Product review

Grape Ape

Strength 

This strain has an average of 16% to 20% THC along with around 2% to 3% CBD.  On the one hand, this sort of THC level is pretty moderate by the standards of modern cannabis.  On the other hand, it’s still plenty strong enough to provide meaningful pain relief for a wide variety of medical conditions.  It’s also enough to create a happy, energetic head buzz, which is really more of a lift than a proper high.  Again, this will probably be just perfect for a wide range of people.

Grape Ape can have a fairly wide range of THC content, from about 15% to about 23%.  Basically if you grow your cannabis from seed, you will control this with the growing conditions.  The CBD content can be up to 0.7%.   

Either way, you’ll eventually glide smoothly down into a superbly relaxing body stone.  You may not actually be totally couchlocked, but you’ll almost certainly be pretty close.  You’ll definitely be far too comfortable to want to move.  That being so, it’s a good idea to have some snacks and drinks handy.  At the lower end of the THC range, you may feel a bit hungry.  At the higher end, you’re guaranteed to have a mighty appetite. 

Grape Ape is flexible enough to be used day or night.  Just remember to refocus totally before doing anything complicated, especially driving. 

Yield 

Indoor growers are looking at an average of about 450g/m2.  Outdoor growers could collect as much as 800g per marijuana plant.  The fact that Grape Ape is 90% Indica helps it to stay fairly short, even outdoors.  An indoor marijuana plant can stay as compact as 1M in height, without any training.  An outdoor marijuana plant may grow a bit taller, but is unlikely to go any higher than 1.2M.

Having said that, Grape Ape does need space to grow outwards as well as upwards.  You’ll need to take this into account when deciding how many plants you can reasonably fit in your growing space.  First of all, your plants need to be able to spread out comfortably without bumping into each other.  Secondly, you need to be able to get access to each plant to be able to take care of it.

If in doubt, play it safe.  Overcrowding growing spaces leads to poor air flow and poor air flow is the number one cause of the dreaded mould.  Spacing your plants out also makes it harder for one poorly plant to infect all the others before you’ve even had a chance to notice.

In general, as long as you can follow your marijuana basics, you can grow this strain.  It has clearly inherited its parents’ robust genetics.  It’s also reasonably tolerant of growers on a learning curve.  Total beginners might want to start with an autoflowering strain.  Anyone “trading up” to their first photoperiod grow should, however, be absolutely fine here.

Speed 

Grape Ape is a fairly speedy strain.  Indoors it will typically need 7 to 8 weeks of flowering.  The outdoor harvest period is late September to early October.

This strain is moderately hardy, thanks to all the robust, landrace genetics in its background.  That said, you’ll still want to keep it well protected from the weather, especially the rain.  You’ll also want to keep it out of the way of the winds.  First of all, wind can really chill your plants and strip their branches bare.  Secondly, Grape Ape can really kick up a stink during the flowering period.  Be nice to your neighbours and make sure that they don’t get blasted with the smell as it is carried on the wind.

Towards the north of Europe and beyond, you might want to think about growing this strain in a greenhouse.  If you opt for this approach you can largely treat it as an outdoor grow.  The one real difference is that you will want to have some sort of air filter in place if at all possible.

Taste 

Although this strain is called Grape Ape the flavour is based on sweet earth and wood.  This is then topped with lashings of sweet berries and grapes.  There isn’t really any Skunk in the taste, just a hint in the aroma.

Bag Appeal 

Even at the lower end of the range, there’s enough THC to add a nice sprinkle of glitter to these dense, sticky nugs. You also get warm orange hairs and perky green leaves.  Some growers may even be lucky enough to get a dash of purple too.

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Cosmic Bomb Auto

Strength 

This strain has an average of 16% to 20% THC along with around 2% to 3% CBD.  On the one hand, this sort of THC level is pretty moderate by the standards of modern cannabis.  On the other hand, it’s still plenty strong enough to provide meaningful pain relief for a wide variety of medical conditions.  It’s also enough to create a happy, energetic head buzz, which is really more of a lift than a proper high.  Again, this will probably be just perfect for a wide range of people.

After the head high, you’ll transition into a deeply comfortable and relaxing full-body stone.  At this sort of CBD level, take couchlock as read.  The THC level might not be enough to bring on full-blown marijuana munchies.  It is, however, probably enough to bring on a bit of an appetite (cannabis cravings?).  That means it’s probably a good idea to have some snacks and drinks handy.

Overall, the CBD level suggests that Cosmic Bomb Auto is probably best suited to use in the evening.  In fact, it would make a great strain for treating insomnia.  If you want (or need to) use it in the daytime, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to recover from the effects of the stone before doing anything complicated, particularly driving.

Yield 

The yield from Cosmic Bomb Auto is actually very impressive for an autoflowering strain, even a modern one.  Indoors you could collect up to 600g/m² and outdoors you could be looking at up to 200g per marijuana plant.

Part of the reason for this is that Cosmic Bomb Auto is on the taller side for an autoflowering strain.  In other words, it has more room for bud.  That said, it’s still fairly compact in comparison with your average marijuana plant.  Indoors, it has a growing range of about 0.9M to 1.4M.  Outdoors you can expect your plants to reach the upper part of this range.  In fact, you may come across the occasional marijuana plant which will grow even taller.

Most of this growth will come during the flowering period, so resist the temptation to overfill your growing space while the plants are still small.  Also remember that this strain will want to grow outwards as well as upwards.  It’s a good idea to allow at least 1.5 metres of floor space per plant.  Then you’ll need to allow space for ventilation and access.

In short, if you’ve already managed at least one autoflowering grow, you’ll probably be absolutely fine with this strain.  If you’ve already managed at least one photoperiod grow, then you’ll probably find this strain very easy to manage due to its robustness and unfussy nature.

Another point to note is that Cosmic Bomb Auto really likes its nutrients.  Some people might call it greedy.  On the plus side, this does make it quite difficult for beginners to kill it with overfeeding. 

In fact, it’s pretty hard for beginners to go wrong with this strain at all.  Not only is it autoflowering, it also has solid resistance to mould, diseases and pests.  Essentially, as long as you remember your marijuana basics, you should be just fine with this strain. 

Speed 

Cosmic Bomb Auto completes its entire life cycle in about 65 days.  That’s seed to bud.  As this is an autoflowering strain, there is no outdoor harvest period per se.  Obviously, in practical terms, your local weather will guide you as to when is a good time to grow (and when not to).

Ideally, you want your plants to be outdoors when it’s warm, dry and sunny.  Out of all these points, dry is the most important.  This strain has really dense buds.  If water gets into them, then they are going to need a very long time to dry out.  While they’re wet, they’re vulnerable to mould, which means you could lose your whole harvest.

This point is so important that if the rain does get at your plants during the flowering period, you may, literally, want to take a battery-operated hairdryer and dry them off manually as quickly as you can.  Use the lowest heat setting and work around your buds rather than pointing the nozzle at them.

Taste 

The taste of Cosmic Bomb Auto is actually very down-to-earth, literally.  The base is robust earth and this is topped with fresh, fruity sweetness.  Interestingly, there’s a hint of Skunk on the exhale, although it’s not really noticeable in the aroma.

Bag Appeal 

The THC crystals on Cosmic Bomb Auto do glitter a bit like stars.  Admittedly there’s nothing particularly cosmic about the fiery orange hairs or bright green leaves, but they still look very pretty.  The nugs are dense and sticky enough to hold their shape.  You could probably do a decent job of breaking them up with your fingers, but we’d still recommend a grinder.

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Banana Bomb

Strength 

Even though Banana Bomb is 80% Indica, it still has around 20% to 22% average THC and around 0.5% to 1% CBD.  The THC provides a very decent amount of pain relief.  It also provides a bright and breezy head buzz.  This is happy and upbeat but much more chilled than you’d expect from a Sativa with the same level of THC. 

The body stone which follows is everything you’d expect from a classic Kush.  It’s super-mellow and super-comfortable.  You may not be actually couchlocked, at least not straight away, but you definitely won’t want to get up.  This means it’s a good idea to be prepared with some snacks and drinks for when the marijuana munchies strike. 

Overall, Banana Bomb is best suited to use in the evening.  The THC will cleanse your mind of negativity and/or your body of pain.  Then you can just settle down and relax while the CBD does its good work.  If you really want (or need) to use this strain in the daytime, then please make sure that you’re totally refocused before doing anything complicated, especially driving. 

Yield 

Indoors, Banana Bomb will have a typical growing range of 1.2M to 1.4M and can deliver a yield of up to 600g/m2.  Even indoors, however, you should be prepared for the occasional marijuana plant with a mind of its own, which wants to grow bigger.  This means that you either have to have plenty of vertical space, or be prepared to get to grips with plant training. 

Outdoors, the sky is the limit, literally and figuratively.  If growing conditions are good, each cannabis seed can turn into a 3M-tall marijuana plant.  Realistically, you should be able to collect at least 500g per marijuana plant.  You could collect double that.  In fact, the outdoor harvests can be so huge that you need to stake the branches to keep them from breaking under the weight. 

This strain may not be the best option for absolute beginners.  It’s photoperiod, which means you need to know how to manage light cycles (assuming you’re growing indoors).  It can also get very big, which means you either need to be able to train it down to size or handle larger plants confidently.  Even though Banana Bomb has good resilience to mould, diseases and pests, big plants have big appetites.  They need lots of food and water – but if you overdo it, you risk killing them with kindness. 

In short, if you’ve already managed at least one autoflowering grow, you’ll probably be absolutely fine with this strain.  If you’ve already managed at least one photoperiod grow, then you’ll probably find this strain very easy to manage due to its robustness and unfussy nature. 

Speed 

Indoors, Banana Bomb needs about 7 to 9 weeks of flowering time.  The outdoor harvest is late September to early October.  Both sets of timings will depend partly on the plant itself and partly on whether your priority is speed or maximum THC and harvest. 

This strain really needs to be kept warm and dry in order to be happy (and productive).  Outside of the Mediterranean basin, growers will need to be very careful to keep their plants well-protected from the elements.  There’s so much bud that it can take a long time to dry out and while it’s drying, your plants are vulnerable to mould.  Likewise, strong winds can, literally, strip your plants bare.  It can also carry scent a very long way, which may not go down well with your neighbours.  If you’re up to plant training, then you might want to try splitting the difference and growing this strain in a greenhouse.  That way you get to use the free sunlight but still protect your plants. 

   

Taste 

Even though this strain is called Banana Bomb, in terms of flavour and aroma, it might as well be called Banana Kush.  It’s a bit sweeter than your average Kush, but essentially it’s creamy banana blended with warm, hash spices.

Bag Appeal 

Banana Bomb has orange hairs rather than yellow ones, but they still add a nice dash of colour to set off the green leaves and bright, frosty trichomes.  Nugs are dense and sticky.  A grinder may not be an absolute must, but it’s certainly a very good idea.  Once these nugs start to crumble apart, the aroma will literally make your mouth water.

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Pink Kush

Strength 

Pink Kush generally has between 19% and 26% THC and 0.3% CBD.  The exact level of THC will depend on the growing conditions.  In particular, it will depend on how long the buds are left to mature.  Even 19% THC is enough to provide fast pain relief for a variety of conditions.  It will also produce a very happy, inspirational and motivational high.  At peak strength, Pink Kush is a top class medical strain.  When the head high eases, the CBD will begin to make itself felt.  The body stone is moderately deep.  You may not be actually couchlocked but you will definitely not want to get up.  You certainly won’t want to go and rustle up some food.  It’s therefore a good idea to have some snacks and water to hand.  With this much THC, you’re sure to get the marijuana munchies.  The body buzz can take some time to wear off.  It’s therefore important to allow yourself plenty of recovering time.  In particular, you want to make sure you’re completely refocused before doing anything complicated, like driving.  Alternatively, just keep this strain for night-time use.

Yield 

This strain has an indoor yield of up to 700g/m2.  The outdoor yield is up to 700g per plant.  As you would expect from a Kush, this strain will thrive in any common growing media.  It’s also very reasonable about its need for water and nutrients.

Speed 

Pink Kush has an indoor flowering time of 8 to 9 weeks.  The outdoor harvest period is early to mid-October.  Either way, plants will have a growing range of about 1M to 1.2M.  This strain grows in the classic “bushy” style of Indicas.  As a result, you will need to allow your plants room to spread outwards as they grow.   

Overall this strain is very beginner-friendly.  It has good resistance to diseases and pests.  It’s also capable of standing up to a bit of rough handling.  Basically, you’re unlikely to “kill it with kindness” or with a bit of neglect.  There are, however, some points you do need to remember. 

Firstly, Kush strains tend to have very dense buds.  If these buds get at all wet, they take a long time to dry out.  While they are drying, they are vulnerable to mould.  The way to avoid this problem is to space out your plants property.  This promotes good air flow, which keeps your plants nice and dry.  Outdoors, you will also want to choose your growing site with care.  Basically, you want to keep your plants out of the rain if at all possible.

Secondly, Kush strains also tend to have very broad leaves.  This can make it difficult for the light to reach all the buds.  If you’re going for maximum yield, then you are probably going to need to train your plants.  There is plenty of online guidance to help with this.  Alternatively, you can just accept the fact that your harvest will be reduced.  It will still be pretty decent.  

Thirdly, Pink Kush really does “smell like Kush”.  Indoors, it’s highly recommended to use good air filters.  Outdoors, you need to site your plants with care.  Basically, be considerate towards your neighbours.

As a final point, this strain is only really happy outdoors if it’s in a warm, dry and sunny climate.  Outside of the Mediterranean basin, it is probably going to need some kind of protection.  A wall may be fine in central Europe.  Further north, however, you may want to look at a greenhouse.  Once you reach the UK and beyond, you probably want to keep this strain for indoors.

Taste 

The taste and aroma of Pink Kush is generally described as vanilla.  More specifically, the base is a blend of diesel and earth.  This is topped by rich, sweet, cream.  Basically, it’s a lot like a great vanilla custard.  Although the flavour of Pink Kush is beautifully smooth, the smoke can be rather harsh.  If you have a delicate throat, you may find that it makes you cough.  Using a vaporizer is one solution to this.  Cannabis concentrates are another possibility.  Kush strains are famous for their resin.  That’s why they’re so often used to make hash.  You could also use Pink Kush in cannabis edibles.

Bag Appeal 

As its name suggests, Pink Kush is a very pretty strain.  Its leaves are a mixture of green, purple and pink.  There is also a generous sprinkling of bright orange hairs.  The buds are dense and glisten with sticky trichomes.  Using a grinder is definitely recommended.  In fact, sometimes it’s a must.  Grind slowly.  That way you’ll be able to breathe in the Kush as you work.

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Glookies

Strength 

This strain can have up to 25% THC and has very low CBD.  It delivers very fast and extremely effective pain relief.  It also delivers a really powerful high.  This is euphoric, creative and motivational.  It’s mellowed slightly by the Indica genetics.  Overall, however this is one serious medical strain.  As such, it needs to be treated with the great respect it deserves.  The high will have you buzzing with energy and positivity.  It will not, however, promote genuine focus.  Therefore you will need to treat it as “me time” rather than work time.  Similarly, the CBD content is enough to deliver a light body buzz.  It isn’t even really a proper stone.  It certainly won’t leave you couchlocked.  It will, however leave you deeply relaxed.  Again, forget about engaging any sort of mental focus.  Just lie back and enjoy it.  When using Glookies, there are two key points to remember.  Firstly, you’re going to get the marijuana munchies.  This is a given.  You therefore really want to have some snacks and drinks to hand.  Secondly, you absolutely must allow yourself sufficient time to recover before doing anything complicated, especially driving.  This strain is definitely one for daytime use.  In fact, it’s a great “wake-and-bake” strain.  It’s also popular as a migraine treatment and for stimulating a person’s appetite. 

Yield 

Glookies can have an indoor yield of up to 800g/m2.  The outdoor yield can be up to 3Kg per plant.  This strain will thrive in all common growing media.  It does, however, like its nutrients and water.   This means you’re going to need to be prepared to deal with a fairly greedy plant.  You’ll also need the judgement to harvest at the right stage.  If you leave it too long, the THC content can actually decrease. 

Speed 

The indoor flowering time is 9 to 10 weeks.  The outdoor harvest period is early to mid-October.  Glookies has a height range of between 1M (indoor minimum) and 1.8M (outdoor maximum).  It is very bushy and has extensive side branching.  This means that you need to allow space for your plants to spread.  If they start “bumping into each other” as they grow, you’re asking for trouble.  First of all, you’re setting up the ideal situation for mould.  Secondly, you’ll ensure the rapid spread of any diseases and pests.  

If you are thorough about your ventilation, then you should have a fairly straightforward grow.  Glookies has really great genetics.  Both Gorilla Glue and TMGSC are known for their robustness.  It’s therefore hardly a surprise that this strain has great resistance to mould, diseases and pests.  It is, however, not at all happy about cold, wet and/or wind.  This means that its ideal outdoor growing environment is the Mediterranean basin.  It can tolerate northern Europe provided that you choose a very sheltered growing site.  You might also want to use a greenhouse.  This will provide extra protection against the elements.  Once you reach the UK and beyond, you probably want to treat Glookies as an “indoor-only” strain.   

Odour control is important with most strains of marijuana.  With this strain it’s critical.  The odour becomes really strong towards the end of flowering.  In fact, it can easily overpower a small, indoor growing space.  That being so, it’s highly recommended to invest in good carbon filters.  Outdoors, the fresh air will carry away the smell of your plants for you.  This can, however, bring its own challenges.  Basically, your neighbours are unlikely to be happy about having diesel-scented fumes blown straight at them.  It’s a good idea to think about this when choosing a site for your plants. 

Taste 

The taste and aroma of Glookies are both unique and exotic.  The base is clearly fuel (diesel).  This is topped with fresh lime and walnuts.  Basically, it needs to be tried to be believed!  It’s worth noting, however, that this strain does have quite a dense smoke.  This is pretty typical of Indicas.  If you have a very delicate throat, it’s likely to trigger coughing.  You may, therefore, wish to try vaping instead.  Alternatively you could try cannabis concentrates.  This strain certainly has plenty of high-quality resin.  Cannabis edibles may be a good option for you too. 

Bag Appeal 

Glookies can produce one weighty bag of bud.  It has glossy green leaves, cheerful orange hairs and lots of glittering white trichomes.  In fact, all the THC in Glookies makes it almost dazzling.  Nugs are both super-dense and super-sticky.  Using a grinder is a must.  Take your time with grinding.  It’ll give you longer to enjoy the aroma which emerges as the nugs are broken! 

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