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Like Green Crack (and not to be confused with LSD), Acid is a strain named for a somewhat more psychoactive substance. Nevertheless, Acid has a potency of its own, offering balanced effects along with a very complex aroma. Created by Paradise Seeds, the breeders of Delahaze and Sensi Star, Acid is derived from the genetics of regional favorite New York Sour Diesel. Its appeal has earned it the title of 3rd Best Indoor-Grown Flower in Spain’s 2016 Copa THC Valencia. Acid’s THC levels have been measured at between 16% and 23%.
Acid impresses with medium to large-sized flowers that hold a pronounced spade-like shape, almost like mini Christmas trees, tapering down from a wide circular base to a pointed tip. With a tight, dense structure, it’s clear that these buds couldn’t be anything but indica-dominant. The leaves, curled tightly inward toward their central stems, are a dark mossy green and are twisted through with curly brown pistils. Finally, shiny white trichomes cover the inner and outer surfaces of Acid’s flowers, giving the strain its psychoactive punch and making the buds very hard to break up without the aid of a grinder.
When properly cured, Acid indeed has a slightly acidic aroma, marked by a sharp tang of citrus. There are also strong, musky base notes, redolent of damp soil and incense. Meanwhile, breaking apart or grinding up these dense nugs releases the astringent fumes of gasoline that makes parent strain New York Sour Diesel so pungent and popular. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, Acid burns with a smooth and easily ingested smoke. This rich smoke leaves behind the taste of lemon and diesel on the exhale.
Acid’s high reveals itself slowly at first, warping the smoker’s perception of their external stimuli. Certain sounds may be amplified, as if generated inside an echo chamber. Similarly, vivid colors and brights lights may take on a new intensity. Once these sensory effects become full-blown, more immersive psychedelic phenomena set in, like distortions in depth perception and a strong feeling of time dilation. Within some time, smokers may feel a concerted pressure around the temples and lymph glands, as well as a slight increase in salivation. These tingles progress into waves of relaxation that roll down the spine and radiate out through the core and limbs. While users may not be totally immobilized by these soothing effects, they may feel inspired to take a load off in the closest comfortable surroundings.
Acid’s high is also characterized by a cerebral mindset in which the smoker’ may attach to random thoughts or concepts, finding them more interesting than they otherwise might be. Such freely-associative thinking can be a good way to find creative solutions to entrenched problems or to tackle certain work tasks. As time passes -- or as dosage is increased -- Acid’s mental effects become more dreamy than lucid, rendering any prior productivity null and void. Because of its gradual decrease in energy, this strain should be enjoyed during the late afternoon or evening.
Acid’s versatile effects can also have may applications for medical cannabis patients. The strain’s early tendency to induce focus and concentration can be instrumental in helping those with attention deficit disorders to focus on a single task. Its uplifting, positive vibes may also temporarily soothe the difficult symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression. On the physical side, Acid can take care of deep, nerve-based aches and pains, as well as minor everyday irritations like headaches. Because this strain can bring about fairly intense patterns of recursive thinking, patients who are prone to paranoia or panic should consume Acid with caution.
Fortunately, Paradise Seeds has made seeds of Acid available to home growers. Once obtained, the strain can be grown indoors or out, although successful outdoor cultivation requires a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be a particularly resilient and user-friendly grow for novices to cannabis cultivation. Acid flowers within 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors; it offers a low to modest yield of flowers at maturity.
While it may not make you smell colors or see the walls melt, Acid packs enough punch to scramble smokers’ minds with both stimulation and sedation.