We are now one month into legalization in Canada and it has already seen lots of success! According to data from various provinces, over 18,000 transactions were completed on the first day of legalization equalling over 1.8 million dollars from Government transactions alone! Legalization has attracted many Canadians that are new to cannabis to this wondrous plant, as well as allowing the rest of us to finally enjoy it without the risk of imprisonment.
To mark the momentous impact that legalization has had so far, we have decided to seek out some of the most famous Canadian cannabis strains for you to try!
Although originally originating in Mendocino County in the 1970’s, it wasn’t until a breeder known as “Emerald Joe” brought his prized cutting to British Columbia that it became well known by cannabis connoisseurs. Named after the enemy alien race in Star Trek, outer space is the perfect backdrop for this potent Indica strain. Romulan flourished in Canadian soil and was further crossbred with White Rhino to develop a hearty phenotype with purple stems and blue-tinged buds.
This strain regularly produces THC levels of 20-24% making it a potent choice. The pure Indica genetics produces the expected body high that completely relaxes your muscles, while also giving you the sensation of floating – as though you were in space. Romulan is an excellent option for treating chronic pain and lack of appetite, as well as anxiety and depression.
Island Sweet Skunk
Originally bred by Federation Seeds in British Columbia, Island Sweet Skunk was bred in the pursuit of creating a true Sativa strain that could grow in Vancouver climates. By crossing Sweet Pink Grapefruit and Big Skunk #1, breeders were able to find sweet success. Island Sweet Skunk is a Sativa-dominant strain that won a Canadian award at the High Times Cannabis Cup.
While THC levels average 15-19% in this strain, it has proved itself excellent for managing mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and ADD/ADHD. The cerebral high delivers a major mood boost promoting feelings of euphoria and happiness as well as energy and creativity, which comes alongside mellow body relaxation.
Developed by botanists at the University of British Columbia in the 1970s, Chemo was bred for the purpose of reducing the side-effects of chemotherapy treatment such as pain and nausea. Commonly known as “UBC Chemo”, this strain is a 100% Indica hybrid with unknown genetics.
Known for its woodsy aroma and earthy flavor, some of the most sought after phenotypes for this strain can be found via legendary Canadian breeders Jordan of the Islands, Dr. Greenthumb and Remo.
Regardless of its genetic make-up, Chemo is a potent strain with THC levels regularly ranging between 18-21%. The pure Indica genetics produces classic effects resulting in full-body relaxation, potent couchlock and a strong case of the munchies! Beyond its ability to manage pain and nausea, Chemo is also suited to assisting with symptoms of depression and insomnia.
God Bud was created by breeders at the BC Bud Depot Seed Farm in Vancouver. BC Bud Depot bred Hawaii with Purple Skunk to produce a potent 50/50 hybrid, although its effects are predominantly Indica. In fact, this strain even won high honors in the Indica category at the 2004 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.
Now a popular favourite through the West Coast and Vancouver, this potent hybrid has a moderate THC level of 15-20%. Although God Bud produces an uplifting euphoria and boost in creativity, these effects can be easily overcome by the sedative qualities making this strain best for evening or nighttime use. The potent Indica effects are ideal for treating chronic pain, stress, anxiety and even depression.
This strain was developed in Quebec by House of the Green Gardener and is believed to be a phenotype of White Widow. This strain is predominantly Sativa-dominant due to the influence of White Widow and has a sour citrus smell and flavor that delivers potent cerebral effects.
The THC content in Jean Guy can reach up to 25% making it a potent option for Sativa lovers. The effects are uplifting and energizing, making it perfect for wake and bake. It is also proven helpful for patients suffering from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and pain from cancer.
Originating in – you guessed it! – Manitoba, this strain is a 50/50 hybrid out of unknown African strains. Bred by Great White North Seed Company, this strain has a moderate THC level of around 15% and produces balanced effects. The initial experience is the uplifting Sativa effects that generate focus and clarity, which are followed by the Indica effects that produce relaxed body effects. The overall effect is calming and long-lasting, and can put you to sleep if you take too much!
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