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Northern Lights Strain Review

Northern Lights holds the distinction of being both one of the most popular strains in the world yet also having one of the most vague and shrouded histories. Whilst its unclear origins only add to the buzz around it, it is believed that Northern Lights is the result of crossing indica Afghani strains with sativa Thai landrace strains. Making its way to the Netherlands, the strain was further tampered with as two of its best phenotypes were crossed to make the timeless and beautiful skunk hybrid we have today.

This blend of attributes and attention to detail is likely the reason for Northern Lights’ success lasting so long, not losing any of its popularity since its introduction in the 80’s. Winning the overall High Times Cannabis Cup awards in 1990 and 1994, and the pure indica award in 1989, Northern Lights’ reputation speaks for itself. If that wasn’t enough, its popularity has also led to the birth of countless strains that are descended from its outstanding genetics.

Some will even claim it is the grandparent of the modern strains we see today, but with its continuing demand, old school appeal and ease of growth this is one strain you simply have to try for yourself.

Strength

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a shamelessly indica dominant hybrid strain, celebrating all that is great with a quality indica smoke and relegating its sativa side to around 5-10% of its genetic makeup. This strain is ideal for leaving the world behind for a few hours as you slip into your own reality through its strong sedating stone. Its effects come on quickly and boldly, making its 15-20% THC content clearly known and putting milder indica strains to shame.

The couch-lock effect of Northern Lights will come on fairly quickly after smoking, gluing you in one place for the evening. This is especially evident when higher quantities are smoked, making it the perfect strain to pair with a rewarding record or a visually rich film. However, higher amounts may see you drifting into sleep so moderation is key if you want to enjoy its relaxing effects more than its slumber-inducing ones.

Northern Lights is no simple anchor to your couch though as the mental component of the high is also highly satisfying, keeping mental activity lively and raising your spirits to feel at ease with the world. Because of this mix of levelling mental effects and relaxing physical sensations, Northern Lights has proven popular as a medical strain. Such is its utility that it is routinely prescribed to deal with insomnia, anxiety, depression, and more physical conditions such as appetite loss and chronic pain.

Yield

Northern Lights will provide plenty of its high-quality bud for anyone taking a shot at growing it. While the size and quality of yields will improve with the experience and diligence of the grower, Northern Lights is a very forgiving plant and will be suitable for inexperienced and veteran growers alike. Generally the plant will yield around 450-500g per m2.

Speed

Northern Lights

This ease of cultivation has naturally made Northern Lights a popular strain for a range of growers. While the plant is consistent and reliable, it still needs certain conditions to be met to provide the best it is capable of.

Northern Lights was designed to thrive indoors and is therefore best attempted in such an environment. In its quick 45-50 day flowering period the strain will be a breeze to cultivate, happily growing whether it be placed in a soil or hydroponic setup, though it does respond well to the Sea of Green (SoG) method. Its easy growth is also assisted by some hardy genetics that makes it highly resistant to pests and mould.

While the strain is very beginner-friendly, it is still worth noting that giving it enough light and space will get the best results. A successful cultivation will see your plant reach a modest 110cm in height, making it even easier to raise indoors.
Outdoor growth is possible if not highly recommended. Grown outside, Northern Lights will need a warm sunny Mediterranean environment and you may get little to no results without it. Those who can provide these conditions, however, will see their harvest ready at the end of September.

Taste

Northern Lights offers a pleasant blend of flavours that matches the quality of its stone. A pungent sweetness forms the basis of the taste, more richly fruity than candy-like, with spicy notes peppered throughout. The tangy taste of the inhale contrasts with the earthy flavour of the exhale, making for a smooth and enjoyable smoke.

Bag Appeal

Northern Lights

The rounded and broad-shaped green buds of Northern Lights are thick with sticky resin, packed tightly with flecks of golden pistils protruding from the green. The scent is deceptively subdued, being one of the less pungent of the skunk strains which makes it convenient when discretion is required. The smell, however, is a pleasant one of fruit and spice with just a little hash in there too. The result of this formula is a strain that has managed to stay relevant and thrive over three decades after its introduction.

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Bubblegum Strain Review

In the world of commercial cannabis strains, there are certain types that just stay in demand despite the passing of time. One of these strains is Bubblegum, an innocently named genetic marvel from the 80’s with the kind of moniker that belies its quality and legendary status. After being developed in the US Midwest, the strain was taken to the Netherlands a little later in the 90’s where it was further refined over the years into the Bubblegum we all know and love today.

It didn’t take long for Bubblegum to start getting attention, and throughout the 90’s the strain won second overall place in the High Times Cannabis Cup awards, second in the Hydro category, and third in the Bio section. Whilst its days of winning Cannabis Cup awards may be in the past, the sheer quality and taste of Bubblegum has been more than enough to keep it in demand with discerning smokers to this day.

Strength

Bubblegum

Bubblegum is a near even hybrid with its indica side slightly taking the lead. Its 15-20% THC content makes it a fairly strong strain, fuelling the high that has earned Bubbglegum its legions of fans. The effects of smoking Bubblegum reveal its origins, providing a classic indica stone that harks back to decades past. Prior to the stone, however, you will feel a rush of euphoria courtesy of the plant’s sativa side. This subtle yet lingering and uplifting positivity ends up making Bubblegum a surprisingly great social strain.

Once these mental effects have settled, the physical calming sensation reveals itself. The feeling it provides is truly fantastic, making a timely arrival and letting you know it’s in no hurry to leave. Strangely, considering its strength, Bubblegum only has a problem with couch-lock when higher doses are consumed.

This all leads to a strain that is comfortable rather than excessive, with its mood-lifting and physically-relaxing properties lending themselves well to an evening both alone and with company. These well-balanced qualities make it ideal for medicinal daytime use too, as in lower volumes its effects allow you to function whilst still enjoying the strain’s effects. Problems that Bubblegum can help with include nausea, insomnia, pain relief, appetite loss, stress, and a number of other conditions.

Yield

Bubblegum will certainly not leave growers too hungry for more owing to its sizeable yields that can be as high as 500g per m2. Because of the strain’s utility for daytime and medicinal use, however, you may find yourself getting through your Bubblegum harvest quicker than anticipated.

Speed

Bubblegum

Bubblegum is not the most demanding strain out there and will likely prove a breeze for experienced growers, but newbies may have to take care to ensure their plant reaches its potential. Even for the less experienced, however, it is simply a matter of watering and feeding Bubblegum regularly whilst providing adequate ventilation to keep it happy.

Growing to just 120cm the plant will be manageable for most, taking only 8-10 weeks from seed to flower too. It is generally easier to grow indoors than outside, ideally using a soil or hydroponic medium. Those wishing to make their plant yet more well-tended can utilise the Sea of Green (SoG) growing method for the best results.

Outdoor growing is possible, though you will need to find a location that is at once sunny yet sheltered enough to protect the plant from rough winds. An outdoor harvest will come in late September or early October, though given the plant’s preference for an indoor environment it may be easier simply to grow inside.

Taste

Second only to its incredible stone, Bubblegum is famed for the delicious taste that lent the strain its name. It packs one sweet flavour that is akin to the taste of old-fashioned sticks of – you guessed it – bubblegum, in all its sugary fruity sweetness. This smooth flavour is no simple saccharine blast, however, with a sour streak running through it that gives the taste depth and distinction.

This is evident on both the fresh inhale and the more tempered exhale. It is this special mix of flavours that has not just won the admiration of countless weed aficionados, but also cemented the legacy of the strain worldwide.

Bag Appeal

Bubblegum

As with the taste, the scent of Bubblegum has its hallmark sweetness that is all the more irresistibly potent when the bud is cured correctly. Visually the bud also demonstrates an innocent inflection in its colouring, sporting a lighter more pastel green shade than many that is accompanied by dispersed flecks of orange hair. Alongside these is a dusting of trichomes that, along with the scent, could fool you into thinking it was finely coated in sugar.

All these qualities come together to create this unique strain that has proven its worth over the decades and remains just as popular today.

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White Widow Strain Review

There are certain strains out there that need little introduction. White Widow is one such superstar, earning the admiration of rappers, coffeehouse frequenters and your average recreational smoker alike. No flash in the pan, White Widow has been on the scene since the mid 90’s, growing in popularity and refusing to go away. Not that anyone particularly wants it to, as over the years White Widow has become a firm favourite for quality weed fans across the world.

This is fitting given its globe spanning genetic heritage, being the result of a cross between a Brazilian sativa and a South Indian indica. But a strain of such quality was never going to be left untouched, and White Widow ultimately went on to be the progenitor to numerous strains including White Rhino, Blue Widow and White Russian. So with such a reputation preceding it, it’s worth a look to see just how White Widow has earned its status.

Strength

White Widow

White Widow is a sativa dominant strain, being 60% sativa and the remaining 40% indica. It is this mix of both that is largely responsible for the effects when smoked that is at the root of its lasting popularity. Known for its suitability as a recreational smoke, White Widow is especially ideal for social situations. Its 20% THC level gives it the kind of potency that will keep seasoned smokers happy, while the uplifting effects also makes it suitable for the less experienced.

The high itself is initially very cerebral, proudly demonstrating its sativa dominant genes as a gentle euphoria washes over you. This expands into a general contentedness with the world, sweeping away any stress or lingering tension and perhaps even ushering in a period of creativity. It doesn’t take long for the indica part of the plant to catch up, however, and the happy heady buzz is soon joined by a sedating bodily effect. In higher quantities this can be relaxing enough to battle insomnia and deal with fatigue, but at moderate levels it will simply be pleasant and relaxing.

This doesn’t do justice to how nuanced and fantastic White Widow’s high is, however. The joy of the euphoria, the hearty laughter and the occasional bright visual experiences are all part of the fun with this near-perfect hybrid. Best of all, White Widow is in no rush to leave and the effects will stay with you for hours.
Because of the quality and strength of its high, White Widow has also become a popular choice for medicinal smokers. As mentioned before it has proven very helpful for those suffering with high levels of stress or struggling with insomnia. It has also been successful in helping with related conditions such as anxiety and depression (and controversially even PTSD and Hepatitis C), though its effects can also ease migraines and chronic pain.

Yield

White Widow will reward careful growers with a decent harvest, providing about 450g per m2. This is not the hardest strain to grow but neither is it the most forgiving, and anyone considering growing White Widow should do their homework to get the best yields from their plant.

Speed

White Widow

Appropriate for both indoor and outdoor setups, how you grow White Widow will depend on your level of experience and the climate where you live. It is generally regarded as a medium sized plant, though its enthusiastic sativa genetics have seen some plants reach up to 200cm. Still, it generally stays at a small enough size to allow indoor growing, taking 8-9 weeks from seed to harvest.

When grown indoors the plant can benefit a lot from a SCRoG (Screen of Green) or SoG (Sea of Green) growing method. Generally, however, growing White Widow indoors is a fairly straightforward affair, with its pest and disease-resistant genetic s making life much easier for those without good ventilation systems. Indeed many claim the strain was engineered to thrive in an indoor environment, being especially well suited to hydroponic growing.

Outdoor cultivation is also an option, though the plant definitely has a need for warmer environments and frequent sunshine. This makes it generally unsuitable for growth in colder climates. Those who can provide the right growing environment, however, will find White Widow giving generous yields and a harvest that is ready around the end of October.

Taste

Beginning with a distinct sugariness, White Widow reveals a delicious complexity beneath with a classic skunkiness joined by notes of pine, pepper and citrusy sharpness. It carries with it a certain pungency that will just hit the spot for a certain type of weed fan, and this combined with the smooth smoke on the exhale makes this one satisfying strain to enjoy.

Bag Appeal

White Widow

Clear from both its appearance and weight, White Widow is completely covered in a thick frosted layer of delectable trichomes. So noticeable and appealing is this icy outer coating that it proved the inspiration for the strain’s name. Opening the bag up will reveal the same pungency found in the taste, promising a smoking experience that is every bit as appealing as the buds are to look at.

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Big Bud Strain Review

Is Big Bud indica or sativa? 

Big Bud strain is indica dominant, with it being 85% Indica and 15% sativa. This balance influences the high by inducing a calming effect which is common in indica dominant strains. Additionally, the Indica dominance in the strain has an influence on the way the plant grows, contributing to its height and robust build. 

How strong is Big Bud? 

Big Bud packs a moderate punch with its THC content between 16% to 19%, and its CBD content less than 1%. The combination of THC and the minuscule amount of CBD creates a high that is relaxing yet potent. This strain is perfect for users who want to experience a satisfying high without the overwhelming potency. 

What are the effects of Big Bud? 

Big Bud is well-regarded for its calming and relaxing effects. It is reasonably potent and induces a high relatively quickly. The high is more of a body buzz, reflective of its indica dominance. It leaves the user feeling peaceful and at ease. 

According to users of Big Bud, its potential medical effects are said to help with pain, while its calming effects might be useful for stress relief. Additionally, some users have reported that Big Bud is helpful in managing insomnia.  

Does Big Bud make you hungry? 

Big Bud is known to induce the “munchies”. It can significantly increase appetite encouraging you to eat snacks or a meal. This increase in appetite can also benefit users who suffer from eating disorders. 

Does Big Bud make you sleepy? 

Big Bud is known to induce sleep. This is likely to its high Indica content, which often results to a dreamy and sedative effect. 

Growing Big Bud 

In the vegetation stage, Big Bud showcases its Indica attributes through a bulky structure with dense foliage. It is vital to apply training methods like Low-Stress Training or High-Stress Training to ensure proper growth. Techniques such as Screen of Green (Scrog), topping, and fimming can be particularly beneficial in producing big yields. 

During the flowering stage, Big Bud develops dense buds with a green hue. The trichomes become more visible as harvest approaches. for outdoor growers, this usually occurs in early October. This strain emits a strong aroma during flowering and is not usually fussy when providing nutrients. Knowing when to harvest is critical, and it is wise to rely on the appearance of trichomes for this reason. 

Is Big Bud good for beginners? 

Big Bud is an excellent strain for beginner growers due to its ease of growth. However, for those who are new to consuming cannabis, caution is advised due to its potency. More experienced users may find Big Bud’s effects more manageable. 

What are the dominant terpenes in Big Bud? 

Big Bud is rich in myrcene and caryophyllene, which contribute to its earthy and spicy aroma. These terpenes play a significant role in the strain’s flavor profile, adding depth and complexity to the taste. This combination is part of what makes Big Bud unique among cannabis enthusiasts. 

 

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