About Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf is an indica-dominant hybrid with a lower-than-average THC content. This strain is bred by Buddha Seeds as a cross between Skunk and an unnamed ruderalis, a species of cannabis that produces less psychoactive resin than its indica and sativa cousins. As a result, Red Dwarf offers mellow but relaxing effects and THC levels measured at between a modest 7% and 15%.
Red Dwarf’s flowers are indeed dwarf-like, appearing small to medium in size when trimmed. The buds, which maintain a tapered, somewhat pointy formation, have a compact indica structure with tightly-coiled leaves. The leaves themselves are a bright shade of spring green and are full of curly rust-colored pistils. Because of Red Dwarf’s low levels of THC, its flowers are finished off by just a light sprinkling of resinous white trichomes.
Once cured, Red Dwarf’s buds have an intense aroma that compensates for their somewhat plain visuals. The flowers give off a strong earthy musk that’s punctuated by bright notes of citrus. A closer inspection may also pick up on the rich odor of pine and spice. Meanwhile, when Red Dwarf’s flowers are broken apart or ground up, they release some of the funk that comes with parent strain Skunk. Combusting these buds gives off a thick and somewhat harsh smoke that may irritate the sinuses. On the exhale, this smoke tastes like a combination of fruit and pine, similar to popular hybrid Jack Herer.
The high from Red Dwarf can take hold slowly and subtly, with some users forgetting they’ve even toked before beginning to feel its effects. At first, the strain can exert a slight headrush, marked by flushing cheeks or a faster pulse in the temples. As these sensations become more familiar, users may find themselves immersed in a newly activated plane of thinking in which certain ideas or concepts seem take on a new gravity. Similarly, thoughts may bounce from one to the next in a kind of free word association, leading to chattiness and friendly vibes when Red Dwarf is shared in social settings. This cerebral mindset can help accomplish work on any detailed, analytical tasks. It may also spark inspiration for those engaged in brainstorming sessions or creative projects.
As Red Dwarf’s high continues, heavy physical effects can become increasingly apparent. Eyelids and limbs may begin to feel weighed down in equal measure, making any kind of prolonged physical activity difficult and undesirable. For consumers who already find themselves in a relaxed setting, the strain may lead to the numbing and calming sensation of couch-lock.
Fortunately, however, Red Dwarf’s earlier mental stimulation persists for the duration of the strain’s action. As such, smokers may still be able to work, read, or socialize even as they’re pinned down by its effects. Because of its slow decline into relaxation, Red Dwarf is recommended for late afternoon or early evening consumption.
Red Dwarf’s well-balanced effects (and lower-than-average psycho activity) can have several applications for medical cannabis patients too. Its cerebral activation can help those with attention deficit disorders to focus on single tasks. Its ability to improve mood may offer temporary relief from mild to moderate stress, depression, and anxiety. Physically speaking, the strain can take the sting out of chronic aches and pains, while its anti-inflammatory properties can address lesser discomforts like nausea, cramps, and headaches. Because of its lower THC levels, Red Dwarf comes with a lower risk of obsessive or paranoid thinking; as such, it is a good option for those who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.
Those looking to grow Red Dwarf at home can purchase seeds of the strain online. Once obtained, it can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor cultivation calls for a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Its plants have a short, bushy silhouette with strong, sideways-growing branches. Occasionally, gardeners may need to “top” their crops by trimming away any broad, light-blocking fan leaves. Red Dwarf reaches maturity within a short 8 to 9 weeks and offers a higher than average yield at harvest time.
Thanks to its mellow high and deeply fragrant smoke, Red Dwarf makes an excellent all-purpose smoke for newcomers to cannabis. Its rare ruderalis genes may also be of interest to experience connoisseurs.