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The cannabis market keeps growing – it reached US$ 16B in 2020 – and it is expected to keep growing even amid a pandemic as more states legalize the recreational and medical use of marijuana. As more people access this product, the various ways of using it grow, with new recipes popping left and right. Autumn is the ideal time to try new things after a long summer, and most marijuana strains work well in food. Why not cook up a high storm?
Seed companies are busy coming up with new strains that are usually crosses of two or more known strains. This gives users something new to try. This season, why not shock your taste buds with some of the strains we will discuss below?
Strains change now and then, and this season is no different. The new collaborations that growers have come up with in Fall are so good and potent that you just have to try some. We cover our top five.
This Indica strain with 16-21% THC levels is a cross of Grape Ape and Grapefruit with other strains. It is so good that it placed 1st at the 2016 Emerald Cup and has been featured in several other competitions all through. The levels of THC in this baby means users don’t have to necessarily pace themselves as they are moderate. In full representation of its parents, this strain is characterized by sweet, fruity flavors, and most users report feeling happy, relaxed, and alert after consumption. The first few minutes after use, you may experience a burst of energy and euphoria, but it is short-lived as soon you enter a relaxed phase that lasts a long time.
The plant is reasonably easy to grow indoors in 7-9 weeks. It grows 40-65 inches, and the dense leaves make it quite hectic to trim. The yield is decent and will make the work on the crop worth it. You can also grow it outdoors if the weather allows, especially if you want a sharper taste and smell from the more defined terpenes. Zkittlez has been used medically for managing ADHD, anorexia, pain, PTSD, and migraines, as well as recreationally for fun. Since the levels of THC are manageable, this strain is ideal for new and seasoned users.
A cross of Haze with Northern Lights brings you this Sativa strain that carries 21-23% THC levels. Some users have reported a dry mouth due to smoking this strain, but that is common with almost all of them. Medically, Silver Haze has been used to treat Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Appetite loss, and Nausea. Recreational users find that they become more Energetic, Happy, Giggly, Aroused, Focused, and Creative after partaking, which makes it ideal for enjoying with friends. Limonene, linalool, and myrcene are the dominant terpenes usually associated with spicy, peppery, and sweet tones. The aroma is sweet and pungent at the same time, while the buds are fat and trichomes colorful.
Thanks to its high THC levels, this strain packs a punch, and so newbies may want to stay away or at least pace themselves. You may not feel the first few hits so much, but you soon get the complete picture when it puts you in a super relaxed mood. Users reported feeling famished mid-high, too, so you may want to have some food close when you use Silver Haze. It is pretty low-maintenance to grow as it is resilient, but the yield isn’t something to write home about. It only needs 56-70 days to flower.
This Sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid from California is a cross between Super Silver Haze and a Blueberry Indica. Even with its 17% to 24% THC content, it is still said to be one of the best daytime smokes. From Blueberry, you get the sweet berry smell and the spicy hints. The flavor profile is exciting, but even better is the euphoric cerebral and calming body effect it gives you after consumption. If you are feeling creative this autumn, you could try infusing it in various recipes as it makes for ideal edibles. THC level on this strain requires you to take it easy since it could easily send you into a couch lock.
Blue Dream is not the easiest strain to grow. Being so sensitive to slight weather changes, you want to grow it indoors where you can monitor and control things. It grows dense and tall – will easily hit the six-foot mark – and so it will need lots of support from poles. Trimming isn’t the easiest either since its branches grow dense and healthy, and the yield isn’t as high as some strains. That said, the flavors are worth the trouble. The plants need 9-10 weeks to flower, after which they start loading some orange buds laden with THC.
You want to enjoy this Indica-dominant marijuana strain after a long day because its effects last a long time, and they will end in blissful sleep. It is used medically to treat anxiety and depression because the immediate and lasting effects associated with it are relaxation and calm.
Biscotti is a cross between Gelato #25 and Girl Scout Cookies, South Florida, or GG #4. At 20% THC, this strain is ideal for novice users as well as seasoned ones, but you want to feel out for the effects because they seem to show slowly. Coffee, lime, and mango are the primary flavors you note when you sniff this marijuana strain, and you are likely to feel hungry, tingly, and become exceptionally social. If you struggle to find words to say around people, this could be the ideal deal for you.
It takes 52 - 66 days to grow this plant, and this can be either outdoors or indoors. It is relatively easy to grow, and the leaves are not overly dense that it becomes an issue trimming them for harvest. It isn’t the most manageable strain to find, so savor your stash while it lasts.
Cookies and tropical fruits – that is the flavor profile of this strain, hence its name. This hybrid is recommended for seasoned users because its THC levels are quite high – nearing 24%. The two common side effects of its use are dry mouth and eyes, but that doesn’t last too long. Medically, Gushers has been used to combat the symptoms of Anxiety, Inflammation, Depression, Chronic Pain, and Stress. Recreational users praise its aroma, taste, and effects that include; Euphoria, Relaxation, Mood Uplift, and a Tingly sensation.
This strain is relatively rare since it is difficult to grow. It takes 9-11 weeks to flower, after which you’ll have to control its environment to ensure a good yield. It yields averagely but packs a punch in taste and cerebral high. Predominant terpenes are Valencene, Ocimene, and Phellandrene that are responsible for the woody, citrusy, earthy, and sweet taste that also reminds one of pine.
There’s curiosity in changing seasons. The end of summer signifies kids going back to school and an impending winter, and sometimes the mind jumps right into preparation for the future. In autumn, the greater joy is learning to take in the darker nights and changing temperature instead of sitting still and waiting for winter. It’s time to savor those moments when you can still light up a blunt in the backyard before it gets too cold for outdoor marijuana sessions. It could also be time to start infusing those drinks and trying some new cookie recipes.