Dutch Dragon Strain Review
Dutch Dragon sounds like a mystical creature straight out of a fairy tale. However, it lives up to its name by taking recreational enthusiasts high above the clear blue skies with its potent buzz. And, like finishing a book, its comedown gently cradles users back to earth.
Its lineage traces itself to the mystical land of Africa, the cradle of civilization. Specifically, a landrace Sativa variety from Swaziland which was later brought back to the Netherlands by Paradise Seeds.
|Dutch Dragon Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||African Sativa|
|THC %||15% to 20%|
|CBD %||Up to 1%|
|Flowering Period||9 to 11 weeks / Mid-October to early November|
|Average Yield||500 g/sqm / 1000 g/plant|
The distinguished strain is quite different from its parent in many ways. For one, it is partly Indica. Its therapeutic benefits are also largely correlated to muscle relaxing properties. Second, it has a higher THC content. In fact, it even earned the 2006 High Times Cannabis Cup.
Odor and Flavors
Sativa-leaning strains often have a tropical terpene profile and Dutch Dragon is no different. Its high levels of THC also provide it with a pungent scent that can easily fill the room with its fruity aroma. Once combusted and consumed, its sweet smoke entices the palate with the taste of ripe fruit. Meanwhile, on the exhale, a citrus overtone leaves a tangy aftertaste on the exhale.
Typical of a predominantly Sativa strain, Dutch Dragon’s effects starts within minutes after the first two to three puffs. It delivers a rush of euphoria to the head that immediately uplifts the mood. At the same time, it clears the mind and heightens awareness.
For casual users, the mental clarity is a transformative experience. It motivates one to complete tasks at work or look at projects with a different perspective. Meanwhile, the increase in curiosity leads to a heightened sense of focus that keeps one productively preoccupied throughout the day.
The cerebral effects continue to persist even after an hour or two has passed. It is complemented by a tingling sensation in the temples that, slowly but gradually, trickles down to the rest of the body as it intensifies. In spite of its intensity, it does not plant a heaviness in the limbs that locks users down to the couch. Instead, it adds extra energy to support one’s pursuits.
With up to 20% THC, Dutch Dragon can overwhelm users who use beyond tolerance levels. At its worst, it can trigger anxiety as the senses heighten. The keen awareness can also result in a subtle feeling of paranoia. Although the experiences are mostly contained by a headache, one should still avoid greening out by starting with low dosages.
A more common experience is dryness, particularly in areas like the eyes and the mouth as cannabinoids interfere with body’s ability to produce moisture. It is mild and usually goes away on its own. However, users may down a few glasses of water if the discomfort persists.
Medical Use and Benefits
Pain relief is often a therapeutic benefit typically associated with Indica-leaning strains. However, because of its high THC levels, Dutch Dragon also has the same effect. The psychoactive compound’s analgesic and painkilling qualities that relieve symptoms for a myriad of physical maladies beginning from the temples.
Replacing the pain and aches is a subtle rush of energy that invigorates the body through and through. It reduces the feeling of fatigue that long-time sufferers of disease and stress experience on a daily basis. Similarly, it also calms any turbulence the stomach that can lead to vomiting. Hence, it is of significant value to cancer patients going through the nauseating effects of chemotherapy.
Its happy high, on the other hand, works well with easing symptoms of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It calms the mind with its soothing euphoria, instilling a sense of peace and tranquility.
Growing Dutch Dragon
Dutch Dragon defies the expectations of a Sativa-dominant strain. Although it is lanky, it is not at all weak. In fact, it is quite sturdy due to its landrace genetics. For example, while it may prefer a warm, Mediterranean climate, it will still do well in the northern hemisphere where it generally cooler.
With that said, it is best to still provide a temporary enclosing for the batch. This will protect it from the frost that an early winter brings. Otherwise, it might die due to the cold. Because of the lack of sunlight, Dutch Dragon might take longer to mature but flowers are set to show up from the middle of October to the earlier part of November depending on the conditions. Once ready for harvest, it will yield at least 1000 grams of buds per plant.
Indoors, growers will need to prune the plant especially when during the flowering phase when it experiences a growth spurt. It reaches up to 9 feet and will, without a doubt, crowd a growing area. By removing certain broad fan leaves as well as dead branches or colas, one can help circulate air and light to the lower nodes better. At the same time, it will improve nutrient distribution to healthier parts of the plant.
To encourage higher yields, growers may utilize the Screen of Green method. This will also help the plant create more colas or budding sites. Pairing it with a High-Stress Training technique like Super Cropping will significantly boost trichome production. Meanwhile, utilizing high-intensity HPS lights of 600 to 1000 watts will also help create a conducive environment. After 9 to 11 weeks of flowering, each square meter will typically produce at least 500 grams of buds.
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