The Doctor Strain Review
Hearing ‘The Doctor’ immediately rings bells for medical-grade cannabis that provides patients with a reprieve – which is not wrong especially since the strain does ease stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and other symptoms of health issues. But, it is actually named after the award-winning Valentino Rossi who went by the same nickname.
Breeders from the Green House Seed Company developed the tribute to the famous motorcycle racer by crossing three legendary strains – Great White Shark, South Indian, and Super Skunk. From the first, The Doctor gained its potent medicinal effects and CBD levels of up to 1.1%. The second strengthened its frame and intensified its heavy body effects. Meanwhile, the third assured growers of a high-yielding plant with massive trichome production.
|The Doctor Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Great White Shark x South Indian x Super Skunk|
|Sativa/Indica Ratio||30 / 70|
|THC %||17% to 23%|
|CBD %||Up to 1.1%|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Late September to mid-October|
|Average Yield||800 g/m2 / 800 g/plant|
With THC levels of 17% to 23%, The Doctor is more of a thrill seeker’s strain. This is not to say that beginners cannot enjoy the bud instead, that it must be used in moderation and under the supervision of a seasoned friend.
Odor and Flavors
The Doctor has a pungent aroma lined with overtones of wet soil. It has a sweet undertone that intensifies after crushing and combusting the bud. Enhancing it are spicy notes of hash, especially after taking a swig off its scratchy smoke. On the exhale, it turns into a refreshing burst of fruity goodness.
The Doctor is mainly a medicinal strain but with effects that can be enjoyed recreationally as well. It can be quite overwhelming because of its potency, though. Hence, users must start with a few puffs before gradually increasing the dosage.
Its psychoactive effects swarm the mind slowly before thoroughly coating it a gentle but uplifting rush of euphoria. Almost instantly, there is a change in disposition among users. Faces glow bright with broad smiles as cheerful memories replace worries.
For casual users, a mind cleared of negativity does wonders for productivity. It encourages fresher perspectives as thoughts flow and form freely into ideas. The mental clarity also sharpens the senses, which results in better focus, which one may either dedicate to brainstorming for new concepts or performing light physical tasks. Either way, it must be an activity that can be archived for a later time or stopped without repercussions as its Indica effects may creep in without warning.
Though it starts as a stimulating head high, it eventually tapers into a sedating buzz that creeps in the temples before settling in the limbs. It releases tension in the muscles as it makes its way down to the toes, blanketing the body in relaxation. The eyes further droop until it fully closes as users slip to dreamland after two or three hours.
Dry eyes and a cottonmouth are two side effects if smoking The Doctor that users do not mind. After all, it is typical of cannabinoids to interfere with moisture production. A more significant cause for concern is accidentally triggering anxiety. Smoking beyond personal tolerance levels is usually the biggest reason. However, it is possible for a user’s disposition before the high to be a contributor. In such cases, it is better to not smoke at all or wait until one is calmer.
Medical Use and Benefits
Stress relief is among the top reasons as to why users smoke cannabis. And, for a good reason. It has an uplifting head high that washes away any of the stress accumulated throughout the day or week. To this end, The Doctor is a wonderful source of temporary reprieve.
For instance, the mood-enhancing effects of its recreational head high can also be useful for reducing stress. It temporarily blocks off negativity and dread brought about by work and school. Its calming euphoria also appeases the overwhelming feeling of hopelessness that long-sufferers of depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
It has a soothing buzz that relaxes the body of its aches beginning from the temples. Its tranquilizing effects also prevent the muscles from contracting, therefore reducing the possibility of unwanted spasms that can cause users to convulse in pain potentially.
The deeply relaxing effects eventually taper into a heavy sedation that lulls users for an earlier bedtime. With its sedating properties, it enhances the quality and quantity of sleep, so one wakes up feeling refreshed and energized.
Growing The Doctor
Majority of the traits that The Doctor exhibits lean toward Indica. It is naturally stout while its frame is sturdy. It has thick branches and stalks that can withstand a variety of growing conditions. And, because of this, it is a great candidate for outdoor growing in the northern hemisphere.
Of course, it will still need to be protected during days when the weather is harsher. Heavy rains can potentially break its branches in half while snow kills it overnight. In these cases, it is best to install a temporary enclosing that will protect it. Growers can expect at least 800 grams of buds per plant once harvest time, around the last week of September to the middle of October, comes.
Alternatively, growers may also move it indoors where it is easier to adjust growing factors like temperature, lighting, and humidity. It will need to be trimmed and thinned as the limited space for air circulation can lead to the development of humidity-related problems like mold, mildew, and bud or root rot. Having a proficient ventilation system also supplements aeration.
It works best with the Sea of Green method, which maximizes its compact structure and a small space. Pairing it with a hydroponics setup significantly improves yields by directing nutrients straight to the roots. It also enhances trichome production, so buds are coated thickly in crystals. However, it is soil that brings out fuller flavors. Beginners may also want to choose this option instead, as it is cheaper and easier to manage.
Harvest usually comes around 7 to 9 weeks after initiating the flowering period. Growers can expect each square meter to produce at least 800 grams of buds.
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