Back in science lab days, many are familiar with a mixing machine that is used to swirl different substances. For example, a vortex mixer is used to separate the liquid from the precipitate. So imagine being caught inside one, that would be crazy right?
And crazy is one way of describing the strain named Vortex as it takes users spinning and whirling. It is a highly psychoactive plant that can quickly ignite the senses and more so if smoked too much. Bred by TGA Genetics and an offspring of two remarkable parents: Apollo 13 and Space Queen, this baby does not disappoint in all aspects.
Besides its whirling euphoric high, the strain does not promote laziness. Far from it, it is actually energizing and perfect for use in the morning.
|Vortex Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Space Queen and Apollo 13|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||80 / 20|
|THC %||17% to 20%|
|CBD %||0.1% to 0.59%|
|Flowering Period||7 to 8 weeks / October|
|Average Yield||150 g/m2 / 85 to 150 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Though some people think that Vortex smells a bit odd, well, getting used to it first might just do the trick. On the inhale, it has a mango aroma that can quickly fill an enclosed room. It also has a mix of sweet and sour lemon smell.
Its smoke comes with an earthy undertone that most people should find pleasant. On exhale, it exudes a sweet and minty aftertaste with a fruity influence of mango is reminiscent of a tropical island.
With its whirlwind type of cerebral high, Vortex is certainly not for the weak. The THC level may not be as high, but it still packs a mean punch. Soon after the first few puffs, users feel uplifted, and the mood turns into one of happiness and lots of giggles. Even a small quantity goes a long way, so be mindful. As the euphoric feeling continues, it is also accompanied by a revitalizing sensation that motivates one to be active.
In most cases, too, Vortex promotes a sharp focus and inspires creativity. Sometimes, it is quite possible to “turn off” the world around. However, if one were to use too much, it may lead to mental confusion. In extreme cases, it could feel like the world is spinning around as if in a vortex.
The great thing about this cannabis hybrid is that even if the effects are heart-racing, it still comes with pronounced Indica effects. Often, a tingling sensation accompanies it as it creeps into the body and inducing relaxation without the lethargy-feel.
The intense high brought on by Vortex can cause some adverse effects. For example, it may not be good for people having anxiety attacks. Those with mental disorders should not smoke this strain as it may increase the level of anxiousness. It can also cause paranoia when the high gets too overwhelming.
And just like any other cannabis strain, dry eyes and mouth seem inevitable. Some may also get a bit dizzy or have a mild headache.
Vortex and its potentially radical psychedelic effect is one strain that is best used by experienced smokers.
Medical Use and Benefits
Vortex may be very popular among recreational users, but it also has tremendous medical benefits. Its ability to help people focus can ease the symptoms of ADD and ADHD. People who have chronic stress benefit a lot from smoking moderate amounts of this cannabis and being taken on a euphoric joy ride.
Other mental issues such as anxiety and depression are relieved by Vortex as it helps the patients feel happy and positive in life. Another great thing is that this cannabis hybrid also acts like coffee by assisting users in combating fatigue with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Vortex is typically bright green in color with some pretty orange hairs that stick out. In some occasions, the buds may be white with some yellowish orange trichomes on display under a sea of green. It is common for this cannabis to vary in appearance depending on harvesting time.
This plant may be strong and hardy against diseases, but it requires a lot of care and skill to make it reach harvest time. It can grow from short to medium in height and tends to be a bit bushy. It is also very hard to trim. A warm temperature makes Vortex grow to its maximum potential.
Cultivating Vortex indoors entails the screen of green (SCROG) setup. It is also especially well-suited for hydroponics. The temperature must be kept warm so that it grows well. It should be topped early and trained well for a good yield. Pruning the lower branches and putting some support strings and stakes are important. The flowering period is only 7 to 8 weeks and yields approximately 150 grams per meter square.
Vortex also thrives well outside in places with warm temperature. Though if given a choice, planting it indoors makes it more likely to have a better yield. If all goes well, it is up for harvest in October with an average yield of 85 to 150 grams per plant.
Have you grown or used the Vortex? 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.