Critical Mass Strain Review
Some strains have a low yield while others are average. Of course, growers prefer those that can produce more, but it should be the ones that have exceptional effects. Our featured strain here not only fits the needs but it also exceeds expectations with regards to its weight and production. Aptly named Critical Mass, it is known to have the heaviest buds in cannabis. Furthermore, it is also sought after by medical cannabis users for its medicinal benefits.
For years, cannabis users were enthralled by the Big Bud. As its name suggests, it produces massive buds. However, since the release of Critical Mass, one can argue that it is a better variety. Bred by Mr. Nice Seeds, it is a cross between two prominent strains – a pure Afghani landrace and the ever-popular Skunk No. 1.
In all aspects of what makes a strain special, Critical Mass has got it covered. From its effects to appearance, cultivation to production, it is hard to find fault with this hybrid. About the only knock to it is that it may be difficult for beginners to grow and nurture. Otherwise, there is pretty much no weakness. A fact that is attested to by its numerous accolades through the years.
|Critical Mass Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Afghani x Skunk #1|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||20% / 80%|
|THC %||15% to 23%|
|Flowering Period||8 to 9 weeks / Mid-September|
|Average Yield||800 g/m2 / 600 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
For a very refreshing feeling, take a few puffs of Critical Mass, and its earthy notes will overwhelm the user. It can certainly fill a room with a sweet and citrus aroma that most people find not only pleasant but inviting.
With a skunky note and the sweetness of honey upon combustion and smoking, its exotic taste is reminiscent of its Skunk lineage that is known for its distinct flavors and aroma. Upon exhaling, it leaves a sweet woody aftertaste.
Although a mostly Indica strain, Critical Mass still retains enough of its Sativa heritage to induce pronounced mental high. A few minutes after taking the first toke, most users often feel an uplifting sensation in the head. It results in the sense of happiness and for some, even elation.
During this time, most people find themselves with a clear head and having a sharper focus. In other words, staying productive is not an issue at all. Even without company, some users may find themselves having bouts of giggles. It goes without saying that Critical Mass makes people feel more sociable, friendly, and cheerful.
As the physical effects of the strain take over the body, it begins with a warm buzz that soothes the muscle. Often, it causes a slowdown in activity and may even promote laziness. Depending on the amount of herb used, some may find themselves on a couch-lock. Critical Mass is quite potent too. In full relaxation, users tend to feel lightheaded and floating in the air.
Of course, there is a tradeoff with the use of marijuana. Adverse effects, while it can be minimized, cannot be avoided. For instance, users can expect to have dry mouth and eyes.
In some instances, users may have overestimated their capability and end up using a tad bit more than enough. As such, they may feel a little bit dizzy. In extreme cases, a few people may feel anxious or paranoid. If these are to occur, though, it is often mild and not a cause for concern.
Medical Use and Benefits
Critical Mass has proven to be a wonder for medical cannabis users. Patients suffering from chronic body pain and migraines may find relief with its use. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help bring comfort that some people think is a better option than synthetic drugs.
Its feel-good component also helps ward off stress, depression and anxiety among people. This marijuana strain also corrects mood disorders which can be very troublesome.
Because of its sedating properties, Critical Mass is a great companion at night. It helps people who suffer from insomnia have a restful sleep.
Growing Critical Mass
As alluded to, Critical Mass is a voracious producer of extraordinarily dense buds. In fact, because of its weight, growers will have to support its stems and branches. Consequently, it also makes it susceptible to molds and mildew. Maintaining proper humidity and keeping the plants well ventilated, therefore, is a must.
Because of the amount of work needed as well as its being finicky, Critical Mass is not ideal for beginning growers.
When planted inside the house, using hydroponics is an excellent idea. In fact, growers will also want to use the Sea of Green (SOG) training technique. As an option, it can also be given immune boosting nutrients such as compost tea. Typically, it has a flowering period of 8 to 9 weeks. When harvest time comes, be prepared to pick a whopping 800 grams per square meter.
For people who can cultivate cannabis in their garden, it should be in a climate that is similar to the Mediterranean. The flowering time usually occurs between the second to third week of September. Each plant has the potential to produce up to 600 grams.
Have you grown or used Critical Mass? If not, would you like to get your hands on this strain? Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. We want to hear from you.