Product review

Pez marijuana strain

Pez

Strength

Quoted statistics for Pez seem to vary widely with figures between 12% THC and 27% THC being thrown out, all apparently supported by cannabis-testing labs.  Our take on this is that traditional Kush strains tend to have THC levels in the region of 15% to 20% and Afghani, in particular, tends to have about 17% THC, so we’d expect about the same from Pez.  In this context, it’s worth noting that THC in Indica strains has the same pain-relieving qualities as you’d get from a Sativa with equivalent THC content, but tends to generate a more mellow and chilled high, which some people may find preferable. It is, however, important to note that this strain has the reputation of being something of a creeper in that patients can wait several minutes for anything to happen and then, finally, the psychoactive effect begins at full strength.  

As regards CBD, traditional Kush strains tend to have in the region of 0.2% to 0.5% CBD, with Afghani typically coming in at the lower end of this range, at, usually, about 0.2%. We would therefore expect much the same from Pez. In short, this strain is best used in the evening to treat milder to moderately severe conditions. If you must use it in the daytime please be sure to allow yourself sufficient recovery time before undertaking any complicated activities such as driving. 

Yield

There is no official information regarding the expected yield from Pez, however
going by its lineage, we’d expect indoor growers to be able to achieve up to 450g/m2 and outdoor growers to achieve up to 550g per marijuana plant.  Even if you are a beginner, you can improve your yield if you remember to keep trimming away the fan leaves at the top of the plant in order to let more light reach the lower branches and encourage them to produce buds.  If you have more experience, then you can implement plant training to increase the quantity of bud produced. 

Speed

Like most Kush strains, Pez has an indoor flowering time of about 7 to 8 weeks and an outdoor harvest of late September to early October.  Indoors you can expect your plants to reach an average height of about 1.2M and outdoors your plants may grow a bit bigger. You may get the odd marijuana plant which grows beyond 1.5M in height but even if you have perfect growing conditions this is likely to be the exception rather than the rule. What is the rule is that regardless of whether you are growing indoors or outdoors, you will need to leave sufficient space for each marijuana plant to spread outwards as well as upwards without compromising on ventilation. Provided that you can manage this you should have a very straightforward grow thanks to all the landrace genetics providing excellent all-round robustness although it’s worth noting that this strain still vastly prefers warm, dry conditions and will not be very happy if left in the cold and/or wet. 

Taste

As you’d expect from a Kush strain, Pez has a clear base of hash spiciness and robust earthiness.  This is topped with fruity sweetness, particularly berry sweetness, along with a blast of menthol pine for crisp freshness. Overall, however, this strain is definitely one for people who like their weed on the sweet side. Interestingly, this strain actually has a very smooth smoke for an Indica, especially a direct descendent of Afghani, although those with particularly sensitive throats might want to use a vaporizer.

Bag Appeal

The best way to describe the appearance of Pez nugs is that they look like mossy green popcorn dusted with THC crystals instead of sugar and sprinkled with bright orange hairs.  Even though this strain only has a moderate level of THC, nugs are still pretty dense and so using a grinder is definitely recommended. 

Pez marijuana bud

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Kraken Marijuana strain

Kraken

Strength

Kraken contains only 10% to 15% THC and moderate CBD, which puts it into a very interesting medical cannabis niche.  It has enough THC to provide fast-acting pain relief to a wide range of conditions but its psychoactive effects are restrained and the 50/50 genetic ratio keeps the experience happy and energetic but still mellow.  In other words, it’s powerful enough to treat mild to moderate emotional conditions without being overwhelming.  Similarly, the CBD content is enough to be medical beneficial to patients with less serious conditions and to ensure that the high transitions into a deep, warm, comforting full-body stone, but the Sativa genetics keep it on the lighter side and prevent heavy-duty couch lock.  All in all, therefore, Kraken is a nicely flexible strain, which can be used for many different medical conditions and at any time of day, although, as always, you need to remember to leave yourself sufficient recovery time before undertaking any complicated activity, such as driving.

Yield

This strain really can deliver some monster yields.  Indoors, Kraken can produce up to 550g/m2 and outdoors it can yield up to 900g per marijuana plant.  There is no official information on what sort of height range to expect from this strain, but based on genetics, we would expect an indoor minimum of about 1M and an outdoor maximum of about 1.5M.  When calculating how many plants you can fit in your growing space, remember to allow enough room for each marijuana plant to grow outwards as well as upwards and for you to be able to fit in supports later on in flowering when the weight of the bud can lead to branches breaking off, especially if a plant is underfed and its branches don’t thicken properly.

Speed

Kraken will need about 11 weeks to complete its growth cycle, of which it spends around 8 to 9 weeks in flower.  The exact length of time it needs will depend on the weather as cooler conditions will slow down the growth cycle.  Outdoor growers towards the northern end of continental Europe should usually aim to collect their harvest by the end of September while growers further to the south could probably stretch their growing period a bit further to end around the middle of October.  Anyone living further north than mainland Europe might be best to treat Kraken as an indoor strain, or at least a greenhouse strain. 

 

It has to be said that this strain is a bit of an exception to the general rule that autoflowering strains are very beginner-friendly.  Even though it’s by no means a diva and you don’t need to manage light cycles, you do need to be very confident with your marijuana basics.  For example, spacing out your plants on its own is not enough to ensure good ventilation as the compact structure of this strain means that it can easily harbour moisture in its leaves and buds and thus fall victim to mould, hence you need to be prepared to trim each marijuana plant individually.  You also need to be aware that this is one very greedy strain which has a big appetite for both water and nutrients and you need to have enough skill to keep its hunger satisfied without going overboard and damaging it. 

Taste

When you first smell this strain, you’ll catch clear base notes of earth, diesel and skunk balanced by top notes of flowers, spices and pine.  Interestingly, the diesel and skunk are largely absent from the flavour, which is initially dominated by earth before you detect the lighter notes of flowers, spices and menthol. 

Bag Appeal

Kraken marijuana bud

Kraken has mossy green nugs which are dense but fluffy.  They are covered in sparkling white resin crystals and bright orange hairs.  When bagging up this strain, it’s really important to check that these dense nugs are totally dry, because they may need a lot longer than 10 days to cure and that  is, of course, assuming that there is proper ventilation.

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Cheesy Dick marijuana strain

Cheesy Dick

Strength

Cheesy Dick has a moderate 16% average THC content.  It is almost pure Indica, which means that although the level of pain relief is exactly equivalent to a Sativa with the same level of THC, the high is more mellow and chilled than upbeat and euphoric.  This then transitions into a super-relaxing full-body stone which eases away all aches and pains.  There are a couple of important points to note before you use this strain.  The first is that it is known as a quick mover so you can expect to feel its benefits almost immediately.  The second is that this strain will leave you both seriously couch-locked and seriously in need of food and drink.  It is therefore a very good idea to be prepared for this and have some healthy snacks and water close at hand.  All in all, Cheesy Dick is generally best kept for night time use and is an effective treatment for mild to moderate physical and emotional conditions and also insomnia.

Yield

Cheesy Dick marijuana

While we’ve been unable to find official information for Cheesy Dick, we do know that parent strain Moby Dick was purportedly named because it gave a whale of a yield and while Big Buddha Cheese doesn’t give the same extraordinary quantities of bud, it isn’t exactly a poor yielder either.  Therefore, based on genetics and feedback from those who have experience with the strain, we’d expect it to offer up to 600g/m2 indoors and up to 1Kg per marijuana plant outdoors. 

Speed

Indoors, Cheesy Dick has a flowering time of around 8 to 9 weeks and outdoors it will be ready around the end of September or start of October.  Again, there is no official information that we can find about its expected height range, it is simply described as being of medium height, however based on genetics we would expect its growing range to be between about 1.5M (indoor minimum) to 2M (outdoor maximum) and we would not rule out the occasional instance of an individual marijuana plant growing even taller if growing conditions are particularly good. 

Overall, however, this strain does grow much more like the Indica it (effectively) is than like a Sativa, which means that you’re going to have to remember to leave enough room for each marijuana plant to spread outwards as well as grow upwards without bumping into other plants (or anything else).  On the plus side, provided that you pay attention to your marijuana basics, especially ventilation, you should have a straightforward grow.  We’d highly recommend putting effective odour control measure in place because this strain can get really pungent especially towards the latter end of the flowering period.  You’ll also need to remember that while this strain isn’t hugely big on the general scale of marijuana growing, any plant which delivers these sorts of yields is going to have a big appetite for light, water and nutrients and you will need to ensure that it is kept satisfied. 

Taste

When you can your first sniff of Cheesy Dick, you may get the impression that this strain is one for die-hard skunk fans only as the aroma is about as dank and pungent as you can get with more than a hint of hash spiciness.  Interestingly, however, the flavour is much lighter and smoother, more like cream cheese served with fresh fruits, and while the hash spices are still there, they’re nowhere near as strong as you’d think from the aroma. 

Bag Appeal

Cheesy Dick develops nugs which look rather like small chilli peppers (although thankfully they don’t taste anything like small chilli peppers).  The orange hairs do help to make the nugs look a bit more like actual cheese, although we suspect most people will be more interested in the coating of THC crystals.  These nugs are dense enough for a grinder to be clearly the best option for breaking them open (and we tend to recommend the use of grinders in any case). 

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Fruity Pebbles marijuana strain

Fruity Pebbles

Strength

One of the interesting points about Fruity Pebbles is that it’s only just Indica dominant (about 55%), which means that although the THC content is medium/high, in the region of 18% to 22%, the overall effect is mellower than the raw figures might suggest. While the Sativa genetics provide energy, euphoria and creative inspiration, the Indica genetics provide a more chilled, blissful experience. In short, while you definitely get a mood lift, it’s less buzzy and more joyous than you’d get from a Sativa (dominant) with equivalent THC. The pain relief, however, stays the same.

Once the initial high ebbs, you transition into a body stone and, again, the balanced genetics do their work. It’s certainly relaxing and comforting, but it’s not the sort of total deep stone, you’d expect from strains with more Indica genetics, the Sativa side helps to lighten it up. Putting all this together means that you can use Fruity Pebbles at any time of day, just be careful about allowing yourself sufficient time to recover from the stone if you use it in the daytime.

Yield

Indoor growers can expect Fruity Pebbles to deliver up to 500g/m2 and outdoor growers can expect approximately the same per marijuana plant.

Speed

Indoors, Fruity Pebbles needs 8 to 10 weeks of flowering time and outdoors it will be ready some time between the end of September and the middle of October. This is a bit longer than the average Indica dominant and the reason for this is that this strain grows rather larger than your average Indica dominant. Indoors you can expect each marijuana plant to reach at least 1.8M and outdoors 2.2M is a reasonable expectation, in fact you may even see a marijuana plant or two get a bit taller, although probably not much taller.

It’s really important that you recognize the hybrid qualities of Fruity Pebbles. In its early growth stages, it looks like a fairly standard Indica dominant, complete with compact shape and broad leaves. During the transition period between late vegging and early flowering it will pretty much double in size. Over the flowering period, it will increase in size again by at least 50% if not 100%.

What this means in practice is that you absolutely must allow space for your plants to stretch horizontally without touching each other and impeding air flow (which is a recipe for the dreaded mould). Vertical space, however, is, to a certain extent, negotiable. In other words, you can use plant training to keep your plants’ height down without compromising greatly on harvest.

This strain is equally happy indoors and outdoors as long as you can keep it warm and dry and ensure that it gets plenty of sunlight. Growers towards the northern end of Europe might also want to consider a greenhouse grow, so you can make use of the free sunlight while still ensuring your plants are protected from the elements, particularly towards the end of the growing period.

Whatever growing method you choose, be aware that the aroma of this strain is delicious in moderation but can easily overpower a smaller growing space. So use air filters indoors (or in greenhouses) and think about prevailing winds outdoors.

Taste

With a name like Fruity Pebbles, you’d expect this strain to be absolutely packed full of fruity flavours and you’d be absolutely right. Your first impression will be one of berry sweetness, particularly cherries, alongside tropical guava and pineapple. After that, you’ll pick up on the fresh tanginess of citrus, especially oranges. These are all reflected in the aroma, which is worth savouring on its own.

Bag Appeal

Fruity Pebbles Marijuana

In all seriousness, Fruity Pebbles might actually have been developed with social
media in mind. It is quite simply the most beautiful strain of medical cannabis we have ever seen. The light green foliage is the perfect foil for the pink, purple and orange hairs which cover the buds and which may even be reflected in the glittering trichomes which are like the icing on a glorious, multicoloured cake.

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wedding Cake marijuana strain

Wedding Cake

Strength

As you’d expect from a Cookies strain, Wedding Cake has a whole lot of THC, around 20% to 25% to be precise.  This delivers all the fast-acting pain relief you need for severe pain, such as migraines, but the high may be a bit different to what you might think from the headline figures.

The balance of genetics means that the high-energy, head-rush typical of Sativas, isdamped down into a more Zen-like joy although it can still be very inspirational.  This head high will mellow into a full-body stone, which, similarly, will be a bit lighter than you’d expect from an Indica dominant strain. While you still get all the warmth, relaxation and comfort typical of a quality Indica, the overall experience will be a bit lighter.  This makes Wedding Cake a very flexible strain, which can be used day or night. As always, please make sure to allow yourself sufficient recovery time before undertaking hazardous activities such as driving.

Yield

Big Head Seeds hasn’t released any official figures regarding what you can expect from Wedding Cake in terms of height or yield, however, given what we know of its genetic background and the advertised growth rate, we’d expect it to have a growth range of about 1.5M (indoor minimum) to 2M (outdoor maximum).  We’d also expect indoor yields to be up to about 450g/m2 and outdoor yields up to about 450g per marijuana plant. Cookies strains are known to be amenable to plant training so we’d expect it to be feasible to keep its height down if need be.

As always with Indica dominants, growers will need to remember to leave enough space for their plants to grow outwards without getting entangled with each other. Not only is this a prerequisite for good ventilation (which is vital to prevent mould), but it also makes it more difficult for a single marijuana plant to infect an entire growing space if it comes under attack from mould, diseases or pests.

Good ventilation also helps with odour control, although it’s unlikely to be enough on its own, unless you’re only growing one or two plants in a large space. For everybody else, air filters are highly recommended (and if you’re growing outdoors, think of your neighbours).

Speed

Big Head Seeds has confirmed that Wedding Cake needs 8 to 10 weeks of indoor flowering time and although they haven’t confirmed an outdoor harvest, it would seem reasonable to assume late September to mid October.

Wedding Cake is suitable for both indoor and outdoor growing, but, like most medical cannabis strains, it definitely prefers a warm, dry, sunny environment. This means that true outdoor growing is probably best left to those living in the Mediterranean basin. Growers towards the northern end of continental Europe might want to give serious thought to greenhouse growing since this will allow them to harness the power of the sun (instead of running grow lights) while giving their plants a reasonable degree of protection.

Although this strain does need to be sheltered from the elements, on the whole, it’s one fairly tough marijuana plant. Even though it’s several degrees removed from its original GSC ancestry, it’s still a member of the Cookies family, which means it has very robust landrace genetics in its background and these genetics have been reinforced regularly by adding the likes of Kush into the mix (which also helps to keep its height down).

Taste

Although Wedding Cake has classic Cookies ancestry, it doesn’t have the typical Cookies taste.  This marijuana strain is much more fruity sweet and, in particular, berry sweet, than the likes of GSC and has a very rich, smooth, creamy base line.  The aroma is also very fruity although the creaminess means it is lush rather than fresh.

Bag Appeal

Wedding Cake has quite dark foliage and has a lot of orange hairs, which are set offby the sparkle of the white trichomes.  Nugs are dense and, of course, all that THC makes them very sticky, so you’re going to need a grinder to get them open. Once you do, you can breathe in that lovely fragrance.

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