Red Dragon Strain Review
When one stumbles upon the name Red Dragon, two things come to mind. One is the deadly doctor and cannibal from the Hannibal psychological thriller series. For fans of folklore, then there is the legendary creature that looks like a serpent with wings. Either way, both are known for being ruthless and able to take control of a situation. In the world of cannabis, Red Dragon is a phenomenal strain that can dominate its users.
Before Red Dragon came to be, it has to come from somewhere. Barney’s Farm, the breeder, used two highly touted strains from Afghanistan and Brazil.
Himalayan Kush is a cross between two native Indica plants in the Hindu Kush mountains. Besides being used in making hashish, it is also notable for its narcotic-like full-body relaxation. Using it as one of the parent strains, Barney’s Farm then crossed it with their Utopia Haze, a mostly Sativa strain that took several years to develop from the original found in South America.
In combining the genetics of these two strains, the result is Red Dragon which leans a little more to its Sativa heritage. Some people prefer the euphoric high while others opt for full-body relaxation. This strain, on the other hand, brings users to both ends and it does so with the same intensity that made its predecessors quite famous.
|Red Dragon Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Himalayan Kush x Utopia Haze|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||60 / 40|
|Climate||Temperate to warm climate|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Late September to early October|
|Average Yield||400 g/m2 / 400 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Red Dragon comes with the promise of an intense high. Besides that, it also comes with a distinct flavor and aroma that makes it even more enjoyable to use.
It is reminiscent of a typical sunny afternoon filled with fruit shakes and the outdoors. A sweet scent passes through the nose together with the smell of trees as the wind blows. Furthermore, its flavor is very similar to its aroma. Upon the inhale, a fruity taste delights the palate followed by a smooth and spicy note while exhaling.
Just like the dragons in fictional stories, the Red Dragon is a strain that comes with immense power. With as much as 23% THC, users can expect the Sativa effects to kick in right away.
It begins with an intense euphoric mental high that alters the thoughts and behavior of users. Regardless of how one is feeling, the uplifting buzz dominates users leaving them happy and cheerful. At this point, most people tend to laugh more than usual. So as long as people use it in moderation, Red Dragon can make for an excellent party strain.
Due to the higher Sativa side, it also tapers down the narcotic-like effects inherited from Himalayan Kush. Still, never underestimate its potency. Early on, another trait that users can expect from the strain is mental clarity and sharper focus. Most users also feel energetic and motivated in doing their tasks. Soon, though, the tingling sensation from the back of the head flows down to the body.
It is at this point that the Indica traits start to manifest by first releasing tensions from the body. It also helps soothe muscles which in turn leads to a full-body relaxation. Overall, the physical high is deemed as intense but not one to lead to a couch-lock or foggy mind.
The potency of its effects should not be underestimated. It is not only because the mental and body high can be overwhelming. It is also because of some adverse reactions that it causes.
As expected, dryness of mouth and eyes will be experienced upon smoking. About the only difference between one and the other person is its severity. Other than that, some people may experience a headache or feel more anxious.
Such reactions can be uncomfortable. Nonetheless, it does not pose any long-term health risks.
Medical Use and Benefits
Compared to others with similarly high levels of THC, Red Dragon has a higher than average CDB Content. Unfortunately, it is not enough to be used as a treatment for specific illnesses including seizures and tremors. Still, at up to 1.2%, and together with the mental and body high, it does have benefits for medical cannabis users.
As already mentioned, Red Dragon leans more towards its Sativa heritage. As such, many of its effects are behavioral and psychological. Because it induces a euphoric high, it follows that it can melt away stress. In turn, by uplifting people, it helps people with depression deal with their emotion better.
Another popular use of Red Dragon among the medical users is for pain relief. In most cases, it has proven to be quite capable in providing comfort to people with mild pains and aches.
Red Dragon takes people on a journey high up in the heaven where there is pure bliss. But it will also bring people back to earth, or to be more specific, to the couch or the bed. That is because as its effects start to wane, users tend to feel tired or lazy. Even if many of the users feel hungry, most are likely to opt to go to sleep. It means that with just the right amount, it can be used to stimulate the appetite. However, use a little bit more, and it causes people to feel sleepy.
Growing Red Dragon
For something that is named after a large mythological creature, Red Dragon surprisingly grows shorter than other strains. Though it may still be grown outdoors, experienced growers suggest growing it indoors or in a greenhouse is better. Although challenging, the result is an abundant yield of beautiful red-colored buds that come with rich flavors and a lot of promise when used.
Indoors, the strain has a quick flowering time that is typical of Indica plants. It should be ready for flowering within 7 to 9 weeks. It can also produce an above average yield of 400 grams per square meter.
Outdoors, Red Dragon will still thrive well enough. Under expert care, each plant can produce up to 400 grams of buds. The flowering time is expected to occur between September and October.
Have you grown or used Red Dragon? 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.