The Five Best Cannabis Strains with a Citrus Flavor
The stereotypical view of marijuana is that the herb provides nothing but a strong herbal aroma and taste. In recent times, breeders have focused on providing cannabis strains that consumers look forward to smelling and smoking.
Citrus flavors, in particular, are especially popular. They can invigorate or relax the user while providing a tangy, refreshing smoking experience.
In this article, we check out five of the best citrus tasting cannabis strains in the world. When these buds meet your taste buds, they could cause your mouth to water.
1 – Lemon Thai
This is a slightly sativa dominant hybrid that’s a cross of a Hawaiian strain mixed with a Thai sativa. Lemon Thai has a positive reputation for making users feel refreshed and relaxed. However, you may experience a slight burst of energy initially.
It begins with a cerebral high that helps you feel focused and energized. Indeed, some people report using Lemon Thai before exercise! The high is unlikely to overwhelm experienced users, and it tends to keep a person clear-headed. You may also feel uplifted and ready to face the world. A THC content of 16-22% means inexperienced users must approach with caution.
Few marijuana strains on the market can match Lemon Thai’s glorious aroma. As soon as you open the bag, you should get a strong whiff of sour lemon. The smell only intensifies once you light it. The aroma gives you a good idea of what to expect from the flavor. It is sour and sticky as you inhale, and the sourness persists as you exhale. However, users are rewarded with a sweet aftertaste.
2 – Tangie
This cannabis strain was once the most dominant in the awards marketplace. It won ten prizes in a year at its peak popularity. It is a cross of California Orange and Skunk #1. The wonderful aroma ensures that many users get caught unaware of the potency of this strain. Tangie’s THC ranges from 19% to 22%.
It is a sativa-dominant hybrid that hits you with a strong cerebral buzz minutes after use. Many users report feeling significantly happier after a few hits of Tangie. After a while, the strain begins to work its way down the body. You may experience a feeling of sedation, or at least the numbing of muscles. However, Tangie doesn’t cause couch-lock and may increase creativity.
A single whiff of the sweet and sour orange is enough to entice the user. Smoking Tangie is an absolute pleasure. The wonderful orange flavor titillates the tongue and makes you eager to try more. Tangie is widely regarded as one of the best-tasting fruity strains of all time.
3 – Lemon Tree
A group of unknown breeders in Santa Cruz developed Lemon Tree. This balanced hybrid quickly gained attention for its phenomenal scent and taste. It is a cross of Lemon Skunk and Sour Diesel and has a THC ranging from 20% to 25%.
However, Lemon Tree isn’t necessarily as potent as its THC content suggests. The intoxicating high offers rapid effects on the mind and works its way down the body almost as fast. As it is a 50/50 hybrid, this strain provides a nice combination of a cerebral buzz and a body high that potentially soothes and relaxes aches.
This is one pungent strain, with citrus rind, lemon, and skunk, all giving the nostrils a chance to quiver in anticipation of the taste. The flavor follows the smell with lemon and skunk bouncing on the tongue. One final note: Lemon Tree could cause an extremely strong case of the munchies.
4 – Super Lemon Haze
This is another award-winning strain. Its many accolades include the Cannabis Cup. This strongly sativa-dominant hybrid is a cross of Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk. With a THC of up to 22%, Super Lemon Haze can provide an extremely potent euphoric high.
Don’t be fooled by this strain’s slow-acting nature. Once the intoxication hits, you will find yourself smiling and generally feeling in a great mood. Super Lemon Haze may also provide you with energy and is renowned as an excellent social strain. Some users also claim that it has aphrodisiac qualities.
Super Lemon Haze’s fragrance is a marvel. The sweet lemon notes invite you in, and you’ll find it hard to resist taking a toke. Once you taste it, you’ll wonder why you waited so long! It offers sharp citrus with a flavor that will surely appeal to your sweet tooth. It also has a mild and pleasant herbal undertone.
5 – Agent Orange
TGA Genetics created this sativa-dominant hybrid. It is a cross of Jack the Ripper and Orange Velvet. Despite the name, Agent Orange doesn’t provide users with anything to fear. It is a classic strain that could help boost creativity and focus.
Most users suggest it provides a classic high that helps you unwind and feel relaxed. However, the sativa edge ensures that you don’t feel sedated or sleepy. Agent Orange acts fast and may cause you to smile without realizing it. Its THC content ranges from 10% to 19%, the weaker of which is ideal for novices.
As soon as you let Agent Orange out of its bag, its orange scent fills a room and remains there for a long time. The scent is an unusual combination of cheese and citrus. The taste, combining cheese, sweetness, and sharp citrus notes is, predictably, a big winner. There is also an orange and herbal aftertaste.
Final Thoughts on the Best Cannabis Strains with a Citrus Flavor
All of the above marijuana strains do a fantastic job of treating your taste buds. Each of them contains a reasonable number of terpenes. These are aromatic compounds that are responsible for the aroma and flavor of strains.
Citrus strains have similar fragrances but varied terpene profiles. For instance, Super Silver Haze contains caryophyllene and limonene. In contrast, Tangie contains plenty of myrcene and a little pinene. Let us know what your favorite citrus strains are in the comments section.
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Lemon Heaven: An In-Depth Look at Lemon Strains
High Times takes a closer view, smell and taste of one of 2017’s hottest flower flavors: Lemon.
The citrus flavor explodes on the tongue mere moments after the smoke of a fresh chunk of Super Lemon Haze hits the taste buds. Then, the more clearly defined taste starts to distinguish itself; as the generic—yet always welcome—”citrus” piquancy gives way to a luscious lemon that almost gets your mouth juicing and delivers total sensory satisfaction not many weed strains can equal.
But this indoor-grown Super Lemon Haze smoke is far from completing its mind-enhancing mission, as it joins the bloodstream and begins to work its metabolite magic in cohesion with our body’s own endocannabinoid system. This is truly an energetic and inspiring strain.
Clearly, if there has been one dominant dank flavor for the first half of 2017 in legal medicinal and recreational states, especially when it comes to sativa strains, it has to be Lemon. Weed excels when it displays that fruit juicy taste, enhancing the overall smoking experience, compared to other strains that bare more woodland or hash-like qualities.
Consuming a Lemon strain can be akin to a wine tasting experience, in which the “bouquet” of the bud can be taken in first with the olfactory glands, enjoying the aroma to the point where it seems a shame to put the flower to the flame.
With that in mind, we decided it was overdue to take a closer examination of Lemon-oriented strains and what makes them unique, tasty and oh-so-potent, by speaking to professional ganja growers and researching fans and cultivators’ commentary on Lemon strains via the web. We also included a bit of personal experience, to leave no Lemon question unpeeled.
ORIGINS OF LEMON
One of the defining Lemon strains is the 80 percent sativa-dominant Super Lemon Haze (SLH), which won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 20008 and 2009, back when it was exclusively held in Amsterdam. Per Wikileaf, SLH’s parents are Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk, a pair of potent sativa-dominant hybrids that genetically unify to produce an even tastier, more mind-blowing sativa-dom.
According to DNA Genetics, Lemon Skunk is a 60 percent sativa hybrid with both domestic (Las Vegas) and international (Holland) parents, and a strain that can yield great taste if flowering is limited to 50-56 days.
Sativa-dominant Super Silver Haze is a legendary strain originating in the 1990’s, and it won three consecutive Cannabis Cups spanning 1997-99.
Super Silver Haze is a complex cross of potent sativa strain Haze, pure indica Northern Lights and classic hybrid Skunk #1. From this breakdown, it’s apparent SLH had a lot go into it to produce such a tasty, cerebral strain.
QUALITIES OF LEMON
Of course, the overwhelming attribute associated with Lemon strains is the pungent, fruity, citrus aroma, taste and even aftertaste. This is due to Lemon strain’s unique terpene profile; terpenes being the aromatic molecules on pot flowers that determine the particular flavor of a given strain, such as SLH.
A strain’s “terpenoid profile” can vary significantly, for example, from a Lemon strain compared to another strain, such as indica-dominant Granddaddy Purple. This can affect everything from the intensity of the high to the medicinal attributes.
A cannabis cultivator in legal medicinal state Michigan provided insights into Super Lemon Haze harvesting. This grower noted the unique attributes of the psychoactive qualities of Super Lemon Haze: “The buzz is perfect for being active, it does not drag you down at all. It makes me get up and do stuff!”
An online board member of the Roll It Up forum praised SLH produced by Green House Seeds, noting that opening a jar “towards the end of cure is like sticking your nose into a sweet fresh lemon .”
Then, there are the indica-dominant Lemon strains—not as common, but still available, especially at legal dispensaries.
One example is Lemon Fuel from Madrone Cultivators, which we’ve personally sampled from a local San Francisco dispensary. Lemon Fuel is quite different from any Lemon Haze strains we’ve tried—the indica being very potent, which seemed to correspond with the diminished flavor of the Lemon Fuel flower’s terpenes, as well as in the smoke, inhaled through a glass pipe.
On July 13, we had the great fortune to speak at length with Matthew Woolley, executive director of Legion of Bloom, a quality cannabis company located in Northern California. Woolley described his cultivating process of growing in raised beds using amended soil (improved with additives), which are all free of chemical nutrients that produce a very flavorful outcome.
Woolley added that cultivating cannabis organically plays a tremendous role in producing a truly high terpene content. Producing a healthier flower with a superior smell and taste seems like a “win-win” as far as we’re concerned!
The marijuana farmer we spoke with in Michigan said: “The SLH phenotypes (the physical expression based on a plant’s genetic makeup) that I had (eight different phenos), all grew big outdoors, huge, eight feet around and eight feet tall. One could have grown 10 feet around and 10 feet tall, if I let it. The sativa genes made them grow so tall—even indoors.
“SLH can handle as many nutrients as you throw at it,” he added. “The strain seemed to resist mildew, mold and bud rot very, very well.”
The grower’s only complaint? “I wish it had a shorter flowering time, as it clocks in around 65-70 days.”
One online cultivator noted that the White Lemon strain from Green House Seeds didn’t produce the best quantity after vegging for 30 days under 400 mh lights and flowering under a 400 watt high pressure sodium grow light system. The forum member posted: “An average yield for a good strain, with a very fruity and citrus smell.”
PUNGENT & POPULAR
Regarding the recent popularity of flavorful strains such as Lemon, Matt Woolley commented: “‘I’ve noticed a trend with fruitier flavors, cannabis strains with fruitier terpene profiles have started to gain popularity. For the longest time, it seemed like the more ‘gassier,’ fuel-tasting type strains (like Sour Diesel) were the most popular, but now it seems like the Lemon strains and the fruitier strains are making more of a surge in popularity.”
“Fruit is a flavor everyone can identify with,” he added, “and with the same terpenes being in fruit also being present in these cannabis strains, that’s a correlation that people can make.”
When asked if more flavorful strains such as SLH will have even more appeal to novice pot users once the recreational market in California opens in 2018, Woolley was quick to agree, and elaborated: “I do think terpene profiles will be very important going forward in the adult-use (recreational) market. I think people will gravitate towards strains that have that pungent smell.
“By the very nature of it having a pungent flavor and smell, it’s going to set itself apart in the adult-use marketplace, and become the preferred choice over a strain that might not be so ‘loud’ in terms of flavor,” he continued. “The same could be said on the medical marijuana side, although patients are understandably more focused on the effects of a given strain versus the flavor.”
Matt Woolley and Legion of Bloom have cultivated several Lemon strains, one of the most trendy being a strain called “Nina Limon,” playfully named for pop singer Nina Simone. We’ve personally sampled this sativa-dominant hybrid, which is bursting with flavors that makes the user feel like they’ve downed a glass of lemonade, or maybe have a lemon candy under their tongue, with Limon’s bountiful aftertaste.
LEMON FRESH CONCENTRATES
Not surprisingly, cannabis concentrates of Lemon strains are also making an impact on the medicinal and recreational markets. Lemon extract products are not only wildly popular—they’ve been reaping rewards! Products like Lemon Skunk Rocks by Got Meds took first place for “Best Medicinally Infused Product” at the 2017 Midwest Cannabis Cup in Michigan. Most impressively, “Best Sativa Concentrate” was captured by Lemon Punch, manufactured by Maze Floriculture and Moxie Michigan.
Finally, it’s always important that the use of cannabis as a healing agent never be overlooked in the ganja gold rush to profit off the recreational market. Seeking to enhance the flavor and taste of flowers can actually have significant medicinal benefits.
In that regard, Matt Woolley noted, “there are links between the terpene profiles working with certain cannabinoids in an interaction producing what is commonly referred to as the ‘entourage effect,’ which can have what medical patients are seeking.”
When Matt referenced the ‘entourage effect,’ he wasn’t referring to a cable TV show, but rather, as noted by Project CBD, it’s the synergistic interaction of cannabis’ hundreds of trace compounds, including THC, CBD and, yes, terpenoids. This combination of compounds creating increased benefits defines cannabis as a polypharmaceutical plant.
In the context of Lemon flowers, this means that all those incredible smells and tastes that linger long after the smoke is exhaled are actually working together to make a more healthier you, putting an added smile on your day along with that great buzz and flavor of SLH and her sister strains.
High Times takes a closer view, smell and taste of one of 2017’s hottest flower flavors: Lemon.