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.