We’re not quite sure why this strain is called Green Love Potion, given that its parents are Lavender and Black Domina, but we are definitely very impressed with its flavour and quality.
Green Love Potion is 80% Indica and its THC level tends to be in the region of 20% to 22%, with around 0.5% CBD. Be aware that this is a strain which can take its time to get moving, so remember the old advice to “start low and go slow”. In other words, make sure you give Green Love Potion at least 15 minutes to work its magic. Also be aware that the fact that this strain is very much an Indica means that the high is less about overwhelming euphoria and more about chilled out happiness and inspiration. The subsequent body stone isn’t the heaviest there is but it’s still pretty deep. Ideally you’ll want to keep this strain for night-time usee. You might even use it to treat insomnia.
Indoors, Green Love Potion needs about 8 to 9 weeks of flowering time and outdoors it will be ready around the end of September or start of October. The height range is around 1.2M indoors minimum to 1.6M outdoors. Yields are in the region of 400g/m2 indoors and up to 450g per plant outdoors. Overall, the Green Love Potion strain has good resilience to mould, diseases and pests, but isn’t especially forgiving of beginner’s mistakes, which is why it’s been classed as moderately difficult to grow.
In terms of flavour and aroma, the Green Love Potion strain may take you by surprise. When you first take these nugs in your hand, the scent will probably appear to be almost completely pine,. However once you start to grind them, you’ll find earthiness. Then when you actually start to smoke, you’ll begin to pick up on herbs (especially sage and eucalyptus) and flowers (particularly, of course, lavender), before finally reaching the base of solid, but sweet, earthiness. Green Love Potion does have quite a harsh smoke, so if you have a delicate throat, vaping may be a better option.
Lemon Thai has the sort of taste you’d expect from a connoisseur’s strain, but is actually very robust and undemanding with generous yields.
Although this strain is actually 60% Sativa, Lemon Thai has a relatively modest 16% to 22% THC along with about 0.1% CBD. This means that it is a “middle-of-the-road” strain in all the right ways. It has enough THC to provide fast and effective pain relief, and to produce a high which blows the blues away. It has enough CBD to be soothing rather than stupefying. In short, Lemon Thai is unlikely to have the strength needed to treat the most serious conditions. But it can do a great job on a wide variety of moderate conditions. It is particularly good choice for people who just want to grow one strain and use it whenever they need it.
Indoors, Lemon Thai will need 8 to 9 weeks of flowering time. Outdoors it will be ready around mid-October. While it has solid resilience in the face of mould, diseases and pests, Lemon Thai is not nearly so stoical when it comes to the cold and wet. Growers north of the Mediterranean basin should probably treat Lemon Thai as an “indoor-only” strain. The good news is that Lemon Thai stays on the shorter side (for a Sativa dominant). Indoors you can expect it to reach about 1.6M or so. Outdoors it can grow over 2M especially if growing conditions are particularly good. Yields are very respectable, with indoor growers looking at around 450g/m2. Outdoor growers could harvest as much as 900g per plant.
We’ve classed Lemon Thai as being moderately difficult to grow. Most people are probably going to need to grow indoors and Lemon Thai doesn’t really have a great tolerance for beginner mistakes. But if you’re growing outdoors or you know your way around managing light cycles you should be fine with it.
As the name suggests, the main flavour in Lemon Thai is, of course, citrus lemon, but there’s also a “sweet-and-sour” base which is definitely spicy but also herbal, with clear touches of mint. The aroma is also predominantly lemon and while it does have a fresh citrus tang, it doesn’t really evidence much of the herbs and spices in the taste.
The result of a cross between an Afghani Indica and a Thai Sativa, the Juicy Fruit strain is as delicious as its name suggests.
Although Juicy Fruit is only just Sativa dominant (55%/45%), it can have up to 26% THC, although in reality 16% to 20% is more likely, and 0.2% CBD. Even at the upper end of this THC range, the high percentage of Indica genetics help to keep the high anchored, so that it’s joyous rather than euphoric and motivating rather than hyper-energetic. As the high ebbs, you’ll transition into a full-body stone, which is relatively light (thanks to the Sativa genetics), but still very comfortable and relaxing. This balance of genetics means that Juicy Fruit is a good choice for people who may need to medicate day or night.
Indoors, the Juicy Fruit strain needs 8 to 9 weeks of flowering time and outdoors it will be ready for harvest around the end of September to early October. As is usual with marijuana plants, it does best in warm, dry, sunny conditions and while its landrace genetics do make it very robust and give it good resistance to mould, diseases and pests, you want to avoid pushing this too far. In particular, remember the importance of leaving enough space for your plants to stretch during the flowering period and be sure to pay good attention to your general marijuana basics , namely food, water and odour control.
One of the many plus points of Juicy Fruit is that it stays a fairly reasonable height given that it is (over) half Sativa. Indoors you can expect it to reach 1.6M or thereabout and outdoors it can grow up to 2M but is unlikely to go much over that. Yields are good with indoor growers able to collect u to 550g/m2 and outdoor growers looking at up to 650g per plant. It’s also worth mentioning that Juicy Fruit is a really pretty strain with buds which can turn every possible colour, especially on the warmer side of the spectrum. In fact, the abundance of yellows, oranges and reds along with the greens puts us in mind of a well-known brand of chewy fruit sweets.
Even though you might expect a strain which is half Afghani to have a noticeable Kush flavour, in actual fact that the influence of the Thai Sativa means that both the taste and aroma of Juicy Fruit really are fruit all the way. The main note is of pineapple and there is also a generous helping of sweet berries along with citrus for balance.
The Candy Apple strain is a 70% Indica cross between Sour Apple and Triple OG. In addition to tasting like apples, it can deliver enough bud to make you feel like you are holding a bag of apples.
Although Candy Apple is very much Indica dominant, it has an average of 21% THC and about 0.5% CBD. It delivers fast-acting relief from both physical and mental conditions, without producing the same kind of full-on “energy-blast” high you’d expect from a Sativa. Instead, the high is more like this feeling of you on your best day in your best mood. Similarly, the full-body stone which follows is a bit lighter than you would expect from a pure Indica. That said, however, we’d still recommend keeping Candy Apple for the evening.
Indoors, Candy Apple needs a fairly average 8 weeks of flowering. Outdoor harvest is around the start to the middle of October. There is a noticeable difference to the height Candy Apple will reach when grown indoors as compared to when grown outdoors. Indoors, it can stay as short as a metre without any plant training. Although in reality it’s likely to edge closer to 1.5M. Outdoors, it can easily stretch up to 4 metres if growing conditions are good. This height difference is reflected in the yields. Indoors Candy Apple will yield up to 600g/m2, whereas outdoors it can yield 750g per plant or even more.
Although this strain does have good resistance to the likes of mould, diseases and pests, it isn’t particularly tolerate of beginner mistakes. Since the mid-October harvest means that a lot of people will have to grow this strain indoors, the fact that it’s photoperiod won’t help beginners either. If you do have a bit of experience though, you should be fine with this strain.
While we do like the flavour of Candy Apple, we also think the name is a bit misleading in that it suggests this strain is very sweet. We’d say that, while it’s definitely more sweet than sour. The flavour consists of fresh, tangy sweetness of apples and citrus (lemon and lime) and also undertones of diesel. The aroma has a fairly strong diesel base, although here again the fruit brings fresh sweetness to the aroma.
Nothing to do with moon rocks, the 60% Indica strain Moon Drops is a cross between Purple Urkle and Do-Si-Dos, the latter of which may not be particularly well known but is yet another descendant of the ever-popular OG Kush through both its parents (Girl Scout Cookies and Face Off OG).
Even though it’s an Indica dominant (albeit only just), Moon Drops has around 20% to 22% THC and moderate CBD. This means that although the pain relief is at the sort of level you’d expect from the headline THC figures, the high is a bit more mellow than it would be if the strain were pure Sativa, think happy and upbeat rather than euphoric and bursting with energy. Likewise, the body stone is quite a bit lighter than you’d expect from a pure Indica, although it’s still very relaxing and you’re still going to need to be sure to leave yourself plenty of recovery time before doing anything complicated, such as driving.
In principle Moon Drops can be grown both indoors and outdoors, but in practice the mid-October harvest means that Moon Drops is only likely to be really happy outdoors towards the southern end of Europe. Indoors it will need 10 weeks of flowering, which is a bit longer than average for an Indica dominant, but very reasonable for a strain with such a high percentage of Sativa genetics. Similarly, while its height range of about 1M (indoor minimum) to about 1.8M (outdoor maximum) is also on the taller side for an Indica dominant, it’s still much more compact than many strains with a lot of Sativa genetics. Yields are also very reasonable at up to 550g/m2 indoors and 300g per plant outdoors.
We do have to mention here, that Moon Drops is one really pretty strain with a thick layer of glorious, frosty trichomes covering buds which have flashes of purple within the green. For all its pretty looks, it isn’t a particular demanding strain, although it does expect you to know your basics, hence the fact that we’ve classed it as moderately difficult to grow.
If you had to sum up the flavour of Moon Drops in one word, that word would be “grapes” as this is clearly the predominant flavour, but there are other berries in there as well, especially blueberry along with a base of sweet earth and musk almost like a very light skunk. There’s a definite skunkiness to the aroma, although the predominant notes are still of grapes and berries and the scent is definitely more sweet than sour.
For the sake of clarity, we’d like to say up front that this strain review is for El Chapo (Sour Diesel IBL x Headbanger) rather than the (somewhat better known) El Chapo OG (Face Off OG X SFV OG X OG Kush).
With Sour Diesel on both sides of the parentage (Headbanger is a cross between Biker Kush v2.0 and Sour Diesel), you’d expect El Chapo to be high in THC and you’d be right. It has an average of about 25%. CBD is moderate, in the range of about 0.3% to 0.4%. This means that El Chapo is great for use in the day. Its most popular uses seem to be as a “wake and bake” strain and as a treatment for migraines, but it can be used for a much wider range of conditions. Just remember that this strain is a quarter Indica so the initial cerebral high will be followed by a relaxing body buzz, albeit a very light one.
One of the quirks of the original Sour Diesel was that even though it is about 70% Sativa, it doesn’t tend to grow very tall and El Chapo stays close in its parent’s footsteps here. You’re looking at an average height range of 1M (indoor minimum) to about 1.3M (outdoor maximum). This is particularly good news for people towards the northern end of Europe because the mid-October harvest means that people in cooler climates will really need to treat El Chapo as an “indoor-only” strain, with a fairly brisk (for a Sativa dominant) flowering time of 9 to 10 weeks, but if you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm, dry and sunny, it will be fine outside. Indoor yields are around 550g/m2 and outdoor yields can easily reach up to 600g per plant.
The main reason we’ve classed El Chapo as being moderately difficult to grow is because it’s a photoperiod strain and it’s harvest time means that most growers will need to treat it as an indoor strain, which means managing light cycles. You will also need to be competent in the basics of marijuana-growing as this strain isn’t exceptionally forgiving, although it certainly isn’t a diva either.
Given that there are so many similarities between El Chapo and Sour Diesel, you probably won’t be too surprised to learn that this strain has base notes of diesel and earth, topped with herbs and a touch of citrus. The aroma reflects the flavour although it can also have touches of wood and skunk.
Indoor/Outdoors: Indoors and outdoors
THC Level: High
Flowering Time: 9 to 10 weeks
Plant Type: 75% Sativa / 25% Indica
Genetics: Sour Diesel IBL x Headbanger (Biker Kush v2.0 and Sour Diesel)
Alien Dawg is a cross between Alien Technology and While the name “Alien Technology” may suggest that it is some kind of ultra-modern super hybrid, in actual fact it’s a landrace indica from Afghanistan. Chemdawg probably needs no introduction, but, just in case, it’s also packed full of landrace genetics.
Although Alien Dawg is 70% Indica, it has an average THC content of between 16% and 20% with about 0.01% to 0.29% CBD. This means that you initially experience a moderate head high, which is influenced by the high level of Indica genetics and so is less energetic and motivational and more happy and relaxed. The Sativa genetics help to keep everything on the lighter side and also prevent the subsequent full-body stone from being too full-on and heavy. You can expect some degree of couch lock but you won’t be totally incapacitated for several hours. In short, while Alien Dawg is probably best used at night, it’s also a reasonable choice for daytime use, just as long as you remember to allow yourself sufficient recovery time before undertaking anything complicated.
Even though Alien Dawg is Indica dominant, its growing cycle is a bit lengthier than you would expect from the average Indica. Indoors it will need 9 to 10 weeks of flowering time and outdoors you can expect to collect your harvest around the start of October. One of the reasons why this Alien Dawg takes its time to grow is because it can get on the tall side, especially for an Indica dominant. Indoors it can stretch up to a good 1.8M and outdoors it may grow a bit taller. On the plus side, this creates the necessary branch space for plenty of bud and even beginners should be able to manage a good 400g/m2 indoors or 400g per plant outdoors. Experienced growers could push this up even further. Another of the many attractive features of Alien Dawg is that it is very robust and vigorous thanks in no small part to the high percentage of landrace genetics in its immediate background.
Interestingly, although Alien Dawg has distinct notes of chemical and fuel in its aroma, which are topped off with the freshness of pine and citrus, these aren’t really mirrored in its taste, which is quite woody at the base and then topped off by pine, sweet citrus and notes of herbs and spices.
The “Poison” in Red Poison is not a reference to famous strain Durban Poison, but to the more modern, and very beginner-friendly, strain, Green Poison, the origins of which are unknown, although it is believed that Afghani played a significant role in its creation. The other parent strain is Hindu Kush.
Red Poison is a great example of just how far autoflowering strains have come in recent years, offering THC levels of between 15% and 19% together with 0.8% CBD. This makes it a nicely flexible strain which can be used during the day or at night time and will provide effective treatment for a wide range of mild to moderate conditions. One of the interesting features about Red Poison is that although it is very much Indica dominant (about 77%), it also contains about 20% Sativa genetics (with the remainder being Ruderalis) so the overall effect is a bit “lighter and brighter” than you’d expect from a pure Indica.
As an autoflowering strain, Red Poison is about as beginner-friendly as you can possibly get, but even those with more experience might want to give this strain at least a look if not a try since it does have a lot to recommend it. To begin with it has an 8 week growth cycle, meaning seed to harvest. This means that even though it prefers life in a warm climate, outdoor growers towards the northern end of Europe still have a decent chance of bringing in a harvest before autumn frosts begin to bite, all the more so because Red Poison is small enough to be started indoors and then moved outside in a container to take advantage of a brief period of warm weather. Specifically this strain has a growing range of about about 60CM to 1.2M (indoor minimum to outdoor maximum).
It has to be acknowledged that the downside to small, quick strains is that they provide smaller harvests. Novice indoor growers can expect up to 450g/m2 with more experienced growers potentially able to increase this to up to 550g/m2. Outdoors beginners can expect up to 60g per plant whereas more experienced growers could bring this up to 150g per plant. On the plus side, short, quick plants tend to be very robust simply because there is so little time for anything to go wrong. This is certainly true of Red Poison, which also has the benefit of Afghani genetics via Green Poison.
In terms of flavour and aroma, Red Poison has a base of sweet but solid earth, a fruity body and citrus top notes.
The “Sour” in Sour Tsunami refers to parent strain Sour Diesel, but it’s unclear what the “Tsunami” part refers to as the other parent strain is NYC Diesel. Setting aside this mystery, what is clearis that Sour Tsunami is a solid modern strain backed by excellent genetics.
These days, Juanita La Lagrimosa is possibly best known as a strain which has been used to create many other excellent medical marijuana strains, however it’s worth remembering that the reason why Juanita La Lagrimosa is used so often as a parent strain is because it has such excellent medical qualities itself.