Middlefork (or Middle Fork) is a strain that’s unique not only because of its bold and original flavor, but because it boasts a strong connection to its point of origin. A sativa-leaning cross between DJ Short’s cut of Blueberry and Dutch Treat, Middlefork is named for a fork at the convergence of two rivers in Western Washington state, where it is bred. Created by Royal Tree Gardens, breeders who have given us other tasty strains like Grape Royale and Black Cherry Soda, Middlefork delivers a balanced and enduring high. Cannabis testing lab Analytical 360 has clocked Middlefork’s potency at between 16% and 26% THC.
Middlefork is distinguished by dense, medium to large-sized buds that have a tapered, almost conical appearance. The leaves appear pale green, set off by hairy pistils that are orange to brown in color. Cured buds are absolutely covered in crystalline trichomes -- both on outer surfaces and inner crevices -- giving them a sticky texture and a slight white sheen. On first inspection, Middlefork has a fruity aroma that combines the tart sweetness of Blueberry with the citrus notes of Dutch Treat. Some say that parent strain Dutch Treat is descended from staple Haze, and Middlefork’s scent seems to corroborate this, as breaking open its buds yields the herbal and spicy notes of damp earth so often associated with Haze. When combusted, Middlefork gives off smoke that is smooth and easy on the lungs, but has a notably sour funk. This strain leaves behind a slight citrus tang after being exhaled.
Middlefork has a high that takes hold quickly in the form of a bracing headrush. Smokers may find themselves suddenly more alert and attuned to their surroundings. A smile soon creeps its way into the smoker’s heavy, tingling face as Middlefork confers feelings of warmth and euphoria. This optimism and mental stimulation easily lends itself to creative projects as well as mundane errands, providing a quick burst of energy. As the high wears on, an indica body stone creeps in, pulverizing muscle tension and allowing users to breathe more easily and deeply. Although Middlefork may not necessarily lead to couchlock, the sedation on this strain’s backend goes some way toward undoing its initially cerebral effects. As the high tapers off, smokers may find themselves more dopey and dreamy than focused and exacting. This strain’s effects can linger up to four hours, proving potent even for cannabis veterans. Its wide-ranging effects can be enjoyed at almost any time of day.
Just as it is a recreationally versatile strain, Middlefork also has many benefits for medical cannabis patients. It can temporarily numb the intense symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also soothe aches and pains, ranging from the mild to the chronic and severe. In high enough doses, Middlefork may also relieve stubborn cases of insomnia (although insomnia patients should be prepared to endure some cerebral mindfulness before the strain’s heavy sedation kicks in). This strain is not recommended for those who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance, as its thought-provoking effects may trigger a feeling of “mindrace” or recursive thinking.
Breeders Royal Tree Gardens have not made seeds of Middlefork available for purchase online. As such, those seeking to grow this strain must obtain clippings from mature, healthy plants in order to grow genetically identical clones. Middlefork can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor growing requires semi-humid climates with steady daytime sunlight and temperatures in the 70 degree Fahrenheit range. There is limited information available on best cultivation practices for this strain. However, Middlefork is known to be a very pungent plant with an overly sweet funk, somewhat akin to rotting fruit or vegetables; growers looking to keep their indoor operations under wraps should invest in odor control measures like carbon air filters.
Middlefork’s buzzy energy is great for parties and small gatherings of friends, where it can sustain stimulating conversation. It also provides the perfect setting for kicking back at home with a psychedelic movie or show. Any smokers looking to take advantage of Middlefork’s early sativa rush should get any ambitious tasks out of the way quickly, before this strain’s sleepy indica side takes over.