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Hybrid - 55%
Lineage: Thai
Recommended time of use: Afternoon
Origin: United States
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About Chemdawg

Chemdawg is a legendary strain with an uncertain genetic history. While it is thought to be crossed from Thai and Nepalese sativa landraces by U.S. breeders, many have laid claim to this strain’s creation. Chemdawg’s origin stories include one account of a complicated seed exchange among fellow growers at a Grateful Dead concert and another tale pinning the strain’s parentage on a Colorado strain called Dog Bud (so named for its tendency to make the smoker roll over like a dog). Whatever its beginnings, Chemdawg has become a staple in the U.S. cannabis market for its unique taste and upbeat, energetic high. It has also been used to crossbreed several popular and successful strains. Chemdawg’s THC content has been measured at between 15% and 20%.

Chemdawg has medium-sized buds that look slightly different from those of hybrid or pure indica lineage. Long and tapered rather than popcorn-like, the flowers have relatively loose and wispy leaves. The spring green leaves are covered in sticky white trichomes, lending buds a silver-white appearance. Due to the combination of their loose structure and resinous texture, buds of Chemdawg are particularly difficult to break up by hand -- users preparing flowers for joints or pipes will have an easier time with a grinder. The sticky flowers are threaded through with red to orange pistils. Chemdawg has a smell reminiscent of diesel fuel (which many say is the source of the “chem” in its name). The pungent flowers also give off odors of earthy musk and some pine. As long as flowers are properly cured, this strain has smooth smoke that tastes sour and when inhaled. On the exhale, Chemdawg’s smoke betrays its signature diesel taste with an ammonia-like tang that hits the top of the palate.

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The high from Chemdawg hits quickly, sometimes before users have had a chance to finish appreciating its distinctive diesel aroma. Smokers may experience a sharpening of the senses and an increased hyper-awareness of their surroundings. This initially disorienting head high becomes more productively cerebral and introspective in the right set and setting. Chemdawg can lend itself to exuberant conversation. Its ability to amplify sensory experiences also makes it particularly good for creative endeavors. Many users report a palpable sense of physical relaxation -- although nothing near couchlock -- leading to some speculation that Chemdawg has some indica in its genetics as well. Chemdawg’s strong cerebral high has made it valuable in treating some of the symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, and even PTSD. Some fans of the strain describe relief from chronic pain and migraines as well. Because of its potency and mental focus, Chemdawg has the potential to trigger the kind of manic, recursive thinking that can lead to paranoia. As such, even users with a high tolerance for THC are advised to moderate their intake accordingly.

Chemdawg is a strain whose cultivation is better suited to more experienced growers. For a while, it could only be grown as a clone if a clipping was obtained from a mature plant; now, however, many seed companies sell packaged seeds of Chemdawg. It is more often grown indoors than outdoors, as it requires a good amount of tending to resist mold and mildew. Growing indoors takes some vigilance -- the sativa-typical plants often grow over 5 feet tall, and as such, growers should bend and prune them early in the vegetative stage in order to keep them at a manageable height. Plants flower within 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors and typically offer a very high yield: growers can expect between 65 and 75 grams, or 2.3 and 2.6 ounces, per square footage of plant. Such high yields on such relatively tall plants can make for branches that sag under the weight of the flowers; growers should use tall supports like wooden dowels in order to keep plants upright in the flowering stage. Finally, because of Chemdawg’s pungency, any growers preoccupied with secrecy or discretion should invest in indoor odor-control measures like carbon air filters or exhaust fans.

Chemdawg’s potency has made it a valuable strain for crossbreeding. Its descendant strains include the phenotype Chemdawg 91 as well as the hugely popular hybrids Sour Diesel and OG Kush. More likely to keep users awake then put them to sleep if consumed at night, it has an almost eye-watering pungency and energizing and thought-stimulating effects. Chemdawg can be a great choice for accomplishing tasks, as well as for more celebratory circumstances as it keeps heads buzzing and conversation flowing.

THC Content - 22.0% Highest Test

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Suzy Sunshine
January 26, 2019
Love Chemdawg's clear, focused head high, but I think it made me have a panic attack.
Deborah Lindmar
December 02, 2018
I have severe arthritis and chronic pain just about everyday. Because of medical weed, especially chemdog, I'm able to take on the day. True, clear best yet for pain.
Thomas G Yost Jr
November 16, 2018
Have only tried it once very cerebral not much on the body as a lower back pain sufferer it did help relief the tension in my back and my overall stressed of the day I prefer a more overall indica but the densely taste is delicious with rich fuel like after tones make this a very tasty and distinct tasting bud.
November 08, 2018
Excellent experience, you're able to do everything you normally do but you're just feeling very good at the same time!
1 Kush King
July 24, 2018
Buds appear almost silver/white because of all the fine white trichomes everywhere & the pale (almost white) pistils. Once the grinder was used on the bud it came out light to medium green. When i didn't use the grinder my fingers got slightly sticky from all those fine trichomes. Buds were loose on the outside but, firm on the inside. Scent & flavor was chemical/diesel with pine. Good cerebral high making me happy & uplifted. Followed by a nice mellow relaxation. If like Chemdawg you will love Chemdawg#4!!
May 16, 2018
I have had a Perptual Grow of Chemdawg. Each week I cut clones, pot rooted clones, flip clones to 12/12, Harvest Plants. This method gives me a weekly Harvest. It took 4 months to get going. First the Fem. Plant was vegged for 2 months then I started cloning her each week and it took another 2 months to get to the point that I have 4 total mothers. I cut about 16 clones each week. Now at 9 months into it I Harvest More than I can smoke in 1 week. I make Hash, Oil, & Shatter. This straib helps me with Severe Chronic Pain.
March 21, 2018
By the way it’s dog Chemdog #dognotdawg This is a strain I personally love, love the 91, chem d, chem sis, chem 4, tredawg and stardawg are phenomenal strains.... Chemdog is a classic in and of itself, the Chem 4 was dubbed the reunion pheno and also closest to the mother according to PBud...
March 20, 2018
Love this strain! Removes my anxiety & gives a nice mellow high. Definitely will use again!
Michael Cook
October 27, 2017
This is one of the best strains I’ve ever had in my life. I just got it in dab form and I love it. It is an amazing relaxed euphoria of a high and I highly reccomend.
Melissa Palmer
November 11, 2016
Almighty So
November 05, 2016
Chemdawg is the best strain ever. I do prefer Indica but still I think everyone should try this if you have the chance.
Cookie culver
October 21, 2016
This strain has been a wonderful change up from my usual go-to, cherry pie, for treating my depression/anxiety when I get home from work. Helps unwind my knots and calm my mind.
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