If it weren’t for an age-old rivalry between two colleges in the Pacific Northwest, we might not have this incredible strain on our hands. Thanks to Grow State Farms (and the back and forth between University of Washington and Washington State), we are gifted with the alternative to UW Indica, named after the rival college over the hill. WSU is a 100% pure indica strain derived from the infamous Chemo strain, is heavily relaxing and spacey, and can be found all over the rainy state.
The THC tests on WSU are sky high, reaching above 24% on average. This guarantees a strong, heady high that will leave users feeling a bit hazy, but a lot chilled out. WSU has some really beautiful buds that are dark forest green with fuzzy orange hairs and light colored trichomes that give it a glistening effect when put in the light. They are reminiscent of snowy treetops from the PNW winters. These lightly flavored nugs lean towards fruity flavors, with rich berry notes and undertones of citrus and earth. The aromas are just as mellow and just as fruity with the only difference being a touch of spiciness when the buds are broken apart.
Though this is considered a sedative strain, the WSU high isn’t necessarily one that will knock you out in moderate doses. The effects are pretty immediate, rushing to your head fairly quickly with a cerebral euphoria. After this initial “whoosh” the rest of the high is fairly gentle. You’ll feel your body start to relax into your seat, though you won't feel heavy enough to get couch lock. Enjoy as your mood suddenly becomes light and your tummy begins to lead the way. Be sure to have snacks available, because as the tension in your body fades it’s replaced pretty much instantly by the munchies.
WSU, like its parent, was bred specifically to help with the painful and often itchy side effects of chemotherapy treatments for those struggling with cancer. As the unknown breeders had intended, it is perfect for that as well as inflammation and generalized pain caused by chronic symptoms or injury. As it is pretty sedative, it’s also beneficial to those who suffer from insomnia, restless leg and/or daytime fatigue caused by sleeplessness. In addition to the above, some of the other ailments that can be treated with WSU include nausea and lack of appetite.
Accurate information on growing WSU is slightly harder to come by. The flowering time is around 9 to 10 weeks and in good conditions, you’ll generate an above average yield. The buds are dark and full, while the plant is on the taller side. The aromas are mild, making this a great indoor strain.
If there was any strain that you could recommend to someone who is coming off one of the scariest treatments of their lives, this would be a good one. It was bred specifically for the aid of chemotherapy side effects and makes for a nice gift for anyone who is looking to relieve themselves from some tough symptoms. Bring nausea to a halt and inflammation to a minimum. Pain will melt away and a sense of normalcy will suddenly fill the room. If you are a recreational user, this is a great option for winding down after a long day. Try it in a grape wrap to enhance some of the milder flavors.