed in so many unique combinations, that they all have something different to offer. Cannabis does have similar effects across most strains, however many times certain effects are more noticeable in a specific type. For example, a indica dominant strain such as banana kush would share the effects of euphoria, relaxation, and appetite with many other indica or kush strains. However, one thing that could be helpful to a patient in serious pain is the powerful relief this specific medicine is known for. It relaxes the muscles and eases the onset of sleep.
With each specific breed of the plant having its own significant attributes, the limits of this medicine are boundless. The list of conditions that this one plant can help treat is longer then this blog post and would include the condition of simply living. I think everyone experiences stress, anxiety, and pain and there is no reason generally healthy people also cannot benefit from its use. With these different effects also comes different flavors. One of my favorite things about consuming cannabis is enjoying the sweet unique flavors that come from different grows. Unless you are making genetic clones, it’s unusual you will come across the exact same batch with the same exact flavors and effects.
Whats your favorite strain? Is there one that helps exceptionally well with your condition/aliment? Leave a comment below, and try out some new flavors instead playing it safe all the time, you may just find a new favorite.