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Tangerine Dream

Barney’s Farm has produced a number of very popular (and effective) strains and Tangerine Dream is one of their top creations thanks to its ease of growth, taste and medical benefits.

Strength

Tangerine Dream marijuana seeds

Even though Tangerine Dream is an Indica dominant, it offers an impressive 25% THC, which puts it on a par with a number of the best Sativas. It will provide capable treatment for serious pain and emotional issues such as anxiety. This is definitely a strain for daytime use. In fact, it was created for people who wanted medication, which would act quickly and effectively, but still leave them capable of carrying on with their work for the rest of the day and basically that is exactly what this strain does. The cerebral high is close to instant and is both relaxing and refreshing so that when it wears off, you’re ready to get up and go and can manage most activities. Obviously, you want to wait a while before doing anything complex such as driving.

Yield

Given the right care and attention, Tangerine Dream can produce up to 600 gr/m², which is all the more impressive given that plants tend to top out at about one metre. These heavy yields mean that although Tangerine Dream does have the compact bushiness typical of Indicas, it still does tend to need some support as flowers develop and literally start to weigh down its branches. Other than that, however, it’s impressively easy to grow, particularly since it has a touch of Haze genetics (G13 x Afghan x Neville’s A5 Haze) and is therefore a feasible choice for committed beginners. In principle, it can be grown out of doors, although in practice, that’s only likely to be an option for growers in the warmest European countries. Regardless of whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, remember that not everyone is in love with the strong citrus scent Tangerine Dream is going to develop during the flowering stage, so be a good neighbour and use respectful odour control.

Speed

Tangerine Dream marijuana seeds

One of the benefits of most compact plants, is that they tend to finish their growth cycle quite quickly and Tangerine Dream needs a mere 8 to 9 weeks to finish indoors. Outdoors it will be ready around the start or middle of October, hence the fact that growers in more northern parts of Europe will need to look at indoor growing.

Taste

If we’re honest, we’d say this was more standard orange than tangerine, but we’re guessing that if you like tangerines, you like oranges and vice versa. In any case, this is citrus fresh, while still being nicely sweet.

Bag Appeal

Tangerine Dream marijuana seeds

Tangerine Dream looks good in the grow room and good in the bag. There isn’t all that much in the way of trichomes (at least not compared to the likes of Northern Lights and White Widow) but there are enough and there are copious amounts of red and orange pistils to add plenty of vivid colour. Once harvested, the nugs are reassuringly dense and solid and once you break them open you release that lovely, citrus aroma. Safe to say, any bag labelled Tangerine Dream is going to get plenty of enthusiastic attention.

In spite of the Haze genetics and exotic name, Tangerine Dream is actually a robust and rewarding strain, which should be within the capabilities of committed beginners, who are prepared to tackle sexing plants and managing light cycles. Those who want the taste and effects of Tangerine Dream in a format which makes growing even easier, might be interested in the autoflowering version, although the yields are nowhere near as good.

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Killer Purps

Anyone who spent part of their youth collecting anything whatsoever will know the excitement that comes with getting your hands on a freakishly rare specimen. Now weed fanatics can experience that same buzz via their favourite herb with Killer Purps, a strain so named because of the rare purple phenotype of Buzz Bomb that makes up half of its genetics and gives the strain its distinctive purple hue. It’s second parent is the Cannabis Cup winning Sour Diesel, making Killer Purps a sativa dominant treat that is both easy on the eyes and the mind.

Upon being announced it was clear that there was big demand for Killer Psturps, and time has seen the popularity of the strain remain as robust as ever. So whether you’re drawn to the strain by its stellar high, unforgettable flavour or visual appeal, you’re sure to have your expectations exceeded by this purple wonder.

Strength

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With a THC level that runs at a formidable 19-21%, Killer Purps boasts the kind of high that has both quality and strength. As a sativa dominant strain the effects of the smoke are largely cerebral, though the bodily element cannot be overlooked either. The more experienced smokers especially will find plenty to love here, and it has even gained itself the reputation of being somewhat of a connoisseur’s strain.
Once smoked the effects come on nearly instantly but very steadily, beginning with a cerebral component that allows you to remain comfortable as it gains momentum before levelling out to a very pleasant head high. This brings with it a palpable uplift in mood that some even call euphoric, banishing the day’s worries with ease.

Following this is the physical part of the experience, where a warm thick stone descends over your whole body in a relaxing haze. This is not overbearing enough to root you to your seat and stop you getting things done, but is powerful enough to comfort you and cause some serious unwinding to occur. Because of this the strain is commonly used sparingly while there’s still sunlight as an enjoyable yet functional boost in the day, or at night to allow those bodily effects to lull you off to sleep.

These high quality effects are enjoyed for their ability to keep you functional and it is these same properties that make it effective for certain medicinal uses. Killer Purps is best known medically for its assistance in treating certain emotional difficulties, though that does not discount it from potentially assisting with a broad range of other problems too.

Yield

Killer Purps can provide a very solid 400-450g per m2 of its high-grade bud in a good setup. This may seem like a good amount, but one taste of the strain will have you wishing you had even more in reserve.

Speed

Killer Purps marijuana seeds

Due to the sativa dominance of the strain, Killer Purps generally exhibits a rather tall profile, growing to 90-140cm. In true sativa fashion the plant will grow at its own pace and will go from flower to seed at a very casual 10-11 weeks. If you wish to grow the plant indoors then be aware of how strong its odour is, as while you may not mind sharing your home with a smelly sativa plant you will likely find other people less tolerant of the scent you will carry with you. For this reason we recommend good ventilation systems to be put in place before your Killer Purp plant begins flowering.

Apart from that the plant does not demand too much space and low-stress training can be used to discourage your Killer Purp from taking up too much space. Those less experienced growers who are put off by this need not worry, however, as the strain is very forgiving of newbie errors and grows quite robustly. You may even consider growing the strain outdoors, but its strong skunky odour, size, and eye-catching purple hue makes it rather inappropriate for an open-air stealth grow. Those who decide to do so regardless can expect their harvest in late October if they live in the northern hemisphere.

Taste

Despite what taste you may have come to expect with a purple sheen in your cannabis plant, Killer Purps is actually a rather citrusy strain with the sweetness in there being more of an accompaniment than the main event. There is also a tanginess in here too, which overall gives the distinct impression that Killer Purps took most of its flavour from its Sour Diesel parent.

Bag Appeal

Killer Purps marijuana seeds

That strong skunky scent that again comes from the strain’s Sour Diesel parent is just as pungently noticeable as in the growing phase, which is definitely an advantage for those unable to get enough of that rich skunk smell.
In terms of the buds’ appearance that tell-tale purple shade is richly prevalent throughout, all full of thick resin that will render your scissors gummed up and useless within mere moments of snipping.

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Carnival

Even though the name evokes a party atmosphere, this strain is more than just a great taste and a delicious smell. It is packed full of THC and is fairly speedy given it is almost pure Sativa.

Strength

Carnival marijuana seeds

Carnival tests consistently at around 23% THC, which, in modern terms, puts it into the category of “high but not overwhelming”. If you’re used to Indicas then you’re definitely going to notice the difference, Carnival is capable of dealing with much more severe pain and much more challenging emotional issues. It’s also very definitely a head strain, offering a happy, energetic high without the deep stone you get from Indicas. This obviously marks it out for daytime use. Having said that 23% THC is what we’d see as about the limit of what you could use at night time to deal with pain and still expect to be able to settle down for a decent night’s sleep. Hence, although we wouldn’t describe it as an insomnia strain, we wouldn’t rule it out for use later in the day.

Yield

If we’re honest, we’d describe the yield as acceptable rather than exciting. You can feasibly get 400-450gr/m2 indoors or up to 300gr/plant outdoors. To be perfectly frank, there are plenty of strains out there, which offer the same or even better yields in much more compact packages, but you’ll be hard pushed to find any which offer the same sort of level of THC.

Speed

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Carnival flowers in about 9 weeks. Admittedly this is on the longer side for most modern strains, but that’s because most modern strains tend to have a lot of Indica genetics to keep them nice and compact for people who need to fit their plants into the tightest of spaces. Carnival is unusual in that it is almost pure Sativa and seen in that light, it is actually pretty quick.

Taste

While Ministry of Cannabis has declined to reveal the exact genetics behind Carnival, it is widely believed that the mother was a haze and the taste certainly supports that theory. It has the classic earthy base, which is balanced by fruitiness and with top notes of clean, crisp, menthol pine.

Bag Appeal

Carnival marijuana seeds

If you’re expecting a strain called Carnival to be full of bright pistils then frankly you’re going to be in for a disappointment, in fact, when it comes to appearance Carnival is a bit underwhelming. Having said that, the high THC level goes hand-in-hand with a decent level of resin production, so you do get plenty of nicely glittery trichomes and the nugs do feel good and solid in the hand and hold their shape until you decide to break them up. There’s also that lovely Haze smell to enjoy, full of dank earthiness balanced with fruity sweetness and refreshing pine.

We suspect Carnival is going to be one of those strains you either really love or really don’t. Haze-based strains still have plenty of fans and if you’re one of them, then we’d certainly suggest giving Carnival a try since it’s fairly quick and easy for a strain with a high percentage of Haze genetics. Even if you’re not a particular fan of Haze, if you’re looking for a strain with high THC which is still relatively undemanding, then again, we’d say Carnival was definitely worth a look. On the other hand, if you’re prepared to accept a lower level of THC, then there are plenty of Indica-based strains out there which offer THC levels in the mid- to high-teens and are both more compact and easier to grow, especially the autoflowering varieties.

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Zensation

When you need some help to reach that nirvana of Zen-like relaxation, then reaching for Zensation by Ministry of Cannabis could be just what the doctor ordered.

Strength

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Average THC content is in the region of 22%, it has been known to vary between around 20% and around 22%, so if you find its effect varies a little when you use it, it’s probably not your imagination, just slight differences in the THC level. The good news is that even the lower end of the THC range is more than enough to tackle acute physical pain and/or to pull you out of the emotional blues. Underneath all that THC, however, is an old-fashioned (75%) Indica, which just wants to help you relax and does a great job of soothing both physical aches and pains and mental cares and worries. This means that Zensation can be used day or night although obviously not when you’re driving.

Yield

Indoors, you’re looking at 450 gr/m2 and outdoors you can expect up to 400 gr/ plant. This is fairly standard for modern Indicas. There are certainly higher yielders out there, but they tend to have a lower level of Sativa genetics and hence less THC. Overall, therefore, if you think in terms of maximum THC for minimum grow space, Zensation is indisputably an excellent choice.

Speed

Zensation marijuana seeds

Zensation flowers in 8 to 9 weeks, which is on the longer side for a strain which is fundamentally Indica, again, generally speaking if you want a high level of THC you have to be prepared to give it a bit of time to develop. Having said that, if you compare Zensation to Sativas (which is reasonable given its THC level) then it’s a pretty speedy option. Outdoors, you’ll be harvesting towards the later end of September, which should be feasible for most of Europe, except perhaps those in the further north.

Taste

Even if Zensation had no medical benefits whatsoever, we’d still happily smoke or vape it to enjoy its delicious flavour and smell. While Ministry of Cannabis has kept the exact genetics a guarded secret, we’re guessing there has to be some Skunk in there somewhere because there’s a definite pungency to the base, although we’d say it was mainly wood, some people say cedar wood. If you’re not a big skunk fan don’t worry because the body is full of berry sweetness, some people say cherries, while the top notes are crisp and fresh, but we’d say juniper rather than pine. The aroma is likewise rich and complex with a warm, woody base, sweetness and a herbal edge for freshness and interest.

Bag Appeal

Zensation marijuana seeds

The common theory behind the genetics of Zensation is that it was a high-THC Indica crossed with White Widow or one of its close relatives. That’s certainly what it looks like in the bag, with dark green nugs overloaded with the frosty trichomes which are White Widow’s hallmark and with plenty of orange pistils to add colour and interest. Nugs are gloriously sticky and when you’re ready to enjoy them you’re certainly want to use a grinder to crumble them and release that glorious odour.

We think Zensation will hit the sweet spot for many people in that it offers a lot of THC in a fairly compact package. Basically, if you’re looking for more THC than this, then you’re going to have to look at Sativas with everything that implies in terms of space and care requirements. It also has an absolutely fabulous taste and smell and it looks good too both as a plant and in the bag.

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Wonder Woman

Selling its fantastic and feminised seeds, it is no surprise that Nirvana Seeds decided to name this strain ‘Wonder Woman’. Born from crossing the 1998 Cannabis Cup winning Ice strain with a hybrid composed of Skunk and Afghani genes, Wonder Woman was always destined for greatness. Luckily, Nirvana Seeds made the most of their fantastic formula to create the strain we have before us today.
Still in demand after its recognition in the late nineties, Wonder Woman has no need to look back on her past glory days as she remains a firm favourite with veteran smokers and casual users alike.

Strength

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a very well balanced hybrid that generally measures 60% sativa and 40% indica. Its 16-20% THC levels provide enough potency to let you feel the richness of its effects, yet without the excess weight that can see a little go too far too quickly.

This is especially relevant for regular or heavy smokers, with veteran cannabis aficionados often claiming that it is difficult to build a tolerance to Wonder Woman. Unlike so many other strains, this is one lady that will not let you down.

Being lucky enough to possess both quality genetics and a near-equal sativa-indica distribution, it is no surprise Wonder Woman offers a very enjoyable smoke. This is, above all, a relaxing strain for both body and mind. It will see you unwinding in gentle bliss as wave after wave of tension is washed from your body with ease.

This is no basic couch-locking and mind-numbing experience, however, as Wonder Woman pairs this tranquillity with an uplifting sense of motivation and focus. This means that our golden girl may even help you unwind as you’re cleaning the dishes or filling out those forms for the bank. She may even help you start the day right, paired with a coffee for an instant smile and sunny disposition.

In the evening Wonder Woman may even help you banish your worries, calm your mind, and see you drift peacefully to sleep. But for those who wish to see what the strain can do for them between waking and sleeping, experimenting with various quantities may see you reach a point of creative inspiration paired with a gentle euphoria.

Medicinal users will appreciate the perfect ratio of THC to CBD which will see it potentially effective against depression, stress and anxiety.

Yield

Wonder Woman is no small yielder, she grows big, glistening buds and putting her in a Sea of Green (SoG) setup will see you net 600g per m2 of quality bud.

Speed

Wonder Woman

Despite having a large chunk of its genes in the sativa camp, visually Wonder Woman is straight-up indica and will only reach 2-3ft in height. Its shape and growing habits, however, may betray its sativa heritage to the trained eye.
Indoor growing is generally recommended for Wonder Woman, allowing her to show her better side in nearly all aspects, including THC production. The plant will take 9 to 11 weeks to flower, thriving in a hydroponic setup or the SoG previously mentioned. It will be fairly forgiving of newbie mistakes too, with its easy-going genetics making this a good strain to practise your cultivation skills on.

This not only makes her a great choice for beginners but veteran growers too, its resilience and reliable nature earning it countless fans. This resilience will also see Wonder Woman able to grow outside, especially in a greenhouse, provided it is not too humid. While any sign of such humidity will not be appreciated by the strain due to increased mold, conversely providing a Mediterranean style environment will see it giving the biggest rock-hard buds you’re likely to find, all easily trimmed off and ready to cure.

Taste

Those of you with a delicate sense of taste will be able to experience the strain’s unusual but enticing mixture of flavours. Wonder Woman will present a diesel type taste mixed in with a lemony citrus to give a sweet and lasting flavour. This is especially pronounced on the exhale, mixed in among the harsh smoke.

Bag Appeal

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is one skunky strain, with close attention to its scent revealing hints of diesel and even a trace of fruitiness. The strength of the scent varies plant by plant, with some being pungent enough for scent filtering measures to be necessary.

Visually the strain has a tight flowering structure to the bud which gives it a satisfying density. This is paired with a surface so resinous that some nearby soap and water is advised before handling. This stickiness will mean a good grinder is advised for the best experience.

Sparkling among the stickiness, however, is a dusting of bright trichomes that add an alluring finish to the strain.

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