About Ray Charles
Named after the legendary jazz pianist and singer, Ray Charles is a bold indica with an undeniable pungency. This bud’s exact genetic background is not well documented, but it’s thought to be a pure indica and descended from an Afghani landrace. What’s clear is that this strain provides knockout relaxation and is best enjoyed as a soothing evening treat. Its THC content has been measures at between 15% and 21%.
Ray Charles stands out with large, well-formed flowers that cling together in formations that range from tapered and elongated to roughly spherical. These buds make their indica heritage clear with compact, closely-packed buds and small leaves. The leaves themselves are a dark shade of forest green and are threaded through with vibrant orange and rust-colored pistils. Finally, Ray Charles’ impressive flowers are crowned with a coat of icy white trichomes.
When properly cured, flowers of Ray Charles give off a sour-sweet funk, somewhat like compost or fertilizer. A second whiff reveals some astringent, almost chemical odors. Grinding up the buds gives off a rich, hashy aroma reminiscent of Afghani. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, Ray Charles releases a harsh smoke that may make the user cough or make their eyes water. This smoke has some lingering sweet diesel fumes on the exhale.
Seeds of this mellow strain are unfortunately not available for sale online. Instead, prospective growers should obtain clippings of mature plants in order to foster clones. It can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor growing calls for a semi-humid, Mediterranean-like climate. This strain’s plants are pure indica, with a short and bushy silhouette that has strong tendency for lateral branching. Ray Charles flowers within a brief 8 to 9 weeks.
Although hard to find, this super-sedative bud is a strain worth chasing. For a pleasant and irreverent kick, roll a joint of Ray Charles mixed with some of the more well-balanced Stevie Wonder.