Being in California, I’ve had the opportunity to to enjoy both of these strains on plenty of occasions. They are definitely two of my favorites, albeit for different reasons. I’ve come to expect an energetic, racy experience with the Green Crack strain, and a mild, euphoric effect from Jack Herer.
Being so familiar with the Cracker Jack strain’s parents, I was excited to see how well their characteristics would mesh together. Interestingly enough, it was exactly what I would expect.
The aroma of the Cracker Jack strain was nearly the same floral scent that I’ve come to expect from the best batches of Green Crack. However, the Jack Herer influence made itself known as soon I could taste the vapor
As for its effects, the Cracker Jack strain gave me a slight surge of energy that great in the morning. However, it was not nearly as racy as the Green Crack strain.
In fact, the Jack Herer seemed to help counter this effect; so much so that I find the Cracker Jack strain to be helpful when I’m in need of soothing anxiety relief.
Patients who prefer a noticeable body melt when they medicate would be unlikely to declare the Cracker Jack strain as their first choice. However, it could be ideal for those who gravitate towards strains with a more uplifting head high. It may be most beneficial those who suffer from depression, schizophrenia, OCD, or anxiety.
It’s a shame this medical marijuana strain isn’t as ubiquitous as it once was but it makes sense why it growers choose strains that perform better and grow faster. Panama Red seems to be one of those strains that if you want to get your hands on a bunch of it, you need to find some good seeds, take your time, and grow it yourself.
Panama Red strain is an old school pure Sativa from the Panama region that was extremely popular between 1960 to the early 90’s. Since then, the genetics have died off slowly as most growers have switched to other Sativa strains that have faster grow cycles (to have more profitable grows). Panama Red’s flowering time is roughly 11-13 weeks which is longer than the most other popular Sativa strains.
The AK47 strain is a classic Sativa-dominant hybrid created by mixing Colombian (Sativa), Mexican (Sativa), Thailand (Sativa), and Afghanistan (Indica). The Banana Kush strain was the result of combining the OG Kush,Skunk #1, and Haze strains.
With this genetic lineage, I assumed that the AK Banana stain would be closer to the Sativa end of the spectrum. However, the effects that I experienced made me believe that it is nearly a 50/50 hybrid.
However, this time around seemed to stand out even more with their offering of Holy Grail Kush and the AK Banana strains.
Like the name would suggest, this batch of AK Banana had a subtle banana aroma that filled the room once the flowers were broken up. I was happy to see that this banana influence translated into taste exceedingly well.
The effects I experienced with this batch of the AK Banana strain were deceptively heavy. It was a sort of couch-lock I’ve never really encountered in the past. My mind wasn’t at all tired or cloudy, but my body did not want to move…at all.
I found the AK Banana strain to be a great option when in need of relief from chronic stress and anxiety. It may also benefit those who suffer from depression, schizophrenia, muscle spasms, migraines, and more.
Sour Diesel Marijuana Strain Genetics – 91 Chemdawg x Mass Super Skunk/NL (60% Indica : 40% Sativa)
Flowering Time – 10 Weeks
Yield – 450-550g/m2
Look – Lime green buds covered with trichomes and light orange hairs.
Smell – There are only two words to describe the way this marijuana strain smells. Sour Fuel.
Taste – Nice and sour on the inhale, and a nice fuely exhale that stays on the tongue long after smoking.
Effects – Even though this is an Indica dominant strain, it is very cerebral, with a nice calming, relaxing effect.
Medical Uses – Mood enhancement, stress, muscle relaxant
Additional Strain Info
The Sour Diesel is a good yielding, stretchy strain that produces light green, frosty, sour flowers that have a pinkish color when finishing. The Sour Diesel is best if you let it go the full 10 weeks and the taste lingers in your mouth well after the exhale. It is recommended to pinch and bend the tops as she grows because of the stretch, this will also improve yields. If height is an issue, you can still take advantage of this strains stretch in the first 3 weeks by putting your rooted clones directly into flower for a 3-4 foot finish or 1-1.3 meter finish. The Sour D. is great for the beginner or the experienced grower because she is not too nutrient sensitive and can be worked to perfection! A favorite among favorite and well documented you can now add Sour Diesel to your garden and see what all the fuss is about. 2nd Hash HT Cannabis Cup 2010
Purple Kush Feminized seeds where engineered in California in the late nineties as a crossing between Purple Afghan and Hindu Kush. Purple Kush is a 100% indica strain which results in a short and dense marijuana plant with compact but heavy buds. The beautiful purple leaves full of resin makes is a wonderful marijuana plant to grow. A good strain to grow outdoor in, especially in Mediterranean climates.
Purple Kush Feminized smell a bit dank, just like other Kush strains do. While smoking Purple Kush you will get into a state of total relaxation, great for people with sleep deprivation to get a good night rest.
Asteroid OG strain on my recent trip to SFVDM in Van Nuys, CA. I had seen batches of this strain in the past, but I never ventured to give it a try, mostly because nobody was able to give me a definitive answer on the genetics.
The effects of medicating with this strain started to set in almost instantly – first taking over my mind, and then making the limbs throughout my body heavy.
I was completely relaxed after medicating with the Asteroid OG strain, but I had to deal with some serious couchlock. So, it may be best reserved for those late night evening sessions when you don’t have much else to do.
Asteroid OG strain particularly useful when I was in need of some stress and anxiety relief. I expect that it would also be useful for those suffering from depression, PTSD or OCD.
Afghan Hawaiian is a sativa dominant hybrid (70% indica/30% sativa) strain created as a potent cross between the hugely popular UK Cheese X Lavender strains. This dank bud boasts a moderately high THC level ranging from 18-22% on average and a myriad of both indica and sativa effects. Users describe the high as having an immediately uplifting onset that leaves you aroused, creative, and slightly dizzy. You’ll feel happy and euphoric before falling into a state of deep relaxation without loss of functionality. Due to these potent effects, Afghan Hawaiian is said to be an ideal strain for treating patients suffering from conditions such as neurological disorders and spasticity as well as muscle spasms and chronic pain. Afghan Hawaiian buds have small dense round popcorn-shaped neon green nugs with light gold undertones and translucent amber hairs.
Candyland strain on my recent trip to SFVDM in Van Nuys, CA. After being on the prowl for a good batch of this strain for months, I couldn’t be more excited to see it on the shelf.
Ken Estes has a history of creating award winning hybrids, and the Candyland strain is his latest creation. It stems from two Grand Daddy Purp Collective classics – Bay Platinum Cookies and Ken’s Grand Daddy Purple (GDP).
As far as genetics are concerned, the Bay Platinum Cookies strain is a combination of the Bay 11 strain (an unknown Sativa) and a Platinum Cookies phenotype from the Bay Area. Combine this with the Ken’s GDP strain’s genetic lineage (Big Bud X Purple Urkle) and you have quite the cocktail.
Overall, I would expect the Candyland strain to be great option for stress and anxiety relief. It may also be beneficial for patients who suffer from PTSD, OCD, neuropathic pain, depression, and more.
Common sense told me that the Purple Crack strain was most likely the result of crossing the ever-popularGreen Crack strain with some variation of Granddaddy Purple. However, I quickly learned that the Purple Crack strain is actually a cross of Green Crack and the Juicy Fruit strain (aka Fruity Juice).
Knowing this, I was excited to see how these two classic Sativa-dominant hybrids would come together. The racy effects traditionally associated with the Green Crack strain are precisely what I look for when medicating in the morning. Combining these effects with the sweet flavor of the Juicy Fruit strain created some significantly high expectations in my mind.
As is often the case when smoking or vaporizing cannabis, the effects of the Purple Crack strain started to present themselves almost instantly.
I did experience a slight energy boost, but it was much more mellow than the fast-paced experience that I’ve come to expect when medicating with the Green Crack strain. The effects were far more consistent with my expectations of the Juicy Fruit strain, which is often more of a cerebral experience that helps spark my imagination.
Overall, I would say the Purple Crack strain is good option for patients looking to relieve stress and depressionduring the day. It may also be beneficial for patients who suffer from PTSD, OCD, neuropathic pain, social anxiety and more.
Look – This strain looked way more like Sour Diesel than Strawberry Cough. Darker green spear tip shaped buds with peach colored pistils, the trichome coverage gives it a grey looking color under certain lighting. This bud isn’t too compact, not really airy though.
Smell – I didn’t really notice a Strawberry smell, this particular phenotype leans heavily towards Sour Diesel and smells just like diesel fuel or a gas station with earthy kush undertones.
Taste – Same as the smell, very fuely with a great fuel/kushy earth aftertaste. This smoke is nice and thick on the inhale/exhale and the Strawberry Cough comes through with nice expansion in the lungs.
Effects – Strawberry Diesel is a pretty heady marijuana and it also gives a nice body relaxation. Smoke a little of it during the day to receive a lighter head effect, then smoke more at night to help you sleep. I also noticed an onset of munchies. This is a very good all around marijuana strain.
Medical Uses – Anxiety, depression, stress, muscle relaxation, pain relief, appetite, sleep aid