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Medusa is a potent hybrid with a pungent bouquet and supremely well-balanced effects. Developed by Nirvana Seeds, the creators of tasty strains like Papaya and Bubblicious, this strain is a three-way cross between Misty, White Widow, and Skunk. Its versatility makes it enjoyable for both solo and social use and its high is said to last longer than average. Named after the Greek monster of myth, this Medusa is a legend in her own right. This strain’s THC content has been measured at between 15% and 20%.
Medusa is marked by medium to large flowers than cling together in a tapered, conical shape. They have a dense bud structure that betray their indica roots. This strain’s leaves are a mossy green and are twisted through with pale yellow to bright orange pistils. Finally, like parent strain White Widow, Medusa’s flowers are almost white with trichomes, secreting psychoactive resin that make this strain both potent and difficult to break up without a grinder.
When properly cured, Medusa gives off a musky, earthy aroma that also has faint notes of cocoa. On closer inspection, some users also detect sweet berry flavors. Grinding these buds up or breaking them open releases a distinct funk from parent strain Skunk. When burnt, Medusa gives off a smooth and pleasant smoke; this smoke has a rich, creamy feeling on the exhale with some spiciness on the exhale. Smokers who’d like to fly under the radar should keep in mind that this bud’s pungency can carry for quite a distance.
Medusa has a high that hits relatively quickly. At first, smoker will begin to detect a concerted pressure around the temples and forehead. Thoughts and ideas tend to jump from one to the next in a freely-associative way, allowing for focus and productivity. This mindset can serve as an accompaniment to task-based analytical work as well as more open-ended, creative jobs. In some cases, consumers also experience strong sensory distortion that can verge on psychedelic, like time dilation and changes in depth perception. Medusa be a good way to spice up annoying everyday activities like running errands or doing dishes.
As time passes, a body high creeps in, weighing down limbs and eyelids while allowing users to breathe more deeply and easily. These sedative effects can take the edge off of any previously buzzy, energetic mood. In higher doses, Medusa’s sleepy vibes can act like the gorgon Medusa herself, turning smokers to stone and trapping them in their immediate surroundings. Because of its taper down from energy into mellow relaxation, Medusa is best enjoyed during the late afternoon to early evening.
Medusa’s far-reaching effects can also have many applications for medical cannabis patients. Its clear-headed lucidity can help those with attention deficit disorders to sustain focus on a single task. The bud’s mood-shifting properties can also temporarily take the edge off of mild to moderate cases of stress and depression. Physiologically speaking, Medusa may also soothe deep-seated aches and pains as well as minor afflictions like headaches and nausea. Patients who are prone to panic or paranoia should consume Medusa with caution, as its early cerebral effects can prove too intense for some.
Fortunately, Nirvana has made seeds of Medusa available for sale online. It can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor success requires a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Its plants reach a medium height that can be easily accommodated in indoor spaces. This strain flowers within 9 to 11 weeks when grown indoors and offers patient growers a yield of about 37 to 46 grams (or 1.3 to 1.6 ounces) of flower per square foot of plant. Finally, Medusa can be a very pungent grow; those looking to keep their indoor growing operations discreet should invest in odor-control measures like exhaust fans or carbon air filters.
Medusa’s therapeutic and balanced effects make it sure to appeal to both indica and sativa lovers alike. If you break it out in social situations, bring enough to share, as this strain’s pungency is sure to turn some heads.