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Mandarin Haze

Many people just love fruit-flavoured strains and if you’re one of them then Mandarin Haze may be the perfect strain for you.

Strength

Mandarin Haze

With 23%, THC Mandarin Haze is strong enough to deal with severe physical pain and more challenging emotional conditions. In fact if you’re new to marijuana, you may want to start with a lower THC strain just so you get a realistic idea of what THC levels mean in practice (taking into account the fact that everybody’s different). Alternatively, if you’ve set your heart on the delicious taste and happy, energetic high of Mandarin Haze, go very gently with the dose until you’re clear about how you, personally, respond to it.

If you’ve already tried Sativas then you might find it useful to know that Mandarin Haze is about 15% Indica and while that might not sound like much, it’s enough to give a stable anchor to the high and ensure that you come back to earth in a gentle glide rather than with a harsh bump.

Yield

Mandarin Haze

Looked at in terms of headline figures, Mandarin Haze offers good yields with indoor growers looking at 550-600 gr/m2 and outdoor growers looking at 750gr/plant. In the real world, however, you need to remember that Mandarin Haze is a Haze, meaning it is a Sativa dominant, meaning it likes to stretch.

In other words, there are plenty of compact Indicas available, which will yield almost as much bud in much less space, hence, frankly, the harvest is far less impressive than it initially sounds. On the other hand, while there are plenty of gorgeously fruity Indicas out there (Tangerine Dream springs to mind), even these days, you’d be hard pressed to find any Indica with this kind of THC level.

Speed

Taking 10 weeks to flower, Mandarin Haze is never going to win any awards for speed, although the touch of Indica genetics does help to bring the flowering time down a fraction.

Outdoors, you can expect to harvest around end-September to mid-October, which means that really it’s only suitable for true outdoor growing in the very sunniest parts of Europe. Depending on where you live, you may be able to work around this, at least to some extent, by growing under glass so you can take advantage of natural light and heat as much as possible, but back it up with electric lights as days get shorter.

If you do want to go down this route, then you’ll have to think about managing light cycles the way indoor growers do.

Taste

The clue is in the name. Mandarin Haze is fruity sweet, citrus fresh and clearly a Haze.

Bag Appeal

Mandarin Haze

To be perfectly honest, Mandarin Haze doesn’t look like much in the bag. For a strain with Mandarin in the name and a pretty high level of THC, there’s isn’t much to see in the way of orange pistils or frosty trichomes. On the other hand, there is a simply mouth-watering tangy/sweet odour of mandarins, which wafts out clearly even before you’ve started breaking up the chunky nugs.

The Haze family have always divided opinion. Some people absolutely love them, others think they’re just more hassle than they’re worth. If you’re one of the former than Mandarin Haze should definitely be high on your list of strains to try. If you’re still making up your mind, then we won’t pretend that Mandarin Haze is the easiest strain in the world to grow and frankly beginners should probably give it a miss and wait until they’ve confident growing photoperiod Indicas, but if you’re up for a challenge, then Mandarin Haze could be a very rewarding strain to try.

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White LSD

Strength

White LSD

With a THC level that reliably falls between 19-22%, White LSD will provide the kind of nitro-boost high that takes away any mystery on how it earned its name. Its 70% sativa and 30% indica genetic makeup ensures a highly cerebral yet relaxing experience, which has understandably found it with some very committed fans.
As White LSD is smoked the effects come rushing on mere minutes after inhaling, hitting you hard with an infusion of energy and blissful euphoria. This stimulating effect can increase your focus and assist in creativity, making an overall sensation that is lively and uplifting.

The strength behind the strain is astounding, boldly fuelling these effects and even adding a palpably psychedelic element to the mix. White LSD is in no hurry to leave either, boasting a long-lasting effect that is slow and gradual on the comedown too. These qualities make it ideal for social occasions accompanied by music and a good environment, though its strength means beginners may wish to be careful about the quantities they consume. It also means any tasks more demanding of your willpower may not be completed, so it’s certainly worth ensuring you have the coming hours free of any commitments before enjoying the strain.

This strength, of course, comes with certain other useful applications, often helping ease a range of medical problems. These can include migraines, depression, nausea, stress and chronic fatigue, providing relief from these ailments as well as others. White LSD should be enjoyed in moderation even when consumed for medicinal purposes, however, as its strength can means the strain’s useful sedating effects soon become overwhelming.

Yield

White LSD

White LSD is not the easiest of strains to cultivate and is quite a large plant to handle, but attention and care will see it produce some top quality bud while its size means it can yield generously. A good harvest will see you net 500-650g of bud per m2.

Speed

While it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor growth, the large sativa size of the White LSD plant means certain considerations will need to be made. Kept indoors it will reach 180-220cm tall, meaning it should fit most properties. Outdoors, however, the plant has been known to exceed a gargantuan 3.5m in height.

If you do decide to grow indoors the plant will require plenty of light to reach its size potential, needing approximately 800 watts per square metre. White LSD will also need you to monitor its pH levels, ensuring the soil or hydroponic system used keeps below 6.5. Taking the effort to do so, however, will see the plant shoot from seed to flower in only 9-12 weeks.

The tall height the plant can reach means discretion could be an issue with many growers, but those who do will see this towering beauty provide all the more rich bud. To achieve this, however, you will need to provide the plant with more nutrients than your average strain, lots of space, and the type of climate that ensures plenty of sunshine consistently. If these conditions are met you can expect a generous outdoor harvest in mid-October

Taste

The strain is best known for its trippy high, but those with a delicate palette may find pleasure in the layers of flavour that White LSD packs. The primary notes are pine and lemony citrus, giving the strain a fragrant and bright taste profile. Beneath this, however, are delicate yet delectable hints of eucalyptus and honey to offer a curious and satisfying flavour.

Bag Appeal

White LSD

Matching its appearance to its psychedelic name and effects, White LSD mixes the bright green colouring of its bud with the rich red pistils that litter them. These striking shades are then set beneath the crystalline glitter of a heavy trichome dusting that covers the fluffy round nugs.

Somewhat similar but largely different from the taste, the scent of the bud retains its fragrant woodiness but replaces the citrus notes with an earthy musk that is rather herbal and skunky in parts. The strength of the scent gives clues to the potency of the smoke within, but also makes for a rather fragrant growing experience that will require good ventilation and heavy filter usage if cultivated indoors.

While perhaps a bit too strong for the less experienced out there, White LSD rewards those with a sufficiently strong constitution by offering one of the most psychedelic, uplifting and rewarding smoking experiences out there. It may be somewhat rare, it may not be the easiest plant to grow, but those who push past these obstacles will find a strain that is worth every bit of effort it demands.

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Auto Sweet Tooth

Some strains boast huge yields, some the most delectable flavours, some a mind-warpingly high THC content. Having such options is one of the many benefits of there being a diverse range of strains out there for our enjoyment. Yet not all strains are super-specialised specimens, focusing their energies in certain areas at the expense of others. Some strains feel comfortable without such flash and glamour, instead giving enough of everything to be appreciated as a reliable and effective smoke in just about any situation.

Auto Sweet Tooth by 420 Seeds is one such strain. The result of crossing the original Sweet Tooth with a ruderalis to give it autoflowering properties, Auto Sweet Tooth has its roots in a mixture of Afghani, Nepali and Hawaiian strains. Better yet, the addition of a ruderalis into the mix hardly seems to have dented the original strain’s impact, keeping all that made Sweet Tooth great and making it even more cultivation-friendly.

Strength

Auto Sweet Tooth

Being the result of such fine genetics, the original Sweet Tooth was lauded for its quality hybrid effects. Auto Sweet Tooth is not much different, with its manageable 16% THC level fuelling a balanced and eminently pleasant experience. The swift onset of the strain’s effects become known first through an uplifting high that is potent without being unsettling. Some even report transient periods of creativity, especially in these initial moments.

The real fun begins after this, however, as the bodily stone that ensues is one of the finest to be experienced. Some unfamiliar with the strain will find it rather intense, but once the initial shock has been ridden out it becomes clear that these physical effects are simply blissful. This gives the strain a lot of capital amongst real indica lovers, whose refined tastes have identified Auto Sweet Tooth as one to look out for.

That these effects can be kept away from being overbearing may be due to the high CBD content of the strain, smoothing out the rough edges to ensure your comfort when smoking. This easy ride also makes it ideal for medical use, assisting in the treatment of stress, insomnia, nausea and headaches with ease.

Yield

Auto Sweet Tooth

Ridding any lingering doubts about the effectiveness of an autoflower in providing good size yields, Auto Sweet Tooth will perform adequately even when compared to many non-autoflowering varieties.

The strain has been known to vary its harvest heavily on the basis of whether certain growing conditions are met. An average yield on a plant is 50g, but if a good growing environment is maintained then yields can be as large as 100-200g per plant. Where you grow it too can have a big impact, with indoors growers netting 600g per m2 and outdoor growers receiving 200g per seed.

Speed

One of Auto Sweet Tooth’s main selling points is its simple and quick growth, presenting no problems even for inexperienced growers and taking only nine weeks to flower. Indeed, this may even be the ideal strain for an individual’s first growing project; its pest and disease-resistant genetics removing much of the worry while its squat up-to-80cm stature makes it small and manageable.

Indoor growing will be a breeze thanks to its autoflowering genetics, thriving under any grow lights provided. Even simply planting the seeds and leaving Auto Sweet Tooth to its own devices may see you with a modest harvest after some weeks (although we do not recommend this for an optimal crop!). Using strong LED or HID lights can make the plant quite top-heavy, so it may need a bamboo stick or similar support to keep it all vertical. If left unchecked the plant may also expand to a metre tall, meaning those with limited growing space will benefit from training the plant with LST or HST.

The outdoors is also a fine place to grow Auto Sweet Tooth as long as there is enough warmth and sunshine provided. Those pest resistant genetics will come in handy whilst its small height makes it great for stealth grow operations. Whether grown indoors or out, however, Auto Sweet Tooth will cause you few problems and will make you wait only 65-75 days for your harvest.

Taste

Auto Sweet Tooth

The original Sweet Tooth was lauded for its fantastic flavour, and it is a pleasure to find that none of this has been lost in the strain’s new autoflowering iteration. As the name suggests, a rich fruity sweetness forms the basis of its taste, giving notes of mango and peach in abundance. Along with this there are elements of earthiness, citrus and pine that enrich the flavoursome profile on offer here.

Bag Appeal

Much like the taste, the scent of this saccharine wonder is as sugary as it is fruity. These delectable notes must be brought out by properly curing the buds, however, and any who have compared pre-cured and post-cured Auto Sweet Tooth cannot fail to notice the difference. It is this rich potent scent that many identify with the strain and its non-autoflowering kin, marking its pleasant qualities before it has even left the bag.

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Strawberry Diesel

Born from the inventive pairing of NYC Diesel and Strawberry Cough (both well-respected strains in their own right), Strawberry Diesel makes for a genetic wonder that is more than the sum of its parts.

This well-balanced hybrid had high expectations placed on it from the beginning. NYC Diesel has won five High Times Cannabis Cup awards over the years whilst Strawberry Cough was named as one of the strains of the year in 2005. Luckily, Strawberry Diesel did not disappoint, becoming a modern classic due to its sheer quality alone.

Strength

Strawberry Diesel

The first thing that should be mentioned about Strawberry Diesel is its THC content, which averages around 20%-24% but has been measured as high as 27%. This suggests that less experienced smokers should exercise a degree of caution, but also means that veteran cannabis aficionados can take themselves on the kind of ride that often eludes those with high tolerances.

Its 50/50 split of indica and sativa combined with its strength means you will experience a wide range of sensations, all rather strongly! It begins with a quick mental onset courtesy of its sativa element, rushing in with a level of force you will only rarely experience. This soaring head-high will cleanse your mind of much accumulated emotional debris and stress, keeping you mentally alert yet clear headed and relaxed for hours on end. This mental component also brings with it a feeling of positivity, lifting your spirits and bringing an enjoyable energy.

As this settles into a steady elation the physical side of the strain begins its ascent. This ultimately balances with the head high to make for a very satisfying overall sensation. The muscle relaxing effects go deep and hard, with Strawberry Diesel having serious couchlock tendencies when consumed at higher quantities. Enjoyed in moderation, however, the strain can provide a very functional clear-minded focus and even a degree of physical energy, potentially making it ideal for use at any time of day. Experienced cannabis fans may even find this the ideal wake-and-bake strain.

The strength and multifaceted effects of Strawberry Diesel make it an ideal choice for medicinal use too, especially when you consider many users remain functional even after moderate consumption. Despite its low CBD level of under 1%, Strawberry Diesel can be used to tackle a wide range of medical problems, including stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and even Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More physical complaints that it can assist with include loss of appetite, muscular pain, headaches, and nausea.

Yield

Strawberry Diesel

Strawberry Diesel may not be the biggest yielder but it can still produce respectable volumes that often reach above average levels. A well-looked after indoor grow will net you 12-14oz per m2 while a successful outdoor harvest will reward you with 14oz per plant or potentially even more.

Speed

Strawberry Diesel is one plant that is better kept indoors. The strain simply reacts better to an inside environment, with growers better able to limit the plant’s exposure to the pests, diseases, and mould it is especially susceptible to. It is still advised, however, to keep a close eye on the plant for these problems, pruning any yellowing leaves and removing any pests found by hand.

The plant will take 9 to 10 weeks to flower and should grow between 75cm and 100cm when grown indoors. If the plant stays inside you will see it grow boldly, sprouting many side stems which should be trimmed to keep everything under control.

Outdoor growth, whilst not recommended over indoor growing, is possible. The plant will require a warm sunny climate such as a typically Mediterranean environment, although it can also do well in a greenhouse. The outdoors seems to spur some extra inches out of Strawberry Diesel and those growing outside can expect it to reach a greater stature, though still small enough for an easy stealth operation. The harvest will come in October for those growing in the northern hemisphere, and some recommend planting eight weeks before this to better replicate the Mediterranean climate it enjoys best.

Taste

Strawberry Diesel

As mentioned at the outset, Strawberry Diesel takes its name from the ‘Strawberry’ and ‘Diesel’ in its parent strains, giving a strong clue to its taste profile. Strawberry Diesel tastes like a fresh strawberry, sweet and a bit citrusy, with a richness that is accompanied by a thick diesel component. These two seemingly oddly matched flavours combine to create a taste that is to be savoured and enjoyed.

Bag Appeal

If the strawberry element of the strain was the most distinctive part of the flavour, then it is its diesel side that is most characteristic in the scent. The fruitier strawberry notes are of course there too, alongside a pungent earthiness that makes it irresistible to breath in with a smile.

The buds are green with splashes of deep purple, accompanied by dashes of orange hair across the surface. The motley collection of colours is finished with a dusting of trichomes that nicely completes this visual treat

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Amnesia

Birthed in the mid 90’s in California before being taken to the Netherlands, Amnesia began its global ascent shortly after being made available to the public.
Originally coming from a mix of Jamaican landrace and South Asian plants, Amnesia now holds the distinction of joining the small group of strains that can be consistently found in coffeeshops and dispensaries wherever they be. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a closer look at this modern classic to see what the hype is all about.

Strength

Amnesia

Amnesia is a sativa dominant strain, being roughly 70% sativa and 30% indica. With a strength that varies from plant to plant it can be difficult to gauge just how Amnesia will treat you, though its THC level has been reported as being as high as 24% in some.

Being so strong whilst having sativa dominant genetics means Amnesia offers a very different experience to your typical couchlock strain. The effects of Amnesia are uplifting and energetic, and staying in one spot for the evening is out of the question. Many find their mind racing as the thought provoking elements of Amnesia becomes apparent, combining with the euphoric side of it to make a very mentally engaging ride.

Despite this it still keeps you relaxed, though inaction may see you start fidgeting somewhat as the strain’s effects make it necessary to keep stimulated. It makes for a great smoke to be enjoyed even in the daytime provided you have no pressing appointments, keeping you active and picking up your mood with ease. There is still an indica component in the mix, however, and as the high progresses you will start to feel its gently calming stone.

It should be mentioned at this point that Amnesia may not be the best strain for newcomers. Its high THC content and strong mental effects can make it unsuitable for those without a degree of experience in cannabis consumption. Some who do try Amnesia even report missing memories of the experience, making its name all the more appropriate.

Of course such strong effects can prove very useful for a range of ailments. It’s great for overcoming lethargy and providing energy, levelling out your emotional state if you experience mood disorders, and assisting with the usual problems medical marijuana is recommended for such as anxiety, chronic pain, and stress.

It is the combination of all these elements that have led many to conclude that Amnesia provides one of the best highs available in the world of cannabis. The effects are frequently described as being incomparable to any other strain, providing a sublime high that is all its own. For those prepared to smoke in moderation, Amnesia is a truly great strain to smoke with friends.

Yield

Amnesia

The yields that Amnesia provides are as weighty as its high, offering 600g per m2 when grown indoors and a possible 1200g per plant when grown outside in the right conditions. Grow one of these plants successfully and you may suddenly find yourself very popular.

Speed

Being a strong sativa, Amnesia will grow as tall as you would expect, with some of the larger varieties reaching up to 3.5m. It is not, however, typically sativa in its growth time, taking only 9 to 10 weeks to flower fully with others taking up to 16 weeks.

If you have the vertical space to grow Amnesia indoors then you will likely have a good time doing so. Amnesia is not an overly demanding plant, having a relatively short flowering time, being very pest and disease resistant, and also responding well to the Sea of Green (SoG) growing method. It is no glutton for nutrients either, preferring to be fed less rather than more to get the best tasting bud possible.

Should your living circumstances allow enough privacy for an outdoor grow, Amnesia will require a temperate Mediterranean climate or a greenhouse. This makes it better suited to southern latitudes rather than the colder north, as they do need protection from the chill that frequently descends in such climates. An outdoor harvest will come at the end of October.

Taste

Amnesia

Amnesia is well known for its incredible taste. The strain mixes earthy flavours with citrusy notes of lemon and orange. Alongside this are such exotic elements as incense, spices, cedar wood and a definite Haze-y presence. The result is a sweet and sour mix that has earned the adoration of countless weed fanatics out there.

Bag Appeal

The aroma of the strain is not dissimilar to its taste, being sweetly fruity and with a rich earthy base to it. The buds are a mixture of lime and dark green in appearance, with countless protruding flecks of hair and trichomes mixed along the surface of it. As if this wasn’t enough, the buds are also soaked in a thick irresistible resin coating.

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