Lifesaver (or Life Saver) is an indica-dominant hybrid that lives up to its name in more ways than one. This bud offers a tart, candy-like fruit flavor alongside some invaluable therapeutic power. Lifesaver was created by inventive breeders BOG Seeds as a cross between their own BOG Bubble and JCB (which is itself a cross of Jack’s Cleaner and Blueberry). The result is a dynamically-flavored flower with lasting and balanced potency. Lifesaver’s THC content has been measured at between 12% and 21%.
Lifesaver makes it bag appeal clear right away with solid, almost spherical flowers. These buds are medium to large in size and cling together in the dense, thick bud structure that is characteristic of indica varieties. The tightly-coiled leaves are a mossy green and are threaded through with bright orange and yellow pistils. Occasionally, phenotypes of the strain also contain flashes of purple, ranging from pale lavender to a deep grape color; these hues are the result of anthocyanin pigments that become activated by cold weather in a process similar to the changing of foliage in autumn due to depleted chlorophyll levels. Finally, a dusting of translucent white trichomes covers these already-colorful flowers and accounts for their high psychoactivity.
When properly cured, Lifesaver bursts with a fruity, berry-inflected aroma. On closer inspection, there are also some hints of lemon and grape. Meanwhile, grinding up or tearing apart these flowers yield some slightly herbal notes, speaking to the strain’s Jack Herer backbone. When burnt, Lifesaver gives off a smooth and easy smoke that tastes uniquely sweet and tart on the exhale. Those looking to keep their consumption discreet should take any needed precautions, as this strain can be a very pungent smoke.
Lifesaver’s high takes hold quickly, conferring a pressure around the eyes and temples. This novel sensation is accompanied by a surge of emotional euphoria, as well as a distortion in sensory perception. Certain external stimuli can take on new intensity or dimensions. In addition to these mental phenomena, users will begin to detect powerful physical relaxation. Waves of numbing sedation spread throughout the body and pulverize any lingering muscular tension. Eventually, Lifesaver causes an uptick in cerebral activity -- thoughts may jump around in free association, but users are typically able to maintain a clear, lucid mindset and to carry on extended conversations with those around them. As such, this strain can be very social and giddy, bringing about camaraderie and good vibes when shared with like-minded friends. Lifesaver’s mental clarity may also be useful for accomplishing a pile of work, whether it’s analytical and task-based or more open-ended and creative. As the high wears on, it tapers off into full-on immobilization. There’s also a respective decline from cerebral energy into spacey daydreaming. Because of this decrescendo of effects, Lifesaver is best savored in the late afternoon or early evening.
Lifesaver’s wide-reaching effects may also have application for medical cannabis patients. It can help those with attention deficit disorders to sustain concentration on complicated jobs. Its easygoing nature may also temporarily improve the troubling symptoms of moderate stress and depression. Physiologically speaking, Lifesaver can dull aches and pains, whether they’re temporary, as due to injury, or chronic, as due to conditions like lupus or arthritis. Meanwhile, its anti-inflammatory effects are beneficial for everyday annoyances like headaches and nausea. Patients who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance should consume Lifesaver with caution, as its sativa edge can bring about some paranoia in the wrong circumstances.
Fortunately for home growers, BOG has made seeds of Lifesaver available for sale online. It can be grown indoors or out, although success outdoors calls for a semi-humid, Mediterranean-like climate. Growers should keep an eye out for any broad, light-block fan leaves, which can prevent light and air from reaching any low-growing flowering nodes. Lifesaver flowers within a short 6 to 7 weeks grown indoors and offers growers a solid yield for their efforts. Finally, just as this strain can be a pungent smoke, it can be a very pungent grow and may call for odor-control measures like carbon air filters or exhaust fans when cultivated indoors.
A good all-purpose strain for indica and sativa lovers alike, Lifesavers is as enjoyable when consumed alone as it is when shared with friends.