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Candyland Cannabis Strain (Everything you need to know and more!)

Completely unrelated to the popular children’s board game, the 70% sativa-dominant hybrid weed strain Candyland was first cultivated for consumption in the San Francisco Bay Area in California by noted cannabis grower Ken Estes. It is the offspring of mating Estes’ own indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple, also called Granddaddy Purps – the most well-known ‘purple’ cannabis strain in the US – with Platinum Cookies, a 50/50 hybrid phenotype (a variant caused by the expression of certain genes triggered by a cannabis plant’s growing environment) of GSC, Girl Scout Cookies. Candyland marijuana has a sweet-tasting vapor aroma and taste reminiscent of pink lemonade and summertime woods that dials down fatigue and depression, and it is a good smoke for early in the day when you want to prime your mind and body! The calming effects of the Candyland cannabis strain make it ideal medicine for treating muscular and joint problems like pain stemming from fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, and sciatica. For social functions, Candyland ganja is great for getting you upbeat and chatty, as well as for fueling your more creative endeavors because its properties activate and engage your brain! When consumed in larger quantities, and especially by new tokers, novice smokers, Candyland predominantly-sativa hybrid weed strain could potentially make you a little paranoid and jittery, not unusual with strong sativa strains or sativa-heavy hybrids. You may want to try a hit or two in a pipe before burning down a full marijuana pre-rolled cone – and especially before vaping any concentrated Candyland resin!

(Candyland marijuana strain, closeup of a bud, from Herb.com)

Background:

It’s a bit weird that Candyland cannabis, sometimes also known as Kandyland, is considered an outright Sativa by some, yet is, in reality, a Sativa-dominant hybrid with a THC level of 19 -24% , because one of its parents, Granddaddy Purple, is a 75% Indica-heavy hybrid and the other, Platinum Cookies (also known as Platinum GSC) is a 50/50 hybrid – so you’d think it would be more of an indica, but those are the mysteries of plant genetics and probably why it takes a genius cultivator and celebrated breeder like Ken Estes to merge the likes of the relaxing and de-stressing indica-leaning hybrid Granddaddy Purple and blissfully mood-boosting Platinum Cookies and get the uplifting and depression-busting sativa (or sativa-like hybrid) Candyland! The Candyland marijuana strain has become vastly popular along the Californian West Coast, in Colorado, and in our home state of Michigan, and Candyland is highly celebrated, in fact it won gold at the KushCon 2012 awards in Denver, Colorado. When you smoke the Candyland marijuana strain the room is filled with the scents of pine and citrus and your mouth tastes a very earthy flavor with hints of spicy sweetness.

For comparison Jack Herer, Purple Haze, Chocolope, and Sour Diesel are all equally strong sativa or sativa-hybrid marijuana strains.

(Candyland cannabis strain nugs and glitter in a cup, image from WeedGuide.com)

Effects:

Candyland Cannabis General Effects Candyland Cannabis Medical Effects (what it works for) Candyland Cannabis Side Effects
Happy 100% Depression 100% Dry Eyes 100%
Uplifted 90% Stress 80% Dry Mouth 85%
Euphoric 80% Pain 70% Paranoid 50%
Creative 75% Fatigue 65% Anxious 40%
Energetic 50% Headaches 50% Dizzy 25%

(Candyland marijuana flower spilling onto money from a dispensary bottle, image source: MedicalSecrets.com)

Buying:

An 8th an ounce of Candyland pot leaf to burn from your nearest in-town dispensary might run you an average of $30-45 for medical, recreational tends to be slightly more. Other considerations that affect the overall cost of Candyland weed to the buyer are what the quality of the grow or crop is, the strain availability, the time of year and your geographic location (some dispensaries are required to charge you a local or state tax, usually 2-6%, on cannabis consumer purchases). Online pot charges are usually more expensive, and you have to factor in shipping costs. Candyland concentrate oil cartridges are about $50 for ½ gram and $90 for a full gram, and you can also buy wax, shatter, or resin for about the same price. Pre-rolled joints run from $5 a piece to $15 or more depending upon their size, they tend to vary in size from half a gram to two grams or more. Medible, or edible marijuana, labels usually don’t specify the type of weed strain used in making the food, usually, they just indicate the level of THC or CBD – but there are exceptions.

(Candyland weed plants, image source: Alchimia Web)

Growing:

The Candyland weed strain thrives growing indoors as well as outdoors, with plants reaching up to 65 inches or nearly five and a half feet (just over 1 ½ meters). Growing the strain indoors or outdoors requires adequate lighting or sunshine, warm temperatures, good ventilation, and high humidity. The Candyland hybrid weed strain’s flowering period is eight to nine weeks for an indoor grow, yielding up between two and three ounces of bud per plant; whereas outdoor growers can expect a harvest with each plant producing an amazing three pounds of bud apiece! Candyland cannabis plant flowers or buds are sometimes an emerald green but can other times be rather a deep purple. The pistils are golden and the nugs are generally covered in white shimmery trichomes. The fragrance you smell from Candyland pot plants themselves is earthy, spicy, and sweet.

Candyland marijuana strain seeds can be purchased numerous places online such as True North Seed Bank for $52.23 for five feminized seeds, or for $197.60 you can get 10 seeds at Sensible Seeds.com If you want to purchase Candyland plants at a cannabis nursery or dispensary they can be found for around $25-$35 or so per plant, but you might want to consult an online menu and then call, email or text message ahead to see whether or not they have them in stock at the moment.

(Candyland shatter, image from Portland Hello Diem.com)

Summary:

Candyland is no game, it is a sativa-dominant hybrid cannabis weed strain that delivers highly stimulating body effects and an elevating mental euphoria. It is a great get up and go strain for a first thing or well into the day, not so much before bed when you wouldn’t want to be too over-caffeinated and unable to calm down and sleep. Candyland cannabis was the brainchild of Ken Estes when he paired his renowned Granddaddy Purps with Platinum Cookies and has gone on to its own award-winning fame. When smoked or vaped it has a sweet, berry-like taste and an earthy, almost spicy aroma. Candyland marijuana is found all over the United States, wherever it is legally sold for medical or recreational use, and Candyland ganja can also purchase throughout the world or online in seed or plant forms. It is a great harvesting pot plant, especially outdoors where you get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to yield, at over three pounds per plant! So to your doubtless growing list of powerhouse sativas and sativa-heavy hybrids, you really should add the potently uplifting and reinvigorating Candyland weed strain!

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Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)

Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University . She’s the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing , and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.

Completely unrelated to the popular children’s board game, the 70% sativa-dominant hybrid weed strain Candyland was first cultivated for consumption in the San Francisco Bay Area in California by noted cannabis grower Ken Estes. It is the offspring of mating Estes’ own indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple, also called Gra

Candyland Strain – The Ultimate Guide

What is Candyland Strain?

Candyland is a Sativa dominant hybrid marijuana strain. The THC level of this strain can be anywhere between 14% to 24%, and the ratio of Sativa and Indica is 75%/25%.

This award-winning marijuana strain is famous for its uplifting and stimulating effects and excellent for social gatherings and creative past times. Besides its recreational uses, many patients use this strain to manage pain, muscle tension, anxiety, and depression.

Background and Lineage

Candyland cannabis strain is a cross between two legendary strains Granddaddy Purple which is an Indica strain and a Sativa hybrid Bay Platinum Cookies. Candyland strain was initially developed by Ken Estes, who is a cultivator and a celebrated breeder. He is best known for developing the Granddaddy Purple strain.

Being an Indica and Sativa cross, Candyland is defined as a Sativa-dominant hybrid strain and won the gold cup for best Sativa at the 2012 Kushcon event in Denver.

Candyland strain has a unique cannabinoid profile. According to Potbotics, Candyland has “no detectable amounts of CBD, CBN, CBG, or THCV.” What it does have, however, is a cannabichromene (CBC) level of 0.329. CBC is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid binds with receptors in the body linked with pain perception, which can help alleviate pain when activated.

Types of High

Candyland strain is an excellent choice for both recreational and medical use. It is one of those popular wake-and-bake strains that you can take first thing in the morning, and after a while, you jump in the shower and start with your day.

It will instantly relax you and gives you happy feelings. But the good thing is that you won’t feel tired or lethargic. Its uplifting effect will boost your mood and get your creative juice flowing by making you interactive and dynamic.

The high of Candyland strain leans more towards it’s Sativa properties that are mentally stimulating with little to no body effects. It keeps your brain active and engaged, great for social functions or creative activities. But if the strain is consumed in larger quantities, especially by novice users, it can cause anxiety and paranoia, typical with any potent Sativa strains.

Medical Benefits

Candyland strain is a prevalent medical marijuana strain and has grown in popularity among the patients for its various medicinal qualities.

Chronic Stress

The strain is very useful in managing chronic stress and helps patients to relax and make them feel less anxious. It also boosts the patient’s energy level without making them feel tired.

Mood Disorders

The strain is prescribed to fight depression, anxiety, and PTSD because of its uplifting effects, which is an effective antidote to mood disorders. It allows the brain to unwind and think positively.

Fatigue

Candyland’s energizing effect is beneficial for treating chronic fatigue. It doesn’t contain any CBN or CBG, cannabinoids that can make you sleepy, That’s why this strain is very effective at countering the effects of chronic fatigue.

Pain Management

The CBC content of Candyland strain is useful for treating chronic pain such as arthritis, headaches, and muscular pain and aches.

Loss of appetite

Patients use this strain as an appetite enhancer to treat the adverse effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea and appetite loss.

Adverse Effects

All cannabis strains have some common side effects. Like other marijuana strains, Candyland strain can cause a feeling of dehydration and make your mouth feel dry. You may also experience dry and itchy eyes.

The best way to combat these is to drink plenty of fluid to keep yourself hydrated and grab some eye drops.

The varying level of THC and the potency of Candyland can make you feel dizzy or paranoid, but these should only occur to novice users or if you smoke or consume it in large doses.

Growing Candyland Strain

Compare to other Sativa strains, Candyland is a comparatively easy strain to grow. You can grow this strain both indoors and outdoors, but the plant thieves and yields a higher amount of buds when grown outside.

Growing Indoor

The plants are naturally highly resistant to mold and mildew, so you don’t need to worry too much about controlling the humidity levels when growing this strain indoors.

The strain takes about 8-9 weeks to flower, and you can expect a yield of 14 ounces of buds per square meter.

Growing Outdoors

To grow outdoors, the plants require a warm, sunny, and dry climate. In an ideal environment, the plants produce double the yield when grown outdoors. On average, each plant can yield as much as 34 ounces.

The ideal time for outdoor harvesting is late September or early October.

The plants are quite tall and skinny, and the buds can get heavy when they flourish and multiply. During the flowering season, you will need to provide support to the plants as the buds start to weigh down the plants.

Quick Reference Guide – Candyland Strain

Sativa dominant hybrid cannabis strain

Lineage

Bay Platinum Cookies x Grand Daddy Purple (GDP)

Appearance

The bud of the Candyland strain is very dense. It has various shades of green leaves, such as lime and forest green, similar to a camo scheme. The nugs are full of long golden and red pistils covered in milky trichomes.

Smell

sweet, piney, herbal, earthy

Taste

Earthy, Spicy, Sweet

Preferred Consumption Time

Evening, Day, Morning

Preferred Consumption Method
Similar Strains
  • Pineapple Express
  • Sour Diesel
  • Acapulco Gold

Concentration and Potency

Effects

Feelings

  • Happy (65%)
  • Uplifted (55%)
  • Euphoric (50%)
  • Relaxed (45%)
  • Energetic (40%)

Helps with

Stress (30%)
Depression (29%)
Anxiety (20%)
Pain (19%)
Fatigue (15%)

Side effects

Dry mouth (20%)
Dry eyes (10%)
Anxious (5%)
Dizzy (4%)
Paranoid (3%)

Candyland strain is a Sativa dominant hybrid marijuana strain. The THC level of this strain can be anywhere between 14% to 24%