[Canniseur: I’ve had a several of these strains, mostly in Michigan. These descriptions, while flowery are also a bit idealized. The dilemma remains: a grower growing a great strain in one state, won’t be found in another state. Such is the nature of the cannabis business in today’s world.]
Strawberry Cough by any other name would smell as dank.
Some people may pick a cannabis strain based on name alone. Many strain names sound random or downright comical to new consumers on the hunt for a ‘go-to’ strain. With cannabis being among the hottest trends, more and more people are becoming curious about the plant.
The confusion for these consumers, however, lies in the disconnect between cannabis culture’s long history and the recent cannabis surge. The seemingly misleading strain names are rooted in the deep values and ideals of a vintage cannabis era.
To help navigate the most flavorful strains—often the first choices for beginners—we’ve compiled a list of the 10 Tastiest Sounding Cannabis Strains and their effects.
The well-loved Italian frozen dessert is now in cannabis form. Gelato is a gourmet mix of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. It has a medley of fruity, cookie, mint, and lavender flavors. This THC-packed strain is said to help with fibromyalgia, nausea, insomnia, and lack of appetite. Gelato provides a boost of energy and euphoric lift. Gelato’s potency is delightful and its delicious flavor-profile is the cherry on top.
White Cookies was developed by crossing White Widow and Girl Scout Cookies. It smells like a blend of lemon and pine, and has a buttery cookie flavor. The strong body high it produces works well to dissolve the tension of stress, mood issues, anxiety, and nausea. Despite a high THC-content, it won’t make you jumpy. White Widow relaxes, but also sparks creativity. This just might be your new yummy go-to wake and bake strain.
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Swap your cup of coffee for the delectable Chocolope. Seductive cocoa and coffee notes intertwine beautifully with sweet hints of melon. This name is a portmanteau of its parents: Chocolate Thai and Cannalope. Despite its funny (but still tasty) sounding name, Chocolopes mood enhancing and energizing effects are no joke. It is effective at curbing stress, depression, and PTSD. It perks you up in ways that coffee can’t: No jitters, just a lucid and euphoric high.
If you love custard desserts, you will adore this three-way cross between Blue Black, Maple Leaf, and White Rhino. It derives its name from the taste and aroma of crème caramel. Relaxing, anti-depressant, pain-relieving, and time-warping. It is the perfect sit-and-stay strain. Cream Caramel is the ultimate dessert-y, dream-like indulgence. You will find yourself begging for another bite, or puff.
Blueberry is a true classic strain. It’s a solid relaxer with a timeless flavor. It is one of the cannabis strains that taste and smell exactly like fruit. The smooth taste melts in your mouth as deep relaxation and euphoria set in. It scores more points for its potency, long shelf life, and lasting pain-killing effects. Blueberry will melt all the stress, worries, and blues away.
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It tastes and smells like juicy strawberries so much that when you close your eyes you forever melt into endless acres of strawberry fields. Strawberry Cough increases appetite and helps with a wide array of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, PTSD, and paranoia. While its flavor and aroma impress the senses, the thick smoke it produces throws even the most seasoned smokers into a coughing fit.
You don’t need any festivity to light up Candy Cane. This holiday-themed hybrid has a fruity and sour flavor with mild menthol undertones. Besides its succulent taste, this strain is loved for its ability to keep your spirits high, stimulate appetite, and fight off fatigue and tension. Candy Cane is flavorful and powerful. It’s a great pick-me-up strain for those who find it difficult to make it through the day.
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This strain has a distinctive smell and flavor that mirrors chewey bubblegum. Notes of berries, flowers, and cream linger on your tongue after the smoke is gone. Bubblegum gives a nice body and cerebral high. It offers relief from chronic pain, body tensions, menstrual cramps, migraines, headaches, anxiety, and nausea. It also causes a serious case of giggles—and then munchies.
Entice your senses with a sweet berry scent accented by floral undertones and a sugary aftertaste. Sweet Tooth has an outstanding knack for stimulating the Endocannabinoid system in such a way that makes you instantly feel better. It conjures up warm and cozy feelings of being wrapped in a blanket. It works amazing for insomnia, depression, glaucoma, pain, and inflammation. Sweet Tooth lives up to its name. Even the most discerning smokers will find it enjoyable.
Juicy Fruit almost meets the exact flavor profile of its namesake chewing gum. Those suffering from eating disorders, nausea, stress, and depression, and muscle spasms will find benefit from the energetic and relaxing effects. This happy strain also shifts your imagination into high gear and seemingly slows down time. Juicy Fruit tastes like a fluffy cotton candy dream, and feels divine. It also alters reality so treat it like an edible.
These tastiest sounding strains truly deserve their yummy reputations. Be sure to expand your cannabis knowledge by growing the tasty cannabis seeds of your choice and grow a real treat.
[Editor’s Note: Tolerance breaks can be helpful. Cleanses are a different story and for a different purpose. Maybe we shouldn’t confuse the two.]
Detoxify your way to a higher tolerance.
Cleansing is a trend that’s been on the rise for a while, but people rarely talk about using cleanses to lower your cannabis tolerance—or any substance for that matter. Although most aren’t juice cleansing to get drunk off of less wine, many people can benefit from detoxing their systems of metabolites and afterglow effects in order to bring your tolerance down. Detoxing doesn’t have to mean the end of your fun. It can simply supplement your lifestyle to allow you to be the best version of yourself. The average person has more than 700 known toxins in their body, which means the occasional cleanse can’t hurt, even if you’re a light smoker. Just like cleaning your bowl regularly helps avoid resin buildup, cleansing your body regularly helps keep it running at its best.
Courtesy of Detoxify
The Benefits of a Cleanse
Detoxes and cleanses have a variety of benefits that extend beyond your ability to get sky high off of that bowl in your hand, including:
Health:Generally speaking, inhaling ash of any kind isn’t great for your body, which is why many doctors recommend vaporizing cannabis or eating edibles. That being said, many of us still enjoy a good toke from a joint or blunt. Choosing to cleanse our bodies can help clean up the mess that our choices leave behind.
Mental:As with any psychoactive substance, there’s a level of mental activity that’s affected in both positive and negative ways by regular cannabis stimulation and even brief cleanses can allow you to find a sense of clarity that will enhance your future highs.
Tolerance:When you consume something regularly, your body becomes accustomed to ingesting and digesting the resulting compounds—such as metabolites—that result from activities like smoking weed. As these build up, frequent users often report having to consume more cannabis in the same setting and often consume more often. By cleansing your body of this toxin residue buildup, you’re allowing your body to better absorb the cannabinoids you’re ingesting.
Types of Toxins
As mentioned, we have over 700 toxins in our bodies at any given time. Some of these are metabolites from cannabinoids, others are simply environmental toxins that we encounter on a regular basis, such as:
Fats:We all know fats. Fats are found in everything that we consume and they are stored in our bodies. They’re also what cannabinoids and their metabolites bind to. Generally speaking, a high concentration of fats in your body isn’t great for you, especially if you’re working to lower your tolerance.
Heavy Metals: Heat metals are those defined by their density (rather than weight). Metals, like mercury and lead, are among the most common toxins we encounter and hear about, but there’s also arsenic, chromium, cadmium, and thallium. Some of the biggest sources of heavy metals include: public drinking water, beauty and cosmetic products, pesticides and herbicides (both through air contact and ingested in foods grown with these substances) and many flavorings used in e-cigarettes.
Pollutants:The most common air pollutants are particulate matter, ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO) and Sulphur Dioxide (SO2). Whether you’re taking a deep breath at the top of a mountain or in the middle of New York City, there will be some level of these elements in the air. Secondhand smoke is a common source of pollutants, and, even though blunts are great, rolling up your green in a tobacco wrap is going to add tobacco byproducts into the mix as additional pollutants.
Toxins/Metabolites: Most of us know that cannabis leaves trace-residues behind in the body even days and weeks after use. These trace elements are known as metabolites, and they’re the byproducts of our body metabolizing the substances that we ingest. Everything your body absorbs and breathes must be metabolized (processed) and then expelled. We breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. We consume ∆9-THC and expel THC-COOH metabolites. Cleanses help your body get rid of these metabolites faster so that they aren’t sitting around taking up space or slowing the body’s systems down.
Types of Cleanses
Cleanses were designed to rid the body of certain harmful aspects. But not all cleanses are the same, nor are they all used for the same purpose.
Trend Cleanses:Juice cleanses, dietary cleanses (KETO), fad diets, etc.
Health Cleanses:Colon and Probiotic Cleanses that help with digestion, absorption and other efforts.
Detoxes:Full Body Cleansesdesigned to flush your body of toxins and enhance your body’s existing cleansing systems.
Abstinence/Tolerance Breaks: yes, abstaining from more is also an act of cleansing, as your body naturally cleanses itself
Our Tolerance Cleansing Suggestion
We suggest a combination of the above for best results. Every quarter, take one week and commit to a tolerance break for five days. While abstaining from your toxic activities, useEver Cleanto help the body rid itself of metabolites and toxins. During your cleanse, drinking cold-pressed juices and eating lighter meals will increase the efficacy of your efforts. If you can’t commit to a five-day cleanse, try something significantly stronger and shorter, such asMighty Clean, to flush you out in a single day. Additionally, feel free to work in probiotic cleanses as your regimen allows for the best results.
Cleanses are intensive and your body may take some adjusting to the process. It’s used to flush cannabinoids and toxins out of your body at its regular pace, while basically kicking on the nitrous on and going pedal-to-the-metal. Additionally, cleanses like Detoxify’s Mega Clean and Mighty Clean are designed to be used as part of an ongoing cleansing regimen.
Keep in mind, however, that cleanses are not for everyone. Some people never need them, while others greatly benefit from regular cleanses. Your body regularly cleanses itself but using an herbal cleanse detox–like Detoxify– can intensify and enhance those efforts, allowing you to kick back and enjoy your favorite recreational activities with less effort and better vibes. If you’re unsure of how a detox may affect you, especially if you’re consuming cannabis medicinally, be sure to speak with your recommending provider for specific questions.
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). Detoxify products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Detoxify LLC, its owners or affiliates.
[Editor’s Note: Are PGRs carcinogenic or safe? Why do some countries ban the use of PGRs? Should you use synthetic or natural PGRs?]
Why is there such an interest in the PGRs for cannabis?
For those of us who have held dense buds of cannabis, many have likely thought that aesthetically: “This is a high-grade flower”. The dense compact appearance is especially apparent when compared to buds that are lighter and fluffier in appearance. Perhaps also you have noticed a potent fuel/gas aroma when presented with imported or visually impressive “high grade”. These are usually telltale signs that the cannabis may have been grown using plant growth regulators (PGRs).
Increased profit margins
However, there is also another factor which plays a major role in the growing demand for PGRs: increased profit margins. With cannabis rapidly becoming a big business, increased yields per harvest and shorter growth cycles, have sparked an interest in PGRs from commercial perspectives. With lucrative returns for growers, it is interesting to note that the global PGR market is to surge from $3.5 Billion observed in 2014, to $6.4 Billion by 2020.
Courtesy of Humboldt Seeds
What are Plant Growth Regulators?
Discovered in the late 1920s and 1930s, PGRs have been used in agriculture for decades to increase the commercial viability of crops. In more recent years, fears about the safety of some synthetic PGRs came to light. Due to their apparent toxic nature, many have subsequently been banned for use on consumable food crops since the 1970s and are regarded as pesticides in many countries. Some may be familiar with the “Alar scare” which cost the US apple industry over a $100 million, after the controversial PGR daminozide was deemed to be a “probable human carcinogen” by the US government. This particular type of synthetic PGR, that interferes with hormonal pathways is often regarded as a “Plant Growth Retardant”.
To begin defining exactly what plant growth regulators are we need to understand plant hormones, also known as phytohormones. It is these hormones that PGRs influence and act upon. Plant hormones are natural to the plant kingdom and similarly to animal hormones, play major roles in a plants growth and development. It is traditionally accepted that there are 5 major classes of natural plant hormones (endogenous) that play key roles in a plants life cycle.
They all have regulatory functions and can either inhibit or increase cellular growth and activity. They most often work in tandem with one another in varying ratios throughout a plants life cycle. The table below shows the timing and overlap of the 5 major classes and their significance throughout the developmental stages of a Cannabis plants life.
How do PGRs affect plants
So how do PGRs actually manipulate a plants growth cycle and increase it’s yields? To understand this we need to take a look at signal transduction pathways, hang in there!
Manipulating Growth Cycles
Plants make extensive use of signal transduction pathways throughout their life. They are feedback mechanisms that allow plants to respond to environmental and chemical changes. Signal transduction pathways work in sequences of biochemical reactions. From this a cell generates a response to a stimulus. Cell signaling in plant development usually involves a receptor (i.e. for a hormone or light molecule) and a signal transduction pathway, which concludes with a cellular response that is relevant to the plants development.
A common mechanism for plant hormone action is the breakdown or activation of DNA transcription proteins. These proteins work as activators or repressors of growth-stimulating genes. Essentially, activators and repressors act like the stop and start pedals on a car. When a repressor is present, it stops the formation of growth-stimulating genes, in parallel activators start the transcription of growth-stimulating genes. In response to the signal transduction pathway (initiated by the presence of plant hormones or PGRs), repressor proteins for example are then broken down and the “stop breaks” are removed. This allows the “car” to drive ahead and create growth-stimulating genes.
PGRs increase yields by cellular expansion through signal transduction pathways. When growth stimulating genes are activated, cells begin to grow and increase in size. Cell expansion is primarily driven by water uptake into the cells cytoplasm, which accumulates in the cells central vacuole. Here the central vacuoles volume expands as water enters the plant cell. As a result of this the cell wall also expands through turgid pressure. This expanding outward pressure from the extra water inside the plants cell is one cause for the added weight observed in crops grown with PGRs. This results in the plant cells having increased water retention. Auxins also play roles in the enlargement of plant cell walls for growth, this is known as the “Acid growth hypothesis”.
Here auxins essentially acidify the cell wall, with the help of Expansion proteins to loosen and expand it. A plant’s cell wall is mostly made of cellulose which is a material that increases as auxins work to activate cell wall growth. From this, we can assume that cellulose material also contributes to the added weight gained with the use of PGRs. Relating this back to your fruits and flowers, this means that when total harvest weight increases, the over-all quality decreases.
Evidence for PGRs’ being dangerous
The verdict on whether PGRs are dangerous to human health continues to remain open for discussion. With differences in testing, regulations and laws across the world, PGRs are deemed as both safe in some countries and toxic in others. In the USA and Europe they are largely regarded as pesticides, though still widely used in agriculture. The PGRs that interfere with hormonal pathways (in particular Gibberellin) and their biosynthesis are seen to be the most dangerous.
Potential threat to human health
When considering the use of Cannabis from a medical perspective it would be best to avoid Cannabis grown with synthetic PGRs where possible. Although there are many PGRs out there, here is an outline of some popular synthetic PGR Gibberellin inhibitors:
As well as posing a potential threat to human health PGRs being pesticides have been found to be environmental pollutants. Residual PGRs in the soil and water are shown to have toxic effects on the digestive organs of fish and their embryos. Microorganism diversity also changes with PGR applied soils. This environmental impact is likely to be causing more damage than realized, due to soil run off and infiltration of aquatic systems.
Courtesy of Humboldt Seeds
What PGR natural alternatives are there?
So far we have largely discussed synthetic PGRs because at present the vast majority of the market are using these. But are there any natural alternatives out there? When it comes to growing Cannabis and most crops for that matter we have to start with the basics: How can one best mimic mother nature ?. The use of PGRs should be to enhance the genetic potential of a Cannabis plant, so a good start, rather than using synthetic man-made plant hormones (which appear to have the more dangerous effects) is to look at where we may find similar organic compounds naturally.
Derived from chitin this organic molecule is found in the exoskeletons of crustaceans, from Mantis shrimps to Beatles. Chitosan provides structural support in the hard shells of these animals. It is a vastly abundant biodegradable material with a low molecular weight. When chitosan is applied as a foliar or soil drench to plants it has been found to exhibit PGR qualities. Targeting a plant cells plasma membrane and nucleus, chitosan regulates gene expression and other cellular processes. NASA have also taken interest, experimenting with chitosan to aid plant growth in space!
This plant growth stimulant can be found in a variety of natural sources such as alfalfa meal, sugarcane and bees wax. Triacontanol is a “fatty alcohol” and is sometimes referred to as Melissyl or Myrcicyl alcohol. It is non-toxic, environmentally friendly and safe to consume. Research has shown Triacontanol to be a powerful growth stimulant, effecting basic metabolic processes such as photosynthesis, enzyme activity, nutrient uptake CO2 assimilation and much more. In the correct doses Triacontanol significantly increases the amount of chlorophyll in leaves, improving the rate of photosynthesis.
With the use of PGRs continuing to grow, it will be interesting to see how they pursue to play a role in the future of agriculture and Cannabis. There is plenty of room for research in this area, but there are evident benefits and costs to using PGRs. Plant growth regulators are essentially a human attempt at “bio-hacking” a plants biological system. With that in mind we have a “you get back what you put in” scenario. It appears that if sourced naturally, PGRs can have positive up-regulating effects on the growth and development of plants, with fewer negative consequences and health concerns. However when created synthetically PGRs that manipulate growth cycles and yields come at the cost of poorer quality and potential health hazards.
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How long did it take you to get good at it? Did you ever get good at it? Were you a natural? Or did you eventually quit and maybe stick to pipes? There are a million ways to do it up, but smoking a joint is hard to beat. There’s nothing like it.
It’s the most relaxing, fun thing in the world, especially with friends. There’s no more natural way to smoke than rolling a joint. No batteries, solvents, metals, plastic … flower, paper, and fire. That’s it. Shouldn’t everyone be able to do it?
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NORML Founder Keith Stroup, Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley, and Benjamin Leiner of Empire State NORML at That Cannabis Show in Springfield, MA.; Courtesy of NORML
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[Editor’s Note: Natural? We have never trusted that word when used to describe something that comes in an aerosol can. We understand the desire to not have weed smoke clinging to our clothes, there’s got to be a better way than chemicals.]
As more and more states move to legalize cannabis, one problem remains heavy in the air: the smell. When it comes to flower, the danker the better, but for the rest of us, it would be nice to enjoy a nice smoke sesh without having to worry about the heavy smoke odor that clings to our clothes, cars, and furniture.
Enter Cannabolish, a natural, safe, effective way to smoke flower discreetly on your own terms. But the question remains: what separates Cannabolish from other, store-bought odor-eliminators? Won’t my sandalwood spritz or apple-cinnamon candle do the trick?
Leading Provider of Natural Odor-Control
Cannabolish is out to disrupt the odor-remover industry. As other companies rely on harsh chemicals, synthetic perfumes, and other carcinogenic materials, Cannabolish is the environment-friendly formula you’ve been waiting for. Sourced from natural ingredients, you can be sure it’s safe to use around pets and people, in large spaces or small, and as often as you need it. More importantly, Cannabolish actually eliminates the odor for good, never just masking the smell with another aromatic fake fragrance.
Interestingly, Cannabolish is plant-powered, which is unique compared to other products on the market. The scientifically-proven formula ensures the odor is fully eliminated using the power of the flower. As most cannabis lovers know intimately by now, terpenes are the blissfully pungent oils that develop during the flowering stages of a cannabis plants growth. They are responsible for the taste and experience of consumption—as well as the clingy odor that resides hours after use. While some products try to just mask the smell, Cannabolish instead fights terpenes with terpenes using a proprietary plant-based, biodegradable blend. Formulated by OMI Industries, a leading manufacturer of eco-friendly solutions, Cannabolish products are the reliable choice to reach for.
Formulated to Fit Your Lifestyle
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What more could the modern cannabis consumer want?