Red Congolese is long touted as the perfect wake-and-bake strain. It is a pure Sativa designed to clear the fog in the head and encourage users to seize the day. For this reason, this highly appealing herb is appreciated for turning around unmotivated mornings in place of a double espresso.
Its THC levels of up to 20%, along with its sweet and spicy aromatherapy, rejuvenate users with an uplifting head high that inspires one to stay upbeat, focused, and motivated. And, though subtle, it has a body high that traces its origins to the legendary Afghani Indica.
Red Congolese’s high-flying Sativa high is from two iconic landraces of Africa and Mexico, which both have a penchant for cerebral head high that lasts for hours. However, it also passed on its power to overstimulate the mind especially in high doses.
Many people are put off by THC-laden strains as, like black coffee, it can be too intense. True enough, Red Congolese does brew feeling of anxiety and paranoia in high doses. The palpitating experience, however, is one that is easily avoidable.
|Red Congolese Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||African x Mexican Sativa x Afghani Indica|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||100/0|
|THC %||18% to 20%|
|CBD %||Up to 2%|
|Flowering Period||10 to 12 weeks / Late October to mid-November|
|Average Yield||350 to 450 g/sqm / 450 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Red Congolese has a complex mix of flavors that gravitate toward strong overtones of wet soil. Its fragrance is completely pungent especially when combusted. Drawn in, it swarms the mouth with sweet and spicy fusions of raspberries doused in Sriracha sauce. A rather acrid smoke, using a water pipe or bong will help ease the lungs by smoothening the experience.
Red Congolese is highly regarded for the lightning-fast rush of energy it delivers. It can be used in lieu of a double shot of espresso for its ability to wakes users up from daytime lethargy. With its fiercely cerebral high, the spicy smoke elevates the mood while improving motivation.
Taken in moderation, it silences the pre-occupied mind of worries by ushering in an innate happiness. The initial onset’s mentally provoking clarity is quite stimulating. It allows thoughts to flow and form freely into groundbreaking ideas or innovative solutions, sparking a sense of creativity. And, with a heightened sense of focus, casual users stay productive throughout the day.
After about an hour or two, the same uplifting buzz trickles down from the temples. It relaxes tightness in the muscles while untying knots of tension. Completely relaxed, users feel lighter and more physically able as the pains go away. The dreaded long list of tasks, which are usually stressful to handle, are easier to check off as the hours pass.
However, its potency entails an overwhelming psychedelic trip if one is not careful. Although veterans may enjoy the rather colorful ride and appreciate the brain-warping tendencies, beginners should tread lightly.
For the most part, Red Congolese’s effects are dreamy. However, in high doses, it can be quite overwhelming with users experiencing anxiety and paranoia. At times, it is also accompanied by a headache. For this reason, it is best to start with low doses and gradually build up without going beyond one’s limitations.
Dry eyes and a cottonmouth are to be expected in any variety of cannabis due to cannabinoids that interfere with moisture production. Downing a few glasses of water throughout the day will help ease the ache. People should avoid alcohol as it can aggravate the side-effects.
Medical Use and Benefits
Many people struggle to get out of bed in the morning especially when, like a force of gravity, chronic fatigue weighs not only the mind but also the body down. Red Congolese addresses the problem through a boost of energy that get users up and moving in the morning.
It brightens up the mood and clears the head of anxiety-inducing worries. For this reason, it is a great anti-depressant that manages disorders like depression or PTSD. Moreover, it replaces feelings of hopelessness with a newfound zeal for life. Without the distracting thoughts, the Sativa-dominant enhances focus that encourages one to tick off errands one after another.
The synergy between its high THC and CBD compounds results in a remarkable pain-killing tool that effectively takes the edge off the body beginning from the temples.
Growing Red Congolese
A visual beauty, this striking plant grabs people’s attention with its thick layer of diamond-encrusted trichomes. Its colors are what one would expect from its name, fiery orange pistils that turn into a charming dark amber as it matures.
Its tendency to shoot up towards the end of its growth cycle means that regular trimming and pruning is a requirement. Other than training to stay short in vertically limited spaces, cutting away parts also helps control humidity by ensuring the lower nodes are properly ventilated.
It works well under controlled environments. With proper feeding and a 12/12 light management using a 600 watts HPS, it can produce hearty yields of about 350 to 450 grams of sticky buds per square meter in 10 to 12 weeks of flowering. Using hydroponics with a Sea of Green set-up is best used to maximize its growth rate, although organic soil can be a good option for developing its flavors and aroma.
Outdoors, where the nutrient-rich heat of the sun hits its leaves is where this plant truly thrives. Growers living in the northern hemisphere should begin to see flowers from the last week of October to the middle of November depending on the weather. Usually, growers reap a delightful yield of 450 grams of buds per plant.
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