History & Genetics
Gumbo is a slightly indica-leaning hybrid strain that is reportedly named after a type of bubblegum. However, no one really knows for sure who the first breeder of this strain was, nor do we know which plants were crossed in order to create this delicious beast. Despite the innocent name, this strain’s potent effects are not to be underestimated. This evening strain is best used to boost appetite and mood. You should expect a moderately high THC concentration between 16-20% for this flower.
Appearance, Aroma, & Flavor
Despite the mystery shrouding the genetics of this plant, it is quite the looker harvest after harvest. These buds are often mint or olive green in color with a bit of blue tinting around the periphery of the bud. Tiny, amber hairs wrap themselves around the bud, which helps to make the trichome layer on this flower really pop visually.
You will most likely be met with an incredibly thick blanket of milky white and crystal trichomes when opening up a jar of Gumbo. This bud is also incredibly pleasing to the nose, combining elements of both pungent skunk and sweet bubblegum into a truly unique and wonderful aroma. The flavor of the smoke produced by this flower is quite sweet, with many saying it tastes just like candy.
The effects of Gumbo, while quite powerful, are still very typical of an indica-leaning hybrid strain. The high begins leaving you anchored in place no matter where you’re sitting. Thus, Gumbo is most often used by those who are consuming indoors on a sofa with the sole intention of watching TV and spacing out for the ultimate level of relaxation.
Many have reported the high from a bit of this bud lasting as long as two hours! This bud is one of those, “sesh” buds, where a little bit of planning should take place before sparking up. Make sure you treat yourself kindly to a few cold drinks (the more variation the better!) and tasty snacks because this bud is going to get you hungry! Although the smoke is quite smooth, most find they have a better experience all around if they have a drink for between hits.
Medical cannabis patients have been buying up Gumbo just about everywhere it’s sold due to its intense effects. These patients, seeking to curb symptoms of insomnia, loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress, muscles spasms, and more, look to Gumbo as a significant tool in the fight against their ailments.
It might take a little extra work to grow Gumbo. You'll need to dial in the environmental variables because these plants are prone to mildew. They also don't need as much water as most strains and could develop root rot, because the water will sit rather than be sucked up. Overdoing the nutrients can also lead to nutrient poison. Less is more when growing Gumbo.
You can expect Gumbo to bloom around 7-9 weeks. Plants yield 1-2 ounces per square foot, indoors. They do prefer warm and dry habitats.
We use mostly Indica strains for help with sleep, with the occasional daytime toke on a Sativa when the mood or event is right. We’ve smoked lots of different Indicas, many very potent with instant couch-lock. I have to say that I got tired of that and decided to try some Gumbo. Wow! We really like it! No, there is NOT immediate couch lock. I would say with my usual two hits, I am fairly clear-headed, into my computer games and just pleasantly chilling or watching TV. The couch lock sets in later, and it does lead to a pleasant night’s sleep without being almost knocked unconscious like some of the Indicas. Also, the inhale is not harsh like so many Indicas. I’ll be looking for this hard-to-find strain again.