Handle with care - this one stings. This sativa-dominant hybrid by Jordan of the Islands hits hard and fast and because of its rip-roaring effects took first place at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2012. Bred by combining two very established strains, Afghani and Northern Lights, Cactus is a thorny weed that will have you feeling the tingles from head to toe.
THC levels in this strain vary from 19% to over 24% in some cases, making it a fairly consistent mid-range strain. This guarantees the user a heavy high each time you pick up a bit. Judging by flavor and aromas alone, it’s no wonder this one is considered by many to be a connoisseur strain. The first flavor to hit your palate is sweet citrus and pine, rounded out by a sharp sour note of lemon. On the nose, you’ll get hints of spice and lemon accompanied by that Pine Sol scent that has become popular in recent years. These heart-shaped, forest green nugs are covered in translucent amber hairs and a rich dusting of milky white trichomes, indicative of its parentage.
The high of the Cactus strain is best described as all over the place. It first hits with a jolt of energy, making it easy to finish whatever tasks you may have been putting off. This supercharged phase tends to last a while, and the motivation peaks right before a sudden drop hits. Without much warning you sink into a heady high that leaves you feeling spacey and relaxed. This phase lasts for hours, giving you space to really let the tingles wash over you and forget about any worries that may be plaguing you. This is an uplifted and happy high, although somewhat weighted, so be sure to have a couch handy. You’ll definitely want one when it really kicks in.
For medicinal purposes this strain is great for the treatment of depression, stress, bipolar, and some mild cases of anxiety because of its ability to boost the mood and give a kick of energy to the user. It’s also highly beneficial for insomnia and pain as the comedown is quite sedative. Sleep is almost inevitable if you are sensitive to indica in any way, and though it is sativa-dominant, it tends to have some heavy indica effects. Novice users are urged to proceed slowly as it is fast-acting and can get away from you quickly.
As you might expect from a plant called Cactus, this strain loves a warm climate. Temperature control is a must to keep her happy and full of life, however she comes with the added bonus of being resistant to most molds and pests. Enjoy eight ounces or more per plant with a flowering time of 8 to 10 weeks indoors or late September to early October for outdoor growth.
This up and down high is definitely one for the books. It tears in with sativa forward energy, then slowly rolls out the red carpet for indica to make its way right in, leaving you sleepy and weighted. Many users report this strain is perfect for an after-dinner treat or an early evening buzz as it is zippy at times and lethargic at others.