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Wedding Cake

The Wedding Cake cannabis strain is nicely compact and offers very respectable yields.   

Strength 

Although Wedding Cake is 60% Indica dominant, its average THC is 22% to 25% THC.  CBD content can be up to 0.23% although the average is 0.1%.  As this is an Indica, the high is mellower than you might expect from the headline figures.  It’s a bright, buzzy, feeling of happiness, creativity and inspiration.  This gradually ebbs into a feeling of utter and complete relaxation.  The average CBD content in this strain is unlikely to leave you couchlocked.  Having said that, at the higher end it very well could. 

Given the high THC content in Wedding Cake, it’s best to be prepared.  In other words, have some food and water handy for when the marijuana munchies strike.  That way you can just snack from the comfort of your couch (or bed).  So you’ll avoid the inconvenience of having to drag yourself up for food (or go hungry). 

Overall, this cannabis strain is probably best kept for use at night.  The THC is a great way to clear your head of negative thoughts and worries.  It can also blast away severe physical pain, which could otherwise stop you from getting to sleep.  Then the CBD will take over.  It will provide not only deep mental relaxation, but also long-term relief from physical pain.  If you do use this strain in the daytime, it’s important to do so responsibly.  Make sure you have your full concentration back before doing anything complicated, such as driving. 

Yield 

Indoor yields are in the region of 450g/m2.  Outdoor yields are in the region of 450g per marijuana plant.  Having said that, Wedding Cake is very responsive to plant training.  This means that experienced indoor growers could push up the yield to 600g/m2 or even beyond.  Experienced outdoor growers can also push up their harvest to some degree.  If they can provide the very best growing conditions then 600g per marijuana plant is a possibility. 

These plants have an average height of about 1M to 1.2M.  Indoors they may stay as short as 0.8M without any training.  Outdoors, you may see the occasional marijuana plant reach 1.5M or thereabouts.  Taller plants produce bigger harvests.  Therefore, if you want the absolute maximum yields it pays to allow them to stretch to their full height.  You will also want to give them space to stretch outwards as well. 

Speed 

Indoors the Wedding Cake strain needs 8 to 10 weeks of flowering time.  Outdoors it will be ready to harvest in late September or early October.  Picking up on the previous point, allowing your plants that extra growing time will allow them to reach their maximum yield.  (It will also allow them to reach their maximum THC content). 

Outdoor growers should note that, like most strains of marijuana, this strain will only be really happy in a warm, dry, sunny, climate.  This means that if you want the biggest possible outdoor harvest, you will need to have good weather right up to the middle of October.  If this is likely to be a problem for you, then you will need to take a decision on whether to settle for a reduced yield or whether to grow indoors.  Alternatively, you could try growing in a greenhouse.  This would allow you to take advantage of the sunlight while keeping your plans warm and dry.  If you go for this option, remember to follow the outdoor planting schedule. 

Another option, would be to use a hydroponic system.  This could cut your overall growing time by up to a week.  In other words, you could collect a reasonable harvest after just 7 weeks.  You would achieve maximum yields after about 9 weeks. 

Taste 

Wedding Cake is every bit as delicious as its name suggests.  In fact, if you ate a real wedding cake which tasted this good, you’d probably be very happy.  There’s a base of sweet earth with a touch of skunk pungency.  This is covered with a middle layer of rich cream and sweet vanilla.  Then finally there are top notes of warm spiciness, particularly ginger. 

Bag Appeal 

The Wedding Cake strain does look at bit like an actual iced cake.  The high THC content means that the nugs are covered in white trichomes.  Behind these, there is a layer of green leaves and bright orange hairs.  Nugs are very sticky so a grinder is essential. 

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Bruce Banner #3

Strength 

Given that Bruce Banner #3 is 80% Sativa, you’d expect it to have a lot of THC.  You’d be right.  It has average THC of up to 25%.  What you might not have expected is 1% CBD to go along with it.  This makes Bruce Banner #3 one powerful medical strain.  The THC can really blast away both severe physical pain and dark emotional states.  Then the CBD provides long-lasting relief. 

The initial high is everything you would expect from a great Sativa.  If you’re used to “high-THC Indicas”, then this is a very different experience.  Basically, it’s a whole lot lighter and brighter.  It’s filled with energy, happiness and creativity.  This gradually transitions into a full-body stone.  You’ll feel deeply relaxed and comfortable.  In fact, you’ll be way too comfortable to move even if you wanted to. 

You’ll have your best experience with Bruce Banner #3 if you prepare for the marijuana munchies.  Basically this level of THC is just about guaranteed to bring them on.  At the same time, this level of CBD is just about guaranteed to bring you couchlocked.  You really want to avoid having your relaxing “me time” spoiled by a rumbling stomach, so have some snacks and water handy. 

For all its THC content, this strain is probably best kept for use at night.  It’s a great way to deal with pain and mental issues before getting some real, high-quality sleep.  If you are going to use this strain in the daytime, please be careful with it.  Specifically, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to recover before doing anything complicated. 

 

Yield 

Bruce Banner #3 can yield up to 600g/m2 indoors or 1Kg per marijuana plant outdoors.  Outdoor growers will need a warm, dry, sunny climate for a successful grow.   

It has to be said that growing Bruce Banner #3 can be a bit of a challenge.  Basically each seed is going to turn into one tall marijuana plant.  That means grows need to be managed to a much greater degree than they do with small plants, especially autoflowering ones. 

Beginners should probably give this strain a miss, unless they can grow fully outdoors in great conditions.  Basically you’d need a situation where the plants could, essentially, take care of themselves. 

For everybody else, the key point to note is that these plants can grow tall, as in really tall.  Even outdoors, you’re going to have to be careful to avoid overcrowding your growing space.  Indoors, you should probably take it as read that you’ll need to tackle plant training.  Leaving aside the issue of height, you’ll need to make sure that your growing lights can reach all the branches.  You’ll also need to allow sufficient space for your plants to spread outwards as well as upwards. 

Big plants tend to have big appetites and that is certainly the case with this strain.  This means you need good judgement to provide enough food and water without overdoing it.  On the plus side, this strain has good resilience to mould, diseases and pests.  This is, of course, dependent on your ensuring good air flow, hence the importance of spacing out your plants properly. 

One final point is that good odour control is a must.  Indoors you will want to have air filters in place by the middle of the flowering stage.  Outdoors you will need to think about your neighbours when choosing a growing space.  Think about the direction of prevailing winds and remember the scent of marijuana plants can carry a surprisingly long distance.  

Speed 

Indoors Bruce Banner #3 needs 8 to 10 weeks of flowering time.  Outdoors this strain will be ready around the end of September or start of October.  This is very impressive given the height these cannabis plants can reach.  Indoors they can easily stretch up to two metres.  Outdoors, they can go way beyond that.  In fact, you may even see the occasional marijuana plant reach four metres in height. 

Taste 

The flavour of Bruce Banner #3 has a diesel base, with touches of earth and top notes of sweet fruits, especially strawberries.  This combination is reflected very accurately in the aroma. 

Bag Appeal 

First of all, there is the sheer size of the bag you can fill.  Moving on, you’ll see that Bruce Banner #3 is exactly the sort of shade of green you’d expect from the name.  It also has bright orange hairs and a very generous helping of glittering trichomes. 

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Blue Rhino

Blue Rhino, from Delicious Seeds, is based on two popular favourites, Blueberry and White Rhino.  People expected great things from it and it has lived up to the hype. 

Strength 

Blue Rhino is effectively a balanced hybrid.  It’s 55% Indica and 45% Sativa.  The strain has average THC of 15% to 20% and up to 2% CBD.  This level of THC is fairly moderate by today’s standards, but it is still enough to provide relief to a wide range of conditions.  For example, while it may be a bit too low for migraines, it is often very effective for standard tension headaches.  Similarly, while it may be a bit too low for severe depression, it can be just right for people experiencing the mental blues.   

In addition to having moderate THC content, the Indica genetics also help to keep the high on the mellow side.  Instead of a full-on energy rush, you get a happy, motivational buzz.  This then eases smoothly into a glorious full-body stone.  While 2% CBD may not sound like much, it is more than enough to leave you happily couchlocked for quite some time.   

Obviously, this makes Blue Rhino a prime candidate for use at night.  Its most popular use is probably as a treatment for chronic pain.  In fact, it’s become known as a “back-ache strain”.  It does, however, have a wide range of other uses, including as a cure for insomnia.  The high level of CBD in this cannabis strain means it’s usually best to avoid using it in the daytime.  If you absolutely must, then it’s crucial to allow sufficient recovery time before doing anything complicated. 

One last point to note is that the THC in this strain is often enough to bring on the marijuana munchies.  You’ll be way too couch-locked to want to get up, so be prepared with some snacks and some water. 

Yield

Blue Rhino strain

Indoor growers can expect up to 650g/m2 and outdoor growers can expect up to 550g per marijuana plant.  Overall Blue Rhino is a nicely robust cannabis strain, which has solid resistance to mould, diseases and pests.  It could be a good choice for beginners, especially if you can grow outdoors.  This will avoid the need to manage light cycles, which can be a challenge someone growing their very first marijuana plant. 

Outdoors, Blue Rhino definitely needs to be kept somewhere warm, dry and sunny.  Growers in the north of Europe should, therefore, choose their growing location with great care.  Ideally, you want a wall (or some other barrier) between your plants and usual direction of the wind.  Speaking of the wind, odour control is also important, especially for outdoor growers.  Basically, think about your neighbours when deciding where to place your plants. 

Alternatively, you could try growing in a greenhouse.  This will allow you to make the most of the available sunlight, but still keep your plants sheltered from the elements.  You might even choose to supplement the sunlight with grow lights and our black-out blinds.  This could give you a bit more flexibility about when you grow your seeds. 

All growers will need to allow plenty of space for their plants to spread their branches as they develop.  In addition to growing upwards, this strain will also grow outwards.  This means you really need to make sure there is plenty of clear space between your plants.  If they start getting tangled up in each other, you are basically asking for mould. 

Speed

Blue Rhino has an indoor flowering time of 8 to 9 weeks.  The outdoor harvest time is around the middle of October.  Indoors this strain is likely to have an average height of about 1.6M.  Outdoors, you can expect it to grow a bit taller.  In fact, you may see the occasional marijuana plant reach up to 2m in height. 

Taste

As you might have guessed from its parentage, the flavour of Blue Rhino is full of fruity sweetness.  There’s a whole load of berries in there, especially, of course, blueberries.  This is balanced by some skunk and a dash of spices, especially pepper.  Interestingly, although the aroma does contain fruit, the blueberry aspect is less obvious.  It’s still sweet, but more robust and earthy.  There is, however, still that element of pungency and spiciness to give it depth and complexity. 

Bag Appeal

The bad news is that the name Blue Rhino refers to the taste only.  This strain’s leaves are green, albeit a very pretty shade of green.  There are also lots of bright orange hairs and plenty of frosty trichomes.  Although the THC level is moderate, it’s enough to make these nugs pretty sticky so a grinder is definitely recommended. 

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Acapulco Gold strain

Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold’s admirers appreciate the lightness of its Sativa genetics, especially for daytime use, and the fact that it is relatively easy to grow. 

Strength 

Acapulco Gold strain

Given that Acapulco Gold is 80% Sativa, you’d expect it to be all about the THC, and you’d be right, up to a point.  With average THC of between 19% and 24%, Acapulco Gold is certainly a potent strain of cannabis.  It is, however, still more restrained than some of the superpowered varieties we’ve seen over recent years, which can have average THC levels pushing 30%.  There is also a touch of CBD (about 0.1%).  In other words, this strain’s main attraction is fast and powerful relief from both physical pain and mental issues.   

The high is everything you’d expect from a classic Sativa.  It’s full of creative energy and motivation.  The light body buzz which follows will make you feel very comfortable and relaxed.  You won’t want to get up but you won’t actually be couchlocked.  Basically, it’s like having a beautifully relaxing little daydream, from which you emerge refreshed and ready to go. 

Acapulco Gold is probably most popular as a “wake and bake” strain.  It’s certainly better suited to use in the daytime than in the evening.  Overall, it’s a good choice for any THC-responsive condition.  The only question would be whether or not the level of potency was equivalent to the level of pain.  It’s also a good choice for people with low appetites.  In fact, it’s guaranteed to bring on the marijuana munchies, so it’s helpful to be prepared for this.

Yield

Acapulco Gold produces decent yields.  Indoor growers can expect up to 500g/m2 whereas outdoor growers can expect up to 600g per marijuana plant.  Overall, this strain is pretty forgiving to grow and has good resistance to mould, diseases and pests.  Having said that, it is probably best left to those who have some experience of growing cannabis successfully. 

Basically, each of these seeds has the potential to turn into one big marijuana plant and as such will need more attention than a compact, little Indica.  In particular, you will need the judgement to feed (and water) a big appetite without overdoing it.  This is particularly important when dealing with landrace strains.  They are used to surviving on their own so it’s relatively easy to “kill them with kindness”. 

Speed

Sativas do tend to have relatively lengthy growing cycles and Acapulco Gold is no exception.  Indoors it will need 10 to 11 weeks of flowering.  Outdoors it will be ready in mid to late October.  Indoor growers should assume that each seed could turn into a marijuana plant of up to 2m in height.  Outdoors the plants can actually grow a bit taller, but this is less likely to be an issue.  This means that you will either need plenty of vertical space or a willingness to tackle plant training.  Although this strain is much more slender than any Indica, it’s still important to allow enough space for plants to spread outwards as well as upwards. 

If plants start “bumping into each other”, the airflow will be impeded and that is a recipe for disaster, even with robust strains.  Regardless of whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, you will need to think about odour control.  Indoor growers are recommended to invest in air filters and outdoor growers should think about the direction of prevailing winds.  Outdoor growers should also remember that this strain really needs a warm, dry, sunny climate to thrive.  If there is any doubt about the weather remaining mild right up to the middle of October, it may be best to grow this strain indoors.  Alternatively, you could split the difference and opt for a greenhouse grow.

Taste

The flavour of Acapulco Gold is based on a combination of sweet earth and skunk pungency, there is a middle layer of rich, creamy coffee and top notes of citrus and pine.  The aroma is slightly less complex being essentially a blend of earthiness and pungency, but there is a sweetness to it, plus more than a hint of menthol. 

Bag Appeal

In the bag, Acapulco Gold is an exotic blend of lime green leaves, sunshine orange pistils and ice clear trichomes.  As you would expect from a strain with this level of THC, nugs are very sticky so a grinder is a must.  Enjoy the aroma as you break them open. 

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Skull Ryder

Skull Ryder has become a popular choice with people looking for a cannabis strain with low potency, decent taste and undemanding growing requirements. 

Strength 

As previously mentioned, Skull Ryder has a very moderate THC content, ranging between 6% and 12%.  It also has moderate CBD.  It is strong enough to treat the niggling pains of chronic conditions, such as tension headaches, rheumatism and mild arthritis. This is why Skull Ryder has become such a popular choice amongst people who have conditions which are best described as “persistent nuisances”. 

With the THC range you will experience a happy but relaxed head buzz. It will put you in a really good mood rather than overwhelm you.  As the mental buzz ebbs, it will be replaced by a very mellow, warm and comforting body stone. A sometimes-overlooked bonus of lower-THC strains is that they make you much less hungry.

Yield

Like its Lowryder parent, Skull Ryder is one tiny little cannabis plant.  Left to its own devices it will probably stay around the 30cm mark. Even if growing conditions are exceptionally good, it’s highly unlikely that you will see any of your plants stretch beyond 60cm.  Obviously, there’s a limit to how much bud such very small plants can physically hold. There’s also a limit to how much rough treatment they can forgive before it starts to impact on the harvest.   

Therefore, although 40g per marijuana plant is a reasonable expectation for the average grower. Total beginners should be aware that they may collect as little as 15g per marijuana plant.  Experienced growers, on the other hand, could collect as much as 60g per marijuana plant.  In the unlikely event that you want to grow a larger batch of this strain, your harvest would probably work out at around 350g/m2 or a bit more if you are a really skilled grower. 

Speed

Like many compact strains, Skull Ryder is a speedy mover.  There is a total grow time (seed to bud) of 60 to 70 days of which about 15 to 18 days will be spent in the vegetative stage. But as soon as the first preflowers appear, you’ll see Skull Ryder really spring to life and charge onwards and outward. Iit tends to develop one, (relatively) large central cola. For all its Indica genetics, there really isn’t that much in the way of side branching.  Although it does follow the classic, Indica “Christmas tree” growing style, it’s a very slimmed down Christmas tree.  

This does make this strain very space-efficient, but this can be a bit of a double-edged sword since overcrowding a growing space almost inevitably leads to poor ventilation. This can generally lead to all kinds of problems including the horror of mould.  By contrast, good ventilation goes a long way to ensuring a successful harvest. 

Taste

Skull Ryder may not be a connoisseur’s strain, but it does have a taste most people are likely to enjoy, or at least find palatable.  The top notes are fruity and the base notes are earthy.  It’s not particularly complex, but it is very pleasant.  The aroma mirrors the taste and one big plus about this strain is that the smoke is very smooth (assuming you’ve cured your bud properly) 

Bag Appeal

Although Skull Ryder only has a sprinkling of those frosty resin crystals which can look so pretty, there are enough of them to set off its vibrant green leaves and orange hairs.  

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