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.
Sativa-dominant Frisian Duck was developed from Frisian Dew (about 50/50 Sativa/Indica) and DucksFoot (mostly Sativa). It’s an unusual strain, which was developed for hardiness both in terms of being able to tolerate colder weather and in terms of being able to forgive poorer growing conditions and/or lack of care. Its main selling point though is that in Veg and early stages of flowering, it doesn’t actually look like cannabis!
In appearance, Frisian Duck has been compared to a Christmas tree and it’s main flavour could easily be thought of as pine, it’s distinctly menthol, there is also a citrus element and an undertone of earthy, spiciness to provide a solid anchor.
The overall effect of Frisian Duck is a bit like walking through a pine forest on a cold winter’s day. It’s refreshing and even exhilarating without being overpowering. This strain will clear your head and leave you ready to get up and go (or to rest without being overwhelmed by an over-active mind) rather than having the powerhouse effect of some other strains. This makes it a great choice for daytime use.
Frisian Duck takes its name from the unusual shape of its leaves, which look like a duck’s footprint rather than being the traditional cannabis shape. As the plant moves to flowering, it can begin to look more like a traditional cannabis strain, particularly at the top. It was designed for outdoor growing and is reasonably tolerant of colder climates. Having said that, the harsher the climate, the more shelter and protection it will need and it does require sufficient sunlight. Left to its own devices, this variety will easily reach 2.5 metres. Indoor growers will need to count on at least 1.5 metres. In either case, this strain’s purple colour can make it look a lot more like an ornamental tree than a cannabis plant.
Frisian Duck was essentially created for quick and decent results for amateur growers. This means that it will flower in about 9 or 10 weeks, with an outdoor harvest around the start of October (in the Northern hemisphere). Yields are only moderate, but then the plants which produce the highest yields tend to take much longer to flower and need much more care and attention.
Indica-dominant Incredible Bulk is another big yielding, heavy-hitting strain with impressive parentage. It’s a cross between Big Bud, Super Skunk and Green Spirit. It offers the yields of Big Bud, the strength of Super Skunk and the clean flavour of Green Spirit.
In terms of flavour, this is a skunk weed and there’s no two ways about it. It is unmistakably pungent, but still sweet. Some people have suggested that there is a menthol element to the flavour, making it more refreshing than the average skunk.
Although this strain is very much an Indica dominant, it still has high THC, which is what you’ll feel first. Your mind will clear and any mental negativity will be banished. You’ll feel motivated, energized and quite simply capable of anything. This feeling will then begin to mellow into one of total relaxation as the Indica element comes into play. Any tension in your muscles will be eased. Those who need pain relief will find everything they need and more with this superlative variety.
Growers will be pleased to know that this strain was created specifically to address Big Bud’s lack of consistency. Unlike its illustrious ancestor this variety is 100% reliable, 100% of the time. It’s a great choice for novices and those working in challenging conditions because it is unbelievably resistant to just about anything any grower could throw at it. While no strain can be totally impervious to mould and mites, this one is about as close as you can get. It will forgive lack of water and lack of nourishment, it will withstand extreme fluctuations in heat. All it asks for is a decent amount of light and it will reward you with an excellent yield in a mere 8 weeks (or around the middle of September in the Northern hemisphere).
On the other hand, growers who do work to create optimum conditions for this outstanding performer will be amply rewarded. The key to growing this variety successfully indoors is to switch it to flowering by the time it reaches two feet in height, otherwise it can be difficult to keep it contained. It will grow well in soil or hydro and will make the most of any additional CO2.
Nothing to do with a certain Californian tech company, Think Different was the brainchild of the Dutch Passion breeders who took the stellar AK 420 and crossed it with an unknown Ruderalis variety to create an autoflowering Indica-dominant hybrid with high THC content.
The flavour of Think Different is hard to describe, it’s like a very high quality herbal tea made of exotic flowers. The overall taste is one of sweet, tropical fruits, not citrus, but with an earthy aftertaste to give it body and depth.
The effect begins in the head and neck, relieving stress and creating a feeling of euphoria and high energy levels. As the immediate kick from the THC begins to wear off, the CBD creates mellow relaxation throughout the body. This acts as an anchor on the cerebral high and so the main effect is one of a clear, stress-free mind, in a body which is completely free of any pain or tension.
This is a versatile strain which will treat emotional conditions such as anxiety, stress and mild depression and will also provide relief from physical pain and nausea. It’s energizing effect can be used to combat physical and/or mental fatigue, which can manifest itself as a feeling of being “over-tired” but unable to unwind enough for proper rest and to prepare both body and mind for healing sleep. It’s also popular with creative people who need motivation and inspiration.
As an Indica dominant, this is a compact, bushy strain, which will grow out of doors provided that it is given plenty of sunlight and a reasonable amount of shelter. As an autoflowering variety it will be ready for harvest in as little as 10 weeks, which makes it a good choice for growers in climates where, realistically, there are only likely to be a few months with temperate conditions and long days. It’s also a good choice for novices as it’s very straightforward to grow and will be forgiving of those still getting to grips with basics such as lighting and watering. More experienced growers and/or those prepared to work at creating optimum conditions will be rewarded with yields to match.
Indica-based, autoflowering, Sucker Punch is the progeny of an old-school (pre 98 cut) Bubba Kush crossed with the ever-popular Candy Kush. Growers will recognize the classic Kush smell as soon as they enter their growing space.
The taste is also typical of the Kush family. At first users might mistake Sucker Punch for a mild Sour Diesel. Its earthy taste definitely has an edge of fuel to it. After a few draws, however, the unmistakable Kush spiciness becomes apparent.
It also becomes apparent that Sucker Punch well deserves its name. This is the strain to use when you really need some deep-level relaxation or heavy-duty pain-relief. Whether you’re troubled by insomnia, stress, tension headaches or a really severe case of the winter blues, this strain will punch all your troubles away and enable you to get some proper rest.
Sucker Punch is also a knockout choice for growers, particularly novices. As an Indica, it’s nicely compact, making it perfect for growing in small spaces. As an autoflowering variety, it is a great choice for growers who have restraints on their time, space, energy or resources in general. This strain flowers in about 10 weeks and therefore growers in at least moderately temperate climates could feasibly produce two harvests a year. Indoor growers who have complete control over their lighting can take advantage of the fact that although this strain does produce a large central cola, it also produces buds across numerous stems and this can be encouraged by ensuring that the whole plant is reached by the lights. In optimum conditions, this strain will produce excellent yields. In average conditions, it will still produce a respectable crop.
Although Sucker Punch is essentially an Indica and its effect is the deep relaxation you would expect, it does have high THC levels, in fact 20% or even slightly higher is perfectly feasible. This means that the overall effect of Sucker Punch can be described as “out but not down”. In other words, while this strain offers a deep, relieving stone rather than a high, the THC content keeps it refreshing, clean and positive.