Sativa-dominant Haze autoflowering CBD is another of the strains which have been created with the needs of therapeutic users in mind. It’s effective for a number of conditions and easy to grow. It will also suit recreational users looking for a gentle lift rather than the sheer power of the sort of heavy hitters popular with more serious marijuana fans.
In terms of flavour, this is a classic haze experience. For those unfamiliar with the Haze family, the scent is rather like a high-quality incense and this also influences the flavour. This is light and sweet, possibly a bit spicy and with a touch of earthiness.
This variety was bred to be a medicinal strain par excellance and it lives up to its reputation. As a Sativa, it has a cerebral effect, which is good for emotional conditions and migraine as well as pain-relief. It is, however, a CBD-rich Sativa for the ultimate in pain relief and a relaxing experience. Basically think in terms of lift and relaxation rather than high and then stone. It’s the sort of effect you’d get after going for a brisk run and following it up with some yoga. In other words, this is a weed you can enjoy regardless of whether you need to get on with your day or are desperate for some sleep.
Haze autoflowering CBD is a superb choice for amateur growers, particularly those looking to have a continuous supply of weed for medical purposes. Even though the genetics are Sativa, it’s definitely on the compact side, which can make life easier for those with mobility issues. The fact that it is auto-flowering makes the growth-and-harvest cycle very predictable and means that plants can be grown all year round (t least indoors). As an added bonus, the smell is moderate, which means that growers really only need to look at ventilation from the point of view of keeping plants healthy and stopping the dreaded mould, rather than having to pacify their neighbours. Yields are moderate but perfectly acceptable for personal use, particularly given that it’s so hard to go wrong with this variety.
A 50/50 blend of Indica and Sativa, CBD Bomb has been developed with medical users in mind, but still has plenty to offer recreational smokers. Its exact genetics are currently a trade secret but it is a member of the highly-respected bomb family. As its name suggests, this is a high-CBD strain (7%+) and offers a precise balance between CBD and THC. This allows medical users to experience relief from physical pain at any time of day without having to deal with the drowsy after-effects which can occur after a full Indica stone. Recreational users will simply appreciate the flavour and the relaxation it offers. Growers will benefit from a robust and unfussy variety which offers very respectable yields.
Although developed as a medical strain, those in need of the pain relief it offers will be happy to hear that CBD Bomb has a flavour to savour rather than being a case of “hold your nose and swallow”. This variety is unmistakably skunk but there’s plenty of citrus to give a clean edge and stop the skunk from becoming overwhelming.
The reason we keep going on about CBD Bomb’s medicinal credentials is because this is quite simply one of the best medicinal strains available today. If you’re suffering from any sort of muscle or joint pain or inflammation then this strain could be just what you need. It’s also great for anxiety and related issues such as insomnia. For all its strength, CBD Bomb has a gentle touch. Think deep relaxation rather than total wipe-out. You certainly can use it when you need to clear your head (and any physical pain) so as to get some proper sleep, but if you have a full day ahead of you, then you’ll be able to get on with it without feeling like your head is full of cotton wool.
Growers should be aware that ventilation (or attention to the prevailing winds is a must for this strain). Not to put too find a point on it, this variety stinks of skunk as it grows and we really mean stinks. So unless you’re on outstandingly good terms with your neighbours, be nice and stop the smell from being blown around the neighbourhood. That aside there’s plenty for growers to like about this variety. It’s nicely compact, grows quickly, is pretty much perfect for SCROG set-ups and produces respectable yields.
Think Big really deserves its name. As a Sativa-dominant strain it will reach for the skies and produce a huge quantity of buds with plenty of power to them. It is descended from a hand-picked selection of XXL Think Different plants, taking an outstanding strain to new highs in every sense of the phrase.
Slightly Indica-dominant Grand Heft Auto was created to satisfy the need for growing speed without sacrificing performance. Produced by crossing AK47 with Northern Light Auto, this variety is a showcase for autoflowering at its best.
Sativa dominant Bruce Banner is named after the gentle scientist who turns into the Incredible Hulk when roused to anger. Originally there were 5 sub-strains of this variety, but today the name tends to refer to type number 3, which is a cross between Indica OG Kush and Sativa Strawberry Diesel (which is itself a cross between Sour Diesel and Strawberry Cough).
Sativa dominant Killer Purps from Bomb Seeds came about by crossing the perennially popular and reliable Sour Diesel with a highly unusual variety of Buzz Bomb. As a Sativa dominant, it’s good for treating emotional issues, basically working as a mental pick-me-up. Recreational users quite simply appreciate its excellent taste and effect. For growers this is possibly best described as a practical choice. While it can’t match the likes of Big Bud in terms of absolute yield, it doesn’t need anything like as much space either. Although the Sativa genetics mean that this strain is on the tall side of medium, low-stress training can be used to reduce the amount of headroom needed.
Modern marijuana breeding has largely been a combination of preserving the best of the traditional classics and creating new varieties to meet modern needs (and wants). Super Lemon Diesel is an example of the latter. It takes a superb citrus phenotype of the old-time classic OG Kush and combines it with another long-time favourite, Sour Diesel, to create Super Lemon Diesel.
Genetically-speaking, about all that’s known about Purple Urkel is that it’s Purple, it’s Indica (or mostly Indica) and it’s a clone-only strain. The names Grandaddy Purple and Mendocino Purps have both been mentioned as possible ancestors, either or both of which would make sense for a wide number of reasons, including looks, effect and taste but really Purple Urkel’s family history is anybody’s guess. What is known is that this is one of the most effective (and best tasting) migraine and insom
nia cures there is available. It also has a good reputation for dealing with menstrual cramps.
In terms of flavour, Purple Urkel is probably best described as a little bit of skunk and a lot of berry. The skunk pungency is certainly there, but it’s more of a gentle hint of flavour to offset the sweetness of berries, particularly grapes (Grape Ape has also been mentioned as a possible relative). There’s a couple of points to remember before using this strain, particularly for insomnia. First of all, it tends to bring on a major attack of the munchies. Secondly it can make users thirsty and gulping down large quantities of liquid before going to bed could see your beauty sleep being disturbed by a trip to the bathroom. That being so, you might want to put some liquid into a container with a straw, so that you’re pretty much forced to sip slowly and so ease your thirst without filling yourself up on liquid.
Purple Urkel is known for acting quickly, but it generally takes its time to grow. Outside it usually takes the full 5 months to flower, indoors (a better choice) growers are looking at 8 weeks. It’s also worth remember that although Purple Urkel has the relevant purple genetics, how purple it actually gets depends on a variety of factors. Therefore growers who really want purple weed will need to put the effort into getting the conditions just right. Growers who just want a good medical strain, will simply need to pay attention to weed-growing fundamentals. On the plus side, as an Indica, Purple Urkel stays nicely compact, making it a great choice for small spaces.
Indica dominant Blue Kripple is the product of a cross between Medicine Man, Blue Rhino and Big Bud. Medical users love its pain relief, recreational users appreciate its ability to relieve stress and growers know that any strain with Big Bud in its genes is going to produce big yields.
The flavour of Blue Kripple is a vast improvement over pretty much anything you’ll find in the average bathroom cabinet or pharmacy. The top notes are full of blueberries and are both sweet and earthy, the base notes are clear and pungent skunk as is the aroma.
The effect satisfies both the head and the body. The high THC content acts as an invigorating power-shower for the mind. It briskly washes away all the mental dross which has accumulated in the user’s mind, replacing it with a refreshing and energising sensation. Then, with the mind cleansed, it’s time for the Indica element to begin and the user feels like they are gliding comfortably and smoothly from a vigorous shower into a warm and comforting bubble bath, where both mind and body can unwind and be soothed together. This is a period of exquisite pain relief for medical users.
Blue Kripple is a fairly straightforward choice for growers. It can grow indoors or outdoors but indoor growers are well advised to be scrupulous about ventilation. You may think there is nothing in this world more delicious than the smell of skunk, but your neighbours may disagree. Likewise outdoor growers may want to think about prevailing winds and make sure that they do not drive the smell of the plant to nearby properties.
Growers familiar with Big Bud and its offspring will be expecting a long grow time followed by spectacular yields. In actual fact this strain will grow indoors in a mere 7 to 8 weeks, with an outdoor harvest around the middle to the end of October. Yields are, however, very respectable for this sort of grow time with 450-800 gr/m2 and/or 650-1300 gr. per plant being perfectly realistic. Obviously the upper end of these yield ranges will be reserved for more experienced and/or dedicated growers who make the effort to create optimum growing conditions.