Sunshine is a sativa-dominant hybrid whose name does an accurate job of describing its uplifting, optimistic effects. This strain was derived by Canadian breeders Peace Naturals Project, who also produce various THC concentrates like oils and creams. Although Sunshine’s genetic background remains a proprietary secret, there’s no denying the strain’s mental power, which allows for both creativity and clear-eyed focus. Sunshine’s THC content has been measured at between 14% and 27%.
Sunshine’s flowers can be visually underwhelming -- these buds tend to be small and pebbly, clinging together in dense, popcorn-like formations. The leaves are a pale green and are threaded through with orange and rust-colored hairs (which are actually pistils, structures meant to catch pollen from fertilizing male plants). Finally, cloudy white trichomes cover the inner and outer surfaces of these flowers, giving them a slightly white sheen and accounting for their high psychoactivity.
What Sunshine lacks in visual appeal, it makes up for in aroma. When properly cured, the buds smell fruity and almost cloyingly sweet. On closer inspection, there are also some tropical citrus notes of pineapple. When this bud is broken up or ground, it releases an astringent chemical scent, perhaps hinting at some Chemdawg in Sunshine’s lineage. When combusted, the flowers burn with a smooth and easily palatable smoke. This smoke tastes sweet and orangey on the exhale.
Sunshine’s high takes hold quickly, with initial effects manifesting as a pressure around the eyes and forehead. This throbbing soon melts into an uplifted mindset, in which any prior cares or anxieties fade into the background. Smokers may also find themselves launched into an elevated pattern of cerebral thinking, with thoughts jumping from one to the next. For some, this kind of mindrace may be overwhelming and disorienting. In the right set and setting though, Sunshine can provide the ideal backdrop for working on problem-solving scenarios, as well as more creative endeavors. This strain may provide the requisite energy for getting out and about to accomplish mundane tasks like cleaning or grocery shopping. For some, it can also be an effective exercise aid. Unlike some other potent sativas, Sunshine is remarkable for its lack of an uncomfortable “comedown” -- instead, consumers can peacefully taper off into a mildly relaxing physical state. This strain is as enjoyable when savored alone as it is when shared to facilitate conversation among like-minded friends. True to its name, Sunshine is best enjoyed during the daytime. It makes a great wake-and-bake strain, as well as a satisfying afternoon treat.
Sunshine can also have several benefits for medical cannabis patients. Its generally uplifting vibes can temporarily lessen or eliminate the symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression. Its single-minded focus can also help those with attention deficit disorders to keep their attention on a single task. Physiologically speaking, Sunshine’s relaxation may soothe aches and pains, whether they’re temporary, as due to injury, or chronic, as due to condition like fibromyalgia or arthritis. Because its deeply cerebral mindset can easily veer into paranoia, this strain is not recommended for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance.
Peace Naturals Project has not made seeds of Sunshine available for sale online. As such, prospective growers must obtain clippings of the strain from a trusted source in order to grow genetically identical “clones.” Sunshine can be grown indoors or outdoors, although outdoor success depends on a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The strain’s sativa roots suggest exceptionally tall plants that may require regular pruning in order to contain their heights within limited indoor spaces. These sativa genetics also imply a long flowering time of anywhere between 9 to 11 weeks.
With long-lasting effects and a crowd-pleasing flavor to boot, Sunshine is a must-try for sativa lovers. If you plan to bring it out for a toke in social situations, bring enough to share, as this bud’s tropical aroma is sure to turn some heads.