Watermelon, also known as Watermelon Kush, is a mysterious strain of unknown parentage. This bud’s unspecified genetic background brings a rich mix of terpenes that have resulted in a unique watermelon aroma. Beyond its refreshing summery flavor, this strain is valued for its long-lasting sedative power. Watermelon’s THC content has been measured at between 11% and 22%.
Watermelon is marked by large, chunky flowers that tend to maintain their shape when trimmed. These buds adhere in the relatively loose, piecey structure usually associated with sativa varieties. The fluffy leaves, which can easily be torn away from their central stems, are a bright shade of yellowish green. These flowers are also filled with curly orange hairs (which are actually pistils, botanical structures meant to catch pollen from from fertilizing male plants. Capping off the impressive buds is a thick blanket of trichomes that gives them a white sheen and a very sticky texture.
If properly cured, Watermelon’s flowers give off a fruity aroma that blends tart berries and grape. While present, the strain’s watermelon scent is not especially prominent and may only be detected on a second or third inspection. Grinding up these buds yields some skunky notes, perhaps testifying to OG Kush in the strain’s lineage. When combusted, Watermelon burns with a smooth, fruity smoke that tastes like grape with some lingering sour traces on the exhale.
As with many predominantly indica strains, Watermelon’s high has a slow onset. The effects may begin as a tingle around the eyes and forehead. This odd sensation soon warps into a warm feeling that envelops the entire body, letting users know that they’re in for a physically relaxing experience.
Watermelon is not without some mental stimulation, though. Although this is a heavy indica, it comes without the dopey, incapacitated mindset of some stronger, knockout indica strains. Smokers may notice their thoughts rambling freely, and may find some concepts or stimuli to be more interesting than they otherwise might. Although Watermelon is unlikely to facilitate any deep, cerebral thinking, it’s just the thing for a creative brainstorm or for simple, idle daydreaming. While consumers typically remain lucid enough to carry on conversations, those with a busy schedule shouldn’t plan on getting any work done under Watermelon’s influence. Instead, this bud is a good accompaniment to kicking back and watching tv and the end of a long day or week of work. As the high passes or as dosage is increased, users should prepare for some intractable couchlock. Under the right circumstances, the strain can even lull smokers into a deep, restful sleep. Because of its mostly sedative vibes, this strain is recommended for nighttime rather than daylight use.
Watermelon can also have several potential benefits for medical cannabis patients. Its physically soothing effects can treat aches and pains, whether they’re temporary or chronic. It may also soothe everyday irritations like headaches and nausea. Meanwhile, the bud’s mood-elevating properties may temporarily take the edge off of mild to moderate cases of stress, depression, and anxiety. Finally, as noted, Watermelon can counteract insomnia with the force of its sedation. Because this strain is unlikely to trigger the kind of intense, recursive thinking that can lead to paranoia, it is a good option for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance.
No breeders have taken the reins of cultivating Watermelon on a commercial scale. As such, seeds are not readily available online and prospective growers will need to obtain clippings of the strain in order to grow genetically identical “clones.” The strain can be grown indoors or out, although success outdoors requires a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Watermelon flowers within 8 to 9 weeks when grown indoors and offers grows a high yield of flowers for their efforts.
Somewhat difficult to come by, Watermelon is worth snatching up if spotted on dispensary shelves. If you bring this bud out in social situations, its irresistible fruity aroma is sure to turn some heads -- so be sure to bring enough to share.