Blue Afghani Strain Review
Strains like Blueberry and Afghani have dominated the industry for years now. Both continue to be as popular as when they were first released. Not just among recreational connoisseurs for its Indica-leaning high, but also to medical users and growing enthusiasts.
It should come as no surprise that such well-loved strains will later be crossed. To this end, Jordan of the Islands did the honor. And, after countless batches of phenotype hunting, the Canadian breeders developed Blue Afghani which brings out the best qualities of its two parent strains.
Drawn in, Blue Afghani delivers a soothing head high with a stress-crushing body buzz. Although heavy-hitting when used beyond tolerance, its effects are mostly cerebral at the onset – even encouraging a chatty nature. Its best trait, however, is its performance as a breeding strain. It is not only sturdy, but also fast-flowering with buds that bring out a light streak of purple and blue.
|Blue Afghani Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Blueberry x Afghani|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||30/70|
|THC %||15% to 19%|
|CBD %||Up to 1%|
|Climate||Cool and dry climate|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Late September to mid-October|
|Average Yield||300 to 350 g/sqm / 350 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Blue Afghani has an eclectic terpene profile. It showcases the fruity flavors normally associated with Sativas and blends it together with the scent of pungent earth which is characteristic of Indicas. In the palate, the smoke tastes much like blueberries with a spicy hint at the exhale.
Indica-dominant strains are slow starters and Blue Afghani is no different. Even after taking three to five puffs, its effects do not manifest. This should serve as a warning to users toking the strain for the first time. Its THC levels can be a modest 15%, at times, but it can reach as high as 19% which is potent enough to overwhelm users. As such, it is important to exercise caution.
With that said, the high usually starts with a subtle euphoric buzz to the head. It inspires an innate sense of happiness that leaves users feeling quite upbeat. In fact, most people turn talkative as the cerebral effects persist thus making it a great recreational choice. Although, there is the added possibility that one may become too chatty when used a little over excess.
After a few hours, a tingling sensation trickles down from the temples. It surges through the muscles, untying knots in its wake. In spite of its intensity, it is kept at bay by the cerebral onset which continues to persist. Instead, users are only treated to a deeply relaxing body buzz.
Dryness is a non-negotiable when it comes to smoking marijuana. This is because, regardless of the strain, cannabinoids will interfere with the body’s natural ability to produce moisture thus resulting in a cottonmouth and red eyes. A rarer experience is a keen sensitivity toward one’s surroundings which can cause a mild bout of anxiety or a subtle feeling of paranoia. Users who are more susceptible to such conditions should start with a low dose before gradually building it up.
Medical Use and Benefits
Blue Afghani has impressive track record of reducing stress through its calming head high. Relieving the overwhelming dread and anxious-ridden thoughts also helps with managing mental health issues like depression and PTSD albeit temporarily. In its place, the strain brings back a feeling of a hopefulness that was once lost while enhancing the mood.
Patients with cachexia and eating disorders like anorexia can also turn to the strain for comfort. Although subtle, the mental stimulation is quite hunger-inducing. Because of this, one of the best times to use the strain is a few hours before a meal. Its effect on the gastrointestinal tract is quite soothing too in that it keeps the stomach from churning due to cramps to ease the process of eating.
In high levels, the same psychoactive compound also relives a myriad of aches and pains. Its natural painkilling properties leaves the body totally relaxed from life’s stressors. And, as tensions release, a heaviness settles in between the limbs. Eventually, it becomes increasingly difficult to say ‘no’ to the drowsiness and users are left deep asleep to wake up feeling fully reinvigorated the next day.
Growing Blue Afghani
Blue Afghani is one of the sturdiest strains to hit the market. It has thick stalks that only grow stronger when fazed with stress from a strong breeze. Its branches, too, are hardy enough to carry its dense, heavyweight buds. In addition, it can withstand a variety of environmental conditions. For this reason, it is a great beginner’s strain to practice with.
While it may be immune to the low temperatures, it still needs protection against frost. Investing in a temporary enclosing is usually enough to add protection against the cold outdoors. Growers may also opt to place the plants in pots to move it easily transport it indoors during really harsh weather. In the northern hemisphere, the plant usually flowers from the last week of September to the middle of October with each producing at least 350 grams.
Growers may also opt to cultivate the strain in a more controllable environment where adjusting factors like lighting, temperature, and humidity is convenient. However, pruning becomes more of a necessity in such conditions. The lack of an open space makes it difficult for air and light to circulate evenly. By cutting away parts, nutrients are distributed better too.
The Sea of Green works best in these conditions as it utilizes the plant’s hormones and a small space to initiate a short flowering period, high yields, and improved trichome production. With that said, Blue Afghani flowers just as quickly indoors. In 7 to 9 weeks, it will mature and produce between 300 to 350 grams per square meter.
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