Consuming a Lemon strain can be akin to a wine tasting experience, in which the “bouquet” of the bud can be taken in first with the olfactory glands, enjoying the aroma to the point where it seems a shame to put the flower to the flame. With that in mind, we decided it was overdue to take a closer examination of Lemon-oriented strains and what makes them unique, tasty and oh-so-potent…
ORIGINS OF LEMON
One of the defining Lemon strains is the 80 percent sativa-dominant Super Lemon Haze (SLH), which won the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in 20008 and 2009, back when it was exclusively held in Amsterdam. Per Wikileaf, SLH’s parents are Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk, a pair of potent sativa-dominant hybrids that genetically unify to produce an even tastier, more mind-blowing sativa-dom.
According to DNA Genetics, Lemon Skunk is a 60 percent sativa hybrid with both domestic (Las Vegas) and international (Holland) parents, and a strain that can yield great taste if flowering is limited to 50-56 days.
Sativa-dominant Super Silver Haze is a legendary strain originating in the 1990’s, and it won three consecutive Cannabis Cups spanning 1997-99. Super Silver Haze is a complex cross of potent sativa strain Haze, pure indica Northern Lights and classic hybrid Skunk #1. From this breakdown, it’s apparent SLH had a lot go into it to produce such a tasty, cerebral strain.
QUALITIES OF LEMON
Of course, the overwhelming attribute associated with Lemon strains is the pungent, fruity, citrus aroma, taste and even aftertaste. This is due to Lemon strain’s unique terpene profile; terpenes being the aromatic molecules on pot flowers that determine the particular flavor of a given strain, such as SLH.
A strain’s “terpenoid profile” can vary significantly, for example, from a Lemon strain compared to another strain, such as indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple. This can affect everything from the intensity of the high to the medicinal attributes.
A cannabis cultivator in legal medicinal state Michigan provided insights into Super Lemon Haze harvesting. This grower noted the unique attributes of the psychoactive qualities of Super Lemon Haze: “The buzz is perfect for being active, it does not drag you down at all. It makes me get up and do stuff!”
An online board member of the Roll It Up forum praised SLH produced by Green House Seeds, noting that opening a jar “towards the end of cure is like sticking your nose into a sweet fresh lemon.”
Then, there are the indica-dominant Lemon strains—not as common, but still available, especially at legal dispensaries.
LEMON FRESH CONCENTRATES
Not surprisingly, cannabis concentrates of Lemon strains are also making an impact on the medicinal and recreational markets. Lemon extract products are not only wildly popular—they’ve been reaping rewards! Products like Lemon Skunk Rocks by Got Meds took first place for “Best Medicinally Infused Product” at the 2017 Midwest Cannabis Cup in Michigan. Most impressively, “Best Sativa Concentrate” was captured by Lemon Punch, manufactured by Maze Floriculture and Moxie Michigan.
Finally, it’s always important that the use of cannabis as a healing agent never be overlooked in the ganja gold rush to profit off the recreational market. Seeking to enhance the flavor and taste of flowers can actually have significant medicinal benefits.
There are links between the terpene profiles working with certain cannabinoids in an interaction producing what is commonly referred to as the ‘entourage effect,’ which can have what medical patients are seeking. This combination of compounds creating increased benefits defines cannabis as a polypharmaceutical plant.
In the context of Lemon flowers, this means that all those incredible smells and tastes that linger long after the smoke is exhaled are actually working together to make a more healthier you, putting an added smile on your day along with that great buzz and flavor of SLH and her sister strains.