Belladonna Strain Review
The belladonna is another name that refers to the deadly nightshade. The plant itself is seemingly harmless. It has streaks of purple and red all over its bell-shaped flowers that catch the eye especially against the dark backdrop of its leaves. It is poisonous though, and will intoxicate anybody who comes across with bouts of delirium and hallucinations. Still, it gets its name literally translates to fair lady for its ability dilates the eyes which is said to be a coveted trait.
A safer alternative to achieve such effects is Paradise Seed’s Belladonna. Consuming the strain activates hormones with its up to 18% THC that dilate the eyes as it enhances the mood and places users in an otherworldly trance. In fact, for its effects, it took home third place for Sativas at the Spanish Highlife Fair in Barcelona.
While its other parent, which is mostly Sativa, remains undisclosed, Paradise Seeds has credited its growth profile to the illustrious breeding strain Super Skunk.
|Belladonna Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Super Skunk|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||60/40|
|THC %||15% to 18%|
|CBD %||Up to 1%|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Late September to mid-October|
|Average Yield||510 g/sqm / 795 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Belladonna has a pungent scent that fills the room once either a bag is opened or the buds are crushed and combusted. It has strong undertones of wet soil complemented by the scent of nuts, which are often the main terpene characteristics of an Indica. Enhancing it is an aftertaste of tar with a tinge of fruit that lingers in the mouth even after the last puff.
Belladonna has an impressive quick-acting onset that starts as a rush of euphoria that swarms the mind before trickling down to the rest of the body. It also usually begins within minutes after the first two to three puffs. And so, it is not uncommon to find feel gleeful as a sense of happiness buds from within. The behavioral change is instantly noticeable. Users are much more gleeful, smiling from ear to ear as the cerebral head high persists.
The mental stimulation, although subtle, is quite hunger-inducing. As such, it is best to have some snacks nearby if one is focused on a task or brainstorming of an idea for a passion project. Although, if one prefers, going to the kitchen then cooking up a meal or preparing refreshments and a sandwich is also an option.
After about an hour or two, a light pressure forms from between the eyes. It trickles down from the temples to the rest of the body in waves until it fully envelops users in deep relaxation. In spite of its intensity, it does not sedate users. Instead, a rush of energy surges through the muscles that, along with the initial high-flying cerebral buzz, keep one motivated to finish tasks.
Like other strains, Belladonna has cannabinoids that interfere with the body’s natural ability to produce moisture. And so, users end up with dry eyes and a cottonmouth. It can easily be reduced by drinking water throughout the day. Moreover, it usually goes away on its own.
A more uncommon experience users have with Belladonna is a subtle feeling of paranoia. It starts as dizziness that eventually intensifies as sensations are heightened. Most of the time, however, only a headache is felt. Still, it is better to use in moderation and stay cautious.
Medical Use and Benefits
Stress is an issue that people deal with almost everyday, regardless of the source. At its worst, it can users at risk with high blood pressure, heart disease, as well as gastrointestinal problems. It can also lead to the early onset of depression and stress while exacerbating issues like PTSD.
To this end, Belladonna works perfectly. Its happy high reduces stress levels while enhancing the mood. At the same time, it stabilizes emotions which help manage symptoms of mental health problems. Through it, too, users feel temporarily relieved of self-depreciating thoughts and anxious-ridden beliefs.
The same psychoactive compound also reinvigorates the body with its euphoric rush and energizing body high. Meanwhile, its analgesic properties appease a myriad of aches and pains beginning from the temples. The relief lasts for hours and is a source of comfort to patients suffering from headaches, spasms, and cramps.
The newly-found freedom from mental and physical inhibition is a totally relaxing experience. So much so that users eventually fall asleep as the sedating effects persist. Belladonna’s high also improves the quality and quantity of sleep.
Belladonna is just as fierce as its inspiration plant. It is a strong and sturdy plant that can withstand a myriad of unpredictable factors better than most Sativa-dominant strains. It exhibits Indica-leaning traits too. For example, though it is tall, it is not at all lanky. Instead, it has stalks and branches that adapt well to the cooler temperatures of the northern hemisphere in spite of its propensity for
It is also quite compact which makes it a great candidate for indoor growing. It is quite branchy and, although relatively short, needs to be topped early. Pruning will help circulate air and light in the lower nodes. It will even the canopy too, especially when applying the Screen of Green method wherein growers cut any of the branches that go beyond the screen. Due to its Indica characteristics, the strain also works well with the Sea of Green method. Placing at least four plants in a square meter will encourage a shorter flowering period, and higher yields.
Growers may choose to place the strain in 6 liter pots with good soil mix indoors to enhance flavors and the terpene profile. Alternatively, a nutrient solution in a hydroponics system for faster bud growth. Indoors, Belladonna flowers with 7 to 9 weeks. Yields usually range between 510 grams of buds per square meter.
As alluded to earlier, Belladonna is a sturdy strain that can withstand fluctuations in temperature and the ever changing seasons. Outdoors, it matures fully from the last week of September to the middle of October with yields of at least 295 grams of buds per plant.
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