Caramelo Strain Review
Caramelo is a popular treat in Hispanic countries. It is hardened caramel candy that looks similar to resin when it dries. It has a brown hue with undertones of orange that seems almost transparent. Perhaps, for this reason, a sweet-tasting strain with impressive extract potential was named after it.
Interestingly, Caramelo does not taste anything like caramel. It has strong floral overtones though, with hints of honey that only serve to accentuate its terpene profile. Its delicious smoke delivers a long-lasting cerebral uplift that ensures an upbeat mood throughout the day. Users revere in its soothing comedown too, especially patients with trouble sleeping.
In creating the strain, Delicious Seeds experimented with Soma Seed’s diverse Lavender. With genes hailing from Hawaii, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexica, it is only natural for one to be curious of bringing out the best of its Indica and Sativa traits while continuously enhancing its flavors. At the same time, the breeders improved upon its modest potency.
One can say that Caramello is an improved version of Lavender. It is much more potent with THC levels that average around 19% to 20%. Good batches may even test for up to 31%, depending on the skill of the grower. It is also quite sturdy in spite of its Sativa-leaning genes and has won 16 awards from various cannabis cups for its impressive resin production and growing performance.
|Caramelo Strain Quick Facts|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||70/30|
|THC %||19% to 20%|
|CBD %||Up to 1%|
|Flowering Period||8 to 10 weeks / Early to late October|
|Average Yield||400 to 450 g/sqm / 600 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Caramelo has a deliciously pungent scent that immediately fills the room once a bag is opened. It is definitely sweet with subtle hints of fruit and honey. Its smoke bears a familiar spiciness that is often overpowered by the taste of wood when drawn in. There is also a strong floral overtone that only intensifies the more one consumes its buds.
Caramelo acts fast and hits hard, a typical trait of many Sativa-dominant traits. Its largely cerebral onset is made of a tingling sensation that begins in the head before spreading throughout the body. It is calming and soothing, even to the mind as its soft rush of euphoria plants a sense of happiness from within.
Once it fully takes effects, users note an immediate change in both mood and behavior. Frowns turn into smiles as one begins to feel cheery, more upbeat, and lighter too as tensions are relieved. Although, it might be best to have some snacks nearby. The intense mental stimulation is heavily associated with a want to eat as it can also stimulate the appetite. However, the surge in energy can also prompt one to head to the kitchen and cook a few favorite recipes.
After about an hour or two, the initial vivacious buzz gradually dies down. Not all at once, of course. Rather, it develops into a soothing sensation that encourages one to lounge around the couch or bed instead. In high doses, there is a likelihood of the strain sharpening the senses keenly which can be quite an intense experience bordering on paranoia.
Due to its potent, head-slamming high, users may feel a little dizzy when using Caramelo. If left unattended, it can develop into a subtle feeling of paranoia which can overwhelm the mind. Because of this, it is important to approach the strain with caution and start with low dosages.
A more common experience that users have with Caramelo is dryness in the eyes and the mouth as a result of cannabinoids interfering with the body’s ability to produce moisture. It is mildly irritating and can be easily ignored. However, for beginners who experience discomfort, downing a few glasses of water will help remediate the ache.
Medical Use and Benefits
Delicious Seeds produces versatile strains that deliver an outstanding recreational high and award-winning therapeutic effects. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Caramelo is equally efficient in remedying symptoms from a wide array of afflictions.
Its stimulating head high reduces stress and calms any lingering dread after a day’s or a week’s worth of toil. By clearing away self-depreciating thoughts and inspiring a sense of happiness from within, its euphoric buzz manages mental health issues like depression, anxiety, as well as PTSD too.
The same psychoactive compound also has positive effects on patients struggling to eat because of cachexia or eating disorders like anorexia. It encourages a hearty appetite while appeasing cramps can sometimes deter one from having a bite out of a meal. In a similar manner, its anti-spasmodic properties prevent muscles from uncontrollably contracting and sending pain signals to the brain. It is a source of comfort for conditions that are characterized by spasms such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis to name a few.
Relieved of mental and physical malaise, it is not uncommon for users to suddenly feel drowsy as the deep relaxation persists. In all likelihood, one will fall into a restorative sleep that results in renewed invigoration for the next day.
Caramelo brings out the best qualities of both Indicas and Sativas. It is a sturdy plant in spite of its seemingly lanky stalks. Not only that, it is a vigorous yielder with an award-winning trichome production. Thus, it is a great choice for beginners looking to cultivate a Sativa-leaning strain for the first time.
One thing to note about Caramelo is that it experiences a growth spurt during the flowering phase. Hence, it will have to be topped early wherein growers shorten the vegetative period to manage its height. Pruning it also helps improve light and air circulation among the lower node while streamlining nutrient distribution to healthier parts of the plant. Applying a little bit of Super Cropping also doubles trichome production.
The Screen of Green method works best when choosing among various techniques. It entails placing a screen a few feet above the ground and cutting away any of the branches that grow beyond. This creates an even canopy where colas can sprout. At the same time, it provides additional support as it tends to get heavy as buds begin to bloom
Unlike other Sativa-dominant strains, Caramelo has a short flowering periods. Indoors, it fully matures within 8 to 10 weeks with each square meter producing at 400 to 450 grams of buds. Meanwhile, growers from the northern hemisphere usually see flowers blossom around October. It yields at least 600 grams per plant.
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